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ROADS: Several problems on M5, Worcestershire

There are a number of problems affecting traffic on the M5 through Worcestershire this evening.

Between J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J4A M42 on the northbound side, one lane is closed due to a broken-down vehicle.

There is also a broken-down vehicle further along the northbound side between J6 A449 / A4440 Warndon Way / A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester) and J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold), blocking one lane.

And there are reports of another lane closure between J3 A456 (Halesowen / Birmingham) and J4 A38 (Lydiate Ash / Bromsgrove), this time on the southbound side.

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Three injured in horse and cart crash in Worcestershire

Three people have been taken to hospital after the horse and cart they were travelling in was involved in a crash with a car in Bewdley in Worcestershire.

The collision happened near The Running Horse pub on Long Back at around 8:40pm.

“The first patient, a man in his 30s, was assessed and treated for leg and hip pain and was immobalised with the use of a spinal board.

“A woman in her 30s was treated for a fractured left arm whilst the third patient, a young girl, was assessed and treated for a fractured ankle and back pain.

“The horse was also hit in the collision but did not appear to be injured.

“The driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Worcestershire health service consultation to close

The consultation into Worcestershire health services will close today
The consultation into Worcestershire health services will close today Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The consultation into the future of health services in Worcestershire closes today.

Plans include closing the walk-in element of Worcester's Walk-in Health Centre and developing Urgent Care Centres where hospital doctors and GPs will work side-by-side.

The deadline was extended by three weeks.

Serial flasher on the loose in Redditch

A serial flasher has struck again in a Redditch park, exposing himself to a female runner.

The woman had gone for a run near Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch - and, just as she reached the underpass near Proctors Barn Lane next to the River Arrow, she saw the man stood on the opposing bank, exposing himself.

It happened between 8.50am and 9.10am yesterday.

The visitor's centre at Arrow Valley Country Park.
The visitor's centre at Arrow Valley Country Park. Credit: Arrow Valley Country Park.

The man was white, around 5ft 11ins tall, with short black hair and wearing a black fleece top.

PC Laura Wright said it was not the first time a man matching that description had flashed, with other incidents reported at the end of last year.

The woman looked away and carried on running but she was quite shocked and upset and didn’t see where the man went.

It may be that other people in that area yesterday morning saw this man and can help us with a more detailed description or tell us who he is or where he comes from.

We need to find out who he is as soon as possible.

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Flood-hit Worcester businesses say town is open for business

by Hannah Stokes

It's not just the cost of the clear-up operation many companies have had to deal with, but for many the loss of business was a big factor.

The county experienced the highest floods since those in 2007, displacing some from their homes and disrupting daily life for many.

But today everyone remains upbeat and the message is clear - firms are now very much open for business.

Government grant for homeowners to tackle future flooding

People could be eligible for up to £5,000 under the grant Credit: PA

The government has announced that people whose homes and businesses were flooded between 1 December and 31 March can now apply for a government grant of up to £5,000 through their local authority, regardless of where they live.

Dan Rogerson the Environment Minister the government is encouraging anyone who has been flooded to apply for a grant to become more flood resilient.

Government grants for for flood-hit homes

Homes and businesses that have been flooded in the last four months could be eligible for a government backed grant of up to £5,000.

Wychavon District Council in Worcestershire says the purpose of the grants is to help protect buildings from flooding.

To be eligible, the living areas or business areas of a property must have been flooded. The grant can be spent on things like flood gates, air brick covers or moving sockets higher up.

Floods cost Worcestershire farmer more than £61k

Stephen Watkins' farm was badly affected by the flooding Credit: ITV News Central

A farmer in Worcestershire says he is more than £61,000 out of pocket because of this year's floods.

Stephen Watkins, who has a farm in Severn Stoke, has cleared three of his fields, but still has 53 more to go.

Read more: Stephen Watkins says dredging rivers would ease future flooding problems

Stephen Watkins' farm looked like this a month ago Credit: ITV News Central

Later today, the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP, will appear before a select committee to answer questions about the recent floods.

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