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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Cricket: Anguish for Worcestershire's director

    Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes says he feels they could have played some cricket in the abandoned match against Kent at New Road today.

    Steve Rhodes

    Not a ball was bowled in the Specsavers County Championship game before the umpires called it off just after midday. 

    But Rhodes says he feels they they should have got some play in over the four days.

    Quote Message: When we practised, this ground was looking good, ready for Sunday. Everything was all stations go. Sadly for us, we then had a lot of overnight rain." from Steve Rhodes
    Steve Rhodes
  3. Young boy told to 'brace' moments before air crash

    A young boy was told by his father to "brace" moments before the light aircraft he was flying crashed into trees, an inquest has heard.

    Lewis Tonkinson, 50, and his wife Sally, 44, from Cookhill, Worcestershire died in the crash in woodland near Popham Airfield, Hampshire, on in January 2015.

    Their son, then six years old was badly injured, but survived.

    Crash scene

    Mr Tonkinson was "intelligent, confident, reliable" but "not a chancer or someone who would take risks to harm his family", an inquest at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court was told.

  4. Family plea to drivers after bike crash

    The family of a cyclist from Ross on Wye, left paralysed from the neck down after being knocked off his bike, say they wish that drivers could see the effect the accident has had on their lives. 

    Leon Hill was hit from behind while he was on his way to work in November 2013.

    A cyclist and a car

    He's still receiving treatment at a neurological unit in Gloucestershire and he's only able to come home three times a week. 

    His wife Amy is urging people to take more care on the roads and slow down.

  5. Elections 2016: How to register to vote

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    There are elections taking place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you’ve registered to do so - and the deadline is next Monday.

    Polling station sign

    If you are not already registered, you can do so by visiting the following website: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

    And, if you want to find out more about the elections then you can visit the voter information website here: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ or the BBC News elections homepage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2016.

  6. Footballing pooch earns 'Ronaldog' nickname

    A football-loving rescue dog has been nicknamed Ronaldog by his owners on account of his impressive ball skills.  

    The two-year-old cross-breed, who was adopted from the Dogs Trust in Evesham two years ago, has now been rehomed in Gloucestershire where he is happy to show off his skills.

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    Video caption: A rescue dog is so skillful with a football he is being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Latest: Drug-driver 26 times the limit; Worcestershire match washed out; rescue dog scores with his footballing skills

    - A Worcestershire woman has appeared in court after being caught driving 26 times over the drug-driving limit

    - Worcestershire's clash against Kent is declared a draw after their first complete abandonment since New Road's great flood of 2007

    - A football-loving dog rescued in Evesham, has been nicknamed Ronaldog by his owners on account of his impressive ball skills

  8. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight will be largely dry with broken cloud. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Find out what tomorrow holds.

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    Video caption: The latest weather for the West Midlands
  9. 'Obesity leads to rise in womb cancer'

    Obesity is behind a rise in womb cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. 

    Cases have risen by 28% over the last decade.

    Womb cancer cells

    About 840 women are diagnosed with womb cancer every year in the West Midlands and around 180 die from the disease. 

    There's evidence extra fat in the body can raise cancer risks, the charity says.

  10. Funding boost for Travellers' Times

    A national magazine for Gypsies and travellers that's published in Hereford, has received a major funding boost. 

    The Rural Media Company, publishers of Travellers' Times, has been awarded nearly £150,000 by the independent grant-making body the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

    Traveller site

    Findings by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reveal Gypsies and travellers are among the country's most disadvantaged groups falling behind the rest of the population.  

    Jo Rideal, from the foundation, said: "The committee felt that Rural Media's application was a good match to our social change priorities to support work with marginalised groups and activities that address injustice and inequality."  

  11. Latest: Dangerous dog seizures rise; model's fightback against 'body-shamers'; Worcestershire match washed out

    Here's what we're covering today:

    - BBC investigation reveals the number of so-called dangerous dogs seized by West Mercia Police has more than doubled in the past two years

    - Size 14 model Iskra Lawrence says she is hitting back at 'body-shamers'

    - Worcestershire's opening County Championship game of the season against Kent is called off

  12. Cricket: Weather defeats Worcestershire once more

    Worcestershire have suffered their first complete abandonment since New Road's great flood of 2007.

    After three lost days due to heavy rain, their opening County Championship game of the season against Kent has been called off as a draw.

    New Road

    It is the first time New Road has seen a complete washout in the County Championship in nine years, when Worcestershire lost successive games against Kent and Lancashire.

  13. Fratellis to headline Livestock Festival

    Tim Race

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The Fratellis will be headlining the Livestock Festival in Worcestershire later this year. They join acts including Reef, Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes on the bill.

    The Fratellis
  14. Dangerous dogs seizures rise

    The number of dangerous dogs being seized by West Mercia Police has doubled in the past two years, a BBC investigation shows.

    More than 130 were captured between 2013 and 2015.

    In England and Wales, almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police over the past three years.

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  15. Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A risk of some heavy showers this afternoon.

    Highs of 15C (59F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  16. On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Football compensation and Citizen Khan on tour

    BBC Midlands Today

    We'll have the latest on a football fan getting compensation after being "repeatedly kneed in the head" by a police officer - and where Citizen Khan will be appearing in the Midlands as part of a comedy tour.  

    Citizen Khan

    Plenty to get stuck into, you can see it all from 13:30 on BBC One.

  17. Model wants to 'break boundaries'

    Malcolm Boyden

    Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Iskra Lawrence told me she's keen to show "there's more than one type of beauty".

    "I had no idea I'd have so much success. I'm enjoying modelling because before it was very shallow, now I'm challenged mentally," she said.

    "And, now I'm educating others so they don't have to go through what I did.

    "What I see, is that women want this and I'm trying to open doors to others so they can break boundaries."