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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Julia Leonard

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    We'll have more rain across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this evening, but it should clear up by the morning.

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Worcester Warriors scrum-half to join French side

    Worcester Warriors scrum-half JB Bruzulier will leave Sixways this summer to join French side Nevers.  

    Dean Ryan
    Quote Message: I'd like to thank JB for his efforts during his time at Sixways, especially during the latter stages of last season where he was thrust into first-team action and helped the side gain promotion from the Championship. from Dean Ryan, director of rugby
    Dean Ryan, director of rugby
  4. Train disruption: Cost of vandalism to power lines 'hundreds of thousands'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News Online

    Network Rail says the cost to the industry of this morning's disruption will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.   

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    Video caption: New Street power chaos

    They say early indications are that "foul play" caused signalling failure and released pictures showing apparent attempts to burn and cut cables powering signals at Proof House junction, south of New Street station.

    They're appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

  5. Rhodes left frustrated by wet weather

    Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes says he's is frustrated by the wet start to the new season at New Road.

    Play was called off for the second day in Worcestershire's match against Kent.

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    Video caption: Rhodes left frustrated by wet weather
  6. Victor Nealon 'devastated' over failed compensation bid

    The solicitor of a Worcestershire man whose bid for compensation after being wrongly imprisoned has been rejected says the decision is "disappointing and devastating".

    Victor Nealon was jailed for 17 years for attempted rape, but set free in 2013 after appeal judges ruled that fresh DNA evidence made the convictions unsafe. 

    Today the Court of Appeal has dismissed Mr Nealon's bid for compensation, along with another man from London.

    Quote Message: This is a cruel law, not everyone should get compensation but this is about men who can strongly point to their innocence." from Mark Newby, solicitor
    Mark Newby, solicitor
  7. Appeal judges back High Court compensation ruling

    Here's more on the story we told you about earlier: Three judges at the the Court of Appeal have dismissed a human rights challenge from Redditch man Victor Nealon.

    He was jailed for attempted rape in 1997 at Hereford Crown Court and spent 17 years in prison, as he continued to protest his innocence. 

    Victor Nealon

    He was set free in 2013, after it emerged another, unidentified man whose DNA evidence was discovered, was the likely attacker.

    At the time, Mr Nealon's barrister said the evidence was "dynamite" for his client.   

    The High Court rejected a challenge for compensation last year and today appeal court judges have backed that ruling.

  8. Latest: Failed compensation bid; MP disagrees with tax returns call; scrum-half to leave Sixways

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - The solicitor of a Worcestershire man who's been refused compensation after 17 years in jail says they will appeal against the decision

    - Wyre Forest MP and former investment banker Mark Garnier says he doesn't agree with calls for all MPs to publish their tax returns in the wake of the so-called Panama Papers scandal 

    - Worcester Warriors scrum-half JB Bruzulier will leave Sixways this summer to go to French side Nevers

  9. Worcestershire fixture 'misfired'

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Worcestershire's opening County Championship match of the season at home to Kent is still to get started at New Road after being rained off for the second day running.  

    Worcestershire took a risk in going ahead with the fixture only 12 days after the ground had suffered its second worst flood, having been left under water to a depth of almost 16 feet.

    It misfired badly and, following further heavy showers, the match was abandoned on what should have been the third day.

    New Road in flood

    The ground is regularly flooded by the River Severn, as this photo from previous years shows.

  10. No plans to close hospital A&E

    The Interim chief operating officer of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust denies any plans to shut the A&E unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. 

    Rab McEwan says they are considering making the hospital's A&E "adult only" by removing paediatric services. 

    Earlier campaigners had accused bosses at the trust of plans to shut the facility at Redditch. 

    Alexandra Hospital
    Quote Message: Paediatric cases will be taken to the Royal or the nearest A&E department that has children's services. It's difficult to understand how the plans can be so misinterpreted." from Rab McEwan, Interim Chief Operating officer of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
    Rab McEwan, Interim Chief Operating officer of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  11. Watch: Power problems cause delays for rail travellers

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News Online

    There were hours of delays during Monday’s rush hour after a major power failure near Birmingham’s New Street Station, believed to have been caused by vandalism.

    Power was eventually restored just after 09:00, but it has created big problems across the West Midlands rail network.

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    Video caption: New Street power chaos
  12. Latest: Compensation for Worcestershire man rejected; Injured councillor could be in hospital for eight weeks; Second day of no play in county cricket

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    - There won't be compensation for a Worcestershire man who was wrongly convicted of attempted rape in 1996

    - A Worcestershire councillor is expected to be in hospital for up to eight weeks after being badly burnt in a bonfire accident

    - There's been no play in the second day of the County Championship match between Worcestershire and Kent at New Road

  13. Compensation reminder for delayed passengers

    London Midland says it is sorry for today's delayed or cancelled trains and is reminding passengers to claim compensation.

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  14. Cricket called off for the day

    David Bradley

    BBC Hereford and Worcester cricket commentator

    There will be no play today in the county championship match between Worcestershire and Kent at New Road

    It's the second day running that there has been no play in what should be the opening championship match of the summer. 

    The umpire has called it off for the day after an inspection.

    New Road