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Summary

  1. Man taken to hospital after Worcester city centre stabbing
  2. Life sentence for Evesham man who murdered his partner
  3. Worcester lawyer jailed for attempted murder
  4. World heavyweight champion trains hopeful in Redditch gym
  5. Updates from Friday 30 September.

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of an incident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a vehicle fire.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

  4. Watch: Weather for tonight and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Showers tending to die away this evening to leave dry and clear conditions for a time before further showers spread in from the southwest at the end of the night. Lows of 10C (50F).

    You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.  

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast
  5. Man jailed for life after he murdered his partner

    A 51-year-old-man has been jailed for life after he pleaded guilty to murdering his partner.

    Mark Pearce, of Bewdley Street Evesham, was told by Worcester Crown Court he would serve a minimum of 16-and-a-half years.

    Mark Pearce

    West Mercia say Pearce stabbed his partner once after "a domestic argument".

    Quote Message: Pearce launched a brutal attack on his partner - this was an incident of domestic violence of the highest severity which sadly had tragic consequences for Ms Hitch." from Det Insp James Bayliss West Mercia Police
    Det Insp James BaylissWest Mercia Police
  6. Watch: Electric three-wheeler on sale in department store

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    An electric three-wheeler made by the Morgan Motor Company, based in Malvern, has gone on sale at a department store.

    I've been taking a look at the technology behind the car.

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    Video caption: Electric three-wheeler on sale in department store
  7. Prosecutor jailed for stabbing wife

    A lawyer who worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in the West Midlands has been jailed for six years after admitting attempting to murder his wife while depressed.

    Iain Farrimond, 54, of of Battenhall Road in Worcester, failed to kill his wife Tina of 28 years with a large kitchen knife, and then beat her with a wooden ornamental cat - only stopping the assault when she pleaded with him.

    Judge Gregory Dickinson, in sentencing "loving and devoted husband" Farrimond at  at Nottingham Crown Court, described it as a sad case, committed while the attacker was "in the grip of severe depressive illness". 

  8. Latest: Life for man who murdered partner; lawyer admits attempted murder charge; city centre stabbing

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

    - Man jailed for life after admitting murdering his partner after a domestic row

    - Former prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service pleads guilty to the attempted murder of his wife while depressed

    - Man taken to hospital with a stab wound after being attacked in Worcester city centre

  9. BreakingMan taken to hospital after city centre stabbing

    A man has been taken to hospital with a stab wound after being attacked in Worcester city centre.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says crews were called by the police at 15:21 to reports a man had been attacked in St Nicholas Street.

    Crime scene
  10. Big Interview with Paralympic gold medalist Sascha Kindred

    Hereford Times

    Paralympic golden boy Sascha Kindred will be speaking to British Swimming next month to see if they think he has what it takes to compete in next year's World Championships.  

  11. On air: The new electric Morgan on sale in a department store

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    The Worcestershire-based car-maker Morgan is looking to make something of a fashion statement - it's selling its first-ever electric cars not in a showroom but in Selfridges department store.

    You can find out more about the technology that lies behind the car on Midland Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Mirgan electric car
  12. Rugby: Heathcote back for Falcons game

    Here is the Warriors' squad for Saturday's home game against Newcastle Falcons - Tom Heathcote returns to the side at number 10.

    You can hear full commentary of the game on BBC Hereford & Worcester from 15:00 on Saturday.

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    Tom Heathcote
  13. Latest: Attempted murder guilty plea: electric three-wheeler on sale; champ trains boxer

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

    - A Worcester lawyer who worked for the Crown Prosecution Service for 23 years has pleaded guilty to attempted murder

    - Electric Morgan goes on sale in department store

    - World heavyweight champion trains hopeful in Redditch gym

  14. Lawyer stabbed wife in the head when he was depressed

    A court has heard how a senior court prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Birmingham stabbed his wife in the head as she slept after a bout of depression brought on by the pressures of work.

    Nottingham Crown Court heard that Iain Farrimond, 54, told police immediately afterwards that he had intended his assault in the early hours of 26 May, the day before his wedding anniversary, to be the "day of death".

    Farrimond, of Battenhall Road in Worcester, who had penned a suicide note at the scene of the assault, admitted attempted murder.

    The court was told that his wife, who suffered five stab wounds in the attack, had enjoyed a "remarkably successful" recovery from her physical injuries. 

    Farrimond, who was dismissed from the CPS following the incident, will be sentenced later.