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Summary

  1. Sixty jobs under threat at carpet firm
  2. MP "alarmed" by hospitals report
  3. Badminton girl nets a new liver
  4. Worcester City vow to fight stadium planning decision
  5. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Lisa Wright

All times stated are UK

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 on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) 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 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

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 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

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Drugs gang jailed

Members of a drugs gang arrested as part of an operation into the supply of Class A drugs have been jailed for between three and six years.

They were arrested after raids on properties in Malvern and Birmingham in December 2015 when "significant quantities" of Class A drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, were seized, West Mercia Police said.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Jonas, Jones, Bozward, Whittock
West Mercia Police
Pictured clockwise from top left: Jonas, Jones, Bozward, Whittock

The four admitted conspiring to supply Class A drugs and were sentenced yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court.

They received the following sentences:

  • Shane Jonas, 20, of Beaconview Road, West Bromwich was sentenced to five years and seven months
  • Kiyan Jones, 19, of Shenstone Road, Edgbaston was sentenced to six years and nine months in a young offenders institution
  • Elliot Whittock, 21, of Kendrick Grove, Birmingham, was sentenced to five years and three months
  • Neil Bozward, 45, of Duke of Edinburgh Way, Malvern, was sentenced to three years and five months. In a separate case Bozward was sentenced this week for child prostitution offences at Stafford Crown Court

Replacement bus service to start this weekend

Some changes to the rail network to be aware of from this weekend and every weekend until Sunday 16 July.

Replacement bus services will operate on the route between Hereford and Shrewsbury due to engineering works.

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Watch: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mainly cloudy day, here's what's in store for the start of this weekend across the West Midlands.

You can stay updated over the next couple of days through the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

Joe Clarke called up to England Lions squad

BBC Sport

Worcestershire County Cricket Club's Joe Clarke has been called up to the England Lions squad for next week's game against South Africa at New Road.

Clarke made a century in each innings of this week's Championship win over Kent.

He will be allowed to play the first two days of Worcestershire's four-day game at Durham before heading back to Worcester to join up with the Lions squad.

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 slow 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

Severe accident: A44 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A44 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, near B4081.

A44 Gloucestershire - A44 Five Mile Drive in Chipping Campden blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the B4081 junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

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Sixty jobs could go in Kidderminster carpet firm move

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Sixty jobs could be lost at a Kidderminster carpet firm after the company relocated manufacturing to two other sites.

Staff at Victoria Carpets were told this morning how the firm is expected to cut the jobs, with a letter to the workers calling it "a strategic decision".

A consultation process has started.

Victoria Carpets factory
Google

It is another blow for the Kidderminster carpet industry - earlier this month BBC Hereford & Worcester revealed how Brintons, which is also based in the town, confirmed the loss of 60 jobs.

MP 'alarmed' by hospitals report

Lisa Wright

Journalist, BBC News Online

Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier has spoken with bosses at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) after it was rated as inadequate by government inspectors.

He met with chief executive Michelle McKay following the the Care Quality Commission report.

The trust, which runs Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and Redditch's Alexandra Hospital is already in special measures and must remain so for at least a further three to six months.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
PA

Mr Garnier said: "I have raised my concerns about the WAHT before and these concerns have, sadly, been confirmed by this report.

"What is of great alarm to me is the fact that Kidderminster Hospital has slipped in standards. It was the case that Kidderminster was seen as more efficient when compared to the county’s other two acute hospitals."

The trust says it accepts the findings and that a new leadership team is "determined to put things right".

Badminton girl nets a new liver

A teenage badminton player from Herefordshire says she wants to make her home town proud when she competes in the World Transplant Games.

Kiera Jackson, 14, from Leominster, had a liver transplant in 2010 at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The badminton player who netted a new liver

She said she hoped the games, taking place in Malaga from 25 June to 2 July, would encourage more donors to come forward.

Man left with head injuries in machete attack

A man was attacked with a machete at a shop in Lye near Dudley this morning, police say.

Officers were alerted to the incident in High Street at about 09:30 and think it was a targeted attack, with no risk to the wider public.

A 36-year-old man was taken to hospital with what police - who shut High Street - described as "serious" but not life-threatening head injuries.

Enquiries are under way to identify those responsible.

Top up for River Wye

If the River Wye has looked a bit low since the recent heatwave, you might see it being topped up soon, according to the Environment Agency.

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Coming up on Midlands Today: Police funding challenges and robot farmers

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Coming up on Midlands Today: Chief Constable Dave Thompson on funding challenges.

Plus robots compete with tractors for the future of farming.

Join us for those stories and more from 13:30 on BBC One.

Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police

Young people's survey results out

The results are out from Worcestershire County Council's Shout Out survey specifically for 18 to 24-year-olds to be able to give their views.

