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Summary

  1. Plane toilet arsonist forced Mayday call
  2. Fly-tipping costing councils thousands
  3. Worcestershire has "country's fasted growing economic output"
  4. Bid to restore historic walkway at station
  5. Updates on Friday 10 March 2017

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Hill Road North and Hill Road South.

    Worcestershire - Ravenshill Road in Lulsley closed in both directions between the Hill Road North junction and the Hill Road South junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  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. Rising cost of Herefordshire bridge repairs hits £6m

    The amount of money required to fix road bridges in Herefordshire has risen to nearly £6m.

    Lingen bridge

    The figures come from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the RAC Foundation. 

    They show there are now 20 bridges in Herefordshire that are substandard.

  4. 'Unsafe' trees to be removed from road outside cricket ground

    Seven trees are to be removed from New Road in Worcester due to "concerns of over their safety", Worcestershire County Council say.

    The council say the lime trees, which line the busy three-lane road outside Worcestershire County Cricket Club's ground, are diseased and need to be removed "as a matter of urgency for health and safety reasons".

    New Road, Worcester

    Work to remove the trees will start on Monday. 

    Quote Message: Scans of the trees show a worrying amount of decay due to disease. Two of the trees were recommended to be removed within three months and a further five within six months. In addition, a further 11 trees require urgent branch removal work." from Councillor Marcus Hart, Worcestershire County Council
    Councillor Marcus Hart, Worcestershire County Council
  5. Bewdley re-naming proposal put forward

    The deputy mayor of Bewdley is suggesting the town could be renamed.

    Philip Edmundson is suggesting Royal Bewdley or Bewdley Regis and believes there is a precedent for giving it a more regal name.

    Bewdley

    Mr Edmundson has been looking at the records and found the town has had three royal charters in the past and is trying to find out if they are still valid.

    He explained that the idea had been raised by a local Facebook group and the town council had agreed to look into it further.

  6. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    It's a blight on our landscape, a health hazard and it is costing us millions - fly-tipping. We investigate the cost to councils in the West Midlands of clearing it.

    The chief constable of West Midlands Police has denied his force is engaged in "positive discrimination" in the recruitment of black and ethnic minority officers. 

    Two non-league sides, Bromsgrove Sporting and Coleshill Town, have made it to the semi-finals of the FA Vase, and are dreaming of meeting each other in the final in May. 

    More on these stories and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  7. Chicken nugget delivery for Malvern boy with autism

    An eight-year-old boy from Malvern suffering from autism who stopped eating chicken nuggets when Birdseye changed their recipe has had a delivery of 2,000 of the old-style nuggets from the company.

    William Stocker has a food phobia and has been eating the nuggets for the past five years until the brand introduced a new type of breadcrumb.

    William Stocker

    William used to eat 150 Birds Eye chicken nuggets a week and his parents had appealed to Birdseye to go back to the original recipe.

  8. Football: Worcester City travel to Nuneaton

    BBC Sport

    Worcester City travel to Nuneaton tomorrow, looking to end their long winless run and get out of the National North relegation zone.

    It's been 15 games without a victory now, but their opponents have been inconsistent since the start of the year, winning five and losing four of their matches, with one draw.

    Nuneaton Borough
  9. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Overnight it is going to remain mostly cloudy with some hill fog. However, there will also be a few cloud breaks around at times. Lows of 8C (46F).

    Find out more about the weekend ahead .

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  10. Your photos: Cloudy scenes around Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been an overcast day across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and we've seen plenty of cloud in the photos from the BBC Weather Watchers today.

    These ones were taken near Worcester (top) and Lyonshall (below).

    Field near Worcester
    Lyonshall
  11. Worcester link road set to close overnight

    Worcestershire County Council is warning of an overnight closure on a section of Worcester's link road tonight.

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  12. The Worm: Listed station was restored after being gutted by fire

    Great Malvern station, which is linked to what was the Imperial Hotel by a covered walkway known as The Worm, was gutted by a devastating fire in 1986, which destroyed much of the roof.

    Two years later though,  the Grade II listed building was restored to its former glory, though it has lost its original clock turret.

    Great Malvern station

    The Friends of Malvern Railways group are trying to get funding to restore and reopen the walkway.

  13. Watch: Lucs look to build on comeback win

    Trevor Owens

    Sports Editor, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Luctonians’ director of rugby, Alex Davidson, says his side deserves great credit for the way they overturned a 17-0 half-time deficit to win 24-23 at Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday.

    The victory was a major boost to Lucs’ hopes of National Two North survival as they are now 11 points clear of the relegation places.

    The Herefordshire club will aim to build on that success on Saturday, 11 March when they will host mid-table Otley at Mortimer Park.

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    Video caption: Luctonians to build on comeback win
  14. Football: Harriers at home to Alfreton

    BBC Sport

    Kidderminster Harriers will look to get back to winning ways against 17th-placed Alfreton Town tomorrow.

    Their opponents have the joint-leakiest defence in the National North, having let in 72 goals so far this season - an achievement only matched by bottom-placed Altrincham.

    Daniel Nti

    Harriers will have their new winger Daniel Nti available.

    The 23-year-old former Worcester City man signed yesterday after leaving York City.

  15. Worcestershire has country's fasted growing economic output

    Economic output in Worcestershire was the fastest-growing in the country in recent years according to the county's Local Enterprise Partnership .

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    New figures show productivity, which is a measure of economic efficiency, grew by an annual average of 3% between 2010 and 2015.

    The growth means Worcestershire's economy is now estimated at nearly £12bn.

  16. Holidaymaker jailed for aircraft arson

    A man from Kidderminster has been jailed for four years and six months after admitting starting a fire in a toilet on board an aeroplane. 

    It happened on a Monarch flight from Birmingham to Sharm-el-Sheikh carrying 194 passengers in August 2015, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

    John Cox, 46, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to a charge of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.  

    Birmingham Airport

    The CPS said the aircraft, travelling at 33,000ft, was forced to initiate an emergency landing until passengers and crew managed to put out the fire and another one in a waste paper bin.   

    Cox, of Coates Road, was removed from the plane and arrested by police in Sharm-el-Sheikh. 

    Quote Message: The motive of John Cox behind such a senseless crime is still unclear, but what is clear is that his irresponsible actions put the lives of all passengers and crew on board the aircraft in danger." from Paul Reid District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service
    Paul Reid District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service
  17. Watch: Saving The Worm at historic station

    Justyn Surrall

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The Friends of Malvern Railways hope to get a bid for funding to renovate a tunnel, known locally as The Worm, which once linked a station to a nearby hotel.

    The covered walkway was used by first class passengers getting from Great Malvern station to the Imperial Hotel, which is now a private girl's school.

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    Video caption: Saving 'The Worm' at historic station