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Herefordshire teen grows exotic watermelons

Joe De Pascalis, 19, with a watermelon that he grew in Herefordshire
Joe De Pascalis, 19, with a watermelon that he grew in Herefordshire Credit: ITV News Central

A 19-year-old agricultural student has succeeded in growing exotic watermelons in Herefordshire.

Joe De Pascalis challenged a local fruit and vegetable grower that he could harvest a crop of the fruit.

He used an artificial heater on the seedlings to emulate the sunnier climes in which watermelons are usually grown.

His produce will go on sale at Tesco on Thursday.

“These watermelons taste so good that we don’t think shoppers will be able to tell the difference between them and the imported ones sold on high streets from Spain and Brazil.

“Joe has clearly done a very good job growing them and in doing so made a mark on British agriculture."

– Tesco produce manager James Cackett

Statement reveals Hereford United FC will continue

A statement from Hereford United FC has revealed that the football club will continue.
A statement from Hereford United FC has revealed that the football club will continue. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A statement from Hereford United FC has revealed that the football club will continue.

The announcement has come from the Chairman and Directors who say they will also be contacting sponsors from this morning.

It comes as the club has been threatened with liquidation if they don't clear their debts by next month.

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Hereford United allowed to play home games - but with 1,000 capacity

Edgar Street is currently restricted to a capacity of 1,000 people
Edgar Street is currently restricted to a capacity of 1,000 people Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Hereford United have been granted a general safety certificate to host matches at Edgar Street - but only with a capacity of 1,000 people.

Herefordshire Council says the club has been given permission to open the stadium to the public after their safety certificate had been withdrawn a month ago.

The club's first game of the season will be on Saturday 9 August against St Neots Town.

The club will only currently be allowed to play football matches in front of 1,000 spectators using both the Merton Terrace and Merton Stand at Edgar Street, as opposed to a full capacity crowd, until all of the partner agencies involved are satisfied that any outstanding safety issues have been properly addressed.

– Herefordshire Council spokesperson

Hereford United "transferred appropriate funds to Football Creditors"

The Chairman of the Southern League has confirmed that Hereford United Football Club has "transferred appropriate funds to all known Football Creditors apart from a few who have not, as yet, notified officials of their required details."

Ken Turner added that the amount covering these outstanding payments has been deposited into a third party account.

Hereford United's ground, Edgar Street
Hereford United's ground, Edgar Street Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

It means the club will be able to play in the Southern League when the season gets underway next month, subject to receiving confirmation of receipt of all the transferred amounts.

Hereford United were expelled from the Football Conference last month after failing to pay its debts.

Hereford fans protest over club ownership

Hereford fans are holding a protest against changes to the ownership of the club Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
Fans are holding a "funeral parade" through Hereford after their club was demoted Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
The grim reaper and a coffin are part of the parade by Hereford United fans. Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton

Hereford United fans are delivering a petition with more than 7000 signatures to Herefordshire Council today urging them not to assign the lease at Edgar Street over to the club's new owner.

A so-called "funeral parade" will leave Edgar Street shortly, before moving towards the council's Brockington Headquarters.

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Hereford United given another week to pay tax bill

The club owe £78,000 to HMRC Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Hereford United have been given an extra week to pay a £78,000 tax bill which threatens the club's future.

The Bulls have said a part payment was made towards the amount on Friday afternoon following negotiations with HMRC.

Today a judge in London agreed to a seven day adjournment which gives The Bulls time to pay the outstanding debt.

Last night, comedian Omid Djalili helped raise £21,000 for the club, by performing two benefit gigs.

'Boycie' actor John Challis congratulates Omid Djalili for Hereford Utd fundraiser

'Only Fools and Horses' actor John Challis has congratulated comedian Omid Djalili for helping to raise £21,000 for cash-strapped Hereford United.

The Iranian entertainer performed to nearly a thousand people at the Courtyard Theatre (yesterday).

Challis, who is famous for playing Boycie in the TV sitcom, lives in Hereford.

Hereford pay part of outstanding tax bill

Hereford United have made a part payment towards an outstanding tax bill ahead of a court hearing tomorrow.

It means the club will be able to ask the Judge for more time to pay the outstanding amount.

It's after the attendance exceeded two thousand for the second home game in a row.

“We are extremely close to being able to make the payment, but we now need one final push over the weekend. Taking into account our expected income over the next 48 hours, and the very generous donation from Heineken, we believe we will need a further £8,000.”

– Director Dave Preedy
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