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Summary

  1. Fast food chain investigates flies in chicken claim
  2. "Lotto Gran" says he never tried to dupe Camelot
  3. Health group to advise patients threatening legal action over hospital X-ray delays
  4. Dad completes 20,000 mile world trek in memory of his daughter
  5. Updates from Friday 5 August 2016

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By Jerry Chester

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Our live coverage across the day

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

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Weather for the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Overnight it will be dry in all areas with clear spells and just a light breeze.  Lows of 14C (57F).

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

Weather for the West Midlands

Poldark and Downton Abbey costumes on show at cathedral

Costumes for TV dramas including Poldark, Mr Selfridge, Wolf Hall and Downton Abbey are going on show in Worcester Cathedral.

TV costumes at Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral

The Dressed for Drama exhibition is being staged in the 12th Century Chapter House and runs until 29 August.

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Some of the costumes have fascinating connections to the story of the Cathedral. The costumes of Henry VIII reminds us of his elder brother Prince Arthur, who died prematurely in 1502 and whose tomb you can see in the cathedral."

Peter AtkinsonDean of Worcester

Football: Kidderminster Harriers sign winger Stambolziev

Kidderminster Harriers have further bolstered their squad ahead of the new season with the signing of winger Robert Stambolziev.

Kidderminster Harriers
Kidderminster Harriers FC

The former Bristol City and Panathinaikos player has impressed throughout pre-season and has been rewarded with a one-year deal. 

He will go straight into the Harriers squad for the Vanarama North trip to Curzon Ashton on Saturday, 6 August.

New unit offers hope for boy with rare metabolic disease

The mum of a three-year-old with a rare metabolic disease says a new children's unit proposed by Birmingham Children's Hospital could be the key to finding out what's causing her son's illness. 

Boy with a teddy bear
Hughes family

Oscar, who's from Droitwich, has suffered with an unknown disease from birth which causes his blood sugar levels to drop dangerously low if he doesn't eat and drink for four hours. 

The unit is needed to carry out pioneering and expensive research - his mum, Rebecca Hughes, is fundraising to help meet the costs.

They are trying to raise £3.65m to build the unit for children with rare diseases. We're doing a 24-hour relay in Droitwch just because the hospital unit is amazing and will be for children like Oscar."

Rebecca Hughes

Your photos: Fields ready for harvest

BBC Weather Watchers

Two great shots of fields groaning with ripening crops, from the BBC's army of Weather Watchers.

The first was taken in Doverdale by Annie's Scenes and the second in Lower Broadheath by Mikesnapper.

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

Combine harvester
Annie's Scenes
Cornfield
Mikesnapper

Jess Varnish 'wouldn't recommend' joining British Cycling before change

World Championship medallist Jess Varnish, from Bromsgrove, says she "wouldn't recommend" joining British Cycling because of "cracks" in its culture.

Jess Varnish
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The 25-year-old was dropped from the Great Britain squad in April after finishing fifth in the team sprint at the World Championships.

She then said she had been the victim of sexist remarks from former technical director Shane Sutton.

Sutton said he "rejects the specific claims", but stepped down from the post in April.

Latest: Jess Varnish criticises British Cycling; new hope for boy with rare disease; Downton frocks on show

Carson Wishart

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Medal-winning cyclist Jess Varnish says she wouldn't recommend young riders to join British Cycling

- New hope for three-year-old with rare metabolic disease

- Costumes from Poldark, Wolf Hall and Downton Abbey go on show at Worcester Cathedral

Watch: 22,000-mile trek in memory of his daughter

BBC News England

Mark Radcliff and his dog Dexter are back home after a 20,000-mile (32,000km) trek in memory of his daughter Kira, who died from a brain tumour. 

His Trek for Kira aimed to raise awareness of the condition.

Father's 20,000-mile tribute trek for daughter

Public consultation over council budget cuts ends tomorow

It's the last chance for you to have a say on how Herefordshire Council makes savings to close a funding gap of £28.4m over the next four years.

