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Summary

  1. Motorist pleads guilty to causing the death of a Stourport man
  2. Minor injuries unit cuts hours over staff shortages
  3. Decision over spiralling cost of leisure centre
  4. Worcester City to play Villa in pre-season friendly
  5. Updates on Wednesday 1 June 2016

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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The weather for the West Midlands

The weather for the West Midlands.
Jack Taylor

Centuries from Jack Taylor and Michael Klinger see Gloucestershire to victory over 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.  

Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

This evening will be rather cloudy and breezy too, with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle at times. 

Rain and drizzle slowly clearing south overnight and winds easing. Lows of 10C (50F).

Read a full forecast on the BBC Weather web page.

Watch: New pitch being laid at stadium

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here's a view of the work being carried out to lay a new pitch at Redditch United's Valley Stadium.

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Celebrate the Queen's birthday in Pershore

Bring a picnic to the bandstand and enjoy the music.

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Hereford skatepark named in top three

Hereford's skatepark has been named as one of the top three in the UK, by the Mpora.com action sports and adventure website.

Hereford skatepark
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The park, which is owned and managed by a community charity, attracts children and adults from across England and Wales.

It's continued to expand in the 12 years since the project was launched and now has a shop, lighting and scooter sessions for the under-10s.

Latest: Motorist pleads guilty over road death; hours cut at minor injury unit; skatepark in top three

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- A Kidderminster motorist has admitted causing the death of a Stourport man while driving uninsured

- Skilled staff shortage causes cut in opening times at minor injury unit

- Hereford's skatepark has been named as one of the top three in the UK

EU war of words becomes a numbers game

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

I've taken a look a some of the statistics being used as part of the numbers game in the EU referendum debate.

What can the number-crunchers tell us, for example, about Herefordshire, famous for its apple orchards, polytunnels and, increasingly, for the migrant workers from eastern EU countries who go there to pick the crops? 

Find out some of the facts in my political blog

EU and Union Jack flags
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Motorist pleads guilty to causing the death of a Stourport man

Joe Baldwin

News Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Kidderminster motorist has admitted causing the death of a Stourport man, while driving uninsured. 

Kamil Jussak, who's 23 and from Long Acre, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Matthew Cullum on 29 August last year. 

He didn't enter a plea on charges of failing to stop after an accident, failing to report it and failing to provide his name and address. 

The case, at Worcester Crown Court, has been adjourned until 24 June for reports. 

Morrison signs for Redditch United

Redditch United have signed the former Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison (pictured right).

Darren Byfield and Clinton Morrison
BBC

The 37-year-old, who was playing for League Two Exeter City last season, says he turned down a number of offers from other clubs to play in the Southern Premier Division because of his friendship with United boss, Darren Byfield (above left).

Working with Darren will be brilliant. I'm not here to be mid-table, I want to win things and I want Redditch fans to know this is not a jolly - I'm here to get them out of the league."

Clinton Morrison

Travel: Severe congestion on the M42

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M42 between J3 (Portway) and J3a (M40) after an accident.

Congestion is running back to J2 (Alvechurch). More from BBC Travel.

Watch: Village sets up phone box library

Carson Wishart

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

I've been to meet Paul Timmins, chairman of The Clent History Society, to find out why a phone box in Cutnall Green is being turned into mini library.

Travel: Train delays through Ledbury may continue all afternoon

BBC Travel

The signalling probelm is now resolved but delays could continue until 17:00. More from BBC Travel.

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Travel: Ledbury rail problems 'resolved'

According to Network Rail the line is now open after the earlier signalling problems.

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Rugby: Warrior's stats for the season revealed

Premiership Rugby have released their end-of-season statistics for the Worcester Warriors.

They show that 99,458 people saw the club play last season - that compares with the Leicester Tigers, who topped the attendance table with 239,469 fans coming through the turnstiles.

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Your pictures: How to get close to nature

You don't have to dress as a badger but you can get closer to nature in June, with help from the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

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Travel: Signalling problems hit Ledbury trains

Buses are being laid on to take passengers between Great Malvern and Hereford.

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Latest: Hours cut at minor injury unit; leisure centre needs extra £700,000; Villa take on City

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Evesham's minor injury unit is cutting its hours because it can't find the skilled staff it needs

-  A council will decide today whether to authorise spending an extra £700,000 on a new £11.5m leisure centre for Bromsgrove

- Worcester City are to play Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly

Gloucestershire recover after early wicket

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire claimed a quick wicket at New Road as Gloucestershire started their reply.

Chasing 315 to win, the visitors lost Chris Dent for just 5, with the scoreboard showing 9-1.

However, Gloucestershire have dug in and are currently 74-2, with first-innings centurion Graeme van Buuren at the crease on 20.

Contractors ask for an extra £700,000 to build leisure centre

The future of a new leisure centre for Bromsgrove will be decided today, in the face of mounting building costs. 

