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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Your pictures: Bramble wishes the Bulls good luck

Even the smallest of bulls can support Hereford FC in the FA Vase final on Sunday.

You can hear full coverage of the build up and the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 12:00.  

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Watch: Weekend weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Cloudy tonight with outbreaks of rain spreading north-eastwards across all parts overnight, Breezy too, especially in the south, with the heaviest rain expected over higher ground and in the west.  Lows of 12C ( 54F). Full forecast from BBC Weather.

Baby kidnap case: Victim statement read in court

A victim's statement was read out in Derby Youth Court as two teenage girls, one from Worcestershire, were each sentenced to 12 months' youth detention for conspiracy to kidnap babies in September last year.

The court heard how the anonymous victim can no longer "trust people and don't like being home alone".

"I cried all the time and it ruined my experience of having a young baby."

Victim statement

T20 Blast: Worcestershire 35-1

That didn't take long.

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell is out lbw for just five.

That leaves Worcestershire 25-1 in their T20 Blast match against Durham. Follow all the action online.

Daryl Mitchell
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Cancer 'all clear' for Worcestershire cricketer

Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell has been given the all-clear in his battle against cancer, according to the club.   

Tom Fell
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The batsman has undergone three bouts of chemotherapy for cancer in the lymph nodes during the past two months.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club says a scan yesterday revealed positive news for the 22-year-old who was the county's leading run-scorer in the County Championship last summer.    

Obviously he has to have his check-ups but it is great news and we are looking forward to having him back with us and scoring plenty of runs which is what he does."

Steve RhodesWorcestershire's director of cricket

Watch: Teens detained over baby kidnap plot

Two teenage girls, one from Worcestershire, have been locked up for using Facebook to try to kidnap three babies.

Det Sgt Duncan Gouck, from Derbyshire Police, says the case highlights the dangers of social media. 

Live commentary: Worcestershire Rapids v Durham Jets

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcestershire's Twenty20 campaign gets under way with a home match against Durham.

The visitors have won the toss and elected to field.

BBC Hereford & Worcester will have commentary on that match online and on 738 AM - the game starts in a few minutes.

Council faces finding an extra £700,000 for new leisure centre

The costs of the new leisure centre in Bromsgrove could rise by as much as £700,000 due to "unexpected challenges" on the site, the council has said.

Bromsgrove District Council has already set aside £11.5m to build the facility on the existing Dolphin Centre site.

Dolphin Centre, Bromsgrove
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The council says its contractors have warned that after nearby trees were removed, and ground survey undertaken, more "remedial works were identified than originally identified".

There have also been changes to the design of the car park, due to the gradient and materials of the site, which will now be split over two levels increasing the costs, a spokesman said.

Latest: baby kidnap victim 'unable to trust people'; night-flying base for air ambulance; cricketer gets cancer all clear;

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Two teenagers detained after baby kidnap plot which left victim "unable to trust people"

- Night-flying base for air ambulance to be set up in Herefordshire

- Worcestershire cricketer given cancer all clear

Darren Barry sign new contract with Warriors

Warriors' lock Darren Barry has signed a new deal to remain at Sixways.  

The forward joined from Cornish Pirates in 2015, and has made 19 appearances since his debut in the win over Northampton Saints on the opening day of the season.

Darren Barry
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Watch: The economic benefits of Bulls' success

BBC Midlands Today

The on-field success of phoenix club Hereford FC has had knock-on benefits for the local economy.

Night landing site for air ambulance in Herefordshire

Midlands Air Ambulance is setting up a temporary helipad at Shobdon in Herefordshire, manned by volunteers, to allow the service to carry out more emergency flights after dark.

Community volunteers are being recruited to turn on lights which will help guide the helicopter's pilot.

Watch: Ronaldo the bull see Bulls off to Wembley

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I was on hand to see Hereford FC off to Wembley for their FA Vase final on Sunday - more importantly so was Ronaldo the bull, the Bulls' mascot. He'll be paraded around the pitch before kick-off.

I'll also be at Wembley to bring the very best coverage hear of the FA Vase final - join me from 12:00.

Watch: Historic clock face moved for the first time in 60 years

Francesca Osborne

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to watch as a church clock face in Worcester has been removed today for the first time in over 60 years, to allow a repair project costing £150,000 to start.

