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Five elderly people treated after suspicious fire in Redditch

An investigation is underway after a fire at a block of bungalows in Redditch in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It's thought to have started at the back of the buildings on Johnson Close before spreading and damaging three terraced bungalows as the fire spread through the roof space.

Five elderly people were treated at the scene and four people have been re-housed.

“At the moment we are treating this incident as suspicious and we will work closely with the fire service to establish the exact cause of the fire. Following this incident we will be increasing patrols in the area. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information that will help with this investigation.”

– Detective Sergeant Nick Husbands from West Mercia Police

Birthday party as shopping centre turns 40

Salsa dancing, magicians, and cake are among just some of the activities on offer today as the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch turns 40.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch was opened 40 years ago
The Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch was opened 40 years ago Credit: Google Maps

A street party-style celebration will be held at the centre to mark the occasion.

Line dancing, Latin and ballroom dancing, tea and live music will also be on offer - with the Mayor of Redditch helping to cut a birthday cake at 11am.

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Rape investigation re-launched after wrong man jailed

Fresh investigation into attempted rape launched after conviction is overturned
Fresh investigation into attempted rape launched after conviction is overturned Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police are to reinvestigate the attempted rape of a woman in Redditch in 1996 after a man had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal last year.

Victor Nealon was jailed for life in 1997 and spent 17 years behind bars, but new DNA evidence showed he wasn't the attacker.

A case review was launched following Mr Nealon's release.

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Girl, 3, mauled by a dog in Redditch

The girl suffered facial injuries after being attacked near Matchborough Centre
The girl suffered facial injuries after being attacked near Matchborough Centre Credit: ITV News Central

A three-year-old girl has been left with facial injuries after being mauled by a dog in Redditch, Worcestershire.

The girl was walking with her sister when she was bitten by the animal near Matchborough Centre, in Matchborough Way at around 3.15pm on Friday 11 July.

The dog, which was tied up outside a shop, is described as being a white or grey-coloured greyhound or whippet.

The animal's owner is thought to have fled the scene and is being sought by police.

A police spokesman said: "We urgently need to speak with the owner as part of our enquiries.

"The owner has been described as being a man in his late 60 or 70s, of large build and wearing smart grey trousers and a light-coloured jacket.

"The owner refused to give his details and fled the scene."

HRH Princess Royal opens two schools in Redditch

Princess Anne took time to talk to pupils Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Princess Anne has been opening two new academy schools in Worcestershire today.

Her Royal Highness arrived at the RSA Academy Arrow Vale by helicopter to tour its two sites.

Princess Royal arrived by helicopter this lunchtime Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Breaking: Redditch woman found not guilty of child cruelty

A mother from Redditch has been cleared of child cruelty after the death of her two-month-old baby.

Isabella Vallance was initially taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and died four days later at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

19-year-old Jessica Wiggins is also accused of causing or allowing the death of a child.

The jury is still deliberating the charge.

£11,000 stolen from elderly man's savings tin

£11,000 stolen from elderly man's savings tin Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Distraction burglars in Worcester told an elderly man they could help fix a missing tile on his roof, before asking to use the toilet and then stealing around £11,000 in cash from a tin in the bedroom wardrobe.

It happened on Thursday 3 July at around 12pm on Bromwich Road.

And in a separate incident an elderly lady in Redditch had her purse stolen when a man tapped on her window and asked if she would like some gardening done. When the purse was placed on the window ledge the suspect took money from it before running off.

Police want people to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and to warn them of the dangers.

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