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Weather: Showers to start

BBC Weather

Showers this morning before it turns mainly dry with sunny spells but still with the odd chance of a shower. High: 17C/63F.

Today's weather forecast

Clear spells this evening before turning cloudy with rain moving in from the south. Low: 12C/54F.

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

Teens arrested after serious assault

Three teenagers have been arrested after a man was attacked in Hereford.

High Town, Hereford

The victim, in his 20s, was left with serious injuries after the assault on Saturday evening in High Town, West Mercia Police said.

The teenagers, two aged 16 and a 15-year-old, all from the city, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

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.


Shopping centre almost full of shops

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

Five months after it was bought by Herefordshire Council with 17 empty units, The Maylord Orchard shopping centre in Hereford is now almost full again.

The local authority purchased it in June for £4.5m and it said all but two will have new retailers within a few weeks.

The Maylord Orchard

The shopping centre has 42 units and the council said offering rent discounts for local and startup businesses has led to a surge of interest.

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.

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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

Shell store renovation almost complete

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

A £7.3m renovation of Hereford's first world war shell store is almost complete.

The new building uses the same steel frame as the original giant shed which was built at Rotherwas in just four months in 1916.

Shell factory

It contains pods for 25 new and growing businesses and aims to become a hub for defence, security and cyber technology firms.

The project has been paid for by the European Regional Development Fund, Herefordshire Council and a loan from the Marches Investment Fund.

Shell factory interior

Racecourse opens for first jumps meeting

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

Hereford Racecourse will stage its first meeting of the new winter jumps season, but no spectators will be allowed to attend.

Arena Racing, which operates the course, has made changes to the facilities to ensure they meet the Covid-19 rules introduced by the British Horseracing Authority.

Hereford racecourse
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The regional executive director at Hereford, Rebecca Davies, said the return of spectators should be possible eventually, with the right safety measures in place.

That is likely to mean all tickets being bought in advance and track and trace being introduced.

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

Heavy rain warning for drivers

More heavy rain is one the way it looks.

Drivers along with bus and train passengers are being warned of travel disruption tonight and tomorrow morning.

Area covered by warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office from 21:00 until 09:00 on Thursday.

Flooding of a few homes and business "is likely", it said.

Monty Don on why we should put our phones down

Helen Bushby

Entertainment reporter

We should all look up, look outside and put our phones down, according to gardener Monty Don.

Monty Don

The dulcet-toned presenter of BBC Two's Gardeners' World thinks we are "becoming divorced from nature" and wants people to see the wildlife, nature and the environment on their doorstep.

Don's latest book, My Garden World, is a homage to the Herefordshire countryside on his doorstep and his farm on the Welsh borders.

You can read more about it here on the BBC website.

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.

Your photos: Sunshine among the cloud

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had some brighter spells mixed in with the cloud this morning, as far as we can tell from photos sent in by BBC Weather Watchers.

Here are three of them from users Videoman in Leek, Staffordshire, Willow 54 in Hereford and David 007 in Kinver, Staffordshire:

Willow 54
David 007

Covid-19: Positive test forces nursery to close

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

A Hereford nursery has closed for a fortnight after a child tested positive for Covid-19.

Widemarsh Children's Centre

Lollipops on the Common said a child had tested positive.

The nursery, which operates from the Widemarsh Children's Centre, said it meant a large number of children and staff have to self-isolate for 14 days.

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.

Reopening flooded pool could cost council £500k

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

More than £500,000 may have to be spent by Herefordshire Council to reopen the swimming pool in Hereford.

Hereford Leisure Pool

The site has been shut since flooding in October 2019, which happened again in February. It caused "substantial" damage to the site.

A report to the council has said some of the repairs will be covered by insurance, but others, such as electrical work and concrete, will need to be pay for by the council.

The proposal is to use other budgets to cover the cost, but borrow up to £505,000 if they don't. A decision is due to be taken by the full council on Friday.

Covid-19: Council 'confident' in PPE stocks for winter

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

Care providers in Herefordshire will get the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need this winter, the county council has pledged.

