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Investigation after girl offered lift by two men in van

A section of Buntsford Hill Credit: Google Maps

Police are investigating after a teenage girl was reportedly offered a lift by two men in a van.

The girl was walking along Buntsford Hill, Bromsgrove when the incident happened at around 2.20pm on Tuesday, April 18.

A white combi van pulled slowly alongside her and the driver spoke and asked if she wanted a lift, while the passenger laughed throughout the conversation.

But they drove off when the 16-year-old girl, met up with her boyfriend.

The driver is described as a white man in his mid-twenties, slim, clean shaven with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue jacket with a green/blue logo.

The passenger is described as a white man in his late-twenties, well built with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing an orange hi-vis jacket.

Officers from West Mercia Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the van or has any information which may assist the investigation to come forward.

PC Martyn Dudley said:

West Mercia Police takes all reports of suspicious incidents seriously.

We are keen to speak to the driver of the van to establish his motives, which might have been entirely innocent, or anyone who saw what happened.

– West Mercia Police, PC Martyn Dudley




Two lanes have been closed due to an accident involving a lorry and six cars on the M5.

The queueing traffic is northbound between J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J4A M42, in the roadworks area.

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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