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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 27 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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

Watch: Weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

This evening and overnight may see the odd heavy and thundery shower develop across the far south and west of the region - lows of 11C (52F).

You can find out what the bank holiday has in store on the BBC Weather web page

New Police and Crime Commissioner calls for more technology

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

New technology is going to be introduced in a bid to make West Mercia police more efficient behind the scenes.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the area, John Campion, described many of their existing offices as "traditional" and in need of modernisation.

Police control room
BBC

Mr Campion said that two weeks into the job he hadn't identified any further cutbacks, but wanted to make sure money was available for priorities and to make more use of technology.

I want to make sure that we use the right modern technology to free up our officers to do their job more efficiently, but more importantly so that we have a more efficient back office."

John CampionWest Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Army contacted about temporary bridge

The MP for West Worcestershire says she is in contact with the MoD to see if they could help put up a temporary bridge alongside the collapsed 18th Century Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury Wells.

Harriet Baldwin said the Army put up a bridge near the site of the collapsed Grade II listed structure in World War Two.

Road closed sign
BBC

For the latest, watch Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Drink driver who killed Redditch man jailed

A drink driver who killed a motorcyclist from Redditch has been jailed for six years.

Craig Allen, aged 35, of Baker Avenue, Stratford, pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Craig Allen
Warwickshire Police

Robert Loach, who was 27, died after a head-on collision on the A3400 at Wootton Wawen in Warwickshire on Monday, 25 April.

Acclaimed girls' choir joins Aled Jones for Hereford date of Cathedral Tour

Hereford Times

Hereford Cathedral School Cantabile Girls’ Choir will perform with Welsh singer Aled Jones MBE on Friday, 3 June as part of his 22-date Cathedral Tour.  

'Void' on main road filled with concrete

The void that unexpectedly opened up as Severn Trent workmen were digging a hole on the A38 in Kempsey, just outside Worcester, is being filled with concrete.

Roadworks
Anchor Inn, Kempsey

There were fears one of the major routes out of the city might have to be closed after the void was discovered outside The Anchor pub.

Temporary traffic lights were used to keep the road open while the concrete was poured in.

Thousands of families await care cost decisions

BBC News Health

Almost 12,000 people in England are still waiting to hear if they are due millions of pounds in backdated care fees - some nearly four years after applying.

They are among 60,000 people who think they may have paid for care that should have been funded by the NHS.

Care home
BBC

Many of them fear they could have wrongly sold their family homes to cover their costs.

NHS England says 80% of the backlog has been cleared and £140m refunded.

Bridge collapse raised with transport minister by local MP

The collapse of a Grade II listed bridge has been raised with the transport minister by the MP for West Worcestershire.

Collapsed bridge
BBC

Harriet Baldwin MP attended a meeting at Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury Wells, and answered questions from more than 100 local villagers, who were there to meet council officials.

She thanked the local emergency services and praised a bus driver who spotted the issues on the bridge and averted a major incident.

First and foremost my reaction is relief that the bus driver managed to avert a major incident and I am grateful for the efforts of the emergency services who acted so promptly and efficiently."

Harriet BaldwinMP for West Worcestershire

Latest: Airlift after collision; bridge collapse raised at Whitehall; Rapids' T20 derby game

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Woman airlifted to hospital after three-car crash

- Listed bridge collapse raised with transport minister

- Worcestershire Rapids take on local rivals the Birmingham bears on the T20 Bash tonight

Mercian soldiers test their marksmanship

The old Worcestershire Regiment was absorbed into The Mercian Regiment in 2007.

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How to fit a Lego wheel to a tortoise

A vet in Herefordshire has been explaining how you fit a Lego wheel to a tortoise who lost a leg.

Jack, from Ledbury, lost a hind leg in a strimming accident.

He has had a wheel permanently glued to his shell.

We placed it on the shell and held it on for a minute or so and it is pretty solid - then we had him out the next morning and he was walking around the prep room and it was good."

Ellie RobbinsLeadon Vale Veterinary Centre

Your pictures: Ronaldo visits Hereford Cathedral

Relax - it's Hereford FC's bull mascot called Ronaldo and not the Real Madrid player.

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City centre fire site eyesore development plans

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than five years after it was badly damaged by fire, the redevelopment of an eyesore in the heart of Hereford's High Town has moved a step closer. 

Fire in Hereford city centre
BBC

The former River Island and Card Factory stores were virtually destroyed in October 2010 by one of the county's worst fires and have been boarded up ever since.

Plans have been now submitted to refurbish two retail units and build 20 apartments on the site.   

Travel: A4440 reopened after three-car crash

A woman was airlifted to hospital in Birmingham after the collision at 12:45.

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Cricket: Rapids squad for derby game at The Bears

BBC Sport

You can hear full commentary of the T20 Blast game from Edgbaston from 18:30.

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Woman airlifted to hospital after a three-car collision

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after being trapped for an hour following a three-car crash just outside Worcester, the ambulance service says.

The collision happened at 12:45 on the A4440 in Powick. 

The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 30s, was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Birmingham with a suspected fractured leg.

A second driver, a man in his 60s, was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital "as a precaution", a spokesman said.

Collapsed bridge drivers 'ignored advice' says council

Lorry drivers "chose to ignore the advice" about using a 200-year-old bridge in Worcestershire that collapsed on Tuesday, the county council says.

Collapsed bridge
BBC

Worcestershire County Council has launched an investigation.

Lorries had been in the area for road works, the council said.

Plainly there was suitable signage in terms of unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles and obviously lorry drivers chose to ignore advice."

