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Compare the temperature in your area to other locations in the UK and around the world.

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Video: Your 30-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A largely cloudy day with spells of rain and drizzle throughout the morning and highs of 11C (52F).

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 and slow traffic 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 northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Lack of supplies spurs on Atlantic rower

A Herefordshire woman is 15 days into her challenge to become the fastest woman to row solo across the Atlantic.

Kiko Matthews is travelling 3,000 miles from Grand Canaria to Barbados, to raise money for King's College Hospital in London for the treatment they gave her after she was diagnosed with a condition called Cushing's.

She wants to complete the challenge in in a world record time of 45 days, 11 days less than the current record.

But she phoned home to say supplies are running low.

Kiko Matthews
BBC

I'm trying not to count down the days but it is hard. Hoping that I don't run out of loo roll, I forgot to pack myself enough loo roll so I need to get to Barbados quick."

Kiko MatthewsAtlantic rower

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. Traffic is coping well.

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

Banksy-style mural appears in entrance to bar

This Bansky-style cavemen carrying a glass and a bottle of wine, has appeared in the entrance to a bar in Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire.

People in the town aren't convinced the mural on The Old Butcher's Shop wine bar is genuine, but a CCTV camera across the street might provide the answers.

Murals
BBC

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between Frankley Services and J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between Frankley Services and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

The centre

Daniel Bebb-Jones loaded a fake bomb vest with screws and nails and armed himself with other weapons.

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Homecoming parade for Mercian Regiment troops

A homecoming parade will be held for soldiers from the Mercian Regiment who have been serving in Iraq for the last six months.

Members of 2nd Battalion have been training Kurdish and Iraqi troops to fight the Islamic State group.

Mercia Regiment
BBC

The regiment, which draws troops from the West Midlands, will hold the parade in Chester.

Rights of way campaigners unhappy at wood closure

Rights of way campaigners say they are disappointed at the recent closure of Langdale Woods.

The Three Counties Agricultural Society, which says it has made the move to carry out a "full safety review" following recent storm damage, disputes their claim for public access.

Right of way sign
BBC

The society also explained it has to close the wood for "essential maintenance work" sometimes, as it works to restore the land, which was once a military training area with trenches.

It recently had a bid to build 50 holiday lodges rejected by Malvern Hills District Council and the campaigners have suggested the closure was in response to that decision - something the society denies.

Money to improve CCTV cameras

An extra £135,000 is going to be spent to improve CCTV cameras in south Worcestershire.

It follows an agreement by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion to give £65,000 a year to Wychavon District Council, with the remaining money spent on running costs.

CCTV cameras
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The council has been responsible for the cameras for the last 18 years and says more than 700 requests were made for footage of incidents in 2017.

Woodland closed for full safety review after storm damage

The owner of Langdale Woods near Malvern has closed it off to the public, saying it needs to carry out a full safety review.

The Three Counties Agricultural Society says it's necessary because of recent storm damage to the trees.

Trees
BBC

Campaigners have been trying to establish a right of way for walkers through the wood.

The Society, like other landowners, is entitled to close its property to the public. On this occasion the area is closed for a full safety review. We have significant duty of care concerns and do not want to take a risk with people’s safety."

Three Counties Agricultural Society

Further arrest over Hereford murder

Another man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Hereford.

Robert Eacock, who was 33, died in hospital on 29 January after being stabbed in Commercial Street the previous day.

Crime scene
BBC

A 31-year-old man from Dudley, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, is being held in police custody.

Anthony Boyd, 22, from Willenhall, has been charged with Mr Eacock's murder and is due to appear at Worcester Crown Court on 5 March.

In the papers: Public help PC catch violent shoplifter

Worcester News

Here are some of the main stories on the Worcester News website today:

Here's how the weather is looking

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Another chilly start to the day.

Here's how the rest of the day is looking and you can always get the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

A chilly start on Friday morning.

Council approves tax rise of nearly 5%

Council tax will be going up by 4.94% from April in Worcestershire, adding roughly £57 a year to average band D bills.

The Conservative group on Worcestershire County Council voted for the rise after a bid by the Liberal Democrats and Greens to increase it by 6% was rejected.

Coins
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Attempts made to control illegal diet drug

The Food Standards Agency, Interpol and British police have been attempting to stop diet pills containing 2,4-dinitrophenol - or DNP - entering the UK, but the drugs are still getting through.

DNP is an industrial chemical which can burn fat, but it is not intended to consumed by humans and it has been linked to a number of deaths, including Eloise Parry (pictured below) from Shrewsbury in 2015 and Beth Shipsey from Worcester in 2017.

