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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
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Kidderminster's Comberton Hill bridge gets a facelift

Comberton Hill bridge in Kidderminster has been given a makeover at a cost of £2,000.

Councillors and workers in front of Comberton Hill Bridge
Wyre Forest District Council

Workers stripped back the painted mural which had been there since the 1990s and repainted it in black and silver to match the rest of the town's street furniture.  

The bridge could be further decorated in the future to make it unique to the town."

Frank OborskiWyre Forest District Councillor

Regional struggle to recruit teachers

Primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands spent more than £160 per pupil on supply staff last year, it has emerged.

Analysis by BBC News shows the equivalent of £168 was spent on each child in order to hire in extra staff to cover vacancies and absences.

Teachers unions say the amount of money spent reflects a "serious teacher recruitment and retention crisis".

The government said the number of quality teachers was at a record high.

250 new workers to be recruited at Worcestershire County Council - and "several hundred" job losses

Evesham Journal

The leader of Worcestershire County Council says 250 new workers will be recruited over the next year, offsetting "several hundred" expected job losses.

Councillor Simon Geraghty says he is anxious to make County Hall an attractive place for new talent, insisting it is not doom and gloom.

Latest: Man appears in court on attempted murder charge; Malvern school offers free places to refugees; former Villa striker is new Redditch United boss

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The headlines this evening:

-  A 20-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of attempted murder following a stabbing at the weekend.  

- Abbey College in Malvern has offered to help unaccompanied child refugees resettle in the two counties, by offering five full-time boarding places 

- Redditch United have appointed the former Aston Villa and Walsall striker Darren Byfield as their new manager.

VIDEO: Is this Worcester's kindest police officer?

Worcester News

An act of kindness by a police officer has been filmed by a shopper moved by his actions.

Jamie Knight spotted the policeman helping a lost blind man in Worcester city centre.

Malvern school offers free places to refugee children

A Malvern boarding school is offering free places to refugee children who are resettled locally. 

Abbey College
Abbey College

Abbey College made the offer after David Cameron announced last week that the UK is to take unaccompanied child refugees.

The school is offering free GCSE or 'A' Level courses to five children, and 15 places at its summer school. 

Our speciality is taking overseas students and making sure they integrate into the community. We just felt we should do our little bit to help."

Hekmat KavehCollege Director

BBC to close websites as part of £15m savings

BBC News England

The BBC has announced plans to close a number of websites including BBC Food and Newsbeat in a bid to save £15m.

Proposals, subject to approval, also include ending local news index web pages, offering instead an open stream on the rolling Local Live service.

The announcement today follows the publication of the government's White Paper on the future of the BBC last week.    

Man filmed taking animal food and toys from animal charity

A man has been captured on CCTV images taking bags of animal food and toys, all donated by members of the public, after breaking into charity premises.

The man entered a compound at Wythall Animal Sanctuary in Kings Norton, just after 18:30 BST on Sunday.

Man filmed taking animal food and toys from an animal charity

He climbed over the fence of the Middle Lane property and broke the locks in broad daylight, said charity manager Alison Moore.

The thief escaped with his goods in a red Volkswagen Up, said West Mercia Police who are appealing for witnesses.

Redditch man charged with arson after wholesale market fire

BBC News England

A man from Redditch has been charged with arson with reckless intent to endanger life after a fire at a wholesale market last summer. 

burnt out Digbeth market
Michael Scott

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A 20-year-old man appears in court on attempted murder charge

 A 20-year-old man from Hereford has appeared in court on a charge of attempted murder. 

Cusop Close
BBC

Thomas Newman, aged 20, from Cusop Close, is accused of stabbing a man in his fifties on Sunday night. 

Mr Newman, who also faces two counts of threatening a person with an offensive weapon, was remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court next month.

Latest: Man in stable condition after Hereford stabbing; Malvern school offers free places to refugee children; memorial to be unveiled for slain charity worker

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The headlines this afternoon

- A 51-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was stabbed in his car in Newton Farm in Hereford

- Abbey College in Malvern is offering free places for any child refugees settled locally, after David Cameron agreed to take in more unaccompanied children

- A permanent memorial to Alan Henning, the British man who was killed in Syria while working for a Worcester-based aid charity, is to be unveiled in his home town later today.

Worcestershire dad treks 20,000 miles in memory of his daughter

A Worcestershire dad is trekking 20,000 miles across land and desert with his dog to raise awareness of the rare brain cancer which killed his 10-year-old daughter. 

