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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

Weekend Picks: Worcester Christmas Lights Switch On

  • Worcester Christmas Lights Switch On: 14th - 15th November (Worcester)
It's the start of the city's Christmas celebrations Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

This weekend Worcester City Markets are hosting a special two-day Christmas market to launch the city’s festive celebrations. Christmas lights will be officially switched alongside the Saturday Special Market in front of the Guildhall on the High Street. The festive market will take place on both Saturday and Sunday with Father Christmas arriving in the city centre to join in with celebrations on Sunday.

Worcester’s favourite Victorian Christmas Fayre will take place from Thursday 26 November for it’s 23rd annual event with 200 stalls promising shoppers colours, sounds and aromas of Christmas.

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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.

Two found dead in house in Worcester

The bodies of two people have been found in a house in Worcester, police say.

The bodies were found in a house in the Warndon area of the city Credit: ITV News Central

Police went to a property on Debdale Avenue in the city on Tuesday, after receiving a call raising concern for a woman.

Once at the property, they found the bodies of a man and woman, both believed to be in their 20s.

Officers say they are treating the death of the woman and suspicious and the man as non-suspicious, and they are not looking to anyone else to do with their deaths.

Police say more information will be made available once formal identification has taken place.

We are supporting the families of the deceased at this very difficult time. We are looking at the circumstances leading up to their deaths and I would urge anyone who has information that may help to contact us.

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police


Police search for man who was punched 30 times in the head

Police are searching for the victim of an assault Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Mercia Police are appealing for a victim to come forward following a serious assault in Worcester.

The male victim was attacked outside a nightclub in Lowesmoor at around 3am on Saturday.

It is believed the man was punched around 30 times to the head, and kicked twice. He did not want to speak to police or paramedics.

Police would like to trace the victim to check on his well-being. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is being urged to call police on 101, quoting incident 0097 of 3 October 2015.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, via 0800 555 111 or their website.

Following the incident, a 23 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and later cautioned.

Fisherman collapses into water and dies as wife tries to save him

It happened on the Stafforshire & Worcester canal yesterday Credit: Google Maps

A fisherman collapsed into a canal and died yesterday as his wife frantically tried to pull him out of the water.

It happened near the Coven Heath Bridge on the Stafforshire & Worcester Canal at about 1.10pm.

The man had been fishing when he had what paramedics are calling a 'medical incident' and fell into the water.

His wife jumped into the canal to try and rescue him but she was not able to pull him out.

An ambulance and paramedic area support officer arrived and began to help but it was only one police officers arrived that the man could be dragged from the water.

Nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

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