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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Overnight scattered showers will continue, perhaps turning wintry on high ground in the north. 

Chilly, with clear spells in between the showers. Later in the night a more persistent spell of rain will push south - lows of 3C (37F).

Payout to boarding sex abuse victims

Four pupils abused by a paedophile teacher have received a payout from their former boarding school.

Payout to Shebbear College sex abuse victims

The victims claimed Simon Harris molested them at Shebbear College in Devon where he was a Latin teacher and deputy housemaster in the 1980s.

Harris, of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, was jailed for 17 years in 2015 for abusing of three of the Shebbear pupils.

Latest headlines: Hundreds of appointments cancelled during 48-hour strike; abuse victims receive payout

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire include:

Four pupils abused by a Herefordshire paedophile have received a payout from the former boarding school where he abused them

- The Worcestershire Acute NHS trust has cancelled 308 outpatient appointments and 12 operations as junior doctors go on a 48-hour strike

- A 17-year-old will appear at crown court later this month accused of the manslaughter of a another teenager who was pulled from a canal in Worcester  

Rugby Union: Warriors prop Milasinovich ruptures his Achilles tendon

Worcester Warriors' young prop Gareth Milasinovich ruptured his Achilles tendon during the Aviva Premiership defeat at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, the club has confirmed.

Gareth Milasinovich is stretchered off at Sandy Park
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Warriors' director of rugby Dean Ryan said Milasinovich sustained the injury during the 50-12 defeat at Sandy Park and says the 23-year-old faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The South African prop joined the Sixways club last summer and has so far made four Premiership appearances - all of them off the bench.

King John conference to be held in Worcester

A conference to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the death of King John is to be held at Worcester Cathedral this weekend.

Magna Carta, signalling the end of the conflict between King John and the barons, who were in revolt, was sealed in 1215 and is seen as the cornerstone of the development of constitutional law in England.

King John is entombed in the cathedral. 

Magna Carter
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One person taken to hospital after Worcester three-car crash

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

One person has been taken to hospital after a three-car collision on London Road in Worcester. 

The crash happened just after 13:00. 

London Road has now opened in both directions between Wyld's Lane and Spetchley Road.

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Football: Redditch United deducted three points

Redditch United's hopes of winning the Southern League Premier Division title suffered a potentially fatal blow after they were deducted three league points for fielding two suspended players in a match in February.

Valley Stadium, Redditch United FC

The pair featured in a 3-1 home victory over St Neots Town on Saturday, 20 February and the Southern Football League has upheld the charges brought against the Reds by the Football Association.

Redditch will not be appealing the decision and, despite the points deduction, they remain in second place in the Premier Division table although they are now six points behind the leaders, Poole Town.

Video: Teenager warns of 'addictive' calorie-counting apps

Felicity Sanderson

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

I've been speaking to 18-year-old Sophie from Worcester, who's name we've changed as she wanted to remain anonymous. 

She was 14 years old when she first realised she had an eating disorder, but is now in recovery.

She is calling for warnings on calorie-counting apps, designed to help you track your daily food intake, saying they can become addictive.

Latest headlines: Abuse victims receive payout from school; university experts meet to discuss bees

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The top stories in the BBC Hereford and Worcester newsroom this afternoon include:

- Four victims of a Herefordshire sex offender have received a pay out from the school where he abused them

- A soldier from Worcester says he's honoured to have been chosen to compete for Great Britain in the Invictus Games in America next month

- Experts are meeting at the University of Warwick for a conference on protecting our bees

Junior doctors' row: The dispute explained

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Ministers and junior doctors are locked in an increasingly fraught dispute in England. 

Today has seen the start of the latest strike - but what exactly is this row about?  

Doctor's coat
Science Photo Library

I've been examining the causes, who it involves and the wider context to this and you can read more here.

Flytipping appeal in Malvern

Police are appealing for information after a load of scrap wood was found abandoned in Malvern.

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Anyone with information about the flytipping in Callow End should contact the community services team via email.

Waterman launches £1.25m rail appeal

A £1.25m appeal to complete the "last mile" of a heritage line is being launched by music producer Pete Waterman.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton but wants to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire.

Pete Waterman

A public share scheme raised more than £500,000 in 2014, but to complete the extension it now needs to raise £1.25m.

Mr Waterman, GWSR president, said: "There's nothing wrong with the railway now but the jewel was always Broadway."

Travel: A44 closed after accident

BBC Travel

The A44 London Road is closed in both directions outside Worcester, after a crash near the Tesco store

Police have closed the road between Wyld's Lane and Spetchley Road to help with the clear up.

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Pupils receive payout for 1980s sex offences

Four pupils abused by a teacher who went on to prey on Kenyan street children have received a payout from their former boarding school. 

The victims claimed Simon Harris, originally from Puddleston, near Leominster, molested them at Shebbear College in Devon in the 1980s. 

Harris was jailed for more than 17 years in February 2015 for a string of sex offences including abuse of three of the pupils from the school in the late 1980s, and five Kenyan boys between 2002 and 2013. 

Simon Harris
West Mercia Police

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The wind will pick up this afternoon and some sunny spells may develop. However, heavy and thundery blustery showers willcontinue which could be wintry over higher ground.

Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Dog microchipping becomes compulsory across UK


Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face fines of up to £500, as a new law comes into force.

All dogs in England, Scotland and Wales are now legally required to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old.

Dog microchip

Watch: 'Kite runner' fossil discovered

Yesterday we brought you the story about an 430 million-year-old sea creature which has been discovered in Herefordshire.

It's being branded "the kite runner" because it apparently dragged its offspring around on strings like kites.

This is what it looks like...

Mulchrone to leave Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors have confirmed scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone is to leave Sixways at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old is to join their Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins for next season. 

Warriors' director of rugby Dean Ryan says Mulchrone is a fine player, but there are aspects of his game that mean he has found it difficult in the Premiership.

Charlie Mulchrone
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Redditch man dies six days after Digbeth crash, say police

A Redditch man has died six days after a crash in Digbeth, say West Midlands Police.

Nadeem Asghar, who was 31, was behind the wheel of a white Nissan Qashqai which collided with a red Toyota Corolla. He was taken to hospital but later died.

Nadeem Asghar
West Midlands Police

The collision happened just after 23:00 on Friday, 25 March, at the junction of Alcester Street and Bradford Street.  

Police are appealing for information.

Teenager due in court over Worcester canal death

A 17-year-old is due to appear in court after a teenager died after being pulled from a canal in Worcester last week. 

Sean Stevens, 17, was recovered from the Bilford canal lock last Thursday, but died in hospital. Yesterday, his friends and family released colourful balloons at the lock in his memory. 

Floral tributes to Sean Stevens

The accused, who can't be named for legal reasons, has been charged with manslaughter and will appear at Worcester Youth Court later. 

Bid to reopen closed railway station in Worcestershire

Volunteers at a steam railway that runs through the Cotswolds are hoping to reopen a Worcestershire station that's been closed for more than 50 years. 

Broadway station shut in 1960 and enthusiasts at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway have launched a new share scheme to raise more than £1m to restore it. 

An artist's impression of the new station at Broadway

Last year a volunteer recruitment drive was launched, as well as an artist impression of the station (pictured).  

Teenager 'obsessed' with calorie app speaks about anorexia

Felicity Sanderson

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcester teenager with anorexia says her obsession with her weight became worse when she started using calorie-counting mobile phone apps. 

The manager of the service that treats people with eating disorders in Worcestershire says she's concerned by the increase in the numbers of patients they're seeing who use these apps. 

Sophie from Worcester, who wanted to remain anonymous, started using the calorie counter four years ago and spoke to me about the issue.

Sophie from Worcester

I was diagnosed with anorexia when I was 14 or 15 and I used calorie counting apps. I just became obsessed and was checking food packets and menus to see if I was going over my calorie limit. It was scary how obsessive I got... when actually I was severely underweight.

SophieDiagnosed with Anorexia

Latest headlines: Eating disorder service sees increase in calorie app referals; teenager due in court after Worcester canal death

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this morning include:

- Worcestershire Eating Disorder Service, which treats people with conditions like anorexia and bulimia, says it's seeing a rise in referrals of people who use calorie-counting apps

- A 17-year-old is due to appear in youth court later after a teenager died when he was pulled from a canal in Worcester last week

- Worcester Warriors have confirmed scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone is to leave Sixways at the end of the season

Tickets for Flying Scotsman visit sell out

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Bad news if you want a ticket to ride on the Flying Scotsman when it visits the Severn Valley Railway in September - they've sold out.

There were queues at the ticket office yesterday and the railway's website crashed in the morning because of the demand.

Flying Scotsman

The locomotive, which was the first to reach speeds of over 100mph, is making its return to the tracks after a 10-year, £4.2m refit.

Fourth junior doctors' strike hits NHS

Junior doctors in England are taking part in a fourth walkout in their long-running contract dispute.

The 48-hour strike started at 08:00 as the doctors prepare legal challenges to the government's decision to impose changes to their pay and conditions from this summer.

Junior doctors strike

Doctors are again providing emergency cover, but 5,000 operations and procedures have been postponed.

NHS England said the continued disruption was "deeply regrettable".  

Heavy traffic on the M42 and A38

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on M42 northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway)

- Very slow traffic on A38 Birmingham Road in Catshill between the Barley Mow Lane junction and the M42 J1 junction. In the roadworks area

Eating disorder service see rise in calorie-counting app referrals

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Our top story this morning: Worcestershire Eating Disorder Service, which treats people with conditions like anorexia and bulimia, says it's seeing a rise in referrals of people who use calorie-counting apps. 

In the past four years, just under 1,000 people have been referred to eating disorder services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It'll be a fairly cloudy start to the day with some outbreaks of potentially heavy rain through the morning. 

Into the afternoon some sunny spells may develop, however, heavy and thundery showers will continue - we should see highs of 11C (52F).

Good morning: Live updates for Hereford and Worcester

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A rather wet and grey start to the day.

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Hereford and Worcester.

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