Nuneaton 12-year-old previously reported as missing found ‘safe and well’

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 26 June 2022

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy from Nuneaton who was reported as ‘missing’ earlier this week has been found.

Regan Welch has been found safe and well (Image: Warwickshire Police)

Back on Thursday afternoon (23 June), Warwickshire Police officers issued an appeal after Regan Welch was believed to be missing from his hometown of Nuneaton as he had not been heard or seen from.

Officers stated in the appeal that he has connections to both Nuneaton and the Staffordshire area.

Thankfully, just one day later (Friday, 24 June), the force had revealed that he had been located ‘safe and well’.

They further thanked members of the public who helped to share the appeal and raise awareness.

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said: “Thank you to everyone who shared an earlier appeal to locate Regan Welch. We’re pleased to confirm he’s been found safe and well this morning (Friday).”

Fan-favourite Soap Box Derby being held in Hinckley tomorrow morning following three-year-hiatus

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 June 2022

HINCKLEY BID are promising a “tremendously fun” day on Castle Street in Hinckley town centre tomorrow, as they host their 11th Annual Soap Box Derby.

A past Hinckley Bid Soap Box Derby event (Image: Hinckley Bid) / Inset (Image: Brio Media)

The fan-favourite Soap Box event is to officially start at 11am tomorrow (Sunday, 26 June).

It marks the return of the event after a three-year-hiatus, as it was cancelled in past times as a result of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Entrants in teams who have built their own soap boxes will be cheered on by spectators as they steam down the hill on Castle Street in them, in the heart of Hinckley town centre.

The course will start around the Church Walk and Castle Street junction – and it will end at the bottom of Castle Street hill next to Market Place.

At the widest part of the course, soap box drivers will have the option of taking a short chicane, or a jump, to test their skill. 

Event organisers at the Bid have noted that themed soap boxes have been highly encouraged to be entered in, as “they provide the most interest to spectators”.

Soap boxes will be given the opportunity of three runs, and they will set off singly at intervals. All of the runs will be timed and recorded by independent adjudicators.

On the day, competitors will be awarded trophies, which recognise their skills and efforts in the event.

The trophy categories are:

  • Best Amateur Build
  • Best Novelty Soap Box
  • Best Turned Out Soap Box and Crew
  • Fastest Single Time on the Day – Senior (18+) 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
  • Fastest Single Time on the Day – Junior (12-17) 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
  • Most Enthusiastic Junior Racer
  • Overall Fastest Team – Junior*
  • Overall Fastest Team – Senior*

*An average of the fastest two runs of three – slowest run is excluded

A Hinckley Bid spokesperson said: “This is a tremendously fun, family day for the teams and spectators alike. Comprising both a jump or a chicane, it is the driver’s choice as they steam down the 200m Castle Street hill cheered on by the crowds.”

Police officers raise concerns over glass shards being scattered across Radford Park – and patrols have been ‘upped’ as a result

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 June 2022

POLICE OFFICERS on patrol in Barwell have shown their shock and raised concerns over glass bottle shards being scattered across a play park in the village commonly used by children.

Radford Park, Barwell (Image: Hinckley Police) / Inset (Image: Hinckley Police)

Officers working for the Barwell and Earl Shilton Beat Team have discovered glass shards from smashed bottles of alcohol have been discarded on a slide and play area regularly used by infants and families inside of Radford Park, on Masefield Close.

A spokesperson for the Beat Team stated that a street cleaner has attended to the scene of the incident and picked up most of the glass pieces, but it is believed that more may still be inside.

As a result, cops have had to urge some of the younger children actively playing on-site to be cautious and ensure that they are wearing their shoes whilst using play equipment.

The local council – Barwell Parish Council – have been informed of the incident by officers. And, police patrols have been ‘upped’ around the area.

Discarding the smashed bottles irresponsibly like this, instead of using bins, means that the Beat Team has now seen a ‘big concern’ raised – that is the park serving as a “big risk” to the youngsters who frequent the park on a regular basis.

In a stern statement shared on social media yesterday (Friday, 24 June), officers further stated that they believe the culprits are local teens aged between 14 to 16-years-old.

Park-goers who see or hear anything related to glass still being smashed are encouraged to get in touch with Leicestershire Police officers on their non-emergency number of 101.

Alternatively, this can be reported online through the ‘report a crime’ portal on their official website.

Hinckley police officers investigating Druid Street assault which involved a bladed weapon – and seen a 17-year-old taken to hospital

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 24 June 2022

HINCKLEY POLICE are investigating an incident which took place on Druid Street, just outside of Hinckley town centre, one week and four days ago (13 June).

Druid Street, Hinckley (Image: Google Street View) / Inset (Image: Stock photo)

Police officers were called on down to Druid Street on Monday, 13 June, just after 6.10pm, when they received the call that a 17-year-old boy was reported to have been assaulted with a bladed weapon.

The victim was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment, but he has since been discharged.

A 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of a bladed article – namely a machete – in connection with the incident.

Enquiries into the incident are continuing to be investigated. And, those with details are being encouraged to come forward and contact the cops with details.

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson, said: “Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw the incident or who has any information, and has not yet spoken to police, to make contact.”

Anyone with any information can report it online through the ‘report a crime’ portal on the Leicestershire Police website, or alternatively, call their non-emergency number of 101, quoting incident number 465 of 13 June.

Those who would rather pass on details anonymously are able to do so by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling them directly on 0800 555 111.

Revealed: All of the Subway branches across Leicestershire where you can get a footlong for £3.99 through their app

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 24 June 2022

POPULAR SANDWICH chain Subway are offering customers a massive saving on their 12-inch footlong sub sandwiches, which sees diners only pay £3.99 – and branches in Hinckley, Burbage, and other Leicestershire areas are taking part in the promotion.

A customer holding a footlong sub (Image: Subway)

The deal first started to be honoured four days ago (Monday, 20 June), and will only be valid until this Sunday (26 June), meaning there is just two days left to claim yours.

To get your discounted footlong, simply download Subway UK’s mobile app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, use the “order ahead” function, choose and find your nearby participating Subway branch and then select the footlong that you fancy.

There is something for everyone – they have a wide selection of footlongs to choose from, such as a Meatball Marinara, Steak & Cheese, Roast Chicken Breast, Spicy Italian, Ham, Chicken Tikka, and Italian B.M.T, just to name a few.

Vegans and vegetarians can tuck into a Meatless Meatball Marinara, which uses ‘plant-based, meat-free’ meatballs and mozzarella-style plant-based vegan slices.

Or, they have the choice of a Plant Patty, which is “packed with red onion, red and green peppers, carrot, spinach, corn, white cabbage, peas, and green chillies”.

The deal’s terms and conditions state that the discount will not be accepted on any in-store orders, or where products are purchased by redeeming Subway Reward points.

And, it cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Additionally, extra toppings will take the price up, meaning it would cost more than the originally-discounted £3.99 price tag.

Leicestershire’s participating branches

  • Ashby-de-la-Zouch – Market Street
  • Burbage – Lutterworth Road
  • Coalville – Broom Leys Road
  • Coalville – Marlborough Square
  • Hinckley – Castle Street
  • Hinckley – Maple Drive
  • Leicester – Cheapside
  • Leicester – Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre
  • Leicester – Braunstone Gate
  • Leicester – Evington Road
  • Leicester – Melton Road
  • Leicester – Queens Road
  • Leicester – St. Nicholas Place
  • Loughborough – 37 Ashby Road
  • Loughborough – Ashby Road
  • Markfield – Flying Horse Garage
  • Melton Mowbray – High Street
  • Melton Mowbray – Valley Road
  • Wigston – Long Street

Officers launch appeal to find 12-year-old from Nuneaton who went missing this afternoon

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 23 June 2022

WARWICKSHIRE POLICE officers have launched an appeal to find a missing 12-year-old from Nuneaton.

Pictured: Regan Welch, who has been reported as missing (Image: Warwickshire Police)

Regan Welch was reported ‘missing’ earlier this afternoon (Thursday, 23 June) and he has not been seen or heard from since.

Regan is described as mixed race, around 5ft 4in tall, with short dark brown hair. And, it is believed that he was wearing a black tracksuit, back body warmer and dark blue trainers when he went missing.

He has links to the Nuneaton and Staffordshire areas.

A spokesperson for the force, said: “Officers and his family are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and would ask anyone who has seen Regan or has any information to get in touch with police.”

Those with details on where Regan could be should call the non-emergency police number of 101, quoting incident number 221 of 23 June.

Listed: All Leicestershire Costa Coffee branches offering free frappés – here’s how to get yours

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 23 June 2022

NATIONAL COFFEE giant Costa Coffee are handing out free frappés and iced velvet lattes starting this Saturday to Costa Club members – but they must purchase a drink tomorrow in order to get their hands on one.

A Chocolate fudge brownie frappé, salted caramel frappé, and tropical mango bubble frappé (Image: Vuelio)

Registered Costa Club members must purchase any beverage which is on the menu tomorrow (Friday, 24 June), through the ‘click and collect’ service, and then scan their loyalty card through the Costa app.

After they have purchased their drink, they will then receive a digital voucher for one free drink from the Frappé or Iced Velvet Latte ranges, which is able to be redeemed the following day (Saturday, 25 June) from a participating Costa branch.

Customers will have a total of five days from Saturday, 25 June to Thursday, 30 June to pick up the iced cold beverage, so there is no rush if you can’t claim it straight away.

Customers can get one of the below drinks for free with the offer:

  • Tropical Mango Bubble Frappé & Light Dairy Swirl
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frappé & Light Dairy Swirl
  • Salted Caramel Frappé & Light Dairy Swirl
  • Ruby Frappé & Light Dairy Swirl
  • Coffee Frappé & Cream
  • Strawberry & Cream Frappé
  • Mint Choc Chip Frappé & Cream
  • Chocolate & Oat Drink Iced Velvet Latte
  • Vanilla & Coconut Drink Iced Velvet Latte
  • Caramel & Almond Drink Iced Velvet Latte

But, it has been stressed in the terms and conditions that customers are not able to use any other deals in conjunction with this one.