Dolphin leisure centre, Bromsgrove
Google

The project has an £11.5m budget and now the contractor is asking for a further £700,000. 

The district council say the extra charges, which relate to work needed on the car park, are realistic and they still hope the facility will open in 2017.  

'Meet the manager' at Worcester station

This is your chance to question one of London Midland's bosses at Worcester's Foregate Street station.

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Cricket: Worcestershire set a target of 314

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire were all out for 239 in their second innings, setting Gloucestershire a target of 314 runs.

You can hear my ball-bay-ball commentary on the run chase after the lunch interval on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738 AM frequency and online.

Watch: Weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

A cloudier day, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle at times. However, there will be some bright or occasional sunny spells in the west. Highs of 16C (61F). 

Read a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.

Rare WW2 photo collection auctioned

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A rare collection of World War Two photographs is going on sale in Herefordshire today. 

The album of more than 100 images from the war in the Pacific includes shots of kamikaze pilots crashing into the allied fleet.

Aftermath of kamikaze attack
Brightwells Auctioneers

Latest: Minor injury unit cuts hours; leisure centre cost decision; City to take on Villa

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Evesham's minor injury unit is cutting its hours from today due to staff shortages

- The future of a new leisure centre for Bromsgrove will be decided today, in the face of mounting building costs

- Worcester City announce pre-season friendly against Aston Villa

Minor injuries unit cuts opening hours due to staff shortages

The opening times at Evesham’s Minor Injury Unit are being cut from today due to the trust being "unable to recruit suitably qualified nurses to cover the current opening times".

The unit will now be open from 09:00 to 21:00, seven days a week, rather than from 08:00 to 23:00.

Evesham Minor Injury Unit
Google

Despite several attempts we have been unable to recruit suitably trained nurses to ensure we can safely cover the current hours with appropriately qualified staff to treat patients with minor injuries and prevent them from attending A&E."

Mel RobertsLead for Community Services in South Worcestershire

Dairy farmer considers quitting after milk price cut

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Herefordshire dairy farmer says he could soon be forced out of the business, as the dairy producer Arla cuts the price it pays to farmers.

Dairy farm
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The milk supplier is cutting the base price for a litre of milk by a penny to 19p from today, citing over supply globally. 

The cut will hit Simon Brewer, who has almost 100 cows in Ross-on-Wye - he says it's very difficult to diversify.

If you look at the other commodity prices, the things we'd probably go into like beef and sheep, it isn't that attractive to change [and] it also costs a lot to change. If there is another price reduction it's very unlikely we'll be producing milk in 12 months' time."

Simon BrewerDairy farmer

Your pictures: Summer blooms

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This great picture comes from BBC Weather Watcher J9 from Eckington.

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

Flower blooms
J9

Travel: Roadworks cause delays in Malvern

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A449 Worcester Road in Malvern at the Lower Howsell Road junction, due to roadworks. More from BBC Travel.

Worcester News front page: 'I'm living in fear after they said I filmed kids at fair'

Worcester News

An elderly man fears he will be subjected to vigilante attacks after he was falsely accused of filming children at a funfair.  

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Cricket: Worcestershire v Gloucestershire start delayed

The start of play has been delayed, but all three results are still possible in the game between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire at New Road.

Worcestershire are on 151-5 in their second innings to lead by 226.

Full ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738 AM frequency and online.

Liam Norwell
Getty Images

Court appearance over road death

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A 23-year-old man from Kidderminster is due to appear in court in Worcester today, charged with causing death while driving without insurance. 

He accused of killing 36-year-old Matthew Cullum on Hilary Road in Stourport last August, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report it to the police.

Watch: Worcestershire v Gloucestershire day four

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

I'm at a damp New Road ahead of the final day of this derby match - you can hear my ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Hereford and Worcester's 738 AM frequency and online.

City to play Villa in pre-season friendly

Worcester City will be playing newly relegated Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, 16 July.

The game against will kick off at 15:00 and will be staged at Stourport Swifts’ ground.  

Tickets for the game are available on the club's website and supporters are being warned the ground has a "limited capacity".

Worcester City and Aston Villa composite
WCFC/AVFC

We made a few phone calls and we are really grateful to our near neighbours at Stourport Swifts who are allowing us to host both this game and the Senior Cup semi-final the following Tuesday at Walshes Meadow."

Joe MurphyFootball Secretary / Director

Loan shark advice on offer today from the police

You can find out how to avoid getting into debt with loan sharks at a supermarket in Worcester this morning.

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Village to set up library in old phone box

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A decommissioned phone box in Worcestershire is getting a new lease of life by being converted into a library. 

Phone box
BBC

Villagers in Cutnall Green will soon be able to donate and borrow books from the iconic 1930s phone box. 

To restore it to its former glory, volunteers have scrubbed it clean, replaced the windows and are currently painting it.