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Billy Root

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales

Worcestershire lead Glamorgan by 179 runs on 98-2 going into the final day, after Billy Root's century repels Joe Leach's four-wicket burst.

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Waiting list for allotments doubles

A combination of good weather and the coronavirus lockdown have led to a surge in interest in allotments in Worcester.

The city's allotment forum, which monitors 26 sites, says the waiting list for plots has doubled to more than 300 people since the arrival of the pandemic.

Large squash are being grown on this allotment plot

Forum chair Maz Williams says the fact that during lockdown people were still allowed to go down to allotments has "massively increased the interest". She hopes the interest will stay long-term.

This week is National Allotment Week.

'Flash flooding likely'

The Met Office is predicting thunderstorms and sudden torrential downpours across Shropshire and north Worcestershire as the humidity rises this afternoon.

A line of localised storms are working their way eastwards.

The Environment Agency's manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Dave Throup, is warning of the risk of flash flooding.

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Weather: Mainly sunny before the showers

BBC Weather

We might see the odd shower this morning but mainly there will be sunny spells today and it will continue to feel very warm and muggy. High: 30C/86F.

This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire
This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Then turning cloudy this evening with showers starting to appear which could be sharp and possibly thundery. Low: 17C/63F.

You can keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Worcestershire's Jake Libby

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales

Centuries from Jake Libby and Brett D'Oliveira take Worcestershire to 309-3 against Glamorgan on day one despite three wickets for Michael Hogan.

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House searched as police probe woman's death

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A house has been searched by police in Worcester over the death of a woman last year.

West Mercia Police said it has a cordon around the home on Saddlers Walk and officers were trying to establish how and why she died.

They haven't confirmed the identity of the woman but did say they are not looking for a body in this search.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday as part of their inquiry and released under investigation.

Weather: A warm and sunny Friday

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine around and it will be mainly dry and fine with just the chance of a few showers this afternoon. High: 28C (82F).

BBC Weather Watcher Sue Snaps
This morning in Codsall, Staffordshire

Warm and muggy tonight with any lingering showers clearing away to leave it dry with clear spells. Low: 16C (61F).

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

Weather: A dry and warm Thursday

BBC Weather

Today's going to be very warm and mainly dry with just the chance of the odd shower this morning. High: 25C/77F.

This morning in Moreton on Lugg, Herefordshire
BBC Weather Watcher Mightyship
This morning in Moreton on Lugg, Herefordshire

It will stay dry tonight with clear spells, feeling humid and mild with a low of 15C/59F.

Keep up-to-date on the forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Paddleboard challenge on River Severn to support Worcester centre
The father of an autistic boy is travelling 100 miles down the River Severn on a paddleboard for charity.

Splash park won't reopen this summer

A two-month wait for parts has held up repairs to a splash park in Worcester and means it won't be open this summer.

Worcester City Council said "significant repairs" were needed by the pumps in Gheluvelt Park and it planned to have the area ready again for next year.

Splash pad
Worcester City Council

New bridge among projects to get cash

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One of the projects to get money from the government's Getting Building Fund is the planned bridge in Worcester, linking Gheluvelt Park and the old Kepax landfill site.

The bridge will be for pedestrians and cyclists and give people another way to cross the River Severn.

Planned bridge
Worcestershire County Council

Councillor Marc Bayliss, the leader of Worcester City Council, said it would be "a significant addition to our city, providing a real incentive for residents and visitors to walk and cycle more".

Guard of honour at funeral of special constable

A funeral has been held today for a special constable who died months after he was hit by a car.

Special Constable Resham Singh Nahal pictured in 2017 at Pride with Chief Constable Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police

Resham Singh Nahal (left) was hit by a car while attending the scene of a separate collision in Oldbury, on 8 November.

Last month, West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson confirmed his death and the force said tests would determine if his death related to the injuries he suffered on duty.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said Mr Nahal was also part of its Patient Transport Service and colleagues formed a guard of honour at Perry Barr Crematorium.

Colleagues at the funeral
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Coronavirus: How many cases are there in your area?

