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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Harriers: Colin Gordon says club will not progress with him as permanent coach

BBC Sport

Kidderminster Harriers chief executive Colin Gordon says the National League's bottom club will not progress properly off the field if he becomes head coach on a permanent basis next season.

The 53-year-old has been in temporary control of the first team since January and is not keen to carry on next term.

Colin Gordon
Kidderminster Harriers

I know what I want this club to look like and me as the main man is not what this club needs."

Colin Gordon

Grass and straw help cut down soil erosion

A planting scheme to stop top soil in Herefordshire being washed away:

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Your pictures: Sun and clouds

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

BBC Weather Watcher Polo took this picture in Lower Broadheath.

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Clouds and the sun
Polo

Video: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

A cold night with clear spells and lighter winds allowing the risk of a local frost by morning.  Lows of 3C (37F).

Football: New date for Bulls' postponed match

Hereford FC's away game at Alvechurch, postponed yesterday because of a waterlogged pitch, will now be played on Thursday 7 April, with a 19:45 kick off.

The club says it will offer fans refunds for the original fixture on tickets which are in "a re-saleable condition".

Big jump in ambulance call outs over Easter

Emergency calls over the Easter weekend were up by almost a quarter compared to last year, West Midlands Ambulance Service has revealed.

Ambulance
BBC

The service took 1,195 calls in Worcestershire this year, a rise of 23% on the figure of 969 for 2016.

In Herefordshire there was a slight drop in the number of calls, from 354 to 351.

Latest: Easter weekend emergency calls rise: Goulding's Glastonbury gig; New date for Bulls postponed game

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- There was a big jump in the number of emergency calls made to the ambulance service over the Easter weekend

- Herefordshire's Ellie Goulding is to play Glastonbury

- Hereford FC's postponed game away at Alverchurch will now be played in April

Your pictures: Sunrise behind the trees

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo of trees silhouetted against the skyline in Lyonshall was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Johnqa.

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Trees against a skyline
Johnqa

Safeguarding children training on offer

Voluntary and community sector organisations in Redditch can benefit from free safeguarding children training being offered by the district council.

The two-hour sessions, which are free, are being offered on the 18 and 25 May.

Recent high profile events have placed Child Sexual Exploitation into the media spotlight, so there’s no better time to raise awareness."

Judith WillisRedditch Borough Council

Queen's birthday: No charge for street party road closures

There will be no charge to apply for a temporary road closure to hold a street party marking the Queen's 90th birthday, Worcester City Council says.

Street party on The Mall, London
Patron's lunch

The council says people should apply for a street closure by 6 May, to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed.

A big street party is planned on The Mall in London (pictured) on 11 June, the Queen's official birthday.

Dismay at Worcester City Council as Government urges controversial planning laws shake-up

Worcester News

Councils could lose the rights to process planning applications - in a deeply controversial change to bring "competition" to the system.  

Warriors: O'Shea to return to Munster Rugby

Lock Darren O'Shea is to return to Munster Rugby, his former club, at the end of the season, Worcester Warriors say.

Darren O'Shea
Getty Images

He made 27 appearances during his time at Sixways.

We'd like to thank Darren for his services during the last couple of seasons and wish him all the best in his next chapter."

Dean RyanDirector of Rugby

Travel: Water mains works on A449 cause delays

The work will last until Friday - expect delays until then. More from BBC Travel.

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Latest: Good Friday crash kills Herefordshire woman; big drop in paid library jobs; Goulding's Glastonbury gig

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- Herefordshire woman dies in Good Friday multi-vehicle crash

- The number of paid jobs at libraries in Herefordshire and Worcestershire has almost halved since 2010

- Ellie Goulding has been named in this year's Glastonbury lineup

Beacon at Civil War park to mark Queen's birthday

A beacon will be lit at Fort Royal Park in Worcester on 21 April to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Fort Royal Worcester
Worcester City Council

Fort Royal was a strongpoint defending the city during the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Beacons are expected to be lit at hundreds of locations across the UK on the same day.

Worcester number two in 'safest cities' poll

Only Aberystwyth scored higher in the poll carried out by a finance company.

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Ellie Goulding to play Glastonbury

Herefordshire's Ellie Goulding has been confirmed as one of the acts at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

Ellie Goulding
BBC

Headline acts at the 2016 festival include Coldplay, Muse and Adele.

Travel: Hail and snow warning leads to gritting

You can find out which routes have been gritted by Worcestershire County Council using their online map.

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Good Friday crash claims the life of a Herefordshire woman

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A woman from Herefordshire has been named as one of the four victims of a car crash in Powys on Good Friday. 

