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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

Watch: The weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out on Thursday afternoon. These will slowly ease and die away this evening to leave a mostly dry and cloudy night for many. Lows of 9C (48F).

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway raises £250k for 'last mile' in Broadway

The £250,000 raised in the first week of a share issue by a heritage rail line has come from a "mixture of supporters and local people as well as railway enthusiasts", the group says.

Broadway station in 1960

The public share offer - called Broadway: The Last Mile - aims to raise funds to buy rail and ballast, complete civil engineering works, and install the infrastructure of a new station in Broadway.

It would enable trains to be run into the town for the "first time in more than half a century".

We've come to the end of the era of the trainspotter image, this is a serious business and a significant contributor to the tourist economy of the Cotswolds."

Ian CrowderGloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Waiting times in A&E a symptom of "a failing NHS" says Patients Association

Missed waiting times in A&E departments "indicate a failing NHS which needs more funding, resources and frontline staff," according to the Patients Association.

The target is for 95% of patients at A&E to be seen within four hours - the figure for Herefordshire in February was 79.8% and for Worcestershire just 74.5%.

A&E department

We have had many calls from patients and families who have had to wait on trolleys for an excessive amount of time."

Katherine MurphyChief executive of the Patients Association

Watch: Behind the scenes at new railway station

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

I've been allowed to film behind the scenes at Bromsgrove's long-awaited new railway station, which is due to open next month.

Richard Dougdale, Project Sponsor for Network Rail, said workers had encountered a few problems along the way. The station had been due to open in November 2015.  

Man dies after head-on crash in Worcestershire

A man has died after the car he was a passenger in was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry, police say.

West Mercia Police say the fatal crash happened at about 06:35 on the A443 near Lindridge in Worcestershire.

Michael John Healey, 32, from Leominster, was airlifted to hospital where he later died. 

The driver of the car, a woman in her late teens, was taken to hospital by land ambulance where she remains in a serious but stable condition, a spokesman said.

Latest; Former SAS man jailed for 'war trophy' weapons; man dies after head-on crash; by-pass plans agreed

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A former SAS soldier has been jailed for 15 months after war trophies were found at his home in Hereford

- A man has died after a head-on crash between a car and a lorry in Worcestershire

- Plans for the new link road on the west side of the Hereford have been included in a 15-year transport strategy agreed by the council

Western bypass for Hereford by 2027 plan

Hereford could get its long awaited by-pass within the next 11 years, after Herefordshire Council today agreed its transport strategy. 

The 15-year plan includes a western by-pass around the city - it also emphasises the need for more pedestrian and cycle routes and more rural bus services. 

Weather: Storms making their towards the Midlands

This weather map shows how stormy weather is affecting a swathe of southern England from east to west and heading towards the Midlands.    

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Travel: Rail service back to normal in north Worcestershire

BBC Travel

Services through Alvechurch and Redditch were being delayed. More from BBC Travel.

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Former SAS man jailed for war trophy firearms

Joe Baldwin

News Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A former SAS soldier has been jailed for 15 months after firearms kept as war trophies were found at his home in Hereford. 

Albert Patterson, 66, was sentenced at Hereford Crown Court yesterday after admitting possessing several firearms without a certificate, and possessing prohibited ammunition.

Albert Patterson
West Mercia Police

Rare fish saved as part of restoration of historic water mill

You can read the full story of the restoration of the 18th Century Mortimer's Cross water mill in Herefordshire, and how the lamprey in the River Lugg were saved during the work, in this blog from the Environment Agency's Brecht Morris.

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Watch: Model hits back at internet 'trolls'

BBC Midlands Today

A model from Worcestershire, who campaigns for positive body images of women is hitting the headlines for standing up to internet trolls.  

Iskra Lawrence from Kidderminster is a size 14, was accused of being "fat" after she posted images on social media. 

Travel: Train delays in north Worcestershire

BBC Travel

Services through Alvechutch and Redditch are affected. More from BBC Travel.

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Man airlifted to hospital after head-on crash

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man has been flown to hospital with serious injuries after his car collided head on with a lorry in Worcestershire this morning. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service say the man and a women, who're both in their 20s, had to be cut free from the wreckage after the crash on the A443 at Lindridge, near Tenbury Wells. 

The man was flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with "significant chest and head injuries", the ambulance service said.

The woman was to taken to the Worcestershire Royal with abdominal, pelvic and facial injuries.  

Latest: Man flown to hospital after head-on crash; Hereford bypass a step closer; A&E targets missed

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A man has been flown to hospital with serious injuries after his car crashed head on into a lorry in Worcestershire this morning

- Plans for a Hereford bypass included in Herefordshire Council's 15-year transport strategy

- The latest A&E waiting times in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are again worse than the national average

Broadway station; How it looked when it first opened

Here's how Broadway station looked when it opened in 1906. 

The station will reopen in 2018, if the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway can raise the £1.25m needed.

Broadway station in 1906

A share issue to pay for the work has raised £250,000 in its first week.

Fly-tippers sought by police

This rubbish was left strewn across the road in Harvington, near Evesham.

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A&E closure rumour denied by hospital trust

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The trust running Worcestershire's hospitals has again denied claims by campaigners that it's planning to end A&E services at the Alexandra Hospital. 

Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

The Save the Alex group has given BBC Hereford & Worcester a leaked document detailing the minutes of a meeting between health bosses, which appears to suggest it's only possible to sustain one A&E unit in the county. 

But Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says it has no plans to downgrade services at the Redditch hospital and the minutes refer to hypothetical plans, which may be implemented if it became necessary to do so in the future.  

Watch: Frustration over disruption at Bromsgrove station

Cath Mackie

BBC News Online

Commuters in Bromsgrove have said they're fed up with continual problems at the train station.    

The BBC has learned that plans for more frequent trains to Birmingham have been pushed back following delays in completing a new station in the town. 

The line is due to close for 13 days in October to allow work on the new facility.    

Moeen boost for Worcestershire

"The beard to be feared", as supporters call Moeen Ali, will be available for three Specsavers County Championship games, Worcestershire has announced.

Moeen Ali
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Kidderminster Shuttle front page: Flying Scotsman tickets apology

Kidderminster Shuttle

This week's Kidderminster Shuttle is reporting on an apology from the Severn Valley Railway after demand for Flying Scotsman tickets crashed the heritage line's website.

Kidderminster Shuttle front page
Kidderminster Shuttle

Travel: London Road in Worcester to close

The closure, from 20:00, is to allow for work on the access to the new Waitrose supermarket.

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Campaign to keep last pub in village open

The Campaign for Real Ale, which is backing a group of Worcestershire villagers who are considering keeping the last pub in their village open by taking it over themselves, says it's important to keep important parts of the community alive. 

Brewers Arms, West Malvern

The Brewer's Arms, in West Malvern (pictured), closed last week after the landlords decided they couldn't afford to keep it going.

Villagers now want to turn it into a community asset and run it themselves.

Latest: A&E closure rumours denied; heritage line share issue success; Moeen back for three games

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- The trust running Worcestershire's hospitals has again denied claims by campaigners that it's planning to end A&E services at the Alexandra Hospital

- Heritage line share issue raises £250,000 in a week

- Moeen Ali available for three Worcestershire games

Broadway station share issue: Public response 'breathtaking'

The sale of £250,000 worth of shares in a single week is "breathtaking" according to the heritage railway line hoping to raise £1.25m to reopen Broadway station.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) hope to open the station in 2018.

Broadway station

If share applications continue to hit the railway's doormat at this rate – over £35,000 per day – we will achieve our target in weeks rather than months."

Chris BristowFinance director of GWSR

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There's a yellow warning for heavy rain, which is expected in the region from 13:00. Highs of 13C (55F).

Bulls seven points clear at the top of the league

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC last night moved seven points clear at the top of the Midland Football League when they won 5-1 at Continental Star.

John Mills scored twice, while Mustapha Bundu (pictured right), Anthony Robbins and Joe Tumulty (pictured left) were also on target.

Joe Tumelty (L) and Mustapha Bundu
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Popham air crash deaths: Father told son to 'brace'

BBC News England

A father told his young son to "brace" moments before the aircraft he was flying crashed into trees, killing him and his wife, an inquest has heard.

Lewis and Sally Tonkinson, from Cookhill in Worcestershire, died when their Alpi Pioneer came down in Blackwood Forest, near Popham airfield in Hampshire.

Lewis and Sally Tonkinson
Tonkinson family

Their six-year-old son, George, was seriously injured but survived. 

Jurors concluded the pilot encountered poor weather conditions and a technical problem with the aircraft engine. 

A&E waiting times hit record levels

For the second month in a row, delays in accident and emergency units in England have hit record levels.

Figures for February from NHS England show 87.8% of patients were dealt with within four hours - the target is 95%.

Here are the figures for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Waiting times figures

The figures improve slightly when minor injuries units are taken into account - the figures for Herefordshire then becomes 88.5% of patients seen with four hours - for Worcestershire the figure is 82.8%.

Travel: A443 may be closed all morning after crash

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Drivers using the A443 near Lindridge in Worcestershire are advised to check their travel plans, with part of the road closed due to a serious crash this morning. 

Police, ambulance and fire services were called following reports of a collision between a car and a lorry at about 06:30. 

The road between Newnham Bridge and Abberley is expected to be closed for most of this morning. More from BBC Travel.

Worcester News front page: Attack of the gulls

Worcester News

A shocked Worcester woman has told of a terrifying encounter with a "vicious" seagull that drew blood and left her with cuts to her hand

Worcester News front page
Worcester News front page

Latest: Commuters face electrification disruption: heritage line share issue raises £250,000; Bulls extend their lead

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

-  Commuters face disruption later this year as the line to Bromsgrove is electrified

- Share issue to reopen a Worcestershire railway station raises £250,000

- Hereford FC go seven points clear at the top of the league

Heritage line share issue raises £250,000 in its first week

A share issue to reopen the station in Broadway has raised £250,000 in its first week.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway needs to raise £1.25m to complete the last mile of track to Broadway station and finish construction of the station itself.  

Artist's impression of the new Broadway station

The station closed in 1960 and the line to Cheltenham in 1979.

Cocaine driver caught 25 times over drug limit

BBC News England

A woman high on cocaine who was caught 25 times over the drug-driving limit has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned from driving.

Person taking cocaine

Zoe Davies was pulled over by police in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, because her MOT had expired.

But officers carried out a roadside drug test and discovered the 42-year-old was high on the Class A drug.

Rail commuters in Bromsgrove face more delays

Delays completing Bromsgrove's new £17m station have pushed back the electrification of the line.

Commuters will face more disruption when the line is closed for 13 days in October for major engineering work.

Rail lines

London Midland say alternative travel plans for October have "yet to be finalised" and will be published 12 weeks before any work starts.

The operator says it will "look to keep the inconvenience to a minimum".

Network Rail said electrification was the "end game" and needed the old station to be closed before work could be completed.

Travel: 'Serious' crash on the A443 in Worcestershire

BBC Travel

Police are at the scene on the collision on the A443 near Lindridge. More from BBC Travel.

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