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Weather forecast: Turning dry tonight

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're in for a mainly dry night with more clear spells, here's the full forecast for the West Midlands for the next 24 hours:

Rich Davis

You can stay up-to-date with your local weather by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Knife-wielding man 'threatening to kill officers'

Police in Kidderminster say they have arrested a man who was threatening to kill officers this afternoon.

The man was seen wielding a large knife on Franche Road at about 15:00.

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Fresh call to stop sale of fire station

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Campaigners are renewing calls for the closure of a fire station to be halted.

Bewdley station
Google

The Bewdley station is currently up for sale with Hereford and Worcester Fire Service planning to relocate staff to a new Emergency Services Hub later this year.

More than 60 residents, activists and firefighters protested last night, claiming the area's seen a rise in call-outs in recent years.

The fire service disputes that, saying call-outs have fallen 10% since 2010 and the relocation of staff won't lead to fewer fire engines.

GCSE top grade joy for Warwickshire students

Allen Cook

BBC News

Students in Warwickshire look to be leading the way when it comes to getting the top grades in key subjects, according to England's exams regulator Ofqual.

Students celebrating at Ash Green School, Coventry
Ash Green School
Students celebrating at Ash Green School, Coventry

It's published its interactive map for this year's exams showing the grade outcomes for 16-year-olds.

When it comes to the West Midlands, a higher percentage of pupils in Warwickshire achieved the top grades in maths (24.6%), English language (20.4%), English literature (25%) and French (30%).

However, the county didn't so so well when it came to combined science, with the lowest percentage of 5.1% compared with 9.5% of students in Worcestershire.

Praise as ambulance service rated 'outstanding'

Allen Cook

BBC News

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been praised for bringing in new treatments and its training of staff as it was rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission watchdog for the second year running.

It is the only ambulance service in the country to get the highest rating, following the inspections in April and June.

A row of ambulances
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The trust looks after 5.6 million people in the region and the CQC praised it for its innovations, patient transport services and its work with universities to train paramedics.

It also commended the ambulance service for training staff to deal with childbirth emergencies

The trust was however told to make improvements in 15 areas including the temperature at which medicines are stored at and making sure vehicles are consistently kept clean.

River Severn 'one of dirtiest in England'

BBC News England

The River Severn is one of the dirtiest in England, the Environment Agency's revealed.

The River Severn in Worcester earlier this year
Environment Agency

Just 5% of the Severn area, which runs through Shropshire and Worcestershire, was in good health at the last reported check.

It comes as the World Wide Fund for Nature says rivers in England are "used as open sewers" and warns targets to get 75% of them to be healthy by 2027 are "very unlikely" to be met.

The Environment Agency is planning an autumn consultation on the challenges of cleaning them and said it would review the target based on "what can realistically be achieved".

Why you might want to take an umbrella today

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We could be in for a spot of rain this morning with a cloudy start, here's the full forecast:

Rich Davis

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

Weather: Some fine bank holiday weather on the way

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

We've got some warm weather on the way for the bank holiday weekend and the next few days are looking cloudy, but dry.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Funding found for extra homeless shelters

Two more homeless shelters will be opened in Worcestershire this winter, bringing the total to five.

The county council had cut its funding for the shelters, but district councils stepped in to plug the gap.

Homeless man
BBC

The local authorities are providing an extra £60,000 to the charity CCP, which has had the contract since 2016.

It'll be taking care of homeless prevention services in the county for another two years.

LDRS: Drug-related deaths hit record levels

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are three of the stories being covered by the Local Democracy Reporting Service today:

  • The number of drug-related deaths in Worcestershire has hit an all-time high, with new figures showing the number of deaths due to drug misuse has risen by 60% since 2011.
  • A former BMX track in Malvern could be turned into 50 new affordable homes, if councillors approve plans today, despite concerns about traffic and the loss of a green space.
  • Villagers are still suffering a road closure more than a year after part of the road subsided. A total of 40 properties in Symonds Yat have been almost cut off from the rest of the world due to the road closure in the picturesque Wye Valley.

Your weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry night ahead for the West Midlands with some clear spells, here's the full forecast including for the start of Wednesday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date on the weather in your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Ambulance service to take over non-emergency 111 calls

From November, the non-emergency 111 medical helpline is going to be run across the West Midlands by the region's ambulance service, with the exception of Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it plans to integrate the service with its 999 call-handling and that this would mean "patients can be better directed to the most appropriate care".

WMAS call centre
WMAS

WMAS also said that when it takes over from Care UK, there would be fewer 111 patients being sent an ambulance and fewer being sent to accident and emergency departments.

It added it would look to transfer across staff already working for Care UK.

Cricket: Bears target follow on but Pears struggle

BBC Sport

Warwickshire will be trying to quickly finish off Somerset's first innings today as they have a chance of making the County Championship contenders follow on.

After the Bears were dismissed for 419 on day two, the visitors reached 167-5, still needing a further 103 to avoid being forced to bat again straight away.

While in Division Two, Worcestershire are facing a battle to avoid defeat against Northamptonshire when they resume on 42-4 in their second innings on day three.

The visitors were dismissed for 376, giving them a first innings lead of 190, before Ben Sanderson took four wickets to leave the Pears struggling.

You can follow both games via BBC local radio commentary or the BBC Cricket website.

Will you need a brolly later?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're set for a mainly fine, dry day with sunny spells, here's the full forecast.

Alex Hamilton

You can get the latest forecast for your area at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Turning dry and clear tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The showers we've seen today in the West Midlands should fade as we head into tonight which is expected to be mainly dry and clear:

Alex Hamilton

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

Fairer funding demand from rural councils

BBC Midlands Today

Boris Johnson is being urged by the leaders of dozens of councils to give them a fairer funding deal.

Shropshire Council's HQ
BBC

They include those in charge of five local authorities in the West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The demand's made in an open letter to the prime minister in the Telegraph and claims counties get £240 per resident compared with £449 in urban areas.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says councils have been given £46.4bn this year and it'll work to get councils their financial settlement for next year as soon as possible.

Cricket: Bears in strong position but Pears slump

BBC Sport

Warwickshire will start day two of their County Championship match with Somerset in a strong position at 303-4 in their first innings.

Teenage batsman Rob Yates (pictured) will continue on 139, his maiden first-class century for the Bears.

Ron Yates
Getty Images

While in Division Two, Worcestershire will be hoping to take quick wickets today after Northamptonshire had the better of day one.

The Pears made 186 in their first innings before their hosts ended the day 140-3.

You can follow both games via BBC local radio commentary or the BBC Cricket website.

Will you need your umbrella again?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells with some heavy showers - here's the full weather forecast.

Alex Hamilton

Stay up to date with the latest weather for you area by heading to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Wet day turning to dry night

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After all the rain we should be in for a largely dry night - here's the full forecast, including for the start of your weekend:

Rebecca Wood

Keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Wet day ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet one today with rain due to spread across the West Midlands throughout the day - here's the full forecast:

Alex Hamilton

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

Weather set to change from tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Dry and clear to start tonight but it's then going to soon turn cloudy - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands.

Alex Hamilton

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

Hundreds man the phones to help students through clearing

Hundreds of university staff and students are manning phones today, to help young people who didn't get the grades they wanted.

They're also helping students find accommodation for September.

And they've been sharing inspirational stories from past students who came to them through clearing and ended up having a really positive experience.

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Big differences in A-level maths results

Maths proved the most popular subject at A-levels this year.

Across the country, 41.4% of 18-year-olds got A or A* grades, but there was a big variation across the country and across exam boards.

Documents first reported by the Daily Telegraph revealed that students taking papers set by both Pearson/Edexcel and OCR needed just 55% and 54% respectively to get an A grade.

Graphic
BBC

The results cover ceremonial counties, so Stoke-on-Trent figures are included with Staffordshire and Telford ones as part of Shropshire.

The number of students taking the subject in each county also differs significantly with just 255 in Herefordshire and 3,410 in the West Midlands.

Shropshire and Worcestershire students set bar at A-levels

Shropshire A-level students had the highest percentage of As and A*s in Economics in the country, figures from Ofqual have revealed.

And Worcestershire students came out top in Physical Education, with 23.3% getting a grade of A or A*.

A-level results
Getty Images

Out of the 195 students taking economics in Shropshire, 46.7% got a grade of A or A* - well above the national average of 30.1%.

The figures also show that Staffordshire students got the lowest percentage of A or A*s in maths - 28%.

Water company to pay for 1.3 million trees

Severn Trent Water says it will pay for 1.3 million trees to be planted in the Midlands over the next five years.

The water company is supplying them to the Woodland Trust, which is working with farmers and landowners to find suitable locations.

Tree planting
Severn Trent

The firm has paid for 700,000 of them since 2015, mostly in Derbyshire, but now wants to widen the scheme out to cover Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

It said the trees, which will all be native species, can improve drainage, reduce the amount of chemicals leaking into rivers, and improve air quality.

Some showers to start the day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some scattered showers around this morning in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast for the region:

Alex Hamilton

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

The revolutionary who transformed how we send letters

Tim Harford

Presenter, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

If the postman knocked on your door in the city of Birmingham in the 1830s, with a three-page letter from London, he would let you read it only if you coughed up two shillings and threepence.

Rowland Hill
Getty Images

This didn't much impress Rowland Hill, a school master from Kidderminster, who took it upon himself to write detailed analysis and proposals for completely revamping the system.

Hill's solution was a bold two-step reform: senders, not recipients, would be asked to pay for postage and it would be cheap - one penny, regardless of distance.

By 1840, Britain had the Penny Post, and the number of sent letters more than doubled.

If you want to know more about how Hill changed the postal system, you can read our full-length feature.

What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Well it's going to be a very wet day today so make sure you pack an umbrella.

There's also a weather warning in place for possible heavy thundery showers across the region.

West Midlands weather 14 August 2019

Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's just the chance of the odd shower this evening but it should then be mainly dry overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Binman surprises his favourite customer on her 100th birthday
Ben Bird's kind gesture to mark Dorothy Ballard's milestone has been viewed millions of times.

Your photos: A bright and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

While we're not experiencing a summer heatwave, the weather outside has been beautiful today and we're seeing lots of blue sky from the BBC Weather Watchers.

These pictures were taken near Wellington in Shropshire, Kidderminster and Coventry.

The Wrekin
Liam Ball
Kidderminster
Spennells Pensioner
Coventry
SteveC

Thunderstorms warning for Wednesday

Allen Cook

BBC News

Thunderstorms could cause flooding and disrupt transport in parts of the West Midlands tomorrow, the Met Office has said.

Area covered by warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning's been issued covering most of the region from 14:00 until 22:00.

Fine, sunny day ahead for Tuesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today looks like being a generally fine day for most of the West Midlands, here's the full weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

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

Chance of showers tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mostly dry day, there's a chance of some scattered showers overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton with Monday night's West Midlands weather

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