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  1. Updates on Monday 8 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have now ended.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, travel and weather for the area.

  2. Safety concerns revealed on collapsed wall that leaves two children in hopsital

    Alice Porter

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    It's been revealed that a wall which collapsed in strong winds, injuring two young children, was recently inspected because of safety concerns. 

    A four-year-old boy and a girl, aged seven, were airlifted to hospital earlier after becoming trapped under the rubble. 

    Wychavon District Council says following the inspection, it advised the owner Lloyd Tredell to carry out repairs to the wall. 

    Wall

    But Mr Tredell, who owns the wall as part of Bretforton Hall, told BBC Hereford & Worcester a specialist had decided the wall posed "no immediate danger to the public" and he'd get it repaired once the weather improved.  

  3. Coroner records verdict of 'unlawful killing' after woman found dead in Worcester

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A coroner has recorded verdicts of 'unlawful killing' and 'suicide' at an inquest into the deaths of a Polish couple from Worcester

    The bodies of Malgorzata Marczak and Daniel Fedec  were discovered at their home in Debdale Avenue at Warndon Villages last October.

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    Image caption: Daniel Fedec

    The coroner at Stourport concluded that Fedec killed his partner before taking his own life by hanging himself.

  4. Stoke Heath villagers driven to despair by M5 night closures

    Carson Wishart

    Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

    People living alongside a M5 diversion route in north Worcestershire say overnight closures to build a smart motorway are making their lives a "living hell".

    Some villagers in Stoke Heath say they're now considering selling up because the noise is keeping them awake at night.

    Highways England, which caused 10 hours of delays on the M5 between junction 4a and 6 when night works overran on Friday, says it's trying to keep disruption to a minimum.

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    Quote Message: I know I bought a cottage on the A38, but I didn't buy one on the M5. It's so terrible I need to have a drink to get to sleep at night." from Colin Woolman Stoke Heath resident
    Colin WoolmanStoke Heath resident
  5. Latest headlines: Woman was 'unlawfully killed' by boyfriend; two children remain in hospital after wall blows down

    These are the main stories we're covering in the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom this afternoon:

     - Coroner says woman found dead in Worcester was 'unlawfully' killed by boyfriend who then killed himself

    -  Storm Imogen leaves two young children in hospital after blowing down a wall in Evesham

    -  The Alliance of British Drivers calls for an end to overnight closures on the M5 through Worcestershire

  6. BreakingWoman found dead in Worcester was 'unlawfully killed' says coroner

    A coroner has recorded a verdict of "unlawful killing" at the inquest of a Worcester woman found dead in Worcester.

    The body of 29-year-old Malgorzata Marczak was discovered at an address in Debdale Avenue last October.

    Her 21-year-old boyfriend Daniel Fedec, who was found hanged at the property, killed himself, the Stourport inquest heard.

  7. Storm Imogen and substation fault leaves around 230 homes without power

    Storm Imogen has left around 80 homes in the Areley Common area of Stourport without power after trees brought down an overhead cable.

    Western Power engineers are also trying to restore electricity to around 150 properties in Kidderminster after a substation failed. The company says it hopes to have the repairs finished in the "next couple of hours".

  8. Passerby pulled two children free from collapsed wall in Evesham

    Alice Porter

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Ambulance crews say a passerby pulled two young children free from a collapsed wall which was blown down by Storm Imogen.

    A four-year-old boy and girl, aged seven, have been airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries after they were rescued from the rubble of a 10ft private wall, thought to weigh a couple of tonnes.  

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A passerby had pulled the children from the debris before ambulance crews arrived."

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    Image caption: The collapsed wall at Bretforton

    “The boy had leg and back injuries and was flown by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital," he said.

    “The girl who had leg and facial injuries was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

  9. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

      It looks like the wet and blustery weather will stay with us through the evening and into the night.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  10. Latest headlines: Storm Imogen leaves two school children in hospital; red light shown to M5 overnight closures

    These are the main stories we're covering in the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom this afternoon:

    -  Two school children, aged four and seven, airlifted to hospital after Storm Imogen brings down a wall in Evesham

    -  The Alliance of British Drivers says overnight closures of the M5 through Worcestershire needs to stop

     - An inquest is getting under way into the suspicious death of a woman found in Worcester

  11. Flood warning for Kempsey

    A flood warning has been issued for the River Severn around Kempsey.

    The Environment Agency says the river is expected to peak on Tuesday afternoon.

    However, further heavy rain is expected in the next few days.

  12. Worcester Warriors sign Springbok star Dewald Potgieter

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Warriors have signed South Africa flanker Dewald Potgieter ahead of their crucial Aviva Premiership clash with Bath on Saturday.

    The 28-year-old has won six caps for the Springboks, scoring a try against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in June 2010.

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    Potgieter says: "Dean Ryan is building something really unique at Worcester and it's something that really appealed to me.  "I can't wait to get started and to try and earn the respect of my teammates and hopefully I can add something to the squad.”

  13. Inquest into suspicious death of woman found in Worcester

    Alice Porter

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    An inquest is taking place later into the suspicious death of a woman found in Worcester. 

    The body of 29-year-old Malgorzata Marczak was discovered at an address in Debdale Avenue last October. 

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    falseHer 21-year-old boyfriend Daniel Fedec was also found dead there. The one-hour hearing will take place at Worcestershire Coroners' Court in Stourport later. 

  14. Two children 'lucky to be alive' after wall collapses on them in wake of Storm Imogen

    Carson Wishart

    Journalist, BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A fire chief says two young children are lucky to be alive after strong winds caused a wall to collapse in Evesham.

    A four-year-old boy and girl, aged seven, have been airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries after they were rescued from the rubble of a 10ft private wall, thought to weigh a couple of tonnes.

    Evesham's station commander Steve Fox told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "This was caused by the current inclement weather and the high winds we're experiencing.

    "Luckily, the children were at  the edge of the wall when it collapsed. If they were in the direct path of the collapsing wall it could have been a completely different story."

  15. Hundreds of homes without power

    Western Power Distribution says there were 1,600 properties without power this morning in the West Midlands, following storm Imogen.  

    More than 200 homes in Kidderminster are without power, along with others in Droitwich and Stourport.

    Power map
  16. Latest headlines: Two children suffer 'serious injuries' as wall collapses; M5 drivers want compensation

    Kate West

    Newsreader, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    These are the main stories from the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom this lunchtime:

    -  A four-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl are airlifted to hospital after wall collapses in Evesham

    -  Drivers caught up in the 12-hour delays on the M5 on Friday say they now want compensation

    - Storm Imogen expected to bring gusts of 60 miles an hour across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

  17. Concerns remain over safety of collapsed wall

    Kate West

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    There are still concerns over the safety of a partially collapsed wall that injured two children this morning, Worcestershire County Council says.

    A four-year-old boy (previously thought to be five) and a seven-year-old girl were rescued from the rubble by the side of the B4035 in Bretforton. They were airlifted to hospital thought to be suffering from serious leg injuries.

    The collapsed wall at Bretforton

    Worcestershire County Council says engineers are checking for any more structural damage in the area.  

    Temporary traffic lights and a footpath have been set up.