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Summary

  1. Man charged after family threatened with machete
  2. Children as young as eight reported over racism
  3. Teen ready to go back to school after US spinal surgery
  4. Worcester named the most average constituency in the country
  5. Updates on Friday 2 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Dawkins

All times stated are UK

London attack: Malvern man hears gunshots

A man who grew up in Malvern has described the terror of finding himself a few yards away from the scene of Saturday night's van and knife attack in London.

Harry Arnold-Harris was drinking in a pub, the Sheaf in Borough Market, when it became clear something was happening on the streets outside.

He says the first sign that something was wrong was when the bouncer on the door of the pub refused to let people out.

Terror scene
Getty Images

About 20, 30 people came running through a side door of the pub and we were all ushered out the back. They were screaming, quite distressed.. and we started hearing gunshots at that point... About 15, 20 minutes later, that's when it gets a bit scary again 'cos they start making you run down the road away from the scene."

Harry Arnold-Harris

Your photos: 'Sunshine after the rain'

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

After an unsettled day, many of our BBC Weather Watchers were out and about with their cameras enjoying the evening sunshine.

Thanks to Morning Amble in Ashton under Hill for the incredible double rainbow and Punxsutawney Phil in Redditch for the burst of sunshine.

Double rainbow
morning amble
Burst of sunshine through the trees
Punxsutawney Phil

Sajid Javid: 'Muslims can no longer shy away from difficult conversations'

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and parliamentary candidate for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid says British Muslims need to do more to challenge extremism.

Writing in the Times newspaper following Saturday night's van and knife attack in London, Mr Javid says members of his faith can no longer shy away from "difficult conversations".

Sajid Javid
PA

As British Muslims, we rightly condemn terror attacks. But we must go further. It is not enough to condemn. Muslims must challenge too. This will take courage. All communities must feel confident in calling out extremism where they see it."

Sajid Javid

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Rain gradually moving in from the west this morning, becoming heavy and persistent in some places this afternoon with highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather West Midlands

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Joe Clarke

Joe Clarke hits a controversial ton after being recalled to the crease in Worcestershire's victory over Leicestershire.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Daryl Mitchell has now made 444 runs in his last four innings for Worcestershire, having only twice been out

Worcestershire make a fine response to Sussex's declaration on 579-8, reaching 139-0 by the close of play.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J6 for A449 affecting Strensham Services.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident. Congestion to Strensham Services.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News 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). Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

Luke Wells

Luke Wells hits an unbeaten 139 as Sussex reach 339-3 at the close on day one against Worcestershire at Hove.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

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

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A 14-year-old girl from Herefordshire who travelled to America for major spinal surgery is preparing to go back to school full time next week.

Ella Tomlinson
BBC

Ella Tomlinson's family remortgaged their home to get the treatment in the US.

Three months on from her operation, our reporter Ben Sidwell has been back to see Ella and her family.

There will be more details on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Man charged after family threatened with machete

A man has been charged with aggravated burglary, possession of a bladed article and actual bodily harm after a family were threatened with a machete inside their Hall Green home on Monday, police say.

West Midlands Police say the 32-year-old, from Malvern, Worcestershire, has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Wye Valley NHS Trust ends year with £37.17m deficit

Hereford Times

Wye Valley NHS Trust ended the last financial year with a deficit of £37.17m.

Weather: Dry and sunny over the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We might see some rain tonight, but it should be a sunny weekend for most of us.

It will be a little cooler though, with temperatures staying below 20C (68F).

Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rehabilitation of domestic violence offenders 'not working'

Current approaches to rehabilitating domestic abuse offenders are not working, a leading expert says.

Prof Erica Bowen, based at the University of Worcester's National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse, says more research is needed to analyse how perpetrators are dealt with both within and outside the criminal justice system.

Graphic
BBC

We need investment in evaluation in order to try and determine whether there are particular approaches that work better for some individuals rather than others."

Prof Erica BowenNational Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse

Warning after rural break-ins

People in rural parts of south Shropshire are being warned to be on their guard after a series of burglaries in the last week.

Homes in Upton Cressett and Cleobury Mortimer were broken into, along with another in Tenbury Wells.

Police car
BBC

The thieves took power tools along with a handbag and a wallet.

Woman, 82, assaulted

An 82-year-old woman has been assaulted at an address in Malvern.

It happened in Steamer Point on Thursday afternoon.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, West Mercia Police said.

Date set for Armed Forces flag raising

The Armed Forces flag will be raised in Bromsgrove on Monday 19 June, ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.

The ceremony will take place at Crown Green in the town centre near the war memorials on 19 June at 10:30.

