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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - Lane closed on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of a breakdown.

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

  2. More rail and road disruption from flooding

    More rail services have been disrupted today by Storm Christoph with the line between Hereford and Abergavenny now flooded.

    Services face being cancelled or delayed until at least 14:00, National Rail Enquiries said.

    Elsewhere in Herefordshire, Watery Lane and Lower Bullingham Lane, near Hereford, are both flooded, the county council said.

    Flooded road
  3. Your photos: Waterways swollen by rain

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Rivers and streams across the West Midlands are already looking swollen with the rain from the past few hours, according to the photos coming from our BBC Weather Watchers.

    These are from OgySnaps in Redditch, Worcestershire and Ken M in Lydbury North, Shropshire:

    Redditch
    Lydbury North
  4. 'Prepare for flooding' residents warned

    Herefordshire and Worcestershire residents are being warned to expect flooding in the next few days as heavy rain continues to fall across England and Wales.

    Barriers being installed in Bewdley

    Three roads will shut so barriers and pumps can be installed, Worcestershire County Council says:

    • Stourport Road, Bewdley, from 09:00
    • Bewdley Bridge, from 19:00
    • Hylton Road, Worcester, from 19:00

    The roads will shut for up to four hours.

    There are four flood alerts in Herefordshire but more are "inevitable", according to the Environment Agency's Dave Throup who says it is "still hosing it down in Wales".

    Water coming off the Welsh hills and mountains flows into the rivers Severn and Wye which run through Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

    Temporary flood barriers have already been put up in part of Bewdley and the Environment Agency says more are being installed in the town and in Hereford.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J9 for A46 to J8 for M50.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) to J8 M50, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. More flood barriers installed

    More temporary flood barriers are being installed as river levels rise after heavy rain.

    Flood barriers being installed in Ironbridge

    Barriers have already been put up in Bewdley, Worcestershire and Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

    The Environment Agency says it will install others in Ironbridge and Hereford.

    Flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, are in place on the River Blithe, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, and the River Vyrnwy near Maesbrook and Melverley, Shropshire.

    More rain is forecast.

  7. Weather: Flooding alert with more rain forecast

    BBC Weather

    A yellow weather warning for rain remains in place across the West Midlands with the Met Office warning of possible flooding and disruption to transport.

    Along with the outbreaks of rain there will be brisk southwesterly winds and it will feel mild with a high of 11C/52F.

    Weather map

    More heavy rain is forecast tonight, increasing the risk of flooding but it should clear in the early hours leaving most places dry with clear spells. Low: 4C/39F.

    You can stay up-to-date on your local forecast with the BBC Weather website.

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    Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J1 for A38 Birmingham Road to J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

    M42 Worcestershire - The road is temporarily closed and queues for two miles on M42 northbound from J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) to J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), because of an accident. Congestion to M5 interchange.

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

  9. Trained drugs dogs to be placed in prisons

    BBC Radio WM

    Twelve newly-trained drugs dogs are being brought into four prisons in the West Midlands to help find illegal items.

    HMP Birmingham

    They're part of the government’s £100m package to tackle violence and drugs behind bars.

    They are set to be used at HMPs Birmingham; Hewell, near Redditch; and Brinsford and Featherstone, near Wolverhampton.

    Nationally, more than 170 dogs will be in 47 selected prisons by March 2021, said the Ministry of Justice.

  10. Flood defences deployed in Bewdley

    Flood barriers are being put up in Bewdley, Worcestershire, today.

    Barriers
    Flood barriers

    The defences are on the north side of the River Severn after weather warnings for rain were issued by the Met Office.

    The yellow warnings, covering the whole of the West Midlands, are in place from midnight on Tuesday until 12:00 GMT on Thursday.

  11. Heavy rain expected to bring travel disruption

    Spells of prolonged and heavy rain are set to cause travel disruption across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

    Weather map

    Homes and businesses are also at risk of flooding, it said.

