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Summary

  1. Ex SAS man jailed for "war trophy" gun loses his sentence appeal
  2. Dean Ryan leaves Worcester Warriors
  3. Children's beds to close at Alexandra Hospital from September
  4. Scrap unsafe motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs warn
  5. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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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

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BBC Midlands Today

It will be cloudy and rather breezy during the evening and for much of the night with a little rain at times. However, this will clear away later in the night.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Could hard shoulder safety concerns halt government plans?

Could plans to let drivers use the hard shoulder on the M5 during heavy traffic be in jeopardy after MPs warned against the proposals?

A report by the Transport Select Committee today says it has safety concerns over all-lane motorways although, it cited the M42 - which runs near Bromsgrove and Redditch - as a good example of how smart motorways should be used.

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The government intends to turn hundreds of miles of hard shoulder in England into permanent lanes, known as "all-lane running", to expand capacity.

But the "dramatic change" would be dangerous, the committee says.

Passengers say Arriva Trains Wales worse than it was a year ago

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Passengers using Arriva Trains Wales say the service has got worse in the past 12 months. 

An annual survey by the transport watchdog Transport Focus found they weren't happy with availability of staff, punctuality and car parking facilities, but nevertheless 82% (down from 89%) ticked the "satisfied" or "good" boxes to describe their journey.

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Meanwhile, London Midland customers think the company has improved, especially the stations they are responsible for.

Rugby director 'will not be replaced'

Worcester Warriors say they will not be appointing a new director of rugby, after the departure of Dean Ryan earlier today. 

Dean Ryan
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Ryan (pictured) left the Sixways club by mutual agreement, and will be replaced by head coach Carl Hogg and high performance director Nick Johnston. 

The club's chief executive Jim O'Toole told BBC Hereford and Worcester they had every confidence in the new coaching team.

Latest: Men jailed for burgling 120 homes; MEP's aide 'reported fears over inflated expense claims'; no new rugby director at Worcester Warrior

Here's the latest from the newsroom:

- Four men who carried out a spate of burglaries in Herefordshire and Worcester and other counties are jailed for more than 35 years

- A former aide to former West Midlands UKIP MEP Niiki Sinclaire told the political party of his fears her expenses claims were being inflated six months before going to the police, a court hears

- Worcester Warriors will not be appointing a new director of rugby, after the departure of Dean Ryan earlier today

Travel: Congestion on A38 in Worcester

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on A38 Foregate Street northbound in Worcester, between the A449 Castle Street junction and the Little London junction.

'Quick decision over paediatrics needed'

Health bosses in Worcestershire say they had to make a major decision about changing paediatric care in the county without a public consultation, because they couldn't guarantee patient safety.

From September, all in-patient children's beds are going to be closed at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, meaning sick children and their families will have to travel to Worcester.

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Campaigners have criticised the move.

It follows the removal of neonatal services at Alexandra last year, a move backed by the local MP but opposed by protestors.

Nikki Sinclaire

A former aide to an ex-UKIP MEP raised fears her expenses claims were being inflated six months before going to police, a court hears.

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Four jailed for burgling over 100 homes

Four men have been jailed after a spate of burglaries across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, North Wales and Staffordshire. 

Gytis Dambaokas, Tomas Juospaitis, Grazvydas Kasarauskas and Giedrius Batutis, all of no fixed abode, targeted 120 properties which saw them escape with jewellery with an estimated value of £200,000, police say.

The four men
West Mercia Police

"These offences were undoubtedly concerning for the individuals targeted by this group of men, who gave no thought to the concern and distress they inflicted on their victims as they proceeded to ransack their homes," Det Sgt Andrew Chatting said.

All four - pictured above - were each found guilty of conspiracy to burgle at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

- Gytis Dambaokas, 30, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison

- Tomas Juospaitis, 31, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

- Grazvydas Kasarauskas, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

- Giedrius Batutis, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Woman rescued from house fire

An elderly woman has been rescued from a house fire Redditch.

"The fire started in a bedroom and, although relatively small in size, posed a significant risk due to the large quantities of toxic smoke which filled the room and hallways," station commander Stuart Crebbin said.

The woman was taken to hospital following the fire at her bungalow in Crabbs Cross Lane.

An investigation is under way to identify the cause. 

Police 'not satisfied' over Hereford murder

West Mercia Police say they aren't satisfied that everyone in the area where a 30-year-old man was fatally stabbed has come forward.

Christian Bagley died in hospital after being stabbed in the arm and back under Hunderton Bridge on 21 June last year.

Christain Bagley
West Mercia Police

An appeal to catch his killer has been made on BBC Crimewatch this morning.

A £10,000 reward is still being offered over his death.

Travel: Two lanes closed on M5

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the M5 southbound between J7 for the A44 (Worcester) and J8 for the M50, due to an accident. Traffic is slow in the area.

Regulator inspecting ambulance trust

The West Midlands Ambulance Service trust is being inspected by the Care Quality Commission throughout this week. 

The commission, which is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, will be looking at all aspects of the service and speaking to staff. 

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A spokesman from the trust said: "The inspection is designed to ensure we are providing patients with a safe, effective and high quality service."

'War trophy' SAS veteran loses sentence appeal

A decorated SAS veteran, jailed for keeping a pistol he took as a "war trophy" in the Falklands, won't have his sentenced reduced. 

Albert Patterson from Hereford appealed to have his 15-month prison term reduced but appeal court judges said he'd already been given a light sentence.

Albert Patterson
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The 65-year-old says he took the guns and ammunition as a tribute to his fallen comrades and had no intention of ever using them as weapons. More than 161,000 people have signed a petition calling for him to be released.  

