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Summary

  1. Vigils in Kidderminster and Redditch for victims of Manchester attack
  2. Van driver jailed for killing Malvern teenager
  3. Hundreds of council staff could be underpaid by new IT system, union says
  4. Preparations for Grimley Raceway meet
  5. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    Enjoy the bank holiday.

  2. Ice lollies for giraffes

    Safari park staff have been feeding ice lollies to giraffes as temperatures soar across the UK.

    Food is put inside the blocks of ice at West Midlands Safari Park, at Bewdley in Worcestershire.

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    Video caption: Giraffes handed lollies at West Midlands Safari Park
  3. Racing set for Monday comeback at controversial track

    Phil Maiden

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Motor racing at Grimley Raceway will get under way on Monday for the first time in about eight months.

    Grimley Raceway

    Complaints from some local residents about the noise meant that racing at the track was suspended following a court injunction.

    But Malvern Hills District Council agreed earlier this month that racing can now resume, after a hearing to discuss its future was postponed.

  4. Reminder that armed officers may be on the streets

    The police are reminding us that with the heightened state of security at the moment, there may be armed officers out on the streets this bank holiday weekend.

    Armed officer

    The force says it always has armed officers based around the West Mercia area, ready to react where needed, but since the terror attack in Manchester it deployed additional firearms teams.

    There will also be more regular police out on the streets.

  5. Rugby: Worcester Warriors hooker prepares for England start

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The Worcester Warriors' young hooker Jack Singleton is preparing for his first start for England this weekend.

    Jack Singleton in action for Worcester Warriors

    He's among eight uncapped players in the side to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

    He won't, however, win an England cap for the game as it has been designated a "non-cap" fixture.

  6. Eastham bridge: Latest photo

    The bridge is open, but work to incorporate bricks from the original 18th Century structure, which collapsed last year, continues.

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  7. Football: Bromsgrove excited about Worcester City fixtures

    BBC Sport

    Bromsgrove Sporting are relishing the prospect of facing Worcester City in the Midland Football League Premier Division next season.

    City, who share the Victoria Ground with Sporting, have been forced to step down two divisions for financial reasons.

    Foot and ball

    Bromsgrove's manager Paul Smith described the matches as "two huge local derbies" and said they would be "mouthwatering clash home and away for the fans to get involved in".

  8. Trade union criticises payroll system

    Some of the lowest paid council staff have been particularly badly affected by failures in a new payroll system, trade union Unison says.

    Last month 16,000 workers in Worcestershire were moved on to a new system, but about 150 of them were underpaid by as much as £500.

    "This is tending to affect the lower paid members of the council workforce, so home care assistants... teaching assistants are another example," Jim Price, Unison branch secretary in Worcestershire, said.

    "It's people without large regular salaries they rely on the sessional work that they do and they're just not getting pad for that."

    Worcestershire County Council

    Worcestershire County Council says it has a large support team in place to provide technical support and advice.

    The firm behind the new system has apologised.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  10. Cricket: Worcestershire batting after bowling out Northants

    Play has resumed after tea at the County Ground and Worcestershire are batting in their County Championship match.

    Norhamptonshire were all out for 238 in their first innings after adding 77 for the final two wickets and in reply Worcestershire are 20 without loss.

    Jack Shantry and captain Joe Leach helped themselves to three wickets each in Northants first innings.

  11. Bank holiday getaways: Busiest roads for four years

    Highways England have suspended 150 miles of roadworks across the West Midlands in anticipation of today's Bank Holiday getaway.

    The RAC are warning drivers to expect the busiest spring bank holiday weekend for traffic in four years.

    It estimates that 16.5m leisure journeys will be taken between today and Monday because of soaring temperatures.

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  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for B4221 and J2 for A417.

    M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J3, B4221 (Newent) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a broken down car with caravan. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Slideshow: Sunshine on Wylde Moor

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    These great photos of Wylde Moor near Feckenham in Worcestershire basking in the May sunshine were taken by one of our regular contributors, Paul Wilde.

    I'd love to feature your photos, especially as the weather is so good - you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

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    Video caption: Spring sunshine on Wylde Moor
  14. Tributes to former Hereford MP

    BBC Politics

    The former Hereford MP Paul Keetch, who's died at the age of 56, has been described as a man of "absolute principle".

    He was the area's Liberal Democrat MP for 13 years from 1997 and died on Wednesday after a long illness.

    Paul Keetch

    Lib Dem president Baroness Sal Brinton said he "cared passionately about the people he represented".

    The party's former leader Lord Campbell said Mr Keetch was "an enthusiast in everything he did".

  15. Former Redditch MP says counter-terror strategy needs reviewing

    Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says the Prevent programme, aimed at stopping people becoming involved in extremism, must be reviewed.

    The ex-Redditch MP was involved in strengthening the programme in 2008, but told BBC WM one of its main aims is still not happening.

    Jacqui Smith
    Quote Message: The government were right to say that they should be reviewing it, but wrong to not have already done it, I think it needs to be looked at in more detail alongside other elements of the counter-terror strategy." from Jacqui Smith Politician
    Jacqui SmithPolitician
  16. Royal visit for residential farm

    The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting a farm in Herefordshire today, which organises breaks for disadvantaged young people.

    Jamie's Farm in Longtown teaches children what is involved in running a livestock farm and skills like horse-care and carpentry.

    Duchess of Cornwall

    The duchess is the patron of the charity and it'll be her first visit to the Herefordshire farm.

  17. Delays on Redditch to Birmingham trains

    BBC News Travel

    Train services between Redditch and Birmingham are facing delays and possible cancellations due to a points failure, which has left some lines blocked, operator London Midland says.

  18. Cricket: Worcestershire take four Northants wickets

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    Worcestershire have taken four Northamptonshire wickets in the morning session after winning the toss and choosing to bowl in their County Championship game at the County Ground.

    There was one apiece for Jack Shantry, Joe Leach, Josh Tongue and Ed Barnard.

    Northants will return after the lunch break on 102-4.

    You can follow the match on BBC Hereford and Worcester on 738AM and online.