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Summary

  1. Seagull turns orange after falling into vat of curry
  2. Air show cancelled due to 'increased insurance costs'
  3. Probation service to keep Herefordshire base
  4. Teenager's liver operation to be shown on TV
  5. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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  1. Vandalism continues to affect rail services

    BBC News Travel

    Vandalism to signalling cables at Bromsgrove is continuing to disrupt rail services in and out of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

    West Midlands Trains said it was affecting trains between Longbridge, Bromsgrove and Droitwich, and buses were being put on as a replacement.

    There has also been a knock-on effect on services to Hereford, Great Malvern and Ledbury, which are also being serviced by buses.

  2. Gull fund set to be doubled

    A fund to tackle problem gulls in the Worcester area could be doubled to £30,000 tonight, if approved by councillors.

    The increased budget would expand anti-gull measures to St John's, Blackpole and Bedwardine.

    Seagull

    Earlier this year, the city council trialled the use of a drone in spotting hard-to-find nests.

  3. Action group for 'village cut off from the world'

    People in a Herefordshire village who say they've been cut off from the rest of the world by a long-running road closure have formed their own action group.

    The main road into Symonds Yat West was shut in June because of a collapsing wall, forcing residents on one side of the village to use the narrow, potholed, Ferrie Lane.

    It is only just wide enough for one car and is on the edge of a steep drop into the River Wye.

    road closed sign

    The group aims to pressure Herefordshire Council into action before the winter, when they fear the road will become even more dangerous.

    Herefordshire Council said it wants to get the road reopened as soon as possible, and is working with the owner of the wall to have it removed.

  4. Britain in Bloom awards for towns

    Newcastle-under-Lyme claimed a gold in Britain in Bloom's 'Champion of Champions' category, but just missed out on the top prize which went to Truro in Cornwall.

    Shrewsbury (pictured below) and Upton-upon-Severn also claimed gold awards in their categories and there was a silver gilt award for Oswestry.

    Shrewsbury

    Newcastle was praised for the Queen’s Gardens in the town centre, the Italian herb garden and Silverdale Country Park, a former colliery site that is now a wildlife site.

  5. Man released as investigations into cyclist death continue

    A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a cyclist was killed in Worcestershire has been released while investigations continue.

    The cyclist, who was in his 60's and from Brierley Hill, died after he was hit by a lorry on the on the A449 near Hartlebury yesterday morning.

    A second cyclist, a man in his 60's from Hagley, was taken to hospital.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and M5 J4A.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and M5 J4a, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Railway damage was caused by vandals

    BBC News Travel

    The problems on the railway between Longbridge and Droitwich this morning were caused by vandals, West Midlands Railway has said.

    The damage to railway equipment at Bromsgrove has meant fewer trains running today and buses replacing services on that line.

  8. Court order stops homes being built

    BBC Midlands Today

    Housing developers have been ordered to stop building on a site in Droitwich despite hundreds of homes being left unoccupied or not yet built.

    The homes

    Persimmon Homes has been told that unless improvements are made to an access road, all works must be halted.

    A court order means that no more than 188 houses can be occupied before an agreement is made with the local highway authority.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  10. Dashcam appeal after cyclist death

    Drivers with dashcam footage are being asked to come forward after a cyclist was killed on on the A449 at Hartlebury yesterday morning.

    The man, who was in his 60's and from Brierley Hill, Dudley, died after he was hit by a lorry.

    Near the junction of the A449 and Manor Lane

    A second cyclist, also a man in his 60s from Hagley, was taken to hospital.

    A 48-year-old man from Halesowen has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

  11. Rail replacement services due to damaged cables

    BBC News Travel

    Rail replacement services will serve stations from Longbridge to Droitwich Spa via Bromsgrove due to damage to signalling cables.

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  12. Recycling lorry sheds load of plastic and cardboard

    Crews have dealt with a fire involving a recycling lorry.

    It happened in Manor Road, Clifton upon Teme, Worcester, at about 10:35.

    Recycling in road

    The vehicle was carrying plastic and cardboard which was tipped on to the road.

    Workers from the local council attended to clear the road.

  13. Arrest after cyclist dies in crash with lorry

    A cyclist has died after a crash with a lorry this morning.

    Police say the collision involved two cyclists and an HGV on the A449, south of Kidderminster, at around 11:00.

    They say a man in his 60s, from Brierley Hill, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The other cyclist, a man in his 60s, from Hagley, Stourbridge, was taken to hospital for more treatment.

    Officers arrested a 48-year-old man from Halesowen on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

  14. Former head teacher cleared of historical sex abuse

    Pam Caulfield

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A former head teacher has been cleared of historical sexual abuse at an approved school for boys in Worcestershire in a trial at Birmingham Crown Court today.

    David Burns

    The jury found David Burns, the former headmaster of St Gilbert's, not guilty of two serious sexual offences, one of indecent assault and two of child cruelty, while giving majority verdicts this afternoon.

    Mr Burns, 87, of Kings Grove, Cambridge, is still facing 14 more counts of child cruelty and assault causing actual bodily harm from 1966 to 1972.

    He denies all the counts facing him.

    The jury have been seen home today and are due to continue their deliberations tomorrow morning.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane and J7 for A44 Whittington Road Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J6, A4538 (Worcester) and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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