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Summary

  1. 'Lost' radio broadcast of England's World Cup win found
  2. Mum who had mastectomy while pregnant needs lifesaving treatment
  3. Redditch BHS branch due to close this weekend
  4. Inquest adjourned into death of teenager pulled from canal
  5. Updates from Friday 29 July 2016

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By Jerry Chester

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Worcestershire's Tom Fell celebrates celebrates his century against Lancashire

Tom Fell scores his first century since returning from cancer treatment to help Worcestershire beat Lancashire in the One-Day Cup.

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Jesse Richards

The mother of a man who was murdered in a row over a drug debt seven years ago appeals for help to find his body.

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James Brindley

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A new exhibition marking 300 years since the birth of canal pioneer James Brindley has opened. How did his work transform the English landscape and unlock a new era in the Industrial Revolution?

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Rahat Ali

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at New Road

Worcestershire's youngsters deny Pakistan on a hard-fought day two of their tour game at New Road.

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Lost BBC radio commentary of England winning the World Cup has been found - 50 years on from their triumph.
Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali finds form in Pakistan's tour match against Worcestershire after two disappointing Tests against England.

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Alf Ramsey, Bobby Moore, Nobby Stiles and others celebrate after England are presented with the trophy

Lost BBC radio commentary of England winning the World Cup is found - 50 years on from their triumph.

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Our coverage across the day

We're back in the newsroom from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates this evening and into the morning.  

'Good Samaritans' sought after woman assaulted outside a church

Motorists who stopped to help a woman who was being assaulted by a man outside a church are being asked to come forward.

West Mercia Police says the attack happened near to St Johns Church, Worcester, at the Malvern Road junction, at about 17:45 last Friday.

Malvern Road junction Worcester
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The man is said to have pushed the woman over a fence.

I understand that a number of motorists stopped to help the victim, thank you for your kind actions. Any information that you can provide could be important to our investigation."

PC Simon Johnson

Ryan heads for the RFU

The former Worcester Warriors director of rugby, Dean Ryan, will join the Rugby Football Union next month as head of international player development. 

After leaving the club last month, he had been linked to Premiership rivals Bath. 

Ryan says he's "delighted" with his new position. 

Dean Ryan
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On Midlands Today from 18:30: Taking a railway stand

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Tonight on Midlands Today - if you've been commuting by train today, the chances are you had to stand. 

Rail passengers in Birmingham are more likely to have to stand on a peak-time train, than in any other major city outside London.  

Passengers getting off a train
BBC

New Department for Transport data for England and Wales shows one in five passengers struggle to find a seat during the morning and evening rush hours. 

I've been looking at the figures and what we can conclude from them - see more on BBC One from 18:30.

Latest: World Cup win commentary found; canal death inquest postponed; pink ball cricket

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A 50-year-old recording of the radio commentary for England's World Cup final win fills archive gap

- Inquest into the death of a teenager pulled from a canal is postponed after witness fails to appear

- Worcestershire take part in pink ball day/night cricket trial

Watch: Weather forecast for the evening and weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

 Any showers will ease this evening to leave a dry and quiet night. Clear spells will develop and it will feel cooler than recent nights - lows of 14C (57F).

You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.

Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast

BBC Weather Watchers: The clouds roll in

BBC Weather Watchers

These pictures of the banks of clouds rolling across the area were taken in Bromyard and Redditch by BBC Weather Watchers Postman Les and Mollies Meadow.

I''d love to see your photos - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

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Postman Les
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Mollies Meadow

Hijab-wearing Muslim women fear going out after increase in hate crimes

Worcester News

Muslim women are worried to go out fearing their hijabs may make them targets for hate crimes.  

'Lost' World Cup final radio tape: Early broadcast of much-loved TV voice

A private, amateur recording of the BBC's radio commentary on England's 1966 World Cup final win features Brian Moore.

He went on to become one of TV's best known football voices.

The BBC has no archive copy of the full radio commentary, but a former pupil of Worcester New College for the Blind recorded the whole game. He has kept his tape for 50 years and has now shared it with us.

Brian Moore is commentating during Geoff Hurst's infamous goal about which there is endless debate - did the ball cross the line?

Styles with a long ball... Ball will chase for all he's worth... can Hurst get a shot in... he's hit the bar... [the referee's] not given it... I though that hit the bar and went in... it's given, England are in the lead."

Brian MooreCommentator, 1966
Geoff HUrst scores his second goal in the 1966 World Cup final
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Travel; Congestion on the M5 northbound

BBC Travel

There's stop-start traffic on the M5 northbound between J8 (M50) and J5 (Droitwich). More from BBC Travel.

Cricket: Worcestershire to take part in pink ball day/night Test trial

Worcestershire's second eleven is to be involved in a match to test the possibility of playing day/night Tests using a pink ball.

They'll take on Warwickshire second eleven at Edgbaston on August 22-24.   

The England and Wales Cricket Board wants to explore the viability of floodlit first-class and Test cricket.   

Pink cricket ball
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Your pictures: Hanbury church - inside and out

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

These pictures of Hanbury church in north Worcestershire and its stained glass windows come from Paul Wilde.

I'd love to feature your photos - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Hanbury church
Paul Wilde
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Your chance to run against a gold medal-winning athlete

Jenny Meadows, gold medalist in the 2011 European Indoor Championships, is the big name running in this year's Worcester 10k - following in the footsteps of Paula Radcliffe, who ran the inaugural race in 2014.

BBC Hereford & Worcester is also entering a team in the run, but they will be lagging far behind Jenny, unless she's running the race backwards.

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Latest: 'Missing' World Cup win commentary found; canal death inquest postponed; new role for former Warriors boss

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Recording of 'missing' World Cup radio commentary is found 50 years after England's win

- Inquest into death of a teenager pulled from Worcester canal is adjourned after witness fails to appear

- Former Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan will join the RFU as Head of International Player Development

BHS store closes its doors

The BHS in Redditch is due to close this weekend, with all of its staff needing to find new jobs.

The last of the high street chain's other stores are expected to close by 20 August.

BHS logo
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On this day: First ever TV weather forecast

BBC Archive

Sixty seven years ago today, the BBC broadcast its first ever TV weather forecast.

Oh dear it appears not much changes... rain is forecast today and there were showers back in 1949 as well.

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First image of Worcester’s new £10.5m pool

A computer generated image of how Worcester's new £10.5m swimming pool will look has been released by the city council.

Computer generated image of new pool
Worcester City Council

Work on the new pool started in November and is part of a major extension and refurbishment of Perdiswell Leisure Centre.

The eight-lane pool will measure 25m x 18m (92ft x 60ft) and will also have poolside seating for 250 spectators.

Lost World Cup commentary: How the private tape was made

A recording of the BBC's radio commentary on England's World Cup win - unavailable in the archives - has come to light thanks to a school reunion in Worcester 50 years ago.

Frank McFarlane made the crude recording in 1966 while returning to Worcester New College for the Blind, where he had been a pupil. He has been keeping it for half a century, but only recently learned of its significance when he found out the BBC didn't have an archive copy of the full broadcast.

But how and why did he do it? 

I'm a sports fanatic and I was always planning to record it - I did it in the most amateurish way possible with an external microphone next to a small radio."

Frank McFarlane
England team win the World Cup in 1966
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Lost World Cup commentary: How the final goal was reported

Kenneth Wolstenholme's famous TV commentary "they think it's all over, it is now" has become part of broadcasting history.

What's less well remembered from England's 1966 World Cup win is the radio equivalent. A copy is missing from the BBC archive, but a private version has emerged thanks to the amateur efforts of a former Worcester schoolboy. 

The broadcast was recorded 50 years ago by Frank McFarlane during a school reunion at Worcester New College for the Blind. Half a century on, we've been listening to it, enjoying an alternative description of Geoff Hurst's third goal - England's fourth (pictured). And yes, people were definitely on the pitch.

20 seconds... 20 seconds... and it's Hurst... there's people on the pitch... goal by Hurst... it's number four. England players go down on their knees on the pitch."

Alan ClarkeBBC radio commentator, 1966
Geoff Hurst scores in the 1966 World Cup final
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New contract signed by Brett D'Oliveira

The 22-year-old all-rounder is currently Worcestershire's leading scorer in the Specsavers County Championship with 690 runs at an average of nearly 50, and made his England Lions debut earlier this week.

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Canal death inquest adjourned

The inquest into the death of a Worcestershire teenager pulled from a canal has been adjourned after a primary witness failed to appear.

Sean Stevens was 17 when he died in hospital. He'd been pulled from water at Perdiswell lock.  

Perdiswell lock
BBC

The Worcestershire coroner offered Mr Steven's family the chance to proceed without the witness' evidence, but they declined.

A new date has yet to be announced.

Worcestershire and England Lions all-rounder Brett D'Oliveira

Worcestershire's England Lions all-rounder Brett D'Oliveira signs a new three-year contract at New Road.

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England's World Cup victory - 'lost' radio commentary found

BBC Hereford and Worcester

They thought it was all over - it isn't now.... Radio commentary of England winning the World Cup is missing from the BBC archives, but a copy has just turned up - thanks to a former Worcester schoolboy.

Frank McFarlane, who went to Worcester College for the Blind, recorded the match from the radio while attending a reunion in 1966.

England's World Cup-winning players
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He only discovered yesterday how important his copy was when he found out the BBC's recording had been lost.

It was very surprising because I thought they kept everything - in fact at that time it was against the law to record from the radio, so I'm waiting for the solicitor's letter."

Frank McFarlane

New contract for World Superbikes rider

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire's World Superbikes rider, Chaz Davies, has confirmed on social media he has signed a new two-year deal with his Aruba Ducati team.

Davies, who is currently third in the championship, says he is delighted to have sealed the deal as continuity is important if they are to move things forward.

Chaz Davies
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Latest: World Cup radio commentary found; canal death inquest adjourned; cancer sufferer's treatment hope

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Lost BBC radio commentary of World Cup win recovered thanks to former Worcester schoolboy

- The inquest into the death of a teenager who fell into a canal has been adjourned

- A mum with breast cancer hopes for lifesaving treatment in Germany

Preview of new-look Hereford Times

The revamped weekly paper will be launched next week.

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Parents stage protest over children's centre closure

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Parents angry over the closure of a children's centre in Malvern and the loss of services in other areas of the county are protesting outside County Hall in Worcester today. 

Staff and parents have been told Malvern's Evergreen Centre will close in October - although the Council doesn't own it, it does fund the services.

Protest at County Hall Worcester
BBC

Parents also fear that children's centres in Evesham and Broadway are also set to shut.  

Worcestershire County Council says final decisions on these centres and services have yet to be made.

Cricket: Worcestershire squad for Pakistan game

Worcestershire are playing a two-day match against Pakistan at New Road - the game got under way at 11:00 and you can hear full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Travel: Lane closed on the M5 southbound

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the M5 southbound at J5 (Droitwich) where one lane has been closed due to a broken-down vehicle in the roadworks area. More from BBC Travel.

Membership of West Midlands Combined Authority an economic safeguard says council

A bid to become a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been approved by Herefordshire Council.

The WMCA is a group of 12 local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships working together to devolve powers for economic development from Whitehall to the West Midlands.

Membership of the West Midlands Combined Authority costs £25,000 a year, the council says.      

Herefordshire alone will not be big enough to attract desired powers from Westminster. As part of the West Midlands Combined Authority, we will be part of a regional platform that will not only help attract significant investment but also put us in a strong position to safeguard our county now and in the future. "

Tony JohnsonLeader of Herefordshire Council