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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Dawkins

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's all for now. News, sport, weather and travel updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire resume at 08:00 on Wednesday.  

  2. On air: This evening's BBC Midlands Today

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    There was excitement and frustration for steam train fans today as tickets went on sale for the chance to travel on the legendary Flying Scotsman when it comes to the Midlands. 

    Excitement that the newly refurbished loco is coming to the Severn Valley Railway in September, but frustration that demand for tickets was so high, its website couldn't cope. 

    Join me to find out more on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Scientist taken aback by discovery

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A scientist has admitted to being taken aback when he discovered the fossil of a sea creature which is believed to be completely unique in Herefordshire.

    It's been dubbed the kite runner, because of the string-like kites it dragged its offspring around on. 

    New fossil
    Quote Message: Often you can look at a particular animal and say, that belongs to this group or that group. This one - we had no clue." from David Legg Palaeontologist from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
    David LeggPalaeontologist from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  4. Watch: Latest weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry evening and start to the overnight period, with clear spells for many. However, cloud will increase from the west, with outbreaks of patchy rain arriving from the west towards dawn. Lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. More than 14,000 FA Vase final tickets sold to Bulls fans

    Hereford FC say they have sold more than 14,000 tickets for the FA Vase final on 22 May.

    Wembley

    They say the FA has confirmed that by 11:30, 14,253 tickets had been sold by the club.

    Hereford FC, a club formed after the financial collapse of Hereford United, will play north-east side Morpeth at Wembley (pictured above).

  6. Charity funding cut decision re-considered

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A decision to cut a homeless charity's funding by two thirds will be reconsidered by Herefordshire Council.

    Last month, the council approved cutting £80,000 from the budget for the Supported Housing For Young People Project - or SHYPP for short. 

    The contract will now be reconsidered at a cabinet meeting on 14 April, after the council received a detailed plan from the charity about how it feels it can move forward.

  7. Football: Top two in action later

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Both of the leading clubs in the Midland Football League are in action this evening.

    Leaders Alvechurch face a trip to Highgate United, while second-placed Hereford will host Walsall Wood.

    Both sides will be looking for victories this evening ahead of Thursday night's meeting between Alvechurch and Hereford at Lye Meadow.

  8. Latest: Prisoners get £1m in compensation; Flying Scotsman ticket rush; Bulls fans buy up Wembley

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - More than a £1m has been paid out to inmates and former inmates at two Worcestershire jails since 2010

    - Demand for tickets to ride on the Flying Scotsman was "more like a Robbie Williams concert" says heritage line

    - Bulls fans have bought more than 14,000 tickets for their Wembley final

  9. Your pictures: Blossom in the morning

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    This picture of blossom at Eye in Herefordshire was taken by BBC Weather Watcher "The Pod".

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

    Blossom
  10. Flying Scotsman tickets: Demand 'incredible"

    Demand for tickets to ride on the Flying Scotsman has been "incredible", according to the Severn Valley Railway, with between 3,000 and 4,000 being sold this morning.

    Tickets are no longer available on the heritage line's website, which crashed earlier today due to the demand.

    Flying Scotsman
    Quote Message: It was more like selling tickets for a Robbie Williams concert than for a steam train ride." from Nick Ralls General manager, Severn Valley Railway
    Nick RallsGeneral manager, Severn Valley Railway
  11. Home game for relegation-threatened City

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester City will tonight go in search of the win they need to pull away from the relegation zone in Vanarama North when they host Bradford Park Avenue at Aggborough.

    City are only two points above the relegation places.

    Quote Message: They're all big games until we get enough points. We're making some silly errors and it's not normally been the case but we've conceded a couple of poor goals." from Carl Heeley Manager
    Carl HeeleyManager
  12. Your pictures: Worcestershire from the Malvern Hills

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    This photo, taken from the top of the Malvern Hills, comes from BBC Weather Watcher "Lady Black".

    I'd love to feature you pictures on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Clouds over Worcestershire
  13. Warriors youngsters in England Under 16s side

    Three Worcester Warriors youngsters have been named in the England Under-16s team to face Wales on 17 April. 

    Oliver Lawrence will start at centre for England, while Tom Furnival appears at loosehead prop.Lock Tom Fawcett has been named amongst the replacements as England go in search of victory at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence in Caerphilly.  

  14. Tata Steel: Sajid Javid to meet potential buyer Sanjeev Gupta

    The man interested in buying Tata's British steel operations, including Port Talbot, is to meet the business secretary for talks.  

    Sajid Javid

    Sanjeev Gupta, chief executive of the commodities firm Liberty House, is to meet the business secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid (pictured above) to discuss his potential plans.

    Earlier, Mr Gupta told the BBC he would be interested in the whole business.

    Quote Message: Many [parts] are loss-making at the moment but we believe they can be turned around." from Sanjeev Gupta Liberty House
    Sanjeev GuptaLiberty House
  15. Latest: Prisoners get £1m in compensation; Flying Scotsman ticket rush; Bulls fans buy up Wembley

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - More than a million pounds has been paid out to inmates and former inmates at two Worcestershire jails since 2010

    - Demand for tickets to ride on the Flying Scotsman was "more like a Robbie Williams concert" says heritage line

     - Bulls fans have bought more than 14,000 tickets for their Wembley final

  16. Watch: Damage to overhead cables causes rail delays

    BBC Midlands Today

    Thousands of rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations after overhead electric wires stopped working in the Midlands.

    The "major disruption", caused at Birmingham International station, will go "well into the evening rush hour", said Network Rail.

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    Video caption: Network Rail explains the damage done to overhead cables at Birmingham
  17. Flying Scotsman tickets no longer available online

    The Severn Valley Railway says tickets are no longer available online to the visit of the Flying Scotsman due to "heavy demand".

    The famous locomotive will be coming to the heritage line in Worcestershire for five days from 22 September.

    Flying Scotsman