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Radcliffe 'really looking forward to' Worcester City 10k

Paula Radcliffe, the current women’s road 10k world-record holder, says she is "really looking forward" to competing in the Worcester City 10k.

It was announced this morning that Radcliffe, who is also women's marathon world record holder, will be competing in the September event.

The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, as the 40-year-old builds to a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon.

I'm really looking forward to running in Worcester. My goal is to run the London Marathon next year and the Worcester City 10k will give me a great chance to see how my fitness is developing.

Steve Cram has told me it's a very scenic route and these days I'm always happy to be sharing the course with so many others. I hope to make it a real family day out as my daughter Isla is keen to take part in the junior event too.

– Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radclife to run in Worcester City 10k

Paula Radcliffe holds the women's marathon world record Credit: PA

Current women’s road 10k world-record holder and iconic Great Britain athlete Paula Radcliffe will run the Worcester City 10k on 21st September, it has been announced.

The World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who also holds the current women’s marathon world-record, will lead out a field of professional and amateur runners from Worcester City racecourse around a "unique and picturesque route" through the city.

The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, with the 40-year-old athlete undergoing surgery on her foot following her appearance in Austria.

She is planning a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon and will use the Worcester event to ease herself back in to racing.

The 10k race will run alongside a 50k run-bike-run event, while the Worcester City Young Athletes Run will also take place on the day; over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11 and 3k for those athletes aged between 11 and 15.

The event, which was set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities.

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£11,000 stolen from elderly man's savings tin

£11,000 stolen from elderly man's savings tin Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Distraction burglars in Worcester told an elderly man they could help fix a missing tile on his roof, before asking to use the toilet and then stealing around £11,000 in cash from a tin in the bedroom wardrobe.

It happened on Thursday 3 July at around 12pm on Bromwich Road.

And in a separate incident an elderly lady in Redditch had her purse stolen when a man tapped on her window and asked if she would like some gardening done. When the purse was placed on the window ledge the suspect took money from it before running off.

Police want people to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and to warn them of the dangers.

Lynda Bellingham to open Worcester domestic violence centre

Lynda Bellingham will be presented with an honorary Fellowship Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham will be in Worcester today to help open a national centre preventing domestic violence.

She'll also be presented with an honorary Fellowship by the city's university for her campaigning work in highlighting violence and abuse.

Worcester one of the worst cities in UK for rush-hour delays

Worcester has been named as one of the worst cities in UK for rush-hour delays Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcester has been named as one of the most-affected cities for rush-hour delays, according to a new survey.

Drivers are said to be delayed for almost nine minutes during busy periods. Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent are among the quicker moving rush-hour cities.

Overall, the typical rush hour traffic slows speeds down by an average of 3.6mph.

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Man arrested over disappearance of Worcester girl

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Worcester girl at the weekend.

Tanith Powell was missing for four days with her father Ewan Credit: Thames Valley Police

Tanith Powell, aged three, went missing with her father Ewan, 42, on Saturday. They were both found safe and well yesterday.

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Missing man and daughter found 'safe and well'

A man and his young daughter have been found "safe and well" tonight, after going missing three days ago in Worcester.

Both Ewan and Tanith Powell were discovered in the Didcot area after disappearing on Saturday morning, when Mr Powell collected her from her mother's home in Worcester for a prearranged visit, Thames Valley Police said.

Ewan and Tanith Powell have been missing since Saturday. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Chief Inspector Elaine Axe said: "Missing man Ewan Powell, aged 42, of Benson, Oxfordshire, and his daughter Tanith Powell, aged three, from Worcestershire, have both been found safe and well today in the Didcot area.

"Thames Valley Police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance locating them."

Unconfirmed sighting of missing child from Worcestershire

Police have said a three-year-old from Worcester who has gone missing with her father may have been spotted in a village in Oxfordshire. The two have been missing for the last four days but the sightings are unconfirmed.

Ewan Powell, aged 42, of Benson, Oxfordshire, is missing and believed to be with his daughter Tanith Powell, aged three, from Worcestershire.

Tanith Powell has been missing for the last four days with her father Ewan Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police say Mr Powell’s home in Benson, Oxfordshire, has recently been vacated. Mr Powell is believed to have links to Scotland as well as Oxfordshire.

Ewan 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.

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 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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