Mark and Kira
Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe and his canine companion Dexter will set off from their Shrawley home on 25 May 2016 at 2.55am - the day and precise time his daughter Kira lost her fight against Glioblastoma Multiform disease four years ago.

He expects to take three months to drive a pick-up truck from the UK to the Sea of Japan and back.

Malvern water features Malvhina and Enigma Fountain on Belle Vue Terrace to be switched off as leak problems are tackled

Worcester News

Two water features in the centre of Great Malvern are to be switched off for repairs - with vandalism suspected in one case.

Malvern Hills District Council has decided to turn off the Malvhina and Enigma fountains on Belle Vue island, to allow for tests and repairs to be made.

Rugby union: Warriors to play pre-season match in Munster

Worcester Warriors have confirmed they are to play a pre-season game at Munster's Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday, 26 August.

Simon Zebo scores for Munster
Empics
Warriors' Dean Ryan says this is just the sort of pre-season test his side needs

The fixture will give the likes of Ben Te’o and Jackson Willison an opportunity to pull on the Warriors jersey before the Aviva Premiership season gets underway in September.

It will also give Warriors' Donncha O’Callaghan an opportunity to return to the club for whom he played for the best part of two decades.

Controversial plans by Bilfinger GVA to build 2,800 homes submitted to Bromsgrove and Redditch councils

Bromsgrove Advertiser

A real estate company has submitted an application to Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Council to build 2,800 homes on green belt land.

The 336-acre site, near to Redditch town centre and adjacent to the suburb of Webheath, is currently in agricultural use.

Football: Redditch appoint ex-Villa star Darren Byfield as manager

Redditch United have confirmed the former Aston Villa and Walsall striker Darren Byfield has been appointed the club's new manager.

Darren Byfield
Empics

The 39-year-old takes over from Liam McDonald who guided the Reds to runners-up spot in the Southern League Premier Division last season before opting to move to Hednesford Town.

Byfield, who was player-coach at Solihull Moors last season - has appointed the former Redditch striker Kyle Patterson as his assistant manager.

Your pictures: It's one to get doe-eyed over

Thank you to Allan Williams from Hereford for sending this picture of deer grazing at Moccas Park.

Moccas Park
Allan Williams

Worcester drugs dealer jailed

Malvern Gazette

A Worcester man who claimed he was intimidated into selling drugs by a dealer who took away his house keys and threatened to stab him has been jailed.

Herefordshire stroke survivor calls for more support

A stroke survivor from Herefordshire says he could have made a better recovery if he'd had more support from the NHS when he left hospital. 

Richard Wood from Kington, who had a stroke 10 years ago, is backing a campaign by the Stroke Association to make aftercare a priority for the NHS. 

I went off the radar (after I left hospital). They got me too late I think. I lost everything down my left side."

Richard Woodstroke survivor

Latest: Man in court over attempted murder; Redditch man charged with arson; Jess Varnish has hopes of getting to Rio

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The headlines this lunchtime

- A 20-year-old man from Hereford in court charged with attempted murder

 - A man from Redditch has been charged with arson with reckless intent to endanger life, after a fire at a wholesale market last summer. 

- The Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish says she hopes to regain her place on the Great Britain cycling team for the 2016 Olympic Games

Flytipping in Herefordshire

Police have tweeted a pic of this eyesore on the side of the road near Ledbury. 

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Man burgles Wythall Animal Sanctuary on Middle Lane

Bromsgrove Advertiser

The police are on the hunt for a man who burgled Wythall Animal Sanctuary on Middle Lane at the weekend.

A man entered the compound near to Kings Norton and stole a large amount of animal food and toys, which had been donated by the public.

Pershore: UK's hottest location yesterday

Here's news from the Met Office. Pershore in Worcestershire was the hottest place in the UK yesterday, reaching highs of 19.4 C.

Motorcyclist crashes with bin lorry in Broad Oak

Hereford Times

A motorcyclist sustained broken ribs after crashing with a bin lorry.

The crash took place outside Broad Oak Garage in Broad Oak, south of Herefordshire yesterday afternoon.

TRAVEL: Worcester - gas leak repairs lead to temporary traffic lights

Here's the county council with info:

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Bonfire burn man 'grateful to be alive'

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Worcestershire councillor given a 50% chance of survival after being severely burned in a bonfire accident says he is "grateful" to be alive.

Tom Wells
Worcestershire County Council

Tom Wells, who represents the Powick area, says it was fortunate he turned his face away just before the explosion. 

Mr Wells was placed in an induced coma and underwent several skin-graft operations after the accident last month.  

Tom Wells

Bonfire burn man 'grateful to be alive'

A Worcestershire councillor given a 50% chance of survival after being severely burned in a bonfire accident says he is "grateful" to be alive.

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TRAVEL: A46 reopens at Evesham

BBC Travel

The A46 has now reopened at the Evesham bypass after a hay lorry spilled its load on the carriageway. 

Neighbour helps elderly man from burning house in Green Lane, Malvern Wells

Worcester News

An elderly man was helped from his burning home by a neighbour in Malvern Wells this morning. 

Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish still has hopes of going to Rio

Joe Baldwin

News Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Bromsgrove Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish has told the BBC she hopes to regain her place on the Great Britain cycling team for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Jess Varnish
BBC

She was dropped from the team in April 2016 after missing out on qualification for the games.

British Cycling said Varnish had not made the necessary gains in performance since 2012 compared to riders in the rest of the world. 

The-25-year-old missed out on a medal at the London Olympics after she and Victoria Pendleton were disqualified in the semi-final.

TRAVEL: A46 closed southband at Evesham

BBC Travel

The A46 is closed southbound on the Evesham bypass, between the B4035 Badsey roundabout and the A44 Broadway roundabout,  while the police deal with an overturned hay lorry.

Latest: Man due in court on attempted murder charge; Jess Varnish has hopes of getting to Rio; hospitals told to investigate stillbirths

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The headlines this morning:

- A 20-year-old man is due in court charged with attempted murder, after a man in his 50s was stabbed in his car in Hereford

- The Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish says she hopes to regain her place on the Great Britain cycling team for the 2016 Olympic Games

- Acute Hospital Trusts in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been told to investigate the number of deaths of stillborn and month-old babies, as rates are considered above average

Hospitals in Herefordshire and Worcestershire told to investigate high rates of stillborn babies

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Acute Hospital Trusts in Herefordshire & Worcestershire are among those being told to investigate the number of deaths of stillborn or month-old babies. 

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

Experts behind a major study into Britain's high stillbirth rate found that many parts of the UK still have death rates that are too high and that hospitals should carry out thorough reviews of each case. 

Academics from the University of Leicester found that both Wye Valley and Worcestershire Acute NHS Trusts had slightly higher mortality rates than other trusts of similar sizes.   

Watch: Bulls not focussing on Morpeth ahead of final

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC’s manager, Pete Beadle, says he won’t be focusing too much on opponents Morpeth Town ahead of the FA Vase final on Sunday, 22 May.

"We can't worry too much about the opposition all the time," he said.

"You can do report after report after report, but on the day, when the boys cross the white line, it's entirely up to them."

Man due to appear in court on charge of attempted murder

Julie Tyler

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man is due to appear in court in Hereford this morning charged with attempted murder.

Cusop Close
BBC

It's after a man in his 50s was taken to hospital after being stabbed in his car in Cusop Close in the city on Sunday. 

In addition to attempted murder, Thomas Newman, aged 20, of Cusop Close, has been charged with two counts of threatening a person with an offensive weapon.

Your pictures: Blue skies behind the cathedral

BBC Weather Watchers

One of the BBC Weather Watchers, Mikesnapper, took this photograph of blue skies behind Worcester Cathedral.

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

Worcester Cathedral
Mikesnapper

Rural police 'sitting ducks' in UK terror attack

Police officers in rural areas fear they would be "sitting ducks" in the event of a terrorist gun attack in the UK, a Police Federation chairman says.

A national shortage of armed officers could leave police in isolated areas "unarmed and vulnerable", John Apter, head of the Hampshire branch warned.

Figures revealed the number of firearms officers in England and Wales last year fell to its lowest level since 1987.

Home Secretary Theresa May will address the Police Federation conference later.

Weather: Another bright start

Here's the latest:

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Latest: Stroke survivors 'abandoned' by NHS; cost of supply teachers per pupil revealed; council rulers chosen tonight

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The headlines this morning:

- Stroke survivors have told BBC Hereford and Worcester they feel they've been abandoned by the NHS 

- It's been revealed that schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are spending hundreds of pounds per pupil on supply teachers

- A decision is expected tonight over who will run Worcester City Council for the next two years