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Summary

  1. Man in court on attempted murder charge
  2. Armed robbery in Redditch
  3. Man charged with 'Hillsborough T-shirt' offence
  4. The father of a man who took his own life says people with depression need more support
  5. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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Gloucestershire seamer Liam Norwell takes 3-28 to set up an unlikely victory push against Worcestershire at New Road.

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Our coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.  

Air ambulance called after boy fell 'approximately 20 feet' in Newton Farm, Hereford

Hereford Times

An air ambulance was called to Hereford to reports of a child having fallen approximately 20 feet, a spokesman said.   

EU Referendum: What do farmers think?

David Shukman

Science editor, BBC News

As the countdown to the EU referendum approaches, one of the most intensely debated issues is whether agriculture will be better in or out. 

The NFU wants the UK to stay in but many farmers say they're not so sure.

Ledbury Town Council to take on Bye Street toilets?

Ledbury Reporter

Ledbury Town Council is looking into taking on Bye Street toilets from the charitable group which took them on from Herefordshire Council two years ago, to keep them open.  

BBC Midlands Today

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

One hundred years ago today a 15-year-old boy from Bromsgrove lost his life in the biggest naval battle of World War One. 

Alfred Eves was among the 1,266 officers and men on board the Queen Mary who perished in the Battle of Jutland against the Germans. Just 18 of the crew survived. 

In recent years Alfred's namesake nephew, now in his 70s, has started to bring his uncle's story to life.

You can find out more on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Bridge company says inspections difficult in Shropshire

A Shropshire bridge-maker says it can be difficult to accurately assess the condition of the county's older bridges, but doesn't think we should worry about heavy lorries crossing them.

Henry Beaver, director of Beaver Bridges, has been speaking after last week's bridge collapse near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, and says check-ups can be hard because older structures often have incomplete records, because of their age.

Eastham bridge
BBC

But he says that improvements in lorry design mean over-loading isn't the big issue some have claimed and believes local authorities have a grip of the situation.

Although the weight of heavy goods vehicles has gone up, so has the number of axles, so the load per axles has probably decreased. And it's so tightly regulated, overloading isn't a problem and you need to have through-routes."

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The weather for the West Midlands

Cloud will build up from the east during the evening bringing intermittent rain. 

There may be some heavy bursts, these most likely in eastern parts towards Worcester, but further west, most of the rain will be light. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Latest: Man in court on attempted murder charge; armed robbery in town; plea to help depression sufferers

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- A Worcester man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed

- Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery in Redditch

- The father of a Worcestershire man who took his own life says more needs to be done to help people suffering from depression 

Leominster community enjoys festival fun

Hereford Times

The Leominster community joined together for a family fun day in the sun as part of the town's festival.  

Man not giving up on stone skimming record

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcestershire man says he is not giving up on his dream of becoming the world record holder at skimming stones. 

Tim Wright, from Malvern, took part in a challenge to become the best on the planet in Wales yesterday.

He said: "I got just shy of 90m which was, given the conditions, it was a little bit breezy, a little bit wavy.... all right. I'm happy with that."

Weather Watchers: Your photos

We have had some great photos sent in by you to the BBC Weather Watchers website. This one of Pershore comes from AJ.  

Pershore
AJ

Attempted murder charge after woman stabbed

A Worcester man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed.

Police were called to an address on Battenhall Road in the city at about 05:55 on Thursday. A 53-year-old woman was taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Iain Farrimond, 53, of Battenhall Road, was remanded in custody at Redditch Magistrates' Court earlier and is due at Worcester Crown Court on 4 July.   

Springwatch: The mystery of the giant willow aphid

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Springwatch is back on the BBC and we've got our own stories to share, starting with the tale of the giant willow aphid. 

The insect has a small fin like a shark on its back - the purpose of which remains a mystery. But even more mysterious is where this aphid disappears to for six months of the year. 

Researchers at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are asking anyone who spots them to monitor them throughout the summer and autumn to help with their research. 

The mystery of the giant willow aphid

Diabetes: Children 'not getting recommended checks'

Almost 75% of older children in England and Wales with diabetes are not getting key health checks, a study suggests.

Data from 27,682 children and young people showed 25.4% of those aged 12 and older had all seven recommended annual checks, such as eye screenings.

An insulin injection
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Diabetes UK said missed health checks for children were "very worrying".

However, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which carried out the audit, said the overall picture showed care was improving.

Harvington pub scoops prestigious accolade

Worcester News

Proud landlords of Harvington's Coach and Horses are celebrating after their pub was crowned the best in Worcestershire.  

Football: England squad announced

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Latest: Armed robbery in town; plea to help depression sufferers; man not giving up on world record

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery in Redditch

- The father of a Worcestershire man who took his own life says more needs to be done to help people suffering from depression 

- A Worcestershire man says he isn't giving up on his dream of becoming the world record holder at skimming stones

Thieves target cricket club in Leominster

Ledbury Reporter

The chairman of a Leominster cricket club which is working hard to keep the sport in the town said members were left 'gutted' when thieves struck last week.  

Plea not to move cones

Drivers are being asked not to move cones which have been put on the A438 near Bridge Sollers to protect the public.

There is "subsidence under the A438 at Bridge Sollers, near to the Russian Cottage" but there have been reports of people moving cones to make it easier for them to pass, Herefordshire Council said.

Traffic lights have been put in place to manage the traffic safely.

The council said it was likely the cones and lights would need to be there for the next six to eight weeks until it was able to repair the void.

Weather watchers: Your photos

You can send photos from your area to the BBC Weather Watchers website. J sent this one of Severn Ridge, Severn Stoke, Worcestershire. 

Severn Ridge
J

Shopkeeper threatened with axe during robbery

A shopkeeper has been threatened with a crowbar and a small axe in an armed robbery in Redditch.

Two men wearing dark clothing with their faces covered entered the Simply Local store in Dilywn Close in the Matchborough area at about 09:10 yesterday. 

The men made off towards Felton Close with some of the shop's takings.

Signings for Redditch United

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Redditch United's manager, Darren Byfield, has announced he has signed three new players for the coming season.

Darren Byfield
Empics

The former Aston Villa and Walsall striker has revealed the signings of striker Jamie Spencer and midfielder Jordan Jones, who were both at Kidderminster Harriers last season.

Defender Duane Courtney, who made 41 appearances for Harriers during the 2009-10 campaign, has also joined the club. 

Cricket: Lunch - Gloucestershire edge towards Worcestershire's total

Gloucestershire are 364-6 replying to Worcestershire's total of 439 at lunch on the third day of the County Championship match at New Road.  

Graeme van Buuren is still there on 172 and Craig Miles is 60 not out, two short of a career best.

There will be full commentary this afternoon on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford and Worcester.    

New Labour cabinet revealed at Worcester City Council

Worcester News

The Labour leadership at Worcester City Council has revealed its cabinet positions - with six politicians forming the new-look administration.  

New assistant at Hereford FC

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Hereford FC's manager Pete Beadle has wasted little time in appointing a replacement for his assistant Matt Bishop who left the club last week to take over at Aberystwyth Town. 

Edgar Street
Hereford FC

Steve Jenkins returns to Edgar Street after two years as manager at Merthyr Town, whom he guided to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division. 

Latest: Armed robbery in town; plea to help depression sufferers; man not giving up on world record

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery in Redditch

- The father of a Worcestershire man who took his own life says more needs to be done to help people suffering from depression 

- A Worcestershire man says he isn't giving up on his dream of becoming the world record holder at skimming stones

Watch: This afternoon's weather

You heard it here first: "West is best".  

The weather for the West Midlands.

Five arrested in relation to businesses ransacking

Hereford Times

Five people have been arrested in relation to the ransacking of businesses in Kington.   

Battle of Jutland centenary marked

People in Worcester have gathered to remember those who died at the Battle of Jutland, the biggest and deadliest sea battle of World War One, which happened 100 years ago.

Battle of Jutland
PA

Six thousand men in the Royal Navy were killed.

The battle was fought near the coast of Denmark on 31 May and 1 June 1916 and involved about 250 ships.

A ceremony to remember British sailors that died, including at least 35 from Worcestershire, was held outside the Guild Hall yesterday.

Kidderminster speed camera set on fire

Kidderminster Shuttle

A notorious Kidderminster speed camera was set on fire last night (Monday, May 30) alerting Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews.  

Worcestershire in charge against Gloucestershire

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcestershire's cricketers are in a good position heading into day three of their Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire at New Road. 

Jack Shantry
Getty Images

A career-best 169 from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and a fine 106 from Jack Shantry (pictured above) helped Worcestershire reach 439 all out. Gloucestershire had reached 226-5 at the close and so trail by 213 runs.   

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

Latest: Man charged with 'Hillsborough T-shirt' offence; plea to help depression sufferers; expert backs US gorilla shooting

BBC Hereford and Worcester

This morning's headlines include:

- A man from Worcester's been charged with a public order offence after a pub-goer was seen wearing a T-shirt mocking the Hillsborough disaster 

- The father of a Worcestershire man who took his own life says more needs to be done to help people suffering from depression 

- The Director of Wildlife at West Midland Safari Park has said the shooting of a gorilla in an American zoo after a child fell into the enclosure was the right action

Man ordered to pay £3,500 compensation after he smashed a shop window during a night out

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A 24-YEAR-old has been ordered to pay £3,500 compensation after he punched a window following a night out.  

Family fundraising after death

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Worcestershire family is raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to open what they describe as non-clinical crisis centres to help those at risk of suicide. 

James Wentworth-Stanley died at the family home in Broadway in 2006. 

His father, Nick, said the help available for people suffering with depression was not good enough.

On the anniversary of his death in December, James's brother, Harry, will begin a 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic to help with the fundraising effort.

Latest: Man charged with 'Hillsborough T-shirt' offence; plea to help depression sufferers; expert backs US gorilla shooting

BBC Hereford and Worcester

This morning's headlines include:

- A man from Worcester's been charged with a public order offence after a pub-goer was seen wearing a T-shirt mocking the Hillsborough disaster 

- The father of a Worcestershire man who took his own life says more needs to be done to help people suffering from depression 

- The Director of Wildlife at West Midland Safari Park has said the shooting of a gorilla in an American zoo after a child fell into the enclosure was the right action

Watch: Latest weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

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The weather for the West Midlands.