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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 14 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Travel: Find out which roads are being gritted

    Worcestershire County Council has an online map showing the routes its fleets of gritters are taking.

    Jon Fraser, the council's highways manager, says it has 17,000 tonnes of salt in store, "the most we've ever had".

    Gritter

    Likewise, Herefordshire Council has an online map showing its routes.

    The council says it has 5,200 tonnes of rock salt ready to use.

  3. Warriors' hooker to stay at the club

    Hooker Niall Annett has signed a new contract with Worcester Warriors.

    The 24-year-old arrived at Sixways from Ulster Rugby in the summer of 2014.

    Niall Annett

    Annett said it has been "brilliant to be involved with so many talented and like-minded players".

    Quote Message: Niall is a perfect example of the kind of personnel we want to keep attracting to the club from Dean Ryan Director of Rugby
    Dean RyanDirector of Rugby
  4. Police Community Support Officers to train as retained firefighters

    Plans to train Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) as retained firefighters in Herefordshire have been criticised by the Fire Brigade Union.

    The initiative has been agreed between West Mercia Police and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to train four officers in Herefordshire and three in Shropshire.

    Steve Gould, FBU secretary said: "There could be a PCSO who's dealing with an incident and the retained firefighter alert goes off - what do they do then?"

    John Price, the area commander at the fire service, who is in charge of scheme, says many of the other 380 retained firefighters had "complex day jobs" and performed a valuable role.

  5. Latest: Plans to train Police Community Support Officers as firemen criticised and A&E 'long wait' warning

    Felicity Sanderson

    Journalist

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

    - Plans to train Police Community Support Officers as retained firefighters in Herefordshire have been criticised by the Fire Brigade Union

    - The trust running Hereford County Hospital is warning of 'long waits' in A&E

    - Simon Geraghty has been officially appointed as the leader of Worcestershire County Council

  6. Bus company says it is acting on council concerns

    A bus company warned by Worcestershire County Council it could lose its licence if the service it offers doesn't improve says it has already acted to deal with "the challenges we have faced over the last few months".

    In a statement, Diamond Bus said in the spring it would bring a fleet of eight brand new large single deck buses into service.

    It said it was "committed to continue to work to improve the quality of service provision we make throughout 2016".

    Quote Message: We have a series of meetings arranged with local politicians where we will explain in detail the issues that have been raised. from Diamond Bus statement
    Diamond Bus statement
  7. 'Long delays' at A&E due to patient numbers, trust warns

    The trust running Hereford's County Hospital is warning of "long delays" at its A&E department due to "the number of patients it is currently seeing".

    Hereford County Hospital

    Wye Valley NHS Trust says people should consider alternatives before turning up at A&E if their condition or injury is not an emergency.

    The latest figures from NHS England show the hospital is still missing its A&E waiting time target, with only 81% of patients being seen within four hours.

  8. Weather video: Cold with a icy patches and a widespread frost

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The evening will be mainly dry at first, but showers developing through the night, turning to sleet or snow over higher parts. Cold with a icy patches and a widespread frost. Lows of 1C (34F).

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza presents the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  9. Moeen takes key wicket as England on top in third Test

    Worcestershire's Moeen Ali took the wicket of opener Dean Elgar as England dominated the first day of the third test against South Africa in Johannesburg. Follow live coverage here.

    Mooen Ali
  10. Latest: New leader for council after drink-drive resignation and bus company told to improve its service

    Felicity Sanderson

    Journalist

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

    - Simon Geraghty has been officially appointed as the leader of Worcestershire County Council

    - A bus company has been told it must improve its services or risk losing its licence

    - Worcestershire's Moeen Ali takes one of five South Africa wickets on the first day of the third Test

  11. Bus company warned it could lose its licence

    Matthew Bone

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The Diamond Bus Company has been told it must improve its services or risk losing its licence by Worcestershire County Council.

    At today's meeting at County Hall, councillors recounted tales of buses running late, getting lost and even catching fire along routes operated by the company in the north of the county.

    Members backed a motion demanding improvements in reliability, quality and customer satisfaction.

    Councillor John Smith, who’s in charge of Highways, said he’d met with managers at the firm and told them they must show a clear improvement by next month.

    The BBC has yet to receive a response from The Diamond Bus Company.

  12. Three-wheel police car produced for motor show

    The Morgan Motor Company has produced a special version of its three-wheeler car for the police, complete with working lights.

    The car will feature on the Central Motorway Police Group stand at the Autosport International Show at the NEC this weekend.

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    The car won't actually be used by the police, although a spokesman for Morgan says one of their three-wheelers was used by Worcester police in the 1930s.

  13. A&E units continue to miss waiting time targets

    Tim Race

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A&E units in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire are still failing to meet waiting time targets.

    Just over 86% of patients in Worcestershire were seen within four hours in November - that figure drops to 81% in Herefordshire.

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital