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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 25 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 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 forecast for the West Midlands

    Staying cold and breezy overnight

    Lows of 1C (34F).

    Tomorrow, it will be mainly dry and bright at first, but occasional showers will develop by afternoon.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Pershore 'wrong' trees 'could have been health and safety hazard'

    Worcestershire County Council tell us the variety that was incorrectly planted was Red Sentinel and this was noticed by a member of council staff from the Countryside Service once the tree started to bud. 

    The correct variety, which is being planted today, is Malus Tribata.

    Broad Street, Pershore
    Quote Message: The issue is around the amount of fruit and how much of a problem it could make for pedestrians. The correct variety is Malus Tribata, which, as a native of much hotter climates, will only fruit here during a very hot summer, reducing the chance of fruit falling on the pavements, and lessening the chance of creating slip hazards." from Spokesperson, Worcestershire County Council
    Spokesperson, Worcestershire County Council
  4. Basketball: Wolves' coach James is keen to hold on to his key players

    Worcester Wolves' head coach Paul James is looking to keep the core of his squad together for the 2016-17 season.

    Paul James

    The Wolves' hopes of winning a major trophy will have to wait for another season after they were knocked out of the BBL play-offs by Glasgow Rocks at the quarter-final stage.

    James feels continuity is key and says there will not be the wholesale changes of last summer, in which only Disraeli Lufadeju survived from the previous season's squad.

  5. Man recovering in Stourport mugging

    A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked in an apparent mugging in Stourport-on-Severn.

    The 53-year-old was approached by two men yesterday near the canal soon after 15:00, police say.

    They then threatened him with a bladed weapon and demanded his money.

    The victim received a cut to his hand and was injured in his shoulder as he attempted to defend himself, officers say - the injuries are described as serious, but not life-threatening.

    West Mercia Police are appealing for more information. 

  6. Tree house dad 'may appeal'

    A man from Tupsley, in Herefordshire, says he may appeal after the council told him to pull down a big playhouse he built for his seven-year-old daughter Lilly. Mat Waybourne did not apply for planning permission and hopes to be able to afford £344 to appeal.

    Tree house

    Herefordshire Council said it was a matter for him whether he chooses to appeal.  

  7. Latest: Man stabbed in robbery; Pershore trees replanted; junior doctor strike action row

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - A 53-year-old man is in hospital after being stabbed in a robbery in Stourport-on-Severn

    - A row of trees in Pershore is being removed and replaced after a "supplier error"  

    - Junior doctors' leaders in England say claims their strike action is designed to bring down the government are ridiculous

  8. Fatal crash appeal

    Police are appealing for witnesses after this morning's fatal crash in Redditch. 

    A black Nissan Qashqai was travelling along Alders Drive when it crashed with a white Mercedes lorry.

    The man driving the car died at the scene. He was in his 40s and his next of kin have been informed. The road was closed for several hours and has now been reopened.

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  9. Tupsley tree house dispute

    A father from Tupsley, in Herefordshire, has been told to take down a 4 metre tree house he built for his 7-year-old daughter by the middle of next month. Mat Waybourne says he spent two months and £800 building the play house which has a balcony, window and two ladders. He's been told by Herefordshire Council that he should have had planning permission.

    Quote Message: The Council has served an Enforcement Notice upon Mr Waybourne for a breach of planning regulations relating to a 4 metre construction he has erected within 2 metres of his land boundary. He has a right to appeal against this. It is a matter for him whether he chooses to do so from Charli Collins, Communications Officer
    Charli Collins, Communications Officer
  10. Homeware shop break-in

    Cash has been stolen from a store in Kidderminster in the early hours of the morning.

    Rowberry Nurseries in Lower Chaddesley was broken into at about 4:00, police say.

    The owner, alerted by the alarm company, reported seeing three men running away from the scene.

    West Mercia says they're keen to hear from anyone who might have witnessed the incident.

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  11. Pershore trees mistake a 'farce'

    Campaigners are describing plans to replace a row of trees wrongly planted in Pershore as a "farce". 

    Last month, 18 trees in Broad Street were cut down, in spite of campaigning from people who wanted to save them. At the time, Worcestershire County Council said the original trees were a health and safety hazard.  

    Shirley Agg
    Quote Message: What worries me is it's taken a month to plant the original replacement trees and now we're being told they're going to be taken out and replaced in a day. I'm worried that they're not going to be done properly from Shirley Agg, campaigning to save the trees
    Shirley Agg, campaigning to save the trees
  12. Hereford FC taking bull to Wembley

    A very special fan will be bellowing his support for Hereford FC when they take on Morpeth Town in the FA Vase at Wembley next month.

    Herefordshire bull, Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo

    The FA has given permission for the prize Herefordshire bull, Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo, to be paraded on the pitch ahead of the game.  

  13. Pershore tree planting error

     A row of trees on Broad Street in Pershore have been planted by accident, according to Worcestershire County Council. 

    Despite months of campaigning, the town's popular plane trees were chopped down last month (pictured) and were due to be replaced by crab-apples.

    However, trees planted in their place are to be uprooted due to what the council described as  "a supplier error" and replaced at the cost of the supplier.

    Pershore
    Quote Message: Unfortunately the supplier provided the wrong species of tree for planting and this only recently became apparent once the leaves began to appear. As soon as we were made aware of the mistake the trees were replaced to make sure that we have the best trees for the town centre." from Worcestershire County Council spokesperson
    Worcestershire County Council spokesperson
  14. Warning over dangers of open water

    Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is backing a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of open water swimming and leisure activities near water.

    Gullet Quarry in Worcestershire hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2013 after two young men died within a week of each other after hot weather led to an increase in people swimming outdoors.

    According to the fire service, across the country 302 people died by drowning in 2014 - 56% after purposely enter the water. 

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  15. Latest: Dad told to remove tree house; Pershore trees replanted; Hereford FC take bull to Wembley

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - A man in Herefordshire has been told by the council to take down a tree house he built for his daughter after a planning row

    - Trees in Pershore are being removed and replaced after the wrong ones were planted last month

    - Hereford FC has been given permission to take a bull with them to Wembley on 22 May when they take on Morpeth Town in the FA Vase

  16. Junior doctor strikes

    A 48-hour strike by junior doctors starts tomorrow morning - the NHS and local councils are sending out advice about what to do if you're likely to be affected.

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  17. Sports clubs forum

    Members of sports clubs in Redditch can go to the next Bromsgrove and Redditch Sports Club Forum on 11 May for support, advice and a chance to be mentored.

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  18. Cripplegate Park's mosaic poppy

    Worcester City Council has posted some pictures of Cripplegate Park's mosaic poppy and commemorative stone unveiling that took place on Saturday.

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    It's a permanent reminder of the Worcestershire Yeomanry who fought and died in April 1916 during the WW1 Battle of Qatia and Oghratina.

  19. London Marathon 'absolutely amazing'

    Anita Hennessey, a lawyer from Worcester, has raised £1,500 for New College Worcester. She finished this weekend's London Marathon in four hours 41 minutes and had never run further than 5 km until a few months ago.

    Quote Message: The atmosphere was absolutely amazing but at 21 miles in I couldn't feel my right arm. Then I saw my friend who said 'you're not stopping now' so she got me through the final miles." from Anita Hennessey
    Anita Hennessey