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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 13 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Alice Porter

All times stated are UK

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West Mercia 'looking at options' over body cameras

Researchers say police body-cams are working.

The Cambridge University study showed complaints by members of the public against officers fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.  

Body camera
Met Police

Almost 2,000 officers across four UK forces and two US police departments were monitored for the project.

West Mercia Police don't routinely use them, but the force says it's "looking at its options".  

Riba Stirling Prize shortlist 2016: The OutHouse, Forest of Dean

Riba Stirling Prize shortlist 2016: The OutHouse, Forest of Dean

Cyber Town Malvern

Peter Day visits Malvern to find out why it is a hub in the fight against cyber crime.
The historic spa town of Malvern in Worcestershire is rapidly becoming the centre of a hub of small companies specialising in a very 21st century occupation: defending people from Internet crime. Unlikely as it sounds, Malvern has been a centre of science expertise for decades. Now it's a place where innovation thrives outside big corporate labs. Peter Day finds out why.

Old St Martin in the Cornmarket

The bells of Old St Martin Church in the Cornmarket, Worcester.
The bells of Old St. Martin Church in the Cornmarket, Worcester.

Watch: Police catch HGV driver on mobile

The driver of a 44-tonne truck was among motorists caught using their mobile phone as the BBC joined Central Motorway Police on patrol. 

It comes as data shows the number of motorists stopped across the country has almost halved in five years.

The National Police Federation said the drop was due to fewer traffic officers.

Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine.  

Driver of 44-tonne truck caught using mobile
The Special Air Service is to be honoured with a £1m memorial
A stained glass window will be unveiled at Hereford Cathedral to mark the city's links with the Special Air Service.
Daryl Mitchell

Worcestershire relieve Daryl Mitchell of the captaincy after six seasons in charge and appoint Joe Leach as skipper.

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Your pictures: An amazing sunset

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

Thanks to our viewers for sharing their pictures of last night's sunset with us - we'll have more of your pictures on Midlands Today at 13:30.

Sunset over Tittensor
Jon Kelso
Sunset over Evesham
Jan Knurek
Sunset over Shrewsbury
Livvi Whiteley
Sunset over Birmingham
Jo Curtin
Sunset over Barford
Garry Delday
Alexandra Hospital sign

A Birmingham hospital is under "significant" pressure due to downgraded health services in Worcestershire, a trust boss says.

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John Maine with artwork

The Special Air Service (SAS) is to be honoured with a £1m artwork to mark Hereford's long association with the elite fighting force.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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Police cuts blamed for fall in prosecutions

Cuts to policing are being blamed for a fall in the number of people caught using their phones while driving. 

The Police Federation says the deployment of fewer traffic officers has made it easier to avoid being prosecuted.

Last year the number of people caught in West Mercia fell by a quarter to 2,300. 

Police car
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If we have less officers to enforce, of course we're going to have less prosecutions."

Jayne WillettsPolice Federation

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down van.

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Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Worcestershire batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore has won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for scoring the fastest hundred of 2016.

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A circus ticket office worker lands job as the knife thrower's new assistant
A student working in a circus ticket office has taken centre stage - as the knife thrower's new assistant.

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Plus-size model Iskra Lawrence trolled online by 'Joker'
The father of plus-size model Iskra Lawrence has revealed the sinister online abuse he's been hiding from her, during filming for the BBC.
David Thomas

A world record that has stood for more than 90 years for the heaviest red cabbage, is broken by a man from Cornwall.

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Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen makes a century and Harvey Hosein hits 59 but Worcestershire win by nine wickets.

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Coming up on Sunday Politics

Nick Watson

Sunday Politics Midlands

West Midlands UKIP MEP Jill Seymour and Conservative MP James Morris joins Patrick Burns on Sunday Politics this weekend.

James Bovill wil lalso be live at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool for reactrion to the leadership race.

Patrick Burns will also speak to UKIP's new leader Diane James about the party's vision for the West Midlands. 

BBC Sunday Politics - 11:00 on BBC One.

Diane James
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Hillcrest sign at Pentwyn School, Powys

The jury at an inquest into the death of a 15-year-old boy while living in a children's home in Powys concludes he killed himself in part due to failures of the home.

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HMP Long Lartin

A man jailed for double murder admits killing a fellow prisoner with a rock from a fish tank.

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Is this the BIGGEST marrow you've ever seen?

Meet Dale Toten, will be showing his marrow at the Malvern Show's Giant Veg Competition.

BreakingMG to stop building cars at Longbridge

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

MG Motor UK says it will no longer build cars at its Longbridge site in Birmingham.

We're told 25 people face redundancy as a result of the move, which sees the company ending its UK manufacturing.  

Car-building is to be transferred to China to "streamline costs".

At Longbridge, cars will arrive fully built instead, for distribution to dealers.

Renting a place and had issues with your landlord? You're not the only one

BBC Midlands Today

A housing charity claims that one in eight tenants in the West Midlands has fallen victim to landlords breaking the law. 

Research by Shelter and YouGov found that tenants had suffered everything from abuse and harassment to seeing their belongings thrown out of the property and the locks changed. 

Too often, the study says, people don't know their rights and need more help and advice. 

Birds eye view of houses
BBC
Harvey Hosein

Harvey Hosein makes his maiden Championship hundred, but Derbyshire still follow on against Worcestershire at New Road.

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City to play host to cycling extravaganza

Birmingham is going to host a 15,000 capacity,100-mile cycling race next September that will take in parts of Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Riders will head off from the city centre, along closed-off roads, into the nearby counties, before returning to the city as part of Velo Birmingham.

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Organisers say they expect demand to be "huge". 

More than 300 knives handed in to police

West Mercia and Warwickshire have collected more than 300 knives during a surrender scheme run over the summer.

Six bins were set up at stations around the four counties, between 27 July and 19 August and the knives will now be added to a sculpture being created at the British Ironworks near Oswestry (pictured below).

Knife sculpture
BBC

In Worcestershire there were 162 knives collected, with more than half of them handed in at the Redditch station.

The Warwickshire force collected 73 knives.

In Shropshire, there were 79 knives collected, while in Herefordshire there were just nine.

A pair of knuckle-dusters and two pairs of pliers were also dropped into the bins.

Walking for Spiritual Renewal

Clare Balding attempts to walk in a silent, meditative state. It doesn't come naturally.
Clare Balding is walking for self improvement in this series of Ramblings and today she hopes to find a new inner calm with the help of Dr Kate Kirkwood. Kate attempts to lead Clare on a path of spiritual renewal by teaching her to walk silently. Silence is not a state that comes naturally to Clare but as she and Kate walk where the mood takes them, in the Herefordshire countryside just outside Hay on Wye, they discover why walking can be one of the bet forms of stress relief.
Producer: Lucy Lunt.