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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, 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 an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    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, at J7 for A44 Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. 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

  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 - 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

  5. Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be dry and cold tonight before rain moves in tomorrow.

    There's a yellow weather warning for snow and ice from 00:05 on Sunday morning.

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Inquest concludes murderer took his own life in jail

    A murderer who beat his wife to death during a row over tickets to an Elvis tribute act took his own life in jail, an inquest in Worcester has concluded.

    Paul Abbott, 57, battered wife Jacqueline with a hammer in 2015 and was given a life sentence in 2016.

    Paul Abbott

    He was found dead at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, exactly a year after killing his wife.

  7. Investigation into death of rough sleeper

    Worcester City Council is launching an investigation into the death of a 74-year-old rough sleeper who died on the streets two years ago.

    Cardon Banfield was found dead in his tent near the New Road cricket ground and a friend of his claimed he'd applied for housing benefit before he died.

    New Road in Worcester

    The council says it's bringing in an independent expert to establish whether or not he "slipped through" the safeguarding net.

  8. Thousands without power after fire at substation

    About 6,000 homes are without power after a fire at an electrical substation in Bromsgrove.

    Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said it was called out at 12:52 and one man had to be taken to hospital.

    Western Power Distribution says it's had to cut off power to a number of unaffected properties for safety reasons, and it doesn't yet know when it will be able to restore it.

  9. Let the Games begin - athletes ready for Winter Olympics

    Let the games begin... The Winter Olympics are now under way after the opening ceremony took place this morning.

    Seven athletes from the West Midlands will take part in the South Korea games over the next fortnight.

    Here's who to keep an eye out for:

    • Charlotte Gilmartin from Redditch - Short track speed skating
    • Farrell Treacy from Henley in Arden - Short track speed skating
    • Izzy Atkin, American but has family from Birmingham - freestyle skiing
    • Rowan Cheshire from Stoke-on-Trent - Freestyle skiing
    • Joel Fearon Coventry - Bobsleigh
    • Ben Simons, Shropshire - Bobsleigh
    • Amanda Lightfootfrom, Coventry - Biathlon
    View more on twitter
  10. BreakingMoD censured over death of Royal Navy technician

    The Ministry of Defence has been criticised after a Royal Navy technician from Kidderminster was killed during lift maintenance work.

    Leading Engineering Technician Neal Edmonds, who was 42, was crushed between a moving lift and the lift shaft in June 2014 while on board HMS Bulwark.

    HMS Bulwark

    A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the MoD failed to ensure there was a safe system of work to control the risks associated with lift maintenance.

    The MoD can't face prosecution in the same way as private or commercial organisations and a Crown Censure is the maximum sanction a government body can receive.

  11. One released as police investigate child sex exploitation

    A 19-year-old arrested by police in Worcester investigating child grooming and drugs trafficking, has been released while enquiries continue.

    Five men in their 20s are still being questioned by officers after 10 properties in the Bath Road area were raided early yesterday morning.

    All five are being held on suspicion of multiple offences relating to child sexual exploitation.

  12. Banker loses appeal against double murder conviction

    A former British banker has lost an appeal against his conviction for the murders of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong.

    Rurik Jutting

    Rurik Jutting, a former pupil at Abberley Hall in Worcestershire, was given a mandatory life sentence in 2016 after their mutilated bodies were found in his apartment.

    The former Cambridge University graduate had sought to appeal against his conviction, with his representatives claiming the trial judge had misled the jury on points relating to his defence of diminished responsibility.

    Appeal Court judges in Hong Kong said there was "no merit" in the grounds of appeal and dismissed the application.