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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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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Jury to consider verdict in Alan Evans murder trial

The jury in the case of a father-of-three accused of murdering his wife at their Kidderminster home will retire today to consider its verdict.

Alan Evans, aged 35, is charged with killing his 32-year-old wife Louise, who was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of their home in Stoney Lane in July last year.

Amanda Chadwick was having an affair with murder suspect Alan Evans
Amanda Chadwick was having an affair with murder suspect Alan Evans Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Prosecutors allege he killed his wife after she discovered evidence of his affair with teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick, who worked at St Mary's C of E Primary School where his three young daughters were pupils.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Hickinbottom will finish outlining a summary of the evidence in the case this morning, before sending the jury out.

Heritage railway starts countdown to 2013 Poppy Appeal

It's a week until this year's Royal British Legion poppy appeal officially starts - but today fundraisers at the Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster began their countdown to launch day.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were joined by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to collect donations for poppies in honour of those who have fought for their country.

The target for the Kidderminster branch this year is £35,000. All money raised will go towards supporting the families of Armed Forces servicemen and women.

Carpet firm invest after being close to collapse

by Mark Gough

A carpet firm which was near collapse just two years ago today announced a multi-million pounds investment - and new jobs and apprenticeships.

Brintons make carpets for hotels, cruise ships and casinos - much of its business in in America. It was bought by a private equity firm two years ago and is now being seen as one of the most successful corporate turnarounds in the UK. Watch the full report

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