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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

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

Today's front page: Bewdley traders fear a roadworks blow for business

Kidderminster Shuttle

Bewdley businesses fear the town will be dealt a crushing blow when roadworks start to allow vital repair work to St Anne’s Church.  

Rugby Union: Heem named Warriors' Player of the Season

Worcester Warriors' flying winger Bryce Heem has been named Player of the Season in his first season with the Sixways Club.

Bryce Heem
Worcester Warriors

The big Kiwi has been a huge hit, scoring seven tries in 18 appearances since arriving from Super Rugby side Waikato Chiefs in November.

He polled 15% of the vote, narrowly beating South African scrum-half Francois Hougaard into second place.

Hereford MP welcomes changes to BBC

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Hereford MP Jesse Norman has welcomed an overhaul of the BBC which will include naming those paid more than £450,000 a year. 

The Hereford and South Herefordshire Conservative MP said stars' salaries were a concern to the public.

Mr Norman, who chairs the Commons Media Committee, said he was "delighted" the government had taken the group's recommendations on board.

Jesse Norman MP

Remembering the Somme

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Do you have a relative who fought on the Somme? 

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, BBC Hereford and Worcester are looking for stories about what your family experienced. 

Before and after pics of the battle of the Somme ground

How did the battle affect the lives of the people of Herefordshire and Worcestershire?

If you’ve got a story, diary, letters or photographs then please get in touch with me by emailing

Watch: Tomorrow's weather forecast for Hereford & Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Enjoy the sunshine this evening as tomorrow is looking cloudier and cooler with highs of just 14 degrees (57F).

Weather update

Watch: Hereford SAS legend captured on canvas

Elliott Webb

Breakfast presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Herefordshire SAS legend is being captured on canvas by his own personal art tutor.

Lofty Wiseman - who served 27 years with the Special Air Service and is a well known survival instructor - has been a pupil of Hereford artist Gerald Crane for many years.

Over the past eight months he's fast becoming one of his masterpieces - Gerald's latest work is not only a reflection and celebration of Lofty's life but is also to mark his golden wedding anniversary.

Sunshine into the evening in Herefordshire & Worcestershire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

A great photo from Weather Watcher J at Severn Ridge, Severn Stoke, Worcestershire has made it into today's forecast.

There shouldn't be a cloud in the sky as we go into this evening with highs of 23C (73F) in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Weather update

Hereford MP calls BBC stars' pay a concern, as Chris Evans says: 'I'm paid too much'

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Hereford MP Jesse Norman, who has been scrutinising the new plan for the BBC, says stars' pay is a public concern - as presenter Chris Evans says he is paid too much.

Mr Norman, chairman of the Commons Committee for Culture, Media and Sport, said: "We will see what they're saying today about stars' pay which has been an issue which has caused a lot of public concern - we have identified areas which need to change."  

Chris Evans: 'I'm paid too much'

Doctors train patients to hold breath for cancer treatments

BBC Midlands Today

Doctors in the Midlands say they've proved breast cancer patients can be trained to hold their breath for more than five minutes.

Health professionals say it enables medics to administer radiotherapy treatment in a single daily dose. 

Patient being treated by doctor

Researchers found if patients kept still then doctors could target the cancer with a radiotherapy beam without harming nearby healthy tissue. 

At the moment, most radiotherapy sessions are delivered while patients breath normally. 

Latest: Hundreds attend funeral for canal death teen; Invictus Games swimming medalist competes in basketball

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the top stories in Herefordshire & Worcestershire this afternoon:

- Hundreds attend funeral of a teenager who died after being pulled from a canal

- Hereford Invictus Games swimming medalist competes in basketball semi final

- Hereford cycling circuit plans to be unveiled at a meeting tonight

Hundreds at funeral for canal death teenager

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a Worcester teenager who died after being pulled from a canal.

The service for Sean Stevens, 17, took place at Pershore Abbey this afternoon before a private family funeral.

Mourners at Pershore Abbey

A teenager, who cannot be named, will go on trial for manslaughter in September.

New rail timetable

Train operator, London Midland, introduces a new timetable from Saturday which includes services running through Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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Listen: Pennell targeting England recall

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester Warriors full-back Chris Pennell tells BBC Hereford and Worcester he is confident he can regain his spot in the England set-up after signing a new contract with the Premiership club.

The 29-year-old, who won his only cap to date on the 2014 tour of New Zealand, has agreed a new undisclosed-length deal at Sixways, where he has spent his entire career.

Pennell targeting England recall

Watch: Luctonians' director of rugby on 'pulling mental strings'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

"We've got to pull on their mental strings and remind them that it's that little bit easier if they buy into pre-season", says Luctonians' director of rugby Alex Davidson, as the dust settles on their final league match. 

As the levels of competition in National Two North rise year-on-year, Davidson talks of the importance of ensuring all the players buy into their pre-season schedule.

Luctonians' director of rugby on 'pulling mental strings'

Hereford traffic-free cycle track plans to be unveiled

Hereford Times

Plans for a traffic-free cycle track in Hereford will be unveiled at Hereford Town Hall at 19:00.

Hereford Racecourse could be the home for a purpose built circuit, which could be opened as early as next year.

