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  1. Midlands Metro services to resume from Sunday

    Regional tram services are to resume operations at all stops from 20 June.

    West Midlands Metro, which runs the service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, removed all of its 21 trams on 11 June for inspection after cracks were found on one of the fleet.

    West Midlands Metro services

    Services will operate at a 10-minute frequency during peak travel times, the provider says, and will increase as soon as possible.

    Repairs to the faults identified on some of the trams were progressing well, West Midlands Metro said, adding its engineering and maintenance team were working around the clock to ensure the remaining repairs were carried out as quickly as possible.

  2. Around the web: Wedding in ruins after venue becomes 'quarantine hotel'

    Birmingham Live

    Here are some of the headlines from the Birmingham Live website today:

  3. Walk-in vaccinations on offer at Villa Park

    A football ground is hoping to be among those showing Covid-19 the red card by offering walk-in vaccination appointments.

    This weekend the vaccination centre at Aston Villa's ground Villa Park will be offering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to anyone aged 18-39.

    Sign advertising the walk-in

    The clinics will kick off at 10:00 and close at 14:00. People can turn up without an appointment, do not need to be registered with a GP, do not need an NHS number and do not need ID.

    Second doses of Pfizer will only be given to people who have had their first dose of Pfizer more than eight weeks ago.

    Villa Park vaccination centre
  4. Council to introduce measures to tackle domestic abuse

    BBC Midlands Today

    Stock image of a woman in shadow

    Panic alarms and replacement doors are some of the measures being proposed by Birmingham City Council to protect victims of domestic abuse.

    The council is now looking for a supplier for the provision of specialist security measures as part of a £1m plan to help tackle the problem.

    Recent figures show that the police were called to an average of 160 domestic abuse cases a day during lockdown.

  5. Family found sleeping in car on recovery truck

    Police found a family of four sleeping in a car on the back of a recovery truck.

    The Central Motorways Policing Group, which is staffed by West Midlands Police and Staffordshire Police, said the truck's driver has been reported.

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  6. All over 18s in Birmingham eligible for Covid jab

    All adults across the Black Country and West Birmingham are now being invited to get their Covid-19 vaccination.

    Following the announcement that bookings are now open to those aged 18 and over, all adults will be eligible to receive their first dose of the vaccine from Friday.

    Stock vaccine image

    Dr Salma Reehana, a local GP, said: "The vaccine programme has been a great success so far and we’re now entering the final phase as younger people aged 18 and over can start to receive their jabs."

    City of Wolverhampton Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, added: "We know that two doses of the vaccine are highly effective against hospitalisation – including from the new Delta variant – so don’t forget to have both jabs, because without being fully vaccinated you and your loved ones are still vulnerable."

  7. Weather: A grey start across the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

    A change from all the sunshine today, with much cooler and soggier conditions across the region.

    Find your forecast here.

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    Video caption: A band of rain heads into the West Midlands from the east.
  8. Live updates for the West Midlands

    Welcome to the start of our live service for Friday.

    We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates for the West Midlands.

    You can let us know about stories in your area via email, Twitter and Facebook.

  9. George Makin: Death of local democracy reporter announced

    The death of the West Midlands-based journalist George Makin has been announced.

    The reporter, who covered stories in Sandwell and Dudley for the BBC and Birmingham Live as part of the Local Democracy Reporting Service was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer just four days after receiving his first coronavirus vaccination, he revealed in April.

    Graeme Brown, editor of the Birmingham Mail said: "He was a great journalist and an even better man."

    An award in his name is to be set up for young local democracy journalists, he added.

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  10. West Midlands forecast: Scattered showers before turning drier

    BBC Weather

    Today is forecast to be mainly cloudy with scattered showers or spells of rain before turning drier this evening. High: 19C (66F).

    A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place from the Met Office until 19:00 on Thursday with the area affected covering part of Warwickshire.

    Area affected by weather warning

    Tonight is expected to be dry with clear spells before turning cloudier towards dawn. Low: 13C (55F).

    You can stay up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Commonwealth Games: Birmingham 2022 puppies in training

    The puppies are named after sporting starts including swimmer Ellie Simmonds and gymnast Joe Fraser.

  12. Thunderstorms and possible floods forecast

    Drivers are being warned about the hot weather breaking to make way for thunderstorms later today and tomorrow.

    A yellow warning for thunderstorms has been issued by The Met Office, which is forecasting that some areas are likely to see thunderstorms later Wednesday through to Friday with the potential for travel disruption and flooding.

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