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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Full fixture lists for Football League

BBC Sport

BBC Sportsday has a breakdown of the opening fixtures for the Championship, League One, and League Two.

You can check out all the fixtures now on the BBC Sport website:

Full Championship fixture list for 2016-17

Full League One fixture list for 2016-17

Full League Two fixture list for 2016-17

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
HMP Long Lartin

A serving prisoner is charged with murder following the death of an inmate at HMP Long Lartin near Evesham.

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Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman hits a career-best 157, aided by fellow centurion Wayne Madsen against Worcestershire.

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Our live coverage across the day

We're back at 08:00 on Wednesday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.

Watch: Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

With just two days to go until the EU referendum, both the Leave and Remain groups have been campaigning hard across the region today.

And we will be hearing about a museum which has re-opened, housing fascinating fossils from across the Midlands.

More on these stories in Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Led Zeppelin urge judge to halt Stairway to Heaven trial

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Lawyers for Led Zeppelin are asking a judge to throw out a copyright case accusing the band's songwriters of ripping off a riff for Stairway to Heaven.

Worcestershire's Robert Plant and bandmate Jimmy Page have denied the claims. 

An expert in the trial estimated the band has made nearly £40m from the song.

Guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant

Watch: Latest weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud is going to thin and break as we go through to this evening and we should have quite a nice end to the day.

Mild temperatures. Lows of 15C (59F).

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Separate watchdog investigation into death of inmate at jail near Evesham

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed it is launching an investigation after an inmate at a Worcestershire prison was arrested on suspicion of murdering a child killer yesterday. 

In addition to the police investigation, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will look into the death of 59-year-old Sidonio Teixeira. 

He was jailed for killing his three-year-old daughter and attempting to murder his nine-year-old son in 2007. 

A prisoner in his 60s has been arrested, police say.  

Travel: M5 delays warning

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is heavy traffic on the M5 northbound between J6, for Worcester, and J5, for Droitwich, because of a breakdown in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Kidderminster man sought as part of Cardiff 'murder' inquiry

Detectives have appealed for information about a Kidderminster man they wish to speak to in connection with a fatal stabbing in Cardiff.

Lynford Brewster, who was 29, died following an incident on Sunday at Brynfedw.  

Detectives say they would like to speak with 23-year-old Jake Whelan, and are appealing to him directly, or anyone who knows him, to make contact.

Jake Whelan on a BBC News background
West Mercia Police

Senior investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Ceri Hughes, said: "We understand he works as a personal trainer, so might be known to gym users in the Kidderminster area."

Police said two people had been charged with the murder of Mr Brewster.

MP calls for more prison officers after suspected murder at jail near Evesham

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The MP for Mid Worcestershire says prison officers' numbers need to be increased after another suspected murder at one of the county's high-security prisons. 

A child killer died at HMP Long Lartin, near Evesham, yesterday after an attack. 

HMP Long Larti

Another inmate has been arrested. 

MP Nigel Huddleston says it's really worrying for staff at the prison.

Football: Bull's resign Ryan Green for next season

Hereford FC say they are "delighted"  that Ryan Green has today agreed terms for the coming season.

The former Welsh international made 44 appearances for The Bulls last season, and is the final member of their squad offered deals to sign up.

Ryan Green
Getty Images

“The squad is in excellent shape now, I’m delighted that so many of last season’s team have re-signed. It was a great team spirit last season, and I am sure that will now continue into the new campaign."

Pete BeadleHereford FC manager

'Business as usual' for Bewdley traders despite controversial church works

Kidderminster Shuttle

Bewdley traders have insisted it will be business as usual when vital repair work to St Anne’s Church begins on Monday – despite initial fears companies could take a hit.  

Bromsgrove mum is hoping medical science is on the verge of finding a cure for killer E.coli

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Bromsgrove mum, whose daughter lost her life after contracting E.coli 17 years ago, is donating £24,000 to research into finding a cure. 

