Accused claims he was jogging when terrifying lorry hijack took place

5:50pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A BIRMINGHAM man accused of taking part in the ambush of a cash truck at Hopwood services, carrying £435,000 has claimed he was jogging in a nearby park when the raid took place.

Alcester celebrates St. George's Day with town parade

Redditch Advertiser: James Green slaying the dragon. Buy this photo BMM181401 at or call 01527 889027.

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

THE people of Alcester made sure they took precautions against a rather large dragon that visited the town as part of it's first ever St. George's Day Parade.

Short film details ambulance service's transformation

2:50pm Thursday 24th April 2014

WITH all elements of healthcare facing significant change the West Midlands’ ambulance service has released a short film detailing its past, present and future.

Help author get started

Redditch Advertiser: Sarah Bates

1:20pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A REDDITCH author has entered herself into a national publishing competition to become Britain’s next bestseller.

Charity triathlon returns to Ragley Hall

Redditch Advertiser: A triathlon competitor working up a sweat (photo by Mike Adams)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

ONE of the toughest middle distance triathlons that can be taken on is returning to Ragley Hall.

By George, is it time to give up the meat?

Redditch Advertiser: Loretta Hope, from Redditch, left, with a fellow 'Beefeater' outside the Tower of London. SP

11:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

A REDDITCH actress used a graphic way to try and encourage other people to ditch the meat and become vegan.

Plaits the way to do it!

Redditch Advertiser: Lucy Jones had her long plaits cut off to help the Little Princess Trust. SP

10:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

A BRAVE youngster from Studley has had her gorgeous long hair chopped off in order to help others in need.

£3.5m roads revamp revealed for Worcestershire

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8:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

A MAJOR £3.5 million roads overhaul is about to kick off in Worcestershire - repairing 200 different routes across the county.

Gym doing its bit to tackle teenage obesity

Redditch Advertiser: Zoe Cooke and Sharon Trueman want to try and help tackle teenage obesity. SP

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A REDDITCH gym is offering a special mother and daughter membership package, to help tackle the rising problem of teenage obesity.

Put down the remote and go power walking in Redditch

4:30pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

RESIDENTS are being encouraged to put down the remote, put on their trainers and get more active with a new power walking club.

Possible strike for County Hall staff

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UNION bosses in Worcestershire have hit out at the shock news that 1,500 jobs are being axed at the county council - and have revealed that strike action could be on the cards over pay.

New ADHD club hosting fun session

11:51am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NEW youth club will be holding an open fun session at Bryant Place, Bengrove Close, Woodrow, tomorrow, Thursday, April 24 from 1-3pm. 

Fury over claims taxpayers' money went on 'propaganda'

Redditch Advertiser: Leader of the Labour group at Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Peter McDonald. Ref:s

11:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MORE than £34,000 of taxpayers' money has gone on a Worcestershire County Council campaign to tell people where their cash is going - with critics attacking it as "blatant political propaganda".

Give the gift of life in Studley

10:20am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for volunteers to attend a blood donor session at Studley Village Hall, High Street, Studley, on Tuesday, April 29.

Major £3.5m roads revamp revealed for Worcestershire

Redditch Advertiser: POTHOLES: In Tolladine Road. Worcestershire will receive an extra £3.2m funding for road repairs. 5112205104

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MAJOR £3.5 million roads overhaul is about to kick off in Worcestershire - repairing 200 different routes across the county.

Sacrifices made by Studley in Great War to be remembered

Redditch Advertiser: Studley Band in Priory Square 1914. The recruits going off to war.

8:40am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

STUDLEY Local History Group is once again holding its annual open day which will include a display praising the sacrifices made by Studley in the Great War - by casualties and survivors.

19 of England’s greatest claims to fame on St George’s Day

Redditch Advertiser: 450TH BIRTHDAY: William Shakespeare's birth will be celebrated in April.

6:10am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

William Shakespeare has been voted England’s ultimate claim to fame.

Support for running groups grows

4:40pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

RUNNING in Redditch has received a boost after the borough council secured funding to train more community coaches.

Poppies planted at Emmanuel Church to remember First World War

Redditch Advertiser: Moderator John Ellis and church elder Mary Thomas

4:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MEMBERS of Emmanuel Church planted poppies of peace and remembrance on Easter Sunday with the hope that they will bloom in August, the 100-year commemoration of the declaration of the First World War.

NHS 111 receives 21,875 calls over Easter

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3:12pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MORE than 21,000 calls – one every fifteen seconds – were made to the West Midlands’ non-emergency NHS 111 number over the Easter weekend.

Free fitness festival at Redditch gym

3:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHOICES Health Club in Redditch town centre is hosting a free fitness festival on Saturday, April 26 and is inviting the whole town down to the club to try it out.

Redditch MP hits the spot

Redditch Advertiser: Redditch MP Karen Lumley with her bow

1:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was on target at Forge Mill Needle Museum where she tried the have-a-go archery event.

Town criers descend on Alcester

Redditch Advertiser: The Heart of England Town Criers Competition. Buy this photo Ref. RCR171401_01 at or call 01527 889027.

12:32pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LOUDMOUTHS from across the country converged on Alcester for the annual Heart of England Town Criers’ competition.

Car fire in Bidford

11:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a car fire in Bidford after receiving multiple 999 calls from the public.

Bishop's wife passes away on Easter Sunday

Redditch Advertiser: Denise Inge and Bishop John in the River Jordan, Israel

11:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE wife of the Bishop of Worcester passed away on Easter Sunday following her battle with cancer.

House fire in Coughton

10:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FIRE crews were called out to to a house fire in Coughton on Good Friday after the property's roof caught fire.

Tudor banquet is big hit

Redditch Advertiser: Children and parents enjoying their Tudor banquet.

9:54am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHILDREN at Bidford on Avon Primary School took a step back in time when they hosted a Tudor Banquet for their parents.

Give blood in Redditch

8:20am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for volunteers to attend a blood donor session on Saturday, May 3 at Trinity High School & Sixth Form Centre, Grove Street entrance, Easemore Road, Redditch.

Take action to reverse the death of the high street

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3:40pm Monday 21st April 2014

A PROPERTY agent has called on the Government to take more positive action to reverse the decline of the high street.

Teachers vote to walkout again in June

12:15pm Monday 21st April 2014

TEACHERS will walk out of schools again this summer in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

More youngsters get their first choice school place - despite shortages elsewhere

12:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

MORE primary school children in Worcestershire have received a place at their first choice school this year - despite a shortage in places elsewhere across the country.

Serious sexual assault in Redditch

10:30am Monday 21st April 2014

POLICE investigating a serious sexual assault in Redditch are appealing to a couple who may have spoken to the victim to come forward.

Oesophageal cancer team wins acclaim

Redditch Advertiser: Surgeon Martin Wadley, oesophageal cancer patient Brian Harris from Worcester, Robin Walker MP, patient Stephen Lee from Bromsgrove, specialist nurse Sharon Brown and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Penny Venables

8:30am Monday 21st April 2014

A TEAM treating people with upper gastrointestinal cancer across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire has been nominated for a national award for their work treating people with early oesophageal cancer.

Woman died as result of an accident, coroner rules

12:40pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A CORONER has ruled that a Birmingham woman died in Wythall as a result of an accident.

Easter message from the Bishop of Worcester

8:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

IN today’s world we rather assume that no movement can be secret, which is why it seems extraordinary that it has taken so long to find out what has happened to Malaysian Airlines MH370.

Cyclists encouraged to get on their bikes for charity challenge

Redditch Advertiser: Lucy Baylis, community fundraiser at the Primrose Hospice, is encouraging riders to take in a London bike ride to raise money for the charity.  Buy this photo BCR161403_01

3:10pm Saturday 19th April 2014

BROMSGROVE and Redditch cyclists are being encouraged to get on their bikes for a charity challenge supporting a local hospice.

Looking for fun this weekend?

1:10pm Saturday 19th April 2014

YOUNGSTERS looking for something fun to do during the Easter break are in luck.

Thief stole cash from elderly blind man in Redditch

11:30am Saturday 19th April 2014

PEOPLE are again being reminded not to let strangers into their homes after £150 was stolen from an 89-year-old blind man in Redditch.

Fire crews called to three car collision

9:30am Saturday 19th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS from Redditch have been called to a collision involving three cars.

Community rallies round for Redditch First Responders

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8:50am Saturday 19th April 2014

REDDITCH First Responders held a successful fundraising and awareness day at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre on Saturday, April 5.

Man punched during unprovoked assault

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

WITNESSES are being asked to come forward after a man was taken to hospital with injuries to his face following an assault in Redditch town centre.

Hedge on fire in Inkberrow, near Worcester

Redditch Advertiser: Man rescued from flat fire after being trapped

2:15pm Friday 18th April 2014

A 15-METRE leylandi hedge caught fire in Inkberrow, near Worcester, this morning.

Police crack down on dangerous bikers in Alcester and Bidford

1:40pm Friday 18th April 2014

A JOINT operation is being run this weekend to combat problems caused by motorists in Alcester, Bidford and Salford Priors.

Something to crow about at May Fayre

Redditch Advertiser: Stone the crows: Artist in residence Steve Pound enjoys some scarecrow fun. SP

11:10am Friday 18th April 2014

SUMMER gets off to a scary start at this year's May Fayre on Headless Cross Community Orchard with a scarecrow competition on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5.

Quitter becomes a winner

8:20am Friday 18th April 2014

A BIDFORD man who gave up smoking after 10 years has been rewarded for his efforts with Warwickshire County Council's ex-Smoker Factor challenge.

The Vow to be screened in Studley

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

STUDLEY Film Club will be screening The Vow at Studley Village Hall on Saturday, April 19. 

New shop to give hospice a fundraising boost

Redditch Advertiser: Manager Steph Cox outside the new Primrose Hospice shop. Buy photo RMM171401b from or call 01527 889027

3:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Primrose Hospice is seeing business bloom after opening a new fundraising facility.

West Mercia PCC Bill Longmore throws support behind joint property scheme

Redditch Advertiser: Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore reveals cancer battle

1:54pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WEST Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore has thrown his support behind a scheme which will see local authorities across the region band together to save costs.

Peak displays of bluebells

Redditch Advertiser: 1514573401. 13/04/14. Bluebells in the grounds of St John in Bedwardine church. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5377740)

12:45pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PEAK displays of bluebells are expected in time for Easter after they sprung into life much earlier than in last year's cold spring.

Unique property partnership takes a step forward

Redditch Advertiser: Unique property partnership takes a step forward

11:59am Thursday 17th April 2014

A UNIQUE partnership which could save taxpayers in Worcestershire £118 million looks set to go ahead.

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