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Summary

  1. Hereford County Hospital has second most expensive car park in country
  2. Fire Brigades Union threatens legal action over station closures
  3. FA Cup Trophy comes to town
  4. Bus service cuts having impact on isolation
  5. Updates from Friday 14 October

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By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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Midlands Sporting Unsung Hero

BBC Sport

The search is on to find the 2016 Midlands Sporting Unsung Hero. 

We're looking for those inspirational characters who get others into sport. 

Visit BBC Sport for details of how to nominate. The closing date is 23 October. 

Once Unsung Heroes from across the UK have been shortlisted, one will be chosen as the overall winner to be announced at the SPOTY awards in Birmingham.

Here's last year's winner, football coach Damien Lindsay from Northern Ireland.  

Nominate your Get Inspired Unsung Hero

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich affecting J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident involving a lorry and a van. Congestion to J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and on M42 to J1, A38 (Bromsgrove).

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J6 for A449 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J6, A449 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

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Tyrrells crisps

Hundreds of new jobs will be created by upmarket snack firm Tyrrells following its takeover by a US firm, its managing director says.

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Severe accident: A4025 Worcestershire both ways

BBC Travel

A4025 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between A451 Vale Road and A451 Lion Hill.

A4025 Worcestershire - A4025 Gilgal in Stourport-On-Severn closed between the A451 Vale Road junction and the A451 Lion Hill junction, because of an accident and a gas leak.

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Ludlow Community Hospital

Maternity services are suspended at a hospital because of concerns about the condition of the building they are housed in.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

Some unsettled conditions to come over the weekend although Saturday is looking a better day than Sunday. 

Rather cloudy with some isolated showers possible this afternoon although some of us will stay dry. Highs of 14C (57F).

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

European Rugby Challenge Cup: Enisei-STM v Worcester Warriors

BBC Sport

Academy youngster Will Butler will make his first-team debut for Worcester.

Josh Adams, Charlie Hewitt and Matti Williams are also making their first starts for Warriors in Moscow.

Max Stelling, Andy Short, Sam Betty and Huw Taylor are all playing their first matches of the season, as is prop Ryan Bower, who will captain the side.

Christian Scotland-Williamson, Matt Cox and Mike Daniels will make their first starts of the campaign in a much-changed Warriors line-up.

Will Butler
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Worcester team: Adams, Short, Stelling, Butler, Hammond, Shillcock, Baldwin, Bower (c), Williams, Daniels, Hewitt, Scotland-Williamson, Taylor, Betty, Cox.

Replacements: Singleton, Appiah, Alo, Kitchener, Xiourouppa, De Cothi, Eden, Lamb.

Coverage: Live scores on the BBC Sport website  

Man cleared of trying to kill 11 people

A man who set fire to a holiday home has been cleared of the attempted murder of 11 people after a jury found he was mentally ill at the time

Kieran Ridley, from Worcester, turned on a gas cooker and set fire to a bin at a house near Mallaig, Lochaber, where he was staying with his family in October 2015. 

A jury found he was not criminally responsible for his actions. 

Mr Ridley, originally from Worcester, will be sent to a mental health facility for assessment. 

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Latest: Family walk out of inquest; man 'seriously hurt' after crash; cash taken from post office

Michael Perkins

BBC Hereford & Worcester

This afternoon's headlines for Herefordshire & Worcestershire are: 

- The family of Australia and former Worcestershire cricketer Phillip Hughes have walked out of an inquest into his death

- Man in "serious condition" after crash near Broadway this morning

- Police are investigating after a "significant amount of cash" was taken from a post office in Rubery

Your pictures: Redditch

BBC Weather Watchers

Redditch
Punxsutawney Phil

BBC Weather Watcher Punxsutawney Phil sent in this lovely picture from Redditch. 

If you have a picture you'd like to share, you can sign up to the BBC Weather Watchers website here, or email the picture, tweet us @bbchw or message us via Facebook.  

FA Cup: Good luck messages for Westfields

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Westfields are the smallest football club left in this season's FA Cup competition.  

Tomorrow is the fourth round of qualifiers and Westfield take on Suffolk-based Leiston at 15:00. 

