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Summary

  1. Investigation call after hospital corridor deaths
  2. MP to raise hospital funding with health secretary
  3. Save the Alex campaign group disbands
  4. Man exposes himself to 11-year-old girl
  5. Details emerge of a panto staged by munitions workers 100 years ago
  6. Updates on Friday 6 January 2017

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    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 slow traffic on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  2. 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.

  3. Watch: Weather for this evening and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Outbreaks of rain will gradually clear away to the south during this evening and tonight, although it will stay rather cloudy, with low cloud and hill fog. It will be a frost-free night - lows of 5C (41F).

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

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the latest West Midlands' weather forecast.
  4. Worcester A&E: Your comments

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the comments you've been making on BBC Hereford & Worcester's Facebook page about the long waits patients are facing at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.  

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital
    Quote Message: Can't blame staff, shutting hospitals, make WRH smaller, is it any wonder why there is not enough beds?" from Tan Louise Birch
    Tan Louise Birch
    Quote Message: People need to wise up as well and stop abusing the NHS [by] going to A&E & Primary Care when their ailments could wait for a GP. It's so abused, a little thought could free up valuable funds and resources in other areas. So sad for the families affected by this, sad sign of the times. The nurses, doctors and staff are doing their very best with limited resources." from Zoe Davies
    Zoe Davies
    Quote Message: It's about time that Kidderminster hospital had an A&E reopened along with Redditch as we can see that Worcester cannot cope any longer." from Bob Kerigan
    Bob Kerigan
  5. BBL continues on the BBC tonight

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport’s live British basketball continues tonight with coverage of the BBL Trophy as Worcester Wolves host Sheffield Sharks in the first round of the tournament.

    Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT and you can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TVs by clicking here.

    For more information on the BBC’s BBL and WBBL coverage, click here.

    Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks
  6. Missing Kidderminster man: Police reappeal for help

    A month after his disappearance, police have made a fresh appeal for help locating a missing Kidderminster man.

    Stephen Woolley was last seen at his home in Kidderminster when he went to bed around 22:15 on Tuesday, 6 December.

    Stephen Wooley

    His car, a silver Vauxhall Zafira, was found in Holt Fleet, near to Worcester on 9 December, but there have been no confirmed sightings of him since then, West Mercia Police say.

  7. Latest: Trolley wait husband praises A&E staff; new appeal in missing man case; Te'o misses derby game

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the stories we have been looking at:

    - A man whose wife spent 36 hours on a trolley praises hospital staff but says they are working under "horrendous" conditions

    - Police reappeal for help locating a Kidderminster man who's been missing for a month

    - England international misses Warriors' M5 derby game against Gloucester

  8. Slideshow: Munitions worker's memorabilia

    Nicola Goodwin

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    BBC Hereford & Worcester is campaigning for munitions workers to be given an official honour to recognise their contribution during the two world wars in what was a highly dangerous environment.

    After our campaign was launched I was contacted by Esther Roberts from Hereford, whose aunt Winnie Townsend worked at Rotherwas munitions factory.

    Here is some of the memorabilia she has collected from the period.

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    Video caption: Munitions worker's memorabilia
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  10. Watch: Warriors' young players have 'stood up well'

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcester Wolves’ flanker Sam Lewis says the younger players have stood up well this season and the squad is looking to build in their success over Harlequins.

    Warriors’ 24-17 victory at Sixways was only their second victory of the Aviva Premiership season and Lewis says the challenge now is to back it up when they go to Gloucester on Saturday, 7 January.

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    Video caption: Warriors' young players have 'stood up well'

    Lewis feels the emergence of youngsters like hooker Jack Singleton and backs Perry Humphreys and Josh Adams means they have far more strength in depth in the squad this season.

  11. Worcester A&E: 'My wife was stuck in a corridor next to a fire escape'

    A man whose wife spent 36 hours on a trolley after she had a stroke says staff in A&E are working under "horrendous" conditions.

    A patients' watchdog body has called for an investigation after two people died after waiting for treatment in a corridor at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, although the deaths are not at the moment being linked to high demand in the hospital. 

    The MP for Worcester is meeting the health secretary to ask for more funding for the hospital.

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    John Freeman, from Rushwick, believes the situation in Worcester is symptom of wider problems in the NHS.  

    Quote Message: The nursing staff were admirable - I can't thank them enough for what they did, but they were working in a situation that was just deplorable. My wife was stuck in a corridor right next to the fire escape but she couldn't get any sleep because of the trolleys banging in and out, so they moved her to the plaster room, which is ridiculous." from John Freeman
    John Freeman

    The trust running the hospital says high demand has "unfortunately led to patients waiting longer than we would aim for", but adds that all A&E patients continue to be seen and treated in order of clinical priority. 

    Its statement says that the focus "continues to be on providing safe emergency care".

  12. New swimming people caters for disabled people

    There will be nothing to stop disabled people enjoying Worcester's new £10.5m swimming pool at the Perdiswell leisure centre. The pool opens tomorrow.

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  13. Malvern town councillor resigns, hits out at 'high-handed, insular and defensive' authority

    Malvern Gazette

    A veteran of Malvern Town Council has handed in his resignation, saying the authority is suffering from "a serious trust deficit".    

  14. People urged to take part in consultation on the future of hospitals in Worcestershire

    Redditch MP Karen Lumley is urging people to get involved and have their say on ideas including moving more patients from Redditch to Worcester for emergency treatment.

    A public consultation on the future of health provision in Worcestershire is under way. 

    Children's and maternity provision have already closed at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for safety reasons.

    Alexandra Hospital sign
    Quote Message: I want to make sure we get a health service in Redditch that is fit for the people of Redditch and I want people to have their say on that. I really wish six years ago we could have had that consultation, but we are where we are and the consultation starts today." from Karen Lumley MP for Redditch
    Karen LumleyMP for Redditch
  15. Latest: MP backs hospital consultation; flasher sought by police; Te'o misses derby game

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

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

    - MP urges people to get involved in the consultation over the future of hospital services in Worcestershire

    - Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl in Worcester

    - England centre Ben Te'o misses Warriors' derby game against Gloucester

  16. BBL continues on the BBC tonight

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport’s coverage of British basketball continues tonight with live video of the BBL Trophy as Worcester Wolves host Sheffield Sharks in the first round of the tournament.

    Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT and you can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TVs.

    There's more information on the BBC’s BBL and WBBL coverage here.

    Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks