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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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Bryce Heem

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Bryce Heem scores a hat-trick of tries as Worcester beat Northampton for their first Premiership win of the season.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester). Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Incontinence pads mop up fuel spill amid wildlife fears

A Bewdley woman who collected incontinence pads from people in her street to mop up a bus's fuel spill said she was worried it might leak into a nearby brook.

Jo Bloom also used 10 packs of emergency flood sacks, which belonged to the Riddings Brook Flood Group.

Clear up operation
Jo Bloom

She said surface water from the affected road drained directly into Riddings Brook, which feeds the River Severn.

She said various wildlife lived along the brook's route.

Mini Donald Trump raising money for Children In Need

Stephanie Barnard

BBC News

How are you raising money for Children In Need today? From bake sales to sponcered bike rides - you've been a busy bunch.

This caught our eye though... St Leonard's Primary School in Bridgnorth are having a "are you famous day". Stacey Tranter tweeted us this photo of her eight-year-old niece Ava who has dressed as a mini Donald Trump.

Mini Donald Trump
@staceyt_83

And kids in Bromsgrove are getting into the spirit adorning Pudsey ears and clothing.

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Sanitary pads used to mop up fuel spill

There's been another spill in Bewdley involving a bus.

Diamond Bus said this incident on Cordle Marsh Road, like the one which affected roads in Bewdley and Kidderminster on Tuesday, was caused by one of their vehicles going over a speed bump.

The Hereford and Worcester Fire Service said it was called out at 13:30 and a local resident, Jo Bloom, said she had a go at stemming the flow herself with ladies incontinence pads.

Fuel spill
Jo Bloom

How you're raising money for Children In Need

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Are you raising money for Children in Need? We've been asking you what you're up to today.

It's certainly a busy day for Pudsey who is travelling nationwide. Here he is in the boardroom at Enterprise business support centre showing them how it's done.

Pudsey Bear at Enterprise Business Support
@MGeracu2talent

And it's probably true to say that bake sales are always popular, who doesn't love cake?

Baltic Training are having a bake sale, as well as the residential ambassadors at the University of Worcester (pictured below).

Residential ambassadors at the University of Worcester
@RAuniworc
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BreakingMan dies in street stabbing

A man from Worcester has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a 63-year-old man, who was stabbed in the street.

West Mercia Police said they were called to reports of an attack on Crookbarrow Road in Norton, just outside Worcester at 23:00 yesterday.

Crookbarrow Road
Google

They found the victim with a serious head injury and a stab wound to the body and he died in hospital at 00:31 today.

The 28-year-old suspect was arrested after being found nearby.

This attack happened in the middle of the street and was witnessed by a number of people. Police were quickly on the scene and arrested a man close by who is now in police custody. At this stage we believe the suspect and the victim were known to each other."

Supt Stacey WilliamsonWest Mercia Police

Woman searches for rescuer after oil-crash

A woman whose car overturned when it hit an oil spill in Kidderminster on Tuesday says she wants to meet the man who helped her - so she can thank him.

Pauline Oliver's vehicle hit a kerb and ended up in a tree after she drove through oil which is thought to have leaked from a bus.

Oil spill
BBC

She said it was "so quick you just don't think" and that she feels lucky to be alive after the crash.

He asked me if I was alright to get out and as far as I was concerned, I was alright, so he just pulled me straight out the truck. He directed all the traffic, he did everything. He was absolutely marvelous."

Pauline Oliver

Temperatures plunge overnight

Parts of Herefordshire and Worcestershire were among the coldest places in the UK last night, with temperatures reaching -3.7C (25.3F) in places.

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Mum loses half body weight in 12 months

BBC Midlands Today

A mother from Worcestershire who weighed 38 stone (241kg) before having an NHS operation has lost half her weight within just a year.

Rachel Murray now and before operation
BBC

Rachel Murray, who lives near Kidderminster, risked going blind due to her obesity.

She managed to lose seven stone by herself, before having gastric by-pass surgery at Heartlands Hospital in March.

The 33-year-old said her weight-loss had given her a new lease of life.

Carpet maker announces £250m purchase of European firm

A Kidderminster-based carpet company has announced the £250m buyout of a Spanish firm.

Victoria Carpets is acquiring Keraben Grupo, which makes floor and wall tiles and has its headquarters in Barcelona.

Victoria Carpets
Google

The manufacturer says it's planning to help fund the deal by selling £180m worth of shares.

Traffic lights dumped outside council HQ

A set of temporary traffic lights was dumped outside the headquarters of Worcestershire County Council by an anonymous protester this morning.

The four-way lights had earlier been at the junction of Station Road and Wyre Road in Pershore, and were earlier stuck on red for at least an hour this morning, with some drivers saying they were stuck for 45 minutes.

Traffic lights
BBC

There has been a long-running battle over this junction, with residents wanting a roundabout there instead.

Worcestershire County Council said it reported the fault as soon as it became aware of it and the temporary lights outside County Hall have now been removed.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Puppy dumped in children's playground

An eight-week-old puppy has had to be put down after being found dumped in a children's playground near Evesham.

The RSPCA said the Chihuahua-Jack Russell cross had a broken leg and bruising to her abdomen. She was lying on a pillow in the park when she was spotted by a passer-by.

Puppy
RSPCA

The puppy didn't have a microchip, but the charity says it has launched an investigation to find out where she came from.