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Sandwell has fallen, according to new figures.

A test sample is held at a COVID-19 testing centre

The borough was named as an area of concern by Public Health England last month after a rise in cases.

But data from Public Health England shows there were 66 new cases in the week up to 31 July. Figures for the seven days to 24 July showed 96 cases.

That means 20.2 people tested positive for every for every 100,000 population (up to 31 July), down from 29.3 a week earlier.

Here are the rate of infections (per 100,000 people) for all local authorities in the West Midlands - for the seven days up to 31 July, compared with the previous week.

  • Birmingham down to 12.7 from from 13.4
  • Bromsgrove down to 6.1 from 7.1
  • Cheshire East up to 6.6 from 1.3
  • Coventry up to 14.7 from 8.7
  • Dudley up to 4.7 from 3.4
  • East Staffordshire up to 9.3 from 8.4
  • Herefordshire remains at 5.7
  • Lichfield up to 6.7 from 2.9
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme up to 7.0 from 3.1
  • North Warwickshire is down to 6.2 from 9.3
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth up to 17.8 from 8.5
  • Redditch remains at 1.2
  • Rugby up to 6.5 from 1.9
  • Sandwell down to 20.2 from 29.3
  • Shropshire up to 6.2 from 5.0
  • Solihull up to 7.0 from 4.2
  • South Staffordshire down to 3.6 from 6.2
  • Staffordshire Moorlands up to 6.1 from 1.0
  • Stoke-on-Trent down to 3.1 from 4.3
  • Stratford-on-Avon up to 3.1 from 0.8
  • Tamworth up to 2.6 from 1.3
  • Telford and Wrekin remains at 3.9
  • Walsall remains at 8.1
  • Warwick remains at 4.2
  • Wolverhampton up to 16.8 from 14.5
  • Worcester down to 3.9 from 7.9
  • Wychavon down to 4.7 from 7.9

LDRS: Almost £5m for projects in Worcester

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are three of the stories covered by the Worcestershire Local Democracy Reporter today:

  • Almost £5m has been awarded to projects in Worcester, to build a new medical centre, cycling bridge and cricket centre, and to transform Shrub Hill railway station.
  • The number of coronavirus deaths including care homes in Worcestershire remained at 528, the latest figures show.
  • The government has given £2m to help create a new technology park in Malvern.

Cricket: Win leaves Worcestershire top of their group

BBC Sport

Worcestershire are early Central Group leaders in the Bob Willis Trophy after the first round of games.

Pears captain Joe Leach
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Pears captain Joe Leach took the final four wickets in Gloucestershire's second innings

They picked up 22 points from their ultimately comfortable eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.

While Warwickshire failed to take a wicket all day as their game with Northamptonshire ended in a draw.

The visitors' Charlie Thurston and Adam Rossington batted the whole of the final day to make centuries.

Worcestershire cancer patient ties knot from hospital bed
Malcolm Eyles married his partner Maureen Blackwell in an emotional ceremony arranged by staff.

Cricket: Good batting days for Bears and Pears

BBC Sport

A century for summer signing Tim Bresnan put Warwickshire on top against Northamptonshire heading into day three of their first Bob Willis Trophy game.

Tim Bresnan batting
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Former England all-rounder Bresnan (pictured, batting), now 35, hit 105, to give the Bears a first-innings lead of 227 and their opponents will resume today on 19-0.

Elsewhere, Worcestershire openers Jake Libby and Daryl Mitchell dominated proceedings on the second day of their match against Central Group rivals Gloucestershire at the Bristol County Ground.

The pair staged a superb stand of 152 to see Worcestershire reached the close on 223-2, just 44 runs behind their hosts.

You can follow the action today via the BBC Cricket website.

Weather: Mainly dry and sunny today

BBC Weather

Monday will be mainly dry with sunny spells although there could be some more cloud around this afternoon with a few light showers. High: 19C/66F.

Leek this morning
Tammys Pics
This morning near Leek, Staffordshire

Then although there'll be some patchy cloud with the odd shower tonight, it will generally turn dry with clear spells through the night. Low: 8C/46F.

