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Former postman wrongly convicted of rape loses fight for compensation

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Former postman Victor Nealon's conviction for attempted rape was quashed after he had spent 17 years behind bars.

He has now lost a High Court battle for compensation.

Mr Nealon, from Redditch in Worcestershire, had asked two judges to rule that UK law is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because it wrongly restricts compensation in "miscarriage of justice" cases.

He was set free after appeal judges ruled that fresh evidence made his conviction unsafe. Mr Nealon had always denied being the attacker.

He intends to proceed to the Court of Appeal.

Murder investigation launched after prison death

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of an inmate at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire.

HMP Long Lartin, Worcestershire Credit: West

John York, 25, was found pronounced dead yesterday evening after he was found seriously injured in his cell, West Mercia Police said.

Two men, aged 30 and 46, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Inspector Mark Bellamy, who is leading the investigation, said:

We are currently working to ascertain the exact circumstances surrounding the death of Mr John York and our priority is to ensure those responsible are brought to swift justice.

I would like to take this opportunity to pass my condolences to the victim's family at what must be a very difficult time.

– Detective Inspector Mark Bellamy, West Mercia Police


Review commissioned into Phillip Hughes death

Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the death of former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a cricket ball.

Hughes died after being struck in the head by a cricket ball Credit: PA

The former Worcestershire batsman died in November two days after being hit on the neck by a delivery during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement:

When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many.

Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field.

We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place.

It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

– Statement from James Sutherland, chief executive, cricket australia

New fire station for crews in Worcester

Herefored and Worcester Fire and Rescue service will be moving out of their old building into new premises today.

The new building in Great Western Business Park. Credit: Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

The service says the old building on Copenhagen Street does not meet the demands of a modern fire station - and are moving to a brand new station in Great Western Business Park.

There'll be a parade later today from the old building to the new one.

Family earn £170k a year in home cosmetics sales

A mother from Worcestershire who left school without any qualifications has hit the headlines after revealing her family business now makes more than the Prime Minister.

Gail Reynolds from Bromsgrove started work as an Avon lady to meet new friends and earn a bit of extra cash but after years of hard work she now oversees more than two thousand people and has a six figure salary. Chris Halpin reports.

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