A 55-year-old Worcester has denied two counts of putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment.

Neville Simpson of Wellington Close, Worcester, denied making the threats against her, her property and members of her family when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court today.

The alleged offences are said by the prosecution to have occurred between August 1 last year and April 20 this year and between July 17 and August 14 this year. His trial could take place soon after March 15 next year.

He was granted bail in the meantime.

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Thomas Dee, 21, of Cornell Court, Brick-Kiln Street, Evesham has appeared in court accused of acting in breach of a restraining order. His trial is listed for March 1 next year which means in could begin on or very soon after that date.

Meanwhile, the stabbing murder trial of a woman accused of killing her partner with a kitchen knife is now entering its final stages with closing speeches scheduled to begin today.

Cordelia Farrell denies murdering partner Wayne Coventry at a house in Bromsgrove last October.

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Further plea hearings are taking place in court two where parties will appear remotely over videolink to mitigate the risk of spreading Covid-19.

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In court three the trial of Timothy Bird is due to get underway with a time estimate of three days.