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  1. Updates on Monday 14 March 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 live coverage across the day

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather for West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Here's a look ahead to the weather for the rest of the day and for tonight.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands
  3. 'Warriors' youngsters need more games'

    BBC Sport

    Worcester Warriors academy coach Gordon Ross says more regular fixtures will help the development of their young players.

    Gordon Ross

    With a limited number of A-League and under-18 fixtures providing the only opportunity, Ross wants more game time for up-and-coming talent.

    "They work hard but we don't want them in the gym all the time. We want them playing, especially at weekends," he said.

  4. Apology after 11 years

    A Worcestershire woman, who claims she's been left with long-term brain damage after undergoing electro-convulsive therapy, says she's finally received a verbal apology from the NHS Trust that administered it to her. 

    Mother-of-three Susan Cunliffe, from Broadwas, was repeatedly given ECT for her severe depression more than 10 years ago, and hasn't been able to work since. 

    She says Worcestershire Health and Care Trust has now apologised to her in person. The Trust say the investigation into her case is on-going and that they've agreed to look into Susan's specific concerns.

    Susan Cunliffe
  5. Has Ledbury been holding its street fair at the wrong time for centuries?

    Kidderminster Shuttle

    Ledbury could get two annual street fairs instead of one, but none of them, including the time-hallowed October Fair, will be in the months actually stipulated by the original Elizabethan charter, according to a former town mayor.  

  6. How exactly is serial killer being treated in jail?

    James Pearson

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Our main story today is the news that triple killer Joanne Dennehy, who attempted to murder two men in Hereford, is trying to get compensation, saying she was "unfairly and unlawfully" segregated in prison

    - Though Joanne Dennehy was convicted in February 2014, she had been in solitary confinement since September 2013.

    - She was put in segregation after a written plan for escape, which involved killing a female officer, was discovered in her cell.

    - Dennehy's lawyer contends that since she's become "vulnerable", and has begun to self harm.

    - Government lawyers have conceded the segregation period between 2013 and 2015 was technically unlawful because it was not properly authorised by the Justice Secretary.

    Lukasz Slaboszewski, Kevin Lee and John Chapman
  7. Is Worcester Dobble capital of UK?

    News this afternoon that more copies of a card game are being sold in a Worcester shop than anywhere else in the UK.

    Wise Owl Toys on Charles Street managed to shift 573 units of Dobble: more sales than any other independent store in the country.

    Dobble is a reactions-based game, where players compete with each other to find the one matching symbol between one card and another. 

    It's the third year running the shop has come top for sales.  

    Mark and Heather Stewart with their winners certificate
  8. Serial killer's claim for compensation an 'affront' to her victims

    Triple murderer Joanne Dennehy's attempts to win damages for her segregation in jail have been labelled as "an outrageous misuse of the Human Rights Act" by her MP this afternoon.

    Dennehy, 33, from Peterborough, is serving a life term for murdering three men in Cambridgeshire in 2013. She also attempted to murder two men in Hereford.

    In a High Court challenge, barrister Hugh Southey QC said continued isolation left her "tearful and upset".

    Joanne Dennehy

    This afternoon the MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson, said the High Court challenge was "an affront to her victims".

    Quote Message: "She did have a fair trial and what emerged from that is that she is a pretty much a unique individual in terms of her lack of empathy and the way she murdered her victims." from Peter Jackson MP for Peterborough
    Peter JacksonMP for Peterborough
  9. News: Football club to have council help in finding new home; triple murderer claims her human rights violated; new rules for ice cream vans

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The main headlines this afternoon for Herefordshire and Worcestershire include:

    - Worcester City Council form "working group" with Worcester City FC to find new ground

    - Serial killer Joanne Dennehy is seeking compensation for being put in solitary confinement in prison

    - Street vendors in Worcester split over new rules which will force them to keep moving

  10. New plaque for Elgar

    A new plaque for the composer Edward Elgar was unveiled over the weekend in Worcester. Elgar was born in Lower Broadheath just outside the city, and lived in Malvern for much of his life. 

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  11. Send us your photos of Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Send us your photos of the two counties, and we'll happily put some of them on our page.

    Emily Louise Davies captured this amazing sunset at Whitney, overlooking the River Wye, on Sunday night.

    Send your photos to, tweet @bbchw or message them to us on Facebook.  

    The River Wye at Whitney on Wye
  12. Campaign to ban homeopathy 'naive'

    A national campaign to ban veterinary homeopathy has been branded "naïve" by a Worcestershire farmer.

    There are now 28 farmers in the two counties who have trained in the alternative medicine - but the practice has been widely criticised by scientists, with some arguing it puts animals' lives at risk. 

    Yet Adrian Parsons, who runs Rush Farms in Redditch and who has been using homeopathy for 20 years, says that view is "misguided".

    Pigs are just one species of animal some farmers use homeopathy on
    Quote Message: It does seem a peculiarly British notion that only conventional medicine is the answer to everything. I think that's just naive." from Adrian Parsons Worcestershire farmer
    Adrian ParsonsWorcestershire farmer

    Homeopathy is based on the idea that diluting substances which cause illnesses can give them healing properties. Adrian says homeopathy is a valuable way of treating sick animals.

  13. More celebrations for Commonwealth Day

    The flag of the Commonwealth of Nations has been raised in Clifton-upon-Teme today, by school children from the local primary school. 

    Primary school children raise the Commonwealth Flag
  14. Is there an 'agenda to persecute parents'?

    A Worcestershire dad, who was arrested for leaving his toddler in a car for five minutes outside a chemist, has claimed authorities are deliberately persecuting parents.

    An investigation by the BBC found more than 500 people in England and Wales were arrested for leaving their child home alone in 2014-15.

    Tim Haines from Evesham says that's a big increase on last year.

    Quote Message: I don't think there's any change in people's behaviour, there seems to be some kind of agenda to persecute parents." from Tim Haines Worcestershire parent
    Tim HainesWorcestershire parent
  15. 'We'll overcome all obstacles' says council leader

    The Conservative leader of Worcester City Council, has been speaking about his new relationship with Worcester City Football Club.

    Marc Bayliss has only recently had to deny claims the council had been delaying finding the club a new ground; but after forming a working group with club directors he's said: "It was good to meet [them] and to assure them of our commitment to bringing the Club back home to Worcester and find them the ideal ground."

    Quote Message: Worcester City Football Club belongs here and together we will overcome all obstacles to ensure they are once again playing in the Faithful City" from Marc Bayliss Council Leader
    Marc BaylissCouncil Leader
    Council Leader Marc Bayliss
    Image caption: Marc Bayliss recently took over as leader of Worcester City Council

    We've also had some reaction from Worcester City FC Director Rob Crean, who's said: "I’m now hopeful the City Council will help to bring the Club home.

    "It’s too early to talk about the details of what was discussed but we will ensure that all possible options remain on the table for consideration.”

  16. BreakingCouncil say they'll help Worcester City come home

    Worcester City Council have agreed to work together with Worcester City Football Club to bring them back to the city.

    After previously raising concerns about the club's supporters' trust's plans for a new stadium, the council have now formed a "joint working party" with WCFC to look for a permanent new home, over the coming months. 

    The club have been playing at Kidderminster Harriers' Aggborough ground since 2013, when their old home at St George's Lane closed. That agreement though will finish at the end of the season. 

    Worcester City Football Club's logo
  17. Pershore trees chopped down - better with, or without?

    This is the view on Pershore's Broad Street today, where, despite months of campaigning, 18 trees have been cut down.

    Plane trees have lined the street for more than a century, but Worcestershire County Council said they'd become a health and safety hazard.

    The stumps will be removed today, and are expected to be replaced by crab-apple trees.

    The 18 trees were removed yesterday
  18. BBC Hereford & Worcester Big Quiz for Sport Relief

    More than 40 teams took part in our Big Quiz last night, which was held at the Bank House Hotel in Bransford in aid of Sports Relief. Last year's winners The Nessies managed to retain their title by a single point!

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  19. Could ice cream changes spark 'cold war' in Worcester?

    James Pearson

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    We've been looking in a bit more detail at what new rules for ice cream sellers in Worcester will mean.

    When they come in, all mobile traders will only be allowed to stay in one place for a maximum of 15 minutes. After that, they can only go back within 100 metres of it after three hours have passed. So, why's this been introduced?

    ice cream scoop and container

    Worcester City Council has been concerned for some time that street vendors have not been "acting in a mobile capacity" - or in plain English staying in the same place permanently and not abiding by the terms of their licence.

    Hence the changes. But the City Council admits the new rules aren't universally popular. During a consultation, it received more than 60 responses in opposition in just one envelope.