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New public square opposite cathedral to officially open

A new £20m development in Worcester featuring a dozen new restaurants opens this weekend.

Cathedral Square also includes shops and a gym and developers say it's created up to 400 retail and leisure jobs.

Cathedral Square

T20 Blast: Northamptonshire Steelbacks ease past Worcestershire

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire Steelbacks easily passed Worcestershire's 158 all out to earn a seven-wicket win at Wantage Road in the T20 Blast last night.

Brett D'Oliveira (52) was the mainstay of a below-par Rapids total, in which seven players failed to reach double figures, with Richard Gleeson (3-12) and Rory Kleinveldt (3-25) doing damage with the ball for the hosts.

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Reigning T20 champions Northants scored 160-3 to earn a third win in four matches and go second in the North Group.

Openers Richard Levi (47) and Adam Rossington (42) ensured a blistering start and Alex Wakely's unbeaten 46 got the Steelbacks over the line with 14 balls left.

Police officers cycle ride to remember fallen colleagues

More than 30 police officers from around the UK are passing through the area today, on a 180-mile (290km) cycle ride in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Police Unity Tour will be passing through Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next two days, finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Douglas
West Mercia Police

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman (pictured above right) from West Mercia Police is among them and she said she was taking part to remember PC Richard Gray who was shot dead in Shrewsbury in 2007, while trying to arrest a gunman who was holding two fellow officers hostage.

Man shot by police in critical but stable condition

A man who was shot by an armed police officer is in a critical but stable condition, the West Midlands force says.

It happened in Hereford Close, Rubery, at about 21:00 on Wednesday.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police cordon

IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell told the BBC the wounded man is black and in his early 40s.

A man, aged 21, has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

Two other men, aged 17 and 20, and a 53-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

Watch: New civil war exhibition at Battle of Worcester building

Nina Das Gupta

Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester's English Civil War story is being told in a new exhibition at The Commandery in Worcester.

The interactive civil war experience opens on Saturday, complete with 17th Century smells - I've been along for a sneak preview.

New civil war exhibition.

Cricket: Another T20 defeat for Rapids

Worcestershire Rapids suffered a fifth defeat in seven games in the NatWest T20 Blast at Northampton last night.

Brett D’Oliveira (pictured) top scored with 52, as the Rapids were bowled out for 158.

Brett D’Oliveira
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The home side then raced home with seven wickets and almost three overs to spare.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a bright start cloud will start to increase with outbreaks of showery rain expected this afternoon.

A breezy day with top temperatures of around 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Brendon McCullum

Kent win a rain-affected T20 Blast match against Somerset, while Brendon McCullum is in devastating form as Middlesex beat Essex.

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Policeman stands guard

The injured man is taken to hospital while another is arrested over "firearms offences".

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Body-worn video cameras: More officers issued with new technology

Police officers in north Worcestershire will be wearing video cameras in future as part of a £1m roll-out of the technology.

Body-worn cameras will be used in Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley, Hagley, Bromsgrove and Redditch and throughout rural communities in north Worcestershire.

Body worn video camera

Officers in Malvern were the first to pilot the technology in April.

Body-worn video is a quiet revolution in policing, enabling front-line officers to have an independent first-hand account of events, recorded in real-time."

Ch Supt Mark TravisWest Mercia Police

Your photos: Good deed - bad pun

Dobbin won't mind the jokes after getting back to dry land with the help of the police and fire service.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J9 for A46.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J8 M50 and J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Netball: New head coach for Severn Stars

The Severn Stars netball team have appointed Sam Bird as their new head coach.

The team's former assistant coach will take charge ahead of the 2018 season.

Sam Bird
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The franchise, a collaboration between the universities of Worcester and Gloucestershire, were coached by Monia Gerrard before she stepped down from the role last month.

Travel: Trains back to normal after police called

BBC News Travel

The police were called to Longbridge station by staff travelling between Redditch and Birmingham who were worried about two unruly passengers.

The service is now back running normally, although there are expected to be a number of delays on some services.

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Kidderminster Shuttle back page: Gordon won't let the sun go down on Elton bid

Chairman Colin Gordon revealed Harriers were "doing our best" to retain the services of midfield marvel Elton Ngwatala.

Kidderminster Shuttle back page
Kidderminster Shuttle

Police called to deal with 'unruly passengers' on train

A Redditch to Birmingham New Street train had to stop at Longbridge so the police could be called to deal with two unruly passengers, London Midland say.

The police were called by train crew at 14:10 - London Midland say one passenger was unconscious and the other was drunk and shouting.

Train services along the line will be delayed or cancelled for the rest of the day because of the length of time it took to deal with the incident, the operator says.

Longbridge station
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Steelbacks face Worcestershire in T20 Blast

Northamptonshire Steelbacks host Worcestershire Rapids in the T20 Blast competition later.

The Steelbacks are sixth in the North Group, but a win tonight would move them up to second in the table.

The top four teams progress to the quarter-final stage.

BBC Radio Northampton has full build-up available from 18:00, and ball-by-ball commentary from 18:30.

You can also follow the game with BBC Sport's live text page here.

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Your pictures: Working on the River Severn

These boats are used to transport sand and gravel from Ryall, near Upton-upon-Severn. The 350-tonne vessels take materials to a concrete plant near Gloucester.

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Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, after J1 for A38.

M50 Gloucestershire - Queuing traffic on M50 westbound after J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), 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

Ancient honour for public servant

A long-standing public servant has been given an honour dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.

Peter Pinfield has been made an honorary alderman by Wychavon District Council.

It's only the fifth time in the council's history the title has been granted.

Peter Pinfield
Wychavon District Council

Mr Pinfield spent 32 years serving on Wychavon representing both Droitwich West and Droitwich East, having been elected in 1979.

He says his greatest achievement was securing a £2m from both Wychavon and Worcestershire County Council to restore Droitwich’s canals.

The 69-year-old retired in 2014 to take up the position of chairman of Worcestershire Healthwatch, an organisation which champions patients’ views.

It’s a privilege to be recognised like this and I’m pleased to accept it not just for myself but on behalf of all the organisations I’ve helped and been involved with over the years, they’ve all been part and parcel of it."

Peter Pinfield

Travel: Redditch trains replaced by coaches

BBC News Travel

According to London Midland the emergency services are dealing with an incident affecting services between Birmingham New Street and Redditch.

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M5 queues continue following lorry crash

Traffic delays are ongoing on the M5 southbound from junction 9 near Tewkesbury.

It follows an earlier collision involving two lorries.

Two lanes between J9 and J10 are closed while the vehicles involved are removed from the motorway.

Highways Agency

The queues are snaking back into Worcestershire.

This is the scene at junction 8:

Traffic camera view
Highways England

Fly-tipper jailed

A fly-tipper who dumped controlled waste, including a car, at a Bromyard caravan park has been jailed for six weeks.

Paul Biddle, 25, of Open Field Caravans, Bromyard, had pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced at Hereford Magistrates' Court on 20 July.

Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council says this is the first custodial sentence it has gained for fly-tipping.

The offences took place in April last year, the council say.

Custodial sentences are reserved for the most serious offences, and Mr Biddle’s sentence proves that Herefordshire Council takes fly-tipping enforcement very seriously."

Marc WillimontHerefordshire Council
The plot

At least 16 people died and 27 were injured when a German plane dropped a cluster of bombs on a factory.

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Cricket: Moeen in team for third test

Moeen Ali is back playing for England in their roller coaster series against South Africa.

The Worcestershire player was man of the match as England won the first game, but was part of a miserable batting performance as they lost heavily in the second Test.

England won the toss and are batting - you can follow the game on the BBC Sport live page.

Moeen Ali
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Man shot by police in 'critical condition'

A man shot by police last night is in a critical condition in hospital, an IPCC commissioner says.

Derrick Campbell told the BBC the wounded man is black and believed to be in his early 40s.

Derrick Campbell

There was a planned operation by police and unfortunately that planned operation ended with a shooting of a member of the public. [The operation] was well resourced. He's still in a critical condition in hospital. He's a black male, we think he is 42 or so years old."

Derrick CampbellIPCC Commissioner

Police shooting: 'Armed officers running up street'

A man living near the scene of a police shooting in which a man was wounded in the chest said he saw "armed police running up and down the road" after a bang.

Emergency crews were called to Hereford Close, Rubery, at about 21:00 on Wednesday and the case has been referred to the IPCC.

Resident Simon Hodges was told by police to get back in his house.

Simon Hodges

I was sat in the back garden and I heard a bang, so I come out the front and I see armed police running up and down the road with a police dog. I was told to get back in my house and that's where I went. It was very scary. It's not every day you see police running round with guns."

Simon HodgesResident

Travel: Contraflow on M5 this weekend

BBC News Travel

A contraflow system on the M5 this weekend will affect traffic in north Worcestershire this weekend, the county council says.

Concrete repairs and waterproofing work will be taking place at the Oldbury viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2, and the contraflow is being put in place with all traffic using the northbound carriageway.

Motorway junction

Changes have been put in place at key junctions in the area, including M5 junction 4a northbound and M6 junction 8 southbound, Highways England says.

The agency says this is to increase capacity where the M5 joins the M6 and M42 and reduce the amount of traffic heading towards the roadworks.

