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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April March 2016
  2. News. sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Jennifer Meierhans

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Our live coverage across the day

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Worcester's Dean Ryan on centre's England chances

Worcester Warriors boss Dean Ryan says that Leinster centre Ben Te'o, one of the club's signings for 2016-17, already has the potential to play rugby union for England.

Ryan was responding to speculation that the 29-year-old rugby league convert is being viewed as an England possible. 

Ben Te'o
Getty Images

"He's got the quality and potential to do that," Ryan told BBC Sport.

"But to play for England he's going to have to play well in an area that's got stronger over the last few weeks."

Hereford hospital bosses urge people to avoid A&E

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Bosses at Hereford County Hospital are urging people to avoid A&E and use other NHS services in non-urgent cases to relieve pressure on the emergency department.

Around 35 operations have been postponed and more than 1,000 patients have been through A&E since Good Friday.

Hereford County Hospital

To avoid long waits, we are reminding people to consider the NHS alternatives available before turning up at the Emergency Department if your condition, minor illness or injury, is not serious or an emergency."

Jon BarnesChief operating officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust

Woman found unconscious on path

West Mercia Police

A woman was found unconscious on a path in Redditch, say police.

She was found with head injuries between Compton Close and Foredrift Rise at about 13:30 on Tuesday 29 March.

The woman, who is in her 50s, needed hospital treatment.  


 Police are appealing for witnesses to call 101.

Latest: Woman found unconscious; man hurt by three attackers

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories from the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom this afternoon:

- Woman found unconscious on path

- Man hurt by three attackers

- Long A&E waits in Hereford

'Worcester are dangerous', says Exeter boss

BBC Sport

Worcester Warriors are set to face Exeter Chiefs away in tomorrow afternoon's Aviva Premiership match.

The Chiefs' head coach Rob Baxter has warned his side against complacency.

Thomas Waldrom

Worcester are one of the form teams in the Premiership. They're showing some really good qualities and are looking nice and comfortable. They've managed to win enough games that they can come here with not too much to lose, which makes them dangerous."

Rob BaxterExeter head coach

Watch: Weekend weather sunshine on Saturday

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

We could see highs of 15 degrees (59F) in Herefordshire and Worcestershire tomorrow.

The weather for the West Midlands

Four-year-old girl gets leg trapped in bridge

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A four-year-old girl is freed by firefighters after getting her leg trapped in a bridge.

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Long A&E waits at Hereford County Hospital

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Hereford County Hospital is warning of long waits at A&E due to a high influx of patients.

Hereford County Hospital

We have had to postpone around 35 operations this week and more than 1,000 patients have attended the Emergency Department since Good Friday."

Jon BarnesChief operating officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust

Latest: Long A&E waits at Hereford hospital and disabled woman 'left alone in woods'

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

These are some of the top stories we are looking at in Herefordshire & Worcestershire this afternoon:

- Long A&E waits at Hereford County Hospital 

- Hopes for annual Bromyard Speed Festival

- Disabled woman 'left alone in woods'

Woman left alone in woods in wheelchair

West Mercia Police

A woman who uses a wheelchair called police in an "upset state" saying she had been left alone in a wooded area after a taxi journey.

The woman, in her 30s, had been picked-up by a taxi, believed to be a silver people carrier, outside the Vue cinema on Friar Street in Worcester. 

Ashperton Close

She was found safe but was checked over by medics as a precaution.

It happened off Ashperton Close between 16:30 and 17:30 on Tuesday 29 March.  

Worcester Warriors change starting line up ahead of Exeter

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors have made two changes to their starting line up for tomorrow afternoon's Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs. James Johnston will come in for his first start while Sam Betty returns at blindside flanker. 

Sam Betty (centre)
Getty Images

There'll be full commentary on tomorrow's game as part of BBC Hereford & Worcester's Sport on Saturday.

Man hurt by three attackers

West Mercia Police

A man walking with his girlfriend in Worcester was attacked by three men, say police.

It happened on Mill Street as they walked past the King's School from the direction of Diglis House Hotel.

Mill Street

The victim, a man in his 30s, suffered facial injuries that require ongoing hospital treatment.

West Mercia Police has released descriptions of the suspects and are appealing for witnesses to the attack at 15:00 on Wednesday to come forward.

Hopes for annual Bromyard Speed Festival

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Bromyard is being turned into a racing circuit on Sunday for the town's first ever speed festival. 

Visitors can see more than a hundred vintage vehicles and the highlight of the day will be the appearance of the Sunbeam Blue Bird  in which Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record in 1924 and again in 1925.


It's hoped that the day could become an annual celebration of Bromyard's history as the birthplace of the Morgan Motoring Company and attract thousands of people to Herefordshire.    

Worldwide well wishes on birth of white rhino

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Words of congratulations have been sent from all over the world to Kidderminster - for the birth of the safari park's baby white rhino.

The Southern white rhino calf weighs 10 and a half stone. 

The park's head warden, Bob Lawrence, says the calf's already on his feet ready for visitors.

Witnesses appeal after disabled woman says she was left alone in woods

Worcester News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman called West Mercia Police in an upset state from Southcrest Wood in Redditch.

BreakingCanal death boy named as Sean Stevens from Worcester

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A boy who died after being pulled from a canal in Worcester is named by police as 17-year-old Sean Stevens, from the city.

Another 17-year-old boy remains in custody on suspicion of murder.  

It happened near Bilford Lock at about 21:00 yesterday. 

Sean was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital but pronounced dead at 23:15.

A second person reportedly jumped into the water to try to help him.

Travel: Congestion on the A44 in Evesham

BBC Travel

There's congestion on the A44 both ways near Chadbury Road, Evesham due to roadworks.

Latest: Murder arrest after boy's canal death and council tax rises

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here's some of the top stories in the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom this afternoon: 

- Murder arrest after boy's canal death

- Council tax rises across the country

- Worcester Warriors change starting line for Exeter

In photos: New bridge being built over canal

This picture of the new Hoobrook link road being built comes from Worcestershire County Council.

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Council tax bills rise across England

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Research for BBC News reveals almost every household in England will see a rise in their council tax bill from today, even if county and unitary councils freeze their element.

The overall bills include any precepts levied by parish councils, county councils, police and crime commissioners and fire authorities.


The government also gave the go-ahead for authorities to increase bills by 2% to explicitly pay for the rising cost of adult social care, in addition to other tax rises.

According to BBC research, people living in Pendle, Lancashire, and Cornwall will see the biggest rises.

Watch: Weather - showers on the way

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Worcester Warriors 'confident' as they head to Exeter

BBC Sport

Worcester Warriors head to Exeter tomorrow on the back of four straight victories and brimming with confidence.

But they face a stern examination over the final month of the season, with all of their remaining four games against sides currently in the top five.

"It makes a huge difference when you've got a big collective at home and massive support," Warriors boss Dean Ryan said.  

Tom Heathcote

Watch: Canal cordoned off after murder arrest

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The scene around Bilford lock in Worcester has been cordoned off as police continue their murder investigation.

A 17-year-old is currently in custody and being questioned by officers after a boy, also 17, died last night.

Murder arrest after 17-year-old boy dies after being pulled from canal

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Part of the canal in Worcester remains cordoned off after a 17-year-old boy died after being pulled from the water last night.

Another 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder, said West Mercia Police.

Canal cordon

It happened at the Bliford Lock just before 21:00 yesterday.

The lock is next to the site of the new Perdiswell Leisure Centre.

Blue skies over the Malvern Hills

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Rob Smith captured this stunning scene in the Malvern Hills yesterday evening.

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Latest: Seventeen-year-old arrested over teenager's canal death and calls for MP to resign over Tata steel

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories we are looking at this morning:

- Seventeen-year-old boy arrested over teenager's canal death

- Calls for Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid to resign over Tata steel crisis

- Council apologises over traveller camp

Arrest after Worcester canal death

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after another teenager died in the Worcester canal last night. The boy was pulled from the water by the fire service last night - but his heart had stopped beating. 

Canal rescue scene
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The emergency services were called to the Bilford lock in Worcester just before 21:00.

Watch: Worcester woman speaks of 'anger' over 'crash for cash' scam

A woman from Worcester has spoken of her experience as a victim of a so-called "crash for cash" scam.

Yesterday, Birmingham was named the place motorists are most likely to fall victim, according to an insurance group.

However, insurance firm Aviva warned the problem could also be moving to new areas after some postcodes in Worcester, Margate and Leicester were found to be hotspots.

Janet, from Worcester, was one of those targeted by fraudsters.

Tax bills rise across two counties

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Council tax bills in almost every part of England are rising today with an average annual increase of £46.

Bills will rise in 314 out of 327 areas, even if the council is freezing its share, analysis by BBC News shows.

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Kidderminster will see the biggest rise, with tax payers asked to fund a new town council.


On average, homeowners in a Band D property in the two counties will pay about £1,600.

Our research shows, in general, people living in Worcestershire will pay on average about £50 a year less than those in similar homes in Herefordshire.

MP Sajid Javid faces criticism over Tata handling

Business Secretary  and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid is facing criticism and calls for him to resign from Labour over his handling of the Tata crisis.

Thousands of workers at Tata face being laid off after the India-based conglomerate announced it was selling its UK assets, including its large south Wales plant.

Tata Steel's UK business directly employs 15,000 workers and supports many thousands of others. 

Sajid Javid

Mr Javid has cut short an official trip to Australia, but has been criticised for his absence during the Tata crisis and for taking his daughter on it.

He said ministers were "working hard", but unions claim they are in "chaos".

Travel: Water main work closes Kidderminster road

Sion Hill Road will be closed for 16 days. More from BBC Travel.  

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Latest: Living wage rise starts; Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid faces criticism over Tata handling

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the stories we're looking at today:

- More than 200,000 people in the West Midlands are receiving a pay rise today, with the introduction of the National Living Wage.

- There are calls for the Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid to resign from his position as the Business Secretary

- A Worcestershire woman claims she's being failed by her local mental health services

Watch: Latest weather for West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any frost or fog patches around this morning will quickly clear, as cloud and wind increase, bringing the risk of some rain by this evening.  

Top temperatures of 9C (48F).

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