Remembrance service for lives lost on HMT Lancastria

There will be a short remembrance service on Saturday 26th April 2014 at the cenotaph in Glossop around 10.15 to lay wreaths and remember the 6 local servicemen (Harry Bennett, James Arthur Drabble, Clifford Holland, John Jones, Eric Dyer, and Earnest McGowan) who lost their lives when HMT Lancastria was bombed and sunk off the French coast during the second world war.

Valiant Villa suffer away defeat

Bradwell 2-0 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 19th April, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa battled valiantly but came away with no points on their journey to high flying Bradwell who inflicted a 2-0 defeat against Billy Higginbottom’s team on Saturday. Bradwell expected Tintwistle to put in a hard physical performance and they were not disappointed. Although Tintwistle showed a lot of commitment Bradwell were generally in control of the game and produced a series of half chances in the opening stages of the match.

1072 houses for Glossop in the approved local plan

The High Peak has an approved local plan at last, and 1,072 houses are proposed for Glossopdale. HPBC have not provided any press release about it but the Buxton Advertiser took the trouble to attend the meeting.

Peak District has lowest number of child sex offence arrests in Derbyshire

According to an article in the Derbyshire Times based on figures from a freedom in information request, there have been fewer arrests for child sex offences in the Peak District than any other part of Derbyshire. Since 2007  a total of 1,337 arrests have been made in Derbyshire in relation to sexual crimes against children, of which 81 were made in the Peak District (Division B South). The highest number of arrests were made in Amber Valley. The article does not take into consideration the different population sizes and densities of the different force areas.

Men fined for counterfeit tobacco in Glossop

Imran Abuji, aged 37, of Ozzebooth Terrace, Blackburn,  pleaded guilty to possessing thirty six 50g pouches of hand rolling tobacco at Super Pound, High Street West, Glossop, which was likely to be mistaken for Golden Virginia, with a view to sale of the said goods. He was fined £144 and ordered to pay victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £250.
Mohammed Hafeji, aged 32, of London Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to possessing one packet of the same tobacco at Super Pound, High Street West, Glossop, with a view to selling it. He was fined £120 plus victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £250

Suspended prison sentence for Glossop man convicted of sustained and nasty assault

Andrew Lee Smith, aged 34, of High Street West, Glossop, was found guilty of assault by beating of a male. The court said it was a sustained and nasty assault that was unprovoked and occurred in a public place, and that Smith showed a lack of remorse. He was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to participate in Resolve for 60 days. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £150, victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £200.

Gamesley Safer Neighbourhood Team head out on the road for mobile police surgeries

Officers from Gamesley and St Johns Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on the road to encourage residents in Charlesworth and Chisworth to share their views on local policing. The team will be visiting the villages on Saturday, April 26 to give residents the opportunity to speak to them about any issues affecting their community.The Gamesley and St Johns Safer Neighbourhood Team will be visiting the village in the mobile police station and will be seen at Charlesworth village green at 4.30pm and Chisworth turning circle on Marple Road from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

Hadfield man "posed danger to other road users"

Michael Antony Lloyd, aged 23, of Maguire Avenue, Hadfield, pleaded guilty to using a handheld phone while driving a Renault Megane in Hadfield, driving without a licence, and to having two bald tyres. He was disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence for 28 days. The court said that it was a serious case because of the number of offences and the danger he posed to other roads users. He was fined £74 plus victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £35.

Moorland fire at Longdendale

A moorland fire broke out in Longdendale yesterday. Peak District Rangers and the Fire Service were attempting to tackle the blaze, the cause of which is unknown at present. Moorland fires are considered the biggest single threat to the fragile ecology of Peak District moorlands and cause heavy mortality to ground nesting birds.

Serious crash on Snake Pass - witnesses sought

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision on the A57 Snake Pass in north Derbyshire. At about 10.40am yesterday (Wednesday 16th April 2014) a serious road traffic collision occurred on the A57 Snake Pass, near to Hagg Farm, between Glossop and Bamford. A blue Ford Fiesta, which was travelling towards Ladybower, left the offside of the road and collided heavily with a mature pine tree down an embankment.  The driver and front seat passenger were uninjured but two 17-year -old youths, who were rear seat passengers, suffered serious injuries.   They were taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. The road was closed until 4.50pm while an investigation into the cause of the collision continued and the vehicle was recovered.

Decisions about Glossop primary school places

Parents who have applied to Derbyshire County Council for a primary school place for their child will soon know the outcome. The authority will make offers of places to 11,134 Derbyshire children today (Weds 16 April).
Of those who applied by the closing date for infant places 93.1% will be offered their first choice while 98.2% will get one of their top three preferences. For junior school places almost 97.6% of parents will get their first choice of school and 99.4% will get their top three choices.

New solicitor for Glossop firm

Davis Blank Furniss - the Manchester & Glossop based law firm - is further building its core team after appointing Carlyn Weale to its Dispute Resolution department. Carlyn has joined as a solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). Being a qualified solicitor advocate in civil proceedings enables Carlyn to represent clients in the higher courts in England and Wales.

Glossop residents encouraged to take part in the B North Community Survey

Residents in the High Peak are being encouraged to head online to share their views on policing in their community.
Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood teams in B North of the division including Glossop Town Centre, Hadfield and Tintwistle, Gamesley and St Johns and New Mills and Hayfield are asking residents to take part in the community survey. People living in the areas are invited to rate the level of policing in their community and also gives them the opportunity to raise any neighbourhood issues for their local Safer Neighbourhood teams to focus on.

Mystery of burned out police van on Cliffe Road

An unattended, burned out, police van on Cliffe Road was the subject of much speculation in Glossop this morning. The van had apparently been parked up for a few days, but was not seen to be damaged until this morning. Speculative explanations include that it was left there unattended as a deterrent against allotment thefts. A police spokesman said "Yes we are aware of the van and it is one of ours.  It was reported to be on fire at midnight.  Initial examination suggests that there are no suspicious  circumstances but the fire service will be finalising their investigation in the next few days." When asked to confirm that the vehicle had been parked there for some time they replied "It had been there for some time for operational reasons we can’t discuss.  It had not broken down".

Police head out on increased patrols following theft from Glossop allotments

Police are heading out on targeted patrols and encouraging residents to remain vigilant following a number of thefts from allotments in Whitfield, Glossop. Between 6pm on Friday, April 11 and 9.30am on Saturday, April 12, offenders forced entry into a shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street, Glossop. A red Mantis cultivator was taken from the property. Overnight between Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9, offenders attempted to gain entry to a garden shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street. No items were taken from the premises.

Business recycling service being considered in Glossop

High Peak Borough Council is considering introducing a business recycling service for trade waste customers. To help shape that service, the Council is asking local businesses to provide information about the types of waste they produce and what currently happens to that waste. An online survey has been created to make providing this information as quick and easy as possible for businesses. The survey is available at  Businesses without internet access can call 01298 28400 (extensions 4413 and 4435) to speak to a recycling promoter who will complete the online survey on behalf of the business based on the information they provide. The survey must be completed by Friday 16 May.

Glossop company repeats success at industry awards

A Glossop building preservation company has won a top industry award for the second time in a row.
Trace Remedial Building Services was announced as Project of the Year at an annual ceremony hosted by the Property Care Association at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
The award-winning project featured a timber-framed farmhouse which gained listed building status midway through essential repairs.

100 houses for Charlestown Works

High Peak Borough Council have reversed their earlier decision to refuse Aitchison Raffety's application to demolish the existing structures and build up to 105 houses on the site at Charlestown Works, Glossop.  The application which was refused by HPBC last year, was approved on 27th March 2014.

Extra inspections of Glossop Chimney as residents report strange noises

A spate of reports about creaking noises coming from the Glossop chimney have prompted a thorough examination of the structure. Over the last few weeks a number of people have reported that the chimney is making strange sounds, and consequently a team are currently checking it. More details when they become available.

Glossop residents asked about sexual health service plans for Derbyshire

Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Residents are being invited to have their say about Derbyshire County Council’s plans to develop sexual health services in a consultation starting tomorrow (Friday 11 April). The council carried out the first stage of a review in January and has used comments from the feedback to draw up plans to develop the service. It now wants to know if residents feel the proposals meet their needs and the right issues are being prioritised.

Warning over Glossop car key thefts

Police in Glossop area are urging residents to secure their property after a number of car key thefts. There have been an increased number of incidents in the north of the county where residents have left their properties insecure and offenders have stolen car keys and then stole cars. Sgt Christopher Simcock from Glossop CID said: “Residents are often leaving doors unlocked and their car keys near to the door on work surfaces or hooks. Offenders are then entering properties and taking the keys and then stealing cars.

Crackdown on Glossop Blue badge abuse

A crackdown on people who are misusing Blue Badges has seen just over 700 checks carried out in four months in Derbyshire. Blue Badges are issued to people with severe mobility problems and a badge holder can display their badge in their car or any vehicle they are travelling in, to park closer to where they need to be, sometimes for free. Derbyshire County Council processes the Blue Badges and there are currently around 40,000 people across the county who have one. In 2012, new rules were introduced nationally, making it easier to identify Blue Badge misuse and harder for fraudsters to produce and illegally use badges, ensuring that only genuine users benefit from the scheme.

Derbyshire one of the worst places for dog attacks on livestock

The British Veterinary Association is asking dog owners to support a new campaign and keep their pets on leads near livestock as recent figures confirm that attacks have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last three years. The campaign, spearheaded by the Farmers Guardian, aims to improve relationships in rural areas by encouraging walkers to keep dogs on lead near livestock. New figures, obtained by the farming publication from Freedom of Information requests to UK police forces, showed there were more than 1,000 attacks on livestock by dogs in 2013, up from 691 in 2011, and that 53 of these occurred in Derbyshire

Meningitis charity mark 25 years with Trans Pennine Challenge through Glossop

International charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is marking its 25th anniversary in May 2014 with a 140km walk across the Pennines connecting two landmark buildings in the history of meningitis and septicaemia research. They will reach Glossop on 29th of May. Led by charity Chief Executive Christopher Head and other senior staff the walk will begin at Sheffield University on Friday 23 May and the charity hopes their supporters and members of the public will join them on an 8 day challenge across the beautiful Peak District National Park.

Man jailed for shoplifting in Glossop.

Nathan Aiyna Sassen, aged 38, of Stanley Road, Whalley Range, was committed to prison for  a total of 15 weeks after pleading guilty to stealing whisky and food from the Marks and Spencer store in Glossop on a number of occasions between November 2013 and February 2014. The court said that the offence was  serious because of a significant level of planning, almost professional offending, plus he was in  breach of a conditional discharge and committed the crimes during the currency of a community order and had a record of previous offending for similar offences.

