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Summary

  1. Bollard blackout for blinded bats
  2. Multi-vehicle collision on the M5
  3. Canal boat hits submerged car in River Avon
  4. Brine baths could be a 'unique attraction'
  5. Updates on Friday 26 August

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By Jerry Chester

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Daryl Mitchell

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport

Daryl Mitchell and Joe Clarke score centuries as Worcestershire chase 401 to beat Northants by two wickets.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a safe and enjoyable bank holiday - the picture comes from BBC Weather Watcher Field Basher.

Sunlight on a field
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Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It'll be mostly dry with lengthy clear periods at first. However it will gradually become cloudier towards the end of the night. Lows of 13C (55F).

You can read a full forecast on the the BBC Weather page.

Rebecca Wood has your weekend update

Football: City and Reds games

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester City will host Chorley at the Victoria Ground tomorrow - City are still seeking their first league win of the Vanarama North season. 

Redditch United have switched their fixture with Kings Langley tomorrow and will now play away, rather than at home as originally scheduled.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Preparing for the bank holiday getaway

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

It's the great bank holiday getaway and for once it's looking good. 

Things were running smoothly at Birmingham Airport this morning, despite a record number of passengers. 

Montage of getaway shots
BBC

And on the roads, there's encouraging news at some of the West Midland's main bottlenecks. 

Will it last? I'll have the latest on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

'Unattractive and untidy' street to get facelift

Broad Street in Worcester has been left looking "unattractive and untidy" and there are defects that could present "safety issues" for pedestrians, Worcestershire County Council says.

The local authority says work to give the area a facelift will start on Tuesday.

Artist's impression of Broad Street, Worcester
Worcestershire County Council

Dedicated pedestrianised areas will be widened and street furniture improved with materials that complement and match those used in nearby streets that have recently been so successfully refurbished.  

Worcestershire on the charge

Could Worcestershire be in with a chance of pulling off an unlikely win?

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Cricket: Worcestershire sign Aussie all-rounder

Worcestershire have signed Australian all-rounder John Hastings as their overseas player for the 2017 campaign.

He's appeared in one test, 20 ODIs and eight T20s for his country and is currently part of the Australia T20 squad in action in Sri Lanka.

John Hastings
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John will give us a little bit of pace with the new ball. He is a competitive character on the field but a champion of a bloke in the dressing room."

Steve RhodesDirector of cricket

World War Two battles remembered in city park

A service to remember soldiers from the Worcestershire regiment who fought in two battles during World War Two in 1944 has been held. 

The wreath-laying ceremony took place at Gheluvelt Park in Worcester. 

Gheluvelt Park
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Those taking part were be paying tribute to soldiers who fought to liberate the town of Vernon in France and who halted the Japanese advance into India at the siege of Kohima in Burma.

Travel: Roundup of problems on the roads

BBC Travel

There are still delays on the M5 northbound after an accident, now cleared, between J5 (Droitwich) and J4a (M42) - the congestion stretches back to J7 (Worcester south).

There are delays on the A4538 Pershore Lane at Martin Hussingree.

There's queueing traffic traffic on the A441 Birmingham Road in both direction in Hopwood due to roadworks.

In Herefordshire, there's slow traffic on the A465 Belmont Road coming into the city at the Belmont roundabout.

Further south there's stop/start traffic on the A40 westbound between the turning for Whitchurch and the Monmouth traffic lights.

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Travel: Rush hour delays after lorry breakdown in Worcester

Just what you need at the start of a bank holiday.

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Latest: Lights off for rare bats; facelift for 'unattractive' street: Mitchell ton in run chase

Felicity Sanderson

Journalist

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire: 

- Fears for colony of rare bats leads to a riverside light blackout

- Facelift for "unattractive and untidy" street

- Second century for Mitchell as Worcestershire chase victory

Cricket: Second century for Mitchell as Worcestershire chase target

Daryl Mitchell has made his second ton of the game as Worcestershire chase a target of 350 on the last day of their match against Northamptonshire at New Road.

You can hear ball-by-ball coverage of the run chase on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

Daryl Mitchell
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Historic locomotive nameplate on display at plum festival

The historic nameplate from a Great Western Railway steam locomotive will be taking pride of place at this year's Pershore Plum Festival.

The organisers appeared on BBC Hereford & Worcester to try and locate the nameplate, which turned out to be owned by a family in Ledbury

Pershore Plum nameplate
BBC

The plate had been lovingly cared for by the late David Evans, a former director of the Three Counties Show, and is still in the possession of his family.

The locomotive was built in 1899 and was originally called the Plymouth, but after being relocated to the Worcester shed in 1927, it was renamed the Pershore Plum.

Weekend rain: Bad news, good news

The bad news is there's going to be heavy rain this weekend, according to the Met Office - the good news is there's a low risk of surface flooding.

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Travel: Accident closes a lane on the M42

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned there are severe delays on the M42 southbound between J2 (Alvechurch) and J1 (Bromsgrove) after an accident closed one lane. More from BBC Travel.

Football: Harriers' full back doubtful for Saturday

Kidderminster Harriers' full back, Jared Hodgkiss, is still carrying an injury and is unlikely to make it for Saturday's trip to Boston United.

Manager John Eustace says he could well be back in contention for either Bank Holiday Monday or next Friday, when Harriers will head to Darlington.