Here's a few messages of good luck sent in on social media. 

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Watch: Parking charges at Hereford County Hospital

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

It was revealed that Hereford County Hospital has the second most expensive hospital car park in the country. 

I've been chatting to people outside the hospital to get their views.  

Hereford County Hospital has the second most expensive hospital car park in the country

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J4A for M42 affecting J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M5 northbound at J4a M42, because of a broken down car. Congestion to J6, A449 (Worcester).

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London Midland explains why leaves affect train services

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Some rail services in the Midlands have already been affected by leaves on the line, so London Midland has taken the opportunity to explain what the problem is.

It says the issue is not piles of leaves blocking the rails, it's the residue they leave behind, which coats the tracks and train-wheels with a hard, slippery substance.

Leaves
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This makes braking difficult and London Midland compares it to braking on black ice.

It says millions of pounds are spent each year tackling the problem and that it has to advise its drivers to take it slowly.

Council owned farms to be sold in April 2017

Farms owned by Herefordshire Council are due to be sold off next year, either as individual lots or an entire estate. 

The council confirmed yesterday the time-frame for the sale as April 2017.  

A farm owned by Herefordshire Council
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Forty-one families are affected and could potentially lose their homes and their livelihoods but the council said they will offer financial help to get advice on putting in a bid and compensation if they're unsuccessful.

The farms could raise more than £40m, but opposition councillors have questioned whether it's the right time to sell with the price of land dropping in recent months. 

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42 affecting J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6, A449 (Worcester).

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Worcester Warriors: Passports a problem for staff

Worcester Warriors are heading to Russia this weekend but chief executive Jim O'Toole says it's been a logistical challenge. 

Warriors are taking on Russian side Enisei, who are from Siberia, in Moscow. 

Jim said there's been problems getting the players there in time.

Jim O'Toole
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Basically the key thing was bio-metric passports. Some of us didn't have them. I had to get a new one, run down to Newport, by the time I got it back, it was too late for the processing."

Jim O'TooleChief executive Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors reveal Challenge Cup line-up

Worcester Warriors have confirmed their starting line-up ahead of tomorrow's opening game in the European Challenge Cup against Enisei. 

Sam Vesty told the Warriors website he is confident his young side can deliver.

"Our squad is a mix of younger and senior players and we want to be competitive in these games," he said."We want to get off to a winning start and get our game on the pitch in trying conditions. We've got a good group and we're looking forward to it."

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Cash stolen from post office

Police are investigating after a "significant amount of cash" was taken from a post office in Rubery. 

A man walked into the post office on New Road and snatched a grey Royal Mail pouch from a delivery driver containing cash, police say. 

No-one was injured in the incident.

Your pictures: Lower Broadheath

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Mikesnapper sent in this photo from Lower Broadheath. He said the "sun breaks out as a shower passes over the hills beyond".

The clouds certainly look very ominous. 

Lower Broadheath
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If you have a picture you'd like to share, you can sign up to the BBC Weather Watchers website here, or email the picture, tweet us @bbchw or message us via Facebook.

Two Birmingham MPs appointed to shadow cabinet

BBC WM

Two more of Birmingham's MPs have been appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's shadow front bench team.

Richard Burden, who represents Northfield, is back as shadow transport minister, a role he held under former Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Perry Barr's Khalid Mahmood has been appointed shadow Foreign Office minister.

FA Cup trophy comes to Westfields

The FA Cup trophy is coming to the Herefordshire side Westfields to mark the fact they are the smallest football club left in this season's competition.

It's the furthest they have ever reached in the FA Cup and have already won five ties to reach this stage. 

This year also marks the 50th year since they were formed. 

Andrew Morris is the chief executive and secretary of the club and said "it's a tremendous feeling". 

FA Trophy
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Man in 'serious condition' following crash

A man has suffered serious injuries following a crash involving three cars near Broadway this morning. 

The accident happened at 06:30 on the A424 and A44 at Bourton-on-the-Hill. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service say the 20-year-old driver, is in a serious condition and was taken to Gloucester hospital in an air ambulance.

