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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

Watch: Latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

The rain will mostly clear through the first part of the night, although we could have further rain and hill snow later. It will also turn increasingly windy. Lows of 3C ( 37F).

County not to blame for washed-out season opener

Worcestershire County Cricket Club have been exonerated of any blame after the club's opening Specsavers County Championship match of the season against Kent was washed out without a ball being bowled. 

New Road, Worcester
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The chairman of the Cricket Discipline Committee, Gerard Elias QC, has cleared the ground staff of any wrongdoing

He pointed out that Worcestershire trained on the ground the day before the scheduled start of the game, so they were under the clear impression there would be no problem. 

Mr Elias determined there were no grounds for any further action.  

Maternity ward to stay closed until February 2017

Worcester News

The controversial closure of a county maternity ward will carry on until at least next year - with health bosses ruling out a "reversal".  

Over subscribed primary schools could be expanded

The county council is considering bringing in mobile classrooms to increase capacity at two popular primary schools in Worcester.

Northwick Manor Primary (pictured) is the most over-subscribed school in Worcestershire, while the neighbouring Claines Primary is close behind.   

Northwick Manor Primary, Worcester

The council says it is considering if one or both of the schools could be expanded using mobile classrooms to cope with the "bulge" in demand.

The mobile classroom would remain in place for six years specifically to accommodate this large year group, and would provide 30 additional places in the catchment area.

Football: Hereford FC look to book league cup final place

Hereford FC take on Stourport Swifts in the Midlands League Cup semi-final at Edgar Street tonight.

Hereford FC's Edgar Street stadium

The Bulls lead 1-0 from the first leg at Walshes Meadow, thanks to John Mills's strike and a late penalty save from goalkeeper Martin Horsell.

Hereford will be presented with the Midland Football League Championship trophy immediately following the game against Stourport after they clinched the league title with a 4-0 win at Coventry Sphinx on Monday, 25 April.

More concerns over consultant's resignation

A "well respected" senior consultant's resignation from a Worcestershire trust is "cause for concern", according to a group representing local GPs.

You can read more about the reaction to the resignation of Dr David AlDulaimi from Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, in this BBC News Online story.

Alexandra Hospital sign

Latest: 'Unexplained' death in village investigated; key vandal targets garage; no blame for washed out cricket match

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- The police in north Worcestershire say they're treating the death of a man in his 40s as "unexplained"

- A Worcestershire garage owner is counting the cost of a vandal attack which has left every vehicle in his compound needing repair

- Worcestershire County Cricket club cleared of blame over washed out match

Rail delays after level crossing crash

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on trains between Shrewsbury and Hereford after a lorry hit a barrier at Onibury.

The line has now been reopened, but delays could last until 17:00.

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Travel: Advance warning of the A38 closing in Bromsgrove

The road will close overnight for four nights from next Tuesday.

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Watch: Man filmed 'keying' dozens of cars

A vandal has been caught on CCTV using a key to damage dozens of cars at a Worcestershire dealership.

Cars at the garage on Alcester Road in Wythall were vandalised last Thursday.

The owner, Mark Edginton, says he can't imagine why anyone would want to target them. 

Man's body found in north Worcestershire 'unexplained'

The death of a man, whose body was found on a street in Kings Norton this morning, is being treated as "unexplained".

West Mercia Police say he was discovered in the Middle Lane area at about 10:00.

Officers are now trying to identify the man, who is thought to be in his 40s, and confirm how he died.

Latest: Police investigate unexplained death; vandal caught on CCTV damaging cars; drop in police taser use

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Police are treating the death of a man found on a street in north Worcestershire as "unexplained"

- Man caught on CCTV "keying" dozens of cars at a Worcestershire dealership

- There's been a significant drop in the use of tasers by officers in the West Mercia force

Taser use by West Mercia Police

Taser use across England and Wales has remained fairly level over the last three years.

Home Office figures show they were drawn more than 10,300 times in all last year, but only discharged on 1,900 occasions.

Taser use

In October, the BBC's Newsbeat explained the situations that police can use a Taser.

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Sascha Kindred must wait on place in British team

BBC Sport

Herefordshire Paralympian Sascha Kindred must wait to see if he will get a place in British team.  

He suffered a big setback in his bid to compete at a sixth Paralympics, after failing to make the qualifying standard on the final day of the British Para-Swimming trials.

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Clubs and communities encouraged to run green spaces

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Clubs and community groups in Herefordshire can apply for grants to help them to look after the county's green spaces

Herefordshire Council have transferred a number of parks, woods and open spaces to public groups as a cost-cutting measure and they're keen to see more places being taken over by local people. 

Groups can apply for funds of up to £750 to help with projects, maintenance and ways of tidying up public areas. 

Travel: Road being resurfaced in south Worcestershire

You can expect delays as the road is resurfaced from Beckford to Conderton.

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Coming up on TV: Car 'keying' causes thousands of pounds in damage

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

A garage owner in Worcestershire says he's sickened by the actions of a vandal who "keyed" every car in his compound, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

CCTV of vandalism
Mark Edginton

More on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Hereford Times front and back pages: We are the champions

Hereford Times

Hereford FC winning promotion features on the front and back pages of this week's Hereford Times.

Hereford Times front page
Hereford Times
Hereford Times back page
Hereford Times

Police discharged Tasers 21 times last year

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

West Mercia Police say officers discharged Tasers 21 times last year.

The stun weapons were at least drawn, but not discharged, another 143 times.


Across England and Wales, Tasers were used more than 10,000 times last year and that figure has remained fairly stable for the past three years.

Watch: Duck in drain rescued by firefighters

Watch the firefighters from Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service based in Droitwich rescue a duck stuck in a drain.

