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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will stay windy and chilly with some clear spells and lows of 1C (34F).

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Fire crews continue to support flood victims

Fire crews from the West Midlands are still helping rescue people caught up in the severe flooding in South Yorkshire.

Fire Crews
West Midlands Fire Service / Shammi Rana

More rain is set to hit parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The West Midlands Fire Service has sent a water rescue boat crew and high-volume pump team deployed as part of national resilience arrangements.

Fire crews
West Midlands Fire Service / Shammi Rana

The teams have been joined by a fire crew from Sheldon and have helped people at Fishlake, near Doncaster.

A Shropshire boat rescue team returned to the county at the weekend after joining teams from around the country.

In the Midlands, about a dozen flood warnings are in place as well as a string of less serious flood alerts.

Weather warning for rain issued

Homes and businesses could be flooded and travel disrupted by heavy rain across the West Midlands the Met Office is warning.

Weather warning
Met Office

A yellow warning for rain is in place for parts of Staffordshire until 12:00 on Tuesday.

A wider warning for Thursday covers the whole of the West Midlands.

Eleven flood warnings and many more alerts have also been issued after recent wet weather.

Fears of flooding as EA issues string of warnings

Eleven flood warnings are in place across the region with many less severe flood alerts also in place.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Levels on the River Avon at Evesham are expected to peak through the morning, said the Environment Agency.

River levels are set to remain high throughout the week, it added.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a broken down van.

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

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a windy day with some showers and highs of 9C (48F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy night with some clear spells and feeling cold with lows of -1C (30F).

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Injured PC helps colleagues remember with poppies for cars

Police vehicles in the West Midlands are to feature poppies in a campaign organised by an officer injured when he was run over by a police car during an arrest.

Police cars with poppy stickers
West Midlands Police

PC Gareth "Gaz" Phillips, 42, suffered a head injury and broken pelvis after stopping a suspected stolen car in Birmingham.

He was hit as one of the suspects attempted to make off in an unmarked police car. Mubashar Hussain was jailed for 12 years last month.

Whilst PC Phillips continuing his long road to recovery at home he has secured 100 poppies to go on the cars of his fellow Central Motorway Police Group officers, said the West Midlands force.

PC Phillips volunteered to arrange for the commemorative stickers for the second year running, which were supplied free of charge by a local sign company in Aston, it added.

PC Gareth Phillips
West Midlands Police

Boat crew helps rescue stranded people in severe floods

A water rescue team and boat have been sent from the West Midlands to help firefighters deal with the severe flooding in South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews rescued more than 100 people overnight, with about 500 calls to its control room between 22:00 and 04:00.

Crews from Shrewsbury have also been part of the rescue effort.

Six severe warnings and more than 100 flood warnings remain in place across England.

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Firefighters help with flood rescues

Firefighters from across the region have joined colleagues in South Yorkshire to help evacuate people from their homes after severe flooding.

Five severe warnings - meaning a danger to life - are in place along the River Don in Doncaster with some residents being told to leave their homes.

Rescue efforts
Reuters

Dozens of people slept on chairs and benches after being left stranded in a shopping centre in Sheffield overnight.

The South Yorkshire Fire Service thanked colleagues from the West Midlands for helping to rescue more than 100 people.

Firefighters from Shrewsbury have also been deployed to help with the efforts.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early rain and showers should clear leaving a drier afternoon with highs of 8C (46F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a chilly evening with clear periods and lows of 2C (36F).

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Flood warning issued as river levels rise

A flood warning has been issued for the River Dene at Walton in Warwickshire, with homes and businesses at risk of flooding.

Flood map
Environment Agency

River levels are expected to remain high until Friday with rain forecast.

Less serious weather alerts are in place across the West Midlands.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a largely dry and cloudy day with highs of 8C (46F).

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More rain on the way tonight

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After the showers this afternoon, it's set to turn drier this evening but more rain's on the way overnight:

Rich Davis

You can get the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Flyover demolition plans backed after review

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Controversial plans to demolish a Birmingham flyover are going to press ahead after a majority of city councillors supported the move.

The flyover
Google

The Perry Barr flyover on the A34 is due to be knocked down as part of a £27m regeneration scheme.

But the plans have been opposed by some local residents, with campaigners saying the work will cause increased traffic disruption.

Campaigners
BBC

A full council debate was triggered last night after over 15,000 people signed petitions against the proposals.

But the motion managed to get a majority of votes in support and it will now go to the cabinet for approval.

University workers vote for eight day strike

BBC Midlands Today

Lecturers and support staff at three universities in the West Midlands are to strike for eight days in disputes over pay and pensions.

University of Warwick
BBC

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will walk out between 25 November and 4 December, following votes in favour of industrial action.

Aston University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick are among 60 across the UK which will be affected by the strikes, UCU says.

The group Universities UK said it hoped the action would not go ahead, but said plans were in place to ensure disruption to students is minimal.

As well as the eight days of strike action, union members will begin other forms of industrial action when they return to work, such as working strictly to contract, not covering for absent colleagues and refusing to reschedule lectures lost to strike action.

You might need your umbrella later

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold start but it should be a mainly dry start to the day although rain's expected later:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Birmingham flyover demolition plan to be reviewed

Controversial plans to demolish a Birmingham flyover are to be reviewed by the full city council today.

The Perry Barr flyover on the A34 is due to be knocked down as part of a £27m regeneration scheme.

But the plans have been opposed by some local residents, with campaigners saying the work will cause increased traffic disruption.

Opposition councillors have called in the decision for review after it was approved by the cabinet.

The flyover
Google

Ambulance service takes over non-emergency 111 line

West Midlands Ambulance service will take over the running of the non-emergency 111 phone line across most of the region from today.

The trust says the move will reduce the number of ambulances being sent out on calls that don’t require one.

It’s also promised to significantly increase the number of people working on the service, which was previously run by private company Care UK.

A generic image of an ambulance
PA Media

Showery night ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There'll be showers tonight, mixed with some drier, clearer spells:

Alex Hamilton

You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Birmingham residents face 3.99% council tax rise

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

Residents in Birmingham are facing a council tax rise of 3.99% in April even as the authority's receiving an extra £53m from the government.

A council tax bill with money
Getty Images

The city council's drawn up its draft budget proposals for the next financial year which include almost £27m in cuts and the axing of 50 jobs.

Much of the savings were announced in previous years, but £5.5m is new and the council's going to publish more details about them during a public consultation period, starting on Monday.

The proposed tax rise would see an average Band D property's bill go up by £55 a year, with 2% of the increase ring-fenced for social care.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early mist should clear leaving a windy day with some showers and highs of 12C (54F).

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Children in Need: Charity funding hundreds of projects

With Children in Need fast approaching, the charity has revealed it is helping to support almost 300 projects in the West Midlands.

This year's event will take place on 15 November, culminating with a special show on BBC One from 19:30.

Graham Norton (L) and Mel Giedroyc backstage at BBC Children In Need's 2018
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For the whole of the West Midlands, 289 projects are currently being funded with almost £16.7m.

They include funding for tackling abuse and neglect, supporting children with behavioral difficulties, as well as those with disabilities and mental health and emotional problems.

BreakingStrike action set to hit Christmas rail services

West Midlands Railway workers are set to take strike action on seven Saturdays leading up to and through the Christmas period.

The RMT trade union said it had been left with "no choice" other than to call the industrial action "over plans by the company to bulldoze through driver only operation".

Members have been instructed to not book on for any shifts on seven consecutive Saturdays starting 16 November, it added.

West Midlands Railway
BBC

The RMT has opposed the introduction of driver-only-operated trains - where drivers close doors instead of guards - which started rolling out across the country in 2017.

The union's general secretary Mick Cash said: "We will not allow the drive for profit to override the core issue of safe and accessible services for all on West Midlands Trains and we stand firm on that very basic principle."

The Office of Rail and Road, in charge of safety on the railways, has previously said "with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place, it is a safe method of working".

West Midlands Railway said if the strike goes ahead contingency plans have been made to run a skeleton service using managers.

We are disappointed at the outcome of the ballot. We have committed to keeping a guard on every passenger train. We reached a framework agreement with RMT in May last year which guaranteed a safety-critical conductor on every passenger train. We remain determined to find a way of resolving this dispute without disruption and inconvenience for our passengers."

West Midlands Railway statement

Air ambulance flies 54,000th mission

Allen Cook

BBC News

It's been a big week for the Midlands Air Ambulance team, they've flown their 54,000th mission since beginning in 1991.

