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Summary

  1. Paralympian says Rio games "chaos" shows "a real disrespect"
  2. No heartbeat baby "frozen" to save her life
  3. Surrendered knives to be turned into a giant sculpture
  4. Teenage musician gets to appear on TV in Nashville
  5. Updates from Friday 19 August 2016

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

Watch: Evening and weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Winds will continue to increase overnight but it will be largely dry with some clear spells. Lows of 15C ( 59F).

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

Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Ice baby survives and soggy start to V Festival

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening - we've got a great story of a baby girl whose heart stopped beating for eight minutes, who has made a full recovery after being "frozen" for three days.  

Baby girl whose heart stopped saved by 'fridge suit'

We'll also be at what's proved to be a soggy start to V Festival in Staffordshire as thousands of people turned up in wet and windy conditions. 

Both those stories and much more from 18:30 on BBC One.

Travel: Advance warning of road closure in Bromsgrove

Old Birmingham Road will be closed for three days from Monday.

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Woolly mammoths: facts and figures

A woollly mammoth tusk dating back 50,000 years has been found almost intact in a quarry in south Worcestershire.

Here are a few facts about the beast.

Woolly mammoth facts
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Travel: Problems at Shrub Hill

BBC Travel

A warning that trains running through Worcester Shrub Hill station may be delayed or cancelled.

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Sharp-eyed quarry worker finds woolly mammoth tusk

A woolly mammoth tusk that is around 50,000 years old has been found in a quarry in south Worcestershire. 

Workers at Clifton Quarry discovered the tusk almost completely intact. 

Woolly mammoth tusk
BBC

Rob Hedge, who's part of the county's archaeology team, said the tusk only survived in such good condition thanks to the sharp eyes of one on the workers in the quarry.

Incredibly one of the machine operators had spotted something deep down in the quarry and recognised it as something significant. He told his managers, who shut the quarry down and told us."

Rob HedgeWorcestershire Archaeology Service

Watch: Second break-in at historic cinema

This CCTV footage shows a second break-in at the Regal Cinema in Evesham in less than a month.

The Grade II listed building reopened in 2012.

Second break-in at historic cinema.

Teenagers sought after 'unprovoked' attack

An unprovoked attack on a man in his 50s in the early hours of this morning is being investigated by the police.

West Mercia Police say the assault happened in Old School Lane, Hereford (pictured), sometime between 02:00 and 02:10.

Two teenagers approached the man as he was getting into his car, and one kicked the bonnet before assaulting him, police say.

Old School Lane, Hereford
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Latest: Suspended sentences for sex assault sisters; mammoth tusk found; Paralympics 'disrespect'

Carson Wishart

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Suspended sentences for sisters guilty of sex offences

- Woolly mammoth tusk rescued from quarry

- Paralympian who helped organise the London 2012 games says Rio has shown " a real disrespect" to the event

Suspended sentences for sisters after sex offences

Carson Wishart

Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

Two sisters from Kington have been given suspended sentences for sexual offences against a young boy.

Juliane Fellows, 30, Llewellin Road, Kington, was given a 24-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of gross indecency and sexual activity with a child. 

Jennifer Fellows, 32, from Hatton Gardens in Kington, was given a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty of indecent assault, and inciting a boy aged between 13 and 17 to sexual activity. 

Worcester Crown Court ordered them to be put on the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.

Search for missing teenager

A 15-year-old who hasn't been seen since he left his home in Henwick Road, Worcester on Tuesday evening is being sought by the police.

West Mercia Police say Long Nguyen has connections to Birmingham and maybe within the area.

Long Nguyen
West Mercia Police

Your photos: More World Photo Day images

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Quite a few images taken in and around the Malvern Hills have been submitted by the council.

If you want to send an image into World Photo Day then you needed to add #WorldPhotoDay to your tweet, but don't forget to put #HWLL as well, so I get to see it.

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Power back on across Kidderminster

Engineers have been trying to reconnect 74 properties since this morning.

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Baby girl whose heart stopped saved by 'fridge suit'
A baby whose heart stopped for eight minutes has stunned medics to make a full recovery.

Travel: Exit slip road lane closed on M42

BBC Travel

One lane of the northbound exit slip road to J2 (Alvechurch) on the M42 is closed because of a broken down vehicle. More from BBC Travel.

Your photos: Rainy day fields

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather has taken a turn for the worse - as you can see from this photo taken on Lower Broadheath by BBC Weather Watcher Mikesnapper - but at least people's gardens are getting watered.

Rain in a field
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Rio: Mysterious trophies, bikini wax ban and diving over the line

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you're anything like me, you're already looking forward to this weekend's Olympic action, especially those events involving local competitors such as Birchfield Harrier Matthew Hudson-Smith who is due to run in the men's 4x400m team relay on Saturday.

Then there's a pair of West Midlanders for Team GB's women's hockey squad - who battle it out for gold in tonight's final.

But what about the lesser-spotted oddities of the Games?

BBC News takes a look at the quirkier side of competition, from "bored-looking" lifeguards overseeing green pools to a ban on "toilet fishing". And if that's not enough, take a look at the headline above- talk about a close shave, or not, as the case may be.

Bahamas's Shaunae Miller diving to cross the finish line to win the Women's 400m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Watch: Schoolgirl bound for the home of Country music

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Malvern schoolgirl is heading to Nashville in America, the home of Country music, to perform on TV.

Lillian Price, 14, who writes and performs her own songs, will also record with some well-known musicians.

Here's a taste of one of her songs and her amazing voice.

Schoolgirl bound for the home of Country music.

'A real disrespect to the Paralympic Games' - Sir Chris Holmes

A former Paralympic swimmer from Kidderminster who helped organise the London 2012 games, says the chaos around this year's games is "desperately disappointing".

