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Summary

  1. Body found in river at Holt Fleet, Worcester
  2. Richard Johnson narrowly loses out in Gold Cup race
  3. Pershore fear it will lose out on new rail services
  4. £1m dream for Hereford woman battling cancer
  5. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017

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Severe accident: A417 Herefordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A417 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, at Church Lane.

A417 Herefordshire - A417 in Ashperton blocked at the Church Lane junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury

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Severe accident: A38 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between School Lane and Birmingham Road.

A38 Worcestershire - A38 Birmingham Road in Catshill closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the School Lane junction and the Birmingham Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Football: March to the arch continues for Bromsgrove Sporting

Bromsgrove Sporting are only 90 minutes away from a Wembley appearance as they face the second leg of their FA Vase semi-final at Cleethorpes Town tomorrow.

The tie is finely poised after the first leg at the Victoria Ground, which ended 1-1.

FA Vase
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Police attempt to identify river body

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Police are working to identify a man's body which was pulled from the River Severn in Worcester this afternoon. 

Emergency services were called to the water near the Holt Fleet Bridge in Holt Heath just after midday. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the man was retrieved from the river, but nothing could be done to save him.

Watch: Warriors 'not out of this mess yet'

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Warriors will need to keep their "feet on the ground" after their crucial win against bottom of the table Bristol, according to their director of rugby.

Gary Gold told me the club is "not out of this mess yet".

Warriors 'not out of this mess yet'

Flood alert for River Wye

There's a flood alert for the River Wye in Herefordshire .

Heavy rain is expected over the weekend and levels are expected to peak on Saturday afternoon, the Environment Agency says.

Flood barriers are not expected to be deployed.

Weather: Rain this evening and tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're forecast more rain this evening and tomorrow, so you might want to celebrate St Patrick's Day indoors - or take an umbrella.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast
The Malvern Hills

You have been using Your Questions to ask about the West Midlands - here are some of our answers.

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Disappointment as paddling pool rescue bid fails

"Legal complications" are being blamed for the failure of a bid to keep the paddling pool open in Riverside North Park, Bewdley.

Wyre Forest District Council, the Friends of Riverside North Park and Bewdley Town Council had been trying to reach an agreement which would have seen the pool transfered to the local community.  

Child paddling
BBC

All three organisations have promised to continue to work together to bring about alternative features and improvements at the riverside park.

Severn Valley Railway steam gala gets under way

The Severn Valley Railway has got its three-day Steam Gala under way today, with a number of guest locomotives visiting.

As well as all the usual activity, there will be goods trains and brake vans running up and down the tracks and up to 10 different locomotives in action.

Two trains
Severn Valley Railway

There is also be a beer tent at the Bewdley station and two new exhibitions at the Highley Engine House.

Johnson misses out in Gold Cup

BBC Sport

Johnson couldn't follow up his earlier win at Cheltenham with a winning ride in the Gold Cup race.

He finished third on Native River, despite being in the mix right till the end.

Sizing John (7-1), ridden by Robbie Power, won ahead of Minella Rocco. 

Sizing John
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Richard Johnson wins in Triumph Hurdle

BBC Sport

Herefordshire jockey Richard Johnson recorded his second win of the Cheltenham Festival earlier.

Defi Du Seuil looked imperious on his way to success in the Triumph Hurdle.   

Defi Du Seuil
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"He's a horse who has improved every time," Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live. 

"In his first run at Ffos Las, I'd have never thought he would become what he is today.

"He has done everything so well and this is one to look out for in the future."

Johnson has just set off in the Gold Cup race.

Body recovered from River Severn in Worcester

A body's been pulled out of the River Severn at Holt Fleet in Worcester.

Emergency services were initially called at around midday after reports of a person falling in.

The body has not yet been formally identified but it's believed to be a man.

Play area ownership transferred but with guarantees

Ownership of a play area in Wyre Forest has been transferred from the district council to the parish council, but with a legal agreement that it must kept as a leisure facility.

Rock Parish Council will take over running the Far Forest play area and its maintenance budget, if the move is approved by the secretary of state.

Far Forest play area
Wyre Forest District Council

Rugby: Te'o named on bench for Ireland decider

Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te'o is once again on the bench as England chase a Six Nations Grand Slam in Dublin.

As well as a starting berth against Italy, Te'o has made an explosive impact as a replacement so far in the competition, proving particularly effective against a tiring opposition.

Ben Te'o
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We are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the Six Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it's getting the right mind-set for the game."

Eddie JonesEngland coach

Kick off is at 17:00 on Saturday.

Slideshow: Ducks, dogs, logs and blooms

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Here's another selection of photos for you to enjoy from regular contributor, Paul Wilde. He took them on the Abbey Meadows in Redditch.

