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Appeal after suspected arson at flat in Redditch

High Trees Close, Redditch Credit: Google Street View

Officers in Redditch are appealing for witnesses after a suspected arson in the town.

It happened at a flat in High Trees Close around 5.30pm on Saturday (January 14).

No-one was home or injured at the time of the blaze. It is believed a person or persons may have deliberately set alight the contents of a bin store, which was located next to the front door of the property.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the fire or who saw people acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident.

Road re-opened after gas leak in Redditch

Road re-opened after gas leak in Redditch Credit: ITV News Central

A road in Redditch has re-opened after a gas leak this afternoon. The A441 Ridgeway road was closed after a crash between a bus and a car.

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Road closed following gas leak in Redditch

Road closed following gas leak in Redditch Credit: ITV News Central

A crash between a bus and a car has caused a gas leak in Redditch.

It happened at around 16:40 today (6 January) on the Ridgeway, adjacent to the junction of the B4090, Yew End. Two people received minor injuries from the crash.

The crash caused damage to a gas main pipe. Officers have cordoned off between one to two miles of road and residents from five properties in the immediate vicinity have also been evacuated.

Engineers from the National Grid have been called to deal with the leak. Traffic is being stopped and diverted at Egioake Lane.

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Appeal after sexual assault on Redditch bus

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a sexual assault on a bus in Redditch. West Mercia Police say the woman was sexually assaulted by a man on the number 57 bus from Winyates to Redditch. It happened between 5pm and 5.05pm on Tuesday 27 September, when the unknown man walked from the back of the bus and sat next to her. It's believed that the man has then touched the victim inappropriately several times before getting off the bus and investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

PC Nick Gianfagna of West Mercia Police said:

"We believe there were between 15-20 people on the bus at the time who may have important information that could help to locate the suspect. He has been described as a white man, mid to late 20s, with blonde, curly hair. He was wearing a blue hat, a navy coloured fleece-type jumper and trousers with paint on them, so possibly work clothes. If you have any information or witnessed the incident please call us"

– PC Nick Gianfagna, West Mercia Police
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