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Summary

  1. M5 roadworks face delays
  2. Worcester busker plucked off street to perform alongside pop star Seal
  3. Castle mystery investigated in lottery-backed dig
  4. Hereford woman with terminal cancer raises more than £60,000 for charity
  5. Updates on Monday 4 July 2016

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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.

The weather for the West Midlands

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Some of us may see the odd shower at first this evening, although these will soon ease.

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

It'll be a cloudy start across Hereford and Worcestershire tomorrow, with the odd spot of drizzle possible at first. However, the cloud will thin and brighten later.

Worcester busker opens sell out Seal concert

A Worcester busker went from singing for her supper on the streets of Mancester to singing in front of thousands of people at a sell out Seal concert. 

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Kidderminster student celebrates success at European Karate Championships

Kidderminster student Sam Thomas is celebrating after she brought home a silver medal from the European Karate Championships in Germany. 

Sam, 21, is a student at the University of Worcester and she competes in women's Kata - a non-combat form of karate - in which competitors perform patterns of karate movements and are marked on their power, speed and style.    

Crane problems cause M5 chaos

In February, one of the overhead gantries ended up blocking the road after installation problems overnight - causing massive disruption on the motorway and prompting a huge backlash on social media from drivers stuck in jams.  

The northbound carriageway between junction 5 at Droitwich and 4a at Bromsgrove was due to reopen at 06:00 on 5 Feb following overnight works. However there was difficulty removing the gantry from the carriageway as the available equipment could not lift it. 

It eventually reopened more than 10 hours later.

Map of roadworks
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Delays to M5 roadworks

Work to install gantries over the M5 motorway could take several months longer than expected.

The £120m Smart Motorway project, between junctions 4a and 6 will see gantries carrying variable speed and other electronic signs built over the road. By opening up the hard shoulder at busy times, the intention is to increase capacity on the network.

Narrow lanes and 50mph speed limits are in place.

The scheme was originally expected to be completed by October. However it could run into early 2017, Andrew Hitch, senior project manager for Highways England said.

He said the delays were due to "unforeseen" problems, such as badger sets being discovered by construction teams.

Watch: Motorway gantry installation timelapse

Latest: Herefordshire council £8.3m "accountancy error"; River Wye Salmon at 20-year high; Kidderminster student celebrates Karate Championships success

Here are our latest headlines: 

- Herefordshire Council is being urged to reassure the public why more than £8m was missed off from accounts 

-The number of salmon in the River Wye is at one of the highest levels in 20 years.

-Kidderminster student Sam Thomas is celebrating after she brought home a silver medal from the European Karate Championships in Germany

Worcestershire battle at New Road

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Worcestershire are 140-3 at New Road, chasing Leicestershire's 407.

Tom Fell is the latest to go, caught off the bowling of Raine for 61. 

Fell, in his first innings since being diagnosed with cancer and completing chemotherapy treatment, hit 11 fours in his 114-ball innings  

Earlier captain Daryl Mitchell was run out after a mix-up with Fell on 52.

Tom Fell
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Conservative leadership: Redditch MP declares support for Andrea Leadsom

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Karen Lumley is so far the only MP in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to back Andrea Leadsom. 

Bromsgrove MP and Business Secretary Sajid Javid is backing Stephen Crabb. 

The five other Conserviative MPs, who have declared who they are supporting, are all backing Home Secretary, Theresa May. 

River Wye salmon catch hit 20 year high

Anglers fishing on the River Wye have recorded more than 500 spring catches.

It's good news, as it means we're seeing salmon return in numbers not seen in 20 years. 

River Wye
Google

The Wye and Usk Foundation says projects to restore habitats on the river and combat pollution were behind the recovery.

Has Brexit ended junior doctors dispute?

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

 In two days' time doctors in England will vote on whether to accept a new contract.

Doctors have been out on strike six times - two of them all-out stoppages - over the terms and conditions that were on offer before it was announced in May that union and government negotiators had finally reached a deal.  

Even if British Medical Association members vote no, it's quite possible it will not matter. The will to continue the fight has all but evaporated since the Brexit vote.

Protest
PA

Herefordshire Council spot £8.3m 'accountancy error'

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Accounts that seemed to show more than £8m missing from a Herefordshire Council budget are purely due to an administrative error, the local authority says.

Back in 2015 councillors listed £19m for the first stages of building the new city link road between Commercial Road and Edgar Street. 

Those were signed off but then by February of this year, when the next accounts were due to be signed off, it had become £10.66m.  

Hereford Shire Hall
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The council has reassured people that the figures themselves were accurate but they were put in the wrong column of accounts and that no money has gone missing and that the overall accounts are correct.

Latest: Ex West Midlands MEP fraud trial; Herefordshire council criticised over accountancy errors;Worcester busker talent spotted

This afternoon's headlines: 

- The former West Midlands UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire has broken down in tears as she gave evidence at her fraud trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Ms Sinclaire denies falsely claiming travel expenses

 - Herefordshire Council is being urged to reassure the public about why more than £8m was missed off from tables of figures which were signed off more than a year ago

 - A busker from Worcester got the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when she was talent spotted by pop star Seal

Conservative Leadership: Support for Theresa May from five out of eight conservative MPs

Five out of eight Conservative MPs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are backing Theresa May to be the next leader of the party.

This is despite the Home Secretary supporting the Remain campaign in the EU referendum. 

Home Secretary, Theresa May
BBC

Sooner we get over Brexiter and Remain labels the better."

Nigel HuddlestonConservative MP for Mid-Worcestershire

Frozen food safety confusion causing waste, warns FSA

Misconceptions about frozen food are contributing to the seven million tonnes of waste thrown out by UK households every year, the Food Standards Agency says.

A survey for the FSA found 43% of people wrongly thought food could only be frozen on the day it was bought, suggesting confusion over food safety.

Some 38% incorrectly said food could become unsafe to eat in the freezer.

In fact, "the freezer is like a pause button", the FSA's Steve Wearne said.

Hundreds of children take part in Worcestershire Schools Regatta

Hundreds of children are taking part in the Worcestershire Schools Regatta on the River Severn today. 

It is part of a series of races taking place across the county this summer. 

The next one is this Thursday in Stourport, followed by Upton Warren near Bromsgrove next week.    

West Midlands MEP 'not surprised' over Farage resignation

UK Independence Party MEP for the West Midlands James Carver says he's not surprised Nigel Farage has stood down as party leader.

"He's still going to lead our group in the European Parliament, which is an extremely powerful position to be in.

"He's been a great leader but there's plenty of talent within UKIP."

James Carver
BBC

Your Pictures: Beautiful day in Worcestershire

It's a bright and beautiful day in Worcestershire. 

Thank you to our BBC Weather Watchers for sending in these lovely pictures of sunny Kidderminster and Lindrige. 

Garden in Kidderminster
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Lindridge, Worcestershire
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Worcester busker talent spotted

A busker from Worcester got the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when she was talent spotted on the streets by pop star Seal. 

Busker Poppy Waterman-Smith and singer Seal.
Poppy Waterman-Smith

Poppy Waterman-Smith was in Manchester on the same night the soul and RnB singer was performing a sell-out gig.

After performing a spontaneous duet on the pavement, Seal invited her to play to a crowd of more than 2,000 people as his warm up act.

Cricket: D'Oliveira makes breakthrough on day two

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Lecestershire have just lost another wicket, with Ben Riane caught and bowled by Brett D'Oliveira at New Road.

The visitors are currently 369-8.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

The sunny weather should stay with us for most of the day, but there's a chance of a few showers this evening.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Questions over waste collection plans

Evesham Journal

Fresh questions are being asked about a move by the city council's new leadership to scrap the private outsourcing of Worcester's bin collections.

Latest: Worcester busker talent spotted; cancer cyclist raises more than £60,000; castle mystery investigated

Kate West

Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

This morning's headlines: 

- A busker from Worcester got the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when she was talent spotted on the streets by pop star Seal

- A Hereford woman with terminal cancer has raised more than £60,000 for charity by cycling across Europe

- An archaeological dig, aiming to find out why a small Herefordshire village has two castles, gets under way today

Cycling for cancer

A Hereford woman with terminal cancer has raised more £60,000 for charity by cycling across Europe.

Emmy Collett is attempting to cycle 2,000km across Europe, with her fiance Jake Coates, to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London where she is receiving treatment.

Worcestershire v Leicestershire - day two preview

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

Day two of Worcestershire's County Championship fixture against Leicestershire starts at 10:50, with the weather looking good.

Full coverage is on 738 AM and online.

Archaeological digs at two castles in Herefordshire

An archaeological dig - aiming to find out why a small Herefordshire village has two castles - gets under way today. 

A community project in Longtown has been awarded nearly £80,000 of lottery funding. The local historical society together with the County Archaeology team will now excavate both medieval sites in search of clues.

One is an old motte and bailey, west of the road midway between Clodock and Longtown, by a bridge over the Olchon. Longtown Castle is in the middle of Longtown.

Longtown Castle
The Longtown and District Historical Society

A ghoulish tour of medieval punishments

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

As an English town considers bringing back the stocks, BBC News asks which other areas have kept their instruments of medieval correction?

A complete ducking stool is on display in Leominster Priory, Herefordshire, and the people of the town are so taken with the idea that the town clock, commissioned for the millennium, features a moving ducking stool depiction  

Stocks in Woodstock
Steve Daniels

Seven hundred licences revoked over medical conditions

Almost 700 drivers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have had their licences revoked because of medical conditions, the BBC has found.

Dave Stephens from Colwall says he lost £13,000 in earnings while waiting for a health assessment for his diabetes. It was meant to take three months but due to a delay he wasn't able to work for nearly twice that long.  

Lorries generic
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  The DVLA say drivers safety is their top priority, which is why there are higher standards for bus and lorry drivers.  

Dexter hits ton for Foxes at New Road

Leicestershire's Neil Dexter hit his third Championship century of the summer to thwart Worcestershire at New Road yesterday.

He hit 109 after Leicestershire had chosen to bat, having won the toss.

Ed Barnard was Worcestershire's most successful bowler, taking 3-49, including an impressive first spell.  

Leicestershire continue today - day two of the match - on 299-7.

Former Middlesex captain Neil Dexter
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Men jailed for Worcester cannabis factory

Worcester News

Two men who set up a commercial cannabis factory in a Worcester house to grow plants worth up to £37,000 have both been jailed for three years.

News: Hundreds of drivers stripped of licences; UKIP accused of dividing Britain; two castles mystery probed

BBC Hereford and Worcester

This morning's headlines:

- Almost 700 drivers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have had their licences revoked because of medical conditions, the BBC has found

- A West Midlands Labour MP has accused UKIP of dividing Britain and stoking a rise in racial violence

- An archaeological dig, aiming to find out why a small Herefordshire village has two castles, gets under way today

Travel: Crash affects A456

BBC Travel

The A456 is partially blocked at the A4117 Cleobury Road after a crash involving three vehicles.

Traffic is slow in the area.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be bright with some sunshine to begin with. Scattered cloud will build over the course of the afternoon with the chance of occasional isolated showers. 

Highs of 20C (68F).

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