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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By James Pearson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Watch: BBC Inside Out investigates shortage of GPs

    BBC Inside Out

    One in three trainee GP vacancies go unfilled in the West Midlands, according to the British Medical Association.

    Inside Out West Midlands has been talking to Dr Andrew Green about the problems that can cause.

    The full programme is on BBC One from 19:30.

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    Video caption: Plugging the doctor gap
  3. Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Outbreaks of rain tonight, some of this heavy. It will also be turning windier, helping temperatures to slowly rise overnight. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Latest: Missing girl search; Eurovision hopeful 'no regrets' after losing vote

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    - Police search for missing girl

    - A would-be Eurovision contestant from Worcestershire says she has "no regrets" despite narrowly missing out on the chance to represent the UK

    - NHS staff shortages in Herefordshire and Worcestershire 

  5. Nursing shortage down to supply and demand, says NHS boss

    A national shortage of doctors is mainly due to there not enough being trained, according to the Worcestershire man in charge of the NHS's education programme.

    Figures obtained by the BBC show that nearly one in six hospital doctor jobs (110) have vacancies in Worcestershire, the second worst in the region. There are also 268 vacant nurse jobs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

    Doctors and nurses in uniform

    Ian Cummings, who's from Pershore, is the first Chief Executive of Health Education England. Speaking to the BBC today, he said there had been a "surge in demand" for nurses.

    Quote Message: Our hospitals have decided that they need to employ 24,000 more nurses than they did three years ago. Now we only train 20,000 a year, so it is going to take some time for those roles to be filled." from Ian Cummings
    Ian Cummings
  6. Capability Brown exhibition coming to Bewdley

    This year is the 300th anniversary of Lancelot "Capability" Brown's birth. Brown's first major commission was to landscape the park and gardens at Croome Court in Worcestershire.

    To mark his life and work a special exhibition, including early engravings of the estate, will open at Bewdley museum this Saturday. 

    An engraving of Croome Court
  7. Continued appeal for missing 15-year-old girl from Redditch

    West Mercia Police say they're keen to trace a missing 15-year-old girl from Redditch.

    Elisha Mason has not been seen by her parents since she left for school at 07:30 on 24 February.She is described as 5'7" tall, slim build with long brown hair.

    Elisha Mason

    When she was last seen she was wearing her school uniform and was wearing a green parka style coat with fur around the hood.

  8. Worcester Wolves excited by new signing from the Bronx

    Worcester Wolves head coack Paul James says he's excited about new signing, New Yorker Jordan Aaron.

    The point guard is expected to feature at Leeds on Friday.

    Jordan Aaron
    Quote Message: I’m delighted that we have been able to find a player that we feel will have a good and positive impact on the team going into the final stages of the season." from Paul James Worcester Wolves Head Coach
    Paul JamesWorcester Wolves Head Coach

    Managing Director Mick Donovan said the team had "spent a great deal of time searching for the right type of player".

  9. New flood equipment for local search and rescue team

    The Severn Area Rescue Association, or SARA, have been showing off their latest piece of kit this afternoon on Twitter.

    The inland lifeboat service is the largest in the UK, and covers the Severn, the Wye and the Avon. 

    View more on twitter
  10. 'No regrets' over failed Eurovision bid

    A would-be Eurovision contender from Worcestershire says she has "no regrets" despite narrowly missing out on the chance to represent the UK at the event. 

    Abby Inez from Droitwich, and her singing partner Cara Beard, were among six acts who took part in a BBC Four show on Friday night to pick Britain's entry to go to Sweden. They were beaten by Joe and Jake; though Abby says she's gained some life-long fans of her music. 

    Droitwich pop singer Abbey Inez (left) and Cára Beth Beard
  11. Listen to Dean Ryan's post match interview

    Worcester Warriors' director of rugby Dean Ryan talks to BBC Hereford and Worcester after the 38-18 defeat at Northampton, a game the Warriors were winning 18-17 early in the second half.

    Dean Ryan
  12. News: Demand for nurses; Bronx basketball player set for Worcester; local pop singer misses out on Eurovision

    Here are some of our main stories this afternoon:

    - Shortages of hundreds of nurses and doctors in the two counties are down to not enough being trained, according to a health expert from Pershore

    - Worcester Wolves say they're excited about the signing of a basketball player who hails from the Bronx in New York

    - A Droitwich pop singer says she has 'no regrets' after missing out on the chance to represent the UK in the Eurovision song contest

  13. Coming up on our Drivetime programme

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Here are some of the stories we'll be going into depth on, on our Drivetime programme this afternoon from 16:00:

    - One in five nursing posts aren't taken in Herefordshire and Worcestershire's acute hospitals

    - Why robots could be replacing millions of us in the workplace in the years ahead

    - Investigating where all the hedgehogs have gone 

    Nurses

    Listen live or on BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.

  14. Arson attack in Worcester

    Police are hunting for a man in connection with an arson attack on a car in Worcester at the weekend.

    A Blue BMW was set alight on Diglis Road at about 21:45 on Saturday, near to the footbridge.

    The suspect, who is described as a man wearing a black hooded top, then left the scene on a mountain bike which is thought to have had red rims.

    Police tape

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.  

  15. Hereford man misses out on Oscar win

    While Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor, and Spotlight Best Picture, there was disappointment at last night's Oscars for one local nominee.

    Hereford's David Darg, who works for international charity Operation Blessing, was left empty-handed after receiving a nomination for Best Documentary: Short Subject, for his film Body Team 12.

    David Darg and another colleague from Operation Blessing helping victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake

    David Darg (pictured left) shot the film in Liberia during the Ebola crisis. 

    Mr Darg has previously helped victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

  16. Any ladies planning to propose today?

    Claudia Berry

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Today's 29 February, the one day of the year when it's traditionally supposed to be OK for women to propose to men.

    Engagement rings

    Our very own Claudia Berry has revealed she asked her husband, Jerry, to marry her on the date in a previous leap year.

    "I think we had been living together for a couple of years, so it was on the cards. I think it was a bit of fun as to who was going to propose.

    "I made him wait until five minutes to midnight, and then just as a film we were watching was coming to an end, I turned off the telly and got down on one knee."

  17. Concern shared council services in Worcestershire are "shrouded in mystery"

    Worcester News

    A row has broken out over shared council services in Worcestershire - with claims the management of the county's Trading Standards is "shrouded in mystery".