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Rise in attacks on paramedics, figures show

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Moore

Physical attacks on paramedics have risen by nearly a quarter in a year, latest figures have revealed.

Smashed window on ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said in April and May, 80 ambulance staff were physically assaults, 15 more than the same months in 2018.

Over the same period, verbal attacks increased as well, from 102 to 165.

But the service said "security incidents", such as theft of property, fell from 46 to 38.

Thunderstorms expected to bring travel disruption

Severe weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place across the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the day.

The Met Office warning is in place until the end of Tuesday.

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Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

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

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Flash floods warning as thunderstorms sweep in

The severe weather warning for thunderstorms across the West Midlands has been extended to Tuesday.

Localised flooding, lightning strikes and up to 30mm of rain in an hour is possible between 12:00 on Sunday and the end of Tuesday, said the Met Office.

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BreakingThunderstorms set to bring travel disruption

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel disruption throughout Sunday afternoon, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

It has now extended yellow warnings for severe weather starting at 12:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

The Environment Agency's Dave Throup said there was the "potential for big storms for Sunday onwards as temperatures and humidity rise".

'It was like being in a washing machine'

BBC One

A Staffordshire police officer has appeared on BBC TV this morning, talking again about the injuries she suffered when she had her legs crushed by dangerous driver who was trying to escape arrest.

PC Claire Bond told the BBC's Critical Incident "It was like I was in a washing machine, my body was like turning and then all of a sudden I felt quite a hard hit" and said she remember seeing her left leg pointing the wrong way and "my foot felt like jelly".

She was in hospital for nine days and her husband Darren, who is also a police officer, said he's had to take time off and stay at home to look after her.

PC Claire Bond
BBC

PC Bond, who is determined to return to front-line policing, also said that when 25-year-old Gurajdeep Malhi, of Stafford was arrested, "relief that I felt was quite overwhelming".

He is due to be sentenced later this year after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent to avoid arrest, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Flooded road set to be cleared

BBC Radio Stoke

A road that flooded nine days ago is due to reopen today.

Sandon Road
BBC

Sandon Road in Stafford should be cleared and opened later today, the county council said.

It has been closed in both directions between Astonfields and Peel Terrace.

This was the view a week ago:

Sandon Road
Peter Curry

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with a good deal of sunshine and highs of 18C (64F).

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering rain should clear to leave a dry night with lows of 9C (43F).

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Tumble dryer and washing machine fires warning

Crews are facing a growing number of tumble dryer and washing machine fires, according to Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

It said there have been more than 30 of them in the county this year and it's urging people to keep an eye out for recall or safety notices about their products.

Tumble dryer
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

More thunderstorms on the way

Thunderstorms are set to bring more travel disruption and possible flooding across the whole of the West Midlands at the beginning of next week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for severe weather starting at 15:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

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Driving penalty fight not over despite victory

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A man who had a driving penalty overturned after arguing he could not have avoided driving in a bus lane says he will continue his fight against Staffordshire County Council.

Terry Deighton, 87, said he had driven from Mill Bank into the South Walls bus lane in Stafford town centre because an HGV had blocked his access to Bridge Street.

South Walls
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The council decided not to contest the case when he appealed and cancelled the £60 fine, but Mr Deighton now wants to take further action to claim back his legal and petrol costs.

He plans to appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal on the grounds the council acted "wholly unreasonably".

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After some patchy rain it should be a largely dry day with highs of 18C (64F).

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Dry start to Wednesday night's weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We should get a dry start to tonight with clear spells. Here's the full forecast, including for Thursday in the West Midlands:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the weather where you live by visiting the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Officer 'lucky to be alive' after hit- and-run

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire police officer who was hit by a car while on duty says she feels lucky to be alive.

PC Claire Bond with BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres
BBC

PC Claire Bond was at the Stafford 10k race in September when she was knocked down in a hit-and-run.

