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Redditch school closed after norovirus outbreak affects 70 pupils

Birchensale Middle School is expected to re-open on Monday Credit: ITV News Central

A school in Redditch has been closed following an outbreak of the winter norovirus which has affected more than 70 pupils and several members of staff.

Birchensale Middle School on Bridley Moor Road is closed while a deep clean of the premises is carried out.

It is expected to re-open on Monday following discussions between the school and Redditch Borough Council.

This decision has been taken due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community, which has affected the school. This decision has been made with the local authority....

The health and safety of our staff and pupils continue to be of the utmost importance.

– Birchensale Middle School

Parents have been issued with advice to help reduce the spread of infection.

Symptoms of the norovirus include diarrhoea and vomiting.


Man arrested on suspicion of arson after Redditch fire

The fire started in the middle of a block of flats on Winslow Close in Redditch. Credit: West Mercia Police

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire began at a block of flats in Winslow Close, Redditch.

The fire which was reported at 7pm on Saturday caused around sixty residents to be evacuated from their homes.

One person required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation and several others have been re-housed in temporary accommodation due to smoke damage.

It is believed that the fire started at a property in the middle of the block but fortunately the fire was contained and did not cause any major damage.

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 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.


Woman with MS denied drug which could improve her life

A woman from Worcestershire with Multiple Sclerosis has criticised the NHS after being denied a drug which could improve her quality of life.

Health bosses in Redditch told Yvette Hodges they are not convinced the drug Sativex is value for money - despite it being available in other parts of the country.

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."

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