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Police appeal after 70-year-old woman sexually assaulted

West Mercia Police has appealed for information after a woman over the age of 70 was sexually assaulted in Bromsgrove on Tuesday morning.

He left in the direction of the Old Birmingham Road. Credit: PA

The incident took place in the Marlbrook area of Bromsgrove between 11:00am and 11:30am when a man knocked on the woman's front door and asked to enter the house.

He then proceeded to sexually assault her before he left in the direction of the Old Birmingham Road.

This is undoubtedly a concerning incident for the victim as well as the local community. However I would like to offer my assurances that a thorough and robust investigation is underway.

We are working to identify the offender as quickly as possible and ask if anyone saw any suspicious activity in or around the Old Birmingham Road at the time of the incident to contact police.

I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the bravery of the victim in reporting this traumatic incident to police. We are taking all of the necessary steps to ensure she is fully supported and looked after by specially trained officers throughout the investigation.

As always we would like to remind the local community to be mindful when answering the door to strangers. If you feel unsure or uncomfortable you don't have to answer the door, you can always ask them to come back when you have a friend or relative with you.

– Detective Inspector Justin Taylor. leading the investigation

If you have any information which could assist this investigation please contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quoting the incident reference 203 of the 3rd May.

You can also get in touch with the West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) which provides a free, independent and confidential specialist support service for survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence or abuse either recent or non-recent.

Baby elephant celebrates second birthday

Sutton turned two at West Midland Safari Park Credit: West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

A baby African elephant called Sutton has turned two years old at West Midland Safari Park.

Elephant keepers at the Park decided that there was only one birthday present Sutton would really appreciate this year; a birthday cake made up of mounds of his favourite food.

Sutton turned two at West Midland Safari Park Credit: West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

Keepers called upon some local Beaver Scouts to help make the cake which was made up of elephant feed, bread and fruit.

It was completely devoured by Sutton and his mum.

Sutton turned two at West Midland Safari Park Credit: West Midland Safari and Leisure Park


Man and woman killed after being hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses after the crash in Evesham on Sunday evening. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man and a woman were killed when they were hit by a car in Worcestershire.

The collision, involving a blue Ford Focus, happened on Longdon Hill in Evesham at around 9.40pm on Sunday evening, West Mercia Police said.

The victims, who were both in their 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their next of kin have been informed, police added.

A 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.

Man's body found in Worcestershire village

A member of the public discovered the body of a man on Middle Lane in Wythall on Thursday morning. Credit: PA

An investigation is underway after the body of a man was found in a village in Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police said the body was discovered by a member of the public on Middle Lane in Wythall at around 10am on Thursday.

A large section of the lane has been closed off, the force added.

The circumstances surrounding the man's death are being investigated and officers are working to identify him and contact his next of kin.

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British Cycling 'respect' Sutton resignation

Shane Sutton has stood down. Credit: PA

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake says he respects the decision of Shane Sutton to leave his role as Technical Director.

Drake praised Sutton's's work with athletes after the Australian quit his position with just 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games.

I want to put on record my thanks to Shane for his work with British Cycling and the part he has played in our success. We have a lot to be proud of and, with the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, a lot to look forward to.

I understand and respect Shane’s decision to stand down. His primary focus has always been the athletes, and this decision is something he has taken to allow them to focus on their preparation for Rio. Andy Harrison, programmes director at British Cycling, will be taking over with immediate effect and will manage the team in the build-up to Rio 2016.

As we announced yesterday, we are now putting in place an independent review with UK Sport so that we can investigate the allegations that have been raised in recent days about the culture within the Great Britain Cycling Team. We continue to be committed to promoting equality of opportunity and providing a supportive environment within British Cycling.

– Ian Drake
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Sutton quits British Cycling role after discrimination claims

Shane Sutton has departed. Credit: PA

Shane Sutton has resigned from his role as Technical Director at British Cycling following discrimination claims.

The Australian denied all allegations of wrongdoing after the governing body launched an independent investigation into allegations he told a female cyclist to "go have a baby".

Sutton had been suspended by British Cycling on Tuesday after the instigation of the internal review.

Today starts the 100-day countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is absolutely crucial that, as our athletes begin their final preparations for Rio, they are able to do so free of distraction.

The developments over the past few days have clearly become a distraction. It is for this reason, and having spoken to friends and family, that I believe it is in the best interests of British Cycling for me to step down from my position as technical director.

It is important that the review announced by British Cycling and UK Sport now takes place, and I will obviously co-operate fully with this. I have made clear that I reject the specific claims that have been made against me in recent days, and I look forward to taking a full part in the review process so I can respond to the allegations in detail.

Cycling is my passion and I have always worked to get the very best out of professional athletes. I am proud of what British Cycling has achieved and I am excited by the potential of the team for Rio. They will always have my full support.

– Shane Sutton


M50 westbound closed due to overturned vehicle

The M50 Westbound is closed due to an overturned vehicle between M5 J8 and J2 A417 (Ledbury).

Eastbound one lane is also closed.

It has been described as a serious accident and to allow for a suitable diversion, the motorway has been closed from the M5 junction westbound.

The westbound entry slip at J1 is also closed. Traffic around the closure point is coping well. Eastbound one lane is closed.

Three rushed to hospital after balcony collapse

The balcony collapsed on Saturday morning. Credit: Craig Cotterill / ITV News Central

Three people have been rushed to hospital after a balcony they were standing on collapsed at a house in Worcestershire.

Emergency services were called to the property on Mount Pleasant in Redditch at 6.39 on Saturday morning.

There is no further information at this stage on the condition of the three adults injured.

This balcony collapsed off the back of the house on Mount Pleasant in Redditch. Credit: Craig Cotterill / ITV News Central
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