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  1. news, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 06:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

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Good evening from Local Live for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

That's it from our news, sport, travel and weather updates on Wednesday.

Join us again from 08:00 on Thursday.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We've got plenty of cloud to contend with and another muggy, mild night in prospect.

Lows of 14C (57F). Find out more.

'Purdah' affected display to return on Friday

In a statement, Worcestershire County Council said: "The display has been temporarily removed due to Purdah rules and how they apply to our libraries during the lead up to the EU referendum. 

"The display will be up again on Friday and will run through next week to give people the chance to view it." 

Refugee exhibit pulled by Malvern Library bosses 'because of pre-election silence'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcestershire campaigners are asking for answers after their exhibition to coincide with national refugee week in Malvern was shut down by library bosses. 

The county council claims they had to temporally ban it under electoral rules - so-called purdah - because of the EU referendum, but the Malvern Welcomes Syrian Refugees group says the exhibition was scrutinised and the dates of the week were also agreed three months ago. 

The principle behind Purdah is to preserve political impartiality.

Councils are told they can use their resources - those things funded with public money - to talk about local issues, such as potholes, - but should steer clear of things like the impact on the local area of immigration.

Ruth Forecast, from the group, said it had "no forewarning" it would be removed.

Coming up on TV: Referendum campaign draw to a close and vigils for Jo Cox

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

After four months of campaigning, the battle buses are heading back home - and our political editor Patrick Burns has had a chance to put his feet up after his EU referendum road trip. 

We will look at his whistle-stop tour. 

And vigils are taking place in memory of MP Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Join us for more on these stories and more on BBC Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Vigil in Worcester for murdered MP to mark her birthday

A vigil will be held in Worcester tonight for murdered MP Jo Cox, on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Held at Fort Royal Park, the event will allow for a time of reflection and will begin at 21:15. A beacon of remembrance will be lit at 21:30, say organisers. 

The theme of the event is that those attending have far #moreincommon with each other than that which divides them.

Jo Cox MP
Brendan Cox

M5 delays expected to continue until the evening rush-hour

BBC Travel

Traffic caused by the load spillage on the M5 is not expected to clear until around 18:30, says Highways England.

County Championship: Worcestershire nine wickets down

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

The rot has slowed but it has not yet stopped as Worcestershire are nine wickets down chasing Derbyshire's earlier 467-5.

Follow the action live on 738AM or online here.

Worcester retail park plans rejected by planners

Plans for a multimillion-pound retail park in Worcestershire have been rejected. 

Officers had recommended that the Worcester Woods project on Newtown Road be turned down. 

Elected councillors on the planning committee have now taken that decision.

Latest: M5 delays; woman held over Redditch 'murder'; retail park plans rejected

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Wednesday, here are our headlines:

- A load spillage on the M5 has caused tailbacks expected to last into the evening rush-hour

- A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man with what police dubbed "suspicious" head injuries in Redditch

- Plans for a multimillion-pound retail park in Worcestershire have been rejected

Chainsaw break-in at Malvern property, say police

Chainsaw-wielding burglars broke into a house in Malvern before fleeing in a silver Volvo saloon, say West Mercia Police.

The force said its officers were investigating a "disturbance" in Belmont Road at around 11:05 and it was believed the property was "broken into using a chainsaw" before three offenders fled.

It is not yet known if anybody was injured, said Insp Andy Smith, as he appealed for information.

Murder arrest over 'suspicious' head injury in Redditch

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

A 49-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police said a post-mortem examination revealed head injuries a Redditch man suffered were "suspicious". 

David McTighe, who was 43, was found dead at his home on Seymour Drive last Monday.

M5 disruption: Specialist cleaners on the scene

"Specialist cleaners" have been to the scene helping to clear the spillage on the M5 we reported earlier. It is now affecting the southbound carriageway.

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Archaeological digs at two castles in Herefordshire

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Two castles in rural south west Herefordshire are to benefit from nearly £80,000 worth of lottery funding.

The Longtown and District Historical Society has been working with the County Archaeology team to find out when medieval structures were built and why they are so close to each other. 

