Friday, 17 April 2015


Burglars broke into a bungalow in Long Eaton and stole a mobile phone and an iPad. The offenders forced open a door at a property in Hathern Close between 12.30am and 5.30am on Friday, April 10th. An Apple iPad and a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone were stolen from inside.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or who may have been offered the items for sale since the burglary. Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 14732/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Sunday 19th April will see Long Eaton United Ladies FC in Derbyshire FA Women’s County Cup Final action against Derby County Ladies FC, at Belper Town’s ground. Despite entering into the final as the underdogs the team will be buoyed by their recent performances this season that have seen them win 10 out of their last 15 matches in all competitions, with only 3 defeats; their last coming in a closely fought League Cup Semi-final against high flying Nettleham, 1-0.
They will also be entering into this Sunday’s Cup Final sporting new training attire thanks largely to new sponsor, Derbyshire based Health and Safety Consultancy ISAC (UK) Ltd. “The commitment that the squad have shown in reaching this final warrants its rewards and we wish the entire team the best of luck this Sunday” Geoff Hornby, Managing Director.
Kick off is at 2pm and is £2 entry for adults.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!
The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.
This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
· Wednesday 15 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
· Thursday 16 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm
The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.
Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 16 April at

Monday, 13 April 2015


Local Nightclub invests in revitalising Long Eaton’s late night economy
A local Nightclub who have been in the town for 3 years has invested £100k in the local economy. Disco Bars Group who have operated Manhattans on Clifford Street since 2011 took a previously closed venue and initially invested around £100k when they opened. Now they have acquired the closed down and previously problematic Buzz Bar/Chameleon site and have reconfigured the two buildings in order to create a contrasting offer for the people of Long Eaton.

On Friday 24th April the former “Buzz” site, 23 High Street, will relaunch as Society. This is intended to be a totally new concept for the town bringing city style, quality cocktails, craft ales and premium spirits tot own in a venue which will be Over 25’s only. It will open every night from 6pm until 2am and will feature a DJ at weekends playing 70s 80s 90s Soul and Motown music.

The Manhattans nightclub has been refurbished benefitting from a proper smoking area utilising the former Buzz Yard, new seating booths, a totally new bar layout, a new DJ console and flooring and a brand new lighting rig featuring a 1m wide mirrorball.

Total investment is over £100k. The sites will be run by manager Andi Wilshere who lives in Stapleford and has worked in the trade for many years.
Erewash Borough Council has issued a final reminder to local residents that they must be registered by Monday 20th April to have a right to vote in next month’s elections. With less than a week to go to the register deadline, the council’s elections team is continuing to register hundreds of people who are getting in touch or going online to confirm their details. Anyone old enough to vote who is not on the council’s Register of Electors by the deadline day will not be able to vote in the General, Borough and Parish elections taking place on Thursday 7th May. It is quick and easy to register online at


There will be five candidates standing for the Erewash parliamentary constituency at next month’s General election, which takes place on Thursday 7th May. At the close of nominations at 4pm today (Thursday 9th April), the candidates were confirmed as:
Maggie Throup — The Conservative Party, Ralph Timothy Hierons — The Green Party, Catherine Helen Atkinson — Labour Party, Martin Charles Garnett — Liberal Democrats, Philip Rose — UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Residents who will be on holiday or working away on next month’s ‘Election Day’ still have time to apply for a postal vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 21st April. When voting by post, the ballot papers are posted out to the elector who can then return the completed papers in the envelope provided.
In addition, residents who are unable to get to the polling station on 7 May also have the option of appointing a proxy to cast their vote on their behalf at the designated polling station. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 28th April.
Voters will be casting their votes for the General, Borough and Parish elections on Thursday 7th May.
Any Erewash residents wanting to apply for any of the above should contact the Borough Council’s elections team by email or call 0115 907 1190.

Erewash residents are being reminded that new arrangements are in place for the Erewash Borough Council election this May following an independent review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Voters will now elect 47 councillors in total, four fewer than the previous arrangements. Those elected will represent a total of 19 wards – three fewer than previously. The Commission’s review re-drew some ward boundaries to ensure that each Erewash councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The 19 wards and the number of councillors to be elected in each are:

North of the boroughAwsworth Road (2); Cotmanhay (2); Hallam Fields (2); Kirk Hallam and Stanton-by-Dale (3); Larklands (3); Little Eaton and Stanley (2); Little Hallam (2); Shipley View (2); West Hallam and Dale Abbey (3).

