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Man sought after woman raped in pub car park

A woman was raped in a pub car park in Bridgnorth Credit: Google Street View

A woman was raped in a pub car park in Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

The victim was approached by a stranger and attacked in the car park of the Falcon pub, between the hours of 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday 19 February, police said.

The victim, in her 50s, is being supported by specialist officers following the attack.

Detectives have described incidents of this nature as concerning but very rare and are keen to reassure the public.

Extra patrols are being put on in the area and police say they are following a number of leads from an earlier appeal.


Woman in her fifties sexually assaulted in Bridgnorth

A woman was sexually assaulted in Bridgnorth in the early hours of this morning. Credit: PA

A woman in her fifties has been sexually assaulted in a car park off St John's Street in Bridgnorth. It happened just before 2.30am this morning.

West Mercia Police say they are supporting the victim:

We're keen to speak to anyone who was in or around the Falcon Pub or the car park to rear of the pub between 11pm last night and 2.30am this morning.

We're particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a man and woman in the car park between 1.30am and 2.30am or anyone else who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area.

– Detective Inspector Helen Kinrade

Teenager suffers serious injuries in collision

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A teenager remains in hospital today after having suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car.

The incident happened in Mytton Lane, Shawbury in Shropshire at about 3.55pm on yesterday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were sent to the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said the 16 year old ended up on the pavement after the collision and he had suffered a head injury as well as a badly broken right leg.

Ambulance staff splinted his leg and immobilised him before he was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Police to use more funds from their 'healthy reserves'

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion has confirmed additional funding of over 4 million pounds in West Mercia’s policing budget over the next year.

It's hoped the investment will ensure there is continued funds to address the issues that matter most to the communities and ensure better value and use of public money.

The investment will come from West Mercia’s 'healthy reserves,' which currently stand at over 50 million pounds.

John Campion said:

“This budget shows how I am delivering on my election promises, to make sure that policing budgets are spent as wisely and efficiently as possible, and that the money gets spent on what matters most to communities. This includes improving police visibility, ensuring there is better customer service and that our most vulnerable people are protected. I also promised I would reform and modernise our police force, including new fit-for-purpose technology, bringing it up to date and in-line with other forces in the UK, and giving our officers the tools they need to do their difficult jobs better."

– PCC John Campion.

Woman gets suspended sentence for 'persistent' door-knocking

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A woman has been given a suspended two-month jail term by a judge after breaching an order barring her from knocking on neighbours' doors.

Claire Bowden had been ordered to stop "persistently knocking" on doors and ringing doorbells near her home in Shifnal in Shropshire.

A judge has decided that she breached the order after analysing evidence at a hearing at Telford County Court.


Petition calls for Shropshire police dog to be allowed to retire with her handler


West Mercia Police has offered to 'speak personally' to a police dog handler about a petition to allow him to keep his police dog after he retires.

Sergeant David Evans is said to be "heartbroken" at the prospect of not being allowed to keep four-year-old Ivy when he retires from West Mercia police in April, his daughter said.

Sergeant Evan's daughter Jennie said she felt moved to start an online petition to garner support for her father and the public response has been "just been incredible". The petition has attracted over 6,000 signatures.

West Mercia Police said it was the first time their Chief Constable had been made aware of the situation - and offered a meeting with Sergeant Evans.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham has been made aware of this for the first time this morning. He recognises the unique bond between an officer and his dog and has offered to speak to David personally about this.

– West Mercia police spokesperson
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Weekend Picks: Valentines Book Signing & 1940s Swing Ball

Cordingley Hall, Telford, Shropshire: Saturday February 4th 11:00 to 23:00

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The West Midlands Valentines Book Signing & 1940s Swing Ball takes place this weekend and it may be 10 days before the special day itself but February the 4th is set to be filled with books, romance, laughter, and live 1940’s style music.

With over 25 confirmed authors covering a wide range of genres there is sure to be something for everyone just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The doors close to the signing at 16:30 before reopening at 19:30 for the 1940’s swing ball where The Vintage Vocalist will take to the stage and take guests back in time with classics from The Andrew Sisters, VeraLynn, and Anne Shelton. (1940’s dress is very much encouraged).

And all proceeds from the event go to the Help the Heroes charity, spread the love this weekend, but be sure to book your ticket here.

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