Jared Hodgkiss
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Latest: Pile-up causes M5 delays; bat blackout; run chase at New Road

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- Multi-vehicle crash causes congestion on the M5 northbound

- Riverside lights dimmed for rare bat colony

- Worcestershire's cricketers chase last day victory target

Carnival cancellation investigation promised

The new president of the Worcester Carnival says he is investigating why this year's event was called off at short notice. 

City councillor Alan Feeney has taken on the role after the procession was called off just four days before it was due to be held.

The carnival's chief organiser resigned after the cancellation was announced

Bollard blackout so bats aren't blinded

Riverside lights in Worcester have been switched off to protect a colony of rare bats living nearby.

The lesser horseshoe bats were recently found to be roosting near Worcester Cathedral - one of the few urban colonies in this country.  

Lesser Horseshoe bats
Vincent Wildlife Trust

The county council was concerned that lighted bollards along the riverside path, part of a refurbishment of the area, would disturb the bats ability to return to their roost, as they are sensitive to high-power lighting.

A short section of the bollard lighting, just outside the bat roost near the cathedral, will be turned off around sunset and before sunrise during the summer months while bats are awake, to allow them to return home.  

Unfortunately we're unable to adjust or alter the lights in any way, so we have to turn them off for short periods when we know that bats will be trying to leave their roost."

Cody LevineEcologist

Rugby: Tough challenge in Warriors' last warm up

Worcester Warriors are in Ireland this evening for their final warm-up match ahead of the new Aviva Premiership season. 

They will take on Munster in Cork in what is expected to be a very tough challenge.

Munster rugby ground
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Your pictures: Close ups on the golf club

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

One of our regular contributors, Paul Wilde, is the king of the close-up photo. Here's a couple he took on the Abbey Park golf course in Redditch - and there's a fox for good measure as well.

I'd love to feature your photos on this page - especially as there were some early morning mists around - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Waterdrops
Paul Wilde
Blackberrys
Paul Wilde
Fox
Paul Wilde

Reopened brine baths would be a unique attraction claims campaign group

Campaigners wanting to reopen Droitwich's famous brine baths say it would provide a unique attraction in the UK. 

The original baths closed in 2009 and plans for a new facility have now been submitted to Wychavon District Council.

Droitwich brine baths
Droitwich Spa Town Council

Bill Moys, from the campaign group Save Our Brine Baths, says a petition to reopen them got 7,000 signatures in its first week.

The main attraction of the Droitwich brine baths was their density - I believe [the water] was denser than the Dead Sea."

Bill MoysSave Our Brine Baths

Travel: Long delays on the M5 northbound

BBC Travel

The congestion caused by a collision involving five vehicles on the M5 northbound between J5 (Droitwich) and J4a (M42) is stretching all the way back to junction 7 (Worcester north). The two lanes that were closed have reopened.

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Travel: Multi-vehicle collision closes two lanes on M5

Five vehicles were involved.

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Picture: Narrowboat trapped on submerged car

This picture shows the narrowboat grounded on a Land Rover that was totally submerged in the River Avon - you can see the vehicle's red roof under that boat's window.

Police are still trying to work out who it belongs to, and how it got there.

Canalboat grounded on car
West Mercia Police

Worcestershire lose second wicket

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell has gone for 22 with the home side facing an uphill battle to rescue their County Championship match against Northants.

Worcestershire are currently 44-2, needing another 357 to win.

Latest: Boat v Land Rover; dad's donor appeal; WW2 battles remembered

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- Canal boat hits Land Rover submerged in the River Avon

- Father of three with rare condition appeals for a kidney donor

- WW2 battles remembered in memorial service in city park

Worcestershire attempt to force result

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire are 23-1 in their second innings at New Road against Northamptonshire, as both teams attempt to force a result.

Much of yesterday's action in the County Championshire fixture was lost to the rain.

Worcestershire declared on 201-3 in their first innings, with Northants quickly finishing their second innings 50-1 to set the home side a target of 401 to win.

Brett D'Oliveira was the first man to go for just 1.

Brett D'Oliveira
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Warriors in Ireland: What city do we come from?

Not how you spell Worcester... or warriors.

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Watch: Weather for today and the weekend

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A much drier and brighter day than yesterday with plenty of sunshine.  Highs of 22C (72F).

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Cricket: Worcestershire in result declaration

Worcestershire have declared their first innings on 201-3 on the last day of the match at New Road against Northants.

You can see if they are able to get a result in the rain-affected ficture - listen to full commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Watch: Worcestershire v Northants preview

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Better weather for the final day - you can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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Canal boat hits Land Rover submerged in river

The occupants of a canal boat had to be rescued after their boat ran aground on a Land Rover that had been driven into the River Avon.

Police say the collision happened between Cleeve Prior and Harvington at midday yesterday. 

Land Rover in River
West Mercia Police

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue service helped remove the vehicle from the river - police say no-one was found inside.

Vehicle being rescued
West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police say they are now trying to trace the owners of the Land Rover and are appealing for any witnesses who can tell them how it got into the river.

Watch: The quest for the perfect sheep

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Herefordshire farmer is using genetic technology to create the perfect sheep. 

Ed Collins from Bearwood is taking part in a worldwide trial which combines farm knowledge and 21st century science to create animals that are resistant to round worm.  

The quest for the perfect sheep

He'll be on Countryfile on BBC1 this Sunday. 

Carnival's chief organiser resigns

The chief organiser of the Worcester Carnival has resigned, after the event, due to take place on Sunday, was cancelled at the last minute.

Worcester City councillor Allan Feeney has been named the president of the event.