Gillian Alford, who was 58 and from Bucknell, died in the incident involving two vehicles on the A470 Rhayader to Llangurig road.

Three other people were also killed. 

Worcester's new community construction skills centre is helping residents build a better future

Worcester News

The £300,000 purpose-built centre, owned and run by Worcester Community Trust, opened for business in November.  

Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Scattered, locally heavy showers with a risk of hail and thunder, merging at times into longer spells of rain, are on their way from the south west. Highs of 9C (48F). 

Library staff numbers fall: Herefordshire figures

In Herefordshire no libraries and/or mobile libraries have closed since 2010, an investigation by the BBC has revealed.

The number of paid staff has fallen though, and there's been a steep drop in the number of volunteers working in the county's libraries.

Data on the number of people working in Herefordshire's libraries
BBC

Latest: Herefordshire woman dies in Good Friday crash; library jobs fall; Ellie to play Glastonbury

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

 - A woman from Herefordshire has been named as one of the four victims of a car crash in Powys on Good Friday

- The number of paid library jobs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire has almost halved since 2010

- Herefordshire's Ellie Goulding is among the newly-confirmed acts for this year's Glastonbury Festival

Weather: Showers on the way

Rain and thunderstorms are moving in from the south west, according to this satellite image. More from BBC Weather.

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Library staff numbers fall: Worcestershire figures

In Worcestershire since 2010 six libraries and/or mobile libraries have closed, an investigation by the BBC has revealed

Data on library cuts
BBC

Your pictures: Flooding at Eckington Bridge

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

John Hancock sent this photo of the high water levels in the River Avon at Eckington Bridge, near Pershore.

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Eckington Bridge
John Hancock

Litter 'a blight on the county' says council

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Litter bugs are costing Herefordshire taxpayers £1.2m every year  - Herefordshire Council says the problem is "a blight on the county".

Litter bin
BBC

While there's been a reduction in council-funded litter picks, volunteer schemes have increased, but there's a six-figure bill for cleaning up rubbish that has been dropped on the sides of roads and pavements. 

The council says the practice is thoughtless and selfish, and it would rather spend the money on services likes social workers, schools and play schemes.  

Travel: Water main works likely to cause delays in Worcester

The temporary traffic lights are expected to be in place for three days. More from BBC Travel.

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Latest: The number of paid staff in libraries falls; 'no smoking' plan for parks; litter clear up costs £1.2m

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- The number of paid staff in Worcestershire libraries falls

- People could be asked not to smoke in Malvern parks

- Litter bugs are costing Herefordshire taxpayers £1.2m every year

Fly-tippers sought after rubble left on roadside

This pile of rubbish was dumped on a rural road near the M50 motorway.  

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Your photos: Easter on the Worcestershire Beacon

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This photo, featuring the top of the Worcestershire Beacon on the Malvern Hills, was taken by Rob over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Worcestershire Beacon
Rob

Developers re-submit application for new homes in Leominster

Hereford Times

Developers are seeking permission to build 25 new homes in Leominster despite the same application having been refused just last month.  

Cavaliers hold on for win against Tigers

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Cavaliers last night held off a determined second-half fight back by Leicester Tigers to pick up a 23-21 victory in their A League fixture at Sixways.

Alex Grove
Getty Images

Early tries from Alex Grove (pictured) and Perry Humphries helped Worcester to a 20-0 half-time lead.

But Leicester hit back with three tries and only a second half penalty from Tiff Eden ensured a Cavaliers' win.

No smoking plan for public parks

People could be asked not to smoke in seven public parks in Malvern - councillors are voting on the plans later.

Cigarette butts
Gareth Fuller/PA

Malvern Hills District Council says the measure will rely on voluntary adherence rather than enforcement.

The authority says passive smoking costs the local NHS £243,000 a year.  

Let us know what you think of the proposal. You can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Paid library jobs fall by a half

There are half as many paid library jobs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire now as there were in 2010.

Books on a library shelf
Thinkstock

Research by BBC news has found that more than 340 libraries have been closed and thousands of volunteers have been recruited, leading to fears for the future of professional librarians.

Latest: Paid library jobs halved; smoking ban in parks proposed; litter bugs cost £1.2m

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- There are half as many paid library jobs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire now as there were in 2010

- People could be banned from smoking in seven public parks in Worcestershire

- Litter bugs are costing Herefordshire taxpayers £1.2m every year in what the council is calling "a blight on the county"

Weather video: Sunny with the risk of heavy showers

BBC Weather

There will be a mix of some sunny spells and scattered, locally heavy, showers with a risk of hail and thunder, merging at times into longer spells of rain.