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  1. Top stories on Tuesday 5 July 2016

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Worcestershire all-rounder Joe Leach

Leicestershire remain on top despite Joe Leach and Ed Barnard rescuing Worcestershire from a possible innings defeat.

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We're back at 08:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.

M5 works delays 'unacceptable' - Alliance of British Drivers

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.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

We are seeing a drier spell of weather this afternoon and it's remaining fine and dry this evening.

Lows of 8C (46F).

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The weather for the West Midlands.

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Nick Owen

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.

Travel: Herefordshire delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A4103 in Callow Marsh in Herefordshire at its junction with the B4214 in the roadworks area.

Here is the latest.

Latest: Body found in Worcester; NUT strike impact; delayed roadworks 'unacceptable'

Alex Homer

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

Body found in Worcester city centre

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 vineyard set for sparkling success

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.

Teachers' strike: Schools disrupted because of NUT walkout

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.

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Giniotis guides Barnards Green to victory

Malvern Observer

Barnards Green moved back up to third in the Birmingham League Division One table following their 77-run victory over relegation-threatened Sutton Coldfield.  

County Championship: Leach top-scores to keep Worcestershire in touch on first innings

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.

Nikki Sinclaire

An ex-MEP urges jurors to consider why she would have falsely claimed expenses shortly after being warned of similar allegations about a colleague.

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Latest: Teachers' strike; M5 roadworks until January; man becomes 'allergic to his job'

Alex Homer

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

Kiddy reveal their next home shirt

Kidderminster Harriers' home kit for next season has been revealed.

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Amy Cole

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.

County Championship: Worcestershire avoid follow-on

BBC Sport

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.

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Man quits job to escape wireless tech 'making him ill'

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.  

Ex-MEP says it 'defies sense' to claim fake expenses after warning over colleague

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.

Nikki Sinclaire

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.

West Mercia Police breached data protection laws dozens of times in five years

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.

Brexit: Stamp out race hate by wearing a safety pin, say Worcester councillors

Worcester News

People in Worcester are being encouraged to stamp out racism and xenophobia by backing a major campaign based around a safety pin.  

Technology expert 'becomes allergic to tools of his trade'

Tim Race

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.

Latest: Teachers' strike; M5 roadworks delayed; man 'allergic to his work'

Alex Homer

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

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire 'left staff to deal with travel expenses'

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.

Nikki Sinclaire

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.

Travel: Efforts to ease Worcester delays

Efforts are being made to ease congestion on the Southern Link Road in Worcester after the delays we reported earlier.

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M5 roadworks delayed by months

Kate West

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.

County Championship: Worcestershire's Tom Fell makes 61 on return from cancer

BBC Sport

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.

Tom Fell
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Teachers' strike: Schools to close because of NUT walkout

Sean Coughlan

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. 

Teachers' strike

Latest: NUT one-day strike; M5 roadworks behind; Fell makes half century on return from cancer

Alex Homer

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

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A much better day - largely dry and bright.

Highs of 20C (68F).

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Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: Worcester delays warning

BBC Travel

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.

Good morning for Local Live for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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