Man among stacks of PPE

Since the pandemic began, the local authority said it had spent nearly £1m on gloves, masks, aprons and visors, and it currently has stock to last between seven and nine weeks.

Paul Smith, from the council, said about 40,000 masks were collected by care staff each week and it was sure it would be able to keep supplies going over the crucial winter period.

"I am really confident that we're continuing to do a really excellent job and we will continue to provide the support that the care providers absolutely need," he said.

Storm Alex batters UK

Storm Alex has already started to batter some parts of the UK and is set to make itself felt in the Midlands tomorrow.

A Met Office Amber warning is in force from Saturday afternoon into Sunday. The forecaster says heavy rain is likely to bring flash floods.

PA Media

Parts of the South West have seen a series of power cuts today, but the Met Office said strong winds were expected to largely drop by the end of today.

However, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales are expected to see some of the country's heaviest rainfall on Saturday and Sunday.

Your photos: Rain all over the West Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had some lovely wet weather photos shared by the BBC Weather Watchers today.

This cow was photographed near Redditch by a contributor using the nickname OgySnaps and the wet Hereford city centre picture below was taken by StepCounter.

Redditch cows
Wet Hereford

First electric ambulance launched by Bradford firm

The country's first electric ambulance has been launched by a conversion firm in Bradford.

The ambulance on the road

Vehicle Conversion Specialists, which converts ambulances for a range of NHS trusts, is behind the zero-emission project.

The electric ambulance is being designed, developed and produced in Bradford.

The company says it's the first electric ambulance to enter front-line service in Europe.

It's being trialled by West Midlands Ambulance Service throughout this month, it added.

The ambulance has a top speed of 75mph and can travel more than 100 miles between charges.

The ambulance

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

Man inspired by Sir Tom to take on charity challenge

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

A Hereford man is hoping to raise £100,000 for three local charities to mark his 90th year, taking inspiration from the efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Alan Blake is supporting the Hereford City Rotary Club, Parkinson's UK and St Mary's Church in Burghill by climbing the steep route around his riverside home every day.

Alan Blake

The 458 circuits of the 120 steps is the equivalent of a 15-mile route between his favourite churches.

'UK's first' electric ambulance launched

An electric ambulance has gone into service for West Midlands Ambulance Service for the first time.

It said it would be the UK's first all-electric emergency ambulance and would be used to test the technology, with the aim of eventually introducing an emission-free fleet.


WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, said: “Given Birmingham is introducing a clean air zone, this is a sensible and advantageous step forward for so many reasons.”

The ambulance can travel at 75 mph and go up to 110 miles before needing to recharge.

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.


'Patients discharged to care homes without virus test'

Tom Edwards

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Hundreds of hospital patients were discharged into care homes during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic without being tested first.

Figures obtained by BBC Hereford and Worcester show that between March and May more than 200 vulnerable people were placed in care homes without anyone knowing if they were carrying the virus.

A woman in a care home
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Bev Anderson runs Stretton Nursing Home near Hereford. Twelve of its residents died from Covid-19 during the first wave.

"It hit us so quick, one minute no-one had any symptoms then, 24 hours later, people started to die.

"We spent many many of our breaks just taking five minutes where we'd be crying."

The Department of Health says £1bn is being pumped into protecting care settings from the virus this winter.

Officers investigate city centre assault

A witness appeal has been launched after a man was assaulted on a Hereford street.

He was punched in Eign Gate by a man as he approached the subway passage, officers said.

The assault happened between 17:30 and 18:00 on Sunday, said West Mercia Police.

It is asking for any witnesses to come forward.

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.

Council expecting difficult financial times

BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

Herefordshire Council is warning that difficult times lie ahead financially, but it believes it has sufficient reserves to be able to carry on providing services.

Its chief finance officer, Andrew Lovegrove, said because of coronavirus "the future is going to be very tough for the economy and Herefordshire will be not treated any differently".

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The authority reported an overspend of almost £16m in the first three months of the financial year.

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

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