One is an old motte and bailey, west of the road midway between Clodock and Longtown, by a bridge over the Olchon. Longtown Castle is in the middle of Longtown.

Longtown Castle
The Longtown and District Historical Society

The community project has now sorted a series of digs at both sites, just half a mile apart in Longtown, to try and provide some answers.

Martin Cook from the society says it's unheard of for two scheduled monuments to be excavated simultaneously.

Appeal over exposure at Kidderminster park

A man exposed himself and performed a lewd act in front of two young girls in a Kidderminster park, according to West Mercia Police.

The nine-year-old and 14-year-old girls were walking a dog in Brinton's park near Talbot Street on Monday when the man came and sat on a bench around 10 meters away at about 18:00, said the force.

The man is described as white, in his 50s, with a small amount of grey and white hair. He was described as wearing a blue or black smart suit, a white shirt and a tie.

Disruption from M5 spillage expected to last until 17:00

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Highways England says one lane is closed due to a spillage on the northbound carriageway and disruption is expected to last until 17:00.

Travel: Spillage on the M5

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M5 northbound between J5 for Droitwich and J6 for Worcester because of a spillage, drivers are warned.

Latest: Murder-accused inmate in court; retail park plans; castle sites to be excavated

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of what we have been covering in the past few hours:

- A serving prisoner has appeared in court charged with the murder of a fellow inmate at a jail near Evesham

- Plans for a retail park outside Worcester look set to be rejected later

- Two former castle sites in south Herefordshire will be the subject of archaeological digs simultaneously to find out more about their history

County Championship: Worcester lose early wickets at Derby

Derbyshire 467-5 dec v Worcestershire 18-5

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

What looked like a flat batting track earlier, is fast looking different - Worcestershire have lost their first five wickets for just 18 runs.

Ben Cotton took three wickets, including that of skipper Daryl Mitchell, while Tony Palladino claimed the wickets of Alexei Kervezee and Ross Whiteley.

Follow the action live on 738AM or online here.

Man suffers serious facial injuries in roadside attack in Malvern

Worcester News

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered serious facial injuries in a roadside attack in Malvern.

EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

BBC Politics

Tomorrow, voters go to the polls to decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union. 

Polls are open 07:00 to 22:00 and you'll be asked to answer the following question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union."

Counting by local authorities begins after 22:00 and the official declaration will be made at Manchester Town Hall when all the votes are in.  

Find out how to vote, what you'll need and what you can and can't do with your ballot paper.

Ballot paper
BBC

Retail park plans for Worcester look set to be rejected

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Plans for a multimillion-pound retail park outside Worcester look likely to be rejected today. 

Council officers are recommending councillors on the planning committee turn down an application for the Worcester Woods project on Newtown Road. 

The developers, Land Securities, have refused to rule out an appeal if it is refused.

Man in court over inmate murder

A Filipino man serving a long prison sentence in Worcestershire has appeared in Worcester Magistrates' Court charged with murdering a fellow inmate at a high security prison.

Victor Castigador, 61, is accused of murdering child killer Sidonio Teixeira, 59, at Long Lartin Prison, near Evesham on Monday morning.

He's been told to appear again via video link at Worcester Crown Court on Friday.

Long Lartin prison
BBC

Let workers self-certify illness for 14 days, say GPs

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Workers should be able to self-certify sickness for up to two weeks to help reduce the number of unnecessary GP appointments, doctors say.

People need a doctor's note if they are off for more than a week, but GPs said people should be trusted more and it could reduce the growing burden on GPs.

Sneezing
Science Photo Library

The call at the British Medical Association's annual conference comes amid rising demand for appointments.

The government said it had no plans to change the existing policy.

Travel: Blakedown delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the Birmingham Road in Blakedown at the junction with Belbroughton Road, in the roadworks area.

Latest: Jail murder charge; Plant's 'dim memory'; rise in voter numbers

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories in the past few hours:

- A serving prisoner has been charged with the murder of a fellow inmate at a high-security jail

- Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has told a court hearing the Stairway to Heaven copyright dispute that he has a dim memory of the time it was written

- There has been a rise in the number of voters registered in the West Midlands for the EU Referendum

EU referendum voters top four million in West Midlands

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The number of voters registered in the West Midlands for the EU referendum stands at 4,116,119. 