Eight-year-old schoolgirl Heather Ryan died just days after playing in the sand on a Devon beach. 

The Rednal community has helped her mother, Julie, raise the cash, which will help researchers discover why some children contract E.coli and others are immune from the killer bacteria.

EU Ref: Both sides campaigning in the West Midlands

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Some of the country's most prominent politicians are in the region today campaigning on both sides of the EU referendum debate. 

Campaigners for a Leave vote are driving in a procession through the Midlands from Keele down the M6 to London to highlight their message, while the former Business Secretary Vince Cable, the Chancellor and several of his former cabinet colleagues attend events in support of the Remain campaign. 

All of them are hoping to sway last minute voters to their cause - but what do young people, who have traditionally been less inclined to vote, think about the issue? 

Vote Leave campaign trail

Work starts to clear rubble from collapsed bridge

Work is starting today on removing the rubble from Eastham Bridge near Tenbury, which collapsed into the River Teme four weeks ago. 

Worcestershire County Council had hoped to start removing the rubble - from the water sooner - but work was delayed by the bad weather. 

Eastham Bridge rubble

Jon Fraser, the council's highways manager, says they have to be careful because the bridge is in an Area of Special Scientific Interest

Latest: Young girls assaulted; bunker cannabis factory trial begins; bridge rubble clearing begins

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Two young girls assaulted by men wearing bandanas

- The trial has begun of a man from Kidderminster accused of cultivating a cannabis farm in a former World War Two underground factory

- Work is starting today on removing the rubble from Eastham Bridge near Tenbury

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway raises more than £625,000 for 'last mile'

An appeal for £1.25m to complete the "last mile" of a heritage railway line has raised half the amount in 12 weeks.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton but wants to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire.  

It is hoped funding will enable the opening of a station in Broadway in 2018.

Broadway station
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Latest: HMP Long Lartin death; internet sex crimes against children; 'speeding' motorcyclist

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering so far on Tuesday:

- A police investigation is under way after a suspected murder at HMP Long Lartin

- Dozens of internet sex crimes against children have been reported in West Mercia in a year

- A motorcyclist has been arrested for allegedly riding at 90mph on 30mph roads in south Worcestershire

Two young girls assaulted in Bromsgrove

Two girls, aged 10 and 11, were assaulted in Bromsgrove by a pair of bandana-clad men, say police.

The girls were among a group of four who were walking down an alleyway near to Green Lane, Upper Catshill (pictured), at around 17:15 on Monday when the men assaulted them.

Green Lane, Upper Catshill

West Mercia Police said the children ran from the attackers and reported the assault to their parents, who contacted them.

Officers are appealing for information about the men.

Kidderminster student in bid for European title

A Kidderminster karate kid is a chop off the old block and will represent England at this summer's European championships in Frankfurt.

Sam Thomas, aged 21, has been honing her skills in karate since the age of four, following in the footsteps of her martial artist father.

Now the University of Worcester student, who trains six days a week including fitness and skills work in the dojo, is heading to Frankfurt for the competition starting on 25 June.

Sam Thomas
University of Worcester

Watch: Coming up on TV

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

We'll bring you news of a museum showcasing famous fossils from across the Midlands which has reopened after a £2.7m investment.

Join us on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Tribute to Victoria Cross winner who rescued wounded soldier during Battle of the Somme

A wreath laying ceremony will be held on Sunday, 3 July at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester at 11:00 by the Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association.

It is to commemorate the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and to remember Private Thomas Turrall, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on this day.

Private Turrall was awarded the VC after carrying a wounded officer back to the British lines during the capture of the village of La Boiselle, in France.

Private Tom Turrall
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association

He was aged 30 when he won his VC and died 21 February 1964 in Birmingham. 

Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Rowley Regis were part of Worcestershire at the time of World War One.

