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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  2. Worcestershire dismiss Lees just one run short of century

    BBC Sport

    Alex Lees has fallen just one run short of a century for Durham on the first day of their County Championship match against Worcestershire.

    But Worcestershire's bowlers have been taking wickets at the other end and have limited the home side to 207-8.

    Alex Lees

    Lees was one of two wickets to fall to Worcestershire captain Joe Leach, with Charlie Morris and Josh Tongue also taking two each.

  3. Covid: Doorstep tests planned over South Africa cases

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    People in parts of Redditch will be offered Covid tests on their doorstep from tomorrow as officials try to track down cases of the South Africa variant.

    An example of a mobile testing unit

    Worcestershire County Council said fewer than 10 cases have currently been identified and none are linked to international travel.

    The council's map of the affected site includes areas around Webheath, Southcrest and Headless Cross.

    A mobile testing unit has been set up on Thursday at the Abbey Road Stadium and public health director Dr Kathryn Cobain said door-to-door testing will begin on Friday.

    "There is the mobile testing unit there as well but people will be coming door-to-door so people can sit tight and wait for their test to come to their door," she said.

  4. Cricket under way for Worcestershire

    BBC Sport

    Worcestershire's match against Durham is one of just two County Championship matches to get under way this morning, because of rain around the country.

    They're playing at the Riverside and Worcestershire won the toss and decided to field.

    Joe Leach

    After the first hour's play Durham are 59-2, with Joe Leach and Charlie Morris taking the two wickets so far.

  5. Testing call after South Africa variant discovered

    People living in Redditch are being encouraged to get tested for Covid 19, after people in the town tested positive for the South Africa variant.

    The affected area is mainly in the west and south west of the town, but people are being asked to check their postcode on the county council's websites.

    Redditch

    A mobile testing van is being set up at the Abbey Stadium this morning and home testing kits will also be available.

  6. Weather: More rain forecast today

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast more light rain, but it's going to stay warm, with temperatures up to 15C (59F) in parts of the West Midlands.

    The rain is expected to clear by the evening and tomorrow is likely to be dry.

    But after that we're due another week of rain.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

    M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Appeal after elderly woman robbed near bank

    Witnesses are being urged to come forward after an elderly lady was assaulted and robbed.

    The 80-year-old was attacked on Chapel Walk in Bromsgrove after leaving the HSBC bank on 13 April.

    Her handbag and some cash was stolen, and the woman suffered serious injuries and needed hospital treatment.

    West Mercia Police has released a CCTV image of a man it wishes to speak to following the attack.

    CCTV image
    Quote Message: We would like to speak to the man in the CCTV image as we believe he may be able to help with our ongoing investigation and would also ask that anyone passing by the location of incident who may have dash-cam footage to also please get in touch." from PC Richard Longfils
    PC Richard Longfils
  9. TSB offers safe spaces for domestic abuse victims

    Simon Read

    Business Reporter

    Domestic abuse victims will be able to use "safe spaces" in nearly 300 TSB branches to get specialist support, the bank has said.

    People will be able to get help as lockdown restrictions ease, TSB said.

    A woman with her son

    The scheme has been trialled in branches in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

    The initiative, run by domestic abuse charity Hestia, is already in place in more than 5,300 pharmacies across the country.

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    Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services to J3 for A435 Alcester Road.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 northbound from J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services) to J3, A435 (Redditch), because of an accident.

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

  11. Sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather

    Today will see patchy cloud and scattered showers throughout.

    Showers may turn locally heavy, but there will be plenty of sunshine in between, particularly in the afternoon. Highs of 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Tonight showers will clear, but cloud will build in and it will become overcast. A few outbreaks of rain may push in during the early hours of Thursday. Lows of 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

  12. Boy in hospital with stab wounds after attack

    A 16-year-old boy is being treated for knife injuries after police were called to Broadwaters Park in Kidderminster on Monday night.

    West Mercia Police said officers had been called at 21:40 BST and a knife had been found but no arrests were made.

    Broadwaters Park
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    Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, at J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

    M42 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queues on M42 southbound at J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

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