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Investigation under way after Bromsgrove fire

Credit: West Midlands Fire

Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at a wax recycling plant on the Saxon Industrial Estate in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove late last night. A total of 15 fire engines with 65 firefighters attended the scene and fire crews remain on site this morning, working with colleagues from the Police, Ambulance, Environment agency and Public Health England, to resolve the incident. Area Commander Keith Chance said:

“Due to the swift and professional actions of fire crews, working in a very hazardous environment, we have been able to prevent the fire from destroying surrounding businesses and ensure nobody was hurt.”

– Area Commander Keith Chance

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and an investigation is on-going.

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Entire unit destroyed in large fire

Our reporter, Charlotte Cross, is at the scene of a large fire in Bromsgrove this evening.

It appears an entire unit at Saxon Business Park in Stoke Prior has been destroyed by the blaze.

Large fire at business park in Bromsgrove

Firefighters are currently dealing with a large fire at Saxon Business Park on Hanbury Road, in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service are advising people who live nearby to close windows and doors.

Bromsgrove's Lauren Rowles takes rowing gold in Paralympics

Bromsgrove rower Lauren Rowles has won gold in the double sculls with partner Laurence Whiteley.

The mixed doubles duo before winning gold during the fourth day of the Paralympic Games. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The pair led from the start to win Britain's 17th gold of the Games.

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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.

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.

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