Appeal after late night burglary at Glossop Co-OP

Detectives in Glossop are appealing for information after cigarettes were stolen during a burglary from a supermarket. At around 1.10am on Tuesday, April 8 three offenders entered Co-op, Norfolk Street, by forcing open shutters and the doors to the shop. They then stole a large amount of cigarettes and left the shop just a few minutes later. The offenders all wore face coverings but it is believed they were men.

Villa on Cloud Nine

Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 5th April 2014
Tintwistle Villa 9-0 Hope Sports
Tintwistle Villa recorded an emphatic 9-0 victory over visitors Hope Sports at West Drive in the Hope Valley Premier League on Saturday in a game which saw four Villa players net braces. Talismanic striker Ronnie Dixon opened the scoring for Villa with what was probably the best goal of the game. Dixon picked the ball up on the left hand side of the box before swivelling on the ball and curling a rasping drive into the top right hand corner of the Hope net.

Woolley Bridge damaged in accident

The Woolley Bridge has suffered significant damage after a vehicle hit it. Repair work will be carried out on May 13th, when the bridge will be closed, and traffic flow likely to be restricted until repairs are completed. More details will be published when available.

Glossop stench is Lancashire Chemicals' yeast process

A new and unpleasant smell has been reported in Glossop, and locals suspicions that a new process at Lancashire Chemicals may be to blame have proved correct. The smell has been around for almost a month, A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “Environmental Health's Pollution Team has recently received a number of complaints in connection with a strong odour associated with a new commercial process introduced at Lancashire Chemicals. The process involves the drying of yeast and causes a strong odour similar to that associated with brewing. Whilst it can be unpleasant at certain times, the odour is not harmful.

Curry at The Commy

By William Westhead
'Curry at The Commy' could well become a Glossop by-word for excellent Indian cuisine. Just over 12 months ago Anthony and Leanne Parker became the owners of the Commercial Inn, Manor Park Road, Glossop. During that short time they have brought about a Glossop success story that reflects on their enterprise, business acumen and good old fashioned hard work.

Correction - Questions for European Election Candidates 1

In our article which asked questions to candidates in the May 22 European election we inadvertently omitted answers from Liberal Democrat candidate Deborah Newton-Cook. This mistake has been corrected and the editor apologises for the mistake.

Police appeal after laptop and jewellery are stolen from house in Glossop

A laptop containing sentimental photos of a burglary victim’s late former partner was stolen from a house in Hadfield. The property, in Goddard Lane, was broken into between about 5.40pm and 7.50pm on Sunday, March 30. Among the items taken was cash, a white gold chain necklace with a diamond pendant and a men’s Seiko wristwatch. A Hewlett Packard laptop containing several photographs of the victim’s deceased former partner was also stolen in the break-in. Police are appealing for witnesses and want to trace the laptop, which is black and grey and has distinctive butterfly stickers on the top.

Lady Gaga buys house in Glossop

The latest in a long line of celebrities to move to Glossop is the acclaimed American musician and fashion icon Lady Gaga, who has bought a house in the exclusive district of Old Glossop. "I just love Old Glossop, lots of my friends have bought houses here recently and it's such a beautiful place. The locals are so quaint and welcoming, they are my little Glossop monsters already! I'm gonna feel right at home here in no time. I'm sad that the pie shop has closed, my real estate agent didn't tell me that, but I guess when the Waitrose store opens down the road they will sell pies that are nearly as good". 

Concierge Night Staff Worker vacancy at HPWA

High Peak Women's Aid are seeking to recruit a Concierge Night Staff Worker to work as part of a team of staff to provide a confidential and safe accommodation and support service to young women 16 to 24 years who are or have been affected by domestic abuse. You must have a proven ability to engage with young women and provide an accommodation focused support package. Previous experience of working in a supported housing or care setting is essential. More details at

Glossop’s most improved shop front? You decide

Unedited press release from High Peak Borough Council:
Over the last seven years the historic centre of Glossop has undergone a transformation which has brought new businesses to the town, created almost 40 new jobs and increased residents’ satisfaction with their home town.Now local people are being asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

Letter to the Editor: Application for full time clay pigeon shooting on the edge of Old Glossop

I don't know if the Gazette has been made aware of the following planning application. It is for full-time outdoor clay pigeon shooting area in the National Park just beyond Tanyard on the way up to Doctor's Gate on Shepley Street in Old Glossop.
Application Number: NP/HPK/0214/0221
There has long been permission for 28 days shooting there per year: I am happy for people to have their hobbies, but I think 28 days per year is enough given the noise disturbance this facility causes to others. I can hear the gunshots in my house on Manor Park Road and an hour into a walk up in the hills above Glossop. The proposal to have it ‘full-time’ is very open – it could well include evenings, weekends, and under lights at night.

Lowrey Brothers earn Villa victory

Tintwistle Villa 3-1 Furness Vale
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 22nd March, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa secured a second successive win with a resounding 3-1 win over Furness Vale at West Drive on Saturday. Billy Higginbottom’s men made a positive start to the game despite playing into a strong first half head wind.  Target man James Pool played a pivotal role for the team by providing an outlet and holding the ball to ensure that his side retained early possession in the game.  Industrious midfielder Ricky Lowrey opened the scoring for Tintwistle after skilfully turning a defender inside the box and placing his effort out of the reach of the visitor’s keeper in the far left corner of the net.

Film night at Glossop and Longdendale Archaeological Society, 1st April 2014

Tuesday, 1st April 2014, 7.30pm, at Bluebell Wood, Glossop Road, Gamesley (function room), SK13 6EL. Members pay £1 per meeting - Visitors £2.50 - New Members £5 GLAS 2013/14 subscription, plus £1 = £6. Includes The Archaeology of Mellor - An archaeological journey from the last ice age. This gives a good insight to the various phases of Mellor's archaeological past.

Letter to the editor: Meningitis B Vaccine

Dear Editor, I wish to thank everyone for uniting behind Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! campaign to get the UK’s first lifesaving Meningitis B vaccine free to all babies on the NHS, subject to price negotiations. Beat it Now! shows how people uniting can create a strong voice to urge change, and this reversal will save thousands of lives from death or disabilities such as limb loss, brain damage and epilepsy. Meningitis B is the most common form of bacterial meningitis in the UK and, together, after years of fighting, we are a step closer to a future without the deadly disease. The decision is the most monumental news in the 31 years I’ve battled to eradicate meningitis after losing my baby Spencer to Meningitis B.

Latest school attendance figures released

Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Persistent absences in Derbyshire schools are lower than the national average and reducing, according to new figures. In primary schools, rates of persistent absence are 2.5% compared to the national average of 3% - a figure which shows the county has outperformed its statistical neighbours. Persistent absences in Derbyshire secondary schools stand at 6.2% compared to 6.4% nationally. Figures released by the Department for Education show primary school total absence for the county for 2012/13 is 4.5% compared to the national average of 4.7%. Absences in secondary schools are level with the national average of 5.8%.

Grants to commemorate First World War in High Peak

Are you planning a community project to commemorate the First World War? If so, you might be able to get grant funding to help with the cost from the Borough Council. The Council has made £20,000 available to support local community organisations, town and parish councils to deliver projects which commemorate the centenary.

Ex Hadfield teenager implicated in police officer murder left suicide notes that were not suicidal

A teenage girl originally from Glossop, who died with her boyfriend shortly after a police officer was murdered in Orlando, Florida, left "suicide notes", according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. However the letters written by Alexandria Hollinghurst do not suggest that the teenager was suicidal, but rather that she was running away from home with her boyfriend.  Ms. Hollinghurst, 17, was found dead with her boyfriend, Brandon Goode, 18, a block away from where 31 year old police officer Robert German had just been murdered with a gunshot to the head early on Saturday morning. 

Glossop residents get their security into gear at property marking event

Glossop residents were invited to get their security into gear to protect their valuables from criminals when Safer Neighbourhood officers visited Halfords store in Glossop to encourage shoppers to increase their security during a crime prevention initiative.

Tintwistle Villa record emphatic away win

By Steve Exley
Hope Sports 2-Tintwistle Villa 10
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 22nd March, 2014
Tintwistle Villa recorded an emphatic 10-2 win away from home at Hope Sports who currently sit at the foot of the Hope Valley Premier League table. Villa started the game in a positive attacking fashion and within minutes took the lead through winger Bobby Lowrey who cut inside from the left wing and curled his effort into the bottom right hand corner of the Hope Sports net. Strike partners James Pool and Ronnie Dixon added a further two goals before Hope pulled one back to bring the scores to 3-1 to Villa.

Man cautioned following indecent exposure in Glossop

A man has been interviewed in connection with indecent exposure in Glossop town centre. At around 8.40 am on Sunday, March 15, a 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre when a man exposed himself to her. A 24-year-old man has been interviewed and subsequently cautioned by police.

Padfield man threw bleach over woman

Daniel Downes, aged 37, of Platt Street, Padfield, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of a woman and will be sentenced at High Peak Magistrates Court on April 7th, pending reports. According to a report in the Derbyshire Times, Downes threw bleach over his victims head.

Bitter Billinge thrashed by Glorious Gamesley

Gamesley FC-2 Billinge-0
Cheshire League 1st Division
8th March 2014
The match between Gamesley and Billinge saw the visitors sent home defeated, with a sour grapes story in the St Helens Star as their only consolation. The highly biased piece appeared to cast doubt on the referee, claimed that Billinge were the "better team for large portions of the game", blamed the pitch and made the loaded comment that "Gamesley is a notoriously tough place to visit". None of this is likely to perturb the Gamesley team, who scored two goals (Joe McDonnell in 73rd minute; Michael Dewhurst in 75th minute) whilst bitter Billinge scored precisely nowt.

Developer free for all as HPBC fail with local plan attempt

The long delayed local plan for the High Peak might have to be torn up and started again, after the council failed to get it approved at a council meeting on Tuesday. High Peak Borough Council leader Caitlin Bisknell was quoted as saying "We’re not sure where we go from here” in the Buxton Advertiser. The lack of a local plan leaves developers free to apply for permission to build anywhere in the area.

