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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a blustery night with some rain and lows of 6C (43F).

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Big increase in number of robberies

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The number of robberies in the West Midlands Police area has risen by 82% over the last three years to 8,918, new figures have revealed.

Within the region, Coventry saw the biggest increase, with a rise of 121%, while Walsall saw it go up by 85%.

The number of burglaries rose by 28% across the region over the same period.

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The figures were revealed this week at the force’s Strategic Policing and Crime Board, with the force failing to achieve its goal of seeing a reduction in both robberies and burglaries.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: "Robbery remains challenging for us. Whilst we record significantly higher levels of robbery than our most similar forces, our charge rate is at least comparable. So we are making significant inroads."

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be an unsettled day with some rain and highs of 9C (48F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and windy day with highs of 6C (43F).

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Dry weather continue tonight

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Dry and breezy tonight but it will cloud over early tomorrow with the chance of the odd patch of mist:

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

Warm coat weather but no umbrella needed

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold start although it should be a fine, dry and sunny day:

Rich Davis

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

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with some cloud and lows of 2C (36F).

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Freezing fog 'likely to cause disruption'

Patches of dense and freezing fog are likely to cause travel disruption throughout the morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

A yellow warning for fog is in place across the West Midlands until 11:00.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog should clear leaving a dry and cloudy day with highs of 7C (45F).

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Man and woman found dead in flat named by police

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man and a woman found dead at a flat in Birmingham earlier this month have been named by police.

Police on Oxford Road, Moseley
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The West Midlands force said Michael Tesfamariam and Tsegereda Gebremariam, both 28, were known to each other and from Eritrea, Africa.

They were discovered at the property on Oxford Road, Moseley, on 9 November.

Police said post-mortem examinations had been carried out although the results were not revealed. An inquest is set to open on Wednesday.

The deaths are no longer being treated as suspicious, police say.

When is the deadline to register to vote?

There are 24 days until the election, but are you registered to vote? The deadline is 26 November, so the clock is ticking.

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Here are more details on how to do it and answers to other question you may have.

Freezing fog likely to cause travel disruption

Dense and freezing fog patches are likely to cause some travel disruption on Tuesday, the Met Office is warning.

Fog map
Met Office

A yellow warning for fog is in place for the West Midlands from 04:00 until 11:00 on Tuesday.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with some cloud and highs of 7C (45F).

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Rail services running after flood disruption

Train services are running normally this morning after severe disruption on Thursday.

Flooded tracks at Wood End
Network Rail

A "vast amount" of services were cancelled or delayed because of floods and landslides yesterday.

A tunnel between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham flooded as well as rail lines between Birmingham and Leamington Spa, including Wood End station (pictured).

Floodwater is still affecting dozens of roads across the West Midlands.

Dozens of roads and schools affected by flooding

More than 30 schools remain closed across Warwickshire and Worcestershire as floodwater is still affecting roads around the region.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Dozens of flood warnings are in place across the West Midlands following heavy rainfall on Thursday.

The River Avon is expected to peak at Evesham this morning at its highest levels since 2012 with the peak not expected at Stratford-upon-Avon until later.

Widespread disruption this evening to rail services

BBC News Travel

Train passengers are continuing to face severe delays and cancelled services this evening as the bad weather and flooding's disrupting many railway lines.

Birmingham New Street Station
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Several lines are blocked, with National Rail Enquiries unable to say when it expects disruption to end.

Earlier this evening, both Network Rail and British Transport Police urged people in the West Midlands not to travel by rail unless "absolutely necessary".

Watch: Advice to people affected by flooding

West Midlands Ambulance has tweeted this helpful video, with some advice for people who suffer flooding.

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'Don't travel on trains unless you absolutely have to'

BBC News Travel

People still thinking of using train services in the West Midlands this evening are being urged not to.

British Transport Police and Network Rail said a "vast amount" of services were being cancelled or delayed due to flooding and landslides.

They tweeted people should only travel if "absolutely necessary".

National Rail Enquiries says it does not know when the disruption will end and is affecting CrossCountry, London Northwestern, Virgin Trains and West Midlands Railway services.

Flood map lit up by river warnings

As you can see from this West Midlands flood map from the Environment Agency, there are flood alerts or flood warnings for just about every river in our region this evening.

And the peak for most of them isn't expected until tomorrow and it means flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected.

Flood map
Environment Agency

More flood warnings likely in next 24 hours

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

"Appalling" conditions have been seen across the West Midlands region as about one to two inches of rain has fallen today, said the Environment Agency.

Dave Throup
BBC

The rain has led to some "very serious surface water flooding", said the agency's Dave Throup.

The prospects for the next few days are "very difficult to tell as the water is running off so quickly", he added.

"Going forward the River Severn, Avon and River Teme - we're likely to be issuing more warnings as we go through the next 24 to 48 hours."

Plenty of rain to come: Met Office

Rain should eventually clear later but not before causing more flooding across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow warning for rain remains in place until the end of the day.

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Search continuing for 5G trial funding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Another £5m is still needed to fund a trial 5G mobile network in the West Midlands, more than a year after the government announced it would contribute £25m to the project.

The West Midlands Combined Authority wants to make the Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton the country's first 5G test bed, but the government funding announced in September 2018 depends on it contributing £5m itself.

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The West Midlands Combined Authority’s monitoring officer Tim Martin said that discussions were currently ongoing as to how the project would be funded long term.

He also said it was "a really exciting programme and it’s starting to have impact across the West Midlands" and thought things were moving in the right direction.

Your photos: A sunny morning ahead of more showers

BBC Weather Watchers

We're due some heavy rain tomorrow, but the weather doesn't look too bad in these photos from the BBC Weather Watchers this morning.

They were taken in Moseley, Lydbury North and Clee Hill.

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Industrial action to disrupt rail services

BBC News Travel

Planned industrial action by members of the RMT Union means London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway will run a reduced service on Saturdays in November and December.

A very basic service will run on those routes.

The National Rail website warns significant disruption is expected so consider if your journey is absolutely necessary.

HS2 project 'should go ahead'

BBC Business News

The Times says it has seen a leaked review of the HS2 rail project, which says the scheme should go ahead despite the estimated cost now hitting £88bn.

HS2 artist impression
PA Media

The first phase of the high-speed railway between London and Birmingham through Warwickshire was due to open at the end of 2026, but it could now be delayed.

The document says the project is "not affordable" within the £56bn budget set in the 2015 spending review and warns the new £88bn estimate is likely to be revised upwards again.

It also says the benefit to taxpayers has been cut from £2.30 for every £1 spent in 2017, to between £1.30 and £1.50 for every £1 spent this year.

However, the Times says the report claims without HS2, "large ticket price rises" would be needed to discourage travel at peak times on existing routes.

Wet weather likely to cause travel problems

A band of heavy rain could cause flooding and travel disruption in parts of Staffordshire this morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

A yellow weather warning covering parts of of the region is in place until midday.

A wider warning, covering the whole of the West Midlands, has been issued for Thursday.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

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.