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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Jerry Chester

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Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Dry night with mist forming by dawn

BBC Weather

A dry night to come with lengthy clear spells allowing temperatures to fall a little lower than last night. 

One or two mist patches will form forming towards dawn on Friday.  Lows of 11C (52F).

Weather chart
BBC

Museum opens to celebrate a town's craftsmen

Kevin Reide

Midlands Today

A museum that celebrates the craftsmanship of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire is reopening after nearly a decade.

The gates to Buckingham Palace were made in the town in 1911.

Buckingham Palace gates
AP

The collection of nearly 23,000 items were saved by local man Dennis Norton after the original museum closed.

He's had to raise nearly £250,000 to buy it all back, plus the building in which it's housed.

See more on this in Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Cricket: Twenty20 derby game for Rapids

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire Rapids will return to action tomorrow evening when they will head to Edgbaston for a T20 match against Birmingham Bears. 

The Rapids got off to flying start in this season's T20 competition last Friday evening when they beat Durham Jets by 38 runs at New Road.

Staff 'told not to take action against probation breaches'

Probation officers are being told not to take action against offenders who breach sentence terms, because their companies risk being fined, a watchdog in England and Wales has said.

Since 2015, private probation groups have received payments linked to offenders meeting sentence conditions.

Wall being cleaned
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This may have deterred staff from taking action against people breaching community orders, inspectors found.    

The government said it was addressing issues raised in the report.

Three shoplifters pay double for items they had stolen and donate it to the Red Cross

Worcester News

Three shoplifters were stopped by police officers for stealing chocolate from The Cooperative in Ledbury today - with the agreement of the store manager, the trio paid double the price for the goods and all money was donated to the Red Cross.

Midwife-led maternity unit plan dropped

Plans to create a midwife-led maternity unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have been scrapped. 

It means expectant mothers in the area will have to continue travelling to Birmingham, Warwick or Worcester. 

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch
Google

Health bosses decided today that as the current arrangements are working, it isn't worth changing them. 

Campaigners hoping to get maternity services to return to the Alex say they're "very disappointed".    

Woman in hospital after street stabbing

Joe Baldwin

News Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A woman is in hospital after being stabbed in Worcester - her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police say. 

The incident happened on Battenhall Road shortly before 06:00 this morning. 

West Mercia Police A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is also in hospital with stab wounds.

Battenhall Road, Worcester
Google

Latest: Arrest after street stabbing; midwife-led maternity unit plan dropped; town centre cycle race

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Attempted murder arrest after street stabbing in Worcester

- Plans to create a midwife-led maternity unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have been scrapped

- Some of Britain's top cyclists are in Redditch tonight for a race around the town centre

Rugby: Te'o set to be 'one of the best players in the Premiership'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors' director of rugby says new centre Ben Te'o (pictured scoring a try) is going to be one of the best players in the Aviva Premiership. 

The 29-year-old is due to join the Warriors from Leinster this summer but his arrival will be delayed as he has already been called into the England squad to tour Australia.

Ben Te'o
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Stately home plays host to TV antiques show

Croome Court in Worcestershire will form the backdrop to four new episodes of the BBC One programme Flog it being filmed there today. 

Flog It at Croome Court
BBC

Thousands are expected at the National Trust property for a free valuation of up to three items.

Cycling: Tour Series road race in Redditch

The chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Tony Miller, has formally opened the race day - he's the one on the left.

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Dad campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel

A Redditch man whose son died after falling asleep at the wheel is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of driver fatigue. 

Barry Love's 32-year-old son died in 2008 after a head-on crash with a lorry. 

He says Mark had fallen asleep at least twice before, once with him in the car.

My head crashed against the side window and we wound up on two wheels - he'd nodded off and hit the central reservation."

Barry Love

Ambulance trust one of only two not to buy in from the private sector

The West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of only two trusts in the country which hasn't spent any money paying for private ambulances

Overall, the NHS is spending three times as much money on private ambulances for 999 calls compared to four years ago. 

