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Summary

  1. Armistice Day services take place across counties
  2. Centenary of Rotherwas munitions factory marked
  3. Historic memorials granted listed status
  4. Worcestershire's Tom Kohler-Cadmore wins award for fastest century
  5. Updates on Friday 11 November

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By David Lumb

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J8 M50, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J1 for A38.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J1, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of an accident.

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Croft Farm near Defford, Worcestershire,

A plane crashed to the ground and skidded to a halt because the pilot misjudged the landing, a report says.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, after J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 northbound after J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle.

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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 on Monday.

Whatever you have planned this weekend have a good one.

Coming up on TV: West Midlands pays tribute on Armistice Day; preparations for Children in Need

On Midlands Today this evening we'll have powerful scenes from Armistice Day services across the West Midlands, as well as an update on Children in Need.

That and more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Join Nick Owen on BBC One at 1830

Weather: Wet and windy

BBC Weather

Wet and windy weather will arrive overnight. As a result, it'll be less cold than last night - lows of 4C (39F).

Tomorrow will be dull and damp for much of the day and later on it will start to feel a little milder too. Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Charlie Slater
BBC

Basketball: Wolves set to confirm new signing who will 'stop the rot'

BBC Sport

Paul James
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Departures, injuries and illness. They've all combined to cause Worcester Wolves head coachPaul James (pictured) a major headache in the club's frustrating start to the British Basketball League season.

Wolves' threadbare squad have lost five of their first eight matches and went out of the BBL Cup last Sunday with James forced to draft a university undergraduate into the matchday set-up to boost the numbers.

But there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel with James confident a new face will soon be added to the roster.   

"We've identified a player and a contract is out," James told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It's someone who can come in and stop the rot, he'll be a 'big' and hopefully we'll have some good news on at least one player next week."

Police plan to deport thieves

Police have revealed they will work to deport two Romanian nationals jailed for a string of distraction thefts.

Bogdan Vranceanu, 31, and Atena Calin, 20, both of no fixed abode, were sentenced to six months and three months respectively after admitting five counts of theft each.

Between 13 September and 26 September this year, 10 people had purses stolen while shopping in supermarkets in Shrewsbury, Malvern, Droitwich, Leominster, Kidderminster, Evesham and Hereford.  

West Mercia Police Det Seg Julie Shephard called the pair "skilled fraudsters". 

Bogdan Vranceanu and Atena Calin
West Mercia Police

Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Some team news as Worcester Warriors travel to West Midlands rivals Wasps on Sunday.

New signing South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys is straight into the starting line-up, alongside fellow debutant winger Haisila Lokotui.

Flanker Sam Lewis is expected to make his long-awaited return.

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Headlines: War dead remembered; health options discussed; engineers honoured

BBC Hereford and Worcester

- A two-minute silence is observed around the region in memory of those who have died in conflicts all over the world

- Health bosses in Worcestershire reveal their options to the public as they try to save £229m over the next five years

- Two Victorian engineers are commemorated at Bromsgrove Railway Station

Online criticism from parents wearing down teachers

Judith Burns

Education reporter

More than half of head teachers say parents' social media behaviour is an ongoing problem, a new survey suggests.

One primary school head teacher revealed she ended up on anti-depressants after parents used a closed group on Facebook to criticise her.  

However Andrew Teale, head of St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Hereford, said that, properly used, social media can be an "enormously positive force" in schools.

He says that blaming social media for bullying "is a bit like blaming a pen for a nasty letter".  

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What we don't want is for teachers to run away from social media."

Andrew Teale

Call for more recognition for Rotherwas munitions workers

Most of those who worked at Rotherwas munitions factory during the two wars were women, and many of them suffered ill health, due to the dangerous substances they were working with.

Former worker Nancy Billings said their roles went largely unrecognised, despite its importance to the war effort. 

Rotherwas Munitions Factory workers
Hereford Lore

I do think they should have got a lot more recognition. It was a very dangerous job. I do think they should have got a medal for what they did. I've always thought that."

Nancy Billings

Memorials granted listed status

Four World War One memorials in Worcester have been granted listed status in recent months. 