Chairman of Bromsgrove District Council Helen Jones said: "We fly this flag ahead of Armed Forces Day as a symbol of Bromsgrove District’s support for all the men and women of our armed forces who face such difficult challenges on our behalf."

Town pays tribute to men who died in Falklands War

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Ross-on-Wye will be paying tribute this weekend to the local men who lost their lives 35 years ago in the Falklands War.

The Royal British Legion has organised a service at Tudorville cemetery, an exhibition in the Market Place and a military parade, service and flag lowering in the centre of the town.

Pte Timothy Jenkins, from Ross, was 19 when he died during the battle of Mount Longdon. His brother, Martin, says Sunday will be a moving time for him and his family.

Me and my family we've always gone to the Cenotaph year-in-year-out, because we've all done our bit for our country. So it's always had a meaning there, but when we actually lose somebody, it really does hit home and it hurts. Every Remembrance Day hurts and everything to do with the Falklands that comes on the telly, it always hits home."

Martin Jenkins

Student on target as England reach final

A University of Worcester student scored, as England reached the Partially Sighted World Cup final by beating Russia 4-3 in the semi-final.

Adam Lione was on target, along with Harry Gibbons, Steve Daley and Jez Vernaeve as they came back from a two-goal deficit.

England v Russia
FA

England will play Ukraine in Cagliari, Sardinia, in Saturday's final.

Lakefest security 'always good'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The organiser of one of Herefordshire's biggest music festivals says it has no further concerns about security since the Manchester bombing.

Tickets for Sunday's benefit gig to remember the 22 people that died at an Ariana Grande concert sold out in minutes yesterday.

Paul O'Neill, who organises Lakefest at Eastnor Castle, says it has always been thorough about checking people on their way into the event.

Lakefest
BBC

The security at Lakefest has always been good. The bags have always been searched and we have two entrances and every bag that comes in is searched, even the crews' when they are coming through."

Paul O'Neill
Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season in full swing, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Two rescued from river

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Two people have been rescued from the River Severn in Worcester.

It happened near to Bath Road in the city just after midnight.

Six fire crews took part in the operation. They pulled one woman out of the river and a man managed to get himself out.

Children as young as eight reported over racism in schools

In the last year, 12 children below the age of 14, the youngest just eight years old, have been reported to West Mercia Police over racist incidents in schools.

The offences range from harassment to assault and figures released by the force also show a steady rise in the number of incidents, from eight in 2014 to 19 last year.

Police control room
BBC

There were also three adults reported last year and four incidents in which an age wasn't recorded.

Up to 300 homes and a boating lake: Perdiswell facing 'major' development

Worcester News

Controversial plans are being drawn up for major development across Perdiswell - including up to 300 homes and a boating lake.

Reaction to Alton Towers barring Paralympian from ride

People on the BBC Hereford & Worcester Facebook page have defended a decision to refuse a gold medal-winning Paralympian entry to The Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers because she only has one arm.

Claire Cashmore
Getty Images

Swimmer Claire Cashmore, from Kidderminster, who was born without a left forearm, was told she could not go on the ride for safety reasons.

Bosses apologised, but said the policy was in place in case the ride had to be evacuated.

Rachel Stringer, who said she was disabled and used two crutches, wrote: "They wouldn't let me on it last year as I would not be able to climb down ladders etc if needed. As much as I wanted to go on this ride I agree with their policy for the ride."

Mandy Morris said: "A very sensible precaution. Particularly in view of recent events, and H&S guidelines, Alton Towers made completely the right decision."

Jo Daly wrote: "It is explained why she could not ride. Imagine if they let her on and something did go wrong? I think Alton Towers were right to refuse."

But Jen Clarke said: "Disgusting and discrimination against her disability. If she wants and able to go on then she should."

Students in Rep production

Students from the University of Worcester and The Swan Theatre School will be part of the cast for a production of Cider with Rosie.

Cider with Rosie rehearsal
Worcester Repertory Company

Laurie Lee’s autobiography has been adapted for stage and The Worcester Repertory Company’s production opens at The Swan Theatre, Worcester, on Tuesday.

It stars five of the Rep’s core actors and the rest of the cast is made up of students.

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester affecting J10 for A4019.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Travel time is around 30 minute. Congestion to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham).

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

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

A teenager from Herefordshire who travelled to America for major spinal surgery is preparing to go back to school full-time next week.

Ella Tomlinson
BBC

Ella Tomlinson, who's 14, has curvature of the spine and her family re-mortgaged their house to get the treatment in the USA.

You can find out more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One.