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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 18 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 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will remain largely cloudy through this evening with the westerly breeze easing. 

    Tomorrow should be a dry and bright day.

    Highs of 14C (57F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. iWonder: Where did my local pub get its name from?

    BBC iWonder

    The Red Lion, the Royal Oak, the Bull’s Head. These names are found on the signs of pubs all over Britain. But where did these colourful names come from that we take for granted today?  

    The BBC iWonder website's been pondering the question and has answers, history and videos to try and find out "What's in a name".

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    Video caption: Pubs that Built Britain: Wales
  4. Deadline for registering to vote

    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 tonight.

    Polling station

    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 or the BBC News elections homepage.

  5. Protest over post office closure

    Redditch Advertiser

    Members of the Communications Workers Union, who represent staff at Bromsgrove's High Street post office, took to the streets at the weekend to protest against its closure.

  6. Hereford FC sell thousands of tickets for Wembley finals

    Staff at Hereford FC say fans have bought more than 16,600 tickets for the Non League Finals Day at Wembley on 22 May. The total ticket sales for the day now stand at 31,031.

    Pete Beadle
  7. Latest: Evesham murder victim named; future 'bleak' for dairy farmers; West Mercia phone issues resolved

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - A woman believed to be murdered in Evesham on Friday has been named as Julie Karen Hitch

    - A former dairy farmer says the future of the industry looks very bleak and it's on the verge of collapse

    - West Mercia Police says problems with its phone lines have now been resolved - earlier 999 and 101 calls were being redirected to neighbouring forces

  8. Your photos: Bromyard in sunshine

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Today's weather photo for Midlands Today comes from Les Carr in Bromyard, who sent in this beautiful, sunny scene.

    Bromyard weather pic
  9. Changes to Worcestershire health care considered

    NHS bosses in Worcestershire have submitted their plans for the future of the county's hospitals to the West Midlands Clinical Senate. 

    The main changes to services include an adult only A&E unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and centralising inpatient care for children at the Worcestershire Royal.

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    The model has been drawn up by clinicians from across the county including GPs, hospital doctors and nurses.

  10. Hospice fundraising football ground trip

    David Pearson is raising money for St Richard's Hospice where is late wife Judy was cared for when she developed early onset Alzheimer's. 

    He's aiming to visit every Premier League football ground by the weekend and so far has stopped off at West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Leicester City.

    David Pearson at West Brom
  11. West Mercia phone problems fixed

    West Mercia Police says problems with its phone lines have now been resolved. 

     Earlier they were redirecting 999 calls to neighbouring forces because of issues with both the 999 and 101 numbers.

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  12. Harriers fans 'stay loyal to club'

    Kidderminster Harriers fans say they will remain loyal to the club after being relegated on Saturday from the National League following a goalless draw against Barrow. It brought an end to 11 years in the top tier of non-league football.

    Aggborough stadium
    Quote Message: It was coming - we had got used to the idea that we were going to be going down. It's very similar to when we fell out of the league in 2005. Hopefully we can come back and come back stronger." from Ed Dursley Fan
    Ed DursleyFan
  13. Latest: Man in court on murder charge; thousands sign SAS soldier petition; Herefordshire dairy farmers sell up

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - A man from Evesham has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 53-year-old woman 

    - More than 40,000 people have signed a petition to free former SAS solider, Albert Patterson, from prison

    - After 27 years in the industry, a Herefordshire couple are selling up their dairy herd this week as it's costing them more to produce milk than they're being paid for it

  14. Police working to fix phone fault

    West Mercia Police says it is working to fix its phone lines as quickly as possible, so it can receive 999 and 101 calls again.

    In the meantime it is urging people to report crimes via its website and if it's not urgent then wait.

    Emergency 999 calls are currently being diverted to call centres belonging to neighbouring forces.

    Phone
  15. Paramedic on dealing with effects of legal highs

    Worcester News

    A paramedic has described how a young man who had overdosed on a mix of drugs and legal highs screamed, spat, kicked, bit and even tried to eat his own vomit in a scene that reminded her of the classic horror film The Exorcist.

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  16. Living with Peter who dresses as Penny

    BBC News Magazine

    Sometimes Penny is dressed in a bright jacket and skirt. On others she is Peter Ellis, 63, a retired teacher and former local councillor.  

    Penny, from Leominster, kept her second identity hidden from wife Lou for 12 years. 

    Penny dresses depends on her mood that day, and she usually feels like being Penny a couple of days a week.

    Penny with wife Lou Ellis
    Quote Message: Sometimes I dress, sometimes I partly dress. I used to wear a wig and I've given that up - partly through not needing so much disguise anymore. As far as I'm concerned, I'm the same person, I have the same likes, whether I've got a pair of trousers on or a skirt." from Peter Ellis, also known as Penny
    Peter Ellis, also known as Penny
  17. Almost 100 farmers leave dairy industry in 10 years

    Sally and Kevin Whistance are not the first farming family to leave the industry over falling milk prices.

    Over the last decade, almost 100 dairy farmers in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have sold up.

    At the beginning of this month there were 171 registered in the two counties, according to the Food Standards Agency, down from 266 in April 2006.