Air ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Hospital parking charges

BBC Midlands Today

New figures show parking charges at Hereford County Hospital are amongst the highest in the country.

The hospital lets people park for free for 10 minutes, but then charges £3.50 for an hour and £5 for two hours.

Our reporter Ben Sidwell will be at Hereford Hospital with the latest, on BBC One at 13:30

Parking sign
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'Remarkable' recovery for Leominster paralysis man

A Leominster man, who was told he faced paralysis in all his limbs, is getting used to using his legs again.

Six months ago James Hunter started suffering numbness in his feet and weeks later doctors found an unusual bone growth in part of his spine. 

James Hunter's recovery has been described as "remarkable" by consultants.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

It should brighten up later on and feel a little warmer than yesterday. Highs of 13C (55F). 

There's the chance of the odd shower overnight with lows of 9C (48F). 

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Philip Hughes inquest: The background

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Former Worcestershire cricketer Philip Hughes was 25 years old when he died, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

He passed away in hospital, having never regained consciousness.

The five-day hearing was convened to examine if his death was avoidable.    

Hughes struck by a bouncer
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Hughes was batting for South Australia, when he collapsed face first on the ground. He had been wearing a helmet, but the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the fatal injury.

He was given CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent's Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

Tributes for Philip Hughes
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Family walk out of former Worcestershire cricket players inquest

BBC World

The family of Australia and former Worcestershire cricketer Phillip Hughes have walked out of an inquest into his death.

The 25-year-old batsman died from a haemorrhage in the brain two days after being hit on the neck during a match in Sydney on 25 November 2014.

Philip Hughes
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Hughes played for Worcestershire County Cricket Club in 2012.

Hughes' parents walked out of the inquest as the counsel representing the family, Greg Melick SC, criticised the players for repeatedly answering many questions by saying "no recollection" or "I can't recall".  

Bus service cuts having impact on isolation

Campaigners in Pershore have told the BBC they want their reduced bus services reinstated as it's having a huge impact on people isolated in rural areas. 

Last night councillors and campaigners met at the town hall to discuss how the reduction to bus services has affected the area.

The Pershore Public Transport Group say villages like Fladbury, Wyre Piddle, and Wadborough have been hit the hardest.

Bus stop
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Worcestershire man takes on rowing challenge

A Worcestershire man about to embark on a 3,000-mile rowing challenge has already raised over £200,000 in memory of his late brother. 

Harry Wentworth-Stanley's older brother, James, killed himself at the Broadway family home 10 years ago. 

Harry and three friends are training to take part in the Talisker Atlantic Challenge this December - to raise money for a new crisis centre to help prevent suicide.

James Wentworth-Stanley pictured with mother
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Fire Brigades Union threatens legal action over Wyre Forest stations

The Fire Brigades Union is threatening to take legal action over proposals to combine three Wyre Forest fire stations into one.

They say it's because they don't think the public have been properly consulted. The FBU say the propsals will mean response times will increase by two and a half minutes.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority gave the go ahead yesterday to the plans that would see a new multimillion-pound hub built at a site near Stourport.

Artist impression of new hub
Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority

Sport headlines: Worcester Warriors prepare to face Russian side Enisei

BBC Hereford and Worcester

  • Worcester Warriors have arrived in Moscow for their opening game in the European Challenge Cup when they take on Enisei tomorrow
  • Luctonians face a trip to Sedgley Park for their National Two North game tomorrow
  • In National Three South West, Bromsgrove will host the leaders, Camborne, at Finstall Park
  • Worcester Valkyries are in action this weekend, they host Darlington Mowden Park at Sixways on Sunday afternoon 

Hospital car parks: Mercia Healthcare defends prices

Hereford County Hospital has defended the amount it charges patients for parking. 

It's after figures revealed the hospital has the second most expensive car park in the country for a one-hour stay - charging £3.50 an hour.

Parking sign
PA

In a joint statement, Hereford County Hospital and Mercia Healthcare, which runs the car parks, said last year they agreed a three-year freeze on parking charges, meaning rates won't have increased in the last four years.

It adds that it appreciates parking charges can be a burden for some people so a range of concessions are in place.