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Summary

  1. Listed bridge in Worcestershire collapses
  2. Motorists remove roadblocks and drive under low-hanging power cables that closed routes
  3. Farmer's collection of war memorabilia sells for £80,000
  4. Bulls' assistant manager is to leave the club
  5. Updates on Tuesday 24 May 2016

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World War Two fan's hoard fetches £80k

World War Two fan's Worcestershire hoard fetches £80k
A militaria and aviation fanatic who has amassed barns full of rare war memorabilia has sold his hoard for more than £80,000.
John Hancocks, 85, said his fascination began as a child in Birmingham when the city was targeted by German bombers during World War Two.
His passion grew during his National Service as an RAF crash salvager based at Cosford in Shropshire.
Eastham Bridge collapsed

A Grade II listed bridge which has been in place since the 18th Century collapses.

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Bulls say 'thank you' to parade crowds

The chairman of Hereford FC says the players and club officials were "truly humbled" by the response from the crowds as they took an open-topped bus tour of the city yesterday.

Jon Hale says after the disappointment of losing the FA Vase final it was "the perfect tonic for them to celebrate their winning three trophies and promotion with supporters".

Open topped bus parade
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It has been fantastic to see such huge crowds at Edgar Street plus big followings away, to see so many families coming to games, to see schools and community groups engaging with the club and – of course – to see the many thousands of people making the trip to Wembley to support Hereford FC."

Jon Hale

Your pictures: Sunny day from the Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills Conservators is the charity that looks after the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Watch: Weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will be staying dry overnight, but we will see increasing amounts of cloud coming in from the east. 

It will be feeling rather chilly in the breeze - lows of 8C (46F). Read a full forecast on the BBC Weather website.

Latest: Listed bridge collapses; major road still closed by power lines; war memorabilia auction raises £80k

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Grade II listed bridge in Worcestershire dating from the 18th Century collapses

- Main route between Bromsgrove and Redditch remains closed by drooping 60,000 volt power cables.

- A farmer's collection of war memorabilia sells for £80,000

Military memorabilia auction raises more than £80,000

The auction of a massive collection of rare war memorabilia has raised more than £80,000 for the Worcestershire farmer who spent a lifetime collecting it.

John Hancocks, who's 85, decided to sell up so he and his wife Pat, 83, could downsize.  

John and Pat Hancocks
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Picture: Collapsed listed bridge in Worcestershire

The Grade II listed Eastham Bridge, close to the village of Lidridge, near Tenbury Wells, was built in 1793.

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Travel: Bromsgrove to Redditch road closures to continue during rush hour

BBC Travel

Here's the latest on our top story today:

There were hopes the A448 could be re-opened if a "temporary fix" could be found to raise the cables during rush hour, but this has not been possible. More from BBC Travel.

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Drooping power lines
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Collapsed bridge is a listed structure

According to the British Listed Buildings website, the Eastham Bridge over the River Teme is a Grade II listed building.

It was built in 1793 and was originally a toll bridge in private hands.

The website says Worcestershire County Council bought the bridge in 1907.

Eastham bridge
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Travel: Bridge collapses near Tenbury Wells

The Eastham Bridge is close to the village of Lindridge, near Tenbury Wells.

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Eastham bridge
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Picture: Power lines that closed a major Worcestershire road

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

This is why the A448 between Redditch and Bromsgrove is closed - power cables are in fields, trees and over the road.  

Power cables
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Cricket: Worcestershire win after a remarkable bowling performance

Worcestershire have beaten Leicestershire by seven wickets after they skittled the home side out for only 43 in their second innings.

Joe Leach (pictured) and Matt Henry took four wickets each to bring about a remarkable batting collapse.

Joe Leach
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Worcestershire knocked off the 89 runs they needed to win inside three days for the loss of three wickets.

Your pictures: May on the river

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Latest: Warning over driving under low-hanging power cables; military memorabilia auction; Bulls' assistant manager leaves

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

- Motorists warned that moving roadblocks on a route closed by low-hanging power cables is "extremely dangerous"

- Massive collection of military memorabilia collected by Worcestershire farmer goes up for auction

- Hereford FC have confirmed their assistant manager Matt Bishop is to leave the club.

Council seeks interpreters for refugee families

The council has agreed with the Home Office that it can support up to 60 Syrian refugees, approximately 18 families, from September onwards.  

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Massive collection of military memorabilia goes on sale

A hoard of war memorabilia owned by a Worcestershire farmer could fetch £100,000 at auction today. 

John Hancock's collection includes the tail of a lightning jet, a dozen ejector seats, army uniforms, and parachutes.

War memorabilia
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Mr Hancocks, who also served at RAF bases in Padgate, near Manchester, Colerne in Wiltshire, and Little Rissington in the Cotswolds, is selling up so he and he and his wife Pat, 83, can downsize.  

Your pictures: A sea of yellow flowers

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This picture of a field of wild flowers near Worcester comes from BBC Weather Watcher Montydog.

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

Field of wild flowers
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"Incredibly dangerous" - motorists moving roadblocks to drive under low-hanging, live power cables

Here's more on our main story about the low-hanging power cables that have closed the A448 at the Foxlydiate and Webheath junction near Redditch.

