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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rather cloudy through much of the morning with rain in some parts. 

    Skies may become brighter into the afternoon but there will be showery rain for some areas later on, with highs of 22C (72F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  2. Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    We're back at 08:00 on Wednesday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.

  4. Watch: Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    With just two days to go until the EU referendum, both the Leave and Remain groups have been campaigning hard across the region today.

    And we will be hearing about a museum which has re-opened, housing fascinating fossils from across the Midlands.

    More on these stories in Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  5. Led Zeppelin urge judge to halt Stairway to Heaven trial

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Lawyers for Led Zeppelin are asking a judge to throw out a copyright case accusing the band's songwriters of ripping off a riff for Stairway to Heaven.

    Worcestershire's Robert Plant and bandmate Jimmy Page have denied the claims. 

    An expert in the trial estimated the band has made nearly £40m from the song.

    Guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant
  6. Watch: Latest weather forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Cloud is going to thin and break as we go through to this evening and we should have quite a nice end to the day.

    Mild temperatures. Lows of 15C (59F).

    Find out more.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Separate watchdog investigation into death of inmate at jail near Evesham

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The Ministry of Justice has confirmed it is launching an investigation after an inmate at a Worcestershire prison was arrested on suspicion of murdering a child killer yesterday. 

    In addition to the police investigation, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will look into the death of 59-year-old Sidonio Teixeira. 

    He was jailed for killing his three-year-old daughter and attempting to murder his nine-year-old son in 2007. 

    A prisoner in his 60s has been arrested, police say.  

  8. Travel: M5 delays warning

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is heavy traffic on the M5 northbound between J6, for Worcester, and J5, for Droitwich, because of a breakdown in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

  9. Kidderminster man sought as part of Cardiff 'murder' inquiry

    Detectives have appealed for information about a Kidderminster man they wish to speak to in connection with a fatal stabbing in Cardiff.

    Lynford Brewster, who was 29, died following an incident on Sunday at Brynfedw.  

    Detectives say they would like to speak with 23-year-old Jake Whelan, and are appealing to him directly, or anyone who knows him, to make contact.

    Jake Whelan on a BBC News background

    Senior investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Ceri Hughes, said: "We understand he works as a personal trainer, so might be known to gym users in the Kidderminster area."

    Police said two people had been charged with the murder of Mr Brewster.

  10. MP calls for more prison officers after suspected murder at jail near Evesham

    Alistair Binney

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The MP for Mid Worcestershire says prison officers' numbers need to be increased after another suspected murder at one of the county's high-security prisons. 

    A child killer died at HMP Long Lartin, near Evesham, yesterday after an attack. 

    HMP Long Larti

    Another inmate has been arrested. 

    MP Nigel Huddleston says it's really worrying for staff at the prison.

  11. Football: Bull's resign Ryan Green for next season

    Hereford FC say they are "delighted"  that Ryan Green has today agreed terms for the coming season.

    The former Welsh international made 44 appearances for The Bulls last season, and is the final member of their squad offered deals to sign up.

    Ryan Green
    Quote Message: “The squad is in excellent shape now, I’m delighted that so many of last season’s team have re-signed. It was a great team spirit last season, and I am sure that will now continue into the new campaign." from Pete Beadle Hereford FC manager
    Pete BeadleHereford FC manager
  12. Bromsgrove mum is hoping medical science is on the verge of finding a cure for killer E.coli

    James Pearson

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A Bromsgrove mum, whose daughter lost her life after contracting E.coli 17 years ago, is donating £24,000 to research into finding a cure. 

    Eight-year-old schoolgirl Heather Ryan died just days after playing in the sand on a Devon beach. 

    The Rednal community has helped her mother, Julie, raise the cash, which will help researchers discover why some children contract E.coli and others are immune from the killer bacteria.

  13. EU Ref: Both sides campaigning in the West Midlands

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Some of the country's most prominent politicians are in the region today campaigning on both sides of the EU referendum debate. 

    Campaigners for a Leave vote are driving in a procession through the Midlands from Keele down the M6 to London to highlight their message, while the former Business Secretary Vince Cable, the Chancellor and several of his former cabinet colleagues attend events in support of the Remain campaign. 

    All of them are hoping to sway last minute voters to their cause - but what do young people, who have traditionally been less inclined to vote, think about the issue? 

    Vote Leave campaign trail
  14. Work starts to clear rubble from collapsed bridge

    Work is starting today on removing the rubble from Eastham Bridge near Tenbury, which collapsed into the River Teme four weeks ago. 

    Worcestershire County Council had hoped to start removing the rubble - from the water sooner - but work was delayed by the bad weather. 

    Eastham Bridge rubble

    Jon Fraser, the council's highways manager, says they have to be careful because the bridge is in an Area of Special Scientific Interest

  15. Latest: Young girls assaulted; bunker cannabis factory trial begins; bridge rubble clearing begins

    Alistair Binney

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

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

    - Two young girls assaulted by men wearing bandanas

    - The trial has begun of a man from Kidderminster accused of cultivating a cannabis farm in a former World War Two underground factory

    - Work is starting today on removing the rubble from Eastham Bridge near Tenbury

  16. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway raises more than £625,000 for 'last mile'

    An appeal for £1.25m to complete the "last mile" of a heritage railway line has raised half the amount in 12 weeks.

    Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton but wants to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire.  

    It is hoped funding will enable the opening of a station in Broadway in 2018.

    Broadway station