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  1. Updates from Friday 18 November

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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    Severe disruption: A38 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A38 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, at Timberdine Avenue.

    A38 Worcestershire - A38 Bath Road in Worcester blocked in both directions at the Timberdine Avenue junction, because of flooding.

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    Severe disruption: A448 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A448 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, at Willow Road.

    A448 Worcestershire - A448 Kidderminster Road in Bromsgrove closed in both directions at the Willow Road junction, because of flooding.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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  4. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

  5. More long delays for patients at Worcester hospital

    More than 50 people have been waiting longer than the government's target of four hours at the A&E department of Worcestershire Royal Hospital today.

    The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that there were 53 people in A&E who'd been waiting longer than four hours, though a spokeswoman said some of them may have "needed to be in there for clinical reasons". 

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    The hospital said 70 ambulances had visited A&E today and a total of 132 people had attended the department since midnight.

    The trust has admitted ambulances have been forced to queue at the hospital, and has blamed a sharp rise in the number of elderly patients needing treatment there.

  6. Is Leominster your rising star on the high street?

    Today is your last chance to vote in the Rising Star category of the Great British High Street competition, with Leominster hoping to take a victory. 

    The Herefordshire town is shortlisted alongside Dornoch in Scotland and Stockton-on-Tees in the category.

    Vote for your Rising Star Winner

    You can vote online - here.

  7. Watch: Forecast for the evening and weekend

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Most of the showers will die out this evening, though a few may persist in the north, leaving a mostly dry and cold night. It will frosty with the risk of ice where any showers fall on frozen surfaces. LOws of 3C ( 37F).

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    Video caption: The afternoon weather forecast with Shefali Oza
  8. Travel: Engineering work to disrupt weekend rail services

    BBC Travel

    Engineering work is going to be affecting a number of rail services out of Worcestershire and Herefordshire this weekend.

    In some cases it will involve buses replacing trains and there is a full list of the affected services on the London Midland website.

  9. Search for potential traveller sites in south Worcestershire

    Landowners in south Worcestershire are being asked if they have any land available for travellers.

    Three councils, Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon, say they need to provide 35 new pitches by April 2018 and they need to be available for the following five years.


    The authorities say that it makes it easier to argue that travellers should leave unofficial sites, if they can demonstrate there are official ones available instead.

  10. Latest: Ambulance queues at A&E; antarctic expedition underway; search for traveller sites

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the stories we are looking at this afternoon:

    - A sharp rise in the number of elderly people being admitted to hospital is blamed for ambulances having to queue outside A&E

    - A team of army reservists, led by a Hereford man, have begun their attempt to ski to the South Pole

    - The search is on for land in south Worcestershire that could be used for new traveller sites

  11. Buses have been allowed to "wither on the vine" due to cuts, say Worcestershire Lib Dems

    Worcester News

    Buses have been allowed to "wither on the vine" due to cuts, say Worcestershire Lib Dems

  12. Children in Need: Filling the treasure chest

    Children in Need

    Lots of people are turning up at BBC Hereford & Worcester's Hylton Road office in Worcester to help fill up the treasure chest for Children in Need.

    These pirates came from St. Peter’s Catholic First School in Bromsgrove.

  13. Town devastated by closure of its only bank

    Traders say they're being let down after HSBC bank announced that it is pulling out of Kington, leaving the town without a bank.

    HSBC, Kington

    The branch will close in February, only months after both Barclays and the Dudley Building Society also shut their doors.   

    Chair of the town's chamber of trade, Emma Hancocks said "It's devastating for our small market town".

  14. Train company admits growing demand for services

    It's been claimed that our trains are more packed than ever before, but is there any truth in that?

    London Midland is one of the companies operating trains into Birmingham and its spokesman, Francis Thomas, said it was true that trains are becoming more crowded, largely because demand for train travel has grown over 40% since the franchise began eight years ago.

    London Midland train

    Mr Thomas said there were some other factors and, at this time of year, some carriages are forced out of service because leaf residue can damage their wheels.

    He also said the company accepted more capacity was needed and that would be addressed when a new franchise for the network begins in October next year.

    But he said the company uses every available carriage it has, revealing one big problem is that nobody is building diesel locomotives these days, because of plans to electrify Britain's railway lines.

  15. Cathedral hosting national award-winners

    Representatives from more than 40 national visitor attractions will be at Worcester Cathedral next week for an awards ceremony.

    The Sandford Awards, organised by Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, will celebrate the different educational programmes run by heritage sites.

    The cathedral

    The winners include Stonehenge, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. 

    The cathedral itself has also won an award.

    Quote Message: We are absolutely delighted with this recognition of the valuable work of the Cathedral’s education team including its volunteers and staff. A Sandford Award has much respect in the Heritage Learning world and we are now proud holders.” from Very Reverend Peter Atkinson Dean of Worcester
    Very Reverend Peter AtkinsonDean of Worcester
  16. Latest: Ambulances queue at hospital; ground survey after second bomb find; Te'o get England call-up

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

    - After it emerged that ambulances have been queueing at the Worcestershire Royal, the hospital calls for a major overhaul of elderly care

    - Network Rail are to carry out a full ground survey after a controlled explosion took place on a second WW2 bomb found in Worcester

    - Worcester Warriors' Ben Te'o is among the replacements for England's game with Fiji

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    Video caption: Rail passengers 'squashed in like animals going to market'

    Rail passengers say overcrowding on London Midland trains is getting worse.