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Firework attacks terrorise animals and families

Homeowners close to Wotton Hill are asking for parents to take responsibility for youths letting fireworks off at the landmark.

Neighbours to the popular viewpoint say the latest incident, at the beginning of the Easter break, led to horses and sheep being panicked.

Esther Smith, who lives with her husband Graham and keeps a variety of animals on land just beneath Wotton Hill told the Wotton Times late-night fireworks had become a menace.

Eyewitnesses reported large rockets being launched at around 9pm on March 31st. And when Graham Smith went to investigate, he discovered evidence to suggest some had been let off from on his land.

"Graham checked our sheep and found rockets and their sticks next to them! They must have been set off in our field, I'm not happy, it's so irresponsible," said Esther.

Neighbour and pet owner Sophie Harrison, who also lives close to the landmark was also affected, reporting that she found rocket casings on her driveway.

"My cats and dogs were terrified," she said.

UK law forbids setting off or throwing of fireworks (including sparklers) in any street or other public place. Elsewhere, they cannot be set off between 11pm and 7am, except for Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.

Pictured: Graham and Esther Smith with daughter Flo and one of the family's ponies. (Picture by Matt Bigwood).
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Firework attacks terrorise animals and families

Homeowners close to Wotton Hill are asking for parents to take responsibility for youths letting fireworks off at the landmark.

Neighbours to the popular viewpoint say the latest incident, at the beginning of the Easter break, led to horses and sheep being panicked.

Esther Smith, who lives with her husband Graham and keeps a variety of animals on land just beneath Wotton Hill told the Wotton Times late-night fireworks had become a menace.

Eyewitnesses reported large rockets being launched at around 9pm on March 31st. And when Graham Smith went to investigate, he discovered evidence to suggest some had been let off from on his land.

Graham checked our sheep and found rockets and their sticks next to them! They must have been set off in our field, Im not happy, its so irresponsible, said Esther.

Neighbour and pet owner Sophie Harrison, who also lives close to the landmark was also affected, reporting that she found rocket casings on her driveway.

My cats and dogs were terrified, she said.

UK law forbids setting off or throwing of fireworks (including sparklers) in any street or other public place. Elsewhere, they cannot be set off between 11pm and 7am, except for Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.

Pictured: Graham and Esther Smith with daughter Flo and one of the familys ponies. (Picture by Matt Bigwood).

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Surely there is an error in your post. Shouldn't it read "Fireworks must NOT be set off between 11pm and 7am" . Your wording suggests that fireworks can only be set off overnight

Where do the little toe rats get the fireworks from? 😡

That’s a rocket that could’ve been set off from public or private land (someone’s back garden) and landed on your field.

CLARIFICATIONS & CORRECTIONS

You can't of course be sued by people who have passed away, but for the sake of accuracy we would like to point out that the image used on p2 of the April issue of the Wotton Times (letters, 'Tait not so modern') was not, as described, of Margaret Tait, but of her sister Isabella, who died in Orchard Street in 1937, aged 86.
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CLARIFICATIONS & CORRECTIONS

You cant of course be sued by people who have passed away, but for the sake of accuracy we would like to point out that the image used on p2 of the April issue of the Wotton Times (letters, Tait not so modern) was not, as described, of Margaret Tait, but of her sister Isabella, who died in Orchard Street in 1937, aged 86.
Not many here as yet but national and international media interest in you-know-what comes close to Wotton this afternoon with photographers beginning to wait outside Prince Charles’ home at Doughton, near Tetbury. ... See MoreSee Less
Not many here as yet but national and international media interest in you-know-what comes close to Wotton this afternoon with photographers beginning to wait outside Prince Charles’ home at Doughton, near Tetbury.

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Oy give im a night in the bishops room ... maybe he kin extend the manarchy in a parellel dementsion.

Don't get caught on his grass, he gets someone upset!! Trust me, I know this from experience.. 😱😱

Psst... have you bought our April issue?

The latest report from the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) "Who Owns the UK Media?" makes for some shocking reading. The pandemic appears to have accelerated the trend in the past 12 months towards the concentration of news dissemination into fewer and fewer hands.

Just THREE media giants (News UK, Reach and DMG Media) now operate 90% of national newspapers, while 83% of local newspapers are controlled by a mere six companies (of which Newsquest, JPI and Reach each control 20% of local news).

Abstract as such figures may appear, they represent trends that threaten to unpick the fabric of community life. Here in Wotton and the area we cover, there is a huge momentum of support and consensus for keeping things local, for shopping where you can as close as you can, for reducing CO2 by walking when we can, for trying to ensure that our pounds spent stay in GL12 pockets.

Created in Kingswood and printed locally, The Wotton Times is fast approaching its third birthday and is the flagship of a small but perfectly formed publishing operation based here in Wotton.

But to support our rare breed of local paper, we need you to buy it.

We're on sale in Wotton's Co-Op, Kindswood Spa, Bear Street Garage and a broad host of supporting loyal retailers. And we are the only local paper here that puts sales revenue back into the business of covering community news.

What's more, every time you buy a copy, or use it to advertise your business, it's a powerful way to ensure that the big media fish don't have a monopoly on news coverage. Give them that, and the word 'local' gets stretched to the max; we fill our pages with what's happening here, not in Cirencester, Yate and Thornbury.

So the MRC report is depressing, not least for its identification of news 'deserts' in local journalism. But at the Wotton Times, we're happy to report that's not happening here.

To keep our area as an oasis that defies the tough climate we are now in, simply keep us on your local shopping list.

All said, it's the most powerful pound we can ever spend to protect local life.
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Psst... have you bought our April issue?

The latest report from the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) Who Owns the UK Media? makes for some shocking reading. The pandemic appears to have accelerated the trend in the past 12 months towards the concentration of news dissemination into fewer and fewer hands.

Just THREE media giants (News UK, Reach and DMG Media) now operate 90% of national newspapers, while 83% of local newspapers are controlled by a mere six companies (of which Newsquest, JPI and Reach each control 20% of local news). 

Abstract as such figures may appear, they represent trends that threaten to unpick the fabric of community life. Here in Wotton and the area we cover, there is a huge momentum of support and consensus for keeping things local, for shopping where you can as close as you can, for reducing CO2 by walking when we can, for trying to ensure that our pounds spent stay in GL12 pockets. 

Created in Kingswood and printed locally, The Wotton Times is fast approaching its third birthday and is the flagship of a small but perfectly formed publishing operation based here in Wotton. 

But to support our rare breed of local paper, we need you to buy it. 

Were on sale in Wottons Co-Op, Kindswood Spa, Bear Street Garage and a broad host of supporting loyal retailers. And we are the only local paper here that puts sales revenue back into the business of covering community news. 

Whats more, every time you buy a copy, or use it to advertise your business, its a powerful way to ensure that the big media fish dont have a monopoly on news coverage. Give them that, and the word local gets stretched to the max; we fill our pages with whats happening here, not in Cirencester, Yate and Thornbury.

So the MRC report is depressing, not least for its identification of news deserts in local journalism. But at the Wotton Times, were happy to report thats not happening here.

To keep our area as an oasis that defies the tough climate we are now in, simply keep us on your local shopping list. 

All said, its the most powerful pound we can ever spend to protect local life.
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