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  1. Prisoner arrested on suspicion of murder after fellow inmate dies at HMP Long Lartin
  2. MP hires security in wake of Jo Cox death
  3. Fresh appeal over murder of Christian Bagley in Hereford
  4. Ex police officer given suspended sentence for misconduct in public office
  5. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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A prisoner is arrested on suspicion of murder after an inmate at HMP Long Lartin near Evesham died.

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That's it from the BBC Hereford and Worcester newsroom. 

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.

Harriers sign striker Mani Dieseruvwe

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Relegated Kidderminster Harriers have made their fourth summer signing by bringing in former Chesterfield and Mansfield Town striker Mani Dieseruvwe on a one-year deal.

The 21-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday academy graduate follows the arrival of fellow striker Andre Brown, winger Sam Austin and defender Wayne Thomas at Aggborough.

Harriers will kick off next season in National League North, having been relegated from the non-league top flight for the first time.

The new campaign will begin on Saturday 6 August - the fixtures will be released on Wednesday 6 July.

Mani Dieseruvwe is welcomes to Aggborough by new Harriers manager John Eustace
Kidderminster Harriers FC

Inmate dies at Long Lartin prison

 A prisoner has died at Worcestershire's maximum security prison, HMP Long Lartin, near Evesham, police have confirmed. 

A fellow inmate, aged in his 60s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned by officers.  

HMP Long Lartin

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to a medical emergency at HMP Long Lartin shortly before 09:10 this morning.  

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said crews found a man in cardiac arrest, but he was confirmed dead at the scene. 

West Mercia Police investigate armed robbery in Wythall

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Spar store in Drakes Cross Parade in Wythall on Friday.

Two men entered the shop at about 22:45, threatened staff with crow bars and stole cash from the safe and tills, officers said today.

No-one was injured during the raid, but the staff members, two men and two women, were left shaken.

The robbers made off in a light coloured vehicle with a large quantity of coins in plastic bank bags.

Latest: Ex police officer handed suspended prison sentence; David Cameron visits Worcestershire car parts firm; fresh appeal to trace Christian Bagley's killer

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A West Mercia police officer has been been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office 

- David Cameron visits the car parts firm Grupo Antolin in Redditch, as part of his tour ahead of the EU Referendum

- West Mercia Police are urging anyone with information into the murder, a year ago, of the Herefordshire man Christian Bagley to come forward

Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

Any lingering showers will soon fade through this evening, leaving a dry night for many with clear intervals in places.

Lows of 3C (37F).

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Councillors and residents protest plans for 1,000 homes on North Worcestershire Golf Club

Bromsgrove Advertiser

Councillors and residents gathered outside the gates of the former North Worcestershire Golf Club last week to protest against plans for 1,000 homes to built on its fields.  

Derbyshire v Worcestershire washed out

BBC Sport

Play was abandoned mid-afternoon on the first day of Derbyshire's County Championship Division Two meeting with Worcestershire

Morning rain left surface water on an already saturated outfield and umpires Nigel Cowley and Paul Baldwin called it off after a 14:30 inspection.

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The teams have yet to be announced, but Worcestershire may include Tom Fell.

He is in the squad for the first time this season, after being given the all-clear following treatment for cancer.

Forgotten treasure in Hereford to be brought back into use

A team of local amateur historians are hoping one of Hereford's forgotten treasurers can be brought back into regular use.

Rotherwas Chapel, which dates from 1304, was used for regular worship for more than six centuries and is now managed by English Heritage. 

Tonight will be the first meeting of the Friends of Rotherwas Chapel who will work with English Heritage to conserve the site and use it for community events. 

Rotherwas Chapel
Friends of Rotherwas Chapel

Latest: PM brings EU debate to Worcestershire; West Mercia police officer avoids jail; Euro success for Worcester blind football team

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

- David Cameron visits a car parts firm in Redditch as part of his tour ahead of the EU Referendum

- A West Mercia police officer who was sacked from the force last year has been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for misconduct while in office

- Staff, students and alumni from the University of Worcester have won a major international blind football tournament in the Czech Republic

Immigration target 'impossible' in EU, Vote Leave says

BBC Politics

The prime minister has come under fire today by Leave campaigners for what they describe as his "impossible" pledge to reduce net migration to below 100,000.