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Warriors trio join Nottingham on loan

Worcester Warriors' youngsters Josh Adams, Derek Appiah and Tiff Eden have signed dual registration forms with Championship club Nottingham.

Tiff Eden
BBC
Fly-half Tiff Eden will look to gain first-team experience from the move

The arrangement allows the trio to play for Nottingham in the Championship in the coming season, but also means they can play for Warriors and Worcester Cavaliers if required.Warriors' head coach Carl Hogg said: "Young players need to play regular rugby at a challenging level to help them learn and grow and the opportunity to play week in week out is something that will benefit their development immensely."  

Fly tippers active in and around Malvern

Malvern Hills District Council is highlighting some of the fly-tipping going on in the area - if you know who did it, contact the council.

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Cricket: Worcestershire batsmen chase big Kent total

Kent made 451 in their first innings, meaning Worcestershire's batsmen faced a deficit of 240 as they began their second innings on day three of the game at Canterbury.

You can hear full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

Travel: Severe disruption hits the M5 northbound and soundbound

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is very slow traffic on the M5 southbound between J41 (M42) and J5 (Droitwich) due to a broken down vehicle in the roadworks area.

There's another broken down vehicle on the M5 northbound between J5 and J4a which is also causing congestion.

More from BBC Travel.  

Your pictures: Beat police officer's view of the Malvern Hills

That's North Hill in the background.

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Train services disrupted: 'Summer improvements'

Train services between Birmingham and Hereford will be disrupted from tomorrow due to "summer improvements" to the railway lines.

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Travel: Dorridge to Kidderminster train cancelled

A train going the other way will now stop at Birmingham Snow Hill.

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Latest: Hope for boy with rare metabolic disease; beer festival sells out; Olympic archer begins competing

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- The mum of a three-year-old with a rare metabolic disease says a new children's unit could help find out what's causing his illness

- Tickets to the second day of the Worcester Beer festival sell out

- Kidderminster archer Naomi Folkard has her first event at the Rio Olympics later today

Badgers may not spread TB to cattle through direct contact

BBC Science and Environment

Badgers may not transmit TB to cattle by direct contact, according to new research.  

Badger
PA

A study suggests that cows contract the disease by coming into contact with infected faeces and urine in pasture.  

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is understood to have received 29 applications and expressions of interest for extensions of the badger cull in areas thought to include Herefordshire.  

Football: Worcester City unveil new kit

The club are still on the hunt for a new stadium though - they are currently ground-sharing at Victoria Ground in Bromsgrove.

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'Lotto Gran' wanted to end her life
A woman who became famous by claiming a £33m winning lottery ticket was ruined in the wash has said the fallout led to her wanting to end her life.

Latest: Fast food chain investigates fly eggs claim; 'Lotto Gran' left suicidal; legal advice over X-ray delays

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Domino's investigates allegations that fly eggs were found in a takeaway from its Hereford store last night

- "Lotto Gran" says the fallout from her failed claim left her suicidal

- An independent health group will meet is advising patients who could take legal action over delays processing X-rays

Watch: Afternoon weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is the chance of a few isolated showers developing during the afternoon. Highs of 23C (73F).

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

Weather for the West Midlands.

Watch: Valkyries in Seven's action

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been talking to Worcester Valkyries Sevens head coach, Kat Merchant, as they head to Broadstreet Rugby Club on Sunday, 7 August targeting a place in the finals of the Women’s Premiership Sevens.

Worcester Valkyries in Seven's action.

Worcester have been drawn in a pool with Aylesford Bulls, Darlington Mowden Park and Richmond with the top two clubs going through to the semi-finals.

The winners of those semi-finals will then head to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the final which will be played as part of the men’s Singha Premiership finals days.

Your pictures: Woodpecker and robin

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

One of our regular contributors, Paul Wilde, took these photos of two green woodpeckers who were in his garden "looking for ants". A robin sneaked into the pictures as well.

