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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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

  2. Hereford FC: Bulls win their first promotion since reforming as new club

    BBC Sport

    "We did it in the manner we've played all season," Hereford FC's manager Peter Beadle (pictured) told BBC Sport. 

     "I really could not heap enough praise on the players at what they've done," he added.

    Read the full story.

    Peter Beadle
  3. Watch: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Wintry showers will gradually die away during the evening to leave a dry night for most. Some lengthy clear spells will lead to a cold night with widespread frost and perhaps patchy ice forming by dawn. Lows of 2C (36F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Is 'Mrs Shakspaire’ related to the Bard? That is the question

    Two fragments of a letter to a "Mrs Shakspaire" found in the library of a Herefordshire school are being analysed by experts to see whether they have a connection to William Shakespeare. 

    'Shakespeare' letter

    The letter was found in a book at Lady Hawkins’ School, Kington, which is now looked after by Hereford Cathedral.

    "The writer implores the widow Shakspaire to pay a penniless orphan boy named John Butts money owing to him from her late husband," says Dr Rosemary Firman, the cathedral librarian.

    It's now thought unlikely that this "Mrs Shakspaire" was Anne Hathaway, but the cathedral is keen to know whether there are connections to the Bard's wider family.

  5. Latest: 'Anger and bitterness' over Hillsborough delays; Two job blows for local businesses; Firearms charges after bookmakers robbed

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Hillsborough victim's sister "angry and bitter" over long wait for unlawful killing verdicts

    - Jobs blow at engineering company and men's clothing chain.

    - Man charged with robbery and firearms offences after bookmakers raided

  6. Man charged over robberies at bookmakers

    A 40-year-old man has been charged in connection with two robberies at bookmakers in Redditch, police say.

    West Mercia Police says the man has been charged with two counts of robbery, and two counts of possession of a firearm.

    He appeared before Worcester Magistrates' Court on Friday and was remanded in custody to appear before Worcester Crown Court on Monday, 23 May  

  7. Watch: Moving to Bulls 'the best decision I ever made'

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Hereford FC's striker, Mike Symons, says coming to the club was "probably the best decision I ever made".

    The club has clinched the league title and still has a Wembley appearance to come later this season in the FA Vase final on Sunday, 22 April.

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    Video caption: Bulls move is the 'best decision I ever made' says Symons
  8. Fatal motorway crash: Police appeal for witnesses

    The police are appealing for witnesses after a man died when his car hit the crash barrier on the westbound carriageway of the M50.

    West Mercia Police says no other cars were involved in the accident, which happened between J1 (Malvern) and J2 (Ledbury) at about 10:20 on Saturday.

  9. Hillsborough verdict: Victim's sister 'angry and bitter'

    The sister of a victim of the Hillsborough disaster says she is "angry and bitter" that it has taken so long for "the truth to come out".

    The jury in the two-years-long inquest found the 96 Liverpool fans who died were unlawfully killed. Among them was Bromsgrove man, Andrew Brookes.

    Quote Message: Obviously I'm really happy that we've got the unlawful killing verdict, however I am really, really angry and really, really bitter that it's taken 27 years for the truth to come out from Louise Brookes, sister of Hillsborough victim
    Louise Brookes, sister of Hillsborough victim
    Hillsborough relatives
  10. Latest: Hillsborough relative calls for 'criminal prosecutions'; 80 jobs go at engineering firm; cycling stars back Varnish

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

    - The sister of a man from Bromsgrove who died in the Hillsborough disaster says there needs to be "criminal prosecutions"

    - Administrators running Worcester engineering firm lay off 80 workers

    - Victoria Pendleton and Nicole Cooke have both criticised British Cycling following sexism allegations made by Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish

  11. Phone line equipment 'deliberately set on fire'

    Fire damage to phone line equipment in north Worcestershire is being investigated by police.

    The West Mercia force says it has reports of telephone junction boxes being damaged in the Waresley, Hartlebury and Rock areas of the county between Friday 22 April and Monday 25 April.

    The damage was initially thought to be due to an electrical fault. It is now suspected that the boxes have been deliberately damaged and set alight, a spokesman says. 

  12. We do "a hell of a lot" to help the vulnerable, says council leader after criticism on home care

    Evesham Journal

    Claims vulnerable people are treated "like cattle" in Worcestershire have been refuted by council chiefs - who say more cash is being spent on them than ever.  

  13. Jess Varnish: Rider explains reasons for British Cycling criticism

    Jess Varnish says she spoke out against British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton with the hope of changing attitudes at the organisation.

    Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish

    The 25-year-old, recently dropped from the Great Britain team, alleged that Sutton made sexist comments and told her to "go and have a baby".

    "I want to change the culture and their treatment of women," said the Worcestershire-born rider.

    Sutton, 58, denies any wrongdoing following Varnish's allegations and says British Cycling did not renew her contract because her times had slowed over the past three years.  

  14. Austin Reed enters administration

    BBC Business Live

    Austin Reed, which has a branch in Worcester at House of Fraser, has entered administration, putting almost 1,200 jobs at risk.

    Austin Reed shirt

    A statement from the administrators blamed a "challenging" retail market and cash flow difficulties.  

    Austin Reed began in 1900 as a tailor and counted Winston Churchill as a customer.  

  15. Watch: 'Not safe, not fair' says junior doctor

    Julie Tyler

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    I met up with Hannah Currie, one of the junior doctors striking in Hereford, who told me why she is taking industrial action.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the strike as a "very, very bleak day" for the NHS, but says no union has the right to stop a government trying to act on a manifesto promise.  

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    Video caption: 'Not safe, not fair' says junior doctor.