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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Watch: Evening and weekend forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It will be mostly cloudy and dry tonight, with rain arriving across northern areas later.  

You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.  

City v Villa: Where to park and how you get into the ground

The game is being played tomorrow at the Stourport Swifts ground. 

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Blues festival's big boost to local economy

Upton-upon-Severn's annual blues festival, which runs over this weekend, contributes more than £800,000 to the town's economy each year. 

The figure was revealed in research carried out by Malvern Hills District Council, Profits from the event will go towards refurbishing facilities in the town such as the tennis courts.  

More than 20,000 music lovers are expected to attend the festival.

Upton Blues Festival stage

Victim speaks out to slam sentence handed out to sex attacker

Evesham Journal

A man who had sex with an underage schoolgirl and attempted to sexually assault an ex-partner has avoided jail - despite a judge describing him as "not in control of himself and prone to violence".  

Work on new leisure centre to start in August

Building work on a new leisure centre and swimming pools in Bromsgrove will begin on 15 August, the council say.

The new facility is being built next to the existing Dolphin Centre (pictured) on School Drive, which will remain open until the new one opens in 2017.    

Artist's impression of new leisure centre in Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove District Council

The development will cost £13.5m, with £1.5m coming from Sport England.

How to stop floods washing away the soil

The Environment Agency is in Herefordshire helping farmers avoid the problem of "soil runoff".

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Watch: Rapids v Bears preview

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

You can hear ball-by-ball commentary from me and the rest of the team from 17:30 on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

Latest: Nice attack family shock; MEP bids to lead UKIP; rock festival cancelled

Alice Porter

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- French woman living in Worcester tells how her sister was caught up in the Nice attacks

- A West Midlands MEP has announced that he wants to be the new leader of UKIP

- Malvern rock festival cancelled over delays to setting up charity

Watch: Bank chief 'would rather have captained Worcestershire'

The former Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, who wants children to play cricket, said he would rather have been captain of Worcestershire Cricket Club than run the UK’s finances.

Perhaps he thinks interest rates would have been higher?

Reward offered after puppies stolen

Contact the police in Malvern if you've seen these puppies, stolen from a village near Tewkesbury.

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Cricket: Rapids squad for T20 derby game against the Bears

The Rapids have named a 12-man squad for tonight's game at New Road.

You can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on tonight's game from 17:30 on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.  

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West Midlands MEP announces he is running for leadership of UKIP

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is running for UKIP party leadership

Your pictures: Wild flower beds under railway bridge

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Jenny Lewin-Jones took this picture of the beds of wild flowers under the railway bridge in Worcester.

I'd love to feature your photos on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Wild flowers
Jenny Lewin-Jones

Latest: Robert Plant concert in Nice called off; racism pledge by council; drones ban for hills;

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Robert Plant concert cancelled as Nice Jazz Festival is called off

- Herefordshire Council has voted unanimously in supporting an anti-racism policy

- People who fly drones as a hobby are being told they're not allowed to operate them on the Malvern Hills

Warriors: New academy manager appointed

Worcester Warriors have launched junior academy centres right across the West Midlands in the last three seasons and had 17 players called up to represent England from Under-16 to Under-20 levels during the 2015-16 campaign.

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Rock festival cancelled

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The organisers of the Malvern Rocks Festival have announced they've cancelled this year's event. 

They say they wanted to put the festival on "a more professional footing", with bands receiving a fee for performing. 

However the festival, due to be held at the start of August, needed to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and that process has run into delays, the organisers say.

Loan to help university bid approved

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A £300,000 loan to support Hereford's university bid has been unanimously backed by Herefordshire Council.

The university is set to welcome the first students in 2018.

Franklin House (pictured), currently the council's service centre, the Essex Arms police training ground, part of the former Rotherwas Munitions site and the Gaol Street car park have all been earmarked as sites for new teaching and accommodation buildings. 

Franklin House

Robert Plant concert cancelled after Nice attack

A concert by Worcestershire's Robert Plant in Nice has been cancelled after the annual jazz festival, due to take place this weekend, was called off in the wake of the attack that left at least 84 people dead. 

Robert Plant

An announcement of the Nice Jazz Festival website said it had be cancelled following "the terrible attack that struck Nice on July 14th".

Watch: Weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The rain clearing to leave a mostly dry and cloudy afternoon, with perhaps some brighter spells developing and feeling muggy. Highs of 20C (68F).  

You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.

Travel: Road closure planned in Redditch tonight

If the weather turns bad then the work may not go ahead.

