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First Great Western train strike affects Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There will be no First Great Western services between Hereford and Worcester Shrub Hill today but London Midland will accept tickets.

There'll be one service every three hours between Worcester and Oxford, stopping at major services along the line.

Members of the RMT Union walked out a midnight over concerns about facilities and staffing on new trains. Around 70% of regular Sunday services are running.

Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks.

– Union spokesperson

We have held a positive meeting with the RMT and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less

– First Great Western spokesman

Photos: Malvern St James Girls’ School pupils collect their results

Pupils at Malvern St James Girls’ School were picking up their results from school today.

Students celebrate their results Credit: Malvern St James Girls’ School
Three students collect their results together Credit: Malvern St James Girls’ School
One student poses with her parents on results day Credit: Malvern St James Girls’ School
A student reads her results Credit: Malvern St James Girls’ School

Pair arrested on suspicion of stealing drugs from Worcester veterinary practice

A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy both from Worcester have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Tolladine Road, where the practice is based. Credit: Google Maps

The arrests are in connection with an incident which occurred overnight between Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August.

The pair broke into the veterinary practice on Tolladine Road, Worcester, where they stole a 300ml bottle of Euthatal, which is used to euthanize animals, and a 10ml of pain relief Comfortan, as well as several charity money boxes.

Officers have recovered the stolen drugs.

"I would like to thank the public for their assistance with this investigation and to everyone who shared our appeal."

– Detective Inspector Stuart Murphy


Weekend picks: Day of the Daleks

Daleks will take over Forge Mill Credit: Facebook

This Sunday Daleks will take over Forge Mill in Worcestershire. The event comes as the hit science fiction series, Doctor Who comes to the museum for one day.

The event will be for the whole family and visitors will be able to interact with the Daleks, take a look at the Alien Invasion exhibition within the museum, take part in the fancy dress competition and also meet Cybermen actors Matt Damon and Barry Noble.

Police appeal for witnesses of The Italian Job robbery

The robbery took place on Rose Avenue. Credit: Google Maps

West Mercia Police have issued an appeal for witnesses or information following an armed robbery which took place at The Italian Job takeaway, Rose Avenue on Monday.

At approximately 10pm on Monday 3rd August, two men entered The Italian Job on Rose Avenue, Worcester with a machete.

One of the men started causing damage to the counters with the machete, and demanded money from a member of staff.

Both men then left on foot in the direction of Rose Avenue, taking a large amount of cash with them in a black plastic bag.

There were no injuries reported.

The suspects are described as white men, around 5ft 6 and of a slim build, wearing full face balaclavas and dark clothing.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the offence, or anyone who may have any information to come forward. Please call police on 101, quoting incident 0801S of the 03/08/15.

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