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Rape investigation re-launched after wrong man jailed

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.


Girl, 3, mauled by a dog in Redditch

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.


UKIP sacks newly elected councillor over racism claims

Dave Small was elected to Redditch Borough Council under a week ago Credit: PA

UKIP has sacked one of its newly elected councillors in Redditch less than a week since the party made sweeping gains in the local elections, over claims the councillor made racist and homophonic comments on the internet.

Dave Small was elected to Redditch Borough Council last Thursday, where he won a seat in the Church Hill ward, topping the poll with 665 votes.

However, allegations emerged over the weekend Mr Small had referred to gay people as "perverts", and expressed opposition to same sex marriage.

He also predicted that "thousands more scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK from Mali as a result of a range of Coalition Government policies.

Tonight an UKIP official said:

"He [Mr Small] has now been expelled for clearly bringing the party into disrepute"

UKIP councillor investigated over alleged racist claims

Dave Small who was elected to Redditch Borough Council in Thursday's elections, will now be investigated amid claims he posted racist and homophobic remarks on social media.

Mr Small won his seat in the Church Hill ward, topping the poll with 665 votes.

A Ukip spokesman said: "Dave Small has been suspended with immediate effect, pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome."

It was reported at the weekend that in February 2013, Mr Small referred to gay people as "perverts" and expressed opposition to gay people being allowed to marry.

It is also alleged that he said that "thousends mor scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK as a result of a range of coalition government policies.

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