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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Gall

All times stated are UK

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Worcestershire are not planning to sign a second overseas player for the T20 Blast, says boss Steve Rhodes.

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The weather for the West Midlands

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

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Paul Biddle

A man who attacked and raped two women in Worcester is jailed for 15 years and three months.

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Former Hereford United and Ireland footballer dies

The former Hereford United and Republic of Ireland international footballer Tony Byrne has died at the age of 70. 

Tony Byrne

During his 15 years in the professional game, he also played for Millwall, Southampton and Newport County. 

He moved to Hereford in the 1970s and worked in golf and as a builder following his retirement from football. 

Watch: Evening and weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Showers will continue for many through this evening, still heavy and perhaps thundery at times.  Lows of 13C (55F).

Football: Hereford defender Jimmy Oates agrees a new contract

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC's full back Jimmy Oates (pictured left) has agreed a new contract at Edgar Street, so will be with the club for next season.

Jimmy Oates
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Oates made 41 appearances for the Bulls last season as they completed a Midland Football League and Cup double, while he was also a member of the Hereford starting line-up in the FA Vase final at Wembley.

Manager Pete Beadle says he's delighted Oates has committed for another year and he's hopeful of announcing further signings later in the week.

Council's bid to ban helium balloons

Worcester City Council's plan to fine people who release helium-filled balloons and sky lanterns has been branded "utter nonsense" by critics.  


The council wants to ban the outdoor release of the balloons and sky lanterns from its land and issue £80 fines to those who leave debris behind.

Opponents have taken to social media to criticise the idea as "flawed", "costly and unenforceable"

Latest: Council's balloon ban bid; rail disruption in Worcester and Evesham United head to Wembley for league appeal

Here's the latest from the newsroom:

- Worcester City Council discusses banning the outdoor release of helium balloons and sky lanterns and fining anyone that does

- Over-running engineering works cause problems for rail passengers in Worcester as services are cancelled or delayed

- Evesham United officials appeal to the FA against the decision to move them to the Northern Premier League for the 2016-17 season

Weather: More rain on the way

The wet weather looks set to continue for the next few days.

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Flood alerts for Worcestershire rivers

River levels are rising fast on the River Stour after heavy rainfall this afternoon, with flooding expected this afternoon, the Environment Agency says.  

Almost 30mm (1in) of rain has fallen in the past three hours. A flood alert has been issued.

There are no alerts in Herefordshire.

Rail services in Worcester still disrupted

Over-running engineering work at Worcester Shrub Hill has seen trains delayed or cancelled since this morning. 

Road replacement services are now in place between the station and Stourbridge Junction.

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Led Zeppelin in court over plagiarism claim

A copyright trial will start in LA later over allegations Worcestershire's Robert Plant, from Led Zeppelin, along with co-writer Jimmy Page, took the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven from another artist.

Robert Plant

The legal action has been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claims he should be given a writing credit on the track.  

A judge has said there were enough similarities to let a jury decide.

Wet weather hampers BBC Midlands Today filming

Political editor Patrick Burns had to take cover near Droitwich - along with his camera crew  - as heavy rain stopped them filming their EU road trip around the region.

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Hereford's City Link Road plans go on show

Plans for a controversial £27m project which aims to transform Hereford city centre are on show to the public today.  

Grafton Wood

Work on the City Link Road,  which will go through Grafton and Grafton Wood (pictured), starts next month and will take around 15 months to complete. 

The exhibition is at the Starlight Rooms at Hereford Football Club until 20:00.

Cricket: Weather stops play

Bromsgrove Cricket Club says tomorrow's game is off.

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Your pictures: Torrential rain in Worcester

AA Patrolman Dave Harford posted this picture to warn drivers how tricky conditions are on the roads

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Worcester News front page: Bus crashes into wall in Malvern

Worcester News

A bus has crashed into a wall in Malvern on Pickersleigh Road after an incident involving two other vehicles.  

Damaged wall
Worcester News

BBC Midlands Today out and about in Droitwich

Political editor Patrick Burns, on his EU road trip in Droitwich today, is gathering voters' voices at a garden centre during a referendum road trip.  

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He's been talking to shoppers at Webbs of Wychbold ahead of the vote on Thursday, 23 June.

Later this week he will be visiting Oldbury, Birmingham and Burton upon Trent.

Football: Harriers sign experienced defender Wayne Thomas

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster Harriers have made the experienced defender Wayne Thomas their first signing of the summer.

