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Summary

  1. Seagull turns orange after falling into vat of curry
  2. Air show cancelled due to 'increased insurance costs'
  3. Probation service to keep Herefordshire base
  4. Teenager's liver operation to be shown on TV
  5. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

'Extensive' efforts to trace family of rough sleeper

Worcester News

Here are some of the stories making the headlines in the Worcester News today:

Two cities in the West Midlands to host WWI poppies

Two cities in the West Midlands will showcase the ceramic poppies created for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War one.

Hereford Cathedral will host the poppies between March and April next year, before they move on to Stoke-on-Trent later in the summer.

The cathedral says: "Such a privilege to be involved in this with all our partners - a great accolade for the cathedral, the city and the county".

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Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Canary Girls head to London to meet PM

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Canary Girls Nancy Billings, Nancy Preece and Elizabeth Cox are heading down to London this morning to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.

Canary Girls Nancy Billings, Nancy Preece and Elizabeth Cox
BBC

Two women from Swynnerton in Stoke-on-Trent are also travelling down as Mrs May officially recognises the role they played in both world wars.

BBC Hereford & Worcester's campaign to remember them was launched back in January and this summer Rotherwas workers were given special commemorative medals at the Herefordshire Country Fair.

Driver dies in tree crash

A man's died after his car crashed into a tree near Hay-on-Wye.

Two ambulances were called to a hump backed bridge on the road between Hay and Dorstone at about 21:10 last night.

The man was taken to the County Hospital in Hereford, but died from his injuries

Winter in A&E 'may be worst in recent memory'

Unlike previous years, many hospitals in the Midlands have been struggling with A&E attendances even over the traditionally quiet summer months - that's worrying as we approach winter.

Last month, hospital chiefs warned the NHS could suffer its worst winter in recent history and called for extra funding.

All hospitals across the country have been asked to come up with a plan to tackle a surge of patients.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the NHS "has prepared for winter more this year than ever before".

Doctor
PA

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals said it had formed a plan with partners to tackle what it expects to be "a very challenging winter period".

A new specialist assessment unit for frail older patients has been opened at the Alexandra Hospital this week.

A £1m investment is likewise being used to expand and improve part of the A&E at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hospital A&E conditions like 'Victorian workhouse'

One patient in Worcester has compared conditions in A&E to like a "Victorian workhouse".

Nick Turner, who was admitted to the emergency unit at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital shortly after undergoing chemotherapy, said his "heart sank" when he was told wards were full.

He said he had previously heard the hospital was "notorious for leaving patients languishing on corridors for hours".

The hospital trust failed to meet the A&E target since November 2014 and has failed to hit any of its 36 targets in the past year.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
PA

I was put on this corridor on a trolley along with 50 other patients. We all lined up head to toe effectively, with hardly a gap between us. I was there for 13 and a half hours, drifting in and out of consciousness."

Nick TurnerPatient

In a statement, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals said the A&E target was not just the responsibility of the emergency department.

"All specialities, departments and wards, as well as our health and care partners have a part to play in making sure that patients arriving for urgent care are treated and discharged or admitted to an appropriate care setting in a safe and timely way," it said.

It said action already taken had started "to help us manage the flow of patients through our hospitals more effectively".

Canary Girls recognised for their WWII efforts

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Five women who worked in the munitions factories in Hereford and Stoke-on-Trent during World War Two are travelling to London today to meet the prime minister.

It's part of a campaign calling for thousands of former munitions workers to receive national recognition.

Canary Girls posters
HULTON ARCHIVE

They became known as the Canary Girls, as exposure to toxic chemicals turned their skin and hair yellow.

Read more about the Canary Girls on BBC News.

Severe disruption: A38 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, between Woodrow Lane and B4185 Golden Cross Lane.

A38 Worcestershire - A38 Halesowen Road in Catshill closed in both directions between the Woodrow Lane junction and the B4185 Golden Cross Lane junction, because of a burst water main. Approach with care.

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

Ben Te'o

Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te'o could miss England's autumn international Tests in November with an ankle injury.

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University staff complete charity run for Tunisian terror victim

Among those taking part in the Great Birmingham Run this weekend were staff from the University of Worcester who completed the challenge in honor of student Joel Richards killed in the Tunisian terror attack.

Neil Laurenson, Mark Kilburn and Steve Harborne
University of Worcester
Neil Laurenson, Mark Kilburn and Steve Harborne

Joel, from Wednesbury, died alongside uncle Adrian Evans, grandfather Patrick Evans and 35 others in near Sousse in 2015.

