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  1. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day.

    We'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Dry through this evening with some clear intervals, but cloud will thicken after midnight with some patchy rain, accompanied by hill fog, arriving from the west. Lows of 14C (57F). 

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands
  3. Worcestershire power on

    Worcestershire have got their skates on as Joe Clarke creams Nathan Buck for a couple of excellent fours to the offside.

    The hosts ease past 50, having enjoyed a good end to the powerplay.

    They're now 68-2. Follow all the action here.

  4. Cautious start at New Road

    Despite the short boundaries at New Road, it has been a relatively cautious start for the hosts in their T20 Blast match against Lancashire.

    Joe Leach and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have both gone to leave Worcestershre on 42-2 in the fifth over. 

    Follow live updates and listen to commentary online and on 738AM.

  5. Rocket motor manufacturer fined for safety breach

    A Kidderminster rocket motor manufacturer has been fined more than £300,000 for breaching safety rules. 

    Roxel Limited, of Summerfield Lane in the town, pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching safety rules, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.

    It said heat from a fibre-optic light set fire to a room containing explosives in November 2012.

    The HSE said the firm was fined £386,000 and told to pay £60,000 costs.

    Roxel Ltd
  6. Latest: Man admits wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt; councillor highlights hate crime; Worcestershire in action

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    These are some of our main stories today:

    - A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub pleads guilty in court

    - A councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

    - Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire in a T20 Blast match later

  7. Worcester Warriors 'settled' following Ryan departure

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg says his side have coped well with the departure of director of rugby Dean Ryan.

    Ryan parted company the club last month, prompting anger amongst some fans.

    Hogg says things had settled at the club following the "shock" news.

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    Video caption: Worcester Warriors boss 'delighted' by Clermont Auvergne friendly
  8. Big weekend for Herefordshire's cricketers

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    It will be a big day for Herefordshire's cricketers on Sunday when they will head to Devon for the Unicorns trophy semi-final. 

    Victory for Herefordshire in that game would see them through to the Minor Counties one-day final for only the third time in their history.

  9. Worcestershire looking to reverse defeat

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Worcestershire Rapids are to host Lancashire this evening in a T20 Blast match at New Road. 

    Joe Clarke

    Worcestershire were bowled out for only 53 when the sides met at Old Trafford. 

    Batsman Joe Clarke (pictured above), who scored a century on Wednesday, is looking for the team to reverse what was a crushing 96-run defeat a fortnight ago.

    Quote Message: Obviously we were very disappointing as a team up there. We've not been on the ball the last couple of games but we are a good T20 side. We know we can beat (them)." from Joe Clarke Batsman
    Joe ClarkeBatsman
  10. Woman with Asperger's Syndrome cycles 100 miles for National Autistic Society

    Worcester News

    A woman with Asperger's Syndrome has cycled more than 100 miles to raise money for the National Autistic Society.

  11. Latest: Man admits wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt; councillor highlights hate crime; Worcestershire in action

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    These are some of our main stories today:

    - A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster in a Worcester pub pleads guilty in court

    - Councillor says immigrants in Kidderminster have been subjected to abuse since the UK voted to leave the EU

    - Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire in a T20 Blast match later

  12. Head coach relishing Clermont friendly

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg says the pre-season match at Clermont Auvergne is just what the squad need in the build-up to the new Aviva Premiership season.

    Carl Hogg

    Warriors will take on the French Top 14 winners at the end of their altitude training camp in Tignes. 

    With further matches at Jersey and Munster, Hogg believes they have the mix of pre-season games right. 

    Quote Message: I'd rather have challenges that extend ourselves and then we know where we're about rather than competition where we can run through and we get a result but we don't actually find out the areas that we need to develop and need to work on and also the areas that are going really well." from Carl Hogg Worcester Warriors head coach
    Carl HoggWorcester Warriors head coach
  13. BBC Weather Watchers

    Toppo sent this photo from Doddenham in Worcestershire to BBC Weather Watchers late last night. 

    Doddenham
  14. Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt 'caused woman hurt'

    A woman whose brother died at Hillsborough said an offensive T-shirt worn by a Worcester man in a pub had caused her hurt, anxiety and sleepless nights. 

    Paul Grange, 50, who pleaded guilty, was fined a total of £795 including costs at Worcester Magistrates' Court.

    In a statement read into the court record by prosecutor Karen Cockitt, Louise Brookes, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, said: "My concern is that this offence will not be dealt with seriously. 

    "For 27 years I have had to listen to and read of such hatred directed towards my family." 

    Andrew Brookes
    Image caption: Louise Brookes's brother Andrew was one of 96 fans to die at Hillsborough

    Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the T-shirt and a second shirt bearing similar offensive comments.