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  1. Envelope update

    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 on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. 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, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

    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, from J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove to J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

    M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) to J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J4a M42 to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Envelope update

    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 on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a break down. 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, at J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 entry slip road closed northbound at J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    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, from J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J6, A4538 (Worcester) to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Sunday Politics: Islamophobia and holiday hunger

    BBC Sunday Politics

    Concerns about attitudes in the Conservative Party to Muslims and whether children will go hungry over the school holidays are topics for Sunday Politics Midlands this weekend.

    Sunday politics logo

    On BBC One from 11:00, Patrick Burns will be examining the issues in special reports.

    He'll also be joined in the studio by Conservative MP for Redditch, Rachel Maclean; the Labour MP for Stoke North, Ruth Smeeth; and Mohammed Amin, former Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum.

  10. Self-service libraries proposed to save council £800k

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Christian Barnett

    Several libraries in Worcestershire could become self-service, with staff numbers cut under plans to save £800,000.

    Books on shelves

    Worcestershire County Council has pledged that no branches will close but is looking to save money.

    Almost £4m has been cut from the library budget since 2011 and the plan is to save another £800,000 by 2021.

    The authority's plan would see some of the county's smaller libraries become self-service during certain periods of the day, with visitors letting themselves in and out.

  11. Clear and dry start to the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Starting off dry with clear spells tonight, here's the rest of the forecast for the West Midlands:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

    You can get the latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  12. Firefighters' strike threat 'a complete surprise'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    "A complete surprise" is how Hereford and Worcester Fire Service has described a threat of strike action from its crews.

    Fire engines in Leominster

    The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) has said it'll consider the move if firefighters in Herefordshire and Worcestershire aren't put back on their old contracts.

    It claim the fire service has forced crews to do work outside their contracts and put new recruits on new contracts without discussions.

    But the fire service said it had been trying to make changes since 2017 to make more firefighters available for work such as crewing fire engines.

    It's blaming the FBU for failing to reach agreements and is urging them to not strike but refer the issues to the independent arbitration service Acas.

  13. Flooding blamed as horse racing events cancelled

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Two horse race meetings in Worcester have been cancelled because of the affects of the flooding last month.

    Worcester Racecourse underwater in June

    Heavy rain saw parts of Worcester Racecourse underwater for eight days.

    The British Horseracing Authority says, while there's been racing since then, the track's not recovered as much as it wanted.

    It has abandoned the meetings on 18 and 25 July and it's hoped the course will be ready for an event on 30 July.