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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and 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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and 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

  3. Only a fraction of stolen Viking hoard recovered

    In passing sentence on two metal detectorists and a coin-seller who concealed a collection of Viking and Anglo-Saxon coins, Judge Nicholas Cartwright QC said it was thought about 90% of the hoard was still missing.

    Just 31 coins - worth between £10,000 and £50,000 - and some pieces of jewellery have been recovered, but deleted photos on one of the metal detectorist's phones showed at least 300.

    Coins

    Judge Cartwright said the number of coins could have been as many as 600 and added: “The treasure belongs to the nation... so it can be seen and admired.”

  4. Viking hoard: Coin seller given five-year sentence

    Coin seller Simon Wicks has been jailed for five years for helping to conceal and sell the Viking hoard found by metal detectorists Powell and Davies in Herefordshire in 2015.

    Worcester Crown Court had heard the antiques trader had tried to sell the coins to the world renowned Mayfair auctioneers Dix Noonan and Webb, and took two batches of coins to them.

    Its expert said the coins were "extraordinary and very valuable", but was "suspicious".

    Simon Wicks

    Wicks admitted he sold several of the coins to his friend, who bought them in a deal at a service station, paying £28,000 in cash divided into three brown packets.

    Fellow coin seller Paul Wells was taken ill while in court yesterday afternoon and is due to be sentenced on 23 December for attempting to conceal the hoard.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J4A for M42.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road to M42 Northbound and it's slow northbound at J4a M42, because of a break down.

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

  6. BreakingMetal detectorists jailed for stealing Viking hoard

    Two metal detectorists have been jailed for failing to declare a hoard of Viking treasure.

    George Powell 38, of Newport received 10 years for theft and concealing the find. Layton Davies of Pontypridd got eight and a half years for the same offences.

    The pair dug up about 300 coins in a field in Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire, in 2015 but did not declare the 1,100-year-old find, said to be one of the biggest to date, and instead sold it to dealers.

    Davies and Powell (left to right)

    In sentencing them, Judge Nicholas Cartwright QC said: "You clumsily took everything you could find and left without speaking to anyone." and "You cheated the farmer, his mother, the landowner and the public.”

    He added: “The irony is if you’d done this properly you’d have either had a half share or at the very worst a third share. At the very worst you could have had half a million pounds each but you wanted more."

  7. Flooding likely to remain a problem over weekend

    Flooding is continuing to affect parts of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and the Environment Agency said river levels were likely to remain high over the coming days.

    The rivers Lugg, Severn and Avon are all affected and more rain is forecast for the weekend.

    Tractor clearing river

    The Environment Agency has been clearing debris from rivers, but warned water could also come up through drains.

  8. Incidents delaying trains

    BBC News Travel

    A fault with the signalling system between Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill is blocking all lines.

    Rail services are also being affected betweek Kidderminster and Stourbridge Junction where a vehicle has hit level crossing barriers.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and 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

  10. LDRS: Former nightclub to make way for student flats

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here are three of the stories from the LDRS reporter covering Worcester:

    • Plans to demolish a former city centre nightclub and build a seven-storey student accommodation block with room for 83 students have been approved.
    • A Green Party motion to introduce a proportional representation voting system for Worcester City Council has been rejected.
    • A motion calling for action to reduce queues at Worcester's High Street Post Office was withdrawn after political arguments between Conservative and Labour councillors
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    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A435 Alcester Road to J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound from J3, A435 (Redditch) to J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Swept away pub bench turns up 35 miles away

    Bench

    Benches that were swept away in a flood from a pub overlooking the River Wye have washed up three weeks later - in Portishead.

    Ye Old Ferrie Inn at Symonds Yat lost ten of its benches, but one of them - completely intact - has ended up on the shoreline here, 35 miles downstream.

    The pub says it doesn't want it back, so it's been adopted by the locals.

  13. 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 and it's slow on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a vehicle on fire.

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

  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will be an unsettled day with some rain and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Overnight showers will clear by the early hours, with lows of 4C (39F).

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

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a vehicle on fire.

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