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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for now. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel news for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  2. Production stops at Hereford food plant

    A food manufacturing company has announced it will stop its production of bread and battered products chicken products for Asda at its processing plant in Yazor Road, Hereford, from June, "affecting 230 roles in the city".

    Cargill says the decision follows the loss of the Asda business during "a competitive tendering process". 

    The company says "every effort" will be made to redeploy employees at its other sites in Wolverhampton, Hereford and Newent - it has begun "a consultation period with employees and their Union representatives".

  3. Weather video: Some light rain or drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will gradually increase through the night from the east, turning thick enough at times to produce a little light rain or drizzle. 

    Mist and fog patches may also form overnight, especially over high ground like Hergest Ridge. Lows of 5C (41F). 

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. MP Sajid Javid says 'lots of reasons to cut beer duty'

    The MP for Bromsgrove and Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has suggested he'd be in favour of a further cut to beer duty in Wednesday's Budget. 

    Pint glass - generic image

    The chancellor has cut the tax in each of the last four years. 

    Mr Javid says he has personal reasons for wanting to see a cut: "I do recall when I was the Economic Secretary, I did get a beer named after me,Sajid's Choice, which was a fine brew and so there's lots of reasons to cut beer duty." 

  5. Ice cream van rules 'no great hardship'

    An ice cream seller from Worcester says new rules that ice cream vans must move on after 15 minutes are "no great hardship".

    The vans must move under the city council's new rules - despite claims pensioners less quick on their feet could miss out. 

    Mobile street traders will only be allowed to stay in one spot for up to 30 minutes if a queue forms, the authority said.

    Dean Clarke, from Dean's Ices, said: "I can't see it's any great hardship to anyone who is street trading." 

  6. Stourport gearing up to celebrate canal pioneer

    Bromsgrove Advertiser

    A year of events to celebrate the engineer instrumental in deciding Stourport should have a canal link to the River Severn will kick off at Easter.

  7. Joanne Dennehy: Killer gets legal aid for prison case

    Triple killer Joanne Dennehy, who stabbed two men in Hereford, has been awarded legal aid to fight for compensation over her "degrading" segregation in prison.

    Joanne Dennehy

    Dennehy, 33, from Peterborough, is serving life for the murders of three men and the attempted murders of two dog walkers in 2013.

    She is challenging a decision to continue to keep her separated from other inmates.

    A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed Dennehy received legal aid.

  8. Housing development scrapped in St Weonards

    Malvern Gazette

    A housing development which was proposed around four years ago and which led to a road being altered has been scrapped.  

  9. Afghanistan helicopter crash inquest: Coroner calls for safety improvements

    A coroner has called on the Ministry of Defence to improve safety after the death of a Herefordshire man and four other British servicemen in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

    Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas

    Oxfordshire coroner, Darren Salter, has written to the MoD saying fatigue and a lack of training could have contributed to the accident.

    The men, including L/Cpl Oliver Thomas (pictured above), from Kington, died during training when an Army Air Corps Lynx crashed 12 miles from Kandahar airbase in 2014.

  10. Latest: Coroner calls on MoD to improve helicopter safety; plea for meningitis vaccine for more children; student killed in a terrorist attack honoured

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

    - A coroner calls on the Ministry of Defence to improve safety after the death of a Herefordshire man and four other British servicemen in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan

    - A woman from Hereford calls for the meningitis vaccine to be given to more children

    - A former student killed in a terrorist attack has had a suite at the University of Worcester Arena named after him

  11. Plea for meningitis vaccine for more children

    Andrew Easton

    Presenter, BBC Hereford and Worcester

    After 17:00 I'll be talking to a woman from Hereford who's calling for the meningitis vaccine to be given to more children. 

    Jo Lofting's 20-year-old son, Jack, now needs round-the-clock care after contracting the most serious strain of the disease when he was a toddler. 

    At the moment, only babies are given the vaccine, but a petition with 800,000 signatures is calling for all children under the age of 11 to get it. 

    I'm on air now on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

  12. Harriers plan to restart women's football side

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Kidderminster Harriers have announced plans to relaunch their women's team for next season.

    Aggborough

    Harriers are interested in hearing from any would-be players, while they are also keen to talk to existing teams who might want to play under the Harriers' banner next season.  

  13. Driving while using mobile prosecutions down by quarter

    Kate West

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The number of people being prosecuted for using a mobile phone while driving by West Mercia Police has gone down by a quarter in the past two years, reports BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A driving instructor from Hay-on-Wye says some people are so obsessed with taking photographs of themselves on their phone, they are even doing it while driving. 

    Sandra Macdonald-Ames, an advanced driver trainer, says: "Nine percent of drivers have actually admitted to taking a selfie when driving. That's the ones who (have) admitted it, never mind about the ones who said 'oh no, of course I don't'." 

  14. Vet 'ashamed to say pets must slim' loses 10 stone

    Andrew Easton

    Presenter, BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Later I'll be talking to a Worcestershire vet who's told how she lost more than 10 stone (64kg) because she was ashamed to tell dog owners their pets needed to slim down. 

    Amy Blackwell

    Amy Blackwell (above and below), who works at a surgery in Pershore, used to weigh over 22 stone (140kg). 

    My programme is starting now on BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Amy Blackwell
  15. Public asked for for their views on poultry farm application

    A public drop-in session over plans for a poultry farm is being held by the Environment Agency on Wednesday, 23 March at Upton Snodsbury Village Hall.

    The agency says the aim of the drop-in session, between 15:00 and 20:00, is to speak to residents and answer any questions about an application by Frogmore Farm to operate a poultry farm in the village. 

    Dane Broomfield, environment management team leader, says: “It is important that we obtain and consider the views of the public before we make our final decision on the application." 

  16. Away leg of Vase semi-final to be screened at Edgar Street

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Hereford FC have confirmed they will be screening Saturday's FA Vase semi-final second leg, being played at Salisbury, in Addisons and the Starlite Rooms at Edgar Street.

    Edgar Street

    The club has received permission from the FA to show live coverage of the game, as away tickets at Salisbury are limited and sold out on Saturday morning.

    The Bulls won the home leg 1-0.

  17. Latest: Prosecutions for driving while using a phone are down; ice cream vendors given trading time limit; Hougaard commits to Warriors

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

    - The number of people being prosecuted by West Mercia Police for using a mobile while driving goes down by a quarter

    - Ice cream vendors told by council to move on after 15 minutes

    - The Worcester Warriors sign South African scrum-half Francois Hougaard