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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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.

Officer 'lucky to be alive' after hit- and-run

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire police officer who was hit by a car while on duty says she feels lucky to be alive.

PC Claire Bond with BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres
BBC

PC Claire Bond was at the Stafford 10k race in September when she was knocked down in a hit-and-run.

Both her legs were broken in the collision and at one stage, she told BBC Radio Stoke she thought the vehicle was going to reverse over her.

I looked straight at the car and I remember the reverse lights coming on and I was lying there and I couldn't move. I thought, he's going to reverse over me."

PC Claire BondStaffordshire police officer

The car's driver is due to be sentenced later this year after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drugs charges.

PC Bond said she's determined to return to front-line policing and plans to read a victim impact statement at the sentencing.

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.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

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.

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

Road fatalities 'cut to zero'

The number of people dying in crashes on the A500 in Staffordshire has been reduced to zero in the last 12 months, according to new figures.

Speed camera monitoring A500
CMPG

Staffordshire Police said no-one died in 2018-19 in a collision, compared with three the year before, and the number seriously injured fell from four to two in the same period.

The force puts it down to the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) taking over policing the route in 18 June 2018.

The group's made up of officers from Staffordshire and West Midlands Police and concentrates on driving issues on motorways and main roads like the A500.

In the 12 months since they took on the A500, CMPG officers said they'd caught 1,569 motorists speeding on the route with one driver recorded at 93mph in a 50mph zone.

Flooding likely as weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.

A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.

Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some showery rain this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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Police commander suspended by force

Vicky Norton

BBC Radio Stoke

A senior police officer's been suspended for what his force has described as allegations "which amount to gross misconduct".

Staffordshire Police has refused to reveal the nature of the allegations.

Chief Insp John Owen
BBC

The force said it had decided to take the action over Chief Insp John Owen, its police commander for Stoke-on-Trent North.

It added that it had referred the allegations to its watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which assessed them and referred the issue back to the force for an internal investigation.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Flood alerts updated

Roads closed due to flooding

BBC News Travel

The A38 Kingsbury Road remains closed northbound in Castle Vale between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout.

The southbound carriageway was also initially blocked, but is now passable with care.

The B4101 is also closed in both directions in Bradnocks Marsh, Solihull between Magpie Lane and Fen End Road West.

In Staffordshire the B5066 Sandon Road is completely closed from Astonfields Road to Peel Terrace.

New Street in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire is closed between Hanley Road and Upper Hook Road.

Wrinehill Road in Nantwich, Cheshire remains closed from B5071 Bridge Street to Cobbs Lane.

Latest update on flood warnings issued

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

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More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

Alex Hamilton

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

Travel disruption expected from more flooding

Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.

River Teme, Ludlow on Wednesday
Shropshire Lass

After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until midday which covers Cheshire, including around Crewe and Nantwich.

Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, with some of it heavy, and highs of 15C (59F).

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Counties braced for more flooding

Allen Cook

BBC News

The number of flood alerts in Shropshire and Cheshire have increased as the Met Office is warning there could be more flooding over the next 24 hours.

Fast-flowing brook in Shropshire at Longnor
STFC goose

It has a yellow weather warning in place for most of the West Midlands until midnight and then the warning moves to cover a smaller area until midday tomorrow, but does include Cheshire.

The Environment Agency has two flood warnings in place in Shropshire along with five flood alerts in the county.

There are also four flood alerts in Staffordshire and one covering Crewe and Nantwich in Cheshire.

Flooding fears increase with rising river levels

Allen Cook

BBC News

River levels are continuing to rise in parts of the West Midlands as more rain's forecast for the next 24 hours.

Shrewsbury town centre, near the River Severn
Eric Bullock

The Environment Agency still has two flood warnings on the River Vyrnwy near Oswestry, which mean flooding is expected.

There are also nearly a dozen flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible - across the West Midlands, including in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

The agency says it expects some river levels to peak this evening but that could change with more rain on the way.

