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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  2. Watch: Showers through the evening but settling overnight

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The heavy and thundery showers will ease through this evening, with clear spells and some patchy cloud overnight. 

    Some mist and fog patches are likely to form in rural parts and over hills during the second half of the night with lows of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Recent polls suggest businesses are becoming more evenly split on whether to back so-called Brexit.

    Few industries have more at stake than agriculture - but, while the NFU is officially backing the Remain campaign, farmers in the West Midlands are split on what's for the best.

    One told me he backed the British government to make its own decisions regarding funding for the industry, while another said he believed food prices would rise if we left the EU.

  4. Poor school buildings 'damaging pupils' health and education'

    Judith Burns

    Education reporter

    Too many British pupils are trying to learn in classrooms which are damaging their health and education, say architects.

    And too many teachers are quitting, blaming stressful and overcrowded working conditions, says the Royal Institute of British Architects.


    It blames rising pupil numbers and government cuts to capital funding.

    England's Department for Education says it will invest £23bn in school buildings over the next five years.

  5. Invictus Games: Local competitor wins gold and silver medals

    A former soldier from Hereford has won a gold and a silver medal in the pool at the Invictus Games in Florida this afternoon. 

     Adam Nixon (pictured), who had his leg amputated after he was injured in Iraq, was taking part in the finals of the 50 metre breaststroke and 50 metre freestyle. 

    Adam Nixon

    Mark Abel from Worcestershire, who's partially sighted and a former corporal in the Army, finished in the top 20 of his heats in the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. 

    Adam is also competing for the UK team in the wheelchair basketball semi finals at the championships in Orlando, Florida tomorrow.  

  6. Latest headlines: Man jailed after admitting sex assaults; ex soldier takes gold and silver medals at Invictus Games

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this evening include:

    - A 44-year-old Pershore man has been sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to two sexual assaults last year

    - A former soldier from Hereford has won a gold and a silver medal in the pool at the Invictus Games in Florida this afternoon

    Heavy rain on the final day in Cardiff meant Glamorgan and Worcestershire had to settle for a draw

  7. Man jailed after admitting Pershore sex assaults

    A Pershore man has been sentenced to six years in prison for two sexual assaults and perverting the course of justice. 

    West Mercia Police says the incidents took place in the town in April and July last year

    Gavin Parmenter, 44, (pictured) who admitted the offences has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.

    Gavin Parmenter, 44
  8. Watch: Hereford FC ready for Wembley

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Hereford FC’s win in the Midland Football League Cup final could boost their chances of winning the FA Vase final at Wembley in a couple of weeks, manager Peter Beadle says.

    The Bulls beat Walsall Wood 3-1 in the League Cup showdown on Tuesday and Beadle said it was good to have a meaningful game at this stage or it would have been a three-week gap between their final league match and the Wembley showdown.

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    Video caption: Hereford FC 'prepared and ready' for the FA Vase final at Wembley this weekend

    The League Cup final success saw Hereford land their third trophy of a memorable debut season - following the demise of the former Hereford United in December 2014.

  9. WW2 veteran honored by French bravery award

    A Worcestershire World War Two veteran says it's an "honour" to receive the highest French bravery medal. 

    William McGough has been presented with the Legion D'Honneur alongside William Brotherton at Evesham Town Hall (pictured). Both men were soldiers in Normandy on D-Day. 

    Quote Message: It means a great deal. It's also a great honor and a great surprise. It seamed a long time after the war. from William McGough Veteran
    William McGoughVeteran
  10. Patients 'sent home afraid and with little support'

    BBC News Health

    NHS patients in England are being sent home from hospital afraid and with little support, an ombudsman report reveals.

    The independent arbitrator investigated 211 such complaints in a year.


    Among them is the case of a 80-year-old woman, repeatedly sent home in a confused state to an empty house, only to be readmitted to hospital when neighbours raised the alarm.

    The NHS says the findings will be taken seriously and improvement is under way.

  11. Your photos: River Wye sunset

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Grant Gwyn who took this photo of the River Wye near the Bunch Of Carrots pub.

    It's featuring on the cover of the BBC Hereford and Worcester Facebook page. 

    River Wye near the Bunch Of Carrots pub.

    Share your photos with us, you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.  

  12. Warriors' Betty shortlisted for community player in league

    Worcester Warriors' Sam Betty is one of four Aviva Premiership players shortlisted for the league's community player of the season award. 

    Worcester Warriors' Sam Betty

    Betty has been nominated for his work as a players' ambassador with the Acorns Children's Hospice - a role he has undertaken for the past two seasons. 

    The award will be presented at the Aviva Premiership Awards night in London next week.

  13. Chances of play looking slim

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    It is now pouring down and we can't see the buildings in the middle of Cardiff, never mind Caerphilly Mountain. 

    It's a blow for Worcestershire, who were clearly on top, until the weather intervened yesterday.

    After declaring on 456 for 6, they reduced Gloucestershire to 42 for 4.

  14. International and Cider and Perry competition takes place in Hereford

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    More than 200 entries are battling to be crowned as the top cider and perry in the world in Hereford today.

    The annual International and Cider and Perry competition takes place at the city's Cider Museum and entries have come in from across the UK, Finland, and America. 


    The judging took place this morning, with the awards ceremony taking place later this afternoon, when the overall champion will be announced.   

  15. Watch: Weather forecast across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Becoming brighter, with scattered thundery showers later

    Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  16. Cricket: Rain stops play

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    Covers are coming back on at Cardiff - yep it's raining again.

    Play is due to start at 13:55 at Cardiff providing there is not more rain.

    Rain stops play
  17. Weather look ahead: BBC One at 13:30

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's warm and muggy for now but look what's heading our way from the north by the weekend.

    See the forecast on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

    Weather forecast
  18. 'Can't wait to get going' says new Harriers' boss

    Kidderminster Harriers' new manager John Eustace says it was a case of "right job at the right time" when the Aggborough vacancy was offered to him. 

    The midfielder was forced to retire earlier in the season and, while he had planned to get into management, he hadn't expected the chance to come along so soon. 

    John Eustace
    Quote Message: It's not something I was thinking about doing going into management this early but the opportunity came up. I retired four / five weeks ago. It ticked all the boxes for me and I can't wait to get going." from John Eustace Kidderminster Harriers' manager
    John EustaceKidderminster Harriers' manager