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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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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.

Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Outbreaks of rain will continue overnight, perhaps heavy at first. An increasing risk of snow over hills as cold air moves south, particularly in the northwest where rain may be more persistent.  Lows of 5C (41F).

Watch: Today's photos from across the West Midlands.

Here's a selection of photos sent in today from across the region.

Featuring views of Harecastle Tunnel in Kiddsgrove, the Peak District, the Shropshire Union Canal in Nantwich, Lightning in Pershore, Norton, Draycote Water and Gnosall.

Thanks to Twisted Mind Photography, Jonathan White, Villager Jim, JR, Mick, Ice Queen, Dave Atkinson, Dunk, Kingfisher whisperer, CliveQ and all who sent in their photos today.

Watch: Wasps a 'massive physical side' warns Ryan

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Warriors will need "the energy to compete" with Wasps as they are "a massively physical side," says director of rugby Dean Ryan.

You can hear full commentary on the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 15:00 on Saturday.

Harriers boss search 'active' - Gordon

BBC Sport

Kidderminster Harriers chief executive Colin Gordon says the club's search for a new head coach is "very active".

Gordon, 53, has been in temporary charge at the National League club since January and will not carry on in the role beyond the summer.

Colin Gordon
Kidderminster Harriers

Wyre Forest MP on Sunday Politics show

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Joining me on the show this Sunday is the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest Mark Garnier.

As the steel industry struggles on against cheap Chinese imports we’ll be finding out what the 400 plus Tata workers in the West Midlands make of the government’s rescue plan. 

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has promised action - but is he delivering?

Join me at 11:00 on BBC One.

Steel
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Kidderminster hit by yet another twister

Kidderminster Shuttle

Tornadoes have hit Worcestershire for a third time in the space of 10 days after yet another sighting in Kidderminster.  

Your comments: The things people do behind the wheel

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The story about drivers filmed by undercover police on roads around the Midlands has got you talking and we asked the question on our Facebook page, "what you had witnessed?"

- Andy Berry wrote: "Someone having a wet shave... on the M5."

- Carol Athersmith: "Saw a woman putting make up on whilst driving."

- Caroline Garbett: "White van man on M6 Toll yesterday with an iPad on the steering wheel in front of him."

Can you beat that?

Texting behind the wheel
BBC

Latest: Kidnapping arrest over Hereford 'mystery man'; house death murder arrest; The Sun calls for jailed ex-SAS man to be freed

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Kidnapping arrest in the case of "mystery man" found wandering in Hereford

- Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman's death in Evesham house

- Petition launched by The Sun to free an ex-SAS man jailed for possessing "war trophy" firearms

Hereford 'mystery man': Police closer to an identification

A man found wandering in Hereford, who has so far been only able to give the name Roger Curry, is thought to be 75 years old and from the USA, police say.

A national and international appeal was launched by police after the man was handed over to the emergency services in November last year.   

Roger Curry
West Mercia Police

Mr Curry is being cared for by Herefordshire Council.

A 50-year-old man from Taunton, Somerset, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of kidnapping and has since been released on bail, West Mercia Police say. 

Wasps team for Sixways clash with Warriors

You can hear full commentary on the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 15:00 on Saturday.

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Hereford mystery man: Police arrest a man on suspicion of kidnapping

A man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in connection with the case of a "mystery man" found wandering in Hereford last year, police say.

The "mystery man" (pictured) has only been able to give his name as Roger Curry and is being cared for by Herefordshire Council.

Roger Curry
Herefordshire Council

West Mercia Police says a 50-year-old man from Taunton, Somerset, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of kidnapping.

He has since been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until 23 June.

Your pictures: Storm clouds over Worcestershire

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This dramatic image of the storm clouds gathering over Norton in Worcestershire was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Cliveq.

I'd love to feature your photos on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Storm clouds
Cliveq

Petition launched by The Sun to free ex-SAS soldier jailed for firearm 'trophy'

A campaign has been launched by The Sun newspaper to free a former SAS soldier after he was jailed for keeping "war trophies" at his home in Hereford. 

Albert Patterson, 65, admitted possessing several firearms and ammunition without a certificate. 

Albert Patterson
West Mercia Police

So far nearly 450 people have signed the online petition to get his 15-month sentence suspended. 

Latest: Murder arrest after woman's body found; campaign launched to free jailed ex-SAS man; Warriors make five changes

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at a house in Evesham this morning

- A campaign has been launched by the Sun newspaper to free a former SAS soldier after he was jailed for keeping war trophies at his home in Hereford

- Worcester Warriors make five changes for their game against Wasps at Sixways

Driver asks nine-year-old girl to get into his van

A warning has been issued after a nine-year-old girl was approached by a driver who tried to get her into his van.

The girl was walking on Crown Meadow in Alvechurch between 20:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday when the driver of a white van stopped and asked her for directions, police say.

He then opened the passenger door and asked her to get in to show him the way.

The girl declined and ran off - police say she was "not hurt but was understandably shaken".  

Hick to fill in as Australia assistant

BBC Sport

Former Worcestershire and England batsman Graeme Hick is made Australia's assistant coach for the one-day series against West Indies.

Graeme Hick
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Piglets die in farm fire

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Ten piglets have died after a barn caught fire at Huntsham Court Farm near Symonds Yat in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Fire crews from Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, South Wales, Gloucestershire and Ledbury attended the blaze, which destroyed the large barn.

A fire investigation is being carried out, but it's thought it was caused by an electrical fault.

Rise in demand at Worcester food bank

There's been a significant increase in the number of people using Worcester's food bank. 

Organisers say the number of emergency aid parcels given out has gone up by a third over the past three months, with a total of 44 tonnes of food being delivered.  

Foodbank
PA

Full Warriors side for Wasps game

There are five changes to the side playing this derby game at Sixways.

You can hear full commentary on the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 15:00 on Saturday.

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Drivers filmed eating and texting

BBC Midlands Today

Undercover police have caught drivers eating a meal, using a phone and even watching TV on the Midlands motorway network.

More than 120 motorists are now facing prosecution which is almost double the number pulled over in a similar operation in 2015.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group spent 10 days in an HGV driving around the M6, M5 and M42.

More on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Councillor sorry after Ledbury bunting confusion

Hereford Times

A leading county councillor has refuted claims that she said red, white and blue bunting will upset foreign tourists to Ledbury.

Slideshow: Aid trip to refugees at Dunkirk

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been following a group of Hereford volunteers - including Hereford Veterans Support Group, the City of Hereford Rotary Club and the city's Mayor Elect Jim Kenyon - as they travelled to the camps near French ports delivering supplies.

I also met some of the people in the camps to find out where they've come from and why they've made the long, dangerous journey.

Evesham murder arrest; Police release details of the victim

The woman who died this morning at a house in Evesham was 53 years old and was "suffering from a cardiac arrest" when she was found, police say.

She later died at the house off Bewdley Street.

Police cordon
BBC

West Mercia Police say a 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

The identity of the victim is known, police say, but formal identification is yet to take place and a post-mortem examination will be held later.  

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A rather cloudy day, with outbreaks of showery rain, which are likely to be heavy at times, particularly over the hills. Highs of 9C (48F).

Warriors make five changes for Wasps game

There are five changes to the Warriors side for this Saturday's West Midlands derby with Wasps at Sixways.

Tom Biggs (pictured), Ryan Mills, Nick Schonert, Jaba Bregvadze and Phil Dowson are all restored to the starting line-up as Warriors chase a fourth straight home win in the Aviva Premiership.  

Tom Biggs
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You can hear full commentary on that game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 15:00.

Jailed former SAS soldier should have got pistol deactivated says fellow veteran

A former SAS solider from Hereford says a member of the regiment, who's been jailed for keeping war trophies, chose the wrong souvenir to keep of his time in the services. 

Pistols and ammunition from the Falklands War were found at Albert Patterson's home in Hereford - he's now been jailed for 15 months. 

Albert Patterson
West Mercia Police

The 66-year-old said he had taken the weapons to remind him of his 22 friends who died in the conflict. 

Lofty Wiseman, who's also from Hereford, served for 28 years and says soldiers need to think carefully about the mementos they keep.

We always kept the map we operated on and got the lads to sign it... if you want to keep a pistol get it deactivated and don't have the ammunition. Having the two is illegal and he'd paid the price."

Lofty WisemanEx SAS soldier

Teenager appears in court over canal death

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A 17-year-old has appeared in court in Worcester, charged with the manslaughter of another teenager in the city. 

Sean Stevens, who was also 17, died after being pulled from the canal near to the Bilford Road Lock in Perdiswell. 

The accused - who can't be named because of his age - did not enter a plea and has been remanded in custody. 

A provisional trial date has been set for September. 

Street sealed off after murder arrest

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Police have sealed off Rowlands Court, just off Bewdley Street in Evesham, as part of a murder investigation.

Rowlands Court, Evesham
BBC

A man in his 50s has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a woman's death.

Family of Hillsborough victim say they will continue their Anfield pilgrimage

The family of a Bromsgrove man who died at Hillsborough says today's final anniversary memorial service at Anfield should not be the last one. 

Andrew Brookes was one of the 96 victims of the disaster at an FA Cup semi-final 27 years ago today.

His sister, Louise, will be there for the last organised event and says she will continue to mark the date in future years.

Hillsborough tributes at Anfield
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[I] will always go to Anfield - whether I'm allowed to go into the ground to sit where the memorial is. That is where I believe my brother would want me to be."

Louise Brookes

Proposed link road threatens ancient woodland says charity

A proposed southern link road around Hereford will cause "devastating damage and loss" to ancient trees, according to the Woodland Trust.

The charity has objected to the plans - Herefordshire Council's latest round of public consultation on the proposal closes on Thursday, 21 April.

Graften Woods, Hereford
Woodland Trust

The southern link road would join the A49 Ross Road/Rotherwas Access Road roundabout to the A465 and the B4349 Clehonger Road.  

The trust says the proposed road will bisect Grafton Wood, an unnamed wood close to Grafton and the eight-hectare Hayleasow Wood. 

Your pictures: Lightning from the storm clouds

There was a lot of thunder and lightning about yesterday - BBC Weather Watcher Nicnocnoo caught this flash in the sky above Pershore.

I'll feature your photos on this page as well - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Lightning
Nicnocnoo

Watch: Undercover police operation catches motorway drivers breaking laws

Terry Goodwin

BBC West Midlands

A 10-day undercover police operation on the West Midlands' motorways has found drivers texting, eating and even watching TV.   

More than 120 motorists are now facing prosecution for a range of offences.That's double the number pulled over in a similar blitz last year. 

Officers such as PC Tony McKenzie from the Central Motorway Policing Group (in video) are using an unmarked HGV lorry to spot motorists driving illegally.  

Wolves have last home game before play-offs

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Wolves will tonight host Cheshire Phoenix in what will be their last home game ahead of the play-offs.  

The tip off at the University Arena this evening will be at 19:30

University Arena, Worcester
BBC

Murder arrest after police called to a house in Evesham

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man in his 50s has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a woman's death at a house in Evesham. 

West Mercia Police say they were called just before 05:50 this morning to an address in Bewdley Street (pictured) after a woman in her 50s was reported to be in cardiac arrest. 

Bewdley Street, Evesham
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Paramedics later confirmed the woman had died. 

Officers are still at the address, police say.

Latest: Murder arrest after body found; undercover operation catches bad motorway drivers; rise in demand at foodbank

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at a house in Evesham

- A undercover police operation on motorways in the West Midlands has found drivers texting, eating and even watching TV

- There's been a significant increase in the number of people using Worcester's foodbank

Travel: Car overturns at Holme Lacy

The ambulance service say they took one person to hospital in Hereford with a hand injury.

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