They are a cross at St Barnabas churchyard, a cross with a carved figure of Christ at St Paul's Church, a stone memorial at St John Baptist Church and a stone cross at Holy Trinity and St Matthew’s Church.

Historic England wants to add 2,500 war memorials to the heritage list between 2014 and 2018, as part of commemorations for the centenary of World War One.  

The memorials
Worcester City Council

Warriors' Te'o 'can make impact for England'

BBC Sport

Ben Te'o
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Ben Te'o has the ability to bring a new "dynamic" to the England side according to Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg.

New-Zealand born former rugby league convert Te'o, 29, is on the bench for Saturday's international against South Africa at Twickenham.

The centre has scored two tries in four Premiership appearances for Warriors but has not played since the end of October because of concussion.

Now he is fit, Hogg has no doubt Te'o will make an impact if called on by England head coach Eddie Jones.

"He's a great athlete and has real power. He can bring a different dynamic to the England midfield - he can take the ball from the line out and gets his hands free in the back end of tackles," Hogg told BBC Sport. 

Calling on all sporting unsung heroes

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The #BigThankYou is Britain's biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities.  

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony
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First performance of music to commemorate WW1

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A composer is looking forward to hearing his latest work performed in public for the first time tonight. 

Paul Mountford from Chelmarsh, near Bridgnorth, was commissioned to write a piece commemorating World War One and it'll be performed this evening in Feckenham near Droitwich.

Phil Mountford
Phil Mountford

The hour-long Suite For The Fallen Soldier mixes music with extracts from imaginary letters of the type that were sent to and from people fighting on the front line.

Headlines: War dead remembered; plaque for engineers, health savings revealed

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The stories we're looking at this afternoon include: 

- A two-minute silence has been observed around the UK in memory of those who have died in conflicts all over the world

- A plaque is being unveiled at Bromsgrove Railway Station in memory of two Victorian engineers

- The extent of savings facing health bosses in Worcestershire have been laid out at a public meeting in Kidderminster this morning

Armistice Day: The West Midlands falls silent
Thousands of people across the West Midlands mark Armistice Day as towns and cities fall silent.

Cricket: Kohler-Cadmore record knock wins award

BBC Sport

It was an innings that kicked off last season's Natwest T20 Blast in explosive fashion. 

Tom Kohler-Cadmoreset a club record in smashing 127 from just 54 balls, including five sixes and 13 fours, in Worcestershire Rapids' opening match against Durham Jets at New Road on 20 May.

His century came off only 43 deliveries and has won the 22-year-old the Walter Lawrence Trophy - awarded for the fastest hundred of the season.

Kohler-Cadmore, who is currently playing grade cricket in Perth in Australia, follows former Worcestershire stars Graeme Hick and Vikram Solanki in winning the award.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore
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Rotherwas munitions factory marks centenary

A century ago today the gates of the Rotherwas munitions works in Hereford opened for the first time.

Over the next 30 years, thousands of people would work there producing first shells and then bombs for use by the allied troops.

Tonight the workers will be remembered with a special service at Rotherwas Chapel, followed by the launch of a new exhibition to mark the role the site played in two world wars.

Nancy Billings
BBC

Nancy Billings from Tupsley started there as an 18-year-old.

She remembered an air raid on the factory that claimed the life of 26 women workers.

We ran down the corridor and as we got out we could see the air raid shelters were locked. All of a sudden this plane came down. It came down so low, you could see the big black cross on it. There was debris flying everywhere."

Memorial gets special status

A memorial in Herefordshire is one of 50 across the country to receive listed status, Historic England has announced. 

The Upper Hill War Memorial in Village Green, Upper Hill, has been recognised for its historic and architectural interest. 

It is now Grade II listed.

The announcement comes after Historic England invited members of the public to nominate sites for the special protection. 

Upper Hill War Memorial
War Memorial Restoration Co.

Meeting over children's centres cuts

Campaigners will hold a public meeting tomorrow about Worcestershire County Council's plans to make cuts to children's centres in the county. 

