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  1. Charity finds microplastics in rivers

    A survey of 13 UK rivers including the River Severn and the River Wye has found they all contain tiny pieces of plastic known as microplastics.

    In one hour, researchers from Greenpeace found 42 pieces of plastic measuring less than 5mm were in the Severn and 10 in the Wye.

    River Severn

    The microplastics ranged from fragments of straws and bottles to tiny microbeads, which are now banned.

    The charity is calling for the Government to introduce "bold" new plastic reduction targets and create an independent watchdog with powers to enforce them.

  2. Celebrity doodles for cancer charity

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Doodles by celebrities including Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Claudia Winkleman and Vic Reeves will be auctioned for charity this week.

    Boris Johnson and his doodle

    Mr Johnson drew drew one of London's buses while Mrs May drew something with which she is often associated - a leopard-print shoe.

    The sketches are to be auctioned for The Anna Wilkinson Mockingbird Trust.

    The charity - which organises trips for young West Midlands people who have been diagnosed with cancer - said it had been "overwhelmed" by the response.

    A free exhibition and auction will take place on Friday in Worcester.

  3. Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Any overnight rain should soon clear away and we're set for a dry, sunny day:

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    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Envelope update

    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 northbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  5. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between M50 J4 and J3 for B4221.

    M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between M50 J4, Travellers Rest roundabout and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Holly Willoughby joins in stem cell donor drive

    A stem cell donor drive, to try and help a boy from Worcestershire, has been held by ITV's This Morning show.

    Finley Hill, from Belbroughton, who has a rare and life-threatening immune system disorder and needs a transplant, featured on today's programme.

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    Presenter Holly Willoughby posted on Instagram: "Having a simple swab from my cheek to determine if I’m a potential match and can donate blood stem cells... simple yet life saving.

    "Only 2% of the U.K. are signed up to be a donor... that’s clearly not enough... come and join me."

    View more on instagram

    Donor drives have also been taking place to help a 12-year-old Coventry boy with a rare blood disorder.

    Paddy Igoe, from Earlsdon, has aplastic anaemia which requires frequent blood transfusions, and is also looking for a matching donor.

  10. Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

    Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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    A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

    Weather warning map

    Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

  11. Up to 100 graves vandalised on Father's Day

    Up to 100 graves at a church in Evesham, including some belonging to children, were vandalised in the early hours of Father's Day.

    Flowers and ornaments were knocked over, gravel was dug up and grave markers were broken at St Andrew's church in Pershore Road.

    Vandalised grave

    More than 60 volunteers turned out to clean up afterwards and the Reverend Mark Binney said "it looked like the effects of a big storm".

    "You just don't understand how someone can do it," he added.

  12. Worcester flood reporting rubbished by Environment Agency

    The Environment Agency's Dave Throup has called reports that Worcester has been "cut off" by flooding "irresponsible and inaccurate".

    He highlighted reports saying the city was "almost completely cut off by floodwater" and reported swans swimming through the streets.

    Swans not in street

    Mr Throup said in a tweet the river would have to be half a metre higher for main roads to be affected and said the swans had been seen on "riverside paths and access points", not the streets.

  13. River levels set to drop 'significantly'

    Water levels in Worcestershire are starting to drop "significantly" says the Environment Agency.

    Two flood warnings remain in place on the River Severn, and four flood alerts.

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    The New Road cricket ground in Worcester flooded after the rain last week pushed the River Severn to bursting point.

    Flooded ground
  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

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

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J4A for M42 to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J4a M42 to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down.

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

  16. In photos: Worcestershire forced out by floods

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Final preparations are being made in Kidderminster today to host Worcestershire's latest County Championship home game.

    New Road, Worcester, is currently flooded after the rain last week pushed the River Severn to bursting point.

    Flooded New Road ground

    Last week, Worcestershire announced the switch of venue, adding that the Sussex match had been pushed back to tomorrow to allow groundstaff extra time to prepare.

    The last time the ground was under water in mid-summer was in 2007, when they suffered the second worst flood in the county's history.

    Flooded New Road ground