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  1. Updates on Monday 27 June 2016

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By Francesca Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

Worcestershire Royal Hospital experiences what doctors believe was its busiest day ever last weekend.

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Bromsgrove's new train station is set to open next month, officials have confirmed.

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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 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning. 

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The weather should stay fine this evening, but it's not looking good tomorrow.

Appeal for witnesses following fatal crash on A44

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash near Leominster yesterday that left a woman dead and her two daughters seriously injured.

A black Ford Ka travelling towards Leominster was involved in a collision with a red Land Rover Freelander travelling in the opposite direction at about 14:15.

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Ex-MEP 'made fake travel claims'

A former MEP for the West Midlands claimed "significantly higher sums" for travel "not undertaken at all", a court hears.

Nikki Sinclaire
PA

City of culture bid 'could transform the fortunes of the whole region'

Hereford has launched its bid today to become the UK's City of Culture in 2021. 

It is hoped the city would bring millions of pounds to the city and "turbo-charge" the county's culture.

Map of Herefordshire
Google

Kingston-on-Hull was chosen as the 2017 winner and it is expecting more than £80m of investment for the city. 

Hereford is competing against Stoke-on-Trent and Coventry for the 2021 title. 

Charity cyclist hailed as 'absolute hero'

A mother from Herefordshire whose son died from cancer says she's amazed by his friend's epic charity bike ride. 

Mark Williams returned to Herefordshire today after cycling through all of England's 39 historic counties in memory of his friend, Laurie Engel.

Laurie Engel
Hilary Engel

Laurie died from an aggressive from of cancer aged 13 in 2005. 

Since his death, his family and friends have raised over £1m in his memory. 

Multimillion-pound redvelopment of Bromsgrove Railway station set to open

The multimillion-pound redevelopment of Bromsgrove Railway station is now expected to open to the public on 12 July.

The station was originally scheduled to open in November 2015.  

Richard Dougdale, Project Sponsor for Network Rail, said workers had encountered a few problems along the way.   

Bromsgrove Railway station
BBC

It is promising a staffed ticket office, passenger waiting room, toilets and 350 on-site car parking spaces.

It is hoped 800,000 passengers a year will pass through it.

Ex West Midlands MEP on trial for expenses fraud

Nikki Sinclaire, 47, former West Midlands UKIP MEP has gone on trial on allegations of expenses fraud. 

She denies all charges, including misconduct in public office.

Nikki Sinclaire former West Midlands MEP
BBC

The allegations against her concern travel in 2009 and 2010 when she was a UKIP MEP.

Herefordshire man completes 3,000-mile bike ride

A Herefordshire man has completed the last leg of an epic bike ride for charity. 

Since he set off from Hay Castle exactly a month ago, Mark Williams from Craswall has been cycling through all of England's 39 historic counties. 

The bike ride is to raise money in memory of his late friend Laurie Engel, who died from cancer aged 13. 

Mark Williams and Laurie Engel
Hilary Engel

Mark covered over 100 miles a day and visited three points of interest in each county along the way.

University of Worcester successful in bid for Netball Superleague franchise

The University of Worcester's joint bid with the University of Gloucestershire for a Netball Superleague franchise for the 2017 season has been successful.  

Netball player
BBC

The team, Severn Stars will play against 10 other teams from across the UK. 

Latest: Charity set up in memory of Tunisia terror attack victim; Bromsgrove railway station to open; new professional Worcester netball team

- The family of a University of Worcester student killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack say they charity they've set up will help his name to live on

- New multimillion-pound railway station in Bromsgrove set to open on 12 July 

- The University of Worcester's joint bid with the University of Gloucestershire for a Netball Superleague franchise for the 2017 season has been successful

Truck stop views on Brexit decision

The effects of the UK's decision to leave the EU are still unfolding.  

On Friday, in the wake of the decision, we got the views of truckers visiting Bromsgrove. 

Brexit: Views from a Bromsgrove truck stop

Herefordshire and Worcestershire voted decisively to leave the EU in Thursday's referendum.

In Herefordshire, 59% of people voted to leave, while in Worcestershire 57% wanted to leave.

Worcester bunny to be face of Amazon pets.

Effie, a rabbit from Worcester, is to become the new face of Amazon pets.

A grey rabbit and ball
Amazon

She beat off cute competition from 28,000 other animals. 

Bike thefts at Worcester train stations

In the last three months six bikes worth at least £1,300 in total have been stolen from train stations in Worcester after locks were cut, police say.

CCTV images have been released of two men wanted in connection with the theft of bikes from Shrub Hill just before 20:00 on 25 May.

Worcester cycle theft suspects
British Transport Police

Anyone with information should contact the British Transport Police or Crimestoppers.  

'I will never get over what happened'

The mother of a University of Worcester student murdered in the Tunisia terror attacks last year has said she carries the grief every day

Joel Richards,died alongside uncle Adrian Evans, grandfather Patrick Evans and 35 others in terror attacks near Sousse in 2015.  

Tunisia shootings: 'I will never get over what happened'

 Suzanne Evans has now set up a charity to support the loved ones of terror victims.

Football: Two Kidderminster Harriers FC's players agree new deals

Two members of Kidderminster Harriers FC's squad from last season have agreed new deals with the Aggborough club.

Defender Keith Lowe and Jared Hodgkiss have both signed new contracts. 

Kidderminster Harriers football stadium
Empics

Latest: Two girls in hospital after fatal car crash; charity set up in memory of Tunisia terror attack victim; Hereford parking loophole closed

- Two young girls are in a serious condition in hospital after a car crash which killed their mum in Leominster

- The family of a University of Worcester student murdered in the Tunisia terror attacks set up a charity to help others affected by terrorism

- A legal loophole which has meant people are able to park for for in Hereford city centre all day and all night has been closed

Hereford launches City of Culture bid

Hereford is taking on Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent in a bid to become the UK's City of Culture in 2021. 

It is hoped the prestigious title would bring millions of pounds to the city and "turbo-charge" the county's culture. 

Members of the City of Culture bid for Hereford 2021
BBC

Kingston-on-Hull was chosen as the 2017 winner and it is expecting more than £80m of investment for the city.

Battle of Somme Anniversary: Worcestershire soldier remembered

The life of a Worcestershire soldier killed in the Battle of the Somme is being traced to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle. 

Reg Speake from Arley Kings, Worcestershire, was one the millions of men, who became casualties in the five-month battle. 

Eric Halsell from the Arley Kings History Group has been researching Reg's short life.

Reg Speake from Arley Kings dressed as a footman
Hilary Armstrong and Arley Kings History Group

Reg signed up just days after the declaration of war and fought for two years before he was killed on the Somme aged just 20.

Before the war he had worked as a footman. 

WWII Soldier Reg Speake in uniform
Hilary Armstrong and Arley Kings History Group

Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a largely fine today with sunny spells and isolated showers. Despite the westerly breeze it will feelwarm.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Your photos: Malvern Hills

Breathtaking dawn rising over the British Camp in the Malvern Hills this morning Thank you to David from Bright Sky Videos for sending this beautiful photo. 

Malvern Hills
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Hereford car parking loop hole closed

A legal loophole meaning people are able to park for free in the middle of Hereford City Centre all day and night has been closed.

Cars parked in Widemarsh Street, Hereford
BBC

Up to 20 cars have been parking in loading bays and on the pavement in Widemarsh street every day for more than a year. 

An enforcement notice has now been put in place.

Latest: Business Secretary holds meeting following leave vote; Hereford parking loop hole closed; Two young girls in hospital following fatal car crash

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

-The Business Secretary and Bromsgrove MP is holding a meeting this week with business leaders following the leave vote

-A legal loophole which has meant people are able to park for free in the middle of Hereford City centre all day and all night has been closed

- Two young girls are in a serious condition after a car crash which killed their mum in Leominster

Two young girls in serious condition after mum killed in car crash

Two young girls are in a serious condition in hospital after a car crash in Leominster which killed a woman believed by paramedics to be their mum. The woman died at the scene on the A44 at Monkland yesterday afternoon, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Map of A44 at Monkland
Google

The girls,who are aged five and eight, had to be cut from the wreckage before being being airlifted to the Birmingham Children's hospital. Two people in a second car weren't hurt.     

Travel: Buses replace trains

BBC Travel

Buses are replacing cancelled trains between Hereford and Birmingham New Street.

Signalling problems between Hereford and Worcester Foregate Street are affecting many services to Birmingham.

Those that aren't cancelled face delays of up to 30 minutes. 

Problems are expected to last all day.

Tunisia attack: Joel Richards charity set up

The family of a University of Worcester student murdered in the Tunisia terror attacks have set up a charity to support the loved ones of terror victims. 

Joel Richards, 19, his uncle Adrian Evans and grandfather Patrick Evans were among 30 Brits shot dead while on holiday in Sousse last year. 

Joel Richards
Suzy Evans

The trio have been honoured in a number of ways since their deaths. 

Joel, who was a budding referee, has had a leisure centre named after him.

Javid plans 'no panic' business meeting

The Business Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid is holding a meeting this week with business leaders following the Leave vote. 

He's going to try and reassure companies who wanted to stay in, not to "panic".

Sajid Javid speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show

The UK's economic fundamentals are strong enough to weather any short-term market volatility, he said.

He added that the UK should not rush into talks with the EU about its withdrawal from the bloc.

Latest: Family of student killed in terror attack set up charity; City of culture award would 'bring in millions'

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

- The family of a University of Worcester student murdered in the Tunisia terror attacks set up a  charity to help others affected by terrorism

- The team behind Hereford's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021 say it would bring millions of pounds into the area

- Buses replace trains running between Hereford, Worcester and Birmingham New Street today

Travel: Problems between Hereford and Worcester

BBC Travel

Problems on the trains this morning, due to signalling problems between Hereford and Worcester Foregate - some services face delays or cancellation.

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Travel: Traffic slow on M5

BBC Travel

No major problems to report, but there are the usual delays on the M5 through the roadworks area, northbound near J5 for the A38.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a largely fine today with sunny spells and isolated showers. Despite the westerly breeze it will feel warm.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

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