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Summary

  1. Plastic packaging firm in administration putting 200 jobs at risk
  2. Fundraising campaign for toddler who had finger and feet amputated
  3. Attempted rape arrest in Worcester
  4. March to protest against homes on green-belt land
  5. Munitions workers to be commemorated
  6. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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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 on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down Van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Chris Nash

Sussex's Chris Nash scores his first County Championship ton of the summer to put his side on top against Worcestershire.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - M5 busy but moving and one lane closed northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, at J7 for A44 Worcester affecting J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic on M5 northbound at J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8 M50.

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 and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 in both directions between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a police incident.

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

Severe accident: A451 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A451 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between B4549 Sutton Park Road and Clee Avenue.

A451 Worcestershire - A451 Stourport Road in Kidderminster closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4549 Sutton Park Road junction and the Clee Avenue junction, because of a serious 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 J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of debris on the road. 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 - M5 busy but moving and one lane closed 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: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, at J6 for A449 affecting J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound at J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident. Congestion to J5, A38 (Droitwich).

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

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Finley Amos' meningitis battle

BBC Midlands Today

When two-year-old Finley Amos was suddenly sick one morning, his parents had no idea of the awful events that were about to unfold.

Within hours he was in hospital in an induced coma with meningitis.

Finley Amos
BBC

It was touch and go, but little Finley pulled through.

The blood poisoning meant doctors had to amputate all of his fingers, thumbs and both feet.

Finley has astounded everyone and help is now pouring in from strangers.

Our reporter Sarah Bishop has been to meet him and will have more on BBC One from 18:30.

Racehorse Welfare Centre could face closure

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

The Racehorse Welfare Centre, in Malvern, is a sanctuary that looks after ex-racehorses that have retired from racing.

The horses would normally be sent to slaughter but the welfare centre takes them.

Horses
BBC

It's looked after 13 horses in the past six years, but it costs about £20,000 a year to fund.

Heather Wadley, a horse welfare specialist at the charity, says the centre does get some funds from the racing industry, but it isn't enough for it to keep going.

Weather: A fine night but stormy showers tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be a fine night with some sunshine this evening, but there will be rain tomorrow and maybe some thunder and lightning.

Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands

Paedophile hunter's testimony criticised by judge

A judge has criticised a Herefordshire paedophile hunter after an alleged sex offender walked free from court.

David Poole, who founded the group Division H, set up a fake profile online, claiming to be a 14-year-old called Chloe.

David Poole
BBC

The 38-year-old's evidence was described as "at best inaccurate and at worst a lie".

He told Cardiff Crown Court how he trapped Adnan Khalid, who was trying to have sex with an under-age girl.

But Mr Poole, who'd turned up four hours late for the trial, admitted he hadn't passed photo evidence to the police, despite claiming he had.

Judge Thomas Crowther ordered the jury to find Mr Khalid not guilty and criticised the paedophile hunter for the trial collapsing.

Festival debut for Piggy Doo Dar

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

A rock band made up of three 11-year-old's will play at a charity festival in Upton-upon-Severn this weekend.

It will be Evesham-based PiggyDooDar's first festival.

PiggyDooDar'
BBC

The Drunken Monkey Rock Festival was launched in Upton-upon-Severn four years ago, in memory of local man Ian Dowton, who died after a car accident.

So far it has raised more than £11,000 for the life-saving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Cricket: Worcestershire Rapids in local T20 contest

The Worcestershire Rapids will travel to Edgbaston tonight to take on the Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast.

The game starts at 19:00. You can follow the live action here.

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Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Your pictures: Blue skies and hills

BBC Weather Watchers

It's dazzling blue skies all the way with this BBC Weather Watcher update.

Maria and her days out sent us this lovely picture from Bromsgrove, featuring a cute windmill.

Bromsgrove
Maria and her days out

Robbo sent this in from way up in the Malverns, another lovely blue sky.

Send us your weather pictures here.

Malvern
Robbo

Campaign to raise £10,000 nears its target

We told you earlier about little Finley and the story of how he contracted meningitis and septicaemia in June, which left him fighting for his life.

A £10,000 fundraising campaign has been set up by his family to help him when he's older.

So far, the Just Giving page has raised nearly £7,000.

Fundraise page
Just Giving

Finley had his left foot removed at the ankle, his right foot removed a third of the way up the shin and lost all of his fingers.

