• Man accused of sex assault and kidnap

    A MAN has appeared in court charged with sexual assault and two kidnaps with intent to commit sexual offences. Thomas Clark, aged 20, of Barbourne Road, Worcester appeared before magistrates on Saturday. He is charged with kidnap (falsely imprisoning

  • Can you offer these three a loving home?

    HOMES are desperately needed for three four-legged friends who have been in the care of an animal charity for months. Staff at RSPCA Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire Branch believe greater financial stresses are to blame for fewer people coming

  • Autistic Sam, 19, sees his book hit shelves

    AN AUTISTIC teenager has become an author after one of his books about a magical goat was published. Sam Shooter, aged 19, who lives at AALPS Midlands, a residential college at The Rhydd, Hanley Castle, near Malvern, has had a children’s book

  • Brass band festival ready to go

    ORGANISERS are fine tuning the programme to make sure that Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival 2012 builds on last year’s success. The event will aim to ensure that visitors have every opportunity to hear some of the country’s top brass bands alongside

  • Hunt for missing members of street party

    THE organiser of a Diamond Jubilee street party in Worcester wants to track down some of the youngsters who were at a previous street party nearly 60 years ago. This picture shows partygoers in Pinkett Street who were celebrating the Queen’s coronation

  • Neville pens an ode for the Queen

    WHEN a man from Drakes Broughton, near Pershore, sent a poem he had penned to the Queen in commemoration of her Jubilee year, he didn’t expect to hear anything else about it. But within a few weeks Neville Radburn had received a letter from

  • When the Wild West came to the county

    THE Wild West came to life in a quiet corner of Worcestershire, complete with lawmen, pioneers, gamblers, bandits, bounty hunters and Indian chiefs. With the sun blazing, visitors could be forgiven for thinking they were in the real West, rather than

  • New arena is taking shape on schedule

    A STAGE-of-the-art sports centre is taking shape in Worcester. Building work for the £15 million Worcester Arena started in January and is expected to be finished early next year. The arena, being built on the old fruit and vegetable market site in

  • Nominate your unsung hero

    TIME is running out for you to nominate the unsung heroes of our local communities to join the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee tour of Worcestershire. We’ve secured agreement with the organisers to reserve about 300 places at Worcester Cathedral to join

  • So that’s what that slogan really means

    SIR – It has really struck home to me what the meaning really is behind Tesco’s slogan “every little helps”. Diesel at Tesco 142.9p, diesel at Morrisons 139.9p. With the promotions on offer last Tuesday, diesel at Tesco 137.9p, diesel at Morrisons

  • Our reunion was great, thank you

    SIR – We recently had a reunion of J C Baker’s former employees at Copper Tops, Worcester, and would like to thank everyone for their support. We would also like to thank the help given by the Worcester News in making it a successful event.

  • It doesn’t add up

    SIR – Re James Goad’s letter ‘Leaving the EU would not be a disaster’ (Worcester News, May 21). It seems he is one rather confused gentleman. He says that remaining members of the EU would still want to buy our goods and services if we left.

  • Well done, Worcester, that was just superb

    SIR – Congratulations to all concerned for the Olympic Torch Relay in Worcester on Thursday night and Friday morning. The evening event produced a great atmosphere with families out until late strolling around the city and riverside taking advantage

  • Everything about the torch was brilliant

    SIR – Living at Homenash House I was able to see the torchbearer as he passed St George’s Square in Worcester. I am living with Parkinson’s but hope to enter the Acorns Triple Run in June, albeit the 1km run. On Thursday evening, however, I

  • My family will always be grateful to this country

    SIR – My parents came here in the 1960s in search of a brighter and better future for themselves after Britain had opened its doors to the Commonwealth. It was this British imperialism influenced by the Queen and its expansion which helped thousands

  • We’re supporting Tories to benefit the city

    SIR – We write in response to the letters of Matthew Jenkins and Alex Kear in the Worcester News (May 23), although we could have made the same response to a number of letters and comments criticising the Lib Dems for their support of a minority

  • Drug dealer had debt problems

    Three types of drug were found by police when they stopped a car in Worcester. One package, found in the car at 4.10am on August 31 last year, contained 36.2g of cannabis and the other two packages contained drugs referred to only as initials MDPV

  • Bias fear sparked by a new complaint structure

    THERE are fears that councillors could be left open to accusations of bias with changes being brought about under the Government’s Localism Act. The legislation means that council standards committees – responsible for ensuring honesty and

  • Beefing up burger business

    A DYNAMIC Worcestershire couple are preparing to beef up their burger business, after moving to larger premises to aid their ambitious expansion plans. Muddy Boots Foods, which was launched in 2008, is owned by husband and wife team Roland

  • Woman conned by rogue builder

    A PENSIONER who has dedicated her life to helping others was scammed out of £550 by a rogue builder. Diana Caldicott, aged 86, handed over the cash to a man who had offered to fix tiling and the pointing on her home. At first everything seemed in order

  • Fund-raisers conquer clock tower abseil

    DAREDEVILS showed their mettle during a dizzying charity abseil down a Worcestershire clock tower. Fifteen people signed up for the gut-wrenching challenge at Abberley yesterday in aid of Children Today, which provides equipment for disabled

  • This is just the beginning - The Voice's Becky Hill

    A TALENTED singer from Bewdley who was knocked out of the live semi-finals of BBC TV’s The Voice hopes this is just the beginning of a bright future. Becky Hill, the 18-year-old coached by Jessie J, departed yesterday with Ruth Brown, Max Milner and

  • Warriors land major coup by recruiting Raging Bull Vickery

    FORMER England captain and Rugby World Cup winning prop Phil Vickery has joined Warriors’ coaching team as a‘massive statement of intent’ ahead of the new Aviva Premiership season. Vickery, known as the Raging Bull, joins Worcester as assistant

  • It's fun in the sun... but for how much longer? - forecast

    Little Lucy Powell plays in Worcester’s South Quay fountain on a gloriously sunny weekend – and the good news is that the warm weather looks set to continue for the bank holiday weekend’s jubilee celebrations. Worcester News weatherman Paul

  • Ask us anything - live

    TODAY is your chance to ask the editor of the Worcester News anything - live. We're running a live blog on our homepage for readers to give us their views about anything to do with the WN - in print or online. Peter John is on hand all

  • Ilmington

    THIS week’s walk is for Worcester News readers Maureen and Jim, of Pershore, who enjoyed last year’s Ilmington and Mickleton walk so much that they requested another. This covers some of the same ground on the basis that it would be a great pity

  • Why was no one on hand to treat me?

    A WORCESTER man with sight problems who was terrified he was going to go blind had to travel to Birmingham for emergency treatment because no one could treat him locally. Dan Thompson, who developed complications after an eye operation, was taken by

  • Hay role for farmers

    A GROUP of young farmers from Herefordshire will be sharing the stage with the literati at this year’s Hay Festival. They were the stars of the feature-length documentary Tune for the Blood, which follows their lives as the young generation tries

  • Lovely lavender

    FOR centuries, lavender has been used for domestic purposes in soaps, teas, herbal remedies, bath water and even in cooking. But nowhere is it more at home than in the garden, to be admired as a low-growing hedge, or fringing a herb garden or

  • County horse lovers urged to lobby MEPs

    HORSE lovers in Worcestershire are being asked to lobby their MEP in the latest bid to prevent agonising journeys to slaughter on the continent. Leading equine charity World Horse Welfare is urging people to put pressure on their MEPs by e-mail

  • All it needed was glue and orange paper

    OLYMPIC fever officially hit Worcester last week. Yes, there were glitches (torch was running late on Thursday but early on Friday) but I still defy anyone not to have been swept up in the moment. The crowds collecting on Worcester Bridge, the

  • 30 years of shining the spotlight on young talent

    ON the midsummer evening of Tuesday, July 31, with the school holidays in full swing, the houselights at Worcester’s Swan Theatre will dim, the packed audience will settle in its seats, the band will strike up, the curtain will rise and the 30th

  • Time to clean up our city

    TODAY we launch our third annual campaign to clean up the streets and parks of Worcester. In conjunction with Worcester City Council the Take Pride campaign will encourage people to clean up their communities. Our two previous campaigns

  • Let’s sign off with Somerset success

    WE play Somerset in our last LV= County Championship Division One game for over a month this week and it would be good to get a win to sign off before the one-day cricket takes over. Somerset are a pretty strong outfit, who have been missing a few players