Leighton Aspell celebrates after winning the Grand National with Pineau De Re.

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Grand National trainer says win was a 'lifetime dream'

A former GP from Birmingham is celebrating winning the Grand National in his first attempt at the world's biggest horse race.

Dr Richard Newland, who lives in Claines in Worcester, trains horses as a hobby and says he didn't expect to win and it's a 'lifetime dream'.

Pineau De Ray's groom Milly Murray said he did a 'fantastic job' in winning the race.


Grand National winning trainer used to be Sutton Coldfield GP

rainer of Pineau De Re Dr Richard Newland celebrates his victory in the Grand National Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Dr Richard Newland who lead Grand National competitor Pineau de Re to victory has his roots firmly in the Midlands.

Newland was, until recently, still actively working as a GP at Newhall Medical Practice in Birmingham.

His biggest win previously was in the 2007 Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Leighton Aspell celebrates on Pineau De Re with Trainer Dr Richard Newland. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

On the Grand National win, Newland said: "This is a hobby for me, really, and I have no plans to change anything at the minute."

"For us to have one running in the National was a dream and to win it is unspeakable really."

Dr Richard Neal used to be a GP in Sutton Coldfield and now lives in Worcestershire. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Flood-hit Worcester businesses say town is open for business

by Hannah Stokes

It's not just the cost of the clear-up operation many companies have had to deal with, but for many the loss of business was a big factor.

The county experienced the highest floods since those in 2007, displacing some from their homes and disrupting daily life for many.

But today everyone remains upbeat and the message is clear - firms are now very much open for business.

Could Worcester become City of Culture 2021?

Worcester was recently flooded Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

Worcester City Council is considering bidding to become a City of Culture in 2021. Last year Hull beat Leicester to be named City of Culture for 2017.

The leader of Worcester City Council said:

“Worcester’s past, present and future are steeped in rich and varied cultural traditions - we are totally committed to supporting the arts and creating more opportunities for local, national and international audiences to experience them in our city.

Worcester has a proven track record of delivering high quality, well-attended events. The full programme of activities planned for 2014 and 2015 would provide a strong platform from which to launch our bid to be City of Culture 2021.”


Arsonists set eight cars and a van ablaze overnight

Eight cars and a van were deliberately set on fire in a spate of arson attacks in Worcester overnight.

Fire crews from Worcester and Droitwich were called to the Warndon estate shortly after midnight to reports of fires in Randwick Drive, Haresfield Close, Tetbury Drive and Martindale Close.

Five of the vehicles were completely destroyed and four were badly damaged.

Police patrols in the area have now been stepped up, and forensic teams have been searching for evidence.

A spokesman from West Mercia Police blamed the blazes on "blatant vandalism."

These are worrying incidents and at the present time we cannot see any obvious reason why the vehicles have been targeted, therefore we suspect this is just an act of blatant vandalism.

We are thankful there have been no injuries.

Additional patrols will be taking place over the next few days to provide reassurance to local people.

Policing teams in South Worcestershire will be out and about talking to residents in Warndon in an attempt to gather information about these fires.

– West Mercia Police spokesman

Victim 'extremely traumatised' by abduction attempt

A senior detective has told how a woman was left "extremely traumatised" after a man attempted to abduct her as she walked to work.

Det Insp Andy Price told ITV News Central officers do not yet know what the attacker's motives were for the attack.

It comes after CCTV footage was released of a man police want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Watch: CCTV of man spotted in area of attempted abduction

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