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Summary

  1. Business leaders call for 'swift' new government
  2. Bill Wiggin MP praises Labour campaign
  3. All blue in Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  4. Brexit minister Robin Walker sees his majority halved in Worcester
  5. Hung parliament now confirmed
  6. Updates on Friday 9 June

Live Reporting

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.

Enjoy the sunshine at the weekend.

Cornfield in the sun
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Charity performance for terror attack victims

The Kidderminster male voice choir are to perform a tribute for the victims of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

The choir will be performing at Bodenham Arboretum tomorrow evening with donations being made to a bereavement charity.

Bodenham Arboretum
Google

Slideshow: Daisies and dappled sunlight

BBC Weather Watchers

As the weather continues to improve, BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about with their cameras.

Thanks to Postman Les, Pottering Around, Jan from Langrove and Mollie's Meadow for this selection.

Daisies and dappled sunlight

Weather: Scorchio

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast a hot weekend and a muggy night tonight.

Temperatures could reach as high as 27C (81F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Teenager chosen for World Transplant Games team

A teenager from Herefordshire will be representing Britain at the World Transplant games later this month.

Kiera Jackson, who's 14 and from Leominster, had a life-saving liver transplant in 2010 at Birmingham Children's hospital.

Kiera Jackson
Family

She'll be the youngest member of the GB badminton team.

Dudley man charged with attempted murder in Worcester

A man from Dudley has been charged with attempted murder following an incident on George Street, Worcester on Sunday night.

West Mercia Police
West Mercia Police

Ethan Bell-Milne, 19, from Himley Street in Dudley was charged with attempted murder, wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

He has been detained and will appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court later today.

A 33-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, both from Worcester, who were arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting attempted murder have been released without charge.

Royal Three Counties Show: History

The show goes back 220 years to the formation of the Agricultural Society.

Royal Three Counties Show data
BBC/Three Counties Agricultural Society

Slideshow: Towers, trees and sunlit skies

BBC Weather Watchers

Here is a selection of the great shots we've been sent by BBC Weather Watchers from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Thanks to Johnqa, Postman Les and Jpk01 for taking these.

Towers, trees and sunlit skies

Man who stabbed dog to death banned from keeping animals

A man who killed his dog and left his body to rot in his flat for several days has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and given 250 hours of community service.

Wayne Bishop, 30, of Weston-Super-Mare admitted killing his dog, General, in a moment of cruelty at his flat in Droitwich when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.

He was banned from keeping animals for life.

The knife recovered from the flat
RSPCA

General was discovered by police officers with a stab wound to his chest after neighbours raised concern of the stench coming from the property.

Bishop initially claimed he stabbed his dog after he attacked him but later admitted this was not true and that he had stabbed General in anger.

General’s death was an absolutely horrific case of animal cruelty at its worst. There is simply no excuse for such extreme cruelty."

Rachel HaywardRSPCA inspector

Blind father to perform wingwalk in memory of son

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The dad of a teenager from Worcester who committed suicide in January will be taking to the skies in his son's memory this Father's Day.

Mark Abel will remember his son Sam and raise money for Worcester charity Sight Concern by performomg a wingwalk on Sunday.

Mr Abel went blind six years ago after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has competed for Team GB in the Invictus Games.

'We’re Worcester people through and through': Rapids get ready for semi-final

As The Worcester Rapids get ready to take on Surrey in the Royal London Cup, Captain Joe Leach says his young team are proud to be representing the county.

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach dreaming of Lord's final

Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester, he said: “We’ve got one overseas player and then the rest, more or less, have come through our academy. They’re products of Worcestershire in one way or another.

"We’re Worcester people through and through. We love the club and we can’t wait to put on a show on Saturday.”

Gove aims for 'frictionless access' for British goods

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

New Environment Secretary Michael Gove is trying his cabinet wellies on for size at the Royal Three Counties Show.

He said he wanted to guarantee "tariff free, frictionless access" for British goods to European markets.

Michael Gove at the Three Counties Show
BBC

Speaking at the agricultural show in Malvern, in his first public appearance as the new environment secretary, Mr Gove said he was "in listening mode" as he talked to farmers about what Brexit meant for the industry.

My role is to make sure we come up with everything we can to support our rural economy and help farmers to grow, produce and sell more, but also make sure our environment is protected and enhanced."

Michael GoveEnvironment Secretary

Police to get smartphones to log crime on the move

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Police in West Mercia are to get smartphones, in addition to their new body-worn cameras.

The roll-out's part of a £4m investment in technology across the force area.

West Mercia Police officers
BBC

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion says it'll help give officers quicker access to intelligence and the ability to log crime while on the move.

Worcestershire build towards Royal London Cup semi-final

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcestershire County Cricket Club are building towards what will be the club's biggest game for several years on Saturday when they will take on Surrey in the Royal London Cup semi-final.

