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Summary

  1. Local hospitals and GPs unaffected by cyber attack
  2. Worcester City drop two divisions to 'ensure survival'
  3. Charity football match for Tunisia terror victims
  4. Fly bite leaves father unable to recognise family
  5. Longest rugby game world record attempt
  6. Updates on Friday 12 May 2017

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Charity football match remembers those killed in Tunisia terror attack

Thousands turned out in Walsall for a celebrity football match in memory of the victims of a terror attack on a beach in Tunisia.

Crowds at charity football match
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It was organised in part by the family of Joel Richards, a University of Worcester student, who died alongside uncle Adrian Evans, grandfather Patrick Evans and 35 others in shootings near Sousse in 2015.  

Adrian Evans,  Patrick Evans and Joel Richards
Evans Family
Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards were killed in the attack

The money raised will be split between Compton Hospice and Smile for Joel,  a charity set up by his mother Suzy and and brother Owen.  

Your photos: Dark skies over Herefordshire

Looking bleak in Ross-on-Wye this morning, but there are plenty of blooms around to brighten up a rainy day. Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Solar-power in Ross, and J at Severn Ridge in Worcestershire for these contrasting photographs. 

Dark skies over Ross on Wye
Solar-power
Pink rose with rain drops
J at Severn Ridge

Stourport mum's appeal to treat her baby's skull defect

A woman is trying to raise £4,000 to buy special helmets to treat a skull defect in her nine-month-old daughter. 

Liliarna Oram-Turner, from Stourport-on-Severn, has a condition which causes the skull to be partially flat and her mum Emily-Jane says without treatment, Liliana's speach and development could be severely affected.

The NHS has told the family they no longer provide the helmets because there's insufficient evidence that they're effective. 

A family from Stourport-on-Severn hope a helmet will correct their baby's flattened skull

Helicopter search for missing man

An air and land search has been carried out in Worcester this morning, after a drunk person was reported missing, police say.

The police helicopter, several police cars, the fire service and ambulance crews searched the area along the river between the old bridge and Diglis.

Old river bridge Worcester
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The alarm was raised at 03:35 by a member of the public fearing for the missing man's safety.

The police say they have been unable to locate the man and the emergency services have left the scene.

Worcestershire beat Durham despite Clark ton

BBC Sport

Worcestershire won their Royal London One-Day Cup match against Durham in dramatic fashion last night at New Road.

Despite a century from opener Graham Clark, the visitors fell 15 runs short - losing eight wickets for just 87 runs 

Graham Clark
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Chasing 271, Durham looked well set on 151-1 in the 29th over before Daryl Mitchell (3-38) and John Hastings (3-50) tore through the Durham order.

Graham Clark struck 114 and Keaton Jennings 47, but no other visiting batsman reached 20 as they made 255-9. 

The win guarantees Worcestershire a quarter-final place in the competition.

Almost 450 fines handed out for littering

Almost 450 fines were handed out to litter louts in Herefordshire and Worcestershire over the past 17 months. 

Between April of last year and March of this year, Worcester City handed out 346 fines whereas in the same time-frame Malvern issued only four and Redditch and Bromsgrove none at all. 

Litter
BBC

You need messages out there that make people think twice about dropping it in the first place... and getting people thinking carefully about their behaviour. But there needs to be the threat of the potential of a fine there."

Alison Ogden-NewtonChief executive of Keep Britain Tidy

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect showers on and off throughout most of the day and the wind will pick up a little too, with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

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

Latest weather for the West Midland
Graham Clark

Durham opener Graham Clark makes a century but cannot prevent his side collapsing to a 15-run defeat at Worcester.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich). 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 J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic northbound at M5 J4a, because of an accident involving a overturned vehicle.

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

Ben Cox

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at New Road

Worcestershire improve their hopes of a One-Day Cup group qualification as they win a classic derby against Warwickshire.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Football: 'It was the toughest decision I have had to make'

Hereford FC manager, Pete Beadle, describes having to let club captain Joel Edwards (pictured making a tackle) go as "the toughest decision I have had to make in my two years in charge".

Edwards made close to 100 appearances for The Bulls, captaining the side to six titles - he also led the side out at Wembley in front of over 20,000 Hereford fans. 

Joel Edwards
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It’s the right [decision] for the club to move forward as it needs to. Joel showed us exemplary commitment and is 100% Hereford FC, but I have to do what I think is right for the team in the long term and cannot let sentiment come into it."

Pete BeadleHereford FC manager

Your pictures: Swarm of bees recovered from garden

This was a swarm that gathered on a garden fence in Warndon Villages in Worcester.  

Swarm of bees
BBC

The swarm was safely collected by a local beekeeper - they're now rehoused in a hive. 

Bee swarm
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Worcester City drop two divisions: 'Over-inflated' players wages blamed

The directors of Worcester City say their decision not to play in National League North (Step 2) was due in part to the bigger budgets available to other clubs to pay players.

Their statement describes the Step 2 league as an "elite tier of non-league football with over-inflated player wages, [making it] impossible for [Worcester City] to remain competitive whilst operating within its means". 

City fans
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The club has been ground-sharing since selling its St George's Lane home for a housing development in 2013.

The club hopes to get planning permission for a new stadium, with one possible site being at Perdiswell in north Worcester.

With the continuing delays of the Perdiswell Project, both for planning, but more importantly confirmation of a land transfer from the council, the board of directors concluded that there was no alternative but to resign from the National League in order to give the club the best possible chance of survival for forthcoming seasons."

Worcester City board of directors' statement

Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, from M5 J4A Northbound.

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road from M5 J4a Northbound, 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: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J1 for A38.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J1, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football: Coming and goings at the Bulls

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC have confirmed their leading goalscorer, John Mills, is among those players to accept new deals at Edgar Street. 

Rob Purdie (pictured), Ryan Green and Calvin Dinsley are among others to put pen to paper on contracts for next season. 

Rob Purdie
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Joel Edwards and Jake Sinclair will be leaving the club, while four other players, including Pablo Haysham and Mike Symons, are considering offers.

The Bulls have also confirmed the signing of the Evesham United striker Lance Smith.  

NHS cyber attack: Local hospitals and GPs not affected

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The NHS across Herefordshire and Worcestershire has so far avoided a cyber-attack targeting the NHS's computer systems.  

The local NHS Clinical Support Unit says there are no reports of any problems for local GP practices or in the hospitals.

Computer screen
BBC

Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have been affected.

Some GP surgeries have had to shut down phone and IT systems while A&Es have told people not to attend unless it's a real emergency.

NHS England says it is aware of the issue and is looking into it.

Worcester City drop two divisions: Fans' reaction

Here's what fans have been saying on the BBC Hereford & Worcester Facebook page about the Worcester City's decision to drop two divisions.

Lee Hughes
Worcester City

A great shame for a famous old club who appear to be run by a bunch of morons. At least clubs like Alvechurch, Stourport and Westfields can look forward to a decent sized attendance when they arrive in town."

Dale Skitt

Appreciate survival is vital but dropping three levels. OMG! At least Lee Hughes (pictured) will still be able to pick himself to play and score goals at that level."

Mike Goode

Today I'm gutted the football club I've supported for 35 years and commentated on for 10 years has, at their own request, been relegated three divisions. I really feel for the players who, having fought so hard every week to avoid relegation, today discovered those efforts were entirely wasted. And I feel for the fans who feel their years of loyal support have been thrown back in their faces. This is truly a sad day to be a Worcester City FC fan."

Dan Johnson

The board said they were taking the action  to "ensure the future survival of the football club". 

Harry Styles new album: A critic's verdict

BBC Entertainment and Arts

 "I wanted to see if I could write something that people liked, without knowing everything about me." 

That's what Redditch's Harry Styles said in a documentary about the making of his first solo album, released today.  

Harry Styles
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The former One Direction heartthrob and paparazzi magnet has "wiped the slate clean for his solo debut", according to BBC Music Reporter, Mark Savage.

You can read his full review on the BBC Entertainment and Arts website

Watch: Charity football game for Tunisia terror attack victims

BBC Midlands Today

More than 3,000 people are expected at a charity football match in memory of the 2015 Tunisian terror attack victims. 

The Smile For Joel charity match at Walsall's Banks's Stadium kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday. 

Joel Richards, who was 19 and studied at the University of Worcester, was killed along with his uncle Adrian and grandfather Pat.  

Charity match remembers those killed in attacks near Sousse

General election: Bromsgrove candidates

Here's the list of those competing to be named the next MP for Bromsgrove on 8 June:

- Spoz Esposito (Greens)

- Sajid Javid (Conservatives)

- Neil Lewis (Liberal Democrats)

- Michael Thompson (Labour)

Election count
BBC

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Cricket: Bell century boosts Bears total

Captain Ian Bell made 104 as Warwickshsire racked up 304-5 batting first in their Royal London One-Day Cup game at New Road.

You can hear the whole of Worcestershire's reply on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.   

Ian Bell
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Watch: Marathon rugby game aims for world record

Justyn Surrall

BBC Hereford and Worcester

I've been at Sixways stadium in Worcester, where a charity match between soldiers and firefighters is aiming to set a world record for the longest game. 

The two sides of 23 players are aiming to raise £46,000 for charity by setting a new world record of 31 hours. 

Marathon rugby game seeks world record.

Football: Worcester City drop two divisions to save money

The club's directors today announced "due to excessive costs" it will be dropping down two divisions to "ensure the future survival of the football club". 

Worcester City statistics
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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A449 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingFootball: Worcester City to drop two divisions due to 'excessive costs'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester City Football Club have announced they are to play in the Midland Football League Premier Division in the 2017-18 season.

Worcester City fans
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City were relegated from Vanarama North on the final day of last season when they were beaten 4-2 at champions-elect AFC Fylde.

The board has confirmed they applied to the Football Association to be placed in a lower league as a cost-cutting exercise as their main objective has to be to safeguard the future of the club.

Among City's opponents next season will be Stourport Swifts, Westfields and their current landlords, Bromsgrove Sporting.

General election: Wyre Forest candidates

These are the people vying for your vote in the Wyre Forest seat on 8 June:

- Brett Caulfield (Greens)

- George Connolly (UKIP)

- Mark Garnier (Conservatives)

- Matthew Lamb (Labour)

- Shazu Miah (Liberal Democrats)

Votes being counted
BBC

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Richard Saillet mugshot

Police said 64-year-old Richard Saillet targeted the his victims because of their vulnerability.

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Warning after sheep killed by dogs on Malvern Hills

A ewe and a lamb have been killed by dogs in two separate attacks on the Malvern Hills.

The Malvern Hills Trust, which looks after the area, is warning that livestock worrying, which includes chasing, is a criminal offence and could lead to the destruction of the dog. 

Sheep and cattle are grazed on the hills as a way of managing the growth of shrubs and trees.

Grazing on the Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills Trust

The attacks are distressing for the dog owner and devastating for the farmer. The sheep are part of the farmer's livelihood, the loss of a sheep can be very costly, and vet bills for a ewe can be in excess of £150."

Beck BakerCommunity and Conservation Officer

General election: West Worcestershire candidates

Here's the final list of people standing in the general election of 8 June.

- Harriet Baldwin (Conservatives)

- Samantha Charles (Labour)

- Edward McMillan-Scott (Liberal Democrats)

- Natalie McVey (Greens)

- Mike Savage (UKIP)

Polling station
BBC

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Charity match remembers those killed in attacks near Sousse
The football match is organised by the family of 19-year-old football referee Joel Richards

Slideshow: Rain clouds and damp views

BBC Weather Watchers

A very wet start to the day hasn't stopped BBC Weather Watchers from getting out and taking photos - a special mention to Ricky Shentz who took his rain-splattered photo in Great Malvern. 

Thanks to Coco Cholet, Topp, Solar Power and Johnqa for the others. 

Rain clouds and damp views.