30/04/2014

Other News In Brief

Police Appeal For Missing Pensioner

Police in Kingston are appealing for help to trace a missing 82-year-old man from Tolworth.

John Harding was last seen on Saturday 26 April, at 19:00hrs in the Tolworth area.

He is described as a white man, 5ft 6ins tall, with short white hair and a mole on his forehead. He suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia. He may be confused and panicked.

At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a grey shirt, navy blue trousers and a brown three-quarter length coat. John has links to the Frimley and Camberley areas and it is possible he could have made his way to these areas.

M5 Northbound Closed Overnight For Bridgeworks

Road users are advised that the northbound M5 between Junction 12 and junction 11a will be closed overnight tomorrow night, Thursday, May 1, while two 27 metre long bridge beams are removed.

A closure of the B4073 underneath the bridge between Corncroft Lane and Birchall Lane will also be needed to ensure the safety of road users.

The work, which is part of a comprehensive package of bridge safety improvements and maintenance to benefit road users on the M5 near Gloucester, will take place between 8pm and 6am.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place for both closures.

Road users travelling north on the M5 will be advised to leave the motorway at junction 12, then follow the A38 and join the A417 westbound at Barnwood roundabout, at the C&G roundabout road users should take the first exit signposted for the A417, then at Elmbridge Court roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A40 for Cheltenham and the M5, finally rejoining the M5 at junction 11.

Ashford Café Fined For Insurance Failings

A café business in Ashford has been fined for failing to hold statutory insurance that enables employees to claim compensation should they be injured at work.

Ash Catering Limited, trading as Ashford Café, on Bank Street in Ashford town centre, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it established there was no valid Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance for the business, as the law requires.

Canterbury Magistrates Court heard yesterday (29 April) that HSE issued a notice to produce a valid ELCI certificate on 27 September 2013 in response to a complaint.

A company director declined to be interviewed on the matter, but later admitted in writing that she was unaware of the requirement to have the insurance.

Ash Catering Limited, of Bank Street, Ashford, was fined a total £400 and ordered to pay a further £400 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of Section 1(1) of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

(CD/JP)

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