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Police appeal after stabbing in Worcester

West Mercia Police are appealing for information after a man received stab wounds following an incident on Bath Road, Worcester, at around 6.40am on Saturday.

A 30-year-old man from Worcester received serious injuries to his abdomen during the incident and is currently in hospital.

Officers have identified a suspect and are currently searching for him.

We believe the two individuals involved in the incident were known to each other and that the suspect does not pose a threat to the wider public.

There were a lot of people in the area at the time of the incident and we are keen to speak to these people.

We'd also urge anyone who knows the location of the other man involved in this incident to contact us.

– Detective Sergeant Lesley Fisher

If anyone witnessed the incident or has information that could help police to locate the suspect they should call 101 and quote incident 112s of 14th November 2015. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via

Cyclists injured in incident in Grafton Flyford

Two cyclists, in their 60s were injured last weekend between the villages of Grafton Flyford and Stock Green.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Police have appealed for witnesses Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The incident was reported to have taken place between 4-5pm on an unnamed country lane locally known as Hill Top Lane that runs between the villages of Grafton Flyford and Stock Green.

The Police would like to identify and speak to another cyclist believed to be local to the area as part of their on going investigation.

Anyone with information in connection with this incident is urged to contact the West Mercia Police on 101.


Internet dating conman from Worcester jailed

Matthew Bart Samuels was jailed for eight years Credit: West Mercia Police

A man who made £185,000 by conning women through online dating websites has been jailed for eight years.

Matthew Bart Samuels man took advantage of five women looking for love online and was found to have abused their trust, conning them out of significant amounts of money.

Samuels met women over the internet through dating websites. He would use different methods, including driving expensive cars, wining and dining them and persuading them he was a millionaire. Once the women had begun to trust him, he would start to steal from them.

The 50-year-old, from Broadway Grove in Worcester, was handed the eight-year sentence when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court earlier today.

He was found guilty of eight counts of fraud and not guilty of two counts of fraud. On one other count of fraud, the jury was directed by the judge to find him not guilty.

Samuels had previously pleaded guilty to impersonating a barrister on December 8th last year.

He was sentenced today to eight years in prison in total for the fraud offences and three months in prison for impersonating a barrister, to run concurrently.

An indefinite restraining order was put in place by the judge preventing Samuels from contacting any of his victims.

Police wish to speak to man in connection with Hereford attack

Mr Hendry is believed to be in Herefordshire Credit: West Mercia Police

West Merica Police are keen to speak to a man in connection with an assault that took place on Tursday 17th September.

At around 11.40pm, a woman was seriously assaulted close to the Imperial Hotel on Widemarsh Street, and was treated in hospital for major injuries to her face and body.

Ryan James Hendry, aged 30, is believed to be in Herefordshire.

A number of enquiries have been ongoing to trace Ryan, and we would urge anyone who recognises him or may be aware of his whereabouts, to contact police immediately by calling on 101.

We would also urge the public not to approach him.

– Detective Inspector Richard Rees

More remains found at skull site on Shropshire motorway

Police investigating the discovery of a human skull near a motorway slip road have found further skeletal remains.

West Mercia Police said the remains were found close to the skull at junction 4 of the M54 in Telford in Shropshire.

Forensic examinations and excavations are set to be carried out following the finds, made on Thursday after the skull was spotted during a routine survey of a motorway embankment.

The skull was reportedly uncovered in a hollow in dense undergrowth.

It is believed the initial find was made by a maintenance worker around 50 yards from the sliproad, while the other remains were located by police.

The eastbound slip road onto the M54 was closed after the find and motorists have been warned that "lengthy" inquiries will take place at the scene.

Police investigation after 'teenage girl with gun' alert

Police are investigating reports of a teenage girl carrying a gun through a busy town centre.

West Mercia Police warned anyone who saw the girl - thought to be in her mid to late teens - not to approach her but to call 999.

An area around the High Street in Droitwich, Worcestershire, was sealed off. Credit: Google Maps

An area around the High Street in Droitwich, Worcestershire, was sealed off after police were alerted at about 6.20pm yesterday.

A police spokesman said she was described as white with short light brown hair, and wearing a pink T-shirt.

The affected area has now reopened but officers are continuing searches.

If anyone has any information that can help police locate her they should call 101 and quote incident 0566s of 12th July 2015. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers.


Police appeal for information on missing teenage girl

Jessie Morgan has not been seen since Tuesday Credit: West Mercia Police

Police appeal for information on a missing 16-year-old girl from Ledbury.

Jessie Morgan was last seen on Tuesday (30 June) evening in Malvern.

She is described as white, 5 foot 1, of a slim build, with shoulder length dark brown hair with the right side shaved. She has a nose and lip piercing and was last seen wearing sunglasses, light blue denim jeans, a black leopard print top, a burgundy and black Adidas hooded top and blue and white Nike Air Max trainers.

Jessie has been known to travel using the rail network and has links to Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Anyone who sees Jessie, or knows of her whereabouts, is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 727S of Tuesday 30 June.

Growing concern for missing Telford schoolgirl

14-year-old Charlie Palmer was last seen at Wolverhampton train station on Thursday 26 February Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police are appealing to the public for their help in locating a missing girl from Telford, Shropshire.

14-year-old Charlie Palmer is new to Telford, and it is thought she may have been planning to travel to Manchester.

She was seen at Wolverhampton railway station at around 2pm on Thursday 26 February.

Charlie is described as 5ft 3 tall, of slim build with shoulder length black hair. She was last seen wearing green parka coat and navy leggings with black or navy trainers, and has dental braces on her upper teeth.

Police searching for missing Daniel Hodgin find body in river

Credit: West Mercia Police

A body has been found in the river at Cressage in Shropshire just before 12:30 today.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and the death is being treated as unexplained.

Daniel Hodgin, aged 20 from Madeley in Telford, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday 23rd November after he failed to return from a night out in Shrewsbury.

DS Rob Mountford said,

"Formal identification has not yet taken place but Daniel’s family has been made aware. My thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

I would like to thank West Midlands Search and Rescue Team for their help. The investigation into Daniel's disappearance still continues."

– DS Rob Mountford
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