Archive for August, 2012

Police search for owners of property

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Glossop police are trying to find the owners of several pieces of property that have recently been found.

Officers found two expensive watches and a purse which they believe were stolen during burglaries in the local area.

The two Raymond Weil watches were found in a dark blue Ford Focus which was stopped on the A57.

The green, red and black purse and a selection of jewellery were found next to a bench near Broadbottom and Charlesworth.

Anyone who believes the property belongs to them can contact DC Martyn Woodward using the non-emergency number 101. Those with information on the burglaries can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Appeal for witnesses after burglary in Glossop

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a house burglary in Charlesworth.

A property on Long Lane in Charlesworth was broken into between 5:50pm and 10:40pm on Wednesday 29th August.

A Porsche 911 was taken along with keys for another vehicle, mp3 players, laptops and wallets containing cash cards.

Anyone who has information can contact PC Matthew Winterbottom using the non-emergency number 101. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can cont


12 year old girl rescued by Glossop Mountain Rescue team

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Glossop’s Mountain Rescue team have helped rescue a young girl who suffered a serious leg injury whilst out hiking.

The team of volunteers were called out on Saturday (25th August) at 2:30pm to assist the walker who had fallen and sustained injuries to her leg.

Nineteen team members and a doctor from Edale Mountain Rescue were deployed to Bleaklow Moors where they found the girl on the Doctors Gate path near to the Shelf Brook footbridge.

The young girl who was a visiting scout from Leicestershire was given first aid before being taken on a stretcher to the team’s Land Rover ambulance. Once off the Moor she was then taken to Tameside Hospital for treatment.

Police appeal for witnesses after assault

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Police are asking people to come forward with information after a man was assaulted and knocked unconscious.

The victim, a thirty year old man, was pushed, kicked and punched in the Co-op car park on Norfolk Street at 3:30am on Sunday 8th August. When he regained consciousness after the assault he realised his wallet and phone were missing.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire Police on the non-emergency number 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Latest News: High Street Closed Until 1st September

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

United Utilities have just SENT the following press release (17.23: 23/8/12)

High Street West in Glossop is to remain closed until 1 September to allow water engineers to finish repairs following a burst water pipe.

united Utilities repaired the burst main on Wednesday (22 August) but the road was damaged by the water and also needs to be refurbished.

A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes but we need to carry out repairs to the road surface, as the burst pipe caused some damage.

“We’ll get the road reopen again as soon as we can.”


Police warning over spate of burglaries

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Police in the High Peak are asking residents to be vigilant after a series of burglaries.

There has been a recent surge in incidents of burglary within the Hadfield, Dinting and Simmondley areas and as a result people are being warned to keep an eye out.

Inspector Jon Clarke said ”We would like local residents to report anything to us no matter how insignificant it may seem, this could be a person or a vehicle acting suspiciously.”

He also issued the following advice ”Please ensure your house is as secure as it can be when you are out or in bed. Lock doors and windows and place car keys out of sight and away from letterboxes. Do not leave keys in doors or patio doors.”


Water turned off after pipe bursts

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

United Utilities have confirmed several areas may have no water whilst mains pipes repairs are ongoing on the high street.

They were called out 01:30am and found two burst mains pipes.

A spokesman issued an update on the situation: ”Engineers have repaired one water main but a second pipe needs to be switched off so workmen can safely remove a faulty valve, due to pressure in the main.

High Street West, Norfolk street and St Mary’s road may experience disruption to water supply or low pressure during the emergency works.”

The company say they had earlier used super tankers to pour 30,000 litres of water into the system to save the supply to thousands of homes.

Glossop high street shut after pipe bursts

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

United Utilities have been forced to close Glossop high street after two water pipe bursts.

Engineers were called out at 1:30am and found that two 12 inch water mains pipes had burst. They are currently building temporary above ground pipes to divert water supplies so they can then fix the damaged pipes.

The closure runs from near the Corner Cupboard pub up to the Norfolk Square area.

United Utilities say they have mobile water tankers on site to maintain the supply of water to customers. This appears to be working as several businesses have confirmed they are open and have water despite the problems.

Shaun Robinson a spokesman for the water company said: “We would like to say sorry to people in Glossop for disrupting their daily routines and causing traffic delays but we are working as quickly as possible to resolve the problem.”

Three men charged over assault

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Police have charged three men over an assault that took place in Glossop Town Centre.

Hayden Webster was punched and kicked outside Norfolk Pizza during an assault in May. The attack left the victim in a critical condition in hospital.

David Mooney (24), Ashley Barber (22) and Matthew Greaves (29) are all from Glossop and have  now been charged with wounding with intent to cause serious bodily harm.

They appeared at High Peak Magistrates Court yesterday (August 20th) and have been bailed ahead of an appearance at Derby Crown Court on the 3rd of September.


Celebrate local sporting heroes

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The nominations period for the High Peak Community Sports Network Awards has begun.

Coming just after the finish of the Olympic games it is a chance to recognise those in our area who contribute a great deal through sport.

Nominations are now being accepted for the award which helps to highlight the work of talented sports people, coaches, volunteers and organisers.

The nominating period is open till the 10th of September, after which each district’s winner will be entered into the Derbyshire Sports Awards. Those judged to be the winner and runner up will then get an invitation to attend the presentation evening for the Derbyshire Sports Awards at The Roundhouse in Derby on the 15th November.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Community Services explained the importance of the awards saying:

“We know that one of last year’s winners Madeline Thompson is about to go on to compete in the Paralympics at the Wheel Chair Basketball so it’s really important that we recognise and encourage local sporting talent in our own community as they can go on to achieve great things.”

Nominations can be made up till the 10th September. If you wish to nominate someone go to or




CCTV image released after credit card fraud

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a fraud in Hadfield.

A man entered D and D newsagents in Hadfield on Friday the 25th May at 2pm. He asked for money to be put on his gas, electricity and rent cards and paid with a credit card.

The card was bent and so he signed a receipt to confirm the payment rather than using the chip and pin machine.

He then re vistited the shop on Monday the 28th May and said he had a new payment card, the cashier refused to accept it as he had already receieved a phone call from Mastercard to say the card he had used on the 25th was fraudulent.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information can contact PC Jo Debes at Glossop police station on the non emergency number 101. Or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Faulty fridge causes fire

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service have attended a fire caused by a fridge which was faulty and had previously been the subject of a recall.

A property of Kings Road in Buxton was damaged “quite seriously” by the blaze which was started by a faulty BEKO fridge freezer.

The owners were unaware the product was faulty and as a result the Fire Service are now urging people to check their BEKO fridge freezers to make sure they don’t own one of the ones being recalled.

All BEKO frost free fridge freezers with the 12 digit serial numbers starting with the digits 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06 potentially have faults with the defrost timers.

Owners of these products should contact BEKO on 0800 009 4837 and they will arrange a free modification. Further information is available at or

Two men charged over the death of Mark Short

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Police have charged two men in connection with the death of Mark Short.

Mr. Short died after a masked man opened fire at the Cotton Tree Inn, Droylsden on the 25th May. His death was caused by a shot to the neck, the post mortem later said.

Damien Gorman, 38 from Glossop and Luke Livesey, 27 of Hattersley are accused of murder as well as three counts of attempted murder.

They will appear in at Tameside Magistrates court today.

Three other men were also injured during the incident.



New restaurant “Thai Wok” gains excellent hygiene mark

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Glossop’s newly opened Thai food bar has received a welcome boost after a hygiene website gave it a 5 out of 5 rating.

The Thai Wok Noodle Bar has been open for around a month and has been highly praised by recently relaunched ratings website

The site has been revamped to give its awards in line with Food Standards Agency requirements and it was effusive in its praise for the new addition to Glossop’s high street.

Thai Wok was awarded its excellent 5 out of 5 rating for amongst other things having “good procedures” and for keeping “high levels of cleanliness.”



Council backs new environmental crime fines

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

High Peak Borough Council’s executive have given their backing to zero tolerance measures of fly posting and littering as well as backing new action against the problem of dog fouling.

Those who are caught dropping litter or fly posting will face on the spot fines of £50. Those between the ages 11 and 16 who drops litter is likely to be expected to take part in a community litter pick up or educational activity rather than face a fine.

Fly posting rules will make it an offence to display a sign, banner, placard, notice or leaflet anywhere it can be seen from a road, pavement or public place. The council says it will carry out a period of education and publicity regarding the rules so they are fully understood before they are introduced.

Other new rules will mean that anyone not picking up after their dog will risk being fined £80.

The new proposals on dogs will make it an offence to:

1.  Not pick up your dogs waste on publicly accessible land.

2.  Allow your dog onto any child’s play area, games area, tennis court, bowling green or skate park that is council owned.

3.  Refuse to put your dog on a lead when asked to do so by a council officer.

Anyone not complying with the rules will risk a £1,000 fine in later convicted by a magistrate.

Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services explained why the new rules were to be introduced:

“Fly posting and littering are illegal and unsightly. The materials are expensive to remove and have a negative impact on the local economy and people’s perceptions of where they live.

“Dog faeces can be extremely damaging to health, especially for children, which is why we’ve worked with local campaigners across the borough, including the Clean Up Glossop group, to tackle this problem. This new order updates and clarifies how we can tackle this ongoing problem.

The council has also said it is considering creating an order for dogs to be kept on leads in certain areas of Manor Park, Howard Park and any High Peak cemetery. It has been stressed that no decision will be made on this until it has been discussed by the community select committee.

They are also asking the public to get in touch with their views on the new litter, fly posting and dog rules so they can make any necessary adaptations before they come into force in the autumn.




Howard Town mill renovation nearing completion

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The £7m regeneration of Glossop’s Howard Town mill has reached a major point of it’s renovation this week which signals the near completion of the project.

Advancements in the scheme mean that Travelodge will be able to open it’s 62 room hotel, this month on the 13th. The hotel which is already taking bookings will be followed closely by M & S whose store opens in September. A Weatherspoon’s pub and Domino’s pizza shop will also be opening at the mill later this year.

Councillor Catilin Bisknell greeted the news by saying “It’s great to see the hotel opening, and I’m sure this will start to put Glossop firmly on the map as a tourist base for families visiting the area.”

The project has also given a boost to local firms who were chosen to work on the renovation of the mill. A special charter drawn up at the start of the work meant that sub contracting jobs had to be advertised locally. As a result of that, seven local companies were taken on as sub contractor firms.

As part of its commitment to the scheme, the council and its partners have been holding customer service training classes to help people fare better in job interviews. The next training days are the 25th and 26th of September at the Glossop Municipal Buildings, anyone interested should call JobCentre Plus.

In other development news, the Council is considering “expressions of interest” from parties interested in renovating the former “Volcrepe” Woods Mill site and turning it into retail, leisure and housing facilities.

Youngsters create their very own arts festival!

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

A new arts festival is about to spring up at Buxton Opera House, designed by the kids…for the kids!

As part of the Buxton Opera House work experience programme a selection of pupils from local schools were given the chance to create their own real life arts festival. The result is Octoberfest which will run from the 27th of October to the 4th November at various Buxton venues, including the Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre. It will feature a wide range of acts with street dancers, musicians, artists and circus performers all expected to dazzle audiences.

The kids involved with putting together this fanastic line-up were involved at every stage of the festival’s creation. The impressive teenagers booked the acts, devised marketing strategies and tried their hand at event development.

All of this fantastic work was aided by Glossop based marketing agency FIG Creative who invited the children to their office to see how the process would happen in a real life business environment. Their sessons at FIG involved rapid brainstorming and discussing designs before a graphic designer made their posters come alive!

Martin Duncan from FIG Creative was delighted with the work of the students saying “The students worked really well with our in house professionals, they had some great ideas and I think they should be proud of what they achieved.”

The posters they created will start to appear in the Buxton area around August and you can keep up to date with how Octoberfest is shaping up by going to

Women’s aid refuge centre threatened by cash crisis

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

High Peak Women’s Aid faces having to close its refuge centre, unless they can find £60,000.

The Glossop based charity has been helping victims of domestic abuse for nearly 30 years but unless it raisesthe funds by October, the refuge service may have to close.

The cash crisis comes after they lost out on funding, which will now go to other providers of care and services in the area. When they were assessed they gained the highest possible marks for quality of work but as a small operation, they could not compete with competitors on costs and so were overlooked for the funding.

Despite missing out on the money, they are determined to keep offering a refuge service and maintain their current building. Indeed they have already started work on a new development to help reach out to women and girls much earlier in the abuse cycle.

To make that possible they are now calling upon the public to help raise valuable funds by holding a fundraiser, sponsoring a room in the refuge or making a donation. They have stressed that any contribution , no matter how small is very  helpful and will boost their chances of being able to carry on giving refuge to up to 26 women and 35 children every single year.

News of the challenges faced by the charity, led to tributes from former users of the service, one said “I’ll be truly grateful for the people who support Women’s Aid. I feel they are walking angels.”

Councillor Antony McKeown also urged how important a service Women’s Aid provide saying ”High Peak Women’s Aid has been providing a vital service for 30 years, in recognition of which the council has always been prepared to offer it accommodation at a very low rent.

“However, other financial pressures mean that the refuge is now at risk. That’s why I’m urging High Peak residents to dig deep, even though money is short, so Women’s Aid can continue rebuilding lives.”

To give support to High Peak Women’s Aid call Pam Whittle, services manager on 01457 856675 or go to their official website.