By Ged Scott
By Ged Scott
A permanent memorial to police officers and staff from across the UK who have died while protecting the public will be unveiled next week.
It will be dedicated to them in a ceremony at National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 28 July, says West Mercia Police.
The ceremony will be attended by representatives from forces across the country and the families and friends of officers killed on duty.
West Midlands Ambulance Service says it has "never been busier" due to the combined impact of the heatwave and Covid-19
The trust said it had more than 6,400 calls last Monday; its busiest day to date.
Communications director Murray MacGregor said: “Whether it is very hot or very cold, [extreme weather] exacerbates a lot of medical conditions, particularly people with breathing difficulties, people with COPD - it makes it much more difficult for them and that leads to many more 999 calls.
“But equally we see a lot of particularly elderly people who don’t drink enough fluid so they get dehydrated which ends with them needing extensive treatment for urinary tract infections, things like that.
“There are a lot of calls that could be mitigated or removed if people were a bit more careful, but many are genuine calls so the message is still very clearly if you do need 999 then do call it but please try and look out for your mates, look out for your family, and look out for yourself."
The dry, hot, sunny weather mostly continues today, with just the small chance of the odd, heavy shower this afternoon. High: 29C/84F.
Things are set to stay sunny this evening but with a small risk of a shower before turning dry and clear overnight - and uncomfortably warm with a low of 16C/61F.
You can stay up to date with your local forecast by going to the BBC Weather website.
We're forecast another very hot day with temperatures around 30C (86F) for many of us.
That weather should continue tomorrow, but at the weekend we could have some thunderstorms.
You can get a full forecast for your area on the BBC Weather page.
A38 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, from A5148 to A5127.
A38 Staffordshire - A38 in Lichfield closed in both directions from Swinfen Island to Streethay, because of a police investigation.
To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time
Covid-19 cases have continued to rise in almost every part of the West Midlands, the latest figures from Public Health England show.
However, Tamworth, which in recent weeks has had some of the highest case rates in England, saw a fall.
In the seven days up to and including 10 July, it had 634 new infections per 100,000 people, down from 798.
Warwick, which last week had the second highest rate in the West Midlands, saw its rate fall slightly from 433 to 407 in the same period.
Stratford-upon-Avon was the only other area in the region to see a drop in cases.
The remaining 27 local authorities experienced rises, although not on the scale of recent weeks.
Worcester saw its rate rise 82% to 466 - up from 256.
North Warwickshire meanwhile now has the highest rate in the region, with 645 cases per 100,000 people.
In Birmingham, there were more than 1,100 extra cases in the week up to 10 July, compared with the previous seven days.
Testing and vaccinations are to be boosted in Tamworth in a bid to manage high numbers of Covid-19 cases.
The borough had 657.1 new cases per 100,000 in the seven days to 9 July.
An extra mobile testing unit has now opened at Riverdrive Car Park, offering about 1,000 PCR tests which can be booked daily.
With the final step of the lifting of lockdown happening on Monday, health chiefs in Staffordshire say they are encouraging everyone aged 18 to get both doses of the vaccine as soon as they are eligible.
As well as booking online, walk-ins are also available in the borough, with plans for the roll out of more vaccine pop-up clinics are also being finalised.
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council's Director for Health and Care, said: "Cases in Tamworth remain very high and are still almost double both the Staffordshire and national average.
"With the legal easing of restrictions, we can expect to see more cases. We want to avoid unnecessary hospitalisations and deaths, so it is important that we act now to help keep case numbers as low as possible."