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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - Lane closed on M5 northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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