Funeral for Charlie Harris-Beard

The funeral for a two-year-old boy from Kidderminster who lost his battle with leukaemia will take place this afternoon.

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Appeal over 'missing hours' of man found dead in pond

Detectives investigating the death of a man found in a Kidderminster pond have appealed for help in finding out what happened in his "missing hours".

Paul Humphries, aged 41, was found dead in a pond in Chaucer Crescent, Offmore, just a few minutes from his home in Tennyson Way, at around 9am on Boxing Day.

He was last seen at home at 1.30am.

Det Insp Leighton Harding, of North Worcestershire CID, said any information at all could help piece together the mystery of his death.

Mr Humphries was found dead in tragic circumstances but his final hours are a bit of a mystery.

He would have been known to people in that area and in order to piece together his last movements we want to hear from anyone who saw or had any contact with him in the seven-and-a-half hours between when he was last seen alive and found dead in Chaucer Crescent.

We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Humphries walking around in the Tennyson Way and Chaucer Crescent area during those ‘missing hours’.

He was a white male with short dark hair and a beard, and was dressed in dark clothing.

We need to understand the full sequence of events.

– DI Leighton Harding, West Mercia Police

Man found dead in pond in 'unexplained' death named

A man found dead in a Worcestershire pond just minutes from his home has been named as 41-year-old Paul Humphries.

Mr Humphries was found dead at the front of a house in Chaucer Crescent, Kidderminster, at 9am on Boxing Day morning - just a short walk from his own home in Tennyson Way.

An investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in a Worcestershire pond in the early hours of Boxing Day.
Chaucer Crescent, near where the man's body was found Credit: Google Maps

He was last seen at around 1.30am when a friend checked on him at home, as he had been taken ill earlier that evening.

The death is being treated as 'unexplained' by police and a post mortem will take place tomorrow.

Police are now appealing for information on the "missing hours" between 1.30am and 9am.

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Main Worcestershire road blocked by fallen tree

A main road through Worcestershire is blocked after a tree was blown down by the strong winds this morning.

The A451 between Kidderminster and Stourport came down near the former sugar beet factory shortly before 11.30am and is completely blocking the road.

Drivers in the area are being warned of heavy traffic congestion as motorists try to do a U-turn, and anyone planning to make the journey is urged to find an alternative route.

Police do not believe anybody has been injured.

Man found dead in Worcestershire pond

An investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in a Worcestershire pond in the early hours of Boxing Day.

The man was spotted in the water near Chaucer Street, Kidderminster.

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1/3: Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a pond near Chaucer Street in Kidderminster this morning.

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2/3: The man is yet to be identified and the scene is cordoned off at the present time while investigative work continues.

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3/3: This investigation is at an early stage and it is unlikely that any further information will be released today.

Masked robbers armed with hammer attack cash van

Two masked robbers hit a security guard with a hammer in an attack on a cash-in-transit van before escaping in a stolen car, police revealed today.

The men, who were wearing balaclavas, threatened the driver and stole a cash box from the van as it was parked outside the Tesco Express store in Stourbridge Road, Kidderminster.

The robbery happened outside a Tesco Express store in Kidderminster
The robbery happened outside a Tesco Express store in Kidderminster Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA

They then made off in a blue Mercedes, which was fitted with false number plates and had been stolen in a car key burglary in Bloxwich last month.

The cash box - with all cash still inside - was later found inside the car, which was abandoned around half a mile away in Roden Avenue.

The driver was hit during the robbery but was not injured.

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Mother describes her murdered daughter as a 'brilliant mum'

A husband from Worcestershire has been sentenced for at least 17 years behind bars after being found guilty of killing his wife and then trying to make it look like a tragic accident.

The court heard how Alan Evans threw his wife Louise down a staircase and smothered her after she found out about his affair. A judge described the murder as 'a callous and deliberate killing'.

Louise's mother, Judy Bollen, described outside court how it is "heartbreaking" taking her grandchildren to visit their mothers grave.

Cheating husband jailed for life for murder of wife

Cheating husband Alan Evans has been jailed for life for the murder of his wife Louise, who was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of their Kidderminster home.

He attacked her and threw her down the stairs after an argument broke out about his affair with teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick.

Louise Evans was murdered by her husband
Louise Evans was murdered by her husband Credit: ITV News Central

Evans, aged 35, will have to serve at least 17 years for killing the 32-year-old mother of his three children, as a High Court Judge labelled it a "callous and deliberate" murder.

He was unanimously convicted of murder at Worcester Crown Court today after a month-long trial.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Hickinbottom condemned the welder for using a skipping rope and a vacuum cleaner as props in a "grotesque" attempt to pass the killing off as an accident.

Medical evidence of violent attack proved Evans' guilt

Medical evidence helped to prove to jurors that Alan Evans was guilty of murdering his wife Louise.

During the trial, Worcester Crown Court heard that she suffered bruising to her face and fractures to the inside of her eye socket, which a Home Office pathologist said was most likely to have been caused by a punch or kick to the face.

Happier times: Alan and Louise Evans on their wedding day
Happier times: Alan and Louise Evans on their wedding day Credit: ITV News Central

Neighbours also gave evidence they heard Mrs Evans, who was 32, scream earlier that evening before heavy footsteps from the house in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster. A short while later, they said they were woken by the sound of Alan Evans sobbing.

Mobile phone records showed Evans had exchanged more than 12,000 text messages with his mistress, Amanda Chadwick, during their four-month affair.

He called it off a week before Mrs Evans died - but, just hours before she was found dead at the bottom of the stairs at their home, he bought a "secret" SIM card which he used to send his lover a blank message.

Father-of-three guilty of murdering wife

A father-of-three has been found guilty of murdering his wife and childhood sweetheart at their home in Kidderminster.

After several hours of deliberations, the jury at Worcester Crown Court this morning returned a guilty verdict against 35-year-old Alan Evans.

His wife, 32-year-old Louise, was found dead at the bottom of their house in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster, in July last year.

Worcester Crown Court, where the month-long trial has been held
Worcester Crown Court, where the month-long trial has been held Credit: ITV News Central

She had been dead for around two hours before Evans called the ambulance.

He claimed he had been asleep and had not heard her fall - but the jury agreed with prosecutors' allegations that he attacked her and pushed her down the stairs.

Teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick was Alan Evans' mistress
Teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick was Alan Evans' mistress Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

He had been having an affair with local teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick, which finished a week before Louise's death.

Their relationship resumed just three months after she died.

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