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  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Gall

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Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.  

Royal Three Counties Show: Cattle champion crowned

Good news for owners of 14-month-old Listimous as he becomes the grand male champion.

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National award for charity fundraiser

An charity fundraiser from Evesham, who's helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds, has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cause. 

Paul Baylis was named Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in the charity's annual Flame of Hope Awards.

Paul Baylis
Cancer Research UK

Watch: The weather for the two counties

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Showers will generally ease this evening, then it will be mainly dry with some clear spells, but local mist patches may form late in the night.  Lows of 13C (55F).

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Royal Three Counties Show: BBC Midlands Today meets Countryfile

BBC Midlands Today

Here's our reporter Bob Hockenhall working with Countryfile's Adam Henson.

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Leominster man jailed for 18 sexual offences

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of 18 sexual offences at Worcester Crown Court. 

Brian Davies, of High Street, Leominster, was also made the subject of a 16 year sexual harm prevention order and will have to register as a sex offender for life. 

Latest: Man jailed for sexual offences; riverside revamp planned; award for charity fundraiser

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A man from Leominster has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of 18 sexual offences

- Major revamp planned for riverside parkland in Worcester

- An Evesham fundraiser who's helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds has received a national award from Cancer Research UK

Pro cycling team will continue despite closure of their high street shop

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Herefordshire professional cycling team NFTO say they will continue as normal, despite the closure of their shop in the city. 

Both the pro team and members of their amateur race club are competing across the UK and the world, but their city HQ will close at the end of the month.  

NFTO bike shop in Herefordshire

In a statement they say that it's not sustainable to continue to run their shop and workshop on Bridge Street. 

Your pictures: Flooding in Wolverley

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Polly Manser who's sent these photo's in to show just how bad the flooding situation is in Wolverley.    

Mini Golf Flooded in Wolverley
Polly Manser
Flooding in Wolverley
Polly Manser

Mary Poppins 'inspired Stairway to Heaven'

Led Zeppelin have argued in an LA court that Stairway to Heaven shares its musical DNA with the Mary Poppins song Chim Chim Cher-ee.  

Worcestershire's Robert Plant will give evidence in the copyright trial, alongside guitarist Jimmy Page.

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, pictured in 2012

The band is being sued by the estate of US band Spirit, who claim Led Zeppelin stole the opening to the song notes from them.  

Your pictures: Wet weather good news for some

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Paul Wilde for sharing this photo with us. It's a family of swans enjoying the wet weather in Abbey Park in Evesham. 

If you've got a photo or story you'd like to share you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook. 

Swans on water
Paul Wilde

Group debates Worcester City's possible return

Ideas about how to bring Worcester City Football Club back to the city have been discussed by the club, supporters and councillors.

A new working party has been set up three years after the club left St George's Lane.

Worcester City
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City had hoped to build a 3,000-seater stadium after selling their 108-year old home, but plans fell through, and subsequent proposals for a ground in Perdiswell have not come to fruition.  

The group will not discuss the Supporters’ Trust’s current planning application for a new stadium at Perdiswell, but this will still be considered as an option, dependent on the outcome of the planning application, a spokesman for the group said.  

Latest: Heavy rain causes flooding; Riverside Park revamp plan; discussions start on new home for Worcester City FC

Here's the latest from the newsroom:

- Heavy rain causes several roads across the two counties to close and some businesses in Wolverley are also being forced to close due to flooding

- Worcester City Council launches new initiative to develop the Riverside Park to try to boost its appeal to tourists and residents

- A working group meets to try to find a way of bringing Worcester City FC "back home" 

New climbing wall almost complete

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The final touches are being made to the climbing wall at the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre. 

The centre is opening in a couple of weeks time when you'll be able to have a go at climbing it yourself for the first time.  

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Your pictures: In the sky over Malvern

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

This amazing photo was sent in by Neil Sparkes, showing a hang glider over malvern.

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

Hang glider
Neil Sparkes

Heavy rain weather alert now covering West Midlands

The Met Office has extended its yellow warning for heavy rain this afternoon to now include the West Midlands.

It says there could be torrential downpours, especially later this afternoon and this evening - the warning runs until 22:00.  

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Your pictures: Flooding in Wolverley

This picture from Polly Manser shows just how wet it's been in north Worcestershire.

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Annual sports awards launched

The 15th Herefordshire and Worcestershire sports awards are launched later.

They aim to reward and recognise people from across the two counties who take part, work, coach and volunteer in sport . 

BBC Sport

The event itself takes place at Sixways stadium in Worcester in November.     

Over the years, we've received such huge support for the awards and feel it's important the local community get their say on who's made an impact on sport, young people and local communities."

Stephen BrewsterSports Partnership

Weather: High pressure back to end flooding problems

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A high pressure system will calm things down this weekend, after a wet and soggy couple of days. 

Much of the West Midlands has experienced flooding this week. 

There are currently two flood alerts for rivers in Worcestershire.  

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Travel: A number of roads closed due to flooding

BBC Travel

If you're out and about on the roads in Herefordshire and Worcestershire this afternoon, some are closed due to flooding. 

The Caunsall Road, at the junction of Kinver Lane and the A449, in Cookley, near Kidderminster is closed due to flooding, as is the Blakeshall Lane at the junction of the Wolverley Road.

Also closed due to flooding. as is the road between Marden and Moreton on Lugg in Herefordshire.

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Flooded roads

Latest: Police to visit offices of local MP's; Worcestershire Rapids T20 game is abandoned; more than 90,000 expected at Royal Three Counties show

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The top stories in Herefordshire and Worcestershire this lunchtime:

- The police will be visiting the offices of all the MPs in our two counties today to offer reassurance after killing of Jo Cox

- Worcestershire Rapids T20 Blast match against Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road has been abandoned

- More than 90,000 visitors are expected to visit the Royal Three Counties Show over the next three days

Worcestershire Rapids T20 Blast match is abandoned

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Worcestershire Rapids T20 Blast match against Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road has been abandoned, more than six hours before the scheduled start time of 18:30.  

The outfield is saturated and Leicestershire officials made the decision early so as to prevent Worcestershire and their supporters making a wasted journey.

Grace Road in Leicestershire
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Police contact MPs to offer safety assurances

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

West Mercia Police is contacting all the MPs in the area to see if they have any safety concerns, following the killing of the West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

The force says it believes the attack was an isolated incident and it has no intelligence to suggest a threat to MPs in their area.


It also says it will be sending officers to all MPs' offices today to offer reassurance.

90,000 expected to attend Royal Three Counties Show

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The crowds are starting to gather at the Royal Three Counties Show.

The event was opened by HRH the Princess Royal at 10:00 this morning. 

Trade stand at Three Counties Show

Around 90,000 people are expected to attend the show over the next three days. 

Royal Three Counties Show: The background to the show

The Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern opens today - here's a little bit of the history of the event:

- The origins of the show can be traced back to 1797 when John Clerk, from Builth, wrote a book with the eye-catching title of General Views on Agriculture in the County of Hereford 

- He pointed out that there was no agricultural society in the county, and that led to the formation of the Herefordshire Agricultural society

Washed out Three Counties Show
Three Counties Agricultural Society

- The first show took place a year later in 1798 in the streets of Hereford, the top prize being three silver goblets

- It was once staged on Pitchcroft in Worcester, but was a complete wash out with heavy rain completely immersing the marquees (see picture)

- It wasn't until 1958 that the show got its permanent home, in the shadow of the Malvern Hills 

- Today, the showground site at Malvern covers 70 acres - the whole area owned by the Three Counties Agricultural Society is 300 acres, including the 100 year old Langdale Wood

Travel: Roadworks could add time to your journey on the roads today

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A38 Barbourne Road in Worcester at the Barbourne Lane junction, in the roadworks area. 

Elsewhere there's congestion on the A449 Castle Street to the Croft Road junction and on the A449 Ombersley Road to the Perdiswell Road junction. 

For more information head to the BBC Travel page  

Vigil in Worcester for Orlando nightclub shooting victims

Worcester City Council has announced there will be a vigil in the Guild Hall on Saturday evening.

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Tourism award for safari park

West Midlands Safari Park is celebrating after winning the award for Best Animal or Sealife Attraction. 

The park, in Bewdley, marked its 40th anniversary in 2013.

White lions

It was voted for by the public in annual poll organised by the Group Travel magazine. 

Latest: Royal Three Counties Show under way; two counties' sports awards launched; Worcestershire Rapids in T20 Blast

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's the latest from the newsroom:

- Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern in the coming days

- The 15th Herefordshire and Worcestershire sports awards are launched later 

- Worcestershire Rapids head to Grace Road later to take on Leicestershire Foxes in a T20 Blast match

Travel: Three Counties Show expected to cause local delays

About 90,000 people are expected to travel to Malvern for the three-day show, which starts today. More from BBC Travel.

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Hereford pub 'best in England for live music'

The Booth Hall in Hereford has been recognised as one of the top three pubs in the country for presenting live music.

It's won a competition run by the music licensing body, PRS, and a prize of £2,500, which the venue says will help create a small TV studio with cameras to film events to stream on the internet.

Eskarina Esk and Ali Strong
The Booth Hall

The pub only reopened in December.  

It shows how far we have come in such a short period of time, and this has only been made possible by the dedication and commitment of so many amazing people who love live music and passionately support the Hereford live music scene and what we are doing at The Booth Hall."

Willow Vidal-HallLandlady

Car overturns in Worcester

Tim Race

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A car has over turned in the centre of Worcester. 

West Mercia Police were called out at 07:00 to reports a black Mitsubishi shogun was on its roof at the bottom of Broad Street. 

One lane is currently blocked, with the car expected to be removed within the next hour.

Flood alerts on Worcestershire rivers

The Environment Agency has issued two flood alerts for rivers in Worcestershire - alerts mean flooding is "possible" and people should be prepared:

Rivers in South Worcestershire

River Stour in Worcestershire

Flood warning
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Latest: Three Counties Show begins; news sports award; Rapids in T20 action

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- More than 90,000 people are expected at the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern over the next three days

- The Herefordshire and Worcestershire sports award will be launched later today

- Worcestershire Rapids will be in action this evening when they head to Grace Road to take on Leicestershire Foxes in a T20 Blast match

Watch: Herefordshire and Worcestershire's weather for today

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

To get a weather forecast at any other time you can go to the BBC Weather website.  

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Travel: Overturned car in Worcester

BBC Travel

There's disruption on Deansway (A44) in Worcester which is partially blokced at the Quay Street junction because a car has overturned. More from BBC Travel.

Good morning from today's Herefordshire and Worcestershire live page

Welcome to the Local Live service for Herefordshire and Worcestershire on Friday morning. 

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

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