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Summary

  1. Man shoot by police 'stable'
  2. Bomb squad called over homemade fireworks
  3. Lottery funding for museum project
  4. Walk-in health centre closes
  5. New civil war exhibition
  6. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A417 and J3 for B4221.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M50 westbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between Rubery Farm Grove and A38.

West Midlands - Cock Hill Lane in Rubery closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Rubery Farm Grove junction and the A38 junction, because of an oil spillage.

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 J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down car. 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 blocked on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A38 Worcestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Worcestershire eastbound severe accident, between M5 J4 Bromsgrove and B4120 Lickey Road.

A38 Worcestershire - A38 in Lydiate Ash blocked eastbound between Bromsgrove and the B4120 Lickey Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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.

The man making coracles for Hollywood

A Herefordshire coracle maker has found his wares in demand from Hollywood.

Peter Faulkner, from Leintwardine, has made 300 of the small boats since falling in love with them during a journey down the River Teme.

Since then, some of them have appeared in films such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Robin Hood.

Peter has paddled hundreds of miles in the boats and is aiming to paddle 1,000 miles.

The Herefordshire man making coracles for Hollywood

Football: City sign new defender

Worcester City have signed title-winning defender Mark Smith.

Smith has previously won the Midland Football League Premier title with both Alvechurch and Tividale.

Smudger comes in with a wealth of experience and will give us a huge presence in the back line, we look forward to working alongside him for the new season."

Lee HughesJoint Manager

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Outbreaks of rain and strong winds will continue through tonight eventually clearing away to give a drier end to the night with clear spells.

It will remain on the mild side for most - lows of 14C (57F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Rare number plate to be sold by police

The first ever car number plate issued in Worcestershire is set to be sold and, according to one historian, it could raise around £250,000.

AB 1 came into use in 1903 and was traditionally used on the chief constable's car.

Now the Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has decided to sell it to raise money for the force.

Rugby: Warriors announce ticket price cuts for next season

Some ticket prices at Sixways have been reduced for next season, Worcester Warriors announced today.

Pricing in the Blue and Bronze Adult categories have been reduced along with family tickets.

Sixways
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We'd like to see Sixways as packed and loud as possible on match days to try and create that brilliant atmosphere the stadium is known for. And by reducing prices in key areas, we hope it encourages more people to come and enjoy Premiership Rugby."

Gus MackayWarriors' managing director

Man shot by police in 'stable condition'

A man who was shot by an armed police officer on Wednesday night is in a stable condition in hospital, the West Midlands force says.

Police cordon
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The victim, said to be in his early 40s, was shot in Hereford Close, Rubery.

A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of firearms offences has been bailed under strict curfew conditions.

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

Bomb squad called over homemade fireworks

West Mercia's bomb disposal team were called to a house in Kidderminster earlier today.

Officers went to an address in Hawford Avenue after a call involving concerns over homemade fireworks.

Fuse on firework
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West Mercia Police say a man at the house was given safety advice by officers and the "voluntary disposal" of a number of fireworks was carried out.

Your pictures: Rare bee-fly seen for the first time

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust says these two sightings are the first ever in Worcestershire, and there have been only around 30 sightings in the whole of the country up to 2010.

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Cricket: Moeen part of England fight back

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali was in for 40 minutes, making 16 runs, as England chased a decent first innings total in the third Test against South Africa.

He was out caught by de Kock off the bowling of Morkel. England were all out for 353, with ben Stokes making 112.

You can follow the game on the BBC Sport live page.

Moeen Ali
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Lottery funding for museums review

A grant of £39,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be used to conduct an external review of the Herefordshire Museums Service, the council says.

It will look at how the museums and the staff working in them can develop in the future.

Hereford museum and library
Google

This is fantastic news for the museum service as a whole; this project will enable us to identify a successful future for the museum and for the heritage of Hereford, so that our wonderful museums’ collections can be shared to their full potential with residents and visitors."

Councillor Harry BramerHerefordshire Council

Walk-in centre closes

Hereford's walk-in medical centre at Asda will be permanently closed from 20:00 tonight.

The site will become the new home of the Ross Road Branch of the Moorfield House surgery and an out of hours service where people can get treatment during the evening and at weekends.

Medical drop-in centre
BBC

The Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group say the refurbishment work will take around eight weeks.

Police cycle challenge 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.

They've been geeting some much deserved lunch in Worcestershire.

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Hereford new housing: Contractor appointed for 400 new homes

Plans for 800 new homes in Hereford city centre have moved a step closer, with the council appointing a developer to the project.

The new housing, which has been in the pipeline for more than four years, will eventually form part of regeneration work between Commercial Road and Edgar Street, which will centre around a new link road (pictured).

Artist's impression of Hereford link road
Herefordshire Council

Keepmoat Homes say they'll use local labour in the contruction.

Cricket: Moeen batting in Test

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali is batting in the third Test against South Africa, hoping to repeat the kind of batting feat that earned him man of the match in the first Test.

You can follow the game on the BBC Sport live page.

Moeen Ali
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Cigarettes stolen in raid on store

A large quantity of cigarettes have been stolen in a raid on a store in the early hours of this morning.

West Mercia Police say the WH Smith store in Vicar Street, Kidderminster, was broken into between 02:50 and 03:10.

WH Smith
Google

Watch: Full steam ahead

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

About 100 vintage steam engines will be on show at the annual Welland Steam Rally this weekend.

I've been along to sample the sights, sound and smells of steam power.

Full steam ahead at vintage rally.

Your pictures: Nature up close

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to LouNik in Hereford for the excellent photo of the model dragonfly, and to Postman Les in Bromyard for the sunflower.

I'd love to feaure your photos - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Dragonfly
LouNik
Sunflower
Postman Les

Broadband as important as electricity and water says MP

The MP for Wyre Forest, Mark Garnier, is calling for a change in planning law so connecting to the internet is given the same priority as gas, water and electricity.

It's after many residents at a brand new 200-home development on the former British Sugar factory in Kidderminster complained of slow or non-existent broadband when they moved in.

Router
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Developers Bovis and Taylor Wimpey, and BT Openreach have now agreed a deal which would see them get broadband by the end of the year, but the Conservative MP says they shouldn't need to be chased to do it.

It seems crazy in the 21st Century because I think most people would agree that broadband is as an essential a utility as electricity, heating, water, sewage and roads. So I think we need to be looking at what planning requirements are for new estates."

Mark GarnierMP for Wyre Forest

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
Porterfield

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.

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.

Man critical but stable after police shooting

A man remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital this morning after being shot during a planned police operation by armed officers in Frankley.

The man in his early 40s was shot in the chest in Hereford Close on Wednesday night.

Police vehicles
PA

One man, aged 21, was arrested for suspected firearm offences. Two other men, aged 17 and 20, and a 53-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the shooting.

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.

Overdue book fines hit £600,000

More than 7,000 library users across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are being fined for overdue books every year.

A Freedom of Information request by BBC Hereford & Worcester shows councils here have raised more than £600,000 since 2011 by fining people who fail to return library books on time.

The Hive library in Worcester
BBC

Carol Brown, a senior library manager in Worcestershire, looking after libraries like The Hive in Worcester (pictured), says it's proving a frustrating issue to solve.

We do want books to be available for other customers to browse or to borrow and certainly if a book if wanted by another customer we want it to come back. We've put our effort into where customers have an email address ensuring they are sent regular emails."

Carol Brown

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