• Ex-postman who raped schoolgirl locked up

    A FORMER postman who raped a schoolgirl has been jailed for eight years at Worcester Crown Court. Vincent Laux, of Gibbons Crescent, Stourport-on-Severn, carried out the attack five years ago when he was depressed over a failed marriage.

  • Row over plans to let soccer club have field

    MALVERN people are once again banding together to oppose plans to turn a field in the centre of town over to a local football club. Members of the Heart of Malvern Association fear that Malvern Hills District Council is planning to give a 25

  • Enjoy the sun, it won't last

    ENJOY the sunshine while you can is the message from your Worcester News weatherman – because it won’t be around for much longer. Paul Damari said Worcestershire had enjoyed one of the driest summers this year with less than a third of the average rainfall

  • Hallmark reveals £3.5m Lane bid

    Worcester City have revealed they are set to receive just £3.5million for St George’s Lane. Chairman Anthony Hampson last Saturday confirmed to supporters that the sale price of the Lane had dropped by around half from the originally stated

  • Treatment nearer home thanks to new machine

    PATIENTS at Malvern Community Hospital can now receive treatment closer to home thanks to some new equipment bought by the hospital’s League of Friends. A new ultrasound system has been installed to allow patients, including pregnant women, to receive

  • Lucky 13 for county champion Bennett

    THE Herefordshire and Worcestershire Senior County Closed Tournament was held at Manor Park in Malvern. Colin Bennett from Ross-on-Wye, who has been county champion for 12 years, had two close matches with Richard Tuck from Malvern in his round-robin

  • Swine Flu cases rise as predicted

    MORE cases of Swine Flu are being reported as predicted by health bosses who are preparing for a winter pandemic. The number of people with swine flu admitted to West Midlands hospitals this week was 69, compared with 40 last week. On Wednesday (Sep

  • Southard hangs on for White Hart joy

    DESPITE a valiant attempt and a final match victory, White Hart team secretary Trevor Powell narrowly failed to catch consistent Terry Southard for the title of this year’s club champion. The club pool at Grimley played host to the final encounter with

  • Dancing their way up aisle

    A SINGLE dance led to life-long romance for one Worcestershire couple. Janet and Harold Clarke met “in the usual way” at a Saturday night dance back in the 1950s. “He happened to ask me for a dance and that was it,” said Mrs Clarke. “I didn’t think

  • Alex set to Strutt again

    OMBERSLEY super-middleweight Alex Strutt is hoping that he can follow a more traditional fight plan when he returns to the ring in November. Having destroyed Davey Jones last month in just one two-minute round, the 27-year-old wants his next fight to

  • Smith on target to capture world title

    WORCESTER clay pigeon shooter Tim Smith is on top of the world after his display in mid-Wales. The 52-year-old, from Broad-was, landed the 2009 British Association for Shooting and Conservation World .410 title in Trefeglwys. Smith, who is the owner

  • See glory of autumn on a walk in the park

    VISITORS to a beauty spot near Worcester can experience stunning autumnal views during a guided walk tomorrow. Croome Park’s garden and park manager Katherine Alker is leading a tour through the Capability Brown landscape which is currently displaying

  • Wolves aim for winning start at the university

    WORCESTER Wolves will be keen to show they have the bigger bite when they face Sheffield Sharks at the University of Worcester tomorrow night (tip-off 7pm). Having lost their opening game of the British basketball League campaign at MK Lions 94-81, new

  • Three arrested after knife threat incident

    THREE men were arrested in Worcester city centre after a man was threatened with a knife in Kidderminster. Police were alerted to an incident in the Birchen Coppice area of Kidderminster at 9.15am yesterday. West Mercia Police refused to say whether

  • £5m revamp is up and running - video

    A £5 million overhaul of Worcester’s CrownGate Shopping Centre has been completed with the aim of turning the city into one of the region’s major retail destinations. Developers believe Worcester has been unnecessarily losing shoppers to other

  • Ruddock pens new deal

    WORCESTER Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock has signed a new 12-month extension on his Sixways contract. The former Wales Grand Slam winning-coach has committed his future to the Warriors unitl 2011 having joined the club in May 2007 replacing

  • I want to live and see family grow up

    A GREAT grandmother who has battled breast cancer twice is determined to live long enough to see her great grandchildren grow up – and see Worcester get its first dedicated breast unit. Cherry Robinson said she was too positive a person to

  • Bedworth trip facing city side

    WORCESTER Wanderers travel to Bedworth tomorrow in a bid to maintain their fine start to the Midlands Two West (South) season. In National Three Midlands, there is a Two Counties derby as Malvern go to Luctonians, while Bromsgrove host South Leicester

  • REVIEW: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

    In general children’s comedy animations can go one of two ways; either they go all out with the slapstick and the colour, directing themselves straight at a young audience, or they try to find some sort of middle ground between adults and children by


    TAYLOR Jennifer In loving memory of my wife, passed away three years ago today. Always in my thoughts. Love Neil x x x Published in paper 02/10/2009 in Worcester News


    PRENTICE Shane-Aimee To my beautiful daughter, I am so proud of you. Lots of love. Mum, Neil, Luke, Xander and Athen. Published in paper 02/10/2009 in Worcester News


    GRIFFITHS Beryl Peacefully, on September 29th, in Poole, Dorset, aged 88 years. Former Nursing Officer, Winchester Hospital. Late of Worcester and Cheltenham. Dearly loved sister of Dorothy and sister to the late Graham, Bert and Esther. A much loved

  • Dale ready to roar at Leicester

    DALE Ramussen has been handed a place on the Worcester Warriors bench for tomorrow’s clash at Guinness Premiership champions Leicester Tigers (3pm). The Samoan outside-centre has been suffering with a knee injury this season and will taste


    STINTON Roger Special memories of a much loved brother and uncle. Kath, Ken, Claire and Helen. Published in paper 02/10/2009 in Worcester News


    HITCHEN William Henry Harry October 2nd, 2008. One year ago, you passed away, We think about you everyday. Rest in peace. Loved and missed everyday by Janet, Sandra, Linda, Mick, Robert, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Published in paper 02/10/


    WHELAN Brian Dad, if tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane. I'd walk right up to Heaven, And bring you home again. Love always. Julie. xx ---------- Grandad, love and miss you always. Leanne and Matty. xx Published in paper 02/10/2009 in Worcester


    STINTON Roger 1946 - 2005. Miss you. Love you always. Marg. x ------------ Also sadly missed by son Simon and all the Family. x Published in paper 02/10/2009 in Worcester News


    PRENTICE Shane-Aimee To our darling girl, you have no idea how much we love you. Have a truly wonderful day and wonderful life. Nanny and Grumpy. Published in paper 02/10/2009 in Worcester News


    BUTWELL Tony Aged 63 years of Uckinghall. Suddenly in hospital on September 26th, 2009. The devoted husband of Jocelyn, dear dad to Russ and Becky, gramps to his darling little Ruby, respected father in law to Paul and Debs, brother to Roger and Friend

  • Robins expects a close contest at Lucs

    MALVERN director of rugby Dave Robins has warned his side need to be ready for some “close scraps” starting with a derby clash at Luctonians tomorrow (3pm). An off-colour Spring Lane side saw their encouraging start to the National Three Midlands season

  • Health chiefs say GP system working well

    THE private company that runs the GP out-of-hours service in Worcestershire has come under fire from a national health watchdog. Nationwide concerns were raised about Take Care Now (TCN) yesterday by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the national

  • Davies primed for England

    STEVE Davies has been officially placed in England's ICC Champions Trophy squad after Matt Prior was ruled out by illness. The former Worcestershire keeper, who flew out to South Africa on Sunday after the Royals victory over Sussex Sharks, is likely

  • Lib Dems win by-election

    THE Liberal Democrats have won a by-election in Droitwich. The ballot held yesterday saw Stephanie Vale beat current town mayor, Conservative Maureen Lawley, 521 votes to 416. The Labour Party's 21-year-old candidate for the south west

  • Bulls have a second high-flier in sights

    HEREFORD United will be fearless and full of confidence when they host another League Two high-flier at Edgar Street. The Bulls were 2-1 winners over leaders Bournemouth on Tuesday and fancy their chances against third-placed Dagenham and Redbridge tomorrow

  • Panto time is here again!

    PANTO season is just around the corner and Dick Whittington is on his way to Worcester. The city’s recently rejuvenated Swan Theatre has launched its 2009 pantomime. This year’s show is the classic tale of Dick Whittingon, the poor boy from

  • COMMENT: We welcome the move to be more open

    ANY politician at any level who fails to understand that people must be able to see every detail of every penny they spend from the public purse does not deserve a single vote the next time they face the electorate. Those who use our money have to justify

  • Harriers look to silence big support

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers will be looking to silence the large crowd expected for the Blue Square Premier clash at AFC Wimbledon tomorrow (3pm). The newly-promoted Dons have only failed to attract less than 3,500 once this season and are giving them something

  • Log on to see exactly what your councillor has claimed

    WORCESTERSHIRE people will be able to see just what their county councillors collect in expenses each month after members agreed to publish all future claims online. Councillors’ expenses forms are already publicly available to anyone making

  • Jobs created in £30m city print contract

    A WORCESTER printing firm has won a massive £30 million contract, safeguarding jobs in the city and creating 25 new ones. Bpi.Consumer VMB, which is based at Blackpole, yesterday announced an agreement to supply Allied Bakeries over the next three

  • Unemployment is the real issue, not debt

    SIR – The Lib Dems are no radicals. Nick Clegg’s latest lurch to the right, calling for “savage” cuts in government spending is clear evidence that he is never going to “go radical”. Lib Dem promises on scrapping tuition fees and maintaining universal

  • It’s women who wear the trousers

    SIR – Standing at a bus stop one day surrounded by women all wearing trousers, my attention was alerted by a lady walking by, actually wearing a dress. This prompted the thought: “Isn’t it a mercy that not as many men want to wear a dress as women

  • Can we clarify the alcohol rule?

    SIR – It would appear that as with other transgressions, the alfresco consumption of alcohol outside the Aldi store in Worcester and in and around Lowesmoor Wharf is now acceptable. Perhaps someone involved in law enforcement would either like to confirm

  • Start of a new day

    MORNING: Christine Wilson of Lower Broadheath sent in this photo taken from her home at dawn.

  • West: Players must keep their heads

    MANAGER Paul West says Evesham United need to be wary of plotting revenge on rivals Stourbridge. The Robins were knocked out of the FA Cup by Gary Hackett’s Glassboys on Sunday with a 1-0 second qualifying round defeat at St George’s Lane. By a quirk

  • We guess number of bus passengers

    SIR – I’m surprised it is as many as 200 vehicles a day using the park and ride car park at Perdiswell. My six-year-old son gets very excited when he sees a Woosh! bus coming down the Barbourne Road. We have a family game in which we each guess

  • Open up a dance hall for youngsters

    SIR – Watching Strictly Come Dancing made me realise how fit the dancers were, which brought back memories of lots of dance halls around Worcester and surrounding areas. All gone now. But, wouldn’t it be a good thing to open up a dance hall for

  • Latham — Last year we’d have lost Sale game

    SUPERSTAR full-back Chris Latham is in no doubt that if the Worcester Warriors team of last year had been faced with Saturday’s Sale Sharks onslaught, they would have rolled over and lost. Mike Ruddock’s battlers showed true grit in a memorable second-half

  • Nunnery Way site still City’s top new ground choice

    Worcester City have not given up hope on moving to Nunnery Way and are instead looking to base a stadium on that of Fleetwood Town. The club are continuing to look at options for a new ground once they have sold St George’s Lane and paid the

  • The hedge that has delayed a £170,000 crossing

    A NEW £170,000 pedestrian crossing in Worcester remains under wraps – three months after it was installed – because of the height of a nearby hedge. Worcestershire County Council installed the crossing across Bromwich Road, off the New Road junction,

  • Thief's dad demanded 'keep'

    A TWENTY-year-old stole from his girlfriend’s mother because he was struggling with money, a court was told. Mathew Bishop stole a bank card from Karen Lakes and used it to buy goods online. He then stole her pink sapphire and diamond bracelet in a

  • ...and the beat goes on

    A SELECTION of Worcestershire County Council's Adult Service users will be sharing the stage with professional musicians for 'Good Vibrations 3' at Worcester Rugby Club tomorrow. The event, which takes place in the Guinness Premiership outfit's Duckworth

  • Fair should draw the crowds

    LOVERS of vintage chic will be visiting a unique fair in Worcester tomorrow. The city’s second Vintage and Craft Fair is taking place at St Helen’s Church, Fish Street. There will be an abundance of chic crafts on sale and stalls selling a huge selection

  • Storage firm hits the century mark

    HARTLEBURY business storage specialist Whitefoot-Forward is celebrating after taking on its 100th customer. Thomas Guise Solicitors, which has branches in Worcester, Studley and Selly Oak, selected Whitefoot-Forward to store and manage its archived

  • Little Italy comes to county town

    ITALIAN meats, cheeses and breads will be tempting shoppers stomping the streets of Evesham this weekend. Italia in Piazza, last in the town in 2007, will return to Market Place between 9am and 5pm on Sunday. The market will offer traditional

  • Learning to live the green life

    HUNDREDS of green thinkers will visit a Worcestershire community centre this weekend to find out about living sustainably. The Fold in Bransford, near Worcester, is holding an Earth Fest on Sunday. Brigit Strawbridge, star of the BBC television show