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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

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police launch drink drive campaign

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink driving during the Christmas period.

The consequences of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol are being highlighted with adverts in licensed premises across the region.

It is hoped the campaign will make people think about the outcomes of drink driving.

The campaign supports the month long national winter drink drive campaign Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Over the past three years 187 people have been killed or seriously injured in Warwickshire and West Mercia following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

Prayers for couple found shot dead in Herefordshire

John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home near Bosbury Credit: West Mercia Police

Prayers will be held at the local church of a couple who were found shot dead at their home in Herefordshire earlier this week.

John Knott, who was 71, and his wife Anne who was 70, were both discovered by police at their home in Pow Green near the village of Bosbury on Monday.

The Holy Trinity church in Bosbury Credit: ITV News Central

Police later said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.

Holy Trinity church will be open all day and a service of readings, prayers and quiet meditation will be held in Holy Trinity Church at 6pm.

Vicar, Nicky Seabright said:

"This is an opportunity for us all to come together and reflect on the tragedy in Bosbury this week and to pray for everyone caught up in this deeply distressing event."

– Vicar, Nicky Seabright
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