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Bike ride to 'reclaim the streets' of Whitecross, Hereford, brings back community spirit
A FAMILY bike ride has done its bit to bring some community spirit back in to the Whitecross area of Hereford.
In August, 46-year-old Steven Paynter was found dead in a house in Ryelands Street, Whitecross, and three people – Stacy Hales, aged 35, of Belmont Road; Stephen Munn, 20, of Golden Post; and Mark Edwards, who is 22 and of no fixed address – are all awaiting trial accused of murder.
Despite this tragic event, Sarah Watkins, a teacher at Sutton Primary Academy who lives in the Whitecross area, arranged a family bike ride on Sunday to ‘reclaim the streets’, starting at Sainsbury’s store and ending at Westfaling Street.
She said: “I went to the community meeting that was held in Trinity Church following the death of Mr Paynter and heard that people were really shocked about what happened, but also that people wanted to do positive things for the community.
“I had the idea of a family bike ride where we could 'reclaim the streets'. About 35 people of all ages joined in with the bike ride and we enjoyed a barbecue at the end of it.
Herefordshire Council provided two trainers who devised a familysafe route.
“We're already planning our next event and I’m talking to local people about ideas.”
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