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Drivers face weekend road closures for new footbridge

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Part of a main road in Worcestershire's going to be completely closed for the next three weekends so work can be finished on a new footbridge.

The bridge sitting waiting to be installed
Worcestershire County Council

The installation of the Crookbarrow Way crossing is part of the county council's wider scheme to make the A4440 Southern Linke Road near Worcester into a dual carriageway.

To allow the work to be carried out, the route will be shut between Whittington and Norton roundabouts for 24 hours over three consecutive weekends, starting this Saturday at 19:00.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J9 for A461 Wood Green Road to J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J9, A461 (Wednesbury) to J8 M5, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Your photos: A day of blue skies

BBC Weather Watchers

A blue sky start to the week for much of the West Midlands today, as BBC Weather Watchers have reported plenty of sunshine across the region.

These three are from users Poetic Verse in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, RantingRose in Birmingham and Graham's Vista in Grendon, Warwickshire:

Burton upon Trent
Poetic Verse
Birmingham
RantingRose
Grendon
Graham's Vista

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night turning misty in places with lows of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Line of Duty nurse switches TV role for real A&E job

Allen Cook

BBC News

A woman who appeared as a nurse in TV shows including Line of Duty and Coronation Street has switched careers, becoming a nurse for real.

Vicky Hall outside A&E unit in Redditch
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Vicky Hall acted in TV shows for 28 years, starting in Byker Grove and going on to roles in Doctors, Casualty and Holby City.

But Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said the birth of her two children led the 42-year-old to consider a career change.

She's now qualified as a nurse and has started work in the A&E unit at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

Gull cull call

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A cull's being demanded by a councillor in Worcester's ongoing efforts to try and cut the number of gulls in the city.

A gull on a building
BBC

For several years the city council has been trying to reduce the population of gulls as they're seen as a nuisance and have even been known to attack people.

Today, the owners of a pet Chihuahua said a gull had seized and flown off with the dog in Devon.

Spikes, gull-proof litter bins and replacing eggs with fake ones have all been considered or used by Worcester City Council, which claims there are now fewer gulls compared with a decade ago.

But residents and businesses in Lower Wick have told BBC Hereford and Worcester they believe there are more than ever and are calling for stronger action.

They're vicious, flying rats and they need to be culled. All the existing policies we've tried, the 'be ever so nice to gulls' policy, trying to get them to go away, they've all failed."

Alan AmosWorcester City Councillor

Work starts on police Commonwealth Games HQ

Work has started on a new control suite, which will be the base for police operations for Birmingham's Commonwealth Games in 2022.

West Midlands Police
BBC

The new centre, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, will also be a base for the force's firearms operations unit.

Ch Supt Dave Sturman said: “The games will be the largest operation in the force’s history and this new Event Control Suite will provide the world class facilities we need to deliver a safe and successful event for the region."

The new centre is also part of the force's programme to save £5m a year through disposing of underused buildings.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, before J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - Two lane closed and it's slow on M42 southbound before J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Sixth arrest following town centre violence

A sixth person has been arrested after "appalling" scenes of violence across Nuneaton last week.

Nuneaton town centre
Google

Three people were stabbed during the incidents in the town centre on the evening of Monday 15 July.

Supt Mike Smith said it was believed those involved in the violence were "known to each other" and other members of the public were not targeted.

In the latest arrest a 15-year-old boy from the town was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

He's been released on police bail while inquiries continue, said Warwickshire Police.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Armed officers and drones to patrol city after shooting

Armed officers and even drones will be patrolling Coventry city centre after the shooting of a boy at the weekend.

Scene of shooting
BBC

The 15-year-old is being treated for potentially life-changing injuries after he was shot on Cross Cheaping at about 23:10 on Saturday.

A more "visible" police presence in the city will include "firearms resources, police dogs, helicopter and drones" said Supt Phil Healy.

"That will be sporadic, we're not going to be tell people when we're going to do it," he said.

A dedicated team is working on "gang issues" in the city he added.

"These are urban street gangs - quite chaotic individuals, we're aware of that."

St. Mary the Virgin, Hanbury in Worcestershire

Bells on Sunday comes from St Mary the Virgin, Hanbury in Worcestershire.
Time now for Bells on Sunday which today comes from the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Hanbury in Worcestershire.  You may hear these bells more often than you think because The Archers uses them as the fictional “St. Stephen’s Church”. The present ring of eight bells was last cast before the Second World War by John Taylor of Loughborough.  We now hear them ringing Single Oxford Bob Triples.

Rail delays due to train fault

A fault on a train between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton is delaying rail services.

Tickets are being accepted on local bus services.

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Severe congestion: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe congestion, at J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J5, A38 (Droitwich).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Drayton Manor death: No decision yet on park prosecution

No decision has yet been made over whether to prosecute a theme park, more than two years after the death of an 11-year-old girl, a coroner's been told.

Evha Jannath
Family handout

Evha Jannath, from Leicester, fell from the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, on 9 May 2017.

A week-long jury inquest is due to be held in Stafford on 4 November, after Staffordshire Police decided the death didn't meet the threshold for gross negligence or corporate manslaughter.

They handed the investigation over to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Today, at a pre-inquest review hearing, the HSE said it had yet to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges over the case, but the court heard any decision would not affect the inquest.