You can keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

How hot is it going to get today?

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and hot day for most of the West Midlands with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of catching a sharp shower but temperatures could reach 32°C (90°F).

This was the scene in Eckington, Worcestershire, this morning and taken by BBC Weather Watcher Jo.

BBC Weather Watchers/Jo
Paramedic on struggle to recover mentally from stabbing
Deena Evans and her colleague Michael Hipgrave were stabbed while attending a patient in Wolverhampton.

Free wi-fi could help city market traders

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Introducing free wi-fi to the centre of Worcester could help market traders, the city council has said.

It is looking to appoint a contractor to provide the service and will contribute £10,000 to the set-up cost for the scheme, which will initially last five years.


The council believes the wi-fi will allow traders to make more use of card-readers and also hopes to gather data from people signing up for the service.

On Monday, the council's economic development subcommittee agreed to move ahead with the plans.

Football club to play matches at Warriors stadium

Football will be played at Sixways next season following the takeover of local soccer side Worcester Raiders by the owners of the Worcester Warriors.

The club is in West Midlands Regional League Premier Division, but hopes to eventually play in the Football League.

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The Raiders were only formed 19 years ago and had been set to groundshare with Worcester City at Claines Lane.

Worcester Warriors said rugby fixtures would continue to take precedence, but that "“Our vision has always been to make Sixways a multi-sport centre."

And the club said the arrival of the Raiders, now the artificial pitch has passed an FA inspection, would "significantly increase" the use of the stadium.

Head-on crash investigated by police

A head-on crash that closed part of the main road between Worcester and Kidderminster for several hours yesterday afternoon is being investigated.

West Mercia Police said a Ford Focus reportedly swerved across the road into the path of a Mazda 2 near the Caunsall Road junction at around 13:45, causing "extensive damage" to both cars.

Caunsall Road

Both drivers were taken to hospital for treatment, but neither are thought to have suffered live-threatening injuries.

Worcester couple forced to spend five months apart during pandemic
Covid-19 travel restrictions kept Robert Smallman, 86, on the other side of the world.

County grounds prepare to open to fans again

Worcestershire and Warwickshire will be playing a friendly in front of a reduced crowd today, as part of a trial to see if fans can return to games.

The game is being played at Edgbaston and only members are being allowed to purchase the limited tickets that have been put on sale.

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Tickets are also being sold to Warwickshire members for their Bob Willis Trophy match at Edgbaston on Saturday, versus Northamptonshire.

New Road in Worcester will also host a game on Saturday, between Lancashire and Leicestershire.

The game would have been played at Old Trafford, but the ECB said it wouldn't be possible to do that in a safe 'bubble' because England have been playing there.

New Road
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Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells and showers today. Cool and breezy with a high of 17C/63F.

Knowle, Solihull this morning
BBC Weather Watchers/Dammo
Knowle, Solihull this morning

Then any remaining showers will die out through tonight with clear spells appearing later on. Low: 11C/52F.

Get an up-to-date forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Severn Valley Railway tests trains ahead of reopening

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Test trains are being run by Severn Valley Railway as the heritage railway prepares to reopen after months of closure due to Covid-19.

One of the trains behind volunteers

Volunteers are being used this week ahead of a reopening of passenger services on Saturday.

The railway, which runs between Shropshire and Worcestershire, says it is introducing new cleaning regimes and people will have to pre-book tickets as part of their measures to cope with coronavirus.

Officials add they are only expecting to get close to breaking even in the first month, but hope to build up the money coming in over future months and hope to be "somewhere near normal" by the end of the year.

Driver 'abandoned children in car' after crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's been arrested after abandoning his car with his children still in it following a crash.

Car after crash
West Mercia Police

Three cars were involved in the collision on Brickfields Road, Worcester, at about 01:30 today, the fire service said.

West Mercia Police said the driver made off, leaving his family behind, but was found nearby.

He's been arrested on suspicion of several offences including failing to stop at the scene of a crash and child neglect offences.