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Summary

  1. Calls for M5 'rethink' after long delays
  2. Help to find work for employees after food firm goes under
  3. Free shuttle bus ends after low take-up
  4. Rapids prepare for Durham T20 clash tonight
  5. Updates on Friday 11 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A417 and J1 for A38.

    M50 Gloucestershire - Lane closed on M50 eastbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an overturned camper van.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

    M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic northbound at J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  9. Our live coverage across the day

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

  10. Worcester Show this weekend

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Worcester Show organisers are hoping to attract their best ever crowds this weekend.

    Gheluvelt Park will host the 12th annual Worcester Show, which brought in 12,000 visitors last year.

    Worcester Show 2017

    From stunning blooms to cakes, organisers say there is "something for everybody" this weekend.

  11. Worcester Warriors ready for a pre-season friendly

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Warriors take on newly promoted Hartpury RFC in a pre-season friendly at Sixways tomorrow.

    The Warriors will look to give up to 37 players a run-out during the match, which will include debut appearances for new signings David Denton, Peter Stringer and Ethan Waller.

    Kick-off is at 16:00.

    View more on twitter
  12. Bus route abandoned because it's not financially viable

    Diamond Buses say they may have to cut the number one bus in Kidderminster, because not enough people are using it.

    The circular route, which runs from Kidderminster bus station, Stourport Road and Rifle Range before returning to the bus station every half an hour during the day is said to be no longer financially viable.

    Diamond Buses say passenger numbers have plummeted in recent months.

    Diamond Buses number one route in Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  13. Your comments: M5 and M42 delays as roadworks cause 'mayhem'

    Facebook

    You've been giving us your thoughts on the M5 delays as repairs are carried out by Highways England.

    Local MPs are urging the government agency to consider making changes after thousands of drivers are getting caught in delays on the roads.

    Tony Pearce writes on the BBC Midlands Facebook page: "They cannot have thought about this, they urge motorists to go the M42/M6 route, without a thought of travel time, extra emisions, inconvenience."

    Kevin Ward says: "I tried M6 Toll the other day instead. It was as clear as a bell up at the ferry in wales to get home in no time. Would not be cheap for commuters though 👌"

    Roger Johnstone adds: "Highways England are a bit of a joke. Accountable to nobody. Always coning off far more miles than they are capable of actually working on."

  14. The weather forecast for this weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a mix of sunshine and some outbreaks of rain today, here's how tonight and the weekend is looking across the West Midlands.

    Keep yourself updated with the latest forecasts on the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood
  15. Man jailed for five years after admitting child sex offences

    A man has been jailed for five years after admitting six child sex offences.

    Christopher Pennington, 39, of Chapel Lane, Aldington, Evesham pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to the sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13.

    He also admitted attempting to arrange a meeting with the intention of sexually assaulting a child, three counts of making indecent images of children, and distributing indecent images of a child.

    Christopher Pennington

    Pennington will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

    Quote Message: We understand that cases such as this can cause people within the community concern, particularly parents. We would like to offer reassurance that we are committed to doing everything within our power to protect children and vulnerable people." from Gavin Kinrade Detective Inspector, West Mercia Police
    Gavin KinradeDetective Inspector, West Mercia Police
  16. NHS letters: £100k 'will be shared out' after computer glitch

    The Worcestershire NHS trust says it is assessing 11,000 letters after a computer glitch failed to send follow-up letters to some 22,000 GPs, after hospital appointments.

    A spokeswoman for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says the error, which dates back to 2011, has affected less than 1% of its patients and a senior medical officer is now reviewing files.

    Quote Message: There is a recognition by the trust that there is an increase in workload to deal with the letters. Our priority is to work in partnership with primary care partners to review the letters. The estimated budget has been allocated by the trust and will be shared with primary care partners." from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  17. M5 and M42 monitoring takes place before any changes are made

    Highways England says it will continue to assess traffic on the M5 and M42 before making any decisions on changing its areas of roadworks.

    MPs in Birmingham and Worcester, including Robin Walker have "joined forces" to put pressure on the government department to consider changes to ease congestion along the motorway.

    Quote Message: We’re monitoring traffic on a daily basis as motorists get used to the new layouts and over the coming weeks we’ll be carrying out a further study into traffic flows around Oldbury and the wider area. When we get the results we can then look at anything further we can do to ease the impact on local residents and motorists." from Zbigniew Twarowski Senior project manager, Highways England
    Zbigniew TwarowskiSenior project manager, Highways England
    M5 roadworks sign

    Mr Twarowski added: "In the meantime, we’re continuing to work with partners like local councils as we try to balance the flow of traffic across the region to minimise wider disruption. We’d ask for people’s continued patience while this essential work takes place."

    More additional road signs are being considered "to inform drivers of real time traffic conditions so they can make a more informed choice" about their route.

  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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