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Summary

  1. Commuters' anger over 'app only' discount
  2. Ice Maidens' bid for Antarctic record
  3. Updates on Friday 15 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A38 Droitwich.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, 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 earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  4. Our coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday.

  5. TV DIY expert assault case: Trial adjourned

    Tom Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Huntley Thawe, from Channel 4's Renovation Game, is on trial at Redditch Magistrates Court facing four charges, including assaults on two police officers, after a row with his estranged wife outside McDonald's in the town.

    He denies the charges, and the case has been adjourned until Thursday, 28 September.

    Mr Thawe has been released on unconditional bail.

  6. TV DIY expert assault case: Police were like 'a pack of wolves'

    Tom Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A witness who filmed an altercation between police and a television DIY expert from Worcestershire says officers set upon him "like a pack of wolves".

    Huntley Thawe, from Channel 4's Renovation Game, is on trial at Redditch Magistrates Court facing four charges, including assaults on two police officers, after a row with his estranged wife outside McDonald's in the town.

    The court has heard from eyewitness Ashley Walsh who said police were "out of control" - he said he couldn't understand why the defendant "kept on getting punched".

    His mobile phone footage was also played in court, showing police hitting Thawe with a baton.

    Mr Thawe denies the charges - the trial continues.

  7. Weather: Some showers tomorrow, but Sunday looking dry

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We're going to have a few more showers tomorrow afternoon, but it's looking a lot drier on Sunday.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast
  8. Women's Super Rugby: Midlands teams in new competition

    BBC Midlands Today

    Three West Midlands women's rugby teams are preparing for fixtures in a newly-established elite competition this weekend.

    Launch of Women's Premier 15s

    It's hoped Women's Super Rugby will help double female participation in the sport.

    The Rugby Football Union will make a multi-million pound investment in the competition's first three years.

    The Midlands boasts three of the ten teams; Worcester Valkyries, Gloucester Hartpury Women and Wasps Ladies.

  9. Police officer dismissed for 'gross misconduct'

    A 51-year-old police constable has been dismissed for gross misconduct after a three-day hearing, West Mercia Police says.

    PC Ellaine Graham had completed 13 years' service as a constable, most recently based at Redditch.

    The allegations concerned three timesheets containing false information, and "an employee leavers form containing false information which she knew or ought to have known was false", police say.

    She has been dismissed from the force with immediate effect.

  10. Video content

    Video caption: FA Cup: Relive the moment Kidderminster beat Birmingham in 1994

    Relive arguably Kidderminster's most memorable FA Cup moment when Jon Purdie scored from long range to give the Harriers a shock 2-1 win over Birmingham in 1994.

  11. TV DIY expert assault trial: Police 'smashed their way into house'

    Tom Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Police smashed their way into the house of a television DIY expert on trial for assaulting two officers in Worcestershire in a bid to "question" him over a Facebook video showing the incident, a court has been told.

    Huntley Thawe, of Channel 4's Renovation Game, is on trial at Redditch Magistrates' Court facing four charges after a row with his estranged wife outside a McDonald's in the town.

    Magistrates heard how after being charged, a police officer broke into his house to try to get the raw footage of a Facebook video, showing police appearing to drag him from his car and strike him with a baton.

    Mr Thawe, from Kidderminster, denies charges he assaulted two police officers during the altercation outside McDonald's.

    The trial continues.

  12. Worcester city run: Half marathon alongside 10k

    Thousands of runners are making their final preparations ahead of the Worcester 10k and half marathon this weekend.

    It's the first time a half marathon has been held alongside the 10k route.

    Worcester 10k run

    Both courses start and finish at Worcester racecourse on Sunday morning, taking in the city's sites, including the cathedral, viaduct and the River Severn.

  13. Badger cull begins

    BBC News Channel

    Badger culling has begun in Herefordshire, as part of efforts to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, the Environment Department has confirmed.

    Licences for new schemes were given on Monday, with culling now taking place in 21 areas across England.

    Badger
  14. TV DIY expert assault trial: 'Gross display of force' by police

    Tom Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Police officers have been accused of using a "gross display of force" as a court saw a video of a television DIY expert being allegedly manhandled.

    Huntley Thawe, from Channel 4's Renovation Game, is on trial at Redditch Magistrates' Court facing four charges - including two assaults on police - following a row with his estranged wife outside McDonald's in Redditch.

    Magistrates have seen a video showing Mr Thawe, who lives in Kidderminster, resisting arrest, despite police using pepper spray and batons to try to remove him from his vehicle.

    Defence lawyer Sarah Magill accused the police of "mishandling" the incident, telling magistrates it was a "gross display" of "unnecessary" force.

    In the video, voices can be heard in the background of passers-by, one accusing the police of "brutality".

    The trial continues

  15. Cricket: Worcestershire chase victory target

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    Worcester are chasing a victory target of 132 in their game against Leicestershire at New Road - a win could put them top.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

    New Road