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Homeless charity in desperate need of funds

A homeless charity in Worcestershire says they need £40,000 within the next six months - or they'll have to stop helping the most vulnerable

Despite receiving a £25,000 anonymous donation before Christmas, Nightstop say they need more funds to help youngsters as they're four times busier than this time last year.

The charity offers emergency accommodation with local families.

Barbara Treen is a volunteer host.


Pedestrian airlifted to hospital following collision with bus

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a collision with a bus this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the junction of Church Hill Way and Eagle Road in Moons Moat, Redditch, at 8.50am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

Crews arrived at the scene to discover a pedestrian lying at the roadside following a collision with a bus.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for a serious chest injury.

Crews worked quickly to stabilise his condition and administer pain relief before loading him on to the ambulance - the man remained conscious throughout.

He was then transported to the waiting air ambulance, which had landed on nearby basketball courts, before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Police concerned for welfare of missing Redditch man

36-year-old Marriusz Pawlak Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a man missing from Redditch.

Marriusz Pawlak has not been seen since 5.25pm yesterday after he left an address in Woodrow.

The 36-year-old, who is Polish, was last known to be wearing a grey or black jumper, jeans and socks.

He is described as white, about 6ft tall and with short dark hair and speaks little English.

He is unfamiliar with the area and thought to be in Redditch or Studley.

Anyone who sees Marriusz, or a man matching his description, should call police on 101.


Campaigners gather against closure of maternity services

Campaigners gather outside the Alexandra Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners against the closures of maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are gathering outside the hospital.

Maternity services will be closed from midday because there aren't enough staff to safely cover neonatal rotas.

Services are being temporarily transferred 20 miles away to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Read more here.

Councillors brand maternity closures 'troubling'

Councillors have reacted to news that maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are to be closed, calling it "troubling".

“We’re very disappointed at the news that people won’t be able to go to the Alex to give birth from Thursday.

“None of us wants to put anyone at risk and safety is of paramount importance but it’s not good enough and we’re seeking firm commitments from the trust as to when this temporary closure will end. As winter sets in the well-known difficulties people in Redditch face to get to Worcestershire Royal will only get worse.”

– Redditch Borough Council Leader Cllr Hartnett

“This latest development is troubling and I hope they will resolve it quickly for everyone’s sake. The concern is also that this is a glimpse of what the future holds for Accident and Emergency and our other local services.”

– Bromsgrove District Council Leader Cllr Margaret Sherrey
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