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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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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.

Talks begin on how to repair collapsed listed bridge

Engineers are continuing to investigate the collapse of a Grade II listed bridge near Tenbury Wells, the county Council says.

Worcestershire County Council, which owns Eastham Bridge, says the structure has been inspected "regularly", with the last check taking place in December.

Eastham Bridge
BBC

The council says it will be talking to Environment Agency, English Heritage and Natural England about how to rebuild the 18th Century bridge.

The most important thing is that no one was hurt in this incident but we do understand the frustrations that people now face because of the diversions to their regular journeys."

Councillor Marcus HartCabinet Member with responsibility for highways

Stairway legal battle leads to Plant quitting festival

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Worcestershire's legendary rock star, Robert Plant, has withdrawn from the Meltdown Festival because of an ongoing legal battle.

The Led Zeppelin singer is due in court in the US over a copyright claim over Stairway to Heaven. 

Robert Plant
BBC

Lawyers for the estate of one of the members of the band Spirit claim Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page stole the intro to the rock classic from the American group's 1968 song, Taurus.

Led Zeppelin deny the claim.

EU referendum: How to register to vote

BBC Politics

The referendum to decide on the UK's membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23 June.  

BBC politics have produced this handy guide on who is eligible to vote and how to register.

Polling station sign
Getty Images

School minibus driver relives bridge collapse

School minibus driver Derek Trow relives the moment he reversed off a bridge in Tenbury Wells, moments before it collapsed before him into the River Teme. 

An investigation has begun into why the 200-year-old Eastham bridge fell into the river.

Watch: Aerial view of collapsed bridge

BBC Midlands Today

These aerial shots show the extent of the damage caused by the collapse of Eastham Bridge, over the River Teme near Tenbury Wells.

Watch: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

There will be some patchy rain or drizzle, especially in the north, where some heavier bursts are possible over higher ground. Lows of 10C (50F). You can see a full forecast on the BBC Weather website.

Watch: 'Car boot' baby parents overjoyed

BBC Midlands Today

A couple from Hereford who did 75 car boot sales to raise money for IVF treatment have described their joy at the birth of their first child. 

Kirsty and Kyle Morgan raised £3,000 for private treatment after one round of NHS-funded IVF failed. Cuddling baby Alyus who was born earlier this month, the couple said they would do it all again.

Dad begins 20,000 miles trek in memory of his daughter

A Worcestershire father has completed the first leg of a 20,000-mile (32,000 km) drive to raise awareness of the rare brain cancer that killed his 10-yearold daughter. 

Mark Radcliffe set off first thing this morning from his home in Shrawley on the 4th anniversary of his daughter Keyra's death. 

Car in a field
Mark Radcliffe

He's just reached Germany and hopes to go to the Sea of Japan and back over the next three months.

Latest: Long diversions after bridge collapse; Led Zep legend quits festival; 20,000 mile trek in memory of daughter

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Drivers face a 10-mile diversion for some time after a 200-year-old bridge collapsed

- Worcestershire's legendary rock star Robert Plant has withdrawn from the Meltdown Festival because of an ongoing legal battle

- A Worcestershire father has completed the first leg of a 20,000-mile drive to raise awareness of the rare brain cancer which killed his 10-year-old girl

Football: Hereford chairman Hale delighted by number of young fans

Hereford FC's chairman Jon Hale says one of the biggest successes of the season for him has been the number of families and young supporters who have followed the club.

Jon Hale
BBC

Hale says he was delighted by the number of school children who were allowed to turn out for the squad's open-top bus tour of the city on Monday, 23 May.

He says it's vital they engender the feeling among youngsters that Hereford is their club as they are the next generation of Bulls' fans.

'Legal highs' no longer legal from tomorrow warn police

The Psychoactive Substances Act provides a range of criminal and civil sanctions including new powers for police and tough sentences of up to seven years for offenders.

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Your pictures: Sunny day on the Clent Hills

BBC Weather Watchers

Today may have clouded over but yesterday there was glorious sunshine on the Clent Hills in Worcestershire, as you can see from this photo by BBC Weather Watcher, Jeeves.

Send us more of your snaps from around Herefordshire and Worcestershire - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Clent Hills
Jeeves

Football: No change at the top for Alvechurch

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Alvechurch Football Club's management team have confirmed they are to stay at the club.