Funding woes cast doubt on pothole vows

Two weeks after Derbyshire County Council's bold promise to fix any potholes that are reported to them, the rate that potholes are reported has not increased, and the cash available is insufficient, according to a DCC press release issued 20th March which is reproduced in entirety below:

Answers from HPBC about traffic lights and M&S development, sort of

On 14th February we asked High Peak Borough Council: 1. HPBC's condition 8 for this development stated that a MOVA traffic scheme must be installed before the buildings were occupied. Why was this condition dropped/relaxed and when, if ever, will the new traffic light system be installed? They replied "This work is due to begin imminently."
2. According to the planners' report,  another condition of the development was to be construction of a "riverside walkway" at the site. However no such condition appeared on the decision letter. Is there are reason why this was omitted? They replied "Work on the riverside walkway has been completed".

One thousand extra ebooks for Glossop

Derbyshire eBook borrowers can download some of the latest titles available thanks to a successful application to the Publishers Association and Society of Chief Librarians by Derbyshire County Council’s library service.
The county is one of only four areas in the country to get this privilege – the others being Peterborough, Newcastle and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Borrowers in these four areas will have access to over 1000 titles which are not currently available in other areas as part of a year long pilot scheme.

If you spot a pothole report it and we’ll sort it, says DCC

Press release from Derbyshire County Council dated 5th March 2014: Road workers at Derbyshire County Council are working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes caused by extreme wet weather in the past few weeks.
Prolonged and heavy downpours battered roads across the county causing extensive damage in some places.
Over the past five weeks, the county council’s Call Derbyshire contact centre received an average of 780 road-related calls a week in addition to potholes reported online.

Glossop residents missing out on free health check

Almost 20,000 residents a year are missing out on a free heart health check being offered by Derbyshire County Council. The NHS Health Check programme is aimed at people aged between 40 and 74 who feel generally well and are not already known to their GP for existing cardiovascular conditions. Derbyshire County Council funds the testing programme as part of its public health responsibilities to catch problems early and reduce future health and social care costs. But although the tests are free, only 60% of the residents who qualify are taking up the offer. The council is aiming to increase this to at least 75% over the coming year.

Get Glossop composting

High Peak Borough Council are offering a "buy one get one half price" offer on compost bins, and urging residents to but them before prices increase in April. Full press release follows. "With Spring in the air many of us will be turning our thoughts to our gardens so it’s the ideal time to get your hands on a home composting bin to help make the most of organic waste.

Police release CCTV stills after a dog was abandoned in Glossop

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with an animal welfare incident in Glossop. At around 1.10pm on Friday, January 31, an Alsatian was tied up behind the Beehive Inn on Hague Street, Glossop. Officers were alerted by a member of the public at around 8pm when the dog had still not been collected and the RSPCA were called to the incident.

Witness appeal after teenager is assaulted in Glossop street

A teenaged boy was assaulted by a group of youths in a Glossop street. The 16-year-old victim was walking in Whitfield Cross when he was approached by a youth who punched him in the face. The victim fell to the floor and was then kicked by three other youths, before the group ran off towards Uplands Road. Police want to speak to anyone with information on who was responsible for the attack, which left the victim needing hospital treatment for minor injuries. The offenders were wearing dark clothing and trainers, with one wearing light blue footwear.

Villa end up second best in feisty encounter

Tideswell United 3-0 Tintwistle Villa Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 15th March, 2014 By Steve Exley Tintwistle Villa were well beaten on their travels away from home by Tideswell United on Saturday when a feisty encounter saw them on the wrong end of a 3-0 score line. Tideswell exerted their dominance in the opening stages of the match when they created a number of opportunities on the Tintwistle goal but the Villa defence led by Riz Patterson held strong.

Information appeal after a man exposed himself in Glossop

Police are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself in Glossop town centre. A 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre when a man exposed himself to her.
The man is white, 5ft 6-8ins tall and of medium build. He is in his late twenties with short dark hair and had a white mountain bike with him. He wore black tracksuit bottoms, a black zip-up jacket and white trainers.
The incident happened around 8.40am on Sunday, March 16.

Information appeal following criminal damage to Glossop vehicle

Officers are appealing for information following criminal damage to a vehicle in Glossop.
Between 5.30pm on Friday, March 7 and 7.30pm on Saturday, March 8, offenders smashed the window of a Ford Focus parked under the railway bridge on Arundel Street, Glossop. No entry was gained to the vehicle.

Appeal after burglars steal haul including laptops and jewellery in Glossop

Burglars made off with items including two laptops, cash and a large amount of jewellery from a house in Glossop. A property in Overdale Drive was broken into between 7.30am and 7pm on Monday, March 3. Among the items stolen was an Apple Macbook, an Acer laptop, cash, a Sony camcorder and a Garmin satellite navigation device. Jewellery stolen from the house included a Gucci ladies’ watch, several Pandora bracelets, rings and charms, bracelets and rings, including an 18ct white gold diamond cluster ring.

Tintwistle Villa’s winless run stretches to five games

Tintwistle Villa 1-2 Peak Dale
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 8th March, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa recorded a fifth successive game without victory following their narrow 2-1 defeat at home to high flying Hope Valley Premier League outfit Peak Dale at West Drive on Saturday.
Peak Dale had more zest in their play and impressed with their attacking mind-set in the opening stages of the game when they chanced their luck with a number of opportunities on the Villa goal.

Another biker killed on Snake Pass

The A57 Snake Pass Road claimed another biker today (9th March 2013). The motorcyle collided with a Citroen Picasso car near Hurst Reservoir at 11:25. No further details are available at present.