Eloise Parry
Parry family

Around 19 websites believed to be selling diet products containing a chemical have been shut down, but a recent BBC investigation found they were still available.

Polluted river returns to normal

The Piddle Brook in Worcestershire has recovered after yesterday's pollution incident and all the dead fish have been removed.

The Environment Agency said yesterday it believed hundreds of fish had died and it is continuing to monitor the water quality today.

River Piddle
Environment Agency

It added waste water from a farm was to blame.

Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Mainly dry this afternoon but are we in for a frosty night and how will tomorrow look? Here's your forecast for the next 24 hours.

Plus, if you want an update on the latest weather forecast for your area at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Shefali Oza

999 caller complained children didn't want to go to school

A man from Telford has called 999 to tell the police his children were arguing with his wife - because they didn't want to go to school.

West Mercia Police say they took the call this morning and tweeted: "We will always assist if there is risk or threat or harm but cannot attend to tell your children to go to school."

Police call centre
BBC
Family of girl who died from illegal diet drug call for tougher controls
Beth Shipsey's parents have challenged the government following her death.

Family calls for tougher diet drug controls

The family of a 21-year-old who died after overdosing on an illegal diet drug wants tougher controls.

Beth Shipsey, from Worcester, died after taking pills containing the substance DNP in February 2017.

DNP is an industrial chemical which is not intended for human consumption, but it is sold illegally in diet pills as a fat burning substance.

Doug and Carol Shipsey say they want the government to do more to stop it being imported into the country.

Family of girl who died from illegal diet drug call for tougher controls

Your photos: Branching out with tree pictures

BBC Weather Watchers

We appear to have a theme this morning of trees being photographed against blue, sunny skies by our BBC Weather Watchers.

Here are three, from users Thornhill Watch in Hednesford, Staffordshire; Peter Steggles in Longnor, Shropshire and Johnqa in Lyonshall, Herefordshire.

Hednesford
Thornhill Watch
Longnor
Peter Steggles
Lyonshall
Johnqa

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. Traffic is coping well.

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

GKN calls Melrose bid 'opportunistic'

BBC Business News

Engineering firm GKN has written to shareholders describing a hostile takeover bid from turnaround specialist Melrose as "entirely opportunistic".

GKN sign
PA

GKN has its headquarters in Redditch and employs 4,000 people in the West Midlands.

Yesterday, it said it would sell off non-core parts of its business and return £2.5bn in cash to its shareholders over the next three years.

Today, the firm said that the terms of the £7.4bn offer from Melrose "fundamentally undervalue" the business.

Pollution investigation after 'significant' fish deaths

BBC Hereford and Worcester

An investigation's now under way after large numbers of fish died in a waterway in Worcestershire.

Dead fish in water
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says they were called out yesterday to Piddle Brook, Pershore, calling the number of deaths "significant".

They say they believe they've now stopped the pollution which caused the fish deaths and water quality has improved.

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J3 for A435 Portway affecting J1 for A38.

M42 Worcestershire - M42 partially blocked, queuing traffic and heavy traffic northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of an accident. Congestion to J1, A38 (Bromsgrove).

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, at J3 for B4221.

M50 Herefordshire - M50 entry slip road closed and queuing traffic eastbound at J3, B4221 (Newent), because of an accident.

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

Here's how Thursday's weather is looking

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's been a damp start in parts of the West Midlands but here's a look ahead to what else the weather has in store today.

If you want to get an up-to-date forecast at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton

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 and slow traffic 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

Animals 'brutally slaughtered' by intruders

A calf and a ewe have been killed in a "sickening incident" in Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police say someone broke into a property on Redhill Lane in Rubery some time between Sunday night and 08:00 on Tuesday morning and "brutally slaughtered" the calf, before dragging over a ewe from a nearby field and killing that too.

The force said the attack "undoubtedly caused a lot of suffering to the two animals" and believes it was done for their meat.

Bethany Shipsey

A coroner rules Beth Shipsey "deliberately ingested" the pills but medics failed to adequately monitor her.

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Source of river pollution located

The Environment Agency believes it has found the source of pollution in a Worcestershire river.

It also said water quality in the Piddle Brook has improved, but "sadly large numbers of fish have been killed".

dead fish
Environment Agency

An investigation into what caused the pollution is underway.

Rain forecast to clear up overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The rain should be clearing up overnight and tomorrow is forecast to be a little warmer.

Shefali Oza with the forecast for the West Midlands

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 and slow traffic 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