And, the voucher can only be used once per person.

Leicestershire’s participating branches

The Hinckley Free Press have collated a list of all of the participating Leicestershire branches that are taking part in the free frappe offer.

These are:

  • Hinckley – Castle Street (LE10 1DA)
  • Hinckley – The Crescent (LE10 0QQ)
  • Leicester – Beamount Leys (LE4 1DE)
  • Leicester – Fosse Park Food Central (LE19 1HY)
  • Leicester – Haymarket (LE1 3YR)
  • Leicester – High Cross (LE1 4AN)
  • Leicester – Highcross Shopping Centre (LE1 4FQ)
  • Leicester – Next Fosse Park West (LE19 1HZ)
  • Leicester – Railway Station Kiosk (LE2 0QB)
  • Leicester – St. George’s Retail Park (LE1 1SG)
  • Loughborough – Grange Retail Park (LE11 2FF)
  • Loughborough – Market Place (LE11 3EA)
  • Market Harborough – St. Mary’s Shopping Centre (LE16 7DR)

New top cop in town as Inspector Steve Palmer named as new police commander for Hinckley and Blaby

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 22 June 2022

A NEW police inspector is now overseeing Hinckley and Blaby’s Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA).

Inspector Steve Palmer (Image: Leicestershire Police)

Leicestershire Police have revealed today (Wednesday, 22 June) that Steve Palmer has officially replaced Jamie Osborne as Area Commander for the Hinckley and Blaby Neighbourhood Policing Area, which stretches from Glenfield to Hinckley, to Narborough, Stoney Stanton and Market Bosworth.

Inspector Palmer is a former deputy Neighbourhood Policing Area commander for East Leicestershire.

He took the reins from Jamie Osborne in his new role when he started this week.

Former Inspector, Jamie Osbourne, who became NPA Commander in August 2020, is moving to a new role in local policing and partnerships.

Before Inspector Palmer started his career with the policing force, he joined the Army when he was 16 years old and served 14 years with the Royal Engineers.

He then started his time with Leicestershire Police as a police officer in the Blaby District back in 2007.

Insp. Palmer, said: “I am delighted to be the Area Commander for Hinckley and Blaby, the area where I started my policing career 15 years ago.

“I look forward to using all my experience to build a strong policing team that works together with partners and our communities to make our area safer, putting the public first in all that we do.”

Man’s body discovered at address on Upper Bond Street yesterday morning

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 22 June 2022

A MAN’S body was discovered at an address in Hinckley yesterday morning (Tuesday, 21 June).

Inset (Image: Unsplash) / Upper Bond Street, Hinckley (Image: Google Street View)

Shortly after 11.30am Hinckley Police were called to an address on Upper Bond Street by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), after the body of a man was discovered.

In a statement, officers have confirmed that there are not any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

As a result of the incident, three police vehicles and one forensics investigations van parked up outside the Upper House flats on the road.

They remained at the address until the afternoon.

Around 2pm, an officer who was out on the beat had told the Hinckley Free Press that they were in the process of investigating “an ongoing incident.”

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police, said: “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for HM Coroner.

“Due to previous police contact with the man, a referral is being made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”

Leicestershire-based Crafty Pub Group snap up former ‘Spoons site in Paignton town centre

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 21 June 2022

A LEICESTERSHIRE-BASED pub chain have acquired a former Wetherspoons pub in Paignton, Devon.

The Crafty Pub Group’s brand identity (Image: Supplied)

The Crafty Pub Group, who own Hinckley’s former Wetherspoons pub, ‘The Crafty Baron of Hinckley’, have snapped up yet another former ‘Spoons – Paignton’s former Isaac Merritt, which is to be known as ‘the Crafty Isaac Merritt’.

That is according to a Crafty Pub Group spokesperson in an exclusive statement first revealed to the Hinckley Free Press.

The news was of an acquisiton was initally broken last Thursday (16 June) with an official statement on their Facebook page.

It read: “Really excited to announce our next site acquistion on an 8,000 sq ft public house in a town centre of Devon. Can’t wait to create more opportunities!”

The post further revealed that the boozer was exchanged in just 24 hours.

This forms the chain’s newest and latest acquisition, following a recent nearby acquisition in Nuneaton town centre.

But, this is not unfamiliar territory for the chain, as the Crafty Pub Group’s ‘Chairman of the Board’, Nirad Solanki, already has business dealings over in Devon.

Under his new subsidiary and hotel brand of Solanki Hotels, Mr. Solanki opened his first hotel in Paignton, Devon, named ‘Beach Hotel Torbay’, which promises guests a “fantastic bed and breakfast accomodation in the epicentre of the English Riviera”.

And, as we reported a week ago, more locally, the chain recently purchased Nuneaton’s former George Eliot pub and hotel, which is to be rebranded as ‘The Crafty George Eliot’ – the announcement has sparked excitement with town-goers.

The chain came forward and revealed that they had taken on the landmark boozer just one day after its closure.

They already have existing and established pubs in Stoney Stanton, Leicester, Hinckley, Stoke-on-Trent, and Melton Mowbray.