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Summary

  1. Eleven taken to hospital after M5 crash
  2. Cricket club chief executive resigns
  3. Beavers introduced at three secret sites
  4. Judge throws out bid to save pub
  5. Updates on Friday 1 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

  1. Council admits pressure on special school places

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A shortage of school places for pupils with special educational needs is being worked on, Worcestershire County Council says.

    A Worcester headteacher, Sarah Harding, claims that local special schools are "fit to burst" and that the council is failing to fund support for her pupils properly.

    Councillor Marcus Hart, who's reponsible for Educaiton in the county, says the authority is doing all it can to alleviate the pressure on places.

    Marcus Hart
    Quote Message: You might argue that we're sending more pupils to special schools than perhaps we ought to and that we ought to do more to keep them in the mainstream, but of course there's better diagnosis. Autism is much more widely recognised, which is a good thing, which leads to pressure on places." from Marcus Hart Worcestershire county councillor
    Marcus HartWorcestershire county councillor
  2. More prisoners punished with "draconian" extended sentences

    Criminals in Worcestershire's prisons are increasingly having their bad behaviour punished by the use of extended prison sentences, according to figures released today.

    The Howard League for Penal Reform says the practice of increasing sentences has gone up at both HMP Hewell in Redditch and HMP Long Lartin in Evesham, with a total of seven years extra incarceration being handed down at the two prisons last year.

    Long Lartin

    The campaign group describes the practice as "draconian" and claims all the evidence points to it being ineffective at improving behaviour.

    Quote Message: Prisons are out of control. More people than ever before are losing their lives to suicide, and violence and self-injury are at record levels. The adjudications system has become a monster that is making these problems worse." from Frances Crook, Chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform
    Frances Crook,Chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform

    The Ministry of Justice says the vast majority of offenders leave prison without serving a single additional day, but that prisoners who break the rules should face the consequences.

  3. Watch: Fundraising "with a difference" in Bromsgrove

    Here's something you don't see everyday!

    Fire and police officers in Bromsgrove have joined forces to do some wacky fundraising.

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  4. Driver suffers serious head injury

    A man in his 50's has suffered a serious head injury after two vehicles collided near Inkberrow yesterday, police say.

    The driver of a blue Hyundai was taken to hospital after it collided with a white Ford Ranger pickup on the A422 Inkberrow to Flyford Flavell road at around 15:50.

    No one else was injured.

    A422 Inkberrow to Flyford Flavell road
  5. Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

    A motorcylist has been flown to hospital in Birmingham after a collision involving a car in Malvern, police say.

    The man in his 30's suffered suffered serious chest and back injuries after the crash on Spring Lane at 17:10 on Friday.

    The driver of a silver Skoda Fabia was treated at the scene by paramedics for chest and back pain.

    Spring Lane in Malvern
  6. Armed officers raid Worcester home

    Gavin Kermack

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Armed police officers have raided a home in Worcester, following reports of a man with a bladed weapon and concern for the safety of two people inside, police say.

    Officers arrested a 25-year-old man at the address in Northfield Street shortly before 19:00 on Sunday.

    West Mercia Police say the man, who was wanted for breaching of a court order, has been remanded to appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court today.

  7. Giant pear and apple about to land in Worcester

    Claudia Berry

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A human-sized pear, made from steel, and a similar sized apple have been created to mark the start and end of a new art and heritage trail in the St John's area of Worcester.

    The local tannery industry, Roman finds and the former local Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Ernest Payne will be depicted on plaques along the mile-long trail, which will run between Cripplegate and Pitmaston parks.

    giant pear with its creator Ron Thompson from Planet Art

    The giant fruit sculptures have been created by Ron Thompson from Planet Arts, a Midlands-based arts partnership.

    plaque depicting tanning industry
    Quote Message: These beautiful and innovative works of art reflect Worcestershire’s strong fruit-growing tradition. It is fantastic that Worcester can boast original new art of such a high calibre.” from Steve Mackay, Mayor of Worcester
    Steve Mackay,Mayor of Worcester

    The trail will be officially launched at a ceremony in Cripplegate Park on Friday, 8 September, at 15:00.

  8. Your photos: A foggy start across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The fog has been slow to lift across Herefordshire and Worcestershire this morning, but it hasn't stopped BBC Weather Watchers getting out and about with their cameras.

    Thanks to HappySnapper71 in Eaton Bishop and Rocketron in Redditch for sending in these beautiful photographs.

    cattle in a foggy field in Eaton Bishop
    Redditch pond
  9. Children with special needs 'short changed' by county council

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The headteacher of a Worcestershire school for children with special educational needs is taking legal action against the county council for not paying out the extra funding to which she says her pupils are entitled.

    Children who aren't suitable for mainstream school are eligible for tens of thousands of pounds a year for specialist support, teaching and equipment, but Sarah Harding, headteacher at Regency High School in Warndon, says the council isn't fulfilling its statutory duty.

    Regency High School
    Quote Message: Every child has place funding which is £10,000, but then for the additional interventions we have what's called top-up funding. We believe every child in a special school is legally entitled to top-up funding and Worcestershire as an authority are not meeting that obligation." from Sarah Harding, Headteacher at Regency High School in Worcester
    Sarah Harding,Headteacher at Regency High School in Worcester

    Worcestershire County Council denies it is legally required to pay top-up funding.

  10. Car crashes into house causing structural damage

    Nina Das Gupta

    Presenter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A house on the Gilgal in Stourport has been damaged after a car left the road and crashed into it this morning.

    No one was injured, but the road was closed for over an hour.

    worker assessing damaged house
    Quote Message: A car has come down the Gilgal and has gone into the side of the building. There was one person inside the building at the time, but he's out and he's OK. There's been structural damage and there is a structural engineer in attendance." from Commander Alan Banks Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
    Commander Alan BanksHereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
  11. Council offices re-open after £2m refurbishment

    Blueschool House re-opens in Hereford today but the refurbishment of the council offices has cost almost £2m - £970,000 pounds over budget.

    It will be home to customer services, JobCentre Plus, Home Point and Housing Solutions and the council says the refurbishment will save it £1m during the next decade.

    Blueschool House
  12. Major road stays closed after roadworks overrun

    One of the main routes into Hereford, the A438 Ledbury road, is to stay closed at the Lugg Flats until further notice.

    The section at Bartestree has been shut since July while Western Power strengthened the road and bridge over a major power cable, but was due to re-open on Saturday afternoon.

    Lugg bridge

    Western Power say that the re-opening has now been put on hold due to "unforseen circumstances" and that the council's contractors are carrying out assessments.

  13. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a cloudy start with some bursts of rain and drizzle it should be a largely dry day with some bright spells this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4103 Herefordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4103 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, between Tanhouse Lane and B4214.

    A4103 Herefordshire - A4103 closed in both directions between the Tanhouse Lane junction in Cradley and the B4214 junction in Castle Frome, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle earlier on and a fuel spillage.

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

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A422 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A422 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Withybed Lane and Cockshot Lane.

    A422 Worcestershire - A422 in Inkberrow closed in both directions between the Withybed Lane junction and the Cockshot Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A449 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A449 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, at A449.

    A449 Worcestershire - A449 in Claines blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the A449 junction, because of an accident.

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

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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