Corrie web of passion gets more tangled

Recent developments on Glossop's favourite soap opera have created more strands  to the Corrie web of passion. But still no local person has spotted the deliberate false strand cunningly concealed in the tangled mess that is the sex lives of Coronation Street characters.

Hadfield man fined for violent threats

Sam Robinson, aged 24, of Hadfield Road, Hadfield, plead guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words  or behaviour with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him by any person, or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence by him whereby that person was likely to believe that such violence would be used, or it was likely that such violence would be provoked. He was fined £310 plus costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £31.

County Council issues advice about scarlet fever to parents

Public health officials from Derbyshire County Council are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children. This year there has been a higher number of reports of the illness, which most commonly occurs in children aged between two and eight. To help prevent the spread of the disease, public health officials have published guidance about how to spot signs of infection and are advising parents to take children with suspected symptoms to their GP.

Let's get Glossop Small Business Booming!

Glossop young entrepreneur Oliver Luke has created a brand new short book to teach Glossop business owners the most effective ways to grow their small business. Oliver who runs national direct marketing business, Scribble Mail,  and has worked with numerous Glossop businesses but often notices so many basic errors which can be easily fixed.

Information appeal following attempted theft of a Land Rover in Glossop

Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted theft of a vehicle in Glossop. At around 00.50am on Thursday, February 27, an offender gained entry to a vehicle parked outside a property on High Street East, Glossop.
The offender was seen to be sat inside the green Land Rover Defender before running off in the direction of Sheffield Road.

Fire at Old Glossop metal plant

Firefighters from New Mills and Stalybridge were called in to help Glossop Fire Service tackle a blaze at the Firth Rixon factory in Old Glossop yesterday (3rd March 2014). There are no reports of casualties.

Buxton man fined for having no MOT or insurance in Glossop

Jamie Dunn, aged 23, of Fairfield Road Buxton, was found guilty in absence to driving a car in Glossop with no MOT certificate and no insurance, and was fined £600 plus costs and surcharge of £145. His licence was endorsed with 6 points.

Suspended prison sentence for Ashton thief and assaulter

Ryan Michael Schofield, aged 23, of Herries Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, pleaded guilty to stealing Fosters larger, cans of coke and Jack Daniels whisky from Bargain Booze in Glossop, and to assault by beating. He was given a 12week prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered to pay £365 in compensation, costs and victim surcharge. The court was told that Schofield had a previous record of violence, that the offences were committed shortly after release from custody, that the assault was on a person providing a public service and that the offences were "fuelled by alcohol and town centre violence". His guilty plea was taken into account when imposing sentence.

240 hours unpaid work for drink driving woman with child in the car

Kristy Adele Hughes, aged 33, of Whitfield Avenue, Glossop, was found guilty of driving a car with excess breath alcohol at Gladstone Street in Glossop and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and pay costs and victim surcharge totalling £660.  She was banned from driving for 3 years.  The court was told that aggravating factors included the presence of a 10 month old child in the vehicle, high alcohol reading, evidence of bad driving - minor collision and not guilty plea. She had a previous conviction for similiar offence.

Council leaders respond on Buxton Crescent

A joint letter to the Glossop Gazette from the leaders of Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council defends the DCC decision to loan an undisclosed multi-million pound sum to the developers of the Buxton Crescent. The letter, which is reproduced verbatim below, describes the plan to create a luxury hotel at the sites as a "key project that can turn the town’s aspiration to become England’s leading spa town into reality".

Tintwistle suffer penalty shoot-out heartache

By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa 3-3 (aet) Bakewell Town
Bakewell Town won 5-4 on penalties
Dore Shield – Saturday 23rd February, 2014
Tintwistle Villa suffered the heart ache of exciting the Dore Shield in the first round following a penalty shoot-out which they lost 4-5 after a pulsating match which ended 3-3 after extra time at West Drive on Saturday. Tintwistle started brightly and took the lead through a Luke Boon goal which was driven into the top corner of the net after a surging run. Thereafter, Villa squandered a number of chances to extend their lead and entered the half-time break a goal to the good.

Information appeal following number plates thefts in Hadfield and Tintwistle

Police are appealing for information following the theft of registration plates from vehicles in Hadfield and Tintwistle.
Sometime between 5.30pm and 9.30pm on Sunday, February 16, offenders stole the front and rear number plates from a black Renault Clio that was parked on Brosscroft Village, Hadfield. Between 5pm on Sunday, February 16 and 6.45am on Tuesday, February 18, a black Ford Focus was targeted on Old Road, Tintwistle. Offenders removed both registration plates from the vehicle.

Join the fight against FGM

Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commisoner Hardyal Dhindsa has backed a petition to raise awareness of a form of child abuse affecting thousands of young girls in the UK and is calling for others to join him. Student Fahma Mohamed, who is just 17 years old, has launched a campaign, including a petition, to improve education around Female Genital Mutilation before the so called school holiday ‘cutting season’ commences in July. An estimated 24,000 young girls in the UK are thought to be at risk.

Police and parents head back to class for lessons on internet safety

Parents are being encouraged to attend police internet lessons after officers headed back to class to chat to students about staying safe and online dangers. Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working in partnership with local schools to deliver internet lessons to year 7 pupils to help to increase their awareness around staying safe online.

Merseybank comments on closure.

