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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.


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
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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.

Thousands pledged for PC run over by own car

BBC Midlands Today

A crowdfunding appeal launched to support a police officer who was run over with his own car has already raised nearly £6,000.

PC Gareth Phillips
Family Handout

PC Gareth Phillips, 42, suffered potentially life-changing injuries after he stopped a suspected stolen car on Moorcroft Road, Moseley, Birmingham, on Saturday.

West Midlands Police said the page has been set up by his colleagues and the money will help support the officer's family through his recovery.

Mubashar Hussain, 29, formerly of Sherwood Road, Hall Green, appeared in court charged with offences including attempted murder and will next appear at Birmingham Crown Court next month.

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.

Amnesty removes 145 weapons from the streets

Rifles, shotguns, revolvers and handguns were among 145 firearms surrendered to West Midlands Police during a two-week gun amnesty.

West Midlands Police officers with guns
West Midlands Police

The force said it had also received self-loading pistols, a rifle silencer, military smoke grenade, incapacitant sprays and stun guns.

“A number of deactivated and imitation weapons were also surrendered. These could have been easily converted and should they have fallen into the wrong hands, the consequences could have been devastating," Ch Supt Mark Payne said.

“As a force, this is our third firearms surrender in less than two years and in total nearly 400 items have been handed in to us. That is a significant number of potentially very dangerous items off the street, and we have no doubt this will have saved lives.

Ch Supt Mark PayneWest Midlands Police

Conservatives select crime commissioner candidate

Jay Singh-Sohal has been selected as the Conservative party candidate for the next West Midlands Police and Crime commissioner.

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Mr Singh-Sohal, born in Handsworth, has a background in journalism and is a captain in the Army Reserves.

Labour is expected to announce their candidate for the role, currently occupied by the party's David Jamieson, next month.

Elections are due to take place in 2020.

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.

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.

'Lethal weapons' turned in in gun amnesty

Nearly 150 firearms have been surrendered in West Midlands Police's latest gun amnesty.

Gun amnesty

Of those, 15 were deemed "lethal weapons" and ammunition, air weapons and imitation firearms were also turned in.

The force ran the gun amnesty for two weeks, starting on 20 July.

The weapons will now all be forensically tested before being destroyed, police said.

Police get £3.3m to tackle violent crime

West Midlands Police will receive a £3.3m share of new funding for police and crime commissioners worth £35m.

Generic shot of police officer
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The "Violence Reduction Units", announced today by the government, will bring together different organisations - including the police, local government, health and community leaders - to tackle violent crime.

The teams will be tasked with identifying what is prompting violent crime in the area and coming up with long and short-term plans for tackling it.

The £35m will be split between 18 areas of the country most affected by serious violence - with the Metropolitan force receiving the largest share of £7m.

To beat knife crime we must do two things: first we need assertive, high profile police enforcement and second, we need a coordinated approach to the long term solutions to violence in society, especially amongst the young.

Kit MalthousePolicing Minister

Fashion student creates stab-proof jacket

A fashion student from Birmingham City University who says she has lost multiple friends and family members to knife crime has created a stab-proof jacket.

Shelana's son, Rimarni, wearing the gilet
Birmingham City University

Shelana Morton, 32, from Birmingham, created the gilet using a layer of ‘kevlar’ - a protective fabric which forms part of uniforms worn by army, military and police officers which helps to prevent slash and puncture wounds.

“An 11 year-old told me that my gilet garment could save his life,” she said. “What world do we live in when a child as young as 11 is saying that?”

She has also incorporated phrases stitched into the jacket's hood including: ‘Protect yourself with language not violence’, ‘Value your life’ and ‘Do you want to live with blood on your hands?’.

Shelana Morton
Shelana Morton

I've lost multiple family members and friends to knife crime - I understand what families are going through, and because of that and the rise in knife crime, it all resonated with me. I just think it's time for change.

Shelana MortonFashion student

Dry start to Monday's weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The week's set to start mainly dry and pretty cloudy across the West Midlands, here's the forecast for the whole of Monday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Warning of heavy rain and high winds

The Met Office is warning of heavy rain for the rest of the day and has issued a yellow warning, meaning there is a warning of thunderstorms and flooding across the West Midlands.

And it has issued another yellow warning for tomorrow, saying it's expecting high winds.


Parking charges introduced at eight railway stations

Car parking charges are going to be introduced at eight railway stations from 18 August.

West Midlands Trains said it was "only fair that those who use them pay towards their upkeep, as already happens at the majority of stations" and promised to make a "significant investment" in the car parks it owned.

Shifnal station

The stations below will all be affected and car park users will either have to pay a flat fee of £3 for the day or buy a season ticket.

  • Albrighton
  • Coleshill Parkway
  • Droitwich Spa
  • Hagley
  • Henley-in-Arden
  • Ledbury
  • Shenstone
  • Shifnal

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a showery day with some heavy rain expected later and highs of 23C (73F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Hospitals set to miss out on £7m new housing funds

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Christian Barnett

A hospital trust's been told it's unlikely to get £7m from developers building thousands of new homes, despite NHS bosses warning that, without it, patients would in future get "substandard care".

Worcestershire Royal Hospital sign
PA Media

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust wants the funds from the firms behind almost 5,000 new homes planned for the west and south of Worcester so it doesn't end up overwhelmed with patients in the future.

Its bid is in a report to be discussed by Malvern Hills District Council's planning committee next week.

The trust warns, with no new funding, its hospitals would have to run over capacity, waiting times would rise and operations could be cancelled.

But the council's planning officers say the multimillion-pound request is too late in the negotiation stage and would jeopardise existing agreements, reached after the planning applications were approved.

Rain weather warning updated

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption from 15:00 tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.

A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of heavy bursts will move northwards during Friday afternoon.

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for Saturday, with further disruption expected.

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