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Weekend Picks: Autumn Steam Gala at Severn Valley Railway

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This weekend Severn Valley Railway will be celebrating their Golden Jubilee with the Autumn Steam Gala.

The event will look back at the last 50 years in steam with a great collection of steam locomotives, a very frequent service of trains, and all-night running of trains on Friday and Saturday.

More details: Severn Valley Railway.

London Midland apology for overcrowding

Train operator London Midland has apologised for overcrowding on one of its services to Kidderminster this evening. The issue was reportedly caused by a fault on part of the train.


Weekend Picks: Kidderminster drive-in cinema

Kidderminster's only open air film festival Credit: William Kew

This Friday and Saturday pick up a few friends and head down to Kidderminster’s only drive-in cinema this summer. With snacks available to buy at the event, dip your headlights, tune your radio in and sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.

Annie Hall and The Big Lebowski will be shown on Friday night. And you can also watch Dirty Dancing or Night of the Living Dead on the big screen on Saturday.

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This is a first for Kidderminster, a chance for the town to have a real American style drive-in experience. Also, because people pay per car, it’s a great opportunity for friends to club together for a well priced night out with a difference!”

– Stella Kourmoulaki, Festival Organiser


Woman airlifted to hospital following car accident

The woman was airlifted to hospital. Credit: R4614 Kai Schwörer/DPA/Press Association Images

A pedestrian has suffered a serious head injury and been airlifted to hospital after colliding with a car in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Worcester Road shortly before 11am.

Crews arrived to find a woman lying unconscious in the road and a car that had suffered damage to the windscreen.

“The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was treated for a significant head injury and fractures to both of her legs. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“She was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and was still unconscious on arrival. Unfortunately, her condition is thought to be extremely serious.

“The driver of the car, a man, was uninjured in the incident which has led to significant traffic disruption in the area.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

CCTV images released after schoolboys robbed on train

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident in January Credit: British Transport Police
Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident in January Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police has released CCTV images after four boys were robbed on their way home from school in January.

Officers are appealing for the public's help in tracing the two men pictured, who they want to speak to about the crime, on January 14.

At 6.45pm four boys who were between 12 and 13 years old, were travelling home from school on the Kidderminster to Dorridge train.

Three men boarded the train at Cradley Heath. Just after the train pulled out of the station, the men approached the children and started verbally abusing them. One of the men threatened the boys and said that he had a knife. At that point, a 13-year-old boy handed over his mobile phone.

The men left the train at Old Hill station and the boys told a train guard what had happened.

Police are treating the incident as a robbery and attempted robbery. Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV footage from the train.

“Who are the two men pictured? I want to speak to them as a matter of urgency about what happened. If you recognise them, or have any other information that could assist, please get in touch.”

“This was an incredibly distressing incident for the three young lads, which left them scared of travelling to and from school.

"Given the reference to a knife, and the young age of the victims, we are treating this very seriously and are doing all we can to catch those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Tim Friend, leading the investigation

Worcester man wanted by police for recall to prison

Lewis Watts is wanted by police Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are hunting a man from Worcester who is wanted for recall to prison.

Lewis Watts - who is also known as Lewis Hamilton - has been recalled to prison by the probation service for breaking the terms of his licence after he was released on December 22.

Watts, 20, has served time in prison for a robbery he committed in Worcester in 2012.

"Lewis Watts has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. We are keen to trace him as soon as possible and would ask the public not to approach him if they see him, but to call police.

"Mr Watts has a number of connections to Worcester, Droitwich and Kidderminster.

"If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, we would urge you to contact us."

– West Mercia Police spokesman
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