A 48-year-old man has been found guilty for the murders of retired teacher Betty Yates from Worcestershire and Reverend John Suddards.
Jurors in the trial of Stephen Farrow, accused of the murders of a vicar and retired teacher, have been sent out to begin deliberations.
The man on trial for the murders of retired teacher Betty Yates in Worcestershire refused to move from his cell to go to court today.
The flood defences in Bewdley have been put in place again with the warning of more flooding. More heavy rain overnight means water levels are continuing to rise.
15 flood warnings are currently in place in the Midlands, with another 35 locations on flood alert.
Our correspondent Lucy Kite visits the Severn Valley Railway to find out about the women in the driving seat.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man threw a rabbit from a bridge in Bewdley last week.
Rowers on the River Severn saw the man cycle along the bridge on Kidderminster Road at about 8.15pm on June 17 and remove a live rabbit from a bag.
When he was asked what he was doing, the man replied, “It’s got mixy”. He then threw the rabbit into the river.
The RSPCA was contacted and no body has been recovered.
– Kelly Lake, RSPCA inspector
It doesn’t matter whether this rabbit had mixomatosis or any other problem – there is no excuse to throw a live animal to its certain death.
The poor thing must have been absolutely terrified.
Farrows trial was told he has psychopathic tendencies and had planned to crucify Rev Suddards.
At a nearby burglary he left a note: "be thankful you did not come back or I would have killed you Christian scum, hate God."
Former pupil Verity Worthington spoke to Central News recently. She described Betty Yates as a teacher who 'brought real life to the classroom'.
During the trial Stephen Farrow exercised his right not to attend on some days, which the judge told the jury should not affect their verdict.
This says Verity is something she found difficult to accept.
Stephen Farrow displayed no emotion in court earlier as the jury returned their verdicts after spending eight-and-a-half hours' deliberation.
He stood silently as the judge told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison.