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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Taxi driver fined for smoking in cab

    A taxi driver in Hereford has been given a six-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to smoking in his cab. 

    Tony Hodson, of Barrs Court Road, Hereford, was also ordered to pay £250 towards costs at Hereford Magistrates' Court.  


    Herefordshire Council say the offence was reported by an off-duty council officer who drove past the taxi on Edgar Street in August last year.

  3. Keep dogs on leads plea to help rare nesting birds

    Rare nesting birds are returning to a Worcestershire nature reserve, and dog walkers are being asked to help the numbers continue to grow by keeping their dogs on a lead.

    The Devil’s Spittleful reserve, between Bewdley and Kidderminster, now has yellowhammers, common whitethroats and nightjars (pictured) nesting, according to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, which owns and runs it.


    The trust says birds like the nightjar nest on the ground and will abandon their nest if disturbed by a dog.

    Quote Message: Even the friendliest and gentlest of dogs noseying through the heather and grasses will unintentionally disturb wildlife." from Andy Harris Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
    Andy HarrisWorcestershire Wildlife Trust
  4. Budget day bouquets and bombshells

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    What does the 2016 Budget mean for people and businesses in the West Midlands? 

    Chancellor George Osborne delivered a budget that heralded the latest unemployment figures, but was far more cautious than he would have liked

    George Osborne

    There'll be more from me on what the budget means for the region on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Weather video: Clear spells with a risk of frost

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    There will be some clear spells which combined with light winds will bring a local frost risk later in the night. Lows of 3C (37F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Afternoon BBC Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. Teenage girl bitten by dogs in 'unprovoked attack'

    A 17-year-old girl was bitten on the leg and suffered cuts and abrasions after what police are calling an "unprovoked attack" by two dogs in Kidderminster.

    Chester Road North, Kidderminster

    West Midlands Police says the girl was walking with a friend near the traffic lights at the junction of Chester Road North and Birmingham Road at about 16:50 on Monday when the attack happened.

    The dogs involved were a Staffordshire bull terrier type, tan or ginger in colour, and another of a similar breed, but larger and white in colour, police say.

    Police are especially keen to hear from motorists who sounded their horns when they witnessed the attack  

  7. Latest: Norovirus outbreak closes ward; union confident compulsory redundancies can be avoided at food firm; pensioner sexually assaulted

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - A ward at Hereford County Hospital has been closed to visitors following an outbreak of norovirus

    - The union representing staff at Cargill's in Hereford says it's confident it can avoid compulsory redundancies, after 230 employees were yesterday told their jobs are at risk.

    - Police are carrying out "reassurance patrols" in Bromsgrove, following the sexual assault of a 76-year-old woman

  8. Good stats for Warriors' players following a brace of wins

    Wins over Newcastle and Gloucester are reflected in the latest performance stats.

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  9. Police and crime commissioner to take over youth offending service

    Evesham Journal

    The police and crime commissioner is to take over West Mercia's youth offending service in a bid to save public money.  

  10. Cider duty frozen in the budget

    The chancellor has announced that the rate of duty on cider is to be frozen - a boost for producers in this area.

    Herefordshire manufacturer Bulmers have 10,000 acres of orchards and 180 farmers growing apples for them on contract - 30% of the apples grown in the UK go into their cider, the company said.  

  11. Ward closed in Hereford due to norovirus

    A ward has been closed at Hereford County Hospital after an outbreak of norovirus, the trust running it has announced.

    People have been stopped from visiting the Gilwern Unit to prevent the further spread of the virus.  

    Hereford County Hospital
    Quote Message: We’re urging people to only come to the hospital if you really need to - young children, vulnerable elderly visitors and anyone who has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting in the previous 48 hours must avoid visiting any of the hospitals." from Venkat Sivaprakasam Consultant microbiologist at Wye Valley NHS Trust
    Venkat SivaprakasamConsultant microbiologist at Wye Valley NHS Trust
  12. Latest: Sheep trailer lands on family's car; pensioner sexually assaulted; cabbie prosecuted for smoking

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Lucky escape for family after sheep trailer lands on their car

    - A pensioner is sexually assaulted on a path in Bromsgrove

    - A taxi driver has been prosecuted for smoking in his cab

  13. Pedestrian injured after being hit by tipper truck

    A woman was taken to hospital with head injuries after being hit by a tipper truck in Kidderminster, police say.

    It happened on Sutton Park Road at about 15:10 on Monday.

    West Mercia Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision and wasn't spoken to at the time.

    The woman's condition is described as "stable".

  14. Union 'quietly confident' despite jobs threat at food plant

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The union representing staff at a Hereford chicken processing plant, says it's "quietly confident" it can avoid compulsory redundancies, following the news that 230 jobs are at risk

    Production line at chicken processing plant

    Cargill, which has a plant on Yazor Road, announced yesterday it had lost a contract with Asda for one of its food lines. 

    This morning, the Unite union said it would encourage voluntary redundancy and redeployment of staff to other plants. 

    A consultation process between Cargill, its staff and Unite is currently under way.

  15. Sheep killed in Herefordshire crash

    "Several" sheep had to be put down after a crash left an animal trailer on top of a car on the A49 in Herefordshire this morning.

    It happened just before 09:20 near to the Toyota garage. 

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was "extraordinary" none of the occupants of the vehicles were killed, but said a vet had to put a number of sheep down. 

    Accident involving a sheep trailer