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  1. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Claudia Berry

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

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers will ease away this evening, then it will be a dry night with clear periods. This will allow it to turn chilly, with a touch of frost and perhaps some patchy mist or fog in rural parts.  

Lows of 9C (48F).

NHS agency pay caps breached more than 50,000 times a week

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Rules on the amount hospitals can pay agency staff are being flouted more than 50,000 times a week, figures show. 

Nurse looking at watch

The government introduced a cap on sums paid to locum workers, but it can be breached by NHS bosses if they consider there is "significant risk" to patient safety.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said it exposed "poor workforce planning" but said trusts had put safety first.

NHS Improvement said the cap had saved £300m.

Leominster's ale-taster, fish-taster and bread-weigher appointed for year ahead

Hereford Times

Leominster's traditional civic posts have been appointed.  

Thousands of fans line route of Hereford FC bus parade

Fans turned out in their droves this lunchtime to celebrate Hereford FC's successful debut season.

Despite a 4-1 defeat at Wembley to Morpeth Town yesterday, there was much to celebrate, with the Bulls not only winning the Midland League, but picking up other trophies as well. 

Latest: Thousands watch Hereford FC bus tour; fans 'left stranded' in London after Wembley final; bullied model calls for compulsory body image lessons

The headlines this evening:

- Thousands turn out to see Hereford FC's celebratory bus tour of the city

- Meanwhile 15 of their fans claim they were 'left stranded' in London yesterday after their coach drove home an hour before it was scheduled to leave

 - The Worcestershire model Iskra Lawrence is calling for body image lessons to be made compulsory for all school children  

Gardeners from Herefordshire and Worcestershire head for Chelsea

BBC News England

Expert gardeners from Herefordshire and Worcestershire are putting their talents on display at Britain's biggest gardening event. 

Chelsea Flower Show

The theme of this year's Chelsea Flower show is about greening-up our grey spaces.   

[To win gold] the garden has to be perfect. We're very confident and hopefully the public will like it too."

John FitzpatrickPershore exhibitor

Hereford bull steals the limelight from the players

Look at the antics of a Hereford bull, while players and staff from Hereford FC were busy waving to the crowds on their open-topped bus tour!

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Watch: Wigmore Castle's historical credentials

If you've got a spare £800,000 then you could soon be the owner of your very own castle -complete with its own moat, woodland and a jousting field. 

Wigmore Castle is up for sale but you may have to live under canvas as the Grade One listed ruin is managed by English Heritage.

Jason Semper O'Keefe, Chairman of the Mortimer Society, explains why it's such an important part of British history. 

15 Hereford fans 'left stranded in London'

A Hereford fan says he was left stranded in London, along with 14 others, after the FA Vase final at Wembley yesterday. 

Chris Hopkins claims his coach, run by Elgar Coaches, left at 3:15 - an hour earlier than scheduled.

He and eight others had to pay £360 for a minibus to take them home to Ledbury. 

He says he is still trying to retrieve personal belongings that were left on the coach. 

Elgar Coaches said their drivers' maximum number of hours had been reached, but refused to comment further on the claims. 

Hereford FC at Wembley

Special service at Worcester Cathedral to mark monarch's 90th

Kidderminster Shuttle

Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to attend a Service of Thanksgiving at Worcester Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.  

Worcester Cathedral east window
Worcester Cathedral

Call for compulsory body image lessons

Malcolm Boyden

Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Last week model Iskra Lawrence visited three schools - St James, Hanley Castle and Pershore High - in a bid to share her message about positive body image.

She shot to fame after refusing to let people retouch her curves in photographs and has also been targeted for online abuse about the way she looks.

Malcolm Boyden and Iskra Laurence

The visits to schools in Worcestershire are just the start of a journey and she's calling for the issue of body image to be taught in every school across the country - she's recruiting an "army" of followers along the way to help spread the word.

We'll be following her every step of the journey.

First refugee families to be resettled in Redditch in June

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Three refugee families from Syria, eight people in total, are set to arrive in Redditch by the end of June. 

Two of the families are linked and will be rehomed in the same property. 

They are just the first of 50 refugees expected to arrive in the county this year. 

Worcestershire County Council has appointed Refugee Action to provide support services.

Disabled mum let down twice in a week by patient transport service

Malvern Gazette

A disabled mum from Pershore says she waited three "agonising" hours in her wheelchair for an ambulance to take her home.

Worcestershire cyclist in "Everesting" challenge

A Worcestershire cyclist has ridden up Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb 74 times - the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.

Matt Hill on his bike
Peter Hill

Matt Hill, who grew up in Little Witley, returned to his home county at the weekend for a gruelling 17-hour cycle.

He raised about £4,000 for Moorfields Eye Hospital in London after climbing more than 8,848 metres. 

I did 2,000 metres, I thought it was all looking good, but it just got tougher and tougher."

Matt HillCharity Cyclist

Latest: Thousands turn out for Hereford FC tour; Syrian refugees coming to Redditch; Princess Royal to open Malvern show

The headlines this afternoon:

- Thousands of fans line the streets of Hereford to celebrate Hereford FC's title-winning season

- The first three families of Syrian refugees to be resettled in the two counties are expected in Redditch in June

- The Princess Royal will open this year's Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern

Worcestershire cricket star says thank you to cancer staff

The Worcestershire County Cricket Club star Tom Fell has thanked the doctors and nurses who helped him through his battle against cancer

Tom Fell

The batsman says he celebrated getting the all clear from testicular cancer with a round of golf with his mum, followed by champagne.

'Three trophies and a trip to Wembley'

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Hereford FC's Rob Purdie says the fans' reaction has lifted the club, after yesterday's disappointment at Wembley.

The Bulls were beaten 4-1 in the FA Vase, despite Purdie's strike after just 80 seconds.

Thousands of fans turned out for an open-top bus parade this lunchtime to celebrate the team's success this season

Herefordshire reach Trophy quarter-finals

Herefordshire are through to the last eight of the Minor Counties Cricket Association Trophy despite losing their final group game.

Although being beaten by Wales on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-affected match at Eastnor, they still finished second in Group Two to qualify for an away quarter-final.

Herefordshire, who won the Trophy for the only time in 2000, must now travel to Dunstable on 12 June (10:00) to meet Group Four winners Bedfordshire.

Eastnor, one of Herefordshire's foremost cricketing homes
Jim Morris

Gaming tech shows text-and-drive risk

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

Police are using gaming technology to simulate the hazards of driving while texting on your phone. Central Motorway Police Group has fitted a car with the equipment - I gave it a go.

Studies have found that driver reaction times when using a mobile are 30% slower than someone who's just above the drink drive limit.  

Thousands of pharmacies in England 'at risk of closure'

BBC News Health

Thousands of local pharmacies in England are at risk of closure because of cuts by the Department of Health, a campaign group has said.

Pharmacy Voice, which represents High Street chemists, says that without access to a community pharmacist one in four people would visit their busy local GP instead.

Science Photo Library

The government says outlets in some areas are too close together.

It proposes giving more people access to a community pharmacy.

Life-saving defibrillators being installed at Tesco supermarkets

Worcester News

The supermarket giant Tesco has announced it is to provide six life-saving defibrillators in some of its largest stores across Worcestershire. 

Hereford FC tour the city

Players from Hereford FC show off their silverware from an open-topped bus.

Hereford FC players

Hereford FC fans gather to welcome the players

Fans have lined the route as Hereford FC players and staff toured the city to celebrate their successful debut season. 

Players and fans

Here they are celebrating in St Peter's Square.

With a league title and three trophies under their belt, it's a long way from Hereford United being wound up in December 2014, with debts of £148,000.

Coming up on TV: Plus-size model calls for focus on positive body image

Qasa Alom

BBC Midlands Today

Worcestershire model Iskra Laurence has been back to her old school in Malvern in a bid to build an "army" of children  to fight negative body image.

