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Summary

  1. Snakes found dumped in Worcestershire lay-by
  2. MP appeals for action over collapsed bridge
  3. Drive who 'fled scene' sought after fatal M5 crash
  4. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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A British helicopter pilot shot by suspected poachers in Tanzania was "unlawfully killed", a coroner rules.

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Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

On Midlands Today this evening: Abandoned calls to police 101 number

BBC Midlands Today

Have you been left hanging on the police's non-emergency 101 number? Well you may not be alone. 

Staffordshire Police call centre
BBC

A BBC investigation's found thousands of calls were abandoned to police forces across the Midlands over the last four years. 

We'll be looking at how bad the situation is and what's being done to improve things - all on BBC One from 18:30 in Midlands Today.

Fans' favourite and cup hero returns to Worcester City

Dan Wheeler

BBC Sport

The return of fans’ favourite, Sean Geddes, will rekindle some great memories for Worcester City supporters.  

His two goals killed off Coventry City in one of the biggest recent shocks in the FA Cup two seasons ago as Worcester made it to the second round.

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Then there was his delicious "Rabona" goal in a league game against Barrow

Carl Heeley will be thrilled he’s got him back.

M5 fatal crash: Police appeal to driver who 'fled the scene'

The driver of a car who "fled the scene" of a fatal crash on the M5 this morning is being sought by police.

Gloucestershire Police say the driver of an MG Rover left the scene of the collision when the police arrived.

Their account of the collision is vital to our investigation and we urgently need to speak to the occupant or occupants of this vehicle to fully understand what happened during this tragic incident."

Ch Insp Yan GeorgiouGloucestershire Police
Accident debris
Gloucestershire Police

Two men died and another is critically ill after the multi-vehicle collision on the M5 southbound, just after the junction with the M50. 

Watch: Forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

For many places it will stay fine and dry this evening and tonight, and with some lengthy clear spells and light winds it may get rather chilly in sheltered western parts - lows of 10C (50F). 

MP calls for council action over collapsed bridge

There are calls from a local MP for the county council to "take some decisions and present a plan of action"over a collapsed bridge in Worcestershire.

The 18th Century Grade II listed Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury Wells, collapsed into the River Teme on 24 May.

Harriett Baldwin, the MP for West Worcestershire, says there are already a number of options "on the table" she'd like to see the plans "within the next 24 hours".

Eastham Bridge
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After that we will work with the community on both the short and long-term solutions and carry out a wider consultation to get as many views as possible."

Harriett BaldwinMP for West Worcestershire

Watch: Snakes dumped in lay-by

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been to meet RSPCA inspector Adrian Langley, in the lay-by in Worcestershire where three large snakes were found dumped.

Latest: Snakes dumped in lay-by; MP calls for action of collapsed bridge; Sixways pitch sold for charity

Alice Porter

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- The dumping of three snakes in a lay-by in Worcestershire is condemned as "highly dangerous" by the RSPCA

- MP calls for action plan over collapsed bridge

- Warriors sell off their pitch to raise money for charity

Snakes dumped in a lay-by condemned as 'highly dangerous'

The dumping of three snakes in a lay-by has been condemned as "highly dangerous' by the RSPCA.

Two of the snakes were boa constrictors and were 6ft (1.8m) long, and the third was a royal python, which was 3ft 6in (1m).

They were found wrapped up by a farmer near Shenstone in Kidderminster.

Snake
BBC

The one inside the dog bed cover is a large constrictor and the other is a smaller constrictor, maybe a baby. To leave a non-native species in a lay-by like this is highly dangerous."

Adrian LangleyRSPCA inspector

Watch: Royals v Vikings T20 preview

Dave Bradley will be part of the team bring you ball-by-ball commentary from New Road starting at 17:25. on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738 AM frequency and online.

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Speed camera set alight in Kidderminster

A speed camera on the A449 Wolverhampton Road in Kidderminster has been the subject of an arson attack, police say.

West Mercia Police say a tyre was placed on top of the camera in the Broadwaters area and set on fire on Monday, 30 May at approximately 23:30.

Wolverhampton Road in Kidderminster
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The speed camera was damaged during the incident and the cost of this is "not yet known", police say.

Cricket: Worcester Rapids take on Yorkshire Viking

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcestershire are back in T20 action tonight as they take on the Yorkshire Vikings at New Road.

Matt Henry (pictured) returns to the side after being rested for the five-wicket Specsavers County Championship defeat against Gloucestershire.

You can hear full commentary on the game, which starts at 17:30, on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738 Am frequency and online.

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Travel: Oil on the road keeps A38 closed

BBC Travel

The road was closed near Lydiate Ash after a collision involving a motorcycle and a car at 10:37 this morning. More from BBC Travel.

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Photo: Cliff rescue on the Malvern Hills

A woman and her son were rescued from a cliff face on the Malvern Hills by a specialist team from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

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Man arrested as police investigate 'racist slurs' video

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Merseyside Police have confirmed they're investigating a video clip which appears to show racist slurs being made by a Hereford man.

The 29-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and released on bail pending further enquiries. 

It's alleged he sent the video to a man who was the target of the comments.

Travel: Severe delays on the A49

The A49 is closed at King's Thorn in Herefordshire because of a lorry fire. 

The fire is out, but there is heavy traffic northbound. More from BBC Travel.

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Latest: Police investigate 'racist slurs' video; crash closes A38; Warriors sell off their pitch

Alice Porter

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- Merseyside police have confirmed they're investigating a video clip which appears to show racist slurs made by a Hereford man

- The A38 southbound is closed after a collision involving a motorcyclist and a car

- Worcester Warriors are selling off the grass at Sixways as they prepare to get an artificial pitch

Hereford man who fell into River Wye calls for bravery award for his rescuers

Hereford Times

A Hereford grandfather who feared he would never see his family again after falling into the River Wye has called for his brave rescuers to be commended.  

Watch: Weather for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

It'll be a dry and bright afternoon with some decent sunny spells, feeling warm in the sunshine - highs of 18C (64F).

Read a full forecast on the BBC Weather web page.

Sixways pitch to be sold off

Worcester Warriors are selling off their pitch as they prepare to lay a new artificial surface.

Fans are being given a chance to buy a square metre of turf for £20, with all money raised going to the Acorns Children's Hospice.

An organic all-weather surface, made by Italian firm Limonta Sport, will be laid in time for the 2016-17 season.  

Francois Hougaard
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Warriors said the new artificial pitch would be harder wearing, allowing more matches and other events to be held at the stadium.

A38 closed for up to three hours after crash

The A38 is likely to be closed for up to three hours after a crash involving a motorcycle and a car.

West Mercia Police say officers were called to the A38 near Lydiate Ash at 10:37 this morning.

A motorcyclist was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, a spokeswoman said.

Worcestershire County Council says it is putting diversions in place, but the A38 southbound could be closed until the evening rush hour.

Watch: Midlands Today live at scene of M5 crash

Kevin Reide

Midlands Today

I'll be reporting live from the scene of a crash on the M5 that costs the lives of two men and left a third critically ill in hospital,

Find out the latest in Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

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Gloucestershire Police

Cliff rescue on the Malvern Hills

A specialist team from the fire service has rescued an adult and a child - we'll bring you more details when we have them.

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Travel: A38 closed near Bromsgrove

BBC Travel

We'll bring you more details of the incident when we get them - more from BBC Travel.

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Football: City sign another two players

Worcester City say two new players have agreed deals for next season.

Midfielder Richard Batchelor, 28, is joining from National League North Brackley Town.

The club describe him as a "tough tackling, no nonsense, ball-winning central midfield player".

Richard Batchelor
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Sean Geddes is rejoining City after a brief spell back at Stourbridge FC.  

Both Richard and Sean are players that have the capabilities to transform the squad for the new campaign and they will bring totally different qualities."

Carl HeeleyWorcester City manager

Latest: Two die in motorway crash; inquest into man killed by poachers; police pledge on call times

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- The M5 southbound has reopened after a crash that left two men dead and another critically ill

- The inquest into the death of a former Malvern College student, killed by poachers in Tanzania, is due to begin this afternoon

- West Mercia Police say they are trying to improve their 101 non-emergency phone service, after figures showed some people were experiencing long waiting times

Watch: Polecats are on the comeback trail in Herefordshire

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Polecats are on the comeback trail after flirting with extinction 100 years ago. 

The Vincent Wildlife Trust, based in Ledbury, published a national survey on the state of polecats in April.

M5 fatal accident: 'Extensive' investigation by police

An "extensive investigation" has been carried out by Gloucestershire Police into a multi-vehicle accident on the M5 southbound which claimed the lives of two men and left another critically ill in hospital, Highways England says.

The agency says the incident, at 01:15 this morning just past the M50 junction, was dealt with by three police forces.

Gloucestershire, West Mercia and units from the Central Motorway Police Group joined crews from Hereford & Worcestershire Fire & Rescue and West Midlands Ambulance Service.    

Accident debris
Gloucestershire Police

We worked incredibly closely with the emergency services and various partners, as we do on all incidents, to get the road re-opened as quickly as possible."

Martin StottHighways England

Badgers undermine a road in Herefordshire

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire motorists could face two months of disruption on a busy county road because of damage caused by badgers. 

The animals have dug setts under the A438 Hereford to Brecon road at Bridge Sollars (pictured) and work to stop the subsidence could take as long as eight weeks.

Badger setts under a bridge
BBC

Drivers are being urged to stop moving the traffic lights and cones at the site, which have been put there to protect the public. 

Travel: M5 southbound reopens after fatal crash

The M5 southbound is being gradually reopened between J8 (M50) and J9 (Tewkesbury) after a fatal multi-vehicle crash, Highways England say.

It was closed following the accident at 01:15 in which two men died and another was critically injured. More from BBC Travel.

The agency says traffic is joining the motorway again at J8, and a rolling roadblock will operate to clear the backlog of traffic.

A spokesman said they hope to have the motorway running normally "within an hour".

Congestion on motorway
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Hereford Times front page: Football club in race abuse probe

This week's Hereford Times reports that police are investigating an offensive video "aimed" at players.

Hereford Times front page
Hereford Times

Elderly man pulled from River Wye in Hereford

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

An elderly man has been rescued from the River Wye in Hereford, the fire service say.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service say they were called at 09:25 this morning.

They sent two boat crews, one from Hereford and one from Wales, and  fire engines from Hereford and Ross.

The man had been rescued by a passer-by when they got there and he's been taken to Hereford Hospital by ambulance, a spokeswoman said.

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River rescue in Hereford

The person was rescued by the public before the fire service got there - more details when we have them.

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M5 fatal crash: Third man 'in a critical condition'

Two people have died and a third man is "in a critical condition" in hospital, paramedics say.

West Midlands Ambulance Service earlier said the third man had died, but now say he is being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

M5 crash
TRI_FORCE

A fourth man was given trauma care for back and leg injuries before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, a spokesman said.

All four men were in the same car - the accident happened at 01:15 on the M5 sounthbound just after the junction with the M50.

Diversions are in place and the motorway is expected to stay closed until at least 10:30. More from BBC Travel.

Latest: Two die in M5 crash; public hanging up on police; badgers undermine road

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

- Two men die in a crash which has closed the M5 southbound

- More than 22,000 give up on non-emergency calls to West Mercia Police

- Badger sett undermines a road in Herefordshire