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Summary

  1. 'Lotto Gran' funeral date announced
  2. 10-year-old girl indecently assaulted
  3. 'We just wanted to come home" - terror attack witness
  4. Campaign for statue to honour VC hero
  5. Butcher's tutorial videos are online hit
  6. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

  1. Watch: Today's weather for the West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A wet start for some of us - here's how the rest of Wednesday is looking.

    You can also find updated weather forecasts at any other time via the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Today's weather for the West Midlands with Charlie Slater
  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J2 for A441 Alvechurch and J3 for A435 Portway.

    M42 Worcestershire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M42 northbound in Blackwell between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

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

  3. Market place's £1.5m transformation approved

    Planning permission has been given on a £1.5m project to transform Angel Place in Worcester city centre.

    The regeneration will see the refurbishment of the main entrance to Crowngate Shopping Centre, in Friary Walk, which is already home to retailers including New Look, Mothercare and Vision Express.

    Angel Place, Worcester

    The plans will complete the regeneration of Angel Place as a market place and public square, the council says.

  4. Fresh image issued of wanted man

    A fresh image of a man wanted on suspicion of a serious sexual offence and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been issued by police.

    West Mercia Police is warning the public not to approach Ashley Shearon, who's 48, but to contact them if they see him.

    Ashley Shearon
  5. A49 collision: Tractor pulling hay and 4x4 involved

    The fatal collision on the A49 last night involved a 4x4 and a tractor pulling a trailer with hay on it, the ambulance service says.

    It happened at 21:45 on the A49 between Bryn Garth and Much Birch, near to the Axe & Cleaver pub.

    Axe and Cleaver pub

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says the driver of the 4x4 died at the scene and a 34-year-old woman, who was a front seat passenger, was taken to Hereford County Hospital with facial injuries.

    The 49-year-old tractor driver was "clearly distressed but... uninjured", a spokesman said.

  6. Trial of 'roundabout camper' postponed

    The trial of a Hereford woman who has been sleeping in public places for months, including the main roundabout in Hereford and the bandstand in Ross-on-Wye, has been postponed until 11 September.

    Samantha Lamputt is charged with breaking a criminal behaviour order.

  7. BreakingMan jailed for starting huge fire at market

    Kevin Reide

    Reporter, Midlands Today

    A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a fire at Birmingham's Wholesale Market in 2015.

    Stephen Wilkinson, 60, of Mickleton Close, Redditch, had earlier this month been found guilty of arson reckless as to whether life was in danger, having set fire to a pile of boxes, causing damage to the venue totaling more than £500,000.

    He had worked at the market from the age of 15.

    Wilkinson is set to be released on licence upon serving two and a half years.

    Birmingham Indoor Market fire in 2015

    At its peak, 40 firefighters tackled the severe blaze at the site in Pershore Street, Digbeth.

  8. Military wives choir to sing at cathedral

    The Military Wives Choir will sing in Worcester as part of a national tour of cathedrals.

    Military wives choir

    The choir, made up of wives and partners of Armed Forces personnel and women from the wider military community, will perform at Worcester Cathedral on 22 November.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  10. Slideshow: Leaves, fruit and fields

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There may not be the glorious sun about we enjoyed on the bank holiday, but BBC Weather Watchers have still been busy with their cameras.

    Thanks to J at Severn Ridge, Johnqa, Happysnapper71 and Wendywoo for these photos

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    Video caption: Leaves, fruit and fields
  11. Quo to headline Sunshine Festival

    Status Quo will be rocking all over Upton-upon-Severn at next year's Sunshine Festival, the organisers have announced.

    A crowd of 6,000 people attended the three-day music event this year, which came to an end over the bank holiday weekend.

    Status Quo
  12. Hospice given the go-ahead for £5m extension

    A hospice has been given planning permission for a £5.3m extension and redevelopment.

    St Richard's Hospice will go ahead with the redevelopment of its site at Wildwood Drive, in Worcester, to help it meet "the ever-increasing need for hospice care".

    St Richard's Hospice

    The redevelopment will involve a new reception area, larger rooms suitable for exercise based groups, an occupational therapy kitchen, more counselling rooms and a bigger social and eating area.

    Quote Message: “We are already at full capacity and the demand is set to rise sharply with our aging population and people living longer with multiple illnesses such as heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer from June Patel St Richard's Hospice
    June PatelSt Richard's Hospice