Local councillors mainly silent as HPBC refuse to allow meetings to be recorded

High Peak Borough Council has said it will not review its arrangements for recording meetings until they have received the regulations pertinent to the Local Audit and Accountability Act, effectively ensuring that none of its meetings are recorded until after the next Borough Council elections. HPBC said "Any recording of a Council committee is at the discretion of the chair of the committee". We wrote to all the chairs of HPBC committees, but only one replied.

Traffic free Glossop embraces Tour de France

The sunshine and the Tour de France came by Glossop, and the traffic free town joined tens of thousands of others to see it. Amused spectators saw members of the promotional cortege get stuck trying to negotiate the left turn of the notorious A6024/A628 intersection, known locally as Tombstone Junction. Among the promoters stuck were McCain and Buxton Water.

Glossop myths debunked

A few stories passed to the Glossop Gazette recently that appear to have no truth attached to them.

1. Residents of the new houses at York Street had written to Old Glossop Cricket Club asking them to stop hitting sixes - Not true. Derek Slack, secretary of OGCC told us that they had not received any such communication and added that a very high fence was being installed between the cricket ground and the estate by the developers.

2. Nobody in Glossop will be allowed to enter or leave the town on Sunday without a yellow leaflet - Not true. But major delays are expected if up to 40,000 visitors arrived to watch the Tour de France and a one way system, parking restrictions and road closures will will be in place.

Total of 213 crimes reported in May

In May 2014 90 crimes were reported in Glossop, 99 in Hadfield & Tintwistle and 24 in Gamesley & St Johns.  Almost 80% of crime in the area was anti-social behaviour, violence (including sexual offences) or criminal damage. Compared with May 2013, the number of crimes reported in Gamesley and St Johns was the same (24), whilst the number was lower in Glossop Town Centre (136 vs 90) and higher in Hadfield & Tintwistle (79 vs 99).

No Glossop events to commemorate the First World War from DCC

A whole range of events are coming up as part of Derbyshire County Council’s project to commemorate the First World War, but the nearest ones to Glossop are in Chesterfield and Matlock. The council received £84,600 Heritage Lottery Funding to set up ‘Derbyshire Lives through the First World War’ to support activities "across the county". Project manager, Glyn Wilton is working with local community groups - providing information and advice about staging events and help to find sources of financial support.

Glossop ready to welcome the Tour de France

With the world’s biggest cycle race due in the High Peak this weekend, Glossopdale is gearing up to celebrate in style. Elite cyclists competing in the Tour de France will sweep into the area from Holme Moss summit down to Woodhead en route to Sheffield at around 3pm on Sunday 6 July. Towns and villages are getting into the spirit with shops, businesses and high streets decked out in yellow banners and a free family fun event taking place in Glossop’s Manor Park where local people can join in the fun and watch the race on a big screen.

Tour de France - Check your travel plans

With just days to go to the Tour de France Glossop residents are urged to finalise their plans to watch the race. Up to 40,000 spectators are expected to want to view the race from its descent at Holme Moss and along Woodhead before it heads to the finishing line in Sheffield. Visitors are warned it will be extremely busy because the race in this area takes in a ‘King of the Mountains’ climb – a particular challenge for the cyclists.

High Peak UKIP remove extremist groups' links from website but refuse to comment

In May we wrote to High Peak and East Midlands UKIP asking why links to the extremist groups Britain First and Infidels of Britain and the claim that "Cadburys fund Muslim terrorism" were on the High Peak UKIP Facebook group.

Glossop's golfers are in form!

Glossop’s golfers played a bogey competition last Saturday for the honour of winning the Sidebottom Cup. Standards of golf were very high with the top two golfers in each division all finishing on the same score of 4 up against the course so it was necessary to examine the scorecards to determine which player had the best, last 9 holes. The eventual winner was Dave Winterbottom who plays in Division one. The Division two winner was Paul Round whilst the respective runners up were Luke Siddall and Tony Meheran.

Help available for victims of sexual violence

Following the Jimmy Saville case making the news, more and more people, men and women of all ages and backgrounds, are coming forward to seek support in recovering from rape or sexual abuse.  People are daring to come forward now to report, seek advice and speak about what happened to them instead of living in fear and shame about the event. SV2, which stands for Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, provide support for all victims, both men and women, over the age of 14.  You do not have to report to the police to get support but we can help you to report if that is what you want.

Council receive 45 complaints about Lancashire Chemicals stink

High Peak Borough Council have received 45 complaints this year in relation to the "odour issue" at Lancashire Chemicals. The smell began the factory started using a new yeast drying process, sparking fury among local residents. The council are hoping to implement European legislation to solve the problem, and are awaiting an independent consultant’s report.

Amy looms for Brain Tumour Research

For the last few months Amy Norton, aged 12, has been making looms to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. Amy has produced a vast array of objects by weaving brightly coloured rubber bands into intricate designs, and she sells them through the Craft Barn, Hadfield, and Laura's Coffee Lounge, Glossop.  Amy was inspired after seeing a friend making looms at school, and mindful of a family friend who was suffering from a brain tumour, "got stuck in", producing a spectacular range of jewellery, keyrings and useful objects.

Man guilty of homophobic attack gets suspended prison sentence

Antony Hadfield, aged 45, of High Street West, Glossop, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and using threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour and was given an 8 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay compensation of £170, victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £100. A restraining order was imposed preventing him from making direct or indirect contact with his victim. Magistrates said that there had been a prolonged attack in a public place and that Hadfield had used homophobic language. They said that had it not been for the homophobic comments a Community Order would have been made.

Glossop Gazette asks for permission to make video and audio recording of all council meetings

Following the refusal of Councillor David Mellor, chairman of HPBC's Development Control Committee, to allow the Glossop Gazette to make recordings at a meeting of that committee in April last year, the Glossop Gazette has written to the chairs of all committees and the main council, formally requesting permission to make audio and video recordings of council meetings open to the public in accordance with national government guidelines.

Glossop: A town without a plan

Glossop has no local plan, and the delays are costing the town dearly. With no plan to defend against speculative development applications, two greenfield developments totalling 243 new houses at North Road and Shaw Lane have been granted by the Planning Inspectorate, who ignored HPBC's arguments that their long delayed draft of the local plan carried legal weight. To avoid yet another inquiry, HPBC rubber stamped the construction of up to 100 houses at Charlestown Works without letting the Development Control Committee consider it. We try to understand recent events in the recent history of the local plan, and how local councillors have voted on it. 

Reports of man with gun in Gamesley - no offence committed

There were  reports of a half naked man in Gamesley with what might have been a firearm yesterday.The police said "I can confirm that police attended a report of a man carrying an air rifle on Wardlow Gardens, Gamesley. The man with the rifle has been spoken to and no offences were committed."

Police search for man in connection with rape of 17 year old in Glossop

Police have issued photographs of a man wanted in connection with the rape of a woman in Glossop. On Tuesday, January 21 at 11.45pm a 17-year-old girl was raped by a man at a property on Henry Street. Police would like to trace Muharrem Denmarku (23) in connection with this crime. His last known address was in Manchester but he is originally from Albania. He is described as white with an Albanian accent, stocky build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

Glossop Gazette online gets over 10,000 unique visitors per month

For the second month running the Glossop Gazette website has received over 10,000 unique visitors (not including traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes). Over 97% of our visitors are from the UK. The Glossop Gazette has now established itself as the major force in online Glossop news. We have done this without paid staff, without any advertising, without being listed on Google News and with nowt past Mottram Moor.

Plea for information on old Glossop fire engine

Enthusiasts who are restoring an old Glossop fire engine are asking locals for any information about it. The Austin K4 MerryWeather turntable fire engine, registration GXN 243, dates from the 1940s. Steven Blanch told the Gazette "We have recently acquired this fire engine out of a scrap yard and so far we know that it spent its working life in Glossop and Buxton so any more info or pictures would be welcome".

Alleged theft from shed in Padfield - can you help?

Glossop Police would like to speak to a man who was recorded on CCTV cameras, in connection with a theft from a shed in Padfield. Two bikes, several boxes of bike bits and some tools were taken. Please contact Glossop Police on 101 quoting crime number 24515/14 if you can help.

Glossop Golf Club Open Weekend

Last weekend saw the Club host its annual Open Weekend. This year the Club welcomed new sponsors Harrison Hinchcliffe Accountants who offered the prize of a brand new car for a hole in one on the par 3 tenth! The competition, which is open to golfers all over the UK, was fully subscribed, and the level of golf was high. The eventual winners were Graham Dodd and Rob Edwards with a score of 7 under par, after a card play off, with pairings Colin Wake and Keith Knowles and also the father and son pairing of Glyn Byrne and Chris Byrne who took prizes for best Saturday and Sunday scores respectively.

Protecting Food Standards - replies from MEPS of all three parties

In a first for the Glossop Gazette, Members of the European Parliament from all three elected parties replied to a letter we received from Joe Holly of Glossop. Mr Holly wrote:

Dear Editor,
Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food. The last thing we need is lower legal standards, but a deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could result in exactly that.

Angry scenes at Charlesworth Parish Council meeting over gypsy traveller site

Angry words were spoken at Charlesworth Parish Council's meeting last night, which was attended by eight opponents of the gypsy/traveller site near the golf club and journalists from two local newspapers. Glossop Gazette asked to make a sound recording of the meeting but the council refused. The councillors and clerk sit around four children's tables pushed together, and all sat on infant chairs except the tallest councillor, who sat on a teacher's chair. Three members of the public were given five minutes each to voice their concerns.

Glossop Parish Church reaches tower target

Glossop Parish Church is hoping to have its tower fixed soon, having raised over £11,000 for the job. Subject to Diocese approval, the work could be completed by the end of the summer. On their Facebook page the church said
"We thank God for the generosity of all, in the church and wider community, who have given so generously of their time and money to help us complete this project

Derbyshire Trading Standards issue safety alert over e-cig chargers

Residents in Derbyshire are being warned to be extra vigilant when charging electronic cigarettes following incidents where the devices have exploded in people’s homes. Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team have issued the warning after several reports of electronic cigarette batteries overheating or exploding while being charged.
In one incident last October a 68-year-old woman living in a private care home in Hasland, Chesterfield, died following a fire in her room, which firefighters later attributed to an e-cigarette battery part overheating.

Statement from the Save Shaw Fields group about Dinting housing development

The group of local residents who organised opposition to the 93 house development on Shaw Lane and Dinting Road said “We are very disappointed at the decision, but whilst the government is determined to build as many houses as possible, as quickly as possible and wherever possible, there is very little that local residents can do.

Manchester235 donation gives local boy new lease of life

Manchester235 has teamed up with CHIPS, a charity which aims to provide independence and mobility to disabled children, to donate a specialised powered wheelchair to nine-year-old Glossop lad Taylor Fretwell, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Initially reluctant to accept he needed a wheelchair, following a trial at his assessment centre, Taylor is now looking forward to the positive changes the wheelchair will make in his life.

Glossop's got Amazonian World Cup fever

Glossop's World Cup fever gets into top gear tonight, with England's game against Italy in Manaus at 11pm Glossop time. The flags were out at Roly's Pick a Card on Norfolk Street this morning. As well as selling all manner of greeting cards, Roly's shop is a veritable cornucopia of packaging materials and stationery items at prices almost as low as Luis Suárez's sportmanship.

Six new houses on Lambgates, Hadfield

High Peak Borough Council has allowed a application by Fine Build Homes of Southend on Sea to build six semi detached houses at Brookside, Lambgates Lane, in Hadfield. The decision was made by a planning officer, not by HPBC's Development Control Committee.

Council reveal plan to save £2.4 million by cutting executive jobs the day before revealing Nick Hodgson's payout was £219,000

The day before they finally reveal the severance package of ex-chief executive Nick Hodgson, Derbyshire County Council have released a press statement saying they have "agreed to remove a further 27 full time equivalent senior management posts, saving £2.24 million over the next three years". Mr Hodgson left the council almost immediately after Labour won control in last year's DCC election, but the council have refused to reveal details of his severance package, despite being ordered to do so by the Information Commissioner. The council will release the figures at 5pm on June 13th, before their appeal against the commissioner's decision can be made. According to the Derby Telegraph DCC paid Mr Hodgson £219,000 to get rid of him.

243 new houses for Glossop after HPBC loses two planning appeals

The Planning Inspectorate has overturned two refusals for planning permission by High Peak Borough Council after appeals by public enquiry on behalf of Gladman Developments and Loxley Developments. Gladman Developments had been refused permission to build up to 150 dwellings,  including 'affordable housing', highway works, public open space and associated works on land at North Road in Glossop. Loxley Developments had been refused permission to build up to 93 houses on land at Dinting Lane and Shaw Lane. In decisions published today planning inspector Brendan Lyons granted permission for both developments, representing 243 new dwellings for Glossop. HPBC escaped a further public inquiry into its decision not to allow over 100 houses to be built at Charlestown Works by approving a revised submission for up to 100 houses without any consideration by the planning committee.

Information appeal following burglaries

Officers are appealing for information and urging residents to keep their property secure following burglaries in Glossop and New Mills. Between 6am and 6pm on Monday, June 9, offenders gained entry to a property on Brookfield, Glossop by causing damage to the rear door. Thieves searched the property and items of jewellery were taken from within.

Six people arrested as police crackdown on drugs in Glossop

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences following police drug strikes in Glossop.  At around 12.25am on Monday, June 9, police stopped a silver coloured Ford Mondeo on Norfolk Street, Glossop and carried out a search of the vehicle. A large quantity of suspected amphetamine and drugs paraphernalia were discovered by police. An offensive weapon was also found inside the vehicle. Anthony Leonard, aged 26, was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and amphetamine, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon. Leonard, of Mouslow Close, Hadfield, was remanded in custody and was due to appear before Magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, June 10.

Supermarket collection a huge success

Bare Necessities would like to thank the staff at Aldi Store in Glossop for their support on Saturday when a trolley collection was carried out. Mary Jessop volunteer said “ This is not the first time that Aldi have supported the Foodbank and as on previous occasions the public were extremely generous with their donations. People of all ages supported the drive on Saturday including  Sandhya Krishnaturban (10) and Santosh Krishnaruban (8) from Tintwistle. 

Charlestown Road reopened

Charlestown Road has been reopened after the fire on Saturday night at the old Kooltherm/Kingspan factory.

MacMillan cancer support - 72 holes in a day golf challenge

We are pleased to announce that Glossop and District Golf Club and friends have risen to the occasion, once again, and produced seven of our very own “super heroes” willing to take part in the Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Day Golf Challenge. There are two teams, captained by Chris Maltby and Max Farrell and supported by Joe Henry, Steve Wood, Luke Siddall, Mike Boothroyd and Adam Barton.

News from Glossop Golf Club: The weather is kinder to the ladies

For the second time in three weeks, Glossop’s men were forced to cancel their weekly Saturday Competition. On the day there were electrical storms in the area which caused a suspension to play about 8.45 am, before the Professional was forced to cancel the Competition at around 11am.

Fire and lots of smoke at Charlestown Works

Fire broke out at the abandoned Kooltherm factory on Charlestown Road some time between 8 and 9pm on Saturday, sending clouds of dense foul smelling smoke all over Glossop.

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The Red Dragon reopens

The Red Dragon is currently operating from Golden Seasons, 60 Victoria Street, Glossop whilst premises are repaired after the recent accident. You can order online at Just Eat as usual, call in or phone 01457 899 772.

Police appeal for information following Padfield shed break-in

Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for witnesses following a shed break-in in Padfield. Overnight between 7pm on Tuesday, June 3 and 6am on Wednesday, June 4, offenders climbed over a wall and entered the rear garden of a property on Padfield Main Road, Padfield. Offenders unscrewed the door hinges of the garden shed to gain entry, however no items were taken from within.

Council helps Glossop recover after bus crash

Unedited press release from HPBC: Leading members of High Peak Borough Council have praised the quick response to the crash in Glossop which has enabled residents to return to their homes and businesses to begin trading again within days of the accident.

Information appeal following Hayfield store break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at Hayfield Village Store in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  At around 3.30am on Tuesday, June 3, offenders kicked open the front door of the Hayfield Village Store on Church Street, Hayfield and stole cigarettes from within. Police would like to trace three men who were believed to be in the area around the time of the incident and left the village on a red coloured motorbike.

Another meeting for objectors to gypsy/traveller site on 10th June

Anybody expecting pitchforks and lanterns at last night's (June 3rd) meeting to oppose the planning application for a six caravan gypsy-traveller camp in Glossop would have been disappointed. Chairing the meeting, Frank Ackley (who has not expressed an opinion about the proposal and described himself as "neutral"), warned the assembled throng of about 100 people to be extremely careful about the language they used. His warning was relevant considering the tone of some of the objections that had been submitted to the Peak Park Planning Authority, described by one member of the golf club as "outrageous" and "beyond a joke". A number of other people stressed the importance of only submitting relevant objections to the application. 

Chair of Derbyshire County Council to step down

The Chair of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Dave Wilcox, announced yesterday that he is standing down from his position due to ill health. Councillor Wilcox, who is county councillor for Hadfield, Tintwistle and Gamesley, was appointed to the role of Chair in May last year.

Fruit and Veg Co-Op shopping tomorrow

Glossop fruit and veg co-op are going to market early tomorrow. Share boxes of top quality fruit and veg at cost price plus contribution for fuel. £10 minimum. Probable buys tomorrow: tomatoes, strawberries, asparagus, spinach. Also fish - manx kippers, maybe John Dory or flatfish.

Police release tragic video of officers describing devastation of drink driving

Derbyshire Constabulary has released a hard-hitting video of roads policing officers’ first hand experiences at fatal collisions in a bid to prevent people getting behind the wheel after drinking. The video has been produced as part of a national month-long campaign starting on Sunday (June 1) to prevent drink-driving during the summer months.

Man is charged with rape in Glossop.

Detectives have charged a man with rape of an 18-year-old girl as she was walking home in Glossop. The victim was walking in a church yard off Church Street, on Monday, May 26, when she was assaulted by a man. The victim suffered serious facial injuries during the incident and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Stefan Hague (24) of Quarry Close was charged today (Friday, May 30) with rape and will appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday, May 31).

Glossop runners needed for Great North Run

The British Red Cross in Derbyshire is making an unusual plea to Glossopian: for bananas, pigs, bears, giraffes, dinosaurs, and 'celebrities' to take part in the Great North Run for the charity.
The Great North Run is the world famous half marathon that goes from Newcastle to South Shields and takes place on Sunday 7 September. The Red Cross still has a limited number of guaranteed charity places left for this event.

Comments invited on proposed electoral boundary changes

The Local Government Boundary Commission is carrying out an electoral review of the High Peak to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. Comments are invited on their draft proposal until 24th June 2014. The proposals include creating single-member wards for Dinting, Old Glossop, Shirebrook and Whitfield and two-member wards for Howard Town and Simmondley.  Hadfield North and Padfield would be single member wards, with a three-member ward of Hadfield South & Gamesley.

Water off in parts of Hadfield

There is no tap water in parts of Hadfield and United Utilities are searching for the problem. Their latest update @ 10:13am says "A leak on Station Street/Railway Street has been spotted and reported to us. Our inspector has been to have a look and found this to be the cause for some of you having no water or just a trickle. We’ve got a team of engineers on the way to carry out the necessary work to get your taps flowing normally again."

Police appeal for witnesses after woman is sexually assaulted in Old Glossop

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted as she was walking home in Glossop. The 18-year-old victim was walking in a church yard off Church Street, near the Duke of Norfolk school, when she was assaulted by a man. The victim suffered serious facial injuries in the incident, which took place at about 3am on Monday, May 26, and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Pond repair work set to start at Howard Park

Work to repair the pond and a small footbridge at Glossop’s Howard Park will start next week. The pond alongside Dinting Road has been leaking for some time and the works will include the reconstruction of the outlet manholes and pipe work, re-building the headwall and installing a new wall along the southern bank. The work will start on Monday 2 June and is expected to take around six weeks. The park and the swimming pool will remain open throughout but some areas may be restricted.

Meeting planned for objectors to planning application

There will be a meeting for residents who wish to object to the Gypsy/Traveller camp planning application on Tuesday 3rd June, at 7pm, Glossop Golf Club. Please note the capacity of the venue is 125 people max.  A total of 483 objections have been lodged against the application in a week, almost the same number generated by months of campaigning in opposition to now defunct plans to build a new library in Glossop. However many of the "objections" to the Gypsy-Traveller site contain no details and are unlikely to be considered valid.

It’s a washout for Glossop’s men

Last weeks results from Glossop Golf Club
Despite having invested over £40,000 over the winter months to improve the greens drainage, Saturdays incessant rain proved too much for the course to handle. Despite over half the field starting their round the Saturday comp was cancelled and members were back in the clubhouse about 1pm with only a handful of members able to play the full 18 holes.

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Police investigating serious assault in Old Glossop seek info on man

The police are investigating an alleged serious assault on a female that took place in Old Glossop around 3AM this morning. The area remains cordoned off. Derbyshire Police want to identify a male sighted on Church Street South, Old Glossop shortly after 0300hrs, described as wearing a white tee shirt, blue stone washed jeans and trainers.  The assistance of the public is requested to identify this male who may be a witness or to eliminate him from the enquiry.

UKIP get most votes in High Peak, Labour second, Conservatives third

The votes cast in the High Peak as part of the East Midlands European Election were:

An Independence from Europe - 360
British National Party - 305
Conservatives - 6043
English Democrats - 168
Greens - 2710
Harmony - 33
Labour - 6422
Liberal Democrats - 1446
UKIP - 7080

Turnout was 34.04%

No answers on Glossop traffic light delay

The temporary traffic lights in Glossop town centre failed this morning, but police were in attendance and the lights are now fixed. The temporary lights are there pending the installation of a MOVA traffic light system which is being installed as a belated condition of the Marks and Spencer development in Howardtown. When the store was approved, High Peak Borough Council made it a condition that the developers pay for the MOVA system, and that it should be installed before the store opened. A year after M&S opened nothing had happened, and HPBC had nothing to say about it.

Police seek co-ordinator to tackle wildlife crime

Derbyshire police’s commitment to tackling wildlife crime will be spreading its wings further across the county with the creation of a new role. The force is looking for a dedicated wildlife co-ordinator, who will work with Derbyshire’s wildlife crime police officers to identify the best way to tackle offenders.

Police seek information after a number of distraction thefts in the High Peak

Police officers investigating a series of thefts where people have been distracted are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious. One of the incidents occurred at a shop on George Street in Glossop last week.

Results of Tameside Borough Council Longdendale ward election

The Labour Party candidate held the seat in Thursday's election to elect a Longdendale councillor for Tameside Borough Council.  Turnout was 35.2%. The election selected one third of Tameside council, and one of three Longdendale councillors. Compared to elections in 2012, Labour lost 12% of votes, the Conservatives lost 2% and the Greens lost 1%, whilst UKIP gained 14%.

St Andrew’s School Hadfield to get a £123,000 kitchen conversion with servery

Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Eleven Derbyshire schools are being modernised thanks to £3.1m funding from Derbyshire County Council. Work to improve schools across the county has already started and includes building classroom extensions, replacing windows and rewiring. It includes spending £569,383 on two extra classrooms at Woodville Junior School in Swadlincote. It is one of three projects given the go ahead to enlarge schools in the south of the county to provide extra places.

New Inspector set to tackle crime and build on community links in Glossop and New Mills

A new Inspector has taken over the lead on policing in the Glossop and New Mills areas of the High Peak. Inspector Barry Doyle has taken over management of the Safer Neighbourhood teams and is now responsible for policing Glossop Town, Gamesley, St Johns, Hadfield, Tintwistle, New Mills and Hayfield. Insp. Doyle holds 25-years of policing service which has seen him experience a number of roles and sections, including working in public order policing, firearms and alongside the Roads Policing Unit.

Police helicopter was searching for woman

A police helicopter with search lights was over Glossop in the early hours of Wednesday morning The helicopter was looking for a woman who had been reported missing from the Glossop area. She was located safe and well a short time later.

No comment from UKIP on extreme right wing links

High Peak and East Midlands UKIP have declined to comment on a series of posts published by UKIP publicity officer Ivan Bell on the High Peak UKIP Facebook page from extreme right wing groups Britain First and the Infidels of Britain. Britain First is a political party formed by ex British National Party members, infamous for their election slogan "Remember Lee Rigby" which upset Lee Rigby's mum. Britain First seeks to protect "British and Christian morality", and campaigns against Islam, immigration and abortion. According to their website members and supporters of Britain First are banned from joining UKIP.  The Infidels of Britain describe themselves as "a movement for the Indigenous people of Britain". They believe that 24% of the British population is not indigenous and campaign to reduce the number of immigrants to only 1.6% via "assisted repatriation".

European Elections today

Voters all over Glossop will be electing members of  the European Parliament today using the D'Hondt system of proportional representation. Polling stations close at 10pm tonight. Read the Glossop Gazette's coverage of the election and candidates in our election special. The final national poll results suggest that the Green Party (10%) is ahead of Liberal Democrats (9%) and that UKIP (27%) and Labour (26%) are almost neck and neck, and both ahead of the Conservatives (22%) with the British National Party on 1% and other parties on 3%. Voter turnout for European elections in the East Midlands is not high; 37% in 2009, 43% in 2004 and 23% in 1999.

Police appeal for witnesses to Glossop crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a recovery vehicle towing a broken down bus collided with buildings in Glossop town centre and became embedded.The collision occurred at around 6pm on Tuesday, May 20th with the bus becoming embedded in the shop fronts of a taxi company and a takeaway on Victoria Street. The recovery vehicle was wedged between a lamp post and a bank.No one was seriously injured during the collision.

High Peak Mountain Rescue organisation receive £5,000 boost to mark 50th anniversary

Derbyshire’s Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner have donated £5,000 to aid the county’s mountain rescue teams. The money was donated to mark Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation’s 50th anniversary this year. The organisation is split into seven teams, all of which are run entirely by volunteers who aid police in a variety of emergencies.

Wellfit Glossop host Le Tissier Cup

With teams coming from across the country, the sun cracking the flags, golden goal extra time winners, penalty shoot-outs and one of the famous Charlton brothers playing, the Le Tissier Cup – billed as a festival of walking football held at Glossopdale Community College - had everything a tournament organiser could wish for except a home victory.

Rory McCleod at The Globe, 29th May 2014

An incredible ex circus clown and fire eater, now a one-man soul band, poet and storyteller. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and foot operated percussion! The Globe 29th May 8.15pm

G52 Event a Sizzling Success

The BBQ and Car Boot held at the Geoffrey Allen Centre organised by G52 Gamesley Women’s Group and supported by Gamesley Adult Education and HPBC Community Partnership Team was a huge success.
The glorious weather encouraged people to come out and bag a bargain.  The event was one of a range being organised by G52 which are to raise funds for activities for families during the summer school holidays and all year round.

M67 closed both ways until 11pm

The M67 is closed both ways until at least 11pm today 16th May 2014 after a serious incident. More details

Accidental death recorded in Mossy Lea Reservoir tragedy

A verdict of accidental death was recorded in the inquest into the death of a Glossop teenager who drowned in Mossy Lea reservoir in October 2013. The coroner was told that 16 year old Mitchell Turner had suffered an epileptic seizure and fallen into the water whilst working on the bank. The coroner paid tribute the the young man, who was planning to become a gamekeeper.

Nottingham man jailed after Hayfield hit and run

Wayne Salmon, aged 52, of Birkin Avenue, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to driving a  box van in Hayfield without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident. He was sent to prison for 16 weeks and banned from driving for five years. Salmon was in charge of a 7.5ton lorry, the weather was good and the person he hit was left with life threatening injuries. Magistrates said that it was "the worst traffic offence this bench has seen".

"Well fit" Glossopians host football tournament this Thursday

While most people will know that football’s Premier League has finally reached a dramatic conclusion and be aware that the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner not quite so many will know that this week (Thursday 15th May) Glossop is hosting what may become one of the most prestigious competitions in soccer when local walking football outfit Glossop Gentlemen FC take on teams drawn from across the country to contest the Le Tissier Cup.

Labour respond to Conservative criticism of DCC

Unedited press release from Derbyshire Labour:
Cllr Anne Western, Leader of Labour–controlled Derbyshire County Council has hit back at Conservative accusations of ‘dithering’ over cuts to services. Labour took the county council from the Conservatives in May 2013 and faced an immediate budget blackhole of £10m from unallocated cuts that the Conservatives had failed to make.

