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Burr leaves Harriers as board pushes for promotion

Kidderminster Harriers manager Steve Burr has left the club as directors push for promotion this season.

The team are currently in seventh place in the Conference Premier - but a statement by club bosses states they will take "whatever step necessary" to get back into the Football League.

Steve Burr has left Kidderminster Harriers Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The Board of Directors released a statement today confirming Burr had left Aggborough Stadium with immediate effect.

They added:

Everybody at the club would like to place on record its unreserved thanks to Steve for his efforts whilst in post.

The Board of Directors would like to state explicitly again that its sole ambition for this season is to achieve promotion back to the Football League and that they are fully committed to taking whatever step necessary to reach that goal.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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