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  1. 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

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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queues on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  3. Here's the weather for the start of the bank holiday

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The sunshine is set to lead to a dry night with long, clear spells - here's the full forecast for the next 24 hours:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood

    You can stay up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Your photos: Blue sky dominates

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Lots of lovely blue sky around the West Midlands this afternoon so we thought we'd share some of the many photos coming in from our BBC Weather Watchers.

    We have two from Warwickshire, users Graham H in Ansty and Graham's Vista in Shuttington along with Mrs_Strivzy in Kinnersley, Herefordshire:

    Kinnersley
    Ansty
    Shuttington
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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of an accident.

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

  6. Neil Diamond complaints may see blind college lose licence

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Carmelo Garcia

    Complaints over rowdy parties and playing Neil Diamond's music could see The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford lose its events licence.

    Gardner Hall, part of Royal National College for the Blind

    The college, based on Venns Lane is currently allowed to sell alcohol on weekdays from 11:00 to midnight and host music and other functions.

    But a report going before Herefordshire Council's licensing sub-committee next week says neighbours in Admirals Close have complained about noise from the venue.

    It says music was played past midnight on 29 June, including Neil Diamond's song Sweet Caroline, and residents claimed other cases of loud music, shouting and swearing.

    The council's officers served the college with a statutory noise nuisance notice which led to next Friday's review.

  7. T20 local derby this evening

    The Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire Rapids meet in the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston this evening.

    Moeen Ali

    It's a match the Bears need to win to keep alive any hopes of making the quarter-finals.

    Hamish Rutherford is named in a 14-man Worcestershire squad and Moeen Ali (pictured) will captain the side.

    New Zealander Martin Guptill will play his final T20 game in the group stages this evening, but another New Zealander has arrived - Hamish Rutherford should figure today, after he came in to replace Callum Ferguson, who's had to return home to Australia.

    Play is due to begin at 19:00 and there will be commentary on BBC WM DAB digital radio, on BBC Hereford & Worcester on 738AM and via online.

    Quote Message: The boys will be looking forward to it. I think we've performed really well over the last couple of years, certainly in white-ball cricket so we have got some confidence in T20." from Alan Richardson Worcestershire assistant coach
    Alan RichardsonWorcestershire assistant coach
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen and J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Your photos: Fields of gold

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Who wants to see a field? Our local BBC Weather Watchers appear to have hit on the theme today for many of their photos.

    These three are from users Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield, Step Counter in Bodenham, Herefordshire and Peter Steggles in Rushbury, Shropshire:

    Sutton Coldfield
    Bodenham
    Rushbury
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    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.

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

  12. Sun cream Friday?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Dry and cloudy this morning, here's the full forecast:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  13. Weather forecast: Turning dry tonight

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    We're in for a mainly dry night with more clear spells, here's the full forecast for the West Midlands for the next 24 hours:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can stay up-to-date with your local weather by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  14. Knife-wielding man 'threatening to kill officers'

    Police in Kidderminster say they have arrested a man who was threatening to kill officers this afternoon.

    The man was seen wielding a large knife on Franche Road at about 15:00.

    View more on twitter
  15. Five arrests after string of attacks

    Claudia Berry

    BBC News

    Five men have been arrested after a string of crimes in Hereford in one evening which police believe are all connected.

    The offences all happened on Tuesday evening and included several assaults, damage to an industrial unit and the attempted robbery of a wallet.

    The five men, aged between 15 and 25, were all arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

  16. Man died due to mechanical heart pump complications

    Jessica Labhart

    BBC News

    A 23-year-old man who was one of the youngest people in the UK to have a mechanical heart pump died due to complications with the device, an inquest has ruled.

    Jim Lynskey with twin sister Grace (L) and mum

    Jim Lynskey, from Redditch, was fitted with the pump as a 19-year-old in 2015 after his heart was damaged by meningitis as a baby.

    Louise Hunt, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, recorded that Mr Lynskey suffered multiple organ failure caused by severe internal bleeding after an operation to resolve the pain he was in due to the heart pump in May this year.

  17. Fresh call to stop sale of fire station

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Campaigners are renewing calls for the closure of a fire station to be halted.

    Bewdley station

    The Bewdley station is currently up for sale with Hereford and Worcester Fire Service planning to relocate staff to a new Emergency Services Hub later this year.

    More than 60 residents, activists and firefighters protested last night, claiming the area's seen a rise in call-outs in recent years.

    The fire service disputes that, saying call-outs have fallen 10% since 2010 and the relocation of staff won't lead to fewer fire engines.