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Summary

  1. Job threat at historic Hereford firm
  2. Worcester City Council bans releasing of lanterns
  3. Evesham United win their league transfer appeal
  4. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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  1. Bethan Bell

    BBC News

    Lorry and a rose

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News

    Bin lorries, art installations and roses have all emerged as victims of political "purdah" - the 28-day moratorium before a vote. "Purdah" guidelines mean council staff cannot campaign for one party to win - but which councils have taken it to the extreme?

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the usual mix of news, sport, travel, your pictures and weather - but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.   

  3. Weather: The latest forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Watch the latest forecast from BBC Midlands Today.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Worcester batsman 'desperate' for first-team call up

    Batsman Tom Fell is "desperate" to earn a recall to the Worcestershire first-team squad after getting the all clear from testicular cancer, says director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

    Tom Fell

    Fell, 22, was diagnosed at the end of last summer and missed the start of this season after undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

    "He's a quality cricketer and one of our best bats," Rhodes added. "He's recovered from a serious illness and we're all delighted to have him back playing.  

  5. Led Zeppelin singer gives evidence in copyright case

    Worcestershire's Robert Plant (pictured), along with guitarist Jimmy Page, has given evidence at their copyright trial in Los Angeles.

    Robert Plant

    The Led Zeppelin pair are accused of lifting the opening notes to Stairway to Heaven from Taurus, a 1967 track by the band Spirit.

  6. On Midlands Today this evening: Getting the Midlands' mood on EU referendum

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    In just over a week, thousands of us will take to the polls to vote on whether to leave or stay in the European Union.  

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    And all this week I've been taking a road trip through the heart of Britain to gauge the mood on the streets.

    Find out what I've found in my latest stop on Midlands Today this evening on BBC One - at the slightly earlier time of 18:25.

  7. Patient taken to hospital following collision on A465 Hereford to Bromyard road

    Hereford Times

    One person has been taken to hospital following a collision on a county road.  

  8. Funnel cloud above Stourport

    BBC Midlands Today viewer Flic tweeted these images of grey skies and what appears to be a small funnel cloud over Stourport in Worcestershire.

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  9. Heavy rain disrupting traffic

    BBC Travel

    Torrential rain has been causing problems on Worcestershire's roads, with thunder and lightning reported over Hereford.

    There's delays on the M42 near junctions one and two southbound. 

    New Road

    New Road, outside Worcestershire County Cricket Club, is down to one lane due to flooding.

    Earlier, Worcestershire Rapids' Royal London Cup clash with Leicestershire Foxes was abandoned because of the rain.

    The Environment Agency has also issued a flood alert for the River Stour.

  10. Job threat at historic Painter Brothers

    Up to 17 jobs could go at one of Hereford's most historic firms, it's emerged.

    Painter Brothers has confirmed that formal 30-day consultation with staff is under way.

    The firm, now part of the Balfour Beatty group, was founded in the city in the 1920s and built the famous cigar-shaped 300ft Skylon - the centerpiece of the 1951 Festival of Britain - pictured below.

    Skylon

    Balfour Beatty says it's proposing to reduce the workforce due to reduced demand in the market and an increase in competition. 

  11. Council ban on releasing lanterns

    Worcester City Council becomes latest authority to ban lanterns and the releasing of helium balloons.

    The decision has been branded "utter nonsense" by critics which affects residents living authority-owned properties.

    Lanterns being released

     Anyone leaving remnants of balloons or lanterns could also face fines of £80.  

  12. Herefordshire Council 'ran car park without having permission to do so for years'

    Hereford Times

    Herefordshire Council has come under fire after it was revealed the authority ran a town car park for years without ever having planning permission to do so.

  13. All clear on Hereford's roads

    BBC Travel

    There are currently no reported incidents on the roads in Herefordashire.

  14. WATCH: Tornado-like shapes in Midlands skies

    Tornado-like shapes called funnel clouds have been forming in skies above the West Midlands.

    These images were captured yesterday by Matthew Lee Hancox in Shrewsbury, Helen Vann in north Rugby and Robert Brooker, east of Coventry. And earlier today, Jason Mason Burns, near Droitwich, spotted the same meteorological phenomenon.  

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    Video caption: Funnel clouds: Tornado-like shapes form in West Midlands skies
  15. Man 'acted suspiciously then followed woman home'

    Police say a man followed a woman home, verbally threatening her, after she saw him acting suspiciously near Perry Wood, in Worcester last weekend.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the force.

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  16. What risks do lanterns pose?

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News Online

    In light of Worcester City Council's ban on people releasing lanterns and helium balloons from authority-owned properties, here's what other organisations have said about them:

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    • According to civil aviation authorities, there is a danger of lanterns being sucked into engines while airborne
    • False alarms at sea for both the Coastguard and RNLI, after lanterns were mistaken for flares
    • The Chief Fire Officers' Association called for an "urgent review" on lanterns after one sparked a huge fire at a factory unit in Smethwick, West Midlands in July 2013
    • Lanterns have become increasingly popular at weddings, music festivals and other celebrations, with tens of thousands sold in the UK every year