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  1. Police thank motorists after 'peaceful' protest

    The police have thanked motorists for their patience after this morning's climate change protest which held up vehicles in the centre of Worcester.

    The West Mercia force said about 40 people had gathered on Worcester Bridge and that its officers had been "engaging with the people involved in the protest this morning to help ensure the event was safe for both those taking part and the public".

    Protest

    The force also said it recognised there had been some disruption to traffic as a result, but that everything was back to normal now.

  2. Thousands join climate protests

    The protests seem to be benefiting from the nice weather.

    Bumper crowds are in Birmingham's Victoria Square, as well as in Shrewsbury, Coventry and Hereford.

    Demonstrators in Birmingham
    Band in Birmingham
    Hereford demo
    Shrewsbury demo
  3. Climate change road blockade comes to an end

    A climate change protest in Worcester that was holding up rush-hour traffic is over.

    The Extinction Rebellion campaigners packed up at about 10:00 after stopping cars coming over Worcester Bridge for up to seven minutes at a time.

    Protest

    The demonstrators said they knew their protest would upset some people, but they felt their message about climate change was important.

  4. Hospitals trust could come out of special measures

    The NHS trust that runs Worcestershire Royal Hospital could be lifted out of special measures.

    After an inspection this summer, the Care Quality Commission says it's found significant improvements at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital, although it says staffing levels at Worcestershire Royal still need to be improved.

    The Alexandra Hospital

    NHS England is now considering a recommendation that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs all three sites, should be taken out of special measures, as long as extra support is put in place first.

    Worcester's MP, Robin Walker called it "a hugely welcome step forward".

  5. Your comments: 'Protest by the side of the road'

    Facebook

    There's a real debate going on about the Worcester climate change protest that has been blocking a road this morning.

    Elaine Nanny Hall wrote on the BBC Hereford and Worcester Facebook page: "I’m all for the right to protest but for god sake stop making the day to day life for people more awkward."

    But Neil Franks pointed out it wasn't really a long delay for commuters, writing: "Seven minutes. I think they will survive. Future generations might not if we don't take climate change seriously."

    Climate protest

    A lot of people were taking issue with the way the protesters were making their point and Pat Weaver wrote: "It would be be better for the environment if they protest by the side of the road."

    But Shaz Ronnie Harvey was supporting them and commented: "Well done for making a stand."

  6. Your comments: Climate protesters block traffic

    Facebook

    The Extinction Rebellion protest that is blocking traffic in Worcester this morning has been generating a lot of debate on the BBC Hereford and Worcester Facebook page.

    And not all of it was positive. Phil Ward wrote: "Making a lot of difference, drivers sat in vehicles with engines running, love the mentality of these protesters make everyone late for school and work! Great impact on the environment."

    Richard Asghar-Sandys asked: "Why are they not using their time and intelligence to come up with solutions and new ways of thinking?"

    Martin Clarke replied: "great point... Let's just evolve shall we? We can do that over the next few decades, it's not like it takes tens of thousands of years or anything."

    Protest

    David Rawlings wrote: "Worcester is semi permanently gridlocked these days. Most of the people stuck in traffic will just think it’s a normal day."

    But Tony Batchelor replied: "It’s never pointless Dave. If everyone thought that nothing would change."

  7. Protest to provide 'provocative image' of climate change

    A climate change protest is also set to take place in Hereford today, as well as Stoke, Shrewsbury and Birmingham.

    One of the organisers of the Hereford event, Cat Savage said their march was set to start after 11:00 from Hereford Sixth Form College, but was not expected to disrupt traffic.

    Cat Savage

    She said a "die-in" would take place in the city centre providing a "provocative and powerful image showing the consequences of our actions - and what's going to happen if we don't change things."

    "It's a very commercial area... we want to show how dangerous fast fashion is and the impact on our environment."

  8. Climate change protest: 'Could they let us get to work'

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    There's been a mixed reaction from drivers stuck in today's climate change protest in Worcester.

    Protest

    One woman stuck in traffic was quite circumspect saying "it is what it is.

    "It's drawing attention to a really important cause."

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    Video caption: Climate protesters block bridge in Worcester

    But others weren't quite so generous with one motorist saying he'd been held up for about 15 minutes.

    "I don't agree with it anyway," he added.

    "Could they please get out of the way and let us get to work."

  9. Climate change protesters disrupt town centre

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Climate change protesters are slowing traffic on a bridge in Worcester.

    Four lanes of traffic on the main bridge in the town and pedestrian crossings are being disrupted by about 30 to 40 protesters carrying Extinction Rebellion banners.

    Climate change protest

    It's part of a day of global action with protesters from more than 150 different countries set to take part in demonstrations aiming to put pressure on governments and decision-makers to do more about climate issues.

    Protesters are blocking traffic over the bridge from St John's into the town centre at seven-minute intervals - with a very mixed response from motorists.

  10. 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 and it's slow on M5 northbound from J6, A4538 (Worcester) to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down.

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

  11. Climate change protest disruption expected

    A major road in Worcester is expected to be blocked by climate change protestors this morning.

    It's one of several protests happening across the country - with demonstrations also planned for Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Kidderminster and Malvern.

    Drivers are being warned to allow extra time for journeys.

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  12. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Early fog and mist will disappear leaving a dry day with sunny periods and highs of 22C (72F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  14. What's the weather got in store?

    It will be a dry and clear night with lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather map
  15. Self-storage site fire started accidentally

    A fire that destroyed an antiques and self-storage building in Herefordshire was started accidentally, investigators have concluded.

    Fire crews are still on the scene at Pugh's Antiques on North Road in Leominster - which sells furniture and has self-storage units on site.

    Building fire

    One person was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

  16. Elgar's great nephew appeals for return of medals

    The great nephew of Edward Elgar has appealed to thieves to return important medals they stole from his birthplace museum in Worcestershire.

    They were taken, along with a signed photograph on 27 June and Mark Grafton, who is also a trustee of Elgar Foundation, said: "He had given his life to music and so much of it was stolen when these two medals were taken."

    Two medals

    West Mercia Police believe two men got into the museum in Lower Broadheath by forcing open the front door and then smashed a display cabinet to take the medals.

    They have identified the type of trainers the pair used and are appealing for anyone offered the medals to come forward.

    Broken cabinet

    Mark Grafton also told the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow, "the reaction of the family was anger, disappointment, frustration, sadness."

    He added: "I don't think you can put a value on them, they are irreplaceable."