Ambulance
BBC

The BBC has discovered ambulance trusts across England spent at least £66m last year on private vehicles to cope with the rising number of emergency calls.  

Travel: Redditch cycle race road closures

Here are the roads to avoid this afternoon in Redditch - cycle racing begins at 16:30.

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Temporary bridge plan after 18th Century structure collapses

A temporary bridge could be built in Worcestershire near where a 200-year-old one collapsed on Monday, the county council says.

The Grade II listed Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury Wells, crumbled into the River Teme just before a bus carrying children was about to cross.

Eastham Bridge
BBC

Jogger assaulted in Worcestershire country park

A woman who was out jogging has been pulled to the ground and assaulted by two men in the Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane in Rednal.

Lickey Hills Country Park
Google

West Mercia Police say a woman in her 20s was jogging around the car park up towards the "lookout point" on Thursday 12 May, when the assault happened.

She managed to get herself free from the attackers and ran to safety before calling the police, and was later treated for minor facial injuries.  

NHS 'must get a grip on hospital discharge delays'

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The NHS in England must get a grip on the delays patients face in being released from hospital, as the problem causes unnecessary harm and wastes money, the National Audit Office says.

A report by the watchdog estimated the delays were costing £820m a year.

Doctor
Thinkstock

It warned they also put older patients at risk because they lose mobility during extended stays.

It comes after delays hit record levels this winter because of a lack of support available in the community.

Crowds expected in Redditch for top bike race

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Big crowds are expected in Redditch tonight as some of Britain's top cyclists compete in a high speed circuit race. 

It's the fifth year in a row that the town has played host to a round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series. The elite cyclists - men and women - will compete over a testing 1.4km circuit.

I'm live in Redditch on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Bikes
BBC

GPs turn down plan to reopen maternity services

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Doctors in the north of Worcestershire have rejected proposals to reopen maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. 

The unit was temporarily closed last October because of a shortage of staff.

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch
Google

A plan to open a smaller, midwife-led unit in Redditch was also turned down.

Doctors thought there wouldn't be enough demand from mothers in the area to justify the £1m running costs.

Latest: Serial killer loses human rights claim; GPs back baby unit closure; temporary bridge plan following collapse

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- A serial killer, who stabbed two men in Hereford, has lost her High Court claim for compensation

- Doctors in the north of Worcestershire have rejected proposals to reopen maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

- The council is considering putting in a temporary bridge near where the 200 year old one collapsed in Worcestershire on Monday

Worcester News front page: Young man from Worcester died after snorting legal high

Worcester News

 A young man from Worcester died after snorting a legal high seven-and-a-half times more potent than morphine. 

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Memorial service for SAS hero

A memorial service is being held today for a former SAS soldier honoured for his role in one of the most successful hostage rescue of the 1970s. 

Barry Davies helped storm a hijacked Lufthansa plane at Mogadishu Airport in 1977.

Barry Davies
BCB International

He served for the regiment for two decades and died last last month at the age of 71.

Football; King will 'broaden recruitment' says City boss

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester City's manager Carl Heeley feels his new head coach Ian King will add an extra dimension to their player scouting and recruitment. 

King was named the third member of the City management team earlier this week in which he'll work alongside Heeley and his assistant John Snape.

Carl Heeley says King has strong contacts in the east Midlands which will broaden their area of recruitment.

Watch: 'Legal highs' ban won't stop buyers

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A shop owner in Hereford who was stopped from selling "legal highs" a year ago by the council says the new blanket ban laws that came in at midnight won't stop people buying the drugs.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The cloud is expected to thin and break this afternoon allowing for some brighter weather for a time

Highs of 16C (61F)    

Cycling: Tour Series race in Redditch today

Racing gets under way at 16:30 on a circuit around the town centre.

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Killer segregated over 'credible escape plan'

Joanne Dennehy, 33, from Peterborough, was convicted of murdering three men whose bodies were found in ditches in Cambridgeshire in 2013, as well as the attempted murder of two men in Hereford.

She was initially segregated while on remand after a "credible escape plan" had been uncovered - her lawyer maintained it was nothing more than a "doodle" found in her diary.

Joanne Dennehu
BBC

Government lawyers conceded part of segregation period was technically unlawful because it was not properly authorised by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

However, they argued it was fair, justified and lawful due to the nature of Dennehy's offending and the escape risk she posed.   

Miracle dog Jake survives two days in river before being found on floating logs

Hereford Times

A dog apparently swept away to its death in a cold, rising river was "miraculously" found alive two days later, surviving on logs floating under a bridge.

City centre parking loophole could be resolved

A legal loophole which means people have been able to park for free in Hereford City Centre for 24 hours could be resolved today.

Car parked in Widemarsh Street, Hereford
BBC

Due to a mistake in the road markings, up to 20 cars have been parking in the loading bays and on the pavement in Widemarsh Street. 

But, a year on, the council are meeting today to bring in new rules.

Latest: Serial killer loses appeal; GPs expected to back baby unit closure; council to close parking loophole

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Serial killer loses High Court human rights appeal

- GPs expected to back maternity ward closure in Redditch

- City centre parking loophole could be closed

BreakingSerial killer loses High Court human rights appeal

Joe Baldwin

News Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy, who also stabbed two people in Hereford, has lost her High Court claim for compensation. 

She claimed her human rights had been violated after being placed in solitary confinement in jail.

Joanna Dennehy
Cambridgeshire Police

Dennehy, 33, was given a whole-life sentence at the Old Bailey for murdering three men and stabbing two more. 

 She claimed that she had been left "tearful and upset" after being placed in segregation at HMP Bronzefield near Ashford, Surrey, since prison guards allegedly found a breakout plot in her diary

Travel: Problems on the A49 northbound

BBC Travel

The problems are on the Hereford to Leominster road. More from BBC Travel.

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Serial killer's human rights case in court

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A serial killer who stabbed two men in Hereford will find out if she's won her human rights case later. 

Joanna Dennehy, who's serving a life sentence in prison, was put in isolation after plotting a prison escape in her diary which included cutting off a prison guard's finger. 

Joanna Dennehy
Cambs Police

Her barrister has argued that being left in segregation has violated her human rights as it's left her "tearful and upset".

A judge will decide today whether to give her compensation.   

Stars line up for 29th Hay festival

BBC News England

Sir Tom Jones, Broadchurch star Olivia Coleman and James Bond director Sam Mendes are among the celebrities expected at Hay-on-Wye, on the border with Herefordshire.

BBC Arts will be broadcasting from the Hay Festival, including live streams of some events, while a number of BBC programmes will also be recorded at the festival.

It will run until 5 June.

Young girls reading at Hay Festival
Marsha Arnold

GPs expected to back baby ward closure plans

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Doctors in the north of Worcestershire are expected to back plans to permanently close the maternity ward at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch when they meet later today. 

NHS managers temporarily closed the unit in Redditch last autumn - because of staff shortages.

Alexandra hospital, Redditch
BBC

The plan needs the backing of doctors to go ahead, and GPs in the north of the county are expected to back it today. 

They're also likely to dismiss proposals to keep a slimmed down midwifery led unit in Redditch, on the grounds that there wouldn't be enough demand to justify the £1m a year cost.

I'll bring you details of what they decide later.

Latest: Serial killer's human rights case; baby unit closure decision; SAS memorial service

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A serial killer who stabbed two men in Hereford will find out if she's won her human rights case later

- Doctors in the north of Worcestershire are expected to back plans to permanently close the maternity ward in Redditch  

- A memorial service is being held today for a former SAS soldier honoured for his role in one of the most successful hostage rescue of the 1970s

Watch: Weather for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A grey, cloudy start, though any mist will quickly clear. 

It'll then remain dry with sunny spells developing through the afternoon. Highs of 17C (63F). See a full forecast on the BBC Weather site.