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Latest: Fox cruelty inquiry 'whitewash' claim; drones ban; new leisure centre work to start

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Campaigners who filmed fox cubs seemingly being taken into the kennels of the South Herefordshire Hunt have branded an independent inquiry "a whitewash"

- Flying drones on the Malvern Hills could soon be banned

- Start date announced for building a new leisure centre in Bromsgrove

Jigsaw with UK flag piece removed

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Nearly one month on from that epic referendum result, I've been sounding out opinions in the part of Britain which voted more enthusiastically than anywhere else for the UK to leave the EU.

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BreakingWest Midlands UKIP MEP launches party leadership bid

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter, WM

MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is to stand as leader of UKIP.

The leadership race was sparked by the resignation of Nigel Farage, who quit following the EU referendum vote.  

Many of UKIP's best-known faces have been blocked from contesting the leadership after the Eurosceptic party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) said all candidates must have been a member for at least five years.  

Bill Etheridge

Emmy nomination for Worcestershire GoT actor

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The Worcestershire actor Kit Harrington is up for an Emmy - he's nominated for a best supporting actor award for his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

Kit Harrington

The fantasy drama has received 23 Emmy nominations.

Cricket: Matt Henry makes his final appearance of the season

New Zealand international Matt Henry is set to make the final appearance of his current period at New Road in tonight's home sold-out clash with Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Matt Henry
Getty Images

The 24-year-old has taken 27 wickets in six Specsavers County Championship appearances.

He's leaving to join the New Zealand international team, but director of cricket Steve Rhodes says he would "like to see him back one day".

You can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on tonight's game from 17:30 on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Bastille Day lorry deaths; 'My sister is still in shock'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A 22-year-old French woman, who was born and bred in Nice, but has lived in Worcester for the last five years, says her family were directly caught up when a lorry ploughed though a Bastille Day crowd, killing at least 84 people.

My uncle, who is a fireman, had to go to the scene, and my sister, who was where [the attack] happened had to run away... and she's still in shock."

Loan HuynhNative of nice living in Worcester

Drone ban to be enforced on Malvern Hills

Flying drones on the Malvern Hills could soon be banned. 

The Malvern Hills Conservators, who look after the hills, say they've received around a dozen complaints in the last two months, of drones being flown too close to people, or causing a nuisance.


Duncan Bridges, the director of the Conservators, says such use is already against current by-laws and they intend to make the public more aware of the rules. 

We've had incidents of people flying drones close to walkers on the ridge-line of the hills, I myself have encountered a group of 12 people carrying out a drone race on Castlemorton Common, and another gentleman [was] filming himself in his brand new car using a drone as he drove across the common."

Duncan BridgesMalvern Hills Conservators

Bulls fixtures for next season announced

Hereford FC will begin next season with an away game at AFC Totton on 6 August.

The Bulls' first home game is against Mangotsfield United on 9 August.

You can see a full list of fixtures on the club's website.

Edgar Street
Getty Images

Worcester News front page: 'I've never missed a day at school'

Worcester News

A schoolboy from Worcester will leave school this summer without having ever missed a day.  

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Hunt cruelty investigation 'already flawed' claim protesters

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Campaigners who filmed fox cubs being taken into the kennels of the South Herefordshire Hunt claim an independent inquiry into allegations of animal cruelty is "already flawed". 

The Hunt Investigation Team, who passed the footage on to BBC Hereford & Worcester and the police, say the retired judge leading the inquiry has himself been filmed clashing with anti-hunt protesters in 1992. 

The Mirror newspaper featured video of an altercation on its website.

South Herefordshire Hunt

Sir John Chadwick is chairing the investigation by The Masters of Foxhounds Association - when contacted by me this morning they said they couldn't comment until next week. 

A 37-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman from Herefordshire and a 37-year-old man from Abergavenny were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.  

Latest: Hunt cruelty inquiry 'flawed'; drone ban considered on hills; Emmy nomination for GoT actor

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- An independent inquiry into allegations of animal cruelty at a hunt is "already flawed" say protestors

- Flying drones on the Malvern Hills could be banned

- The Worcestershire actor Kit Harrington is up for an Emmy for his role in Game of Thrones

Council pledge over prejudice and hate crime

All of the political parties on Herefordshire Council have united together in a bid to stamp out prejudice and promote and celebrate diversity and tolerance.

Worcestershire County Council made a similar pledge yesterday.  

There is no place for racism in Herefordshire and people from all walks of life are welcome here."

Herefordshire Council resolution

Restoring Hollybed Farm Meadows

Volunteers are collecting yellow rattle seed to spread at Hollybed Farm Meadows in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust hopes to restore the meadow as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

People in a field
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Conservators set to ban drones from the skies above the Malvern Hills

Worcester News

Drones look set to be banned from the Malvern Hills and surrounding commons after reports of wildlife being scared and races being held with the flying machines.