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Weekend Picks: Malvern Spring Festival

Malvern Spring Festival: Thurs 5th May- Sun 8th May (Three Counties Showground, Malvern)

Crowds admire the work on show at Malvern Credit: ITV News Central

Flowers, fruit and vegetables, food and fun will all be served up at the Malvern Spring Festival taking place at the Three Counties Showground until Sunday.

Celebrity gardeners Alan Titchmarsh, Joe Swift, Carol Klein, James Alexander-Sinclair and Christine Walkden will be dropping in on various days during the event.

Mary Berry, Mark Diacono and Valentine Warner are just some of the food experts who’ll be appearing in the food and cooking areas.

There will also be Festival Gardens, a competition which offers anyone with an interest in design the opportunity to showcase a garden at RHS Malvern.

"We are over the moon that Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry will be joining us this year at the much-loved RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

To help celebrate the start of the summer season many a garden great and foodie favourite will be sharing their top tips with audiences alongside some of the country's finest nurseries and food producers."

– Ken Nottage, Three Counties

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Appeal to help find missing teenager

Abigail Walford, aged 19, from Malvern Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are concerned regarding the whereabouts of 19-year-old Abigail Walford, from Malvern.

Abigail was last seen at around 11.00pm yesterday when friends walked her to Worcester Foregate Street railway station following a night out.

However, it is believed that she didn't get on the train and she may still be in the Worcester area, as a person matching her description was seen near to Sabrina Bridge crossing the River Severn, at approximately 8:30am today.

We are extremely concerned for Abigail's wellbeing.

She was due to get a train home but we don't believe she got on the train and that she may have been near to the river on Sunday morning.

We're keen to speak to anyone who has seen her since 11.30pm last night and especially anyone who has seen her in Worcester this morning at which time we believe she was in the area around Sabrina Bridge and Café 7, near to the coach park on Croft Road. Please call us as a matter of urgency if you have any information that may help to locate her.

– Inspector Mark Smith


5-year-old injured in hit and run collision

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision that happened in Malvern.

The incident occurred on Thursday 18 June at around 6.15pm on Moat Way.

A five-year-old boy was crossing the road when he was in collision with a vehicle, which failed to stop and drove off from the scene.

Thankfully, the boy sustained only minor injuries.

The vehicle involved is believed to be a four by four style vehicle and was seen driving towards the shops on Moat Way.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any further information to help police with their inquiries, is asked to call 101 quoting incident 592S of Thursday 18 June.

Malvern Spring Festival gets underway in 30th year

The Malvern Spring Festival gets underway today, with a special show to celebrate the event's 30th anniversary.

The show is in its 30th year Credit: ITV News Central

It is the oldest regional Royal Horticultural Society show, and takes place at the Three Counties Showground until Sunday.

Demonstrations from famous chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Gregg Wallace will mark the milestone.

The annual event takes place at the Three Counties Showground Credit: ITV News Central

Sunday has also been christened Family Day, designed to get young budding gardeners interested, with workshops from children's TV hosts and Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins.

Missing: Malvern man last seen in December

Jason Jeffries Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 32-year-old man who has gone missing.

Jason Jeffries left his home in Hanley Road, Malvern, on December 29 to travel to Worcester, but he has not been seen since.

It is believed that Jason had mentioned wanting to be in Bristol for the New Year. Since then, Jason is thought to have stayed at the Travelodge in Worcester on February 8.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and are asking the public to contact them if they see him.

Jason is white, of a medium build and around 5ft 11ins tall, with shoulder length blonde hair.

When he went missing, he is thought to have been wearing black trousers, a black t-shirt with a blue check jacket and a black cap along with a green and black poncho.

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