Both her legs were broken in the collision and at one stage, she told BBC Radio Stoke she thought the vehicle was going to reverse over her.

I looked straight at the car and I remember the reverse lights coming on and I was lying there and I couldn't move. I thought, he's going to reverse over me."

PC Claire BondStaffordshire police officer

The car's driver is due to be sentenced later this year after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drugs charges.

PC Bond said she's determined to return to front-line policing and plans to read a victim impact statement at the sentencing.

Dozens of motorway tailgaters stopped

A two-week crackdown on tailgaters on the M6 in the West Midlands resulted in 44 drivers being stopped.

Central Motorway Policing Group said they were given either a driving course, a court notice, a fixed penalty notice or advice.

Staffordshire police car
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police said figures recently released by Highways England show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front.

Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any overnight rain should soon clear away and we're set for a dry, sunny day:

Rich Davis

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

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Ambulance delays due to 'annual maintenance'

BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.

Ambulance
BBC

The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".

It said improvements had been made today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

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Road fatalities 'cut to zero'

The number of people dying in crashes on the A500 in Staffordshire has been reduced to zero in the last 12 months, according to new figures.

Speed camera monitoring A500
CMPG

Staffordshire Police said no-one died in 2018-19 in a collision, compared with three the year before, and the number seriously injured fell from four to two in the same period.

The force puts it down to the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) taking over policing the route in 18 June 2018.

The group's made up of officers from Staffordshire and West Midlands Police and concentrates on driving issues on motorways and main roads like the A500.

In the 12 months since they took on the A500, CMPG officers said they'd caught 1,569 motorists speeding on the route with one driver recorded at 93mph in a 50mph zone.

Flooding likely as weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.

A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.

Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some showery rain this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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Police commander suspended by force

Vicky Norton

BBC Radio Stoke

A senior police officer's been suspended for what his force has described as allegations "which amount to gross misconduct".

Staffordshire Police has refused to reveal the nature of the allegations.

Chief Insp John Owen
BBC

The force said it had decided to take the action over Chief Insp John Owen, its police commander for Stoke-on-Trent North.

It added that it had referred the allegations to its watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which assessed them and referred the issue back to the force for an internal investigation.

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Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

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A38 still shut by floods

BBC News Travel

A main road's still shut on the outskirts of Birmingham because of flooding.

It's the A38 in Castle Vale, between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout, with local firms telling travel firm Inrix that there's heavy flooding under the railway bridge.

Several other roads are also blocked including Sandon Road, Stafford, the B4101 Balsall Street, near Knowle and Gresty Lane, Shavington, Cheshire.

There is better news on the trains as National Rail Enquiries said services are running normally between Shrewsbury and Newtown after earlier flooding.

Flood alerts updated

Roads closed due to flooding

BBC News Travel

The A38 Kingsbury Road remains closed northbound in Castle Vale between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout.

The southbound carriageway was also initially blocked, but is now passable with care.

The B4101 is also closed in both directions in Bradnocks Marsh, Solihull between Magpie Lane and Fen End Road West.

In Staffordshire the B5066 Sandon Road is completely closed from Astonfields Road to Peel Terrace.

New Street in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire is closed between Hanley Road and Upper Hook Road.

Wrinehill Road in Nantwich, Cheshire remains closed from B5071 Bridge Street to Cobbs Lane.

Latest update on flood warnings issued

Driver trapped as lorry leaves M6

Emergency services are working to release the driver of a lorry which went down an embankment after leaving an M6 carriageway.

Lorry
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The northbound carriageway remains closed from J13 to J14 after a crash involving the vehicle and two cars.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

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Three-vehicle crash closes M6 northbound

BBC News Travel

A crash involving a lorry and two cars has closed the M6 northbound from J13 to J14.

The road was closed from 06:40 with congestion also being reported on the diversion route along the A449 Moss Pit and Rising Brook into Stafford.

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More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.