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Vicious one-punch attack fractures victim's skull

A man was left seriously injured with a fractured skull and damaged hearing after being punched in a violent attack in a Redditch street.

The 21-year-old was knocked unconscious for several minutes outside the Palace Theatre by a man who accused him and a friend of talking to his girlfriend, before punching him in the face.

The attack happened in Grove Street, outside the Palace Theatre in Redditch Credit: Google Maps

The thug then ran off towards Ipsley Street, along with another man who was with him. The victim had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The attacker was black, around 5ft 8ins tall and stocky, with short dark hair. He was wearing a light purple, V-necked T-shirt with a water-effect pattern, and jeans, and is believed to be from the Birmingham area.

Witnesses or anyone who recognises the description of the attacker is urged to call police on 101.

Police warn people not to swim in rivers and ponds after teenager drowns

Richard Fellows, 15, was with two friends on Sunday when he got into difficulty in a pool on the River Arrow. Credit: BPM

Police are warning people not to cool off in rivers and ponds after a boy drowned while swimming near a weir in Redditch.

Richard Fellows, 15, was with two friends on Sunday when he got into difficulty in a pool on the River Arrow.

He was taken to Redditch's Alexandra Hospital but was confirmed dead.

View of the visitor centre at the Arrow Valley Country Park near Redditch Credit: Arrow Valley Country Park

Inspector Ian Joseph, of West Mercia Police, said:

"This was a dreadful tragedy and our thoughts are with Richard's family and friends.

"While the investigation is at a very early stage, it was a beautiful spring day and it appears the boys went into part of the river which forms a pool by the weir for a swim.

"Unfortunately the water there is deep and cold, and Richard did not resurface.

"I cannot reiterate strongly enough that swimming in a warm indoor pool is very different to swimming in open water, and even the strongest of swimmers can get into difficulty in rivers, canals, ponds, and quarries."

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Tributes to Redditch teenager who drowned in lake

West Mercia Police has tonight identified the teenager who is believed to have drowned in a Redditch lake.

The force has confirmed 15-year-old Richard Fellows from Brockhill, Worcestershire, was swimming in the River Arrow near the lake at Arrow Valley Country Park at the time of the incident.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, the North Worcestershire Police Commander, said: “Our thoughts are with Richard’s family after this tragic incident and we pass on their request to respect the family’s privacy at this time.”

A report is now being prepared for the Worcestershire coroner.

Young female stab victim identified by police

Kirsty Wright died in hospital this morning Credit: West Mercia Police

Police investigating the murder of a woman in Redditch have tonight identified her as 21-year-old Kirsty Wright.

Ms Wright died in hospital today after being admitted with serious stab wounds last night.

A 29-year-old man arrested at the scene remains in police custody.

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Hunt begins for arsonist who may have burns

Police are hunting for a man who may have suffered burns while setting fire to a house in Redditch at the weekend.

He ran from the back of a house in Matchborough, Redditch with a flaming jerry can which was still alight when the police found it in an alleyway. No-one was home at the time.

The man seen running from the house on Saturday evening was white, described as looking young, slim and around 5 feet 5 inches in height. He was wearing a black, hooded top and a black scarf across the lower part of his face.

Alexandra Hospital 'should keep A&E department'

It has been recommended that the Alexandra Hospital keeps its accident and emergency services Credit: PA Wire

The Alexandra Hospital should keep its accident and emergency centre as well as the majority of its maternity services, an independent panel has ruled.

Under the proposals from the panel leading the Independent Clinical Review into the future of acute hospitals in Worcestershire, overnight specialist care for children and consultant-led maternity services will be transferred to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The group ruled out the option of another Trust taking over services at Alexandra Hospital as this would create "a significant inequality in the provision of safe and sustainable services to the population of Worcestershire."

Instead it is recommended that the hospital becomes an 'Emergency Centre' - echoing plans outlined by NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh - which will broadly provide the same services.

Paediatric inpatients will be centralised in Worcester but a day-time assessment unit will remain at Alexandra Hospital to deal with the majority of cases.

If all the boards support the recommendations they will be put out for public consultation in the autumn.

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