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Summary

  1. Two arrested over "offensive" Facebook post
  2. Appeal for people to attend funeral of WW2 pilot
  3. Cause of warehouse fire may never be know
  4. Historic wetland to be restored
  5. Gym offers sleep "exercise" classes
  6. Updates on Wednesday 7 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

  2. Work on new reservoir near completion

    Work on a new drinking water reservoir for Malvern and the surrounding area is nearing completion, Severn Trent says.

    The £7m project will also see new pipes being laid on Albert Road North (pictured), Court Road and Lower Wyche Road.

    Albert Road North

    The company says the new reservoir, which should be operational by the end of the year, will store millions of litres of fresh drinking water.

  3. Warehouse blaze: Fire service unable to determine cause

    Tim Race

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The cause of a huge blaze at a Worcester warehouse, which needed about 100 firefighters to get it under control, may never be known, the fire service says.

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) says an investigation into the fire at Arrow XL in Blackpole in April has been "unable to accurately determine a cause".

    Aerial view of fire

    The team was hampered because the building was "structurally unsafe" - which prevented a detailed examination of the scene, a spokesman said.

  4. Watch: Your weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    For most places today has been dry and sunny - here's how tonight is looking and the start of Thursday.

    Keep updated with the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Shefali Oza
  5. Appeal for people to attend WW2 bomber pilot's funeral

    People in Herefordshire are being asked to give up their time and attend the funeral of a RAF war hero who has no-one to give him the send-off he deserves.

    John Ellis (pictured) served in the 466 bomber squadron during World War Two and rose to the rank of flight lieutenant by the time he left the forces.

    He has a sister, but she is too unwell to attend the service in Hereford, which means at the moment the only person we known will be there is fellow former RAF man Nigel Gulliman, from Shobdon.

    John Ellis
    Quote Message: He would have seen a lot of action, a lot of tours over Germany during World War Two - these guys should not be forgotten." from Nigel Gulliman
    Nigel Gulliman

    Mr Ellis' funeral is at Hereford Crematorium (pictured) tomorrow at 13:30.

  6. Slideshow: Blue skies and white clouds

    BBC Weather Watchers

    What a change it's been today from yesterday's grey clouds and rain - these BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of the sunshine.

    Thanks to Toppo, Cloudgazer, Postman Les and Vicki's View for this selection.

    Video content

    Video caption: Blue skies and white clouds.
  7. Watch: The dancing policeman

    Here's a police officer who really knows his dance moves - check out him giving his hat to one of the younger dancers.

    View more on twitter
  8. Police record over 60 offences involving cars or bikes on pavements

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Online

    Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia have recorded 64 incidents of cars or bikes driving or riding on the pavements over the past five years.

    Figures released by the two forces show 24 of the 36 offences involving cars were reported in the Warwickshire area, the bulk of them in 2013-14.

    Car on pavement

    The statistics also show no real movement upward or downward.

  9. Delays over additional spaces in riverside car park

    Another 50 car parking space will created in the centre of Bewdley, the council says, but not until it has found new contractors to carry out the work.

    They'll be on the site of the former library and medical centre off Load Street.

    Wychavon District Council says the original contractors said their estimate for laying out the car park had more than doubled, adding more than £100,000 to the cost of the project.

    This was not a "reasonable and proportionate increase" the council decided, and put the work out to tender again.

    Car park

    The council says it expects to appoint a contractor by the end of August and that the works will be complete by the end of November, in time for the busy Christmas period.

  10. Netball: Severn Stars to play in the 02 Arena

    The Severn Stars professional netball team is to take on some of the other top teams in the country in a new tournament at the 02 Arena in London.

    The team, jointly run by the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire, will take part in the the inaugural British Fast5 All-Stars Championship on Saturday, 23 September.

    Severn Stars netball side
  11. Two more tenants for Cathedral Square development

    A solicitors and a coffee house chain have become the latest firms to say they'll be moving into the new Cathedral Square development in Worcester.

    Local solicitors Harrison Clark Rickerbys will be moving to the new building in what the developers say is "the largest single office space letting in the city for 20 years".

    Cathedral  Square

    Starbucks will also be opening a branch in the office and shopping complex.

    The £20m development will open next month.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4103 Herefordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4103 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, between B4219 and B4220.

    A4103 Herefordshire - A4103 in Storridge closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4219 junction and the B4220 junction, because of an accident.

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

  13. The general election campaign in 120 seconds

    BBC Politics

    As people prepare to head to the polls, we take a look at some of the key moments from the campaign.

    Video content

    Video caption: The general election campaign in 120 seconds
  14. Two arrested over 'offensive' Facebook post

    Two people have been arrested after reports of an "offensive" post on Facebook, police say.

    West Mercia Police say a 45-year-old man from Worcestershire has been arrested on suspicion of posting videos or images likely to cause racial hatred.

    A 45-year-old woman from Worcestershire has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

    Scales of Justice
    Quote Message: This was a concerning incident and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation. It is being investigated as a hate crime." from Supt Kevin Purcell
    Supt Kevin Purcell
  15. Slideshow: Summer blooms and blue skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Taking advantage of the better weather this morning, BBC Weather Watchers have been out with their cameras.

    Thanks to J at Severn Ridge, Toppo, Johnqa and Morning Amble for this selection.

    Video content

    Video caption: Summer blooms and blue skies
  16. On Midlands Today from 13:30 Marginal seats in general election

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll be reflecting on the impact marginal seats could have on tomorrow's general election.

    Polling station sign

    Politicians are crisscrossing the country, including this region, as the final hours of campaigning play out.

    I'll be looking at the whole picture on BBC One from 13:30.

  17. Full-time firefighter posts to go say union

    Seven full-time firefighter jobs are to be cut by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), the union claims.

    The Fire Brigades Union says the jobs are to go at the stations in Evesham and Upton.

    Firefighters

    The union say the proposed changes will mean there will be full-time cover at the two station from Monday to Friday until 18:00, when on-call firefighters will take over through the night.

    The BBC has asked HWFRS for a response to the union's claims.

    Quote Message: While retained/on-call firefighters do a fantastic job, their prompt arrival at the scene of fires and other incidents isn’t guaranteed in the same way as a whole-time crew due to the fact that they have primary employment elsewhere." from Steven Gould Fire Brigades Union
    Steven GouldFire Brigades Union
  18. Wetland restoration plan: 'Worcestershire’s largest and most important wetland'

    Longdon and Eldersfield Marshes were once "the haunt of otter, bittern (pictured), swallowtail butterflies and rich flora", according to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

    The wetland was drained in late Victorian times for agriculture, and when the trust bought the 120 hectares of Hill Court Farm and the Blacklands in 2001 it was a dairy and arable farm.

    Bittern

    The trust says it plans to recreate the grazing marshes, wetlands and wildlife-friendly farmland to provide suitable breeding habitats and wintering grounds for birds such as lapwing, redshank, wildfowl and farmland birds like skylark and yellowhammer.

    Quote Message: Longdon Marsh is covered with water in a wet autumnal season and at that time assumes the appearance of an extensive lake." from Naturalist Edwin Lee Writing in 1867
    Naturalist Edwin LeeWriting in 1867