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Live Reporting

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  1. 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).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Envelope update

    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

  3. Envelope update

    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

  4. 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
    Quote Message: 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." from Kiko Matthews Atlantic rower
    Kiko MatthewsAtlantic rower
  5. Envelope update

    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

  6. 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
  7. Envelope update

    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

  8. 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

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

  9. 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

    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.

  10. 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

    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.

  11. 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

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

    Quote Message: 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." from Three Counties Agricultural Society
    Three Counties Agricultural Society
  12. 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

    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.

  13. 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.

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    Video caption: A chilly start on Friday morning.
  14. 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