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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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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, after the May bank holiday.   

Watch: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Showers generally fading through the evening, though a few likely persisting in the northwest. 

Clear spells for many parts with winds easing to allow some patchy fog. Lows of 3C (37F).

On BBC Midlands Today this evening: Doctors leading way on rare genetic condition

Kevin Reide

Midlands Today

About 6,000 children are born in the UK each year with a syndrome without a name - a genetic condition so rare that it's often impossible to diagnose. 

Child
BBC

Now doctors here in the Midlands are leading the way by offering help and support to thousands of families who are desperate for answers. 

I've been at the first clinic for such children and you'll see my report on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: 'Don't just use chilli to blow your head off'

This weekend there's a chilli festival at Eastnor Castle near Ledbury in Herefordshire.

Here are some tips from chef Felice Tocchini at Fusion Brasserie, at Stoulton near Worcester, who says chilli doesn't have to "blow your head off".    

Police chief election: Live debate between candidates

On Tuesday you can hear a live debate on BBC Hereford & Worcester between the candidates who want to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Mercia force.

All six candidates will be taking part - the vote is on Thursday.

PCC graphic
BBC

The successful candidate will manage a budget of more than £200m.

Historic Ledbury House named building of the year

The historic Master's House in Ledbury has been named Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) West Midlands.

The building is a late medieval timber-framed open-hall house, which was originally part of a hospital - it has been restored by Herefordshire Council, who own it.  

Master's House, Ledbury
Herefordshire Council

Our Building of the year award sponsored by @MarleyEternit is The Master’s House @HfdsCouncil by @ButlerHegarty #RIBAAwards #BestinWM

Get your bid in for Worcester's £63m Carrington Bridge dualling, urges Transport Secretary

Worcester News

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has given his clearest hint yet that Worcester's Carrington Bridge will be dualled – after throwing his weight behind the £63 million project  

Burglar steals 'a significant quantity of cash' from pensioner

A 74-year-old woman has had "a significant quantity of cash and some jewellery" stolen after a burglar broke into her house, police say.

West Mercia Police say the break-in happened at the woman's home on Hurcott Road in Kidderminster on Tuesday, sometime between 14:00 and 16:20.

Rugby: Tuilagi to miss Warriors' game

Leicester will be without Manu Tuilagi and Freddie Burns for the visit of the Warriors. 

Tuilagi tweaked knee medial ligaments in the Champions Cup defeat by Racing and is replaced by Adam Thompstone.

Manu Tuilagi
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Latest: Illegal workers arrests: vandals target traffic lights; memorial to cricketing legend

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Immigration officers raid two shops in Worcester and arrest two suspected illegal workers

- The police are investigating a spate of vandalism in the village of Hartlebury which has seen traffic lights targetted

- A thanksgiving service has been held for the Worcestershire and England cricketer Tom Graveney

Your pictures: These students aren't clueless

Not your typical group of students.

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Travel: Temporary lights on Bath Road Worcester to stay over the weekend

Even though no-one will be working over the weekend, the gas pipes need venting, the council says. 

More from BBC Travel.

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Family tribute to 'wonderful son and doting father'

The family of a motorcyclist who died in a crash with a car have described him as "the world's most doting father, a loving and wonderful son and brother".

Robert Loach, who was 27 and from Redditch, died on 25 April, on the A3400 Stratford Road.  

Robert Loach
Family photo

He leaves a partner and two children aged one and three.  

Watch: Management handover 'no problem'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster Harriers’ chief executive, Colin Gordon, insists he will have no problem in handing over the reins to new manager John Eustace.

Gordon has been running first-team affairs at Aggborough since the departure of Dave Hockaday in January and will take charge for the final time when Harriers head to Southport on Saturday, 30 April. (kick off: 15:00).

He says John Eustace has made it clear that all dressing room matters will be his preserve, but Gordon says this will not be an issue as his main priority will be to generate increased revenue streams for the club.

Two arrested and shops warned over illegal workers

Two men have been arrested after immigration enforcement officers raided two shops in Worcester, the Home Office says.

A 26-year-old Indian man was arrested for overstaying his visit visa. He has been detained pending removal from the UK. 

A 28-year-old Indian man was arrested as he had entered the country without leave. He has been ordered to report regularly to the Home Office while his case is dealt with.

Two branches of Nisa Local were served notices warning that a penalty of up to £20,000 for employing an illegal worker could be imposed, the Home Office says.

Travel: Still severe delays on the M5 northbound

BBC Travel

Two lanes are still closed on the M5 northbound between J3 (Halesowen) and J2 (Oldbury) because of an oil spillage - drivers are warned it is taking about 45 minutes to travel through the area. 

More from BBC Travel.

Man charged with drink driving after shopping centre crash

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A 22-year-old man has been charged with drink driving following a crash in a Worcester shopping centre this morning, police say.

Crashed car
West Mercia Police

He was charged after a car crashed into a pillar at the entrance to Crowngate in Broad Street.

The ambulance service have confirmed they took one person to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with chest and arm injuries after the crash at 04:30.    

Latest: Illegal immigration arrests; Man charge after shopping centre crash: Memorial service for cricketing legend

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Two suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested in Worcester 

- Drink drive charge after car crashes into shopping centre entrance

- Memorial service held for cricket legend Tom Graveney

Your pictures: Storm clouds over Worcester

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Nick Sturdy took this photo, identifying these as mammatus clouds.

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

Storm clouds
Nick Sturdy

Plan to remove weir outside Worcester defended

The Environment Agency has defended plans to remove a weir from the River Teme near Worcester, after facing opposition from anglers. 

Powick weir
Environment Agency

The agency wants to remove Powick weir to help the endangered Twaite Shad fish, but local anglers claim the resulting drop in water levels will "decimate" other fish stocks. 

While admitting the river will be permanently changed, Chris Bainger from the Agency insists it's the right thing to do.

If we try to put a fish pass in to allow them to migrate past it, they are not always a success, whereas taking the weir away allows the river to return to what we call a natural process."

Chris BaingerEnvironment Agency

Household can't take "economic shock" of Brexit says MP

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Most households won't be able to take the economic shock of Britain leaving the EU, according to Mark Garnier, the MP for the Wyre Forest.

He is the economics spokesperson for the Conservative Remain Campaign, and claims leaving could cost the average household £300.

More than half of British households can't pay an unexpected £300 bill, so the question we have to ask ourselves is are households in a position to take another economic shock, and I don't think they are."

Mark Garnier MPConservative Remain Campaign

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A breezy and chilly day with sunny spells and scattered showers, these likely locally heavy and wintry with a risk of hail and thunder. Highs of 10C (50F). 

Search for absconding prisoner

A prisoner who absconded from HMP Hewell Redditch yesterday morning is being hunted by police.

Andrew Dawson, 36, has served two years of a seven-year-four-month sentence for customs offences, officers asy.

Andrew Dawson
West Mercia Police

Latest: Hunt for absconding prisoner; fundraising for Peru coma man; memorial service for cricketing legend

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

- West Mercia Police are trying to trace a prisoner who's absconded from HMP Hewell in Redditch

- The family and friends of a former Hereford man who's in a coma in Peru are raising money so that he can be flown back to the UK for treatment

- A memorial service is being held at Worcester Cathedral this afternoon for cricketing legend Tom Graveney

Vote for City's goal of the season

You can cast your vote from 17:00 tonight.

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No 'proper checks' on immigration says UKIP leader

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I met the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, who was visiting Worcester last night.

He claimed that subsidies to farmers could be maintained, even in Britain leaves the EU.

He also said that although the economic impact of Britain leaving was a big issue for the public it wasn't "the only game in town".

Matthew Bone and Nigel Farage
BBC

[The economy] is vitally important - but what is incontrovertible is we cannot control immigration numbers, we can't do proper checks on who is coming into Britain."

Nigel FarageUKIP leader

Watch: Why anglers want a Worcester weir to stay

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to meet angler Lawrence Breakspear who's campaigning against Environment Agency plans to remove the weir at Powick, just outside Worcester.

Travel: Long delays on M5 northbound

BBC Travel

It's taking 40 minutes for traffic to make the journey between J3 (Halesowen) and J2 (Oldbury) - two lanes on the M5 northbound have been closed after a fuel spillage. More from BBC Travel.

Your pictures: Storm clouds over Malvern

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

It may be bright and sunny now but Kate Chester-Lamb caught these storm clouds over the Malvern Hills.

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

Storm clouds
Kate Chester-Lamb

Memorial service for cricketing legend

Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Tim Rice and Lord Mervyn King are just some of the people who'll be at Worcester Cathedral this afternoon to pay tribute to the former Worcestershire and England cricket star Tom Graveney

The cricketing legend died in November, aged 88.

The service, which is open to everyone, starts at 14:30. 

Tom Graveney
Getty Images

Travel: Train services back to normal between Worcester and Hereford

The closure was caused by "trespassers" on the line.

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Travel: Trains suspended between Worcester and Malvern by 'trespassers'

Trespassers on the line at Henwick have stopped trains in both directions between Worcester and Hereford.

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Anger over plans to remove Worcester weir

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Anglers are demanding the Environment Agency rethinks its plans to remove part of the Powick Weir near Worcester to help one breed of migrating fish to spawn.

Anglers at Bromyard weir
BBC

The agency wants to help an endangered fish called the Twaite Shad reach more than 200km (124m) of its historic spawning and nursery habitats to help the fish increase its population. 

But angler Lawrence Breakspear (pictured left), who started the Save Powick Weir Facebook group, says the move could "decimate'" other fish stock with the water level elsewhere dropping by at least 1m (3ft). 

Latest: Fundraising for Peru coma man; D-Day veteran's polgrimage; memorial service for cricket legend

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- The family and friends of a Hereford man who's in a coma in Peru are raising money to fly him back to the UK for treatment

- D-Day veteran plans a return trip to the Normandy beaches to pay tribute to fallen friends

- Stars will turn out at Worcester Cathedral this afternoon to pay tribute to the former Worcestershire and England cricket star Tom Graveney

Travel: Train delays due to signalling failure

Services between Redditch and Lichfield are being affected. More from BBC Travel.

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Travel: Serious delays on the M5 northbound

BBC Travel

An accident has closed two lanes on the M5 northbound between J3 (Haleswoen) and J2 (Oldbury), and there is already queueing traffic. More from BBC Travel.

Car crashes into shopping centre

A car has crashed into one of the pillars at the entrance to the Crowngate shopping centre in Worcester.

Crashed car
West Mercia Police

South Worcestershire Police say it happened at 04:30 this morning in Broad Street, Worcester.

We'll bring you more details as we get them.

Watch: Bulls pick up league trophy

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC fans got the chance to cheer their team as they were presented with the Midland Football League Championship trophy after their game against Stourport Swifts.