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Summary

  1. Worcestershire Parkway station pressing ahead
  2. Pupils praised for river rescue
  3. Bromsgrove man jailed for knife attack
  4. More than 1,000 fines for parents for term-time holidays
  5. Updates on Thursday 7 July 2016

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By Alex Homer

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Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning. 

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Rather cloudy at first this evening, with the odd spot of rain.   

Lows of 16C (61F).

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Faulty underground cable leads to small explosion

BBC Hereford and Worcester

There's been a small explosion in Pershore caused by a faulty underground cable. 

It happened on Station Road - no one was injured. 

Western Power have isolated the cable and are trying to fix it.

Five arrested after Bromsgrove drugs raids

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after raids in Briomsgrove yesterday.

West Mercia Police say the three men and two women, raning in age from 22 to 39, are being questioend on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs.

All five, from Bromsgrove and Birmingham, remain in custody.

Insp Sarah Corteen said the operation, prompted by information from the local community, had been a "success" and that "the supply of drugs to Bromsgrove has been disrupted".

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School pupils praised for rescuing dog walker from river

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Three secondary school children have been praised for rescuing an elderly dog walker from the River Severn north of Worcester.

The pupils, Tom Banks, Charlotte Whitehead, and Daniel Beecon, from Pershore High School, had been canoeing up the Severn from Worcester to Grimley last week, when they spotted the man, and put their emergency training into action. 

Tom Banks said: "He was leaning in to try and pull the dog up by its collar but the tree kind of broke a little bit and he fell into the water.

"The bank was literally vertical and full of stinging nettles so it was very hard for him to get out.

"We practice for this but we've never really been involved in a real life situation."

Coming up on TV: Community sports awards launched

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Another budget airline has announced it's moving into Birmingham Airport.

Travel experts are predicting a price war on fares as many of the new routes are already served by other airlines which could help passengers.

And with just 30 days to go until the Rio Olympics begins, the Midlands Community Sports Awards have been launched.

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

Worcestershire Parkway station pressing ahead

Land earmarked for the new Worcestershire Parkway station is to be bought up after the secretary of state confirmed a compulsory purchase order on the site, the county council says.

Work on the £22m Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Station is due to start early next  year and be completed in spring 2018.

Built near junction 7 of the M5 for Worcester, it will join the Cotswolds and Birmingham to Bristol lines.

Proposed station
Worcestershire County Council

Travel: Worcester delays warning

BBC Travel

Broomhall Way in Worcester is blocked and there is queuing traffic westbound between the junction with Norton Road and that with the A38 Worcester Road because of a crash, drivers are warned.

Latest: 'Shock' over soldier's death; five arrested over 'drugs offences'; delayed station to open

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering:

- "Shock" over death of Hereford soldier who once tried to climb Mount Everest

- Five people arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in raids in Bromsgrove

- The delayed opening of Bromsgrove's new railway station is due to happen next week, eight months late

Bromsgrove station set to open next week

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.

Building work
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Man punched neighbour in the street

Hereford Times

A 48-year-old man punched his neighbour in a street in Leominster before dragging him to the floor.  

Praise for Worcestershire school

The Vale of Evesham School has been praised by Ofsted in its first inspection since converting to an academy.

The previous school, which went by the same name, was judged to be outstanding in its last inspection in 2013.

Vale of Evesham School
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A visit by inspectors in June of this year found the new leadership team had "maintained the outstanding quality of education".

Ofsted found a good atmosphere at the school, with high expectations of pupils and teachers focused on making sure children "achieve their very best".

Cricket: Buttler likely to face Worcestershire at New Road

While some cricket fans might be disappointed not to see Jos Buttler in the England squad to face Pakistan, there is a plus side - he might play at New Road against Worcestershire instead so you can watch him there.

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Latest: Bromsgrove knifeman jailed; parents fined; 'shock' at soldier's death

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our headlines this afternoon:

- A Bromsgrove man has been jailed for nine years for a stabbing and being part of a gang who robbed a pensioner

- Parents have been hit with more than 1,000 fines in three years across Herefordshire and Worcestershire for taking their children out of school in term-time

- A close friend of a former SAS soldier from Hereford say the community is "in shock" at his death

Shock over death of Hereford soldier who once bid to scale Mount Everest

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The close friend of a former SAS soldier from Hereford says the community is in complete shock at the news of his death. 

Guy Homan was found trapped underneath his own trailer at the Tillington business park near his home on Monday.

Nothing could be done to save him. The 53-year-old was an experienced mountain climber and was part of a team of soldiers who attempted to be the first Britons to scale Mount Everest, via the dangerous west ridge. 

Malcolm Russell, who climbed Everest with him, said Guy was a "real part of their community".

Rugby Union: Warriors' first game of the season is part of the London double-header

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The Aviva Premiership fixtures have been released and Worcester Warriors will start the season on the biggest stage of all - they will take on Saracens at Twickenham as part of the London double-header on Saturday 3 September

The first home game will follow a week later when they will take on local rivals, Gloucester, on the new Sixways playing surface.

Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Another budget airline has announced it's moving into Birmingham Airport - we'll find out how that could affect passengers.

And we'll find out how the weather for the next few days is shaping up.

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Bromsgrove man jailed for nine years for stabbing and robbery

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Bromsgrove man behind a stabbing and robbery has sentenced to nine years in prison. 

Nathan Gurney pleaded guilty to stabbing a man in Bromsgrove and being the lead gang member who robbed a pensioner.

The 19-year-old, from Crossley Walk has been sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to six-and-a-half years for the stabbing and two-and-a-half years for two robberies.

Concern grows for missing Hereford man

Concerns are growing about the welfare of a man from Hereford who has been missing for several weeks.

Jeremy Holder, 29, was reported missing to West Mercia Police.

The force has released a photo of him as it appealed for information on his whereabouts.

Jeremy Holder
West Mercia Police handout

Travel: Cookley delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A449 in Cookley at the Axborough Lane junction in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Latest: Woman wins burial battle; term-time holiday fines; missing Hereford man

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we've been covering so far on Thursday:

-  A woman has won the right to be buried next to her late partner following a four-year legal battle

- The number of fines being given out to parents in Herefordshire and Worcestershire for taking their children out of school during term-time has increased five-fold in three years

- Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing Hereford man

Worcestershire boss impressed by team 'spirit'

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes says they "got out of jail" after pulling off an thrilling three-wicket victory over Leicestershire.

Chasing 366 to win after the visitors declared, Worcestershire were reduced to 75-4, before a recovery led by Joe Clarke and Ross Whiteley.

Despite Leciestershire being ahead for much of the game, Rhodes said he was "impressed" with Worcestershire's spirit "when it really mattered". 

Steve Rhodes
Empics

What are the rules on taking children out of school on holiday?

BBC News Education

Ever wonder what the rules are for taking children on holiday during term time?

With the cost of trips abroad rocketing during the school holidays, it is hardly surprising many parents are tempted.

But this obviously means pupils missing lessons, and the government says there is clear evidence doing so impairs children's attainment.

Beach
AFP

Guidelines introduced in 2013 removed all references to family holidays from the regulations and said head teachers could not grant any leave of absence to pupils during term time without "exceptional circumstances".

However, in May, the High Court in London ruled in favour of a father from the Isle of Wight who took his daughter out of school for a family holiday.

Murder-accused lawyer's case will be heard again in September

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The case of a Worcester lawyer accused of attempted murder has been adjourned until September so that a psychiatric report can be completed. 

Iain Farrimond is alleged to have stabbed a woman in the city in May. 

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

Parents fined tens of thousands of pounds for term time holidays

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

More than 1,000 fines have been given out to parents across Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the last three school years.

Figures from both councils show parents were fined a total of nearly £102,000 between 2012 and last year. 

Worcestershire saw the biggest increase in fines from £780 to nearly £35,000.

Children
BBC

Latest: Woman wins burial battle; term-time holiday fines up five-fold; adjournment in murder-accused lawyer case

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Time for a round-up of our latest headlines this morning:  

- A Worcestershire woman has won the right to be buried next to her late partner after a four-year legal battle with his children  

- The number of fines being given out to parents in Herefordshire and Worcestershire for taking their children out of school during term-time has increased five-fold in three years

- The case of a Worcester lawyer accused of attempted murder has been adjourned until September so that a psychiatric report can be completed

County Championship: Joe Clarke ton earns controversial Worcester win over Foxes

BBC Sport

Joe Clarke hit a controversial century as Worcestershire successfully chased a target of 366 in 75 overs to beat Leicestershire with 10 balls to spare.

Clarke was given out lbw on 31 by umpire Jeremy Lloyds, only to be recalled as square-leg umpire Graham Lloyd had heard an edge off the bat.

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove had a heated exchange with the umpires.

Joe Clarke
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Renate Spickenreuther wins burial dispute with late partner's children

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

Renate Spickenreuther, from Droitwich, Worcestershire, was in a relationship with Peter Hanson at the time of his death in 2012.

She contested his children's choice of gravestone and sought confirmation of his intention for her to be buried alongside him.

Renate Spickenreuther
BBC

Latest: Burial row; fines for term-time holidays; murder-accused lawyer

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Thursday so far:

- A woman has won the right to be buried next to her late partner after a legal battle with his children

- More than 1,000 fines have been dished out to parents for term-time holidays in our region in three years

- A Worcester lawyer accused of murder will be the subject of a psychiatric report before his case is heard again in September

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a generally dry, but rather cloudy day.

Highs of 18C (64F).

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Travel: Kidderminster delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on Blackwell Street inbound in Kidderminster at the Ringway junction, drivers are warned.

Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Live on Thursday morning.

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

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