Gisela Stuart, who lives in Worcestershire and chairs the Vote Leave group, said promising to control numbers and then failing to do so was "corrosive" of public trust in politicians.

Voting Leave on Thursday was the only way to "take back control" on immigration, she said.

Mr Cameron said leaving the EU was "not the right way to control immigration".

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Prime Minister visits Worcestershire ahead of EU Referendum

David Cameron has been in Redditch today as part of his tour ahead of the EU Referendum. 

He visited the car parts firm Grupo Antolin on the Moon Moat Industrial Estate. 

The Remain campaign has been focusing on the economy as one of its main arguments to stay in the European Union.

David Cameron
David Cameron with staff at Grupo Antolin
Grupo Antolin

Giant strawberry discovered on Herefordshire fruit farm

Malcolm Boyden

Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A giant strawberry weighing 90g has been discovered growing on a fruit farm at Harewood End near Ross-on-Wye.  

It was discovered by farmer Anthony Snell who says it tasted fantastic!

Giant strawberry
Anthony Snell

Cricket: Worcestershire's game abandoned due to wet weather

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Play has been abandoned for the day in Worcestershire's County Championship match against Derbyshire.

The umpires carried out the final pitch inspection in Derby at 14:30 and decided the outfield was too wet for any play to take place.

They will attempt to start the game tomorrow at 11:00.

Police investigate Worcester robbery

Police in Worcester are appealing for witnesses after a man was targeted in what's being treated as an attempted robbery in the city centre.undefined

The victim was approached by a man and a woman in Broad Street between 10:45 and 11:00 on Thursday 9 June, officers say.  

The woman shouted a demand for money and as they followed him, the woman may have produced a bladed weapon, police say.

Nothing was taken during the incident and the victim was not harmed.  

A 38-year old woman from Worcester was arrested and released on bail on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, criminal damage and possession of a class A drug. 

A 42-year-old man from Worcester is also on police bail following his arrest on suspicion of robbery.

University wins European blind football tournament

Staff, students and alumni from the University of Worcester, have won a major international blind football tournament in the Czech Republic.The team took on and defeated some of Europe's finest sides on their way to victory in the fourth Bucovice Blind Football Cup.The tournament involves clubs across Europe that play in their own national leagues.  

University of Worcester blind football side
University of Worcester

Fresh safety advice after two tumble dryer fires over the weekend in Worcestershire

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service attended two fires caused by tumble dryers over the weekend, one in Worcester on Saturday and one in Kidderminster on Sunday.

The fires were put out successfully and there were no injuries. 

Station Commaner Alan Haley urged owners of Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda machines manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 to check the website for safety guidance.

Tumble dryer

The Local Government Association, which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, is calling on leading manufacturers to recall faulty tumble dryers which have been linked to thousands of fires caused by excess fluff contacting heating elements. 

Cricket: Rain delays play

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Still no play on day one of Worcestershire's County Championship match at Derbyshire.

It's been raining for much of the morning - umpires are next expected to inspect the pitch at 2:00.

On BBC Midlands Today this lunchtime: Firms weigh into EU debate

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This lunchtime, I'm continued my EU Referendum road trip. 

It comes on the day some of the country's biggest car producers, including Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, have written to their staff advising them to back Britain's EU membership.


Last week Lord Bamford, chairman of the Staffordshire-based digger maker JCB wrote to his 6,000 workers urging them to vote leave. 

From 13:30 on BBC One I'll have reaction to the news and more from my road-trip in Midlands Today.

Disgraced West Mercia police officer avoids jail

A disgraced former West Mercia police officer given a suspended prison sentence after accusations she failed to investigate complaints from members of the public was sacked last year for starting a relationship with the elderly father of a murder victim.

The separate, internal misconduct hearing was brought after Ms Stretton was claimed to have manipulated Charles Foulkes for £100,000 over 10 years after his son was murdered in 2001.

Hereford Crown Court

West Mercia settled with Mr Foulkes's family for an undisclosed sum last year.

