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Summary

  1. Kidderminster Harriers plan ground move
  2. PC disqualified for drink driving
  3. Inquest into eight-year-old's death to be held at end of year
  4. Pavements revamp planned in £11m scheme
  5. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A46 and J8 for M50.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) and J8 M50, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

River Avon near Eckington

Police appealed for help after not being able to find out who he was a week after being discovered.

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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 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 disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Long delays and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6, A449 (Worcester).

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

Lewis Gregory

Leicestershire beat Notts by two runs, while Somerset climb from seventh to fourth to reach the T20 Blast quarter-finals.

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

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

Our coverage across the day

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

Keep an eye out here for any breaking news during the evening.

Inquest into eight-year-old's death to be held at end of year

The inquest into the death of an eight-year-old boy from Redditch is expected to be held in December.

Callum Cartlidge
FAMILY PHOTO

Callum Cartlidge died after paramedics were allegedly denied permission to take him to the Alexandra Hospital two minutes from his home.

He suffered a cardiac arrest at home and was pronounced dead after arriving at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Your pictures: Nature up close

BBC Weather Watchers

One of our BBC Weather Watcher regulars, Paul Wilde, is the master of the close-up photo.

Here are two examples taken at the Knapp nature reserve near Alfrick.

Butterfly
Paul Wilde
Fern
Paul Wilde

Weather: Showers tomorrow and more on Sunday

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We'll have a few showers tomorrow and more on Sunday, but the weather is expected to improve next week.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast
Wombourne Police Station

Force says it is "extremely disappointed" in PC Thomas Doubtfire who was disqualified for 16 months.

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Tips for a special parkrun weekend

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

Tomorrow, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

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 vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Self-defence running class after women report attacks

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A self-defence class has been organised by a running club in Worcester after female joggers were targeted in a series of sexual assaults in the city.

In July, West Mercia Police said they were investigating a string of attacks.

Area around Diglis Bridge where July sexual assault reportedly happened
Google

The Black Pear Joggers ran a workshop last night covering the law, avoiding danger and self-defence.

Organisers say they may put on more classes in the future.

Kidderminster Harriers move: Current site not 'at the heart of our community'

BBC Sport

The chairman of Kidderminster Harriers says the club is proposing leaving Aggborough and building a new stadium so it can be in the "right position" for the local community.

Harriers' proposed new home, based just off the Kidderminster/Stourport road
Kidderminster Harriers FC

The club, which has been at its current site since 1890, wants to move to a site at Zortech Avenue, close to Stourport, and sell their current home for housing redevelopment.

Harriers hope that this will "secure the long-term future of the club".

The simple fact of the matter is that we cannot be at the heart of our community if we're sat in the middle of a housing estate. The local population is growing dramatically and we just aren't physically in the right position to offer what we believe a football club should offer its community."

Colin GordonKidderminster Harriers chairman

Your questions on London Midland losing its rail franchise answered

BBC News England

Rail services in the West Midlands are to be run by a new operator from December - but what does this mean for passengers?

West Midlands Railway
West Midlands Rail

West Midlands Trains Ltd says it will put £1bn into improving the routes it takes over from London Midland.

The plans include 400 new carriages, free wifi and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour services in Birmingham and London.

BBC News website readers sent in questions about the takeover and you can read some of the answers here.

Cricket: Worcestershire prepare for final T20 Blast game

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Tonight will see the final T20 Blast match of the season for Worcestershire Rapids when they head to Derbyshire Falcons.

General view of Worcestershire Rapids last match against Lancashire Lightning
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

It's been a disappointing campaign for the Rapids who are destined to finish second-bottom of the North Group.

BBC Hereford and Worcester will have full commentary on the game with play due to start from 19:00.

Wheelchair rugby player takes on obstacle course to support his club

A wheelchair user from Herefordshire will take on a 12-mile (19km) obstacle course tomorrow to try and raise the profile of his rugby club.

Andy Holley plays for the Hereford Harriers Wheelchair Rugby Team and will be taking on the course supported by other members of his team.

I love a challenge and we're just putting it out there to get people more aware, able-bodied and disabled-bodied people alike, to come and have a test of the club and see if they enjoy it."

Andy HolleyWheelchair rugby player

Olympian continuing Arctic challenge

An Olympic rower from Worcestershire is continuing his attempt to be one of the first men to row across the Arctic Ocean.

Alex Gregory
Alex Gregory

Gold medalist Alex Gregory is part of a six-man team taking on the 2,000-mile challenge that has never been successfully completed before.

The rower has posted an update on a his progress as he bids to raise enough money to build a school in the Himilayas.

Twin brothers from Ledbury get identical A-level grades

Twin brothers from Ledbury are both off to the same university after getting exactly the same A-level grades yesterday.

It shouldn't be a huge surprise because Oscar and Charlie Parkman got exactly the same GCSE grades two years ago.

Oscar and Charlie Parkman
Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools

The 18-year-olds, who both went to Monmouth School for Boys, got their A-levels in different subjects though and say they plan to take different courses when they get to Bristol University.

If I am being honest, I thought that university could have been a good time for my brother and me to go in different directions. But we are both going to Bristol. We might be in the same halls of residence but we are taking different subjects.”