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J13 for A449 to J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 closed and stationary southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of accident investigation work. Congestion to J14 (Stafford North). Also long queues on the A449 south into Penkridge as traffic diverts. Diversion in operation - via the A449 and the A5 to re-join at J12.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J12 for A5 to J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J12, A5 (Gailey) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Water park gym and spa open

Some facilities at a new a new £36.7m water park in Coventry have opened.

The Wave
Coventry City Council

A gym and spa at The Wave opened to the public this morning.

The water park itself remains closed, with an opening date yet to be set, said the city council.

Sainsbury's trials pizza delivery service

A new pizza delivery service is being trialled by Sainsbury's at five stores across the country.

Sainsbury's
PA Media

Customers will also be able to order snacks and drinks during the pilot which will run at the supermarket's Selly Oak store in Birmingham.

It's the first time a UK supermarket has offered hot takeaways through Deliveroo, it said.

The trial will also run at stores in Cambridge, East Sussex, and London.

Your photos: Washing line weather

BBC Weather Watchers

It definitely looks like good weather to hang the washing outside, from the looks of the photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers.

These three are from users Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield, BymsterFromLimster in Ludlow, Shropshire and Sayers in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire:

Sutton Coldfield
Suttonwalker
Ludlow
BymsterFromLimster
Bromsgrove
Sayers

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M5 northbound from J6, A4538 (Worcester) to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Roads outside schools could be closed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Some of the stories filed by our Local Democracy Reporting Service today include:

  • A pilot to close roads outside schools is recommended to be trialled in Coventry.
  • A furious council chief has warned a Walsall graffiti vandal that the next ‘tag’ they will be involved in will be one worn around the ankle.
  • Plans to celebrate diversity and ethnic minority communities and their contribution to Sandwell will still go ahead despite it being temporarily withdrawn.

Woman's body found in canal

The body of a woman has been found in a canal stretch near Atherstone, Warwickshire.

Specialist paramedics helped search the water after being called to Grenton shortly before 11:30 on Saturday, the ambulance service said.

The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The incident is not being being treated as suspicious, said Warwickshire Police.

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Shooting: 'Parents afraid to let their children out'

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has acknowledged that some parents "feel afraid to let their children out at night" in the wake of a shooting in Coventry.

A 15-year-old boy is being treated for potentially life-changing injuries after he was shot outside a McDonald's on Saturday night.

Scene of shooting
BBC

PCC David Jamieson said government funding to tackle youth violence had allowed "more officers on the ground in Coventry," but that "it's still not enough".

Police said there would be an increased presence in the city centre.

Detectives are examining CCTV and have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to contact them.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Gun found dumped in bag

A gun has been found dumped in a bag in Birmingham by a member of the public, police say.

Gun
West Midlands Police

The revolver has been sent for testing to see if it's been used in a crime, police said, after it would found in a bag in Bordesley Green.

Drugs
West Midlands Police

In a separate incident, drugs with an estimated street value of £72,000 were found in a parked car in Alum Rock.

What's thought to be heroin was seized after officers forced their way into the car, acting on intelligence.

Ice-cream business hit by arson attack

East Midlands Today

A Leicestershire ice-cream van owner believes it could take years for their business to recover after their two vehicles were torched on their driveway.

Tony Del Busso, known to people in Hinckley as Mr Cool, was woken in the early hours of Thursday by an explosion.

The business, which has been in the family since the 1970s, was in danger of closing but more than £2,400 has been raised by members of the community to help them.

Fire damaged ice cream van
Tony Del Busso

"It could be years and years before we recover from this," said Mr Del Busso.

"Something like this has a psychological effect on you because every noise at night is a concern.

"But the community has been absolutely fantastic - the messages of support, the help we have been offered has been fantastic."

An investigation into the arson attack is ongoing.

Fire crews remain at derelict factory fire

Firefighters are still at a derelict factory in Birmingham where a fire broke out on Saturday.

Drone footage of fire at derelict factory in Winson Green

At its height, more than 70 firefighters tackled the blaze, in Winson Green, understood to involve recycling material.

Station commander Jason Holt said pockets of fire were still flaring up at the site, which has now partially collapsed.

Structural engineers from Birmingham City Council are expected at the site today, he said.

A fire investigation is also ongoing, he added.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J6 for A38 to J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Coventry shooting: 'Drive-by' attack investigated

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Coventry.

Site of shooting
BBC

Officers believe shots were fired from a motorbike carrying "a number of people" on Cross Cheaping in Coventry city centre at about 23:10 on Saturday.

Detectives are investigating links to two other incidents at about the same time after a knife was recovered from a Cosy Club bar nearby.

West Midlands Police said extra officers will be patrolling the area after the "appalling and reckless" attack.

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'Unavailable' staff delaying rail service

Rail services are being disrupted between Birmingham and Worcester due to a member of staff being "unavailable", said West Midlands Railway.

Ticket acceptance is in place for local bus routes.

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Flooding closes road

Flooding has closed the B4096 Hewell Lane in Redditch.

Traffic is being diverted away from the affected area at Stoney Lane.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J10A for M54 to J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound from J10a M54 to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident involving a van.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton to J4 for M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A417 Herefordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A417 Herefordshire both ways severe accident, from A4103 Crews Pitch to A465.

A417 Herefordshire - A417 in Yarkhill closed in both directions from the A4103 Crews Pitch junction to the A465 junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J3A for M40.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound at J3a M40, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time