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Armed police respond to 'passenger disturbance' at train station

Officers are currently at Worcester Foregate Street train station in response to an incident.

It is due to a passenger disturbance on an earlier train and armed police are currently on the scene.

It is causing disruption on the trains which is expected to last until 6pm today.

Services are at a stand on Great Western Railway and London Midland trains between Worcester Shrub Hill and Worcester Foregate Street.

More information as we get it.


Missing 74-year-old woman with dementia

Sue Kempton suffers from dementia and memory loss. Credit: West Mercia Police

A 74-year-old woman is still missing after last being seen in Worcester at around 11.10am this morning.

Sue Kempton suffers from dementia and memory loss and West Mercia Police say she may appear confused or unsure of her surroundings.

She is described as white, slim build and around 5ft 4inches tall. She has a pale complexion and grey mottled short hair and was wearing a black V-neck top, brown trousers and black shoes.

Body found in River Severn in Worcester

The body was pulled from the water near to the A4440 Credit: Google Street View

A body has been found in the River Severn in Worcester.

The man's body was seen by a member of the public, who reported it to police at about 8.45pm on Saturday 20 May.

The body is believed to have been that of the missing man, Karl Horton, who was last seen in Worcester city centre on Monday 15 May.

Police say the 38-year-old's death is not being treated as suspicious, and his next of kin have been informed.


Firefighters tackle 'major incident' at industrial estate warehouse

The fire broke out at a Yodel delivery warehouse Credit: @OfficialWMAS

A fire at a Yodel delivery warehouse near Worcester has been declared a major incident by police as firefighters battle to stop the blaze from spreading.

Flames spread rapidly through the 170,000 square-foot warehouse, which holds packages to be delivered throughout the day, as workers arrived this morning.

Residents near the Blackpole Trading Estate have been advised to keep windows closed as police and fire services attend the scene, evacuating workers and closing roads.

55-year-old Steve Bury runs a surveying business from the estate and said:

Flames were shooting up 40ft in the air.

I drove past at 8.30 and nothing was going on, fifteen minutes later, one of my staff said the place is on fire.

– Steve Bury

Mr Bury believes the fire started at the warehouse of a delivery company before spreading to surrounding buildings.

22-year-old Caitlin Evans who works at a charity based at Blackpole, saw smoke rising from the buildings as she was driving to work.

It looked absolutely massive, I've never seen a plume of smoke that big.

– Caitlin Evans

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, from the West Mercia Police, said:

Officers from West Mercia Police are at the scene of a significant fire on Blackpole industrial estate where they are assisting Hereford and Worcester Fire Service with road closures.

The fire has been declared a major incident.

Significant road closures are in place and we advise drivers to avoid the area and residents to keep their windows and doors closed.

– West Mercia Police, Superintendent Kevin Purcell
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