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Tragedy as van driver killed in crash with HGV

A van driver was killed when he crashed with an HGV lorry in Worcestershire today.

The man was driving along the main A449 in Kidderminster when the crash happened, between the VOSA test centre and the Black bridge, at around 11.45am today.

The van driver was airlifted to hospital but nothing could be done to save him Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The man suffered multiple serious injuries in the smash and was trapped in the wreckage. Firefighters had to use ultra-heavy rescue equipment to free him.

He was airlifted to the major trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, but nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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.


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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