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Summary

  1. Service for the fallen Falklands servicemen and women
  2. GP surgeries 'at risk' if paperwork isn't completed
  3. Updates on Friday 19 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

A munitions worker

Lauren Potts

BBC News

The sacrifice of soldiers killed in the world wars is well-documented, but who were the munitions workers stained yellow by toxic chemicals?

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Joe Leach

Worcestershire take three Derbyshire wickets, but opener Luis Reece hits an unbeaten half-century on a rain-hit opening day.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Flying Scotsman flies through the West Midlands

The Flying Scotsman passed through Shropshire and Herefordshire earlier today as it made its way to Cardiff.

Enthusiasts and fans of the train gathered along the railway line to see the beauty fill the air with steam

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Ryan Gittings shared this photo on Twitter of it passing through the county.

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Three days to register to vote

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Have you registered to vote in the forthcoming general election?

You have until Monday 22 May to register to vote - that's three days.

The easiest way to do it is to go online by clicking on this link.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

If you want to know more about what a general election is - BBC News has a simple run down answering some questions.

It includes:

  • What is a general election?
  • What does the general election mean for Brexit?
  • What are the local elections?
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Appeal for witnesses after cyclist injured in hit-and-run

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A cyclist has been knocked off his bike in Kiddermisnter in a suspected hit-and-run.

The 40-year-old suffered bruising to his legs after the collision on the Horse Fair at 22:45 last night.

A silver Ford Fiesta was seen leaving the scene along Hurcott Road towards Chester Road.

Watch your weekend weather forecast

BBC Weather

Showers slowly fading through this evening to leave agenerally dry night with clear spells - lows of 4C (39F).

Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers.

Here's a full forecast looking ahead to what's instore this weekend...

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

A better week for Worcester City as new signings announced

Some good news for Worcester City one week one since they announce their relegation to the Midland Football League Premier Division next season.

The club have confirmed their third new signing of the week, with midfielder Nathan Hayward set to join them for next season.

Nathan Hayward
Stourbridge FC

Matt Birley and local lad Brad Birch join the squad, as well as football scout Aaron White.

Dog dies after hit-and-run that left owner with injuries

A man was left injured and his dog put down after a hit-and-run in Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police have launched an appeal to find the driver of a silver vehicle after the dog walker was left with injuries to his foot while he was talking along Alcester Road, Hollywood last Friday at about 18:00.

Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact the force.

Severe disruption: A4103 Herefordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4103 Herefordshire both ways severe disruption, between A417 and B4214.

A4103 Herefordshire - A4103 in Lower Eggleton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A417 junction and the B4214 junction, because of emergency roadworks.

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

City centre development set for completion this summer

A new city centre development in the heart of Worcester is just two months away from completion, say developers.

The new Cathedral Square development will house a selection of high street retailers and restaurants and is said to have let out 95% of its space.

Artist impression of Cathedral Square, Worcester
Salmon Harvester

Matthew Meaden from Salmon Harvester, the team behind the project, says when they bought the site in 2013 it was just 50% full - as it stands only one unit is left.

Yo Sushi, Ask and a Fitness-4-Less gym have signed up to move into the multimillion-pound development which is set to open on 29 July.

Cathedral Square, Worcester, before completion
Salmon Harvester

Pre-season friendlies for the Harriers

Kidderminster Harriers have confirmed they are to play Premier League club Burnley in a pre-season friendly at Aggborough on Saturday, 22 July.

It is the third high-profile warm-up match announced at Aggborough - with Aston Villa and Derby County also due to visit.

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We remember: A city remembers the Falklands

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Twenty seven men from Herefordshire died in the Falklands War, more than 10% of the British casualties - including Craig Jones, who was killed just a day before the ceasefire.

Hereford is a garrison city and most people have connections with the armed forces. There are memorial benches around the city providing a permanent link between Hereford and Stanley.

Five years ago I was privileged to be able to visit the islands with Craig's father Richard, brother Gareth and nephew Alexander Jones.

We were on Craig Island as it was dedicated in his memory.

Richard and Pamela Jones with their son Craig who died in the Falklands
Jones family

He died in the battle on Mount Longdon in 1982

The short time that I spent in the islands changed my life and it’s an experience that I will never forget.

Time may have passed, but the memories of being invaded are still very raw for the people who live there, 8,000 miles away from the British mainland, and for the men and women who took part in the conflict and their families.

Richard and Pamela Jones
BBC

Tomorrow hundreds of people will gather at Hereford Cathedral to remember.

Anniversary of Ledbury's Market House

Hereford Times

The traditional Ledbury Celebration, held on the last day of the town's poetry festival, becomes "great" this year when it moves to the historic High Street market place to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the iconic Market House.

Dog training courses offered to stop attacks on livestock

Subsidised dog training courses are being offered by the charity looking after the Malvern Hills to cut the number of attacks on livestock.

A ewe and a lamb were killed in separate dog attacks earlier in the month.

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

Grazing on Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills Trust

Livestock are grazed on the hills to control the growth of shrubs and trees.

The fee is subsidised by the trust and costs £30 if participants attend all six classes, which start on the 4 June and run between 14:00 and 16:00.

Flying Scotsman returns

If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman today.

The steam locomotive is passing through Shropshire and Herefordshire on its way to Cardiff.

Last year around 35,000 people were in and around Bridgnorth trying to spot it, with 15,000 lucky enough to get tickets to ride on it between the town and Kidderminster.

Drone captures Flying Scotsman crossing River Severn

Listen online to Derbyshire v Worcestershire

Australian international spinner Nathan Lyon will make his four-day debut for Worcestershire today in their County Championship match against Derbyshire.

Lyon has come in as cover for John Hastings who is away on ICC Champions Trophy duty with Australia.

Nathan Lyon of Australia catches a ball
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Worcestershire have lost only one game in all competitions so far this season.

Listen to full commentary of Derbyshire v Worcestershire on BBC Sport. Heavy rain overnight has delayed play - no action is expected until after lunch.

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Flying Scotsman coming through the county later

The Flying Scotsman's passing through Shropshire and Herefordshire again today.

The historic train is travelling from north to south, passing through Whitchurch and then Shrewsbury at around 12:00 on its way to Hereford and then on to Cardiff.

@NorthShropCops managed to snap this photo as it passed through Whitchurch earlier.

Flying Scotsman
West Mercia Police

Thousands of people went to catch a glimpse during the steam train's extended stay in the counties last year - this time it's quite literally a flying visit.

Worcestershire held up by rain

Derbyshire v Worcestershire, 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Worcestershire's young, largely home-grown side currently look one of the hottest prospects in the country.

As well as winning six times in eight matches over the last three weeks to top their One-Day Cup group and earn a home semi-final on 17 June, they also won their opening two County Championship matches.

But their progress could be halted by the weather today. Already, reports BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley, it has been decided that there will be no play before lunch on the opening day of their match at Derby due to heavy overnight rain.

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Sport headlines: Lyon to make his debut for Worcestershire

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are the top sport stories that we're covering this morning:

  • Australian international spinner Nathan Lyon will make his four-day debut for Worcestershire today in their Specavers County Championship match at Derbyshire. Hear coverage online from 11:00
  • Herefordshire's cricketers will aim to round off their Unicorns Trophy campaign on a high note on Sunday when they will host Shropshire at Brockhampton
  • Bromsgrove Sporting's manager Paul Smith has made his first signing of the summer

GP surgeries 'at risk' if paperwork isn't completed

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

The smooth running of 16 GP practices and clinics across the West Midlands could be at risk if a medical company doesn't complete its paperwork by the weekend.

Integral Medical Holdings has until Sunday to get its accounts to Companies House or it will be wound up.

The firm is already five months overdue, but the company has assured thousands of patients the problem will be resolved in time.

Integral Medical Holdings surgeries in the West Midlands
BBC
  • Stoke Aldermoor Clinic, Coventry
  • Foleshill surgery, Coventry
  • Leicester Road Surgery, Bedworth
  • The Chaucer Surgery, Nuneaton
  • GP Led Health Centre Camphill, Nuneaton
  • Satis House Medical Practice, Water Orton
  • City UCC, Birmingham
  • Sandwell UCC, West Bromwich
  • Parsonage Street Walk in Centre, West Bromwich
  • Great Bridge Surgery, West Bromwich
  • Dudley UCC
  • Telford Surgery
  • Wrekin Surgery, Telford
  • Whitehall Medical Practise, Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire Walk in Centre
  • Kington Medical Practice, Herefordshire

Service for the fallen Falklands servicemen and women - 34 years on

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A special service is being held at Hereford Cathedral tomorrow to honour the dozens of men from Herefordshire and Worcestershire who died in the Falklands War.

Thirty five years ago today 18 members of the SAS from Hereford were killed in a Sea King helicopter crash.

A total of 255 British servicemen, three Falkland islanders and 649 Argentinian troops died in the conflict.

Craig Jones was killed in the battle on Mount Longdon.

The remains of an Argentine trench from the war for the possession of the Malvinas/Falkland islands in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom in the South Atlantic, 20 March, 2007 in Mount Longdon
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It's one of these things that you just have to live with and day by day we get on with it. He's buried in the military cemetery in Aldershot. I'm glad we brought his body back. It's a lovely spot and easy to go down there and spend time with him."

Richard JonesFather of Craig Jones

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some dry weather around today, but also the possibility of heavy and thundery showers this afternoon with highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Friday: Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Friday.

This is your Local Live service for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather as it happens between now and 18:00.

If you'd like to get in touch you can email, tweet 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.

Rugby: Worcester's Te'o aiming to seize British and Irish Lions chance

BBC Midlands Today

Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te'o says he's privileged and proud to have been selected for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour to New Zealand.

Ben Te'o in the training session
Stu Forster/Getty Images

The Lions have been taking part in their first pre-tour training camp before the trip next month.

New Zealand-born Te'o was a surprise choice for the squad and says it's a great opportunity.

As I'm trying to progress in my career and evolve as a player, I want to play more minutes, I want to start and that's something I'm always trying to work towards so, fingers crossed, I might get my opportunity and if I do then I've got to seize it."

Ben Te'oWorcester Warriors player

Hundreds of homes planned for viaduct land

Alistair Binney

BBC Hereford & Worcester

More than 600 homes could be built on land north of Ledbury Viaduct.

The land near the viaduct
Google

Bloor Homes has submitted plans to Herefordshire Council for a mixed use development.

As well as the 625 new homes, which the developer says would include affordable housing, the proposals also include land for business use and a "canal corridor".

Watch: The West Midlands weather forecast for tonight and Friday

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Plus you can use the BBC Weather website to get the latest forecasts at any other time.

Shefali Oza

Just four days left to register to vote

There are just four days left to register to vote if you want to have your say in the general election on 8 June.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Google has revealed which areas are searching for guidance on the election, including registering to vote.

In 2015, the number of non-voters exceeded the number of votes cast for the winning party in more than half of UK constituencies.

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. In the roadworks area. Traffic is coping well.

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

Defending champion heads to Vegas poker tournament

A poker player from Worcestershire is getting ready to fly to the gambling capital of the world to defend his title in a high-stakes international tournament.

Las Vegas
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Mikey Knight, from Droitwich, is one of just 100 UK poker players to qualify for Vegas 100, a competition he won last year.

"I'm a bit of a target," he said "now that everyone wants to take the champ out, but I'm going to give it my all".