Rotherwas munitions deaths: Unmarked grave indentifield

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The unmarked grave of munitions workers killed in a bombing raid in World War Two has been identified following a BBC Hereford & Worcester investigation.

At least 16 people died when a German bomber attacked the Rotherwas munitions factory in Hereford, exactly 75 years ago today.

Unmarked graves

The graves of members of the Hursey family, who died in the bombing, are in the graveyard at St Peter's Church, which overlooks the former site of the munitions factory.

Records in the church show that next to their plots are unmarked graves, which Reverend Anna Branston believes are those of the other people killed in the raid.

It's good that in the future it will be a place where people who have lost relatives or friends and don't know where their bodies are can go and lay flowers or go to think and reflect."

Rev Anna Branston

Slideshow: Spectacular sunrises and sunsets

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had both red skies at night and in the morning - so shepherds must be getting mixed messages, but BBC Weather Watchers have been getting some great pictures.

Thanks to Karlsskies, Postman Les, J9, Paul Wilde, Toppo and Vauxy for this selection.

Spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

M42 exit shut by police

BBC News Travel

The exit slip road on the M42 southbound at J3 has been shut by police as they deal with an incident.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

Scene on M42
Highways England

Rotherwas munitions deaths: Service held on anniversary

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A service has been held on the site to a former munitions factory on the 75th anniversary of a bombing raid which killed at least 16 people.

Survivors, who are now in their 90s, and relatives of those killed attended the special service this morning at Rotherwas in Hereford.

Service at munitions factory site

Nancy Evans, who survived the bombing, told BBC Hereford & Worcester she still remembers the shock of losing so many friends.

To see the bigger part of your friends were dead - some survived, but they didn't survive for long."

Nancy EvansFormer munitions worker

'Nearly 20 years since police last shot someone'

The last time someone was shot by an officer in the West Midlands was 17 years ago.

That's according to the West Midlands' police and crime commissioner David Jamieson who has been speaking to BBC WM after a man was shot by police in Rubery last night.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital with a gun shot wound to the chest, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

David Jamieson

It happened at about 21:00 last night and Mr Jamieson said it was too early to talk of details, but he confirmed the shooting.

"There is an independent inquiry that will look into that, but just to put this in context, this is extremely rare, for officers to open fire. In fact, the last time someone was shot by an officer in the West Midlands was actually 17 years ago in June 2000 and it's been over 20 years since someone was fatally shot by a police officer."

Man shot in chest by police

The man shot by police in Rubery last night was wounded in the chest, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.

He is thought to be in his 30s.

Emergency crews were called to Hereford Close at 21:00 on Wednesday.


West Midlands Police has arrested another man on suspicion of firearms offences. It said earlier "a firearm was discharged by an armed officer which resulted in one man being taken to hospital with a gunshot injury".

The case has been referred to the IPCC.

Knicker nicker nicked

A man who was caught in a police sting after he stole women's underwear, has been given a six-month conditional discharge.

John Wall, 38, of Etnam Street, Leominster, pleaded guilty to theft at Hereford Magistrates' Court on 22 July.

John Wall
West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police say they mounted the operation after a woman from Leominster raised concerns that underwear was being stolen from her washing line.

Underwear marked with Smartwater was put on a washing line and Wall was later caught on camera stealing it.

Watch: Traders claim over-running roadworks are keeping customers away

Tom Edwards

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Traders in Droitwich say they're "thousands of pounds" out of pocket because of roadworks which could now last until the end of November.

Shop owners say they were told a six-month scheme to improve the sewers and resurface the town's High Street was due to end by the middle of October, but Worcestershire County Council has pushed back the completion date by several weeks.

This video shows how eerily quiet the High Street is at 13:00 on a weekday.

Traders claim over-running roadworks are keeping customers away.

Severn Trent have issued a statement saying traders affected by it can apply for compensation to try and limit some of the damage.

The county council has also issued a statement saying it has offered reduced rate parking nearby to help encourage people to visit.

Cricket: First win for Rapids in T20 Blast

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire Rapids have won for the first time in this season's Natwest T20 Blast - they beat Notts Outlaws by 13 runs at Trent Bridge last night.

Joe Clarke (pictured) with 60 and Ross Whitely with five sixes in his 42 took the Rapids to 208 for 8 off 20 overs.

Joe Clarke
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John Hastings took 3 for 31 as Notts finished on 189 for 5.

BreakingMan in hospital after police shooting

A man has been wounded and taken to hospital following a police shooting.

West Midlands Police has cordoned off an area in Hereford Close in Rubery.

It happened at about 21:00 last night.

Cordoned area

The force added another man had been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and police say the officer's body-worn video camera was on at the time of the incident.