Joe Clarke
Getty Images

The winners of Saturday's match will take on either Essex or Nottinghamshire in the final at Lords on 1 July.

There will be full commentary on Saturday's game on BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Slideshow: Glad rags belonging to Marilyn, Jacko and Rihanna

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to get a sneak preview of celebrity outfits belonging to Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Rihanna and other celebrities which are going on show at a museum.

The free display at Worcester's Art Gallery and Museum opens on Friday evening.

It also includes props and costumes from films including Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Celebrity outfits belonging to Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Rihanna on show.

Worcester Warriors player in court

The Worcester Warriors player Luke Baldwin is due to appear in court this morning charged with assault.

Worcester Magistrates Court
BBC

The 26-year-old denies the charges relating to an alleged incident at a pub in Worcester in September.

The scrum half joined Warriors in 2015 from Bristol and is set to stand trial at Worcester Magistrates' Court this morning.

Michael Gove arrives at Three Counties Show

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Michael Gove has arrived and is taking questions at the Royal Three Counties Show.

Michael Gove at the Royal Three Counties Show
BBC

He has said he is "in listening mode".

This is Mr Gove's first public appearance as the new environment secretary.

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach dreaming of Lord's final
Worcestershire captain Joe Leach hopes to lead club to first Lord's final since 2004.

Coming up on Midlands Today: Live from the Three Counties Show

BBC Midlands Today

Michael Gove has made his first appearance as the new environment minister at the Three Counties Show in Malvern.

Michael Gove at The Royal Three Counties Show
BBC

Mr Gove is there to talk to farmers about how the agricultural industry might change after Britain leaves the European Union.

Our rural affairs correspondent David Gregory-Kumar will be live from the show from 13:30 on BBC One.

Bromsgrove MP heads to Kensington over Grenfell tower block fire

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, the secretary of state for communities and local government, says the government "will do whatever it takes" to improve safety in tower blocks following the fire in west London which killed at least 17 people.

Sajid Javid
BBC

He told BBC Breakfast he wanted to reassure people living in similar tower blocks across the country, saying an emergency review would start straight away but would be informed by the fire investigation report into the tragedy.

Mr Javid said he was going to the area today and wanted to make sure the council owning the tower block was suitably assisted during the fire's aftermath.

Search for relatives of 'A Bridge Too Far' hero

A Worcester-based military historian and author is trying to find the relatives of a World War Two hero who died in the fighting that was later turned into the film A Bridge Too Far.

Dilip Sarkar is hopes to find relatives of Lt Peter Brazier of the Glider Pilot Regiment, who was killed in the fighting around Arnhem in September 1944.

Lt Peter Brazier
Dilip Sarkar

Lt Brazier's medals are on display at the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek, in Holland.

He came from the Bromsgrove area.

Michael Gove to make appearance at Three Counties Show

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Michael Gove is to make his first public appearance as the new environment secretary this afternoon at the Royal Three Counties Show.

Midlands Today is at the show now and will be speaking with Mr Gove later.

Royal Three Counties Show
BBC

Thousands arrive for opening of Royal Three Counties Show

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Thousands of visitors have started to arrive at the Malvern Showground today for the opening day of the Royal Three Counties Show.

Livestock exhibition at the Three Counties Show
BBC

The livestock and equine exhibition lasts until Sunday and is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Di Walton, Head of Shows at the Three Counties Agricultural Society, told BBC Hereford and Worcester how the the livestock exhibition is "so popular".

She said: "We do champion everything that is local and regional. The weather forecast is brilliant. The exhibition's there for three days and we have lots of new features to welcome you."

Police appeal for witnesses after Evesham collision string

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after a black Seat Ibiza collided with a number of parked vehicles on Fairfield Road, in Evesham.

At least six vehicles were involved in the crash at about 03:00 on Thursday.

West Mercia Police
West Mercia Police

Manchester victim's daughter thanks 'guardian angels'

The daughter of a man, from Hagley, injured in the Manchester bomb has written a note thanking nurses "for saving my dad".

The note written by Mr Farr's daughter
BBC

The note, signed with a heart, reads: “Just want to say a big thank you to Liahna and Martin for saving my dad! I’m so thankful to them and they deserve the very best. Also wishing Brogan Jean a speedy recovery".

Garry Farr says his 11-year-old daughter Amy "is generally a bright and bubbly girl" and has managed to maintain that despite the attacks.

"We’ll be keeping an eye on her over the coming weeks because there are things she’s seen that no 11-year-old should see so she may need some help with that as time goes on."

Watch: Judging under way at agricultural show

About 2,700 sheep will be putting on their best coats and hoping to win a rosette.

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Royal Three Counties Show: Thousands expected to attend

The show has been held on a site in the shadow of the Malvern Hills since 1958.