It's a story with quacking happy ending

Your pictures: Clouds in Ross-on-Wye

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

These stunning shots come from Chris Lyons - the first shows clouds over Penyard Hill and the second shows the sunset over Wilton.

I'd love to feature your photos on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Penyard Hill
Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons

Expansion plans at Sixways could see fans paying more

Worcester Warriors' supporters could be regularly paying double to watch their heroes in the future, if the club can expand Sixways' current 12,000 capacity. 

The club has already announced a 10% ticket increase across the board for next season. 

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The club's chief executive, Jim O'Toole, believes optimising the club's West Midlands fan base could help them significantly swell the coffers to help them attract top international rugby stars. 

I personally think the optimum size [grounds in] the Premiership is what Harlequins have - 14,000 to 15,000. [Northampton] Saints have the same. They can charge £40 to stand because they are full every week and they are sweating the asset by getting the maximum for every seat or standing space."

Jim O'TooleChief executive, Worcester Warriors

Cricket: Moeen hits ton as Worcestershire draw against Gloucestershire

BBC Sport

England's Moeen Ali scores 136 not out on day four as Worcestershire draw with Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Moeen Ali
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Needing 352 to win from 63 overs, the visitors lost Brett D'Oliveira and Daryl Mitchell to Liam Norwell and were 49-3 when Josh Shaw bowled Joe Clarke.

But Moeen (136no) calmed any fears of defeat, leaving both sides still waiting for a first victory of 2016.

Your pictures: Priory Park in Malvern as it was

A journey back in time to the 1950s with these pictures of Priory Park in Malvern.

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Newcastle Falcons sign Warriors hooker

Newcastle Falcons have signed hooker Ben Sowrey from Worcester Warriors for next season.

The 24-year-old has made eight appearances for Worcester this season, three of them in the Premiership.

Ben Sowrey
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Consultant resignation: 'Uncertainty is affecting staff morale'

The trust running the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch says it is "disappointed" that consultant gastroenterologist, Dr David Aldulaimi, has resigned, but says it is "an opportunity for somebody else to join our team and help to shape the future of our hospital".

It is clear that uncertainty around the future of hospital services in Worcestershire has had an impact on staff morale, but the final proposal agreed by our clinicians is now enabling us to move forward with confidence and with the message to patients and staff that 95% what is delivered at the Alexandra Hospital will remain at the Alex."

Chris TidmanChief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Playing fields and nature reserve transformed using £665,000 from developers

A second stage of improvements to Diglis Playing Fields and the adjacent Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve are starting, using a fund of £665,000 paid by private developers.

Gates will be installed at all the entrances to make the area safer for children, and a new car park with space for up to 16 cars will be added, the council says.

Diglis playing fields, Worcester

Consultant resignation "another cause for concern"

The resignation of another consultant at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is "another cause for concern", according to the head of a body representing local GPs.

Dr David AlDulaimi, a consultant gastroenterologist, will leave the hospital in three months - the reason for his departure is unclear.

Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

Four accident and emergency consultants resigned from the hospital in February last year, along with a fifth based at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.   

The news that he's resigned is somewhat of a shock and a great disappointment. It does make me worry about what's going on, about the sustainability of services at the Alexandra Hospital."

Dr Jonathon WellsRedditch and Bromsgrove GP Advisory Forum

Latest: Another consultant resignation; Varnish told to 'let her talent do the talking; stadium expansion plans

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- The resignation of another consultant from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is described as a "worrying development" by a local GP body

- Jess Varnish is told to "let her talent do the talking" by former cycling chief

- Worcester Warriors' Sixways stadium could be expanded to hold 14,000

Promotion for university netball team

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The University of Worcester's netball team won a thrilling British Universities and Colleges Sports play-off final at Newcastle yesterday.

Worcester eventually came through 50-49 and so will replace Newcastle in the Premier Division for next season.

Jess Varnish should 'let her talent do the talking' says former cycling chief

The former president of the British Cycling Federation, Tony Doyle, says Jess Varnish (pictured below with Victoria Pendleton) should take a leaf out of Jessica Ennis-Hill's book and "let her talent do the talking".

The technical director of British Cycling, Shane Sutton, resigned yesterday amid claims of sexism made by the Bromsgrove cyclist and of using derogatory words to describe Para-cyclists. 

Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton
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[Shane Sutton] is a top athlete, a real rough, tough Aussie who works hard and plays hard. Jess Varnish needs to take a leaf out of her namesake Jess Ennis-Hills' book, who's polite, unassuming and who lets her talent do the talking."

Tony DoyleFormer president of the British Cycling Federation

Penalty shoot-out heartache for Reds

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Redditch United conceded a goal deep into added time at the end of their play-off semi-final at home to Leamington and then suffered the heartache of losing a penalty shoot-out.

Ashley Sammons scored in the first half for the Reds but Leamington levelled and there was no further score in extra time.

The Reds then missed three of their four penalties in the shoot out.

Consultant resignation from Worcestershire hospital a 'worrying development'

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The resignation of another consultant at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch has been called a "worrying development" by the chair of the body representing GPs in Redditch and Bromsgrove.

The doctor who's resigned is David Aldulaimi, a consultant gastroenterologist. He's worked at Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust since 2004.

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

The reason for his departure is unclear.  

Four accident and emergency consultants resigned from the hospital in February last year, along with a fifth based at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. 

Latest: Consultant resign at hospital; Sixways expansion plan; open spaces grants available

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Another consultant resigns from Worcestershire's main hospital trust

- Warriors plan to expand Sixways to hold 14,000 but also expect to raise ticket prices

- Clubs and community groups in Herefordshire can apply for grants to help them to look after the county's green spaces