Meanwhile, Cheshire Police has warned of severe flooding in parts of Crewe and Nantwich:

Flooding in Crewe
Cheshire Police

Flood warnings with more rain forecast

Allen Cook

BBC News

There are two flood warnings covering parts of Shropshire this morning and nearly a dozen flood alerts across the West Midlands.

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The Environment Agency said the warnings covered the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley, near Oswestry.

The flood alerts include five in Shropshire and four in Staffordshire, meaning flooding is possible.

The agency's said rivers levels are continuing to rise with more rain forecast and they are fast-flowing.

A number of roads in the county are also blocked by floods.

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Mixed employment figures for West Midlands

BBC Business News

The unemployment rate in the West Midlands in the three months to April fell to 5.0%, according to new data.

Job centre sign
PA

The Office for National Statistics said 145,000 were out of work in the region, down 4,000 on the previous quarter.

But its figures also showed 11,000 fewer people were employed over the period, compared to the previous three months.

Overall, the UK’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period.

Severe weather warnings extended

Severe weather warnings for rain have been extended across most of the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the week.

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Fallen trees across Warwickshire and Worcestershire have caused disruption with more rain forecast throughout the day.

Officer in Shipston
Warwickshire Police

Fallen trees affected Metro services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the A34 at Monks' Heath in Cheshire was partially blocked near the Capesthorne Hall turn

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for "some treacherous weather".

The yellow warnings are in place until 12:00 on Thursday.

Rain set to cause disruption 'throughout week'

A severe weather warning for rain remains in place for parts of the West Midlands, with travel likely to be disrupted.

Weather warning map
Met Office

The Met Office said parts of Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Birmingham and the Black Country are set to be most affected, with rain and thunderstorms likely to continue throughout the week.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be wet with spells of heavy rain tonight with lows of 9C (12C ).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

M6 congestion warning

BBC News Travel

A warning if you're heading on the M6 in Staffordshire this morning.

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Severe weather warnings issued

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption to parts of the West Midlands later.

Some areas could see a month's worth of rainfall in a single day, with wet weather to last well into the week.

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The first of four severe weather warnings is set to affect parts of Warwickshire and Staffordshire, with heavy rain also expected to sweep through Birmingham and the Black Country, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire through Monday.

Areas most affected could see local flooding and disruption to transport.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and wet day with heavy rain spreading through the area and highs of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There will be some heavy and potentially thundery showers into the evening with high winds and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Heavy rain and thunderstorms likely to disrupt travel

Parts of the West Midlands are already seeing heavy rain showers, but it's set to get worse.

A Met Office is warning is in place for most of the West Midlands until 23:00, with Warwickshire and Worcestershire expected to face the worse of the weather.

Some flooding of homes and businesses is likely, the Met Office said, with spray and flooding on roads likely to disrupt travel.

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Arson attack close to university site

A fire in woodland close to Keele University in Staffordshire is being treated as arson, said the fire service.

Crews were called to the scene at 10:15 today, and pumped water from a nearby pond to fight the blaze.

About 20 firefighters have now left the scene.

Weather warning extended

A weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms has been extended across much of the the West Midlands.

Weather warning picture
Met Office

Some flooding is likely with wet roads set to affect travel, said the Met Office.

The yellow warning is in place from 14:00 to 23:00.

Heads meet as budgets 'at breaking point'

About 100 head teachers from Staffordshire are meeting today to discuss their concerns over school funding.

Many have blamed rising costs, with the National Association of Head Teachers saying school budgets are at "breaking point".

School
BBC

One primary head from Stoke-on-Trent said she had had to ask parents to raise money to pay for a classroom.

Emily Proffitt, from Titensor First School said schools were "feeling the pinch, and it's getting harder and harder to forecast budgets for futures and give children what they deserve and what they need".

Last month, she revealed she had taken on jobs like tiling and fitting sinks in a bid to save money.

The Department for Education said: “Under the national funding formula, funding for schools in Staffordshire has increased by 3.8% per pupil, compared to 2017-18.

"This is above the national average of 3.2%, and is equivalent to an extra £27.7 million in total, when rising pupil numbers are taken into account."