The 1903 timepiece at St George's Church has stood still for over a year - parishioners raised the money in less than a year.

Latest: Teens jailed over baby plot; drug dealer appeals Thai jail term; open-top bus parade for Bulls

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Two teenage girls, one from Worcestershire, have each been sentenced to a year's detention after attempting to kidnap a baby

- A former soldier from Bromsgrove who was caught dealing drugs in Thailand is to appeal his 50-year prison sentence

- Open-top bus parade for Hereford FC whatever the result of Sunday's FA Vase final

Watch: Bulls' flag flies over Hereford Cathedral

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I went along to see the Hereford FC flag being raised at the top of the tower of the city's cathedral.

I'll also be at Wembley to bring the very best coverage hear of the FA Vase final - join me from 12:00.

Weather: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Skies will tend to cloud over during the afternoon, with rain arriving from the south west later.  Highs of 16C (61F). Full forecast from BBC Weather.

Baby kidnap plotter 'faked pregnancy'

Cody Farrar, 17, from Worcestershire, posed as a social worker in September 2015 to try and fool a young mother to hand over her baby, the court heard.

The jury heard the young mum became suspicious when she saw Farrar holding the baby's head incorrectly

Derbyshire Police believe her friend Holly Kelland, 18, intended to pass the baby off as her own and had faked a pregnancy.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe was told Kelland has devised the "detailed" plot and had recruited "misguided" murder mystery actress Farrar to help her carry it out.

BreakingTeenagers sentenced to year's detention over baby kidnap plot

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Two teenagers, one of whom is from Worcestershire, have been sentenced to 12 months detention each, after admitting conspiring to kidnap three babies.

The girls were arrested after the mother of a baby in Derby told police a young woman had been to her house claiming to be a social worker and that she needed to take the baby away for a medical check.

Fortunately the mother became suspicious and refused.

An investigation revealed the pair had tried to kidnap two other babies in the same month.

The pair pleaded guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing at Derby Youth Court.

Watch: Final is 'one of the best days of my life'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC’s striker Mike Symons says to score in the FA Vase final would top off what is going to be one of the best days of his life.

Symons joined the Bulls from Vanarama North club Gloucester City earlier in the season and says the move was the best decision of his career.

He has scored 24 goals in 35 appearances since moving to Edgar Street and is one of four Hereford players to have netted more than 20 goals this season.

Your picture: Well dressing at cathedral

Saint Ethelbert is one of Hereford Cathedral's two patron saints - the other is Saint Mary the Virgin.

Ethelbert was an 7th Century King of East Anglia.

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Moeen 'fails to trouble the scorers' in first test

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali lasted only eight balls as he recorded a duck in England's first innings in the First test against Sri Lanka.

You can follow the game on the BBC Sport live page.

Moeen Ali
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Convicted drug dealer appeals Thai jail sentence

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A former solider from Bromsgrove is appealing his 50-year prison sentence in Thailand after he was caught dealing drugs. 

Lance Whitmore's case will be heard on 6 September. 

The 27-year-old's lawyer says they are appealing his original sentence.

Latest: Drug dealer appeal Thai jail term; police apologise for not responding to 999; Bulls' open top bus tour

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A former solider from Bromsgrove is appealing his 50-year prison sentence in Thailand after he was caught dealing drugs

- West Mercia Police have apologised to a Worcestershire photographer for not responding to his 999 call when he saw thieves breaking into his business

- An open-top bus parade will go through Hereford city centre on Monday afternoon - to celebrate the city football team's season

Bulls announce route for open top bus parade

The route of the open-top bus parade for Monday's celebration of Hereford FC's promotion-winning season has been announced.

Hopefully they'll also have the FA Vase to show off as well.

The bus will leave Widemarsh Gate at 12:00 and travel up Widemarsh Street, turning left through High Town and stopping at the Old House (pictured) for a team photograph.

The parade will conclude on St Owen Street at 13:00. 

The Old House Hereford
BBC

We would like to thank our incredible supporters who have turned out fantastically throughout the season. We are grateful to Herefordshire Council for providing this opportunity."

Jon HaleHereford FC chairman

Listener wins Eddie the Eagle's van

Malcolm Boyden

Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here's a great tale - I interviewed the organiser of a competition to win Eddie the Eagle's van, the one he used when he competing in the Winter Olympics.

I thought no more about it until listener Kath Cox from Ewyas Harold contacted me to say she'd won it - here's a picture.

Eddie the Eagle's van
Free Car Mag

She only entered the competition after she heard the interview with the organiser - good things happen to people who listen to my show.

City of Culture: Why Hereford wants to shake off its apple orchard image

The BBC Magazine takes a look at whether Hereford has what it takes to become the 2021 City of Culture.

Hereford
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Your pictures: Bulls flag atop Hereford cathedral

The Hereford FC flag is proudly flying from the top of Hereford Cathedral ahead of Sunday's FA Vase final.

You can hear full coverage of the build up and the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 12:00.

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Your pictures: Blue sky and clouds

This shot of the skies above Redditch was sent in yesterday by BBC Weather Watcher The Raccoons.

Send me your photos and I will feature them on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Clouds over Redditch
The Raccoons

Watch: Ronaldo's ready for Wembley

BBC Midlands Today

Hereford FC's mascot, a bull called Ronaldo, is ready for an appearance at Wembley stadium on Sunday, 22 March.

Hereford Cathedral to fly the Bulls flag

Hereford cathedral will by flying the Hereford FC flag from its tower this weekend to show support for the Bulls ahead of the FA Vase Final at Wembley on Sunday.

You can hear full coverage of the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Hereford Cathedral
PA

We feel honoured to have been asked by officials at the cathedral – to see our flag flown from such a beautiful, historic building will be another very special moment."

Jon HaleHereford FC chairman

I hope that this may be a prelude for continuing partnership between cathedral and club. Having the flag flying over the cathedral will say important things about this partnership."

Very Reverend Michael Tavinor

Historic clock face moved as part of £15,000 repair

Francesca Osborne

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to watch as a church clock face in Worcester has been removed today for the first time in over 60 years.

The 1903 timepiece at St George's Church has stood still for over a year and needed repairing.

St George's Church, Worcester
BBC

The parishioners managed to raise £15,000 in only 10 months to get it fixed.

Latest: Apology after police 'too busy' for break-in; 1903 clock face moved; Brazilian Bulls fan's pilgrimage

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Police apologise after business owner forced to watch break-on on CCTV after being told officers were "too busy"

- Historic church clock face moved for the first time in 60 years

- A Hereford FC fan has travelled from Brazil to watch his team as they take on Morpeth in the FA Vase final

Brazilian Bulls fan tavels 5,000 miles for final

One Hereford FC fan has travelled over 5,000 miles (8,000km) to watch the Bulls as they take on Morpeth in the FA Vase Final this weekend. 

Andrew Prosser, who's 50, grew up in Hereford and moved to South America 16 years ago, but he continued to support his favourite team from the other side of the world.

FA Vase with Brazilian flag
BBC

He has flown over for the game and says he's bringing some Brazilian friends with him to Wembley.

I've been talking to people in South America about Hereford for years. More Brazilians have seen Ronnie Radford's goal from the 1970s than I care to remember."

Andrew ProsserBulls fan

Bromsgrove in the top ten most expensive places to live

Bromsgrove has been rated as one of the most expensive places to live outside of London.

The town has come ninth in a list drawn up by the Halifax, with an average price of nearly £2,000 per square metre. 

Homes cost around £11,000 per square metre in the most expensive parts of London.

Bromsgrove sign
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Watch: The break-in that police were 'too busy' to investigate

A business owner from Worcestershire, who says he watched on CCTV at home while his firm was burgled twice in one night, claims police told him they were "too busy" to come out.  

Paul Smart said he watched raiders enter his firm, Doodah Creative Ltd in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, and twice called police.

West Mercia Police, which covers the area where he lives, has apologised.  

Latest: Police apologise for break-in blunder; high cost of living in Bromsgrove; Bulls fan's 5,000 mile trip for final

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Police apologise for their failure to respond to a Worcestershire businessman who had to watch on CCTV as thieves ransacked his business

- Bromsgrove has been rated as one of the most expensive places to live outside of London

- A Hereford FC fan has travelled over 5,000 miles they take on Morpeth in the FA Vase Final this weekend