Monthly Archives: February 2020

Sheep killed in Attack by Dog in Warmington 8-10 February 2020

A farmer’s sheep were attacked by a dog in a field, which was believed to have been on a walk at the time. Two of the farmer’s sheep were killed, and two more were badly injured in the attack.

The sheep attack occurred between Saturday February 8 and Monday February 10 on a farm near the village of Warmington.

Any one with information about the sheep attack can call police on 101 quoting incident number of 87 of February 14.

Police encourage people to remain vigilant in the area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the police on 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crime Stoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website:

Theft from Northend 22/2/20

Burglary, Bottom St, Northend

Incident number: 148 17/02/2020

Please note that at unknown offenders have broken into a secure shed overnight 15/02/2020 and removed a lawn mover, before leaving it in a nearby bush. A padlock was damaged to get in to the shed but nothing believed to have been taken.

If you have information that you believe may be connection to this incident, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101. Thank you.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website:

Stratford District Council Planning Committee to Consider the Application for Vehicular Access on Land South West of Bitham Hall

Planning Application(s) reference: 19/01235/FUL

Proposed:    Creation of a new vehicular access for agriculture/forestry

At: Land South West Of Bitham Hall, Avon Dassett
A link to the planning application on the Stratford on Avon District Council ePanning website is:

The above planning proposal will be considered at Planning Committee A on 19 February 2020. The meeting will be held at Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-on-Avon and starts at 6.15pm.

Avon Dassett Parish Council has registered to speak the meeting and a local resident has agreed to speak on behalf of all residents. He will include in his submission comments already registered on Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s planning website. However, should anyone wish to raise additional planning comments please contact either the Clerk or Chair by close of business on Friday 14 February.

A leaflet which fully explains the process is available on the Stratford-on-Avon District Council website at:

Public Involvement in Planning Meetings (Dec 2017)

This is an open meeting and residents are able to attend if they so wish. If you would like to attend but have difficulties with transport please contact either the Clerk or Chair and they will try to assist.

Contact details:

Clerk:     Helen Hide-Wright:
Phone:   07713 892835

Chair:     Trevor Gill:
Phone:   07775 762927

Corona Virus – Latest Advice

A doctor’s surgery in Brackley has been temporarily closed to be cleared and cleaned because of a corona virus incident.

Please follow the latest government advice:

Situation in the UK

Four patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, has shared a statement. If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review. Our advice for travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province remains unchanged from the below.

As of 9:00am 09 February, a total of 795 people have been tested, of which 791 were confirmed negative and 4 positive.

We have been working in close collaboration with international colleagues and the World Health Organization to monitor the situation in China and around the world.

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Advice for travellers

British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of novel coronavirus should check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised UK nationals to leave China where possible. If the situation continues to escalate the pressure on the Chinese health system may intensify, and it may also become harder for people to travel.

This change does not affect our advice for those returning from Wuhan or mainland China.

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

What this means in practice

We are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

Where possible, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Diagnosis and analysis

Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.

The UK is now one of the first countries outside China to have a prototype specific laboratory test for this new disease. Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to Wuhan have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation

After the experience of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, PHE developed a series of diagnostic tests to detect any member of the family of coronaviruses. These have been used for several years, and were able to detect the first UK case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.

With the first reported publication of the genome sequence of a 2019 novel coronavirus, PHE was able to rapidly develop further specific tests for this virus, working with WHO and global network of laboratories.

When a clinician suspects novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), they take samples from the nose, throat and deeper respiratory samples, package and send them safely to PHE Colindale. PHE can provide a laboratory result from this specific virus on the same working day.

PHE also has the capability to sequence the viral genome and compare this to published sequences from China, if a case occurs. This will provide valuable information on any mutations in the virus over time and allow an improved understanding of how it spreads.