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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Andrew Dawkins

All times stated are UK

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

Watch: Farmer's war memorabilia collection going on sale

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A hoard of war memorabilia owned by Worcestershire farmer John Hancocks is going on sale this month.   

The 85-year-old, who's retired from running his dairy farm, has been collecting plane parts, uniforms, decommissioned weapons and household items from World War Two since the 1940s.  

Kohler-Cadmore ton as Worcestershire and Essex draw

BBC Sport

Tom Kohler-Cadmore becomes the fourth centurion of the match as Worcestershire drew with Division Two leaders Essex.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Getty Images

Watch: The weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

This evening will be dry with some good sunny spells before dusk. This will give a dry night with clear skies, leading to a chilly night, especially in more prone spots. Lows of 2C (36F). 

Watch: Hillsborough victim's Bromsgrove sister fears for future

BBC Midlands Today

A woman from Bromsgrove whose brother died at Hillsborough said she's "petrified" for the future having spent so long fighting for justice.  

Louise Brookes has devoted 27 years trying to find out what happened to her brother Andrew Brookes, who was one of 96 fans who lost their lives. In April, an inquest jury found they were unlawfully killed.

Greece IVF couple celebrate birth of child

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Hereford couple who paid for IVF treatment in Greece by holding car boot sales are celebrating the birth of their first child. 

Baby
Kyle Morgan

Kirsty Morgan gave birth to a boy this morning by Caesarean section. 

He was totally worth all the effort. He was totally worth it.. and I just want to say a big thank you to everybody that's donated and helped out in any way. They've just given us the best gift ever to be fair."

Kyle MorganHusband

Latest: Man 'hit by reversing car'; Greece IVF couple give thanks; war memorabilia goes on sale

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here are some of the headlines today:

- An inquest has heard how a Redditch man died after being hit by a car that was reversing down the driveway he shared with his neighbour

- A Hereford couple who paid for IVF treatment in Greece by holding car boot sales have thanked everyone who supported their fundraising now they've become parents

- War memorabilia collected by a Worcestershire farmer in his garden sheds is going on sale this month 

Man 'hit by car reversing down driveway'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

An inquest has heard how a man from Redditch died after being hit by a car that was reversing down the driveway he shared with his neighbour. 

Gordon Graddon, from Oakham Close, was struck down by a Renault car in July last year and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital. He died the following month from his injuries. 

The coroner recorded he died in a road traffic collision. 

Your pictures: Blue skies over Bromsgrove

Gertcorf sent this photo of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire via BBC Weather Watchers.

Bromsgrove
Gertcorf

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Bewdley school celebrates impressive Ofsted U-turn

Kidderminster Shuttle

Delighted children and staff from a Bewdley primary are celebrating an impressive turnaround just 12 months after the school was slammed as ‘inadequate’ by government inspectors.  

Ross man completes desert run

Hereford Times

A Ross-on-Wye man has completed a gruelling run through the desert - equivalent to six marathons.  

Cricket: Kohler-Cadmore completes century

Worcestershire batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore completed his second Championship century with a thick-edge boundary off Jamie Porter against Essex at New Road.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Empics

It took him 151 balls and included two sixes and 13 fours.    

Latest: Greece IVF couple celebrate birth; war memorabilia on sale; century for Kohler-Cadmore

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here are some of today's headlines:

- A Hereford couple who paid for IVF treatment in Greece by holding car boot sales are celebrating the birth of their first child

- War memorabilia that's been collected by a Worcestershire farmer in his garden sheds is going on sale this month 

- Worcestershire's Tom Kohler-Cadmore completes a century

War memorabilia to go on sale

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A hoard of war memorabilia owned by a Worcestershire farmer is going on sale this month when he leaves his family home.

John Hancocks
BBC

John Hancocks, 85, who's retired from running his dairy farm, has been collecting plane parts, uniforms, decommissioned weapons and household items from World War Two since the 1940s.

He said: "I think I started when I was in the Air Force and then I had to do a bit of work."

He said he had more time for collecting when he gave up milking, and most of the items he bought were "on the market as scrap".

Support service for Syrian refugees to be debated by Herefordshire Council's cabinet

Hereford Times

Herefordshire will take in up to 60 Syrian refugees from this September.  

How to get woman to take up cycling discussed

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Hot on the heels of the resignation of the British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton - the man accused of sexism by the Bromsgrove Olympian Jess Varnish - a national conference is taking place in Hereford today. 

It's being organised by Herefordshire Council and WE Cycle UK who are aiming to have an equal number of male and female cyclists on UK roads by 2020.   

At the moment there are three times the amount of men in the UK using pedal power as women. 

Paula McGivern runs Shirley's Wheels in Hereford and is one of the organisers.  

Warriors season ticket holders can renew

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors' existing season ticket holders can now renew their ticket for next season.

Val Rapava Ruskin of Worcester Warriors is tackled by Nathan Hughes of Wasps (hidden)
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Season tickets will then go on general sale on Monday, 9 May, with fans getting discounts if they buy their season ticket before 17:00 on Friday, 3 June.

Watch: Coming up on BBC Midlands Today

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

She's dedicated 27 years of her life to fighting for her brother's reputation, but what now for the Hillsborough campaigner Louise Brookes? 

Louise Brookes
BBC

Her brother, Andrew Brookes, from Bromsgrove, was among the 96 who lost their lives in our country's biggest football tragedy. 

Join me for BBC Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

Hats world record bid

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Worcestershire family are going to try to break a world record on what would have been their son's 12th birthday. 

Finlay Church from Alvechurch died in November after being diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago.

His family want to raise money for brain tumour research by breaking the record for the most hats placed in a line.  

Worcester Ladies RFC to become part of Warriors

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors have announced they have integrated Women’s Premiership side Worcester Ladies RFC into the Warriors operation.

Dave Guest, Jim O’Toole and Lydia Thompson
Worcester Warriors

The Ladies team is to be renamed as the Worcester Valkyries and will become part of the Warriors' organisation ahead of the 2016/17 Women’s Premiership campaign.

Worcester Valkyries rugby manager, Dave Guest, Warriors CEO Jim O’Toole and Worcester Valkyries and England Women’s World Cup winner Lydia Thompson are pictured above.

Latest: Hillsborough impact on victim's sister; war memorabilia on sale; Worcester Ladies part of Warriors

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The headlines for Herefordshire and Worcestershire today include:

- The Bromsgrove sister of one of the 96 Liverpool fans unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster has revealed how the 27-year ordeal has severely affected her health and finances

- War memorabilia that's been collected by a Worcestershire farmer in his garden sheds is going on sale this month

- Worcester Warriors have announced they have integrated Worcester Ladies RFC into the Warriors' operation

Redditch Crematorium donate more than £4,000 to bereavement charity Footsteps

Evesham Journal

Redditch Crematorium has donated more than £4,000 to a Worcestershire bereavement charity.  

Watch: The weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with plenty of sunshine and just a little cloud building from time to time. In the sunshine and light winds it will feel pleasantly warm. Highs of 16C (61F). 

Your pictures: Blue skies and trees

Geoff P sent this photo of Wick in Worcestershire via BBC Weather Watchers.

Wick
Geoff P

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Tribute to couple killed after being hit by car

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A friend of an Evesham couple who were killed on Sunday night after being hit by a car say they will be sorely missed. 

Ros Aiton, a close friend of the couple, who lived in Wickhamford, said they were "known by most of the residents here" and were "well liked, beautiful people".

The 58-year-old driver of a Ford Focus has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.   

County pupils show growing interest in gardening at Malvern Spring Festival

Worcester News

Visitors to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which starts tomorrow, can see BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins nurture the next generation of gardening talent by championing the award-winning School Gardens Challenge.  

Last night's football

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

In last night's Midland Football League matches, Josh March scored the only goal of the game as Alvechurch beat visiting Sporting Khalsa 1-0 at Lye Meadow.

Victory over Bardon Hill at Lye Meadow tomorrow night would see them end the season on 101 points – seven behind the champions, Hereford.

Joe Phillips scored twice for Stourport Swifts as they beat AFC Wulfrunians 3-1 at Walshes Meadow.

Latest: Hillsborough impact on victim's sister; friend remembers car crash victims; bald eagle on the loose

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The headlines for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this morning include:

- The Bromsgrove sister of one of the 96 Liverpool fans unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster has revealed how the 27-year ordeal has severely affected her health and finances

- A friend of an Evesham couple who were killed after being hit by a car say they'll be sorely missed

- A bald eagle that fled from a Gloucestershire bird centre has been spotted on the Herefordshire border

Harriers recruit Worcester City's Gardiner

Kidderminster Harriers have brought in Worcester City joint manager Matt Gardiner from their Aggborough rivals as the club's new head of coaching.

The experienced 42-year-old becomes the first appointment made by new Harriers manager John Eustace.

Matt Gardiner
Worcester News

Former Herefordshire Council headquarters to be converted to care home and apartments

Hereford Times

The sale of Herefordshire Council's former headquarters has been approved - two separate schemes are set to see Brockington, on Hafod Road, turned into a care home and a residential development of apartments and houses.

Worcestershire opener D'Oliveira hits maiden ton

BBC Sport

Worcestershire opener Brett D'Oliveira has made his maiden County Championship century but Essex remain on top at New Road.

He became the third generation of the same family to hit a century for Worcestershire

Brett D'Oliveira
Getty Images

Hillsborough victim's sisters' health and finance struggles

The Bromsgrove sister of one of the 96 Liverpool fans unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster has revealed how the 27-year ordeal has affected her health and finances.

Louise Brookes (pictured) hasn't stopped fighting to clear her brother Andrew's name, and says she'll now pursue criminal prosecutions of those responsible.

Louise Brookes
BBC

You can hear Malcolm Boyden's interview with Louise Brookes after 10:00 on BBC Hereford & Worcester

Latest: Hillsborough impact on victim's sister; friend remembers car crash victims; bald eagle on the loose

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The headlines for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this morning include

- The Bromsgrove sister of one of the 96 Liverpool fans unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster has revealed how the 27-year ordeal has severely affected her health and finances

- A friend of an Evesham couple who were killed after being hit by a car say they'll be sorely missed

- A bald eagle that fled from a Gloucestershire bird centre has been spotted on the Herefordshire border

Watch: Herefordshire and Worcestershire's weather today

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

You can also get your weather update at any time from the BBC website.

Travel: Congestion on the M5 northbound

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the M5 northbound between J5 (Droitwich) and J4a (M42) in the roadworks area. More from BBC Travel.

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