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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Julia Leonard

All times stated are UK

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

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We'll have more rain across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this evening, but it should clear up by the morning.

Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

Watch: Looking at what's coming up tonight on BBC Midlands Today

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

I'll be on BBC One from 18:30 with Midlands Today for the West Midlands - here's a look ahead to the big stories we're going to be covering.

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Worcester Warriors scrum-half to join French side

Worcester Warriors scrum-half JB Bruzulier will leave Sixways this summer to join French side Nevers.  

Dean Ryan
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I'd like to thank JB for his efforts during his time at Sixways, especially during the latter stages of last season where he was thrust into first-team action and helped the side gain promotion from the Championship.

Dean Ryan, director of rugby

Train disruption: Cost of vandalism to power lines 'hundreds of thousands'

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

Network Rail says the cost to the industry of this morning's disruption will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.   

They say early indications are that "foul play" caused signalling failure and released pictures showing apparent attempts to burn and cut cables powering signals at Proof House junction, south of New Street station.

They're appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

Rhodes left frustrated by wet weather

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes says he's is frustrated by the wet start to the new season at New Road.

Play was called off for the second day in Worcestershire's match against Kent.

Victor Nealon 'devastated' over failed compensation bid

The solicitor of a Worcestershire man whose bid for compensation after being wrongly imprisoned has been rejected says the decision is "disappointing and devastating".

Victor Nealon was jailed for 17 years for attempted rape, but set free in 2013 after appeal judges ruled that fresh DNA evidence made the convictions unsafe. 

Today the Court of Appeal has dismissed Mr Nealon's bid for compensation, along with another man from London.

This is a cruel law, not everyone should get compensation but this is about men who can strongly point to their innocence."

Mark Newby, solicitor

Appeal judges back High Court compensation ruling

Here's more on the story we told you about earlier: Three judges at the the Court of Appeal have dismissed a human rights challenge from Redditch man Victor Nealon.

He was jailed for attempted rape in 1997 at Hereford Crown Court and spent 17 years in prison, as he continued to protest his innocence. 

Victor Nealon
Other

He was set free in 2013, after it emerged another, unidentified man whose DNA evidence was discovered, was the likely attacker.

At the time, Mr Nealon's barrister said the evidence was "dynamite" for his client.   

The High Court rejected a challenge for compensation last year and today appeal court judges have backed that ruling.

Latest: Failed compensation bid; MP disagrees with tax returns call; scrum-half to leave Sixways

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- The solicitor of a Worcestershire man who's been refused compensation after 17 years in jail says they will appeal against the decision

- Wyre Forest MP and former investment banker Mark Garnier says he doesn't agree with calls for all MPs to publish their tax returns in the wake of the so-called Panama Papers scandal 

- Worcester Warriors scrum-half JB Bruzulier will leave Sixways this summer to go to French side Nevers

Road surfacing work in Worcestershire

Work's going on today in Broadway, Badsey and Aldington.

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Worcestershire fixture 'misfired'

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's opening County Championship match of the season at home to Kent is still to get started at New Road after being rained off for the second day running.  

Worcestershire took a risk in going ahead with the fixture only 12 days after the ground had suffered its second worst flood, having been left under water to a depth of almost 16 feet.

It misfired badly and, following further heavy showers, the match was abandoned on what should have been the third day.

New Road in flood
Getty Images

The ground is regularly flooded by the River Severn, as this photo from previous years shows.

No plans to close hospital A&E

The Interim chief operating officer of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust denies any plans to shut the A&E unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. 

Rab McEwan says they are considering making the hospital's A&E "adult only" by removing paediatric services. 

Earlier campaigners had accused bosses at the trust of plans to shut the facility at Redditch. 

Alexandra Hospital
BBC

Paediatric cases will be taken to the Royal or the nearest A&E department that has children's services. It's difficult to understand how the plans can be so misinterpreted."

Rab McEwan, Interim Chief Operating officer of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Watch: Power problems cause delays for rail travellers

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

There were hours of delays during Monday’s rush hour after a major power failure near Birmingham’s New Street Station, believed to have been caused by vandalism.

Power was eventually restored just after 09:00, but it has created big problems across the West Midlands rail network.

Latest: Compensation for Worcestershire man rejected; Injured councillor could be in hospital for eight weeks; Second day of no play in county cricket

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

- There won't be compensation for a Worcestershire man who was wrongly convicted of attempted rape in 1996

- A Worcestershire councillor is expected to be in hospital for up to eight weeks after being badly burnt in a bonfire accident

- There's been no play in the second day of the County Championship match between Worcestershire and Kent at New Road

Pensioner given community order for indecent images of children

Hereford Times

A Herefordshire pensioner whose hoard of indecent images of children was tracked down in an international police investigation has been given a 12-month community order.

Compensation reminder for delayed passengers

London Midland says it is sorry for today's delayed or cancelled trains and is reminding passengers to claim compensation.

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Cricket called off for the day

David Bradley

BBC Hereford and Worcester cricket commentator

There will be no play today in the county championship match between Worcestershire and Kent at New Road

It's the second day running that there has been no play in what should be the opening championship match of the summer. 

The umpire has called it off for the day after an inspection.

New Road
BBC Sport

Councillor receives skin grafts

West Mercia Police say councillor Tom Wells was injured in a bonfire accident on Thursday night, not Friday as first thought.

The BBC understands Mr Wells is likely to remain in hospital for eight weeks and has already received skin grafts.

Our thoughts are with Tom and his wife. We all wish him a speedy and full recovery."

Councillor Liz TuckerLeader of the Liberal Democrats on Worcestershire County Council

Rail delays 'to last until 16:00'

London Midland says the disruption to train services to and from Birmingham New Street, believed to have been by vandalism, is expected to last until 16:00

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Latest: Victor Nealon compensation refusal; two bonfire accidents; still no play on second day at New Road

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

- A Worcestershire man who spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit has been refused compensation by the Court of Appeal   

- Two people are in hospital after bonfire accidents in Dinedor, Herefordshire and at Callow End, near Worcester

- There's been no play so far today in Worcestershire's county championship match against Kent at New Road due to heavy rain

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The chance of a bit more sunshine as the afternoon goes on.

Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

Two bonfire accidents in two days

A second bonfire accident was reported just a day later.

A woman in her 60s was badly burned when she fell into a bonfire on Saturday evening, the ambulance service said.

It is believed she slipped into the flames at Camp Farm in Dinedor, Herefordshire.

The woman was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with severe burns to her legs, stomach and hands. 

Councillor injured in bonfire accident

A Worcestershire councillor is being treated in hospital after being badly burned in a bonfire accident at his home in Callow End. 

Tom Wells, who represents the Powick District, was airlifted to the burns unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Friday night. He's expected to remain in hospital for up to eight weeks.

Cllr Tom Wells
Worcestershire County Council

Sport: No play at New Road

David Bradley

BBC Hereford and Worcester cricket commentator

There's been no play so far today in Worcestershire's county championship match against Kent at New Road

It's the scheduled second day of the game and there was no play yesterday due to a wet outfield. Heavy overnight rain has once again delayed the start of the opening game of the championship season.  

New Road
bbc

More on Victor Nealon compensation refusal

Three judges at the the Court of Appeal have dismissed a human rights challenge from Victor Nealon

He was jailed for attempted rape in 1997 at Hereford Crown Court and spent 17 years in prison - 10 more than the seven-year minimum term, as he continued to protest his innocence.

Victor Nealon
BBC

He was set free in 2013 along with Sam Hallam after appeal judges ruled that fresh DNA evidence made their convictions unsafe.  

BreakingWrongly convicted Victor Nealon refused compensation

A Worcestershire man who spent 17 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit has been refused compensation.

Victor Nealon was appealing alongside Sam Hallam against a High Court ruling that they were not entitled to compensation from the government.

Victor Nealon
BBC

Kidderminster Harriers 'could not afford ex-boss'

Kidderminster chief executive Colin Gordon says it might cost too much to bring back ex-boss Steve Burr to the club

Burr, 56, was sacked by fellow National League side Chester on 7 April. Harriers are close to relegation to National League North, lying 11 points from safety with four games to play.

Steve Burr
Empics

Hospital staff 'lying' over A&E plans

Neil Stote from the Save The Alex Campaign says that bosses at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are not being honest about the possibility of shutting the A&E unit at Redditch's hospital. 

The trust, however, says a complete closure is not currently being considered.

The trust is lying if they deny closing the A&E is an option."

Neal Stote, Save the Alex campaign

Latest: Tains returning to normal after signalling problems; claims over hospital A&E closure; woman treated for bonfire burns

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

 Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- Trains slowly returning to normal after signalling problem at Birmingham New Street this morning

  - A campaign group claims hospital bosses are looking at shutting the A&E unit at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital  

- A woman in her 60s is being treated for burns to her legs, stomach and hands at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after falling into a bonfire in Dinedor, Herefordshire on Saturday

Power restored at station

Good news for people struggling to travel on trains this morning.  

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Welling United 1 - 2 Kidderminster Harriers

Kidderminster Harriers beat Welling as two late goals kept their slim hopes of National League survival alive.

Scoresheet
BBC

Colin Gordon's side looked on course to have relegation confirmed when they trailed to Kadell Daniel's early strike with just eight minutes remaining.

But Kelvin Langmead headed in an 82nd-minute equaliser from close range.

Serious delays for rail passengers after power failure

Rail passengers in Staffordshire and Cheshire are being urged to check before they travel following a major power failure at Birmingham New Street.

Train
BBC

Network Rail said the signals stopped lighting up and there was no indication of when power could be restored.

Trains cannot get in or out of the south end of the station, with problems affecting Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry Trains, London Midland and Virgin Trains.

National Rail said major disruption was expected until 12:00.

Latest: Claims A&E 'could close'; rail chaos across region; Worcestershire man in compensation bid

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

- A campaign group claims hospital bosses are considering closing the A&E unit at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital

Power failure at Birmingham New Street is affecting rail commuters  

- A Worcestershire man who spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit will find out today whether he'll get compensation

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

A damp start to the morning. Sara Blizzard has the forecast.

Travel: Delays on rail network due to Birmingham signal issues

There are major delays on the rail network in this area this morning due to an issue with signalling at Birmingham New Street station.

Services including Virgin Trains, Cross Country and London Midland are affected - get the latest from BBC Travel.

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