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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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.

On Midlands Today this evening: Ofsted hunts illegal schools

It's emerged that suspected illegal schools in parts of the Midlands have been issued with warning notes after a special task force was set up last year to uncover them

Children
BBC

Today the Chief Inspector of Schools announced Ofsted's latest findings - we'll be analysing them on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Sascha Kindred and Rebecca Redfern named in GB para-swimming squad

Herefordshire's Sascha Kindred and Rebecca Redfern, from Droitwich Spa, have both been named in the 31-strong Great Britain para-swimming squad announced today for this summer's Paralympics in Rio.

Sascha Kindred
Getty Images

The 38-year-old Kindred (pictured) has 12 Paralympic medals to his name and has been to every Games since Atlanta 1996.

Meanwhile, it will be 16-year-old Redfern's first Paralympic Games.

Athletics legend Colin Jackson urges men to join Go Dad Run in Worcester

Worcester News

Athletics legend Colin Jackson is urging men to get on their running shoes for a charity 5k run in Worcester.

Watch: Altar cloth may be Elizabeth I dress

BBC Midlands Today

Remnants of a dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I may have been found in an altar cloth in Herefordshire.

The fabric at St Faith's Church in Bacton has been identified by experts as a piece of a 16th Century dress.

Worcestershire on top at New Road

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire's Jack Shantry has got in among the wickets as visitors Sussex are pegged back to 163-5 at New Road.

Earlier, Worcestershire were bowled out for 491 in their first innings in the County Championship Division Two fixture.

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

It will be a largely dry and chilly night with some clear spells and a patchy grass frost in rural areas.  Lows of 7C (45F).

Claire Cashmore named in GB para-swimming squad

Claire Cashmore from Redditch has been named in the 31-strong Great Britain para-swimming squad today for this summer's Paralympics in Rio.

Claire Cashmore
Getty Images

At London 2012 she won silver medlas in the Women's 100M breaststroke SB8 and as part of the relay team.

Farmer says stolen tractor could have caused major rail accident

A Worcestershire farmer whose tractor nearly caused a major disaster after being stolen and crashed into the wall of a railway bridge says it's fortunate nobody was killed. 

On Friday night, the vehicle was taken from Martyn Icke's farm in Drakes Broughton.

Stolen tractor on railway bridge
Cross Country

The way the tractor was balanced it could have dropped on to the lines and then the train coming two or three minutes later would have crashed into it... been derailed and lives would have been lost."

Martyn IckeFarmer

Latest: Tractor thieves rail accident risk; five night of work begin on link road; local swimmers make Rio games squad

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A Worcestershire farmer whose tractor nearly caused a major disaster after being stolen and crashed into the wall of a railway bridge says it's fortunate nobody was killed

- Five nights of work on Worcester's southern link road are due to begin tonight

-Three local swimmers are named in the GB Paralympic squad for the Rio games

Sussex struggling at New Road

Worcestershire 491 v Sussex 106-4

Dave Bradley

BBC Hereford & Worcester

"Four wickets in the afternoon session including two in the last three overs before tea have put Worcestershire in a good position.

"Ed Joyce and Chris Nash had 58 on the board before Ed Barnard bowled the former for 58 and Jack Shantry then tied down the batsmen with a fine spell, conceding only seven runs in eight overs, before Matt Henry struck to remove Nash for 31.

"Luke Wells top edged a six and then tried to repeat it, holing out to Shantry at fine leg, and Joe Leach had two in two overs as he trapped Taylor lbw off the last ball before tea."

Travel: Five nights of work of Worcester ring road

Five nights of work on Worcester's southern link road are due to begin tonight. 

Ketch roundabout, Worcester
Google

The work will involve the removal of overhead power cables, along with the installation of drainage ducts and culverts, on the Norton to Ketch arm of the A4440. 

The work is described as one of the biggest upgrades to the road infrastructure in Worcestershire by the county council and will see the road reduced to one lane between 20:00 and 06:00 to minimise disruption.  

Watch: Bulls' players 'yet to appreciate their achievements'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC’s manager, Pete Beadle doesn’t believe the players have yet appreciated the scale of their achievements so far this season.

The Bulls have already won the Midland Football League Championship and League Cup, as well as the County Cup in which they beat Westfields 5-1 in the final.

The will head to Wembley on Sunday, 22 May for the FA Vase final against Morpeth Town and Beadle feels it will be only then that the squad will appreciate just how far they have come in what is the club’s debut season.

Latest: Father and son on trial for drugs charges; Tudor royal dress found; cinema plans 'sky bar'

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

- A father and son from Tenbury Wells are on trial at Hereford Crown Court accused of running a cannabis factory near Leominster

- Parts of a dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I may have been found in a church in Herefordshire

- The Regal cinema in Evesham plans to build a "sky bar" with panoramic views over the town

Your pictures: Sunshine over Lyonshall

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

It's a lovely day today, as you can see from this picture taken in Lyonshall, Herefordshire, by BBC Weather Watcher, Johnqa.

I'd love to feature your photos on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Sunny day
Johnqa

Travel: Shorter trains between Redditch and Lichfield

Some trains running between Redditch and Lichfield Trent Valley will be running with fewer carriages until December, London Midland say,

The operator says 26 of its trains are having their engines upgraded and rather than cutting a whole service it has decided to shorten some trains.

The busiest departures affected will be:

- 07:50 Lichfield to Longbridge (08:30 arrival at New Street) - 17:16 Four Oaks to Redditch (17:43 departure from New Street)

Worcestershire dismissed for 491

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire were dismissed for 491 before lunch, with the last six wickets going this morning for 109 runs.

Sussex are currently 50-0 in their first innings reply at the New Road ground.

New Road pitch
BBC

You can listen to ball-by ball commentary and follow the action online.

Murder bid arrest over car stabbing

BBC News England

Read more from BBC News Online on the arrest of a man on suspicion of the attempted murder of a 51-year-old who was stabbed.

Cusop Close, Hereford
BBC

Your photos: Beautiful blooms in Bartestree

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This glorious picture was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Typhoon Taffy in Bartestree, Herefordshire.

Send me your photos and I'll feature them on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Red blooms
Typhoon Taffy

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Special needs trial and historic cloth

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on Midlands Today we'll have the latest on the trial of a husband and wife who are accused of the rape and murder of a woman from the region with special needs.

Piece of cloth
BBC

And you'll see a piece of cloth, once stored under a vicar's bed in the Herefordshire, which is being described as one of the most important textiles in the world. 

Both those stories and more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.  

Watch: Latest weather for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

Temperatures will be what we would expect for the time of year, and it will feel pleasant in the sunshine - highs of 17C (63F).

Latest: Attempted murder arrest; Elizabethan royal dress found; Bulls' bull Wembley-bound

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Attempted murder arrest after man stabbed while sitting in car

- A piece of the only surviving dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I has been discovered in a small church in Herefordshire

- Hereford FC's bull mascot will make the trip to Wembley

Pollen levels 'very high' today

BBC Weather

Suffer with hay fever? Beware - pollen levels are very high in the West Midlands today.

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Watch: Bonfire burns victim expects recovery to take a year

Carson Wishart

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

I've been to meet Tom Wells, the councillor for the Powick area of Worcestershire, who recovering after a bonfire accident left him with burn injuries to 70% of his body.

Man on trial charged with illegally importing guns

A businessman from Tenbury Wells is due to go on trial in Hereford charged with illegally importing guns. 

The 56-year-old has pleaded not guilty to breaching his licence in September 2014 by having semi-automatic weapons including an AK47 rifle and a Glock pistol. 

He has also denied illegally importing 10 self-loading pistols in June last year.

Watch: 'There's nothing else that survives that was worn by Elizabeth I'

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Part of a dress worn by Elizabeth I, that was used as an altar cloth in a Herefordshire church has been described as "incredibly rare" by historians. 

Eleri Lynn, an expert from Historic Royal Palaces, describes the importance of the find at St Faith’s Church in Bacton.

Bull's bull is Wembley-bound

Hereford FC have had final confirmation from the FA that their bull mascot can be paraded around the pitch before their FA Vase final on Sunday 22 May.

Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo
Hereford FC

Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo, as the bull is known, will make his way pitchside at 11:10 and then parade in front of the Hereford fans for around half an hour before leaving the arena at 11:40.

