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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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

Watch: Tonight's weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers soon dying out, then a chilly night with clear spells, allowing a widespread frost to form, with fog patches in places.  Lows of 3C (37F).

Travel: A451 to close for maintenance work

The A451 Stourport Road in Dunley will be closed until 18:00 tomorrow, so expect delays. More from BBC Travel.

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Surge of emergency patients at Hereford hospital prompts cancelled operations

Hereford Times

Some operations have been cancelled at Hereford County Hospital following a surge in the number of patients over the Easter weekend.  

New date for Bulls' top-of-the-table game

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Midland Football League has confirmed the new date for top-of-the-table clash between Alvechurch and Hereford.

Monday's fixture was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and the game will now be played on Thursday, 7 April.

Developer abandons homes plan to avoid 'long and expensive legal challenge'

The developer who wanted to build 200 homes at Middle Battenhall Farm on the outskirts of Worcester says it has withdrawn its planning application to avoid a "long and expensive legal challenge".

There had been considerable opposition to the proposal and a planning inquiry was due to start in July.

Middle Battenhall Farm, Worcester
Google

Miller Homes believes that its proposals for Middle Battenhall Farm would have provided a very suitable, high quality and sustainable contribution to Worcester’s housing need including much needed affordable homes for young people seeking to rent or get onto the housing ladder."

Julie MorganMiller Homes

Watch: Warriors reaping the rewards of hard work

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors’ director of rugby Dean Ryan says he’s delighted the squad is now reaping the rewards of all its hard work.

Warriors head into their Aviva Premiership match at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, 2 April looking for what would be their fifth successive league victory.

Dean Ryan says they have stuck to their principles in terms of preparation throughout the week and in the build up to games and that has now been vindicated.

Parking charges to rise on the Malvern Hills

Parking charges on the Malvern Hills are to rise by £1 to £4 from 1 April, the charity that looks after the area has announced.

The charge covers a full-day parking across any of the Malvern Hills Conservators car parks.  

Malvern Hills
Dave Bright

Malvern Hills Conservators say all the money raised from the use of the car parks goes directly towards the costs of conserving the landscape, habitats and species of the hills, which are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The conservators manage over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of land on the hills and commons of Malvern and were set up by an Act of Parliament passed in 1884.   

The cost of parking at our car parks on the hills hasn’t increased since 2010, yet over the last six years the costs of managing and protecting the Hills has increased significantly."

Duncan BridgesDirector, Malvern Hills Conservators

Latest: Controversial housing plan withdrawn; operations cancelled due to Easter patient rush; T20 success for Moeen

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Controversial plan for 200 homes in Worcester withdrawn

- Operations cancelled in Herefordshire due to big rise in patients at A&E over Easter

- Moeen Ali helps England into a strong position in their World T20 Cup semi-final

Plans for 200 homes in Worcester withdrawn

The proposals had received much opposition and a planning inquiry was due to take place.

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Cricket: Moeen helps England into a strong position

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali took 1-10 in his two overs, and caught the dangerous Colin Munro, as England restricted New Zealand to 153-8, in the World Twenty20 semi-final.

Follow the game on the BBC Sport live page.  

Moeen Ali
AFP

Video: 'One that got away from us' says Luctonians' boss

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

 "It was definitely one that got away from us," says Luctonians director of rugby Alex Davidson on his side's 37-32 defeat at Huddersfield.

They led 25-10 at half-time and took two points from the match moving them up to ninth in the National Two North table.   

'No roadside tributes' plea by family of nurse killed in crash

The family of a mental health nurse killed in a crash in Worcestershire have asked people not to put up tributes at the side of the road in case they distract other motorists.

Stuart Frost, who was 42 and from Kidderminster, was killed on Monday, 21 March on the A450 in Shenstone, between the Droitwich Island near Black Bridge and the Mustow Green Island.

Stuart Fros
West Mercia Police

He was based at Kidderminster Hospital and was a volunteer with the Severn Area Rescue Association

Cricket: Moeen takes a vital catch in World Twenty20 semi

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali has caught Colin Munro, his former team mate, at third man - Munro was looking dangerous on 46.

Follow the game on the BBC Sport live page.  

Cricket: Moeen takes a wicket in his first over

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali has taken a wicket in his first over in England's semi-final against New Zealand in the World Twenty20 Cup. He got Williamson caught and bowled for 32.

You can follow his progress on the BBC Sport live page.

Latest: Operations cancelled due to high demand at hospital; 'no tributes' plea by crash victim's family; Queen's bicycle birthday card

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Routine operations cancelled after high demand over Easter weekend

- The family of a Kidderminster nurse killed in a car crash have asked for people not to lay floral tributes at the site

- A hand-made birthday card for the Queen created by Herefordshire school children is being delivered by bicycle

Cricket: Moeen hopes for World Twenty20 success

BBC Sport

You can follow how Worcestershire's Moeen Ali gets on with bat and ball in England's semi-final against New Zealand on the BBC Sport live page.

Moeen Ali
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Operations cancelled in Hereford due to high demand

A number of operations had to be cancelled over the Easter weekend at Hereford County Hospital following a surge in the number of patients, the trust running it says.

Wye Valley NHS Trust says nearly 600 people attended A&E between Good Friday to Easter Monday - more than 160 of these had to be admitted.

