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Lynda Mann’s family fears that child killer Pitchfork will be released next month

Local media is reporting that double child killer, Colin Pitchfork, will be permanently released from prison following a parole hearing next month, the family of his first victim fears.

Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth
Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth

A report in the Leicester Mercury says that Pitchfork, who was jailed in 1988 for raping and murdering 15yr old Leicestershire schoolgirls Lynda Mann from Narborough and Dawn Ashworth from Enderby, in 1983 and 1986, will go before a behind-closed-doors parole board scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 24.

The board will assess whether it would be safe to release the 56-year-old.

Its ruling will be made public, but no details of the grounds for its decision will be released. Also, it will consider written statements from the families.

Lynda’s sister, Rebecca Eastwood, said her family believes the killer will be cleared for full release as he has made an unknown number of unescorted trips out of custody, including one in Bristol city centre, in the past few months.

This week, the family – who have collected approximately 40,000 signatures on petitions against his release – learned for the first time he has been allowed out overnight on his own.

Rebecca said: “He was allowed out in Bristol city centre without any kind of escort late last year and, we were told this week, he’s been out overnight on his own as well since then.

“So, by the look of it, they have already made their minds up about him.

“I think the decision is pretty much made and he is going to be released after the parole hearing at the end of May.

“We’re told the hearing is on May 24 and then it could be anything up to two weeks before a decision is made.

“We really do think we’ve reached the point where he will be freed.

“As far as we know, he’s going to have a new identity, a new start in life.

“We are still living with the loss and the consequences of what he did to Lynda and Dawn and still believe it is not safe to release this man.”

Last summer, the Ministry of Justice told the girls’ families that Pitchfork had been allowed to leave custody under the close supervision of Prison Service personnel.

A short time later, the ministry notified them that he was deemed ready for unescorted days out.

Pitchfork raped and murdered Lynda in November 1983, leaving her body near the Black Pad footpath, in Narborough.

Full Leicester Mercury item is viewable here

Frank Evans laid to rest

Frank Evans, who passed away on Sunday 25th February 2018, was finally laid to rest in Enderby Cemetery, following a funeral service at All Saints Church, Narborough.

In a well attended celebration of Frank’s life, the service took place at 1pm on Thursday 22nd March.

Frank Evans
Frank Evans

Former Enderby Parish Council colleagues and representatives from several other organisations with which Frank was associated joined friends and family for the service conducted by Father Alan Hawker.

Fr. Hawker knew Frank well and spoke fondly of the many and varied conversations in which he had participated with Frank, covering a wide range of topics, including his faith.

Fr. Hawker commented that he didn’t agree with Leicester Mercury’s characterisation of Frank as being “quirky” saying that, to those who knew him, Frank was just ……Frank!

Tributes were paid by Frank’s brother William who delivered a moving account of Frank’s  early life and adventures. He recalled how later in life Frank saw service with the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and was a member of the Prayer Book Society.

He was also well known by parents and pupils of local schools in his role of ‘Lollipop Man’ shepherding them across King Street – a duty he performed until, at the age of 85yrs, when he was forced to retire because of County Council insurance issues!!

Frank’s lodger and carer, Vivian Nwagboso, spoke of Frank’s kindness and her memories of their friendship over the past four and a half years.

See also: Frank Evans  (EYE news item) 06-03-2018

 

 

Trial closure of Dog Waste Bins abandoned as tip issues are resolved

Enderby Parish Councillors have learned that the operational issues with the District’s Dedicated Dog Waste Bins (DDWB’s) has been resolved.

The proposed trial closure of designated dog bins will not now be necessary.

Leicestershire County Council have now provided a more appropriate facility for Blaby District Council to dispose of both mixed litter and waste from designated dog bins that avoids the problematic issues of going to a landfill site close to Lutterworth.

Dog
Picture: Louise Baldock ( http://louisebaldock.blogspot.co.uk)

As the EYE reported on 14th March (Designated dog-waste bins may ‘disappear’ after local trial) the small transit van size tippers used by the District Council’s cleansing teams were regularly getting stuck on the landfill site, being overloaded due to mud being stuck to the underside of the vehicles, and expensive repairs were being incurred correcting damage caused on the site.

Expensive repairs were becoming alarmingly regular in order to correct damage caused on the site.

The change of stance by the County Council has enabled the District Council’s cleansing teams to continue to collect waste in the same way from street bins without the need to mix waste or close any designated dog waste bins. This will come as welcome news to many dog walkers in Enderby and Narborough.

