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Summary

  1. Funeral for former Hereford MP Paul Keetch
  2. Some people still without water in Bewdley
  3. Police taking more 999 calls than New Year's Eve
  4. Racehorse trainer Mercy Rimell dies
  5. Charity criticises restrictions on IVF in Worcestershire
  6. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

Live Reporting

By Caroline Gall

All times stated are UK

  1. Woman sexually assaulted by man on bike

    A woman has been sexually assaulted by a man on a bike as she was walking home in Worcester.

    The woman who's in her 40s was grabbed inappropriately from behind as she walked on Bath Road in the early hours of Sunday 2 July.

    He then rode off towards the Anchor Inn on Diglis Road, where he was later seen outside.

    Anchor Inn
  2. English wine sales break all records

    English wine producers enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, with sales totalling £132m - up 16% on the year before.

    Research by Funding Options also found 64 new producers obtained licences to produce wine in 2016 - another record for the industry.

    Bev Haywood from Astley Vineyard near Stourport says they regularly sell out because demand for English wine is growing.

    Astley Vineyard
    Quote Message: The English public is much more open-minded these days. When it comes to English wine they say, 'OK I'll give it a go,' and then, 'this is really good,' with surprise in their voice." from Bev Haywood joint owner of Astley Vineyard
    Bev Haywoodjoint owner of Astley Vineyard
    Quote Message: The English wine industry is not only gaining traction amongst domestic consumers, but is now being ranked with wines from traditional white wine-producing countries such as France and Germany.” from Conrad Ford Founder of Funding Options
    Conrad FordFounder of Funding Options
  3. Fears for fruit and veg picking

    Some fruit and vegetable farmers say they are already struggling to recruit enough overseas staff due to fears over Brexit and a weak pound making picking less lucrative when converted into euros.

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    Video caption: Fruit farmers warn of acute staff shortages after Brexit
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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Worcestershire firm could move abroad after Brexit

    A BBC Investigation has found that one of the UK's biggest fresh vegetable producers is threatening to move production abroad from Worcestershire, if Brexit results in labour shortages or adverse trade conditions.

    G's Fresh in Evesham uses about 3,000 foreign workers mainly drawn from around Europe.

    Fruit pickers

    The company has told the Panorama programme that it can't recruit seasonal British workers in enough numbers and is worried about losing its pickers when Britain leaves the European Union.

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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

    M5 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  7. Bike event could be re-routed following complaints by traders

    The organisers of a major cycling event are considering making further changes to the route, following complaints from rural communities in Worcestershire.

    Traders in Ombersley and the surrounding villages are angry that the A4133 will be closed for more than seven hours during the Velo Birmingham race on 24 September.

    Broomfields Farm Shop
    Quote Message: I think there's been a complete lack of consultation. I think the council have largely underestimated the feeling about this. On paper, it looks a great event and nobody wants to be a kill-joy. It's fabulous that money is going to be raised for charity, but you don't need to turn the Worcestershire countryside into gridlock in order to do that." from Colin Broomfield, Owner of Broomfields Farm Shop in Holt Heath near Ombersley
    Colin Broomfield,Owner of Broomfields Farm Shop in Holt Heath near Ombersley

    CMS Active who're organising the event have confirmed that whilst they're listening to complaints about the route, anyone affected by road closures would not be compensated.

  8. Woman pulled from burning car by off-duty ambulance worker

    An off-duty ambulance worker has been praised for pulling a woman from a burning car in Worcestershire.

    The technician was in traffic just behind a fatal crash involving a lorry and four cars on the M42 shortly before 21:00 on Sunday.

    The woman was treated for minor burns and an arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

    ambulance
    Quote Message: An off-duty technician... immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars. The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries." from West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson
    West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson

    After fire crews put out the fires, one person was found dead in a burnt out car. Two others were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

  9. Your photos: Fantastic sunsets

    There were some amazing sunsets across Herefordshire and Worcestershire last night. Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers HappySnapper71 in Eaton Bishop and Toppo in Doddenham for these great photographs.

    skies over Eaton Bishop
    Sunset at Doddenham
  10. Car hits crowd - 'injuries not life threatening'

    Car

    Gloucestershire Police first heard of the incident shortly after 9pm last night.

    A report was received of a car which had "lost control and collided with a parked vehicle and a number of pedestrians".

    "Some of the pedestrians were injured and attended hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening," added a force spokeswoman.

    "Investigations continue and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 541 of 9 July."

    A man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.

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    Video caption: Car loses control and crashes into pedestrians in Cheltenham.
  12. Car ploughs into pedestrians - three injured

    Video content

    Video caption: Car loses control and crashes into pedestrians in Cheltenham.

    Three people were injured last night when a car crashed into a group of spectators watching a gathering of vehicles.

    It happened at the Kingsditch Trading Estate in Cheltenham - as first reported by Gloucestershire Live.

    Footage posted on social media showed a red car apparently losing control and hitting the crowd.

    A 28-year-old man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.

  13. Bus users in Stourport bombard councillor with complaints

    Alistair Binney

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A Stourport Town Councillor says he's been inundated with complaints about poor bus services in and around the town.

    Diamond Buses, which operates about 30 different routes in Worcestershire, received a formal warning from the West Midlands' Transport Commissioner in January for services failing to run on time.

    Councillor Rob Lloyd says there's been a notable decline in reliability and punctuality over the summer.

    Rob Lloyd
    Quote Message: We've had several issues with Diamond Buses in the last couple of years, but it seems to have escalated since a meeting we had with the company about two months ago. I put a comment on social media for the public to put written complaints to me direct so I could go back to the bus company. I've had about 70 since June 14." from Rob Lloyd Stourport Town Councillor
    Rob LloydStourport Town Councillor

    Diamond Buses say they've invested in new GPS enabled ticket machines, which allow them to monitor their services more closely and as a result they've found customer perception of unreliability is incorrect.

  14. Gloucestershire's batsmen 'let off the hook'

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    Worcestershire bowling coach Matt Mason says his team let Gloucestershire off the hook on the opening day of the County Championship match at Cheltenham.

    Gloucestershire will resume this morning on 343 for 8, but at one time yesterday they were 139 for 5.

    Jack Taylor led the Gloucestershire fightback with an unbeaten century, and Ed Barnard was the pick of the Worcestershire attack with four wickets.

    Ed Barnard
    Quote Message: He [Ed Barnard] ran in with a lot more vigour, he hit the pitch hard, got good rewards for bowling a really good line and length as simple as that. It was great to see him finally get those four wickets and I hope he can get one more and get his first five wickets because he hasn't got one in first class cricket yet and he deserves one." from Matt Mason Worcestershire bowling coach
    Matt MasonWorcestershire bowling coach
  15. Moeen excels as England celebrate victory

    Worcestershire's Moeen Ali produced a man of the match performance as England celebrated a 211-run win over South Africa.

    Off-spinner Moeen took 6-53 for match figures of 10-112 as well as making 87 with the bat in the first innings.

    He described it as "the best all-round performance of my career".

    Quote Message: It was a great wicket and I was trying to attack the batters as much as possible and it worked out well. I learned a lot in India it helped my mindset a lot and it worked out well. It is almost like a fresh start for me with a new captain." from Moeen Ali
    Moeen Ali
  16. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Mel Coles

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a bright and clear start it will become cloudier with the chance of some showers this afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands