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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Dry night with mist forming by dawn

    BBC Weather

    A dry night to come with lengthy clear spells allowing temperatures to fall a little lower than last night. 

    One or two mist patches will form forming towards dawn on Friday.  Lows of 11C (52F).

    Weather chart
  3. Museum opens to celebrate a town's craftsmen

    Kevin Reide

    Midlands Today

    A museum that celebrates the craftsmanship of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire is reopening after nearly a decade.

    The gates to Buckingham Palace were made in the town in 1911.

    Buckingham Palace gates

    The collection of nearly 23,000 items were saved by local man Dennis Norton after the original museum closed.

    He's had to raise nearly £250,000 to buy it all back, plus the building in which it's housed.

    See more on this in Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Cricket: Twenty20 derby game for Rapids

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcestershire Rapids will return to action tomorrow evening when they will head to Edgbaston for a T20 match against Birmingham Bears. 

    The Rapids got off to flying start in this season's T20 competition last Friday evening when they beat Durham Jets by 38 runs at New Road.

  5. Staff 'told not to take action against probation breaches'

    Probation officers are being told not to take action against offenders who breach sentence terms, because their companies risk being fined, a watchdog in England and Wales has said.

    Since 2015, private probation groups have received payments linked to offenders meeting sentence conditions.

    Wall being cleaned

    This may have deterred staff from taking action against people breaching community orders, inspectors found.    

    The government said it was addressing issues raised in the report.

  6. Three shoplifters pay double for items they had stolen and donate it to the Red Cross

    Worcester News

    Three shoplifters were stopped by police officers for stealing chocolate from The Cooperative in Ledbury today - with the agreement of the store manager, the trio paid double the price for the goods and all money was donated to the Red Cross.

  7. Midwife-led maternity unit plan dropped

    Plans to create a midwife-led maternity unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have been scrapped. 

    It means expectant mothers in the area will have to continue travelling to Birmingham, Warwick or Worcester. 

    Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

    Health bosses decided today that as the current arrangements are working, it isn't worth changing them. 

    Campaigners hoping to get maternity services to return to the Alex say they're "very disappointed".    

  8. Woman in hospital after street stabbing

    Joe Baldwin

    News Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A woman is in hospital after being stabbed in Worcester - her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police say. 

    The incident happened on Battenhall Road shortly before 06:00 this morning. 

    West Mercia Police A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is also in hospital with stab wounds.

    Battenhall Road, Worcester
  9. Latest: Arrest after street stabbing; midwife-led maternity unit plan dropped; town centre cycle race

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

    - Attempted murder arrest after street stabbing in Worcester

    - Plans to create a midwife-led maternity unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have been scrapped

    - Some of Britain's top cyclists are in Redditch tonight for a race around the town centre

  10. Rugby: Te'o set to be 'one of the best players in the Premiership'

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Warriors' director of rugby says new centre Ben Te'o (pictured scoring a try) is going to be one of the best players in the Aviva Premiership. 

    The 29-year-old is due to join the Warriors from Leinster this summer but his arrival will be delayed as he has already been called into the England squad to tour Australia.

    Ben Te'o
  11. Stately home plays host to TV antiques show

    Croome Court in Worcestershire will form the backdrop to four new episodes of the BBC One programme Flog it being filmed there today. 

    Flog It at Croome Court

    Thousands are expected at the National Trust property for a free valuation of up to three items.

  12. Cycling: Tour Series road race in Redditch

    The chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Tony Miller, has formally opened the race day - he's the one on the left.

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  13. Dad campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel

    A Redditch man whose son died after falling asleep at the wheel is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of driver fatigue. 

    Barry Love's 32-year-old son died in 2008 after a head-on crash with a lorry. 

    He says Mark had fallen asleep at least twice before, once with him in the car.

    Quote Message: My head crashed against the side window and we wound up on two wheels - he'd nodded off and hit the central reservation." from Barry Love
    Barry Love
  14. Ambulance trust one of only two not to buy in from the private sector

    The West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of only two trusts in the country which hasn't spent any money paying for private ambulances

    Overall, the NHS is spending three times as much money on private ambulances for 999 calls compared to four years ago. 

    Ambulance

    The BBC has discovered ambulance trusts across England spent at least £66m last year on private vehicles to cope with the rising number of emergency calls.  

  15. Temporary bridge plan after 18th Century structure collapses

    A temporary bridge could be built in Worcestershire near where a 200-year-old one collapsed on Monday, the county council says.

    The Grade II listed Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury Wells, crumbled into the River Teme just before a bus carrying children was about to cross.

    Eastham Bridge
  16. Jogger assaulted in Worcestershire country park

    A woman who was out jogging has been pulled to the ground and assaulted by two men in the Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane in Rednal.

    Lickey Hills Country Park

    West Mercia Police say a woman in her 20s was jogging around the car park up towards the "lookout point" on Thursday 12 May, when the assault happened.

    She managed to get herself free from the attackers and ran to safety before calling the police, and was later treated for minor facial injuries.  

  17. NHS 'must get a grip on hospital discharge delays'

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    The NHS in England must get a grip on the delays patients face in being released from hospital, as the problem causes unnecessary harm and wastes money, the National Audit Office says.

    A report by the watchdog estimated the delays were costing £820m a year.

    Doctor

    It warned they also put older patients at risk because they lose mobility during extended stays.

    It comes after delays hit record levels this winter because of a lack of support available in the community.