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  1. Chemo patient's 100-mile kayak success
  2. Hot air balloon championships
  3. Rapids in T20 action
  4. Updates on Wednesday 16 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

'Can you teach me to play like that?' - Buttler masterclass
Jos Buttler hits 52 from 40 balls as Lancashire Lightning beat Worcestershire Rapids by seven wickets to keep their T20 Blast campaign alive.
Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler scores 52 as Lancashire Lightning beat Worcestershire Rapids to keep their T20 Blast quarter-final hopes alive.

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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 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Cricket: Live commentary - Lightning v Rapids

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

I'll be bringing you full ball-by-ball commentary as the Worcestershire Rapids travel to Old Trafford to take on Lancashire Lightning in the T20 Blast.

You can hear the match on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

Old Trafford
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Source of pet poisoning unknown

It's still not been established whether two cats and a dog who died were poisoned "accidentally or deliberately", the RSPCA says.

The charity is warning people about the the dangers of antifreeze, pesticides and chemicals after the pets died in Hereford this week.

A number of animals have also died after ingesting an unknown substance in Sand Pits in Leominster, the RSPCA said.

It has been confirmed by a vet that the animals had consumed something poisonous, but what we do not know is if this was accidental or deliberate. If someone is doing this to prevent cats coming into their garden it is a very selfish and inhumane way to deal with the issue."

Inspector Suzi SmithRSPCA

Unemployment up in the West Midlands

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Unemployment went up by 5.8% across the West Midlands in the three months to June, according to data.

Job centre sign

Figures from the ONS show 164,000 people are registered as out of work across the region - an increase of 3,000 people compared with the first three months of the year.

Slideshow: Canals and rivers on a summer day

BBC Weather Watchers

The summer weather has encouraged these BBC Weather Watchers to get out and about with their cameras.

Thanks to Happy Snapper, Willworcs, Punxsutawney Phil and Paul Wilde for these photos.

Canals and rivers on a summer day

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Skies will cloud over this evening as rain erratically moves east with brisk winds.

Rain will continue overnight, with some heavy bursts at times.

However, rain will start to clear towards dawn. Lows of 15C ( 59F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Award for Bulls' groundsman

The groundsman at Hereford FC's Edgar Street ground has received an award for the quality of the pitches he prepares.

Ben Bowen has been named runner up in the Southern League South and West Groundsman of the Year award.

Ben Bowen
Hereford FC

Watch: Youth 'risks life' at level crossing

Video showing a young man throwing himself under the barriers to avoid a train at a level crossing in Blakedown, Worcestershire, has been released by Network Rail.

A spokesman said the youth had "little respect for his own safety or the safety of others by doing this irresponsible act".

'Irresponsible' youth 'risks life' at level crossing

Network Rail say the crossing on Station Drive is "regularly misused", including vehicles weaving around and hitting the barriers and pedestrians jumping the barriers after they were lowered.

Your pictures: Apples and summer blooms

BBC Weather Watchers

These summery pictures come from BBC Weather Watcher Fuzzballpc.

I'd love to feature your photos - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.


Cricket: Moeen in squad for first 'pink ball' Test

Moeen Ali will get the chance to bowl with the new pink ball as England play their first day/night Test against the West Indies, which starts tomorrow at Edgbaston.

The Worcestershire all-rounder was man of the series in the four Tests against South Africa.

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Moeen Ali

Museum shop moves to Guildhall during revamp

The Museum of Royal Worcester, which celebrates the history of porcelain making in the city, is closing for a major refurbishment in October.

The £1.4m lottery-funded project will see the social history of Worcester Porcelain brought to life, using interactive displays and audio recordings of former workers at the factory.

Museum of Royal Worcester
Museum of Royal Worcester

So that the museum doesn't lose income during the five-month revamp, the city council is allowing it to move its shop to the ground floor of the north wing of the Guildhall, rent free.

The museum’s trustees are deeply grateful to the city for this generous offer, the shop on the High Street will ensure our presence throughout the refurbishment of the museum itself."

Sir Michael PerryChairman of the museum

'Takeaway' cat put on diet by rescue centre

A stray cat who had grown obese living off left-over takeaways in a park has been put on a strict diet by a rescue centre.

The five-year-old stray, who's been named Sandy, was taken to the Blue Cross rescue centre after being found living wild in Sanders Park, Bromsgrove.

She weighed a heafty 7kg (15lbs) when found.

Sandy the cat
Blue Cross Rescue Centre

The rescue centre has put her on a "no treats" diet, with a target weight of 5kg (11lbs).

They are also gradually building up the amount of exercise she takes, as she tires easily because of her weight.

I haven’t seen a cat so overweight in a long time. While we don’t know how she became a stray or what she got up to during that time, it is likely she has been surviving on scraps of human food like takeaways. Because of her weight she has not been able to carry out normal cat behaviour like grooming and playing but we are aiming to get her back to her proper cat self in no time."

Laura CoveneyAnimal welfare supervisor

Your pictures: Nature up close

These great pictures were taken by Paul Wilde in the Abbey Meadows, Redditch.

Paul Wilde
Paul Wilde

Travel: Historic bridge to close for repairs

BBC News Travel

The bridge, which is a scheduled ancient monument, was built in 1728, according to Historic England.

Eckington bridge
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Balloon championships: Too windy to fly

There'll be no flying in the National Hot Air Balloon Championships in Worcestershire this evening, because it's too windy.

The event is being held in Wolverley, near Kidderminster, all week with 17 pilots competing in navigation exercises each morning and evening.


Five music festivals this weekend

There's a wealth of live music available across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this weekend:

  • Sunrise Celebration Festival at The Kentchurch Estate nr Hereford on Friday and Saturday: Features The Dutty Moonshine Band, Slipmatt, Banco De Gaia
  • The Old Bush Blues Festival at Callow End near Worcester on Friday and Saturday: Features Ian Parker, Lavendore Rogue, Troy Redfern
Festival crowd
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  • Morton Stanley Festival at Morton Stanley Park, Redditch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Featuring Cyba Drummer, Callum, Paul Frizzelle
  • Kidderminster Fringe Festival at The Boar’s Head, Kidderminster on Saturday: Featuring Stiff Joints, Social Ignition, The Humdrum Express
  • Pershore Jazz Festival at various venues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Feedback reveals children's services and big projects are people's main concerns

More than 1,000 people have gone to roadshows held by Worcestershire County Council to have their say on the authority's services.

The future of children's services and investment in big infrastructure problems are the major issues people have raised, the council says.

County Hall, Worcester
Worcestershire County Council

The council has held six roadshows so far, with another three to come.

They have proved, yet again, to be a great way for us to engage with our residents and find out what they think of the services we run

Adrian HardmanDeputy leader, Worcestershire County Council

Slideshow: Corn fields and summer clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

The continuing sunshine means BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about taking some great photos.

Thanks to HappySnapper71, J at Severn Ridge, Toppo and Andy R for this selection.

Corn fields and summer clouds

Grants available for volunteer and community groups

Voluntary and community groups are being encouraged to apply for Stronger Community grants of up to £500 from Redditch Borough Council.

The council grants aim to support local, community-focused projects.

Redditch Borough Council

Our town has a really strong sense of community and this is in no small part due to the work carried out by organisations and voluntary groups who dedicate their time and skills."

Bill HartnettLeader of Redditch Borough Council

Hot air balloon championships: Using the wind

The British National Hot Air Balloon Championships are being held in Worcestershire over the next four days.

Competitors from all over the country will take part in a navigational exercise over what one of the organisers called "a 3D playing field".

The competitions start from Wolverley School, near Kidderminster.


We've been set four tasks - we fly the balloons between four set points along the route. The winds vary by about 30 or 40 degrees and we are using these winds to take us to four points between Wolverley and Upper Arley

David BarefordCompetition co-ordinator

Bromsgrove Advertiser front page: New train services on track

Bromsgrove Advertiser

New train services are being promised through Bromsgrove after London Midland lost its operations contract - but fares could increase by 3.6%.

Bromsgrove Advertiser front page
Bromsgrove Advertiser

Man suffers 'serious injuries' in assault

A man in his 40s has been taken to hospital after suffering "serious injuries" in an assault.

West Mercia Police say the attack happened yesterday evening at an address in Thorn Lea, Evesham.

Thorn Lea, Evesham

Police say a 23-year-old man from Evesham has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Three men, a 24-year-old man from Evesham, a 28-year-old man from Birmingham and a 45-year-old man from Birmingham, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Your pictures: Stately gardens from the air

Thanks to Dave Bright, of Bright Skies Videos, for this aerial shot of Croome Gardens, in Worcestershire.

I'd love to feature your pictures - they don't have to be taken in mid air - you can email, tweet us @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Croome Gardens
Dave Bright

Cricket: Rapids in action at Old Trafford

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire Rapids are back in action this evening when they take on Lancashire Lightning in the T20 Blast at Old Trafford.

Play is due to begin at 18:30 and I'll be bringing you full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

Old Trafford
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Watch: Up, up and away: Air balloon championships

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over the UK are in north Worcestershire this week for the British National Hot Air Balloon Championships.

I've been to watch some of the competitors as they take to the air.

British National Hot Air Balloon Championships.

MP tweets on Trump's 'both sides to blame' comment

Bromsgrove MP and government minister, Sajid Javid, has tweeted his own comment on President Trump saying both sides are to blame for the violent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one protester dead and others injured.

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Football: Wins for Harriers, Bulls and City

Here are the results of last night's games involving our local teams:

  • Kidderminster Harriers made it two wins from two games as they beat Leamington 2-0 in their Vanarama North match at Aggborough
  • Redditch United conceded a late goal to go down 1-0 at Kettering Town
  • Hereford FC's first home game of the season ended in victory - they beat Tiverton Town 1-0 in the Southern League Premier Division
  • There was a big win for Worcester City - they thrashed AFC Wulfrunians 5-0
Man canoes 100 miles to mark 100 chemotherapy rounds
A brain tumour patient has marked his 100th round of chemotherapy - by padding 100 miles.

Watch: Today's weather in 55 seconds

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's started dry in parts of the region, but it looks like there may be rain coming - here's today's forecast.

You can also keep up-to-date at any time by heading to the BBC Weather website and getting the latest forecast for your area.

Rich Davis

Good morning from today's Herefordshire and Worcestershire live page

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Welcome to the Local Live service for Herefordshire and Worcestershire on Wednesday morning. There are some blue skies about, as this photo from BBC Weather Watcher, Maggs, shows.

Blue sky

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

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.

Slideshow: Bows and flows of angel's hair

BBC Weather Watchers

That's how Joni Mitchell saw clouds - this is how BBC Weather Watchers have been seeing them in the summer sky today.

Thanks to Punxsautawney Pete, Chris and Ginny, Mollie and Janiejane for this selection.

Summer clouds