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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Watch: Foreign criminals targeted by region's police

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Police officers from across Europe are in the Midlands this week, as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals.

Operation Trivium involves teams from Holland, Romania and Lithuania, helping to track people with criminal records.

I'll have more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Council considers joining West Midlands 'super authority'

Bromsgrove District Council is to look again at whether it should join the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Last year the Council decided not to join as it was early days for the project and there wasn’t enough information about the "devolution deal" and voting powers.

Bromsgrove District Council offices

The council says a meeting with Lord Heseltine in April over a potential devolution deal showed "significant powers and funding will be devolved to the West Midlands Combined Authority":

Given all this we have another opportunity to consider joining and I believe the Council needs to consider our position so that we don’t potentially miss out.”

Margaret SherreyCouncil leader

Worcester welcomes new mayor

Paul Denham has now officially donned the robes and chain of office.

View more on twitter

Watch: Weather for the Herefordshire and Worcester

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The rain will ease eastwards through the evening to leave a breezy, mild and mainly dry night. 

There will be variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells too. Lows of 12C ( 54F). Forecast from BBC Weather.

Two new speed enforcement sites for Worcestershire

Two new mobile speed enforcement sites are being launched in South Worcestershire next week by the Safer Roads Partnership.

The new sites are at Shinehall Lane in South Littleton and Bretforton Road, Badsey

Speed camera

Data collected by the partnership showed many drivers were execeeding speed limit: 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 43mph (69kmh) and seven out of ten drivers are exceeding the 30mph (49kmh) posted speed limit.  

Data collected has highlighted unacceptably high speeds and local people are understandably concerned as each of the roads are near residential areas."

Anna HigginsSafer Roads Partnership

Council 'frustrated' over year-long legal struggle to move travellers

Council leaders today expressed their frustration over "complex legal processes" surrounding their year-long struggle to move a traveller encampment on Stourport Leisure Centre car park. 

Wyre Forest District Council said it is "desperate" to complete all necessary legalities caused by "complex housing issues" relating to the encampment and to remove it from the car park.

The "six or seven" travellers' vehicles moved on to the car park in June last year, the council said.

I would like to reassure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to solve the situation as soon as possible."

Marcus HartCouncil leader

Latest: Bulls fined £50 for crowd trouble; council 'frustration' over traveller camp; historic church clock moved

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Hereford FC given token £50 fine by FA after crowd trouble

- Council expresses "frustration" over year-long battle to move traveller camp

- Church clock face moved for the fist time in 60 years

Timetable for Queen's birthday celebrations

Nice of Malvern Hills District Council to let people know what's going on in Worcester on 11 June.

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Watch: Sponsorship and hospitality 'on the up' at racecourse

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Racecourse's executive director, Jenny Cheshire, told me the track is  "very much on the up" as they prepare for their second meeting of the summer today. 

The first of eight races will be at 14:10.

CCTV footage release after football assault

CCTV footage of an alleged assault at a game between Redditch United v Leamington FC on Wednesday 27 April, has been released by the police.

West Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses and the victim of an assault to come forward.

CCTV still
West Mercia Police

Your pictures: Sunny day in Severn Stoke

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This picture comes from BBC Weather Watcher "J at Severn Ridge".

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

View from Severn Stoke
J at Severn Ridge

Bulls fined and warned over crowd trouble

Hereford FC have been fined £50 by the FA, according to the club's blog, following crowd disturbances during the Midland Football League fixture at Alvechurch on Thursday 7 April - the home side were fined £75. 

At the end of a three-hour hearing both clubs were found guilty, fined and also warned as to the future conduct of supporters.

Latest: Bulls fined over crowd trouble; blood donor appeal; Bard Bottom's donkey muse

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Token fine of £50 for Hereford FC after crowd trouble

- Woman who needed 37 pints of blood after giving birth backs campaign for more donors

- Amateur actor chosen to play Bottom with the Royal Shakespeare Company seeks inspiration at a donkey sanctuary

New sponsorship deal for Warriors

Worcester Warriors have also announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with a recycling company based in Worcester.

Blackpole Recycling will feature on the sleeve of home and away shirts for the next three years.

Leyton Williams, from the club, said the firm would also he helping to recycle "97% of the waste at Sixways".

Hougaard named in Aviva Premiership Dream Team

Warriors' scrum-half Francois Hougaard has been named in this season's 2015-16 Aviva Premiership Rugby Dream Team.

Francois Hougaard
Getty Images

Hougaard arrived at Sixways in February and inspired Warriors to produce their best form of the season as they recorded five wins in his first six games - a run which included a club-record four consecutive Aviva Premiership victories. 

Police offer 'stop and search' ride along

Members of the public are being offered the chance to "ride long" with West Mercia Police officers on patrol.

It's part of a Home Office requirement for forces to offer the public to see how "stop and search" powers are being used.

Police car

Police say there is no guarantee people will see a "stop and search" operation, but they will be able to witness "many other policing activities and procedures, along with getting to know a police officer".

The Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme is open to anyone over 16.

Travel: Traffic lights to stay on London Road, Worcester

There will be more investigations into the gas leak, so the lights will stay in place over the weekend.

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Watch: Rhino calf meets other safari park animals

A baby rhino, born on Good Friday at the West Midlands Safari Park near Bewdley, Worcestershire, has been meeting some of the other animals he will be sharing the park with.  

Coming up on TV: Police launch joint op with European forces

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Police officers from across Europe are in the Midlands this week as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals. 

Operation Trivium involves teams from Holland, Romania and Lithuania helping to track people with criminal records.

Find out more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Police at work

Watch: Afternoon weather for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase into the afternoon from the west with outbreaks of rain reaching all parts by the evening. Highs of 18C (64F). More from BBC Weather.

Kidderminster Shuttle front page: Last plea to save GP unit at Kidderminster Hospital

Kidderminster Shuttle

A Kidderminster councillor has made a last ditch attempt to save the doomed GP unit at the town’s hospital after presenting health bosses with a petition signed by thousands of residents.

Kidderminster Shuttle front page
Kidderminster Shuttle

Overhead wire problem causing train delays

BBC Travel

There's disruption on rail services through Birmingham New Street after an "object" got entangled in overhead wires near Longbridge.

Buses are running between Longbridge and Redditch to replace any cancelled trains, Network Rail reports.

CrossCountry and Cross City routes are affected.

Disruption between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Cheltenham Spa expected until 13:30 #Longbridge

Latest: Donor appeal from transfusion woman; Bulls fined over crowd trouble; Shakespeare and the donkey sacntuary

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A woman who needed nearly 37 pints of blood after giving birth at the Worcestershire Royal is taking part in a national campaign to try to encourage more donors

 - Hereford FC have been fined by the FA following crowd disturbances during the Midland Football League fixture at Alvechurch  

- Amateur actor chosen to play with the Royal Shakespeare Company gets inspiration at donkey sanctuary

Weather: Rain heading in from the west

Looking at the Met Office radar picture it should stay dry over lunchtime.

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Worcester News front page: Stadium bid in tatters?

Worcester News

Worcester City FC's hopes of a stadium at Perdiswell could lie in tatters - after the council's new Labour leadership agreed a Green Party demand to hunt for another site.  

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Watch: The Hereford cider vat named after Wembley

Julie Tyler

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to see a massive cider vat at Weston's Cider that is called Wembley - a former chairman of Hereford United called it that because he thought it would be the closest the club would ever get to being there.

He was wrong - the phoenix club Hereford FC are playing at the national stadium on Sunday in the FA Vase final - full coverage on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Travel: Power line problems stop Redditch trains

An object in the overhead power cables means all Cross City trains to and from at Redditch will stop at Birmingham New Street. London Midland has arranged a rail replacement service between Longbridge and Redditch.

View more on twitter

Watch: Potholes and school budgets discussion

You can watch a live webcast as Worcestershire County Council's cabinet discusses its budget.

On the agenda is spending on pothole repairs and school improvements.

Worcestershire County Council webcast
Worcestershire County Council

Watch: Wembley final 'greatest moment of my career'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC’s experienced defender, Ryan Green, says the side’s appearance in the FA Vase final at Wembley will be the greatest moment of his career.   

Green scored the winning goal for the former Hereford United when they beat Halifax Town in the Conference play-off final at the then Walker’s Stadium in Leicester in 2009. 

But he says playing at Wembley on Sunday will be the pinnacle of a career that has also included winning an international cap for Wales. 

Latest: Transfusion mum appeals front donor appeal; sound therapy for dementia; Bard actor seeks inspiration from donkeys

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Mother who lost 37 pints of blood giving birth in a Worcestershire hospital joins an appeal for more donors

- Pioneering sound therapy tried out on dementia patients in Worcester

- Kidderminster actor prepares for RSC role at donkey sanctuary

Watch: Bottom actor's donkey inspiration

BBC Midlands Today

An amateur actor from Kidderminster who landed a dream role with the Royal Shakespeare Company prepared for the part with a visit to a donkey sanctuary in Birmingham.

Chris Clarke, from The Nonentities theatre group, played Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RSC, in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sound therapy helps dementia patients

A study into the calming effects of sound therapy on dementia patients has been piloted at a care home in Worcester. 

Lenni Sykes led the project at Stanfield Nursing Home in Rushwick after noticing how her own mother - who has advanced dementia- responded well to the chime like sounds of an instrument called a Freenotes Wing

Freenotes Wing

Withing a minute or two her facial expression would start to relax and you could see she was being taken out of the anxiety state - I know that when I come in and I play some sounds there's going to be a benefit at the end of it and that's helpful for both of us."

Lenni Sykes

Woman who needed massive transfusion after giving birth appeals for more donors

A woman who needed nearly 37 pints of blood after giving birth at the Worcestershire Royal is taking part in a national campaign to try to encourage more donors. 

Natasha Pollock, 34, from Stratford (pictured with BBC Hereford & Worcester's Malcolm Boyden), almost died when she had Oliver on Christmas day.

Natasha Pollock

A virtual reality app will show donors the impact of giving Natasha blood on a giant screen outside New Street Station in Birmingham.

Cricket: Worcestershire v Sussex ends in a draw

BBC Sport

Sussex pulled off an unlikely escape at New Road as they and Worcestershire each shared a fifth County Championship Division Two draw of the season.  

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor made two half-centuries for the visitors.

You can read a full match report from BBC Sport.

Ross Taylor
Getty Images