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Summary

  1. Man in 'enforced amputation' battle dies
  2. 'Suspected arson' at tennis club
  3. Girl "may play sport within two months" after major US surgery
  4. Updates from Wednesday 3 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Dawkins

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

BBC Midlands Today: Work starts on Severn Valley Railway

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Former workers have been reunited at the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) today.

Kevin Reide and SVR chief executive Nick Paul (right)
BBC

They were invited to Bridgnorth station to lay the first bricks for a major new development.

We'll have a report from Kevin Reide, who is pictured here with SVR chief executive Nick Paul (right).

Join us for BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Weather: A cloudy night and more sunshine tomorrow

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be overcast again tonight, but we should see some sunshine across the region tomorrow.

Shefali Oza has your forecast

Worcester Wolves in BBL play-off semi-final

Worcester Wolves are making the long trip north today for their BBL play-off semi-final first leg tie against Newcastle Eagles. 

The Wolves will then host Newcastle in the home leg on Friday evening. 

Danny Huffor top-scored for the Wolves in their win over Sheffield Sharks in the last round. He says they are in a confident frame of mind, but insists they respect Newcastle.

It's definitely a thrill just to make it to the semi-finals but it's going to be another challenge for us. You never take anything [for] granted so you just want to keep focused throughout the whole series."

Danny HufforWorcester Wolves

Front page: Election hopeful in leaflet controversy

Bromsgrove Advertiser

An election leaflet row features on the front page of this week's Bromsgrove Advertiser.

Bromsgrove Advertiser
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Bromsgrove Advertiser

'Cold-blooded' killers' jail term slashed

BBC Wales News

Three "cold-blooded" killers jailed for murder, including a Worcester man, have had their minimum jail terms cut on appeal.  

Lynford Brewster
South Wales Police

Jake Whelan, 24, from Norwich, was involved in a "violent disagreement about drugs" with 29-year-old Lynford Brewster (pictured) in June last year.

Later the same day he stabbed Mr Brewster in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, helped by Dwayne Edgar, 29, from Cardiff, and Robert Lainsbury, 23, from Worcester.

Whelan, Edgar and Lainsbury were all convicted of murder at Cardiff Crown Court and were jailed for life on 21 December last year.  

On Wednesday, the three men's lawyers argued at London's Court of Appeal the minimum term was too long and should be reduced and senior judges agreed.

Whelan's was reduced to 28 years, Lainsbury's to 26 years and Edgar's to 25 years.

Football: Play-off hopes for Kidderminster Harriers

Kidderminster Harriers head into the Vanarama National League North play-offs this evening when they go to Chorley for their semi-final first leg.

Kidderminster Harriers ground
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Harriers finished second in the league while Chorley were fifth. 

Tonight's game is due to kick off at 19:45.

Calls for Community Housing Group to clear up land

Kidderminster Shuttle

A district councillor has hit out at the Community Housing Group for failing to maintain and clear up land it owns in Broadwaters.  

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Main parties present council manifestos

Voters go to the poll tomorrow to elect seats on Worcestershire County Council.

A full list of those standing can be found on the local authority's website.

To hear interviews and local mini manifestos from all the major parties, visit BBC Hereford & Worcester's election page.

Ballot box
BBC

Trapped horse and sick swan helped by fire crews

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Fire crews in Worcestershire have been busy rescuing animals today. 

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service says a specialist team from Bromyard travelled to Stourport to release a horse from a wire fence in Timber Lane.

They add that a boat was earlier launched in Worcester to capture a sick swan on the river near to the cricket ground. 

Lynford Brewster

The three men stabbed a 24-year-old in broad daylight in Cardiff after a disagreement about drugs.

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Man 'does not know when he will see' wife deported to the Philippines

A Hereford man whose wife was deported back to the Philippines says he does not know when he will see her again.  

Rob and Marinel Bristow
BBC

Marinel Bristow was flown back to Manila in April after her application to stay here was rejected due to the government's immigration rules. 

Her husband, Rob, who is trying to find an immigration lawyer to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights, says his wife is struggling to come to terms with what has happened. 

The Home Office said Mrs Bristow could not provide evidence of her husband's earnings needed for the application.  

She's finding it difficult to readjust. When I am able to communicate with her, I'm just trying to give her moral support and try and tell her to keep her chin up and things but it's not so easy because I'm not so cheerful."

Rob BristowHusband

'Suspected arson' at tennis club

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The police investigating a fire at a Worcestershire tennis club say they are now treating it as suspected arson. 

The wooden clubhouse at Ombersley was set alight at about 02:00 this morning. 

Nobody was injured, but the building was completely destroyed. 

The tennis club's chairman, Diane Grove, says it is a massive blow to the local community.   

It's a very well-used facility in the village. The school also [uses] it, the school which is next door, for coaching and a sports lesson. We’re going to have to start from scratch."

Diane GroveChairman

Worcestershire Arts Partnership projects backed by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Worcester News

An arts partnership has been given a funding boost courtesy of the police and crime commissioner with a scheme to help offenders explore their creative side and keep them on the straight and narrow.  

Worcestershire in action at Northamptonshire

Worcestershire's cricketers are resuming their Royal London Cup campaign with a trip to Northamptonshire. 

Steve Rhodes
Getty Images

Worcestershire have two wins from two games so far, while Northants have lost to both Derbyshire and Warwickshire. 

Play is due to begin at 14:00 and there will be full commentary on that game on 738 AM and online on BBC Hereford & Worcester. 

Despite the results, Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes (pictured above) feels today is likely to prove a very stiff test.

We're really pleased that we've got this far in the season and we're unbeaten, but we also recognise and respect opposition and Northants are a very, very dangerous team. They’ve proved their worth in 20-over cricket and in their patch as well they're going to be a very difficult side to beat."

Steve RhodesDirector of cricket

BBC Midlands Today

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Former railway workers have been the guests of honour at the Severn Valley Railway today.

Bricks
BBC

They were there to lay the first bricks of a major new development project in Bridgnorth. 

You can find out more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One. 

Pub landlord and customers buy racehorse

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Worcester pub landlord and some of his customers have purchased their own racehorse. 

Pub regulars buy racehorse

Mike Daniels, who owns the Brewers Arms in St John's, decided along with a few of his regulars to purchase Destiny's Gold and hope the horse will be at Worcester races on 11 May.   

Basically myself and a few friends and locals from the pub all have an interest in horse racing. So it's something that we’ve been thinking about as a group for a while now. We just wanted to buy a horse for a bit of fun really, a few days out."

Mike DanielsBrewers Arms

Your photos: Doddenham and Lyonshall

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a fine start to the day, as these photos from BBC Weather Watchers show.

Our thanks to Johnqa in Lyonshall and Toppo in Doddenham.

Lyonshall
Johnqa
Doddenham
Toppo

Girl 'may play sport within two months' after major US surgery

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Herefordshire girl who has undergone major spinal surgery in the US says she could be playing sport again within two months. 

Ella Tomlinson
BBC

Ella Tomlinson, 14, who lives near Leominster, had to fly out for surgery to correct a severe curvature in her spine in an operation that cost her parents £140,000.  

There was a lot more things than just my back, it was my lungs being collapsed, my diaphragm being split, all those things so I've had to deal with all that pain as well as my back. So it's been a long journey but we're getting there."

Ella TomlinsonHerefordshire girl

West Brom-themed-dress bride inspired by birthday party proposal

A bride from Kidderminster who surprised her groom on their wedding day by wearing a dress based on West Bromwich Albion's kit says she had the idea after her husband proposed at his 50th birthday party at the club's ground.

Bronwyn and Peter Beale
Bronwyn Beale

Bronwyn Beale plotted to surprise her "Baggies mad" partner Peter.

Her dress incorporated the team's navy and white shirt stripes and featured an embroidered bird perched in a hawthorn bush, taken from the club's emblem.

The couple married in Las Vegas last month.

Dress
The Couture Company

Mrs Beale said her husband had a "massive smile on his face" when he saw her for the first time, ready to walk down the aisle.  

Land once considered for a travellers site sold to developers

Hereford Times

A patch of land which was once considered for a travellers site has been sold to developers.  

Lewis given awards at presentation night

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester Warriors flanker Sam Lewis picked up two of the top awards at the club's presentation night at Sixways last night.

Sam Lewis
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Lewis took the Coaches' Player of the Season award and was also given the Players' Player award.

Veteran forward Donncha O'Callaghan proved to be the fans' favourite taking the Supporters Club Award and the Fans' Player award.  

Lucky escape for horses after stable fire started by 'arsonists'

Worcester News

Horses kept at stables in Worcester were lucky not to be injured or even killed after a hay barn went up in flames in a blaze believed to have been started deliberately.  

