Friday, 30 September 2016


Officers from Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team have found a small cannabis grow in a flat in Sawley. On Wednesday, September 14th officers from the team, acting on community intelligence, attended the flat on Lock Lane, Sawley where they found four cannabis plants being grown. The occupant, a 45-year-old man, was questioned by the officers and received a police caution for cultivation of a class B drug.
PC Claire March from the team said: ”We attended the flat as a result of intelligence received from the community. The occupant fully co-operated with our action and has received a police caution.
“It is an offence to grow cannabis in these circumstances and having received the information we believe we have taken positive, appropriate and proportionate action.”
If you have similar information contact your Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website. You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting

Sunday, 11 September 2016


Detectives investigating a robbery at a supermarket have arrested a man. The 24-year-old has been questioned and released on bail while inquiries continue. At around 10pm on Tuesday, August 23, two men entered the Co-op, in Draycott Road, Sawley, holding knives. They threatened staff and took cigarettes and money from the till before leaving on some sort of motorbike. One wore a grey top with blue stripes down the sleeve and red crash helmet with silver stars. The other wore a blue top and a black cap. His face was covered with a blue scarf.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call DS Scott McDermott on 101, quoting reference 16000248474.
Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website
You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 9 September 2016



Cylinder vacuum cleaner with tools
Blue, good working order and in
very good condition.
Tel 07837 372364

Thursday, 1 September 2016


 Taking advantage of Trent Barton’s all weekend travel offer for seven pounds (valid throughout August) I hopped on a indigo and made my merry way to The Charlton arms in Chilwell. Beautifully redecorated recently, Charlton, with its large car park, proved an ideal meeting place for all manner of original and modified shiny scooters. Performing inside were The Incredible skank brothers, living up the crowd with ska classics from Madness to The specials. The back of the venue held tombola with all proceeds going to Forces in the community and British Legion and a merch stall for all ya trilby patches badges and pin needs. At 3pm a ride out was planned to the Long Eaton Cenotaph with a detour of Chetwyn army barracks to pay respects to the armed forces there. On their return an announcement of the competition winners with the awards presented by this is England star George Newton (banjo). Daniel and jade from sneinton bagged best mod and modette while Andrew Hart took best vespa and John from Billbrough stole the best mod scoot on show. Keeping up morale inside, d.js Poppa bear and Cynthia B treated the audience to some cracking tracks from ska, two tone, reggae and northern soul all lovingly played on vinyl records.
The weather signified otherwise but the day was also Nottingham’s Caribbean carnival, leaving the bash I headed to the Victoria embankment parting with a highly reasonable two pounds donation entry. Sponsored by radio one extra with an array of d.j, the only names I recognised were Hacienda legend Graeme Park and Cass Roc. Taking headlining spot, main stage was Brinsley Forde with his Aswad experience compared by D.j Steel. With a haiwian Lei garland, flowers in my hair and fresh coconut in my hand ( with party umbrella obviously) listening to the sound of a steel drum band and smelling the aromas of jerk chicken cooking I couldn’t have felt more like I was on a beautiful Caribbean island, except for the good old British weather of course.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Detectives investigating a robbery at a supermarket have released moving footage of the crime and details of a potential witness they are trying to trace. At around 10pm on Tuesday, August 23rd, two men entered the Co-op, in Draycott Road, Sawley, holding knives. They threatened staff and took cigarettes and money from the till before leaving on some sort of motorbike. One wore a grey top with blue stripes down the sleeve and red crash helmet with silver stars. The other wore a blue top and a black cap. His face was covered with a blue scarf. As part of the investigation, police are trying to trace a man who went into the Tamworth Road Co-op, in Long Eaton, at around 9.45pm that evening and told staff there were two men acting suspiciously outside.

He could have witnessed something which may help the inquiry. The man, who was in the company of a woman, is white and he wore a dark blue t-shirt with a round, white logo on the front.

