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Summary

  1. Armed robbery arrest in Worcester
  2. On-the-spot fly-tipping fines can be given out from today
  3. Updates on Monday 9 May 2016

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Our live coverage through Monday

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

Weather: More showers on the way

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's been a bright day for many, but there will be increased showers into the evening.

You can expect rather wet overnight lows of 13C (55F).

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Worcestershire all-rounder Brett D'Oliveira

Brett D'Oliveira goes on to complete a first double century for Worcestershire as Glamorgan struggle in Cardiff.

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Pensioner in hospital after robbery in Bromsgrove

West Mercia Police

A woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a man grabbed her shopping bag while she was crossing the road in Bromsgrove.

The man approached her from behind shortly after 09:00 at the junction of Mercia Close and Edwin Crescent. 

West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner sends his last newsletter

West Mercia's outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore has sent out his final newsletter before standing down from the role.

Bill Longmore's last newsletter
PCC West Mercia

He leaves in place in plans plans for a new control centre at Hindlip, shared with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, and arrangements for a new IT infrastructure for the force.

Conservative John Campion takes over from Bill Longmore, after winning the recent election.

Patients pull together to provide a defibrillator for Stourport health centre

Kidderminster Shuttle

Patients from a Stourport health practice went on a six-month fundraising campaign to provide much-needed life-saving equipment for the centre.

More than £2,000 was raised by the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Stourport Health Centre in Worcester Street, to buy a new defibrillator.

Headlines: Bewdley dad could have fallen asleep on motorbike, inquest hears; Major boost to training as new £1.5 million facility promised in Redditch

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

- A father from Bewdley, who died in Spain after his motorbike hit a motorway barrier, could have fallen asleep, an inquest hears

- A new £1.5m facility is to open in Redditch to train young apprentice engineers. 

- The A449 main Worcester to Malvern road reopens after nearly three hours of traffic chaos at Newland

Football: Hereford pass 18,000-mark in FA Vase final ticket sales

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC have sold more than 18,000 tickets for the FA Vase final against Morpeth Town at Wembley Stadium on 22 May.

Wembley Stadium
Getty Images

Official figures from Wembley report the Bulls have so far sold 18,251 tickets for non-league finals day, which incorporates both the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals.

This represents almost exactly half the total number of tickets sold by the four clubs involved - a figure described as "remarkable" by club officials, given Vanarama National League clubs FC Halifax Town and Grimsby Town will meet in the FA Trophy final.

Two Worcestershire World War II veterans to receive bravery medals

Two Worcestershire World War II veterans will tomorrow receive the highest French bravery medal. 

Veteran soldier standing on the beach
Katie Field

William Brotherton, (pictured) a D-Day landings hero from Offenham, and William McGough, from Willersey, are being awarded the Legion d'Honneur at Evesham Town Hall. 

Travel: A449 Worcester to Malvern road reopens after closure due to motorbike crash

The A449 Worcester Road, at Newland near Malvern, has reopened after a closure of nearly three hours.

Ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The road was cordoned off by police opposite the Swan Inn after a van and a motorcyclist collided.

The 35-year-old rider is being treated at Worcestershire Royal Hospital with a shoulder injury. 

Headlines: Motorcycle crash brings traffic to standstill in Malvern; D'Olivera hits double-hundred as Worcestershire take control

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Our top stories this afternoon:

- A449 Worcester Road remains closed after a van and a motorcycle collided at Newland, in Malvern  

- A pensioner from Kemspey is told by his housing association he can't have a new dog, after his four-legged companion dies 

- Brett D'Oliveira made his maiden first class double-hundred in Worcestershire's Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan at Cardiff

£1.5 million training facility to open in Redditch

A new £1.5 million facility is to open in Redditch to train young apprentice engineers. 

Staff outside their new building
Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

The Engineering Centre of Excellence will open in Arrow Road in the autumn and train around 200 engineers over the next four years.

Find out more with Andrew Easton on BBC Hereford and Worcester after 16:00.  

Cricket: D'Oliveira hits double-hundred as Worcestershire take control

Brett D'Oliveira made his maiden first class double-hundred as Worcestershire took a firm grip of their Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan on day two in Cardiff.

Brett D'Oliveira
Rex Features

D'Oliveira made 202 not out in a Worcestershire first-innings total of 456-6 declared, with Joe Leach also making a century - he made 133 as the pair put on 253 for the third wicket.

Worcestershire's bowlers then made early inroads as Glamorgan were reduced to 8-3 in their reply, with Leach taking two of the first three wickets to fall.

"I'm lost without a dog": Fortis Living refuse Kempsey veteran's request for new pet

Worcester News

An 86-year-old widower has said he feels "lost" after a housing association refused to allow him to get a new dog when his canine-companion was killed.

John Cuthbert, who is a resident at Fortis Living's The Firs in Kempsey, has kept a dog at the retirement home since he moved there to live closer to his son around 18 years ago.

Rugby Union: Warriors trio named in the England Under 20s World Championships squad

Worcester Warriors' players Huw Taylor, Andrew Kitchener and Jack Singleton have been named in England's 28-man squad for the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Manchester next month. 

Huw Taylor
Worcester Warriors

The trio impressed for the Under 20s earlier this year in the Six Nations, with Singleton stealing the spotlight against Italy following a magnificent four-try performance. Taylor featured three times for Warriors in their European Challenge Cup campaign while all three have been regulars for Worcester Cavaliers in their A League season.  

Travel: A449 Worcester Road closed in Malvern after motorbike crash

The A449 Worcester Road at Newland, near Malvern, is closed in both directions after a motorbike collided with a van opposite the Swan Inn. 

Ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

A 35-year-old man has been taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with a shoulder injury. 

Police say the road is likely to be closed for some time. 

Inquest to be held for man found outside White Lion Hotel in Upton-upon-Severn

Worcester News

An inquest into the death of a hotel guest who died in Upton-upon-Severn will be held later this month.

Christopher James, aged 41, of Manor View, Par, Cornwall died in the early hours of Sunday July 5 2015, after sustaining a head injury. 

Driver in Alexandra Hospital after crash with rogue caravan on Worcester Road, Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove Advertiser

A woman was rushed to hospital on Sunday after a detached caravan veered across the Worcester Road in Bromsgrove and smashed into her car.

The caravan had detached from a moving car and reportedly hit several cars before crashing into some railings.  

Photo of the day

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's some stunning bluebells and blue skies at the base of Blackhill, in the Malvern Hills. 

Carpet of bluebells
Bright Sky Videos

It looks like Dave, from Bright Sky Videos, knows where to go for the best walks in Worcestershire. 

Police seek witnesses to puppy attack near Worcester

The police in Worcester are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was attacked by another dog in Fernhill Heath. 

Scarred face of Labrador puppy
West Mercia Police

A bull terrier attacked a five-month-old yellow Labrador in Droitwich Road, at the junction of Dilmore Lane, at approximately 11:00 on 24 April.

The puppy required surgery for facial injuries. 

Football: Redditch boss McDonald moves to Hednesford

Redditch United have confirmed their manager Liam McDonald has been appointed the new boss of Hednesford Town.

Valley Stadium, Redditch United FC
BBC

McDonald has been at Valley Stadium for the past three years and guided the club to runners-up spot in the Southern League Premier Division in the 2015-16 campaign.

Redditch's chairman Chris Swan says work is already under way to find McDonald's successor: “We have already spoken to a number of excellent candidates, which shows how well the club is now regarded in non-league."

Herefordshire young farmers sing their way to second prize

Herefordshire young farmers took second prize in the National Young Farmers Choir Competition at the Winter Gardens, in Blackpool.

Eardisley  YFC (also from Herefordshire) finished second in the Performing Arts Drama Competition, with a production of "Murder in the Red Barn".

Yesterday's contests formed part of their annual convention weekend. 

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Experts report 'alarming' rise in eating disorders among men in Worcestershire

Eating disorders are a very real part of life. I find comedy incredibly cathartic

Dave ChawnerComedian

Medical experts and charities say there's been an "alarming" rise in the number of men developing eating disorders.

In Worcestershire, 15 times as many men are now being referred for treatment compared to 10 years ago. 

The increase comes as health charities warn the majority of help to tackle eating disorders is aimed at women

Comedian Dave Chawner, who suffers from anorexia, uses his job to try to get rid of the stigma. 

Dave Chawner
BBC

Herefordshire comedy producer dies

BBC Wales News

Herefordshire's Gareth Gwenlan, a former producer of Only Fools and Horses and many other comedy shows, has died at the age of 79. 

Gareth Gwenlan
BBC

Mr Gwenlan was responsible for commissioning a string of hit series including Yes Prime Minister, Black Adder, 'Allo 'Allo and One Foot In The Grave.

He was producer on The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and To The Manor Born.

Headlines: Herefordshire tv comedy producer dies; One Direction singer donates ponytail to Herefordshire children's charity

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Our top stories this morning:

- Herefordshire's Gareth Gwenlan, a former producer of Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 79

- One Direction singer Harry Styles has cut off and donated his nine-inch pontytail to Herefordshire children's charity the Little Princess Trust

- A missing 16 year old from Worcester has been found safe and well after being missing for nearly a week. 

Weather: Turning cloudy across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Latest weather for the West Midlands

In the south of the region, there may even be the odd shower moving through at times. By late afternoon, there may be some brighter spells for some.  

Highs of 22C (71F).

Becoming cloudy again tonight, with lows of 6C (43F).

Cliff fall man taken to hospital after dramatic Kinver Edge rescue

Stourbridge News

The helicopter search light and thermal imaging technology was used to help find the injured young man, who was eventually found at the bottom of the edge.  

Police Helicopter
West Mercia Police

Emergency crews launched a major search and rescue mission on Kinver Edge on the Worcestershire/ Stourbridge border on Saturday night after a man was reported to have fallen from a 50-foot cliff.  

Construction workers

Workers who say they were blacklisted by construction companies win millions in compensation after a long-running legal battle finally ends.

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Founder of Worcester-based national charity steps down after more than 25 years of voluntary work

Redditch Advertiser

Caroline Cox, from Worcester, has, for a number of years, provided a 24/7 telephone support services for families all over the country whose children have developed arthritis.  

She steps down as the general secretary of the Worcester-based Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association (CCAA), which she founded 28 years ago.  

Travel: M5 southbound reopens, but still long delays

BBC Travel

The M5 has now reopened southbound between junctions 5 and 6, after an earlier closure due to a crash between two lorries. 

However, there are still delays of up to an hour, with queues back to J4A, for the M42. 

Drivers are being advised to use the A38 instead if possible, for the time being.

Headlines: Man arrested in armed robbery investigation; new on the spot fines for fly-tipping

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Our top stories this morning:

- A man's been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery after a head-on car crash in Worcester 

- People who dump rubbish in Herefordshire and Worcestershire now face on-the-spot fines of £400

- A grant of nearly £100,000 will help save a rare woodland butterfly in Herefordshire and Worcestershire  

Lifeline given to rare woodland butterfly

A lifeline has been given to one of the rarest butterflies in the West Midlands. 

A grant of £98,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will see the wood white reintroduced into four woodland sites across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. 

White wood buttefly
Rob Solomon

According to wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC), the wood white is one of the UK's fastest declining butterflies and is found on just 50 sites across the country, with 42% of these found in the West Midlands.

The wood white is a very pretty and delicate butterfly and it really needs our help if we want to secure its future here in the West Midlands

BC project officer Rhona Goddard

Missing Worcester teenager found safe and well

A missing 16-year-old from Worcester has been found safe and well after being missing for nearly a week

Police car
West Mercia Police

Andrew Nicklin made contact with police officers in Worcester yesterday morning.  

One Direction singer donates ponytail to Herefordshire children's charity

The One Direction singer Harry Styles has cut off and donated his nine-inch ponytail to Herefordshire children's charity the Little Princess Trust. 

Harry Styles
BBC

The Redditch-born pop star made the gesture to help raise awareness of the charity, which provides free real hair wigs to children who've lost their hair to cancer and other illnesses.

New on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

People who dump rubbish in Herefordshire and Worcestershire can now be given on-the-spot fines of £400. 

The Country Land and Business Association says the fines don't add up though, as the average cost of a clean up is about £800.

Man arrested in armed robbery investigation

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man's been questioned on suspicion of armed robbery after a head-on car crash in Worcester, says West Mercia Police.

The 20-year-old was arrested yesterday afternoon in a stolen car which had allegedly been taken from its owner at knifepoint in Worcester half an hour earlier.  

Brett D'Oliveira

Brett D'Oliveira and Joe Clarke hit tons, backed by 55 from Moeen Ali, as Worcestershire pile on the runs against Glamorgan.

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Travel: Breakdown leads to queuing traffic

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A449 southbound in Warndon, at the M5 J6 junction, because of a broken down vehicle on the roundabout. 

Congestion goes to the Hurst Lane junction.