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Summary

  1. Mother of killed children fighting murderer's release
  2. Flying Scotsman arrives in Hereford
  3. Man injured in severe blaze near Honeybourne Airfield
  4. Collapsed Eastham Bridge causing farming problems
  5. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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Mum visits graves of murdered children

The mother of three children murdered by the family lodger said she is still fighting to keep him in jail.

David McGreavy, who was jailed for the murders in Worcester in 1973, is being considered for release by the parole board. 

She said McGreavy should stay in prison.

Our live 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 West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

There are warnings of heavy downpours, which should clear up this evening, although it will stay muggy.

Lows tonight of 12C (53F)

Watch: Flying Scotsman arrives in Hereford

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I watched as the Flying Scotsman made its way across the River Wye in Hereford this afternoon.

Better In or Out? A referendum special on BBC One

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Leading figures from the Leave and Remain campaigns in the West Midlands debate the issues around the EU referendum in front of a studio audience.

Join us this Sunday from 22:35 on BBC One.

West Midlands EU Referendum debate

Football: Evesham United appeal date brought forward

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Evesham United's appeal against the decision to transfer them from the Southern League to the Northern Premier League for next season will now be heard at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, 14 June.

The hearing was initially scheduled for Tuesday, 21 June but this has now been brought forward by a week.  

Evesham United FC
BBC

The Robins had been planning for life in the Southern League Division One South and West but Cinderford Town then declined their promotion place and so Evesham were told they would have to transfer leagues.

But the Worcestershire club has appealed on the grounds Cinderford were late in making their decision and the Robins had already started their summer recruitment in the belief they would be playing in the Southern League.

Plans for 1,200 Hereford homes on display

Plans for 1,200 new homes in Hereford have been unveiled. 

Hundreds of people have objected to the proposals to build the new estate, a primary school and community centre between Kings Acre, Three Elms and the Roman Road. 

A building application by The Church Commissioners for England is due to be submitted at the end of July and the designs can be seen at Whitecross High School this evening.  

Housing plans displayed at Whitecross High School
BBC

Latest: 'Emotional strain' of killer's parole request; man treated after Honeybourne fire

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

- The mother of three children who were murdered in Worcester 43 years ago says every time their killer is up for parole, it doubles the emotional strain on her and her family

- A 55-year-old man has been taken to a specialist burns unit after a fire near Honeybourne Airfield

- Plans for 1,200 new homes on the edge of Hereford go on show

Deadline for registering to vote to be extended to Thursday night

The deadline for registering to vote in the EU referendum has been extended, the government has said.

Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said the government would legislate to extend the cut-off until midnight on Thursday.

Polling station
Dan Kitwood

It follows a computer glitch which left some people unable to sign up before the original midnight Tuesday deadline.

The Electoral Commission urged people to sign up until the end of Thursday in order to vote on 23 June.

Follow live updates.

Hereford FC chairman calls for club to 'push on'

Hereford FC's chairman Jon Hale says it's vital the club builds on the momentum gained during its dream debut season.

Jon Hale
BBC

Midfielders Rob Purdie and Joe Tumelty became the latest players to agree new deals with the club, taking the total of signed-on players to 14. 

Hale said the Midland League and Cup double and FA Vase final appearance had given the Bulls a springboard and they need to make the most of it.

We mustn't stand still and reminisce about what's gone; we must look forward now and push it on."

Jon Hale

Malvern company launches tankards to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

Evesham Journal

Hundreds of limited edition tankards have been produced by a Malvern porcelain company to mark Worcester’s spectacular birthday celebrations for the Queen.

Mother of children killed by 'Monster of Worcester' 'tried to kill herself'

The mother of three children who were killed by a man known as the "Monster of Worcester", says she has "tried to commit suicide" because she "can't cope with it all".

Dorothy Ralph is upset that David McGreavy, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her children at her former home in Worcester in 1973, could be released on parole.

Dorothy Ralph
BBC

"Life should mean life," she said. 

"I have been fighting for eight, nine years to keep him in. Why should I keep fighting?"  

Collapsed Eastham Bridge causing farming problems

A farmer says the collapsed Eastham Bridge near her home is a "logistical nightmare". 

Local residents are facing a 10-mile trip to avoid it.

Celia Adams' family have land either side of the bridge near Tenbury Wells and said: "We farm close to the river. Today we're shearing but obviously can't get stock across".

The Grade II listed bridge collapsed two weeks ago and locals are now putting up a banner in the village demanding for it to be replaced. 

Collapsed Eastham Bridge
Ryan Parkes, Tenbury Wells

Latest: Honeybourne fire under control; collapsed bridge causes 'nightmare'

Some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon: 

- Severe blaze in Honeybourne under control but up to 60 firefighters remain at the scene

- Collapsed Eastham Bridge causing farming problems

- In rugby, Worcester Warriors announce their senior academy squad

Christmas starts early in Worcester

Basking in the sun, Christmas may be the last thing on your mind. But the festive spirit is in the warm Worcester air.

Bookings for the Victorian Christmas Fayre are now open.

Last year, visitors to the attraction contributed over £8m to the local economy, according to the city council.

Vendors at the Victorian Christmas Fayre in Worcester
BBC

Rugby Union: Warriors announce senior academy squad

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors have named their Three Pears Senior Academy squad for the 2016-17 season and it includes seven new faces.

Sixways Stadium
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Will Butler, Tom Dodd, Ben Fowles, Kailus Hutchinson, Joe Morris and brothers Afeafe and Navarre Haisila Lokotui will all join the Sixways set-up. 

The Haisila Lokotui brothers, who are English-qualified, will arrive from Australia, having played at age-group level for Melbourne Rebels and for Melbourne Storm in Rugby League. 

Roads open around Honeybourne

Roads around the Honeybourne trading estate remain open as usual, the county council says.

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Sixty firefighters tackle 'severe' blaze

About 60 firefighters are at Honeyboure Airfield Trading Estate near Evesham following a "severe" blaze.

Explosions were reported to Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue at about 09:22.

Crews from Gloucestershire and Warwickshire also helped tackle the fire, which was brought under control by 12:15.

The fire service said crews will remain there for a "considerable amount of time to cool the cylinders and for damping down" the area.

Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A risk of a few heavy and thundery downpours this afternoon

Highs of 25C (77F).

MP hopes 'Monster of Worcester' will remain in jail

Worcester MP Robin Walker says he hopes the parole board will reject the application from a triple child murderer - known as the "Monster of Worcester" - to walk free. 

David McGreavy
PA / BBC

David McGreavy was jailed for life in 1973 after killing three children he was babysitting and dumping their bodies on spikes of the family's garden fence. 

After 43 years behind bars he is set for another parole hearing.

On BBC Midlands Today this lunchtime: Region hosts Antiques Roadshow visit

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on Midlands Today, we'll see how a visit from the BBC Antiques Roadshow to part of the Midlands has drawn out hundreds of people with their treasures. 

Antiques Roadshow
BBC

Everything from watches to wardrobes and porcelain to paintings has turned up - and I'll be having a rummage through the antiques from 13:30 on BBC One.

Honeybourne fire under control

A fire near Honeybourne Airfield in Evesham is now under control, although fire crews remain at the scene.

Great work from all crews to bring the fire under control. @HWFire @HWFireControl @WarksFireRescue @Glosfire

Gas tanks near blaze trigger warnings

People are being warned to keep away from the area near Honeybourne Airfield where explosions were reported at a site close to gas tanks.

A 55-year-old man is being treated for severe burns to his face, head and arms, said West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Scene of fire
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Latest: Man injured in Honeybourne fire; MP calls for child killer's parole to be turned down

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

- Man treated for serious burns in explosion near Honeybourne Airfield

- MP for Worcester calls for a child killer's parole request to be rejected 

- Worcestershire County Council facing questions on replacement for collapsed Eastham bridge  

Fire at Honeybourne industrial estate

A man is being treated for severe burns following a fire at Honeybourne Industrial Estate.West Midlands Ambulance Service and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.  

We'll bring you more details when we get them.

Fire
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Worcester boat parade marking Queen's birthday

Up to 90 boats are expected to parade through Worcester on Saturday as part of the Queen's birthday celebrations.

The flotilla will be officially set on its way on the River Severn by Olympic Gold medalist rower Zac Purchase.

River Severn, Worcester
Google Maps

Warning of heavy rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy, thundery showers this afternoon and evening across the West Midlands. 

While most will avoid the showers, there is the potential for a few isolated heavy, thundery bursts that could lead to tricky driving conditions and localised flooding.

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Gaps in A-level take-up revealed

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

The stark regional differences in the proportion of pupils studying A-levels in local state schools in England has been revealed - ranging from 2% to 74%.

In eight authorities there are less than 20% of students taking A-levels in schools in their boroughs.  

Students
BBC

Nick Timothy of New Schools Network, which carried out the research, said it was a "glass ceiling" on ambition.  

A Department for Education spokeswoman said the figures were "misleading", because pupils could be studying A-levels in schools in other local authorities. 

Hereford strengthen side ahead of new season

Promoted Hereford have strengthened for their step-up to the Southern League.

Hereford FC picked up 108 points out of a possible 126 from their 42 Midland League games last season, scoring 138 goals and regularly attracting gates of 4,000

Pete Beale
Getty Images

Boss Peter Beadle (pictured) has now signed 11 of last term's squad on season-long part-time deals.

He has also made a second close-season signing, bringing in striker Jamie Cuss from neighbours Westfields.

Latest: Calls for child killer's parole to be rejected; council faces questions over collapsed bridge

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- MP for Worcester calls for a child killer's parole request to be rejected 

- Worcestershire County Council facing questions on replacement for collapsed Eastham bridge 

- Terminal cancer patient Emmy Collett and her fiance Jake Coates are preparing to cycle 2,000 km across Europe on a tandem bike

Charity couple cycling 2,000km across Europe

A woman with terminal cancer who has only a 20% chance of surviving the next five years, is pledging to cycle 2,000 km across Europe for charity.

Emmy Collett, 30, and her partner Jake Coates from Hereford want to raise £100,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London which is treating her. 

They're doing a tandem bike ride.

Emmy Collett and
Jake Coates and Emmy Collett

Flying Scotsman to pass through Herefordshire

There's the chance to catch a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman today as it makes its way through Herefordshire. 

The world famous steam engine will be travelling from Craven Arms along the Marches Line to Leominster and then on to Hereford, Abergavenny and down to Paddington via Newport.

Flying Scotsman
BBC

Latest: Mother 'tormented' by child killer's parole request; Flying Scotsman due to pass through Herefordshire

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- A solicitor says a mother whose three children were brutally murdered in Worcester in 1973 is being tormented by their killer's parole request

- The Flying Scotsman is expected to pass through Herefordshire later 

- Terminal cancer patient Emmy Collett and her fiance Jake Coates are preparing to cycle 2,000 km across Europe on a tandem bike

Leach cameo helps Worcs beat Yorkshire

Joe Leach smashed 63 off 35 balls as Worcestershire wasted no time in their seven-wicket win over Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup.

It's the second time Worcestershire have beaten Yorkshire in recent weeks.

Joe Leach
Ben Hoskins

Gary Ballance top scored with 30 off 32 balls at Headingley as Yorkshire were dismissed for 170 all out.  

The visitors needed only 25.3 overs to reach 171-3 as Leach was assisted by Tom Kohler-Cadmore (42).

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some early morning mist but plenty of blue sky andsunshine to come on another warm and sunny day. 

Highs of 25C (77F).

Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

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