The owners of privately owned Merseybank Nursing Home in Hadfield, which has consistently failed to reach any of the standards set by the Quality Care Commission, and will will close in May because the owners are unwilling to spend the money necessary to bring it up to acceptable standards, have issued the following statement:
This has not been an easy decision to make but the home is situated in a listed building and requires an unviable amount of investment to bring it up to the standards demanded by the company and the regulators.  The residents, our employees and the families of the people we support were told of the closure at the earliest possible opportunity.

Derbyshire Conservative predicts "closure by stealth" of fire stations

The following is a letter received by the Glossop Gazette from Councillor Simon Spencer, Leader of the Conservative Group, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority.

"At the Fire Authority meeting that took place last Thursday members were presented with a thin 8 page document that was its response to the 450 page public consultation. Whilst proposing what was on the face of it a series of sensible and agreeable key principles and outcome proposals, what the lack of detail masked is of very great concern to the Conservative Group members.

Derbyshire County Council vague about loan to Buxton Crescent developers

Following our story about Derbyshire County Council's plan to loan £5 million to the developers of a luxury hotel at Buxton Crescent, we asked DCC to confirm that the figure of £5 million generated by the 1.99% council tax increase was equivalent to what DCC had agreed to loan to the developers of the Buxton Crescent? We also asked for full details of the loan. A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We agreed to loan the developers a multi-million pound sum over a period of five years but the actual amount has yet to be decided. The decision to raise council tax this year will generate £5 million in 2014/15 and a total of  £25 million over the five year loan period.”

Sign to be moved and tactile paving replaced at Glossop M&S store

Real Estate Development Property Services have finally agreed to move the sign that blocks the pavement, to change the tactile paving in two areas and to widen the footpath by whitelining a parking bay at Howard Town Mill. The move comes after over a year of complaints about the HPBC approved layout for the pavements at Glossop's M&S store, which has been almost universally condemned as dangerous. The move is a victory for common sense, although HPBC has yet to admit that its Planning and Building Control teams were to blame for allowing the developers to build in such an unorthodox way.

Arrest made over Glossop & Hadfield Motorbike thefts

A suspect has been arrested in connection with theft after three motorbikes were taken from areas in Glossop and Hadfield. Sometime overnight between Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, an offender steals a Honda motorbike and chain from outside a property on Queen Street, Hadfield. On the same night, a moped was a stolen from a public car park on Winster Mews, Glossop and another was taken from the garden of a property on Thorncliffe Road, Hadfield.

Who is behind the Howard Town pavements fiasco?

The Bowmer & Kirkland Group are based in Belper, Derbyshire. They have a Homeland Security division with companies in the UK, Middle East and North America, and a massive construction division that has made them one of the UK's most successful property developers. The group is a preferred contractor for Tesco and works with a number of the leading supermarkets. Among their companies is Peveril Securities, which owns Howard Town Mill, Glossop, and developed it in Partnership with Real Estate Development.

Snake Pass closed

The A57 Snake Pass road is closed between the Royal Oak in Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir in Bamford, because of ice. All other roads in and out of the town require caution

Andrew Bingham votes against move to ban smoking in cars with children

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham voted against an amendment to the Children & Families Bill requiring private vehicles be smoke-free where a person under the age of 18 is present in the vehicle. His opinion was not shared by the majority of MP present, and overall MPs voted in favour of a Labour-supported amendment to the Children and Families Bill by a majority of 269. We received the following reply from Andrew Bingham setting out his reasons for not supporting the amendment, which empowers, but does not compel, the government to make it a criminal offence for drivers to fail to prevent smoking in their vehicle when children are present.

Food Bank Collection Day at Aldi Store Glossop a Huge Success

Bare Necessities the Glossopdale Food Bank would like to thank staff and customers at Aldi in Glossop for their support on Saturday 8 February. Volunteers were overwhelmed by the generosity of Aldi customers both young and old who generously donated food throughout the day.  Pictured are Daisy and Noah Ryan of Glossop making their own donation. Joy Hallsworth one of the many volunteers who helped to collect the food on Saturday said  "I am amazed at the generosity of local people. Times are tough for many people in  our local communities at the moment and it is really heartwarming to receive such support".

Hadfield knife robber had strong towny accent - police appeal for witnesses

On Saturday, February 08 at 8pm a man was walking along an alley way on Mersey  Bank Road when he was approached by two men.  One of the men demanded money and was holding a knife. The victim handed over cash and jewellery.  The man with the knife was described as white, 26 years-old, of medium build, 6ft tall with a strong Manchester accent. He was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood worn down and a dark brown peaked cap.

BBC cash will fund footpath improvements at Glossop Cemetery

High Peak Borough Council have answered the Glossop Gazette's questions about the use of Glossop Cemetery as a location for a BBC Zombie film. Their reply, which is given verbatim below reveals that the BBC has paid the council £3000 for use of the cemetery, that the money will be used to improve the footpaths at the cemetery and that filming was confined to an unconsecrated area of the cemetery that has seen little use in the last 80 years.

Merseybank Nursing Home to close

Merseybank Nursing Home in Hadfield will close in May, apparently because the owners are unwilling to spend the money necessary to bring it up to acceptable standards. The privately owned nursing home has consistently failed to reach any of the standards set by the Quality Care Commission for some time. A few years ago another local nursing home, the Partington Care Home on North Road, closed without warning and many residents of that place were accommodated at Merseybank.   

