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- Updates on Friday 29 January 2016
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A man who died after he was hit by a white van while out running has been named by police as David Wood from Bromsgrove.
West Midlands Police is appealing for information about the crash on Fillongley Road in Meriden just before 14:00 on Thursday which cost Mr Wood's life.
Family paid tribute to him as a "loving father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and husband". David's wife Hayley said he was a keen tri-athlete who enjoyed keeping fit.Copyright: West Midlands Police
National League side Kidderminster have signed striker Evan Garnett from Evo-stik Southern Division side Belper Town.Copyright: Kidderminster Harriers
So far the only flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency are for upstream on the River Severn, there are none for this area yet.
BBC Midlands Today
I've been meeting a group of amateur naturalists as they search for the land caddis fly in the Wyre Forest, near Kidderminster.
The team have spent 25 years cataloguing species in the forest, and the hope is their research will help protect rare wildlife in other woodland habitats.Copyright: BBC
You can find out more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.
A drugs haul found in Bromsgrove is estimated to have a street value of £1m.
Worcester Wolves basketball squad escaped with cuts and bruises after their team bus was involved in an accident on the M42 this afternoon.Copyright: BBC
The Wolves' head coach Paul James said everyone had been shaken up by the collision, which occurred near Tamworth, but they were relieved it had not been more serious.
The match at Leeds Force has been postponed, but the Wolves are confident the home BBL Trophy quarter-final tie against Glasgow Rocks will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, 31 January.
Changes on the Hereford to Birmingham line.
West Mercia Police has spent more than £2m on temporary staff since 2012, the local Conservative party has revealed.
The Conservative candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) post, Jon Campion (pictured), obtained the figures, seen by the BBC, under Freedom of Information laws, and has described them as "mind-boggling".Copyright: Conservative Party
Bill Longmore, the current PCC, claims the comments illustrate a lack of understanding about the situations he and the force have dealt with in recent years.
He says he's confident his financial management of the force is good, pointing to savings of almost £37m since 2010.
BBC Midlands Today
Isolated showers, perhaps wintry, will continue for a time tonight with more persistent rain likely further south. There'll be further strong winds tonight, becoming confined to northern hills later.
Around £20m of fresh savings need to be made at Worcestershire County Council - with its new leader severely criticising the Government for handing it a "deeply concerning" deal.
The Tesco superstores in Hereford (pictured) and Evesham are two of 76 that will stop 24-hour trading, the company has announced.
The stores will close their doors to customers between midnight and 06:00.
The changes will take effect between 14 March and 11 April.Copyright: GoogleQuote Message: With the growth of online grocery shopping, these stores saw very few customers during the night. from Tony Hoggett Retail Director for Tesco
The new leader of Worcestershire County Council says he is confident the effects of budget shortfalls on front-line services can be "mitigated".
Conservative Simon Geraghty, who took over as leader earlier this month, described the reduction in funding from government of around £11m as "disappointing".Quote Message: We are confident that the measures that we are taking will mitigate the impact on front line services for 2016-17. However the council will face significant financial challenges in future years if the settlement remains unaltered from Simon Geraghty Leader, Worcestershire County CouncilCopyright: Worcestershire County Council
The A438 at Letton is partially blocked in both direction at the Swan Inn junction because of a fallen tree. More from BBC Travel.
A children's respite centre earmarked for closure looks set to remain open for another 12 months.
BBC Hereford and Worcester
Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:
- West Mercia Police has spent more than £2m on temporary staff since 2012
- Council tax rise of 4% proposed
- Masked gang raid a supermarket in Upton-upon-Severn
Here's the Exeter Chiefs' side for Sunday's game again Warriors at Sixways - full commentary on the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
Scam callers are targeting elderly people in Herefordshire, particularly in the Bromyard area, and police are warning the public not to give bank details over the phone.
The scam caller claims to be from the police, the Ministry of Justice, or say the person has been mis-sold insurance and will given a cheque - sometimes they become abusive, West Mercia Police say.
A spokesman said under no circumstances would the police or banks, ask for a PIN, send a courier to collect a card or ask someone to transfer money to a secure account.Quote Message: Fortunately the message is being shared and most people are realising that these are scams, but it is important that we keep warning people about they different ways in which the scammers are trying to dupe victims. from Det Ch Insp Tim Bower
A "sharp rise" in demand in A&E units is causing real problems for hospitals, NHS bosses are warning.Copyright: Getty
Over the past fortnight there have been 45 temporary closures of A&E units - up 50% on the same period last year.
This is considered an extreme step in which ambulances are sent to other hospitals and is ordered when wards are full and waiting times increasing rapidly.
Thieves forced open metal shutters as they tried to break into a cash machine at a supermarket in Pershore, police say.Copyright: Google
West Mercia Police say the thieves fled after they activated the alarm and smoke blanket at the Co-op store in Racecourse Road at 23:45 yesterday.
The incident is not being linked to a burglary at the Co-op store in Upton upon Severn the previous night, a spokesman said.