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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for today. We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

  2. Kidderminster's Comberton Hill bridge gets a facelift

    Comberton Hill bridge in Kidderminster has been given a makeover at a cost of £2,000.

    Councillors and workers in front of Comberton Hill Bridge

    Workers stripped back the painted mural which had been there since the 1990s and repainted it in black and silver to match the rest of the town's street furniture.  

    Quote Message: The bridge could be further decorated in the future to make it unique to the town." from Frank Oborski Wyre Forest District Councillor
    Frank OborskiWyre Forest District Councillor
  3. Regional struggle to recruit teachers

    Primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands spent more than £160 per pupil on supply staff last year, it has emerged.

    Analysis by BBC News shows the equivalent of £168 was spent on each child in order to hire in extra staff to cover vacancies and absences.

    Teachers unions say the amount of money spent reflects a "serious teacher recruitment and retention crisis".

    The government said the number of quality teachers was at a record high.

  4. 250 new workers to be recruited at Worcestershire County Council - and "several hundred" job losses

    Evesham Journal

    The leader of Worcestershire County Council says 250 new workers will be recruited over the next year, offsetting "several hundred" expected job losses.

    Councillor Simon Geraghty says he is anxious to make County Hall an attractive place for new talent, insisting it is not doom and gloom.

  5. Latest: Man appears in court on attempted murder charge; Malvern school offers free places to refugees; former Villa striker is new Redditch United boss

    Claudia Berry

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The headlines this evening:

    -  A 20-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of attempted murder following a stabbing at the weekend.  

    - Abbey College in Malvern has offered to help unaccompanied child refugees resettle in the two counties, by offering five full-time boarding places 

    - Redditch United have appointed the former Aston Villa and Walsall striker Darren Byfield as their new manager.

  6. VIDEO: Is this Worcester's kindest police officer?

    Worcester News

    An act of kindness by a police officer has been filmed by a shopper moved by his actions.

    Jamie Knight spotted the policeman helping a lost blind man in Worcester city centre.

  7. Malvern school offers free places to refugee children

    A Malvern boarding school is offering free places to refugee children who are resettled locally. 

    Abbey College

    Abbey College made the offer after David Cameron announced last week that the UK is to take unaccompanied child refugees.

    The school is offering free GCSE or 'A' Level courses to five children, and 15 places at its summer school. 

    Quote Message: Our speciality is taking overseas students and making sure they integrate into the community. We just felt we should do our little bit to help." from Hekmat Kaveh College Director
    Hekmat KavehCollege Director
  8. BBC to close websites as part of £15m savings

    BBC News England

    The BBC has announced plans to close a number of websites including BBC Food and Newsbeat in a bid to save £15m.

    Proposals, subject to approval, also include ending local news index web pages, offering instead an open stream on the rolling Local Live service.

    The announcement today follows the publication of the government's White Paper on the future of the BBC last week.    

  9. Man filmed taking animal food and toys from animal charity

    A man has been captured on CCTV images taking bags of animal food and toys, all donated by members of the public, after breaking into charity premises.

    The man entered a compound at Wythall Animal Sanctuary in Kings Norton, just after 18:30 BST on Sunday.

    Video content

    Video caption: Man filmed taking animal food and toys from an animal charity

    He climbed over the fence of the Middle Lane property and broke the locks in broad daylight, said charity manager Alison Moore.

    The thief escaped with his goods in a red Volkswagen Up, said West Mercia Police who are appealing for witnesses.

  10. Redditch man charged with arson after wholesale market fire

    BBC News England

    A man from Redditch has been charged with arson with reckless intent to endanger life after a fire at a wholesale market last summer. 

    burnt out Digbeth market
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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  12. A 20-year-old man appears in court on attempted murder charge

     A 20-year-old man from Hereford has appeared in court on a charge of attempted murder. 

    Cusop Close

    Thomas Newman, aged 20, from Cusop Close, is accused of stabbing a man in his fifties on Sunday night. 

    Mr Newman, who also faces two counts of threatening a person with an offensive weapon, was remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court next month.

  13. Latest: Man in stable condition after Hereford stabbing; Malvern school offers free places to refugee children; memorial to be unveiled for slain charity worker

    Claudia Berry

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The headlines this afternoon

    - A 51-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was stabbed in his car in Newton Farm in Hereford

    - Abbey College in Malvern is offering free places for any child refugees settled locally, after David Cameron agreed to take in more unaccompanied children

    - A permanent memorial to Alan Henning, the British man who was killed in Syria while working for a Worcester-based aid charity, is to be unveiled in his home town later today.

  14. Worcestershire dad treks 20,000 miles in memory of his daughter

    A Worcestershire dad is trekking 20,000 miles across land and desert with his dog to raise awareness of the rare brain cancer which killed his 10-year-old daughter. 

    Mark and Kira

    Mark Radcliffe and his canine companion Dexter will set off from their Shrawley home on 25 May 2016 at 2.55am - the day and precise time his daughter Kira lost her fight against Glioblastoma Multiform disease four years ago.

    He expects to take three months to drive a pick-up truck from the UK to the Sea of Japan and back.

  15. Malvern water features Malvhina and Enigma Fountain on Belle Vue Terrace to be switched off as leak problems are tackled

    Worcester News

    Two water features in the centre of Great Malvern are to be switched off for repairs - with vandalism suspected in one case.

    Malvern Hills District Council has decided to turn off the Malvhina and Enigma fountains on Belle Vue island, to allow for tests and repairs to be made.

  16. Rugby union: Warriors to play pre-season match in Munster

    Worcester Warriors have confirmed they are to play a pre-season game at Munster's Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday, 26 August.

    Simon Zebo scores for Munster
    Image caption: Warriors' Dean Ryan says this is just the sort of pre-season test his side needs

    The fixture will give the likes of Ben Te’o and Jackson Willison an opportunity to pull on the Warriors jersey before the Aviva Premiership season gets underway in September.

    It will also give Warriors' Donncha O’Callaghan an opportunity to return to the club for whom he played for the best part of two decades.

  17. Controversial plans by Bilfinger GVA to build 2,800 homes submitted to Bromsgrove and Redditch councils

    Bromsgrove Advertiser

    A real estate company has submitted an application to Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Council to build 2,800 homes on green belt land.

    The 336-acre site, near to Redditch town centre and adjacent to the suburb of Webheath, is currently in agricultural use.

  18. Football: Redditch appoint ex-Villa star Darren Byfield as manager

    Redditch United have confirmed the former Aston Villa and Walsall striker Darren Byfield has been appointed the club's new manager.

    Darren Byfield

    The 39-year-old takes over from Liam McDonald who guided the Reds to runners-up spot in the Southern League Premier Division last season before opting to move to Hednesford Town.

    Byfield, who was player-coach at Solihull Moors last season - has appointed the former Redditch striker Kyle Patterson as his assistant manager.

  19. Your pictures: It's one to get doe-eyed over

    Thank you to Allan Williams from Hereford for sending this picture of deer grazing at Moccas Park.

    Moccas Park