Latest: Disgraced ex police officer given suspended sentence; Redditch MP hires security in wake of Jo Cox killing; village calls for action against flooding

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

- A disgraced former West Mercia police officer has been given an eight-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to misconduct while in office

- Redditch MP Karen Lumley hires security following the death of fellow MP Jo Cox and says she has received six threatening messages while serving as an MP

- People living in Wolverley say more needs to be done to prevent flooding, after homes and roads were swamped in last week's torrential rain 

Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

Heavy rain is expected to clear away this afternoon to leave drier and brighter conditions to end the day

Highs of 21C (70F).

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Man faces fine for defying order to remove caravan from land at Abberley

Worcester News

A man has been ordered to stop living in a mobile home illegally placed on his land or face a hefty fine or even prison.

Worcestershire villagers call for action to stop flooding

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

People living in Wolverley in North Worcestershire, which was affected by flash flooding last week, say not enough is being done to prevent the problem recurring every time there's heavy rain.

Lynne Rees is just one of the many residents who spent the weekend cleaning up after homes and roads were badly affected.  

Flood clean-up begins in Kidderminster

Police issue e-fit picture in hunt for rapist

Worcester News

The police in Worcester are searching for a man after a woman in her 20s was attacked on a public footpath in the city on Wednesday 15 June.

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

BBC Hereford and Worcester's takes the EU debate to Hereford's High Town

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

BBC Hereford and Worcester wants your views on Britain's membership of the EU ahead of Thursday's referendum.


 The station's roving referendum market stall is in Hereford's High Town until 12:00.  

Former West Mercia police officer sentenced for misconduct

Ex police officer Clare Stretton has received an eight-month suspended sentence and told to complete 140 hours community service after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office. 

The charge included accusations she failed to investigate complaints made by members of the public, West Mercia Police says.  

Clare Stretton was dismissed from West Mercia Police in October 2015 for discreditable conduct and a breach of honesty and integrity, a clear violation of our standards and Code of Ethics. As soon as we became aware of this violation we undertook an investigation which resulted in this criminal conviction."

Det Supt Gary WatsonHead of Professional Standards for West Mercia Police

Latest: Ex police officer receives suspended sentence; Worcestershire MPs describe security risks; fresh appeal over Christian Bagley murder

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A former West Mercia police officer has received an eight-month suspended prison sentence for misconduct in public office

- MPs across Worcestershire describe the security risks they face on a regular basis as they go about their duties in Parliament

- People in Herefordshire are being urged to break a wall of silence and help the police to find the killer of Christian Bagley who was murdered a year ago

Cricket: Weather could prevent start of play for Worcestershire v Derbyshire

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

It's day one of Worcestershire's County Championship match at Derby, but it's not looking good. 

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End in sight for the printing of newspapers in Worcester

The company behind many local newspapers in Worcestershire, including the Worcester News, say they are planning to move printing out of the county. 

paper being printed

The proposals could see job losses in Worcester. 

Newsquest say they are consulting with staff.

Help to Buy Isa scheme 'helps lucky few'

BBC News England

Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

The Help to Buy Individual Savings Account was introduced last year to help people save for a home.

In many areas, the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, or £450,000 in London.

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The government said the cap allowed them to focus on first-time buyers.

Use the search box to find out how your area's affected.

Travel: Rail work affecting routes

Rail work is ongoing near Great Malvern, affecting train services in the area. 

Travellers are being advised to check the timetable.

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MP hires security in wake of Jo Cox shooting

Redditch MP Karen Lumley says she's hired security following the death of friend and fellow MP Jo Cox.

Ms Lumley says she's gone to the police six times after receiving threatening messages.

Fellow MP Nigel Huddleston claims he can't have a constituency office in Mid Worcestershire, because of security concerns. 

Parliament is being recalled this afternoon so that politicians can pay their respects to Jo Cox who was shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency last Thursday. 

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

She made her mark in such a short time and it's such a sad day that she's left two little children behind who will never know their mum now."

Karen Lumley

Latest: Worcestershire MP increases security after Jo Cox death; fresh appeal over death of father a year ago

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Redditch MP Karen Lumley, who was a friend Jo Cox, says she's hired security since the Labour MP's death 

- People in Hereford are being urged to help police find the killer of a young father a year ago

- People living in the village of Wolverley, hit by flooding last week, say not enough has been done to stop it happening again

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

A cloudy, mild and muggy start to the day with outbreaks of showery rain, heavy and persistent at times. 

This will clear away into the afternoon. Highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands