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Concert to be held in memory of Tunisia attack victim

Joel Richards Credit: ITV News

A concert will be held in Wednesbury later in memory of Joel Richards, who was killed in the Tunisia terror attack in June.

He died alongside his uncle, Adrian Evans, and grandfather, Patrick Evans, when a gunman opened fire in the resort of Sousse.

The 21-year-old football referee was a student at the University of Worcester.

Proceeds of the event, held at Wednesbury town hall, will go to a brain tumour society.

Woman and her baby missing for almost a month

Maria Dodson Johns Credit: West Mercia Police

A Worcester woman has gone missing with her baby.

Maria Dodson Johns, who is 21 and from the Warndon area, was reported missing on Monday. She has not been seen since July 7. Her son was last seen on July 16, when he was seen with another family member.

Maria is believed to be with a man, and may be in the Birmingham area.

Maria is white, 5 ft tall and of a slim build. She has very long straight hair, brown eyes and a Midlands accent. She has piercings in her ears, tongue and belly button.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for Maria and her son's welfare and urge her, or anyone who has seen a woman matching her description to come forward by calling 101.


Police appeal for information after sexual assault in Worcester

An 18-year-old woman was the victim of a sexual assault on Portland Street in Worcester. Credit: PA Images

West Mercia Police are appealing for information after an 18-year-old woman was the victim of a sexual assault on Portland Street in Worcester.

The incident took place in the early hours of this morning at approximately 1am.

The victim had been walking back to her parked car when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man.

The offender is described as a white man, between the age of 30 and 40 years of age of a slim build, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, with short shaved hair and dark stubble.

He was wearing a long sleeved top with a round neck.

A thorough investigation is underway following this incident, our officers are exploring all avenues of inquiries to ensure that we locate the offender and bring him to justice.

There will be an increase in police patrols in and around the area until further notice and ask anyone who saw anything suspicious at the time of the incident or since then to come forward to police as soon as possible.

– DCI Cashion, West Mercia Police

Weekend what's on roundup: Upton Blues Festival

The Upton Blues Festival will be taking place this weekend in and around the Pubs and Streets of Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire.

Upton Blues Festival Credit: Upton Blues Festival

Set in the riverside town of Worcestershire, this weekend is the 13th year of the Upton Blues Festival.

With hundreds of performances during the festival it has grown from what was once a small event in a few pubs, to now a festival that thousands flock to every year.

Over the 3-day event there will be two main stages, an acoustic stage and ten pub venues.

The Upton Blues Festival swamps the riverside Worcestershire town of Upton upon Severn with around 2500 campers (tripling the towns population) and 15,000 visitors. There will be 100 performances across main stages and the town’s pubs, with lots of stalls, interesting food and many, many happy people…”

– Oliver Carpenter, Chair of the Volunteer Organising Committee


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