    The wet weather is expected to affect the region from late on Tuesday into early Thursday as Storm Christoph affects the UK.

    A yellow warning has been issued.

  12. Gas lamp plan for Malvern railway station

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    Replica Victorian gas lamps could be installed in one of Malvern's railway stations under plans to revamp the Grade II listed building.

    Great Malvern railway station

    The town already has more than 100 gas lamps spread across the area with one said to have been the inspiration for C.S. Lewis's Narnia books.

    The Friends of Malvern Railway Group is working with Network Rail on upgrading the Great Malvern station.

    Michael Pritchard, from the group, said the proposed lights would not be gas-powered but should still fit in with the town's heritage.

    "They will not be gas of course because gas is no longer available or even desirable but they will be LED-powered with modern electronics and I think will look exactly right from outside," he said.

  13. Your photos: Weather views of the West Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers not only keep us updated with their local weather forecast, many of them also upload great photos from across the region.

    Here are three picked from today's selection, from users Reynard in Kinver, Staffordshire; Peter Steggles, in Rushbury, Shropshire; and Cumulo, in Ledbury, Herefordshire:

    Kinver
    Rushbury
    Ledbury
  14. Plan to transform former grazing land into wildlife haven

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    One hundred acres of farmland on the edge of Hereford could be turned into flood plain meadows if a campaign group is successful.

    The land

    The Friends of Bartonsham Meadows group was set up in early 2020 and wants to manage the land in a more environmentally friendly way.

    The area it is looking at had been used to graze dairy cows until last year and is currently sub-let for arable farming.

    The group is working with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and will hold an online question and answer session on Thursday.

    It hopes to be able to take over the lease and install ponds, scrubland and reed beds to encourage more wildlife as well as keeping access for people who use it for walking and running every day.

    Ruth Westoby, from the group, says the current mood over climate change chimes with what they want to do.

    "What we would like to do here fits with political objectives locally, regionally and nationally and internationally, so this is a really exciting project," she said.

  15. Lockdown: Nightclub closures 'could become permanent'

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    A nightclub owner is warning his business could shut for good later this year unless the government does more for the industry.

    Tramps

    Dean Hill owns Tramps, in Worcester, which hasn't been able to open since the first lockdown in March.

    He told BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester it urgently needed more support.

    "Tramps will not be here as an operating business in August. Unless we can access more funds from the government we are not going to be here," he said.

    The government has previously said it has offered help to the industry - in July it announced a £1.57bn package to help the arts, which included music venues but not nightclubs.

    Some working in the industry have been able to claim money as part of the government's furlough scheme.

    Play nightclub

    Billy Reynolds owns Play Nightclub in Hereford and believes venues will survive but it will take a while to recover.

    "I think they will come back. Key nights like a Saturday night or a student night will be busy but you will struggle midweek and, say, Friday nights to get it to come back."

  16. Woman attacked by masked man in Asda car park

    A woman has been attacked in a supermarket car park by a masked man.

    West Mercia Police said the assailant and two others, also in masks, ran off when the victim screamed for help.

    She had been putting her shopping in her car at the Asda car park on Jinnah Road, Redditch, when it happened on Tuesday.

    The force is appealing for information.

  17. Fifth of mask fines handed out by West Mercia force

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service in Worcestershire has been covering these stories:

    • More than a fifth of fines handed out by police in England and Wales for people not wearing face masks have been issued by the West Mercia force. Figures from the National Police Chiefs Council show force officers issued 196 fines between 27 March and 20 December out of a total of 952 across the two nations.
    A man wearing a protective face mask walking past signage advising the use of face coverings
    • Dozens of homes could be built on farmland in a Worcestershire village under new plans. A developer wants to demolish a cottage and outbuildings on the site on Woodhall Lane, Ombersley, and has submitted an application to Wychavon District Council.
    • A plan to build affordable housing on a former golf course looks set to be approved. Worcester City Council's planning committee will consider the proposals for part of the old Tolladine course on Thursday.