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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

Footage shows member of public helping with fire rescue on top of lorry

This dramatic footage captured the moment a member of the public climbed on top of a passing lorry to help with the rescue operation at a fire in Horsefair in Kidderminster.

A mother and her young son are being treated for critical injuries after a fire broke out at their flat above a shop in the Horsefair area of the town.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Man arrested on suspicion of arson after flat fire

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a flat fire in Kidderminster left a mother and her five-year-old son critically injured.

The fire, above a shop in the Horsefair area of the town, was reported at 9.55pm last night.

The woman, who is 22, remains in a critical condition and the boy's condition is now described as "serious but stable".

Two others were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and taken to Worcester Hospital. Their condition is not described as serious.

Horsefair and Radford Avenue down to the Ringway remain closed.

Woman and boy in 'critical condition' after flat fire

A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and son, are in a critical condition after a flat fire in Worcestershire, which is being treated as suspicious.

Police, firefighters and the ambulance service were called to the fire above a shop in The Horsefair in Kidderminster just before 10pm on Thursday.

West Mercia Police and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have now launched an investigation into the incident, and confirmed the fire is being treated as suspicious.

A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and child, were treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

The woman was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the boy taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital. Their condition is described as critical.

Police said plans are in place to house people who were not able to return to surrounding properties, and Radford Avenue down to the Ringway was likely to remain closed as police and fire officers investigate the incident.

– Robert Marsh, West Midlands Ambulance Service

Nick Cadman, North Worcestershire Fire Commander, described the rescue operation as "significant".


Woman and boy in critical condition after suspicious fire

A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and son, are in a critical condition after a fire at an apartment in Kidderminster.

A map of the location of the fire in Kidderminster Credit: ITV News Central

Police are treating the fire in The Horsefair as suspicious.

The two seriously injured have both been taken to hospital - the woman to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and the boy to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Two others were treated for smoke inhalation, and were taken to Worcester Hospital, where their condition is not described as serious.

Plans are being put in place to house people who will not be able to return to nearby properties tonight.

The road at the scene remains closed to traffic.

We are currently treating this fire as suspicious and would appeal for anyone with information that may help with our investigation to contact us.

The investigation will be led by a detective inspector and will involve investigators from the fire and rescue service and our scenes of crime officers.

We would like to thank everyone in the surrounding area for their support and patience while we manage and investigate this incident.

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

Men punch woman and bottle man on Dudley train

The British Transport Police have released images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with an assault Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Images have been released of two men police need to speak to about a serious assault on board a train.

The attack happened on a train arriving at Stourbridge Junction railway station at around 11.15pm on Saturday, September 20.

Four men had boarded the train at Kidderminster, and they began talking to a man and a woman who were on their way to Birmingham for a night out with friends.

A fight broke out, and two of the men from the group of four threatened the couple. Then, one of the men punched the woman, and smashed a bottle over the man's head.

The male victim needed stitches for a bad cut to his forehead.

Police want to trace this man in connection with an assault on a train Credit: British Transport Police
Police want to trace this man in connection with an assault on a train Credit: British Transport Police

"If you recognise either of the men pictured, I would like to hear from you. We would also like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

“This was a violent assault which has left the victim with a nasty head injury. It’s vital that we trace those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Dan Hart, British Transport Police

WATCH: Man escapes hurtling car tyre in garage

A garage technician in Kings Heath had a lucky escape when a wheel -which had sheared off a 4x4 - came hurtling down the road before colliding with a car on the sales forecourt.

The images, taken from security cameras at the garage, reveal the speed of the careering wheel, and its proximity to the garage staff in its path.

Fortunately, no-one was injured, and the driver of the Range Rover - minus one front wheel - was unharmed.

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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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