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Thundery storms expected to bring travel disruption

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel problems throughout the morning, with a yellow warning for severe weather in place until 10:00.

About 15 to 20mm of rain may fall in an hour, the Met Office is warning, with up to 40mm possible in a few areas.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Thunderstorms and showers are likely tonight with weather warnings in place until the end of Tuesday.

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Rise in attacks on paramedics, figures show

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Moore

Physical attacks on paramedics have risen by nearly a quarter in a year, latest figures have revealed.

Smashed window on ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said in April and May, 80 ambulance staff were physically assaults, 15 more than the same months in 2018.

Over the same period, verbal attacks increased as well, from 102 to 165.

But the service said "security incidents", such as theft of property, fell from 46 to 38.

Thunderstorms expected to bring travel disruption

Severe weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place across the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the day.

The Met Office warning is in place until the end of Tuesday.

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Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It should be a dry night with largely clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

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Flash floods warning as thunderstorms sweep in

The severe weather warning for thunderstorms across the West Midlands has been extended to Tuesday.

Localised flooding, lightning strikes and up to 30mm of rain in an hour is possible between 12:00 on Sunday and the end of Tuesday, said the Met Office.

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BreakingThunderstorms set to bring travel disruption

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel disruption throughout Sunday afternoon, the Met Office is warning.

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Met Office

It has now extended yellow warnings for severe weather starting at 12:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

The Environment Agency's Dave Throup said there was the "potential for big storms for Sunday onwards as temperatures and humidity rise".

Birmingham's £1.5bn masterplan may be reconsidered

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for the £1.5bn redevelopment of former wholesale markets sites in Birmingham might have to be reconsidered, following the release of alternative plans by a community group.

A Birmingham City Council scrutiny committee has asked for the local authority's own proposals to go back before councillors "as a matter of urgency".

Plans for Smithfield development
Birmingham City Council

Peter Culley, an architect who is supporting the alternative vision, produced by the City Park 4 Brum group, called the council plans "bland" and added: "It looks like a corporate American suburban plan from the 1990s.”

The campaign group would prefer the area to be turned into a green space with room for market stalls and a mock medieval moat.

Richard Cowell, assistant director of development for the council, defended the masterplan, which has taken four years to draw up, saying it would be key to delivering the housing and jobs Birmingham needed.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with a good deal of sunshine and highs of 18C (64F).

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering rain should clear to leave a dry night with lows of 9C (43F).

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More thunderstorms on the way

Thunderstorms are set to bring more travel disruption and possible flooding across the whole of the West Midlands at the beginning of next week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for severe weather starting at 15:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

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West Midlands fire services rated 'good'

Both the West Midlands Fire Service and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have been rated as "good" by inspectors.

They were among 16 to undergo their first inspection recently and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has complained it has seen too much variation in the way they work around the country.

Fire engine
BBC

Both local fire services are commended for the way they are run, but the inspectors did say Shropshire's fire service "needs to do better at protecting the public through fire regulation".

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After some patchy rain it should be a largely dry day with highs of 18C (64F).

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Rough sleeper numbers 'rise by 53%' in Birmingham

BBC WM

The number of people sleeping on the streets of Birmingham's risen by 53% in the last year, according to the city council.

A man sleeping rough on the streets.
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Since 2012, the authority's admitted rough sleeping's increased by 500% and 91 people are on the streets every night at the moment.

But it claims measures such as street intervention and a new initiative called Housing First are working.

The latter scheme gives homeless people with other issues such as addiction all the services they need in one place.

We've seen 58 people that were entrenched rough sleepers off the streets across the region. We've seen bed and breakfast usage come down from 700 to 360 roughly, so that's a huge improvement on the numbers of that."

Councillor Sharon ThompsonBirmingham City Council

Extra police to target city's organised crime gangs

BBC Midlands Today

Organised criminal gangs in Birmingham are being targeted with more police officers.

Police officers in helmets
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police has brought in 20 more staff to help disrupt gang activity and make quicker arrests.

The force said it'll also work with youth workers, the probation service and communities to try to prevent young people from getting into criminal activity.

Dry start to Wednesday night's weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We should get a dry start to tonight with clear spells. Here's the full forecast, including for Thursday in the West Midlands:

Rich Davis

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

Waters receding at New Road

Sussex 255 v Worcestershire 14-2 - lunch

While they're at lunch at Chester Road, Kidderminster, on the second day of Worcestershire's rescheduled game with Sussex, things are now looking a little brighter 15 miles away back at county headquarters, at New Road.

It has stopped raining, the River Severn has now reached its peak, the waters are starting to recede and the clean-up operation has begun in parts of the ground.

New Road first thing on Wednesday morning
Worcestershire CCC on Twitter
New Road Wednesday lunchtime
Ged Scott - BBC Sport

On past experience, it usually takes three weeks to get the place ready for cricket again after a New Road flood, which would wipe out next week's one-day game against Australia A, on 25 June.

But the next home game after that, the Championship fixture against Derbyshire on 7 July, at least looks a reasonable target.

The club are yet to comment on how long they expect to be at Kidderminster this time.

Dozens of motorway tailgaters stopped

A two-week crackdown on tailgaters on the M6 in the West Midlands resulted in 44 drivers being stopped.

Central Motorway Policing Group said they were given either a driving course, a court notice, a fixed penalty notice or advice.

Staffordshire police car
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police said figures recently released by Highways England show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front.

Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any overnight rain should soon clear away and we're set for a dry, sunny day:

Rich Davis

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

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

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Ambulance delays due to 'annual maintenance'

BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.

Ambulance
BBC

The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".

It said improvements had been made today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

Willenhall murder CCTV shows killer climbing into flat
Footage released by police shows the moments before the victim was beaten to death by three men.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands