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  1. 'Busiest day ever' for Worcestershire hospitals
  2. Woman airlifted to hospital after four-car crash
  3. Man found guilty of using former nuclear bunker to grow more than 800 cannabis plants
  4. Singer Jamelia has claimed she and her daughters were racially abused by a police officer
  5. Updates on Tuesday 28 June 2016

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By Stephanie Barnard

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That's it for live updates today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Hospital chief in 'fear' of 20% patient increase

BBC Hereford and Worcester

There's concern that the Worcestershire Royal's A&E services are overstretched and may continue to be in years to come, according to the NHS Trust running the hospital 

The comments come after the emergency department there had possibly its busiest weekend ever, with a 20% rise in ambulance arrivals over the past year.

Chris Tidman, chief executive of the hospital trust, says even though a new expansion of its facilities is due to open in July, it may not be able to cope with demand.

My fear is that if we do see this 20% increase and this carries on because A&E is seen as the only place people can go, I'll be looking at another extension in 12 months. We can't keep building bigger and bigger A&Es."

Chris TidmanChief executive of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Watch: Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain clearing eastwards through this evening to leave a dry and mostly clear night for most, though turning fairly cloudy across western parts by dawn with lows of 9C (48F).

Alex Hamilton has your forecast

Javid and Crabb in joint Conservative leadership bid

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has teamed up with the work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb in a joint bid to lead the Conservative Party. 

A leadership election is to take place after David Cameron announced he'd step down in the wake of the EU Referendum result. 

Stephen Crabb and Sajid Javid
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But even if Mr Javid, a Remain voter, is successful, he won't take the top job - he's campaigning to become Chancellor, with Stephen Crabb as the new prime minister. 

The two hope to win support as the "blue collar" leadership choice - with both men coming from working class backgrounds. 

But they'll have a tough challenge ahead. The bookies make Boris Johnson the clear favourite to become the next Prime Minister, with the Home Secretary, Teresa May, also expected to make a challenge.

Police watching CCTV following singer's claims she was racially abused by officer

Police say they are looking at CCTV footage following the singer Jamelia's claims that she and her daughters were racially abused by a police officer.

The 35-year-old said an exchange, in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, on Monday, had left her "feeling scared". 

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Supt Helena Bennett, from West Mercia Police, said the clothing of the man described by Jamelia "differs from that of local operational officers", but said police were examining CCTV footage in order to trace him.

"It is not clear at this time whether the man was a police officer or not and we are keeping an open mind as to his identity," she said.


Singer and Loose Women star Jamelia claims she and her daughters were racially abused by a police officer during an angry confrontation.

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Latest headlines: Singer claims to be racially abused by police officer; Drakelow Tunnels cannabis grower

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this afternoon include:

Singer Jamelia has claimed she and her daughters were racially abused by a police officer

- The number of minor injury units in Worcestershire needs to be better advertised, hospital bosses say, following an A&E department's 'busiest day ever' 

A man has been found guilty of using a former nuclear bunker to grow more than 800 cannabis plants


A man who allowed more than 800 cannabis plants to be grown in a former nuclear bunker he looked after is found guilty by a jury.

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Photo: Fire-breathing dog

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We've really seen a mixed bag of weather over the past few days - sunshine, showers and lightning in some places.

We love this super pic of a "fire-breathing dog" taken in Madley last week.

Jack Powell shared this photo with the BBC Weather team - see more photos online.

Fire breathing dog in Herefordshire
Jack Powell

'Small rise' in hate crimes since Brexit vote, says police force

Worcester News

Hate crimes have risen across Worcestershire since Brexit, with police chiefs saying they will "not tolerate it".

West Mercia Police has revealed it has seen a "small rise" in the number of racially-driven hate incidents since the vote, although it will not state how many.

European Champions Cup draw preview

Worcester Warriors find out who they'll face in the 2016/17 European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tomorrow.

The draw takes place from 13:00.

The club explains how the draw works...

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EU Ref: Worcestershire estate agents worried about future

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

The result of last week's referendum has created uncertainty for businesses, particularly those which employ large numbers of EU migrants or are run by people from other European countries.

This morning I've been on Evesham High Street where a young Polish couple who run a letting agency say they and their British clients are worried about the future.

Lukasz Rusiecki from Gallery Properties says he was "shocked" by the referendum result and the uncertainty that brings.

Lukasz Rusiecki from Gallery Properties speaking to BBC reporter Elizabeth Glinka

We had a number of calls from landlords on Friday morning for our views and opinions about what will happen to property prices and rents. It may potentially have a big impact on not just our business but the whole area.

Lukasz RusieckiGallery Properties

Kidderminster caretaker found guilty of allowing tunnels to be used to grow cannabis

Kidderminster Shuttle

The caretaker of historic Worcestershire wartime tunnels has been warned he is facing jail after a jury found him guilty of allowing them to be used for growing cannabis.  

'Better, more frequent services' for Bromsgrove railway station

Bromgrove's new railway station, which was set to open eight months ago, will open in July, officials say.

Bromsgrove station before its refurbishment

A more reliable signalling system is being installed and the line between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green will be electrified, which will provide passengers with better, more frequent and reliable services.

Martin BallArea director for Network Rail

Grade II listed church has £10,000 for essential repairs

A Grade II listed church in Worcestershire is to receive £10,000 to pay for essential repairs.

The National Churches Trust is giving St Bartholomew's church in Bayton the "rescue funding" so a new roof can be installed, as well as new flooring. The money will also be used to improve drainage in the church which dates from the mid-12th Century.

