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Summary

  1. Search on for Barnt Green train death 'key witness'
  2. HGV crashes into house at level crossing bringing trains to a halt
  3. Funeral for Pete Watts, founding member of Mott The Hoople, in Ross-on-Wye
  4. Ben Te'o on the bench for Wales game
  5. Updates from Friday 10 February 2017

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By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, after J6 for A449 affecting J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and stationary traffic on M5 northbound after J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J7, A44 (Worcester).

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Callum May

BBC News

Fourteen retired bishops criticise the Church of England for not listening to gay Christians, ahead of a key debate.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J9 for A46.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J8 M50 and J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Lisa Wright

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Online

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Severe accident: A49 Herefordshire both ways

BBC Travel

A49 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, from A40 to B4521.

A49 Herefordshire - A49 in Peterstow blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from Wilton roundabout to the B4521 junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Slideshow: Cold but sunny

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's another selection of the photographs taken today by BBC Weather Watchers, who've been taking advantage of the sun breaking through.

These were taken in Ross-on-Wye, Doddenham and Lower Broadheath.

Photos by Terry Gorsley, Toppo and Mikesnapper.

Slideshow: Cold but sunny

Student's ladybird plan to help Spanish orchards

A student from the University of Worcester is investigating whether the British ladybird could help get rid of pests in Spanish Orchards.

Alice Mockford will spend three years finding out if the ladybird and other natural insect predators could be used instead of insecticides.    

Alice Mockford
University of Worcester

Our reliance on insecticides is not sustainable, but the creation of new habitat to support natural enemies of insect pests will make cropping systems more robust and more resilient."

Alice MockfordUniversity of Worcester

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between Strensham Services and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between Strensham Services and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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Mott the Hoople funeral: Tributes paid to Pete Watts

A thanksgiving service has taken place in Ross-on-Wye to Pete Watts, a founder member and the bassist with Mott the Hoople.

The Herefordshire-based musician died in January at the age of 69.

Funeral order of service
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BBL continues on the BBC tonight

BBC Sport

BBC Sport’s live British basketball continues tonight with coverage of the BBL Championships as Worcester Wolves host Manchester Giants at the University of Worcester Arena.

Coverage starts at 19:30 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 Manchester Giants
BBC Sport

Barnt Green train death: Victim travelled from Ireland

The 29-year-old woman who died at Barnt Green railway station yesterday was from Dublin and had travelled from Ireland, British Transport Police say.

Police say the woman, who hasn't yet been named, arrived on a ferry from Ireland into Holyhead in the early hours of yesterday, before getting a coach to Birmingham.

Barnt Green railway station
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Police say she was then spotted on CCTV at New Street station with a man at around 05:30. 

The pair are understood to have been trying to get to Worcester and boarded a Redditch-bound service shortly before 06:00, getting off at Barnt Green, where they tried to walk across the line to another platform.

She was hit by a train at around 06:55 - police have now released a CCTV image of the man who was with her, who they say is a "key witness".

Man in red jacket
British Transport Police

Weather: A chilly night and rain forecast this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It could be a chilly night, with temperatures forecast to drop below freezing tonight.

And we could have some showers over the weekend.

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Broken lifts stop disabled access to shopping centre

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Disabled shoppers in Hereford are being warned that both lifts in the car park at Maylord Shopping Centre are out of order. 

As a result, Hereford City Shopmobility will be shut until at least Monday, when it's hoped an engineer will be able to repair the lifts.

Maylord Shopping Centre, Hereford
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Football: Worcester City set to make 'significant loss' this year

Four seasons without a home ground means Worcester City are set to make "a further significant loss" this year, the club's directors say.

In a statement, the club's board of directors say the "future viability of Worcester City FC" is at the forefront of their consideration, along with the need to bring it back to the city.

Worcester City fans
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The board says to "safeguard the [club's] future" it must:

- Return to playing matches in the city, either in a temporary or permanent home, at the earliest possible opportunity

- "Rationalise" operating costs, including the playing budget

- Protect the remaining funds the club still has

- Appoint a new manager/coach

Carl Heeley stepped down as manager last week,

The club sold its St George's Lane ground in 2013 to be developed as housing.

BreakingBarnt Green train death: 'Key witness' sought by police

A CCTV image of a "key witness" to the death of a woman at Barnt Green railway station yesterday has been released by British Transport Police.

The woman, aged 29 and from Dublin, died after being struck by a train at around 06:55.  

CCTV image
British Transport Police

British Transport Police say her death is not believed to be suspicious and witness reports say she was seen trying to cross the tracks with a man when she was struck.

Officers have been tracing her final movements and have uncovered a CCTV image from Birmingham New Street of a man they would like to speak to about the incident.   

It appears the man made it to the other side but sadly, the woman was struck and died at the scene. I would like to stress he is not in any trouble – we just need to talk to him."

Det Ch Insp Tony FitzpatrickBritish Transport Police

Watch: Market town loses its last bank

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The market town of Kington in Hereford now has no banks, after its HSBC branch shut its doors for the last time.

Residents now face a 21-mile trip to Hereford if they want to visit a bank - I've been asking locals what they think of the situation.

