After Tony Jones had fed his guinea pigs fresh greens at his home in Sandiacre he was surprised that days later they had not eaten them. After a closer inspection he found they were laced with blue slug pellets. He bought the greens from Tesco in Long Eaton on February 4th while doing the weekly shop. After returning the greens to the store and complaining he was given a £10 gift voucher. A Tesco spokesman said: "We are investigating what may have happened and will keep Mr Jones updated."
Police officers from the Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team have been handing out free crime prevention goodies to people from the village. The team held a crime prevention event on Saturday afternoon, February 11th, in the car park of the library, in Doncaster Avenue, and officers were inviting people from the village to attend. As well as giving out general crime prevention advice, the team were also distributing security freebies such as ‘Don’t Bother’ car security kits and shed alarms. They were also available to property mark valuables such as power and garden tools. The team were in the library car park between 1pm and 4pm. For more information, contact the team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website
here. You can also follow the teams on Twitter @SandiacreSNT
Three men entered a house in Sandiacre and took mobiles, cash and an iPad. The robbery took place at around 7.20pm on Tuesday, January 24th, the three men walked into a house in Barker Avenue North, armed with knives. They threatened the occupants and took the items before leaving via the front door. The men are all white and in their late 20s. One is of average build, 5ft 10 tall and wore a black jacket and mask. The other men were about 6ft tall, slim and wore black balaclavas. One wore a grey hooded top.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Sarah Horton on 101, quoting reference 17000034304. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, 18th January 2017
Sandiacre and District Probus Club held their monthly meeting in St. Giles’ Church Hall on Wednesday, 18th January 2017. President John Joyce welcomed members and speaker Mrs. Lynn Blakeley and after the official business of the day inducted Fred Bromley as a member of the club. Subsequently Fred outlined his activities of the past 40 years he has lived in the area, i.e. Sandiacre Cubs and Scouts Committee for a few years, Chairman of the Local Neighbourhood Watch, Friesland Parent Governor, sports activity in playing Crown Green Bowls and some years ago active Mountaineering/Climbing in the Peak District/Alps. His professional role was as a Chartered Engineer in the Aerospace, Research and Teaching, Nuclear Power and Defence Fields and is a members of the I.E.T. Institute.
President John then introduced the speaker Mrs. Lynn Blakeley to give a talk entitled ‘A night out with Nottingham Street Pastors’. Lynn explained her activities as a Street Pastor in the last 3 years as a volunteer working 3 days a week. It is Malt Cross based (St. James Street) in Nottingham, set up in 2010 and is part of the National Charitable Organisation. The 70 volunteers in Nottingham patrol from 2200 – 0300 hours every Friday/Saturday (except January) and deter crime with their uniform presence and care for people late at night and have a good relationship with the police. They patrol in groups of 2/3, are trained in first aid and carry radios to get information from CCTV cameras. Lynn gavc some examples of her various activities, giving out 750 Flip Flop shoes per annum for bare footed people, collected 4,000 glass bottles in 2016, gave out 1,200 bottles of water in 2016 and gave out lollipops in efforts to reduce drunkenness and tension. Toilet bags/sick bags/foil blankets were carried and winter shelter and advice was provided for the homeless.
Thanks were given by member Derek French to Lynn for an excellent insight into the volunteer Street Pastors and presented her with a donation to the charity from the club. The raffle was won by Arthur Gregory, Robert Flint, Fred Bromley and Arthur Belfitt before finally President John gave thanks to the stewards of the day, Ray Morley/Phil Brown on coffee, John Crosslett/Arthur Belfitt on the raffle and Denis Dumelow for setting out the room.
Monthly Walk – Thursday, 12th January 2017
Sandiacre and District Probus Club met for their monthly walk on Thursday, 12th January 2017 at the Newdigate Arms, West Hallam Pub Car Park. The small party of walkers led by member Peter Flint set off across country in the direction of Straw’s Bridge Nature Reserve. Interest was created by walking through a herd of British White cattle, a dual purpose breed for beef and milk and a striking white coat with black noses and ears. Eventually Straw’s Bridge Pond was reached, this reserve being formed after opencast mining in 1980 and after reclaiming and landscaping is now managed by Erewash Borough Council and is habited by numerous ducks, geese and moorhens fed by the public.
Following from here a short walk was made along part of the Nutbrook Trail, the trail itself is a 10 mile traffic free path from Long Eaton/Shipley Park/Heanor, originally a transport route reflecting the regions industrial past. From here a transit was made across the Pewit Golf Course, Manners Industrial Estate and the ponds of the Manor Floods Local Nature Reserve.
Before returning to the Newdigate Arms for lunch an encounter was made with a few Belted Galloway cattle, recognisable being black with a white belt encircling the mid section. These are a much heavier dairy breed compared to the British White mentioned earlier.
After a decision at a Community Safety Committee meeting at Beeston Town Hall, the Council will start a consultation on whether to introduce an order which will give the authority the power to target persistent street drinkers in Stapleford. If implemented the order will come in for three years starting on May 1st. The action is being taken because of the number of alcohol related anti social behaviour incidents in the town. Anyone breaching the order would be committing a criminal offence and be subject to a £75 fixed penalty notice or prosecution.