• Spring brings some good ‘newts’ at last for wildlife

    IT MAY not have felt like spring recently but two young boys uncovered one sign of the season in their back garden. Friends Cameron Taylor and Jasper Struthers found more than 100 newts in Cameron’s pond, in Battenhall Place, Worcester, while enjoying

  • Reed rips Worcestershire apart

    PACE bowler Mike Reed registered his maiden LV County Championship five-wicket haul as Glamorgan had much the better of the first day of their Division Two clash against Worcestershire at the SWALEC Stadium. Reed, 24, claimed 5-27 in 15.5 overs

  • I’m walking Great Wall for fine cause

    THE governor of a Worcestershire charity will be taking strides to help a cause close to his heart. Peter Flagg, who has been on the board of St Richard’s Hospice for the past eight years, is swapping the Malvern Hills for the Great Wall of China

  • £1.3m housing scheme launch

    AN affordable housing group has opened a new development featuring 11 homes near Pershore. Festival Housing launched the £1.3 million scheme in Drakes Broughton which features a mix of bungalows and two and three-bedroomed houses. The group

  • Dancers hoping for TV success

    TALENTED young dancers are bidding for success in a popular children’s TV contest. Children aged between nine and 13 from the Sway Dance group, which meets every week in Upton-upon-Severn, travelled to Birmingham to audition for the hit CBBC programme

  • Man threatened former friend over stolen items

    A MAN has admitted threatening a former friend who failed to pay him compensation for stealing personal items including a phone, iPod and sat nav. Rickie McCullough was promised £300 from Jack Sharp after the latter admitted stealing a number of

  • Camera kit stolen from flat

    CAMERA equipment worth more than £4,000 has been stolen from a flat in Worcester. The kit was taken from a flat in Southdown Road, off Bilford Road, Worcester, between 6.30am and 4.10pm on Friday after thieves broke in through an unlocked window

  • Nicholas sworn in as the Queen’s man

    THE new High Sheriff of Worcestershire has been sworn in. Nicholas Wentworth-Stanley, who lives in Broadway, near Evesham, has taken up the role, replacing Penelope Lewis, from Elmley Castle, near Pershore. The post holder is the Queen’s judicial

  • I’m a Tory voter

    SIR – UKIP are novices. I vote Tory. Labour people just waffle on and on. GEORGE COWLEY Worcester

  • Anger after UKIP billboard defaced

    VANDALS have defaced a giant UK Independence Party election billboard in Worcester so it reads like a BNP advert. The sign, at the bottom of Newtown Road and one of four UKIP posters in the city, was scribbled over in ink and paint so it read like

  • Pensioner seriously hurt in crash

    A PENSIONER is in a critical condition after suffering serious injuries in a two-car crash in Kidderminster. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after part of the A448 Comberton Road was closed at about 2.15pm yesterday afternoon

  • Not before time...

      SIR – It’s comforting to see that fat-cat lawyers who get rich on criminal legal aid cases are to see their fees slashed by almost a third. These top earners are milking the system for more than £500,000 a year. The legal aid industry

  • Donor cards? We need a subtle change

     SIR – Full marks to Tony Willmore (Worcester News, April 9) and George Cowley (Worcester News, April 2) for bringing up the subject of donor cards again. Being a Parkinson’s disease sufferer,I carry a card in favour of the Parkinson’s Society

  • This photograph was taken in late 1940s

    SIR – I thought Worcester News readers would be interested in this old photograph, above, of Stanley Road School football team which was taken in 1948. Back row, from left, B Arntzen (formerly Cook), B Thompson, N Suthard, D Digger and N Miller

  • £10.5m fine should be only the start

    SIR – I see one of the energy companies has been hit with a £10.5 million fine for miss-selling. It’s about time Ofgem did something. They’ve been sitting on their hands long enough. Now I would suggest they go after the other five members

  • Come on, let’s talk up our great nation

    SIR – Nigel Farage is quite right in suggesting on his visit to our historic Guildhall that the young have been wrongly labelled as lazy and useless (Worcester News, April 4). It is a betrayal of potential and of the young themselves that we face

  • What will this flag really do for us?

    SIR – Re the new Worcestershire flag (Worcester News, April 8). How can a symbolic representation of rivers, some fields and three pears possibly represent the wide variety of important industries including agriculture, engineering, radar and communication

  • Mrs T? We won’t see the like of her again

    SIR – There can be no doubt that Mrs [Margaret] Thatcher has had a strong influence in shaping modern Britain. It is ironic that in her death, as in her life, she should prove to be as divisive and capable of arousing equally strong, almost violent

  • We deserved Bishops victory says Heeley

    MANAGER Carl Heeley felt Worcester City were deserving winners after they defeated Bishop’s Stortford 1-0. Tom Thorley’s free-kick 17 minutes into the second-half decided the contest at Woodside Park which lifted City up to 13th in Blue Square

  • Hotel owners look for clues to opera link

    THE owners of a hotel in Malvern town centre want to know more about a bronze plaque they have which commemorates the famous opera singer Jenny Lind. The impressive piece, the work of Swedish sculptor Bengt Inge Lundkvist and dated 1970, was at

  • Celebrate 20 years of the Barflys

    ONE of Worcestershire’s most prolific acoustic bands are celebrating 20 years of making music together. During their time as the Barflys, singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Andy Hiseman and acoustic/slide guitarist and harmony vocalist Pat

  • Summer Holiday/The Swan Theatre

    CLIMB on board for a trip back to the Swinging Sixties with a sunny production of Summer Holiday at the Swan Theatre this week. It’s 50 years since the movie version hit the screens and provided a backdrop of Cliff and the Shadows tunes to sing

  • Time to brighten up

    WE'VE shivered through the extra-long winter and now it's time for the after-effects - dire heating bills and drab skin. Having endured one of the coldest winters on record, weathered complexions may be in need of some TLC. That doesn't just

  • Matavesi banned for rest of season

    WARRIORS centre Josh Matavesi won’t play for Warriors again this season after being banned for four weeks for a dangerous tackle. The ban was meted out by an RFU disciplinary panel and related to his his head-high tackle on Saracens’ scrum-half

  • Thorley gets my best Worcester City player vote

    SOMETIMES when it comes to selecting a player-of-the-year, one obvious choice jumps out at you. That was certainly the case last season at Worcester City with striker Mike Symons claiming the top accolade following his goalscoring exploits.

  • Ledbury Rugby Club face RFU charge

    LEDBURY and Pinley will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel this evening following the abandonment of their Midlands Three West South match on February 9. Both clubs have been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests

  • MP urges firms to help workers out

    THERE is hope Worcestershire firms will be able take on some of more than 100 staff made redundant at an historic Worcester factory. Worcester MP Robin Walker has written to manufacturing businesses in a bid to secure jobs for workers from the

  • Body found on farmland in burned-out caravan

    A BODY has been found in a burned out caravan on farmland. The emergency services were called at 12.20am this morning to farmland off the A4133 at Holt Heath, near Worcester. A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "The fire was brought quickly

  • Happy ending for couple whose big day was scrapped

    THE SMILING faces of these happy newlyweds are proof that one couple had the fairytale ending they deserved after the venue they initially chose for their big-day celebrations cancelled. Beaming Natalie and Alex Peel, from Elbury Mount, Worcester