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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Jerry Chester

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That's it for updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Police and Crime Commissioner starts looking for a deputy

The newly elected West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has started looking to find a deputy.

John Campion says he's also looking to recruit four new commissioner ambassadors for Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

For full details on the job visit the force's website.

West Mercia PCC, John Campion

Interpreters sought by council as refugees expected later this year

Herefordshire Council is appealing to people in the local area who speak different languages who can help Syrian refugees arriving later this year. 

Councillors are hoping to recruit either paid or volunteer interpreters to help up to 60 refugees due to arrive in the county in September. 

Arabic and Kurdish speakers are being sought to help the refugees settle into the community and find employment.  

We won’t know which languages the refugees speak until approximately six weeks before they arrive but we believe we’ll need interpreters who can speak Arabic and Kurdish.

Councillor Patricia MorganHerefordshire Council
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Cricket: Sam Griffiths takes hat-trick against Worcestershire

Shropshire's Sam Griffiths has just taken a hat-trick in the Twenty20 game against Worcestershire at Shifnal.

Worcestershire are now 60-4.

Fall of Worcestershire wicket
Andy Carter

Abused pupil 'slept with one eye open'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Read more on BBC News as a former pupil of John McKno describing "lying scared" in his bed at a boarding school where the convicted sex abuser taught.

Kesgrave Hall school sex abuse: Victim slept with 'one eye open'

Eurovision: Party pack and score cards

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you're holding a Eurovision party on Saturday or just want to get into the spirit of all things glittery and loud you can download a party pack on the BBC website.

Welcome people into your home with this rather dashing poster... and scorecards.

Joe and Jake poster

The offical Eurovision App is also available to download.

You can follow the BBC Eurovision feeds on Twitter and Facebook.

Latest: Ex-teacher jailed for historical sexual abuse of children; rock-a-bye baby taunt by pushchair-grabbing suspect

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestshire in the newsroom at 17:00 include:

A former Worcestershire teacher has been jailed for 14 years for sexually abusing five boys

A pushchair holding a baby was grabbed by a would-be robber who ran around in circles singing the nursery rhyme, rock-a-bye baby

- Worcestershire's cricketers will be in T20 warm-up action this evening when they will take on Shropshire at Shifnal

Knife attack on pregnant mother: Robber sings 'rock-a-bye-baby' before tossing pram on its side

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A police officer investigating the attack on a heavily pregnant woman who was pushing her child in a pushchair in Rubery says the victim has been left "petrified and scared to go outside".

Det Con Laura Hurry told BBC Hereford & Worcester that one of the four masked men held a knive to the woman's face before snatching the pushchair from her.

One of the other men then sang "rock-a-bye baby" at the sleeping child, turning it in circles, before tossing the pram on its side when he reached the line "and the cradle will fall". 

Det Con Hurry said the men showed no regard for the woman and laughed at her. 

The men left the scene when the woman did not have any money or valuables to give them.

BreakingEx-teacher jailed for sexually abusing pupils at three different boarding schools

A former teacher has been jailed for 14 years for sexually abusing five pupils at three different schools, including one in Worcestershire.

John McKno, 70, from Alby, near Cromer in Norfolk, abused boys during the 1970s and 80s including one at St Michael's College in Tenbury Wells.

John McKno, 70,

Barber calls for beard tax

Five-hundred years ago Henry VIII reportedly tried to introduce a tax on beards - now a Worcester barber is calling for a hairy levvy.  

The hairdresser is actually writing to the Chancellor, George Osbourne, to try and charge men to keep their facial hair. 

Bearded man

Antony Kent says some customers already have to pay a "hair tax" if their hairdresser isn't self employed and thinks men would be more willing to part with their cash than their facial hair.  

Would-be robber's nursery rhyme taunt

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News Online

Read more on BBC News as a pushchair holding a baby was grabbed by a would-be robber who ran around in circles singing nursery rhymes.

The heavily pregnant teenage mother was also thought to be held at knife-point and patted down by the gang of masked men.

Pushchair snatched by would-be robber in nursery rhyme taunt

Harriers in Vanarama North League

Kidderminster Harriers will play football in the Vanarama National League North next season. 

You can find out who their opponents will be.

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Woman arrested after spaniel stolen outside supermarket

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A woman has been arrested after a spaniel was stolen from outside the Asda store in Hereford yesterday afternoon. 

Asda in Hereford

The 36-year-old woman was arrested nearby about an hour after the dog was taken. 

The dog, called Benson, has now been reunited with its owner.

Eurovision: 18 years since contest hosted in the UK

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Go back 18 years - the last time the UK hosted the contest was in 1998, at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.

Ulrika Jonsson and Terry Wogan hosted the 43rd contest after Katrina and the Waves singing Love Shine A Light won in the previous year.

Eurovision in Birmingham

It's the year Dana International - Diva won. Who could forget her parrot feather-covered outfit? Inspiring, some might say.

Rugby team works with disadvantaged kids in Birmingham

Worcester Warriors is working with disadvantaged young people in Birmingham to help build confidence.

The club says it's been working with teenagers aged between 16 and 19 to develop coaching and rugby skills. 

It's a project they are looking to do again in September. 

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Living wage defended by Worcester MP

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The MP for Worcester has defended the new living wage after business owners said it's forcing them to lay-off staff or close completely. 

As of last month employers now need to pay their staff £7.20 an hour instead of £6. 

Robin Walker says the rise will help the economy in the long run. 


There are some jobs which are likely to be affected by this, but in an environment in which we created two million more jobs as a country over the last five years, we are confident more jobs will be created than lost."

Robin WalkerMP for Worcester

Canoe club bids to host world championships

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester Canoe Club is to submit a bid to hold the 2021 World Canoe marathon championships. 

They are the only UK club looking to stage the event, which would see hundreds of the best competitors from around the globe spending six days in the city. 

Worcester Canoe Club

On Sunday the club will stage its annual canoe marathon in which competitors will race over four, eight and 12 miles (6, 13 and 19km.)  

West Mercia Police investigating electoral spending allegations

West Mercia Police has been chosen to investigate allegations of improper electoral campaign spending returns in the Devon and Cornwall area.

The force says the investigation relates to the 2015 election and that it is working with the National Police Chief's Council and the Electoral Commission.

Ballot Box

The force says the investigation is in its early stages and no further information can be given at this time.

Latest headlines: Pushchair grabbed by would-be robber; Adam Nixon wins another medal at Invictus Games

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this lunchtime include:

A pushchair holding a baby was grabbed by a would-be robber who ran around in circles singing nursery rhymes

- A Worcestershire pensioner died last year after being hit on the head by the lid of her wheelie bin, a coroner has ruled

- Hereford's Adam Nixon has added a silver medal to his haul at the Invictus Games in Florida

Nixon picks up another medal at the Invictus Games

Hereford's Adam Nixon (pictured) has added a silver medal to his haul at the Invictus Games in Florida. 

The former soldier was part of the UK basketball team who lost out to America in the finals yesterday - earlier the team had beaten Denmark in the semi finals. 

Adam Nixon
Getty Images

Adam, who had his leg amputated after he was injured in Iraq, is also bringing home the gold and silver medals which he won in the pool earlier this week.   

Police appeal after heavily pregnant woman is attacked on street for money

West Midlands Police are appealing for help to find four masked men who tried to rob a heavily pregnant woman with a baby in Frankley last night.

One of the man is believed to have pulled out a knife after demanding the 18-year-old woman hand over cash and her phone while they she was walking in Frankley in Bromsgrove.

It was a shocking attack, on a busy road, against a heavily pregnant woman and her young child. We need to identify the offenders before they are able to attack again."

