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Summary

  1. Funeral for former Hereford MP Paul Keetch
  2. Some people still without water in Bewdley
  3. Police taking more 999 calls than New Year's Eve
  4. Racehorse trainer Mercy Rimell dies
  5. Charity criticises restrictions on IVF in Worcestershire
  6. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

Live Reporting

By Caroline Gall

All times stated are UK

Woman sexually assaulted by man on bike

A woman has been sexually assaulted by a man on a bike as she was walking home in Worcester.

The woman who's in her 40s was grabbed inappropriately from behind as she walked on Bath Road in the early hours of Sunday 2 July.

He then rode off towards the Anchor Inn on Diglis Road, where he was later seen outside.

Anchor Inn
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English wine sales break all records

English wine producers enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, with sales totalling £132m - up 16% on the year before.

Research by Funding Options also found 64 new producers obtained licences to produce wine in 2016 - another record for the industry.

Bev Haywood from Astley Vineyard near Stourport says they regularly sell out because demand for English wine is growing.

Astley Vineyard
Astley Vineyard

The English public is much more open-minded these days. When it comes to English wine they say, 'OK I'll give it a go,' and then, 'this is really good,' with surprise in their voice."

Bev Haywoodjoint owner of Astley Vineyard

The English wine industry is not only gaining traction amongst domestic consumers, but is now being ranked with wines from traditional white wine-producing countries such as France and Germany.”

Conrad FordFounder of Funding Options

Fears for fruit and veg picking

Some fruit and vegetable farmers say they are already struggling to recruit enough overseas staff due to fears over Brexit and a weak pound making picking less lucrative when converted into euros.

Fruit farmers warn of acute staff shortages after Brexit

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Worcestershire firm could move abroad after Brexit

A BBC Investigation has found that one of the UK's biggest fresh vegetable producers is threatening to move production abroad from Worcestershire, if Brexit results in labour shortages or adverse trade conditions.

G's Fresh in Evesham uses about 3,000 foreign workers mainly drawn from around Europe.

Fruit pickers
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The company has told the Panorama programme that it can't recruit seasonal British workers in enough numbers and is worried about losing its pickers when Britain leaves the European Union.

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Bike event could be re-routed following complaints by traders

The organisers of a major cycling event are considering making further changes to the route, following complaints from rural communities in Worcestershire.

Traders in Ombersley and the surrounding villages are angry that the A4133 will be closed for more than seven hours during the Velo Birmingham race on 24 September.

Broomfields Farm Shop
Google

I think there's been a complete lack of consultation. I think the council have largely underestimated the feeling about this. On paper, it looks a great event and nobody wants to be a kill-joy. It's fabulous that money is going to be raised for charity, but you don't need to turn the Worcestershire countryside into gridlock in order to do that."

Colin Broomfield,Owner of Broomfields Farm Shop in Holt Heath near Ombersley

CMS Active who're organising the event have confirmed that whilst they're listening to complaints about the route, anyone affected by road closures would not be compensated.

Woman pulled from burning car by off-duty ambulance worker

An off-duty ambulance worker has been praised for pulling a woman from a burning car in Worcestershire.

The technician was in traffic just behind a fatal crash involving a lorry and four cars on the M42 shortly before 21:00 on Sunday.

The woman was treated for minor burns and an arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

ambulance
BBC

An off-duty technician... immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars. The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries."

West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson

After fire crews put out the fires, one person was found dead in a burnt out car. Two others were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Your photos: Fantastic sunsets

There were some amazing sunsets across Herefordshire and Worcestershire last night. Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers HappySnapper71 in Eaton Bishop and Toppo in Doddenham for these great photographs.

skies over Eaton Bishop
HappySnapper71
Sunset at Doddenham
Toppo

Car hits crowd - 'injuries not life threatening'

Car
Other

Gloucestershire Police first heard of the incident shortly after 9pm last night.

A report was received of a car which had "lost control and collided with a parked vehicle and a number of pedestrians".

"Some of the pedestrians were injured and attended hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening," added a force spokeswoman.

"Investigations continue and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 541 of 9 July."

A man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.

Car loses control and crashes into pedestrians in Cheltenham.
One pedestrian was taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene.

Car ploughs into pedestrians - three injured

Watch: Car loses control and crashes into pedestrians

Three people were injured last night when a car crashed into a group of spectators watching a gathering of vehicles.

It happened at the Kingsditch Trading Estate in Cheltenham - as first reported by Gloucestershire Live.

Footage posted on social media showed a red car apparently losing control and hitting the crowd.

A 28-year-old man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.

Bus users in Stourport bombard councillor with complaints

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A Stourport Town Councillor says he's been inundated with complaints about poor bus services in and around the town.

Diamond Buses, which operates about 30 different routes in Worcestershire, received a formal warning from the West Midlands' Transport Commissioner in January for services failing to run on time.

Councillor Rob Lloyd says there's been a notable decline in reliability and punctuality over the summer.

