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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Work starts on new 3G pitch at Redditch

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Work has begun on transforming Redditch United’s Valley Stadium ground as the Southern League Premier Division club looks to completely overhaul its facilities.

Central to this redevelopment will be the installation of a third-generation 3G pitch but other areas of the ground will also have a major facelift.

Elderly targetted by 'Scotland Yard' phone fruad

Police are warning people to be on their guard after two separate incidents of phone fraud targetting the elderly.

West Mercia Police say an elderly man in Evesham was conned out of "a large sum of money" yesterday after he was rung up by someone claiming to be from Scotland Yard.

Today a similar fraud involving an elderly couple in Pershore was foiled by a family member.

Ten similar incidents have happened in neighbouring Warwickshire.

Please be aware that banks and police officers will never ask for your PIN or account details over the phone and never ask you to transfer money to another account."

Sgt Peter Nightingale

Cricket: Worcestershire forced to settle for the draw

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

It's all over at New Road.

After a blistering start to the match from Worcestershire, today Sussex managed to harass and eventually overtake their hosts' first innings total - finishing with 411-9. 

It means Worcestershire have to settle for a draw, despite forcing Sussex to follow-on after their first innings.

new Road

In the end Ollie Robinson (29*) and Stu Whittingham play out the final six overs before the teams shake hands - 13 points for Worcestershire, nine for Sussex.     

Football: Bulls get a taste of Wembley and a look at the FA Vase

Hereford FC players and staff have been to Wembley ahead of their FA Vase final on Sunday.

They've also got to stand tantilisingly close to the trophy they hope to win.

Hereford FC players and staff at Wembley
Hereford FC

Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Some showers will continue through this evening. 

It'll be a dry night for most though with some clear spells and the winds will be light. Lows of 9C (48F). More from BBC Weather.

Animal activists raging over Hereford bull parade at Wembley

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Animal rights activists are calling to stop a "cruel" plan to parade a bull at Wembley ahead of the FA Vase final. 

The FA granted permission for Hereford FC's mascot, Ronaldo the bull, to walk the stadium before the Morpeth Town game on 22 May.

Ronaldo the bull

But campaign group Peta wrote to the FA's boss "to stop Ronaldo from having to endure the stress and misery of being paraded in front of thousands of screaming fans." 

The FA tweeted: "Ronaldo is coming Wembley."

Latest: Ex-SAS soldier appeals jail term; new hope for hay fever; Wembley bull row

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A former SAS soldier is lodging an appeal against his prison sentence after support from a national newspaper and a 160,000-name petition

- New research at the University of Worcester is hoping to improve the lives of hayfever and asthma sufferers with better pollen forecasts

- Row over Ronaldo the bull's trip to Wembley

Historic outdoor spa pool to open for the summer

The historic outdoor Lido swimming pool in Droitwich Spa will open on 28 May, Wychavon District Council says.

The saltwater pool was built in the 1930s and reopened in 2007 after being derelict for six years following a local campaign.

Droitwich Lido

Ronaldo the bull's safety 'at the forefront of Wembley parade plan'

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

The safety of Hereford FC's mascot, Ronaldo the bull, was at the forefront of a plan to parade him at Wembley stadium, said the club. 

Fans will be asked to respect the animal's dignity when he is shown ahead of the FA vase final against Morpeth Town on Sunday.

Ronaldo the bull

Hereford FC said Ronaldo was regularly paraded in front of thousands-strong crowds and the three-hour journey would be "nothing unusual to him".

He would have an acclimatisation period when he arrived at the stadium and a vet would be with him at all times, a spokesman said.

Worcester City Council coalition deal 'heavy-hearted'

The Labour and Green parties have joined forces to take control of Worcester City Council in a "heavy-hearted" coalition deal.

The Conservatives lost their majority in the local elections on 5 May, leaving no party in overall control.  

The Guildhall, Worcester

Conservative leader Marc Bayliss urged the Green to "remain true to their word" and "not back a Labour minority".

However, the Greens eventually backed Labour, with the party's Louis Stephen saying the group "tried our hardest to get an all-party agreement".

"It is with a heavy heart that we did what we did," he said.

Warriors' Channel Island pre-season game

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors will travel to Jersey for a pre-season match on Saturday, 20 August.

The match is Warriors’ second confirmed pre-season game and will take place six days before the squad travel to Munster.

Bulls' fans help to pack Wembley

There'll be more than 19,000 Hereford FC fans in this Wembley crowd.

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Latest: Jailed veteran appeals sentence; debt advice offered by food bank; unemployment rises

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Jailed former SAS soldier lodges an appeal against his sentence, with the help of a national newspaper

- Food bank offers debt counselling advice

- Unemployment increases in the West Midlands going against the national trend

Watch: Fans' FA Cup marathon begins with Bromsgrove and ends at Wembley

BBC Midlands Today

Two football fans are off to the FA Cup final on Saturday after watching every round of the competition, starting with the game between Gornal Athletic v Bromsgrove Sporting in August.

Careers talks 'boost future earnings' - research

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Careers education given to pupils in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers.

A study published in the Journal of Education and Work suggests that better-informed teenagers are likely to make more advantageous career choices.


It measures the earnings benefit as an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions when aged 14 to 15.

Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people.

Crackdown catches more than 200 'illegal' anglers

Any angler aged 12 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A full rod licence costs from £27 - fishing without one could land you with a fine of up to £2,500 and a criminal record, the Environment Agency warns.

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Six players commit to City for next season

Six players have pledged their future to Worcester City for next season, the club has announced.

New deals have been agreed with Lee Hughes, Kyle Perry, Danny Jackman (pictured), Connor Gater, Jamie Smith and Dean Waldron.  

Danny Jackman
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They join Tyler Weir and Graham Hutchison, who have already put pen to paper for the 2016-17 campaign.

Coming up on TV: Unemployment rises in West Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

Unemployment has risen slightly in the West Midlands by 8,000, despite a general drop across the country.

The latest job figures show that 154,000 people were out of work in the region between January and March this year. 

Overall, that figure is still 24,000 less than the same time last year. 

Well have more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

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Prison shake-up at heart of new laws

BBC Politics

The government's planned new laws, set out by the Queen today, include the biggest prison shake-up in England and Wales "since Victorian times".  

Worcestershire has two prisons - the maximum security HMP Long Lartin (pictured) and HMP Hewell.

HMP Long Lartin

HMP Long Lartin, near Evesham, which caters for 622 category A and B prisoners, opened in 1971.

HMP Hewell, which opened in 2008, holds prisoners on remand and "vulnerable" prisoners. It has an operational capacity of 1,261.

Latest: Unemployment up; debt counselling offered by food bank; jailed ex-SAS man lodges appeal

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Unemployment has gone up in the West Midlands, bucking the national trend

- A new debt advice service is being introduced at the Worcester Foodbank

- Jailed former SAS soldier lodges appeal with help from The Sun

Travel: Points failure problem continues

Trains have been affected all morning.

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Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Scattered showers will linger through the afternoon, with thunder likely, but there will be some sunshine too. 

Highs of 15C ( 59F). More from BBC Weather.

Travel: Road to Redditch sailing club closed for 10 days

The entry road to Redditch sailing club on Proctors Barn Lane, an area "popular with visitors, cyclists and dog walkers", is being closed for 10 days for "potentially dangerous" resurfacing work, the council says.

Proctors Barn Lane, Redditch

The works will be taking place from Monday, 6 June to Friday, 17 June and will include resurfacing of the road, drainage and accessibility improvements and the installation of several parking bays.

We would advise everyone to find alternative routes during this time as some of the work is potentially dangerous for residents."

Guy RevansRedditch Borough Council

'Hidden army' of carers in their 80s, says Age UK

BBC News Health

The number of people in their 80s or older who are relied on as carers has rocketed in the last seven years, according to a charity.

Age UK says one in seven of the "oldest old" - an estimated 417,000 people in all - now provides some sort of unpaid care to family or friends.


Over half of these clock up more than 35 hours a week.

Many are exhausted and say they worry about how long they might be able to carry on, says the charity.

Travel: Points failure hits rail services

London Midland say the problems are likely to last until 12:30.

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Cricket: Play due to start at 11 say umpires

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

The umpires say play will start at 11:00 in the game between Worcestershire and Sussex at New Road providing there is no more rain. 

I'll be bringing you full ball-by-ball commentary on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford & Worcester.    

Jailed former SAS soldier to lodge an appeal

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A former SAS soldier from Hereford who was jailed for possessing weapons and ammunition is lodging an appeal against his sentence, with the support of a national newspaper.

Albert Patterson
West Mercia Police

Albert Patterson, 65, was jailed for 15 months at Hereford Crown Court after the weapons and ammunition were found at his house in the city. 

The Sun newspaper has put together a legal team for Albert Patterson and more than a 160,000 people have signed a petition to have the former paratrooper released from prison.

Cricket: It's looking damp at New Road

BBC Hereford & Worcester's match commentator Dave Bradley looks ahead to the final day of Worcestershire v Sussex at New Road.

Play is due to resume at 11:00 and there will be full commentary on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford & Worcester.  

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Food bank offers debt counselling

A new debt advice service is being introduced at the Worcester Foodbank

Martin Lewis, the founder of a money advice website, is launching Money Life across other food banks in the country with the help of a £500,000 personal donation.


Graham Lucas, manager of the Worcester Foodbank, says the number of people coming through the door is up about 30% since Christmas and the extra support tackling debt problems will be "invaluable".

Latest: Jailed former SAS man lodges appeal; unemployed man writes to PM; Labour takes control in Worcester

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Jailed former SAS man lodges appeal with support from The Sun

- Unemployed man writes to the prime minister after applying unsuccessfully for more than 2,000 jobs

- Worcester City Council is now under Labour control with the support of the Green Party

Hope for hay fever sufferers from better pollen forecasts

Millions of people across the UK who suffer from hay fever and asthma could be getting a more accurate pollen forecast thanks to researchers at the University of Worcester.

Girl sneezing

Academics are working to find out what grass species are linked to the worst allergic reactions.

It will certainly tell [people] why [they] have been suffering the way [they] have for the past few years and hopefully make [them] try to avoid the main species if at all possible."

Dr Simon CreerPollen reseacher

Joyce helps to hold up Worcestershire

BBC Sport

Former Sussex skipper Ed Joyce made 74 to help Sussex hold up Worcestershire's hopes of an innings victory.

Trailing by 213 runs and put back in by the hosts, Sussex closed on 137-3.  

Play is due to resume at 11:00 and there will be full commentary on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Sussex batsman Ed Joyce
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Labour to run Worcester City Council with Green support

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Labour have taken control of Worcester City Council after persuading the Green Party to support their plan to kick out the Conservatives. 

Uncertainty had surround the council since the local elections earlier this month when the Conservatives lost their majority

Worcester Guildhall

Green councillors had wanted to get all the parties to run the council together, but these negotiations fell apart this week.

In the end the Greens sided with Labour, but this agreement isn't a formal coalition and Labour will have to rely on the two Green votes to get their plans through.