Marcus HartCabinet member for highways

Latest: Airlift after three-car crash; void opens up in road; lorries blamed for bridge collapse

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Woman airlifted to hospital with a suspected fractured leg after three-car crash

- A void has opened up under one of the main roads out of Worcester

- Lorry drivers are being blamed for Tenbury Wells bridge collapse

Photos: Cycle road race in Redditch

These great pictures from race organisers show the action from the street circuit around Redditch town centre last night. 

Finish of cycle race
The Tour Series
Cycle race
The Tour Series

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some warm spells of sunshine will develop during the day. However, isolated heavy showers are possible towards the west and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain.  

Concrete to be poured into A38 'void'

Concrete is to be poured into the hole that opened up in the A38 in Kempsey, Worcestershire County Council says.

It happened during routine work by Severn Trent workers.

The local authority said there the road would remain open.

'Suddenly everything caved in' - Severn Trent

A large hole has opened up in the A38 at Kempsey, just outside Worcester, while Severn Trent were carrying out some "planned work".

Their team was digging outside The Anchor pub when "suddenly everything caved in" to reveal a much bigger existing hole, a spokesman said.

Severn Trent have had to abandon their planned work while engineers from the county council deal with the void.

Worcestershire County Council says it is now not planning to close the road.

road
Worcestershire County Council

Travel: A440 closed after crash

BBC Travel

The A440 in Worcester is closed after a crash - emergency services advising drivers to avoid the area.

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Cycling: Street race success for Hereford rider

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Pedal Heaven recorded their first ever Pearl Izumi Tour Series team win as they pipped Madison Genesis to victory in Redditch last night.

In the individual competition, the former Hereford-based NFTO rider Jon Mould was first across the line for JLT Condor to claim his seventh Tour Series victory - now just one behind the all-time record of Ed Clancy.

Cycle race
BBC

Travel: Major Worcestershire road to close after 'void' found

The A38 in Kempsey, just outside Worcester, is to be closed after "a void" was found under the road by The Anchor pub, the county council says.

It was discovered while Severn Trent were carrying out work in the area.

We'll bring you more details when we have them. More from BBC Travel.

Anchor Inn Kempsey
Google

Droitwich woman cuts ribbon to open supermarket in Turkey

Worcester News

A Droitwich woman who moved to Turkey says it was an "honour" to open a new supermarket in her village.  

Latest: 'Too early' for bridge collapse speculation; man rescued from river; fire site eyesore plans

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- "Too early to speculate" on cause of 18th Century bridge collapse, says council

- Man taken to hospital after being rescued from River Wye in Hereford

- Five-year-old fire site in Hereford could finally be redeveloped

Watch: School bus driver on lucky escape from bridge collapse

BBC Midlands Today

A school minibus driver has relived the moment he reversed off a bridge in Tenbury Wells just moments before it collapsed. 

Derek Trow, who was driving one of two minibuses full of children, said watching Eastham bridge fall into the River Teme was "shocking".

Moeen congratulated by team mates for reaching test landmark

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali celebrates a test landmark.

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River rescue victim taken to hospital in Hereford

A man has been taken to Hereford County Hospital "suffering from the effects of cold" after he was rescued from the river in Hereford, the ambulance service says.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to the rowing club in Hereford at 09:45 by the police to treat the man who'd been rescued by a fire service boat crew.

Man rescued from river in Hereford

We'll bring you any more details of the rescue when we have them.

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Park's water voles make a TV appearance

The water voles in Sanders Park, Bromsgrove are now TV stars - I wonder who their agent is.

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'Too early to speculate' about cause of bridge collapse, says council

The council says it is "aware" that lorries were in the area of a collapsed bridge in Worcestershire, but that it would be "wrong to speculate" about what caused it to fall into the river.

The 200-year-old Grade II listed Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury Wells, collapsed into the River Teme on Tuesday

Collapsed bridge
Ryan Parkes

We are aware that lorries were in the area recently because of highways work near Tenbury. Our investigations into the cause of the collapse are continuing and until we complete that process it would be wrong for us to speculate."

Worcestershire County Council statement

'Public should have been asked about maternity closure'

A Redditch councillor says the failure to ask the public their views on permanently moving maternity services from the town's Alexandra Hospital to the Worcestershire Royal is almost worse than the decision itself. 

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch
BBC

Doctors in the north of Worcestershire have rejected plans to reopen maternity services at the hospital because they don't think the demand will justify the £1m running cost. 

Particularly young people are being deprived of the opportunity to put their point of view and to listen to the arguments about why they are not going to get maternity services at the Alex."

Pat WitherspoonRedditch Borough Council

Latest: Claims HGV warnings around collapsed bridge ignored; fire site rebuild plans; Lego leg for pet

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Claims lorries ignored warning sign around collapsed 18th Century bridge

- More than five years after it was damaged by fire, work to repair an eyesore in the heart of Hereford's High Town has moved closer

- Injured tortoise has Lego wheel attached to his shell to let him walk again

Lego leg for injured tortoise

A tortoise in Herefordshire is back on the move after being fitted with a built-in disability aid made of Lego. 

Jack, from Ledbury, has had a wheel attached to his shell after he lost a hind leg in a strimming accident. 

Tortoise
Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre

Ellie Robbins, from Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre, says they removed the injured leg and glued on a wheel instead.

The only other options would have been to put Jack to sleep or to try to splint his leg, but obviously being a tortoise the leg is a lot further in than you can see."

Travel update: Delayed train to terminate at Stourbridge

This is a service running from Worcester Foregate Street to Whitlochs End which left at 08:02.

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Travel: Delays on Birmingham-bound train

The delayed train is running from Worcester Foregate Street to Birmingham Snow Hill.

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