Four staff completed the course, raiding funds for Smile for Joel, the charity set up by Joel's family to support support the loved ones of terror victims.

Charlie Bassett, Mark Kilburn, Steve Harborne and Neil Laurenson all took to the streets to raise funds.

Should we be doing a raindance for Herefordshire?

The River Dore is drying up in Peterchurch with fish including trout and eels being rescued and taken downstream.

Environment Agency staff are hoping for rain...

Some rain forecast tonight (could be 10-15mm) Hoping #herefordshire gets some. I'm going out to River Dore for mor… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

River Dore
Dave Throup

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M42 northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Fewer West Midlands MPs proposed under boundary changes

A revised map of parliamentary constituencies could see six fewer MPs in the West Midlands.

Ballot count
BBC

The Boundary Commission has allocated the West Midlands 53 consituencies, down from 59.

Four cross-county constituencies have been proposed; Birmingham Northfield, Coventry South and Kenilworth, Ludlow and Leominster, and Malvern and Ledbury.

The proposed changes will now go through an eight week consultation.

River Dore

Lack of rain blamed as trout and eels moved two miles downstream where the River Dore still flows.

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Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of debris on the road.

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 J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

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

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

Your red sun photos

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's all people have been interested in today - the red apocalyptic sky.

Here's my pic of the day which was taken in Wolverley, Worcestershire by Sharon Evans.

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And some more great photos taken in Warwickshire and Birmingham.

Red sky in Warwickshire
@DennisNotnits
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Andrew Durutalo

Premiership strugglers Worcester Warriors sign USA flanker Andrew Durutalo from Championship side Ealing Trailfinders.

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One of Worcester's oldest pubs forced to close

Worcester News

Here are some of the stories being covered by the Worcester News on Monday 16 October:

Jamie Porter

Essex seamer Jamie Porter withdraws from the England Lions squad for the tour to Australia with a stress fracture in his back.

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Motorcyclist and passenger die in head-on crash

Claudia Berry

BBC News

A motorcyclist and his passenger have died in a head-on crash on the A44 outside Worcester.

A man in his 40s died at the scene after his bike hit a Citroen C4 near Cotheridge, at about 13:40 yesterday.

His passenger, a woman in her 40s, died on the way to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The driver of the Citroen which was travelling in the opposite direction was uninjured.

In the papers: Florist fined for ignoring trading ban

Kidderminster Shuttle

A selection of stories on the newspaper's website today include:

Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A449 and M5 J8.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J4, A449 (Ross-On-Wye) and M5 J8, because of roadworks during the night and drainage works. Between 21:00 and 6:00 until 6:00 on 17th October

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

Man questioned on suspicion of rape

Claudia Berry

BBC News

A man from Hereford has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

West Mercia Police said the 25-year-old is being questioned following a report at the weekend.

Officers are appealing for information, after the assault which is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Saturday, in the Moor Farm area of Hereford.

St Martins, Worcester

Church bells from St Martins, Worcester.

Body recovered from river in missing man hunt

A body has been discovered in the search for a man who fell into the River Severn in Worcester, police say.

Bridge at River Severn in Worcester
Google

The man, believed to be 62, fell into the river shortly after 01:00 yesterday.

A member of the public had raised concerns for the man's safety.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - 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

Severe accident: A44 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A44 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Crown East Lane and Otherton Lane.

A44 Worcestershire - A44 in Upper Broadheath closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Crown East Lane junction and the Otherton Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Alan Solomons was South Africa's assistant coach for three years until 2000

Worcester Warriors appoint vastly experienced Alan Solomons as short-term assistant to director of rugby Gary Gold.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Worcester hooker Joe Taufet'ee's hat-trick more than doubled his tally of tries for the club in the space of one afternoon

Worcester hooker Joe Taufete'e scores a hat-trick but England centre Ben Te'o's ankle injury mars the win over Brive.

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Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A449 and J3 for B4221.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J4, A449 (Ross-On-Wye) and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of a broken down vehicle. 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 J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

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

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

Severe accident: A449 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A449 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, near B4232 Jubilee Drive.

A449 Worcestershire - A449 in Little Malvern closed and slow traffic near the B4232 Jubilee Drive junction, because of an accident involving motorcycle and van.

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

Offrande Zanzala

Chester sign Derby County striker Offrande Zanzala on a one-month loan and goalkeeper Ryan Crump on non-contract terms.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed 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