Hereford County Hospital
Google

We’ve had to postpone a small number of non-urgent operations to ensure that we can continue to provide acute and emergency care, for medical and surgical emergencies. This is part of our standard procedures to manage high demand."

Jon BarnesChief operating officer, Wye Valley NHS Trust

Travel: Train to Kidderminster cancelled

The London Midland train from Dorridge was due to arrive at 15:10.

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Queen's birthday card to be delivered by bike

A hand-made birthday card for the Queen created by Herefordshire school children is to be delivered to Buckingham Palace by bike. 

Will Vaughan from Hereford Pedicabs
BBC

The card, which is almost 2m (7ft) high, will be taken down to London by Will Vaughan from Hereford Pedicabs (pictured).     

Travel: Burst water main in Powick

The repair work could cause delays until Friday. More from BBC Travel.

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NHS spends thousands on one GP visit and 18 phone consultations

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

NHS England says it's going to try to reduce costs after it gave more than £165,000 to a healthcare company in the West Midlands that, over five months, ended up carrying out just one GP visit and 18 phone consultations. 

The NHS says Primecare was given the contract after local GPs - with the exception of those in Herefordshire - weren't interested in providing the service. 

Primecare said it was NHS England's decision to pay the money for the contract up front. 

NHS sign
PA

Our aim is to implement a new, local model of service from 1 April, to reduce our costs."

David WilliamsNHS England

More on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Jail for rugby player who blinded man in one eye during pub brawl

Worcester News

A rugby player with a leading Herefordshire club has been jailed for punching a man in a pub and causing him to lose the sight in one eye.  

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Rugby: Cavaliers game against the Navy cancelled

Worcester Cavaliers have already beaten the Army team 64-0.

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Your pictures: Spring in Priory Park

The park is behind the Malvern Theatres complex, if you want to go along and enjoy the surroundings.

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Cricket: Worcestershire's warm-up game rained off

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire County Cricket Club's scheduled two-day warm-up match against Somerset at Taunton Vale was abandoned yesterday without a ball being bowled.

Worcestershire are next scheduled to be in action tomorrow when they are due to open a three-day match against Oxford Universities in The Parks.

Update: West Mercia called to children's homes more than any other UK force

West Mercia Police say the fact there are so many children's homes in the force area could explain why they have the highest number of call-outs in the UK.

Figures released by the Howard League for Penal Reform found the force had been called out to almost 4,000 incidents at children homes between 2013 and 2015.

It found the force had 118 children's homes in its area - by some margin the highest among those that responded to the FOI.

Police car
BBC

West Mercia saw the equivalent of more than five call-outs a day to homes in 2014-15.  

In a statement the force said each reported incident is "carefully managed on a case-by-case basis".

Your pictures: Spectacular sunset

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This photo was taken in Redditch by BBC Weather Watcher Accylad.

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

Sunset
Accylad

Bulls fans buy more than 12,000 tickets for Wembley

There will be plenty of Hereford FC fans at Wembley for the FA Vase final on 22 May.

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Watch: Why a road safety petition was launched after an accident

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Caroline Slough has been telling me how witnessing an accident that left a man in hospital and a number of farm animals dead inspired her to start a petition calling for a Herefordshire road to be made safer.

Campaigners want the speed limit to be reduced on the A49 near Hereford.

'Public' Great Western Railway poster ruled misleading

A railway operator has been told not to mislead people by suggesting it is publicly owned in its advertising.

A poster produced by Great Western Railway (GWR) stated that "the railway belongs to the region it serves".

Great Western Railway train
Great Western Railway

A GWR spokesman said the firm was "disappointed" by the ruling but apologised if the advert was not clear.  

Video: The mystery of the embroidered chairs

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Staff at a Worcestershire museum are trying to solve a mystery of how two chairs decorated by a famous embroiderer came to be at Hartlebury Castle.  

I've been to meet Alison Brimelow, the chair of the trustees at Hartlebury Castle, which is now a museum, to find out more.

The embroidery, covering two chairs, was made in 1919 by Lady Crew in Ireland, who worked for up to seven hours a day creating new pieces.  

Latest: Safety petition launched after accident; high police call-outs to children's homes; no smoking plan for public parks

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Road safety petition launched after accident

- West Mercia Police called to incidents at children's homes more than any other force in the country

- No smoking plan approved for parks in Malvern  

Travel: Timetable changes for trains between Redditch and Lichfield

The timetable changes, which end today, are part of the Easter improvement works being carried out at a junction near Smethwick.

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No smoking parks plan approved

A plan to ask people not to smoke in seven parks in Malvern has been approved by councillors.

Person smoking a cigarette
PA

Malvern Hills District Council says signs will be put up asking people not to smoke, but a ban won't be enforced.

Harriers shouldn't fear relegation says chief executive

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster Harriers' chief executive Colin Gordon says he's confident relegation would be only a temporary setback for the club.

Colin Gordon
Kidderminster Harriers

Harriers are 12 points from safety with only six games remaining and Gordon admits it's likely they will go down.

But he says the club is in a stronger financial position than it has been for years and fans shouldn't fear relegation.

[Relegation] didn't worry good teams in the past. We are in a very strong position at the moment - this club is in a great position to go forward."

Colin GordonHarriers' chief executive