Oscar Parkman

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, 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

Body found six days ago in River Avon still not identified

BBC News England

Almost a week after a man's body was pulled from the River Avon in Worcestershire, police are still trying to identify him.

The man, described as white and probably aged between 60 and 70 years old, was recovered near K52 lock in Pershore on Saturday morning.

River Avon near Pershore
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Despite efforts by West Mercia Police, officers said they had so far been unable to trace any relatives.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

It's unusual for us to have been unable to identify someone but sadly, despite numerous inquiries, we haven't been able to thus far for this man."

Supt Kevin PurcellWest Mercia Police

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

Recruitment day for out-of-work factory workers

A Hereford care company is hoping to persuade former Gelpack workers to make a change of career.

The packing firm has made 175 people redundant last week after administrators failed to find a buyer.

Gelpack
Google

Kemble at Home is holding a recruitment day at its offices at Rotherwas today and have a number of vacancies from care managers to live-in carers.

Worcester mum wants children and parents to learn CPR

A mum-of-three from Worcester is hoping sharing the story of her young son's near death in a swimming pool will help prevent the same thing happening to other families.

Becky Denning Poole's five-year-old son Genson got into difficulties in the water while on a family holiday in Spain - and was only saved thanks to the quick thinking of his grandfather, who performed mouth-to-mouth and CPR.

Now she is campaigning for free first aid courses for both primary school children and their parents.

It would save lives if children knew what to do, but also parents, so that if the unthinkable happens, that somebody would know what to do."

Becky Poole

Butterfly numbers soar as nature reserve prepares for anniversary

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Twenty years of conservation work's going to be celebrated at a Worcestershire nature reserve later this month.

The county's wildlife trust says it bought Grafton Wood in 1997 and that it's home to over 40 species of bird and a nationally rare bat.

Brown hairstreak butterfly
Pete Walkden

Staff say in that time they've witnessed the number of brown hairstreak butterflies at the site grow for zero to hundreds.

The anniversary will be marked on 27 August as part of their annual Brown Hairstreak Walk.

River Avon near Eckington

Police say they are struggling to identify a man whose body was recovered from the River Avon almost a week ago.

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Kidderminster Harriers move: Aggborough's best days

BBC Sport

Kidderminster Harriers ground
Google

As Kidderminster Harriers say they want to build a new out-of-town stadium, we've been looking back at their best days at Aggborough:

  • May 1890 - Aggborough is first opened with a single grandstand. In 1935, a new 460-seat grandstand is built, prior to covered areas being added.
  • November 1948 - Record attendance of 9,155 set for an FA Cup first-round replay against Hereford United.
  • September 1955 - Aggborough is the first ground to host a floodlit FA Cup tie, as Harriers beat Brierley Hill Alliance in a preliminary-round replay.
  • The ground was rebuilt in the 1990s, prior to Harriers winning their Conference for the first time in 1994, only for Aggborough to fail to meet Football League standards, despite having hosted sell-out games against Preston and West Ham in Harriers' march to the FA Cup fifth round - then a shared record for a non-league club.
  • When Harriers won the title again in 2000, the ground was upgraded to Football League standards and a new 2,040-seat stand was built in 2003.
  • Harriers spent five years in the Football League but, other than just missing out on promotion in 2013, their efforts to become a league club have since been hampered by financial difficulties.
  • The ground, also home to Worcester City from 2013 to 2016, has staged England schoolboy internationals and West Bromwich Albion reserve and youth games.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Lane closed 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

£11m pavement revamp plan

Pavements across Worcestershire are to get an £11m revamp.

The county council has approved an extra £6m investment on top of the existing £5m budget, which will be used to improve paths across the county over the next two years.

Path
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Missing girl found, police confirm

A missing teenager from Beoley in Redditch, who has links to Coventry, has been found, police say.

Cindy Worthington had been reported missing on Monday evening.

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Local Royal British Legion branches answer the call

Ledbury Reporter

Ledbury and Newent members of the Royal British Legion will take part in the biggest event in the organisation's history, with a special once in a lifetime visit to World War One battlefields and the Menin Gate.

Kidderminster Harriers plan to leave Aggborough

Kidderminster Harriers say they want to leave Aggborough and build a new out-of-town stadium near Wyre Forest Golf Club.

The former Football League club plan to move to a site at Zortech Avenue, close to nearby Stourport, and sell their current home for housing redevelopment.

Harriers hope that this will "secure the long-term future of the club".

They have now submitted proposals to Wyre Forest District Council.

Aggborough
BBC

We're restricted in terms of our progress and our growth in our current location and we believe moving to another location we're in a position to offer not only a really good football offering on the pitch wit ha succesfull football team, but a lot more to the local community as well."

Matt PaddockMedia manager

Watch: Today's weather in 54-seconds

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Friday's started with sunshine for much of the West Midlands and here's how the rest of the day and the start of this weekend is looking.

Get the latest forecasts for your area at any other time via the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Harriers' proposed new home just off the Kidderminster/Stourport road

Kidderminster Harriers plan to leave Aggborough, their home since 1890, to move to a new stadium.

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