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Covid-19 outbreaks force schools to close


Two schools have closed from today for a fortnight after Covid-19 outbreaks at both sites.

Avon Valley School

Avon Valley School, Rugby, (pictured) and North Leamington School, said on their websites their positive cases involved staff and students.

They said they would reopen on 2 November and all students should self-isolate for the 14 days.

Children will be taught online and the schools said anyone who struggled to access the work should contact them.

October downpour sees UK's wettest day on record

Saturday 3 October was the wettest day for UK-wide rainfall since records began in 1891, Met Office researchers have said.

The downpour followed in the wake of Storm Alex and saw an average of 31.7mm (1.24ins) of rain across the entire UK.

Flooding in Worcester following Storms Ciara and Dennis
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More than 20 counties across the country have already received at least 100% of the rain they would expect on average for October, including Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

Storms across the UK saw February become the wettest on record, resulting in widespread flooding.

Weather: Cloudy and dry for the rest of the week

BBC Weather

Today the weather is forecast to be dry and cloudy, with the chance of some sunshine and temperatures up to 11C (52F).

It's expected to stay like that for the rest of the week.

This was the misty scene earlier in Edgmond, Shropshire, as taken by BBC Weather Watcher Monomark.


Eight arrested in organised crime operation

A police operation targeting organised crime in Warwickshire has made eight arrests this morning.

Officers visited properties in Rugby, Daventry, Bishops Tachbrook and Lighthorne Heath and the seven men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs.

Five were also arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms.

Warwickshire Police car
Warwickshire Police

The eight arrested ranged in age from 27 to 77 and are being interviewed by detectives.

Warwickshire Police said officers also recovered illegal drugs and cash.

New three-tier system comes into force today

The government's new three-tier system of coronavirus "alert levels" comes into effect today.

It means different areas of the country will have different restrictions.

Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall and East Cheshire are all in the middle tier.

People in masks
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They're described as being "high risk" areas.

You are not allowed to meet people from other households indoors and a maximum of six people can meet outdoors.

The other parts of the West Midlands are tier one, or "medium risk"

Weather: Dry and cloudy with some sunshine

BBC Weather

The showers should disappear and we're forecast some dry and cloudy weather, with maybe some sunshine.

Temperatures will be up to around 13C (55F).

And the rest of the week looks pretty much the same.


Weather: Sunshine and cloud forecast tomorrow

BBC Weather

We could have some sunshine, light cloud, and temperatures up to 13C (55F) tomorrow.

And the rest of the week is forecast to be dry and cloudy.

Stormchaser Al

People fined after weekend house parties

Warwickshire Police said it responded to 36 reports of coronavirus restrictions breaches over the weekend, including a number of house parties.

The force said fines had been issued to homeowners in Bedworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton and Rugby after revellers were found gathered in homes.

Those found in breach of restrictions are facing fines of up to £200.

Officers are also investigating reports of shop workers and customers not wearing face coverings and a group of more than 20 people sitting together at a restaurant in Rugby.

Weather: Raincoats required

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a rather dull, grey and wet day, with some heavy outbreaks of rain later.

It'll take its time to move away through the evening, so don't forget an umbrella if you're heading out.

West Midlands' weather 12 October

Weather: Rain expected to clear by midday

BBC Weather

We could have some rain showers this morning, but they should clear up by midday and temperatures are expected to rise to about 14C (57F).

But we are forecast rain for the next two days.

Birmingham umbrella
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Weather: Bright start before turning cloudy

BBC Weather

A dry and bright to start Wednesday before turning cloudier this afternoon. Brisk winds to begin, before they ease with highs of 15C/59F.

BBC Weather Watcher Liam Ball
This morning in Dawley, Shropshire

Rain is expected to develop this evening from the west and it could be heavy at times before turning to showers overnight, with the risk of a thunderstorm. Low: 11C/52F.

You can keep up to date on forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Weather: Showers through the day

BBC Weather

Mainly cloudy today with plenty of showers throughout which could be heavy and thundery at times. High: 14C/57F.

Sutton Coldfield
BBC Weather Watcher Di's Walk
This morning in Sutton Coldfield

Things will stay cloudy tonight with scattered showers before they become more isolated by early morning. Low: 8C/46F.

You can keep up to date on your local weather forecast by going to the BBC Weather website.

River levels remain high after heavy rain

Allen Cook

BBC News

The rivers Leam and Avon will be closely monitored today after heavy rain at the weekend.

Garden furniture under water
BBC Weather Watcher Soadave

Three flood warnings remain in place with one on the Leam at Eathorpe, Huningham and Offchurch, near Leamington Spa, and two on the Avon at Wyre Piddle, near Evesham, and Strensham and Bredon.

The Environment Agency has said it expected water levels to remain high through the day.

There are also eight flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, dotted across the West Midlands.

In Worcestershire, the county council has said several roads and bridges remain closed while First Worcester said some bus services remain disrupted.

Weather: Heavy rain forecast

BBC Weather

Let's hope you got all your laundry dried, because we're forecast more heavy rain.

Temperatures will be a little bit cooler too - down to about 12C (54F).

And that wet weather is expected to continue into next week.

Poetic Verse

Weather: A mostly dry day before the showers return

We should see a break in the rain showers today and temperatures up to about 13C (55F).

But tomorrow the rain will return and is set to continue through the weekend and into next week.


Covid-19 £10k fines issued to rule breakers

Three fines of £10,000 have been issues to people for organising illegal gatherings.

Warwickshire Police said fines were issued to two men following a party with more than 60 guests in Bramcote on 12 September.

Another fine was issued to a man after a festival at Stratford Recreational Ground was attended by more than 200 people on 24 August.

Police officers
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Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Tedds said: "There are clearly some people who don’t think the rules apply to them.

"I hope the severity of the fines sends out a very clear message to others thinking of organising an event."

Lib Dems 'need to wake up and smell the coffee'

"They need to wake up and smell the coffee." So says Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey talking about his party and how it has failed to connect with voters.

Listen to the goals he has for the Lib Dems on the Politics Midlands Podcast on BBC Sounds this Sunday.

The new leader plans to win back voters in Bimingham and the West Midlands.

Weather: Sunny spells and a moderate breeze

BBC Weather

We're forecast a dry day and there could be some sunshine breaking through the cloud, but it will also be breezy and temperatures won't get much above 13C (55F).

And that weather is expected to continue through the weekend.


Weather: Dryer weather on the way

BBC Weather

The showers of the last couple of days are going to be replaced by clear skies and some sunshine in the West Midlands.

It's going to be a bit cooler that it was though, with temperatures unlikely to go higher than 12C (54F).

Chris n Ginny

Your photos: A bit of everything today

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been reporting everything today.

We've had sunshine in Birmingham and rain in Rushbury.

Dave Bayley
Peter Steggles

And we've even had sleet reported in Royal Leamington Spa and hail in Evesham.

Leamington Spa
Weather Woman

Weather: A drier day with a few showers

BBC Weather

We're forecast a drier day today, but there could still be a few showers and a light breeze.

The temperatures are likely to be about 13C (55F) and it looks like we'll have more of the same tomorrow.

Angus and me

Weather: Rain fading away tomorrow

BBC Weather

This brief rainy spell is coming to an end and most parts of the West Midlands should have dry weather by tomorrow afternoon.

But it's going to remain cool, with temperatures unlikely to be much higher than 13C (55F) tomorrow.


Weather: A rainy day is forecast

BBC Weather

We've got used to sunny September but it's all change with most of us forecast a rainy day.

Temperatures will take a drop too, with the maximum around 13C (55F).

The wet weather is expected to continue tomorrow.

Ashton under Hill
Morning Amble

Weather: One more day of sunshine before showers arrive

BBC Weather

We're forecast more sunshine today, once the mist clears, and temperatures could reach 23C (73F) in parts of the West Midlands.

But we're expecting rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

Triggy Stardust

Five arrested after drugs raid

Five people have been arrested for suspected drugs offences by officers acting on a warrant at an address in Leamington Spa.

Scene of raid
Warwickshire Police

Suspected class A drugs were seized from the property on Gordon Street during the raid at about 09:50.

Four men aged from 21 to 50 were arrested along with a 50-year-old woman.

They all remain in custody, said Warwickshire Police.

Coronavirus: Parents asked to wear masks on school run

Parents in Warwickshire are being asked to wear a mask on the school run in a bid to tackle a rise in coronavirus cases.

The UK is at a "critical point" in the coronavirus pandemic and "heading in the wrong direction", the government's chief medical adviser will warn later.

Rugby is the area with the highest rate in the county - recording 54.2 cases per 100,000 in the week up to 10 September.

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Station revamp ahead of Commonwealth Games

Leamington Spa railway station is set to get a makeover as part of a £1.2m scheme.

It's expected to be carried out ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games when the town will host the lawn bowls and para bowls competitions.

Leamington station plan
Warwick District Council

Works will include:

  • The development of a new public space in the station forecourt to create a welcoming hub on arrival.
  • Improved public transport connectivity.
  • The refurbishment of the station underpass to improve the route between the station and town centre.
  • Increased cycle racks and storage.

The project has now been adopted by Warwickshire County Council which has agreed to oversee the design and delivery stages of the works.

Another dry and sunny day in store

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry and sunny day for most with highs of 20°C (68°F).

This was the scene earlier in Halesowen, Dudley as captured by BBC Weather Watcher Stormchaser Al.

Stormchaser Al

HS2 congestion warning issued by fire chief

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Lawrence

The response times of fire crews could be affected by construction traffic for the HS2 rail line, a fire chief is warning.

HS2 construction
PA Media

A report written by the assistant chief fire officer for Warwickshire, Barnaby Briggs, says crews from Atherstone, Polesworth and Coleshill could all be affected due to potential congestion along the A5 leading to the M42.

He says the targeted response times from these fire stations may have to be looked at.

Depending on the anticipated severity of the effects, temporary accommodation may have to be considered for some crew, he adds.

Another sunny day in store

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and settled day with some cloud but lots of sunny spells with highs of 20C (68F).

This was the scene earlier in Ashton under Hill in Worcestershire as taken by BBC Weather Watcher Morning Amble.

Ashton under Hill
Weather Watcher/morning amble