Aggborough Stadium

37-year-old Thomas will know Aggborough well - he spent the last two seasons playing there for Worcester City as they ground shared with Harriers.

Thomas was on the books at Stoke City at the same time as Harriers' new boss John Eustace, while he played under head of coaching Matt Gardiner during his time at Worcester City.

Met Office warns of heavy downpours

The Met Office is warning that rising temperatures could trigger some heavy, slow-moving downpours across the Midlands, between now and 22:00.

Map of the midlands with yellow rain warning
Met Office

It says there could be some flooding, disruption to travel and even lightning in places.

Latest: Tributes to radio presenter; engineering works disrupts Worcester trains; Led Zeppelin in court over copyright claim

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

- The family of a Hereford radio presenter say they are shocked and stunned by his sudden death

- Trains are not stopping at Worcester Shrub Hill due to over-running engineering works

- Worcestershire's Robert Plant will be in court in LA later over allegations Led Zeppelin copied the notes to Stairway to Heaven from another artist

Worcester News front page: Robbed in the alley

Worcester News

Woman forced to hand over jewellery in late-night mugging ordeal.

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Travel: Trains not stopping at Worcester Shrub Hill

Network Rail says there will be disruption to passengers using Worcester Shrub Hill throughout the day - Great Western Railway services are not affected.

Shrub Hill

Over-running engineering works near the station are causing disruption to trains to Worcester Foregate Street and Droitwich Spa, with services either delayed by up to 25 minutes or cancelled

"This is expected to continue until the end of service," a spokesman said.

Watch: Evesham United to get league move decision

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to meet Evesham United manager, Paul Collicutt - club  officials head to Wembley Stadium today for an FA Leagues Committee appeal hearing against the decision to move them to the Northern Premier League for the 2016-17 season.  

The Robins were told by email they would have to switch leagues after Cinderford Town opted not to take up their promotion place after they won the Southern League Division One South and West.

Evesham maintain they are being punished for something that is not their fault and will suggest the league has 23 clubs next season so they can keep their place in the division.

Travel: Congestion on A480 in Herefordshire

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic in both directions on the A480 at Stretton, near the A4130 junction.

Latest: Rail disruption for Worcester passengers; copyright trial for Led Zeppelin

Here's what happening in the newsroom this morning:

- Over-running engineering works at Worcester Shrub Hill cause services to be disrupted for most of the day

- A court is LA is to decide whether Led Zeppelin took the opening notes to Stairway to Heaven from another band

- Worcester City Council debates whether to ban sky lanterns being released from authority-owned properties

Worcestershire lagging behind in re-using empty homes, figures show

Efforts to reduce the number of homes standing empty are working well in Herefordshire, but hardly at all in Worcestershire, BBC figures have revealed.

There are 7,500 empty homes across the two counties, with numbers in Herefordshire falling by almost a half in the last 10 years, but only a slight decline over the same period in Worcestershire. 

In Worcester alone, there are 1,180 empty homes.  

Copyright trial for Led Zeppelin's founders

A court in Los Angeles will now try to decide if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven'', co-written by Worcestershire's Robert Plant, copies its opening notes from the song "Taurus'' performed by the rock band Spirit.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page

Stairway to Heaven, released in 1971, is widely seen as one of the greatest rock compositions of all time.

Now the band's founders, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will stand trial later today.

Travel: Worcester train tickets can be used on buses

Rail commuters can use their train tickets on buses as over-running engineering works cause problems at Worcester.

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Sky lantern ban considered by council

A ban on releasing sky lanterns, or outdoor balloons, from authority-owned properties is being considered by Worcester City Council today.

Sky lantern

Causing litter and being hazardous to animals are two of the reasons being highlighted for the proposal.

Sky lanterns are already banned in Herefordshire.

Latest: Efforts to reduce empty homes; pub landlord inundated with Liverpool fans

Our top stories this morning:

- Efforts to reduce the number of homes standing empty are working well in Herefordshire, but hardly at all in Worcestershire

- Worcester pub landlord has been inundated with visitors from Liverpool after he threw out a man wearing a T-shirt insulting to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster

- Worcestershire musician Robert Plant and his Led Zeppelin band-mate Jimmy Page are in court in Los Angeles later over a copyright infringement trial

Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

BBC Weather

Showers will then develop from the south with some heavy and thundery downpours at times, but also with some sunny spells with highs of 19C (66F).  

Travel: Train problems through Worcester until 'the end of the day'

The problems, caused by engineering works over-running, could continue all day, London Midland say.

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