Politicians woo voters ahead of 4 May poll

Political parties are taking to the streets in the last day of campaigning ahead of Thursday's local elections.

A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs across England, Wales and Scotland on 4 May.

Polling station sign
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They include seats on Worcestershire County Council - for a full list of candidates visit the council website.

The poll will give voters a chance to deliver verdicts on the major parties before the general election, which is being held on 8 June.  

Diabetic schizophrenic who defied medical expectations dies

A diabetic, mentally ill pensioner has died 18 months after the High Court ruled he should not be forced into having surgery to save his life

Over a year ago, Wye Valley NHS Trust asked the Court of Protection - which deals with people who lack the capacity to make their own decisions - to force the man to have his foot removed in September.

At the time, it said he could have died in days. 

Wye Valley Trust hospital
Google

Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled the request for an "enforced amputation" below the knee would have been against the best interests of the patient, who cannot be named.

Lawyers say the man, in his 70s, died a few days ago. 

Watch: Latest weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's shaping up to be another nice morning - find out what the weather has in store.

West Midlands Weather

Welcome to our live updates for the day

Welcome to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Live on Wednesday morning. 

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook

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.

Parish council interested in buying derelict pub

BBC Hereford and Worcester

As we reported earlier, the future of a derelict Worcestershire pub is looking bright after locals expressed an interest in buying it.

The Pheasant Inn, Wellend
Google

The Pheasant Inn, in Welland near Malvern, has been empty for the last 7 years and now its owner owner has put it on the market. 

It's prompted the local parish council to express interest in bidding for the pub.

There's a lot of things happening in the village and to not have a pub right in the centre of the village would be a shame.

Viv NelsonChairman of Little Malvern and Welland Parish Council

Bromsgrove gym-goers urged to try Jedi workout on Star Wars Day

Bromsgrove Standard

Weather: Sunshine and light cloud to remain with us

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

This mix of sunshine and light cloud is set to remain with us into tomorrow and temperatures are forecast to reach 14C (58F) in places.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Maternity centre handed award

A maternity centre at a Worcestershire hospital has been recognised nationally.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
BBC
The Meadow Birth Centre is based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

The Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal won the title of 'National Birth Centre of the Year' at the MaMa Awards. 

The unit has helped deliver 1,500 babies since opening its doors two years ago.  

The Old Toll House bridge to be redeveloped

An old toll bridge in Herefordshire is about to undergo a major redevelopment.

Toll House at Whitney-on-Wye
PA
The bridge at Whitney-on-Wye was built in 1797

It's part of a project to rebuild the original Toll House at Whitney-on-Wye and transform the cottage alongside it into a café and visitor centre.

It's essential to do this work...the community rely on it...without this essential work the bridge is in danger really.

Maggie TaylorOwner of Whitney Toll Bridge

Boxing: Joshua has 'the talent' to hold onto titles

As we reported earlier, Anthony Joshua's trainer says his victory over Wladimir Klitschko was a "tremendous achievement". 

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
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Anthony Joshua catches Wladimir Klitschko with a right hand upper cut in the 11th round

The world heavyweight champion stopped the Ukranian in the 11th round in front of 90,000 fans on Saturday night. 

Rob McCracken, who has a family home in Droitwich, says the 27-year-old fighter has the talent to hold onto his unified titles for a long time. 

He's got ability, he's got talent, he's got power and speed and he puts them all together and he totally believes in himself.

Rob McCrackenAnthony Joshua's trainer

School staff plan to run in tribute to pupil

Workers at a Worcestershire school are preparing to run a half marathon later this month in memory of a pupil.

Worcester Half Marathon
BBC

Anna Wilkinson lost her battle with a brain tumour just before her final year at The Chantry School, in Martley. 

Staff are now running the Worcester Half Marathon on 21 May to raise money for The Mockingbird Trust charity set up by Anna's family.

Paterson victim calls for public inquiry

A woman from Worcester who was a victim of breast surgeon Ian Paterson is calling for a public inquiry into his practices.

Ian Paterson
PA
Ian Paterson performed "unorthodox and unregulated" procedures

The 59-year-old surgeon is to be sentenced later this month after being found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent relating to nine women and one man

Paula Gelsthorpe is planning to take her own civil action against Paterson for two lumpectomies he carried out on her.

Somebody must've known what he was doing, somebody else other than Paterson

Paula GelsthorpePaterson patient