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Summary

  1. Police officer to face gross misconduct hearing over 2013 arrest
  2. New chief exec appointed at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
  3. Councils make £35m from parking charges over five years
  4. Eastham Bridge replacement 'on schedule'
  5. Updates on Friday 9 December 2016

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By Andrew Dawkins

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and traffic congestion on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident.

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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 - An accident on M42 southbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J1, A38 (Bromsgrove).

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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.

Watch: Weather for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

This evening cloud will tend to thicken as a weather front approaches from the north-west. That is going to give us mild conditions overnight with some outbreaks of rain at times too. Lows of 11C (51.8F).

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: A&Es under pressure

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Accident and Emergency departments around the region are starting to feel the winter strain with waiting times exceeding the government target of four hours. 

At the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, many patients had to wait five hours to be seen at times.

Join me for BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

Worcester Warriors v Newport Gwent Dragons

BBC Sport

Will Spencer and Connor Braid will make their Worcester debuts in the European Challenge Cup against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Lock Spencer will make his long awaited debut after recovering from injury while fly-half Braid starts after joining in November.

Will Spencer
Rex Features

Captain Ryan Mills returns while scrum-half George de Cothi, prop Biyi Alo and wing Ben Howard start.

Wales centre Tyler Morgan will start on the wing for Dragons.

Lorry became wedged in Bromyard town centre

Hereford Times

A lorry became wedged in Bromyard's one-way system causing its closure for several hours this morning.  

Parking revenues 'a tax on car users'

Earlier we heard councils in Herefordshire and Worcestershire had made a surplus of £35m in five years from their car parks - according to research by the RAC Foundation.

You've been having your say on the BBC Hereford and Worcester Facebook page.

Parking sign
BBC

Danny W Gill wrote: "They should only charge what it costs to maintain the car parks, together with sensible business rates to give small shops a chance, then and only then can they revitalize our towns and city centres. It's just another tax on car users."

Al Smith wrote: "When it's the best part of £5 to park your car for the day and have hardly any decent shops to visit I'd rather walk into town or better still drive to merry hill (free parking) or jump on the train to Birmingham."

David Armstrong wrote: Council Tax payers should get a pass for parking in their home town."

Latest: Force told to look at whether officer used excessive force; new hospitals chief executive announced

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- West Mercia Police has been told to look again at whether one of its officers used excessive force during an arrest

- The new permanent chief executive in charge of Worcestershire's hospitals is a former nurse from Australia

- Villagers affected by the collapse of a bridge in Worcestershire have secured nearly £5,000 from the National Lottery for a party to celebrate the opening of the new bridge

Force told to look again at whether officer used excessive force

BBC Hereford and Worcester

West Mercia Police has been told to look again at whether one of its officers used excessive force during an arrest. 

After hearing an appeal from a Herefordshire man, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now recommended a police officer should face a gross misconduct hearing. 

This relates back to an incident in Ross-on-Wye in 2013, after which an allegation was made that excessive force was used during the arrest of a man at a kebab shop. 

While it has not carried out its own independent investigation, the IPCC has considered an appeal from the victim, who's not satisfied with West Mercia's own review. 

Three other officers are recommended for management action over how the man was treated in custody. It's now up to West Mercia to look again at the case.

Worcester Warriors seeking compensation for injured Francois Hougaard

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Worcester Warriors are expecting to receive compensation for the loss of injured scrum-half Francois Hougaard.

The 28-year-old South African returned from Rugby Championship international duty for his country in October with a shoulder injury.

It was expected to keep him out for three months and he is ahead of his schedule in his rehabilitation.

But chief executive Jim O'Toole says the Warriors are in the process of finalising a compensation payment.

Francois Hougaard
Reuters

Francois Hougaard came back from South Africa carrying an injury which he suffered during his campaign with them and we've had to pick up the pieces from that."

Jim O'TooleWorcester Warriors Chief Executive

Drug driver caught 55 times over the legal limit

Hereford Times

A drug driver got behind the wheel whilst being a staggering 55 times over the legal limit.  

