Archive for February, 2011

Appeal for information after five cars are shot at

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Police are appealing for information after five cars were damaged in one afternoon.

Officers believe two people in a red Toyota Celica used an air weapon to fire at parked cars between 1.30pm and 2.35pm on Thursday, February 10, damaging windows.

A Volkswagen Golf, Fiat Seicento and a Vauxhall Vectra were shot at in New Road, Tintwistle, while a Nissan Micra was damaged in Waterside, Hadfield and a Vauxhall Bora was damaged in Ehlinger Avenue.

A 23-year-old man from Glossop has been arrested in connection with the incidents. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Local Businesses warned against ‘scam’ phone calls

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

A hotelier in Matlock Bath received a phone call from a male stating that he was selling advertising space in a police magazine. When declined the caller hung up abruptly. The number was withheld.

A Glossop business received a similar call and when they responded “That scam is still going around is it?” The caller hung up. Another business told that the caller was insistent they had agreed to go in the publication, when she as a sole trader knew she hadn’t. Last year another Glossop business received an invoice followed by threatening phone calls when they didn’t pay.

Please be vigilant and do not give them your bank or credit card details unless you are sure you know who you are speaking to.

The Police have had similar reports in the past where they send an invoice to you – when you query the invoice, they say that you or a member of your staff agreed to buy advertising space some months ago – but you know you haven’t!

Continue to report any suspicious activity to Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33.
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Local business woman Julia Hallsworth has launched a new crafting website

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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Local business woman Julia Hallsworth has launched a new crafting website.

A keen crafter Julia was keen to become involved in the current trend for scrapbooking and craftmaking.

She launched her website earlier this month to sell scrap booking, card making, rubber stamping and
general crafts.

If you would like to know more about Julia and her products you can visit her website or read her blog .

Christmas operation sees reduction in town centre shop thefts in Glossop

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Glossop town centre saw a reduction in shop lifting offences during the Christmas and New Year period.

The Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team stepped up patrols during November and December to help target the seasonal trend for this type of crime.

In October 2010, before Operation Christmas Cracker began, a total of 19 offences were reported. In November, the figure dropped to 10 and in December the total was five.

Retailers also came forward to help as part of the operation, making use of the shop watch radio system to alert officers to any suspicious activity or offences.

Inspector Gareth Meadows, who is in charge of policing in Glossop, said: “The cost of shoplifting is often passed on to the honest consumer in the price they pay for goods. By planning for the fact we normally see a rise in such offending in the run up to Christmas; we have this year managed to reverse the trend in Glossop.

“This was achieved by increased uniform and plain clothed police patrols and also by working in partnership with Glossop retailers, through the use of shop watch radios, which allowed information to be passed quickly to police.”

The campaign featured as one of the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team’s priority profiles, issues which are set every three months by local residents and community representatives for the police and partner agencies to target.

If you would like to have a say on what issues are targeted you can contact your team by calling 0345 123 33 33 or emailing

Briefings lined up for would be councillors

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Are you interested in being involved in important decisions affecting your community and the High Peak area? Could you use your skills and experience to influence and improve the delivery of a wide range of public services, including support for the arts, waste collection and leisure facilities?

Then sign up for one of two pre-nomination evenings organised by High Peak Borough Council in March.  The sessions will both help prospective candidates decide if they want to stand for public office at the borough and parish council elections on Thursday, May 5 and inform those who are already planning to put themselves forward.

The sessions will cover the nomination and election processes, as well as taking a look at what successful candidates can expect. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Starting at 6.30pm, the briefings are being held in the Octagon Lounge, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Monday, March 14 and in the Committee Room, Municipal Buildings, Glossop the following day.

High Peak Mayor Graham Oakley said: “As a borough councillor, I can say that public office is hard work but can be incredibly rewarding as it allows you to make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in their community to attend our pre-nomination evenings and find out what it’s all about”, he added.

To reserve a place, call Rachel Rourke on (01298) 28400 ext. 2139 or send an e-mail to

High Peak MP patrolling the streets

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has been patrolling the streets around Glossop with Special Constables, as part of a campaign to highlight the work of volunteer officers.

Mr Bingham joined Special Constables Mike Dixon, Liz Spink, Mark Simpson and Valerie Ryan around areas which suffer from issues such as anti-social or nuisance behaviour.

The patrols took place on Friday, February 12 as part of National Specials Weekend, an annual themed event to highlight the work of the Special Constabulary.

This year, the weekend focused on anti-social behaviour and communities, with the aim of demonstrating the way in which Specials link in with priorities set for the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams and also their work alongside other volunteer workers.

In addition to the patrols, they also visited youngsters enjoying a Valentine disco at Gamesley Community Centre and also Pure Vibes at Whitfield Youth Club.

High Peak Community Safety Inspector Tony Dales said: “Our Special Constables have a valuable role in supporting the work of regular police officers and the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams. They provide a visible presence in areas where there are concerns around anti-social behaviour and help us to form strong community links.

“Last weekend was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their contribution towards keeping the High Peak a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Mr Bingham said: “The evening was a valuable opportunity to discuss various policing matters with the full time officers, and it was great to meet with the Special Constables and be given a unique insight into the work that they do supporting the regular police officers.

“The work the Special Constables do to help reduce anti-social behaviour is of real comfort to people in Glossop, and by being a highly visible presence they are able to build up a rapport with residents and the local community.

Derbyshire Constabulary is currently running a campaign to recruit more Special Constables.

The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who give at least four hours a week, working in the community. However, to apply you need to be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old.

Mr Bingham added: “I would urge anyone who would like to volunteer in this way to contact Derbyshire police, as they really would be able to make a difference.”

For further information, or to get hold of an application pack, please call 0300 330 1330, email or visit

“It’s all in Ukrainian” – New warning over health messages on illegal tobacco

Monday, February 14th, 2011

“курiння призводить до серцево-судинних захворювань та раку легенiв” – that’s the only health warning some Tameside and Glossop youngsters are likely to see on cigarette packets thanks to illegal imports on the streets in the region.

Tobacco barons in Russia and China are helping recruit a new generation of  smokers through mass manufactured imports and hand rolled tobacco with either no health warnings at all, or written in Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese or Danish.

In the last six months more than 17 million cigarettes and nearly 2,000kg of other tobacco products – including hand rolled tobacco – have been seized by police, HMRC and trading standards in the North West alone. Trading Standards say brands like Jin Ling, which is manufactured exclusively to be smuggled, and hand rolled tobacco and are now what they most often find in raids on local ‘fag’ or ‘tab’ houses, pubs or shops.

Many of these brands are mass-manufactured in overseas factories purely for the black market. But they lack the shocking graphic warnings that smoking causes lung cancer, mouth cancer and a raft of other horrific diseases that have helped motivate many smokers to quit and stop young people from starting to smoke.

As the ‘’Get Some Answers’’ advertising campaign launches again across the region, residents are being urged to phone Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555111 if illegal tobacco is being sold near them.

Deputy Director of Public Health for NHS Tameside and Glossop Elaine Michel says “Tobacco sales in this country are now tightly regulated so people do at least receive a full warning about the health risks they are exposing themselves to. None of this applies to illegal tobacco, so the danger for young people taking up the habit is even greater.  If you  buy illegal tobacco you are funding this deadly trade, and increasing the risks for young people across Tameside and Glossop.”

Andrea Crossfield, Director of Smokefree North West, which helped set up the North of England Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health Programme to bring together the NHS, local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs and police to tackle the problem, said: “The graphic health warnings on tobacco have shown how horrific and disfiguring many smoking-related diseases like lung cancer and mouth cancer are. All tobacco is deadly, with half of long term users dying of a smoking related disease, so it’s a real worry that a teenager in Tameside and Glossop can buy a packet of illegal cigarettes and get no health warning at all.”

“The sellers have no morals. They will even sell single cigarettes to children, and every parent should be concerned if illegal tobacco traders are operating in their area.”

Peter Astley, of Trading Standards North West, said: “If tobacco’s on sale very cheap it’s illegal, and this isn’t a victimless crime. Buyers might think they’re getting a bargain but it’s not a good deal because it’s an evil trade with links to a lot of other criminal activity such as other forms of counterfeiting, drug dealing and even people trafficking. I’d urge people to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they know about illegal tobacco trading in their area.”

“When we seize illegal tobacco, it is often hand rolled tobacco or brands like Jin Ling which are mass manufactured purely for the illegal market.”

HM Revenue and Customs estimate that around 11% of cigarettes and 49%t of hand rolled tobacco is now illegal.

The “Get Some Answers” campaign has brought together Smokefree North West, police, trading standards officers, HMRC and front line health professionals committed to tackling smoking.

A major survey across the North of England found that:

·         9 out of 10 people think illegal tobacco is a danger to children
·         6 out of 10 said it brought crime into local communities
·         62 percent of those who bought illegal tobacco said it enabled them to smoke when they couldn’t otherwise afford to.

Anyone with information about people dealing in illegal tobacco can pass it on completely anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at

For people who are smokers and who want to give up, NHS Tameside and Glossop’s Smokefree Team are always at hand. If you want to quit, give them a call on 0161 366 2000.

For more information please contact:

Vicky Mills
Communications Manager for Smokefree North West
Tel: 0161 238 6385
Mobile: 07825 309760


Ben Granger
Communications Officer – NHS Tameside and Glossop
0161 304 5800

Hadfield man charged with robbery at Argos

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Posted on 7th February 2011

Matthew Hough,32, of Rowan Walk, Hadfield has been charged with 10 offences relating to robberies and firearm offences in North Derbyshire and Greater Manchester.

He was charged with robbery and firearm offences at Hayfield Pharmacy in Market Street, Hayfield on Thursday Feb 3 and attempted robbery and firearm offences in connection with an attempted robbery at Argos in Glossop on Friday Feb 4.

The six other offences he was allegedly involved in were committed in the Manchester area.

Hough appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Monday 7th February.

Detective Inspector Tracy Lewis has thanked local people for their assistance in connection with the offences in Derbyshire

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of robbing a store in Glossop.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

A man entered Argos, at the Wren Nest Retail Park, at around 9.20am today (Friday, February 4) holding what staff have described as a gun. He stole jewellery before leaving the shop. No one was injured.

Officers searched the area and arrested a 32-year-old man in Queen Street on suspicion of the robbery. He remains in custody and is being questioned by officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis thanked shoppers and shopkeepers in the area for approaching officers with information.

Police, including dog units, remain in Glossop this morning searching for evidence.

Detectives are investigating whether the robbery is linked to one yesterday afternoon at Hayfield Pharmacy on Market Street, Hayfield, and several similar incidents in the Manchester area.

During the Hayfield robbery, a man demanded cash and some prescription drugs, which were handed to him.

Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Health MOT’s planned for glossopdale men

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Glossopdale men eager to stay in tip-top condition or adopt a healthier lifestyle have been urged to sign up for a special MOT on Monday, February 28.

The invitation was extended this week by High Peak Borough Council, which has joined forces with DC Leisure and NHS Tameside and Glossop to offer a quick health check to males who want to make sure their body is still road worthy.

A drop-in session running at Glossop Leisure Centre from 6pm to 8pm will allow men of all ages to come and have their blood pressure checked and their risk of cardio-vascular disease assessed.

Visitors will then be advised on issues including weight management and healthy living – including regular exercise and adopting a balanced diet.

Blood pressure aside, the MOT will measure waist and body mass index plus dietary, smoking and drinking habits. Exercise and stress levels will also be taken into account.

Jean Wharmby, Executive Councillor for Social and Community Development, said: “The aim of the MOT isn’t to worry men or pry into their lifestyles but to give clients any support they might need to lead healthy, happy lives.

“For many males, the MOT will simply put their minds at rest. However, where health issues or risks are identified, practical help will be offered to get clients feeling fit and well”, she explained.

The MOT follows two consultations planned by the partners on Monday and Tuesday week (February 14 and 15) for Glossop’s male taxi drivers. The event will give drivers a chance to have their health assessed and to say how they would like to access services to make them healthier.

Both initiatives support the national Change4Life programme plus the NHS Health Check and Midlife schemes.

Retired teacher shows healthy walks are miles better

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Pensioner David Simms reckons he’s tramped nearly 2,500 miles in his nine years as a leader of healthy walks in the High Peak.

In his time as a volunteer working for the Borough Council, the retired 70-year-old teacher has introduced scores of people to the pleasures and health benefits of regular walking.

And last week, Jean Wharmby, Executive Councillor for Social and Community Development, presented the New Mills resident with an Exceptional Service Award certificate for his dedication to the Council’s Walks for Health programme.

David Simms - New mills resident

CONGRATULATIONS! David receives his certificate from Councillor Wharmby as walkers look on.

A resident of Marsh Lane, David started leading the weekly walks after retiring from his role as a lecturer in civil engineering at Stockport College of Further and Higher Education, where he had worked for 10 years.

Although he’s a New Mills man, David has always led the Glossop walks – meeting around 20 participants outside the railway station for a one or two-hour jaunt starting at 10am each Thursday.

Looking back at a decade of putting his best foot forward, he recalled only the “occasional disaster”, including the time when a debutante female walker ripped her trousers on a barbed wire fence.

“She never came back”, he recollected.

Ten years on, he’s friends with dozens of Glossop people. He and his fellow walkers have become a close-knit group, regularly visiting each other for coffee and enjoying an annual Christmas lunch at The George Inn.

Although David has no intention of hanging up his walking boots just yet, he is intending to take things a little easier now that there are three other Glossop volunteers to help lead the way.

Councillor Wharmby said: “David has played a key role in helping Walks for Health go from strength to strength over the years, securing approved status from Natural England and the national Walks for Health initiative”.

For more information on Walks for Health, call council community sports co-ordinator Paul Evans on 0845 129 7777 ext. 2209 or send an e-mail to