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Summary

  1. Woman loses latest court battle to divorce husband of nearly 40 years
  2. Hereford students intended no 'disrespect' to murdered officer, PC Palmer
  3. Teenager flies home from US after spine operation
  4. Worcester man to run London Marathon in aid of Jo Cox
  5. Hereford Library proves popular since its re-opening
  6. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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  1. On Midlands Today from 13:30: Spanish cat turns up in Midlands

    Joanne Malin

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll have the unusual story of how a cat which turned up in our region has apparently made the journey from Spain. 

    Slinky

    Vets found the animal, nicknamed Slinky, had been reported missing a month ago in mainland Europe.

    We'll find out how it's though it happened and what the next step is, on BBC One from 13:30.

  2. Police name man who died of head injuries

    Briohny Williams

    South East Today reporter

    A Kidderminster man who died at the weekend from serious head injuries has been named by police as  55-year-old Mark Beresford .

    He died in hospital on Saturday, after paramedics were called to a property on Offmore Road in the town at around 20:30 on Friday.

    Police say a post-mortem examination indicates his death is unexplained and investigations are continuing to try to establish how he was injured.

    Offmore Road, Kidderminster

     A 22-year-old man who was arrested on Saturday has been released on police bail until a date in July.  

  3. Twenty four hours in a priest hole

    Nina Das Gupta

    Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A Worcestershire man is nearing the end of a 24-hour stint in an Elizabethan priest hole, alone with only a praying mannequin for company. 

    Phil Downing is a volunteer at Harvington Hall and he's staying silent in the hole for 24 hours to raise funds for the hall's Restoration Trust. 

    In the late 1500's, when it was illegal to hear mass, Catholic families used to hide holy-men in their homes from royal soldiers coming to arrest them.

    Phil Downing and a mannequin in a priest hole
    Quote Message: My main aim is to raise funds for the hall, but I also want to experience what it must have been like for a Jesuit priest to have been confined to such a small space for such a long time. Raids could have lasted for days, but I'm only going to be spending 24 hours with minimal food and drink and no natural light." from Phil Downing Harvington Hall volunteer
    Phil DowningHarvington Hall volunteer

    The hall has seven priest holes in all, more than any other building in England. 

  4. New boss takes up the reins of Worcestershire's troubled hospitals

    James Pearson

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The new permanent chief executive of Worcestershire's acute hospitals begins her first day in the job today. 

    Australian Michelle McKay has never worked in the NHS before, but she has run hospitals and a social care charity in her home country, and is a former emergency nurse. 

    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which is currently in special measures, says it's secured a "world-class leader".

    Michelle McKay
  5. Misty morning in Herefordshire

    There's plenty of mist and fog around in Herefordshire this morning. 

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Johnqa in Lyonshall and Postman Les in Bromyard for these beautiful pictures of the countryside emerging through the mist. 

    Misty morning in Lyonshall
    Misty fields in Bromyard
  6. Worcestershire's Joe Clarke stars in Abu Dhabi opener

    BBC Sport

    Worcestershire batsman Joe Clarke top-scored with 89 as MCC were bowled out for 332 on the opening day of the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi .

    James Harris (3-49) and Ravi Patel (3-83) ensured MCC were kept in check.

    Joe Clarke

    Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett made 69 and Yorkshire opener Alex Lees 41 after MCC had won the toss.

    And it was MCC's day when Lewis Gregory removed Sam Robson in the four overs Middlesex had to face before stumps, Middlesex closing 9-1 - 323 behind.

  7. Hereford man's Filipino wife still in the UK

    Nicola Goodwin

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A Hereford man whose Filipino wife is threatened with deportation, was unable to meet the deadline to leave voluntarily, after her flight was cancelled. 

    Marinel Bristow came to live in the UK with her husband Rob, after a typhoon killed dozens of her relatives and friends in 2013.

    When her legal team failed to win her a few more weeks in the UK to say her goodbyes, Marinel bought plane tickets to fly back last night to meet a Home Office deadline.

    Rob and Marinel Bristow
    Quote Message: I think we're both shocked and I think it's absolutely disgraceful how she can be treated like this. They took her to the airport 10 hours before the flight. Apparently the flight was just cancelled and she was told the flight would be today instead at 12:30." from Rob Bristow
    Rob Bristow
  8. Arrest after 'suspicious' death in Kidderminster

    Police have arrested a 22-year-old man after the death of another man in Kidderminster at the weekend .

    Paramedics were called to Offmore Road in the town at about 20:30 on Friday and found a 55-year-old with serious head injuries. He died in hospital a day later.

    Offmore Road

    Police are treating his death as suspicious.

    The man's next of kin has been informed and a post mortem is due to take place.

  9. Video: Are the blue skies going to continue?

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A lovely day in store, with plenty of blue sky and sunshine around with highs of 14C (57F).

    You can find a detailed forecast for your area here.

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A44 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A44 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, near A38 Commandery Road.

    A44 Worcestershire - A44 / A38 Sidbury in Worcester blocked near the A38 Commandery Road junction, because of a police incident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Video content

    Video caption: Footage of Severn Valley Railway locomotive on 50th anniversary

    Volunteers at a heritage railway are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first locomotive to travel on the restored line.

  13. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

    Keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

    Have a good weekend. 

  14. Tini Owens: Grounds for divorce

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Online

    We've been telling you about Tini Owens and her marriage to her husband Hugh Owens  - she's been told by the Court of Appeal that she can't divorce her husband of 39 years. 

    Judges concluded that the marriage had not "in law" irretrievably broken down.

    When you apply for a divorce in England and Wales you must prove your marriage has broken down and give one of the following five reasons:

    • Adultery
    • Unreasonable behaviour
    • Desertion
    • You have lived apart for more than two years and both agree to the divorce
    • You have lived apart for at least five years, even if your husband or wife disagrees

    Source: Gov.uk

  15. Man charged after a woman assaulted

    A man has been charged after an alleged assault on a 32-year-old woman in Evesham, police say.

    West Mercia Police say the 29-year-old has been charged with using threatening or abusive behaviour, assault and criminal damage.

    The incident happened on Sunday, 19 March.

    The man has been bailed to appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court on 27 April, a spokesman said.

  16. Final written warning for West Mercia officer

    A West Mercia police officer has been given a final written warning for striking a handcuffed man on the back of the head "without reasonable excuse or lawful authority". 

    A misconduct hearing found the behaviour of Insp Tim Bower fell "below the standards expected from an officer". 

    Police say the officer, who has completed 18 years' service with West Mercia Police, was most recently based at Hindlip in Worcestershire - he is currently on "a career break" a spokesman said.

    The incident happened in March 2013 in Ross-on-Wye.