Rob Lloyd
Wyre Forest District Council

We've had several issues with Diamond Buses in the last couple of years, but it seems to have escalated since a meeting we had with the company about two months ago. I put a comment on social media for the public to put written complaints to me direct so I could go back to the bus company. I've had about 70 since June 14."

Rob LloydStourport Town Councillor

Diamond Buses say they've invested in new GPS enabled ticket machines, which allow them to monitor their services more closely and as a result they've found customer perception of unreliability is incorrect.

Gloucestershire's batsmen 'let off the hook'

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire bowling coach Matt Mason says his team let Gloucestershire off the hook on the opening day of the County Championship match at Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire will resume this morning on 343 for 8, but at one time yesterday they were 139 for 5.

Jack Taylor led the Gloucestershire fightback with an unbeaten century, and Ed Barnard was the pick of the Worcestershire attack with four wickets.

Ed Barnard
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He [Ed Barnard] ran in with a lot more vigour, he hit the pitch hard, got good rewards for bowling a really good line and length as simple as that. It was great to see him finally get those four wickets and I hope he can get one more and get his first five wickets because he hasn't got one in first class cricket yet and he deserves one."

Matt MasonWorcestershire bowling coach

Moeen excels as England celebrate victory

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali produced a man of the match performance as England celebrated a 211-run win over South Africa.

Off-spinner Moeen took 6-53 for match figures of 10-112 as well as making 87 with the bat in the first innings.

He described it as "the best all-round performance of my career".

It was a great wicket and I was trying to attack the batters as much as possible and it worked out well. I learned a lot in India it helped my mindset a lot and it worked out well. It is almost like a fresh start for me with a new captain."

Moeen Ali

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

After a bright and clear start it will become cloudier with the chance of some showers this afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

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 J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), 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 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

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor hits an unbeaten 118 as Gloucestershire reach 343-8 on the first day against Worcestershire at Cheltenham.

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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 blocked 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 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 accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of an accident.

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 J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) 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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of a vehicle fire.

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 on Monday.

Hospital proposals in more detail - what do we know?

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Let's take a look at the final proposals to switch services within Worcestershire's main hospitals.

NHS bosses will meet on Wednesday to decide whether to impose the reorganisation.

  • A 102 page business case has been published today, with 12 recommendations about how to make them safe and sustainable
  • The logic behind the changes is to make the three main hospitals - Worcestershire Royal; Alexandra and Kidderminster - quicker; safer and cheaper to run by separating emergency care from what's called elective or planned care
  • A 12-week consultation highlighted how residents in North Worcestershire strongly object to the removal of maternity, neonatal care, and A&E for children from Redditch

Hot weather causes a range of extra 999 calls

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The police say calls about anti-social behaviour, noisy neighbours, dogs stuck in cars and people playing in dangerous water make up the bulk of their extra calls in hot weather.

The Warwickshire and West Mercia forces say they took more 999 calls this morning than on New Years Eve and believe the hot weather is the cause.

Sun
BBC

And the call-handlers say that when it's warm alcohol is quite often cause anti-social behaviour and disputes between neighbours.

Weather: A cloudy weekend ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be cloudy and a little cooler over the weekend, with the chance of a few showers.

Temperatures should reach 23C (74F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Mourners remember 'true Herefordian' MP

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hundreds of mourners, including politicians from all parties, have gathered in Hereford today to pay their respects to the city's former MP Paul Keetch.

The Liberal Democrat politician, who served as the city's MP for 13 years, died in May, after a long period of ill health.

Paul Keetch's older brother John
BBC

A memorial service was held at the cathedral and afterwards Paul's former wife Claire Keetch paid tribute to a man she knew as a "true Herefordian".

"He was just the most gregarious, generous, loving - sometimes annoying - person and I'm just privileged to have been part of his life to help him realise his dream of becoming member of parliament for Hereford," she said.

Guests included former Labour MP Gisela Stuart, former Lib Dem MP Sir Simon Hughes and the current MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman.

Business criticises Severn Trent over water issues

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A business in Bewdley has criticised Severn Trent's response to a water outage in the town.

Residents in the Rock area were the worst affected, with some residents being without water for 48 hours.

Mark Lagamarsino, from Ice Alpines nusery, says the hot weather means his plants have needed the water.

Severn Trent has apologised to those affected by the problems over the past few days.

In a statement, they said: "We were working around the clock and faced a number of issues and complications as we worked to get everything back to normal."

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 and heavy traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

'It will change your life forever'

#GetInspired

So says Ben Nutt - winner of Premiership Rugby's BreakThru Achiever award this week - about HITZ, the grassroots rugby programme that has helped him turn his life around.

Ahead of arguably the biggest game in world rugby tomorrow, it's worth taking a minute to remember those at the other end of the pyramid - volunteers whose efforts are the foundation of our domestic game and have been rightly rewarded by the organisers of English rugby's top-flight.

You can read more about Ben and the other winners, including Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell, here.

Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards
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