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Woman charged with giving poison to juvenile girl

A 55-year-old woman was today (Friday 10 January) charged by West Mercia Police Credit: HSE

A woman has been charged with giving poison to a girl in Herefordshire.

Mary Kidson, aged 55 and from Ledbury, is due to appear in court on January 29, on three counts of of administering poison to a female juvenile with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

The charges follow a lengthy investigation by police at Hereford, working with Children’s Services and the local health authority

Ms Kidson, of Ledbury, has been on police bail while inquiries were ongoing.

The allegations relate to a child who is now aged in her teens and are alleged to have taken place between December 2010 and March 2013.


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Illegal bird trap user caught on camera

Priday caught visiting the trap Credit: RSPB

A part-time game keeper from Herefordshire has been caught and fined for setting an illegal trap designed to harm birds of prey.

Wayne Edward Priday was ordered to pay more than £500 for using a pole trap - a device with a powerful spring placed on top of a post or pole where birds of prey are likely to perch.

A pole-trap Credit: RSPB

When RSPB officers discovered the trap in Ludlow they set up surveillance cameras which caught Priday visiting it.

Police say they think the trap was intended to catch a goshawk, a very rare bird with perhaps only 500 pairs in the UK.

Singer Roy Harper faces child sex trial

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper is set to be tried next year over allegations he committed a string of sex offences in the Herefordshire area in the 1970s.

Roy Harper Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singer-songwriter, who has performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin, was not required to appear for a short preliminary hearing held at Worcester Crown Court.

Harper, of Rossmore, near Clonakilty, Co Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, faces nine charges, including two counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13.

The singer also faces three charges of indecent assault and four of gross indecency relating to the same alleged victim.

West Mercia Police announced last month that Harper had been charged with the offences, which are alleged to have occurred in the mid-1970s.

The 72-year-old is on unconditional bail and will next appear at the court on March 24, 2014 for a plea hearing.

A trial date has been set for August next year.

The prolific performer has produced more than 30 albums during his career.

Harper had been due to play on a bill alongside the likes of Eric Clapton and Robert Plant at London's Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday but has now withdrawn from the line-up. He was among the acts who had agreed to appear at a tribute to folk guitarist Bert Jansch, who died two years ago.


Profile: Roy Harper

Roy Harper released him most recent album, Man and Myth, this year. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Influential singer-songwriter Roy Harper, 72, has been charged with a series of historic sex offences, police said.

  • Harper is a prolific performer has produced more than 30 albums during his career.
  • He performed a sold-out UK tour last month.
  • Rock band Led Zeppelin cite him as a major influence, and released the 1970 track 'Hats off to (Roy) Harper'.
  • Harper sang lead vocals on Pink Floyd's track 'Have a Cigar' on their 1975 classic album 'Wish You Were Here'.
  • Pete Townshend, Kate Bush and Fleet Foxes are others who have named Harper as a key influence.
  • He was awarded the MOJO Hero Award by the music magazine in 2005.

Folk singer faces charge of 'sex with girl under 13'

Charges against influential musician Roy Harper include two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, police said.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said:

The summons relates to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and four counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14.

The charges are in connection with offences alleged to have taken place in Herefordshire between 1975 and 1977 and relate to one victim.

– West Mercia Police spokesman

A summons was issued to the musician on October 16, after he was voluntarily interviewed by police at Heathrow Airport on February 22.

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