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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 18 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Magna Carta returns to Hereford Cathedral from world tour

    A rare copy of the Magna Carta has returned to Hereford Cathedral following a world tour.

    The 1217 version was displayed in New York, China, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Singapore and was even given its own first-class seat on a flight from the UK to the USA.

    Magna Carta
  3. Weather video: Mainly dry and mild overnight

    BBC Weather

    Staying breezy and mainly dry overnight, although some showery rain is likely for a time across southern counties. It will be a very mild night, exceptionally so for some. Lows of 12C (54F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Hundreds of ambulances readied for 'Mad Friday'

    Nearly 300 ambulances and paramedic cars will be on the region's road this weekend, according to the ambulance service.

    Drunk woman

    Revellers have been warned to drink responsibly on "Mad Friday", usually one of the busiest days of the year for UK pubs and clubs.

    Steve Parry from West Midlands Ambulance Service says they've been planning for some time for the next few days.

    Quote Message: We've got a significant number of vehicles right across the West Midlands over the next 48 hours - some 200 ambulances, some 80 cars from Steve Parry West Midlands Ambulance Service
    Steve ParryWest Midlands Ambulance Service
  5. Latest: Cash taken in supermarket robbery and police budget cut

    Felicity Sanderson

    Journalist

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

    - 'Large amount of cash' stolen in supermarket robbery

    - West Mercia Police budget cut

    - Flood debris to be moved from Worcester's bridge

  6. Robbers steal 'large amount of cash' from supermarket

    Two robbers wearing balaclavas and dark-coloured hooded tops have got away with "a large amount of cash" after threatening staff at a supermarket in Worcester, police say.

    Sainsbury's supermarket, Warndon, Worcester

    West Mercia Police say they were called to Sainsbury's on Windermere Drive in Warndon at 03:45, before the store had opened.

    "Threats of violence" were made to staff, officers say, but no-one was injured

    The two robbers made off on foot towards the Warndon Estate.

  7. Your photos: Red sky in the morning

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Tim Race took this picture of the sunrise over the Worcester skyline on his way into work.

    The chances are there will be a nice sunset as well, so send me your photos - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Sunrise over Worcester
  8. Police funding cut confirmed by government

    Matthew Bone

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Funding for policing in Herefordshire and Worcestershire is being cut next year, the government has confirmed.

    West Mercia Police will be getting just under £110m in 2016 - £600,000 less than the year before.

    Police officers

    The force is considering increasing its share of council tax to help make up for the shortfall.

    Quote Message: The question around whether or not council tax will increase next year is not decided, and I am currently consulting the public on the subject from Bill Longmore West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
    Bill LongmoreWest Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
  9. Arriva Trains Wales drivers' 24-hour strike in January

    Arriva Trains Wales drivers will strike for 24 hours as part of a dispute over pay and conditions.

    Arriva Trains Wales train

    Members of the Aslef union will walk out on January 4, the day many return to work after the Christmas break.

    The company runs some trains serving Herefordshsire.

  10. Latest: Npower handed £26m fine and the Magna Carta back after world tour

    Felicity Sanderson

    Journalist

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

    - Npower has been fined £26m due to mistakes with bills and the handling of complaints

    - A 22-year-old has become the youngest member of Worcestershire County Council after winning a by-election

    - A rare copy of the Magna Carta has returned to Hereford Cathedral today following a world tour

  11. Magna Carta: 'We tend to take our liberty for granted'

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Hereford Cathedral's version of the Magna Carta has returned home after a world tour which has taken it through 25 time zones.

    Hereford Cathedral

    The 800-year-old document has been seen by more than 25,000 people during its world tour and has been on show in America, China, Hong King, Singapore, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal.

    Now it's back and will be on display at the city's cathedral until 2 January.

    Quote Message: I think countries where they feel their liberty is under threat or where they only just acquired it are much more fervent about Magna Carta than we are - we tend to take out liberty for granted from Canon Chris Pullin Hereford Cathedral
    Canon Chris PullinHereford Cathedral
  12. Green light given to business park expansion

    Planning permission has been given for a new phase of warehouse and industrial units at the Great Western Business Park in Worcester.

    Great Western Business Park in Worcester

    Developers, St. Modwen, say the 11 new units could create up to 140 jobs.

    Quote Message: Following deals with Travis Perkins Group and Worcester Fire Station, plus a number of inquiries for space, we are pleased to bring over 64,000 sq ft of prime industrial space forward. from Jonathan Green St. Modwen
    Jonathan GreenSt. Modwen