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Video: What's the weather got in store?

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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Flood alerts updated

Latest update on flood warnings issued

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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

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Your photos: Soggy scenes after the rain

BBC Weather Watchers

There's plenty of surface water around across the West Midlands from the look of the photos we're getting sent by our local BBC Weather Watchers.

These three are from users Peter Steggles in Condover, Shropshire, Mollies Meadow in Redditch, Worcestershire and Bucko in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire:

Peter Steggles
Mollies Meadow

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.

'Weed screens' cleared with river levels rising

With the river levels rising across the West Midlands, the Environment Agency said it was working to clear its "'weed screens" on waterways of any debris.

It's tweeted that it has teams working in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire today:

Screens being cleaned
Environment Agency

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, with some of it heavy, and highs of 15C (59F).

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Mixed employment figures for West Midlands

BBC Business News

The unemployment rate in the West Midlands in the three months to April fell to 5.0%, according to new data.

Job centre sign

The Office for National Statistics said 145,000 were out of work in the region, down 4,000 on the previous quarter.

But its figures also showed 11,000 fewer people were employed over the period, compared to the previous three months.

Overall, the UK’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period.

Severe weather warnings extended

Severe weather warnings for rain have been extended across most of the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the week.

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Fallen trees across Warwickshire and Worcestershire have caused disruption with more rain forecast throughout the day.

Officer in Shipston
Warwickshire Police

Fallen trees affected Metro services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the A34 at Monks' Heath in Cheshire was partially blocked near the Capesthorne Hall turn

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for "some treacherous weather".

The yellow warnings are in place until 12:00 on Thursday.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be wet with spells of heavy rain tonight with lows of 9C (12C ).

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D-Day landings marked with fly-past

A spitfire flew over a church in Redditch yesterday to commemorate the role the town played in World War Two.


The fly-past was made possible because the fighter aircraft had been displaying at RAF Cosford.

The Hawker Hurricane flew over St Philips Church in the town on Sunday.

Redditch was frequently a target for the German Luftwaffe during the war because a local factory made parts for both the Spitfire and Lancaster bombers.

Inmates face punishment for prison disorder

Inmates involved in a disturbance at HMP Hewell near Redditch on Friday will face punishment, said the Prison Service.

Specially trained officers were called in after prisoners on one wing at the category B jail refused to go back to their cells.

HMP Hewell

The incident lasted less than four hours on one wing that holds more than 1,200 inmates.

The Prison Service said it was not a riot, and no staff or prisoners were injured.

Severe weather warnings issued

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption to parts of the West Midlands later.

Some areas could see a month's worth of rainfall in a single day, with wet weather to last well into the week.

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The first of four severe weather warnings is set to affect parts of Warwickshire and Staffordshire, with heavy rain also expected to sweep through Birmingham and the Black Country, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire through Monday.

Areas most affected could see local flooding and disruption to transport.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and wet day with heavy rain spreading through the area and highs of 13C (55F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There will be some heavy and potentially thundery showers into the evening with high winds and lows of 9C (48F).

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms likely to disrupt travel

Parts of the West Midlands are already seeing heavy rain showers, but it's set to get worse.

A Met Office is warning is in place for most of the West Midlands until 23:00, with Warwickshire and Worcestershire expected to face the worse of the weather.

Some flooding of homes and businesses is likely, the Met Office said, with spray and flooding on roads likely to disrupt travel.

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Weather warning extended

A weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms has been extended across much of the the West Midlands.

Weather warning picture
Met Office

Some flooding is likely with wet roads set to affect travel, said the Met Office.

The yellow warning is in place from 14:00 to 23:00.

Flash floods warning

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption this afternoon, with a yellow weather warning issued for parts of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Drivers are being warned of difficult conditions, with some surface water flooding also expected.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start, rain will move in from the south - some of it heavy at times - with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a mainly dry night with clear spells before rain moves in with lows of 7C (45F).

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More thunder-storms to come

There have been a few rumblings of thunder around this afternoon, but it's set to get worse tomorrow, particularly in Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The Met Office earlier issued a weather warning for southern parts of the West Midlands.

Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dave Throup suggests we could be in for quite a downpour.

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Lying surgeon told to pay back more than £330K

A surgeon who who lied about the number of operations he had carried out to get a job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, has been ordered to pay back £337,214.78 paid to him by the trust - or face even longer in jail.

Sudip Sarker, who is 50 and who used to live at Broadstairs in Kent, was given a six-year sentence in February 2018 after being convicted of fraud at Worcester Crown Court.

He will serve another three years and eight months if he fails to pay back the money, which he was paid between 2011 and 2015, within three years.

Sudip Sarker

Sarker told interviewers in 2011 he had performed 85 keyhole bowel operations, 51 of them working solo. The true figure was just six.

West Mercia Police said "it soon became apparent that he did not have the required surgical abilities" and that he started to make mistakes.

He was eventually found out after an investigation by the hospital.

After the Lara show at Edgbaston

Durham 556-8 dec, Warwickshire 810-4 dec (Lara 501*)

Apart from the privilege of being there 25 years ago today to see Brian Lara make his record 501, BBC Sport's Pat Murphy also remembers well all the post-match palaver.

"Two things stand out in the post-match frenzy," said Murphy, "A chaotic press conference, led off by yours truly, with hundreds of fans pressing their noses and ears against the dining-room window pane.

"And the sheer fatigue on Lara's face. Somehow, he allowed the club's marketing department to drag him over to the other side of the ground to have endless photographs taken alongside the scoreboard.

Brian Lara's record-breaking boundary
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"And then he still had the good manners to sign many scorecards specially printed, with the final score, before leaving Edgbaston.

"Then he had to travel down to South London, to prepare for a crucial Benson and Hedges Cup semi-final against Surrey, starting at 10.30 the following morning.

"Lara's 70 that day, against a strong Surrey attack, to book a place in the final, was his greatest innings of a remarkable summer, given the events of 6th June and what they must have taken out of him."

BBC's Pat Murphy on Brian Lara's 501

Durham 556-8 dec, Warwickshire 810-4 dec (Lara 501*)

Long-serving BBC reporter Pat Murphy has been looking after sport in the Midlands for longer than he perhaps cares to remember - as well as covering England's cricket team, initially for Radio 2, before sport was transferred to Radio 5 Live.

He has recently taken a lot of time and trouble to chronicle the events of Warwickshire's Brian Lara-inspired treble-winning campaign of 1994 in a new book.

And, like many cricket fans, he can remember where he was the day Lara got his 501.

At Edgbaston, of course. Although not to start with . . .

Pat Murphy, author of The Greatest Season
BBC Sport

"My cricket reporting day began at Trent Bridge, where England took just 90 minutes to wrap up a comfortable victory over New Zealand. But, after consulting with the Five Live sports desk, digesting the fact that Lara was 285 not out at lunch, I hotfooted it to Edgbaston.

"He was past his triple hundred by then, looking masterful, profiting from a very short boundary on the Members' Bar side. As a cricket nerd, I knew all about Archie MacLaren's 424 (the previous highest score in English cricket) and the only question was 'Would Warwickshire bat on so Lara could surpass that?

"A hurried visit to the Durham dressing-room confirmed that we were on the cusp of history as I consulted two of my best friends in the game.

"David Graveney was sheepishly watching, not bowling, having been injured in the Sunday League game a day earlier (when he had actually taken Lara's wicket).

"The director of cricket, Geoff Cook, confirmed there had been lunchtime discussions about a declaration. But Durham, lacking the injured Graveney and Mark Saxelby, knew they'd lose in a run chase if they set a target, so they were content to see out the day, accepting the draw. 'So you might see some history later', Cook told me.

"I rang my sports desk, told them the likely scenario and settled back to enjoy Lara's untroubled progress.

"By now, he could have batted with a toothpick, such was his command. I never had a doubt he'd pass MacLaren, then Hanif Mohammad's 499. Time was his only enemy."

Weather warning as heavy rain forecast

There's no sign of it today, but the Met Office is forecasting heavy rain in parts of Worcestershire and Warwickshire tomorrow afternoon.

It's issued a yellow weather warning, to say there could be difficult driving conditions and some flooding.

Met Office map
Met Office

Tonight's weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We could see the odd spot of rain tonight in the West Midlands although it should be mainly dry.

Here's the full forecast for the night and tomorrow:

Rich Davis

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

Parnell fit for Pears duty against Lancs

Worcestershire are without a game this week as they lick their wounds following successive County Championship defeats.

But they have been given a boost by the impending return of Wayne Parnell when they get going again following their 10-day break at home to Lancashire at New Road next Monday.

Wayne Parnell
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The South African all-rounder scored 63 and took five wickets in Lancashire’s first innings when the Pears narrowly lost at Old Trafford last month in what was then the battle of the Division Two top two.

Parnell suffered a hamstring injury, did not bowl in the second innings and also then missed the home defeat by Middlesex. But he has already been declared fit to return on Monday.

BT offices in the firing line

Earlier BT revealed plans to cut its number of offices in the UK from 300 to just 30 by 2023.

About 52,000 staff are believed to work in those offices, although the firm said no jobs would be lost.

While its base in Birmingham is secure, dozens more sites, including contact centres in West Bromwich and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as the firm's National Network Management Centre in Oswestry could be affected.

According to figures for 2017-18, released by BT Group, it directly employs 5,260 employees in the West Midlands - although not all based in offices.


Ambulance fleet makeover in £40m deal

Three hundred new ambulances have been ordered at a cost of £40m by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The first will arrived in August with the rest being delivered over the next three years.

The service's said they will replace existing vehicles and it means all its fleet will be no older than five years old.

An Ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

They'll come with the latest equipment and WMAS said they will be lighter and produce less CO2 emissions, as well as costing less in fuel.

The trust said the plans would make the fleet the "most technologically advanced in service anywhere in the world".

The service, which recently featured in BBC series Ambulance, is rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and earlier this year it increased its number of vehicles by 25, to 480.