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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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

  2. Man who died after being hit by a white van named as Bromsgrove man

    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.

    David Wood
  3. Cataloguing wildlife in Wyre Forest

    Bob Hockenhull

    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.

    Woodland search

     You can find out more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One. 

  4. Basketball: Wolves escape serious injury in M42 accident

    Worcester Wolves basketball squad escaped with cuts and bruises after their team bus was involved in an accident on the M42 this afternoon.

    Worcester Wolves' head coach Paul James

    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.

  5. Police 'spent £2m on temporary staff over the past three years'

    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". 

    Jon Campion

    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.

  6. Weather video: Some rain and strong winds overnight

    Rebecca Wood

    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.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. Tesco superstores in Hereford and Evesham to stop 24-hour opening

    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.

    Tesco in Hereford
    Quote Message: With the growth of online grocery shopping, these stores saw very few customers during the night. from Tony Hoggett Retail Director for Tesco
    Tony HoggettRetail Director for Tesco
  8. New leader 'confident' impact of cuts on front-line services can be 'mitigated'

    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 Council
    Simon GeraghtyLeader, Worcestershire County Council
    County hall, Worcester
  9. Travel: Fallen tree blocks A438 in Herefordshire

    BBC Travel

    The A438 at Letton is partially blocked in both direction at the Swan Inn junction because of a fallen tree. More from BBC Travel.

  10. Latest: Police spend £2m on temporary staff and council tax rise of 4% planned

    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

  11. Warriors: Exeter announce their side for Sixways clash

    Here's the Exeter Chiefs' side for Sunday's game again Warriors at Sixways - full commentary on the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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  12. Phone scammers targeting elderly people in Herefordshire

    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
    Det Ch Insp Tim Bower
  13. A&Es struggle after 'sharp rise' in demand

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    A "sharp rise" in demand in A&E units is causing real problems for hospitals, NHS bosses are warning.   

    A&E unit

    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.

  14. Shutters forced in attempted cash machine break-in at supermarket

    Thieves forced open metal shutters as they tried to break into a cash machine at a supermarket in Pershore, police say.

    Racecourse Road, Pershore

    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.