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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 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.

Fire near Safari Park

Here's news of a fire next to West Midland Safari Park - about 200sq m.

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Applications still open for 'royal' road closures

"We will process road closure applications up to, but not after Friday 6 May," says Worcester City Council.

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Latest weather: A sunny end to the day

It looks like we have a dry evening ahead with temperatures of 12C (54F) at around 18:00.

Overnight we're looking at lows of 2C (36F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Malvern Hills opened up to all abilities

You can now explore the hills whatever your ability.

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Schools create Shakespearian gardens at Malvern Spring Show

RHS Malvern Spring Festival runs from 5 to 8 May.

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Latest: Factory worker injured in accident; search for a bald eagle; dinosaur painted pink

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A factory worker has been airlifted to hospital with 'serious leg injuries' after accident

- A bald eagle is on the loose in Herefordshire, after escaping during a demonstration at the weekend

- A dinosaur outside West Midland Safari Park has been painted bright pink overnight by vandals

Your pictures: Keeping Britain tidy

Year 7 students from Whitecross High School in Hereford clean up the grounds near their school. 

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Irish dancer wins scholarship

A Worcester University student has been awarded a scholarship after competing in the World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow. 

Irish dancer Laura Thompson
University of Worcester

The University has awarded 20-year-old graphic design student Laura Thompson £200 to help meet the costs of competing.

Cricket: D'Oliveira completes ton

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Brett D'Oliveira has scored his first century in the County Championship match against Essex at New Road.  

Brett D'Oliveira batting
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Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Tonight will be dry, with patchy cloud at first. This cloud is expected to go away overnight to leave lengthy clear spells through the early hours.  

Lows of 5C (41F).

Alex Hamilton with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Animal lover installs camera to find out why dozens of fish were swiped from his pond and killed

Hereford Times

An animal lover installed a camera in his garden after dozens of fish were mysteriously swiped from his garden pond and killed.  

Bald eagle on the loose in Herefordshire

Tim Race

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A bald eagle is on the loose in Herefordshire, after escaping at the weekend having been "spooked" at a demonstration.

Around Redmarley and Malvern there have been possible sightings of the bird, which has a 7ft (2m) wingspan and is described as "harmless" by her owners.

Bald eagle
Associated Press

The bird flew off from the International Centre for Birds of Prey based at Newent in Gloucestershire on Saturday.

The centre says the bird's tracking device has failed and they can no longer pinpoint her exact location.

Butterfly book aids conservation charity

A book detailing where people can see rare butterflies in the West Midlands has been released by a conservation charity.

Butterfly Conservation hopes the book will help raise awareness of endangered species like the Pearl-bordered Fritillary (pictured), as well as raising funds for the charity.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Tony Moore

By publishing this book we hope to raise awareness of the problems facing many of our butterflies, some of which are continuing to decline. We also wanted to show how, by taking effective conservation action, many species can recover and continue to flourish."

Ian DuncanButterfly Conservation

Worker airlifted to hospital after factory accident

The air ambulance has taken a worker to a major trauma centre after an accident at a factory this morning, the ambulance service says.

The accident happened at a premises in Bridge Road, Cookley, near Kidderminster, at about 08:30.

Bridge Road, Cookley
Google

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man had been injured when a high pressure hydraulic line broke, hitting him on the left leg."

He was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the spokesman added.   

Witness appeal after collision on A38 near Lydiate Ash

West Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses after six people were injured in a collision on the A38 near Lydiate Ash on Sunday.

Two drivers and four passengers were injured in the crash at around 16:00 on the Lydiate Ash to Bromsgrove Road.

Roads in the area were closed for four hours.    

Police car
BBC

Watch: Sneaky fish thief caught on video

Kelvin Skyrme, from Hereford was determined to find out who was taking the prize koi fish from his pond - so he installed a camera.

As you can see, an otter was enjoying a bit of a fishy treat.

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

Cloud will build through the day, accompanied by the odd shower. Highs of 13C (55F). 

Two pedestrians killed in car collision

Here's more on our story about the two pedestrians killed by a car in Worcestershire.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Road where crash happened
Google

Elgar Birthplace Trust holds talks with National Trust

The Elgar Birthplace Trust is in talks with the National Trust over the future operation of the heritage site near Worcester.

Elgar Birthplace Museum
Google

Both trusts have agreed to explore the possibility of the National Trust taking a "leading role in the museum for a five-year period".

Latest: 66k fine over roofing fall; Hereford racecourse reopens; cup success for Bulls

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Firm fined £66,000 after roofer falls through skylight

- Hereford racecourse reopening welcomed by BBC racing pundit

- County Challenge Cup success for Hereford FC

Work continues on new Worcester rehab unit to take pressure off city hospital

Worcester News

Work is nearing completion on a new rehab unit in Worcester which takes pressure off the city's hospital.  

Return of racing to Hereford welcomed by racing pundit

The announcement that Hereford racecourse is to reopen has been welcomed by BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght.

He says champion jockey Richard Johnson will also be delighted to have a course he can ride in his home county.

Cornelius Lysaght
BBC

[Richard Johnson] can't wait to to go to Hereford races as he lives in West Herefordshire and basically wherever he goes to race is quite a long way."

Cornelius Lysaght

Roofer who fell through a skylight says his life has been 'ruined' by preventable accident

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcester man says his life has been "completely ruined" by a preventable accident while working as a roofer. 

Lee Roberts, who's 31, fell 26ft (8m) through a skylight on a job in Kidderminster last year and worries he may never regain the use of his left arm.

Lee Roberts with his family
BBC

The company he was working for has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and fined £66,000. 

If collective protection, such as nets and guardrails, had been provided the risk of a fall would have been greatly reduced for all the employees working on the roof."

Edward FryerHSE inspector

Your pictures: Sunset over Worcester Cathedral

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This picture of the evening sky behind Worcester Cathedral comes from Dave Bright of Bright Sky Videos.

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

Worcester Cathedral
Dave Bright

Racing to come back to Hereford

Tickets go on sale today for the first races to be held at Hereford Racecourse in almost four years. 

The course closed down in 2012 after the owners, Arena Racing Company, became concerned about the venue's viability following a dispute with Herefordshire Council.

Hereford racecourse
Empics

The race meetings at Hereford are on 6 October, 31 October, 23 November and 19 December this year and another 12 meetings are promised for next year.

Cook and Westley make tons at Worcester

BBC Sport

England captain Alastair Cook made his third Essex century of 2016 as his side continues to dominate Worcestershire.

Worcestershire director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "Cook has been magnificent. He has got his third century of the season, 450 runs in four games and has looked fantastic - that's a good sign for England."

Alastair Cook
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Latest: 'Dangerous driving' arrest; fine after roofer falls through skylight; cup win for Bulls

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- 'Dangerous driving' arrest after two pedestrians killed

- Firm fined £66,000 after roofer badly injured in fall through skylight

- Cup win for Hereford FC

Middle-aged family man who dealt cocaine to 'recapture his youth' jailed

Worcester News

A middle-aged man found with almost £7,000 of drugs at his Worcester home wanted to “recapture his youth by indulging in cocaine”, his barrister told Worcester Crown Court.  

Cup success for the Bulls

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC won the HFA County Challenge Cup yesterday when they beat Westfields 5-1 at Edgar Street.

Edgar Street
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Rob Purdie put the Bulls ahead from the penalty spot, before Mike Symons and James Pilling made it 3-0 before the interval.

Sirdic Grant added a fourth for the Bulls before Blaine Waugh pulled one back for Westfields only for Jimmy Oates to round things off for Hereford with his first goal for the club when he scored from the penalty spot.

Arrest after two pedestrians die

Two pedestrians have died after they were hit by a car in Evesham, police say.

West Mercia Police says the incident happened on Longdon Hill (pictured) at about 21:40 on Sunday.

Longdon Hill Evesham
Google

The man and woman, believed to be in their 40s, died at the scene.

Police say a 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail until 16 July.

Latest: Pedestrians die after being hit by car; roofer's life 'ruined' by 'preventable' accident; racing back at Hereford

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Two pedestrians have died after being hit by a car in Evesham

- A roofer who fell through a skylight says his life has been "ruined" by an accident that could have been prevented

- Tickets go on sale today for the first race to be held at Hereford Racecourse in almost four years

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

A bright start across the West Midlands, with lengthy sunny spells at first

However, cloud will build through the day, accompanied by the odd shower. Highs of 14C (57F).