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More than 5,000 ceramic poppies are on display until the end of April.

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 on M42 northbound between J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), 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

Your pictures: Signs of spring

BBC Weather Watchers

With more chilly weather forecast for the coming week, let's just take a minute to bask in today's sunshine with some images of spring uploaded by BBC Weather Watchers.

Spring flowers
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Deer
Thornhill Watch
Frogspawn
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Flood warnings issued across region

Flood warnings and alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency across the region, with roads in Warwickshire and Worcestershire already affected.

The alerts cover the length of the Severn through Worcestshire.

Flood gates have been closed at New Street in Upton-upon-Severn.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Bridges closed due to flooding

BBC News Travel

In Worcestershire, flooding has closed the B4080 Eckington Bridge in Eckington and Jubilee Bridge in Fladbury.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

There will be a mixture of sunny spells and cloud around today with the odd shower this afternoon and highs of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

The wet weather will ease from this evening, with some patchy mist and fog overnight. Lows of 4C (39F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Man seriously ill after M42 crash

The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash on the M42 near Bromsgrove on Friday remains seriously ill in hospital, say police.

It happened on Friday night after an Audi hit the central reservation between junctions one and two on the westbound carriageway.

Another driver, in a Ford Focus, stopped on the hard shoulder to help and was hit by a BMW.

The driver of the Focus required surgery for serious injuries, police said.

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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 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

Man hit by car suffers serious leg injuries

An 87-year-old man is in hospital with serious leg injuries after being hit by a car, police say.

Co-op
Google

Emergency services were called to the car park of the Co-op, in Headless Cross Drive, Redditch, on Saturday, shortly after 09:00.

Officers are calling for any witnesses to come forward.

Fundraising effort for life-saving operation

A Worcestershire woman, once featured in the BBC show DIY SOS, is trying to raise £200,000 for a life-saving operation in Spain.

DIY SOS promo picture
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Tonia Payne-Cheney, from Eckington, spent three years in hospital as a teenager with the debilitating condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

She has now developed cranial instability and needs to fly to Barcelona for an operation, if she can raise the funds.

Her mother Victoria Cheney said: "Effectively her brain stem is being crushed.

"The only way to stop those symptoms progressing further is to have surgery.

"We've literally got just over three weeks to raise £200,000."

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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Flood alerts issued as rain continues

After heavy rain over the weekend and more forecast today, the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for rivers across the region.

Flood alert map
Environment Agency

Flooding is possible, particularly on low lying land and rural roads.

With river levels expected to rise over the next couple of days, the flood gate at New Street in Upton-upon- Severn has been closed.

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J2, A441 (Alvechurch), 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, 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 emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J1 for A41 affecting Frankley Services.

M5 West Midlands - Heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Approach with care. Congestion to Frankley Services.

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 J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic northbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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