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Man charged with wife's murder

A man from Malvern has been charged with murdering his wife at their home in January.

Police were called to Eston Avenue in Malvern on 21st January. 74-year-old Monica O'Neill was found dead at the scene. A post mortem found she had injuries caused by blunt trauma.

78-year-old Francis O'Neill was arrested but initially released. Today he was charged with her murder. Mr O'Neill appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court and has been remanded into the care of a hospital.

Two people treated for burns after gas bottle explodes

Two people have been treated for burns after a gas bottle they were using exploded.

They had been camping in a field off Marlbank Road in Welland, Malvern when West Midlands Ambulance Service were called out at around 11pm last night.

Crews were called to reports of two campers that had become injured when the gas bottle they were using exploded. Ambulance crews treated a man and a woman believed to be in their 30’s for burn injuries to their legs and arms. Both casualties were given pain relief at the scene before being conveyed to Worcester Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman


Three Counties Show to get underway in Malvern

Prince Charles presented prizes at the show inn 1997 Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Royal Three Counties Show is getting underway at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern in Worcestershire today.

Cattle entries are said to have reached record levels. The first show was held on the streets of Hereford back in 1797, and has been at its current site since 1958. Princess Anne is the show's patron.

Fatal fire at caravan park near Malvern

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that one person has died following a fire at a caravan park near Malvern this morning.

Firefighters were called to a static caravan which was on fire at the Three Counties Park in Upper Pendock near Malvern at 4.42am.

Police and fire officers are working at the scene to determine the cause of the fire.


Winning the ultimate competition - a trip into space

Oliver Knight who's won a trip into space Credit: ITV Central

Oliver Knight is just 25 but next year he will realise a lifelong ambition - to go into space. He one of 23 people who won competition for a place in space. He went to a specialist training camp in Florida and came out on top.

"Only 537 people have ever been in space in the history of mankind. So to be one of the next people is absolutely incredible and I really feel privileged to have this opportunity" says Oliver Knight

Brain tumour facts

16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Brain tumours kill more children than any other cancer.

73% of brain tumour deaths occur in those under 75 compared to 47% for other cancers.

Brain tumours receive less than 1% of national spend on cancer research.

Brain cancer incidence is rising: 23% higher for men and 25% higher for women in 2012 than in 1970.

Brain cancer deaths are also rising, unlike most other cancers - these rose 10% for women and 15% for men from 1970 to 2011.

Source: Brain Tumour Research

Miracle father tackles Three Peaks

Ben Lindon from Worcestershire, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, went on to father a child despite doctors warning him he would be infertile.

He is now tackling the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for brain tumour research.

Despite everything I actually feel very lucky. I very quickly decided that the best way to get through the experience would be to lead a much healthier lifestyle and try and focus on others that are worse off than me. I hope to use what was a very difficult and life-threatening experience for me to raise awareness about the woeful lack of funding for research into brain tumours - a disease which kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

– Ben Lindon
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