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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, from J4 for A40 to J3 for B4221.

    M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound from J4, A40 (Ross-On-Wye) to J3, B4221 (Newent), 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 accident: A4133 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4133 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, from A38 Roman Way to A449.

    A4133 Worcestershire - A4133 Droitwich Road in Salwarpe closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the A38 Roman Way junction to the A449 junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J8 M50, because of an accident. 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 J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

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

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    It will be blustery tonight with some clear spells and the chance of showers, with lows of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Child-killer petition close to 5,000 signatures

    A petition calling for the overturning of a decision to release the Worcester triple child-killer David McGreavy has been signed by nearly 5,000 people.

    The 67-year-old has been in prison for 45 years and a parole board report says he has "changed considerably" in that time.

    David McGreavy
  7. Hospice celebrates 30th anniversary

    A children's hospice which opened in Birmingham in 1988 is celebrating 30 years of helping families.

    Princess Diana at Acorns

    The first hospice in the Acorns group was opened by Princess Diana in Selly Oak.

    It's now the largest in the UK, with two other bases in Worcester and Walsall.

    Last year, it cared for more than 870 children.

  8. BreakingYachtswoman 'rescued' from Pacific

    In the last few minutes Bromsgrove sailor Susie Goodall's Twitter account has said she is on board the ship sent to rescue her.

    Earlier the operation hit a snag because she couldn't pull her stricken yacht alongside the cargo ship and the sea was too rough for it to launch a rescue boat.

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    She was stranded when her yacht was damaged in a storm while taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race.

    Susie Goodall
  9. World War Two pub to be demolished

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Carl Jackson

    A pub which served soldiers during World War Two is to be demolished to make way for a care home.

    Pub

    The Cock Inn in Rubery was built in 1811 but in recent years has been set on fire and targeted by vandals while sitting empty.

    The local authority's planning committee has approved plans from Malvern Homes to knock it down, replacing it with a 64-bedroom care home.

    During the war, the pub served soldiers stationed at a nearby quarry who manned barrage balloons in place to prevent low-flying aircraft from bombing the Austin factory units at Longbridge.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. BreakingRescue ship reaches stranded yachtswoman

    The ship diverted to rescue Bromsgrove yachtswoman Susie Goodall has pulled alongside her stricken craft.

    She'd been sheltering in the wreckage of her boat after it overturned during the Golden Globe Race.

    Susie Goodall

    The Tian Fu cargo ship is set to continue its voyage to Brazil and expects to dock there on 22 December.

  12. Darts player's charity challenge

    Darts player Terry "The Bull" Jenkins is challenging all-comers at a Herefordshire pub tonight to help raise money for a workman who was paralysed after a fall from a ladder.

    Friends of Martin Wilks in Almeley are trying to raise £30,000 to build a downstairs bedroom at his home, so he can return from hospital.

    Martin Wilks

    So far they have raised £17,000 and hope the darts player, who comes from Ledbury, can push them towards the target.

  13. Stranded yachtswoman 'could be on land by Christmas'

    The stranded Bromsgrove yachtswoman Susie Goodall could be on dry land by Christmas if rescue attempts go to plan, according to the founder of the race in which she got into trouble.

    Her boat was wrecked by a storm in the Pacific ocean while taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world challenge.

    A boat has been diverted to pick her up and take her to a port in Brazil.

    Susie Goodall

    Race founder Don McIntyre said he expected her to be picked up at 09:00 tomorrow after two days adrift at sea, and while he said things were "pretty grim there right now" he said she had been in "close communication" by text message.

  14. Cyber crime centre discussed under £5m plans

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Carmelo Garcia

    Nearly 200 jobs could be created in Hereford as a council looks to approve a £5m loan to build a centre of research into cyber crime.

    Artist's impression of how the new centre would look

    The University of Wolverhampton is behind plans for the centre at Skylon Park, Rotherwas, which include three laboratories.

    A Herefordshire Council report says the authority would receive shares in return for its loan from public funds.

    The plans will be discussed next week by the authority's cabinet.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane to J7 for A44 Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound from J6, A4538 (Worcester) to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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