Glossop dance group are champions of Europe

T.I.8, the elite team from Glossop's Centre Stage Dance Crew, have won the UDO European Street Dance Championships in Kalkar, Germany. It was the group's third visit to the championships in as many years, competing against groups from all over Europe. They have been UDO North West & North Wales Champions in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and took 2nd and 5th places at the World Championships in 2012.

Man jailed for sex act on bus in Glossop

Antony Smith, aged 54, of Pitt Street, Audenshaw, was jailed for 12 weeks and banned from traveling on the upper deck of any bus for two years after being convicted of using threatening behaviour towards a 16 year old girl on a bus in Glossop. The court was told that Smith and the girl were the only passengers on the top deck of the bus and that, after striking up a conversation with her, he put he had down his hand down his trousers and started to moan.

Glossop Gazette Corrie Web of Passion, version 7

The Glossop Gazette has compiled an elaborate web showing the sexual relationships between Coronation Street characters. The Coronation Street Web Of Sex links almost all the characters, regardless of age or sexual orientation. Only six current characters are not entangled in the web; asexual Norris Cole and mad Mary Taylor are the only celibate characters on the street, Haley and Roy Cropper are the only couple not snared in the web of sex and Emily Bishop the only surviving character whose past liaisons cannot be linked to the main web. Because of space and time restrictions it wasn't possible to list all the partners of any of the Barlows, Audrey, Dev, Nick, Steve or Lianne, but you can add them yourself if you really want to. 

Two men arrested in connection with criminal damage offences in Glossop

Police have arrested two men in connection with a series of criminal damage offences in Glossop. At around 2pm on Monday, May 5 officers received a report of two men causing damage to a Ford KA parked on Sunlaws Street, Glossop, by kicking the offside wing mirror. Damage was also caused to the wing mirror of a purple Volkswagen Polo, a Ford Fiat Transit, a silver Ford Fusion and a red coloured Mini.  Officers carried out a search of the area and two men, aged 42 and 20-years-old were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. Both have been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

Information appeal following theft from vehicle in Glossop

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves removed the catalytic converter from the underside of a van in Glossop. The Mercedes panel van that was parked outside a property on Sheffield Road, Glossop was targeted sometime between 6pm on Wednesday, May 7 and 8.45am on Thursday, May 8. The catalytic converter was removed from the vehicle.

Don't miss out on free childcare for your toddler

Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Thousands of pounds worth of free childcare is going unclaimed by some Derbyshire families who could be getting their two year olds looked after for free. Up to 15 hours of free childcare a week is available to families on low incomes or on certain benefits who have a child aged two. But some of the money has not been claimed. To encourage families to take up the offer, Derbyshire County Council has launched on online checker so they can find out more easily if they qualify.

Two suffer smoke inhalation after Tintwistle house fire

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a house fire on Woodhead Road, Tintwistle, on Wednesday morning. Firefighters from Glossop dealt with the blaze

Eight, not six, people arrested following police drug strike in Glossop

So many people have been arrested for suspected drugs offences following targeted police action in Glossop that the police have trouble counting them. Three men were arrested on Saturday, April 26 after being seen acting suspiciously outside a property on Matlock Bank, Glossop.
Officers were carrying out patrols in the area at around 4.45pm when two men were allegedly seen to deposit a small bag of suspected drugs.

Conservatives Blast Labour's Savings Dithering as Disastrous for Derbyshire

Unedited press release from Derbyshire Conservatives:
Derbyshire Labour increasingly show that they are on target to fail to meet savings of £157m. Papers to Cabinet continually highlight that they will fail to meet in-year savings targets, instead pushing the savings further into the future, critically 2015/16.

Tributes flood in for Anthony Mellor

Tributes have flooded in for popular local man Anthony Mellor, who died yesterday. The founder of Glossop's online Tourist Information Centre and the Discover Derbyshire website, Anthony was a former pupil of St. Philip Howard School. He leaves a partner and a young family. Further details to follow.

Villa suffer narrow defeat in final game of the season

Dove Holes 1-0 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 3rd May, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat away from home at second placed Dove Holes in what was the final game of an underachieving season for Billy Higginbottom’s team.

Officers appeal for information following theft from Hadfield pub

Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man and woman in connection with a theft in Hadfield.
On Wednesday, April 23 between 11.15am and 2pm a laptop was stolen from The Palatine public house on Station Road in Hadfield. Police would like to trace a man and woman that were seen in the area at around 1pm. The man was described as skinny with dark coloured hair and was wearing dark coloured jeans and a black coat. The woman had blonde hair.

Food fair a success for Bare Necessities Food Bank

A Spring Festival of Food was held last Saturday (24th April) at Glossop Labour Club.  The day was filled with stalls packed with cheeses, olives, breads, cakes, pies, meats, eggs, beer and morning coffee and a lunchtime soup kitchen was also provided.  For Bare Necessities, the Glossopdale Food Bank, the Food Fair had an added bonus, for instead of an admission charge, the organisers of the Fair asked that donations were made, either in cash or non-perishable food, for the Glossopdale Food Bank.  The Labour Club will also now have a food collection drum permanently based there.

Dropped cigarette costly for Hadfield man

A dropped cigarette butt proved costly for Hadfield man who has to pay almost £300 for littering. Mr Benjamin Dunn, of Merseybank Road, Hadfield was found guilty of littering in his absence by Buxton magistrates on 29 April. High Peak Borough Council brought the prosecution after an Enforcement Officer witnessed Dunn dropping the butt outside Hadfield Nursery. He admitted the offence immediately but failed to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice that was issued to him.

Curfew Order for Hadfield benefits fraudster

A 34-year-old Hadfield woman has been handed a 12-month Community Punishment Order for fraudulently claiming over £4,000 in housing and council tax benefit. Marianne Zowanyk, of Oakfield Road, pleaded guilty to one charge of making a fraudulent claim when she appeared before magistrates in Buxton on Tuesday 29 April.

Talk on "World War 2 Invasion Defences of North West England" at GLAS this Tuesday

The next meeting of Glossop & Longdendale Archaeological Society will be held on Tuesday 6th May at The Bluebell Wood, Glossop Road, Gamesley. We hope to start around 7.30pm. Members £1 - Visitors £2.50 - New Members £5 + £1 (then just £1 for any meeting attended).  Speaker for the evening will be Ian Sanders, from the Manchester Military History Soc. (based in Hyde, and recommended by our member, Paul Beckmann). Ian will on this occasion be presenting his talk on, 'The World War 2 Invasion Defences of North West England'. Many of these defences are still standing and are now classed as heritage assets in their own right and of interest to the archaeological community.

Villa at peak of their performance

Peak Dale 1 -3 Tintwistle Villa

Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 26th April, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa recorded an impressive 3-1 win away from home in a feisty encounter against Buxton based Peak Dale. Tintwistle started the game brightly with midfield dynamo Riz Patterson hitting the crossbar with an effort on goal in the opening minutes of the game. However, Peak Dale created a number of chances which saw Villa goalkeeper Steve Exley called into action to keep the home side at bay.

On the trail of Old Glossop’s heritage

Unedited press release from High Peak Borough Council: Visitors to Old Glossop may spot some interesting new additions as they walk around the town. Interpretation panels and heritage plaques charting the town’s notable historic events, sites and key buildings have been installed by High Peak Borough Council as part of the Old Glossop Heritage Trail.

Have your say on new Derbyshire economic strategy

Unedited press release from Derbyshore County Council: Businesses and residents across the county are being invited to have their say about a new document setting out ambitions to support economic growth in Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Economic Strategy Statement (DESS) has been developed by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DEP) which is made up of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors across the county, supported by Derbyshire County Council.

UKIP officer's publicity stunt branded "a disgrace" by Old Glossop residents' group chairman

High Peak UKIP's publicity officer Ivan Bell was slammed by the chairman of Old Glossop Community Matters for politicising voluntary repainting work in Old Glossop. Phil Teece, Chairman of Old Glossop Community Matters told the Glossop Gazette that on 12 April the Glossop Chronicle "published an article, based on Ivan Bell's press release, which implied a connection between the tidying up of the village by residents and UKIP.

Cadbury's chocolate funds "Muslim terrorists" according to High Peak UKIP Facebook Group

In the latest of a bizarre spate of Facebook posts, High Peak UKIP's Publicity Offiicer Ivan Bell has stated that he will get High Peak UKIP to put a clause in their manifesto requiring every local school to fly the Union Flag and sing the national anthem in assemblies. This came just days after he "liked" a post on his timetime from an English Defence League group warning "Educate children about the evils of Islam now before it's too late". Another post, on the High Peak UKIP Group, for which Mr Bell is the administrator reads "Please do not buy Cadbury products. Cadbury is now halal certified and is therefore financing Muslim terrorists".

Glossop's judo ace seeks funding

Glossop Judo ace Eric Ham is currently ranked Number 1 in Great Britain at Junior level and number 15 on the Junior world ranking list. He is looking for funding for Junior European Cups later in the year to improve his position in the World Ranking List. Eric trains at Glossop Judo Club and is a member of the England Judo Talent Squad.

Digital Outreach Holds ‘Glossop Great Brew Break’ for Local Older People

Glossop social enterprise, Digital Outreach, is set to raise vital funds for local older people by hosting a ‘Great Brew Break’, in support of older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service.The event, which will see local organisations invited to join the Digital Outreach team for tea and games on Tuesday 29th April at its office on Chapel Street, is part of a week of Royal Voluntary Service ‘Great Brew Break’ events happening across Great Britain between 28 April and 4 May.

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