Travel: Mustow Green delays warning

BBC Travel

The Stourbridge Road in Mustow Green is closed and there are delays and queueing traffic in both directions between the junction with the A448 and A442 Droitwich Road, because of a crash and recovery work.

Motorcyclist 'reached 90mph on 30mph roads' in south Worcestershire

A motorcycle rider has been arrested in south Worcestershire for allegedly driving at three times the speed limit and for other offences.

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Worcester News front page: Hospital left dad dying in agony

Worcester News

The heartbroken family of a terminally ill man have told how he spent 15 "agonising" hours lying on a hospital trolley just days before his death.  

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

'More needs to be done to protect inmates' says lobby group after Long Lartin death

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Prison Reform Trust says more needs to be done to protect prisoners after a child killer was allegedly murdered by another inmate at a Worcestershire prison. 

Sidonio Teixeira died at Long Lartin prison near Evesham yesterday. 

He was serving a life sentence for murdering his three-year-old daughter in 2007 and trying to kill his nine-year-old son. 

West Mercia Police say a man in his 60s has been arrested.

Your pictures: The sky over Redditch

Thanks to Paul Wilde for sending in this picture he took at half-time in Abbey Park in Redditch on Monday. There's no sign of a strawberry moon but it is a pretty great picture all the same.

If you have images you want to send in, email us.

Abbey Park
Paul Wilde

Cricket: Derbyshire v Worcestershire to start on time after washout

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

We're going to start on time at Derby after the first day of the Specsavers County Championship game was lost to rain.

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Dozens of sex crimes against children in a year across West Mercia

Felicity Sanderson


The internet was used by offenders to commit 85 sex crimes against children in the West Mercia area within the last year. 

The offences reported to the police included sexual activity with children under the age of 13 and grooming.

This is the first time police have been required to record so-called "cyber flags", which means any sexual crime against a child that involved the use of the internet. 

They've told us these figures highlight a worrying trend, with an average of eight crimes a day being reported across England and Wales. 

A total of 10 victims between 2015 and 2016 were under the age of 10 and across England and Wales over 3000 offences had the cyber flag.

Cricket: Derbyshire v Worcestershire - Day two

There was no play at all on yesterday's opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match between Derbyshire and Worcestershire at the County Ground in Derby. 

The teams will try again at 11:00 today and, when play does start, there will be full commentary on 738AM and online here.

Derbyshire's Broom
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Trial of man over Drakelow Tunnels cannabis plants

A trial will take place of a 48-year-old man from Kidderminster accused of cultivating a cannabis factory in a former World War Two underground factory.

Wayne Robinson, of Marlpool Lane, will go on trial at Worcester Crown Court later today in connection with a £650,000 cannabis farm in the Drakelow Tunnels. 

He's charged with being concerned in production of cannabis and permitting production on a premises of a class B drug. 

Drakelow Tunnels

Pollen levels 'very high'

BBC Weather

Feeling sneezy? No wonder, because pollen levels are very high in the Midlands today. 


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Latest: HMP Long Lartin death; re-trial over cannabis plants; internet sex crimes against children

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories so far on Tuesday:

- A lobby group says more should be done to protect prisoners after a suspected murder at HMP Long Lartin

- A re-trial is due to begin of a Kidderminster man accused of cultivating cannabis in the Drakelow Tunnels

- Dozens of sex crimes have been committed on the internet against children across West Mercia in a year

Inmate held after HMP Long Lartin prisoner death

A prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an inmate died at a Worcestershire jail.

Sidonio Teixeira, who died at HMP Long Lartin near Evesham, was serving a life sentence for murdering his three-year-old daughter in 2007 and trying to kill his son, aged nine.

A male prisoner in his 60s has been arrested.

HMP Long Lartin

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud will break as the day progresses and we will have highs of 19C (66F).

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Travel: Bromsgrove delays warning

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A38 northbound in Bromsgrove in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I'm looking after Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

If you see a story you think we should be covering, email us, tweet @bbchw or visit our Facebook page.