Detectives have also issued a stock image of the motorbike helmet worn by one of the suspects. The helmet has been identified as an RST Cobra Vent in red and silver, with some black detailing in the pattern. It has the RST logo in the centre above the visor, and has silver stars on it. It was worn for the duration of the robbery by one of two men.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call DS Scott McDermott on 101, quoting reference 16000248474. Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to about an alleged incident at a betting shop. A member of staff was working behind the counter at Ladbrokes, in Derby Road, Sandiacre, when she had reason to ask a customer to leave. She said that the man reacted angrily and spat in her face. The incident happened at around 7.30pm on Thursday, July 7th. Witnesses or anyone with information should call PC Natalie Hayhurst on 101, quoting reference 16000185996. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Emh homes have reassured their tenants they will help them set up an affordable plan to
gradually bring their accounts into advance. They also apologised if any of their letters caused distress. Ex council tenants in Sawley had received bills in excess of £350 claiming that their rent is now due in advance and not in arrears. One tenant told the Extra that some of the residents were OAPs and were not able to find the money. He showed the Extra his bill. On one page it stated that he was £1.30 in credit on a second page it said: Overdue rent £350. Under this it said: What you must due now. Make an immediate payment of the full balance. On the foot of the page it stated: You are at stage 1 and that stage 2 meant Pre Notice of seeking Possession.
Erewash Borough Council transferred their housing to Three Valleys Housing 2002. In 2011 Three Valleys Housing with 5,000 homes joined the emh group. Today emh are the landlord for 18000 homes in more than 40 local authority areas in the region.
After speaking to emh on Monday morning the Extra received the following statement from Jerry Sykes, their Communications Officer.
“All our tenancy agreements state that rent must be paid in advance. As a business it is essential that we receive rent on time so we can continue to deliver our services, including carrying out repairs and building new homes. And as a landlord it is our responsibility to ensure tenants pay their rent on time to avoid the risk of losing their home. The introduction of welfare reforms, particularly Universal Credit and the forthcoming Benefits Cap, has meant that we have had to become stricter about reinforcing the terms of tenancy agreements for the benefit of all concerned.
It was not our intention for the letters to cause distress, and we ran the letter by our involved tenants beforehand to ensure we had got the tone right, so we apologise if this was the case. We had let our tenants know about the forthcoming changes previously through our tenants’ magazine and sometimes with individual letters. In every case we have advised people that if they have any financial concerns whatsoever they should speak to us as soon as possible. We can provide support and help them set up an affordable plan to gradually bring their account into advance. Our financial inclusion officers are also able to support people with money advice and maximising benefits.
We are currently reviewing the letter in light of feedback, and will be ensuring that the offer of support is more positive and prominent in future.”


Long Eaton Baptist Church, Station Street is holding a Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday 18th September at 10.30 am. This year we have a speaker from ‘Framework’, a charity and housing association based in Nottingham, which is dedicated to helping homeless people, and promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people. Frameworkaims to change and save lives in three main ways - by working to prevent homelessness, by helping homeless people, and by encouraging people to live independent lives.
But, this work has not been done without turbulence. Every year more people and families have turned to Framework for help. How can these needs be met as funding from National Government diminishes and Local Authority budgets shrink?
This is where our support is so vital. If you are interested to find out more, the Framework web-site is a good place to start:

Thursday, 18 August 2016


When we came here in August 2006 Long Eaton was an amazing town centre which is why we chose to buy our shop here. Many changes have happened in Long Eaton since then and Long Eaton is still a great place to shop and business goes on as usual.
From a little newsagents we managed to raise over £800,000 for local good causes via the lottery. Now we have expanded to specialist tobacconist after taking over from Joshia Browns tobacconist in 2007. We have been appointed official Havana cigar specialist and tobacco/pipe specialist, selling the best cigars from all over the world. Our range of loose tobacco with over 100 different flavours to choose from is the largest in the area and you can blend your own flavours. We have now launched our very own on line business this year The shop has also now been renamed Holmes Cuban Cigars one of a handful of tobacconist in the uk.

However we still have the newsagents side which was Ferrys old shop. Pop in and see the shops mascot snoopy the labradoodle. The family run business would like to thank our trusted and loyal staff and the people of Long Eaton (past and present) for all their support and hope to be here serving you all for more years to come.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Police are appealing for information after hundreds of cannabis plants were discovered in the Bengal Spice Restaurant in the Market Place, Long Eaton. Officers were called to the premises on Thursday August 4th just before 1pm. They spent the afternoon removing plants from the scene. A spokesman said that they had not yet arrived at a final figure but that it ran into hundreds. No one has been arrested yet but police would like to talk to anyone with any information.


A burglar climbed through the kitchen window of a house in Long Eaton and stole a purse and an empty handbag from inside. The house, in Ruskin Avenue, was targeted between midnight and 1am on July 17th. A black purse containing cash and an empty handbag were taken. Detectives investigating the break-in want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area during the night. Witnesses or anyone who can help should call DC Emma Daniels on 101, quoting crime reference 16000196875. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


St Chads Water Transformed

Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council are delighted to unveil their completed access improvements project at St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve, Draycott – which was funded by its successful £12,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign. (see attached photograph). The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country.
The funding has helped to improve access around the lake at St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve for all ages and abilities throughout the year. Areas that have been prone to flooding and inaccessible during the winter have now been improved with embankments and drainage so that the path is accessible all year round and is suitable for everyone. St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve is a wonderful nature reserve for both wildlife and people. The site is free and open every day for everyone to enjoy.
Val Clare Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council, said: “We are really pleased that our project was voted for the highest grant in this region. This has enabled more of the paths at St Chad’s Water to have been improved to a really good standard so that everyone can enjoy this fantastic reserve.”
If you would like to know more about this project and other events in Draycott please contact Val Lewis (Parish Clerk) on 01332 875 278 or email

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “It is wonderful to see how the money from our Bags of Help initiative has been spent.

“This is money that has come directly from Tesco customers living and shopping in each of our regions up and down the country. The feedback for the project has been brilliant.”
Voting ran in store from 27th February until 6th March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.
Applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in Spring 2017, (date to be confirmed). As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year around by people living locally. If you would like more information about the Bags of Help contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork on 07801 122 494 or email

Jewellery and cash stolen during daytime burglar

Burglars forced open patio doors at a house in Ilkeston and stole jewellery including an engagement ring and a wedding ring. The break-in happened at a house in Repton Drive between 10am and 2pm on Monday, July 25th. The burglars stole cash and jewellery, including a 22 carat gold wedding ring and a 22 carat engagement ring with three diamonds. They also took a rose gold T-bar necklace and a matching rose gold T-bar bracelet. All of the jewellery is of sentimental value to the owner and detectives want to hear from anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale. Witnesses to the daytime burglary, or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area, should call DC Emma Daniels on 101, quoting crime reference 16000208041. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
New Season for Sandiacre Male Voice Choir
September not only sees the children back in school but it brings in the new season for Sandiacre Male Voice Choir. The choir is in its 96th year and already starting to look ahead to its centenary year and celebrations in 2020 but until then, with our wide repertoire from traditional hymns to theatrical show tunes and modern day songs, we are always looking for opportunities to entertain audiences throughout the county. So if you are holding a private function, a community event or a charity fundraising event then we have the songs to fit all occasions. New members are always welcome to join us and you don’t need to be able to read music! Just drop in, listen or sing along on Monday evenings from 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Butt Street, Sandiacre. For more information on booking the choir for an event or to talk about joining us please contact the choir Secretary, Anthony Taylor, on 0115 877 8669. Follow us on Twitter @smvc, see our Facebook Page #or our website is

Monday, 15 August 2016


Local MP Maggie Throup has recently held her first Pensioners Advice Fair in Long Eaton's ShopMobility Centre. The Fair, which was well attended by residents from across Erewash, showcased a number of organisation that provide help, support and advice to people in later life.
Speaking about the event Maggie said:
“It is clear from my constituency casework that local residents over the age of 55 often contact me looking for a similar type of support. I therefore thought that it would be a good idea to organise a community event, specifically targeted at older constituents, which brought together a range of local partner organisations under one roof. I would like to thank all of today’s exhibitors; Citizens Advice Bureau, Pension Wise, Age UK, Alzheimer's Society, Derbyshire Carers Association, 50 Plus forum and Derbyshire Police. In addition I would also like to thank those residents who attended the Fair, I hope they found it useful.” 


The Trinity Methodist Church on Cross St Long Eaton has recently installed a Defibrillator on the outside of its building for use by the public if an emergency arises. It follows discussion at a Church Council meeting in February to which members gave its approval. A subscription list was set up and generous donations were received from Church members and friends, the Long Eaton Rotary Club, the Salvation Army and the Long Eaton Judo Club. At a short service on Saturday morning the 16th July a plaque was unveiled to mark its installation and give thanks to all who donated towards it.
On the above photo Left to Right are- Howard and John Fletcher(Church Property and Finance) Barbara James and Roger Alton(LE Rotary),Lynn and David Dent(LE Salvation Army) and Rev Arnold Dixon(Minister of Church)


One of the two Anglican churches in Long Eaton – St John’s on the corner of Canal Street and College Street – is to have a new vicar. The Reverend Sam Tredwell, with her husband and daughters, will be moving to Long Eaton from Newark, Nottinghamshire. Sam is currently part of the team ministry covering the churches of Newark and Coddington. The service to launch Sam Tredwell’s ministry in Long Eaton will be at St John’s Church, on Thursday 15 September at 7.30pm. Everyone in the parish and town is welcome to attend.

Friday, 5 August 2016


          Early Derby County Season Ticket Discovered in North Derbyshire

On a recent Matlock valuation day, I discovered dark blue booklet of tickets. Closer inspection showed that this was a very rare survivor: a set of season tickets for Derby County Football Club, dated 1939-1940. The 'subscribers' tickets, allowing entry to all games including the FA Cup, cost £2 2 s, a price many a football fan these days would be more than willing to pay, although this figure would still have represented more than half a week's wages for a working man.
I was initially puzzled by the fact that only one ticket had been torn from the book but then quickly realised that this season's matches had to be abandoned due to the outbreak of World War Two: our young men, unfortunately, had other duties to perform. Whether the original owner was one of the many called away to war, and what his fate may have been, we will probably never know. Being an enthusiastic Derby County fan this is just the sort of item which appeals to me. Particularly fascinating is the list of fixtures at the back of the book. Derby was due to play another historic Derbyshire club, Chesterfield, on 24th August but along with the others the match never took place. Derby County's history goes back to 1884 and was one of the first to join The Football League, formed in 1888. The club is still going strong today. Perhaps next season we'll see them heading back to the Premiership under Nigel Pearson's management.

The game of football has a much longer history than might be supposed, although in Elizabethan times it was considered a disreputable sport and enjoying a game could even land you in jail for a week! We have here in Deryshire, of course, our own Shrovetide Football Match, held each year in Ashbourne, when the Up'Ards and Down'Ards compete in a rather dangerous version of the game which has hundreds of players and very few rules.

The little book of Derby County tickets shows how an object which could so easily have been thrown away as 'worthless' has its own form of value, which will certainly be translated into rather more than its original cost!
The season ticket is expected to make up to £60 when it is entered into our World Cup Football Auction on Tuesday 23rd August. We are currently seeking similar entries, as well as golf, tennis, rugby and cricket memorabilia. For more information please contact the saleroom on 01283 733988 or email
Written by Charles Hanson

Thursday, 4 August 2016


On Tuesday tea time Stage One presented Treetops with a cheque for £1,105. The money was raised from a sponsored headshave and chestshave, Indoor BBQ, Raffle, Penny Jar, Pay to Sing, Burst the Balloon and an ice cube game where the winner was the person who could spit an ice cube the furthest. This competition was won by Zoe.