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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.


Flood-hit Worcester businesses say town is open for business

by Hannah Stokes

It's not just the cost of the clear-up operation many companies have had to deal with, but for many the loss of business was a big factor.

The county experienced the highest floods since those in 2007, displacing some from their homes and disrupting daily life for many.

But today everyone remains upbeat and the message is clear - firms are now very much open for business.

Government grant for homeowners to tackle future flooding

People could be eligible for up to £5,000 under the grant Credit: PA

The government has announced that people whose homes and businesses were flooded between 1 December and 31 March can now apply for a government grant of up to £5,000 through their local authority, regardless of where they live.

Dan Rogerson the Environment Minister the government is encouraging anyone who has been flooded to apply for a grant to become more flood resilient.

Warning after syphilis outbreak in Herefordshire

An urgent health warning has been issued after Herefordshire reported one of the highest levels of syphilis across the West Midlands for three years running.

The county saw the highest level of the sexually-transmitted disease in the region in both 2011 and 2013, and the second highest in 2012.

Health chiefs say the current outbreak has largely concerned men - but warned that women are at risk as well.

Wye Valley NHS Trust is urging people to use protection
Wye Valley NHS Trust is urging people to use protection Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Sexual Health consultant at Wye Valley NHS Trust, Dr Catherine Chima-Okereke, urged sexually-active people to always use protection.

Anyone who has had unprotected sex, especially oral sex, is at risk of syphilis as well as other sexually-transmitted infections.

Syphilis is infectious in its early stages - although there are often no symptoms so you wouldn’t even know if you had it.

Left untreated, it can cause serious health problems and permanent damage to many organs, including the eyes, heart and brain. The only way that you can prevent catching or spreading the infection is to avoid sexual contact.


Foyle leaves Hereford Utd amid administration worries

Hereford manager Martin Foyle left the club today - as the team faces an uncertain future.

United may be put into administration as the true extent of the club's financial troubles was revealed at an AGM earlier this week.

Martin Foyle
Martin Foyle Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

A statement on the club's website reveals: "Hereford United can confirm that they are to part company with First Team Manager Martin Foyle and his Assistant Andy Porter with immediate effect.

"The Board of Directors would like to thank Martin and Andy for their efforts during their time at Edgar Street and wish them well for the future.

"The board will make a further announcement via the official website regarding future appointments in the near future."

Over 2,000 cannabis plants in old Royal Mail office

More than 2,000 cannabis plants - worth more than £600,000 on the street - were discovered in a police raid on an old Royal Mail sorting office in Herefordshire.

Police today said it was the biggest cannabis factory ever discovered in the county.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of producing the Class B drug.

Over 2,000 plants were found at various stages of development
Over 2,000 plants were found at various stages of development Credit: West Mercia Police

A total of 2,180 cannabis plants plus growing equipment were seized by the officers, who executed the warrant in Bromyard.

The raid was carried out after passers-by reported a strong smell of cannabis.

The old Royal Mail sorting office where the plants were being cultivated
The old Royal Mail sorting office where the plants were being grown Credit: West Mercia Police

Jury sent home for another night in ditch deaths trial

Joanna Dennehy.
Joanna Dennehy. Credit: Joanna Dennehy.

The jury has been sent home for another night in the trial of two men accused of helping serial killer Joanna Dennehy.

Deliberations will now go into a third day at Cambridge Crown Court.

Gary Stretch, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay Peterborough, denies three charges of preventing a lawful burial and two counts of attempted murder.

Leslie Layton, of Bilfield, Orton Goldhay, denies perverting the course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful burial of two men.

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