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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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

Battle of the Somme memorabilia

Worcester Cathedral will be mounting an exhibition of memorabilia from the Battle of the Somme later this summer as part of events marking its centenary.

More than 60,000 British soldiers were killed or injured on the first day alone in northern France in July 1916.

The exhibition will be held alongside a service of commemoration on 2 July.

If you have any photos or letters you would like to contribute, contact the cathedral.

Crickets fan to name new trophy

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

T20 fans have the chance to name a new trophy for rivals Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire Rapids to battle over.

Edgbaston
BBC

Members and supporters can submit names for the NatWest T20 Blast trophy before 13 May on the teams’ Twitter and Facebook pages.     

The successful applicant will then present the new trophy to the winners of the first Blast meeting between the Bears and the Rapids at Edgbaston on Friday, 27 May.   

Park's Splashpad being repaired

Despite the warm weather forecast, Worcester's Splashpad facility in Gheluvelt Park is out of action this weekend it seems.

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A day in the life of a diabetic rugby pro

Get Inspired

Get Inspired

Chris Pennell will be lining up for Worcester Warriors as they take on top-of-the-table Saracens in the Premiership on Saturday - despite being a type 1 diabetic.

Here, in this exclusive Get Inspired video, Chris takes us through a day in his life as a professional rugby player with diabetes.

Weather: Dry and mild overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a bright and pleasant evening with some hazy sunshine around. It will stay dry and mild for most overnight, especially for southern parts.  Lows of 11C (52F).  

Free Radio under new ownership

The Midlands radio group which runs Free Radio and GEM has sold its stations, it has been announced today.

Orion Media has sold its stations to Bauer Media which runs a number of radio stations, including Absolute Radio and Key 103 in Manchester.

Latest: Tory wins police chief election; elderly woman sexually assaulted in her home; opening date for multi-million pound leisure centre

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's what we're looking at in the newsroom this afternoon:

- Conservative John Campion becomes the new police and crime commissioner for the West Mercia force

- A woman in her 70s is sexually assaulted after answering her door to a stranger

- Wyre's Forest's new multi-million pound leisure centre will open in July, it's confirmed

All clear on Hereford's roads

BBC Travel

There are no incidents to report currently on the roads in and around Hereford.

Saracens reveal their side for Sixways clash

Here's the side that will be playing at Sixways on Saturday - full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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BreakingConservative wins police chief election

The Conservative candidate John Campion has won the election to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia.

John Campion
BBC

Getting close to result in Police Commissioner election

We're getting close to an announcement of the result in the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Some of the counting has now finished and we are just waiting for the final second-preference votes to be added up to see if it is Labour's Daniel Walton or the Conservative John Campion who has won.

Counting at Shrewsbury
BBC

Panel to look at Elgar's collection

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

There is a possibility that the collection of Edward Elgar memorabilia could be moved from a museum based in the composer's birthplace near Worcester.

Elgar statue
BBC

The National Trust is due to begin running the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Lower Broadheath from October, after it's struggled in recent years to attract new visitors.

An independent panel is looking at various options, including the possible relocation of about 15,000 Elgar-related items, including letters and manuscripts, to other venues, like the British Library in London.

Worcester's Shropshire old boys return

Worcestershire's four-man contingent of Shropshire old boys (from left), Joe Clarke, Jack Shantry, Joe Leach and Ed Barnard
Tony Marsh

Worcestershire will have four ex-Shropshire players up against their old county in next week's T20 friendly at Shifnal.

Worcestershire's four-man contingent of Shropshire old boys (from left), Joe Clarke, Jack Shantry, Joe Leach and Ed Barnard

Worcester's Shropshire old boys return

Worcestershire will have four ex-Shropshire players up against their old county in next week's T20 friendly at Shifnal.

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Congestion on M5 and A4538 in Worcestershire

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic on A4538 Pershore Lane northbound in Tibberton between Worcester and the A38 junction.

Also, watch out for very slow traffic on the M5 in both directions between J6 at the A449 (Worcester) and J4a (M42), in the roadworks area.

Elderly woman sexually assaulted at home

An elderly woman was sexually assaulted in her home after opening her front door to a stranger, police say.

The man called at the woman's Bromsgrove home on Tuesday and asked to come in. 

He then sexually assault her before leaving in the direction of the Old Birmingham Road.

Officers have praised the bravery of the victim in reporting the "traumatic incident" and appealed to anyone with information to contact West Mercia Police.

Latest: Conservatives retain Wyre Forest; woman sexually assaulted in her home; service to remember pilot shot by poachers

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's what we're looking at in the newsroom this afternoon:

- The Conservatives retain control of Wyre Forest District Council. 

- An elderly woman from Bromsgrove is sexually assaulted by a stranger in her own home

- A memorial service is being held in London for former Malvern College student killed by poachers in Africa

Elections: Final countdown begins

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Ready for Kidderminster Town Council result to come in.

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Results of first round of PCC ballot

With second votes now being counted, here are the results of the PCC ballot, after the first round:

- John Campion (CON) : 64514

- Daniel Walton (LAB) : 40870

- Peter Jewell (UKIP) : 32719

- Barrie Sheldon (IND) : 27986

- John Raine (GREEN) : 14323

- Margaret Rowley (LIB DEM) : 12914

Cathedral seeks Battle of the Somme stories

Worcester Cathedral is asking anyone who have stories to tell about the Battle of the Somme to get in touch, ahead of a commemoration service this summer.

This year marks the centenary of the battle which lasted for a 141 days in France during World War One.

The battle
PA

The cathedral, which is staging a service of commemoration on 1 July, says the battle "epitomised on an unprecedented scale the hardships of soldiers on the Western Front".

One million Allied and German soldiers were killed and injured. 

BreakingCounting complete in police chief election

The first results are in for the region's new police and crime commissioner. 

With first votes counted so far, Conservative Jon Campion is in the lead, ahead of Labour's Dan Walton.

All other candidates have now been excluded before second votes are added.

Conservatives hold Wyre Forest

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Conservatives have retained control of Wyre Forest District Council.

The party lost one seat, along with UKIP. Meanwhile, Labour and the Liberal Democrats won one each.

Health Concern won a surprise victory in Mitten suggesting there is still life in the party yet.

Five changes for Warriors for Saracens game

Alex Grove is on the bench for his last game - full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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Watch: 'Tonight was not our night'

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

Labour has retained control of Redditch Borough Council as not one seat changed hands in last night's election.

The party held on to seven and the Tories two seats.

Conservative MP for the town, Karen Lumley, said the party is "very disappointed" after running a "great campaign".

But Labour's Bill Hartnett said he had confidence in the councillors that were stood.

Memorial service for pilot killed by poachers

A memorial service is being held later for a former Malvern College student who was shot dead by elephant poachers in Africa.

Roger Gower
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Roger Gower died in January when his helicopter was shot down while he was doing conservation work in northern Tanzania. 

A charity set up in his memory has already raised over £200,000. 

His brother, Max, says they will use the money to help change the lives of a group of children in Kenya.

Latest: Local elections latest; memorial service to man killed by poachers; Invictus games hope

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Conservatives lose control of Worcester - Labour hold Redditch

- A memorial service is being held today for a former Malvern college student who was murdered by elephant poachers in Africa

- Former corporal from Worcestershire will be competing for Team GB in the second Invictus Games

Police chief election turnout figures in

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

The turnout for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election was 21.27%, up from 14.5% last time in 2012.

Counting is under way, with the result due to be announced this afternoon.

Six candidates are standing to replace retiring PCC, Bill Longmore. 

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

It's cloudier than Thursday but today will be another fine and dry day with plenty of hazy sunshine. It will feel rather warm with a gentle easterly breeze.  Highs of 20C (68F).

Straw on fire in Hampton Lovett

Hampton Lovett is a village just north of Droitwich.

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Fears for future of Elgar archive

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

There are fears a 15,000-strong collection of memorabilia at the Elgar Birthplace Museum could be removed from Worcestershire. 

Edward Elgar
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The National Trust will be taking control of the museum in Lower Broadheath in October for five years, with the aim of boosting visitor numbers. 

An independent panel has now been appointed to decide if the composer's collection could be stored elsewhere, including the British Library in London.  

Busy night at Worcester count

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Battenhall was a key ward in last night's election, with the Green's Louis Stephen successfully mounting a campaign to beat the Conservative candidate.

Worcester count
BBC

The Conservatives lost control of Worcester City Council after losing two seats - Warndon to Labour and Battenhall to the Greens. 

The council now consists of 17 Conservatives, 16 Labour and two Green seats, meaning no party has overall control.  

Going for gold at Invictus Games

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A former corporal from Worcestershire will be competing for Team GB in the second Invictus Games in Florida.

Mark Abel, who is visually impaired and has multiple sclerosis, is taking part in four separate swimming events.

I spoke to Mark at one of his last training sessions at the King’s School Swimming Pool in Worcester, before he headed to Orlando.

The games' opening ceremony is on Sunday

Latest: Conservatives lose control of Worcester; memorial service for student killed by poachers; escaped bald eagle recaptured

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's the latest in the newsroom this morning:

- The Conservatives have lost control of Worcester City and Labour has retained Redditch Borough Council

- A memorial service is being held later for former Malvern college student Roger Gower who was murdered by elephant poachers in Africa

- A bald eagle seen above the skies in Herefordshire for the past six days has been recaptured after escaping from a bird show in Newent

Travel: Martley road closed for two days

There's resurfacing work on the B4197.

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Bald eagle recovered after six days of freedom

The bald eagle which was being tracked across the skies above Herefordshire for the past six days has now been recovered by her handlers. 

Bald eagle
Steve Tipping

The bird, called Cremorne, had escaped during a bird show in Newent on Saturday.

The seven-year-old eagle was found dehydrated but otherwise well in a quarry in Wiltshire last night.   

Labour and Green wins mean 'hung' council in Worcester

BBC News England

Labour and the Green Party each won a seat as the Conservatives lost control of Worcester, despite remaining the largest party in the council.

Worcester local elections
BBC

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

It will be another fine and dry day, and although it will be cloudier than Thursday, there will be plenty of hazy sunshine. Highs of 19C (66F).     

Travel: Congestion on the A38

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic and one lane closed on the A38 Roman Way northbound in Droitwich, between the A442 Kidderminster Road and the B4065 Bromsgrove Road junction, because of a broken down vehicle. More from BBC Travel.