The authority said the aim of the survey was to engage with younger residents and get their views on the council and its priorities.

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Concern of body image in young girls

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcestershire primary school head teacher says insecurities over body image could be to blame for a drop-off in young girls getting involved in sports.

Researchers say two thirds of young girls are put off taking part in PE and sport by the time they're nine years old.

We are finding a real concern among our girls, even Year 4 - so we are talking eight, nine - becoming far more body aware, far more body conscious of themselves."

Bryony BaynesHead teacher, Kempsey Primary School

Your photos: Bromyard and Lyonshall

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather hasn't been as good as the start of the week, with BBC Weather forecasting colder temperatures and some rain.

We've still had some great photos from our BBC Weather Watchers - thanks to Postman Les in Bromyard (top) and Johnqa in Lyonshall for these two taken today.

Bromyard
Postman Les
Lyonshall
Johnqa

Severe disruption: A458 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

A458 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between Chapel Street and A458 High Street.

A458 West Midlands - A458 High Street in Lye closed northbound between the Chapel Street junction and the A458 High Street junction, because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - National Express buses - 9 and 276 - Cemetery Road and Pedmore Road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Concerns over Worcester City stadium bid

Justyn Surrall

BBC Hereford and Worcester

There are concerns a bid to build a new stadium for Worcester City Football Club could be permanently shelved.

Plans for a 4,400-capacity stadium next to the leisure centre failed to win backing at the council's planning committee yesterday, with the Conservative chair, Chris Mitchell, having the deciding vote.

Rob Crean from the club's supporters' trust spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

We put in what we thought was a very robust application that was supported by the planning officer for the recommended approval. If it isn't here it won't happen and the club will not exist, that's just the bottom line, that's always been the case and it hasn't changed.

Rob CreanWorcester City Football Club Supporters Trust

Trapped driver airlifted to hospital

A man was left trapped in his car for about 30 minutes after a crash in Evesham, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Crews were called to the junction of Leys Road and Evesham Road in Harvington, just after 17:35 yesterday. They found a car lying on the driver’s side and in a ditch.

Ambulance service spokesman Jamie Arrowsmith said: "The driver, a man in his 80s, was trapped as a result of the damage suffered to the car and ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free him through the passenger door."

Air ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The man was treated for injuries to his head, face, arm and back and was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness, Mr Arrowsmith said. He was taken by air ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

The passenger in the car, a woman in her 80s, was treated for a minor abdominal injury and taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Worcestershire boss relieved with important Championship win

BBC Sport

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes admits his side could not have picked a better game to rediscover their winning habit than by beating Division Two promotion rivals Kent.

The four-wicket win, achieved by their third-ever biggest run chase as they piled up 401-6 on the final day, lifted them above Kent into second place.

But it also ended an untimely hiccup after their winning start to 2017.

Steve Rhodes and Moeen Ali
Tony Marshall - Getty Images

"At one stage we were winning all the time and that doesn't last," Rhodes said.

"Hopefully this will just show people we are very determined to make sure we see the season through."

Worcester City vow to fight stadium planning decision

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Those behind a bid for a new stadium for Worcester City Football Club say they won't give up, after it failed to win planning approval.

The club and its supporters wanted to build a 4,400-capacity ground on Perdiswell Park, but failed to get the go-ahead in a knife-edge council vote yesterday. A final decision will be made after a report.

Worcester City fans
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Rob Crean, from the club's supporters trust, says he feels "angry" with the decision that he says was made on "political grounds" - particularly after it had been recommended for approval by planning officers.

He said the club needed to have its own stadium to survive and that they would now wait for the written guidance behind the decision.

Video: What's the weather doing today?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy day with some bright intervals but the possibility of some showers too with top temperatures of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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On Midlands Today from 18:30: Tower block safety and Brexit anniversary

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we'll be looking at how safe tower blocks are in the region following the Grenfell Tower fire - and new plans from some of our councils.

Tower block in Midlands
BBC

Plus, a year on from the Brexit vote, we'll be hearing how opinions have moved on in the Midlands since that decisive day.

Join us for those stories and more from 18:30 on BBC One.

Tower block reassurances in Kidderminster

Felicity Sanderson

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcestershire MP says he's had assurances that people living in Kidderminster's four tower blocks are not at risk after talks with the fire service today.

Coniston House in Kidderminster
Google

It comes as councils around the country estimate that 600 high rises in Britain are believed to have similar cladding to that on the Grenfell tower in London, although none are in Herefordshire or Worcestershire.

Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier wanted to get information from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

All of these tower blocks that we have in Kidderminster, they have plans of them, they have reports on them so that if a fire crew is called out, they will have a full detail of the entire building, what the layout's like, what the provisions are like for fire safety, all the rest of it."

Mark GarnierWyre Forest MP