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  1. news, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 06:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

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  1. Good evening from Local Live for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    That's it from our news, sport, travel and weather updates on Wednesday.

    Join us again from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We've got plenty of cloud to contend with and another muggy, mild night in prospect.

    Lows of 14C (57F). Find out more.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. 'Purdah' affected display to return on Friday

    In a statement, Worcestershire County Council said: "The display has been temporarily removed due to Purdah rules and how they apply to our libraries during the lead up to the EU referendum. 

    "The display will be up again on Friday and will run through next week to give people the chance to view it." 

  4. Refugee exhibit pulled by Malvern Library bosses 'because of pre-election silence'

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Worcestershire campaigners are asking for answers after their exhibition to coincide with national refugee week in Malvern was shut down by library bosses. 

    The county council claims they had to temporally ban it under electoral rules - so-called purdah - because of the EU referendum, but the Malvern Welcomes Syrian Refugees group says the exhibition was scrutinised and the dates of the week were also agreed three months ago. 

    The principle behind Purdah is to preserve political impartiality.

    Councils are told they can use their resources - those things funded with public money - to talk about local issues, such as potholes, - but should steer clear of things like the impact on the local area of immigration.

    Ruth Forecast, from the group, said it had "no forewarning" it would be removed.

  5. Coming up on TV: Referendum campaign draw to a close and vigils for Jo Cox

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    After four months of campaigning, the battle buses are heading back home - and our political editor Patrick Burns has had a chance to put his feet up after his EU referendum road trip. 

    We will look at his whistle-stop tour. 

    And vigils are taking place in memory of MP Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

    Join us for more on these stories and more on BBC Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  6. Vigil in Worcester for murdered MP to mark her birthday

    A vigil will be held in Worcester tonight for murdered MP Jo Cox, on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

    Held at Fort Royal Park, the event will allow for a time of reflection and will begin at 21:15. A beacon of remembrance will be lit at 21:30, say organisers. 

    The theme of the event is that those attending have far #moreincommon with each other than that which divides them.

    Jo Cox MP
  7. M5 delays expected to continue until the evening rush-hour

    BBC Travel

    Traffic caused by the load spillage on the M5 is not expected to clear until around 18:30, says Highways England.

  8. County Championship: Worcestershire nine wickets down

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    The rot has slowed but it has not yet stopped as Worcestershire are nine wickets down chasing Derbyshire's earlier 467-5.

    Follow the action live on 738AM or online here.

  9. Worcester retail park plans rejected by planners

    Plans for a multimillion-pound retail park in Worcestershire have been rejected. 

    Officers had recommended that the Worcester Woods project on Newtown Road be turned down. 

    Elected councillors on the planning committee have now taken that decision.

  10. Latest: M5 delays; woman held over Redditch 'murder'; retail park plans rejected

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Wednesday, here are our headlines:

    - A load spillage on the M5 has caused tailbacks expected to last into the evening rush-hour

    - A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man with what police dubbed "suspicious" head injuries in Redditch

    - Plans for a multimillion-pound retail park in Worcestershire have been rejected

  11. Chainsaw break-in at Malvern property, say police

    Chainsaw-wielding burglars broke into a house in Malvern before fleeing in a silver Volvo saloon, say West Mercia Police.

    The force said its officers were investigating a "disturbance" in Belmont Road at around 11:05 and it was believed the property was "broken into using a chainsaw" before three offenders fled.

    It is not yet known if anybody was injured, said Insp Andy Smith, as he appealed for information.

  12. Murder arrest over 'suspicious' head injury in Redditch

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A 49-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police said a post-mortem examination revealed head injuries a Redditch man suffered were "suspicious". 

    David McTighe, who was 43, was found dead at his home on Seymour Drive last Monday.

  13. Archaeological digs at two castles in Herefordshire

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Two castles in rural south west Herefordshire are to benefit from nearly £80,000 worth of lottery funding.

    The Longtown and District Historical Society has been working with the County Archaeology team to find out when medieval structures were built and why they are so close to each other. 

    One is an old motte and bailey, west of the road midway between Clodock and Longtown, by a bridge over the Olchon. Longtown Castle is in the middle of Longtown.

    Longtown Castle

    The community project has now sorted a series of digs at both sites, just half a mile apart in Longtown, to try and provide some answers.

    Martin Cook from the society says it's unheard of for two scheduled monuments to be excavated simultaneously.

  14. Appeal over exposure at Kidderminster park

    A man exposed himself and performed a lewd act in front of two young girls in a Kidderminster park, according to West Mercia Police.

    The nine-year-old and 14-year-old girls were walking a dog in Brinton's park near Talbot Street on Monday when the man came and sat on a bench around 10 meters away at about 18:00, said the force.

    The man is described as white, in his 50s, with a small amount of grey and white hair. He was described as wearing a blue or black smart suit, a white shirt and a tie.

  15. Disruption from M5 spillage expected to last until 17:00

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Highways England says one lane is closed due to a spillage on the northbound carriageway and disruption is expected to last until 17:00.

  16. Travel: Spillage on the M5

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M5 northbound between J5 for Droitwich and J6 for Worcester because of a spillage, drivers are warned.

  17. Latest: Murder-accused inmate in court; retail park plans; castle sites to be excavated

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of what we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - A serving prisoner has appeared in court charged with the murder of a fellow inmate at a jail near Evesham

    - Plans for a retail park outside Worcester look set to be rejected later

    - Two former castle sites in south Herefordshire will be the subject of archaeological digs simultaneously to find out more about their history

  18. County Championship: Worcester lose early wickets at Derby

    Derbyshire 467-5 dec v Worcestershire 18-5

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    What looked like a flat batting track earlier, is fast looking different - Worcestershire have lost their first five wickets for just 18 runs.

    Ben Cotton took three wickets, including that of skipper Daryl Mitchell, while Tony Palladino claimed the wickets of Alexei Kervezee and Ross Whiteley.

    Follow the action live on 738AM or online here.

  19. Man suffers serious facial injuries in roadside attack in Malvern

    Worcester News

    Police are appealing for information after a man suffered serious facial injuries in a roadside attack in Malvern.