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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume from 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Bringing history to life at Civil War museum

    More than 150 re-enactors are aiming to bring history to life with encampments, military drill displays, crafts and vintage vehicles at the Commandery Museum in Worcester next month.

    Viking re-enactors

    There will be 17th Century, Napoleonic, World War One and World War Two encampments, as well as Vikings, an Elizabethan surgeon, a Victorian soup kitchen and displays of period dancing

    The Commandery itself was a hospital during the battle of Worcester in 1651.

    The event takes place on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 February.

  3. Watch: Foam animal archery course given go-ahead

    Plans for an archery course with foam animals have been passed with conditions. 

    The proposed attraction in private woodland at Lynders Wood near Upton Bishop was given the go-ahead by Herefordshire Council. 

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    Video caption: Foam animals archery course near Upton Bishop approved

    Concerns have previously been raised that stray arrows could leave the site, but Francis Buchanan, who is behind the plans, said it was heavily wooded. 

    The course will be allowed to fully open to the public once council officers are satisfied about where targets are placed.  

  4. Scary hedgehogs and lost keys: 999 calls

    Emergency 999 calls about scary hedgehogs, lost keys and a request for a lift after a drunken night out are just some of those received by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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    While these are nuisance calls, the ambulance service also faces hoax calls from people deliberately trying to divert crews to non-existent emergencies.

    In the first 11 months of last year the ambulance service said it received more than 450 hoax calls, tying up paramedics and other staff from attending potentially life-threatening emergencies.  

  5. Midwives taught to belly dance

    Midwives studying at the University of Worcester have had a lesson on how belly dancing can help mothers-to-be.

    Belly dancing midwives

    First year midwifery students were taught by Tina Hobin, from Kidderminster, an authority on the art of belly dancing who has written several books on the practice

    Quote Message: It is really good for helping our students to learn about how the body works and about how strengthening your core muscles can aid childbirth from Rebecca Godwin Lecturer, University of Worcester
    Rebecca GodwinLecturer, University of Worcester
  6. MPs back calls for English national anthem

    MPs have given initial support to the idea of England adopting an official national anthem.

    Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins believes England needs its own anthem and presented his case in the House of Commons as a 10-minute rule motion.

    Sir Edward Elgar

    Land of Hope and Glory - whose words were set to a tune by Worcestershire-born Sir Edward Elgar (pictured) - was used by England at the Commonwealth Games before 2010.

    It often comes up as second choice, behind Jerusalem, in public polls.

  7. Latest: Foam animals archery course plan approved and scam calls from fraudsters pretending to be from MI6

    Felicity Sanderson


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

    - Plans to open an archery course featuring foam animals as targets have been approved

    - Warning from the police after a spate of scam calls from fraudsters claiming to be from MI6 or the fraud squad

    - Primal Scream join the line-up for this year's Lakefest at Eastnor Castle

  8. Your photos: The River Severn in flood

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    This great picture, catching contrasting colours in the centre of Worcester, comes from Mags Moore.

    I'd love to see your photos - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    River Severn in Worcester
  9. Weather video: Getting colder with the possibility of heavy rain

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Rain will continue tonight and will be heavy at times - lows of 3C (37F). More from BBC Weather.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  10. More headline acts announced for Lakefest 2016

    Primal Scream and We are Scientists have been named in the line-up for this year's Lakefest, being held for the first time at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.

    Primal Scream

    Starsailor were already confirmed for the festival, being held at the castle near Ledbury between 11-14 August.

    Eastnor Castle was the venue for the Big Chill festival until 2011.

  11. Latest: Foam animals archery course approved and headliners for Lakefest announced

    Felicity Sanderson


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

    - Plans to open an archery course in Herefordshire where people shoot at 3D foam animals has been approved

    - Primal Scream and We are Scientists are among the line-up announced for this year's Lakefest at Eastnor

    - Bath second-row forward Will Spencer has become the latest player to agree to join Worcester Warriors for next season

  12. City community and volunteer groups can bid for £25,000 of funding

    Community groups in three areas of Worcester are being reminded they have until 2 February to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to fund projects that will benefit local people.

    Worcester City Council has set aside £25,000 to match-fund local initiatives to improve the lives or environments of residents living in the city wards of Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill.

    Quote Message: Applications will be assessed on a first-come first-served basis, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your community a better place for all from Councillor Lucy Hodgson
    Councillor Lucy Hodgson
  13. Your photos: Red sky in the morning

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Shepherds had better watch out, looking at the colour of this morning sunrise over Malvern, send in by Tasha Jones.

    Keep the pictures coming - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Sunrise over Malvern
  14. 'Wineathlon' returns to Worcestershire

    The Wineathlon - a 10k run where competitors get the chance to sample wine as well as water as they negotiate the course - is returning to Worcestershire in September.

    Event organisers say the course will be an "easy trail" with "feed stations every few miles, stocked with optional wine samples".

    Runners are invited to "run, walk or crawl" around the event, where each drink on offer will be based on a different wine region of the world.

    Due to the availability of alcohol, no-one under the age of 18 is allowed to take part in the events, which will also raise money for the St Richard's Hospice.