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Alert issued over ice slip hazard

People in parts of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire are being warned of slippery conditions due to ice this evening and overnight.

The Met Office has put out a yellow weather alert which runs from 19:00 until 10:00 on Tuesday.

Area covered by weather warning
Met Office

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly breezy day with sunny spells and highs of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather forecast: A cloudy night in store

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night with the odd clear spell and lows of 4C (39F).

Swans
BBC Weather Watchers/Littleacorns

Saturday will be another mostly cloudy and dull day with the possibility of some sunny spells in the afternoon.

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

MPs call for more investment in bus services

Staffordshire MPs say they want more investment in local bus services.

They've been discussing the issue in Parliament and the MP for the Staffordshire Moorlands, Karen Bradley described the public transport network as "woeful", with some services only running twice a day.

She said conversations with bus companies and local authorities showed a lack of funding and a lack of profitability were to blame.

Jack Brereton
UK Parliament

Although considerably better in Stoke-on-Trent, local MP Jack Brereton, who called the debate, said bus services were often "too few, too slow and too infrequent".

He said cuts to services left the most vulnerable in society and those looking for work cut off.

Mr Brereton said opening up old railway stations in the area, taken out of action during the 1960s Beeching cuts, could also help the wider public transport network.

The government says it's committed to making sure there's equal access to services and employment, and good public buses are at the heart of it.

Your weather forecast: A mild and cloudy night in store

BBC Weather

It will be a mild night with areas of fog and cloud with occasional drizzle and lows of 5C (41F).

Dawley
Liam Ball

Friday will again be mainly cloudy and misty with some fog.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Force one of just four to see overall fall in crime

Staffordshire Police is one of only four forces in the country to see a drop in overall crime, in the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Between September 2018 and September 2019, they show a 4% fall in the number of recorded crimes, excluding fraud.

Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police

The figures also show falls in the number of burglaries, sex offences, robberies, bike and vehicle crimes and violent crime resulting in injuries.

Temporary Chief Constable, Nick Baker, said he was "delighted" to be one of only four forces in the country to see a drop in overall crime.

Staying mainly cloudy for next 24 hours

BBC Weather

The cloudy skies are set to continue tonight with patches of fog forming. Low: 6C (43F).

Bidford-on-Avon
MaidMarion

Then staying cloudy tomorrow with mist and fog around and a few spots of drizzle later in the day. High 8C (46F).

Get a latest forecast from the BBC Weather website.

Lorry driver arrested for reversing out of motorway toll

A lorry driver was arrested for dangerous driving on the M6 Toll yesterday, after trying to reverse out of the toll gates and back on to the motorway.

The police said the driver had attempted the manoeuvre after realising he didn't have the correct payment.

Lorry
CMPG

Long delays on A38

BBC News Travel

Drivers are facing long delays on the A38 near Lichfield this morning after a crash.

Highways England said one lane was shut on the southbound side between the junction for Lichfield and Swinfen.

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from A5192 Cappers Lane to A5148.

A38 Staffordshire - Long delays, one lane closed and queues for five miles on A38 southbound from Lichfield to Swinfen Island, because of an accident involving three cars. In the roadworks area.

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

Grey and murky to start today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloudy and misty to start today with fog patches around. It'll then become a cloudy day with the odd bright spell and there could be drizzle this afternoon. High: 10C/50F.

Alex Hamilton with Wednesday's West Midlands' weather

Then some clearer spells this evening but it'll be mainly cloudy tonight with the chance of drizzle and mist spreading across most areas. Low: 6C/43F.

Get a latest forecast for your area at any time from the BBC Weather website.

Two arrested after motorway chase

BBC Radio Stoke

Two men have been arrested after a police chase on the M6 through Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The vehicle, which had been stolen from the West Midlands last November, was spotted by Central Motorway Police at junction 13 and was followed after it failed to pull over.

M6 near junction 16
Google

It was stopped by officers after in entered junction 16 and the two men were arrested for theft and dangerous driving.

Your weather: A cloudy and misty night expected

BBC Weather

There will be a few clear spells overnight but mainly it will be cloudy and misty with lows of 3C (37F).

Bromsgrove
BBC Weather Watchers/Postman Les

Tomorrow is set to be a mainly cloudy and misty day with a few bright spells.

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Video: Your 30-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Early patches of fog will clear to leave a cloudy day with some bright spells and highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Lane shut on A38 after crash

BBC News Travel

There are delays on the A38 near Lichfield after a three-vehicle crash.

Staffordshire Police said it had happened between Cappers Lane and Streethay and one lane's shut:

One lane's shut
Staffordshire Police

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a cold start it will be a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Closing ambulance base would 'put lives at risk'

BBC Radio Stoke

Lives will be lost if a town's community ambulance hub is shut, a former paramedic's told the BBC.

West Midlands Ambulance Service wants to remove the response base in Cheadle, Staffordshire, by the end of March.

Ambulance base in Cheadle
Google

Instead, it wants to convert the rapid response vehicle there into an ambulance as it says the current vehicle only attends 2.2% of calls in the area.

But former paramedic Carole Winning told BBC Radio Stoke she believes lives are at stake: "They're saying they'll have an ambulance here but they won't because they're so busy, they'll never get here."

Cheadle Town Councillor Dave Sargeant said it would take longer for ambulances to respond: "You've got areas like Whiston, Ipstones, Foxt. These are difficult places to get to and, if you think of somebody coming from Newcastle to Cheadle, a minimum time to get here, it's going to be 25 minutes."

The ambulance service said it believed the move would save money and would not change the level of ambulance cover in the area, "if anything, this will increase over the coming months".

Paramedic speaks out after suffering PTSD for years
The charity Mind estimates nearly two thirds of emergency services workers suffer some form of mental health problem.

