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Fire crews tackle severe blaze at Worcester scrap yard

Fire crews are dealing with a large blaze at a scrap yard in Worcester.

Residents living near the Blackpole West Industrial Estate are being asked to keep their doors and windows closed.

These tweets show a huge black plume of smoke rising from the site of the fire, which is estimated to be around 40 metres by 50 metres in size.

Herefordshire & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service are at the scene.

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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals to become smoke free

Worcestershire hospitals are marking the start of their 99 countdown to becoming completely smoke free Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcestershire hospitals are marking the start of their 99 countdown to becoming completely smoke free with No Smoking Day 2015.

Last year, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, placed a ban on hospital staff smoking on site. The hospitals will now become smoke free to all patients and visitors on 17 June 2015.

Smokers will no longer be able to light up in any of the acute hospital grounds, including car parks.

It takes 12 weeks to overcome dependency on nicotine, so we want to offer support to people now. With the help of an NHS stop smoking advisor, you are four times more likely to quit.”

– Mary Cornford-Hill, stop smoking advisor at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

Following the introduction of the smokefree rules, the trust will be removing smoking shelters from the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal hospitals and actively asking people to ‘stub it out’ if they are seen smoking.

Becoming a completely smokefree trust is something we have wanted to do for a while."

“Our patients are already in hospital because they are acutely ill and smoking is known to make a lot of these conditions even worse. "

“Being faced with a crowd of smokers on your way into hospital isn’t a nice way to start your experience of the great care and services we provide. By banning smoking from our sites, patients and visitors will get to experience a more pleasant start to their treatment and recovery.”

– Denise Harnin, Director of Human Resources


Worcester's Gheluvelt Park awarded Listed status

Gheluvelt Park in Worcester Credit: Google Maps

Worcester's Ghelvuelt Park has been awarded Grade II Listed status by Historic England.

The park is considered a rare example of a War Memorial Park which provides leisure, sport and commemorative functions.

It was built in 1919 in memory of local soldiers who died at the Battle of Gheluvelt - one of the early battles of the First World War. Now, the park incorporates homes for disabled servicemen.

"We are very pleased to see that the importance and beauty of Gheluvelt Park and its environment has been recognised.

"We hope this will ensure this lovely part of Worcester will continue to be enjoyed by many generations to come."

– Phil Douce, Chairman of Worcester Civic Society

Do you think women are always judged on their looks?

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, author Kathy Lette says women face facial prejudice, they are judged on their looks but should learn ways to deal with wolf-whistling.

It comes after a 23-year-old woman from Worcester complained to police that she was being sexually-harassed by builders who would whistle at her and make sexist remarks.

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