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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A456 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A456 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between B4549 Sutton Park Road and B4190 Kidderminster Road.

    A456 Worcestershire - A456 Kidderminster Road in Bewdley closed in both directions between the B4549 Sutton Park Road junction and the B4190 Kidderminster Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  2. 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 - Two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  4. 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 - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J6 for A449.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at 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

  6. 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 closed 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

  7. 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 closed 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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

    M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Wolves look for first BBL Cup win

    Worcester Wolves take on Cheshire Phoenix in basketball's BBL Cup final this weekend.

    The game is being played at Arena Birmingham and both teams are looking to win the trophy for the first time in their history.

    Basketball

    The game will be shown live on the BBC website at 15:30 on Sunday.

  11. Police name prison death victim

    A man who died after what police described as an incident at HMP Hewell has been named as 39-year-old Luke Derriman.

    It happened on Tuesday afternoon and police said inmate Mr Derriman died at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

    HMP Hewell inmate James Johnson, 38, has been charged with manslaughter.

    HMP Hewell
  12. Poppy display 'could bring up to 100,000 visitors to city'

    A display made up of artificial poppies, first seen at the Tower of London, could bring up to 100,000 visitors to Hereford when it goes on display at the city's cathedral, bosses have said.

    The "weeping window" display is being taken on a tour of the country and will be on show for six weeks, from 14 March until 29 April.

    Poppies outside Tower of London

    The original installation was on display in 2014 and was made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies.

    The touring display is made up of 11,000 poppies and will eventually go on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum.

    Quote Message: As a proud military county, it is an honour to be able to mark the sacrifices made by those during the First World War." from Councillor David Harlow Herefordshire Council
    Councillor David HarlowHerefordshire Council
  13. Video: What's the weekend weather going to be like?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Staying dry overnight but cloudy with lows of 3C (37F).

    Tomorrow will be wet and windy but remaining mild with highs of 10C (50F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  14. Map reveals 'British maritime empire' trading routes

    Historians at the University of Southampton have mapped the trading routes of medieval shipping which helped "sow the seeds of the British maritime empire".

    More than 50,000 ship movements from 600 ports around England, Wales and the Channel Islands, dating between 1400 and 1580 have been compiled for the interactive map and database.

    Researchers found most shipping at the time was done between local ports rather than going abroad with traders opting for ships rather than using the country's mud-track roads.

    They also found that, as well as familiar ports still in use such as Southampton, Falmouth, Cardiff and Liverpool, a large number of smaller coastal and river towns were once bustling ports, including Bewdley on the River Severn in Worcestershire, which has 200 voyages logged in the database.

    Southampton Port
    Quote Message: At the start of the late medieval and Tudor period, English shippers were mainly coastal traders, but by the end, [Sir Francis] Drake had set out on his voyage of circumnavigation and Walter Raleigh was close to planting England's first settlers on Roanoke Island in North America." from Dr Craig Lambert Principle investigator at the University of Southampton
    Dr Craig LambertPrinciple investigator at the University of Southampton
  15. Council agrees tax rise of 4.9%

    Herefordshire Council has agreed to increase council tax by 4.9% from April - that’s around £70 a year for the average band D property.

    The authority has also agreed close to £200m of spending for the next financial year.

    Herefordshire Council

    Herefordshire Council says it needs to find £13m in cuts and savings over the next year.