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Donations top £11k to replace fire-ravaged play area

More than £11,000 has been raised towards a new children's play area in Droitwich after a suspected arson attack this week.

The play area at Lido Park was set alight on Wednesday, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and forcing council bosses to close the park.

The fire was reported by two people skating through the park
The fire was reported by two people skating through the park Credit: Richard Farmer

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 10.30pm on Wednesday night by two people who were skating in the park.

A JustGiving page was set up by people living in the area with the aim of raising £5,000 towards a new play area - but donations have poured in and they have smashed that target, with the total currently standing at £11,090.

The blaze left the park completely destroyed
The blaze left the park completely destroyed Credit: Richard Farmer

A statement on the JustGiving page by the appeal coordinators says while the council has confirmed the park was insured, they hope the money raised will enable the play area to be rebuilt before the summer holidays - and potentially even make some improvements.

We've all been past it or used it with our children at some point. It's important to the local area and therefore important to us.

We need to raise as much as we can locally to help the local council replace and improve the park, hopefully with enough money raised it can be expedited so children can enjoy it this summer.

If there is any money left it can be used on any other areas requiring attention.

The play area at Lido Park was set on fire on Wednesday
The play area at Lido Park was set on fire on Wednesday Credit: Google Maps

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Road closed after car hits nine-year-old boy

A road in Droitwich, Worcestershire, is closed in both directions after a car hit a nine-year-old boy this morning.

The accident happened in Salwarpe Road, between Kidderminster Road and Ombersley Way, at around 9.20am.

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Salwarpe Road in Droitwich is closed following a collision an involving a young pedestrian and a car.

The air ambulance has landed in the King George playing fields while paramedics attend to the boy, whose parents are with him.

The driver of the silver Corsa - an 84-year-old woman from Droitwich - was not injured.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are urged to call officers on 101.

Woman's body found near Droitwich: man arrested

Map showing Hanbury in relation to Droitwich Credit: ITV News Central

A man in his twenties has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at a house in Hanbury near Drotiwich.

Officers were called to out to an address in the village yesterday afternoon, where a woman in her forties was found.

Police have not given an exact address where the incident happened Credit: ITV News Central

Pictures of roof collapse wreckage which injured five

Pictures of a major roofing collapse which injured five contractors have been released by the Health and Safety Executive.

The men were working for Droitwich-based Adstone Construction Ltd on a new secondary school at the Abraham Darby Academy in Telford in August 2011, when a steel canopy collapsed.

The company has now been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs.

The roof collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford
The roof collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford Credit: Health and Safety Executive

One of the workers, Philip Drury Sr, 54, from Mansfield, had a fractured ankle, three cracked ribs with internal bruising, head injuries and cuts and bruising to his face and head.

His son, Philip Drury Jr, 29, from Mansfield, was air-lifted to hospital strapped to a spinal board and was diagnosed with damage to two vertebrae and his shoulder.

The roof collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford
The roof collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford Credit: Health and Safety Executive

Meanwhile, James Buchanan, 32, also from Edwinstowe, suffered arm injuries and swelling and bruising to his neck. He had to wear a neck brace for the two days he spent in hospital, and needed ultrasound scans and x-rays.

Joshua Wolak, 24, from Edwinstowe, was kept in hospital overnight with a suspected fractured rib and multiple cuts and bruises.

And Mark Drury-Tuck, 32, who lives in Ripley, suffered pain to his ribs.

The roof collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford
The roof collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford Credit: Health and Safety Executive

Firm ordered to pay £200k over major roofing collapse

A Midland construction firm has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after five roofing contractors were seriously injured in a 43-foot plunge when steelwork gave way.

The five men were working for Droitwich-based Adstone Construction Ltd on a new secondary school at the Abraham Darby Academy in Telford in August 2011, when a steel canopy collapsed.

The scene of the collapse at the Abraham Darby Academy in Telford
The scene of the collapse at the Abraham Darby Academy in Telford Credit: Health and Safety Executive

They suffered injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to multiple broken bones.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that key pieces of the canopy steelwork were insufficiently welded together - meaning when the workers added more materials to the roof, the welds failed and it collapsed.

As well as injuring the roofers, the collapse caused major damage to the front of the new school.

Adstone, of Wassage Way, Hampton Lovett Industrial Estate, was fined a total of 100,000 and ordered to pay £106,098 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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Motor race near Droitwich 'had its own heart in motoring history'

A motor race near Droitwich, that has not taken place for nearly half a century, could return if campaigners get enough support to persuade the Motorsport Association to bring it back.

Rod Spollon, hotel owner, told ITV News Central the race 'had its own heart in motoring history'.

The Chateau Impney Hill Climb ran annually, from 1957 to 1967, when a variety of cars would race around the course in the grounds of the house.

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Second arrest in Worcester stabbing

A second man has been arrested connection with the murder of a 39-year-old man in Worcester.

Adrian Locke from Droitwich, was found by paramedics with stab wounds on Wednesday evening (2 January). He was confirmed dead at the scene.

On Sunday evening (6 January) a man in his 20s was arrested in Birmingham and is being held in custody at Worcester Police Station.

It follows the arrest on Friday (4 January) of another man in Birmingham who was also in his 20s. This morning, he was charged with three offences related to drug dealing and the possession of a firearm

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