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  1. Wednesday's headlines so far:

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Joe Clarke

Joe Clarke hits a controversial ton after being recalled to the crease in Worcestershire's victory over Leicestershire.

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Renate Spickenreuther

A woman has won the right to be buried next to her dead partner after a four-year legal battle against his children.

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We're back at 08:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport. travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning. 

The weather for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

A dry evening with clear spells, but the skies will slowly cloud over through the course of the night, perhaps thickening enough in places to give the odd spot of rain. Lows of 12C (54F).  

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

The Worcestershire father of a soldier killed in Iraq has said his son died in vain. 

Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had "wholly inadequate" plans for the aftermath, the UK's Iraq War inquiry has said. Mr Blair has apologised but insisted that lives had not be lost "in vain". 

I'll be speaking to Reg Keys, from Worcestershire, whose son, L/Cpl Thomas Keys, died at the age of 20.

Join me for BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

L/Cpl Thomas Keys
BBC

Attempted murder accused case adjourned

A man accused of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed at a house has had his case adjourned. 

Iain Farrimond, 53, who worked for the Crown Prosecution Service for 23 years, appeared at Worcester Crown Court where he was due to enter a plea. 

But Mr Farrimond's barrister, Adam Western, said a psychiatric report, ordered on 2 July, would take up to three weeks to complete. 

Mr Farrimond, of Battenhall Road, Worcester, is alleged to have stabbed a woman during an incident at an address in the same street on 26 May and was himself treated for stab wounds. 

The Recorder of Worcester Judge Robert Juckes QC said: "We're here for a plea hearing, but no plea is to be taken. The reason is so reports can be prepared."

He adjourned the case to be heard back at Worcester on 9 September. 

New deputy PCC appointed for West Mercia

Tracey Onslow has just been announced as West Mercia's new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

She was put forward by PCC John Campion and was confirmed in the post today by the police and crime panel, made up of local councillors across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Ms Onslow, a local councillor in the Wyre Forest, said she looked forward to "getting out and meeting people" and helping to deliver a "more secure, reformed and reassured West Mercia".

Tracey Onslow and John Campion
West Mercia PCC

The four-day-week post comes with a £40,000 salary - a £10,000 saving on her predecessor, who was full-time - the PCC's office said.

Kidderminster and Worcester fixtures revealed

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Kidderminster Harriers will open their Vanarama North season with an away trip to Curzon Ashton, while Worcester City will host Harrogate Town. 

The local rivals will meet at Bromsgrove's Victoria Ground on Boxing Day and then again at Aggborough on New Year's Day. 

The season will start on Saturday 6 August.

Mascot for new leisure centre

Members of the public have been invited to suggest a name for the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre's dog mascot, pictured below alongside district council leader Marcus Hart.

The mascot and Marcus Hart
Wyre Forest District Council

Mum from Bridstow completes college fundraiser

Hereford Times

A mum who campaigned for a full-time day college for disabled adults so her son could continue his education has completed a 30-mile fundraising walk.  

News: Son killed in Iraq 'died in vain'; attempted murder accused case adjourned; Bronze Age find declared as treasure

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- The Worcestershire father of a soldier killed in Iraq has said his son died in vain

- A man accused of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed at a house has had his case adjourned

- Fragments of Bronze Age axes that were found in a Herefordshire field have been officially declared as treasure

Wales fan awaiting big match

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Herefordshire football fan is preparing to enjoy the biggest game of his life tonight. 

Wales celebrations
PA

Wales supporter Roger Goodwin has been in France for the whole of Wales's Euro 2016 campaign.

Tonight Wales face Portugal in the semi-finals following their quarter-final win over Belgium (players' celebrations pictured above).

Mr Goodwin says his epic trip has been worth "every last penny".

In terms of waiting, not for me personally, but Wales having not reached a major championship for 58 years, the likelihood of that happening and reaching the semi-final stage again is obviously pretty slim."

Roger GoodwinWales supporter

Bromsgrove railway station set to open

Bromsgrove's new railway station is set to open on 12 July, eight months behind schedule.

The £24m station, which has longer platforms, a waiting room and a 350-space car park, was expected to open to passengers last November.

Network Rail admitted in April workers had encountered problems during the project.

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Man raises nearly £5,000 for charity on Russia trip

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcestershire man has raised nearly £5,000 in memory of his daughter after driving to Russia with his dog, reports BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Kira was just 10 when she died after suffering a brain tumour. 

Mark Radcliffe and Dexter drove for seven weeks across Europe and Asia to raise money for children's brain tumour research. 

It was a bitter-sweet occasion because I actually wished Kira was here with me today because I'm sure she would have found it a phenomenal adventure because she was an adventurous girl herself, so yeah, she would have loved it."

Mark RadcliffeFather

The evolution of a football manager

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Former Kidderminster Harriers player Marcus Bignot talks about the ups and downs of making it as a manager.

Solihull Moors boss Marcus Bignot at Damson Park
Ged Scott - BBC Sport

Netball squad prepare for Florida trip

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The University of Worcester's netball squad are putting the finishing touches to what could be the trip of their sporting lives. 

They have been invited to represent England in the world student games in Florida which will begin next week. 

Director of netball Sheli Morgan says it will be a great way to round off what has been a highly successful year.

We were contacted to see if we'd be interested in taking up an invitational slot so that there was a representative from England going out to these world university games. The girls have worked really hard so this is a great way for them to finish this season."

Sheli MorganDirector of netball

Seagull swoops on pensioner in Angel Place, Worcester

Worcester News

A pensioner has described the "horrible" moment a large gull swooped through her hair while she stood talking to a friend in Worcester city centre.  

Son killed in Iraq 'died in vain'

The Worcestershire father of a soldier killed in Iraq has said his son died in vain.

Reg Keys
BBC

Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had "wholly inadequate" plans for the aftermath, the UK's Iraq War inquiry has said.

Chairman Sir John Chilcot said the 2003 invasion was not the "last resort" action presented to MPs and the public.

Mr Blair has apologised but insisted that lives had not be lost "in vain".

At a news conference of bereaved families, Reg Keys was asked whether he felt his son, L/Cpl Thomas Keys, 20, had died in vain.

The only answer I can give to that is when I look at Iraq on my... TV screens today, the... 200 plus deaths that took place the other day, I can only conclude that unfortunately and sadly my son died in vain."

Reg KeysFather

Tunisia attack: Event to remember former student

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A sporting event to remember a University of Worcester student who was shot dead in last year's Tunisia terror attacks is being held this autumn. 

Joel Richards
Suzy Evans

Run for Joel, which has been organised by the family of former referee Joel Richards (pictured above), is a 5k run which is being held at Sandwell Valley Country Park on 11 September. 

There's also a 3k fun run and the event is to raise money for the Smile for Joel charity.

News: Son killed in Iraq 'died in vain'; event to remember Tunisia attacks victim; Bronze Age find declared as treasure

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- The Worcestershire father of a soldier killed in Iraq has said his son died in vain

- A sporting event to remember a University of Worcester student who was shot dead in last year's Tunisia terror attacks is being held this autumn

- Fragments of Bronze Age axes which were found in a Herefordshire field have been officially declared as treasure

Worcestershire lose cheap wickets

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Two more wickets have gone at New Road as Worcestershire face a huge battle to save their County Championship match against Leicestershire.

Returning batsman Tom Fell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have gone cheaply as the home side lose four wickets for just 23 runs.

Worcestershire currently 80-4, chasing a seemingly impossible 366 to win.

Axe fragments declared as treasure

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Fragments of Bronze Age axes which were found in a Herefordshire field have been officially declared as treasure. 

Fragments image
Herefordshire Coroner handout

The 18 pieces were found in a field in Orcop last August by John Bromley, from Gloucestershire, who was searching the area with his metal detector.