Sir Chris Holmes says up to 20 Paralympic teams are waiting to see if they will get the promised travel grants to the event, and only 12% of the seats have been sold.

It's clear to see that the Paralympics haven't been given the same priority as the Olympics, and what we're seeing now is just a real disrespect to the Paralympic Games."

Sir Chris Holmes

Gulls 'not dangerous at all' - urban wildlife expert

Worcester News

An urban nature expert has spoken out in defence of gulls, following reports of the birds swooping on residents in Worcester.  

Blog: Why Herefordshire fields are vulnerable to being washed away

A blog by the Environment Agency's Dave Throup, called Keeping Herefordshire’s soil where it belongs, explains why so-called soil washing is such a problem in the county.

He says the fine red soils which give the county its landscape character are easily washed away by heavy rain and the undulating terrain means it can move quickly and over long distances.

Muddy field
Dave Throup

Some Items stolen from police recovered, but not all

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Some of the items stolen from police forces in the West Midlands have been recovered over the past five years. 

When thieves made off with a blue flashing lamp, officers in Warwickshire managed to get it back. 

But cops in our region haven't always been so lucky. When four horses were pinched from West Mercia Police the thieves got away scot-free. 

Whether items were retrieved or not, some people are already asking whether the boys and girls in blue need to be a little more careful with their own property. 

Items stolen from police forces in the West Midlands
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Your pictures: More from World Photo Day

Our local Army unit, the Mercian Regiment, have been submitting some stunning images to World Photo Day.

Just add #WorldPhotoDay to your tweet to join in, and don't forget to add #HWLL as well.

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On Midlands Today from 13:30: Stealing off the police

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Handcuffs, emergency vehicles and more than a £100,000 in cash - all items stolen from the police in our region in the last few years. 

Police cars
BBC

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request and the items were taken from both individual officers on the beat and police stations. 

We'll have a fuller look at what's been taken, from which force and reaction to the news, on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Travel: Water main bursts in Malvern

There are likely to be delays on the main Worcester to Malvern road.

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Weather warning for the Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

An early yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for Saturday.

The Met Office says there may be gusts of 40-45mph which have the potential to cause disruption to travel and outdoor activities.

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Luke Skywalker backs Star Wars screening appeal

Mark Hamill - aka Luke Skywalker - has backed a campaign to get an early screening of the next Star Wars film for a terminally ill fan in a Herefordshire hospice.

He's retweeted a social media post on the #rogueonewish campaign, started by a nurse at the hospice

Twitter image
Twitter

Warning of strong winds on the way

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning over the strength of winds in Herefordshire on Saturday.

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Items stolen from police: 'How on earth could all this property go missing?'

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Nine bikes from the West Midlands force, a sat nav in West Merica and a lap top in Staffordshire are among the items stolen from police across the region. They are bound to raise an eyebrow among many. 

Their value ranges from a few pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. "But," I hear you ask, "how on earth could all this property go missing from under the noses of officers?" 

In the case of the £113,000 stolen from within the bowels of the Warwickshire force HQ, the answer is, despite a court hearing, nobody knows.

Bike, sav nav and laptop
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You can see more on this story on Midlands Today, BBC One, at 13:30 and 18:30.

Latest: Paralympic chaos 'disrespectful'; horses stolen from the police; illegal knives surrender

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Paralympian says Rio games "chaos" shows "a real disrespect"

- Vehicles and horses stolen from West Mercia Police

- Today is the last chance to surrender illegal knives

Your pictures: World Photo Day

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

The chief executive at Worcestershire County Council has shared this stunning image of the Malvern Hills as part of World Photo Day.

You can submit yours on twitter by adding #WorldPhotoDay but don't forget to use #HWLL, so I get to see it as well.

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Paralympic grants chaos "a real stain on the organising committee"

A former Paralympian from Kidderminster says the way the games have been organised in Rio is a desperate situation. 

At the moment, only 12% of tickets have been sold, compared with the packed stands seen at London 2012.

Sir Chris Holmes was the director of London 2012 and says the organisers this time around have a lot to answer for.

Sir Chris Holmes
PA

As we stand today we are facing possibly 29 nations not being able to go to the Paralympics 2016 because their travel grants haven't been paid - this is a real stain on the organising committee."

Sir Chris HolmesParalympian

CCTV image released in connection with a robbery

A CCTV image of a woman police would like to speak to in connection with a robbery which left a man needing hospital treatment has been released.

CCTV image
West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police say between 22:30 and 23:25 on Friday, 22 July, a 34-year-old man was assaulted in Dow Surgery car park on William Street, Redditch and his wallet and mobile phone were stolen.

It's believed the woman pictured had been in the Abbey pub on Alcester Street prior to the offence, police say.  

Weather causes cancellation of family fun day

The event was due to be held in Deer Park, Ledbury.

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Most power supplies back on in Kidderminster

If you're one of the 74 properties still without power, you should get it back by 14:00.

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Vehicles and horses stolen from police

Emergency vehicles, dustbins, horses, a barbeque and garden gates are just a few of the items to be stolen from West Mercia Police.

The items were all taken from officers on the beat or from police stations, according to data obtained by a BBC freedom of information request.

Police officers
BBC

In all, police forces in the West Midlands had more than £100,000 in cash stolen in the last five years.    

Items stolen from other forces in the region include cannabis plants, handcuffs and laptops.

Latest: 'Frozen' baby miracle; sex offence sisters to be sentenced; last chance to surrender illegal knives

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

 - Baby girl born with no heartbeat saved from brain damage by having her whole body cooled

- Two sisters from Kington will be sentenced later today for sexual offences against a young boy

- It's the last day when people can surrender illegal knives at bins outside police stations

Jab advice for new university students

If you got the grades you needed yesterday, be sure to get the jab as well.

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