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  1. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day.

We'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Dry through this evening with some clear intervals, but cloud will thicken after midnight with some patchy rain, accompanied by hill fog, arriving from the west. Lows of 14C (57F). 

Worcestershire power on

Worcestershire have got their skates on as Joe Clarke creams Nathan Buck for a couple of excellent fours to the offside.

The hosts ease past 50, having enjoyed a good end to the powerplay.

They're now 68-2. Follow all the action here.

Will the TV news be on time?

Andy Murray's Wimbledon semi-final against Tomas Berdych is under way on BBC One. 

If Murray's last match is anything to go by, Midlands Today could be on a little later then 18:30. 

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Cautious start at New Road

Despite the short boundaries at New Road, it has been a relatively cautious start for the hosts in their T20 Blast match against Lancashire.

Joe Leach and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have both gone to leave Worcestershre on 42-2 in the fifth over. 

Follow live updates and listen to commentary online and on 738AM.

Rocket motor manufacturer fined for safety breach

A Kidderminster rocket motor manufacturer has been fined more than £300,000 for breaching safety rules. 

Roxel Limited, of Summerfield Lane in the town, pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching safety rules, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.

It said heat from a fibre-optic light set fire to a room containing explosives in November 2012.

The HSE said the firm was fined £386,000 and told to pay £60,000 costs.

Roxel Ltd
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Worcestershire Rapids v Lancashire Lightning

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Play is due to get under way at 17:30 as Worcestershire Rapids host Lancashire Lightning in their T20 Blast match at New Road.

There will be full commentary from BBC Hereford and Worcester on 738 AM and online.

Latest: Man admits wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt; councillor highlights hate crime; Worcestershire in action

BBC Hereford and Worcester

These are some of our main stories today:

- A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub pleads guilty in court

- A councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

- Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire in a T20 Blast match later

Worcester Warriors 'settled' following Ryan departure

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg says his side have coped well with the departure of director of rugby Dean Ryan.

Ryan parted company the club last month, prompting anger amongst some fans.

Hogg says things had settled at the club following the "shock" news.

Big weekend for Herefordshire's cricketers

BBC Hereford and Worcester

It will be a big day for Herefordshire's cricketers on Sunday when they will head to Devon for the Unicorns trophy semi-final. 

Victory for Herefordshire in that game would see them through to the Minor Counties one-day final for only the third time in their history.

Worcestershire looking to reverse defeat

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcestershire Rapids are to host Lancashire this evening in a T20 Blast match at New Road. 

Joe Clarke
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Worcestershire were bowled out for only 53 when the sides met at Old Trafford. 

Batsman Joe Clarke (pictured above), who scored a century on Wednesday, is looking for the team to reverse what was a crushing 96-run defeat a fortnight ago.

Obviously we were very disappointing as a team up there. We've not been on the ball the last couple of games but we are a good T20 side. We know we can beat (them)."

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Woman with Asperger's Syndrome cycles 100 miles for National Autistic Society

Worcester News

A woman with Asperger's Syndrome has cycled more than 100 miles to raise money for the National Autistic Society.

Latest: Man admits wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt; councillor highlights hate crime; Worcestershire in action

BBC Hereford and Worcester

These are some of our main stories today:

- A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub pleads guilty in court

- Councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

- Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire in a T20 Blast match later

Head coach relishing Clermont friendly

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg says the pre-season match at Clermont Auvergne is just what the squad need in the build-up to the new Aviva Premiership season.

Carl Hogg
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Warriors will take on the French Top 14 winners at the end of their altitude training camp in Tignes. 

With further matches at Jersey and Munster, Hogg believes they have the mix of pre-season games right. 

I'd rather have challenges that extend ourselves and then we know where we're about rather than competition where we can run through and we get a result but we don't actually find out the areas that we need to develop and need to work on and also the areas that are going really well."

Carl HoggWorcester Warriors head coach

BBC Weather Watchers

Toppo sent this photo from Doddenham in Worcestershire to BBC Weather Watchers late last night. 

Doddenham
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Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt 'caused woman hurt'

A woman whose brother died at Hillsborough said an offensive T-shirt worn by a Worcester man in a pub had caused her hurt, anxiety and sleepless nights. 

Paul Grange, 50, who pleaded guilty, was fined a total of £795 including costs at Worcester Magistrates' Court.

In a statement read into the court record by prosecutor Karen Cockitt, Louise Brookes, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, said: "My concern is that this offence will not be dealt with seriously. 

"For 27 years I have had to listen to and read of such hatred directed towards my family." 

Andrew Brookes
Hillsborough inquests
Louise Brookes's brother Andrew was one of 96 fans to die at Hillsborough

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the T-shirt and a second shirt bearing similar offensive comments. 

Public notice for temporary one way system in Barrs Court Road, Hereford

Hereford Times

Herefordshire Council is seeking permission to introduce a temporary one-way system on a busy city street.

Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt man 'an idiot'

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub has described himself as "an idiot". 

Hillsborough T-shirt offence man says he's "lost everything"

Paul Grange, 50, who pleaded guilty to a public order offence, was fined a total of £795 including costs at Worcester Magistrates' Court.

There will be more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.

Crowds to flock to Chateau Impney Hill Climb event in Droitwich this weekend

Worcester News

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Droitwich this weekend.

Latest: Man admits wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt; councillor highlights hate crime; walk in memory of son

BBC Hereford and Worcester

These are some of our main stories today:

- A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub pleads guilty in court

- Councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

- Hereford couple ending 100-mile walk in memory of dead son

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Frequent sunny spells and a few showers. Remaining breezy but feeling warm in the sunshine.

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt man 'unaware of impact'

A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster told magistrates he didn't "realise how badly it affected people".

Paul Grange, 50, of Columbia Drive, Worcester, was fined £795.

Worcester Magistrates Court heard an impact statement from a woman whose brother died at Hillsborough.

"Hearing that statement, it's hit home, the personal effect of it," Grange said.

"It [the T-shirt] was only supposed to be between friends.

"Because of my own actions, I have lost my home, my job, my friends, my family and relationship. And it's deserved - I don't think it's any less than I deserve." 

Images of the shirt, which Grange openly wore in a pub beer garden on 29 May, caused widespread anger on social media. 

Man admits wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub has pleaded guilty in court.

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Paul Grange, 50, who was fined a total of £795 including costs at Worcester Magistrates' Court, says he's lost his home, job, friends and family and says he deserves it. 

Police received reports of a man seen at the Brewers Arms pub in the St Johns area of Worcester on 29 May, who was asked to leave by the landlord.

The wording suggested the disaster was "God's way" of helping a pest control company.

Grange, of Columbia Drive in Worcester, admitted displaying threatening or abusive writing  likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Formula 1 drivers in Worcester visit

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Staff at a Worcester go-karting track say it was amazing to have a visit from Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton this week. 

Lewis Hamilton
Mark Thompson

He was in the city for some promotional filming. 

Hamilton (pictured above) and former Formula 1 drivers Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundle had a race around Worcester's indoor karting track on Wednesday night. 

Couple to complete walk in memory of son

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Herefordshire couple whose baby died just 19 hours after he was born are set to complete a 100-mile walk today in his memory. 

James Harris died in December last year and his parents, Mark and Rebecca, are hoping to raise awareness of the cause - a condition called Vasa Previa. 

The condition caused the couple's son to suffer catastrophic blood loss.

The father said: "My wife described it as a prison sentence. (It) feels like we're being punished for something we didn't do and we've had to deal with it and come to terms with it every day for the last six months."

High pollen and UV levels

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Despite a damp and cloudy start to the day the pollen and UV levels are looking high, so you might need to pack the antihistamine and sun cream.

Highs of 21C (70F)

Pollen map
BBC

Latest: Councillor highlights hate crime; walk in memory of son; Formula 1 drivers in Worcester

BBC Hereford and Worcester

These are some of our main stories today:

- Councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

- Hereford couple ending 100-mile walk in memory of dead son

- Three past and present Formula 1 drivers took a pit stop in Worcester

Non-EU immigrants 'targeted' post referendum

A councillor from Worcestershire says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU. 

Flags
Reuters

Figures released by West Mercia Police at the end of June showed the number of reported hate crimes had slightly dropped since the vote.

However, as before the referendum, officers believe hate crimes are under-reported in the two counties. 

Liberal Democrat Fran Oborski from Wyre Forest District Council says she's heard evidence of non-EU immigrants, particularly the local Bangladeshi community, being targeted since the referendum.

Worcester man in court accused of wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt

A Worcester man accused of wearing a T-shirt with disparaging remarks about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster is due in court this morning. 

Paul Grange, 50, is charged with a public order offence and is due to appear at Worcester Magistrates Court later this morning.

Latest: Councillor highlights hate crime; man due in court over Hillsborough public order offence

These are some of our main stories today:

- Councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

- Worcester man due in court after wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt

- Hereford couple end 100-mile walk in memory of dead son

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy start for many with outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in places. However, it will soon become drier and brighter with frequent sunny spells and a few showers.

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

Travel: Delays on M42

BBC Travel

There are delays on the M42 southbound near Bromsgrove

One lane on the exit slip road at J1 (A38) is blocked as you head towards the roundabout.

Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

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