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Suspected Worcester hotel break-in a 'heartless crime'

The Severn View Hotel is currently closed as it has been damaged during recent flooding so this really is a heartless crime. We are therefore very keen to speak to anyone who may have information about this burglary.

As of yet it is not clear exactly what the thieves have managed to steal but an Apple Macbook computer and several hundred pounds of cash are definitely missing from the hotel’s office.

I would like to reassure people that we continue to have increased patrols out and about in the community at the present time.

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

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Thieves target flood-affected Worcester hotel

Flooding around the Severn View Hotel Credit: Harry Higgs

Police in Worcester are investigating after a burglary at a hotel in the city.

The break-in occurred at the Severn View Hotel on Newport Street between 8pm on Valentine's day and 4pm Saturday 15 February.

It appears thieves broke into the hotel - which has been closed after recent flooding in the area - by forcing open a rear door with some type of implement.

It seems the thieves then used the same implement to force their way into a number of rooms inside the property and carry out a search.

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'Absolutely everything' being done for flood-hit areas

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson issued the following statement after the latest Cobra emergency meeting to discuss the UK's flooding.

With severe flood warnings still in place COBRA has met again today to ensure that all government departments, local authorities and agencies are working in unison and doing absolutely everything they can to help communities at risk.

Since Friday evening 73,000 homes have been protected in England from flooding and the Environment Agency is working extremely hard to protect communities by deploying demountable flood defences, sandbags and clearing waterways.

I have enormous sympathy for those who have been affected again this weekend and the government is working with all local councils to help communities recover. All requests for assistance have been met.

The pumping operation continues day and night in Somerset and today additional vehicles have been deployed by the county council to help with the relief effort.

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Staffordshire comes to aid of Somerset flooding victims

Two amphibious vehicles are being driven down to Somerset today from Alrewas in Staffordshire to help victims of flooding on the Somerset Levels.

I have been working with Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit for some years on the re-utilisation of equipment like this, and for exactly this kind of emergency.

I'm really pleased to see that Staffordshire's highly detailed preparations for all emergency situations will now be used to help the people of Somerset who so desperately need this type of support.

– James Leavesley, Group Director
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