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Breaking: Redditch woman found not guilty of child cruelty

A mother from Redditch has been cleared of child cruelty after the death of her two-month-old baby.

Isabella Vallance was initially taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and died four days later at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

19-year-old Jessica Wiggins is also accused of causing or allowing the death of a child.

The jury is still deliberating the charge.


Donations top £11k to replace fire-ravaged play area

More than £11,000 has been raised towards a new children's play area in Droitwich after a suspected arson attack this week.

The play area at Lido Park was set alight on Wednesday, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and forcing council bosses to close the park.

The fire was reported by two people skating through the park
The fire was reported by two people skating through the park Credit: Richard Farmer

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 10.30pm on Wednesday night by two people who were skating in the park.

A JustGiving page was set up by people living in the area with the aim of raising £5,000 towards a new play area - but donations have poured in and they have smashed that target, with the total currently standing at £11,090.

The blaze left the park completely destroyed
The blaze left the park completely destroyed Credit: Richard Farmer

A statement on the JustGiving page by the appeal coordinators says while the council has confirmed the park was insured, they hope the money raised will enable the play area to be rebuilt before the summer holidays - and potentially even make some improvements.

We've all been past it or used it with our children at some point. It's important to the local area and therefore important to us.

We need to raise as much as we can locally to help the local council replace and improve the park, hopefully with enough money raised it can be expedited so children can enjoy it this summer.

If there is any money left it can be used on any other areas requiring attention.

The play area at Lido Park was set on fire on Wednesday
The play area at Lido Park was set on fire on Wednesday Credit: Google Maps

Road closed after car hits nine-year-old boy

A road in Droitwich, Worcestershire, is closed in both directions after a car hit a nine-year-old boy this morning.

The accident happened in Salwarpe Road, between Kidderminster Road and Ombersley Way, at around 9.20am.


Salwarpe Road in Droitwich is closed following a collision an involving a young pedestrian and a car.

The air ambulance has landed in the King George playing fields while paramedics attend to the boy, whose parents are with him.

The driver of the silver Corsa - an 84-year-old woman from Droitwich - was not injured.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are urged to call officers on 101.


Model with Crohn's disease becomes internet sensation

by Callum Watkinson

A model from Worcester who has Crohns disease has become an internet sensation after posting pictures of herself online, in a bikini, with her two colostomy bags showing.

Bethany Townsend hoped to raise awareness of the condition - and with millions of views and almost two hundred thousand likes on Facebook, she's succeeded. Callum Watkinson went to meet her.

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