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Summary

  1. Dog trainer faces prison sentence over sheep deaths
  2. Snow and ice causing disruption across counties
  3. Former inmate criticises Worcestershire prison
  4. Updates on Friday 13 January 2017

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By Monica Rimmer

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That's it for our live coverage for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Weather: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

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BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

This evening will be dry with clear skies

Showers will move in from the northwest overnight however, and they will be wintry at times, with icy conditions likely too.  

Lows of -2C (28F) with a widespread sharp frost likely.

Ongoing water problems in Kidderminster

Severn Trent says customers in Kidderminster may be experiencing disruption to water supplies.

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They say it's because "one of our water mains has been damaged accidently".   

However, the pipe is in a difficult position and Severn Trent says it's a "complicated" repair that may take longer than first thought.

Follow the latest on their Twitter page

'Keep warm' advice issued

Public Health England in the West Midlands is warning us to "wrap up warm and keep homes at 18C" - temperatures remain low even if some areas have escaped the worst of the weather.

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Latest: Prison criticism; garden burial; road improvements

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The headlines for Herefordshire and Worcestershire include: 

- "Disgusting" and "not fit for purpose" is how a former inmate has described a Worcestershire prison

- A trainer whose Rottweilers killed dozens of lambs admits his dogs were out of control

- More than £30m is being invested in improving roads across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

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Have you ever dreamt of walking out on to the pitch at Wembley or lifting a cup in front of 90,000 fans?

The 2017 FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side football competition - is offering the chance to do just that.

Find out about the 16 different categories and dates of the competition here - then find out where your nearest venue is and how to sign up here.

In numbers: Gritting in Herefordshire

As the gritters head out across the county again, we've compiled some interesting stats on the work they do.

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Gritters back out this afternoon

As temperatures are set to go below freezing overnight, the gritters will be back on duty from 16:00. 

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Witness appeal following car crash

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

A 20-year-old woman has been taken to hospital following a car crash.

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened in Malvern on Thursday.

The crash involved two cars at the junction of Leigh Sinton Road and Yates Hay Road at approximately 15:15.

Sport: Team news for Worcester Warriors

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Joe Taufete'e will make his club debut for Worcester Warriors when they play Brive in the European Challenge Cup. 

The USA international, who moved to Sixways in December, will start as hooker alongside Biyi Alo and captain Ryan Bower. 

Val Rapava Ruskin who is on his way to Gloucester, is on the bench for Saturday's game.

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Debate: Do we get too worked up about snow?

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

The debate is still ongoing over on BBC Hereford and Worcester's Facebook page, about whether us Brits can handle a little bit of snow.

It's after we were sent a picture of "proper" snow in Canada. 

What are your thoughts? 

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Jobs at risk after firm goes into administration

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

More than 40 people have been made redundant and more than 100 other jobs are still at risk after the Redditch firm AMS went into administration. 

AMS, which installs shop interiors, was founded in 1919 and has offices around the world.

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Administrator KPMG says the company has faced significant challenges in recent times, through increasing competition, pricing pressures and general difficulties within the retail sector.     

Worcestershire hospitals declare major alerts

Tim Race

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The trust which runs Worcestershire's hospitals declared two major alerts during the first week of the year, new data shows.

Almost half of the country's hospitals declared major alerts in the six days up to the 8 January.

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The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust twice declared that it was at Level 3, which recognises the local health and social care system is experiencing major pressures compromising patient flow (which in turn continues to increase). 

In a statement, the trust says that both of their A&E Departments experienced an extremely busy Christmas and new year period and these pressures are continuing. 

They say they have robust plans to deal with such demand and partners across the NHS have supported them in ensuring patient safety and emergency care is maintained.

Millions to be spent on repairing roads

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than £30m is being invested in improving roads across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

It's part of a £1.2bn fund across the country for maintaining roads and cutting down congestion by the department for transport. 

More than £1m of the budget will be used to mend potholes across the two counties. 

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BreakingDog trainer faces prison sentence over sheep deaths

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A dog trainer has been warned he could face a prison sentence after allowing his dogs to kill and injure more than 50 lambs. 

Charles Ross-Robertson, who's 64 from Stanton Lacy, pleaded guilty at Hereford Crown Court to allowing his two Rottweilers to be dangerously out of control. 

