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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 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.

Hereford FC: Bulls win their first promotion since reforming as new club

BBC Sport

"We did it in the manner we've played all season," Hereford FC's manager Peter Beadle (pictured) told BBC Sport. 

 "I really could not heap enough praise on the players at what they've done," he added.

Read the full story.

Peter Beadle
BBC

Disabled Evesham girl walks again as she continues her battle at fundraising May Fayre

Worcester News

A brave young girl born with a disability is literally making huge strides as she defies all odds to walk for the first time.  

Watch: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Wintry showers will gradually die away during the evening to leave a dry night for most. Some lengthy clear spells will lead to a cold night with widespread frost and perhaps patchy ice forming by dawn. Lows of 2C (36F).

Is 'Mrs Shakspaire’ related to the Bard? That is the question

Two fragments of a letter to a "Mrs Shakspaire" found in the library of a Herefordshire school are being analysed by experts to see whether they have a connection to William Shakespeare. 

'Shakespeare' letter
Hereford Cathedral

The letter was found in a book at Lady Hawkins’ School, Kington, which is now looked after by Hereford Cathedral.

"The writer implores the widow Shakspaire to pay a penniless orphan boy named John Butts money owing to him from her late husband," says Dr Rosemary Firman, the cathedral librarian.

It's now thought unlikely that this "Mrs Shakspaire" was Anne Hathaway, but the cathedral is keen to know whether there are connections to the Bard's wider family.

Latest: 'Anger and bitterness' over Hillsborough delays; Two job blows for local businesses; Firearms charges after bookmakers robbed

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Hillsborough victim's sister "angry and bitter" over long wait for unlawful killing verdicts

- Jobs blow at engineering company and men's clothing chain.

- Man charged with robbery and firearms offences after bookmakers raided

Man charged over robberies at bookmakers

A 40-year-old man has been charged in connection with two robberies at bookmakers in Redditch, police say.

West Mercia Police says the man has been charged with two counts of robbery, and two counts of possession of a firearm.

He appeared before Worcester Magistrates' Court on Friday and was remanded in custody to appear before Worcester Crown Court on Monday, 23 May  

Watch: Moving to Bulls 'the best decision I ever made'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC's striker, Mike Symons, says coming to the club was "probably the best decision I ever made".

The club has clinched the league title and still has a Wembley appearance to come later this season in the FA Vase final on Sunday, 22 April.

Fatal motorway crash: Police appeal for witnesses

The police are appealing for witnesses after a man died when his car hit the crash barrier on the westbound carriageway of the M50.

West Mercia Police says no other cars were involved in the accident, which happened between J1 (Malvern) and J2 (Ledbury) at about 10:20 on Saturday.

Hillsborough verdict: Victim's sister 'angry and bitter'

The sister of a victim of the Hillsborough disaster says she is "angry and bitter" that it has taken so long for "the truth to come out".

The jury in the two-years-long inquest found the 96 Liverpool fans who died were unlawfully killed. Among them was Bromsgrove man, Andrew Brookes.

Obviously I'm really happy that we've got the unlawful killing verdict, however I am really, really angry and really, really bitter that it's taken 27 years for the truth to come out

Louise Brookes, sister of Hillsborough victim
Hillsborough relatives
Reuters

Latest: Hillsborough relative calls for 'criminal prosecutions'; 80 jobs go at engineering firm; cycling stars back Varnish

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- The sister of a man from Bromsgrove who died in the Hillsborough disaster says there needs to be "criminal prosecutions"

- Administrators running Worcester engineering firm lay off 80 workers

- Victoria Pendleton and Nicole Cooke have both criticised British Cycling following sexism allegations made by Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish

Phone line equipment 'deliberately set on fire'

Fire damage to phone line equipment in north Worcestershire is being investigated by police.

The West Mercia force says it has reports of telephone junction boxes being damaged in the Waresley, Hartlebury and Rock areas of the county between Friday 22 April and Monday 25 April.

The damage was initially thought to be due to an electrical fault. It is now suspected that the boxes have been deliberately damaged and set alight, a spokesman says. 

We do "a hell of a lot" to help the vulnerable, says council leader after criticism on home care

Evesham Journal

Claims vulnerable people are treated "like cattle" in Worcestershire have been refuted by council chiefs - who say more cash is being spent on them than ever.  

Jess Varnish: Rider explains reasons for British Cycling criticism

Jess Varnish says she spoke out against British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton with the hope of changing attitudes at the organisation.

Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish
Getty Images

The 25-year-old, recently dropped from the Great Britain team, alleged that Sutton made sexist comments and told her to "go and have a baby".

"I want to change the culture and their treatment of women," said the Worcestershire-born rider.

Sutton, 58, denies any wrongdoing following Varnish's allegations and says British Cycling did not renew her contract because her times had slowed over the past three years.  

Austin Reed enters administration

BBC Business Live

Austin Reed, which has a branch in Worcester at House of Fraser, has entered administration, putting almost 1,200 jobs at risk.

Austin Reed shirt
PA

A statement from the administrators blamed a "challenging" retail market and cash flow difficulties.  

Austin Reed began in 1900 as a tailor and counted Winston Churchill as a customer.  

Watch: 'Not safe, not fair' says junior doctor

Julie Tyler

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I met up with Hannah Currie, one of the junior doctors striking in Hereford, who told me why she is taking industrial action.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the strike as a "very, very bleak day" for the NHS, but says no union has the right to stop a government trying to act on a manifesto promise.  

Have your say on school changes

Herefordshire Council wants your views of planned changes at Colwall Primary School, near Malvern.

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Junior doctors' strike: Operations cancelled

The trusts running hospitals in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have released figures for the number of cancelled operations and rearranged outpatient appointments over the two days of the strike.

Number of operations cancelled in Herefordshire and Worcestershire
BBC

Eighty jobs to go at engineering firm

Administrators for the Worcester-based engineering company Froude Hofmann have announced today that 80 workers are to be made redundant.

Froude Hofmann
BBC

The company, which designs, manufactures and supplies a range of testing systems in the automotive, gas turbine, marine and industrial sectors, announced last week that it was assessing its future amid losses and a weak order book. 

Administrators Poppleton & Appleby said it is "vigorously pursuing" a buyer for the company "locally, nationally and globally".

Such is the position of the company that we have had no choice but to make around 80 workers redundant. We are liaising with the Department of Work and Pensions and have met with MP Robin Walker to do everything we can to help the staff find new work."

Andy TurpinPoppleton & Appleby

Your pictures: Bulls celebrate championship

Hereford FC proudly celebrate the club clinching the Midland Football League Championship outside their Edgar Street ground.

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Junior doctors' strike: NHS is 'open for business'

The medical director at the trust running hospitals in Herefordshire says the NHS is "open for business" during the two-day strike by junior doctors.

Hereford County Hospital
Google

Dr Susan Gilby says essential care will be provided by senior staff so patients in need of urgent and emergency care will "continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it". 

The message is clear - the NHS is open for business, but we're asking local people to use it wisely at this very challenging time as some services may change and some may be busier than usual."

Dr Susan GilbyMedical director at Wye Valley NHS Trust

Junior doctors' strike: Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I'll be bringing you the latest from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, where junior doctors are beginning their latest two-day strike - for the first time they will not be providing emergency cover.

Doctor's on picket line at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch
BBC

Bulls' bull is on his way to Wembley

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC's mascot - Ronaldo the bull (pictured) - will be allowed to parade around the pitch ahead of the club's FA Vase final on 22 May.

Ronaldo the bull
Herefordshire FA

The Football Association has given permission for Ronaldo to make the trip to London for the game, which sees Hereford FC take on Morpeth Town.

Latest: Operations cancelled as doctors strike; struggle of Hillsborough victim's sister; Bulls are champions

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- The junior doctors' strike sees 114 operations cancelled in Herefordshire and Worcestershire

- The sister of a Bromsgrove victim of the Hillsborough disaster says she's "struggled" as the inquest jury prepares to deliver its verdict

- Hereford FC have won the Midland Football League Championship

Clarke ton aids Worcestershire recovery

BBC Sport

Joe Clarke makes a century after Moeen Ali's 74 as Worcestershire fight back against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The 19-year-old England Lions batsman made 103 not out in an unbroken stand of 135 with wicketkeeper Ben Cox.  

Worcestershire and England Lions batsman Joe Clarke
Getty Images

Watch: Why are junior doctors on strike?

BBC News England

The first all-out doctors' strike in NHS history has begun in England.

Thousands of junior doctors walked out of both routine and emergency care at 08:00 in protest at the imposition of a new contract from the summer.

Worcester News front page: Dirty needles on the school run

Dirty used needles were discovered by a disgusted mum and her young daughter along a busy road while on the school run.  

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Tree planting mistake 'a farce'

A campaigner who fought to save a town's "historical" London planes said their replacement with the wrong trees was the latest stage in "a farce". 

Trees in Broad Street, Pershore
BBC

The planes in Broad Street, Pershore, were felled last month after the county council said they were hazardous. 

But crab apple trees put in their place have themselves been removed, with the council saying the fruit from the "wrong species" could be a "slip hazard".

A third lot now stands in Broad Street, but there is uncertainty over how long they will remain.

We'll just see how long these trees last because it's a total farce."

Shirley AggCampaigner

Junior doctors' strike: Picket line in Worcester

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I'm at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital where junior doctors have walked out at the start of their latest two-day strike - their first where they will not be providing emergency cover.

Doctor's picket line at Worcestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

Bulls secure championship with emphatic win

Hereford FC are champions of the Midland Football League - they were 4-0 winners at Coventry Sphinx last night and so wrapped up the title with a game to spare. 

The Bulls' manager, Pete Beadle, felt this was reward for his players' hard work throughout what was always going to be a difficult season.

[The players] have shown over recent weeks they can mix it up and play in a lot of ways that people thought we'd fall down on - some of the pitches we've played on aren't great, some of the teams are quite robust, but every one of them has stood up to the challenge."

Pete BeadleHereford FC manager

'It's going to be very hard' - Hillsborough victim's sister

The sister of a Bromsgrove man who died in the Hillsborough disaster says it will be hard to no longer see the families of the other victims once the jury delivers its verdict at the end of a two-year inquest.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

Andrew Brookes was one of 96 victims at the FA Cup semi final in 1989. 

It's been like a job - it's going to be very hard [when] we haven't got a reason to come to court every day, and I struggle with that."

Louise BrookesSister of Hillsborough victim

Latest: Junior doctors go on strike; Hillsborough victim's relative prepares for verdict; Trees dug up for a second time

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Junior doctors at local hospitals will not be providing emergency cover as they go on strike

-  The sister of a Hillsborough victim who was from Bromsgrove prepares for the inquest jury to deliver its verdict

- Trees lining Pershore's Broad Street have had to be dug up for a second time after the wrong type was planted

Travel: Congestion on the A449 in north Worcestershire

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A449 Worcester Road in Torton at the A450 Worcester Road junction, in the roadworks area. More from BBC Travel.