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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 4 to Friday 8 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at 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

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident.

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, 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 an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Woman holding a gun

Lisa Wright

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Online

The number of women taking up shooting for pleasure is on the rise - why?

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Witley Court to stay in ruins

BBC Midlands Today

It was one of the grandest country houses in England - the place that the rich and famous turned up for lavish parties lasting for day.

But 80 years ago a huge fire destroyed a large part of it.

Witley Court
BBC

Our reporter will have more on why Witley Court is destined to stay a ruin, tune in to BBC One at 18:30.

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham).

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

Son et lumière set to turn River Severn different colours

The water in the River Severn will be turning green, red and blue as it flows thorough Bewdley this weekend.

Special effects will be used to colour it during the world premier of a son et lumière show performed on the bank and created for Bewdley by a composer who lives in the town.

River, Forest and Royals has been written by Jim Ineson.

Fish die in Worcestershire stream

Hundreds of fish have died in a stream in Worcestershire.

It's believed around 500 fish were killed after a pollutant got into Lawn Brook in the St John's area of the city.

The Environment Agency's Dave Throup says it is believed the poison seeped into the water earlier in the week.

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Your pictures: Ominous skies

BBC Weather Watchers

The skies in these two BBC Weather Watcher pictures look rather grey and ominous and yet we still think they look rather beautiful.

Morning Amble took this picture in Ashton under Hill.

Ashton under Hill
morning amble

This photo was taken in Bromyard by Postman Les.

You can sign up and become a BBC Weather Watcher here.

Bromyard
postman Les

The latest weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease letting through some late sunshine, overnight there's more showers, but it should pass through in the early hours.

West Midlands weather forecast

Keep up-to-date with the forecast where you are on the BBC Weather website.

Hurriance Irma: Hereford man awaiting news of brother

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A Hereford man says he’s desperate for news of his brother, missing since Hurricane Irma hit the British Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Irma destruction
EPA

Robin Hales moved to Tortola in January with his family, but hasn’t been heard of since Wednesday.

His brother Keith told BBC Hereford & Worcester he's growing increasingly concerned.

Council refuse Gin Palace proposals

Proposals for a new Gin Palace in Worcester city centre have today been refused by councillors.

Hogarths wanted to open the Victorian-style venue inside the old Co-op in Angel Street.

Gin Palace
Hogarths

The city council's licensing sub-committee blocked the move after concerns from West Mercia Police, who said there are enough pubs in the area already.

Could rehabilitation stop reoffending?

"Deferred prosecution" is being called for by an MP who has led a review into the prison service in England and Wales.

MP David Lammy's review finds the system is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, following a trial in the West Midlands where low-level offenders were allowed to "defer" prosecution and opt for a rehabilitation programme before entering a plea.

Reality Check: Are ethnic minorities treated fairly in the justice system?

Mr Lammy says the trial "produced impressive results and should be rolled out across the country".

Operation Turning Point, was trialled from 2011 for four years, to those facing prosecution who had no more than one conviction.

The government says it will "look carefully" at the recommendations.

Travel: 90 minute delays on M5

There are delays of around 90 minutes on the M5 at J7 for Worcester and J8 for Strensham services.

An accident has been cleared, Highways England says but delays are "severe".

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Severe disruption: A44 Herefordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A44 Herefordshire both ways severe disruption, between B4220 Malvern Road and B4197.

A44 Herefordshire - A44 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4220 Malvern Road junction in Brockhampton and the B4197 junction in Knightwick, because of an incident.

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

Rugby: Warriors announce team news ahead of Wasps clash

Worcester Warriors have made two changes to the side that will face Wasps tomorrow at Sixways.

Perry Humphreys returns to the side, while Pierce Philips makes his first start.

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Daryl Mitchell

Worcestershire take a huge step towards Division Two promotion with an eight-wicket win over leaders Nottinghamshire.

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Severe delays and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident earlier on. Travel time is over 60 minutes. Congestion to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham).

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

Remembrance service for Lord Darnley of Herefordshire

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A service of remembrance will take place today for Lord Darnley of Herefordshire at the cathedral which he loved.

Cathedral
BBC

Adam Bligh, died in June and was the Chairman of the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, a member of the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust and Chair of governors at the Cathedral School.

Lord Darnley's wife is the county's Lord Lieutenant and his grandfather was Ivo Bligh - the England cricket captain on the 1882 Australia tour who created The Ashes.

Commonwealth swimmer could face retrial on rape allegation

A Commonwealth Games swimmer could face a retrial after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on an allegation that he raped a woman after a night out.

Otto Putland, 23, from Dinedor near Hereford, had been acquitted by the panel of one count of rape but the eight men and four women were unable to agree on a second charge.

Your pictures: Rolling hills and leafy fields

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have sent in some lovely pictures.

Here's one taken in Doddenham by Toppo.

Doddenham
Toppo

Lyonshall is the backdrop for this pretty picture taken by Johnqa.

If you'd like to sign up and become a BBC Weather Watcher, you can sign up here.

Lyonshall
johnqa

More chicken than people in Herefordshire

Here's a quirky nugget of info for you, there are 43 times, yes 43 times more chickens than people in Hereforshire.

As you were.

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Defibrillator stolen from phone box

A defibrillator has been stolen from an old red phone box in Bromsgrove.

Defibrillator
PA

West Mercia Police says it was taken from Old Birmingham Road in the last couple of weeks.

The force added the box itself was left but its contents had been taken.

Tour of Britain cycles into town

Worcester will host the start of the final stage of the Tour of Britain this weekend, as the race finishes outside of London for the first time in five years.

It will start in the centre of Worcester, before heading through Worcestershire and finishing in Cardiff.

You'll be able to catch a glimpse of the cyclists in Worcestershire as they travel through Pershore, Upton Upon Severn and across the Malvern Hills at British Camp.

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Cricket: Daryl Mitchell century leads Worcs to win

Worcestershire took a big step towards Division Two promotion and ended Nottinghamshire's unbeaten record with an eight-wicket win at Trent Bridge.

The visitors began day four on 123-2, needing another 103 for victory.

Daryl Mitchell
Getty Images

Opener Daryl Mitchell, on 63 overnight, reached his sixth County Championship hundred of the season and finished unbeaten on 139 to take Worcestershire to 229-2 before lunch.

One win from Worcestershire's final two matches should seal promotion.

Cricket: 100 for Daryl Mitchell

BBC Sport

And there is Daryl Mitchell's century for Worcestershire.

A lovely square drive off Steve Mullaney takes him to 100 off 191 balls with 16 fours.

The Pears are now just 46 shy of victory.

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Cricket: Pears close in on victory target

BBC Sport

Daryl Mitchell
Getty Images

They've had an uninterrupted 25 minutes or so at Trent Bridge.

In that time, Worcestershire have added 24 runs from their overnight 123-2.

Daryl Mitchell (78 not out) and Joe Clarke (4 not out) are steering the second-placed Pears to the target of 226 with another 78 required to defeat the Division Two leaders.

To gin or not to gin?

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Councillors in Worcester will this morning decide whether to grant a proposed Gin Palace a licence for the city centre.

Bar chain Hogarths wants to put a late-night bar on the site of the former Co-op on Angel Street.

Gin
BBC Good Food

But it faces objections from city centre police, who say the venue would be likely to attract those most likely to commit crime.

Money raised for para-athlete to receive treatment

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A former British para-athlete from Worcestershire has raised more than £30,000 to go to Mexico for specialist treatment for her aggressive multiple sclerosis.

Stacey Hurrell, 38 from Hagley, is flying out tomorrow to start an intense course of chemotherapy and stem cell treatment, called HSCT.

Stacey Hurrell
Justgiving

The mother-of-three says she meets all the criteria for the treatment on the NHS, except one.

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 closed 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

Mental health services in Herefordshire come under fire

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A mother from Hereford has criticised the lack of support in the county for new parents with mental health problems.

Kiri Smith, 24, from Bromyard gave birth to her son Cody in April.

She says despite having a history of depression, no one picked up she had post-natal depression and it was only taken seriously after she attempted to take her own life.

Woman holding head
PA

Ms Smith's comments come as a study reveals Herefordshire has no specialist teams to support the mental health of pre- and post-natal women in the entire county.

In a joint statement, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Wye Valley Trust and Herefordshire CCG said: "Although we don't currently provide a specialist perinatal mental health service in Herefordshire, we're working together to develop a bid for funding from NHS England."

Severe accident: A44 Worcestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A44 Worcestershire eastbound severe accident, between B4624 Worcester Road and A46.

A44 Worcestershire - A44 in Twyford closed and slow traffic eastbound between the B4624 Worcester Road junction and the A46 junction, because of an accident, recovery work and a spillage on the road.

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

Anniversary of fire that destroyed country house

BBC Midlands Today

Last night marked the 80th anniversary of the fire which destroyed one of the Midlands' grandest country houses.

Witley Court
BBC

The 17th century Witley Court in Worcestershire, home to the Earl of Dudley, was the venue for many lavish parties.

It went up in flames one night in 1937 and although the fountains have been restored, the house remains a shell.