'It's a long way yet to full recovery' says bonfire burns victim

A Worcestershire councillor has spoken for the first time after being badly burnt in a bonfire accident at his home. 

Tom Wells, who represents the Powick area, was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and put in an induced coma after the accident. 

Tom Wells
BBC

He was only given a 50% chance of surviving and has had several skin graft operations on injuries that affect 70% of his body.

It's a long way yet to full recovery - I'm working with a physiotherapist pretty much on a day-to-day basis to make sure the new skin works properly, to allow it to stretch and to be subtle."

Tom Wells

Attempted murder arrest after Hereford stabbing

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 51-year-old man was stabbed while sitting inside a car, police say.

West Mercia Police say they were called to reports of a stabbing in Cusop Close, Hereford (pictured), at about 18:45 yesterday.

Cusop Close, Hereford
BBC

The man, who suffered "serious injuries", was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where he has undergone surgery - his condition at this time is said to be serious but stable.

Police say a 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody.

Watch: Worcestershire v Sussex preview

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

I'll be bringing you full commentary on the second day of the County Championship match between Worcestershire and Sussex at New Road.

Play is due to resume at 11:00 this morning and there'll be ball-by-ball commentary on the match on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford & Worcester.  

Latest: Elizabethan royal dress found at church; talks over Worcester's political future; cinema plans 'sky bar'

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A piece of the only surviving dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I has been discovered in a small church in Herefordshire

- Worcester's leading politicians are meeting to try to work out who's going to run the city council for the next two years

- The Regal cinema in Evesham, which cost nearly £3m to reopen in 2012, is planning to build a panoramic sky bar

Talks to decide Worcester's political future

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester’s leading politicians are meeting to try to work out who’s going to run the city council for the next two years.

The authority was thrown into chaos earlier this month, when the Conservatives lost their overall majority in the local elections.

Worcester Guildhall
BBC

The Greens want all the parties to sit down and run the council together. 

While a statement released by Labour didn't explicitly rule out a "grand coalition",  by highlighting the differences they have with the Conservatives, and the similarities they have with the Greens, it's clear they’d prefer to just work with the Greens and kick out the Conservatives. 

Cricket: Worcestershire enjoy good day at home to Sussex

Worcestershire opener Brett D'Oliveira missed out on a third straight century, but runs still flowed for the hosts as they enjoyed a good day against Sussex.  

After putting on 113 for the first wicket with skipper Daryl Mitchell (43), D'Oliveira was out to a loose shot, cutting, after being stuck on 99.

Brett D'Oliveira
Getty Images

Joe Clarke continued the assault with 82 to help the hosts to 382-4.

Play is due to resume at 11:00 this morning and there'll be full commentary on the match on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Thief stole computers from University of Worcester to get cash to buy drugs

Worcester News

A drug user who stole thousands of pounds worth of computers from the University of Worcester to fund his heroin habit has been locked up.

House raiders threaten boy in bedroom

Raiders threatened a teenage boy in his bedroom when they burst into a house, before trying to hitch a lift when their getaway car broke down.

Two men in balaclavas forced their way into the house in Haselor Lane, Evesham, at 09:30 on Saturday.

Haselor Lane, Evesham
Google

They stole a quantity of cash before fleeing in an old-style green Vauxhall Omega, police said.

The car broke down on the A46 and the robbers attempted to hitch a lift from passing cars, West Mercia Police said.

Rare Elizabethan royal dress found at church

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Part of a dress which probably belonged to Elizabeth I has been found in an Herefordshire church.

Experts at Historic Royal Palaces say they're as certain as they can be the altar cloth from St Faith’s Church in Bacton was made from Elizabeth I's dress, making the item one of the most important objects to still exist from her reign.  

Altar cloth from St Faith’s Church in Bacton
BBC

The dress was probably donated to the church's patron, the Queen's nursemaid Blanche Parry, in the 16th Century.

The cloth is thought to be the last surviving example of professional embroidery from the Elizabethan period.  

Latest: Elizabethan royal dress found in church; bonfire accident recovery; talks about Worcester's political future

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Part of one of Elizabeth I's dresses is found in a Herefordshire church

- Councillor speaks of his recovery from a horrific bonfire accident

- Worcester's leading politicians are meeting to try to work out who's going to run the city council for the next two years