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  1. Ambulance service expands electric fleet

    West Midlands Ambulance Service has added more electric vehicles to its fleet as it works towards targets to cut emissions by 80%.

    The electric fleet at West Midlands Ambulance Service

    In October last year, the trust's first electric ambulance was revealed, followed by two electric response vehicles in March.

    The latest additions to its fleet includes four electric vans for the IT support team, with a range of more than 60 miles.

    "[We] are continually assessing our support fleet to make changes where possible," Tony Page, from WMAS, said.

  2. Three arrested after drugs raid

    Three people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after a raid on a property in Cannock.

    Staffordshire Police said it spotted a suspicious blue BMW on Matlock Drive at 13:15 BST.

    After its occupants were found at the rear of a property a 52-year-old man from Burntwood was detained and found to be in possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

    He has since been issued with a conditional caution.

    Cannabis plants siezed from the property

    Officers then forced entry into the property, where cash, phones, drugs, bladed articles and 24 cannabis plants were found and seized.

    Three men, aged 45, 47 and 52, all from Cannock, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and have been released under investigation as inquiries continue.

  3. Weather: A duller day

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The changes today are fairly obvious - it's cloudier, damper and also cooler.

    Expect a little bit of rain but a lot of cloud throughout the afternoon, with temperatures around 12-13 C.

    But never fear - there's more sun on the way tomorrow to look forward to.

    West Midlands weather
  4. Pop-up testing centres to appear in Staffordshire

    Pop-up coronavirus testing centres will be placed around Staffordshire, in a push to encourage people to get tested regularly.

    Staffordshire County Council said, as restrictions continue to be relaxed, it is urging people to get tested twice a week, even if they don't have symptoms and is hosting outdoor pop-up testing sites, to help make it easier.

    Rapid covid test

    Chasewater Country Park, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre and a local car boot held pop-up testing over the weekend.

    This week Tutbury Castle and various supermarkets a will see rapid testing available for the first time.

    Director for health and care at the council, Dr Richard Harling, said: "The move to setting up outdoors where people already visit makes it even more convenient - people can get a supervised test whilst they are out doing their shopping or enjoying the fresh air and warmer weather."

  5. Police record spike in stalking offences

    Staffordshire Police said stalking offences in the county have more than doubled in a year, rising from 823 in 2019, compared to 2,088 in 2020.

    The force puts this increase down to more people coming forward to report crimes, rather than an increase in offending.

    "On the whole it means less stalking is going unreported and more victims are being protected," Det Insp Victoria Ison, from the force, said.

    "A lot of work has been done to increase general understanding and awareness of this crime, so we believe more victims now recognise the behaviours and are reporting them to the police," she added.

  6. What's the weather got in store?

    BBC Weather

    It is set to be a dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine and highs of 16C (61F).

    This was the scene earlier in Shrewsbury in Shropshire as taken by BBC Weather Watcher JemmaMarianne.

  7. Weather: Another dry day with mainly sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Dry and bright with sunny spells this morning before turning cloudier this afternoon. High: 11C/52F.

    This morning in Leek, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Leek, Staffordshire

    A mix of clear spells and cloudy ones tonight with a few patches of mist and fog developing early in the morning. Low: -1C/30F.

    Keep up-to-date on your local weather forecast by visiting the BBC Weather website.