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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 31 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 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. City announce stadium share for the next two years

    Worcester City have announced they'll be playing their home games at the Victoria Ground in Bromsgrove for two years from the start of the 2016-17 season.

    The club also have an option to play there for a third year and have thanked Bromsgrove for their support for the "temporary arrangement". The deal has been approved by the National League.

    The club recently announced it was ending its ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers. 

    Quote Message: Clearly the club sees any ground share option as a temporary arrangement and it will continue to work tirelessly to return to the City of Worcester, as a matter of urgency." from Anthony Hampson Worcester City chairman
    Anthony HampsonWorcester City chairman
  3. Fire service tackle 'out of control' burning on Malvern Hills

    The fire service were called to Hangman's Hill on the Malvern Hills when what was meant to be a controlled burn got out of hand.

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  4. Dog owners warned to take care over lambs on the Malvern Hills

    Dog owners are being asked to keep their pets under control by the charity looking after the Malvern Hills, as the lambing season gets under way.

    Malvern Hills Conservators say lambs are already being born in flocks grazing on the hills and common land they look after.

    Sheep
    Quote Message: Every year there are reports from the graziers on the hills and commons of dog attacks on sheep. These incidents can be prevented by keeping your dog on a lead when you’re near sheep and cattle." from Beck Baker Conservation Officer, Malvern Hills Conservators
    Beck BakerConservation Officer, Malvern Hills Conservators
  5. Warriors: Dean Ryan says good crowd support is reward for 'effort'

    BBC Sport

    Worcester boss Dean Ryan says the return of the old crowd roar to Sixways is due reward for his players' effort.

    Warriors' timely run of four straight victories, for their first time since becoming a Premiership club, has all but guaranteed their safety from relegation with four matches left.

    Crowd at Sixways
    Quote Message: I've always said that crowd support is in direct relationship with effort on the field. It makes a huge difference when you've got a big collective at home and massive support." from Dean Ryan Director of rugby
    Dean RyanDirector of rugby
  6. Watch: Evening forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    BBC Weather

    Showers will ease this evening and clear spells will develop causing a widespread frost. Lows of 3C (37F).

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    Video caption: Sara Thornton with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. New trees planted in the centre of Pershore

    The decision to cut down the old trees in Broad Street, Pershore, because they were damaging the pavements was controversial - here's how the area looks now the new trees have been planted.

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  8. White rhino baby: Threatened species

     - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates there are about 17,500 individual white rhinos living in Africa

    -  All rhinos are under threat of extinction and all but one species is on the verge of extinction, the IUCN says.

    White rhino

    - West Midlands Safari Park has four females and one male, plus the new arrival.

    - Their breeding programme is carried out under the supervision of the European Association of Zoo and Aquaria.

  9. Latest: FBI investigate Worcestershire businessman; baby rhino born at safari park; City announce ground-share deal

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - A Worcestershire businessman has been charged with fixing the prices of goods on Amazon- after an investigation by the FBI

    - Baby rhino born at safari park, the first for a decade

    - Worcester City announce a new ground-share

  10. Appeal for witnesses after fatal road crash

    Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a fatal crash in Stoke Prior, near Droitwich, this morning.

    West Mercia Police say at approximately 08:45 a white DAF lorry and a cyclist collided. 

    Police tape

    Both were travelling in the same direction on Hanbury Road towards Stoke Prior. 

    The cyclist died at the scene.

  11. River levels up after weekend's heavy rain

    Herefordshire and Worcestershire have escaped the worst of the weather, though river levels are high and the flood gates at Upton-upon-Severn have been closed.

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  12. Fire chief saw service through 'its most difficult time' says union

    The Fire Brigades Union says the retiring chief fire officer for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Mark Yates saw the service through "its most difficult time". 

    He's giving up the role after six years, having been a firefighter for 32 years.

    Mark Yates
    Quote Message: We've seen unprecedented cuts in our budgets, we've had to lose firefighters from their posts but at the end of the day no-one has been made redundant and the fire service looks roughly the way it was when [Mr Yates] started." from Julian Jenkins Fire Brigades Union
    Julian JenkinsFire Brigades Union
  13. Latest: Cyclist killed in collision; fire chief retires; white rhino born at safari park

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Cyclist killed after collision with a lorry near Droitwich

    - Tribute from union to retiring fire chief

    - White rhino born at safari park

  14. Man admits estate stabbing

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    A teenager has pleaded guilty to stabbing a man on a Worcestershire estate.

  15. Heathcote praises Warriors' progress

    Worcester Warriors player Tom Heathcote tells the club's website that their four-game winning streak shows just how far the team have come. 

    Tom Heathcote
    Quote Message: It's been an awesome few weeks and to be part of that success has been an honour for me. Every week our confidence has grown and we've worked out how to win games and get results." from Tom Heathcote
    Tom Heathcote
  16. Watch: White rhino calf born at safari park

    A white rhino calf has been born at West Midlands Safari Park, near Bewdley, Worcestershire - the first to be born there for a decade.  

    Here are the first pictures, courtesy of the safari park.

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    Video caption: White rhino calf born at West Midlands Safari Park.
  17. White rhino baby: Why isn't he white?

    The name white rhino has nothing to do with the animal's colour, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

    White rhinoceros is taken from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth - “weit”, meaning wide. 

    Early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the weit for white.  

    White rhino