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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Jennifer Meierhans

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

    Wishing you a good evening from everyone at BBC Hereford & Worcester.

  2. BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions' to be broadcast from Worcester

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby, will chair a panel of MPs and business leaders during a live broadcast from the University of Worcester next week.

    BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ programme will be broadcast live from the St John’s Campus on Friday, 1 April.

    Jonathan Dimbleby

    Members of the public are invited to join the audience for the broadcast. The University has a limited number of free tickets, which will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

    For tickets email

  3. £4m expansion for Malvern Hills Science Park

    The Malvern Hills Science Park is to get a £4m expansion, after planning permission was granted by the county council

    The new two-storey building will provide an extra 16,000 sq ft (1486 sq m) of space for new businesses and existing tenants who want to expand. 

    The park is used as a base for some of the UK's leading IT and cyber security companies.

    Malvern Hills Science Park
  4. Rugby: Luctonians not to attend John Kelly ban hearing

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Luctonians’ second-row forward, John Kelly, is facing a ban after he picked up his third yellow card of the season in the National Two North win over Broadstreet on Saturday, 19 March.

    Kelly’s case is due to be heard at Haydock on Tuesday, 22 March but the club is not planning on attending.

    Director of rugby, Alex Davidson, says they can submit letters in terms of mitigation, but experience tells him attending such hearings is of limited value in cases such as this one.

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    Video caption: Luctonians not to attend John Kelly ban hearing
  5. Nearly 2,000 sign petition for CCTV at Hereford Crematorium

    Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for CCTV to be installed at Hereford Crematorium.

    Ashley Bonsall began the petition after a sentimental fairy ornament was stolen from his daughter's grave. 

    Ashley and Jenny Bonsall

    Herefordshire Council held talks about introducing CCTV but concerns have been raised about lighting in the area. 

    Police have been carrying out extra patrols in the cemetery. 

  6. Headlines: Man dies in Hartlebury car crash and £50m funding outlined for Hereford's university

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

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

    - Funding outlined for Hereford's university

    - Man dies in Hartlebury car crash

    - Any Questions to be broadcast from the University of Worcester

  7. Watch: Cloud overnight will keep temperatures up tomorrow

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Dull and cloudy in Herefordshire and Worcestershire for the rest of the day.

    It will be brighter tomorrow morning, before the cloud returns - highs of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast from BBC Midlands Today
  8. All day queues into Hereford due to gas works

    Nicola Goodwin

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Long traffic delays into Hereford have continued all day due to gas works.

    There are long tailbacks into the city on all routes from the south and west.


    Cars are queuing back for miles on the A49 south, A465 and Holme Lacy Road.

    It is due to gas work by National Grid - the council said it was emergency work, so it did get prior notification of the work.

  9. Next stage of Malvern Hills Science Park gets green light

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Planning permission for the next stage of the Malvern Hills Science Park has been granted by Worcestershire County Council.

    Planning chairman, Rob Adams, said it was an "important site for high tech employment in the area".

    Malvern Hills Science Park
  10. Man dies and woman seriously hurt in crash

    West Mercia Police

    A woman is in a serious condition in hospital after a crash in Kidderminster which killed another driver, police say

    The two cars collided on Worcester Road near Hartlebury yesterday. 

    The man died at the scene - his passenger was taken to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. 

  11. Latest: Hereford FC manager's Wembley plus baby joy and winners announced in Search For The Poet competition

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Here are some of the stories we have been working on this afternoon in the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom:

    - Winners announced in Search For The Poet competition

    - £4m expansion for Malvern Hills Science Park

    - Wembley and baby joy for Hereford FC manager

  12. Hereford FC manager enjoys double pre-Wembley celebration

    BBC Sport

    Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle has had a 48 hours to remember after becoming a father for the fifth time, only two days after leading the Bulls to Wembley for the first time. 

    The reborn club, who grew out of the old Hereford United's demise in December 2014, are still in their first season. 

    Peter Beadle

    But they have done something the old club failed to do by reaching Wembley, beating Salisbury in the FA Vase. 

    And Beadle topped it on Monday when his other half gave him a baby daughter.

  13. West Midlands MEP calls for justice over Brussels' explosions

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    At least 21 people have died in the attacks on Brussels airport and metro system, Pierre Meys, a spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade, has told AFP.  

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    Video caption: Eyewitnesses describe Brussels blast
    Quote Message: Whoever is responsible for these acts of terror and brutality must be brought to swift and effective justice using the maximum force at the security services’ disposal." from Bill Etheridge UKIP West Midlands MEP
    Bill EtheridgeUKIP West Midlands MEP
  14. Worcester Mayor hosts charity 'night at the movies' concert

    The Mayor of Worcester is hosting a charity "night at the movies" concert on Friday, 8 April at 19:30 in the Guildhall.

    The programme will be performed by Worcester Concert Brass.

    Worcester Concert Brass
  15. Watch: Talented Grace a winner in Search For The Poet competition

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Grace Rusby, age nine, from Ombersley First School in Worcestershire, has won he age seven to nine category in BBC Hereford & Worcester's Search For The Poet competition.

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    Video caption: Grace Rusby is a winner in BBC Hereford & Worcester's Search For The Poet
  16. Pictures: Rock legend signs stained glass mandolin

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    This unusual stained glass mandolin is being auctioned to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and it's got the seal of approval from rock legend Robert Plant.

    Here he is signing the instrument.

    Robert Plant signs mandolin

    And it seems he couldn't resist trying it out.

    Robert Plant plays mandolin
  17. Half of Hereford FC's Wembley tickets sold out

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    More than half of Hereford FC's ticket allocation has sold out for their game at Wembley. 

    As of this morning, 3,500 of the 6,600 tickets had gone.

    Hereford FC

    The club says the FA are aware that they expect to take in the region of 15,000 fans, and are confident they will have enough tickets. 

    Hereford will play north-east side Morpeth in the FA Vase final on Sunday, 22 May.