Motorists have been moving barriers so that they can still access the main Bromsgrove to Redditch road - driving underneath the damaged electric cables. The council has described their actions as "incredibly dangerous".

The road was closed this morning after cables that carry 66,000 volts of electricity drooped near to the carriageway. The B4096 Hewell Lane was also shut.

Road closed signs
West Mercia Police

'Road Closed' means exactly that - it is incredibly dangerous for drivers to move the barriers, particularly when we have some live power cables."

Jon FraserHead of highways - Worcestershire County Council

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will be feeling warm in the sunshine with mostly light winds, although it will turn breezier in the afternoon. Highs of 18C (64F).

You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather website.

Power line road closure: Drivers 'ignoring' warning signs

Engineers on site have told us these cables are carrying the highest possible voltage and are very dangerous.

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Latest: Work on low-hanging power lines could reopen road; war memorabilia auction; Bulls' assistant manager to leave

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Engineers are hoping to re-open the main road between Bromsgrove and Reditch in time for this evening's rush hour

- A hoard of war memorabilia owned by a Worcestershire farmer could fetch £100,000 at auction today

- Hereford FC's assistant manager is to leave the club

Refugees to get charity's help in learning English

A charity responsible for looking after the Syrian refugee families coming to Worcestershire says it hopes they'll be able to integrate into the community.

Refugees
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The first families are scheduled to arrive in Redditch at the end of June, with plans to find further properties in the town and Kidderminster for a further four families, who are set to arrive in mid-July.    

We will be helping [the refugees] to access English courses."

Julie KashirahamweRefugee Action

Bulls' assistant manager to leave

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC have confirmed assistant manager Matt Bishop is to leave the club.

In paying tribute to Bishop, the Bulls' manager, Pete Beadle, said his assistant had played "a massive part" in the club's success in its debut season, but was finding it difficult to balance the demands of his full-time job, football and family life.

Matt Bishop
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Pictures: Power line problems - engineers at work

Carson Wishart

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

I've been to see the "dropped" power lines that have closed the main A448 Bromsgrove and Redditch road at the Foxlydiate and Webheath junction near Redditch.

As you can see in the second photo, the The B4096 Hewell Lane is also closed. 

Engineers working on a power line
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Fallen power line
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Fewer traffic officers on the roads

There's been a 12% drop in the number of West Mercia Police dedicated traffic officers out on the roads, figures suggest. 

According to the RAC, the force lost 10 officers between 2014 and 2015. 

Police officer using speed camera
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The figures do not reflect the work done by the Safer Roads Partnership to reduce casualties through targeted communication, education and training together with enforcement."

SpokespersonWest Mercia Police

Sacked museum curator had 'tens of thousands' of indecent images

Evesham Journal

The sacked curator of a Worcestershire museum who took away an exhibit signed by Winston Churchill was caught with “tens of thousands” of indecent images on his computer at home, a court heard.  

Power line problems UPDATE: Hopes for 'temporary fix'

The A448 Bromsgrove to Redditch road is closed at the Foxlydiate and Webheath junction near Redditch. 

The B4096 Hewell Lane is also closed -  more from BBC Travel.

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Worcestershire trail Leicestershire in first innings

BBC Sport

Worcestershire ended the day still 67 runs in arrears against Leicestershire despite bouncing back well in the morning session at Grace Road. 

The Worcester openers then put on 51 for the first wicket but were still trailing at the close on 249-8.  

Joe Leach
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Latest: 'Loose' power lines close major road; fewer traffic officers; Redditch ready for refugees

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Main Bromsgrove to Redditch road closed by 'loosely hanging' power lines

- There's been a 12% drop in the number of West Mercia Police dedicated traffic officers

- A charity responsible for looking after Syrian refugee families coming to Worcestershire is hoping they will be able to successfully integrate

Your pictures: Environment Agency find fishing shelter fire

The fire in the shelter spread to local vegetation, but the fire service put it out.

1/2 Fishery bailiffs responding to reports of illegal fishing on River Teme NRW Powick found wooden shelter on fire.
1/2 Fishery bailiffs responding to reports of illegal fishing on River Teme NRW Powick found wooden shelter on fire.

1/2 Fishery bailiffs responding to reports of illegal fishing on River Teme NRW Powick found wooden shelter on fire.

Power line problems UPDATE: Police warn motorists to avoid the area

The power lines are hanging over the A448 Bromsgrove to Redditch Road at the Foxlydiate and Webheath junction near Redditch.

The B4096 Hewell Lane is also closed. More from BBC Travel.

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Power line problems UPDATE: Road could be closed all day

The main route between Redditch and Bromsgrove could be closed all day because of power lines that are "hanging loosely over the road", the county council says.

The A448 has been closed at the Foxlydiate and Webheath junction near Redditch. The B4026 Hewell Lane is also closed.

A448 Bromsgrove to Redditch road
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Western Power says it has a team of engineers on their way and no homes have lost their power.

It’s going to take all day so there will be major disruption - it’s one to avoid if possible.”

Jon FraserHead of highways - Worcestershire County Council