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Summary

  1. Bromsgrove-born poet Sir Geoffrey Hill dies
  2. Petition against planned children's services cuts
  3. Services mark 100 years since Battle of the Somme
  4. 'Anger' over Dean Ryan's departure from Warriors
  5. Updates on Friday 1 July 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Watch: Sunny spells and showers tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Another day of sunny spells and showers, tomorrow. These will move through quite quickly on the brisk westerly wind but they will be heavy at times. Feeling rather cool in the breeze.

    Minimum Temperature tonight: 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Somme centenary: Thousands pay tribute

    Cath Mackie

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of people across the Midlands have marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.  

    The campaign in France lasted five months with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone.  

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    Video caption: Somme centenary: Thousands of people in the Midlands pay tribute

    There's more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Councillor to wing walk - despite never being on a plane before

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A 76-year-old woman from Worcestershire is going to perform a wing-walk at 130 mph - despite never having even been on a plane before. 

    Little Malvern and Welland parish councillor Mary Purser will take on the challenge later this month to raise money for ChildLine. 

    Mary Purser

    Ms Purser said: "I've never been in a plane, on a plane, anywhere near a plane. 

    "I have no idea what it's going to be like. It'll be a bit of fun.

    "I decided I would do something before I pop my clogs."

  5. Worcester Rapids lose captain Mitchell in first over

    BBC Sport

    Worcestershire Rapids have just started their T20 Blast clash against Derbyshire at New Road and are already one wicket down, with captain Daryl Mitchell going for 0.

    The home side have been in great form in the T20 competition, but recently had to battle to rescue their County Champion match against Derbyshire.

    Worcestershire are currently 1-1.

    Follow live commentary online and on 738AM.

    Daryl Mitchell
  6. Bromsgrove-born poet Sir Geoffrey Hill dies

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Bromsgrove-born poet Sir Geoffrey Hill has died aged 84, his wife has confirmed.

    Alice Goodman said her husband died "suddenly, and without pain or dread" on Thursday evening.

    Sir Geoffrey was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University until last year, and best known for Mercian Hymns, his 1971 collection of prose poems.

    Jacqueline Norton, Senior Commissioning Editor for Literature at Oxford University Press, praised his "poetic genius".

    Sir Geoffrey Hill was knighted in 2012
  7. Latest: Bromsgrove-born poet Sir Geoffrey Hill dies; police deny officer racially abused singer Jamelia

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Here are some of the sotries we're lookign at this afternoon:

    - Bromsgrove-born poet Sir Geoffrey Hill dies

    - Police deny officer racially abused singer Jamelia in Worcestershire

    - Man wanted in connection with assault and criminal damage

  8. Man wanted in connection with assault and criminal damage in Redditch

    West Mercia Police

    Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with assault and criminal damage in Redditch.

    The first incident was between 20:00 and 20:39 on 14 May outside some shops on Mount Pleasant.

    The second was at a property in Flanders Close on 26 May.

    Keith Patrick Langton, 34, from Redditch, is wanted in connection with these incidents. He is described as white, about 5' 11'' tall, of a medium build with short brown hair.

    Keith Patrick Langton
  9. Police deny officer racially abused Jamelia

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    West Mercia Police say an officer was not responsible for alleged racial abuse suffered by popstar Jamelia during a confrontation in Worcestershire.

    The singer said a man who appeared to be a police officer used a racial slur in front of her daughters during an angry exchange that left her "feeling scared", after she overtook him in Hewell Lane, Barnt Green on Monday.

    West Mercia Police say a 56-year-old man is being interviewed in connection with the incident, but was not under arrest

    The investigation continues.

    Jamelia
  10. Whistles mark the moment men went over the top in Somme

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Commemorations are taking place across Britain and France to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

    At Worcester Cathedral whistles were blown to mark the moment the first British soldiers went over the top of their trenches.

    Worcester Cathedral

    Leader of the city council, Adrian Gregson blew the whistle, he said: "There were eight battalions of the Worcestershire regiment that had taken part. They lost something like 4,000 men.

    "You can argue all you like about whether the tactics were right and how the overall war itself went.

    "You can't erase the fact that we lost 60,000 men on one day - that's a big football stadium."

  11. Midlands business leaders expect the unexpected

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    My latest blog post takes the temperature among Midlands decision-makers at the launch event for the West Midlands Combined Authority.

    The atmosphere was spiced-up of course by the Brexit vote.

    British and EU flags

    Lord Heseltine was the star attraction, but I spent plenty of time mingling with the men and women at the sharp end of economic decision-making during the lunch and coffee breaks.

    Their mood was, above all, uncertain.

  12. Cricket: Worcestershire's director frustrated over abandoned match

    BBC Sport

    "It's washed out what I think would have been a fine game.. but we can't do anything about the English summer," said Worcestershire County Cricket Club's Steve Rhodes.

    He was frustrated but philosophical after his team's NatWest T20 Blast match at Durham Jets on Thursday was abandoned in the 15th over with Worcestershire on 103-5.

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    Video caption: Frustration after Worcestershire wash out cricket game

    The Rapids will be back in action tonight when they will take on Derbyshire Falcons at New Road, Worcester where play is due to start at 17:30. 

    There will be full commentary on that game on 738 AM and online.

  13. Travel: Car crash shuts one lane on M5 in Worcester

    BBC Travel

    A car crash has closed one lane on the M5 between J8 for M50 Worcestershire and J7 for A44 Worcester.

    There are also delays northbound between J4A for the M42 and J6 for the A449, due to a broken down vehicle.

  14. End of an era as leisure centre demolished

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    It's the end of an era this week - as a 30-year-old leisure centre in Kidderminster is demolished. 

    The Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre - which was opened by Princess Diana - is to be relocated on the Kidderminster to Stourport Road in the town next week.

    Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre
  15. Latest: Services mark 100 years since Battle of the Somme; woman denies stealing dog

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Here are some of the stories we are looking at in the Hereford & Worcester newsroom this afternoon:

    - Services mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme

    - Woman denies stealing a dog from outside a supermarket 

    - Petition against children's services cuts