Enderby resident Laura wins national accolade after 9st (120kgs) weight loss!

Enderby resident, 35yr old Laura Cosbie, a Slimming World Consultant, has been crowned “Slimming World’s Consultant Slimmer of the Year 2018”.

Laura had struggled with her weight since childhood and when she eventually left home her eating habits revolved around ‘less than healthy’ options.

Speaking about her journey on the Slimming World website Laura said:

“….I’d have a takeaway for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unsurprisingly, the weight piled on very quickly and, before I knew it, I was almost 19st.

When Laura became pregnant with her son, Joshua , and then later her daughter, Charlotte (now 12yrs and 9yrs respectively), she remembers feeling disappointed people didn’t congratulate her or ask her about the baby – and she thought it was because her weight meant that she didn’t look obviously pregnant.

She also realised that as the children got older – and started to get more active – she could miss out on quality family time as as she wasn’t ‘fit enough’ to keep up with them.

‘The turning point came when my husband and I went to Alton Towers and decided to go on the ‘Air’ ride. After a bit of a struggle I managed to get the harness to fit, but as the ride started I began to panic that it wouldn’t be able to hold my weight.

“I cried the whole way round. Worst of all, it took three men to get me out of the harness. I was so mortified – especially as everyone in the queue looked on – that we just went straight home afterwards.

‘Later that day I came across a picture of an old school friend on social media. She’d lost a lot of weight and was looking great, so I messaged her to see how she’d done it. She told me that she’d joined Slimming World. I decided enough was enough and looked up my nearest group.”

Laura started cooking meals from scratch rather than depending on ready meals. Other family members were supportive and, as the numbers on the scales started going down, it spurred her on to become as healthy and happy as possible.

The vegan option

Laura had read about leading a vegan lifestyle and it just seemed to make sense to her. The whole family became vegan in July 2017. Laura said:

“We fill up on plenty of fruit, vegetables, beans, rice and pulses, and love experimenting with new recipes and flavour combinations.”

It was a couple of years ago when Laura and her family moved to Enderby and shortly afterwards she left her full time job with a national pharmaceutical retailer to become a Slimming World consultant.

Laura is also more active these days. Since losing weight, the family have adopted three dogs – who love long walks! Laura’s also completed numerous Park Runs and even a muddy ‘Wolf Run’ obstacle run.

Laura is committed to helping others and as a Slimming World consultant she gets much satisfaction from “making a difference” to other people’s lives.

Laura runs a group at Huncote Community Centre, (Attached to Huncote Community Primary School) Denman Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BS. The group meet Wednesdays 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

She also runs a group at Narborough: St. Pius R C Church, 52 Leicester Road
Narborough, LE19 2DF Mondays 9.30am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Anyone interested can just drop in to any session or give Laura a call on 07535 184040,

Laura and team at Wolf Run event
Laura and team pose for a photo at a muddy ‘Wolf Run’ event. Photo: Twitter

Slim with Laura” on Facebook.
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Frank Evans

Frank Evans, one of Enderby’s ‘characters’, passed away on Sunday 25th February, aged 92. 

Frank was for many years a Councillor on Enderby Parish Council, standing down in 2015 due to ill health.

Cllr. Tracy Green, a long-standing member of Enderby Parish Council, told the Leicester Mercury:

“He was a very kind man and we used to have lovely little chats on our way home from meetings together.”

“He also used to be a lollipop man in the village so everyone knew him and said hello. He was very well-loved in the community and a very interesting man.”

Frank had led a very active and varied life including active service in France during the Second World War. In January 2017 he was awarded the Légion D’honneur from the French government for his service in France.

Born in Derby, Frank relocated to the south of England at 6yrs of age, having been orphaned in tragic circumstances. (Frank’s father was knocked off his bike and died and his mother took her own life not long after).

Returning to Leicestershire in 1942, Frank lived locally before enlisting in the Royal Navy for the final year of the war. In latter years he made his home on Kipling Drive, Enderby.

A committed churchgoer and a member of the Prayer Book Society, Frank was well known by parents and pupils of local schools in the role of ‘Lollipop Man’ shepherding them across King Street close to the junction with Cross Street.

Frank was a prolific letter writer and sent many hundreds of letters to the Leicester Mercury; according to the newspaper there were ‘more than 130 published in the past 20 years alone, addressing issues of every size‘.

Cllr. Green added:

“I remember when I moved to this area in 1963 he was already writing to the Mercury regularly.

“He will be sadly missed.”

 

[Source reference: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/houses-stilts-3-wheeled-cars-1299153]