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Police appeal after 70-year-old woman sexually assaulted

West Mercia Police has appealed for information after a woman over the age of 70 was sexually assaulted in Bromsgrove on Tuesday morning.

He left in the direction of the Old Birmingham Road. Credit: PA

The incident took place in the Marlbrook area of Bromsgrove between 11:00am and 11:30am when a man knocked on the woman's front door and asked to enter the house.

He then proceeded to sexually assault her before he left in the direction of the Old Birmingham Road.

This is undoubtedly a concerning incident for the victim as well as the local community. However I would like to offer my assurances that a thorough and robust investigation is underway.

We are working to identify the offender as quickly as possible and ask if anyone saw any suspicious activity in or around the Old Birmingham Road at the time of the incident to contact police.

I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the bravery of the victim in reporting this traumatic incident to police. We are taking all of the necessary steps to ensure she is fully supported and looked after by specially trained officers throughout the investigation.

As always we would like to remind the local community to be mindful when answering the door to strangers. If you feel unsure or uncomfortable you don't have to answer the door, you can always ask them to come back when you have a friend or relative with you.

– Detective Inspector Justin Taylor. leading the investigation

If you have any information which could assist this investigation please contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quoting the incident reference 203 of the 3rd May.

You can also get in touch with the West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) which provides a free, independent and confidential specialist support service for survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence or abuse either recent or non-recent.

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A448 towards Bromsgrove completely blocked due to accident on A38

Regents Park Road. Credit: Google Street View

The A448 is completely blocked due to an accident involving two vehicles at the A38 in Bromsgrove.

There is stationary traffic near Regents Park Road on the roundabout at the junction with the A38 near to the Bromsgrove Golf Centre.

Traffic is also queueing on the A38 on the approach to the roundabout. Police and Fire service are in attendance.

Appeal after disorder outside nightclub leaves officer with head injuries

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Police are appealing for information following disorder outside a nightclub in Worcester which left an officer with head injuries.

It happened outside the Love to Love nightclub on Worcester Road in the early hours of this morning.

Between 20-30 people were involved in the incident which started at around 3.30am.

A 22-year-old man from Bromsgrove was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.

A 25-year-old man from Kidderminster was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and escaping lawful custody.

The officer did not require further medical attention.

Cyclist killed in crash with LGV

The crash happened on Hanbury Road in Stoke Prior shortly before 9am on Thursday morning. Credit: Google maps

A cyclist has been killed in a crash with a light goods vehicle in Worcestershire.

The man, in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene on Hanbury Road in Stoke Prior this morning, West Mercia Police said.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours between Stoke Pound Lane and Moorgate Road.

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Around 600 steel jobs at risk in Corby

Tata Steel announced on Tuesday night that it is considering selling off its UK business. Credit: PA

Around 600 steel jobs are at risk in Corby in Northamptonshire after Tata Steel announced on Tuesday night that it is considering selling off its UK business, ITV News understands.

The board of its European holding company has been advised to explore all options for restructuring, including the potential divestment of Tata Steel UK.

In a statement issued in Mumbai, Tata said it noted with "deep concern" the deteriorating financial performance of its UK subsidiary in the past year.

The Government said it is "working tirelessly" to find a long-term solution to the steel crisis.

Meanwhile the former deputy leader of the Labour party John Prescott has questioned why Business Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid is in Australia and not in the UK, with thousands of steel jobs under threat.

Witnesses appeal after 64-year-old injured in robbery

Police in Bromsgrove are appealing for information after a 64-year-old man was injured during a robbery last night.

A 64-year-old man was injured during the robbery. Credit: Google Street View

The incident took place at around 10.20pm in the alleyway just off the Police Station Sidewalk in the Slideslow area of Bromsgrove.

The man suffered minor injuries to his face that required hospital treatment and a quantity of money was taken.

We believe that the victim was in William Hill and Betfred betting shops on the High Street in Bromsgrove yesterday evening.

He left Betfred at about 10pm and drove his car to Police Station Sidewalk where he parked up. After getting out of his vehicle and heading down an alleyway he had been robbed.

We'd like to speak to people who saw anyone acting suspiciously in William Hill, Betfred or in the area around Police Station Sidewalk.

– Detective Sergeant Jason Maiden

If anyone witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time they should call 101 and quote incident 823s of 12th March 2016.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Women dies in fire - investigators examine tumble dryer

An investigation is underway Credit: ITV News Central

An investigation is underway after a woman died in a fire in Frankley in Bromsgrove. It's thought it could be linked to a tumble dryer.

Two crews attended the scene in Coriander Close on Sunday afternoon with members of the public advised to avoid the area.

West Midlands Fire Service told ITV News Central that there's no evidence to suggest it's one of the tumble dryers which has recently been recalled.

They've released some safety tips for tumble dryers:

  • Remove the lint from the trap after every load of clothes dried.
  • Do not cover the vent or any other opening.
  • Ensure the vent pipe is free of kinks and is not crushed in any way.
  • Only use vent pipes that are recommended for use with tumble driers, not improvised ones.
  • Only vent the warm air to the outside of a building if required.
  • Do not put rags or materials into your tumble dryer if they have been used to soak up flammable liquids.
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