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  6. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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By Jerry Chester

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  1. New public square opposite cathedral to officially open

    A new £20m development in Worcester featuring a dozen new restaurants opens this weekend.

    Cathedral Square also includes shops and a gym and developers say it's created up to 400 retail and leisure jobs.

    Cathedral Square
  2. T20 Blast: Northamptonshire Steelbacks ease past Worcestershire

    BBC Sport

    Northamptonshire Steelbacks easily passed Worcestershire's 158 all out to earn a seven-wicket win at Wantage Road in the T20 Blast last night.

    Brett D'Oliveira (52) was the mainstay of a below-par Rapids total, in which seven players failed to reach double figures, with Richard Gleeson (3-12) and Rory Kleinveldt (3-25) doing damage with the ball for the hosts.


    Reigning T20 champions Northants scored 160-3 to earn a third win in four matches and go second in the North Group.

    Openers Richard Levi (47) and Adam Rossington (42) ensured a blistering start and Alex Wakely's unbeaten 46 got the Steelbacks over the line with 14 balls left.

  3. Police officers cycle ride to remember fallen colleagues

    More than 30 police officers from around the UK are passing through the area today, on a 180-mile (290km) cycle ride in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

    The Police Unity Tour will be passing through Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next two days, finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

    Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Douglas

    Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman (pictured above right) from West Mercia Police is among them and she said she was taking part to remember PC Richard Gray who was shot dead in Shrewsbury in 2007, while trying to arrest a gunman who was holding two fellow officers hostage.

  4. Man shot by police in critical but stable condition

    A man who was shot by an armed police officer is in a critical but stable condition, the West Midlands force says.

    It happened in Hereford Close, Rubery, at about 21:00 on Wednesday.

    The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    Police cordon

    IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell told the BBC the wounded man is black and in his early 40s.

    A man, aged 21, has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

    Two other men, aged 17 and 20, and a 53-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

  5. Watch: New civil war exhibition at Battle of Worcester building

    Nina Das Gupta

    Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester's English Civil War story is being told in a new exhibition at The Commandery in Worcester.

    The interactive civil war experience opens on Saturday, complete with 17th Century smells - I've been along for a sneak preview.

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    Video caption: New civil war exhibition.
  6. Cricket: Another T20 defeat for Rapids

    Worcestershire Rapids suffered a fifth defeat in seven games in the NatWest T20 Blast at Northampton last night.

    Brett D’Oliveira (pictured) top scored with 52, as the Rapids were bowled out for 158.

    Brett D’Oliveira

    The home side then raced home with seven wickets and almost three overs to spare.

  7. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a bright start cloud will start to increase with outbreaks of showery rain expected this afternoon.

    A breezy day with top temperatures of around 20C (68F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  8. Body-worn video cameras: More officers issued with new technology

    Police officers in north Worcestershire will be wearing video cameras in future as part of a £1m roll-out of the technology.

    Body-worn cameras will be used in Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley, Hagley, Bromsgrove and Redditch and throughout rural communities in north Worcestershire.

    Body worn video camera

    Officers in Malvern were the first to pilot the technology in April.

    Quote Message: Body-worn video is a quiet revolution in policing, enabling front-line officers to have an independent first-hand account of events, recorded in real-time." from Ch Supt Mark Travis West Mercia Police
    Ch Supt Mark TravisWest Mercia Police
  9. Birmingham v Worcestershire badges

    Follow live in-play highlights clips and listen to live BBC local radio commentary as Birmingham face Worcestershire in the T20 Blast.

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  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J9 for A46.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J8 M50 and J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Netball: New head coach for Severn Stars

    The Severn Stars netball team have appointed Sam Bird as their new head coach.

    The team's former assistant coach will take charge ahead of the 2018 season.

    Sam Bird

    The franchise, a collaboration between the universities of Worcester and Gloucestershire, were coached by Monia Gerrard before she stepped down from the role last month.

  12. Travel: Trains back to normal after police called

    BBC News Travel

    The police were called to Longbridge station by staff travelling between Redditch and Birmingham who were worried about two unruly passengers.

    The service is now back running normally, although there are expected to be a number of delays on some services.

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  13. Kidderminster Shuttle back page: Gordon won't let the sun go down on Elton bid

    Chairman Colin Gordon revealed Harriers were "doing our best" to retain the services of midfield marvel Elton Ngwatala.

    Kidderminster Shuttle back page
  14. Police called to deal with 'unruly passengers' on train

    A Redditch to Birmingham New Street train had to stop at Longbridge so the police could be called to deal with two unruly passengers, London Midland say.

    The police were called by train crew at 14:10 - London Midland say one passenger was unconscious and the other was drunk and shouting.

    Train services along the line will be delayed or cancelled for the rest of the day because of the length of time it took to deal with the incident, the operator says.

    Longbridge station
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  15. Steelbacks face Worcestershire in T20 Blast

    Northamptonshire Steelbacks host Worcestershire Rapids in the T20 Blast competition later.

    The Steelbacks are sixth in the North Group, but a win tonight would move them up to second in the table.

    The top four teams progress to the quarter-final stage.

    BBC Radio Northampton has full build-up available from 18:00, and ball-by-ball commentary from 18:30.

    You can also follow the game with BBC Sport's live text page here.

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  16. Your pictures: Working on the River Severn

    These boats are used to transport sand and gravel from Ryall, near Upton-upon-Severn. The 350-tonne vessels take materials to a concrete plant near Gloucester.

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