There had been speculation linking Ian Long and Richard Colwell with jobs elsewhere, but they have said they regard last season's runners-up spot in the Midland Football League as being "unfinished business" and they will be staying.

Herefordshire Council's customer services centre on the move again

Hereford Times

Herefordshire Council's customer service centre is set to move to its fourth home in less than a decade.

Severn Valley Railway given £75,000 to improve disabled facilities

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Severn Valley Railway has been given £75,000 to improve facilities for visitors with disabilities and make it easier to get on the trains.

The awards come from a £1m pot of money set aside by the government to improve railway tourism across the country.

Severn Valley Railway
BBC

Around the country, 17 railways have benefited.

Latest: School bus 'lucky escape; dangerous driving charge; Bulls' former assistant manager off to Wales

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- School bus driver says he was "very lucky" to escape bridge collapse

- Man charged with dangerous driving after death on Kidderminster road

- Matt Bishop, the former Hereford FC Assistant manager, is to become the new manager of Aberystwyth Town

GPs praised for 'dramatic' cut in antibiotic prescriptions

BBC News Health

GPs in England have "dramatically" reduced the number of antibiotics they give to patients, latest figures show.

NHS Improvement says prescriptions for all types of antibiotic were down by more than 2.6 million on the previous year to about 34 million in 2015-16.

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SCIMAT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

They say it is a "fantastic result" and shows doctors are being careful not to over-prescribe them.

It is part of a wider drive to stop harmful infections developing resistance to antibiotics.

Football: Hereford assistant boss Bishop takes over at Aberystwyth

Hereford FC's assistant manager Matt Bishop has been appointed the new boss at Welsh Premier League club Aberystwyth Town.

Matt Bishop
Empics

The Bulls announced on Tuesday, 24 May that Bishop was to leave the club as he was finding the travelling from his home in Wales difficult and the club is likely to have longer trips in the Southern League Division One South and West next season.

Hereford's manager Pete Beadle says they totally respect his decision to put his family first and described Bishop's contribution to the club's highly successful debut season as "massive".

Watch: Charity helps people with mobility problems enjoy the Malvern Hills

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

The Rotary Club has used a Land Rover to take people with mobility problems to the top of the Worcestershire beacon to enjoy the views.

It's given people like Michael Shiner the chance to enjoy a "dream" view.

Head teachers say cancel primary test results

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Head teachers are calling on the education secretary to stop the publication of this year's primary school results in England.

They warn of "serious mistakes" in the introduction of changes to tests and say results are too "unpredictable".

Tests
Thinkstock

This year's primary tests also saw a series of leaks and cancellations.

But the Department for Education said its reforms would "help ensure all children leave primary school having mastered the basics".

Watch: Weather for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Rain will spread across northern parts from the east this afternoon. Highs of 12C (54F). 

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

Tenbury Wells bridge collapse: School bus driver saves pupils

A bus driver has described how he saved 11 pupils from plunging into a river by reversing off a collapsing bridge.

Derek Trow, who's 62, was taking children home from Lindridge St Lawrence CE Primary School in Tenbury Wells.

Derek Trow
Derek Trow

As he crossed Eastham Bridge he saw the road give way ahead of him and managed to back up moments before it crumbled.  

"There was an almighty row and the apex collapsed leaving a drop of about 10ft," he said. "We would have gone down there. We were just lucky."  

Latest: Death by dangerous driving charge; lucky escape for school bus

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- A man is charged with causing death by careless driving after a 22-year-old was found unconscious on the side of a road in Kidderminster

- School bus has a lucky escape as bridge collapsed

- Charity organises trip up the Malvern Hills for people with mobility problems

Death by dangerous driving charge after body found on road

A man has been charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving after a body was found on a road in Kidderminster, police say.

Jason Westcott, who was 22 and from Weston-super-Mare, was discovered unconscious on the A451 Ringway at just after 05:00 on 15 November. 

He was taken to hospital with head and abdominal injuries and later died. 

West Mercia Police say Simon Robinson, aged 43, of Steatite Way, Stourport-on-Severn, was charged on 10 May and bailed to appear at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on 23 June.