Hereford Racecourse
Hereford Times

Hereford soldier hopes to continue winning streak at Invictus Games

BBC Sport

A soldier from Hereford is back in action today just hours after winning two medals at the Invictus Games in Florida.

Adam Nixon, who had his leg amputated after he was injured in Iraq, won gold in the 50-metre breaststroke and silver in the 50-metre freestyle yesterday. 

Adam Nixon
Invictus Games

He's competing for the UK team in the wheelchair basketball semi final against Denmark at the championships in Orlando this afternoon.    

Travel: Congestion in Kidderminster

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A448 Comberton Road in Kidderminster, at the A449 Chester Road South junction.  

And there's more congestion on the A451 Stourbridge Road in Kidderminster, at Rose Theatre mini roundabout, due to roadworks.

Latest: Canal death teen 'lived life to the full'; Hereford Invictus Games competitor in action again

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the top stories from the BBC Hereford & Worcester newsroom this afternoon:

- Canal death teenager Sean Stevens "lived life to the full"

- Hereford Invictus Games athlete aims to continue winning streak

- Plans for a closed circuit cycling track unveiled in Hereford.

Your pictures: Sunkissed south Herefordshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Chris Lyons took this beautiful landscape from Lea, south Herefordshire.  

Got a lovely picture you want to share? Emailtweet us @bbchw or message via Facebook.  

South Herefordshire landscape
Chris Lyons

Canal death teen Sean Stevens 'lived life to the fullest'.

Worcester News

The mother of Worcester teenager Sean Stevens, who died after being rescued from a city canal, has paid tribute to her son saying he "lived life to the fullest".

Sean Stevens
Worcester News

A service is being held for 17-year-old Sean at Pershore Abbey and will be followed by a private funeral. 

Another teenager, who cannot be named, will go on trial for manslaughter in September. 

Bewdley traders fear town will suffer during roadworks for vital church repairs

Kidderminster Shuttle

Bewdley businesses fear the town will be dealt a crushing blow when roadworks start, to allow vital repair work to St Anne’s Church.

St Anne's Church in Bewdley
Kidderminster Shuttle

Watch: 'Let's enjoy this huge day out', says Hereford FC manager ahead of Wembley

BBC Sport

"This is a huge day out for all of them and a huge achievement for all of them, so we've got to make sure we enjoy it"  - Hereford FC's manager Pete Beadle says, with the Midland Football League Cup Final in the bag, the focus is now solely on getting the preparations right for the FA Vase final against Morpeth Town AFC at Wembley Stadium on 22 May.  

Hereford FC gears up for Wembley

Watch: The Worcestershire bike hoping to break a land speed record

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcestershire bike mechanic is hoping to follow in the footsteps, or rather tyre tracks, of his hero Donald Campbell later this month - when he attempts a land speed record.

Ben Hall, from Willersley, is hoping to reach speeds of close to 150mph on his motorbike, which uses local parts and is completely hand-built. 

Latest: Funeral of a Worcester teenager pulled from a canal; Hereford MP says fears over BBC overhaul "unfounded"

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories making the headlines in Herefordshire & Worcestershire this morning:

Funeral of a Worcester teenager pulled from a canal

- Hereford MP says fears over BBC overhaul "unfounded"

- Worcestershire's Moeen Ali named in the England test squad to face Sri Lanka

Fears over BBC overhaul unfounded, says Hereford MP

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Hereford MP who's going to be scrutinising the new plan for the BBC says many public fears about changes are unfounded. 

Plans for a "major overhaul" in the way the BBC is run are being published by the government later this morning.

Jesse Norman

Rumours about the changes include adverts on the BBC and stopping popular shows such as Strictly Come Dancing being shown at the same time, as big commercial shows including the X Factor.  

Jesse Norman, the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire and Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: "There's been so much whipped up public concern that what appears a benign white paper."

Your pics: Green fields in Worcestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Take a look at this snap sent to us by Mike Snapper, from Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire.

He's captured luscious green fields in the sunshine.

Got a lovely picture you want to share? Emailtweet us @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Worcestershire Weather Watcher picture
Mike Snapper

Listen: Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes on draw in Cardiff

BBC Sport

"There were some terrific performances from our lads," Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes tells BBC Hereford and Worcester after the rain-hit draw in Cardiff.

Steve Rhodes

Closed circuit cycling track plans to be unveiled

Elliott Webb

Breakfast presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Plans for a closed circuit cycling track in Hereford will be unveiled at a public meeting in the city tonight. 

The aim is to build a tarmac loop on the public land in the middle of the racecourse, similar to the one which was built in Stourport in 2010 at a cost of £440,000.

It's hoped it will be built within 12 months and used for training and racing

Pollen levels are high

BBC Weather

If you suffer from hay fever, be warned - you may be sneezing today as levels are high.

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Funeral for teenager pulled from canal

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The funeral of a Worcester teenager, who died after being pulled from a canal, will take place later at Pershore Abbey. 

A service in memory of Sean Stevens, aged 17, will start at 12:00 and will be followed by a private funeral.

Another teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, is due to stand trial for manslaughter in September. 

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

Welcome to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Live on Thursday morning. 

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

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