I'd love to feature your photos - you can  emailtweet us on @bbchw  or message via  Facebook .

Slideshow: Ducks, dogs, logs and blooms

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Crowds turn out for Shire horses event

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, I'll be live from what's been called the largest Shire horse competition in the world.

Shire horse and owner
BBC

Crowds will see 250 horses paraded over the next three days. 

I'll give you a taste of the event so far  on BBC One from 13:30.

Hunt for person reported in river

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The emergency services are at the Holt Fleet pub in Worcester after reports that someone has fallen into the River Severn nearby. 

We'll bring you more as soon as we have it.

Travel: Four-day road closure near Drakes Broughton

BBC News Travel

The closure of Mill Lane, Wadborough, starts on Monday.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup: All the best Lizzie

Lizzie Kelly, riding Tea for Two who's trained in Upton-upon-Severn, gets a good luck message from the county council - I wonder who's drawn her in the office sweep stake.

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Waste plant is now 'fully operational'

A new plant that will turn 200,000 tonnes of waste a year into electricity is now "fully operational", Worcestershire County Council says.

The EnviRecover plant on the Hartlebury Trading Estate near Kidderminster has taken 33 months to build. 

It will process waste from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Waste plant
Worcestershire County Council

Basketball: 'It's all clicking' says Wolves coach

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James feels things are coming together for his squad as they build towards the play-offs. 

But he says there must be no let up when they head to Leeds Force for a BBL Championship match tonight.  

'It's all clicking' says Wolves coach

Slideshow: Daybreak and daffs

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC's army of Weather Watchers has been busy taking some great photos in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Many thanks to J at Severn Ridge, Mikesnapper, Johnqa, Happysnapper71 and Morning Amble for the photos.

Slideshow: Daybreak and daffs

Worcester News front page: Man dies after car hits tree

Worcester News

Today's Worcester News front page has the story of a man dying in an early-morning crash near Worcester.

Worcester News front page
Worcester News

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Local hopes for Lizzie and Tea for Two

A Worcestershire racehorse owner says having a runner in today's Gold Cup at Cheltenham will be the realisation of "a lifelong dream".

Len Jakeman, from Upton-upon-Severn, owns Tea for Two, who's already making history as Lizzie Kelly's ride - she's only the second woman to take part in the race.

Lizzie Kelly on Tea for Two
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It's a dream any racehorse owner has got - I never thought that having a runner would happen to me, it's a lifelong dream. It's the ultimate race to have a runner in."

Len JakemanRacehorse owner

Checks made on bouncers' licences

Door supervisors at Worcester’s pubs, clubs and late night takeaways have been checked by the police and licencing officials .

Officers from the national Security Industry Authority (SIA), the police and the city council carried out the checks on Friday, 3 March.

Bouncer
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Door staff at 28 premises were checked and all had the SIA training and licence, the council says.

To get a licence door staff must have:

- The physical capability to intervene when required

- Be trained in first aid techniques

- Be able to deal with vulnerable people and people on their own who are in a vulnerable state

- Be aware of terrorist threats

Door supervisors regularly encounter violent situations; they play a crucial role in protecting public safety and maintaining order. I am pleased that door supervisors at all the premises inspected did have the right SIA training and licence – important to ensuring the public stay safe while enjoying a night out in Worcester."

Councillor Lynn Denham Worcester City Council

Watch: Cheltenham champion is now the family pet

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

I've been to meet Herefordshire's champion jockey, Richard Johnson, who will be on board joint-favourite Native River in today's Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. 

He last won the Gold Cup 17 years ago, on Looks Like Trouble, who now lives at Johnson's home.

Cheltenham champion is now the family pet

Fears Pershore will lose out on new rail services

James Pearson

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Plans to improve train services between Worcester and London will have a "negative effect" on Pershore, according to the town's Public Transport Group. 

As well as completing a new Worcestershire Parkway station at nearby Norton, the county council and Great Western Railway hope to have brand new trains providing an hourly service by December 2018, but it seems these won't call at Pershore.

Pershore railway station
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Malvern Gazette front page: Bobbies back on the beat

Malvern Gazette

The front page of this week's Malvern Gazette has the story of a promise to get police officers out of cars and back on the beat.

Malvern Gazette front page
Malvern Gazette

Video: Will you need your brolly today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a dry start, with some bright spells, a cloudy day with showers possible this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

You can find a detailed weather report for your area here.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning from today's Herefordshire and Worcestershire live page

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Welcome to the Local Live service for Herefordshire and Worcestershire on Friday morning. This is how the early morning skies looked in Hereford, as photographed by BBC Weather Watcher LouNik.

Sunrise
LouNik

I'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can  emailtweet us on @bbchw  or message via  Facebook .

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.