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Summary

  1. Fatal crash closes road
  2. Statue tribute to wartime munitions workers
  3. Man dies in house fire
  4. Former consultant says he'd rather see hospital shut than face cuts
  5. Teenager recovering after spine op in the USA
  6. Taxi service apologises after blind man refused lift
  7. Updates from Friday 3 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday. 

  2. Your pictures: Blossom and overcast weather

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a fairly miserable day all round, but here are two pictures that caught our eye.

    This lovely picture of pink blossom offset the otherwise grey background - it comes from BBC Weather Watcher Marlaine. 

    Evesham

    Toppo sent in this picture from Doddenham of quite a grey day. 

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

    Doddenham
  3. Fatal crash closes road

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    One person has died and two people have been seriously injured after a collision on the A451 in Worcestershire, police say 

    West Mercia Police say the road is closed between Great Witley and Dunley and is likely to stay that way for the next three or four hours. 

    Emergency services were called just after 16:30 this afternoon.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A451 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A451 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Church Lane and B4197.

    A451 Worcestershire - A451 in Yarhampton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the B4197 junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - local.

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

  5. Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue for many this evening and for a time overnight, but there will be some drier interludes too

    Rain will clear during the early hours. 

    Cloudy skies will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing an overnight frost.  Lows of 6C (43F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  6. Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Uber drivers refused to take man with guide dog

    BBC Midlands Today

    A blind man from Birmingham, who works in Worcester, says he's repeatedly been refused taxis operated by the online firm Uber because he travels with a guide dog. 

    Saleh Ahmed claims it's happened 14 times in the past two years. 

    Saleh Ahmed

    Taxis are obliged to carry passengers with service dogs unless there's a medical reason not to. Uber say it has barred two drivers while they investigate. 

    There's more on BBC One from 18:30

  7. Book borrowing bonanza at Leintwardine library

    A library in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, has bucked the decline of library use in the country. 

    Leintwardine Community Library has seen an increase of 13% in the number of books being borrowed. It is also open for more hours thanks to local volunteers. 

    Books

    A new support group, Friends of Leintwardine Community Library, has set itself targets of "turning round library use, and transforming the way it worked to meet local needs."

    They also held activities such as children’s writing competitions, craft-making sessions for children and a mini-Shakespeare festival. 

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A449 and J3 for B4221.

    M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M50 eastbound between J4, A449 (Ross-On-Wye) and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of an accident.

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

  9. Slurry pollution: 'High organic content' in the water

    We told you earlier  about slurry pollution in the River Frome in Herefordshire. The pollution is affecting the Tedstone Brook. 

    The Environment Agency say they are "investigating the cause of the pollution".

    Dave Throup is the Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire and shared this picture from the scene. 

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  10. Flood gate closure to help river levels

    A flood gate in Upton-upon-Severn will be closed later today to help manage river levels. 

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    Flood gate closed
  11. Worcester named UK's happiest city

    Worcester has been named as the UK's happiest city in a survey. 

    Around 2,000 people were questioned by Provident Financial, who compiled the findings.

    Worcester did well in other areas: Fifth most welcoming; third best for its upkeep and ninth for its level of safety. 

    It would seem the City Council are pretty pleased with the result too...

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  12. Fatal fire: Fire-fighters forced entry

    A man has died after a house fire in Malvern last night (pictured) and two other men needed treatment for a head injury and the effects of breathing in smoke.

    Scene of fire

    The emergency services were called to "a severe fire" at a semi-detached property in Malvern at about 21:45.

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service say they forced entry into the property and rescued the man, but he could not be saved.

    The service is now working with police to determine the cause of the fire. 

  13. Rugby: Warriors makes four changes

    Team news is in for Worcester Warriors' crucial game against Bristol on Sunday.

    The Warriors will make four changes. 

    View more on twitter
  14. Video content

    Video caption: Uber drivers refuse to pick up man with guide dog

    Saleh Ahmed said he was turned down 14 times by drivers with the private hire firm.

  15. Magic moments from FA People's Cup

    #PeoplesCup

    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

    Video content

    Video caption: More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  16. Chaos the cat caught in trap for two weeks

    Meet Chaos the cat.

    Chaos the cat

    Chaos is a rescue cat from Hereford who survived for almost two weeks after getting his leg caught in a trap.

    Chaos, who is 10-years-old, went missing for 13 days before turning up at his Bobblestock home with the trap still attached.

    He was emaciated, near death and his foot has been paralysed, but he miraculously survived.

    The RSPCA is now trying to find out who set the trap.

    Chaos
  17. Heart rhythm procedure now on offer at Worcester hospital

    A new procedure is now on offer to Worcestershire patients suffering from heart rhythm problems.

    The treatment, called cardiac electrophysiology and ablation, was introduced at Worcestershire Royal Hospital this week. 

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    Patients previously went to hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire for the procedure but can now have it in Worcester. 

    The treatment involves, small wires being placed inside the heart to source the problem and then the area that is causing the arrhythmia is destroyed. 

  18. First home game for professional netball team

    A large crowd is expected at the University Arena in Worcester this evening for the Severn Stars first-ever home match in netball's Super League. 

    The Stars will take on the Celtic Dragons in a match which is due to get under way at 19:30. 

    University Arena

    Severn Stars beat their Welsh opponents in a pre-season match, but Becky Oatley, who plays for the Stars, told BBC Hereford & Worcester this will count for little this evening.