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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 17 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Police investigate 'panther' sighting in Malvern

    More on the reported "panther" sighting we mentioned earlier.

    A member of the public reported seeing a panther on Malvern at about 10:00 this morning, describing it as "bigger than a dog and eating something fluffy".

    They called the police at about 15:30 and West Mercia Police say they are treating it as "a genuine report".

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  3. Worcestershire family injured in crash in Australia may not be able to return home for three months

    Alistair Binney

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The friend of a Worcestershire woman who's been injured, along with seven other members of her family, in a crash in Australia says they're not going to be able to come home for at least three months.

    Lauren Ashford from Bewdley had flown out for a family reunion.

    Clare Gordon heard about the crash, which happened last Thursday, via a text from her friend Lauren

    She says it involved two golf carts, and left eight members of the family injured, including her nine-month-old daughter Mabel, who required surgery on her leg.

  4. Weather video: Clear but cold

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Cloud will push in across eastern parts through the night, but clearer spells will continue further west. It will be rather cold - lows of 2C (36F).  

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands
  5. University netball teams wins national championship

    The netball team from the University of Worcester has won the Trophy Final of the British Colleges and Universities championship.

    University of Worcester’s netball team

    The team beat Nottingham Trent University 63-50 in the final.     

    Quote Message: The girls have worked so hard both on and off court this year to create a team that is both physically and mentally strong... and that hard work has paid off with a League and Cup double." from Sheli Morgan Director of Netball
    Sheli MorganDirector of Netball
  6. Date set for pond death inquest

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    An inquest into the death of an 18-year-old man, whose body was found in a pond at a Shropshire golf club last year, has been set for September.

    Tyrone Lock, from Hope-under-Dinmore, was found two days after going missing at the Hill Valley golf club in Whitchurch last November.

    His body was discovered in water by a green keeper at the Whitchurch golf club on 23 November last year.

  7. Latest: Restraining order for homeless man who squatted at hospital; inquest date set for death of a man found on a golf course

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

    - Restraining order for homeless man who squatted at hospital

    - An inquest to establish the circumstances of the death of a Herefordshire man, whose body was found in a pond, has been set for September

    - A new polar research ship could be named after a Herefordshire explorer

  8. Video: Wolves need to 'learn lessons' and shoot better

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    "We shot the ball really poorly and we were one from 20 from the three-point line so hopefully we don't shoot that poorly again," Worcester Wolves' head coach Paul James told me.

    He says they need to learn lessons from the last meeting as they prepare for the home BBL match against Plymouth Raiders on Friday, 18 March.  

  9. Homeless man who slept in a hospital chapel banned from the building for a year

    Alistair Binney

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A homeless man who squatted in a Hereford hospital over a six week period, sleeping in its chapel and using the staff canteen, has been banned from the building for a year.

    Hereford County Hospital

    David Probert had originally been admitted with a broken leg, but refused to leave, showering in the disabled toilets and making tea in the staff canteen, a spokesman for Hereford County Hospital said.

    The 50-year-old appeared before Hereford Magistrates' Court charged with causing a nuisance or disturbance.

    He was given a year-long restraining order.

  10. University praised by former banking chief for 'inclusive' sports

    The work of the University of Worcester in developing inclusive sport has been praised by the former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord Mervyn King.

    Lord King, is president of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and of the Chance to Shine foundation, which is working to reverse the decline of cricket in state schools.   

    Lord Mervyn King

    The former banking boss was at the University to launch a new book.

    Quote Message: When I was a young man, those with a disability were given no opportunity to engage in sport, but we have come a very long way since then, and particularly since the London 2012 Paralympics.” from Lord Mervyn King
    Lord Mervyn King
  11. Video: Luctonians 'turned things around' after crucial draw

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    "We had a draw up at Caldy Rugby Football Club at the start of November and that just turned things around," says Luctonians' director of rugby Alex Davidson.

    They have won nine of their last 12 National Two North matches.  

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    Video caption: Luctonians 'turned things around' after crucial draw
  12. Latest: Golf course death inquest date set; Nepal mercy mission by paramedic; explorer could have survey ship named after him

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

      - An inquest into the death of a Herefordshire man whose body was found in a pond on a golf course has been set for September  

    - A paramedic from Worcester is hoping to rebuild families' homes in Nepal after fundraising in this country

    - A new state-of-the-art polar research ship could be named after the Herefordshire explorer Henry Worsley

  13. Your pictures: A view from Upton

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    BBC Weather Watcher Hey Jude took this picture of the Malvern Hills as seen from Upton-upon-Severn.

    I'd love to feature your photos - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Malvern Hills