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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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.

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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

Looking bright for Brintons

Brintons Carpets have factories in Kidderminister and Telford Credit: ITV News Central

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

Brintons make carpets for hotels, cruise ships and casinos. 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.

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Rat poison warning after cat dies in Kidderminster

The RSPCA is warning people about the dangers of rat poison after a cat was poisoned in Kidderminster.

18-month-old Maisie left her home as usual on July 20. When she returned, she was lethargic but her owner thought she was drowsy because of the heat. Maisie was found collapsed by her owner the next morning.

The examining vet believes that rat poison was the most likely cause of death.

“People have a legal responsibility to use rat poison only in places where it cannot be accessed by domestic animals.

“It may be that Maisie came into contact with a rat that had been poisoned but we will never know which is why we are urging people to act within the law to prevent more animals suffering the same ordeal as this poor young cat.”

– RSPCA inspector Kelly Lake s

The RSPCA says anyone using rat poison is legally required to take all reasonable precautions to prevent death or injury to non-target animals like pets or protected wild animals.

Flowerpot thieves

Potted flowers Credit: J.M. Guyon/Candybox/Press Association Images

Police believe a couple driving around Kidderminster may be responsible for stealing flowerpots and plants from outside houses.

West Mercia Police say a Vauxhall Corsa was spotted in Ox Bow Way at 1am last Friday with the boot lid up.

Officers says there's been a big increase in the number of potted plants being stolen in Kidderminster over the last few weeks.

Environment Agency protecting fish following Kidderminster fire

The Environment Agency has been on site since Sunday:

  • Containing the fire-fighting water on site and preventing it from escaping into the nearby canals and rivers.
  • Using aerators to restore oxygen where contaminated water did escape into the waterways.
  • Moved 300 fish to healthier water upstream in the centre of Kidderminster.

Severn Trent have also confirmed that drinking supplies have not been affected by the fire.

The Fire Service and the Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

No risks to health following Kidderminster fire

One fire engine and one pumping unit are still on the site of a fire which broke out a recycling centre in Kidderminster on Sunday 16 June. It will take several days to extinguish it completely.

The Environment Agency says they have detected no raised levels of hazardous material in the smoke coming from the site, but that people should continue to keep doors and windows closed as any smoke is an irritant.

We are aware there have been claims about longer term health risks to residents affected by the fire, from chemicals such as dioxins. The clear scientific advice, based on experience gained from numerous fires worldwide, states that, in relation to this fire the levels of such chemicals released over the time it has burnt and may continue to burn, do not pose any significant short or long term risk to the health of residents.

– Dr David Kirrage, West Midlands Health Protection Team
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