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EXCLUSIVE: POLICE APPEAL FOR COMMUNITY HELP TO ROOT OUT RUTHLESS HEROIN & CRACK COCAINE OPERATIONS IN KIDDERMINSTER, STOURPORT, REDDITCH, BROMSGROVE

Ruthless city drug dealers who exploit vulnerable users and children are spreading their heroin and crack cocaine distribution lines across north Worcestershire. Towns across Wyre Forest, Redditch and Bromsgrove are being caught up in the web of so-called ‘county lines’ drug operations, run by dealers based in Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and

DEFIANT WORCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL LEADER SIMON GERAGHTY SHOWS NO REGRET OVER FAILURE TO SHARE CRITICAL FINANCE REVIEW IN PUBLIC

Worcestershire's Conservative council leader Simon Geraghty was too "scared" of public opinion to share a damning independent finance review, a councillor has claimed. Geraghty faced opposition councillors for the first time yesterday after the critical report came to light following a media Freedom of Information request. The report by expert body CIPFA

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL CHIEF SIMON GERAGHTY TO FACE PUBLIC SCRUTINY OVER FAILURE TO SHARE CRITICAL FINANCIAL REVIEW FINDINGS

Worcestershire council leader Simon Geraghty is to face a grilling from opposition councillors over his decision to keep secret a critical financial review.  The council's Overview & Scrutiny Performance Board have requested that Geraghty attends their meeting on Thursday as a matter of urgency to take questions about the report. The report,

CONSULTATION OVER WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CLOSURE PLAN FOR LUDLOW ROAD SHORT BREAKS UNIT FOR DISABLED CHILDREN CONDEMNED AS “HAPHAZARD, INCONSISTENT, CONFUSED”

A damning report has today described consultation around county council proposals to close a vital short breaks unit for disabled children in Kidderminster as "haphazard, confused and inconsistent." The report also expresses "sadness" that the process may have added to the distress of vulnerable families. It calls for a major review of

COUNTY CHIEFS SUPPRESSED CRITICAL REVIEW OF ITS FINANCES, NEW INVESTIGATION FINDS

Worcestershire council leaders suppressed a critical report by independent experts which called on them to take “urgent action” to address the county's financial woes. The review criticised the Conservative-run county council’s financial planning as “overly optimistic”, “counter-intuitive” and in need of “radical overhaul”. Opposition leader Councillor Peter McDonald described the decision by

COURT THREAT LOOMS OVER PLAN BY WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO AXE VITAL RESPITE CARE CENTRE IN KIDDERMINSTER FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

Consultation over plans to shut a Kidderminster short breaks sanctuary for disabled children has been labelled “a sham” and “a disgrace” after it emerged that council chiefs hatched plans to axe it more than two years ago. Now the battle to save the Ludlow Road service could end up in the high

Fire station plans get green light despite longer 999 response times for Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport

Controversial cost-cutting plans to close three fire stations and open a  new £5 million station on the edge of Kidderminster have been backed by district planners. The new so-called Emergency Services Hub for Wyre Forest will be built on Stourport Road, between Kidderminster and Stourport, close to the district council's HQ. Despite

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