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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Watch: Showers through the evening but settling overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The heavy and thundery showers will ease through this evening, with clear spells and some patchy cloud overnight. 

Some mist and fog patches are likely to form in rural parts and over hills during the second half of the night with lows of 10C (50F).

Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Recent polls suggest businesses are becoming more evenly split on whether to back so-called Brexit.

Few industries have more at stake than agriculture - but, while the NFU is officially backing the Remain campaign, farmers in the West Midlands are split on what's for the best.

One told me he backed the British government to make its own decisions regarding funding for the industry, while another said he believed food prices would rise if we left the EU.


Poor school buildings 'damaging pupils' health and education'

Judith Burns

Education reporter

Too many British pupils are trying to learn in classrooms which are damaging their health and education, say architects.

And too many teachers are quitting, blaming stressful and overcrowded working conditions, says the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jack Hobhouse

It blames rising pupil numbers and government cuts to capital funding.

England's Department for Education says it will invest £23bn in school buildings over the next five years.

Invictus Games: Local competitor wins gold and silver medals

A former soldier from Hereford has won a gold and a silver medal in the pool at the Invictus Games in Florida this afternoon. 

 Adam Nixon (pictured), who had his leg amputated after he was injured in Iraq, was taking part in the finals of the 50 metre breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle. 

Adam Nixon
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Mark Abel from Worcestershire, who's partially sighted and a former corporal in the Army, finished in the top 20 of his heats in the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. 

Adam is also competing for the UK team in the wheelchair basketball semi finals at the championships in Orlando, Florida tomorrow.  

Latest headlines: Man jailed after admitting sex assaults; ex soldier takes gold and silver medals at Invictus Games

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this evening include:

- A 44-year-old Pershore man has been sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to two sexual assaults last year

- A former soldier from Hereford has won a gold and a silver medal in the pool at the Invictus Games in Florida this afternoon

Heavy rain on the final day in Cardiff meant Glamorgan and Worcestershire had to settle for a draw

Man jailed after admitting Pershore sex assaults

A Pershore man has been sentenced to six years in prison for two sexual assaults and perverting the course of justice. 

West Mercia Police says the incidents took place in the town in April and July last year

Gavin Parmenter, 44, (pictured) who admitted the offences has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Gavin Parmenter, 44
West Mercia Police

Watch: Hereford FC ready for Wembley

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC’s win in the Midland Football League Cup final could boost their chances of winning the FA Vase final at Wembley in a couple of weeks, manager Peter Beadle says.

The Bulls beat Walsall Wood 3-1 in the League Cup showdown on Tuesday and Beadle said it was good to have a meaningful game at this stage or it would have been a three-week gap between their final league match and the Wembley showdown.

The League Cup final success saw Hereford land their third trophy of a memorable debut season - following the demise of the former Hereford United in December 2014.

WW2 veteran honored by French bravery award

A Worcestershire World War Two veteran says it's an "honour" to receive the highest French bravery medal. 

William McGough has been presented with the Legion D'Honneur alongside William Brotherton at Evesham Town Hall (pictured). Both men were soldiers in Normandy on D-Day. 


It means a great deal. It's also a great honor and a great surprise. It seamed a long time after the war.

William McGoughVeteran

Patients 'sent home afraid and with little support'

BBC News Health

NHS patients in England are being sent home from hospital afraid and with little support, an ombudsman report reveals.

The independent arbitrator investigated 211 such complaints in a year.

Science Photo Library

Among them is the case of a 80-year-old woman, repeatedly sent home in a confused state to an empty house, only to be readmitted to hospital when neighbours raised the alarm.

The NHS says the findings will be taken seriously and improvement is under way.

Your photos: River Wye sunset

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Grant Gwyn who took this photo of the River Wye near the Bunch Of Carrots pub.

It's featuring on the cover of the BBC Hereford and Worcester Facebook page. 

River Wye near the Bunch Of Carrots pub.
Grant Gwyn

Share your photos with us, you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.  

Warriors' Betty shortlisted for community player in league

Worcester Warriors' Sam Betty is one of four Aviva Premiership players shortlisted for the league's community player of the season award. 

Worcester Warriors' Sam Betty
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Betty has been nominated for his work as a players' ambassador with the Acorns Children's Hospice - a role he has undertaken for the past two seasons. 

The award will be presented at the Aviva Premiership Awards night in London next week.

M5 southbound delays

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle.

Chances of play looking slim

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

It is now pouring down and we can't see the buildings in the middle of Cardiff, never mind Caerphilly Mountain. 

It's a blow for Worcestershire, who were clearly on top, until the weather intervened yesterday.

After declaring on 456 for 6, they reduced Gloucestershire to 42 for 4.


International and Cider and Perry competition takes place in Hereford

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than 200 entries are battling to be crowned as the top cider and perry in the world in Hereford today.

The annual International and Cider and Perry competition takes place at the city's Cider Museum and entries have come in from across the UK, Finland, and America. 


The judging took place this morning, with the awards ceremony taking place later this afternoon, when the overall champion will be announced.   

Watch: Weather forecast across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Becoming brighter, with scattered thundery showers later

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Cricket: Rain stops play

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Covers are coming back on at Cardiff - yep it's raining again.

Play is due to start at 13:55 at Cardiff providing there is not more rain.

Rain stops play

Weather look ahead: BBC One at 13:30

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's warm and muggy for now but look what's heading our way from the north by the weekend.

See the forecast on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Weather forecast

'Can't wait to get going' says new Harriers' boss

Kidderminster Harriers' new manager John Eustace says it was a case of "right job at the right time" when the Aggborough vacancy was offered to him. 

The midfielder was forced to retire earlier in the season and, while he had planned to get into management, he hadn't expected the chance to come along so soon. 

John Eustace
Getty Images

It's not something I was thinking about doing going into management this early but the opportunity came up. I retired four / five weeks ago. It ticked all the boxes for me and I can't wait to get going."

John EustaceKidderminster Harriers' manager

Australia to make cricket helmets compulsory following the death of Hughes

After the death of the former Worcestershire batsman Phillip Hughes, cricket authorities in Australia are to make it compulsory for players to wear helmets.

Worcestershire batsman, Phillip Hughes
Getty Images

Hughes was struck by a ball on the base of the skull even though he was wearing a helmet.

Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell signs a new deal at Sixways

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors' England international full back Chris Pennell has signed a new contract with the Sixways club.

Chris Pennell

The 29-year-old started all 22 Aviva Premiership matches for Warriors this season, topping the league stats for metres gained while was second in the list of carries. Pennell said: “I feel incredibly lucky and proud to extend my career here at Worcester. I’m looking forward to doing my bit in shaping a successful future and I’m excited about the challenges ahead."

Council defends selling land in Malvern

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Councillors in Malvern Hills have questioned the sale of two houses in the town, claiming it risks reputational damage and not securing the best price for the taxpayer. 

Last night the District Council agreed to sell off council land on Priory Road in Malvern to a sole bidder, rather than putting the land on the open market. 

The council says the practice is "common" when there's a "very good offer" on the table. Questions were raised as to why an offer for the properties was being accepted that was far lower than one valuation carried out on them.

BBC Hereford & Worcester understands the unnamed developer is offering around £50,000 less than one valuation on the land

Cricket: Weather disrupts Worcestershire Championship game

After getting themselves into a great position in their Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan, Worcestershire's players were left frustrated by the weather in Cardiff yesterday.

Heavy and persistent rain meant not a ball was bowled and so Glamorgan will resume their first innings on today's final day on 42 for 4 - that in reply to Worcestershire's 456 for 6 declared. 


There will be commentary on today's final day's play on 738 AM and online.

Hereford FC win Midland Football League Cup Final

Hereford FC made it three trophies so far this season when they won the Midland Football League Cup Final last night. 

Goals from Mike Symons, Ross Staley and Mustapha Bundu helped the Bulls from a goal down to beat Walsall Wood 3-1 at Solihull.

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Herefordshire castle goes up for sale

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire has been put up for sale. 

Wigmore Castle

The Grade I listed building comes complete with a moat, a jousting field and orchards. 

But whomever buys the building probably won't be moving in - as the 1100-year-old castle is largely a ruin.

Warning of 'torrential' rain

Just in case you were in any doubt what the day had in store, the Environment Agency's Dave Throup has tweeted this map.

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Council land 'fails to secure the best value', says opposition

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The sale of council land close to the centre of Malvern has been called into question by councillors.

At a meeting last night, there were claims Malvern Hills District Council had failed to secure the best value possible for the taxpayer.

Priory Road, Malvern

A short walk from the town centre, 10 and 12 Priory Road are described by opposition councillors as being in a "prime location in the heart of the town". 

Given this belief, questions were raised at a council meeting last night as to why they'd not been put on the open market, and why instead the council had agreed to sell them to a single bidder. 

Latest: Councillors question sale of land in Malvern; Kidderminster job 'came at right time'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire include: 

- The sale of council land close to the centre of Malvern has been called into question by opposition councillors

- Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire has been put up for sale

- Kidderminster Harriers' new manager John Eustace says it was a case of 'right job at the right time' when the Aggborough vacancy was offered to him

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A misty and murky start to the day for all. It will remain largely cloudy with scattered showers throughout the day, turning heavy and thundery at times. 

Some brighter spells may develop later. Feeling humid with a north-easterly breeze with highs of 17C (63F).

Delays on the roads

BBC Travel

- There's slow traffic on the A448 in Chaddesley Corbett between the Dobes Lane junction and the Harvington Hall Lane junction

- There are delays on A465 Belmont Road inbound in Hereford between the Hunderton Road junction and Belmont Roundabout due to roadworks

For the latest delays visit BBC Travel.

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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