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Flood-hit Worcester businesses say town is open for business

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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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.

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Car park attacker could pose 'serious risk' to public

Detectives have warned that a man who tried to abduct a woman in a Worcester car park could pose a "serious risk" to the public.

The man grabbed the woman from behind early on Sunday morning as she took a short cut through the Asda car park in Lowesmoor - but ran off when she struggled.

Det Insp Andy Price, from Worcester CID, urged anyone who recognises him to get in touch immediately.

We do not know what the man’s motives were for assaulting the woman and we are thankful he has stopped it after just a few seconds.

However, we are concerned this man could pose a serious risk to the public and we need to find him as soon as possible. As such we are releasing footage of a man caught on CCTV at the time of the incident.

We need to speak to him at the earliest opportunity because we believe he could play a central role in our investigation.

If anyone knows who he is, then please contact us straightaway. I would also like to appeal to the man directly to contact us himself.

CCTV: Man spotted in area of attempted abduction

Police in Worcester are hunting a man who was spotted near where a woman was attacked in an attempted abduction in a supermarket car park.

In CCTV footage released today, the man can be seen sitting on the bars of a bike rack near the store, before leaving via the pedestrian entrance to the Asda car park in Lowesmoor.

The woman was taking a short cut through the car park at around 7.15am on Sunday when she walked past a man sat on the bicycle bars.

He followed her for a short while before attacking her from behind, putting his hand over her mouth and shoving her up against a wall.

Detectives say the man spotted on CCTV may have vital information about the attack.

CCTV released after terrifying attempted abduction

A woman was grabbed from behind and attacked in a terrifying attempted abduction in Worcester, police revealed today.

The woman had been taking a shortcut to work through the car park of the Asda supermarket in Lowesmoor early on Sunday morning when a man started following her.

The man wanted in connection with the attempted abduction in an Asda car park in Worcester Credit: West Mercia Police

He then grabbed her from behind, put his hand over her mouth and shoved her into the bike racks nearby and up against a concrete wall.

The woman struggled and he gave up, running off into St Martin's Quarter.

CCTV footage of a man police would like to speak to in connection with the attack has now been released.

The man had dark hair beneath a baseball cap, and was wearing a dark jacket or gilet, with jeans and white trainers.

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101.

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