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First Great Western train strike affects Herefordshire and Worcestershire

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There will be no First Great Western services between Hereford and Worcester Shrub Hill today but London Midland will accept tickets.

There'll be one service every three hours between Worcester and Oxford, stopping at major services along the line.

Members of the RMT Union walked out a midnight over concerns about facilities and staffing on new trains. Around 70% of regular Sunday services are running.

Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks.

– Union spokesperson

We have held a positive meeting with the RMT and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less

– First Great Western spokesman

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16-year-old girl missing from home for almost a week

Kayleigh Butler Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a teenager who has been missing from her home in Sutton Coldfield for almost a week.

16-year-old Kayleigh Butler was last seen early on Sunday afternoon, when she left her home on Westwood Road and told her family she was visiting friends.

She never came home, and police think she may have gone to Stourbridge or Herefordshire to see family. She was last seen wearing a baseball cap and a green coat with a fur hood.

What's on weekend: The Hidden Valley

The Hidden Valley, Herefordshire Credit: Richard Aldred

The Hidden Valley is taking this weekend in Herefordshire.

It’s become one of the region’s leading annual boutique festivals and this weekend, Nozstock The Hidden Valley event, is back with a sci-fi inspired theme.

Run in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside with father (Noz) and daughter (Ella). Now in it’s 17th year the festival has become one of the most popular family events in the country. with a variety of music and entertainment, arts and crafts for all ages and dance workshops for all.

“We are really ecstatic with our 2015 line up. We really feel this is a step up for us in terms of the amazing names we are bringing to Bromyard… as well as the huge range of artists, DJs and comedians who are set to make it a really magical year for us as we celebrate our 17th year.”

– Ella Nosworthy, Festival Co-Founder.

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Man rescued after falling 15ft into Ross on Wye river

The man had fallen approximately 15 feet into the river. Credit: PA Image

A man in his 30's has been rescued after falling 15 feet into a river in Ross on Wye, in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Biblins in Whitchurch just after 1.10 am where they found the man in the water.

The rescue operation took crews around two hours as there were concerns about his injuries, due to the area he had fallen in being quite rocky.

He was treated for suspected fractures to his wrist and ankle as well as a pelvis injury.

Crews launched a boat further upstream and made their way down to the patient before getting him on board and travelling back upstream.

The man was then carried up a steep bank before being transport to Hereford County Hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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