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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 8 April March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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

  2. New gates 'will stop thefts from New Road'

    New gates installed at the main entrance to New Road will help stop thefts from the ground, the club has said.

    The iron gates were unveiled today, and mark the club's 150th anniversary.

    New Road gates

    The original gates that stood at the main entrance on New Road were not put back on when they "came off after a flood a number of years ago", the club said.

    Quote Message: Not only will it be a fitting tribute to the 150th Year and have a lasting memory to it, it will also mean the security of the ground will be improved." from Jon Graham Worcestershire commercial director
    Jon GrahamWorcestershire commercial director
  3. Watch: Midlands Today visit The Cube in Malvern

    BBC Midlands Today

    The BBC Midlands Out and About tour has been at Malvern Cube community centre today.   

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    Video caption: Midlands Today visits The Cube in Malvern
  4. Watch: Weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    Dry at first with rain pushing eastwards overnight. It will gradually become drier through the early hours to give some clear spells around dawn. Lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Sara Thornton with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Six candidates confirmed for police chief elections

    Matthew Bone

    Political reporter

    Six candidates are standing in the forthcoming election to become West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner:

    - Jon Campion (Conservative)

    - Peter Jewell (UKIP)

    - John Raine (Green)  

    - Margaret Rowley (Liberal Democrat)

    - Barrie Sheldon (Independent) 

    - Daniel Walton (Labour) 

    The election will be held on 5 May.

  6. Latest: Six candidates bid to become police chief; two wards closed to visitors; new gates for New Road

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Six candidates will be standing for election to the post of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner next month

    - Norovirus outbreak closes two wards in Ross-on-Wye community hospital

    - New gates celebrate 150 years of Worcestershire cricket

  7. County challenges 'relished' by new signing Henry

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s new overseas signing Matt Henry says he’s relishing the challenges involved in playing county cricket.

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    Video caption: New signing Henry relishing challenges of county cricket.

    The 24-year-old New Zealand international bowler has joined the New Road club for the first half of the 2016 season.

    It will be his first taste of the English domestic game, and he says he’s determined to try to help Worcestershire get off to a flying start in their quest for an immediate return to the first division after relegation last season.

  8. Your pictures: Morning sky in Lyonshall

    The picture was taken in Lyonshall, Herefordshire, by BBC Weather Watcher Johnqa.

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

    Sky in Lyonshall
  9. Watch: On the prowl for the phantom Pershore panther

    James Pearson

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    It's been dubbed the Pershore panther, but is there really a big cat on the loose in South Worcestershire?  

    Despite no credible evidence being brought forward, stories of sightings just don't seem to be going away.

    I've been on the hunt for the elusive beast. 

    Warning: This video includes some graphic images.

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    Video caption: On the prowl for the phantom Pershore panther
  10. Travel: Long delays on the M5 northbound

    BBC Travel

    There is stop-start traffic on the M5 northbound between J7 (Worcester north) and J4a (M42) in the roadworks area - travel time is about 45 minutes. More from BBC Travel.

  11. Norovirus closes two wards in Ross-on-Wye

    Two wards at Ross Community Hospital have been closed to visitors due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

    Ross Community Hospital

    The trust running the hospital says visiting at Merlin Ward and Peregrin Ward has been stopped as "a preventative measure" to stop the outbreak spreading.

    Quote Message: Please only come to the hospital if you really need to, particularly vulnerable people such as young children and the elderly should not attend, where possible." from Alison Johnson Consultant microbiologist
    Alison JohnsonConsultant microbiologist
  12. Travel: Rainbow HIll in Worcester to close on Sunday

    This is for resurfacing work, which should be finished by mid-afternoon, the council says.

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  13. Latest: Drug driving tests catch 257 drivers; paramedic back from Nepal; 'UFO' photo sent to NASA

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Since testing was brought in last year, 257 drivers have been caught drug driving

    - A paramedic from Worcester has returned from his latest expedition to help with the aid effort in Nepal

    - A Worcestershire man has sent NASA a photo he believes shows a UFO near the international space station

  14. Family tribute to cyclist who died in collision

    The family of a Bromsgrove cyclist who died in a crash involving a lorry have described him as "a popular man, loved by all and [who] touched the lives of everyone who met him".

    Michael Thompson, who was 65, died after the crash on the Hartlebury Road near Stoke Prior on 31 March.

    Michael Thompson
  15. New gates for New Road

    - The new gates are 6m (20ft) and 3m (10ft) wide and nearly 2m (7ft) high

    - They feature the three pears shield and significant dates in the club's history

     - They were made by Dudley-based firm DJH Ironcraft 

    New Road gates
    Quote Message: I've never been to a cricket match in my life but everyone has heard of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and it was an honour to make the gates for them." from Dave Halford DJH Ironcraft owner
    Dave HalfordDJH Ironcraft owner
  16. Queen's birthday beacon in Redditch

    A beacon will be lit in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday, 21 April at Church Green in Redditch, the council has announced. 

    Church Green, Redditch

    The Salvation Army Band and Bel Canto Choir will be performing before the lighting of the official HM Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Beacon at 19:30.