Officer's leg broken as car rams police car

A police officer's suffered a broken leg after a suspected stolen car smashed into his patrol car, Staffordshire Police said.

The crash happened last night on The Strand, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, when a Ford Fiesta failed to stop for officers.

The force said the car mounted the pavement and hit the police car before driving off. It was later found abandoned.

The officer was taken for hospital treatment and has since been discharged.

Your weather: Much colder and clearer than of late

BBC Weather

It will be a cold night with clear periods and lows of -1C (30F).

A mostly dry and fine day can be expected tomorrow with lengthy periods of sunshine.

Napton-on-the-Hill
BBC Weather Watchers/Steve Blackman

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a windy day with some heavy rain at times with highs of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Dry weather tonight but will change tomorrow

BBC Weather

The dry weather's set to continue tonight which will also see long, clear spells and a light breeze. Low: 3C (37F).

Dawley, Shropshire
Liam Ball

Tomorrow will start dry and bright but it'll then turn cloudy and windy through the morning with some rain later in the day. High: 11C (52F).

You can keep up-to-date on the latest weather for your area on the BBC Weather website.

Flood alerts remain as more rain forecast

River levels across the West Midlands are expected to stay high over the next few days, the Environment Agency has said.

It's still got flood alerts affecting the rivers Severn, Avon, Teme, Lugg, Dene, Leam, Swift, Sow, Penk, Worfe, Tern and Perry.

flood map
Environment Agency

More rain is forecast tomorrow and the Environment Agency warned that people in towns and cities may see floodwater rise up through drains.

No need for a brolly today

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's set to be a dry day with sunny spells and, while breezy, not as windy as yesterday. High: 9C/48F.

Sara Blizzard

The dry weather's set to continue tonight with a lot of clear sky. Low: 3C/37F.

Get the latest forecast for your area at any time from the BBC Weather website.

Flood alerts as more rain is forecast

We're seeing a number of flood alerts in the West Midlands, affecting the rivers Severn, Tern, Perry, Sow, Penk, Lugg, Avon, Swift, Leam and Frome.

This photo was taken by a West Mercia Police officer on the A4110 between Wigmore and Adforton this morning. The Environment Agency has warned about flash flooding on roads.

flooded road
West Mercia Police

Gusty winds and heavy rain are forecast for parts of the region tonight and the Environment Agency says it expects river levels to remain high.

Storm Brendan: Flash flooding 'inevitable'

Flash flooding is "inevitable" with heavy rain and winds forecast across the West Midlands later, the Environment Agency has said.

A yellow warning for wind is in place from 12:00 until midnight.

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Warning of strong winds issued

Strong winds could cause travel problems and there's the possibility of power loss in some areas, the Met Office is warning.

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The yellow warning, affecting the whole of the West Midlands, is in place from 12:00 until midnight.

Storm Brendan is set to be followed by icy patches, wintry showers and more gales in other parts of the country which could lead to further travel disruption.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to get windy today with rain from late morning and highs of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your photos: Sunshine before the grey

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun burst through in some of the clearer spells this morning, giving us some gorgeous photos.

These three are from BBC Weather Watchers Liam Ball at The Wrekin, Shropshire, CJ in Lichfield, Staffordshire and Les at Large in Wolverhampton:

Wrekin
Liam Ball
Lichfield
CJ
Wolverhampton
Les at Large

Rail lines blocked between Birmingham and Lichfield

BBC News Travel

An incident is blocking rail lines between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley.

Services are expected to be disrupted until 08:30 with tickets being accepted on local bus routes.

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Weather warning for wind issued

Strong winds on Tuesday could cause disruption to transport and loss of power across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

Weather warning
Met Office

A yellow warning for wind has been issued from 12:00 to midnight.

The storm was named Brendan on Saturday by Irish weather service, Met Éireann.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a dry and windy morning a band of heavy rain will spread eastwards across the region with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather: A cloudy night with strong winds

It will be a cloudy night with strengthening winds and lows of 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy for much of the day with occasional showers and strong winds.

Lower Broadheath
BBC Weather Watchers/Mike Snapper

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

More rain and showers in next 24 hours

BBC Weather

There's going to be more rain to start tonight but it should clear from about midnight. Low: 6C/43F.

Southam, Warwickshire
Littleacorns

Tomorrow's then set to start breezy and cloudy with some blustery showers through the day. High: 10C/50F.

Get a latest forecast at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

West Coast trains to be overhauled

BBC Business News

Pendolino trains running on the West Coast Main Line are going to be refurbished in a £642m deal.

An Avanti train
Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast took over from Virgin Trains as the operator running the route, which connects London Euston and Glasgow through Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

A seven-year deal has been agreed between the operator and Alstom, which built the fleet.

The work will include new seats, refurbished toilets and more luggage space.

Keep an umbrella handy

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be mainly cloudy today with patches of rain and just the rare sunny spell around. High: 11C/52F.

Alex Hamilton

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

Your weather forecast: Clear spells overnight

BBC Weather

There will be a few clear spells overnight with winds gradually easing and lows of 9C (48F).

Tomorrow morning will be mainly dry but rain will spread in from the west by the afternoon.

Robin
BBC Weather Watchers/Angus and me

Ambulance crews handed A&E rule over care homes

West Midlands Ambulance Service has directed its staff not to take patients living in nursing and care homes to A&E without first seeking the approval of the control room - unless the patient's condition is life-threatening.

The service is trying to reduce A&E waits and has a department within the control room dedicated to finding alternatives to emergency transfers.

Ambulance
BBC

In Shropshire, the number of ambulances kept waiting outside an A&E for more than three hours rose from 34 in 2018 to 152 last year.