After being inspected by the British Museum, they were named as treasure at an inquest held this morning.   

Worcestershire lose captain Mitchell and D'Oliveira

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell has gone for 32 as they chase down a challenging 366 to beat Leicestershire in their County Championships fixture at New Road.

Earlier the visitors declared on 307-3.

Worcestershire are currently 59-2.

New leisure centre opens

The new £12m Wyre Forest Leisure Centre has opened, following building work which started just over a year ago. 

It includes a swimming pool, climbing wall, fitness suite, dance studios, and outdoor pitches.

Nora Jennings, Sassa Nasso and Julia Golds (left to right)
Wyre Forest District Council

The first three customers in the queue, Nora Jennings, Sassa Nasso and Julia Golds (left to right), were photographed at the site on Silverwoods Way in Kidderminster.

Tom’s challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society

Hereford Times

Local primary school teacher Thomas Davies has taken on the huge challenge of hiking 1,100 miles around the perimeter of Wales to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Reaction to Chilcot inquiry report

Today the long-awaited official report into the UK's invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been released.

It has concluded that the country went to war in Iraq before all peaceful options for disarming Saddam Hussein were exhausted.

Iraq Inquiry: 'Peaceful options not exhausted' - Sir John Chilcot

On BBC Midlands Today from lunchtime we'll be getting reaction in this region to the findings and what it means for the families of soldiers from the Midlands who died in the war.

That's on BBC One from 13:30.

Leicestershire declare 366 ahead

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Leicestershire have declared on 307-3 to set Worcestershire a challenging 366 to win in the remaining 75 overs.

Jack Shantry took the only wicket of the day at New Road, trapping Cosgrove lbw for 146. 

In reply, the home side are currently 25-0.

News: Man's epic journey in memory of daughter; Bronze Age find declared as treasure; new leisure centre

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- A Worcestershire father is preparing to return home after making an 11,500-mile journey with his dog for charity in memory of his daughter

- Fragments of Bronze Age axes which were found in a Herefordshire field have been officially declared as treasure

- Wyre Forest's new £12m leisure centre has opened thanks to a £2m grant from Sport England

Worcestershire Interfaith Forum condemns post Brexit racism

Bromsgrove Advertiser

Representatives from the Worcestershire Interfaith Forum have issued a statement condemning racism and religious intolerance after a number of incidents were reported nationally following the EU Referendum result.  

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The cloud will tend to thicken from the west during the day, but it should stay dry.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Boost for new playground at the Vale of Evesham school

Evesham Journal

A project to develop a new playground at an Evesham school has been given a welcome cash boost.

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Worcestershire face uphill battle at New Road

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Play is due to resume around now on the final day of Worcestershire's Specsavers County Championship match against Leicestershire at New Road and there'll be full commentary on 738 AM on the radio and online on BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Leicestershire are 172-2 in their second innings, a lead of 230.

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Leisure centre benefits from £2m grant

The leisure centre has been funded thanks to a £2m grant from Sport England.

It includes a sports hall, a six-lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool, a fitness suite, dance studios, six badminton courts, a climbing wall and small outdoor football pitches.  

Swimming pool
BBC

New leisure centre set to open

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Wyre Forest's new £12m leisure centre opens today.

It is on the site of the old British Sugar factory on the Kidderminster to Stourport road and replaces centres in those two towns.

The council says having one bigger site will save £400,000 a year. 

Leisure centre
BBC

News: Father prepares to read Iraq war report; £12m leisure centre opening; dog drive for charity raises thousands

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- The Worcestershire father of a soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2003 is in London to read the findings of the Chilcot Report into the conflict

- Wyre Forest's new £12m leisure centre opens today

- A Worcestershire man's raised nearly £5,000 in memory of his daughter after driving to Russia with his dog

Man appears in court following dog attack

Hereford Times

A dog's mouth had to be prised apart after it bit another dog's shoulder while walking in Kingstone, a court heard.