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Summary

  1. Women advised to run in pairs after sex assaults
  2. Warning of 'exceptionally torrential rain'
  3. Rise in the number of burglaries
  4. Supporters vow to appeal stadium plan decision
  5. Primary pupils build outdoor restaurant
  6. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between M5 J4A and J1 for A38.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M42 northbound between M5 J4a and J1, A38 (Bromsgrove).

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

Tewkesbury flooding

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Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Online

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Riki Wessels becomes the first Nottinghamshire player to score a Twenty20 century, while Kevin Pietersen injures a calf off the first ball he faces.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Midlands Today: Surviving the storms

BBC Midlands Today

As the rains lash down you can watch Midlands Today at 18:30 to find out what the Environment Agency has been doing to prevent a repeat of the floods in July 2007.

Tune in at 18:30 on BBC One.

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Flats opened on site of old swimming pool

Eight flats built on the site of a former swimming pool in Hereford have been opened today.

More than £750,000 has been spent on the affordable homes which are being managed by the WM Housing group.

They're built on the site of the old LEA Pool in Hinton, where thousands of schoolchildren were taught to swim.

LEA pool, Hinton
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Watch: Warnings of heavy rain and high winds for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The heavy rain will clear eastwards through the early hours on Saturday. By dawn clear spells will develop, with light winds.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident.

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

Cricket: Rapids v Lancashire Lightning

BBC Sport

Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire Lightning in their latest T20 Blast match.

They'll be hoping to get their first win in the tournament.

You can hear full commentary on the game, which gets under way at New Road at 17:30, on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online, assuming the weather is kind.

New Road
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Slideshow: Fallen trees and storm clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

There is some pretty extreme weather around this afternoon, as you can see from these images taken by BBC Weather Watchers.

Thanks to Mikesnapper, Postman Led and Glidezilla for these images.

Fallen trees and storm clouds

Rugby: Wales call-up for Valkyries

Two Worcester Valkyries players have been called into the Wales Women squad ahead of their Rugby World Cup campaign, which starts next month in Ireland.

Shona Powell-Hughes and Dyddgu Hywel (below, right) will face New Zealand, Canada and Hong Kong over the course of eight days.

Dyddgu Hywel
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Historic bridge damaged by vandals

Vandals have damaged the historic Powick Bridge, just outside Worcester, police say.

Bricks were prised out of the walls of the listed ancient monument, which was a key feature of the first and last battles of the English Civil War, and thrown into the river.

Powick Bridge
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The incident happened sometime between 10:00 on Sunday, 16 July and 20:30 on Monday, 17 July, a spokeman said

'Run in pairs' advice from police after sexual assaults on women

Women are being advised by police to go running in pairs after a series of sexual assaults on the river bank in Worcester.

West Mercia Police have releases the image of a man wanted in connection with the assaults of women.

A man riding a bike has "inappropriately touched" at least five women.

CCTV  image
West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police say the most recent incident was reported on Tuesday and happened between 19:45 and 20:00 by the Diglis Bridge.

Until we find the offender(s) and bring them to justice, we would advise that women try to stay in groups when they are out and about, particularly of an evening, as well as running in pairs, and just generally being aware of their own safety. Carrying a mobile phone and/or a personal safety alarm and trusting your instincts can also be an advantage."

Det Insp John CashionWest Mercia Police

Weather: Yellow weather warning for heavy rain

BBC Weather

The Met Office is warning that there could be "exceptionally torrential rain" in parts of Herefordshire up to 19:00 this afternoon.

There's a warning that the rain combined with strong winds could make driving difficult, and the winds could be strong enough to bring some trees down.

There is also the risk of flash flooding. See a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.

Flood sign
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'High performance' training launched by professional netball team

The Severn Stars, the professional netball side based at the University of Worcester Arena, are running five "academy" sessions to provide "regular, high-level performance training to the next generation of potential netball stars".

The U17 Netball Nova Academies will run from September 2017 in educational centres throughout the region.

Severn Stars under-21 side
Andrew Taylor

The sessions will give talented under-17 players strength and conditioning programmes, technical training, as well as sports therapy and off-court support.

Lamb attacked by dog on the Malvern Hills

A lamb need treatment for a severe bite to the neck after being attacked on the Malvern Hills, the trust who look after the area says.

Malvern Hills Trust (MHT) says following the attack the owners fled the scene with the dog and it is now working with the police to identify them.

Injured sheep
Malvern Hills Trust

The trust says the attack happened on Black Hill on Saturday,15 July.

A member of the public saw the incident and caught the dog to bring it under control. A MHT warden was also on the scene shortly after the attack however the dog owners refused to speak to the warden and walked away.

Sadly this type of attack is all too common. Less than a month ago a ewe belonging to the same grazier was attacked on the hills by a dog. The issue is completely avoidable if people keep their dogs on a lead near livestock."

Beck BakerMalvern Hills Trust

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Woodbine Willy: WW1 cleric's bravery marked with new book

The life and work of Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as "Woodbine Willy", is being remembered in a book launched on the centenary of him being given a bravery award.

He got his nickname from his habit of handing cigarettes out to front-line troops while he served as a chaplain in the trenches.

Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy
Canon Paul Tongue

The cleric was awarded the Military Cross for bringing in wounded troops during the Battle of Messines Ridge in 1917.

After the war he became a fierce critic of the hardships faced by returning soldiers.

When he died in 1929, aged only 46, King George V sent a telegram of condolence to his family, ex-servicemen sent a wreath with a packet of Woodbines at the centre and 100 unemployed men marched from the Labour Exchange to Worcester Cathedral to pay their respects.

The new book, Life After Tragedy, has chapters written by the Bishop of Worcester and other clergy at the cathedral.

It looks at "different aspects of World War One in the light of faith".

Your views wanted on historic conservation areas

The public are being asked for their views on the future of two conservation areas in Worcester containing "a number of well preserved historic buildings".

The conservation areas are around Warndon Court (pictured) and Trotshill.

Warndon Court
Google

Warndon Court is a Grade II-listed early 17th Century farmhouse, built on the site of a medieval manor house surrounded by a moat.

It is recorded in the Domesday Book and the surrounding land has been farmed for centuries, and is the possible location of a medieval village.

Trotshill has medieval origins and survives today as a small hamlet centred round Trotshill Farm.

It contains a variety of historic buildings, including a 17th Century granary building.

Worcester City Councils says it has a legal obligation to regularly review the extent of conservation areas and to "formulate and publish proposals for their preservation and enhancement".

Your pictures: Cathedral readied for the Three Choirs Festival

Tiered seating has been put into Worcester Cathedral, ready for the annual Three Choirs Festival, which starts tomorrow.

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More students getting top degree

The number of students receiving first class honours degrees at the University of Worcester is on the rise.

More than 1 in 6 students graduated with firsts in 2016 - that's an increase of more than 5.5% compared with 2011, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

University of Worcester
Google

Nationally, the biggest increase was at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, where last year more than a third of students gained top honours.

Slideshow: Snails, leafcutter bees and poppies

BBC Weather Watchers

We've been sent some great photos of nature in close-up by BBC Weather Watchers.

Thanks to Bridge35, LouNik, Cloudgazer and AndyR for this selection.

Snails, leafcutter bees and poppies

Worcester City stadium plan rejected: More of your views

Here are some more of the comments you've been posting on the BBC Hereford & Worcester Facebook page on the decision to throw out plans for a new stadium for Worcester City FC.

The club's supporters trust says it will appeal the decision not to approve plans for a "community stadium" at Perdiswell.

Perdiswell
Google

Another... let down by the idiots on Worcester City Council. Don't they realise how much good and money the football stadium could bring to this city, like Sixways - not only Rugby but concerts etc."

Michael Gale

We need it to be referred to central government to make an unbiased decision. After all, so many rejected planning decisions are reversed by central government."

Catherine Mary Christdoulou

Have the club approached the rugby club for a temporary ground share? The pitch is plastic so there would be no damage at all, plus it would see sport coming together for the good of the city."

Rob Meese

If City win an appeal it could be very costly for the City Council."

Simon Smith

Watch: Primary school pupils build their own outdoor restaurant

Pupils at Madley Primary have built their own outdoor restaurant from scratch - complete with a secret walkway, a grass sofa and a pizza oven.

The year six pupils raised the money for materials and then built the seats, bar and tables themselves as part of their lessons in construction.

Primary school pupils build their own outdoor restaurant

Burglaries on the rise: Where the break-ins are happening

There's been an 18% rise in the number of burglaries in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, a freedom of information request by BBC Hereford & Worcester has revealed.

In the year 2016-17 there were 5,427 break-ins, compared with 4,682 the previous year. The figures from West Mercia Police also give a breakdown by area.

Police Officer
BBC
  • Herefordshire: 1011
  • Wychavon: 954
  • Wyre Forest: 878
  • Bromsgrove: 830
  • Worcester: 747
  • Malvern 532
  • Redditch 475

Source: West Mercia Police

Worcester City stadium plan rejected: Your views

Plans for a new 4,000-seat "community stadium" at Perdiswell in Worcester have been thrown out by councillors for a second time.

Here's what you've been saying about the decision on the BBC Hereford & Worcester Facebook page.

To have your say you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Perdiswell Leisure Centre
Goo

What is wrong with the city council? Why do they not want a football club in Worcester? Who is frightened of what?"

Audrey Lancey

Why should we as rate payers bail out a poorly run limited company. If they did, would that mean any failing business in the Worcestershire area could apply for a hand out from the city council? I don't think so. Raise your own money buy your own land build your own stadium."

Steven Hobbins

Why dig up Perdiswell and deprive all those who currently use it for all sorts of things. If a ground was needed why was the old site sold for houses?"

Soichiro Gibbons

Are your council trying to finish the club off ? There should be a football stadium in a city the size of Worcester. They should be ashamed."

Martin Chatterley

Drop in the number of people charged for burglary

BBC Hereford and Worcester

There's been a fall in the number of people charged or summoned for burglary in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, despite an 18% rise in the number of break-ins during 2016-17.

A freedom of information request by BBC Hereford & Worcester revealed that 5,427 properties were broken into in that period, but only 273 people were charged or summoned, a drop from 282 the previous year.

Burglary
BBC

West Mercia Police say a change in the way burglaries are recorded and "improved... auditing of reported incidents" will have had an impact on the rise.

House burglary remains a priority for West Mercia Police and we continue to work with communities to ensure that opportunist thefts and burglaries are reduced by target hardening locations and implementing crime reduction tactics."

Det Ch Insp Jon RobertsWest Mercia Police

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

Supporters promise to appeal stadium decision

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Worcester City supporters' trust says it will appeal the decision not to give planning permission for a new stadium for the club near Perdiswell Leisure Centre.

Conservative councillors voted against proposals for a new 4,000-seater "community stadium", despite planning officers recommending them for approval.

Worcester City fans
Getty

The trust says turning the plans down is "a purely political decision" and claims it will end up costing the council money.

We'll be appealing and we will win, so the council will be stuck with a heavy bill somewhere down the line."

Rich WiddowsonWorcester City FC supporters' trust

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A435 Portway and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rise in the number of burglaries

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than 100 burglaries a week are taking place across Herefordshire and Worcestershire - with the reported figures up by almost a fifth in the last two years.

A freedom of information request by BBC Hereford & Worcester revealed there have been 5,427 burglaries in the year 2016-2017 - that's an 18% increase on the previous year.

Burglary
Science Photo Library

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, says improvements in the way the figures are recorded is a factor, but admits the burglaries are proving difficult to tackle.

Obviously eradicating crime is not something we are likely to deliver any time in the near future and we do need our community to help by making properties secure, that is good security lighting and other measures to deter people from breaking in."

John CampionPolice and crime commissioner

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Broken down vehicle on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester). Traffic is coping well.

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

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 Friday morning. There'll be some rain about today, so you'll have to hope for a rainbow like this one, captured by BBC Weather Watcher, Spennel's Pensioner.

Rainbow
Spennel's Pensioner

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.