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Summary

  1. 'Lotto Gran' funeral date announced
  2. 10-year-old girl indecently assaulted
  3. 'We just wanted to come home" - terror attack witness
  4. Campaign for statue to honour VC hero
  5. Butcher's tutorial videos are online hit
  6. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

Watch: Today's weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A wet start for some of us - here's how the rest of Wednesday is looking.

You can also find updated weather forecasts at any other time via the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J3 for A435 Portway.

M42 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M42 northbound in Blackwell between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

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

As well as his four centuries in successive matches against Worcestershire, Jack Taylor has also made three against the Pears for the Second XI.

Jack Taylor makes his fourth successive century against Worcestershire to rescue Gloucestershire at New Road.

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Market place's £1.5m transformation approved

Planning permission has been given on a £1.5m project to transform Angel Place in Worcester city centre.

The regeneration will see the refurbishment of the main entrance to Crowngate Shopping Centre, in Friary Walk, which is already home to retailers including New Look, Mothercare and Vision Express.

Angel Place, Worcester
Google

The plans will complete the regeneration of Angel Place as a market place and public square, the council says.

Fresh image issued of wanted man

A fresh image of a man wanted on suspicion of a serious sexual offence and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been issued by police.

West Mercia Police is warning the public not to approach Ashley Shearon, who's 48, but to contact them if they see him.

Ashley Shearon
West Mercia Police

A49 collision: Tractor pulling hay and 4x4 involved

The fatal collision on the A49 last night involved a 4x4 and a tractor pulling a trailer with hay on it, the ambulance service says.

It happened at 21:45 on the A49 between Bryn Garth and Much Birch, near to the Axe & Cleaver pub.

Axe and Cleaver pub
Google

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the driver of the 4x4 died at the scene and a 34-year-old woman, who was a front seat passenger, was taken to Hereford County Hospital with facial injuries.

The 49-year-old tractor driver was "clearly distressed but... uninjured", a spokesman said.

Trial of 'roundabout camper' postponed

The trial of a Hereford woman who has been sleeping in public places for months, including the main roundabout in Hereford and the bandstand in Ross-on-Wye, has been postponed until 11 September.

Samantha Lamputt is charged with breaking a criminal behaviour order.

BreakingMan jailed for starting huge fire at market

Kevin Reide

Reporter, Midlands Today

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a fire at Birmingham's Wholesale Market in 2015.

Stephen Wilkinson, 60, of Mickleton Close, Redditch, had earlier this month been found guilty of arson reckless as to whether life was in danger, having set fire to a pile of boxes, causing damage to the venue totaling more than £500,000.

He had worked at the market from the age of 15.

Wilkinson is set to be released on licence upon serving two and a half years.

Birmingham Indoor Market fire in 2015
@zakir

At its peak, 40 firefighters tackled the severe blaze at the site in Pershore Street, Digbeth.

Military wives choir to sing at cathedral

The Military Wives Choir will sing in Worcester as part of a national tour of cathedrals.

Military wives choir
Geoff Pugh Photography

The choir, made up of wives and partners of Armed Forces personnel and women from the wider military community, will perform at Worcester Cathedral on 22 November.

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Slideshow: Leaves, fruit and fields

BBC Weather Watchers

There may not be the glorious sun about we enjoyed on the bank holiday, but BBC Weather Watchers have still been busy with their cameras.

Thanks to J at Severn Ridge, Johnqa, Happysnapper71 and Wendywoo for these photos

Leaves, fruit and fields

Quo to headline Sunshine Festival

Status Quo will be rocking all over Upton-upon-Severn at next year's Sunshine Festival, the organisers have announced.

A crowd of 6,000 people attended the three-day music event this year, which came to an end over the bank holiday weekend.

Status Quo
Getty Images

Hospice given the go-ahead for £5m extension

A hospice has been given planning permission for a £5.3m extension and redevelopment.

St Richard's Hospice will go ahead with the redevelopment of its site at Wildwood Drive, in Worcester, to help it meet "the ever-increasing need for hospice care".

St Richard's Hospice
Google

The redevelopment will involve a new reception area, larger rooms suitable for exercise based groups, an occupational therapy kitchen, more counselling rooms and a bigger social and eating area.

“We are already at full capacity and the demand is set to rise sharply with our aging population and people living longer with multiple illnesses such as heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer

June PatelSt Richard's Hospice

Stillborn babies remembered with graveyard garden

Malvern Gazette

A plaque has been unveiled in memory of stillborn babies who were buried in unmarked graves.

Tom Graveney

Cricketing legends and celebrities remember the life of former England batsman Tom Graveney at a thanksgiving service in his honour.

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A West Midlands Rail train

West Midlands Trains will take over services in December, the Department for Transport says.

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Travel: Fish Hill in Worcestershire blocked

BBC News Travel

The A44 road between Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold is blocked, police say.

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Watch: Civil War park launches interactive memory trail

Justyn Surrall

BBC Hereford and Worcester

I've been to Fort Royal park, in Worcester, to take a look at a new interactive trail which allows visitors to watch videos of people's memories of the area on their smartphones.

Civil War park launches interactive memory trail.

The site played a vital part in the Battle of Worcester, which ended the English Civil War.

Rowers abandon polar expedition due to lack of sun

A group of rowers, including a Worcestershire Olympian, have abandoned their polar sea expedition, but have still broken eight world records.

Alex Gregory
Alex Gregory

Olympic gold medallist Alex Gregory, who went to school in Evesham, was part of a team trying to row from Norway to Iceland.

The group sought refuge on a remote Norwegian island after five days with no visible sun meant the boat's solar-powered batteries had drained.

I've never been so wet and cold. It's seeping into my bones, there is absolutely no escape from it

Alex GregoryOlympic gold medallist

Slideshow: White lions and a blistering bank holiday

BBC Weather Watchers

The gorgeous bank holiday weather meant BBC Weather Watchers were out and about with their cameras - here are some of their best photos.

Thanks to Karlsskies, Jon David, Happysnapper71, and Steve for this selection.

White lions and a blistering bank holiday

Cricket: Worcestershire all out for 363

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire added 25 runs to their overnight total for the loss of three wickets, ending their first innings against Gloucestershire on 363.

You can hear ball-by-ball commentary on the visitor's reply on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

New Road, Worcester
Getty Images

Watch: Firework display over cathedral ends festival

A firework display brought the Worcester Festival to a close on Monday night.

Firework display over cathedral ends festival

Football: Bulls FA Cup tickets go on sale

Tickets for Hereford FC's FA Cup tie against Godalming Town will go on sale to non season ticket holders tomorrow.

FA Cup
Getty Images

The match at Edgar Street takes place on Saturday.

Season ticket holders will be able to buy seats from 12:00 on Tuesday.

A49 crash: More details released by police

A 46-year-old man has died after the car he was driving was in collision with a tractor on the A49 near the Axe & Cleaver pub in Much Birch, Herefordshire, police say.

His 34-year-old female passenger was taken to hospital with serious but non life threatening facial injuries after the crash at 21:52 on Monday.

Axe and Clever pub in Much Birch
Google

The road is expected to remain closed until early afternoon and West Mercia Police says people are advised to find an alternative route.

Ronaldo the bull

An animal rights group is calling to stop a bull being paraded at Wembley Stadium ahead of the FA Vase final.

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Earthquake generic

Danielle Hayden

BBC News

Hundreds of earthquakes rumble under our feet unnoticed and one expert believes Herefordshire is a hotspot for hidden tremors.

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Christian Bagley

Four people arrested in connection with the death of a father fatally stabbed on Father's Day will face no further action.

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David John Poole

A paedophile hunter says he has secured two arrests in four weeks since he started targeting online predators.

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A munitions worker

Lauren Potts

BBC News

The sacrifice of soldiers killed in the world wars is well-documented, but who were the munitions workers stained yellow by toxic chemicals?

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The plant is one of the largest in the UK
The BBC has been given exclusive access inside one of the largest poultry plant in the UK, to see how supermarket chicken is prepared after the campylobacter food poisoning scandal earlier this year.

Cricket: Worcestershire v Gloucestershire day two

You can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on the second day of Worcestershire's championship match against Gloucestershire on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

Worcestershire are currently 338-7 in the first innings.

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Civil War park opens interactive memory trail

Visitors to a Worcester park can now go back in time to experience and celebrate events from the past using their smartphones.

A memory trail consisting of plaques with a special QR code has been created at Fort Royal Park, which played a vital part in the final battle of the English Civil War.

Fort Royal
Worcester City Council

Ian Craigan, a community artist who's been working on the project, says after scanning the code visitors can then watch a video of someone remembering an event.

[There are videos of] people who have had their own wedding up in the park, there are young people talking about their experiences in the park [and] we've had older Asian people talking about what it means to them

Ian CraiganCommunity artist

Court appearance for roundabout tent sleeper

A Hereford woman who has been sleeping in a tent on one of the city's busiest roundabouts is due to appear at the city's magistrates' court today.

Samantha Lamputt, aged 33, is charged with breaking a criminal behaviour order to prevent her from sleeping in public places such as the bandstand in Ross-on-Wye.

Watch: Mum calls for hospital bereavement suite

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Hereford mother whose daughter was still-born says the county needs a dedicated bereavement suite and midwife.

Mum calls for hospital bereavement suite

Laura Culpin, from Pontrilas, is now helping to fundraise for a new maternity bereavement suite at Hereford County Hospital to improve the experience for other families who lose a baby at birth.