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Summary

  1. Two arrested over "offensive" Facebook post
  2. Appeal for people to attend funeral of WW2 pilot
  3. Cause of warehouse fire may never be know
  4. Historic wetland to be restored
  5. Gym offers sleep "exercise" classes
  6. Updates on Wednesday 7 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

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.

Work on new reservoir near completion

Work on a new drinking water reservoir for Malvern and the surrounding area is nearing completion, Severn Trent says.

The £7m project will also see new pipes being laid on Albert Road North (pictured), Court Road and Lower Wyche Road.

Albert Road North
Google

The company says the new reservoir, which should be operational by the end of the year, will store millions of litres of fresh drinking water.

Warehouse blaze: Fire service unable to determine cause

Tim Race

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The cause of a huge blaze at a Worcester warehouse, which needed about 100 firefighters to get it under control, may never be known, the fire service says.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) says an investigation into the fire at Arrow XL in Blackpole in April has been "unable to accurately determine a cause".

Aerial view of fire
HWFRS

The team was hampered because the building was "structurally unsafe" - which prevented a detailed examination of the scene, a spokesman said.

Watch: Your weather for tonight and tomorrow

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

For most places today has been dry and sunny - here's how tonight is looking and the start of Thursday.

Keep updated with the BBC Weather website.

Shefali Oza

Appeal for people to attend WW2 bomber pilot's funeral

People in Herefordshire are being asked to give up their time and attend the funeral of a RAF war hero who has no-one to give him the send-off he deserves.

John Ellis (pictured) served in the 466 bomber squadron during World War Two and rose to the rank of flight lieutenant by the time he left the forces.

He has a sister, but she is too unwell to attend the service in Hereford, which means at the moment the only person we known will be there is fellow former RAF man Nigel Gulliman, from Shobdon.

John Ellis
Helen Mills

He would have seen a lot of action, a lot of tours over Germany during World War Two - these guys should not be forgotten."

Nigel Gulliman

Mr Ellis' funeral is at Hereford Crematorium (pictured) tomorrow at 13:30.

Slideshow: Blue skies and white clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

What a change it's been today from yesterday's grey clouds and rain - these BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of the sunshine.

Thanks to Toppo, Cloudgazer, Postman Les and Vicki's View for this selection.

Blue skies and white clouds.

Watch: The dancing policeman

Here's a police officer who really knows his dance moves - check out him giving his hat to one of the younger dancers.

View more on twitter

Police record over 60 offences involving cars or bikes on pavements

Andy Giddings

BBC Online

Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia have recorded 64 incidents of cars or bikes driving or riding on the pavements over the past five years.

Figures released by the two forces show 24 of the 36 offences involving cars were reported in the Warwickshire area, the bulk of them in 2013-14.

Car on pavement
BBC

The statistics also show no real movement upward or downward.

Delays over additional spaces in riverside car park

Another 50 car parking space will created in the centre of Bewdley, the council says, but not until it has found new contractors to carry out the work.

They'll be on the site of the former library and medical centre off Load Street.

Wychavon District Council says the original contractors said their estimate for laying out the car park had more than doubled, adding more than £100,000 to the cost of the project.

This was not a "reasonable and proportionate increase" the council decided, and put the work out to tender again.

Car park
Google

The council says it expects to appoint a contractor by the end of August and that the works will be complete by the end of November, in time for the busy Christmas period.

Netball: Severn Stars to play in the 02 Arena

The Severn Stars professional netball team is to take on some of the other top teams in the country in a new tournament at the 02 Arena in London.

The team, jointly run by the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire, will take part in the the inaugural British Fast5 All-Stars Championship on Saturday, 23 September.

Severn Stars netball side
Razorlight

Delays warning after accident on Worcester to Hereford road

Thankfully no-one was injured in the accident at Storridge.

View more on twitter

Two more tenants for Cathedral Square development

A solicitors and a coffee house chain have become the latest firms to say they'll be moving into the new Cathedral Square development in Worcester.

Local solicitors Harrison Clark Rickerbys will be moving to the new building in what the developers say is "the largest single office space letting in the city for 20 years".

Cathedral  Square
Porterfield

Starbucks will also be opening a branch in the office and shopping complex.

The £20m development will open next month.

Severe accident: A4103 Herefordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4103 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, between B4219 and B4220.

A4103 Herefordshire - A4103 in Storridge closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4219 junction and the B4220 junction, because of an accident.

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

The general election campaign in 120 seconds

BBC Politics

As people prepare to head to the polls, we take a look at some of the key moments from the campaign.

The general election campaign in 120 seconds

Two arrested over 'offensive' Facebook post

Two people have been arrested after reports of an "offensive" post on Facebook, police say.

West Mercia Police say a 45-year-old man from Worcestershire has been arrested on suspicion of posting videos or images likely to cause racial hatred.

A 45-year-old woman from Worcestershire has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

Scales of Justice
BBC

This was a concerning incident and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation. It is being investigated as a hate crime."

Supt Kevin Purcell

Bromsgrove Advertiser back page: Skipper lays down the law after another loss

Bromsgrove Advertiser

Barnt Green skipper Andy Sutton has told his top order batsmen to stand up and be counted following another early order collapse this week against bottom of the table Kidderminster.

Bromsgrove Advertiser back page
Bromsgrove Advertiser

Slideshow: Summer blooms and blue skies

BBC Weather Watchers

Taking advantage of the better weather this morning, BBC Weather Watchers have been out with their cameras.

Thanks to J at Severn Ridge, Toppo, Johnqa and Morning Amble for this selection.

Summer blooms and blue skies

On Midlands Today from 13:30 Marginal seats in general election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll be reflecting on the impact marginal seats could have on tomorrow's general election.

Polling station sign
Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Politicians are crisscrossing the country, including this region, as the final hours of campaigning play out.

I'll be looking at the whole picture on BBC One from 13:30.

Full-time firefighter posts to go say union

Seven full-time firefighter jobs are to be cut by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), the union claims.

The Fire Brigades Union says the jobs are to go at the stations in Evesham and Upton.

Firefighters
BBC

The union say the proposed changes will mean there will be full-time cover at the two station from Monday to Friday until 18:00, when on-call firefighters will take over through the night.

The BBC has asked HWFRS for a response to the union's claims.

While retained/on-call firefighters do a fantastic job, their prompt arrival at the scene of fires and other incidents isn’t guaranteed in the same way as a whole-time crew due to the fact that they have primary employment elsewhere."

Steven GouldFire Brigades Union

Wetland restoration plan: 'Worcestershire’s largest and most important wetland'

Longdon and Eldersfield Marshes were once "the haunt of otter, bittern (pictured), swallowtail butterflies and rich flora", according to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

The wetland was drained in late Victorian times for agriculture, and when the trust bought the 120 hectares of Hill Court Farm and the Blacklands in 2001 it was a dairy and arable farm.

Bittern
RSPB

The trust says it plans to recreate the grazing marshes, wetlands and wildlife-friendly farmland to provide suitable breeding habitats and wintering grounds for birds such as lapwing, redshank, wildfowl and farmland birds like skylark and yellowhammer.

Longdon Marsh is covered with water in a wet autumnal season and at that time assumes the appearance of an extensive lake."

Naturalist Edwin LeeWriting in 1867

Sweet dreams can make you fit - who are we to disagree?

If you don't fancy pounding the miles on a treadmill or pumping iron, you could try snoozing your way to a healthier lifestyle.

A new "wellbeing" regime called "napercise" is coming to two Worcestershire health clubs - basically you climb into a bed and sleep for 45 minutes.

Woman with alarm clock
Milan Markovic/Getty Images

Those doing the napercise classes will be offered a single bed and played "atmospheric sounds" conducive to sleep - the temperature of the room will also be dropped to "a level that promotes calorie burning during sleep".

The classes are being offered at David Lloyd Clubs in Worcester and Bromsgrove.

Travel: Fish Hill closed for repairs

BBC News Travel

The A44 running out of Broadway in Worcestershire is closed today and tomorrow.

Fish hill
Google
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More than 40 drivers caught drink driving in summer crackdown

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Forty five drivers have been caught either drinking and driving or driving while under the influence of drugs, in the first week of West Mercia Police's summer crackdown.

