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Internet dating conman from Worcester jailed

Matthew Bart Samuels was jailed for eight years Credit: West Mercia Police

A man who made £185,000 by conning women through online dating websites has been jailed for eight years.

Matthew Bart Samuels man took advantage of five women looking for love online and was found to have abused their trust, conning them out of significant amounts of money.

Samuels met women over the internet through dating websites. He would use different methods, including driving expensive cars, wining and dining them and persuading them he was a millionaire. Once the women had begun to trust him, he would start to steal from them.

The 50-year-old, from Broadway Grove in Worcester, was handed the eight-year sentence when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court earlier today.

He was found guilty of eight counts of fraud and not guilty of two counts of fraud. On one other count of fraud, the jury was directed by the judge to find him not guilty.

Samuels had previously pleaded guilty to impersonating a barrister on December 8th last year.

He was sentenced today to eight years in prison in total for the fraud offences and three months in prison for impersonating a barrister, to run concurrently.

An indefinite restraining order was put in place by the judge preventing Samuels from contacting any of his victims.


Two found dead in house in Worcester

The bodies of two people have been found in a house in Worcester, police say.

The bodies were found in a house in the Warndon area of the city Credit: ITV News Central

Police went to a property on Debdale Avenue in the city on Tuesday, after receiving a call raising concern for a woman.

Once at the property, they found the bodies of a man and woman, both believed to be in their 20s.

Officers say they are treating the death of the woman and suspicious and the man as non-suspicious, and they are not looking to anyone else to do with their deaths.

Police say more information will be made available once formal identification has taken place.

We are supporting the families of the deceased at this very difficult time. We are looking at the circumstances leading up to their deaths and I would urge anyone who has information that may help to contact us.

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

Police search for man who was punched 30 times in the head

Police are searching for the victim of an assault Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Mercia Police are appealing for a victim to come forward following a serious assault in Worcester.

The male victim was attacked outside a nightclub in Lowesmoor at around 3am on Saturday.

It is believed the man was punched around 30 times to the head, and kicked twice. He did not want to speak to police or paramedics.

Police would like to trace the victim to check on his well-being. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is being urged to call police on 101, quoting incident 0097 of 3 October 2015.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, via 0800 555 111 or their website.

Following the incident, a 23 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and later cautioned.


Fisherman collapses into water and dies as wife tries to save him

It happened on the Stafforshire & Worcester canal yesterday Credit: Google Maps

A fisherman collapsed into a canal and died yesterday as his wife frantically tried to pull him out of the water.

It happened near the Coven Heath Bridge on the Stafforshire & Worcester Canal at about 1.10pm.

The man had been fishing when he had what paramedics are calling a 'medical incident' and fell into the water.

His wife jumped into the canal to try and rescue him but she was not able to pull him out.

An ambulance and paramedic area support officer arrived and began to help but it was only one police officers arrived that the man could be dragged from the water.

Nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Weekend Picks: Worcester Music Festival

Credit: Duncan Graves

Worcester Music Festival returns to the city this weekend for the 8th consecutive year.

Organisers say the three-day festival is one of the UK’s fastest growing metropolitan live music events highlighting some of the best, new and emerging artists in the UK.

We are super excited about this year's festival. We have 250 of the best emerging bands and artists from the UK playing at a host of city centre venues and in the streets."

– Ant Robbins, Chair of Worcester Music Festival

More details: Worcester Music Festival.

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