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- Top stories on Tuesday 5 July 2016
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BBC Hereford and Worcester
The Alliance of British Drivers says delays to the M5 roadworks are "unacceptable".
The work is to make the section between the M42 junction and 7 for Worcester a so-called smart motorway - where the hard shoulder is opened up to traffic during busy periods.
It should have been finished in October, but the project is behind schedule and could take until the New Year to finish.
Highways England says the delay is due to wet weather and badgers.
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today
Dozens of schools across the West Midlands have been either closed or partly closed today because of strike action by teachers.
Join us for more on what was behind the dispute and how it affected the region on Midlands Today, BBC One at 18:30.
BBC Local Live
If you are just catching up on Tuesday, here are our top stories:
- A body has been found in Worcester city centre
- An NUT strike dubbed "unnecessary" and "harmful" by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has affected 24 schools in our region
- The over-running of roadworks on the M5 has been called "unacceptable" by the Alliance of British Drivers
The body of a man has been found on waste ground in the centre of Worcester.
Police were called this morning to New Road where the body was discovered in a tent near the towpath. The man has yet to be formally identified.
Officers are not treating the death as suspicious.
Herefordshire's Castle Brook Vineyard has secured a gold medal in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.
Its 2010 Classic Cuvée has won for the second year running. It comes as the vineyard has started to supply major retailers with its products. The award will be presented next week.
We reported earlier how 24 schools in our region have been affected by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) staging a one-day strike over funding.
The NUT is organising regional marches and rallies in support of the strike, which is also about pay and workloads.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".
Below is the most recent available data from the Office for National Statistics on the impact of strikes on the sector.
Number eight batsman Joe Leach top-scored with 90 to put Worcestershire, who were struggling by the end of day two, within 58 of Leicestershire's first innings.
You can hear full commentary on that game now on 738 AM and online.
BBC Local Live
Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:
-24 schools in our region are affected by a one-day strike by the NUT union today over funding, pay and teachers' workload
- M5 roadworks will not be complete until January
- A Worcestershire technology expert says he has become allergic to his job of 20 years
Kidderminster Harriers' home kit for next season has been revealed.
BBC Midlands Today
Dozens of schools across the West Midlands are either closed or partly closed today because of strike action by teachers.
Members of the National Union of Teachers have walked out in a row over pay, pensions and conditions.
The Department of Education says the action is "counterproductive" and will "harm children's education".
We've got the latest on the dispute on the Midlands Today on BBC One now.
A collapse late on day two left Worcestershire in danger of following on against Leicestershire at New Road, but Ed Barnard and Joe Leach put on 100 for the eighth wicket and ensured the visitors would bat next.
A man has quit his own computer business after saying exposure to wireless technology made him ill.
Richard Kimberley from Kidderminster says that due to electro hypersensivity he has taken to living in a van with aluminium shields to guard against mobile phones and similar devices.
He says that as a result his health has improved, but he has had to walk away from a job dependent on technology.
He will now focus on helping people battle symptoms linked to a condition that is not medically recognised in the UK.
An ex-Ukip MEP has told jurors it defied sense to make fake expenses claims in the same month she was warned about a colleague later jailed over the alleged practice.
Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands until 2014, denies submitting "significant" expenses claims that she knew to be false.
She said her expenses were submitted by her staff, and alleged that at least one claim was "deliberately corrupted" by a former aide who was acting as a spy for the Ukip hierarchy.
She told Birmingham Crown Court today that it made no sense for her to start filing false claims from October 2009, as the prosecution suggests, as this was the same month Ukip briefed all its elected members about wrong-doing by then-MEP Tom Wise.
Wise admitted fiddling £36,000 of his Brussels travel expenses at his trial the following month.
BBC Hereford and Worcester
West Mercia Police has the 10th highest number of data breaches in the country, according to the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch.
It says it found that West Mercia officers and staff breached data protection laws 73 times over the past five years.
The force says its staff have received training and are reminded of their obligations.
Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester
A Worcestershire technology expert says he has to leave his business of 20 years because he has become allergic to the tools of his trade.
Richard Kimberley will walk away from CS Micros in Kidderminster after developing electro hypersensitivity - a condition not medically recognised in this country.
He says exposure to magnetic waves makes him pass out, but the business will continue after he leaves at the end of this month.
BBC Local Live
Here is a quick catch-up of Tuesday's headlines:
- Teachers at 24 schools in our region are involved in a one-day strike by the NUT union today
- M5 roadworks are months behind schedule
- A Worcestershire technology expert says he has become allergic to the tools of his trade
An ex-MEP who denies making fake expense claims would empty a handbag full of receipts and leave them for staff to deal with, she told a jury.
Nikki Sinclaire is accused of claiming for car journeys across Europe, when she flew for less money than claimed.
Staff knew passwords for her email and credit cards, she told Birmingham Crown Court.
Ms Sinclaire, who was UKIP MEP for the West Midlands until 2014, denies fraud and misconduct in public office.
Efforts are being made to ease congestion on the Southern Link Road in Worcester after the delays we reported earlier.
Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester
Roadworks on the M5 are running behind schedule and it could be January before they are finished.
They were expected to be completed by October.
The project is part of a scheme to make the section between the M42 junction and Worcester a so-called smart motorway in which the hard shoulder opens up to traffic in busy periods.
Highways England says the delays have been caused by additional works and lessons have been learned. Problems earlier this year caused long delays on the motorway through Worcestershire.
Tom Fell hit 61 in his first innings since returning from cancer treatment as Worcestershire struggled on day two against Leicestershire at New Road.
The hosts collapsed from 135-1 to 193-7 after Fell and Daryl Mitchell's 97-run, second-wicket stand was broken.
BBC News, education correspondent
Hundreds of children in Herefordshire and Worcestershire will not be in school today because their teachers are going on strike.
Members of the NUT union say they have had to walk out in protest over large class sizes and to protect staffing levels.
The government has accused the union of playing politics with children's futures.
A total of 24 schools in our region are affected by the walkout.
BBC Local Live
Here are our top stories on Tuesday so far:
- Teachers take part in NUT strike action in 24 schools in our region
- M5 roadworks are running behind and are not expected to finish until January
- Worcestershire's Tom Fell made 61 on his return from cancer treatment
BBC Weather presenter
There is queuing traffic and long delays on the Worcester Southern Link Road in Worcester before the junction with Norton Road because of a gas leak and temporary traffic lights.
Delays are back to Powick roundabout, drivers are warned.
BBC Local Live