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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Bethan Bell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow for updates from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  2. Leisure centre given go-ahead

    Planning permission has been granted for a new leisure centre in Bromsgrove.

    It would replace the existing Dolphin centre.

    Dolphin centre

    Rod Laight from the district council called the plans "exciting" and said he was "delighted" with the decision.  

  3. Travel: Worcester Road to be closed to remove flood pumps

    BBC Travel

    Hylton Road in Worcester will be closed for two hours from 19:00 tonight to allow Severn Trent to remove flood pumps, the county council says. More form BBC Travel.

  4. Weather: Rather cold with some patchy frost

    BBC Weather

    Showers will ease through the evening to leave a clear and dry night. It will be rather cold with some patchy frost developing in rural locations, such as Leominster, by the morning. Lows of 3 C (37 F) 

    Weather chart

    Tomorrow, it's likely to be dry with bright or sunny spells during the morning. Cloud will then increase during the afternoon and it will become windy too, with gales possible on exposed hills. Highs of 12 C (54 F)

  5. Muslim leader speaks out about Donald Trump

    Andrew Easton

    Presenter, BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The chairman of the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust has called presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Muslims "not just disgusting but worrying".

    Waqar Azmi's reaction comes after Mr Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering America.  

    Donald Trump

    Mr Azmi says it is the hardest time to be a Muslim in Britain that he can remember.  

    You can hear more from Mr Azmi with Andrew Easton on BBC Hereford and Worcester from 16:00.

  6. Latest: Muslim leader reacts to Trump comments and Evesham man 'pursued' stab suspect

    Felicity Sanderson


    These are some of the stories we're looking at in the newsroom this afternoon:

    - A Muslim leader from Bromsgrove says Donald Trump's comments are "disgusting and worrying"

    - An Evesham man "pursued" a murder suspect following a fatal stabbing

    - Ticket inspectors are fitted out with body cameras on London Midland trains

  7. Evesham man told murder suspect 'to drop knives'

    A van driver from Evesham told a man suspected of stabbing a Poundland customer to death to drop the knives he was carrying.

    Police cars at stabbing scene

    Ross Overton said he helped an off-duty police officer confront the suspect after he ran from the store in Abingdon on Monday morning.

    A 36-year-old man from Abingdon was arrested on suspicion of murder after being Tasered by police as he tried to get into a nearby Spar shop.  

  8. 'Record level' of foodbank use

    A charity which runs a foodbank in Droitwich says the number of people using it is likely to reach record levels this year. 

    One of the organisers says some clients have to choose between heating their homes or eating.

    Mary Stanbury, a volunteer with the Trussel Trust charity, said people are forced to make tough decisions.

  9. Delivery driver 'sat on' armed man

    A delivery driver from Evesham has described how he sat on an armed man after a fatal stabbing at a shop in Oxfordshire. 

    Ross Overton was unloading his vehicle outside a Poundland store in Abingdon yesterday morning when a man wielding knives walked past.

    Mr Overton said he helped restrain the man until the police arrived.

  10. Droitwich News front page: Controversial development plans on show

    Droitwich News

    Redrow Homes' amended plans for one section of the controversial Yew Tree Hill development will be revealed to the Droitwich public next week.

    Droitwich News front page
  11. Christmas at Worcester Cathedral

    This year’s Christmas concert at Worcester Cathedral, Love is Born, is centred on the compositions and arrangements of Sir David Willcocks, who was organist of Worcester Cathedral from 1950-1957.


    He was particularly known for choral arrangements of popular Christmas carols, such as the descant in O Come, All Ye Faithful.

    Sir David died in September this year. 

  12. Latest: Ticket inspectors wear body cams and cockroach takeaway closed

    Felicity Sanderson


    These are some of the stories we're looking at in the newsroom this afternoon:

    - Ticket inspectors on London Midland trains are to wear body cameras

    - A takeaway in Ledbury is closed by Herefordshire Council after cockroaches are found

    - Food bank use expected to reach record high

  13. Flood gates opened in Upton-upon-Severn

    Flood gates in Upton-upon-Severn have been reopened after river levels fell.

    The road is now open but there is still some debris around.

    flood gates

    The permanent barriers were installed in 2011.

  14. Your pictures: River Severn at Worcester by night

    Sebastian Stead sent us this picture of the River Severn at Worcester.

    river severn

     If you'd like to send a photo, you can get in touch by emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.      

  15. New signs for Broadway Tower

    Evesham Journal

    One of Worcestershire's landmarks has new highways signage.

    Broadway Tower sign

    Broadway Tower paid for updated tourism signs after the previous ones had become "tired and dated". 

    The signs are at 13 locations and include the new tower tourism symbol.

  16. Cigarettes and tobacco stolen from garage

    A petrol station in Leominster has been ransacked by burglars, who took "a large amount" of cigarettes and tobacco, West Mercia Police says.


    It is thought thieves got into the building between 23:00 last night and 06:00 this morning.

    Officers are currently reviewing CCTV.

  17. Christmas tree fire can destroy room in seconds

    HW Fire tweeted this video - it shows what happens when a Christmas tree catches fire.

    The whole room is destroyed in a shockingly-short 46 seconds.

    View more on twitter
  18. Latest: Dad refused visa for baby's burial and van driver distracts knifeman

    Felicity Sanderson


    These are some of the stories we are looking at in the newsroom this afternoon:

    - A father from Cameroon has been denied a visa to visit the UK for his baby son's burial in Worcestershire

    - A delivery driver from Evesham tried to distract a man armed with knives after a fatal stabbing

    - Hereford singer Ellie Goulding is nominated for two Grammy awards

  19. Dad denied visa for baby son's burial

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A dad from Cameroon has been denied a visa to attend his baby son's burial in Worcester later this week, because he was arrested nine years ago for travelling with false papers. 

    Katy Kouasseu says it is her husband's right as a parent to attend the funeral of their son George, who died just an hour after he was born in October. 

    Katy and Charly Kouasseu

    The couple had been living in Africa, but Mrs Kouasseu returned to the UK to give birth so she would be near her family.    

  20. River levels falling at Upton-upon-Severn

    The Environment Agency has says river levels are falling at Upton-upon-Severn.

    Flood gates closed last week have now reopened.

    View more on twitter
  21. Blacksmiths to exhibit at Ypres memorial

    Students at a Herefordshire College are to exhibit their work as part of a World War One memorial at Ypres. 

    Trainee blacksmiths at Herefordshire and Ludlow College's Holme Lacy campus joined their tutors to forge 150 steel poppies.

    Steel poppy

    The sculptures will feature on an International Blacksmiths memorial.   

  22. Worcestershire-born MP defends adding death threat

    A Worcestershire-born MP accused of faking a death threat has defended modifying a message from a constituent

    Conservative MP for Telford, Lucy Allan, posted an email ending with the words "unless you die" on Facebook.

    Lucy Allan

    The email's author denied writing the final line. Mrs Allan admitted adding it, but said it came from another email sent to her that day.  

  23. Cattle breeder says there's a place for pedigrees in UK beef trade

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A south Herefordshire cattle breeder has exported 70 of his 200 pedigree herd to Hungary.

    Tim Ling, from Rowlestone, has spent a decade building up the Vroe Murray Greys, which originally came from Australia.

    Tim Ling with Vroe Murray Greys

    He believes there's a definite place for these purely pasture-fed docile cattle in the UK beef trade.  

  24. Ellie Goulding 'could not be happier'

    Hereford singer Ellie Goulding - who got her big break on BBC Introducing on BBC Hereford and Worcester - says she 'could not be happier' to get two Grammy nominations.

    Ellie Goulding

    After landing the top track for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, Love Me Like You Do, Ellie was also nominated for Best Pop Solo performance.

  25. Investigation into the death of Worcestershire-born surfer continues

    An investigation is continuing after three man were arrested over the death of Worcestershire-born surfer, Adam Coleman, who, along with his friend, went missing in Mexico last month. 

    His burnt-out camper was later discovered in the dangerous Sinaloa region of the country with two bodies inside - the Mexican authorities are yet to confirm the identity of the remains but it's thought the victims had been the target of a robbery.

    The burnt-out camper van

    Katy Watson, the BBC's Mexico and Central America reporter, says it could be some time before the men appear in court.

  26. Alternative Advent calendar from ambulance service

    What's behind today's window? West Midlands Ambulance Service have produced their own Advent calendar.

    Advent caledar

    Check out the 8 December offering here.  

  27. Train staff to wear body cameras

    Staff at London Midland rail company are being fitted out with body cameras.

    Man wearing a body camera

    It's so evidence can be gathered if someone dodges a fare or acts in an anti-social way.

  28. Latest: Delivery driver distracts knifeman and new hate crime centre

    These are some of the stories we are looking at in the newsroom this morning:

    - A delivery driver from Evesham has described how he distracted a man armed with knives after a fatal stabbing

    - People in Hereford can now report hate crime at a community centre as well as in a police station

    - The manager of a local food bank says people are being forced to choose between eating and heating

  29. More than four in 10 in the West Midlands think racism has risen

    A BBC poll has found that 43% of people in the West Midlands think racism has increased over the last two years. 

    Nearly one in four people said they have experienced or seen discrimination, and for 16-24 year olds, it is one in three. 

    The poll was conducted to mark the 50th anniversary of the Race Relations Act.

  30. Delivery driver distracts fatal knifeman

    A man from Evesham has described how he tried to distract and talk down a man armed with knives, after a fatal stabbing in Oxfordshire.

    This picture shows Ross Overton and an off-duty police officer restraining a man on the street.

    man being restrained

    Delivery driver Ross was unloading his vehicle outside a Poundland store in Abingdon yesterday morning when a man armed with several knives walked past shouting.   

    A 36-year-old man has now been arrested.

  31. Latest: Heating or eating; Surfer death probe; Pedigree cattle exported

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the latest stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

    - The manager of a Worcester foodbank says people are deciding between heating and eating

    - An investigation into the death of a Worcestershire-born surfer who went missing in Mexico last month is continuing

    - A south Herefordshire cattle breeder has exported 70 of his 200 pedigree herd to Hungary

  32. People choosing 'between heating and eating'

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The manager of a Worcester foodbank says many of the people he sees are making difficult decisions between heating and eating. 

    Graham Lucas' comments come as Worcester-based company Npower is supporting a "fuel bank" scheme. 

    It's being trialled in Gloucestershire and the idea is to help out families who are struggling to pay for energy by giving them pre-paid meter top-ups. 

  33. Travel: Worcestershire delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic on the A4440 Southern Link Road eastbound between the A449 Malvern Road junction and the A38 Worcester Road junction, drivers are warned.

  34. Good morning from Local Live for Herefordshire and Worcesterhire

    Welcome to Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather updates. 

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