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Farm owner pleads guilty to forced labour charge

A farm owner has pleaded guilty to forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for more than 13 years.

David Daniel Doran, 42, admitted requiring homeless Darrell Simester to perform forced or compulsory labour. Credit: Wales News Service

David Daniel Doran, 42, has been on trial at Cardiff Crown Court for the past three weeks on a compulsory labour charge alongside his father Dan Doran, 67.

But today Doran junior changed his plea - resulting in the prosecution dropping the case against the elder defendant.

The court has previously heard that missing Kidderminster man Darrell Simester was found in an "appalling" state on Cariad Farm near Newport, last year.

The former warehouse worker said he worked 15-hour days without pay and was made to live in a rat-infested shed for a decade.

His parents Jean and Tony said their 44-year-old son looked more like a man in his nineties and later found he had a massive hernia protruding from his groin.

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Police search for stolen Kidderminster puppy

Peaches was stolen on September 30 Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help after an eight week old puppy was stolen from a property on Cherry Orchard in Kidderminster.

The theft happened between 8.30am and 10.30am on September 30.

The puppy, named Peaches - a Rottweiler and Bull Mastiff crossed breed - was stolen from the property, which was locked and secure.

Peaches is described as brown with black fur down her back.

The puppy was stolen from her home in Kidderminster Credit: West Mercia Police

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78-year-old man missing from Kidderminster

Man rescued after impaling groin on bicycle handles

A man has been rescued after becoming impaled on his bicycle handles - through his groin.

Fire crews in Kidderminster were called to the scene after the handlebars became lodged in the cyclist after a crash shortly before 9pm this evening.

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