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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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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.

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a mild night, with further outbreaks of rain which may turn heavy at times. Perhaps a little drier further east towards the end of the night.

Highs of 16C (61F). More from BBC Weather. 

Special report: Farmer on why he wants to leave the EU

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

With all of Cannock Chase stretching out across the horizon, Lower Drayton Farm in Staffordshire is what's known in the trade as a mixed farm. But there's nothing mixed about farmer Ray Bower's views on the European Union: he says there's nothing to fear from Brexit. 

Mr Bower (pictured) says farming alone is no longer enough to pay the bills and has joined the growing number who are convinced it's a case of diversify or bust. 

Even those EU farm payments worth up to £3bn a year to British agriculture are seen here as a diminishing asset.

Ray Bower
BBC

Yesterday, though, in our first special report on this issue, a Warwickshire farmer, Adam Quinney, told the BBC the EU did not deserve the blame for so-called "red tape" which would still be necessary even if Britain voted to leave.    

More on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Latest: Jailed for church thefts; D-Day veterans honoured; castle for sale

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Two veterans from Worcestershire have been awarded France's highest bravery medal for their role in the D-Day landings

- A castle dating back to Norman times is up for sale in Herefordshire

- A Worcestershire B&B has beaten nearly 2,500 others to be named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England 2016

Redditch loan shark sentenced to eight months in prison

A woman from Redditch has been jailed for eight months after she pleaded guilty to three charges connected to illegal money lending. 

Worcester Crown Court
BBC

Donna Whyte, 43, of Aldington Close, Redditch, was prosecuted by England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), working in partnership with Worcestershire Regulatory Services Trading Standards team and West Mercia Police.

IMLT say she had around around 50 regular victims, often with multiple loans each and charged 50% interest.

Loan sharks are a blight on our communities... and preying on those in serious financial need."

Simon WilkesWorcestershire Regulatory Services

Top French bravery medal awarded to two D-Day veterans

Two World War Two veterans from Worcestershire were awarded the highest French bravery medal today. 

D-Day Veterans
BBC

William Brotherton, 91, from Offenham, and William McGough from Willersey were presented with the Legion d'Honneur at Evesham Town Hall at 14:00.   

Cricket: No play yet at Cardiff

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

I'm enjoying watching... the rain today at the Swalec Stadium. 

Worcestershire's hopes of gaining their first County Championship win of the season appear to have been dashed by the weather in Cardiff.

Swalec Stadium
Getty Images

There's been no play so far today. The umpires were to make an inspection at 15:15 but the rain has returned.

Glamorgan are 42 for 4 in reply to Worcestershire's 456 for 6 declared.

Man charged after robbery in Worcester

A man has been charged after a robbery in Hill Street, Worcester on Sunday afternoon, police say.

The 20-year-old is accused of robbery, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, assaulting a police officer, driving with no insurance, driving without a licence and driving dangerously.

He is due to appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court later today.

Civic society seeks imaginative proposals to save Malvern's old hospital

Worcester News

Malvern Civic Society is calling for imaginative proposals to help preserve the town's old hospital.  

Latest: Concern over school asbestos; top medal for D-Day veterans; ruined castle for sale

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- Labour calls for all asbestos to be removed from schools

- Two World War Two veterans from Worcestershire are today being awarded the highest French bravery medal

- Ruined castle up for sale in Herefordshire

A model way to celebrate final day

Hereford FC are bringing out a limited edition Subbuteo set ahead of their trip to Wembley. 

The commemorative edition contains 16 Hereford FC players and only 25 sets are being made.

Subbuteo game
Getty Images

International call up for Warriors prop

James Johnston will be playing in internationals against Georgia, Fiji and Tonga as Samoa look to book their place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Calls for asbestos to be removed from schools

Labour councillors are calling for all remaining asbestos to be removed from Worcestershire schools.

Asbestos warning leaflets
BBC

At the moment about 900 council-owned buildings, including schools, are known to have asbestos in them.

The county council says asbestos only becomes dangerous when it gets damaged over time and is disturbed, and is otherwise a low risk to public health.

No dog heartache for pensioner

A Worcester widower has been told he can't have a dog in his retirement home, despite letters from his doctor saying one would stop him feeling lonely. 

John Cuthbert, 87, lives at The Firs in Kempsey. He had a dog until March but it died after being hit by a car.

I walked my dog a lot and I'm missing that - I'm 87 and I don't enjoy walking without a dog."

John Cuthbert

The home owner, Fortis Living, says it has changed its policy over dog ownership because of the shared communal areas.

Sats test leaked online by 'rogue marker'

BBC News Education

A grammar, punctuation and spelling test being taken by 600,000 children aged 10 and 11 in England has been leaked online - with the Department for Education blaming a "rogue marker".

A DfE source blamed an "active campaign by those people opposed to our reforms to undermine these tests".

Sats protest
BBC

The Sats answers appeared for four hours on Monday night on a password-protected website.

It is the second time in three weeks a primary school exam has been published.

Your pictures; Bluebells in the wood

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This picture of bluebells in the woods at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire was taken by BBC Weather Watchers Chris and Ginny.

