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Plea from family of boy killed in a non-stop collision

ChibDQ2WIAElO46The family of a teenage boy who died after a non-stop collision in Leicester have made a heartfelt plea urging the public to help find the driver of the car.

Samuel Garner, 17, of Hamilton, Leicester was crossing Welford Road, outside HMP Leicester, with a group of friends when a black BMW 5 Series collided with him.

Samuel sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A teenage girl sustained minor injuries.

The collision occurred just after 11pm on Sunday (1 May), the vehicle failed to stop at the scene and was last seen driving off towards Almond Road.

The BMW had been stolen from the Blaby area on Friday 29 April, it was subsequently found burnt-out in College Road, Whetstone around 3.45am yesterday morning (Monday 2 May).

Samuel’s parents Scott and Tracie Garner, urge the public to help find those responsible for the death of their son.

They said:

“Samuel was the perfect son, grandson and friend. He was thoughtful, loving and had a great sense of humour.

“He was due to turn 18 tomorrow and we were going to fly out to Prague this morning to celebrate.

“He loved watching wrestling and had achieved his second degree black belt in Taekwondo. He spent Sunday afternoon with his family watching the Leicester City match before heading into the city centre, wearing his white LCFC football shirt, with some friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

“He was looking forward to going to a nightclub for the first time and was a typical teenager who loved all sorts of music. His paternal grandparents, Glenn and Paula, had bought him tickets to see Kasabian at the King Power Stadium for his 18th birthday and he was due to start an apprenticeship next week.

“He was our world and will always be in our hearts. Help the police find who was responsible. If you’ve heard any rumours about who the driver was please come forward.”

Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge from East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“We are in the process of gathering as much information as possible about the collision and the events leading up to it.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the BMW prior to the collision.

“Did you see it driving around the city centre or have you heard any rumours about who the driver or the occupants are?

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find those responsible.”

If you can help please contact DC 1288 Paul Bingham on 101, quoting incident 727 of 1 May.

Council depot on the move

Blaby DC new depot - artists impressionBlaby District Council’s Neighbourhood Services will be making the short journey from Littlethorpe to Whetstone as the service relocates to a modern, 21st century depot.

The Council will be moving its service from the existing base to the new yard next to the County Council-run Whetstone Tip on Enderby Road.

Wates Construction began building the new Depot in January this year after planning permission had been approved in late 2015.

The completion date is anticipated to be sometime in late summer 2016.

The existing Depot has been located at Warwick Road, Littlethorpe for over 60 years and was in need of considerable re-investment to bring it up to current standards, along with the current depot lying within an existing residential area.

Relocation was sought in order to maintain the Council’s excellent reputation for refuse and recycling and other depot related services.

The Refuse and Recycling service is highly regarded by residents with the most recent Residents Survey revealing that 97% of respondents were satisfied with the service.

Enderby Road industrial estate was considered the most convenient and efficient location.

The new depot will contain an administration area, operational staff facilities including a changing/shower block and a fully equipped Training Room.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“I’m proud that we have finally managed to start work on our new depot.

“The modernisation will enable us to adapt to the inevitable changes in the coming decades.

“I hope that our investment in the future of such an important and well-regarded service for our residents emphasises the commitment that the Council has to our outstanding Neighbourhood Services team.”

The Council’s social media and website will have the latest news and images on the depot’s construction through to scheduled opening later this year.

Visit www.twitter.com/blabydc or www.facebook.com/blabydc to stay up to date.

Blaby DC new depot under construction
New depot under construction
New Whetstone Depot - artists impression
New Whetstone Depot – artists impression

Blaby Society of Artists will meet in a new venue for 2016

Blaby Society of Artists - District Wide - LogoBlaby Society of Artists, formed in 2012 to encourage the practice of original drawing and painting, are holding their final meeting for 2015.

The last meeting in 2015 is on the 17th December and will be held between 7pm and 9pm at Blaby Civic Centre, 22-24 Leicester Road, Blaby, and features Jo Allsopp and the topic “Pen & Wash Buildings or Animals”. Guests are most welcome at all meetings, with a small charge of £5 per meeting.

Meetings in 2016 will be held at a new venue, the Edward Wright Room in Whetstone Parish Council offices, Cemetery Road, Whetstone, Leicester LE8 6LL.

Meeting Dates 2016
(7pm-9pm third Thursday of month)

  • 21st Jan – Peter Gadsby – Art Supplies from Gadsby’s Store
  • 18th Feb – Stan Kaminski – Using just 3 colours in Gouache
  • 17th March – Mark Hancock – Figure Drawing with Life Model using Oils
  • 21st April – To be arranged
  • 19th May – Ingrid Hill – Creating Textures with Watercolour

(All demonstration’s are subject to change)

For more information contact:
Blaby Society of Artists
Secretary: Fran Andrews:
email: blaby.society_artists@hotmail.com
Tel: 0116 2841739

Football walks into Whetstone

Walking FootballIt was made famous in a television advert and now the opportunity to play Walking Football has finally come back to the area.

In partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, Blaby District Council is launching the fast-growing sport here in our area, starting on Wednesday 16 September, between 2-3pm at Holmes Park, Dog and Gun Lane, in nearby Whetstone (LE8 6FA.)

Walking football is almost exactly the same as football, with one key difference; if a player runs they concede a free kick to the other side.

The game aims to promote fitness and place less stress on the body whilst playing.

Sessions are a great way to keep active and it’s open to everyone.

The first session is free, with further sessions costing just £2.

For more information or to book a place, contact Fay Longdon at Leicestershire FA on fay.longdon@leicestershirefa.com.

Blaby Council Chairman to host Murder Mystery Evening in aid of charities

Murder Mystery EveningThe Chairman of Blaby District Council, Councillor David Clements, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner in aid of his nominated charities, The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service and LOROS.

This event will take place in the Council Chamber, Blaby District Council Offices, Narborough on Wednesday 22nd April from 7.30pm.

The murder mystery set in the 1960’s with flashbacks to the First World War.

Acting from Whetstone Drama Group will also feature in the evening.

Entrance is by ticket only, obtainable in advance.

Tickets are priced at £6.00 each, which includes a choice of curry (Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka or Vegetarian Curry).

For more information or to obtain a ticket call 0116 272 7501.