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Police chief warns of criminal record delays after Brexit

Local Democracy Reporting Service

European criminal record checks could take 11 times as long after Brexit, West Midlands Ch Supt Richard Baker has warned.

He told a Strategic Policing and Crime Board the process of checking on the criminal history of a European national takes about six days at the moment, but that could take as long as 66 days in future.

Police control room
BBC

Ch Supt Baker said: "There will be an increase in potential risk that we are carrying because we are unaware of their previous criminal history.”

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog patches will clear, leaving a dry day with highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Chilly night ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

After a fine, dry day, we're in for a more cloudy night with clear spells:

John Hammond

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Tourism plan aims to build on Peaky Blinders effect

BBC Midlands Today

An action plan's been launched to try and capitalise on the tourism benefits for the West Midlands from the TV show Peaky Blinder and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Still from Peaky Blinders
BBC

The West Midlands Growth Company says its strategy aims to generate 19,000 new jobs in the region and raise the value of tourism to £13.7bn.

Its plans include promoting the area to overseas markets and making the most of events such as Coventry being UK City of Culture in 2021 and Birmingham's Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Plenty of sunshine forecast today

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After the cold start to Wednesday, a dry, fine day with plenty of sunshine:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Wider roll-out of bleed control kits for stab victims

New specialist first aid kits which could help save the lives of stabbing victims have been announced for the West Midlands.

Anti-bleed kit
Police and Crime Commissioner

Funding for the anti-bleed kits has been announced by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

Fifty units were rolled out in Birmingham in June, with 350 more to be made available in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Coventry.

Bleed control kits scheme launched in Birmingham pubs and bars

The move follows a campaign by Lynne Baird after her son, Daniel Baird, 26, was stabbed to death in the city in 2017.

If the roll out of these kits can help just one person, they will have proved a resounding success."

David JamiesonWest Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Retired train to be used for cutting-edge research

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

A 40-year-old train has become the centrepiece of a cutting-edge railway research project, pioneered by the University of Birmingham.

Train
BBC

The recently-retired high-speed model is being used to find new ways of modernising the railway, including moves to do away with diesel-powered engines.

Alex Burrows from the university said the train would allow research to be carried out in a "real-life test environment".

He said the research would primarily be around the decarbonisation of the railway system such as hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology.

"Our research is world-leading," he added. "We are one of the largest specialist railway research and innovation centres, and what we're doing is going to shape the railways of the future."

PC run over with police car released from hospital

Allen Cook

BBC News

A police officer who was seriously hurt when he was run over by a stolen police car has been released from hospital after more than a month of treatment.

PC Gareth Phillips with dog
West Midlands Police

PC Gareth Phillips suffered potentially life-changing injuries when he was punched to the ground and hit by the car in Moseley, Birmingham, last month.

On Tuesday, West Midlands Police tweeted to say he would be recovering at home, adding "he’s still got a long battle ahead of him, and our thoughts remain with him and his family".

Earlier this month, Mubashar Hussain, 29, of no fixed address, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing set for 15 October.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

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

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Birmingham and Midlands Velo event brought forward

The date of next year's 100-mile bike ride across the West Midlands has been brought forward.

Event organisers of the Velo Birmingham and Midlands said the 21 June date was to accommodate the professional road cycling racing calendar in 2020.

Velo
Velo Birmingham and Midlands

Thousands of cyclists took part in the route in May which started in Digbeth, Birmingham, taking in Solihull, Bedworth, Coventry and Sandwell.

The event also brought out big crowds, but also attracted criticism from numerous residents about widespread road closures with some saying they felt trapped in their homes.

Velo Birmingham and Midlands
Velo Birmingham and Midlands

A spokesperson said: "Whilst there is no guarantee we will be successful in our bid to host a pro race in 2020, we have taken the early decision to move the date in order to align with the UCI calendar and deliver on our vision."

Entries will open on 1 October to previous participants and on 3 October to everyone who has pre-registered.

Dancers perform suspended from Coventry University building
A team of dancers put on a show in Coventry suspended about 80ft in the air.

Knife bins installed at police stations

Knife bins are being installed at four Warwickshire Police stations as part of a nationwide crackdown on knife crime.

Knife crime poster
Warwickshire Police

There were 272 knife-related incidents in the county in the 12 months to March this year as knife crime rose 8% across England and Wales.

West Midlands Police has used a convicted murderer to front its latest anti-knife campaign.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a dull morning with patchy rain it will be a cloudy day with highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

BreakingFormer Conservative MEP quits party

Former Conservative MEP for the West Midlands Philip Bushill-Matthews has quit the party to join the Liberal Democrats.

He led the Tory group in Brussels until 2009 and was an MEP for 10 years.

Philip Bushill-Matthews
Philip Bushill-Matthews
Daryl Mitchell celebrates

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Worcestershire race to a three-day win over Glamorgan by 155 runs, dismissing the visitors for 155 after Daryl Mitchell's fine century.

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No-deal Brexit 'likely to stretch police resources'

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has said civil disobedience resulting from a no-deal Brexit is likely to stretch police resources in the region.

Lorrys at Dover
PA Media

The government was forced by MPs to disclose a document revealing there could be protests, delays at ports and food and medicine shortages.

The government says Operation Yellowhammer represents a worst case scenario, mainly based on the assumptions of Theresa May's administration.

Labour PCC David Jamieson told BBC WM the force may be called upon to provide mutual aid to other police forces across the country.

"It may take police away from their duties here in the West Midlands," he added.

Rail improvement package unveiled

Plans for a £3.5bn improvement programme to transform the region’s rail network are being shared from today.

Rail map
Midlands Connect

Midlands Connect said towns and cities could see a major boost in rail services under the new proposals.

Under the plan, seven projects would benefit up to 60 locations, it said, and would provide more than 700 extra passenger services a day.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
BBC

You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

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Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Mayor backs his record ahead of election

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Some of today's stories from the Local Democracy Reporting Service include:

  • Mayor Andy Street believes he has "categorically"’ done enough to be re-elected in next year’s mayoral election. “There’s a hell of a lot more to do yet, but we will continue the progress we are on,” he said.
  • Council chiefs in Walsall are challenging other local authorities using the under-threat Acorns Hospice to help fund the "amazing" service. A fundraising campaign was launched in July to raise £2m to safeguard the facility’s long-term future.
  • Birmingham City Council left a landlord more than £1,200 out of pocket after wrongly paying housing benefit directly to a tenant who failed to hand over the money and then left, a judge rules.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and cool day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands