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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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

Bulls Wembley shop ready ahead of finals

The official Hereford FC shop in the Old Market is ready to welcome fans travelling to Wembley for the FA Vase final on Sunday, 22 May. 

Hereford FC shop
Hereford FC

Watch: Changing the perception of the travelling community

There are traveller communities in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Here's one woman's experience as councils across the West Midlands consider the need for more traveller sites.

Latest: Murder arrest over fatal stabbing; petition to free jailed ex-SAS man; jobs threat at historic firm

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A 30-year-old man remains in police custody following his arrest on suspicion of murdering a father from Hereford

- A petition to free a former SAS soldier jailed for keeping weapons as mementos of the Falklands War has so far attracted more than 100,000 signatures

- Jobs are under threat at a century-old Worcester engineering firm

Watch: Weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This evening will be dry with some good sunny spells before dusk. This will lead to a dry night, but it will become cold with a touch of frost in rural spots and perhaps a few fog patches. Lows of 5C (41F).

Pensioner threatened with knife during burglary

An 80-year-old woman was threatened with a knife in her Redditch home by a man who stole cash, police say.

According to West Mercia Police, the man forced his way into the house on Bromsgrove Road between 15:30 and 15:45 yesterday.

Queen's Head pub
Google

The intruder, who was disturbed by another family member returning home, fled with the money in the direction of the Queen's Head pub (pictured).  

Watch: A family's pride over Richard Johnson's title glory

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

I've been to the Herefordshire home of Champion Jockey elect Richard Johnson to look back at his long-held ambition to hold the title.

Thanksgiving service to take place following completion of Evesham bell tower

Evesham Journal

A service of thanksgiving to celebrate the completion of work to Evesham's bell tower is taking place with everyone welcome to attend.  

Travel: Road closure in Alfrick

The C2065 will be closed for 11 days. More from BBC Travel.

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Man arrested over Father's Day 'murder'

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a dad who was knifed to death on Father's Day.

Christian Bagley was stabbed in the arm and back under Hunderton Bridge in Hereford after visiting his daughter on 21 June. He died in hospital.  

Christian Bagley
West Mercia Police

Support solid for 'Save our Sports Hall' at Dolphin Centre

Bromsgrove Advertiser

Campaigners from the Save our Sports Hall group were out in full force on Saturday at the Dolphin Leisure Centre to raise awareness for the plans to redevelop the centre without providing a sports hall.  

Dolphin Leisure Centre, Bromsgrove
Google

Travel: Redditch trains back to normal

The earlier problems between Lichfield and Redditch have been cleared. More from BBC Travel.

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Jobs at risk as engineering company plans to go into administration

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Worcester company which has had a presence in the city for more than a century says it's planning to go into administration, putting 100 jobs at risk. 

Froude Hoffman in Worcester
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The engineering firm Froude Hofmann, based at the Blackpole trading estate, says it's experienced a period of "significant losses" and low volume orders. 

“The majority of staff have been laid off while we decide on the most appropriate course of action, which could include amongst other options, the continuation of ongoing operations and a possible sale of the underlying business and assets."

Froude Hofmann statement

Latest: Murder arrest over death of Hereford father; jobs at risk at engineering firm; MP to meet health minister over hospitals

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A 30-year-old man remains in police custody following his arrest on suspicion of murdering a father from Hereford

- A hundred jobs at risk as an engineering firm that has been in Worcester for more than a century plans to go into administration

- An MP is to meet health minister and senior NHS figures to discuss the future of Worcestershire's hospital

Rugby: Worcester Girls Under 18s into final

Worcester Girls U-18s are through to the final of the RFU Girls Cup after a 32-26 win over POW U-18 Girls.

They'll play Pulborough U-18 Girls on Sunday, 25 April, at a venue to be announced.

You can read a full match report on their semi-final win on the Worcester Warriors' website.

Your pictures: Schoolchildren's birthday card for the Queen

Julie Tyler

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

This 2m (7ft) card is currently on its way to Buckingham Palace by bicycle - Sidney Truelove, from Wellington Primary School in Herefordshire, is one of the many children who helped design it.

Giant birthday card
BBC

Health secretary to meet local MP over Worcestershire hospitals

Bromsgrove MP and government minister, Sajid Javid, is set to meet with the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the chief executive of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey, next week to discuss the future of Worcestershire's hospitals.

Alexandra Hospital, Reddich
BBC

At the meeting, which other Worcestershire MPs have been invited to attend, NHS Improvement will present its plan for securing services provided by Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust into the future.

Doctors and nurses in Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust work incredibly hard to care for patients. It's important that we have a long term plan to support their work if we are to ensure safe and reliable treatment for all."

Sajid JavidBromsgrove MP and business secretary

Jailed ex-SAS man's 'emotional attachment' to trophy pistol

The daughter of a former SAS solider who's been jailed for keeping a pistol says he has an "emotional attachment" to the weapon. 

Albert Patterson, who's 65, is serving 15 months in prison for keeping a pistol and ammunition from the Falklands War in his home in Hereford. 

Albert Patterson
West Mercia Police

Almost 90,000 people have now signed a petition for the veteran to be freed, started by The Sun newspaper. 

Twenty two of his friends died in a helicopter that was gunned down and I think the reason he had such an emotional attachment to this pistol is that he was meant to be on the helicopter and at the last minute he got taken off it."

Cheri PattersonDaughter

Kidderminster Shuttle: Man plunges from height at the former British Sugar site

Kidderminster Shuttle

A man has been airlifted to hospital after plunging from a height at the former British Sugar Site, off Stourport Road, this morning.  

Air ambulance
Phil Gudgeon

Travel: Train fault hits Redditch trains

The problems are on the line between Lichfield and Redditch.

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'Vole-friendly' wetland planned for Battlefield Brook

Work to build a new "vole-friendly" wetland around the Battlefield Brook running through Sanders Park in Bromsgrove will begin in May.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust says water from one of the storm drains will be diverted to help create the wetland, which will help provide a food source for one of only two known populations of water voles in Worcestershire.

Water vole
PA

Your pictures: Sunlight on the Malvern Hills

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This stunning photo was taken from the top of the Malvern Hills by Daniella Howard.

I'd love to feature your photos of Herefordshire and Worcestershire - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

View from the Malvern Hills
Daniella Howard

Live commentary: Lowestoft Town v Worcester City

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester City head to Lowestoft Town looking for the win that would secure their place in Vanarama North for next season.

There will be full commentary on that game on 738 AM and online from around 7.40 this evening on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Two-day journey by bike for Queen's birthday card

A 2m (7ft) high birthday card for the Queen's 90th birthday, handmade by schoolchildren in Hereford, has begun a two-day journey to Hereford by bicycle.

Will Vaughan, from a Hereford bike taxi company, plans to have the card in London by Thursday.

Bicycle taxi
BBC

It's about 150 miles (240km), so I'll split it into two days - [Hereford] to Oxford today, then we'll cruise down to London tomorrow and on Thursday I'll roll up to the palace and pop the card in."

Will VaughanBike taxi company

Man arrested on suspicion of murder following Christian Bagley stabbing

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder this morning, following the fatal stabbing of a man under a Hereford bridge, police say.

Christian Bagley, who was 30, was stabbed in the back and arm under Hunderton Bridge in the city after visiting his two-year-old daughter on Father's Day, 21 June.

West Mercia Police has released a CCTV image of another man they would like to speak to, who was seen on the riverbank and in the Costcutter on Belmont Road just after 23:30 on Saturday, 20 June.

The arrested man remains in custody, police say.

CCTV image
West Mercia Police

Man charged with sexual assault

A man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault in Hereford, police say.

The 21-year-old is charged with sexually assaulting a male, being drunk and disorderly in public and theft from a shop.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Worcester Crown Court on 11 May.

It follows an incident on Newmarket Street between 14:30 and 15:00 on Wednesday, 13 April, West Mercia Police says.

Pedal power to deliver Queen's birthday card

A giant birthday card for the Queen is on its way from Hereford to Buckingham Palace - by bicycle. 

The 2m (7ft) high origami-style card has been designed by schoolchildren especially for her 90th birthday

Bicycle taxi
BBC

A Hereford bicycle taxi company is taking it down and hopes to arrive by the big day on Thursday.

Football: Win boosts Reds' playoff hopes

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Ashley Sammons scored two first-half penalties for Redditch United, who beat Kettering Town 2-1 in a Southern League Premier Division fixture at Valley Stadium (pictured).

The Reds are up to third place in the table and need only one point from their final two matches to guarantee a playoff place.

Valley Stadium, Redditch
Google

Latest: Out-of-town retail park plans defended; police chief candidates face voters; Queen's card on its way by bike

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Developers behind plans for a new out-of-town shopping centre say it won't steal trade from Worcester city centre, despite traders' concerns

- The six candidates standing for West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner have taken question from voters in a Worcester pub

- A giant birthday card for the Queen is on its way from Hereford to Buckingham Palace by bicycle

Voters question police chief candidates in Worcester pub

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I was at the Cap and Gown pub in Worcester last night where the six candidates for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner took questions from voters.

PCC debate in a pub in Worcester
BBC

The candidates faced a wide range of questions from the audience, from how the force treated women to whether each candidate would support sharing a chief constable with Warwickshire to save money.

Cricket: Worcestershire stage 'practice' game

After their game against Kent last week was washed out without a ball being bowled, Worcestershire are staging a 50-over game at New Road today.

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City centre traders vow to fight out-of-town retail park plans

Campaigners opposed to plans for a new shopping centre between Junction 6 and 7 of the M5 say it will put shoppers off visiting Worcester and other nearby towns, as well as driving away big high street names. 

If the plans are approved, the Worcester Woods retail park would see a new John Lewis Home, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury's built off Newtown Road, near the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. 

Proposed site for new retail park
Google

Worcester BID, who represents local traders in the city, says it'll appeal the decision if it gets approval. 

There's still no date for the planning application to go before city councillors. 

Armed officers deployed after robbery at bookmakers

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Firearms officers were deployed to reports of an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Redditch. 

Police were called to William Hill on Batchley Road yesterday afternoon after a man, who was reportedly armed with a handgun, made off with £500 cash. 

West Mercia Police say the suspect is still at large.

Latest: Traders fight retail park plans; murder charge man in court; armed officers deployed after bookies robbery

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Worcester traders fight plans for out-of-town retail park

- A man is due to appear at Worcester Crown Court today charged with murder following the death of a woman in Evesham

- Firearms officers were deployed after a robbery at a bookmakers in Redditch

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a cold but a bright start to the day. We'll see sunny spells last into the afternoon with some fair weather cloud building through the day.  Highs of 13C (55F).

Travel: Lane closed on M5 southbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M5 southbound between J4a (M42) and J5 (Droitwich) because of a broken-down vehicle. More from BBC Travel.