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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Watch: Weekend weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Cloudy tonight with outbreaks of rain spreading north-eastwards across all parts overnight, Breezy too, especially in the south, with the heaviest rain expected over higher ground and in the west.  Lows of 12C ( 54F). Full forecast from BBC Weather.

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    Video caption: BBC Midlands Today weather
  3. Baby kidnap case: Victim statement read in court

    A victim's statement was read out in Derby Youth Court as two teenage girls, one from Worcestershire, were each sentenced to 12 months' youth detention for conspiracy to kidnap babies in September last year.

    The court heard how the anonymous victim can no longer "trust people and don't like being home alone".

    Quote Message: "I cried all the time and it ruined my experience of having a young baby." from Victim statement
    Victim statement
  4. T20 Blast: Worcestershire 35-1

    That didn't take long.

    Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell is out lbw for just five.

    That leaves Worcestershire 25-1 in their T20 Blast match against Durham. Follow all the action online.

    Daryl Mitchell
  5. Cancer 'all clear' for Worcestershire cricketer

    Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell has been given the all-clear in his battle against cancer, according to the club.   

    Tom Fell

    The batsman has undergone three bouts of chemotherapy for cancer in the lymph nodes during the past two months.

    Worcestershire County Cricket Club says a scan yesterday revealed positive news for the 22-year-old who was the county's leading run-scorer in the County Championship last summer.    

    Quote Message: Obviously he has to have his check-ups but it is great news and we are looking forward to having him back with us and scoring plenty of runs which is what he does." from Steve Rhodes Worcestershire's director of cricket
    Steve RhodesWorcestershire's director of cricket
  6. Watch: Teens detained over baby kidnap plot

    Two teenage girls, one from Worcestershire, have been locked up for using Facebook to try to kidnap three babies.

    Det Sgt Duncan Gouck, from Derbyshire Police, says the case highlights the dangers of social media. 

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    Video caption: Police warning after Facebook baby kidnap plot
  7. Live commentary: Worcestershire Rapids v Durham Jets

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Worcestershire's Twenty20 campaign gets under way with a home match against Durham.

    The visitors have won the toss and elected to field.

    BBC Hereford & Worcester will have commentary on that match online and on 738 AM - the game starts in a few minutes.

  8. Council faces finding an extra £700,000 for new leisure centre

    The costs of the new leisure centre in Bromsgrove could rise by as much as £700,000 due to "unexpected challenges" on the site, the council has said.

    Bromsgrove District Council has already set aside £11.5m to build the facility on the existing Dolphin Centre site.

    Dolphin Centre, Bromsgrove

    The council says its contractors have warned that after nearby trees were removed, and ground survey undertaken, more "remedial works were identified than originally identified".

    There have also been changes to the design of the car park, due to the gradient and materials of the site, which will now be split over two levels increasing the costs, a spokesman said.

  9. Latest: baby kidnap victim 'unable to trust people'; night-flying base for air ambulance; cricketer gets cancer all clear;

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Two teenagers detained after baby kidnap plot which left victim "unable to trust people"

    - Night-flying base for air ambulance to be set up in Herefordshire

    - Worcestershire cricketer given cancer all clear

  10. Darren Barry sign new contract with Warriors

    Warriors' lock Darren Barry has signed a new deal to remain at Sixways.  

    The forward joined from Cornish Pirates in 2015, and has made 19 appearances since his debut in the win over Northampton Saints on the opening day of the season.

    Darren Barry
  11. Watch: The economic benefits of Bulls' success

    BBC Midlands Today

    The on-field success of phoenix club Hereford FC has had knock-on benefits for the local economy.

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    Video caption: Something brewing for Hereford FC
  12. Night landing site for air ambulance in Herefordshire

    Midlands Air Ambulance is setting up a temporary helipad at Shobdon in Herefordshire, manned by volunteers, to allow the service to carry out more emergency flights after dark.

    Community volunteers are being recruited to turn on lights which will help guide the helicopter's pilot.

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    Video caption: Midlands Air Ambulance Service launches temporary helipad programme
  13. Watch: Ronaldo the bull see Bulls off to Wembley

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    I was on hand to see Hereford FC off to Wembley for their FA Vase final on Sunday - more importantly so was Ronaldo the bull, the Bulls' mascot. He'll be paraded around the pitch before kick-off.

    I'll also be at Wembley to bring the very best coverage hear of the FA Vase final - join me from 12:00.

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    Video caption: Ronaldo the bull was on hand to see the Bulls off to Wembley
  14. Watch: Historic clock face moved for the first time in 60 years

    Francesca Osborne

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    I've been to watch as a church clock face in Worcester has been removed today for the first time in over 60 years, to allow a repair project costing £150,000 to start.

    The 1903 timepiece at St George's Church has stood still for over a year - parishioners raised the money in less than a year.

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    Video caption: Historic church clock face moved.
  15. Latest: Teens jailed over baby plot; drug dealer appeals Thai jail term; open-top bus parade for Bulls

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Two teenage girls, one from Worcestershire, have each been sentenced to a year's detention after attempting to kidnap a baby

    - A former soldier from Bromsgrove who was caught dealing drugs in Thailand is to appeal his 50-year prison sentence

    - Open-top bus parade for Hereford FC whatever the result of Sunday's FA Vase final

  16. Watch: Bulls' flag flies over Hereford Cathedral

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    I went along to see the Hereford FC flag being raised at the top of the tower of the city's cathedral.

    I'll also be at Wembley to bring the very best coverage hear of the FA Vase final - join me from 12:00.

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    Video caption: Bulls' flag flies over Hereford Cathedral.
  17. Weather: Latest weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Skies will tend to cloud over during the afternoon, with rain arriving from the south west later.  Highs of 16C (61F). Full forecast from BBC Weather.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  18. Baby kidnap plotter 'faked pregnancy'

    Cody Farrar, 17, from Worcestershire, posed as a social worker in September 2015 to try and fool a young mother to hand over her baby, the court heard.

    The jury heard the young mum became suspicious when she saw Farrar holding the baby's head incorrectly

    Derbyshire Police believe her friend Holly Kelland, 18, intended to pass the baby off as her own and had faked a pregnancy.

    District Judge Jonathan Taaffe was told Kelland has devised the "detailed" plot and had recruited "misguided" murder mystery actress Farrar to help her carry it out.

  19. BreakingTeenagers sentenced to year's detention over baby kidnap plot

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Two teenagers, one of whom is from Worcestershire, have been sentenced to 12 months detention each, after admitting conspiring to kidnap three babies.

    The girls were arrested after the mother of a baby in Derby told police a young woman had been to her house claiming to be a social worker and that she needed to take the baby away for a medical check.

    Fortunately the mother became suspicious and refused.

    An investigation revealed the pair had tried to kidnap two other babies in the same month.

    The pair pleaded guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing at Derby Youth Court.