Last chance to comment on Glossop local plan

Monday 10th February is the last day for responses to the revised local plan for Glossop. Responses will be accepted until 5pm. The following areas have been proposed for new housing:

  • G2 Paradise Street, Hadfield (estimated capacity 28 new homes)
  • G6 North Road, Glossop (estimated capacity 150 new homes)
  • G8, G9, G10 Woodhead Road, Glossop (estimated capacity 101 new homes)
  • G13 Hawkshead Mill, Old Glossop (estimated capacity 31 new homes)
  • G16 Woods Mill, Glossop (estimated capacity 104 new homes)
  • G19 Dinting Road, Glossop (estimated capacity 64 new homes)
  • G20 Dinting Lane, Glossop (estimated capacity 50 new homes)

Bag snatcher in Glossop

Police are appealing for witnesses after a bag snatch incident on Saturday morning in Glossop. The victim was walking in High Street West near Bay Tree Books at 6.40am on Saturday when a man approached her and snatched her handbag. The offender  then climbed back into a small black vehicle and driven off. There were no passengers in the vehicle. The description of the offender is white, late 20s, skinny, about 5ft 9ins, with a shaven head, dark eyebrows, and was wearing dark clothing and a dark beanie hat with white horizontal stripes.

Man called Glossop fined $8500 and ordered not to drive battle tanks on public highways

Jeffery Glossop, whose ancestry is undeniable, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and criminal mischief charges on Jan. 29 after crashing a tank in Oregon, USA. He was sentenced to 12 months deferred probation, fined $750 and ordered to pay $7,932.35 in restitution. He was also ordered not to drive battle tanks on public highways.

Glossop Mountain Rescue does it again

Two people from Sheffield were lucky to be alive after being swept away by a swollen stream between Bleaklow and Kinder, dragged through a culvert under the A57 and down a cascade. Glossop and Edale Mountain Rescue Teams were mobilised after an uninjured member of the walking party got to the Snake Inn and raised the alarm. Both were suffering from hypothermia and one had head, chest and back injuries including a fractured spine. They were evacuated and taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Unpaid work for Glossop man who stole vacuum cleaners

Ian Moore, aged 32, of Manor Street, Glossop, pleaded guilty to stealing two Dyson vacuum cleaners and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, pay compensation of £498 and victim surcharge of £60 at High Peak Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Glossop "zombie cemetery" infuriates mourners

According to a story on the Daily Fail website mourners at Glossop cemetery were very upset to find the place "crawling" with BBC crew filming a show about zombies. HPBC had agreed to let the BBC use the cemetery to film the show about the "living dead" on condition that access to the graveyard was no disrupted and that no names on headstones were visible. According to the article the BBC had apologised for upsetting the bereaved and said that the fining took place with the full consent of the council. We asked HPBC how much they had been paid buy the BBC, and will publish any reply we get here.

2% council tax rise will cover "loan" to developers of Buxton Crescent

The 1.99% rise in council tax approved by Derbyshire County Council this week will generate £5 million, exactly the amount that the council are loaning to the developers of Buxton Crescents to allow them to complete a luxury hotel project on the site. No details of the loan are available at present, but we are trying to get them. Full transcript of DCC's press release about the council tax rise is given below.

Police appeal for information after more vehicles damaged in Glossop

Police are appealing for information following damage to vehicles in Glossop.On the evening of Friday, January 31, offenders damaged the wing mirror of a red Fiat Punto parked on Princess Street, Glossop. Officers are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place at around 10.45pm, to get in touch. Police would also like to speak to witnesses to an incident which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, January 31 and 10am on Sunday, February 2. Offenders stole the glass from the offside wing mirror of a silver coloured Peugeot 206 that was parked on Tredcroft Street, Glossop. O

Five days left to respond to local plan consultation

There are just five days left to respond to the local plan consultation, which proposes up to 2000 more houses in Glossop. To view the consultation, people can call in at Buxton Town Hall or Glossop Municipal Buildings, visit any of the borough’s libraries or view the details online at
Consultees have until Monday 10th February to respond.

Housing tenants asked for views on new Tenancy Agreement

Council tenants in High Peak are being asked for their views on potential changes to their Tenancy Agreement. High Peak Borough Council is in the process of updating the Agreement to reflect some changes to the law and to include some additional clauses that will help deal with a variety of tenancy management issues.

Letter to the Editor - up to 2000 new houses for Glossop

Dear Editor, Are we really to believe that the latest version of High Peak’s Local Plan put out to consultation is serious in its target for housing over the next 15 years? Effectively a target of 125 new homes to be built every year in Glossopdale for the next 15 years is being proposed – using the average allocation of 30% proposed in the previous version of the Local Plan. This target is plainly absurd to the vast majority of residents and Glossopdale’s Borough councillors – but not to the Government Inspector charged with overseeing High Peak’s Local Plan. At a recent meeting the inspector saw no reason why Glossopdale should not accommodate a significant proportion of the annual new build of 350-440 homes proposed across the High Peak up to 2031, according to Borough Councillor Chris Webster (Old Glossop).

Alert for prison escapee

Derbyshire Police have issued an alert for Gary Leitch, who absconded from HMP Sudbury on 1st February 2014. He was sentenced at Minshall Street Crown Court on 4th March 2008 to an indeterminate sentence for false imprisonment and assaults.

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