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NEWS | Hereford man sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment for attempt murder of mother and baby

Following a West Mercia Police investigation, led by Hereford CID, a 28-year-old man has pled guilty and been sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment for the attempt murder of a mother and her baby and possession of a knife.

Kamil Kopec, of Hunderton Avenue, #Hereford, was convicted and sentenced today (Thursday 23rd January) at Worcester Crown Court following a trial that lasted four days. He entered a guilty plea on the final day of the trial.

At around 3am on Wednesday 24 July 2019, police received a call alerting them to reports of a mother and her nine-month-old baby who had both received stab wounds.

The baby had a cut to the head and mother had multiple wounds including a stab wound and cut to her neck. The victims were stabilised by paramedics and then taken to hospital for treatment.

The house where the incident had occurred was searched for the suspect and contained for examination; additional officers searched the local area for the suspect, who was believed to be in possession of a knife.

House to house enquires, area searches and a fire service drone was flown to help find the man and his dog.

After a short time, Kopec was found in a nearby bush with his dog. A knife was also recovered at the scene.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mark Peters, said:

“These were some of the worst injuries I have seen, Kopec committed this horrific attack in the victim’s home locking them inside. The mother showed great resilience and bravery in escaping via a window and gaining help from her neighbours.

“The mother’s bravery, neighbours quick thinking and paramedics’ life- saving work, along with officers on the scene that found and arrested Kopec quickly, should all be commended.

“I hope that this conviction and sentence goes someway to helping them put this horrific ordeal behind them.”

He continued: “Kopec has today pled guilty of this horrific crime and now faces justice.”

FOOTBALL | Lads Club thrash Cirencester Town

Hereford Lads Club FC returned to winning ways by thrashing Cirencester Town Development 6-0 at the Corinium Stadium.

Goals from Tom Bendall, James Hancocks x2, Adam Hockey, Kalum Wildig & Cowley-Hair were enough to secure a dominate victory and put Lads Club 7th in the table, with six games in hand on current leaders Hereford Pegasus who’s game at Cheltenham Saracens was called off.

Next up for Lads Club is a home match against Clanfield 85 on Saturday 25th January.

Food & Drink | Pepe’s Piri Piri in Hereford

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WHAT’S ON? | Adventure Club at Queenswood

Winter inspired adventures in the woods, including campfire cooking, fire lighting, den building, using tools, games, seasonal crafts and more!

Pop along and build yourself a den to shelter from the weather.  Learn how to use woodcraft tools to whittle a butter knife or a fork to toast something on the camp fire.  Make a feeder to take home for the birds who are hungry this time of year.  Plus learn fire lighting, other crafts and have fun playing seasonal games.

Adventure Club is for children aged 7 to 11 years, unaccompanied by an adult.

Visit http://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/node/3401

WHAT’S ON | The Big Tea Cosy Hereford

From Breast Cancer Haven:

Join us for our own in-house Tea Cosy party from 1.00pm-3.00pm on Wednesday 4 March where we’ll be boiling the kettle, busting out the biscuits and hosting an afternoon of tea and cake at our Hereford centre. We will also be giving you a chance to win amazing prizes in our raffle. 

By attending this event you will be helping us fund a programme of support for a visitor affected by breast cancer.

Please register below for a free ticket, so we’re aware of numbers and make sure there’s enough cake.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, donating food or raffle prizes, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact the fundraising team on 01432 361 050 or email herefordfundraising@breastcancerhaven.org.uk

RUGBY | Hereford beat the league leaders at Wyeside

Hereford returned to action at Wyeside after a long break and did so in style.

It was a fantastic performance despite the terrible conditions. The Reds fought hard to come away with a 11-7 victory against top of the league Dudley. Both teams worked hard in the conditions and you could tell from the early stages of the match that it was going to be a close one.

WHAT’S ON? | An Evening with Phil Cox – captured in Sudan

SEPAR International sponsor ‘An Evening with Phil Cox – captured in Sudan’

‘Twelve years after reporting on the conflict in Darfur, film-maker Phil Cox returned. But this time, the Sudanese government put a price on his head’

Join us for an enthralling evening with award winning journalist Phil Cox who was captured, tortured and held in Sudan by government forces in 2016 with his friend and colleague Daoud Hari.

His incredible story and film will leave you on the edge of your seat so don’t miss it!The £15 per person ticket price includes a chilli and a beer with all proceeds going to Team Frank, a fund set up to support a 12 year old boy from Hereford who is currently suffering with Osteosarcoma and his family in their gruelling cancer journey. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-award-winning-journalist-phil-cox-captured-in-sudan-tickets-86333916067

WEATHER | Storm Brendan to hit Herefordshire on Tuesday

Gale force winds and a spell of heavy rain, will affect Herefordshire on Tuesday.

The Met Office has issued a Weather Warning for Storm Brendan with 50mph gusts expected to sweep across the county during daylight hours on Tuesday and disruption is expected.

The Met Office Warning says, “Southwesterly winds are expected to strengthen across much of England and Wales during Tuesday afternoon and evening. Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected quite widely inland, with exposed coasts and hills having gusts of around 60 mph, perhaps locally 70 mph. Heavy rain may be an additional hazard in places. Winds will ease from the west during Tuesday night.”

Further details including traffic and travel updates can be found over on our Facebook page.

NEWS | Fire destroys former school building in Hereford

A large fire has destroyed part of the former Broadlands Primary School building in #Hereford.

H&W Fire spent several hours battling the blaze before it was brought under control. Investigations to find the cause of the fire are currently taking place.

Former students shared memories of their time at the school in a discussion on our Facebook page with many saying how devastated they were hearing the news about the fire.

ROADS | A49 blocked at Salway Arms due to RTC

The A49 is blocked between Leominster & Ludlow due to a RTC near the Salway Arms.

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