TWO people have been remanded in custody for fraud and money-laundering offences after a woman in her 70s had a significant amount of money stolen from her.

Rudy Francis, aged 42 and Rebecca Ralph, aged 39, both of Painswick Close, Worcester were arrested in the city yesterday (Thursday, November 19) and later charged with fraud by false representation, possession of criminal property and conversion of criminal property.

They were arrested following a police investigation into the withdrawal of money from the victim's bank account.

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The alleged fraud is reported to have taken place between July and November this year.

Francis and Ralph appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates Court on Friday morning and were remanded in custody.

They are due to appear at Worcester Crown Court on December 21.