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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Jennifer Meierhans

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Football: Evesham United to play Swindon Supermarine

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Evesham United will be in action this evening – the Robins will look to maintain their recent good run when they head to Swindon Supermarine in a Southern League, Division One South and West fixture.

  3. Bewdley man admits text sex with underage girl

    Kidderminster Shuttle

    A Bewdley man has pleaded guilty to having "text sex" with a 15-year-old girl and persuading her to send him indecent pictures of herself.  

  4. Weather: Misty and murky but mild

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Rain will quickly clear eastwards this evening, giving a brief drier interlude, before a further spell of heavy rain moves in overnight. Winds will also increase, with a risk of gales in exposure but it will remain very mild. Highs of 13C (55F)

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. A Kidderminster village hall granted £12,000

    Cookley playing field and village hall has been awarded a Christmas funding boost to create more storage space.

    The £12,000 grant has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

    The village hall was built in 2011 and there is no other indoor community facility in the village.

    Cookley Playing Field & Village Hall
    Quote Message: We are delighted we have been awarded this grant. The new storage space will mean we can keep equipment for the 20 groups that regularly use the hall each week, and also for special events and functions. from Dr David Bareford Secretary, Cookley Village Hall
    Dr David BarefordSecretary, Cookley Village Hall
  6. Latest: Online tributes help family of dead surfer and police need to improve protection of vulnerable people

    Felicity Sanderson

    Journalist

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

    - The sister of a Kidderminster-born man who's been confirmed dead in Mexico says online tributes for her brother are helping to ease her pain

    - A 32-year-old man from Redditch who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail until January

    - West Mercia Police needs to improve the way it protects vulnerable people from harm according to a new inspection report

  7. Story of the day: Missing hamster found by thermal imaging camera

    A missing hamster was tracked down by firefighters using a thermal imaging camera.

    A crew from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Lyall Close, Hereford to reunite the creature with its owners.

    Picture posed by a model.

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  8. Man attacked outside Droitwich care home

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    A man suffered a head injury after he was attacked outside a care home in Droitwich, say police. 

    The 26-year-old victim was assaulted on Worcester Road between 22:30 and 23:15 on Saturday.

    Worcester Road, Droitwich

    A 23-year-old man from Droitwich was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently on police bail until 2 January 2016.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  9. Magna Carta returns to Hereford Cathedral

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    The Magna Carta has returned to Hereford Cathedral after a global tour to celebrate its 800th anniversary.

    The iconic document's homecoming will be celebrated on Friday when it goes on display alongside the famous Mappa Mundi - just in time for Christmas. 

    Magna Carta
    Quote Message: It has been a tremendous experience sharing such wonderful documents with people from around the world, and it is great to be back at home, sharing our tour stories and experiences with people from the diocese and surrounding counties from Reverend Canon Chris Pullin Chancellor of Hereford Cathedral
    Reverend Canon Chris PullinChancellor of Hereford Cathedral
  10. Latest weather for the West Midlands

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Latest weather for the West Midlands

  11. Denco Happel redundancies: Staff consultation

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    A Hereford manufacturing company, understood to be planning to make staff redundant on Christmas Eve, has told the BBC it's consulting with staff over "proposed changes in the business".

    Denco Happel is making 23 employees redundant from its Moreton-on-Lugg premises as the business moves work overseas, The Hereford Times reported.

    Denco
    Quote Message: GEA Heat Exchangers Ltd, DencoHappel, are currently consulting with staff on proposed changes in the business. Further information will be available once the consultation is complete. from Claire Knight HR manager
    Claire KnightHR manager
  12. Latest: Body of Worcestershire man found in burned out camper van in Mexico; and woman found dead in Redditch is named by police

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    - A man born in Worcestershire is one of two surfers whose remains were found in a burned out campervan in Sinaloa, Mexico.

    - A woman found dead in Redditch is named by police as Stacey Sollis and her post-mortem test was inconclusive.

    - A Hereford manufacturing company, understood to be planning to make 23 staff redundant on Christmas Eve, has told the BBC it's consulting with staff over "proposed changes in the business".

  13. Ambulances carrying out more heart resuscitations

    The West Midlands Ambulance service is attempting more resuscitations on people suffering a cardiac arrest.

    The numbers rose from 2,909 in 2012/13 to 4,104 in 2014/15, but the number of people surviving after their heart has stopped remains fairly level, at around 8%.

    Ambulance

    WMAS says it's getting more opportunities to attempt resuscitation, because more people are trying CPR or using a defibrillator on the patients, to keep them alive before the ambulance can arrive.

  14. Redditch murder investigation: Post mortem inconclusive

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    A woman whose body was found at a property on Knowle Close in Redditch has been formally identified as Stacey Sollis, aged 27, from Bromsgrove.

    A post mortem was inconclusive and police await the results of further tests.

    Knowle Close

    A 32-year-old man, from Redditch, who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail until January, said West Mercia Police.

  15. Worcestershire man's body was one of two found in burned-out camper van

    Mexican forensic experts sayremains found in a camper van in Sinaloa state are those of two surfers, one who was born in Worcestershire, who went missing last month.

    Forensic personnel inspect the van in which two Australian surfers were travelling near Novolato in Mexico on 21 November, 2015

    Australian surfers' bodies identified

    Forensic personnel inspect the van in which two Australian surfers were travelling near Novolato in Mexico on 21 November, 2015

    Mexican forensic experts say remains found in a camper van in Sinaloa state are those of two Australian surfers who went missing last month.

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  16. Fast broadband reaches 22,000 Herefordshire homes and businesses

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The multi-million poundFastershireprogramme has already reached more than 22,000 Herefordshire homes and businesses. 

    The project hopes to make faster broadband more widely available for some of the more remote parts of the county. 

    Computer generic

    Engineers working on it have so far put up more than 700 new telephone poles along more than 13km (8 miles) of road.  

  17. Basketball: Wolves' new signing frustrated

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Wolves' latest signing told me there's a lot more to come from him over the coming weeks and months.

    Orlan Jackman is a Great Britain international who made his debut for the Wolves in Friday night's home defeat by Leicester Riders.

    Jackman said he was frustrated by his performance.

  18. Pensioner who continually played The Animals' We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place given suspended sentence

    Droitwich News

     A veteran pensioner drove his neighbours to distraction by playing the 60s hit We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place at all hours of the day and night.  

  19. Ex-Boxer Ricky Hatton supports campaign for Worcester three-year-old

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Ex-boxer Ricky Hatton will be a guest speaker at a fundraising event for three-year-old Georgie Gibbs.

    Georgie, from St Johns in Worcester, has a form of cerebral palsy and her family and friends are hoping to raise £60,000 to help her walk without a frame.    

    Georgie Gibbs

    Boxing promoter Ken Purchase says the former WBA, IBF and IBO light-welterweight champion will be a guest speaker at a fundraising dinner at Sixways on 8 April.