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Summary

  1. Turnout of just under 35% in local elections
  2. Former vice chair of county council collapses after losing seat
  3. Conservatives make a strong showing in the seats declared so far
  4. Worcester-based UKIP MEP won't stand in general election
  5. Stress-busting sing-off at school
  6. Updates on Friday 5 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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.

Local elections: Wins for other parties

Parties other than the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats won four seats on Worcestershire County Council.

The Green Party have two, Independent Community and Health Concern one, and there was also one other councillor elected who stood as an independent. 

Local elections: Conservatives strengthen their hold

The Conservatives have increased the number of seats they hold on Worcestershire County Council to 40 - the other parties combined now hold 17 seats.

Pie chart
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Pie chart
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Watch: Singing helps pupils deal with exam stress

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to Hereford Cathedral to listen to some very uplifting singing - so uplifting the a local school believes it can help with exam stress.

Hereford Cathedral School believes holding regular "sing-offs" as part of the timetable can help boost the well-being and mental health of the students and staff and help them to cope with pressure and stress. 

Singing good for pupils' mental health, claims school.

Local elections: Final results

The Conservatives have gained 10 seats on Worcestershire County Council after results for all 57 seats were declared.

They won 40 seats - Labour won 10, losing two. Other parties have four seats, after gaining one seat, but losing nine. 

The Liberal Democrats have three councillors, after gaining one seat but losing another.

Election map
Worcestershire County Council

You can see the final results on the Worcestershire County Council website

Keep across the national picture, where the Conservatives have made strong gains, on the BBC News local elections live page.  

Premiership preview: Sale v Bath

Mike Phillips
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Former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips makes his final appearance for Sale Sharks before his retirement this summer.

The Sharks make six changes, with 23-year-old prop James Flynn starting for the first time this season.

Bath, who need a bonus-point win and fourth-placed Leicester to get nothing at Worcester in order to reach the play-off spots, make four changes.

Luke Charteris, Anthony Watson and Nathan Catt are all absent.

Local elections: Tories win two Stourport seats

The Conservatives have won two seats in Stourport-on-Severn, holding one and taking the other from the Independent Community and Health Concern and Residents party.

Earlier we reported that Health Concern had held their second seat on Worcestershire County Council. 

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident involving a van and two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Local elections: By-election winner thanks supporters

Bill Amos, who won the by-election in the Bedwardine Ward on Worcester City Council, gave his victory speech from the balcony at the Guildhall.

He held the seat for the Conservatives in an election caused by the resignation of the sitting councillor, David Wilkinson. 

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Local elections: Conservatives win two Wychavon seats in by-elections

The Tories have won the two by-elections held for seats on Wychavon District Council.

Matthew Snape won the Evesham South by-election and Sital Harris was elected as councillor for Droitwich South East.

Slideshow: Spring sunshine on the fields

As the spring sunshine lights up Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the BBC's Weather Watchers have been busy with their cameras.

Thanks to Martin N, Maid Marion, Johnqa, Solar Power and Ogy for these photos.

Spring sunshine on the fields

Local elections: Labour lose seat in Redditch

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Labour have lost one of their seats in Redditch to the Conservatives.

The Tory candidate Brandon Clayton beat Labour's Graham Vickery by just 80 votes.

With 51 of the 57 results declared, the Conservatives have 36 seats, Labour eight, other parties four and the Liberal Democrats three.

Local elections: Green party hold both seats.

The Green Party has held both of its seats on Worcestershire County Council.

Matthew Jenkins was re-elected in the Worcester St Stephen ward and John Raine held the Malvern Trinity ward. 

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Cricket: Rapids post 342 but fail to bat their overs out

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire Rapids posted a total of 342 all out in the Royal London One Day Cup match against Yorkshire Vikings.

The home side were bowled out with one ball left on the penultimate over, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore making 118. 

Tom Kohler-Cadmore
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I'll be bringing you full ball-by-ball commentary on the match on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738 AM and online from 11:00.  

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 15 minute.

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

Local elections: Tories make gains

The Conservatives have so far gained five seats in the Worcestershire County Council elections, polling 49.3% of the votes cast.

They have also lost one seat, with the former vice-chair of the council, June Griffiths, collapsing after losing her seat in Alvechurch to Independent Charlie Hotham.

So far, 45 of the 57 seats have declared - the Conservatives have won 28 of those, Labour six, the Liberal Democrats three and other parties four.

Results map
Worcestershire County Council

You can keep across the local results on the Worcestershire County Council website

Keep across the national picture, where the Conservatives are making strong gains, on the BBC News local elections live page.  

Local elections: Tories win Worcester by-election

The Conservatives have held on to the Bedwardine Ward in a by-election triggered when the sitting councillor, David Wilkinson, resigned.

Bill Amos was elected, polling 1,457 of the 2,602 votes cast.

Jenny Barnes, standing for the Labour and Co-operative Party, came second, with 816 votes.

The Green Party polled 189 votes and UKIP 124.

The Tories now hold 17 seats on Worcester City Council, Labour 16 and the Green Party two.

Worcester count
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Local elections: Councillor collapses after losing her seat

The former vice-chair of Worcestershire County Council has been taken to hospital after collapsing at the count.

Conservative June Griffiths lost the Alvechurch seat to an independent candidate, Charlie Hotham.

The count and declaration in Bromsgrove were halted temporarily following her collapse.

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Local election: Turnout figures

With 29 of the 57 seats declared, the turnout in the Worcestershire County Council election is 34.8%, the council says.

So far, the Conservatives have secured 51.5% of the vote - winning 21 of the seats declared.

People voting
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Local elections: Health Concern party hold Kidderminster seat

The Independent Community and Health Concern party have held on to one of their seats on Worcestershire County Council. 

The sitting councillor, Mary Raynor, won the St Georges & St Oswalds ward.

The party was formed in 2000 after concerns for the future of Kidderminster Hospital.

Kidderminster hospital
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  • The party's Dr Richard Taylor was elected as MP for Wyre Forest in the 2001 general election and was re-elected in 2005. He lost the seat in 2010  

Rugby: Fans follow Droitwich to big day at Twickenham

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Droitwich Rugby Club will tomorrow head to Twickenham for what will be the biggest day in the club's history.

They will take on Farnham in the RFU Senior Vase final at the home of English rugby club and they won't be lacking for support as no fewer than seven coach-loads of fans will head to the south-east with them.

Droitwich Rugby Club
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BreakingLocal elections: Count halted as candidate collapses

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The count in Bromsgrove has been halted after the collapse of a candidate.

Conservative June Griffiths was vice chair of Worcestershire County Council and represented the Alvechurch Ward,

I've been told she's been taken to hospital by paramedics.

Local elections: Conservatives set to increase majority

Felicity Sanderson

Journalist

The Conservatives look set to extend their control of Worcestershire County Council. 

So far, they have held 15 seats and gained one from the independents, Labour have held two seats and the Lib Dems one.

We've just got the first declaration in Worcester - Labours Richard Udall holding his seat in St Johns.

UKIP MEP's general election decision 'not related to poor local election showing'

A Worcester-based UKIP MEP says it was "an unhappy coincidence" that his decision not to run in the general election was coming out as initial local election results also showed a party wipe-out in seats in Hampshire and Essex. 

Jim Carver, an MEP for the West Midlands, had already resigned as his party's foreign affairs spokesman over its "misguided" manifesto pledge to ban the wearing of the burka.

Jim Carver
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Mr Carver contested the Stourbridge seat at the last general election in 2015, coming third with more than 7,000 votes.

You can follow the latest results across the country on the BBC local election live page.     

Watch: How singing helps with exam stress

BBC Breakfast

Competitive "sing-offs" can help pupils learn how to deal with the stress of exams, a school is claiming. 

Hereford Cathedral School says its pupils have learned how to deal with pressure by singing, and have added the sing-offs to its timetable.  

Singing helps with exam stress school claims

Rugby: Warriors sign new young scrum half

Worcester Warriors have signed scrum half Sam Olver from Northampton Saints.

The 22-year-old will come to Sixways for the 2017-18 season.

Sam Olver
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During his time at Saints, Olver has made 13 first-team appearances.  

Sam is a hungry young player who will provide further competition for the number 10 jersey."

Gary GoldDirector of Rugby

Turnout in Redditch 32%

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

We've just heard overall turnout in Redditch has increased from 28.99% to 32.16% since the last election.

Local elections: First gain for Conservatives

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Conservatives have gained a seat in Malvern Hills, with Paul Middleborough taking Croome off the Independent councillor Roger Suttton.

Local elections: Counts under way across Worcestershire

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I'm at the count being held at the Guildhall in Worcester.

I'll be bringing you the results as they happen - here's my view of the counting.

Election count
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Local elections: How the parties stand

Here's how the political parties stood on Worcestershire County Council before yesterday's voting.

Counting of the ballot papers started at 10:00.

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  • Conservatives: 32
  • Labour: 11
  • 2013 Group (Liberal Democrat, Liberal and Green): 6
  •  Independent Alliance Group (Independent Community & Health Concern, Independent, Wythall Residents Association): 6
  • UKIP: 2

Local elections: By-election in Worcester

There's a by-election going on for the Bedwardine Ward on Worcester City Council - votes are being counted now and the result is expected about 13:00.

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Singing to beat stress at school

The introduction of competitive "sing-offs" at Hereford Cathedral School as a way to help pupils beat exam stress has made the news nationally.

Head of School, Paul Smith, believes the coping strategies pupils learn in the sing-offs helps them deal with the pressure of exams.

BBC Breakfast TV were at the school this morning.

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Cricket: Worcestershire v Yorkshire full commentary

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire Rapids continue their Royal London Cup 50-over campaign today as they will take on Yorkshire Vikings at New Road.    

Cricket team logos
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I'll be bringing you full ball-by-ball commentary on the match on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738 AM and online from 11:00.

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Slideshow: Fields of yellow in the sunshine

One of our regular contributors, Paul Wilde, took these great pictures of a field of rape seed near Redditch.

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

Fields of yellow in the sunshine.