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ROADS: A4110 BOTH WAYS, HEREFORDSHIRE

The A4110 in Burghill, Herefordshire, is closed in both directions after a fatal crash between a lorry and a car.

The road is likely to stay closed through rush hour, affecting traffic between Burghill and Bush Bank.

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River Wye pair found safe and well

Police have confirmed that a pair of kayakers have been found safe and well after a massive search of the River Wye

Police have confirmed that a pair of kayakers who went missing on the River Wye have been found safe and well.

Emergency services were called at 2.40am this morning after a man and woman began experiencing difficulties on the river near Swainshill. They told police they had become disorientated.

A search lasting more than four hours was carried out about seven miles west of Hereford.

West Mercia Police closed the A438 near Hereford. That road remains closed, but officers hope to reopen it shortly.

The pair were found at 7.15am.

River Wye being searched for two missing people

A map showing the search area for two missing people in the River Wye Credit: ITV News Central

The River Wye near Hereford is being searched for two missing people.

Hereford and Worcester Fires Service has confirmed that emergency services are carrying out a search in the area at the moment.

The A438 near Hereford is closed in both directions between Bridge Sollers and the A480 at Stretton Sugwas because of the incident.

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Herefordshire teen grows exotic watermelons

Joe De Pascalis, 19, with a watermelon that he grew in Herefordshire Credit: ITV News Central

A 19-year-old agricultural student has succeeded in growing exotic watermelons in Herefordshire.

Joe De Pascalis challenged a local fruit and vegetable grower that he could harvest a crop of the fruit.

He used an artificial heater on the seedlings to emulate the sunnier climes in which watermelons are usually grown.

His produce will go on sale at Tesco on Thursday.

“These watermelons taste so good that we don’t think shoppers will be able to tell the difference between them and the imported ones sold on high streets from Spain and Brazil.

“Joe has clearly done a very good job growing them and in doing so made a mark on British agriculture."

– Tesco produce manager James Cackett

RSPCA: Swallowing fish in game 'simply not acceptable'

The RSPCA says swallowing fish as part of an online drinking challenge is 'simply not acceptable'.

A man from Herefordshire was today sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge for causing unnecessary suffering to four fish, after he swallowed them taking part in the 'neknomination' game.

Pippa Boyd, from the RSPCA says she hopes today's sentencing is enough to put people off doing something similar.

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