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  1. 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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A417 Herefordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A417 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, from A4103 Crews Pitch to A465.

    A417 Herefordshire - A417 in Yarkhill closed in both directions from the A4103 Crews Pitch junction to the A465 junction, because of an accident. 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 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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J9 for A46 to J8 for M50.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) to J8 M50, because of a vehicle on fire.

    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 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 car that's broken 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 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

  7. 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

  8. Weather: Rain forecast this weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    If you were planning a barbeque this weekend, you might want to wait until Sunday, because we're forecast rain tomorrow.

    It's looking a lot better next week though.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  9. Police pay rise 'could cost 37 officers'

    Thirty seven police officers could be lost from the West Midlands force unless the government funds the pay rise it's set to announce, says the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

    Police officer

    The armed forces will get a 2.9% rise, teachers and school staff 2.75%, police officers, dentists and consultants 2.5%, senior civil servants 2%, the Times said.

    It is thought the rise will come from existing budgets.

    PCC David Jamieson said the estimated pay rise could leave the force needing to spend a further £1.8m from its current budget.

    Quote Message: Since I’ve been commissioner I’ve had to watch as the number of police officers plummet and crime rises. Whilst I welcome any plans to pay our hard working officers a salary which they all fully deserve, I am very concerned that there are no plans to fund the pay rise." from David Jamieson West Midlands Police and Crime Commi
    David JamiesonWest Midlands Police and Crime Commi
  10. Plans for flood plain homes to be decided

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here are three more of the stories written by the Local Democracy Reporters today:

    • A bid to reopen a pub called the Moonshine Inn in Birmingham has been rejected by councillors over concerns about noise, nuisance. One neighbour also objected to its name, because Moonshine is the term used for a high-strength illegally distilled alcohol.
    • A plan to build 62 affordable homes near a floodplain near Worcester, which were rejected once over flooding fears, will go before council planners again next week.
    • Concerns have been raised about the lack of sprinklers included in the plans to refurbish Wolverhampton's Civic Halls.
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound between J6, A4538 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down.

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

  12. Stormtroopers and classic toys at Star Wars exhibition

    Star Wars toys and memorabilia are going on display this weekend, and you won't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to see them.

    The May the Toys Be With You exhibition opens at the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum tomorrow morning and these Stormtroopers will be there, to welcome the first visitors.

    Stormtroopers

    Visitors are being encouraged to dress up in their own Star Wars costumes for the opening and children can dress up as Jedi and play with lightsabers.

    It's the first time this touring exhibition, which features a number of vintage toys, has been to the West Midlands.

    Stormtroopers and toy
  13. City looks to immortalise famous figures

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Some of Worcester's most famous faces could be immortalised on traffic roundabouts around the city.

    The city council is offering to pay an artist £10,000 to create a number of sculptures, remembering figures such as the cricketer Basil D'Oliveira, music hall performer Vesta Tilley (pictured below) and aviator Sheila Scott.

    Vesta Tilley

    Other suggestions for historic figures who deserve some recognition include King John, who is buried at Worcester Cathedral, and the Grand National winning racehorse Pineau de Re.

    The council has a £100,000 fund to create works of art around the city and has also considered creating a large piece of public art, as a focal point for visitors.

  14. BreakingHuman bones found in septic tank are 'adult female'

    Human bones found in a septic tank are that of an adult female, a post-mortem examination has concluded.

    Kempsey

    West Mercia Police are probing the disappearance of a woman from Kempsey in 1982.

    The bones, found on Friday 12 July, will now be forensically tested to try to obtain DNA for identification, police said.

    Det Ch Insp Carl Moore said although the find was "concerning for the community" and there was "speculation surrounding the remains", further tests could be a "lengthy process".