The family has a meeting later this month to discuss prosthetics and Mr Amos said his son was coping well.

Gelpack jobs: Hereford MP will try to 'lessen the burden'

Hereford MP Jesse Norman says he wants to meet the administrators at Gelpack as soon as possible.

The plastics manufacturing firm which employs 200 people in the city has appointed KPMG to look for a buyer after going into administration.

No redundancies have been made but most staff have been sent home.

Gelpack
Google

It's potentially devastating, we'll do everything we possibly can to try to prevent this from happening or if it does happen to lessen the burden on those affected

Jesse NormanMP

Fire at Worcester house was started deliberately, say police

A fire at a new-build property in Worcester "may have been started deliberately", police say.

Digilis Lane
Google
A stretch of Digilis Lane

Nobody was injured in the blaze that happened in the early hours of 26 July in Digilis Lane.

West Mercia Police says inquiries are continuing and wants to speak to any witnesses.

Pictures: Fully restored Tudor building

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

Work has been completed on a 400-year-old Tudor home in Bromsgrove.

The house, built on the High Street in 1572, has been renovated following a grant from the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Tudor house
BBC
House
BBC

Worcestershire cricket fans head to Edgbaston on foot

A group of Worcestershire Rapids supporters are heading to tonight's T20 Blast at Edgbaston on foot.

Tom Fell
BBC Sport
Tom Fell

Calling themselves The Fell Walkers, they're raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support by walking almost 26 miles to the cricket ground.

It's in tribute to Worcestershire's batsman Tom Fell, who has had his own battles with the disease.

Ian Paterson victim says he should get life in prison

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Worcester woman, who was a victim of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, says she thinks he should have been given a life sentence.

Paterson, who was jailed earlier this year after performing unnecessary operations on a number of patients, had his 15 year sentence increased to 20 at the court of appeal yesterday.

Paula Gelsthorpe told BBC Hereford and Worcester said they disappointed with the length of the initial sentence.

Ian Paterson
SWNS

He scarred everyone one of us...initially when he got 15 years, we were delighted he'd got a sentence but were very disappointed in the length...I believe he should have had life, but I'm delighted with the increase.

Paula Gelsthorpe

Almost 200 jobs at risk at manufacturing company in Hereford

Up to 200 jobs are at risk in Hereford after city firm Gelpack called in administrators.

Gelpack
Google

Staff at the plastic manufacturing company were sent home yesterday and the gates were locked.

Gelpack makes packaging for well known names in the food and drink industry as well as the pharmaceutical and bedding sectors but administrators KPMG says they've suffered difficult trading conditions recently.

They've confirmed there have been no redundancies and they're looking for a buyer for the businesses and their assets.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A456 Halesowen and J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Restoration of Tudor building nears completion

Joanne Malin

BBC Hereford & Worcester

The restoration of a 400-year-old landmark building in Bromsgrove is almost complete.

House
Other

The Tudor House was built on the High Street in 1572 and has been renovated thanks to a grant of about £240,000 from the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

For a sneak peek of the restoration work, take a look at the video here.

We'll have a picture of the completed house later on.

Munitions workers to be commemorated

More than 30 former munitions workers aged between 94 and 104 are set to be honoured at a special presentation in Hereford this weekend.

Canary girls
Herefordshire Council

They risked their lives handling explosives and dangerous chemicals in the two world wars, but had never received any national recognition.

They're being presented with a commemorative badge at the Herefordshire Country Fair on Sunday.

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

Heartbreak for family as son has feet and fingers amputated

Lisa Wright

Journalist, BBC News Online

The family of a two-year-old boy who had his fingers and feet amputated after contracting a potentially deadly infection have spoken of their "heartbreak".

Finley Amos, from Hereford, contracted meningitis and septicaemia in June, which left him fighting for his life.

The family have now set up a £10,000 fundraising campaign to help Finley when he's older.

Finley Amos and his mum Sarah Bonner
Matt Amos

The toddler was put in an induced coma and spent 13 days in intensive care.

His father Matt Amos said the worst thing was Finley's mother, Sarah Bonner, having to sign a form saying medics could amputate, "which just broke her heart", he said.

"We were told for the first three days he wasn't going to make it," said Mr Amos.

"We were panicking... heartbroken."