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  1. LDRS: Council leader admits gull problem has got worse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here's a brief look at some of the stories that have been covered by the Local Democracy Reporting Service in the last 24 hours:

    • The leader of Worcester City Council has admitted the gull problem in the city is worse than last year and he will be looking at "all the options afresh" - but councillor Marc Bayliss has not backed a cull.
    • A rough sleepers outreach service in Staffordshire will get funding for another three years from East Staffordshire Borough Council.
    • Worcester City Council has made a commitment to locating and developing more community gardens and orchards across the city after a successful partnership at Newtown Green.
  2. Post Office promises to bring back branch

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The Post Office says it's committed to reopening its branch in Tenbury Wells, two and a half months after it closed.

    The town has been without a branch since 5 May, when the postmaster resigned and people living there have had to travel four miles to the nearest branch.

    Post office

    The Post Office said it hoped a service will be resumed as soon as possible.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: The Worcester high street that's come back to life

    From a Balkan breakfast to knitting - traders diversify as figures show UK sales still falling.

  4. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy and breezy day with rain at times and highs of 18C (64F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 10C (50F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Ellie Goulding returns to the university she quit

    Singer Ellie Goulding has picked up an honorary degree from the university she dropped out of 11 years ago.

    The singer, from Kington in Herefordshire, apologised for informing the University of Kent by email saying she quit her drama degree at the end of her second year to combine gigging with two part-time jobs.

    Ellie Goulding

    In her speech, she revealed she found it "hard to fit in" at university, while "struggling" to combine coursework, part-time jobs and "stock up on baked beans and pot noodles".

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of emergency repairs.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of emergency repairs.

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

  9. Back to drawing board for playground plans

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Work to upgrade an ageing children's playground in Malvern has been delayed because the district council's chosen contractor has dropped out

    The local authority planned to have the £500,000 revamp of Priory Park finished in time for the summer holidays, with new features including water fountains, a slide and a trampoline.

    It's now been forced to draw up a revised plan after being unable to find another company to take on the job within the agreed budget.

  10. West Midlands house prices to see biggest rise in England

    The West Midlands is predicted to see the biggest increase in house prices in England over the next two years, according to analysts from PwC.

    Only Wales is expected to see faster growth in the UK.

    Homes

    PwC said it expected the price of the average house in the West Midlands to rise from £194,000 to £223,000 by 2022 and warns that this will make it hard for people move to find new jobs and will also have an impact on rental prices.

  11. BreakingTeen pulled from quarry pool 'died of head injury'

    An 18-year-old who was found dead in a quarry pool near Stourport died of a head injury he suffered before entering the water, a post-mortem test has revealed.

    West Mercia Police said it wasn't treating the death of Jayden Clarke as suspicious.

    His body was recovered from Shavers End Quarry by police divers on 8 July.

  12. Local democracy: Three stories from our reporters

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here are three of the stories covered by Local Democracy Reporters in the West Midlands in the last 24 hours:

    • Circus and cabaret shows can be staged on a former Sainsbury's site in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre after the borough council agreed to consider issuing licences for temporary events.
    • Worcester City Council has agreed to declare a "climate emergency" and has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.
    • Funding for Shropshire schools has been cut by £1,900, every time a school takes on academy status, a committee has been told.
  13. BreakingPolice confirm body in quarry pool is that of missing teen

    A body found in a quarry pool in Stourport last week is that of the missing 18-year-old Jayden Clarke, West Mercia Police has confirmed.

    He disappeared after entering the water on 7 July the force said, and the body was recovered at Shavers End Quarry by police divers.

    Police at quarry

    The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

    His family have been informed.

  14. More than 70 animals shot in the West Midlands

    More than 70 animals were shot using air guns in the West Midlands last year, new figures show.

    Cat

    The RSPCA is calling for the licensing of air guns as figures reveal the charity received 767 reports of animals being shot across England and Wales, with 72 reports coming from the region.

    Cats bore the brunt of the shootings with 258 of them and 73 dogs deliberately killed or maimed last year.

    A large number of wild mammals and birds, including foxes, squirrels, swans and pigeons were targeted as well, it said.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A4104 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4104 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, at High Street.

    A4104 Worcestershire - It's slow on A4104 Church Street in Upton Upon Severn at the High Street junction, because of the Upton Blues Festival.

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