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Visitors banned at Herefordshire hospitals after Norovirus outbreak

Visitors have been told to stay away from hospitals in Herefordshire in order to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus.

The virus spreads quickly in environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes Credit: ITV News Central

Wards have been closed and operations cancelled. The Wye Valley NHS Trust says half of beds are being used by patients infected with Norovirus.

The Trust says staff dealt with 20 per cent more patients than usual over the weekend.


Man hospitalised after Hereford assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault in Hereford Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on Commercial Road in Hereford.

At 3.15am on January 25, a man in his late 20s was head butted, kicked and punched. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Hereford County Hospital.

Three men, aged 21, 23 and 27 were arrested in connection with the incident, and have been released on bail until March 20, while further enquiries are carried out.

Famous Battle of Britain hero's medals go missing

Paddy Finucane (back, with black hair) stands with pilots of the 452 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force Credit: PA

The family of a famous Second World War pilot are asking for the public's help in tracing his missing medals.

Wing Commander Paddy Finucane's brother-in-law sent the medals to the Royal Air Force Museum in London, where they were due to be exhibited. Although he got a proof of postage, the medals never arrived at the museum.

The medals are of huge sentimental family to Mr Finucane's family, and they are said to be 'devastated' that they have gone missing.

Mr Finucane's lost medals Credit: West Mercia Police

Paddy Finucane

Paddy Finucane was a fighter pilot and flying ace with the Royal Air Force.

The Irish-born hero was credited with 28 air victories and become the RAF's youngest ever wing commander in 1942.

On the 15th of July that year, Finucane took off with his flight for a mission over France. His Spitfire was damaged by ground–fire. Finucane attempted to fly back to England across the English Channel but was forced to ditch into the sea. He was never seen again.

Over 2,500 people attended his memorial at Westminster Cathedral, and his name is inscribed among 'The Few' on the Battle of Britain Memorial on London's Embankment.

Mr Finucane's lost medals Credit: West Mercia Police


Sinkhole causes road closure in Hereford

A sinkhole has appeared in the road on Union Street in Hereford. The road has been closed which could cause disruption to cars and buses today and tomorrow.

Hereford Fire Service and Herefordshire Council have tweeted:

Two injured in vintage car crash

Two people were taken to hospital after a car crash in Herefordshire yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Two people were taken to hospital yesterday after a crash involving a vintage car in Herefordshire.

Paramedics were called to the A449 near Ledbury at around 11.25am. They found a car on top of the vintage car, trapping the driver and passenger.

Both were taken to hospital for further treatment but neither was badly hurt.

"The driver, a man believed to be in his sixties was treated for a hand injury.

“A woman passenger also believed to be in her sixties was treated for leg, back and neck pain."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson
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