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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

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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.

Watch: CCTV of man spotted in area of attempted abduction

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.

Read more: CCTV footage released after terrifying attempted abduction

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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
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.

Concerns over quality of standing water in flooded Worcester

There are concerns that the standing water from the recent floods could be contaminated.

Snow ploughs are being used to help clear the debris and pavements are also being power washed by the council as part of the clean-up operation - it's thought it will take several weeks.

David Sutton says that fallen trees also need chopping up and carrying away.

Snow ploughs brought in to tackle sewage in Worcester

Snow ploughs brought in to tackle sewage in Worcester Credit: ITV News Central

Following the floods along the River Severn, snow ploughs have been out in Worcester helping to clear debris now that water levels have fallen. Pavements are also being power washed by the council as part of the clean-up operation.

Snow ploughs brought in to tackle sewage in Worcester Credit: ITV News Central
Snow ploughs brought in to tackle sewage in Worcester Credit: ITV News Central
Snow ploughs brought in to tackle sewage in Worcester Credit: ITV News Central
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