New chief exec looking forward to starting work

The new chief executive in charge of Worcestershire's main hospitals says she has already been "encouraged by the enthusiasm and support" of the team at the trust.

Michelle McKay says she is looking forward to helping to "drive forward an improvement programme to deliver the very best acute hospital care possible".

The former nurse and hospital manager from Australia was appointed after a long-running search to fill the top job.

Michelle McKay
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

She starts work in March and joins the hospital trust at a tough time, facing a large deficit and currently in special measures.

The trust said good work this year had seen a deficit of £59.9m in 2015-16 on target to be reduced to £35m by the end of the financial year.

BBC Weather Watchers: Stoke Edith

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo of Stoke Edith in Herefordshire was sent in today by BBC Weather Watcher Hill View.

Stoke Edith
hill view

Francois Hougaard 'returning to fitness'

Injured Worcester Warriors scrum-half Francois Hougaard says he is getting closer to a return to action.

He is suffering a shoulder injury after international duty with South Africa.

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Latest: New hospitals chief executive announced; volunteers take over historic buildings

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- The new permanent chief executive in charge of Worcestershire's hospitals is a former nurse from Australia

- A group of Herefordshire volunteers is taking over two historic buildings from the council to ensure they remain open to the public

- Villagers affected by the collapse of a bridge in Worcestershire have secured nearly £5,000 from the National Lottery for a party to celebrate the opening of the new bridge

A Christmas crackdown on shoplifting in Ledbury

Ledbury Reporter

Police in Ledbury have launched a crackdown on shoplifting, during the countdown to Christmas.  

Students question watchdog inspectors

Students at the University of Worcester have been given the chance to question inspectors from a healthcare watchdog.

Lucy Bland
University of Worcester

Inspection managers from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) spoke to the university’s health and social care, dementia studies and mental health degree students about what the organisation does.

Lucy Bland (pictured above) and Mandy Walker, who lead inspection teams for the CQC in adult social care in the West Midlands, then asked students to rate real-life cases from the watchdog's own reports.

Arsonists behind fire at pizza takeaway in Sidbury, Worcester

Worcester News

An investigation is underway into an arson which took place at a takeaway in the early hours of this morning.   

BBC Weather Watchers: Doddenham

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo of Doddenham in Worcestershire was sent in today by BBC Weather Watcher Toppo. 

Doddenham
Toppo

Foundations laid for new bridge

The latest work on Eastham Bridge is seeing foundations being laid for the new crossing.

The 18th Century original collapsed into the Teme in May, with tests showing fast-flowing water undermined its piers.

Part of the original structure will left in the river as a reminder of the original.

Works have so far included moving overhead cables and clearance of the site.

Worcestershire County Council says heavy duty piling machinery is now on site to drill down and create the bridge foundations on the south side of the River Teme. 

Artist's impression of new bridge
Worcestershire County Council

More on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Warriors announce team for Dragons' visit

Worcester Warriors have announced their team to face Newport Gwent Dragons in the European Challenge Cup at Sixways tomorrow.

Will Spencer and Connor Braid are set to make their debuts  

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Latest: New chief executive announced; woman charged with murder; volunteers take over historic buildings

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today's headlines include:

- A former nurse from Australia is to take over as chief executive at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in March

- A woman has been charged with murder, following the death of a man in Redditch earlier this year, police say

- A group of Herefordshire volunteers is taking over two historic buildings from the council to ensure they remain open to the public in the future

BreakingNew trust chief executive revealed

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A former nurse from Australia is to take over the top job at the trust that runs Worcestershire's hospitals.

Worcestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

Michelle McKay will take over as chief executive at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in March.

The trust has been trying for months to find a permanent chief executive and has admitted that many experienced candidates have been put off because the organisation is in special measures and is carrying a £35m deficit. 

Michelle McKay does have experience in running the health service - just not within the NHS. 

She's run hospitals across southern Australia and spent the last four years at a social care charity. Before becoming a manager she worked as an emergency nurse. 

Watch: Weather staying mild

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Highs of 13C (55F) today, although it's set to remain cloudy, with a fresh breeze.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Historic buildings in Ledbury to stay open

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Two historic buildings in Ledbury are to remain open to the public, after a community group agreed to take them over. 

Burgage Hall and the town's heritage centre will be transferred to Ledbury Places from Herefordshire Council, which can no longer afford the upkeep. 

You can join BBC Hereford and Worcester's Claudia Berry on a virtual tour of the heritage centre in the video below.  

Alex Clive from the group says the heritage centre needs a lot of restoration work.

Video tour of Ledbury Heritage Centre

We've still got a long way to go because we need to get the grant funding in to do the works we plan to do to them so we are in the process of seeking grant funding."

Alex CliveLedbury Places

Ex-Worcester mayor's Come on In project raises £70k for worthy causes

Worcester News

A project by a former Mayor of Worcester to help the elderly and vulnerable has helped raise £70,000 since its inception.  

Harriers signing: 'Good team spirit'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Kidderminster Harriers' new signing Darryl Knights says he sees the same "togetherness" at Aggborough that was so important to Solihull Moors' promotion-winning campaign last season. 

Solihull Moors FC (archive image)
Solihull Moors FC

Knights, who spent two years with Harriers between 2008 and 2010, was part of the Moors side that won the National North title in 2015-16.

He says he feels the same vibe back at his old club.

Just being here two days the group seems very close and [has] such a good team spirit. You wouldn't have thought that the club got relegated last year because everybody seems so positive."

Darryl KnightsKidderminster Harriers

Woman charged with Redditch murder

A woman has been charged with murder, following the death of a man in Redditch earlier this year, West Mercia Police said.

David Simon McTighe, known as Simon, 43, was found dead at his home on Seymour Drive on 13 June.

Wendy Marklew, 50, of Malvern, Worcestershire, was due to appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court.

Latest: Councils make £35m from parking; bridge repair 'on schedule'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

- Councils made more than £35m profit on parking in the last five years, according to figures from the RAC Foundation

- Work to replace the collapsed Eastham Bridge in Tenbury Wells means it is on target for a spring opening

- Christmas tree sellers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire say this weekend will be their busiest of the season

Councils make £35m from parking

Councils across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have made more than £35m in profit on parking in the last five years, according to figures from the RAC Foundation. 

The motoring group says the numbers show how much money is left over from parking fines and ticket sales after costs have been taken into account. 

Bus station car park, Hereford
Google

Ian Taylor, from the Alliance of British Drivers, says if the car parks were operated by private firms there would be "widespread cries and protests" calling for charges to be reduced. 

Local authorities across the two counties tell us the money raised is spent on vital services, and the charges are in line with neighbouring council areas.

Blind college employee sacked after wrongly accused of stealing

Hereford Times

A highly respected and experienced estates manager at Hereford's blind college was sacked and thrown before the courts after being wrongly accused of theft.  

Next phase begins on Eastham Bridge replacement

The second phase of work to replace a bridge that fell into the River Teme in Worcestershire begins today. 

People living in the Village of Eastham have been forced to take a 10-mile detour since the collapse in May. 

The new bridge, costing £2m, is due to open in the spring.

Eastham Bridge
BBC

Latest: Councils make £35m from parking; bridge repair 'on schedule'

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

- Councils made more than £35m profit on parking in the last five years, according to figures from the RAC Foundation

- Work to replace the collapsed Eastham Bridge in Tenbury Wells means it is on target for a spring opening

- Christmas tree sellers expecting busiest weekend

Watch: Latest weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Friday will be rather cloudy but there will be a few brighter intervals through the early part of the day. Feeling mild again.  

Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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. 

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

Slavery secrets in royal archive explored by academic

A historian from the University of Worcester has been given access to the archive at Windsor castle so she can research royal attitudes to slavery and the campaign for its abolition.

Professor of History Suzanne Schwarz will look at the responses of George III, his ministers and prominent family members to abolitionist ideas in the late 18th and 19th Centuries.  

Professor Suzanne Schwatz
University of Worcester

It is an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to read original correspondence by George III and members of his family held at Windsor Castle. This is an exciting programme and I hope my research will contribute to a greater understanding of British attitudes to Africa and the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade."

Prof Suzanne SchwatzUniversity of Worcester