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Harriers sign Hornby from Albion

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Relegated Kidderminster Harriers have made a new signing to coincide with their return to pre-season training.

The National League North club have signed goalkeeper Sam Hornby on a season-long loan from Burton Albion.

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In addition, defenders Keith Lowe and Jared Hodgkiss, who were with the club last season, have agreed new one-year contracts.

Harriers start the new season on 6 August, the fixtures for which will be released next week (6 July).

Two men taken to hospital after Hampton Lovett multi-vehicle crash

We bring you more details on the A442 crash... Two men are being treated in hospital after the collision involving four vehicles at around 08:30 this morning.

A man thought to be in his 60s is being treated for minor injuries and shock.

Another male driver, believed to be in his 20s, managed to free himself from his car and was treated by ambulance staff for a back injury.

Both were taken to Worcester Royal Hospital by ambulance. A woman was taken by air ambulance after she had to be cut free from the car she was driving.

A442 Hampton Lovett crash
Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service

Fourteen patients treated in A&E corridor

Worcestershire Royal Hospital has had what doctors believe to be its busiest day ever - with 14 patients treated in a corridor within the A&E department on Sunday.  

The daughter of one elderly patient said it was "horrendous" and her mother waited 18 hours for a bed.  

The trust running the site said it accepted some ambulance journeys could have been managed differently, and said its main response of admitting more patients was "not working for our hospitals or for our patients". 

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Latest headlines: Woman airlifted to hospital after four vehicle car crash; hospital has 'busiest day ever'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC Hereford and Worcester newsroom this lunchtime include:

- A woman's been airlifted to hospital after she was cut free from her car following a multi-vehicle crash in Worcestershire this morning

Worcestershire Royal Hospital believes it's had 'busiest day ever'

- Kidderminster Harriers are back in pre-season training and they have confirmed the signing of three more players

Javid to run for Conservative leadership post?

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Bromsgrove MP and business secretary Sajid Javid's teaming up with another Conservative MP to run for the Conservative party leadership, it's been reported.

It's thought the work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb will go for party leader and Prime Minister, with the Bromsgrove MP and former banker as Chancellor.

The pair have until Thursday to launch an official bid to run for the top jobs. 

Sajid Javid
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The Chancellor George Osborne who was once considered the likely successor to David Cameron has ruled himself out as a candidate to be the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister.   

Woman airlifted to hospital after cut free from car crash

A woman in her 50s has been airlifted to hospital after a four-vehicle crash on the A442 near Hampton Lovett this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the woman was trapped in her car for 90 minutes before she was cut free by firefighters.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said she was treated for a suspected fractured right leg, before she was airlifted to Worcester Royal Hospital.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

Worcestershire Royal Hospital experiences what doctors believe was its busiest day ever last weekend.

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Photos: A442 expected to be closed for another hour

Group commander for Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service tweets a number of pictures from the scene of the crash on the A442 near Hampton Lovett.

The air ambulance has taken one person to hospital. Three people are reported injured and are receiving treatment.

Scene of crash on the A442
Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service
Scene of crash on the A442
Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service

The Fire Service has urged drivers to avoid the area and expects the road to be closed for another hour.

Air ambulance attends A442 crash

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The air ambulance is attending the scene of a crash near Hampton Lovett.

Three people have been rescued from their cars and taken to hospital.

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Serious accident closes the A442 Kidderminster Road in Droitwich

BBC Travel

The A442 Kidderminster Road in Droitwich is closed in both directions between the A38 Roman Way junction and the Doverdale Lane junction, because of a serious accident. 

Police are at the scene directing traffic.   

The story of three brothers who died in WWI

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

A Herefordshire woman has unearthed the story of her three great uncles who died during the First World War. 

Tom Wilmot from Perrystone near Ross was killed in the Somme - the battle that started 100 years ago this week and claimed the lives of more than a million men. 

His great niece has met pupils at his old school, Hereford Cathedral (pictured), to tell them about Tom and his brothers. 

Pupil from Hereford Cathedral School

'Busiest day ever' for Worcestershire hospitals

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

The trust running hospitals in Worcestershire says Sunday was probably the busiest day ever in its A&E departments.

At one point, there were fourteen patients in hospital corridors, with no beds available. 

Fourteen extra beds have been created at the Worcester site and eight in Redditch, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust says.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Latest headlines: Hospital trust has 'busiest weekend'; new railway station set to open eight months behind schedule

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Herefordshire and Worcestershire this morning include:

- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust says it has had possibly one of its busiest weekends ever in accident and emergency

Bromsgrove's new railway station is set to open next month, officials have confirmed

- Hay on Wye band Cherrystones will be playing at the T In The Park festival next weekend - a band supported by BBC Hereford and Worcester's Introducing show

Delayed railway station set to open

Bromsgrove's new railway station is set to open next month, officials have confirmed.

The £24m site, which has longer platforms, a waiting room and a 350-space car park, was expected to open to passengers last November.

Artist's impression of proposed site
Plans for the station were approved in 2013

Delays on the M50 eastbound

BBC Travel

- One lane is closed on the M50 eastbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) because of an accident involving a van and a trailer

- There's queuing traffic on the A38 in Bromsgrove near the Birmingham Road junction due to roadworks 

- Slow traffic on the A449 Ombersley Road in Worcester at the Coombs Road junction

For the latest on the roads visit BBC Travel.

Good morning: Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I'll be bringing you live updates this Tuesday between now and 18:00.

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