Royal Three Counties Show data
BBC/Three Counties Agricultural Society

Watch: Manchester bomb victim father not afraid to go back to gigs

A father caught up in the Manchester bomb attack with his 11-year-old daughter has been speaking for the first time and says he is lucky to be alive.

Garry Farr, from Hagley, had to have surgery the day after the explosion and says he was saved by a trained nurse who made a tourniquet for his leg using two belts.

Manchester bomb victim father not afraid to go back to gigs

Mr Farr says he was extremely lucky not to have been more badly injured and has since been getting on with his life and hasn't been afraid to go out to gigs as he normally would.

Royal Three Counties Show: Not just sheep

The Royal Three Counties Show, held over three days in Malvern, doesn't just feature livestock competitions.

Tug of war
Three Counties Agricultural Society
  • Sheep shearing "Test Match" between England and Wales
  • Young farmers tug-of-war competition
  • Pole climbing competition
  • Quad bike handling contest
  • Medieval Active Camp run by a battle re-enactment group
  • The Red Devils parachute display

Royal Three Counties Show begins

Thousands of visitors are expected at the Malvern Showground today, as the Royal Three Counties Show opens its doors.

The livestock and equine show lasts for three days and is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Sheep
BBC

Schoolgirl airlifted to hospital after 'freak accident' on adventure training course

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A schoolgirl has been injured in a "freak accident" on the Herefordshire / Gloucestershire border, the ambulance service says.

The 12-year-old, from Oxfordshire, was airlifted to hospital while on an adventure training course in Symonds Yat.

Air ambulance
BBC

The girl was about to start a rock climbing challenge when she got her foot caught in a rope, tripped over a log and fell down a slope below a cliff.

Because of the seriousness of her injury, the aircrew decided to fly her to the specialist facilities at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some bright and some cloudy times today, with the potential for sunny spells at times and top temperatures of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On this evening's programme we focus on Worcestershire ahead of Saturday's Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final with Surrey at New Road.

Cricket equipment
BBC

BBC Midlands Today starts at 18:30 on BBC One.

The Canary Girls honoured in Worcester

So-called Canary Girls who worked at a munitions factory during World War Two have been honoured at an event at County Hall in Worcester.

Kathleen Halford, Councillor Tony Miller and Kathleen Smith
Worcestershire County Council

Kathleen Halford (left) and Kathleen Smith (right), pictured with Councillor Tony Miller, worked at the Blackpole factory.

Women risked life and limb to produce ammunition and were stained yellow by toxic chemicals.

A selected tree is one of several black pear trees that have been gifted by Pershore College as supporters of the Black Pear Tree Award.

The BBC news website published a feature about the so-called Canary Girls last month and in February we also reported on an event held to mark the 100th anniversary of the munitions factory opening.

BBC Hereford & Worcester are running a campaign, which has been raised in parliament, to get a national honour for all munitions workers.

Footballers and rugby players together

There will be a mixing of the sports in Bromsgrove this evening.

Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club will take on Bromsgrove Rugby Club at cricket.

Your pictures: Flora and fauna in close-up

One of our regular contributors, Paul Wilde, sent us some photos he took last evening on a walk over Abbey Meadows in Redditch.

Abbey Meadows
Paul Wilde
Calf
Paul Wilde
Grasshopper
Paul Wilde

Kidderminster in cup final

Kidderminster are taking part in the EFL Trust Walking Football Cup final at Aston Villa’s training ground on Saturday.

Twelve sides, including Kidderminster, finished either winners or runners-up in their regional finals to reach the national final at Bodymoor Heath, which will start at 10:00 and finish at about 15:00.

Walking football
BBC

"Walking football" is a slow-paced version of the sport that is aimed specifically at the over 50s, EFL Trust said on its website.

More than 1,500 men and women from a record-breaking 200 teams have taken part in this year’s competition, a 17% increase in teams from last year.

Kidderminster Shuttle front page: 60 jobs set for axe

Kidderminster Shuttle

Dozens of staff at one of Kidderminster's last remaining carpet manufacturers are set to lose their jobs as the site stops weaving Axminster carpets, the Kidderminster Shuttle reports.

Kidderminster Shuttle
Kidderminster Shuttle

Beadle 'unsure over Plummer'

Hereford FC's manager Pete Beadle (pictured below) says he's still not sure about winger Tristan Plummer's plans for next season.

Pete Beadle
Getty Images

Plummer initially indicated he was finding the travelling to Edgar Street too much, so would be looking elsewhere.

Armed Forces Day flag raised over the Guildhall

The Mayor of Worcester, councillor Steve Mackay, will be joined by military personnel and councillors to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag over the Guildhall.

Armed Forces Day takes place a week on Saturday.

Guildhall Worcester
BBC

We are raising the flag over the Guildhall as a sign of thanks and respect to all those who put themselves in the front line in order to protect our freedom and way of life.”

Steve MackayMayor of Worcester