Councillors have approved plans to transfer the running of many centres to schools.

The Orchard and Spring Vale Centre in Evesham is closing at the end of the month. 

Sign of children's centre
Google

Rugby Union: Warriors sign Wilhelm van der Sluys on trial

BBC Sport

Wilhelm van der Sluys
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Worcester Warriors have bolstered their options in the second-row by signing former South Africa Under-20 lock Wilhelm van der Sluyson a trial basis.

The 25-year-old came through the youth system at Western Province and goes straight into the set-up at Sixways.

Darren Barry and Donncha O’Callaghan are the only fit senior second-rowers available to Warriors with Will Spencer, Tevita Cavubati and Christian Scotland-Willamson all currently injured.

Watch: Weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly dry day ahead with some occasional bright and even sunny spells.

Highs of 8C (46F).

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Bomarche pledges to sell poppies next year

A clothes chain criticised for not selling poppies at its Kidderminster branch has said it will sell them next year. 

Bonmarche was recently described by town councillor Michael Wrench as "shameful" for not supporting the appeal in its stores - including the one in the Rowland Hill Centre.

At the time, it said it was focusing on the Macmillan Cancer Support charity instead.

In a statement, the chain said it had made the decision to sell poppies next year in response to customer feedback. 

Rowland Hill Centre
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Headlines: Silence for war dead; children's centres cuts meeting; homes plan views sought

BBC Hereford and Worcester

- Thousands of people across the region mark a two-minute silence to remember those killed in conflict since World War One

- Campaigners are due to hold a public meeting about plans to make cuts to children's centres in Worcestershire

- People in Bromyard are being given the chance to have their say on proposals for up to 500 new homes

Bromsgrove cyclist targets World Cup gold

Bromsgrove cyclist Emily Kay will attempt to win a World Cup gold medal today for the second weekend in a row. 

The 21-year-old starred for Great Britain with victory in both the omnium and the team pursuit in Glasgow last weekend. 

Now Kay will contest the omnium in the second round of the World Cup in Holland later today.

Emily Kay
BBC

We will remember: Two-minute silence

A number of remembrance services are taking place across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this morning to mark Armistice Day.

Worcestershire County Council is holding a short service outside the council chamber at county hall from 10:50.

Events are also taking place at The Hive in Worcester.

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Sleeping driver jailed for road death

A woman who killed a man and injured his fiancée after falling asleep at the wheel has been jailed.

Shirley Glover's Volvo crossed onto the wrong side of the A450 carriageway near Shenstone and hit Stuart Frost's MG3.

He was pronounced dead at the scene while his partner Emma Lunn suffered multiple injuries.

Glover, 50, from Stourport-on-Severn, admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving when she appeared at Hereford Crown Court.

A450 near Shenstone
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Questions

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Latest: Call for vets to be given more protection; driver jailed for killing fellow motorist after falling asleep

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Call for farmers to do more to help protect vets from injuries

- A woman from Stourport has been jailed after she fell asleep at the wheel and drove into another car killing the driver

- Special service to mark 100 years since opening of Rotherwas Munitions works in Hereford during World War One  for use by the allied troops

The dangers of being a vet

BBC Midlands Today

There's a warning more needs to be done to protect vets from being injured at work. More than half of farm vets have been hurt doing their job - with some so seriously injured by the animals they're treating - they've quit the profession. 

Sophie Aylett, a vet in Bromsgrove, spent £30,000 making her practice safer. She said some of her colleagues had been kicked in the head by animals, or had limbs broken.

The latest figures from the British Veterinary Association reveal more then half of farm vets were injured last year.

Dangers of being a vet

Severe congestion: A4440 Worcestershire both ways

BBC Travel

A4440 Worcestershire both ways severe congestion, between A38 Worcester Road and A44.

A4440 Worcestershire - Slow traffic on A4440 Broomhall Way in Whittington between the A38 Worcester Road junction and the A44 junction. In the roadworks area.

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Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

Welcome to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Live on Friday morning. 

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J3A for M40.

M42 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic on M42 northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3a M40, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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