Twenty four drivers had been drinking and 21 had been taking drugs.

Police officer breathalysing driver
PA

Over the past three years, 122 people have been killed or seriously injured in West Mercia as a result of collisions involving drink or drugs.

Almost half of drivers involved in collisions causing death or serious injury involving drink or drugs, were aged between 17 to 30 and 82% of those were men.

Canal chase fruit machine raiders jailed

Two men who stole more than £33,000 in pound coins from pub fruit machine, including some in Worcestershire, have been jailed.

Matthew Sadler and Richard Palmer burgled more than 50 pubs - targeting one premises four times in a matter of weeks - smashing the machines with a hammer and crowbar.

Police pursuit ends in thief's canal plunge

They were caught after a police chase in Birmingham which saw Sadler, on a motorbike, career into a canal.

Sadler was jailed for seven years and Palmer six years and four months.

Watch: Band reform after 30 years apart

A Herefordshire band are reforming after 30 years to play on the main stage at the Nozstock festival in Herefordshire.

Little Big Stuff got back together at the request of super fan and festival owner Peter Nozworthy.

Nozstock: Band reforms after 30 years apart

Cricket: Bright future predicted for young batsman

Herefordshire County Cricket Club's chairman of selectors, Ian Macklin, says young batsman Jamie Harrison could have a bright future.

The 19-year-old scored 135 not out in Herefordshire's abandoned Minor Counties Championship match against Cheshire at Brockhampton.

He became the first-ever Herefordshire debutant to score a century and carry his bat throughout the innings.

The match was abandoned as a draw after the majority of days two and three were lost to rain.

Wetland to be restored to bring back wildlife

Conservationists are planning to breathe new life into what was once Worcestershire's largest and most important wetlands.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is aiming to recreate marshy, wet habitats at Longdon and Eldersfield Marshes near Upton-upon-Severn.

Wetland trees
Zoe Stevens

In late Victorian times the marshes were drained for agriculture.

The trust hopes its work will bring back wetland birds and other species to the site.

Racing: Another win for Worcester-based trainer

Trevor Owens

Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Doctor Richard Newland's horse, Trafalgar Rock, with Richard Johnson on board, was among the winners at Southwell last night.

The horse, trained at Claines in Worcester, recorded his third win in six runs since converting from flat to hurdles races.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

Presenter, East Midlands Today

The region will have a mainly dry day with plenty of morning sunshine and lighter winds than yesterday.

It will cloud over during the afternoon and some rain will reach Herefordshire and Shropshire later. Highs of 18C ( 64F).

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 Wednesday morning. Full video weather forecast to come but there's been a bright start to the day, as this photo from BBC Weather Watcher Hillman shows.

Malvern Hills
Hillman

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 email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Our live coverage across the day

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.

Your pictures: Here comes the sun

There may have been a gloomy start to the day, but the sun has broken through the clouds.

Thanks to Tom Poole for this picture, taken in Romsley.

Sun through the trees
Tom Poole

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Strong winds will continue overnight with gales over hills and more exposed areas.

Showers will start to ease through the evening with some clearer spells developing. Lows of 11C (52F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Rail disruption to continue into the rush hour

The disruption to rail services caused by an obstruction on the track at Five Ways, will now last until 6pm.

Trains may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or cancelled.

London Midland services between Lichfield Trent valley / Lichfield City / Four Oaks and Longbridge / Redditch and CrossCountry services between Nottingham and Cardiff Central are affected.

⚠Passengers for stations towards Longbridge via S.Oak pls use local buses o/s Boots where tkts are accepted. Change Longbridge for Redditch

Birmingham minute's silence: 'Important to come together'

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Emma Angell, from Kidderminster, works in Birmingham as a civil servant and attended the minute's silence.

She said: "I think it is just important to pay your respects.

"These people (victims) were out enjoying themselves and you wouldn't expect this sort of thing to happen really - but this has followed attacks in Westminster and Manchester," she said.

Emma Angell
BBC

"I think it is important to come together and show we won't be beaten and they (terrorists) won't win.

"My little sister lives in London but fortunately she was home. It is terrifying."