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Weather: Hot weather followed by thunderstorms

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

The forecast for tomorrow is looking good with sunshine and temperatures up to 24C (75F).

But we're expecting some thunderstorms on Sunday.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Early fog and mist will disappear leaving a dry day with sunny periods and highs of 22C (72F).

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog patches will clear, leaving a dry day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Chilly night ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

After a fine, dry day, we're in for a more cloudy night with clear spells:

John Hammond

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

Plenty of sunshine forecast today

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After the cold start to Wednesday, a dry, fine day with plenty of sunshine:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly but dry night with clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

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HS2 ancient woodland halt welcomed

A conservation charity has welcomed plans to stop the clearance of ancient woodland for the high-speed rail project HS2 while a review takes place.

Proposed HS2
HS2

Clearances of the woodland must be stopped to avoid major costs and delays, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

Woodland Trust ecologist Luci Ryan said: "This is a welcome step in the right direction for our ancient woodlands, but unfortunately these woods remain threatened as HS2 can still decide for themselves whether works continue or not.

"Until the outcome of the review all ancient woodlands should be off limits full stop. Our welcome is therefore cautious."

An HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: "We are working with the Department for Transport and our contractors to assess these areas and their impacts while the review is ongoing."

HS2: Ancient woodland clearance halted

The clearance of ancient woodland for the HS2 high-speed rail line is to be stopped while the project is reviewed, the transport secretary has announced.

The first phase of the project, which links up London and Birmingham is already delayed by up to five years and billions of pounds over the original budget.

Planned HS2 train
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The government has ordered a review of the scheme, led by the firm's former chairman Douglas Oakervee.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has ordered HS2 Ltd, the company building the railway, to assess what work can be halted until after the inquiry is completed.

HS2: How much work has already been done?

There is no sense in hiding the challenges HS2 faces, or masking the difficult decisions that need to be taken. So, as Douglas Oakervee's review continues, we must take a sensible approach and recognise that some works simply cannot be undone later."

Grant ShappsTransport Secretary

Knife bins installed at police stations

Knife bins are being installed at four Warwickshire Police stations as part of a nationwide crackdown on knife crime.

Knife crime poster
Warwickshire Police

There were 272 knife-related incidents in the county in the 12 months to March this year as knife crime rose 8% across England and Wales.

West Midlands Police has used a convicted murderer to front its latest anti-knife campaign.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a dull morning with patchy rain it will be a cloudy day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

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Plans for former golf club won't include housing

People in Leamington Spa are being asked what they would like to see built on the site of a former golf course.

Smaller golf facilities, an adventure play area and outdoor activities including high ropes and zip wires are all being considered for the Newbold Comyn site.

Golfer
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Warwick District Council has said it won't be used for housing.

Weather: Light cloud overnight and a fine weekend ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're forecast some light cloud overnight, but we could see some sunshine tomorrow and the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good for September.

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Police forces look for 'amicable split'

The West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces say they're working out the terms of their "amicable and negotiated separation" after West Mercia decided to pull out of their "strategic alliance".

But the Warwickshire force is looking for its neighbours to meet the costs of the divorce and said: "The alliance agreement is clear that the party which terminates the agreement is liable to pay the other party’s reasonable costs."

Police badges
BBC

Warwickshire Police said there was "considerable work to transition out of the current alliance arrangements".

And it said 80% of the services they had been sharing were currently based in the West Mercia force area and would have to be re-established in Warwickshire, which it said could take time.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

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Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

Alex Hamilton

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

Tour of Britain road closures

The public is being advised of road closures associated with the Tour of Britain's route through Warwickshire on Friday.

Tour of Britain
PA

The race starts at 11:00 at Warwick Racecourse and finishes at about 16:15 in Burton Dassett Country Park.

More than 100,000 people are expected to line the route as it passes through Warwick, Kenilworth, Bedworth and Bulkington.

Fixed and rolling road closures will be in place throughout the day.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

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Cash machine thefts investigated

Officers investigating a number of cash machine thefts have released CCTV images of men they'd like to speak to.

CCTV
Warwickshire Police

A total of four thefts were carried out at a cash machine on a petrol station forecourt on Chesterton Drive, Sydenham, Leamington Spa between 22 June and 27 July.

The incidents are being linked, said Warwickshire Police.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

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New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
BBC

You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

View more on twitter

Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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

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Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Man in hospital after 'screwdriver' stabbing

A man in his 20s is recovering after being attacked with what appeared to be a screwdriver in Leamington Spa last night.

Fords Field
Google

Warwickshire Police said the victim was walking through Ford's Field, behind a McDonald's, when he was approached by a man in a hoody who demanded his phone and wallet before stabbing him in the abdomen.

He was taken to hospital but the police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

Weather forecast for next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mixed day with rain around, tonight's expected to be mainly dry with clear spells:

Alex Hamilton

Get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Council to reconsider HQ plans

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwick District Council is going to review its proposed headquarters relocation and subsequent redevelopment of the Covent Garden area in Leamington Spa.

The authority has decided the project won't now be delivered through a limited liability partnership it set up with a private company six years ago.

Council offices site
Google

The headquarters move was the only scheme the partnership was responsible for and its future will discussed by the council at a future date.