Watch: Collapsed bridge where school bus had 'lucky escape'

Here's a video showing the Eastham Bridge near Tenbury Wells which collapsed yesterday.

A school bus carrying 11 primary school pupils was about to cross it - the driver said they had "a lucky escape".

Green transport grant of more than £400,000 for Herefordshire

A government grant of £419,000 to promote green transport has been awarded to Herefordshire Council.

Herefordshire’s green travel scheme will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone."

Robert GoodwillTransport Minister

Your pictures: Canal lock in the sunshine

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

It may be a bit dull today but BBC Weather Watcher Revsweather took this picture of a canal lock near Bromsgrove in yesterday's glorious sunshine.

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

Canal lock
Rev's weather

Football: New coach appointed at City

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester City have confirmed Ian King is to become the club's new first-team coach.

King comes with a great reputation and knowledge of the game after a playing career that included spells with a number of clubs including Aston Villa and Stoke City. 

School bus driver describes 'lucky' escape as bridge collapsed in front of him

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A school mini bus driver has described how he managed to reverse off a bridge as it collapsed in front of him.

Derek Trow, 62, from Bewdley, was taking 11 pupils home from Lindridge St Lawrence CE Primary School in Tenbury Wells.

But when began to cross Eastham Bridge on Tuesday he saw the road giving way ahead of him.

Eastham Bridge
Ryan Parkes

Mr Trow said: "There were two buses - I was in the lead. I’d just got on to the bridge when I saw just over the apex some of the road had given way.

"I stopped and gestured to the bus behind me to move so I could reverse back to get my wheels off the bridge.

"Just as I did that there was an almighty row and the apex collapsed leaving a drop of about 10ft.

"We would have gone down there with the weight of the bus. We were just lucky."

Picture: Rubble from collapsed bridge

Nina Das Gupta

Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's a picture I took of the rubble from the collapsed to the Grade II listed Eastham Bridge near Tenbury Wells.

Diversions are in place to take traffic to other crossing on the River Teme.

Eastham Bridge rubble
BBC

'Name and shame' call by woman cleared of murder

A Herefordshire woman wrongly accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend says she wants the police officers involved in her arrest to be named and shamed.

Kirsti Windsor was arrested in 2008 after her ex-boyfriend David Langdon's body was found in their garden in Wormelow - she was cleared of murder by a jury.

Kirsti Windsor
BBC

I was just an innocent woman dragged through the courts by police officers because they wouldn't back down and admit they were wrong."

Kirsti Windsor

She was one of two women to receive a payout earlier this month after suing police for malicious prosecution.

West Mercia Police said, in a statement, that there was no admission of liability on its part and that it was glad a "compromise settlement was reached in this matter".

Latest: Bridge collapse escape for school coach; police criticised over murder arrest; disabled people helped to enjoy hills

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A  school coach had a lucky escape after a 200-year-old bridge collapsed in Worcestershire yesterday

- Herefordshire woman cleared of murder calls for police officers to be named and shamed

- A charity helps people with restricted mobility to enjoy the Malvern Hills

Harriers confirm pre-season friendly dates

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster Harriers have confirmed they will host two newly promoted clubs as part of their pre-season programme.

Harriers will host Burton Albion on Tuesday, 19 July, while they will head to Solihull Moors on Saturday, 30 July.

Aggborough football ground
Getty Images

Watch: Collapsed Grade II listed bridge

The 18th Century Eastham Bridge over the River Teme, near Tenbury Wells, collapsed yesterday.

A county council investigation has begun to find out why.

War memorabilia fan's hoard fetches £80k

BBC Midlands Today

A collection of military equipment, including aircraft cockpits, ejector seats and parachutes, have sold for around £80,000 at an auction in Worcestershire.

John Hancocks and his wife are selling their farm in Holt Heath and held an auction there yesterday to sell off his military memorabilia, which had been described as one of the finest private collections in the country. 

Investigation begins into Grade II listed bridge collapse

BBC News England

An investigation has begun into the collapse of a Grade II listed bridge that dates back to the 18th Century.

Eastham Bridge near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire was a road bridge over the River Teme.  

Eastham Bridge collapsed
Ryan Parkes, Tenbury Wells