Size 14 Iskra has herself been the target of online abuse about her looks and is calling for schoolchildren to accept how they look and help change perceptions. 


More on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Busy morning for paramedics in Worcester

A busy morning for paramedics and ambulance crews in Worcester.

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Latest: Hereford FC tour city; bullied model promotes positive body image to children; counties' exotic pets

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The headlines this lunchtime:

- Hereford FC players are touring the city as fans turn out to celebrate their successful debut season

-  A Worcestershire plus-size model who was bullied about her size has returned to her old school to fight so-called body shaming

- Snakes, monkeys and zebras are among the 40 exotic pets being kept in Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Hereford FC tour city to celebrate season

Hereford FC players and staff are touring the city to mark their successful debut season.

The phoenix club, which rose from the ashes of Hereford United, not only won the Midland League title, but picket up three trophies.

Despite Sunday's loss in the FA vase, fans have turned out in droves in Hereford to celebrate with the players.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A largely dry and often bright day with plenty of sunny spells mixed in with some cloud which could lead to some showers thisafternoon

Highs of 18C (64F).

In pictures: Rainbow over Malvern

Did you see this wonderful rainbow in Malvern last night?

Thanks to Jerry for sending this in.

Jerry Chester

Hereford FC prepares for open top bus tour

Hereford FC fans will be taking over the city this lunchtime to celebrate a hugely successful debut season. 

Despite a 4-1 defeat at Wembley to Morpeth Town yesterday, there's much to celebrate, with the Bulls not only winning the Midland League, but picking up two other trophies.

Fans with black and white flags at Wembley
FA / Getty

The players are taking a tour of the city on an open top bus which leaves from Widemarsh gate at midday.

There'll be full coverage on BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Wild animals at UK homes include lions, zebras and crocodiles

Wild animals including lions, tigers, crocodiles, rattlesnakes and zebras are being kept legally on private property across the UK, figures have revealed.

More than 100 councils have issued licences to people who keep undomesticated animals at home, a freedom of information request by the Press Association news agency found.

Animal welfare experts have expressed concern at the findings.

Science Photo Library

In Herefordshire, licences cover three zebras and two vipers.

Wychavon District Council revealed it had issued licences for five rattlesnakes, three copperheads, five vipers, eight ring-tailed lemurs and four beaded lizard.

Police will use stop and search to tackle legal highs

Worcester News

Police in Worcestershire say they are ready to use new powers to tackle so-called "legal highs" including stop and search.

Fly-tipping closes Worcestershire road

A Worcestershire road has been closed in both directions because of fly-tipping

ariel view of scene

Horton Lane in Cutnall Green will be closed all day while the rubbish is removed.   

It's expected to reopen tomorrow. 

Latest: Hereford FC prepares for city bus tour; driver killed in Herefordshire lorry crash; plus-size model fights back against body shaming

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some off the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Hereford FC is getting ready to tour the city this lunchtime despite not bringing back the FA Vase after losing 4-1 to Morpeth Town 

- A man has died after his car was involved in a crash with a lorry in Herefordshire

- The Worcestershire model Iskra Lawrence has gone back to her old school to promote body confidence among children

TV documentary features murder of Worcestershire mother

The murder of a mother from Worcestershire who was pushed down the stairs by her husband is the subject of a new TV documentary.

Louise Evans

Alan Evans is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of 32 year old Louise Evans at their home in Kidderminster in 2012.Several family members and friends took part in the programme, 999 Killer, which broadcasts on the Crime and Investigation Channel at 22:00.

(Making the program) was very emotional. We did it for Louise. "

Judy BollenLouise's mother

Bullied model builds body image 'army'

A model who was bullied about her size has been touring schools trying to promote body confidence among children.

Iskra Lawrence, from Worcestershire, is a size 14 - and is classed as a plus-size model. 

She's been subjected to abuse online and wants to change perceptions.

Driver killed in Herefordshire lorry crash

A man's died after a car collided with a lorry in Herefordshire

The driver of the car died at the scene on the A44 Kington to Leominster road last night. 

The lorry driver was shaken but unhurt.