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Summary

  1. Extra funding for hospitals confirmed
  2. Replacement bridge opening date announced
  3. Sanctuary for sheep with abnormalities
  4. WW1 pilgrimage for grandson
  5. Worcestershire in first innings collapse
  6. Updates on Friday 21 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

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.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Trains to carry free entertainment

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we'll have more on the news that free entertainment and wi-fi services are coming to some London Midland train services. 

Peter Plisner on London Midland
BBC

The firm behind the new system says there's something for everyone, from films to Peppa Pig - plus onboard wi-fi.  

I've been swapping my magazine for a phone and will have more from 18:30 on BBC One.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

Watch: The London Marathon finish line

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Do you know someone who ran the London Marathon yesterday or maybe you ran it yourself?

You can watch a feed of the finish line, showing everyone who finished between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs.

Find out their time and you can catch the moment they crossed the line.

From tears of joy, limping over the line, through to some rather tired faces - watch six hours (or skip forward) and see friends/family/loved ones cross the finish line via the BBC iPlayer.

Council farm sell-off: 'Gut-wrenching - I never thought this day would come'

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Herefordshire farmer who fears he's about to lose his livelihood says the stress of the pending council sell-off has been unbearable. 

Four thousand acres of farmland owned by Herefordshire Council go on sale today, with the aim of raising more than £40m. 

Steve Clayton, a tenant farmer in Rowlestone, in the south east of the county, says the past 18 months have been terrible. 

Steve Clayton
Herefordshire tenant farmer

It's been an absolute nightmare. There's no certainty of anything. One minute you're up, the next minute you're down. It's very stressful, gut-wrenching really. I never thought this day would come, but now it's here it feels really horrible."

Steve ClaytonHerefordshire tenant farmer

The council has offered tenants financial help to get professional advice on buying their farms. But Mr Clayton, who said his farmland may be worth £1m, was among farmers who said they could not afford to do so.  

The Conservative-run council has said it needs the money to fund the "growing bill" for caring for elderly and vulnerable people in the county. 

Weather: A chance of snow overnight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It seems a bit late in the year for snow, but with chilly temperatures forecast overnight, there's a chance we might see some in Staffordshire.

The rest of us will have a cold night, with showers in places.

Charlie Slater has your forecast

Man wanted after failing to appear for trial

An appeal to find an 18-year-old from Birmingham has been made by police after he failed to appear in court.

Morgan Helsby was charged following a series of attempted robberies which started on a train from Birmingham to Redditch in March 2015.

A man was threatened with a knife and another person punched in the face, British Transport Police (BTP) say.

Morgan Helsby
British Transport Police

BTP say he failed to appear for trial last month and is believed he could be in the Weston-Super-Mare area.   

Parents' 'neglectful actions' led to 13-month-old's death

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The death of 13-month-old Kian Dale has been described by police as a "tragic case".

His parents have both been jailed after being found guilty of manslaughter over his drowning in a bath.

Det Insp Justin Taylor said their "neglectful actions" led to the boy's death.

Worcester Crown Court
BBC

Kian should have had the opportunity to enjoy his bath time whilst under the care of his mother or father, however both Wayne Dale and Lisa Passey chose to leave him in a bath unsupervised upstairs for a significant period of time while they socialised downstairs."

Justin TaylorDet Insp West Mercia Police

Pedestrian suffers multiple injuries in crash

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man has been taken to hospital with multiple injuries after a collision with a car in Stourport, the ambulance service say.  

The man believed to be in his 50s was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after the collision at Burlish Crossing at 12:11 today. 

Burlish Crossing in Stourport
Google

He was treated at the the scene for a head injury, a suspected pelvic injury and minor injuries to his leg by crews from the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance.   

GP surgery 'must improve'

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Herefordshire GP surgery has been told it needs to improve after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. 

The health regulator found Belmont Medical Centre was inadequately led and needed to improve in areas such as safety and the effectiveness of how the practice is run.

Belmont Medical Centre
Google

The centre was given a "good" rating for caring.

Kian Dale death: Neighbour saw parents smoking as baby drowned
Lisa Passey and Wayne Dale have been jailed for four years and four-and-a-half-years for manslaughter.

Slideshow: Blossoms and trees

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Even though the day is overcast BBC Weather Watchers have taken some fabulous pictures. Thanks to Mikesnapper, J@Severn Ridge, The Wolster, Johnqa and Morning Amble.

Blossom and trees

BreakingBaby drowning sentence: Both parents jailed

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

The parents of a 13-month-old boy from Tenbury Wells, who drowned after being left unsupervised in a bath for 15 minutes, have both been sent to prison. 

46-year-old Wayne Dale was given a four-and-a-half-year sentence and 28-year-old Lisa Passey, from Tenbury Wells, was jailed for four years. 

Both were found guilty of manslaughter after Kian Dale died in September 2015. 

Lisa Passey and Wayne Dale
SWNS

At their trial, the jury at Worcester Crown Court heard how Kian was left upstairs in a bath while his parents and a visiting friend were downstairs. 

The court heard how Dale, of no fixed address, eventually made his way to the bathroom, and found Kian lying over the back of the bath seat with his head underwater. 

A post-mortem examination found Kian had drowned and also had soap bubbles in his lungs

VR exposes young drivers to drink-driving horror
Teenagers who tried out the police virtual reality experience were visibly shocked.

Cat shot by pellet gun

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A cat in Kidderminster has been injured by what's thought to be a pellet gun in an act of deliberate cruelty, police say. 

It's thought the cat was shot in the Larches Road area on the evening of Thursday 20 April or the following morning. 

West Mercia Police are urging pet owners in the area to be extra vigilant.

Worcester Warriors lock forward Donncha O'Callaghan

Former Ireland and Lions lock forward Donncha O'Callaghan signs a new contract with Worcester, at the age of 38.

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Wyre Forest Lib Dems name their parliamentary candidate

The Liberal Democrats have announced that Councillor Shazu Miah will be their candidate for the Wyre Forest constituency in the general election. 

Mr Miah says he will be campaigning against a hard Brexit and for keeping Britain in the single market.

Shazu Miah
Wyre Forest Liberal Democrats

Thirty six percent of Wyre Forest residents voted to remain in the EU and many more oppose the reckless decision of this hard-right Conservative government to pursue a 'hard Brexit'. Only the Lib Dems here in Wyre Forest are truly fighting her plans and fought to Remain."

Shazu MiahLib Dem parliamentary candidate

The deadline for nominating candidates is 11 May, but most parties will want their representatives in place well before that. 

We'll bring you the latest on the election campaign as we get it.

Hereford postman back doing his rounds after London Marathon

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

A day after completing the London Marathon, a Hereford postman who's still recovering from a dog attack is back delivering mail across the county. 

Mike Chandler yesterday completed his 17th London Marathon for Breast Cancer Haven, in four hours and 54 minutes. 

He's raised £18,000 so far this year, bringing his total fundraising tally through running to nearly £400,000.

Mike Chandler
Mike Chandler

I’m feeling so proud and privileged to have represented the lovely and generous people of Herefordshire, my wonderful colleagues at Royal Mail and Hereford’s Breast Cancer Haven in the London Marathon. As always in memory of my Mum too.”

Mike ChandlerHereford postman

Worcester 'super village' could expand

Worcester News

Worcester's controversial "super village" is likely to expand to more than 2,600 homes - with the entire concept coming under sustained attack.

map showing site of super village
Worcester News

Your photos: Carpet of colour in Malvern

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Thanks to Dave Bright from Bright Sky Videos for this stunning picture of bluebells and wild garlic growing at the foot of Ragged Stone Hill in Malvern.

Woods at Ragged Stone Hill
Dave Bright

Dog behaviourist admits his dogs killed dozens of lambs

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A dog behaviourist from Shropshire has admitted that his two pets killed dozens of lambs on a Herefordshire farm.

Charles Ross-Robertson pleaded guilty to owning two Rottweiler-cross dogs which killed the sheep, valued at £21,000, in Risbury last September.

At the time, farmer Thomas Hadley (pictured) said his field was "scattered" with dead sheep.

Ross-Robertson is due to be sentenced in May.

Thomas Hadley
BBC

The dogs called Brindle and Bourneville have been kept in kennels since the attack, at a cost to the public of £7,500.

An application has been made for them to be destroyed.

Warriors: O'Callaghan to stay at Sixways

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Warriors Warriors' Irish international Donncha O’Callaghan has signed a new deal with the club.

The former British Lion O'Callaghan, who made the move to Sixways in September 2015 after 17 seasons with Munster, has been captaining the side in recent weeks, as they avoided relegation from the Premiership.

Donncha O’Callaghan
Getty Images

Donncha is a phenomenon. He must be one of the most professional rugby players in the world and the manner in which he prepares for matches, mentally and physically, is an outstanding example for any young player."

Gary GoldDirector of Rugby

Since taking over the captaincy, O’Callaghan’s Warriors have been on a remarkable run which has seen them rack up 17 points in seven games, including wins over Bristol Rugby and Bath Rugby.  

Two years to rebuild delivery firm site destroyed by fire

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The delivery firm ArrowXL which suffered a major fire at its hub in Worcester last Thursday, says it could be two years before the warehouse is up and running again in the city. 

In the meantime, the company is moving its operation to Chepstow, with work starting there on Wednesday. 

Warehousing staff will be transported to and from Chepstow each day, whilst delivery staff will continue to be based in Worcester. 

Aerial shots of massive warehouse fire

Together, we are looking to the future in Worcester and everyone is fully determined to get back to ‘business as usual’ as soon as possible."

Charlie ShielsChief operating officer at ArrowXL

Puppy smuggling 'biggest animal welfare issue'

Felicity Sanderson

Journalist

Puppy smuggling is the "biggest welfare issue of this decade," according to the RSPCA and it's happening here in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

Sixty seven calls were made last year to the charity by people in the two counties concerned with the illegal trade of puppies. 

Across the country, the charity says calls about animal smuggling to its cruelty line has more than doubled to 3,600 compared with five years ago

Puppy
AFP

Watch: What's the weather doing today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start with some light showers, it should be a dry and bright day with highs of 12C (54F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, at J5 for A38 Droitwich affecting J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M5 southbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident. Congestion to J4a M42.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A456 Halesowen and J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Moeen Ali

England's Moeen Ali scores 50 in his first Championship game of 2017 for Worcestershire, as 16 wickets fall against Northants.

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