In the papers: Beds to go at rehabilitation centre

Hereford Times

Here are some of the stories appearing in the Hereford Times today:

Shire horses rescued amid welfare concerns

A group of 19 shire horses which were left grazing on farmland near Bewdley have been have been found new homes.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary said it first took a call in September and decided to take action after the owner failed to come forward to claim them.

Horse round-up
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Shire horses
Redwings Horse Sanctuary

The horses, mainly mares and their foals were rounded up last Friday and have now been divided up between six charities.

It is safe to say that had we not intervened the welfare of this group would have been at great risk, especially with the approaching winter."

Nic de BrauwereRedwings Horse Sanctuary

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 exit slip road blocked and queuing traffic northbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Backing for Prince's anti-bullying initiative

A Worcestershire mum has said Prince William's new anti-bullying initiative could have helped her son, before he took his life.

Felix Alexander killed himself after being targeted on social media and Lucy Alexander met the prince yesterday to discuss the issue of cyber-bullying.

Felix
PA

She told Prince William: "It just ate away at him inside, I think, but I had no idea of the depth of his despair at all."

And she welcomed the online counselling and new code of conduct he is pushing for, saying it "may not have changed my story, but it's got to be a step forward".

Flood barrier exercise in Bewdley

The Environment Agency has been practising putting up the flood barriers in Bewdley this morning.

Flood barriers
Dave Throup

It said it was training Hereford and Worcester firefighters to do the work and putting on a demonstration for a local flood group and schoolchildren.

Flood barriers
Dave Throup

Driver injured by stake through car

A man's been seriously hurt in Worcestershire after a wooden stake went through the front of his car and into his leg.

It happened when the vehicle left the road and ended up in a hedge near Stanford Bridge late last night.

Ambulance
BBC

Fire crews had to help free the man before he could be taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Mum helps Prince William with cyber-bullying strategy

The mother of a Worcester teenager who took his own life has been recruited by Prince William to work on a new cyber-bullying task force.

Earlier this year Lucy Alexander launched the Campaign for Kindness in memory of 17-year-old Felix who died in 2016.

A video released by Kensington Palace shows the Prince meeting Lucy, and Chloe Hine - who herself was bullied online as a teenager.

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Council managers accused of 'jumping ship'

Questions are being raised about the recruitment policy at Worcestershire County Council, after another senior manager announced he was leaving.

Director of adult services Sander Kristel has only been in his job for 18 months and will be following former chief executive Clare Marchant to the university admissions body UCAS.

County Hall
Worcestershire County Council

The leader of the Labour group on the authority, councillor Peter McDonald, suggested they were leaving because the council was "in trouble".

The controlling group pulled in these people from the private sector, who said they had a magic wand [and] we would do things the way they do it in the private sector. And of course it hasn't happened, there's no magic wand, we're in trouble and they're jumping ship."

Peter MacDonaldWorcestershire County Councillor

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Your comments: Support for #BlueLightHappy campaign

The story about people sending positive messages to our emergency services has been attracting a lot of comments on the BBC Midlands Facebook page.

Michelle Louise was supportive of the #BlueLightHappy Twitter campaign, writing: "They do an amazing job, I struggle to understand why some people feel justified to be abusive."

And Di Conway suggested: "Personally I think the 999 services should have a camera in there vehicles and if the idiot drivers or ignorant public refuse to move out the way record them and give them a few thousand pound fine for their ignorance."

Rob Moore
Rob Moore

There were also a few thank you messages, including one from Lynda Howells, who wrote: "My husband suffered a fall on Saturday night the paramedics were kind caring and very supportive. Thank you x."

In the papers: Former teacher caught with child porn

Worcester News

Here are three of the main stories making the headlines on the Worcester News website today:

Police car hits local hero statue

An investigation’s under way after a police car crashed into a statue in the centre of Worcester.

It hit a sculpture of the music hall performer, Vesta Tilley in the Cornmarket, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police car and statue
Fran Sheridan

Worcestershire County Council says CCTV footage is being examined and the statue has been taken away to be repaired.

Tilley (pictured below) was born in Worcester and worked as a male impersonator, dressing as a soldier during World War One.

Vesta Tilley
Sandra Taylor

Your pictures: Autumn morning

It's a typical November morning judging from the pictures sent in by our BBC Weather Watchers.

This leafy shot was taken in Newport by Tay.

Newport
TAY

Malvern Wells is the setting for this misty picture taken by Equi-geek.

Send us your weather photos here.

Malvern Wells
Equi-geek

'Crazy drifting' meet-up warnings

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Young people in have been warned not to get involved in a risky driving stunt called "crazy drifting".

It's after a video was posted on the internet showing one of the meet-ups in Worcester.

Bike
YouTube

West Mercia Police has launched an investigation after the YouTube video was watched 11,000 times showing boy racers driving erratically around the city.

It shows them flipping their cars sideways whilst driving at high-speed around traffic islands, and riding quad bikes with the front two wheels suspended in the air.

Delays easing on M42

BBC News Travel

Traffic's been released on the M42 northbound near Alvechurch after an earlier crash between J2 and J3.

Long delays are starting to ease Highways England says.

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J3 for A435 Portway affecting M5 J4A.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of an accident and recovery work. Congestion to M5 J4a.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Council considers new leisure company

Leisure facilities in Redditch, such as the Palace Theatre and the Abbey Stadium, could be run by a new company set up by the local council, to save money.

Swimmer
BBC

Redditch Borough Council, which currently runs the district's leisure facilities, is looking at whether it could save £400,000 a year by creating a "Local Authority Trading Company", rather than hand sites over to the private sector.

The idea will be discussed by councillors next week.