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

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Hunt continues for missing father and daughter

Police are today continuing the hunt for a father who went missing with his young daughter over the weekend.

Ewan Powell and his daughter and Tanith have not been seen since Saturday, though somebody reported speaking to Mr Powell on Monday.

Ewan and Tanith Powell have not been seen since Saturday
Ewan and Tanith Powell have not been seen since Saturday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Tanith, aged three, was with 42-year-old Mr Powell at her home in Worcester when they went missing.

Investigating officers say the disappearance is "out of character" for Mr Powell.

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Ewan and Tanith Powell are missing Credit: Thames Valley Police

Ewan Powell, aged 42, from Benson, is missing with his daughter Tanith Powell, aged three, from Worcester.

Tanith was last seen on Saturday morning at her home in Worcester with her father.

Ewan Powell is white, 5ft 10ins, with short brown hair, and is of medium build. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jumper and brown shoes.

Tanith is white, 3ft 3ins, of slim build, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a pink coat with flowers on, a grey long sleeve top, dark-coloured leggings and Spiderman trainers.

The police says Mr Powell's disappearance is out of character for him.


World's biggest bunny to bounce into record books

Darius with six-year-old Georgia Hadley Credit: Caters

Darius is no normal rabbit - he's 4ft 3in from nose to tail, and he's still growing despite being only a year old!

The beast of a bunny weighs 3st 7lb, eats 12 carrots, six apples and two cabbages a day, and will keep growing for at least six more months.

Darius' owner is waiting confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records that he is now the world's biggest bunny Credit: Caters

The Continental Giant has been bred by former pet shop owner Annette Edwards from Worcester, who has experience reaching world beating bunnies, she's previously had three others in the record books.

Darius has stolen the title from his mother Alice, who at 3ft 3in is now a foot shorter than her son.

Miss Edwards, 59, is now waiting confirmation Darius has officially clinched the title.

She said:

"He is very gentle and I wonder if this has helped him grow bigger than the rest. But he also runs around, so the combination of food and exercise has worked out for him.The frightening thing is that Darius is still growing so he could be absolutely massive by the time he reaches full size."

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.”

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