Det Insp John Askew

Watch: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cooler end to the week but not as warm as yesterday. Highs of 20C (68F).

The Bulls' league place confirmed

Hereford FC's place in the Southern League Division One South and West has also been confirmed.

They will renew their acquaintance with Salisbury, who the Bulls knocked out of the FA Vase at the semi-final stage. 

Paedophile's victims 'suffer with the memory of what he inflicted on them', say police

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The victims of a Herefordshire paedophile have suffered for many years with the memory of what he inflicted on them, police say. 

Gordon Preece, 71, from Marden, has been jailed for 25 years after being found guilty of 15 counts of historical sexual assault against four children between 1970 and 2010. 

Gordon Preece, 71
West Mercia Police

Preece thought he had escaped justice for his crimes and has shown no remorse - his victims have continued to suffer with the memory of what he inflicted on them."

Det Con Maz WoodsWest Mercia Police

'Very, very tough next season,' says Harriers' boss

Kidderminster Harriers' manager, John Eustace, says Vanarama North is likely to prove a very tough challenge for them next season, but he's confident the club will give a good account of itself. 

The new Harriers' boss watched the play-off semi-final between North Ferriby United and Boston United and saw enough in that game to appreciate the standard.  

Eustace acknowledges the club have a tough season ahead of them.

There's no guarantees on winning games or getting promoted. As long as they are putting in 100% and players are proud of their performance, and so are the fans, then there is something to build on. It's going to be very, very, tough next season. No one here thinks it is going to be easy."

John EustaceKidderminster Harriers' manager

The FA's league's committee has formally guaranteed Harriers will be in Vanarama North, following their relegation from the national league.  

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Teenager airlifted to hospital after being discovered in Worcester woods

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A teenage boy has been airlifted to hospital after he was found injured in woodland in Worcester.

Roads in the Tolladine area were closed yesterday evening to allow the emergency services through.

King George V playing fields, Worcester

The boy was found in the woods on the King George V playing fields (pictured) near Holly Mount Road around 18:30. 

Police don't believe anyone else was involved in the incident.  

Hillsborough 96 posthumously awarded the Freedom of Liverpool

A Bromsgrove man who was one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster is to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.

All the victims and former Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, will receive the honour. 

Louise Brookes, who lost her brother Andrew in the tragedy, says she feels "very proud" and is "overwhelmed".

Andrew Brookes
Andrew Brookes

In April, the 96 who died at the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield were found to have been unlawfully killed.  

Cricket: 'Play could become more daring,' says club director

Worcestershire's director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, says play could become "more daring" as the season goes on, due to the amount of cricket already lost to the weather. 

The New Road side have already lost a number of days to rain during their first four County Championship matches, resulting in three draws. 

He said new regulations surrounding the toss have also made an impact and "groundsmen are starting to learn parameters of what [kind of pitch] they can produce".

Rain at the cricket
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National living wage: 'Forcing businesses to close'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Our top story this morning: Small businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire say they could be forced to close because they can't afford to pay the new National Living Wage.

Around 1.3m workers who are over 25 benefited from the new minimum wage of £7.20 which was brought in last month - it will rise to £9 in four years time.

Mother and toddler threatened with knife in Bromsgrove

A heavily pregnant woman pushing her nine-month-old toddler in a pushchair was threatened with a knife in an attempted robbery in Bromsgrove last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the 18-year-old was approached by four men in Frankley at about 21:30.

Arden Road in Frankley

West Midlands Police say one of the men pulled out what is thought to have been a knife, while the others searched her pockets.

One of the men then took the pushchair and began to run around in circles singing nursery rhymes, before knocking the pushchair over.

Latest forecast for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

After a rather dull start, the cloud will tend to break up to allow some warm sunny spells.

However, the odd shower may develop in the south later, whilst it will turn noticeably fresher and cloudier in the north - highs of 20C (68F).

Weather forecast

Good morning: Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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