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

Woodpecker and robin
Paul Wilde
Woodpecker
Paul Wilde

Advice for patients over delays in checking their X-rays

An independent health group will meet later this morning to work out how to advise patients who could take legal action against Worcestershire's hospitals over delays checking their X-rays.

Alexandra Hospital Redditch
BBC

Earlier this week it was revealed that acute hospitals in Worcester, Kidderminster and Redditch had failed to check 11,000 patients x-rays. 

Healthwatch Worcestershire says patients could potentially sue the trust as serious illnesses could have been left undiagnosed on the unchecked scans. 

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said the backlog was mainly routine X-rays and not GP requested X-rays, CT, MRI or ultrasound scans. A new process was now in place, it said.

Hospital Trust denied X-ray delays to patient group

Birmingham Mail

A crisis-hit hospital trust which has failed to report on more than 11,000 X-rays since January told a patient group there was no backlog just four months ago.  

Watch: Firefighters do the press-up challenge

This is the next charity fundraiser, following the ice bucket challenge.

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Dad completes 20,000-mile trek in memory of his daughter

The dad who drove 20,000 miles (32,000km) in memory of his daughter has arrived home to Worcestershire after two and a half months on the road. 

Mark Radcliff drove to the Sea of Japan in a Trek For Kira marked truck to raise awareness about brain tumours, after his daughter Kira died from one in 2012.

Mark Radcliff
Mark Radcliff

Going through the countries people have seen Trek For Kira and they've looked it up online and donated - people who've seen me in Croatia have emailed me and said 'Remember us? we're following you on your website'. They've been high points."

Mark Radcliff

Watch: Celebration of British flowers at abbey

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Dore Abbey in Herefordshire is hosting a flower festival dedicated to British flowers, in aid of a local hospice.  

Celebration of British flowers at Dore Abbey.

Pizza chain investigates flies eggs claims

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Domino's says it is investigating allegations that fly eggs were found in a takeaway from its Hereford store last night.

Brooke Gainey says she's never eating from there again after finding what looks like eggs in the chicken pieces she was sharing with her young son. 

Chicken piece
Brooke Gainey

We'll pick up with both the store and the customer to investigate this matter thoroughly as a priority."

Domino's statement

"Lotto Gran" interview - your responses

You've been giving your reactions to BBC Hereford & Worcester's interview with Susanne Hinte.

She came to the public attention by claiming a £33m winning lottery ticket was ruined in the wash, and says the fallout led to her wanting to end her life.

Susanne Hinte
BBC

If she is just an ordinary woman who doesn't want publicity why has she got an agent?"

Allister Burd

Saw her last night on TV. Made herself look a right fool. What a idiot."

Tess Clarke

She is milking the fame for ever thing she can."

Colin Beesley

Live commentary: Kent v Worcestershire

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

You can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on the Specsavers County Championship match on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Latest: 'Lotto Gran' defends herself; delayed X-ray meeting; 20,000-mile trek for daughter ends

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- "Not everybody hates me" says "Lotto Gran"

- Patients pressure group meets to help patients who faced delays with their X-rays being processed

- A dad who drove 20,000 miles in memory of his daughter has arrived home after two and a half months on the road

Weather Watchers: Red sky in the morning

BBC Weather Watchers

Some more photos of the spectacular dawn this morning, taken in Lower Broadheath by BBC Weather Watcher Mikesnapper, and in Chaddesley Corbett by Coban.

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

Red sky
Mikesnapper
Red sky
Conan

Watch: "Not everybody hates me" says "Lotto Gran"

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Susanne Hinte, from Worcester, who became famous by claiming a £33m winning lottery ticket was ruined in the wash, says the fallout has made her "a stronger woman".  

"Not everybody hates me" says "Lotto Gran"
Worcester Combined Court

A former teacher who admitted historical sex abuse against teenage boys has been jailed for nine years.

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