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Man in the dock over

priest's murder

A 31-year-old man has been remanded in custody accused of murdering a priest.

Mark Andrew Massey, of no fixed abode, denied stabbing to death 80-year-old Fr Paul Orchard, at the Church of Our Lady and St Hubert at Brandhall, Warley, West Midlands, in September last year.

A judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court adjourned the hearing for six weeks.

Nightclub assault charge

A man has been charged in connection with an assault outside Knights nightclub in Kidderminster on New Year's Day.

He is accused of reversing his vehicle into a crowd of revellers outside the club, injuring two people.

The man has been charged with assault, occasioning actual bodily harm and has been bailed to appear before Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on January 29.

Service station raid

A knife-wielding robber threatened a cashier at a Black Country petrol station before running off with hundreds of pounds.

The man walked into the Cope's service station, Sandon Road, Smethwick, on Sunday night and demanded cash.

The cashier, a 25-year-old woman, opened the till and the robber grabbed between pounds 300 and pounds 400 before running off.

Carnival boost for hospice

Carnival organisers in Kidderminster are to raise funds for the town's Kemp Hospice this year.

The Hospice, based in Sutton Park Road, needs funds to continue its work and expand facilities.

Mr Norman Broome, the carnival president, said: "We feel the services it offers make it a worthy recipient of carnival proceeds. We hope that the people of Kidderminster will dig deep into their pockets to support this worthy cause." The carnival will be held on June 19 at Brinton Park.

Call for war memorial

A national memorial could be built in Worcestershire to commemorate those killed in the English Civil War.

The first skirmish took place at Powick, on the outskirts of Worcester, in 1642 and the final battle was at Worcester in 1651.

Despite calls for a national memorial, Worcester City Council's museum, arts and archaeology sub-committee believe a plaque, drawing attention to the connections with the city, might be better suited.

Officials have been asked to investigate the best way of commemorating the Civil War and to draw up a report.

Teenager robbed on bus

A Solihull teenager was robbed of his personal stereo and pounds 10 by a gang who confronted him on a bus.

The 16-year-old was on the No 4 service travelling between Monkspath and Cheswick Green when four youths threatened to beat him up unless he handed over the Panasonic stereo, worth pounds 70, and the cash.

The gang of three black youths and one white was still on the bus when the youngster victim got off in Stretton Road, Shirley.

Attacker's cheeky 'gift'

A man was hit in the face during an unprovoked assault in Kidderminster and was offered a cigarette by his attacker.

The victim was walking along Sion Hill at 7.30pm on Saturday when he was attacked by a man.

A packet of cigarettes were taken from his pocket but he was offered one by the man who assaulted him before he ran off.

Post Script

Chess enthusiasts in Walsall have appealed for people to check if they have any old photographs of the town to help them piece together their club's past.

Members of Walsall Kipping Chess Club, which dates back to 1942, are researching the club's history.

They are looking for old photographs of its former venues, including Pattison's Tea Rooms, the Picture House, Walsall Library, Littleton Youth Centre, Walsall Rugby Club and Alumwell School.

The group is also keen to receive any photographs of the former shoe shop England and Sons where the idea for the chess club was launched.

Anyone who can help the club research its history can contact Mr Ray Dolan on 01922 446898.
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Date:Jan 5, 1999
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