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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Lydiate Ash and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

    M5 Worcestershire - Rolling road-block and an incident on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Lydiate Ash) and J3, A456 (Halesowen).

    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, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42 J4A.

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

    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 J5 for A38 Droitwich and M5 J4A.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and M5 J4a, M42 Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and M5 J4A.

    M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes blocked on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and M5 J4a, M42 Interchange, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A456 Halesowen and J4 for A38 Lydiate Ash.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Lydiate Ash), because of a shed load. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and M5 J4a, M42 Interchange, 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 northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and M5 J4a, M42 Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 J4a and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Disruption expected after rail crossing barrier crash

    BBC News Travel

    Commuters are being warned of disruption to trains on all routes via Birmingham Snow Hill this evening, due to a "number of issues", said West Midlands Railway.

    A lorry crashed into the level crossing barrier at Cradley Heath (pictured) and there has also been an issue with the level crossing at Hartlebury, the train operator said.

    Cradley Heath barrier

    A track circuit failure at Langley Green earlier today has been fixed, but still causing delays.

    A reduced train service will operate between Snow Hill and Stourbridge, Kidderminster and Worcester.

    Rail replacement buses will be supplementing trains for all stations between Stourbridge and Worcester Shrub Hill.

    Tickets are also being accepted on National Express West Midlands Buses.

  10. 'Cattle grazing' blamed for decline of rare bird

    Justyn Surrall

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A campaign group says it's very worried that a rare bird will stop returning to a beauty spot due to how the grass is being grazed.

    A skylark nest with chicks awaiting food

    The Save our Malvern Skylarks group says numbers of the birds are dropping on the Malvern Hills, from 54 pairs in 1988 to just eight at the moment.

    Across the country, skylarks have declined by more than 50% over the last quarter of a century, as a result of increased intensive farming methods.

    Campaigners are blaming the group maintaining the area, the Malvern Hills Trust, for allowing "intensive grazing" by cattle and depriving skylarks of their habitat.

    The trust says the current grazing contracts are aimed at achieving a number of objectives for the area, "rather than to benefit one particular species".

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Moment lionesses attack lion at West Midland Safari Park

    This footage shows the moment a gang of lionesses mauled a lion at a safari park.

  12. Man robbed after 'baton attack by gang'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man's been robbed after being hit with a baton by a gang of men.

    The 27-year-old victim was in an alleyway near Kidderminster Harriers football stadium, say police, when the attack happened last night.

    The start of the alleyway

    They say it's thought three men came up to him and hit him with the baton but were scared off when another person walked past.

    Officers say the victim kept walking, but, as he left the alleyway, the same three men are believed to have run up and taken his bag.

  13. Trains delays after level crossing barriers hit

    BBC News Travel

    Replacement coaches are running between Worcester and Stourbridge after a vehicle hit the barriers at a level crossing.

    West Midlands Railway says the collision happened at around 13:00 between Rowley Regis and Stourbridge Junction.

    It says services may be cancelled or delayed as all lines are blocked.