This is a rise of 153,842, or 3.9% since December.

Polls are set to open in less than 24 hours and both the Leave and Remain camps are using the dying hours of the campaign to get their messages across.

If you missed the BBC's Great Debate last night, find out how the two sides got on in front of a live audience of 6,000 at Wembley Arena.

Manslaughter charges dropped after teen's canal death

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Manslaughter charges have been dropped against a Worcestershire teenager after the death of a boy in Perdiswell. 

Sean Stevens, aged 17, died after being pulled from the canal near to the Bilford Road in March.

Ryan Scott, 18, is still charged with assaulting a police constable.

The canal
BBC

County Championship: Derbyshire on top against Worcestershire

BBC Sport

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman shared a 251-run third-wicket stand with fellow centurion Wayne Madsen as Worcestershire were made to toil.

After a rain-ruined first day, Joe Leach gave the visitors an early edge when he removed Hamish Rutherford and Chesney Hughes in the same over.

But, from 13-2, the hosts recovered to post 319-3 by the end of the day.

Billy Godleman
Getty Images

County Championship: Set fair for the start of day three at Derby

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

We're set fair for the start of day three of Worcestershire's trip to Derby.

Full commentary on 738AM and online here from 10:55.

Pollen levels 'very high'

BBC Weather

Another bad day if you suffer with hay fever. Levels are very high today.

Tissues at the ready.

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Warm June sunshine, but showers never too far away... Matt Taylor has the long range forecast.  

Latest: Canal death manslaughter charged dropped; jail murder charge; Plant's 'dim memory'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our headlines on Wednesday:

- A Worcestershire teenager is no longer charged with killing another teenager in Perdiswell

- A serving prisoner has been charged with the murder of a fellow inmate at a high-security jail

- Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has told a court hearing the Stairway to Heaven copyright dispute that he has a dim memory of the time it was written

Led Zeppelin singer tells court he 'can't recall almost anyone'

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The lead singer of Led Zeppelin - Worcestershire's Robert Plant - has told a court in the United States that he cannot remember socialising with members of a group, whose work he is accused of plagiarising. 

He prompted laughter when said he had no recollection of most of the people with whom he had hung out.  

He and Jimmy Page are facing claims that a chord sequence in their 1971 hit Stairway to Heaven was taken from a earlier track called Taurus by the American group Spirit.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Reuters

Former SAS soldier 'could be penniless' after court battle with developers

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A former SAS soldier from Herefordshire says his precious regiment medals may have to be sold if his family lose a long-running battle in the Court of Appeal in London this week. 

David Bird's spent nine years fighting the developers he bought a Stretton Sugwas barn conversion from, over the quality of the initial work. 

He was granted nearly £500,000 by a judge, but the builders won an appeal. Mr Bird says he faces bankruptcy if he loses the latest appeal.

David Bird
BBC

Prisoner murder charge after HMP Long Lartin inmate death

A serving prisoner has been charged with murder following the death of a fellow inmate at a high-security jail.

Victor Castigador, 61, of HMP Long Lartin near Evesham, has been charged after Sidonio Teixeira, 59, died at the prison on Monday morning.

Teixeira was serving a life sentence for murdering his three-year-old daughter and trying to kill his son, aged nine.

HMP Long Lartin
Google

Latest: Canal death manslaughter charges dropped; inmate charged with murder; Plant's 'dim memory'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are Wednesday's top stories so far:

- Manslaughter charges are dropped against a Worcestershire teenager after the death of another teenager in Perdiswell

- A serving prisoner has been charged with murder following the death of a fellow inmate at a high-security jail

- Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has told a court hearing the Stairway to Heaven copyright dispute that he has a dim memory of the time it was written

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Patchy cloud first thing and the potential for a couple of showers before things improve and brighten up for a time

Highs of 21C (70F).

Travel: Bromsgrove traffic problems

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A38 in Bromsgrove at the Birmingham Road junction in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.