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Catching 'county lines' drugs gangs
Police make a record number of arrests in a week-long push to tackle so-called county lines drug gangs.

Lost fragments of 'blockbuster' medieval poem discovered

The oldest surviving fragments of a 13th Century French poem have been discovered in Worcester.

Le Roman de la Rose tells the romantic adventures of a medieval courtier and the hand-written pages were found in the archives of the Diocese of Worcester, the University of Bristol said.

Manuscript
Bishop of Worcester

The pages were discovered by professor Nicholas Vincent from the University of East Anglia, who asked professor Marianne Ailes (pictured below) from the University of Bristol to confirm their identity.

They aren't in great condition, but she said they are "something very special and unique" and include some lines from the end of the story, which have previously been missing.

Professor Marianne Ailes
University of Bristol

The complete story, which was written by two authors is 22,000 lines long, and the University of Bristol said it contains "one of medieval European literature’s best-known sex scenes".

Weather: A mild and overcast weekend forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We could have some rain, hail and rumbles of thunder this weekend, but it should be dry and overcast for most of us.

Here's your forecast for the weekend.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

New faces for Warriors Premiership opener

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester Warriors have made four changes to their starting line up for tomorrow's Premiership opener against Leicester Tigers at Sixways.

Ashley Beck (pictured below) will play in the centre as he continues his comeback from a broken leg that led to him missing most of last season.

Ashley Beck
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In the pack, Callum Black, Graham Kitchener and Cornell Du Preez all start, while the side will be captained by Marco Mama and GJ van Velze will be among the the replacements.

Stadium commitment from new owners

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The new owners of Kidderminster Harriers say they're committed to keeping the club at its Aggborough Stadium home "for the foreseeable future".

Aggborough Stadium
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The club revealed yesterday it had been sold to a group of local business people, headed up by Richard Lane.

As well as their commitment to Aggborough, the new owners say they want to further develop the stadium by making more money from local firms.

Their aim is to make it self-sustainable as well as achieve more success on the pitch.