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  1. Body recovered from River Severn

    A woman's body has been recovered from the River Severn in Bewdley.

    Bewdley

    The death is not being treated as suspicious.

    Police say they first received reports of a body in the river at just after 11:00 yesterday.

  2. Reported number of crimes committed by children increases

    There's been a sharp rise in the number of young children in Herefordshire and Worcestershire being accused or suspected of serious crime, according to figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request.

    Police officer speaking to youngsters

    The number of children under ten years old being reported to West Mercia Police has more than tripled in the past four years, the figures show.

    Accusations range from arson, to assault and battery.

  3. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    A cold and frosty morning and then a dry and bright day with sunny intervals expected this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. 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 heavy 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

  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 blocked 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

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    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A456 Halesowen and J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Former mayor's wife dies in car crash

    A former Mayor of Worcester has lost his wife, following a crash on the A458 near Much Wenlock yesterday afternoon.

    Aubrey Tarbuck said 88-year-old Anne was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, but died of her injuries. He described her as a "wonderful woman" and said "I thought the world of her and would do anything for her".

    Harley Bank

    Mr Tarbuck is receiving treatment for four broken ribs at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    A man and his daughter in another car were flown to hospital.

    The young girl had head and chest injuries and the man suffered minor cuts and bruises.

  10. Tour of Britain 'brings £500k boost' to Worcester

    The Tour of Britain brought an extra £500,000 into the Worcester economy, when a stage of the race passed through the town last month, the city council has said.

    The local authority believes it generated extra spending in hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Tour of Britain stage 4

    The event organisers have said 800,000 people tuned into TV coverage of the Worcester stage start, when it was broadcast live on ITV4.

  11. Statue in honour of former PM to be erected in new year

    A statue of former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin should be erected in Bewdley in the new year.

    The town's civic society has raised £100,000 to get it made and had been hoping to have it put up this year.

    Stanley Baldwin

    Mr Baldwin was born in the town and was MP for the area for 30 years. The society is hoping the current prime minister will be able to officially unveil the statue, when it's complete.

    It says another £20-30,000 is still needed to complete the groundworks.

  12. Two lorry drivers deny causing fatal crash

    Two lorry drivers charged over a crash on the M1 that left eight people dead are both from the West Midlands.

    Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, and David Wagstaff, 53, of Stoke-on-Trent, each deny eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

    Tailbacks on M1

    The crash involving two lorries and a minibus happened on the southbound carriageway of the M1, near junction 14, on 26 August.

    A trial has been set for 26 February at Aylesbury Crown Court.

    Mr Masierak was remanded in custody, while Mr Wagstaff was given bail.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J3 for A435 Portway.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M42 northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  14. NHS cyber attack 'could have been prevented'

    An independent investigation has found that a cyber attack that crippled parts of the NHS in May could have been prevented if "basic IT security measures" had been in place.

    Several hospitals, community health trusts and GPs across the West Midlands were affected - some particularly badly.

    The National Audit Office said the health service was not prepared for the Wannacry attack, in which criminals froze NHS computers and demanded a ransom - no trusts are thought to have paid.

    Hospital

    Professor Keith McNeil, from NHS England, said some local health providers across the country hadn't followed the national procedure.

    An assessment of 88 out of 236 English trusts by NHS Digital before the attack found that none passed the required cyber-security standards.

  15. West Midlands businesses 'negative' over Brexit

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Union Jack and EU flag

    A survey of business leaders in the West Midlands has revealed that more feel "negative" about Brexit than "positive".

    Research by BBC Sunday Politics West Midlands asked 700 firms how the UK's decision to leave the European Union had impacted upon their trade.

    One in four companies said the referendum result had harmed their business, while one in 10 said it had improved their commercial outlook.

  16. A dry and bright day ahead

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Any early mist and fog will clear through the morning.

    It will be staying dry and bright through the rest of the day, with plenty of sunshine around and light winds - highs of 15C (59F).

    Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

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    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. In the roadworks area.

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