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  1. Inventor targets buggy beach troubles

    A Bromsgrove tennis coach has created a new device to help parent's with young children negotiate the beach.

    Lee Cown has created the sandslider, which allows prams to be pushed across different surfaces.

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    Video caption: A Bromsgrove tennis coach designs a new device to help pushchairs cross beaches

    He came up with the idea on holiday in Gran Canaria when he saw a lady with a baby asleep in the pram, unable to join people on the beach.

    Quote Message: I turned to my friends and I said, 'You know what guys, I'm going to invent something.' They gave me a bit of a laugh and said no chance. And I got home, got the cardboard and string out and started doing some prototype testing." from Lee Cown Sandslider inventor
    Lee CownSandslider inventor
  2. Sudip Sarker: GMC investigations continuing

    The General Medical Council says its investigations are ongoing into a doctor who committed fraud by lying about the amount of operations he had performed.

    Sudip Sarker said he had conducted 85 keyhole procedures, 51 of them alone, but the true figure was just six. He was appointed to a £74,000 job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

    Alexandra Hospital

    After being found guilty of fraud by false representation by a jury at Worcester Crown Court, he has been jailed for six years.

    The GMC said Sarker had been suspended from practice since June 2014 and an investigation was ongoing into concerns about the number of patients who died while under his care.

  3. Weather: Temperatures set to drop

    Disruption from snow and ice could last into Wednesday morning, the Met Office is warning.

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    Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large parts of the region.

    Forecasters said it was expected to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter so far.

    The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been was stockpiled.

  4. Homebase may close up to 40 stores

    BBC Business News

    Up to 40 Homebase stores could be closed across the country putting up to 2,000 jobs at risk.

    Wesfarmers paid £340m for the DIY chain in early 2016 and has been rebranding the stores under the Bunnings name.

    It operates more than 20 stores in the region, across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.

    Homebase staff generic

    But after a "disappointing" performance the Australian firm has put Homebase under review and expects it to lose £97m in the first half of 2018.

    Between 20 and 40 of its stores are performing so poorly that they might have to be closed altogether, it said.

  5. Illegal scrap dealer fined £3k

    A man has been fined after admitting operating an unauthorised scrap metal site in Herefordshire.

    Edward G Gillum, 75, of Leominster Scrap Metal, off North Road, Leominster, admitted the charges dating between August 2015 and September 2017 when he appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court on Friday.

    The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, after a member of the public reported the illegal waste site.

    Some of the waste

    He was fined £3,340 and ordered to pay £8,669.54 in costs, along with a £150 victim surcharge.

    Gillum registered for an Environmental Permit, but on a visit to the site in November 2015, the Environment Agency said its staff saw conditions were not being met.

    An enforcement notice was served in July 2016 requiring Gillum to remove all waste from the site. But this was not complied with, the organisation said.

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    FA People's Cup sign-up graphic
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    Well you could do BOTH of those, simply by entering the FA People's Cup - the nation's most inclusive and FREE five-a-side competition. No experience is necessary and there are 18 different categories available.

    But beware - there are less than two weeks to go to sign up! Find out all the details here.

  7. BreakingSurgeon jailed for lying about operations

    A surgeon has been jailed for six years for fraud after lying about the number of operations he had carried out to get a job.

    Sudip Sarker told interviewers in 2011 he had conducted 85 keyhole procedures, 51 of them alone, but the true figure was just six. He was appointed to a £74,000 job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

    Sudip Sarker

    After a trial at Worcester Crown Court, the jury found him guilty of fraud by false representation.

    Today, at the same court, Sarker, 48, of Botany Road in Broadstairs, Kent was sentenced to six years' imprisonment.

    Previously, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said Sarker had worked at the trust for 14 months, until his suspension in October 2012, which led to his later dismissal.

  8. Arrest after fatal crash

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal crash.

    It happened on The Terrace in Clows Top in Worcestershire at 19:20 on Friday and involved a grey Lexus and a red Perodua Nippa.

    The driver of the Perodua, a 52-year-old man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. His passenger, a 48-year-old woman was seriously injured and taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

    The junction of the  B4202 and A456 in Clows Topp

    A 45-year-old man from Worcester, who was arrested, has been released under investigation.

    Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to come forward.

  9. Your pictures: Stunning sunrise

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The BBC Weather Watchers have been busy uploading pictures of this morning's sunrise.

    Peter Bear Lowe took this image in Birmingham.

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    This was also taken in Birmingham by Paulus.

    Birmingham

    Fiona D took this in Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire.

    Sunrise
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A449 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A449 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, at Caunsall Road.

    A449 Worcestershire - A449 in Caunsall blocked and severe delays at the Caunsall Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  11. Firm's £10m boost to city

    One of Worcester's most successful companies has announced a £10m investment in the city and the creation of 100 new jobs.

    Gtech - best known for making innovative cordless vacuums - say from 2019 they'll be manufacturing a new product in Worcester, instead of China.

    But the company's owner isn't saying much about what the new product will be.

    GTech
    Quote Message: All I can tell you is it is a new vaccum cleaner, we see this as a huge step forward in convenience and performance for vaccum cleaning, it is a product I've really got my fingers crossed on, I think it is going to be a good one." from Nick Grey Gtech Owner
    Nick GreyGtech Owner
  12. Surgeon convicted of fraud to be sentenced

    A surgeon convicted of fraud after lying about the number of operations he had carried out to get a lucrative job, is to be sentenced today.

    Sudip Sarker

    Sudip Sarker told interviewers in 2011 he had conducted 85 keyhole procedures, 51 of them solo - the true figure was just six.

    He was appointed to a £74,000 job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, but immediately struggled.

    A jury at Worcester Crown Court took less than two hours to find him guilty of fraud by false representation.

  13. Ice Maiden team returns from Antarctica

    Six female soldiers, four of them from the Midlands, have returned to the UK after becoming the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.

    Ice Maiden team

    A celebration is being held at Sandhurst to celebrate the team completing the 1,000-mile expedition.

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    Video caption: 'Ice Maiden' team celebrates Antarctica ski record
  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It’ll be cold today with the chance of showers and some snow.

    There’ll also be some sunny spells with highs of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Herefordshire westbound severe disruption, between J3 for B4221 and J4 for A449.

    M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J3, B4221 (Newent) and J4, A449 (Ross-On-Wye), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J4a M42 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