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Two hurt after car smashed into house as family watched TV

Tim Race

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man says it's nothing short of a miracle that he and his family are still alive after a car ploughed into his house as they sat in the living room.

The car smashed through the house's wall
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Robert Beattie, his wife Mel and teenage daughter Tash were watching TV on Friday night when the car came crashing through the front of the house in Battenhall Rise, Worcester, missing Robert by inches.

He told BBC Hereford and Worcester that Mel and Tash suffered broken bones and are recovering in hospital.

West Mercia Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Worcester on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and he's been released under investigation.

I got my wife out into the kitchen area as best I could, she was very dazed and confused. I then had to go back outside, through the opening, to rescue my daughter from the other side of the car who was again shocked and confused and I carried her back round to the kitchen."

Robert BeattieHomeowner

In photos: Spring arrives at last

BBC Weather Watchers

Spring looks to have well and truly arrived from the photos uploaded by our BBC Weather Watcher volunteers.

These are from users Raineyjane in Great Alne, Snow Crystals in Newcastle under Lyme and Frodo Baggins in Bromyard:

Great Alne
Raineyjane
Newcastle under Lyme
Snow Crystals
Bromyard
Frodo Baggins

Pothole repair: Councils awarded funding

An extra £100m is being shared among councils to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms, the transport secretary has announced.

Chris Grayling said the money would help patch up nearly two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather conditions.

pothole
Department for Transport

Staffordshire was among the areas awarded the most with £2.2m funding.

Warwickshire will receive £1.4m and Herefordshire £1.2m.

Transport for the West Midlands has also been awarded £1.7m funding for road conditions monitoring innovations.

Figures show drop in mobile phone prosecutions

There are calls for a new crackdown on drivers who use their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Police officer pulling over a driver
BBC

Figures obtained by BBC Hereford & Worcester under the Freedom of Information Act show the number of motorists being pulled over by West Mercia Police has dropped by a third.

Last year just over 1,000 people were stopped for using their handsets.

Campaigner Paul Carvin, lost his wife Zoe when a lorry driver crashed into her stationary car while he was reading a text message, is calling for harsher penalties for drivers caught using phones.

The force said the fall is down to fewer people using their mobiles at the wheel.

GKN retracts supportive investors statements

BBC Business News

Another day, another extraordinary development in Melrose's £7.9bn hostile bid for Redditch-based GKN.

GKN worker
GKN

In a stock exchange announcement, it says: "GKN notes the articles published by the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times on 25 March 2018 relating to GKN and Melrose Industries PLC.

"The Sunday Telegraph article contained a comment by Anne Stevens, chief executive, that "Stevens says … she's convinced investors will back [GKN].

"The Sunday Times article contained a comment by Jos Sclater, group finance director, that "long-only shareholders are mostly supportive of existing management, and understand that the Dana deal and becoming a pure play aerospace company has, longer term, significantly more value than the Melrose bid".

"GKN confirms that these statements of shareholder support in respect of GKN were not verified and are hereby retracted."

Chelsea Clinton to speak at Hay Festival

Chelsea Clinton and actress Rose McGowan (pictured) are among the speakers at this year's Hay Festival.

Hay Festival 2018 speakers include Rose McGowan

The 31st festival runs from 24 May - 3 June in Hay-on-Wye, Powys.

More than 600 guests will appear at 800 events, including musical performances and stand-up comedy.

Festival director Peter Florence said insecurities and crises facing the world meant "we need to hear the wisest voices, not the loudest".

What's the weather got in store?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly dry day today with spells of sunshine, but a cloudier afternoon and highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Hay Festival 2018 speakers include Chelsea Clinton
Actress Rose McGowan is also among the 600 guests who will speak over the course of 11 days.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 exit slip road closed southbound at J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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 on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, 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 J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Jon Burton with pike

The pike, caught by Jon Burton in Alvechurch, is three times heavier than his previous record.

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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 - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) 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

Faf de Klerk crossed against Worcester for his fourth Sale try of the season

Sale record their highest Premiership score of the season as they hammer Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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 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 an accident.

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

Viedo: What's the weather got in store?

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It will be mostly dry overnight with lows of 4C (39F).

Tomorrow looks set to be a generally cloudy day with some light rain at times and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Man charged in connection with lost Roger Curry

A man has been charged in connection with the case of a vulnerable mystery man who was found lost in Hereford in November 2015 - talking with an American accent.

The unusual discovery was made in a Hereford bus station car park and tests showed he had dementia. While in hospital, the elderly man, who had no ID, gave his name once only - Roger Curry.

West Mercia Police says he is believed to be in his 70s.

Roger Curry
BBC
Roger Curry - found lost in a Hereford car park - spoke with an American accent

Simon Hayes, 52, of Hendale, Taunton - arrested in April 2016 - is charged with three counts of fraud and another of perverting the course of justice.

A BBC Panorama investigation uncovered the mystery man was indeed named Roger Curry - and that his home was in Los Angeles.

Matt Rawnsley

New Worcestershire chief executive Matt Rawnsley hopes to keep the promoted Division One county competitive.

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Lorry driver a 'not very accomplished liar'

In sentencing lorry driver Ryszard Masierak for the crash that killed eight people on the M1 last year, Judge Francis Sheridan said he had sought to blame "everyone and everybody" except himself.

Ryszard Masierak
Thames Valley Police

"In short, you are a persistent, unmitigated, if not very accomplished, liar," he said.

The judge went on to say Masierak had shown "no remorse" and that there was "no mitigation" in his case.

Minibus forced into back of stationary lorry

The eight people killed on the M1 near Newport Pagnell in August 2017 were all travelling in a minibus.

In all, 11 Indian tourists were on board travelling from Nottingham to London, ahead of a trip to Disneyland Paris.

The court heard Ryszard Masierak, who was twice the drink-drive limit, had stopped in the inside lane of the motorway.

Fellow HGV driver Wagstaff was on a hands-free call when his lorry forced the minibus under Masierak's stationary lorry, the trial heard.

BreakingLorry driver jailed for 14 years for fatal M1 crash

A lorry driver has been jailed for 14 years for causing a crash that killed eight people on the M1 last year.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, from Evesham, was convicted of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Aylesbury Crown Court last month.

Lorry driver David Wagstaff, 54, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent was jailed for three years and four months after admitting eight counts of the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

Severe accident: A44 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A44 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Longdon Hill and Pitchers Hill.

A44 Worcestershire - A44 Longdon Hill in Evesham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Longdon Hill junction and the Pitchers Hill junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

JLR contract brings £21m investment to city

A new contract for US automotive component manufacturer Dana, to supply axles for Jaguar Land Rover, will see a £21m investment into its Birmingham site, the company said.

The Ohio-based company said the total value of the contract was worth more than £300m.

Jaguar Land Rover
Getty Images

Earlier this month Redditch-based GKN agreed to merge part of its business with the US company as it seeks to fend off a takeover bid from Melrose Industries.

In the papers: Police 'holding back the tide' on drugs

Worcester News

Here are some of the stories making the headlines on the Worcester News website this afternoon:

Record Atlantic row celebrations 'can wait'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Kiko Matthews said she had celebrated her record-breaking row across the Atlantic with a large mojito.

The 36-year-old, from Herefordshire, said she had been "dreaming" of a cocktail for much of the 49-day journey, but would be saving other celebrations until she returns from Barbados to the UK.

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However she said the time spent in the boat, rather than the alcohol was to blame for "not being able to walk properly".

I nearly fell in the swimming pool earlier. My legs are so jelly and wobbly

Kiko Matthews

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 on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, 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: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

Leisure centre shut after travellers set up camp

Droitwich Leisure Centre remains closed after a group of travellers arrived in the car park on Wednesday night.

Droitwich Leisure Centre
Google

Police in the town say a Section 61 Police Notice has been served on the unauthorised encampment, with a deadline of 14:00

Staff at the centre say they're hoping to reopen later this afternoon.

Record-breaking row inspired by tumour treatment

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Record-breaking rower Kiko Matthews said she was inspired to take on the Atlantic crossing as a challenge after having a a second brain tumour removed only eight months ago.

The 36-year-old, originally from Herefordshire, has become the fastest woman to cross the ocean solo in a time of 49 days 8 hours and 13 minutes.

"I like a challenge - I like to push myself and see what I can do," she said.

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I wanted to raise money for King's College Hospital, who saved my life in 2009. I also wanted to inspire women in particular, [to show] that we're just as capable of doing what men and guys do

Kiko Matthews

So far she has raised £70,000 for the hospital, but is aiming to reach £100,000.

Drivers set to be sentenced over fatal M1 crash

Two lorry drivers are due to be sentenced today for causing a pile-up that killed eight people in a minibus.

Scene of crash
BBC

David Wagstaff, 54, from Stoke-on-Trent, admitted eight counts of causing death by careless driving and four counts of careless driving, but was cleared of more serious charges of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

Ryszard Masierak, from Evesham, Worcestershire, was found guilty of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

They are both set to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court later.

Peaky pentathletes on final leg for Sports Relief

BBC Midlands Today

It's the final day of the Peaky Pentathlon challenge for Sport Relief which has raised more than £6,000 so far.

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Rebecca Wood and Richie Anderson have been walking along the region's canals each day as well as taking on sporting challenges.

Today they will sprint around the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham before finishing their walk to Droitwich.

Rower breaks record for solo Atlantic crossing

Herefordshire's Kiko Matthews has completed her record-breaking row across the Atlantic.

She set off from Gran Canaria in January and has become the fastest woman to make the crossing solo.

She's raising money for the hospital which saved her life when she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.

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Safety inspection closes Hereford to Ledbury line

BBC News Travel

A safety inspection has closed the rail line between Hereford and Ledbury.

Bus replacement services will run from Worcester Shrub Hill to Hereford; and between Great Malvern and Hereford.

Tickets are being accepted with Arriva bus services between Hereford and Shrewsbury for passengers travelling to Birmingham, said West Midlands Railway.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A largely dry day with bright or sunny spells is forecast once the early morning rain clears, with highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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 vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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