The dogs killed 35 lambs in Risbury in September and another 20 were so badly injured that they had to be put down, eight lambs are still missing. 

He will be sentenced in March and an application has been made for the dogs to be destroyed.

Coming up on TV: Drug dealers 'earning more at Hewell than on streets'

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Coming up on Midlands Today from 13:30 we'll hear from a former inmate about life inside HMP Hewell, near Redditch.

Adrian Mason, who spent time on remand in the prison last year, says drugs are "rife" and that some dealers "are making more money in prison than what they do outside".

HMP Hewell sign
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Worcester man explains why he buried his late father in his back garden

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Grieving relatives need more information about funeral options, according to a charity. 

The Natural Death Centre has said professionals, including nurses and police officers, often incorrectly tell families that they must make arrangements through funeral directors - when in fact they can arrange services themselves and even bury their loved ones in their own back gardens.  

Worcester man who buried his late Dad in his back garden.

Nick Bryan in Worcester buried his late father Tony in his back garden in 2013. 

He said: “Dad was very much to the point of, cardboard box, dig a hole, shove me in, thank you very much, done. The family are supportive because they were his wishes."  

Gritters out across Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council has been busy spreading tonnes of salt throughout the night and into this morning. 

Here's how the salt stats stack up. 

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Met Office yellow weather warning in the West Midlands

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice remains in the West Midlands.

The Met Office says: "A cold north to northwesterly airstream will maintain the risk of wintry showers through Friday night and Saturday morning. However, amounts of snow are likely to be very variable with some places remaining dry."

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Hereford FC plea for help

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Hereford Football Club are looking for volunteers to lend a hand covering the pitch in preparation for more bad weather. 

They're asking people to meet at Addison's Bar at 16:00. 

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Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

It's been a cold and icy start, with a covering of snow in places. 

There will be a mixture of sunny spells and further wintry showers during the day. 

It will feel bitterly cold with a brisk northwesterly wind, 4C (39F). 

Former inmate criticises Worcestershire prison

BBC Hereford and Worcester

"Disgusting" and "not fit for purpose" is how a former inmate has described a Worcestershire prison. 

Ex-prisoner describes HMP Hewell as 'rife with drugs'

It comes after Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons published a report this week criticising the conditions at the category B HMP Hewell prison, including high levels of violence and the availability of drugs. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said a major shake-up would see "2,500 extra prisons officers and new security measures to tackle drones, phones and drugs and help make prisons places of safety and reform".

"The Justice Secretary has always been clear that it will take time to address these long-standing problems and we must grip the real challenges and risks that we face in the shorter term," a spokesperson said.

Air ambulance ready for take-off... After some shovelling

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The air ambulance team have had a busy morning getting the helicopter ready for take-off this morning.

Here's what it looked like first thing.

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Severe disruption: A4103 Worcestershire both ways

BBC Travel

A4103 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, at Station Road.

A4103 Worcestershire - A4103 in Bransford closed at Station Road, because of a burst water main. Diversion in operation - local.

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Burst water main closes road

BBC Travel

There's a road closed in Bransford, Worcestershire, because of a burst water main.

The A4103 in Malvern is likely to remain closed for most of the day. 

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Debate: Do we get too worked up about snow?

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Snow, what snow?  

Over on BBC Hereford and Worcester's Facebook page, the comments are starting to come in on whether us Brits get too worked up over a little light smattering of snow.

What do you think? 

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Debate: Do we get too worked up about snow?

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

BBC Hereford and Worcester are posing an interesting question this morning: Do we in the UK get worked up over snow compared to other countries where it's more of a regular occurrence? 

Post your thoughts on their Facebook page

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Snow tops the Malvern Hills

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Snow has fallen on higher ground in Worcestershire.

The Malvern Hills are topped with a light sprinkling of snow. 

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Your pictures: Ledbury in the snow

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Ryan has been busy taking some pictures in Ledbury, Herefordshire. 

This one is fantastic, it looks like a scene from a Christmas movie.

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If you have some great pictures you'd like to share, you can sign up to become a BBC Weather Watcher here. 

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Watch: Your 50-second snow forecast

BBC Weather

Snow and showery rain is forecast over the next couple of hours - watch the latest forecast with Alex Hamilton.

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands