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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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. Roads gritted but care still needed, warns council

    Low overnight temperatures mean drivers should take extra care, even if the gritters are out, warns Worcestershire County Council.

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  3. Charity sail around Zanzibar in a hollowed-out log

    BBC News England

    Three friends have completed a charity sailing trip down the coast of Tanzania and around Zanzibar in a hollowed-out log with a bed sheet for a sail.

    Three men on a boat

    Thomas Lanyon-Hogg, 30, from Malvern in Worcestershire, said the "gruelling" 500km (350 mile) adventure saw them battle exposure and dehydration.

    He, Alex Nimmo from London, and Rory Naylon, from Oxford, set sail as part of a group on 29 December.

  4. 'Da Pinchi codes' not for burglars, say police


    A series of painted symbols often claimed to help burglars target homes are in fact "innocent and explainable," police have said.

    Pavement symbles graphic

    South Worcestershire Police said it was aware of social media messages circulating describing the "Da Pinchi Code" - a criminals' code of paint or chalk markings outside properties.

    West Mercia Police said signs indicated work planned by utility firms.

  5. Watch: Police on Midlands Today to explain 'burglar code'

    If you've ever worried about strange chalk marks on the pavement, the police will be on tonight's Midlands Today from 18:30 to explain what they mean.

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  6. Icy roads: Where the gritters will be at work

    There are online maps showing the roads that have been gritted in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  7. Weather Video: Frost and freezing fog overnight

    BBC Weather

    Clear skies across the south will allow a hard frost with patchy freezing fog reforming

    Further north it will be cloudier, although breaks in the cloud will allow patchy frost to develop. Lows of -2C (28F).

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    Video caption: Weather presenter Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather for the West Midlands
  8. Man treated for facial injuries after assault in street

    A man in his 30s needed hospital treatment for facial injuries after he was assaulted yesterday on a street in Worcester, police say.

    West Mercia Police says it was called to reports of a disturbance on Shakespeare Road at about 18:15.

    Shakespeare Road, Worcester

    Two men had arrived in a blue Citroen Picasso and the victim came out into the street, where he was assaulted before the men left in the same vehicle, a spokesman said.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  9. Latest: Property deal paves the way for canal reopening; and 'burglar code' fears dismissed by police

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with facial injuries following an attack in Worcester yesterday

    - Narrow boats could soon be sailing from Hereford to Gloucester once again thanks to money from a property deal

    - Police scotch 'burglar code' fears over pavement marks

  10. Video: Stop-start season is frustrating, says Lucs director of rugby

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Luctonians’ director of rugby Alex Davidson says the stop-start nature of their season is frustrating as it is detrimental to his hopes of the team building momentum as they try to avoid relegation from National Two North. 

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    Video caption: Luctonians' stop-start season 'frustrating'

    Three of Luctonians’ last four scheduled away games have fallen victim to the weather, with the trip to Huddersfield on Saturday the latest to be called off.

    Lucs will now play that match on their only remaining free date, 26 March, and Davidson says, were they to have another game postponed, their season would then be extended into May.

  11. Print of 18th Century view of Worcester presented to museum

    An 18th Century print of a famous view of Worcester is being presented to the City Art Gallery and Museum.

    The original painting was produced in 1760 by Paul Sandby, a map-maker and landscape artist and one of the founding members of the Royal Academy.

    View of Worcester in 1760

    Prints of his original were first published in 1778 - the one being presented to the museum went on show at the 1882 Worcestershire Exhibition.

    It has been given to the museum by sisters Becky and Jenny Johnson.

  12. You'll never see this sign, but you might wish you did

    The Central Motorway Police Group have produced this helpful picture for drivers who don't know which lane they should be in.

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  13. Canal reopening: The history of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire

    The Act of Parliament pavng the way for the building of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire canal was passed in 1791, according to the trust campaigning to restore it.

    Herefordshire and Gloucestershire canal

    Building work started in 1793 but the 34-mile (55km) canal didn't link Hereford to Gloucester until 1845

    The Holmer Industrial Estate was built over part of the canal - the council is now allowing 120 homes to be built on that site, with money being from the developers being used to reopen that section of the canal.

  14. Listen: Tribute to Mott drummer from bandmate

    Andrew Easton

    Presenter, BBC Hereford and Worcester

    You can hear my interview with Mott The Hoople's Verden Allen, who's paying tribute to his bandmate, Dale Griffin.

    The band's drummer died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night, aged 67.

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    Video caption: Mott The Hoople's Verden Allen pays tribute to drummer Dale Griffin who's died.
  15. Look out for friends and family warning as temperatures plummet

    The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert, which warns prolonged cold weather could be a risk to "the very young, very old and people with chronic diseases".

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  16. Police name man who died in Bewdley industrial accident

    A man who died in an industrial accident at Bewdley Business Park has been named by police.

    Shaun Tandy, who was 35 and from the Kent area, died at the scene of the accident on 14 January.

    A joint investigation between West Mercia Police and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing.

  17. Latest: Sink hole appears after sewer collapse and canal reopening a step closer

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Body found in River Wye identified

    - Sink hole appears as Victorian sewer collapses

    - New hope for canal campaigners after money offer from property deal

  18. Canal could reopen following planning deal

    There's fresh hope a disused canal running from Hereford to Gloucester could reopen, following a planning deal.

    The 34-mile (55km) long Herefordshire and Gloucestershire canal closed in 1881.

    Canal plan

    Herefordshire Council has given permission for the Holmer Trading Estate to be demolished and replaced with 120 new homes.

    Money from the developers will also be used to reopen the canal from Aylestone Hill through to Widemarsh Common including a tunnel under College Road.

    Quote Message: The clear vision of the council to see the canal restored is greatly welcomed and shows fantastic support for huge voluntary effort to date from David Penny Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust
    David PennyHerefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust
  19. Your Pictures: Worcester Cathedral at dawn

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    This early morning shot of Worcester Cathedral comes from Ian Yates, from Catshill, Bromsgrove.

    I'd love to see your pictures, especially ones showing the fog and icy conditions - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Worcester Cathedral
  20. Football: Hereford report 'record sales' for Alvechurch clash

    Hereford FC have reported record online ticket sales for their Midland Football League fixture on Saturday.

    Edgar Street, Hereford

    The match at Edgar Street will pit the league leaders - Hereford - against second-placed Alvechurch.

    Despite being in the ninth tier of English football, Hereford have attracted crowds in excess of 2,000 for every league and major cup fixture so far this season.