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  1. Warning of severe thunderstorms

    Severe thunderstorms are being forecast today but the Met Office says it's unclear where they will happen.

    Area covered by thunderstorms

    A yellow alert is in place until midnight covering the whole of the West Midlands and the organisation is warnings there could be flooding.

    However it says "there is significant uncertainty in location and timing".

  2. Police officer run over by thieves backs 'Andrew's Law'

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    A police officer who nearly died after being run over by car thieves has added his support for mandatory life sentences for anyone who kills a member of the emergency services.

    Video content

    Video caption: PC Gaz Phillips

    A campaign was launched by Lissie Harper, the widow of PC Andrew Harper who died in Berkshire in August 2019.

    PC Gaz Phillips, 43, was critically injured in Birmingham a few days earlier.

    He has made a remarkable recovery and on the first anniversary of the incident has just returned to work.

  3. Weather: Mainly sunny before the showers

    BBC Weather

    We might see the odd shower this morning but mainly there will be sunny spells today and it will continue to feel very warm and muggy. High: 30C/86F.

    This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire
    Image caption: This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

    Then turning cloudy this evening with showers starting to appear which could be sharp and possibly thundery. Low: 17C/63F.

    You can keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, around J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 exit slip road closed, two lanes closed, severe delays and queues for seven miles southbound around J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident involving two lorries and a fuel spillage. Congestion to J16 (Crewe). Travel time is 1 hour and 20 minutes. In the roadworks area.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Video content

    Video caption: Police officer run over by thieves backs 'Andrew's Law'

    PC Gaz Phillips who nearly died just days before PC Andrew Harper is supporting his widow's campaign for tougher sentences.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth.

    M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J9, A4097 (Curdworth), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for A34 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton and J4 for M42.

    M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - Temporary closure and stationary on M5 southbound at J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Worcestershire - Three lanes closed and queues on M5 northbound between J6, A4538 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - Queues for four miles on M6 southbound at J8 M5, because of an earlier accident on the exit slip road. Travel time is around 10 minutes.

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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen and J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury.

    M5 West Midlands - M5 closed and queues northbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a police investigation. Congestion to J1 (West Bromwich / Birmingham) southbound and back to Frankley Services northbound. Traffic is building up on the A456 Manor Way as well as the A4123 Wolverhampton Road as traffic diverts.

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