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Main Worcestershire road blocked by fallen tree

A main road through Worcestershire is blocked after a tree was blown down by the strong winds this morning.

The A451 between Kidderminster and Stourport came down near the former sugar beet factory shortly before 11.30am and is completely blocking the road.

Drivers in the area are being warned of heavy traffic congestion as motorists try to do a U-turn, and anyone planning to make the journey is urged to find an alternative route.

Police do not believe anybody has been injured.

Police believe school leavers may have seen £6,000 theft

Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 was stolen from an elderly man in Stourport. In particular, they would like to hear from anyone going home from school at the time, as the theft took place at around 3.30pm.

Detective Constable Jake Wright has also warned people to beware of rogue traders.

School had just ended so there were a lot of children and teenagers about and we would like to hear from anyone who saw this man run off or get into another vehicle.

Inquiries into this incident are continuing but it appears to be a form of doorstep crime. We would like to remind people, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable, to beware of rogue traders, who offer to carry out maintenance work but do a very poor job and charge extremely inflated prices.

It is also important they do not open the door if they are not expecting or do not recognise the person. If they do open the door, secure the door bar or chain first and check the caller's identity carefully. If in doubt, keep them out.

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£6,000 stolen from elderly Stourport man

Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 was been stolen from an elderly man in Stourport.

The victim in his 70s answered the door on Friday October 4, to a man claiming to be from trading standards. He asked about work previously carried out on the house and garden in Brindley Street, which had cost £6,000.

£6,000 was stolen from a man in Stourport Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The man left, and the victim then spoke to someone on the telephone, again claiming to be from trading standards, enquiring about the money. The victim was told there was an ongoing court case regarding the work that had been done, and he would need to bring £6,000 to the court.

At around 3.30pm, the man who had knocked on the earlier got into the victim’s car with him. He grabbed the money and ran off up Bishop Street.

West Mercia Police are appealing for information from anyone may have seen the man, who is described as white, about 5 foot 10 inches tall, of plump, stocky build, with short fair hair. He was wearing casual clothes.

VIDEO: Industrial fire in Worcestershire

Over 60 firefighters have tackled a fire at a cooking oil recycling centre in Worcestershire.

They spent the night and the early hours of this morning at the Sandy Lane Industrial Estate in Stourport-on-Severn.

The flames, from the burning of 60 tonnes of waste oil and 500 tonnes of kerosene at the factory, could be seen for several miles around. **It is still not known how the fire started.

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