South of the boroughBreaston (2); Derby Road East (2); Derby Road West (3); Draycott and Risley (2); Long Eaton Central (3); Nottingham Road (2); Ockbrook and Borrowash (3); Sandiacre (3); Sawley (3); Wilsthorpe (3).

Saturday, 11 April 2015


Police officers have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Sandiacre. Amy Gough (34) of Sandringham Road in Sandiacre was taken from her home to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Sunday March 29th where she later died. Police were informed the following day.
A post mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, on Tuesday April 7th determined that her death is suspicious. A 45-year-old man from Sandiacre was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday April 8th and was released on police bail the next day.
Detective Inspector Graham Prince, who is investigating the death, is appealing for anyone who knew Ms Gough to contact him. He said:
“I’d like to hear from anyone who saw Amy between Tuesday March 24th and Sunday March 29th. It’s very important that we piece together her movements in and around Sandiacre and possibly in Derby in the days before her death. Anyone with information can contact me on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of items stolen from a house in Long Eaton. Burglars broke into a house in Fairfield Crescent between 9.30pm and about 11.30pm on Saturday, April 4th.
The offenders forced open a conservatory door and stole items including a Toshiba laptop, an Acer laptop, a tablet device, and cash. Jewellery including a silver heart-shaped locket, a gold locket, an oyster pearl necklace, a silver bracelet and a gold bracelet, were also taken. The offenders also stole a number of wristwatches, including a gold Rotary watch with a brown leather strap, a silver Omega watch and a silver Omega Genevieve watch.
Two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area and detectives want to hear from anyone who saw them or might have information on the offence. Officers also want to hear from anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale since the burglary. Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 14262/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 10 April 2015


Burglars stole a large amount of jewellery and photographic equipment after breaking into a house in Long Eaton. The offenders forced open a rear door at a house in Grange Drive between 5am on Thursday, April 2nd and 3.30pm on Sunday, April 5th.
Among the items stolen was a Canon EOS DSLR camera, an 18-55mm Canon lens, memory cards and cash. Stolen jewellery including an 18ct rose gold bracelet, an 18ct gold cross with diamonds on it, a gold plated necklace with a coral stone, and an 18ct solitaire diamond ring.
Police want to hear from anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale since the dates of the offence. Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 13939/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Children at The Long Eaton School have been carrying out speed checks and speaking to motorists about safe driving.Neighbourhood Teams to use the mobile speed detection device to catch drivers breaking the 30mph speed limit. The year seven pupils carried out the speed watch on Wilne Road in Sawley and two vehicles were stopped for driving in excess of 30mph.
PCSO Matt Boyer from Sawley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The youngsters enjoyed helping us with the checks and were very well behaved. We hope the initiative will show motorists, who often don’t realise how fast they were travelling, how speeding could affect other members of the community.


Police are appealing for witnesses after two houses in the same Sandiacre street were burgled. Some time between 1.45pm on Thursday, March 19 and 10am on Sunday, March 22, a house in New Terrace was broken into. The burglar forced open a kitchen window but didn’t take anything. A home on the same road was broken into between 8.15am and 3.10pm on Saturday, March 21. The burglar forced open the back door, stealing a laptop and women’s Gucci watch. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen during a burglary in Long Eaton. The items were stolen from a house on Tamworth Road sometime between 1pm on Saturday, March 14th and 10am on Sunday, March 15th. They included a number of pairs of earrings, bracelets, a necklace, a ring and a watch. Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Police investigating the suspected arson of a car parked in Long Eaton are appealing for witnesses to come forward. A silver Ford Mondeo that had been parked in Charnwood Avenue was targeted in the early hours of the morning on Friday, March 27th. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene and an investigation revealed that it had been deliberately set alight. The offenders smashed a rear window and then started a fire on a back seat, which destroyed the car. Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence, which took place just after midnight.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 12582/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


A 27-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the motorbike he was riding was in collision with a parked lorry. The incident took place at about 3.30am on Friday 27th March close to the Seven Oaks Pub in Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Ilkeston.
He was taken by ambulance to Royal Derby Hospital and later transferred to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where he remains in a serious condition.
A section of Lows Lane has been closed while an investigation into the incident is carried out.


Tony and Jordan Slater of College Street, Long Eaton, were putting up fence panels in Cavendish Close, Shardlow, when Tony’s spade struck a metal object. The object turned out to be a mortar shell from the Second World War. The discovery was made shortly after 11.30am on Tuesday March 17th. A spokesman from the bomb squad said that the fuse had gone and that it was perfectly safe. In the meantime the area had been cordoned off and residents on Cavendish Close, Long Row and Wilne Lane were moved to the Clock Warehouse pub in Shardlow. Customers in the Malt Shovel and the New Inn, were also evacuated. The cordon was lifted at 1pm.

Friday, 27 March 2015


Firemen were called to a fire on Welbeck Road, Long Eaton after a stereo was left on the cooker which was switched on. The heat from the ring melted the stereo which started to give off smoke. A 64 year old woman was taken to Royal Derby Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. A neighbour was also advised to go to the hospital after entering the smoke-filled kitchen to help rescue a pet Alsatian. The dog was taken to the vet after being given oxygen at the scene. The incident occurred on Saturday March 21st shortly before 1pm. Firemen left at 3.45. The property suffered severe smoke damage.


East Midlands set to welcome new Marching Band!

Applicants are being invited to join a brand new marching band within the Trent Valley region.The band, based in the Long Eaton area are looking for members of all ages and abilities to come along and have some fun whilst providing quality entertainment to the General Public. Practices will be held Friday Evenings from 6.15 to 7.15pm to start at the Martial Arts Centre, Fields Farm Road, Long Eaton which will include musical and marching tuition and the chance to meet some new friends and enjoy being part of this new and exciting venture!!
If you have a few hours a week to spare, can play and/or have your own instrument (this would be an advantage but not essential at this stage) why not apply now? Anyone interested in more information and an application form should contact Chris on 07933 617 167

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Architect's plan for homes will transform landmark and revitalise town centre

A Long Eaton architect has devised a scheme that will transform a building almost 100 years old and breathe new life into the town centre. Alan McGowan Architects is the driving force behind the project to change a prominent building at 1-3 Tamworth Road close to the Market Place and main shopping area. Alan drew up the scheme to provide 10 high-quality apartments, secured planning permission from Erewash Borough Council, and will project manage it for the new owners of the building.
It was bought last year by Meadowbank Estates, a property company based near London's Heathrow Airport, from a property management company. This is its first project in the East Midlands and the firm is likely to look for more. Under the scheme there will be five apartments on each of the first and second floors, some with one bedroom, some with two. Then main entrance will be from Tamworth Road and a number of apartments will have views over Tamworth Road and the Market Place. There is a public car park at the rear.
The property was built in the 1920s and known as the Co-op Arcade because of the number of different shops there. Latterly, a women-only gym occupied the first floor until it closed last year. The second floor has been empty since 2003 when it was used as a training centre for a national supermarket chain before it opened its store in the town. This scheme will bring new life into a prominent building in the town centre, part of which has been unused for more than decade,” said Alan.
“It is a good example of what can be achieved with the many empty upper floors of buildings in our town centres. It will provide good, spacious homes right in the town centre where people can use the various amenities. It will add vibrancy to Long Eaton town centre and hopefully provide extra trade for new businesses. Being a local practice it's exciting to help revitalise the town centre and build on our previous work that restored a number of premises there to their former glory under the townscape heritage scheme.”
It is anticipated that conversion work will start in late spring and be completed by late summer or early autumn. This will also include removing dated cladding from the 1960s and replacing it with a contemporary facade. Windows will be replaced with double glazing to provide protection from street noise.
The ground floor of the building is currently occupied by a building society and shop which will remain unaffected. The scheme is one of the latest undertaken by Alan McGowan Architects following the practice move to new premises at Bridge House, Derby Road.


Firemen were called to a blaze in Stapleford at at 3.40pm on Sunday March 15th. Crews from Long Eaton, Stapleford, Highfields and West Bridgford were in attendance at a property in Toton Lane. Firefighters battled to control the blaze on the first floor and in the roof space of the two-storey derelict house. The fire was out by 6pm.
Wildlife officers are appealing for help to trace a man who may have information on the death of a swan next to the Erewash Canal in Sandiacre. The carcass was found at about 2pm on Tuesday, March 17th on a stretch of towpath behind Canalside Industrial Estate, off Ilkeston Road.
The swan was located near its nest and appeared to have been partially plucked. It is not yet known how it died. A man who was walking his dog was seen near the carcass just before it was reported to police and officers are keen to speak to him. He was white, between 50 and 60, clean shaven, and was wearing a light coloured jacket. His dog was described as a sandy Border Terrier type. Police want to speak to the man to see what information he may have on the discovery of the dead swan.
It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to kill or harm swans or their nests. Anyone with information on this incident should call PC 3032 Simon O’Connor on 101, quoting crime reference 11142/15.