Watch: Market town loses its last bank

House shored up after car drives into it

A house in Kidderminster has been shored up by the fire service after a car drove into it yesterday.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service says crews couldn't remove the car until the work had been done, for fear a wall might collapse on to the pavement.

The driver escaped unharmed, but the house on the A449 Wolverley Road suffered structural damage and the road was closed for several hours. 

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Travel: Road reopens after HGV hits house

Andrew Easton

Presenter, BBC Hereford and Worcester

The A44 in Leominster is back open after this morning's collision between a HGV and a house, say the fire service.

The lorry, carrying 28 tonnes of grain, hit a house next to the Mill Street level crossing.

Rail services between Hereford and Shrewsbury, which were suspended after the accident, have also restarted.

Crashed lorry
BBC

Mott bassist's funeral: Brief history of the band

The funeral of the group's founding member and bass guitarist, Pete Watts, takes place in Ross on Wye this afternoon.

Mott the Hoople
BBC

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between Strensham Services and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between Strensham Services and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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Staffordshire oatcakes topped with bacon and egg

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Slideshow: Lorry crash closes road and rail line for rest of the day

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Both the A44 at Leominster and the rail line between Hereford and Shrewsbury are likely to be closed for the rest of the day after a lorry collided with a house at a level crossing.

The fire service and specialist contractors are trying to move the HGV, carrying 28 tonnes of grain, from the house next to the Mill Street level crossing.

Slideshow: Lorry crash closes road and rail line

Slideshow: Leaves, landcapes and leylandii

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a selection of some of the great pictures BBC Weather Watchers have taken this morning.

These come from Ross-on-Wye, Ashton-under-Hill, Lyonshall, Alvechurch and Doddenham.

Photos by Terry Gorsley, Morning Amble, Johnqa, Valmy and Toppo

Slideshow: Leaves. landcapes and leylandii

Rugby: Warriors squad for Saracens game

Winger Perry Humphreys, lock Donncha O'Callaghan and number eight Alafoti Faosiliva all make the starting line-up

You can hear full commentary on the game on Saturday on BBC Hereford & Worcester - kick-off 15:00.

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On air: Midlands Today live from the lorry crash scene

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

I'll be reporting live from the level crossing in Leominster where a lorry carrying 28 tonnes of grain has crashed into a house.

The A44 and the rail line between Hereford and Shrewsbury are both likely to remain closed for the rest of the day.

Find out the latest and 13:30 and 18:30 on BBC One.

Lorry crash
BBC

Funeral of Mott the Hoople's bassist

The funeral of the Hereford musician and founding member of Mott the Hoople Pete Watts is taking place in Ross-on-Wye today. 

As the group's bassist, Pete featured on songs such as Roll Away the Stone and the group's most famous hit, All the Young Dudes, written and produced by David Bowie. 

Pete Overend Watts
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The service takes place at Brockhampton Church at 14:00

Accident happens near level crossing, causing rail problems
The crash, next to a level crossing, caused problems for drivers and rail travellers.

Football: Lee Hughes explains his decision to join Telford

BBC Sport

Lee Hughes was at Telford's training ground last night after joining the Bucks from fellow non-leaguers Worcester City.

The striker had expressed interest in succeeding Carl Heeley as manager of the National League North club, but said the club's decision to stick with interim manager John Snape was not what prompted his move.

Lee Hughes explained his decision to leave Worcester City and join AFC Telford United

Barnt Green railway death: Two people 'seen on track'

Two people were "seen on the tracks" shortly before a woman was killed at Barnt Green railway station yesterday, British Transport police say.

Officers say their investigations are ongoing and it is too early to speculate why they were there.

Barnt Green railway station
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West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the station in Worcestershire shortly before 06.55 yesterday and described the death as a "tragic accident".

Five arrested as part of animal cruelty investigation bailed again

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Five people arrested in connection with reports of animal cruelty at kennels in Herefordshire have been rebailed, police say.

The arrests were made in connection with an alleged offence in May 2016, a spokesman said.  

West Mercia Police say the five, from Hereford, Abergavenny, and Powys, have been bailed until March.

Watch: HGV collides with house at level crossing

The collision, at the Mill Street level crossing in Leominster, has closed both the A44 and the rail line between Hereford and Shrewsbury.

The fire service say it could take the rest of the day to move the lorry, which was carrying 28 tonnes of grain.

Neither the driver nor anyone is the house was injured in the accident, which happened at 05:50.

Accident happens near level crossing, causing rail problems

Slideshow: First view of new Hereford landmark

A new sculpture to "celebrate the engineering expertise and innovation of Herefordshire" could be towering above a business park in Hereford. 

It's a modern recreation of the famous Skylon structure which was was manufactured in Hereford as the centrepiece for the 1951 Festival of Britain. 

Here are some artist's impressions of what it might look like. 

Slideshow: First view of new Hereford landmark
The lorry

Rail services are disrupted and the A44 is likely to be closed all day.

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Watch: Lorry collides with house at level crossing

Nina Das Gupta

Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The fire service says the A44 at Leominster is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day after the accident at the Mill Street level crossing.

Train service between Hereford and Shrewsbury will be disrupted until at least lunchtime, Arriva Trains Wales say.

HGV hits house at level crossing