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Summary

  1. Ex SAS man jailed for "war trophy" gun loses his sentence appeal
  2. Dean Ryan leaves Worcester Warriors
  3. Children's beds to close at Alexandra Hospital from September
  4. Scrap unsafe motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs warn
  5. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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    Video caption: Herefordshire mother's WW1 diary reveals three sons' deaths

    The story of three brothers killed in World War One has come to light in a diary kept by their mother.

  2. Our live coverage across the day

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

  3. Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will be cloudy and rather breezy during the evening and for much of the night with a little rain at times. However, this will clear away later in the night.

    Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

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  4. Could hard shoulder safety concerns halt government plans?

    Could plans to let drivers use the hard shoulder on the M5 during heavy traffic be in jeopardy after MPs warned against the proposals?

    A report by the Transport Select Committee today says it has safety concerns over all-lane motorways although, it cited the M42 - which runs near Bromsgrove and Redditch - as a good example of how smart motorways should be used.

    Traffic

    The government intends to turn hundreds of miles of hard shoulder in England into permanent lanes, known as "all-lane running", to expand capacity.

    But the "dramatic change" would be dangerous, the committee says.

  5. Passengers say Arriva Trains Wales worse than it was a year ago

    Carlie Swain

    BBC Local Live

    Passengers using Arriva Trains Wales say the service has got worse in the past 12 months. 

    An annual survey by the transport watchdog Transport Focus found they weren't happy with availability of staff, punctuality and car parking facilities, but nevertheless 82% (down from 89%) ticked the "satisfied" or "good" boxes to describe their journey.

    Arriva train

    Meanwhile, London Midland customers think the company has improved, especially the stations they are responsible for.

  6. Rugby director 'will not be replaced'

    Worcester Warriors say they will not be appointing a new director of rugby, after the departure of Dean Ryan earlier today. 

    Dean Ryan

    Ryan (pictured) left the Sixways club by mutual agreement, and will be replaced by head coach Carl Hogg and high performance director Nick Johnston. 

    The club's chief executive Jim O'Toole told BBC Hereford and Worcester they had every confidence in the new coaching team.

  7. Latest: Men jailed for burgling 120 homes; MEP's aide 'reported fears over inflated expense claims'; no new rugby director at Worcester Warrior

    Here's the latest from the newsroom:

    - Four men who carried out a spate of burglaries in Herefordshire and Worcester and other counties are jailed for more than 35 years

    - A former aide to former West Midlands UKIP MEP Niiki Sinclaire told the political party of his fears her expenses claims were being inflated six months before going to the police, a court hears

    - Worcester Warriors will not be appointing a new director of rugby, after the departure of Dean Ryan earlier today

  8. Travel: Congestion on A38 in Worcester

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on A38 Foregate Street northbound in Worcester, between the A449 Castle Street junction and the Little London junction.

  9. 'Quick decision over paediatrics needed'

    Health bosses in Worcestershire say they had to make a major decision about changing paediatric care in the county without a public consultation, because they couldn't guarantee patient safety.

    From September, all in-patient children's beds are going to be closed at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, meaning sick children and their families will have to travel to Worcester.

    Alexandra Hospital

    Campaigners have criticised the move.

    It follows the removal of neonatal services at Alexandra last year, a move backed by the local MP but opposed by protestors.

  10. Four jailed for burgling over 100 homes

    Four men have been jailed after a spate of burglaries across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, North Wales and Staffordshire. 

    Gytis Dambaokas, Tomas Juospaitis, Grazvydas Kasarauskas and Giedrius Batutis, all of no fixed abode, targeted 120 properties which saw them escape with jewellery with an estimated value of £200,000, police say.

    The four men

    "These offences were undoubtedly concerning for the individuals targeted by this group of men, who gave no thought to the concern and distress they inflicted on their victims as they proceeded to ransack their homes," Det Sgt Andrew Chatting said.

    All four - pictured above - were each found guilty of conspiracy to burgle at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

    - Gytis Dambaokas, 30, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison

    - Tomas Juospaitis, 31, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

    - Grazvydas Kasarauskas, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

    - Giedrius Batutis, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  11. Woman rescued from house fire

    An elderly woman has been rescued from a house fire Redditch.

    "The fire started in a bedroom and, although relatively small in size, posed a significant risk due to the large quantities of toxic smoke which filled the room and hallways," station commander Stuart Crebbin said.

    The woman was taken to hospital following the fire at her bungalow in Crabbs Cross Lane.

    An investigation is under way to identify the cause. 

  12. Police 'not satisfied' over Hereford murder

    West Mercia Police say they aren't satisfied that everyone in the area where a 30-year-old man was fatally stabbed has come forward.

    Christian Bagley died in hospital after being stabbed in the arm and back under Hunderton Bridge on 21 June last year.

    Christain Bagley

    An appeal to catch his killer has been made on BBC Crimewatch this morning.

    A £10,000 reward is still being offered over his death.

  13. Travel: Two lanes closed on M5

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed on the M5 southbound between J7 for the A44 (Worcester) and J8 for the M50, due to an accident. Traffic is slow in the area.

  14. Regulator inspecting ambulance trust

    The West Midlands Ambulance Service trust is being inspected by the Care Quality Commission throughout this week. 

    The commission, which is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, will be looking at all aspects of the service and speaking to staff. 

    An ambulance

    A spokesman from the trust said: "The inspection is designed to ensure we are providing patients with a safe, effective and high quality service."

  15. 'War trophy' SAS veteran loses sentence appeal

    A decorated SAS veteran, jailed for keeping a pistol he took as a "war trophy" in the Falklands, won't have his sentenced reduced. 

    Albert Patterson from Hereford appealed to have his 15-month prison term reduced but appeal court judges said he'd already been given a light sentence.

    Albert Patterson

    The 65-year-old says he took the guns and ammunition as a tribute to his fallen comrades and had no intention of ever using them as weapons. More than 161,000 people have signed a petition calling for him to be released.  

  16. Latest: Worcester Warriors loses rugby director; in-patients bed in Redditch to close; SAS veteran loses sentence appeal

    Here the latest from the newsroom:

    - After weeks of speculation, Worcester Warriors has confirmed fans' suspicions that its director of rugby Dean Ryan is leaving

    - From September, all in-patient children's beds are going to close at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

    - An SAS veteran from Hereford is told he won't have his prison sentence reduced for possessing weapons and ammunition

  17. Labour, Conservatives and Greens hatch landmark deal to work together on Worcester City Council

    Worcester News

    A landmark deal has been hatched for Worcester's Labour, Conservative and Green parties to work together on the city's future, it has emerged.