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BYPASS opens
Thursday, 21 March, 2002

The 7.3million Ashby bypass was due to open to motorists today after a year-long building project.The A511 bypass, which is 2.7 miles long, will take all through-traffic away to the north of the town.Residents have been campaigning for the relief road for decades to end the noise and pollution caused by 20,000 cars and lorries travelling through the town each day.Underneath the new road surface there are several culverts for animals to use to cross the road.

Mystery death of Hartshorne man
Thursday, December 27, 2001

Mystery surrounds how a devoted Rams fan was knocked down and killed several hours after failing to take his usual match-day seat at Pride Park.

Retired miner Frederick Dunn, of Goseley Avenue, Hartshorne, was dropped off by friends two miles from Derby County's ground, 20 minutes before Saturday's midday clash with Aston Villa.

But Mr Dunn (67), who has not missed a home match in 15 years, never arrived at the game.

He was killed when he was in collision with a van as he attempted to cross from the Chaddesden side of the A52 to the Wyvern Centre Retail Park at 5.50pm.

Police, who found the voucher for the match intact in the season ticket Mr Dunn was carrying, believe the pensioner must have become "confused".

PC Ian Philips said: "For some reason he did not go to the game. At this stage it is a mystery, but trying to cross the A52 is not something you would do in a normal state of mind."

Derby police want to speak to anyone who saw Mr Dunn in Derby on Saturday.

He was dropped off by his friends in Eden Street, off London Road, at 11.40am.

Detectives say his usual route to Pride Park was down London Road, across Alvaston Park and via the riverside path to the ground.

Mr Dunn, who was white, of average build and height with receding grey hair, was known to occasionally call at the Roundhouse pub en route.

He was wearing a blue check lumberjack shirt with a dark blue-grey fleece jacket over the top and light blue waterproof overtrousers.

Anyone with information can call the police's witness appeal line on 01773 572929.

Mobile resource for the blind to visit
Thursday, December 27, 2001

A mobile resource centre aimed at helping visually impaired people will visit Hartshorne and Netherseal during a tour of 18 Derbyshire towns and villages in January.

The Derbyshire Association for the Blind will be visiting Goseley Road, Hartshorne, on January 31, from 10am to 12.30pm and Main Road, Netherseal,on January 31, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

For further information about the association, contact Derby 292262.

Cash for community groups
Friday, December 07, 2001

Derbyshire County Council is offering a helping hand to community groups in South Derbyshire that are looking to raise match-funding for National Lottery grants. The Treasure Chest has been set up by the council who are inviting groups to take part in the latest round of bidding where £74,000 is to be made available to groups. The council set up the fund with the aim that groups would apply for the money to provide match funding needed by applicants for National Lottery bids. It started in 1996 and over the years more than £600,000 has bee given to groups the council were concerned was not applying for National Lottery cash because they knew they would not be able to afford the match funding. The next round of bidding for the Treasure Chest cash closes on Friday January 18 2002 and applications must be received by the council by this date. For more information and an application pack telephone the county council’s policy unit on 01629 585359.

Estimates reveal a recession
Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Farmers have claimed that Government estimates of incomes confirm the depth of the recession in the agricultural industry. The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs forecast this week that incomes up to the end of this year will be £8,267 per farmer - a rise of 15 per cent in real terms compared to last year but 71 per cent below the peak levels of 1995. National Farmers' Union regional director Jack Ward said: "Even if the Government figures show a slight improvement, it seems unlikely that there will be a major upturn in farming fortunes in the foreseeable future."

Breach of copyright in local history book
Wednesday, November 28, 2001

School libraries are considering whether to take a local history book off the shelves after a court ruled against an author in a breach of copyright case. The book, “Hartshorne: A Historical Collection”, was written by South Derbyshire district councillor Alan Sherratt and published by South Derbyshire with the aid of a £200 grant from Hartshorne Parish Council. Several schools around the Hartshorne area were presented with copies for use for ‘educational purposes’ and are now considering whether to remove the book after a judge ruled that councillor Sharratt had breached copyright by using photographs without permission. Freelance photographer Brian Robinson had taken pictures for another book “Hartshorne Then and Now” and claimed that councillor Sherratt had refused to acknowledge his copyright when he photocopied them from this book for his own publication. Councillor Sherratt argued that the copyright belonged to Hartshorne Parish Council who had commissioned Mr Robinson to take the photographs and so did not need to seek permission to republish the pictures. Mr Robinson said he would never have taken court action if councillor Sherratt had said ‘sorry’ when the row began earlier this year, he said: “A judge told Sherratt that this was a clear case of a breach of copyright. “The court ruled that he had breached copyright and he had to pay a fee and court costs for that breach of copyright. “Outside the court he told me he had learned a lot from the experience.” Schools given a free copy of the book are considering whether to withdraw it from use following the court decision. Headteacher at Granville School Rob Watts said: “If there has been a ruling about a breach of copyright we would remove the books from circulation.” A teacher at Hartshorne Primary School Nick Green said: “We will be taking advice from the LEA and, at the moment, the book is not on the shelf.” The parish council will consider whether to ask to be reimbursed for the £200 grant at the next meeting.

Driver is sought
Saturday, November 10, 2001

A car was found abandoned on its roof in the middle of a road yesterday. Derbyshire police sent out their helicopter to look for the missing motorist but he or she was nowhere to be found. The blue Peugeot 306 hit a bank and flipped on a back road between Swadlincote and Hartshorne at 11.36am. The overturned car partially blocked the road but traffic could squeeze past until police closed the road for a short time. * If you know who the missing motorist is, call Derby police on Derby 290100.

Murder, he wrote
Thursday, October 11, 2001

Accountant John Delaney is the brains behind a new murder mystery game.
Mr Delaney, from Hartshorne, who has been writing as a hobby for several years, created the plot for Murder on Paradise Island which was accepted by game publishers BV Leisure Limited. The boxed game is on sale in Ottakar’s book store, Cooper’s Square, Burton-on-Trent.

Alert over "pineapple" in attic
Monday, April 30, 2001

An Army bomb disposal team was called to a house in a south Derbyshire village after a hand grenade was discovered in the attic. Police were contacted at about 10.15am yesterday, after the device was discovered at a property in Repton Road, Hartshorne. The grenade, which dates back to the Second World War and is most commonly known as a "pineapple", had been found by a relative of the owner of the house. The grenade was taken out into the garden and police were contacted. As a precaution, officers closed off the road between the Admiral Rodney pub, in Repton Road, and Dunnsmoor Lane. Army bomb disposal officers were called in to remove the grenade. They later found that it was not live. The road was reopened at about noon and the grenade was taken away and destroyed.

Champion fund raiser Ashley Bowler
Monday, April 09, 2001

A fundraising champion from Hartshorne has won three awards for his efforts and is about to begin a new attempt to raise money for another charity. Ashley Bowler, 13, has raised more than £4,000 for charity over the last four years. The teenager, who attends the Granville Community School in Woodville, is now concentrating on raising money for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which grants wishes for seriously ill youngsters. He has written to the celebrity Chris Tarrant asking for his support of the campaign as well as local businesses and Prime Minster Tony Blair. Ashley is busy collecting items for the big sale he has planned at the Goseley Community Centre next month and is working on compiling quiz booklets to sell. His mum Sandra said: "We are very proud of him. We thought that as he got older, he would lose interest but he's just as keen as ever." Ashley has received three awards for his fundraising efforts - a Derbyshire Young Achievers' honour, a Princess of Wales' prize and an accolade from charity Kidscape, which works to keep children safe from abuse. Charities he has helped boost funds for in the past include the Blue Peter Nebuliser Appeal, the MRI Scanner Appeal at the Queen's Hospital in Burton as well as raising £2,000 for Kidscape.

Advertiser, Wednesday 25th October 2000

Blood flowed down a South Derbyshire Street on Monday after a drain leading from an abattoir became blacked. Slaughtering was immediately suspended at Aytac Halal Meats in Hartshorne while the blockage was cleared.

Manager Brian Corner said: '"As soon as the problem was discovered, we took immediate action to deal-with it. "Environmental health officers have been here and are satisfied that we took proper and appropriate action".

Once the blockage was cleared, a team of workmen cleared up the road, treating it with an approved germicide. Mr Corner said the incident was discovered at about 8am on Monday, although villagers who contacted our Sister paper The Burton Mail spoke about blood-stained" water flowing down Ticknall Road on Sunday.

Mr Corner said he was unaware of any incident over the weekend. We do not work over the weekend, and no animals have been slaughtered since Friday," he said. "Blood from carcases is normally taken away by tanker. Any which gets into the sewer is just what has spilled on to the factory floor."

Environmental health officers from South Derbyshire Council went to the abattoir after residents rang the council to report "Rivers of blood". A council spokesman said that when they arrived the firm had called in drainage engineers to discover the source of the flooding. The Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water were also notified of the incident.

A similar incident happened just over four years ago, in April, 1996. On that occasion, a manhole cover had been disturbed resulting in a blockage of the drain.

Source: Advertiser, Wednesday 25th October 2000

 

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