Latest: Worcester Warriors loses rugby director; in-patients bed in Redditch to close; SAS veteran loses sentence appeal

Here the latest from the newsroom:

- After weeks of speculation, Worcester Warriors has confirmed fans' suspicions that its director of rugby Dean Ryan is leaving

- From September, all in-patient children's beds are going to close at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

- An SAS veteran from Hereford is told he won't have his prison sentence reduced for possessing weapons and ammunition

Labour, Conservatives and Greens hatch landmark deal to work together on Worcester City Council

Worcester News

A landmark deal has been hatched for Worcester's Labour, Conservative and Green parties to work together on the city's future, it has emerged.

Worcestershire wicketkeeper Cox signs a new four-year deal

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire County Cricket Club's highly rated wicketkeeper Ben Cox has signed a new four-year contract at New Road.

Ben Cox
BBC

Cox, who made his first team debut seven years ago while still at school, has been in outstanding form during the past couple of seasons. The 24-year-old was the county's second highest scorer in Division One of the County Championship last season and had an 88% success rate in terms of catches taken behind the stumps.

Patient capacity fears over ward closure

A health campaigner says some of the most ill children in Worcestershire are going to suffer when all in-patients beds close at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. 

From September, children and their families will have to travel to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
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Neal Stote, from the Save the Alexandra Hospital campaign, said the Worcester site could not handle more patients.

He said the West Midlands Clinical Senate said last year there was not enough capacity there and "nothing has changed".

The hospital experienced what doctors believe was its busiest day ever at the weekend.  

The trust earlier said modelling suggested the Worcester site could cope with the extra patients.

Travel: Congestion on A438 in Hereford

BBC Travel

Drivers warned about heavy traffic.

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Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Some patchy outbreaks of rain later with temperatures reaching 18C (64F).

£10,000 reward still being offered over Hereford murder

West Mercia Police says they want to hear form anyone with information over the death of Christian Bagley in Hereford last June.

An appeal has been featured on BBC Crimewatch this morning.

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The 30-year-old from Hereford was found collapsed with "significant" knife injuries to his arm and back and died in hospital.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this year and was later bailed, police said.  

Scrap unsafe motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs warn

Plans to turn more hard shoulders into permanent driving lanes to ease motorway congestion should be scrapped, an MP committee says.

A scheme to upgrade the M5 motorway is currently ongoing.  

The government intends to turn hundreds of miles of hard shoulder in England into permanent lanes, known as "all-lane running", to expand capacity.  

Motorway
BBC

The Transport Select Committee said the "dramatic change" would be dangerous.

The Department for Transport said "all-lane running" was designed to be as safe as ordinary motorways.

Mystery remains around father's death

Police are still investigating the murder of Christian Bagley in Hereford last June.

The 30-year-old died in hospital after being stabbed in the arm and back under Hunderton Bridge. He had just visited his daughter.  

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Latest: Worcester rugby director leaves role; in-patient children's beds to close in Redditch; fears for resettled Syrians

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here's what we're looking at in the newsroom this morning:

- Worcester rugby director Dean Ryan has been released from his contract and will leave his role immediately, the Aviva Premiership club say

- All in-patient children's beds are going to be closed at the Alexandra hospital in Redditch, meaning patients will have to travel to Worcester from September

- As the first Syrian refugees begin to be resettled in Worcestershire this week, there are concerns from the people helping them that they could face racial animosity in the aftermath of the EU referendum

Warriors press conference at lunchtime

Ryan, a former Bristol, Newcastle Falcons and England back row guided Warriors to promotion from the Championship in 2015 - this year finishing 10th in the Premiership.

Worcester are set to hold a press conference at 12:30 today.

Ryan previously linked to Bath job

The reasons for Dean Ryan's departure are currently unclear, although there was speculation in the press last week that Ryan was unhappy with the money available to sign new players, and also linked him with a move to Premiership rivals Bath.

On Monday, Chief Executive jim O'Toole announced Ryan would have one of the "six best" playing budgets in the Premiership - thanks to a 25% budget increase.

jim OToole
BBC

Ryan 'instrumental' in Warriors success

Chief Executive Jim O'Toole (pictured) said Dean Ryan had been "instrumental" in Worcester Warriors' progress over the last three years as well as helping to develop a long-term plan for the club.

"Dean has also helped to build a team around him who are ready to step-up to the next level and build on that progress," he said.

Mr O'Toole said Ryan's post would not be directly filled, with many of his duties expected to be taken on by current Head Coach Carl Hogg and High Performance Director Nick Johnston. 

Dean Ryan
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Redditch hospital move plans backed

News that in-patient children's beds would close at the Alexandra Hospital comes just a day after a NHS advisory group approved much-criticised plans to permanently move some children's and maternity services from Redditch to Worcester.

That plan is now subject to public consultation.

Children's ward to close at Redditch

All in-patient children's beds are set to close at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, from September, due to difficulties recruiting staff.

It means some of the most ill children in the county and their families will have to make the journey down to Worcester.    

Chief Executive Chris Tidman told BBC Hereford & Worcester the decision would only be reversed "if by some miracle" the trust was able to recruit enough paediatric doctors. 

Alexandra Hospital sign
BBC

He said modelling suggested Worcester would be able to cope with the extra patients.

News: Children's ward to close; MEP's claims 'would have been refused'; fears for resettled Syrian refugees

BBC Hereford and Worcester

These are among our top stories today:

- All in-patient children's beds are set to close at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, from September, due to difficulties recruiting staff

- An MEP's expense claims for road journeys she never made would not have been paid if it was known she had travelled more cheaply by plane, a court has been told

- As the first Syrian refugees begin to be resettled in Worcestershire this week, there are concerns from the people helping them that they could face racial animosity

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry, bright start to the day with an isolated shower possible. Some patchy outbreaks of rain arriving later.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

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