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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 8:00 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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Mobile fish and chip shop wins top award

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A Worcestershire fish and chip shop has won a major award for the food they serve.

    Fish and chips

    Star-chip Enterprise in Evesham has been named the best mobile fish and chip operator at the National Fish and Chip awards.

    It was up against almost 1,000 businesses in its category.

  3. Video: European Challenge Cup a testing ground for Warriors

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Warriors’ head coach Carl Hogg says they club has placed a different emphasis on the European Challenge Cup this season due to there being no LV Cup.

    Video content

    Video caption: European Challenge Cup a testing ground for Warriors

    The Anglo-Welsh competition was scrapped this season as the Rugby World Cup led to a late start to the domestic programme and it was felt the fixture list would be too congested.

    Carl Hogg says they have used the Challenge Cup as the testing ground and an opportunity for emerging young talent to prove they are ready for a place in the Aviva Premiership squad.

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

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

  5. Concern for welfare of missing man

    There's a concern for the welfare of a 68-year-old man who's been missing from his home in Droitwich.

    Keith Gill was last seen on Friday night, and police say he is a "person of routine" whose disappearance is "out of character".

    Keith Gill

    West Mercia Police say he requires daily medication and it's not known if he has it with him.

  6. Illegal immigrants arrested at fruit farm

    Eighteen people have been arrested at a fruit farm in Herefordshire, for entering the UK illegally, the Home Office says.

    Fifteen adults have been ordered to report regularly to immigration enforcement and three children are being looked after by social services.

    The arrests were made last Wednesday at S&A Produce in Marden, seven miles north of Hereford.

  7. Latest: Illegal immigrants arrested at fruit farm and mobile chippy is the best in the country

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Trust running Herefordshire's hospital stays in special measures after being rated 'inadequate'

    - Eighteen people have been arrested at a fruit farm in Herefordshire, for entering the UK illegally

    - A mobile fish and chip shop owner from Evesham says he's delighted they've been named the best in the country

  8. Video: West Midlands fall in unemployment is welcomed

    BBC Midlands Today

    Employment Minister Priti Patel has welcomed the news that fewer people in the West Midlands are out of work, according to the latest official figures.  

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    Video caption: Employment Minister Priti Patel has welcomed West Midlands unemployment figures.

    The Office for National Statistics said the number of people out of work in the region fell by 8,000 to 157,000 between September and November.  

  9. 'Systems to protect patients from harm were not effective' says watchdog boss

    England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended Wye Valley NHS Trust remains in special measures after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection rated it "inadequate".

    The trust was placed into special measures in October 2014 following a CQC inspection in June of that year.

    Quote Message: I am concerned the systems to protect patients from harm were not effective and that governance arrangements did not always ensure that when things went wrong they were investigated and that the trust learned from these. from Prof Sir Mike Richards Chief Inspector of Hospitals
    Prof Sir Mike RichardsChief Inspector of Hospitals
  10. Your pictures: Winter comes to Worcester

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    This picture of Worcester was sent in by Danielle Simmonds.

    I'll happily feature you photo too - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Misty field in Worcester
  11. WW2 servicemen given French Legion of Honour award

    Eric Tipping (pictured), who's 90, joined up at the age of 17 and served with the Worcestershire Regiment, taking part in the D-Day landings and fighting in Europe until the end of the war.

    After the war he returned to Worcester and worked for the Co-op for thirty years.

    Eric Tipping

    Michael Stone first moved to Worcester in 1926, aged four. He was 22 when he took part in the D-Day landings as an officer with the Royal Artillery.

    After the war he worked in civil engineering around the world, before returning to Worcester.

  12. Latest: Hospital trust to stay in special measures and illegal immigrants arrested on fruit farm

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - The trust that runs Herefordshire's hospitals will remain in special measures

    - Eighteen people have been arrested at a fruit farm in Herefordshire for entering the UK illegally

    - WW2 veterans given top honour by France

  13. Joint housing plan 'could save £80,000'

    Plans to have one team looking after housing services in Malvern Hills District and Wychavon could save the two councils £80,000, the authorities claim.


    The savings will be made by removing a management position and other vacant posts within both teams, Malvern Hills District Council said.

    Councillors in the authority will discuss the proposal next week - Wychavon will debate it in February.

    Quote Message: Housing is one of the most important services we provide and this proposal will allow us to improve the service further but at a reduced cost to the council taxpayer. from Councillor Melanie Baker Malvern Hills District Council
    Councillor Melanie BakerMalvern Hills District Council
  14. Nominations invited for Spirit of Bromsgrove Awards

    Residents are being asked to nominating people, clubs and organisations they think have made an outstanding contribution to the community for the Spirit of Bromsgrove awards.

    The awards, now in the second year, mark local sporting, arts and community achievements of residents that have had a positive impact across the district over the past two years.

    Quote Message: Recognising the achievements of our residents is very important to us which is why we created these awards initially from Councillor Rod Laight Bromsgrove District Council
    Councillor Rod LaightBromsgrove District Council