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Live updates for the West Midlands

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Good morning, we'll bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

And we'll be covering Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

If you'd like to get in touch to comment or share your photos, visit our BBC Midlands Facebook page, email us, or tweet @BBCMTD.

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed 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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of debris on the road.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

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

Severe accident: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe accident, 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 an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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

One of the vandalised carriages

An investigation is under way after two Severn Valley Railway train carriages were vandalised.

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

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 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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Computerised church crib draws visitors
Children and engineers have built a nativity scene with waterfalls and animal noises.

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

Computerised crib draws visitors

Computerised church crib draws visitors
Children in Hereford helped build a "vibrant Bethlehem" scene which is drawing visitors to a Hereford church, one of its designers says. 

Melbin Thomas, the maintenance engineer behind the nativity scene at St Francis Xavier's Church, said it was "fully computerised" with waterfalls, animal noises and mist and fog effects. 

Mr Thomas designed the crib with Leonardo Bento, who is an aeronautical and automobile engineering student. 

Youngsters helped build the crib over five days at the church in Broad Street. It will be on display until the end of January, helping raise donations for St Michael's Hospice.
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

More than £1.3m was raised in 2016 by volunteers so the line could reach the village for the first time since 1960.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J1 for A38.

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J1, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A44 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

A44 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at Quay Street.

A44 Worcestershire - A44 Deansway in Worcester closed and slow traffic southbound at the Quay Street junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Alan Solomons

Alan Solomons will succeed fellow South African Gary Gold as Worcester Warriors director of rugby on 31 December.

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Disabled rugby fan Jason Felce uses half-time video to tell stadium he 'has a voice'.
Jason Felce surprised his family with a big screen video for the Worcester Warriors fans.

Court shake-up plans criticised over impact on police finances

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The government's being asked to stop plans for police suspects in Shropshire to be taken to court in Kidderminster instead of Telford.

Under current proposals from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), five remand courts in the West Mercia Police area would be closed and replaced with just one in Kidderminster.

Kidderminster Magistrates' Court
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The MoJ says its proposals, which affect other courts in the country, are about modernising the justice system along with £700m in investment over four years.

But the plans have been criticised in Shropshire for the impact on police finances.

With the size and scope of West Mercia, to be taking everybody from both Hereford and Shropshire as well as Worcestershire to Kidderminster is going to increase those journeys and their costs to the police."

Tracey OnslowDeputy police and crime commissioner for West Mercia

In the papers: Criticism of ministerial code

Kidderminster Shuttle

The monster 'fatberg' has built up in a sewer on Sidbury Road in Worcester

Severn Trent Water says engineers are shooting the fatty build-up with water in a bid to clear the sewer.

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'Monster' fatberg could take days to clear

Allen Cook

BBC News

A fatberg measuring more than seven metres in length could take engineers at least two days to shift in Worcester.

Part of the fatberg
Severn Trent

Severn Trent says they've already spent 26 hours jetting water at the "monster" to try and move it.

The firm says the fatberg, made of congealed fat, is "harder than concrete" and hasn't ruled out staff working through Christmas to shift the blockage which is off Sidbury Road.

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. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rugby match set to feature record breaker

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Tonight's game between Worcester Warriors and London Irish will be a record breaker.

Wayne Barnes
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Wayne Barnes

That's because the referee, Wayne Barnes, will take charge of his 191st Premiership fixture, breaking the previous record held by Chris White.

Worcester will be looking to beat bottom-placed Irish to put more distance between them as they start the match six points ahead of the visitors.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 in both directions between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of all traffic being temporarily held and.

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

Cyclist dies after van crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

A cyclist has died after colliding with a van in Worcester.

Junction of Claines Lane with A449
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It happened just after 07:00, the ambulance service said, at the junction of the A449 and Claines Lane.

It said the injured cyclist was in cardiac arrest when crews arrived and he died at the scene.

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

Food bank reports rise in demand

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than 6,000 people have been fed by Worcester Foodbank in the last year.

Tins of food in a person's hand
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Staff there say it's a rise of nearly a fifth on 2016.

The food bank says about half of its users come in because they have a problem with their benefits.

I can't see an end to food banks, I think they're just going to keep expanding and growing unless something radically happens with the housing market and the way benefits are given out."

Paul SkinnerVolunteer with Worcester Foodbank

Severe accident: A449 Worcestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A449 Worcestershire eastbound severe accident, between A449 and M5 J6.

A449 Worcestershire - A449 in Claines closed eastbound between the A449 junction and Worcester, because of an accident.

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

Video: What's the weather doing today?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a misty start, it should be a dry and mild day with highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich). Traffic is coping well.

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

Club agrees 10-year stadium deal

Alistair Binney

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hereford FC today confirmed they have signed a new 10-year lease on their Edgar Street stadium.

The deal being agreed at Hereford FC
Hereford FC

The Bulls have been in discussions with Herefordshire Council for some time, but have now come to an agreement over the new deal that the club can trigger when they choose to do so.

The club says it allows for future redevelopment of the stadium as part of a wider planned revamp of the surrounding area.

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

What's the weather going to do?

BBC Weather

Staying largely dry and cloudy overnight, and feeling mild with lows of 8C (46F).

After another misty start to the day, tomorrow will be largely dry and cloudy with mild temperatures again.

You can find a detailed forecast for where you are on the BBC Weather site.

West Midlands weather forecast

Two changes for Worcester Warriors for London Irish game

BBC Sport

Worcester make two changes from the side that lost to Sale in their last Premiership fixture at the beginning of the month.

David Denton (pictured) moves from number eight to blindside flanker, while GJ van Velze replaces Alafoti Faosiliva.

David Denton
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Worcester go into the game six points ahead of bottom-placed Irish.