It covers six counties - West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire - and responds to some of the most serious accidents as well as reaching rural locations inaccessible by land ambulance.

"Tetris"
Midlands Air Ambulance

The charity, which relies on fundraising, started off 28 years ago at Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, before moving to RAF Cosford, Shropshire.

Today it operates from three air bases at RAF Cosford, Strensham in Worcestershire and Tatenhill in Staffordshire.

To mark the 54,000th mission, on their Facebook page the team posted a photo where "we played Emergency Services Tetris".

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a wet and cloudy day with highs of 15C (59F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy evening with patchy rain and drizzle with lows of 7C (45F).

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Council consultants deliver first 'school report'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

Consultants working for Birmingham City Council have told the authority to "stop talking" about improving and "start acting".

The strategic board which replaced the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel earlier this year has delivered its first verdict on the council, which has been compared to a "school report" by one councillor.

Birmingham Council House
Google

The advisors, who have been contracted to do around 12 days' work a year at an estimated cost of £1,000 a day, have each been tasked with overseeing and challenging key areas of the council.

In a letter to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, they said: “It is too early to form a judgement as to the success of the model but our initial response is to welcome and appreciate the openness in which the council has received us and the willingness to take on board the challenges and points that have been put to them. “

"What is crucial now is how and at what pace the council responds to those challenges."

Grenfell report: High-rise fire training 'top priority'

Following today's release of the first phase of the report into the Grenfell tower tragedy, West Midlands Fire Service has explained the steps it's taken to protect people in the region's tower blocks.

In June 2017, 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire and London Fire Brigade has faced criticism for its decisions on the night.

West Midlands Fire Service said it would be considering the recommendations of today's report, but that it had been taking action over the last two years, including identifying tower blocks with flammable cladding.

Fire engine
BBC

It said it staged more than 100 large-scale exercises a year, including using empty high-rise buildings to test firefighting, fire survival and evacuation procedures.

It said its own tower-block training centre, which opened in 2014 in Oldbury, had helped with training.

West Midlands Fire Service said there were nearly 1,000 buildings with four storeys or more in its area and it regularly spoke to owners and landlords about safety.

It also praised Birmingham City Council for pledging to spending £31m to fit sprinklers it its 213 tower blocks.

Birmingham faces £93m safety bill after Grenfell fire

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

Repairs to kitchens, bathrooms and rooftops are going to be delayed for council tenants due to a £93m fire safety bill Birmingham is facing after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Birmingham skyline
PA Media

Last year, the city council committed to a £31m scheme to fit all of its 213 tower blocks with sprinklers, despite failing to get funding from the government.

Now, the local authority's cabinet's heard more national safety guidance could lead to costs of about £34m to replace fire doors and frames and more than £28m to make changes to window panels.

Tenants are being warned the potential costs mean the usual maintenance programme has been badly affected for the time being.

On 14 June 2017, 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire and this afternoon MPs are debating today's report into the tragedy.

Will it stay dry tonight?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The dry weather's set to continue into tonight:

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Dry, sunny and cold

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Staying dry today with long sunny spells mixed with some patchy cloud cover:

Alex Hamilton

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

Report into Brexit impact on music tourism

A post-Brexit drop in music tourism could cost the West Midlands economy tens of millions of pounds, a new report states.

London Grammar at Town Hall Birmingham
Jason Sheldon/Junction 10 Photography

The Birmingham Live Music Project report also outlines fears over the future of major music festivals in the region.

Researchers from Aston University, Birmingham City University and Newcastle University said Brexit could lead to fewer artists and productions travelling to the UK from Europe, meaning in turn a "marked" decrease in audiences coming to the area to watch shows.

30 seconds to Mars at Arena Birmingham
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The potential cost of running events such as the Moseley Folk Festival could "spiral" leading to heavy losses, the report added.

This report is the first step in a bigger project which aims to provide much-needed creative solutions and recommendations to secure the future of the music industry as we know it pre-Brexit."

Dr Patrycja RozbickaLecturer, Aston University

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a cold and possibly frosty start it will be a dry day with bright periods and highs of 11C (52F).

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Video: Can we expect any more rain?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry night with clear skies which mean it will be chilly with lows of -2C (28F).

There's no rain forecast on Tuesday either but the weather could become more unsettled by the end of the week.

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