I'd love to see your photos of Herefordshire and Worcestershire - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Bluebells
Chris and Ginny

Kidderminster model Iskra Lawrence highlights importance of body-positivity

Kidderminster Shuttle

A model from Kidderminster who made international headlines for shaming an online troll who claimed she was "fat" is set to promote body-positivity in a campaign across Midlands schools.  

Wigmore Castle for sale: Civil War ruin

The English Civil War saw the start of the decline of Wigmore Castle from strongpoint to ruin.

Wigmore Castle
BBC

The castle had been sold to Thomas Hardy by Elizabeth I.

His son, Robert, was a strong supporter of Parliament during the Civil War.

As most of the surrounding area was loyal to the King, his wife, Lady Brilliana, ordered that the walls be dismantled so it couldn't be used by Royalists.

Glamorgan v Worcestershire: Rain delays play

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire have been held up by the weather on the third day of the County Championship match against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

Heavy rain this morning means there will be no play before lunch, which the umpires have decided will be at 12:30.

As and when they resume, Glamorgan will be on 42 for 4 replying to Worcestershire's 456 for 6 declared.

Once play is under way you can follow ball-by-ball commentary,

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

The showers will turn more prolonged and heavy into the afternoon, with a risk of thunder, particularly on higher ground. 

Highs of 16C (61F). More from BBC Weather.

Your pictures: Black Hill Malvern

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

This wonderful picture of Black Hill, Malvern, comes from Mihaly Tomka.

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

Black Hill, Malvern
Mihaly Tomka

Young cricketers get scholarships from the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust

Three young cricketers have been given scholarships from the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust (BJMT) to help them to become professionals.  

Brian Johnston
BBC

Academy batsman Ollie Westbury, academy elite player group member Ryan Wheldon and England women's development programme player Emily Arlott are each receiving £500 scholarships from the BJMT.  

Emily Arlott said she would use the funding to pay for equipment.  

Wigmore Castle for sale: Some history

The estate agents' details for Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire are understandably very different from the description of your average house for sale.

The four-page document details its history back to 921 AD.

Wigmore Castle
BBC

- 921 AD: Fortress on the site held by Edward the Elder

- The stone castle was built by one of William the Conqueror's captains, William Fitzosbern

- The castle was later given to the Mortimer family, who were allowed to raise their own army and taxes in exchange for guarding the border with Wales

- When the Duke of York won the battle of Mortimer's Cross in 1461, during the War of the Roses, he was based at Wigmore Castle

Your pictures: 'It could be Narnia'

One of the officers on the beat in Malvern took this photo of one of the town's famous gas lamps.

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Latest: School asbestos survey call; no dog rule heartache for widower; castle for sale

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A Labour councillor says asbestos surveys need to be carried out in hundreds of Worcestershire schools

- A widower who's kept dogs in his care home in Worcestershire for 17 years has been banned from getting another pet

- A castle dating back to Norman times is up for sale in Herefordshire

Castle for sale in Herefordshire

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Grade I listed castle in Herefordshire is up for sale, complete with its own jousting field.

The ruined Wigmore Castle dates back to the 14th Century, though parts of the earlier Norman walls remain.

Wigmore Castle
BBC

The ruin is under the guardianship of English Heritage, who look after the castle buildings.

The 32-acre site also includes a moat, woodland and orchards.

Top French honour for two D-Day veterans

Two World War Two veterans from Worcestershire will be awarded the highest French bravery medal later today. 

William McGough, from Willersey, and Willam Brotherton (pictured), from Offenham, will be presented with the Legion d'Honneur at Evesham Town Hall this afternoon.

William Brotherton
Brotherton family

Watch: Cancer woman wants help tracing asbestos exposure

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to meet a Worcestershire woman, living with cancer after being exposed to asbestos, who is appealing for help to work out where she came into contact with it.

Christine Davenport, who's 72 and from Bromsgrove, has just had a second operation to remove a tumour on her lung.

Fears bluebell site is under threat

Carpets of bluebells are one of the most wonderful sights to be enjoyed in May, but residents in Worcestershire fear one of the best areas for bluebells in the Midlands is under threat.

They say work to chop down trees at Brand Lodge Coppice, near Bewdley, will damage the habitat.  

Latest: Cancer woman wants help tracing asbestos exposure; top medal for D-Day veterans; no dog heartache for widower

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

- A Worcestershire woman left with cancer after being exposed to asbestos is appealing for help to work out where she came into contact with it

- Two World War Two veterans from Worcestershire will be awarded the highest French bravery medal later today

- A Worcester widower has been told he can't have a dog in his retirement home despite letters from his doctor saying one would stop him feeling lonely

Watch: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy day with outbreaks of rain during the morning. Highs of 16C ( 61F). More from BBC Weather.

Travel: Slow traffic on the M42

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the M42 northbound between J4a (M5) and J3 (Portway).

More from BBC Travel.

Good morning from today's Herefordshire and Worcestershire live page

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Welcome to the Local Live service for Herefordshire and Worcestershire on Tuesday morning. 

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.