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Are we expecting more rain?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly day with some showers along with the chance of hail, sleet and snow with highs of just 7C (45F).

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Weather: Clear spells and showers ahead

BBC Weather

There's better news ahead on the weather front for the West Midlands, although more showers are forecast across the next 24 hours.

Sun setting over flooded Buildwas this evening
Georgina Eley

Overall tonight, there are set to be clear spells mixed with scattered showers.

Then tomorrow, there'll still be some showers but they'll be mixed in with bright spells and it'll be breezy.

Get a forecast at any time from the BBC Weather website.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There will be strong winds and heavy rain for many this morning.

It will turn brighter this afternoon but stay windy with scattered showers and highs of 13C (55F).

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PCC defends calling hearing after train firm's no-show

The West Midlands Police and Crime commissioner's defended holding a public hearing into problems with West Midlands Trains (WMT) to which the operator didn't turn up.

Rail travel meeting
BBC

David Jamieson called today's meeting after hundreds of responses to a survey he started following months of delays and cancellations.

But, despite inviting train companies to appear, none of them turned up but instead provided reports.

Mr Jamieson said what they did get was a strong feeling of how passengers feel about the services.

"What was clear from the witness we heard from the public is how utterly disappointed they are a) with the train service and b) with the feedback they get about what is done to improve it," he said.

WMT said earlier this month it had already improved and had developed a "robust recovery plan".

Your weather: A cloudy night ahead with patchy rain ahead

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night with some patchy rain and drizzle with lows of 8C (46F).

Robin
BBC Weather Watchers / Littleacorns

It will be a windy day tomorrow with some sunny spells and showers with highs of 12C (54F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Ambulance staff 'cancelled leave to help during floods'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Hundreds of ambulance staff and dozens of 4x4 vehicles had to be called into action over the past week to cope with the major floods in the West Midlands, the ambulance service has said.

Paramedics with person rescued from floodwater
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Having bought more of the specialist ambulances this winter, 30 of them were sent out from the time Storm Dennis swept across the region.

Heavy rain saw large parts of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire flooded, especially along the rivers Teme, Severn and Wye.

Ambulances in front of floodwater
West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it also used its eight hazardous area response staff, an extra flood rescue team and had 400 ambulance crews working during the worst of the flooding.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh praised his staff who "responded magnificently" and said many had volunteered to give up rest days or cancel annual leave to provide cover this week.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a windy but dry day with highs of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a morning of sunshine and blustery showers before heavier rain moves in later with highs of 9C (48F).

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Your weather forecast: A cloudy night ahead of Storm Dennis

BBC Weather

It will be mainly cloudy this evening with some drizzle and lows of 7C (45F).

Shrewsbury
BBC Weather Watchers/Grum

It will be a very wet and windy Saturday with outbreaks of heavy rain for much of the day and gales expected.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind are in place for much of the West Midlands until midnight on Sunday.

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Warning storm could cause rail delays and cancellations

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being warned there could be delays and cancellations this weekend, because of Storm Dennis.

West Midlands Trains pointed out Storm Ciara had left "some areas of land already saturated and tree branches weakened".

West Midlands Train
BBC

Last weekend Network Rail workers had to go out to clear fallen trees and other debris from the lines and also repair damaged overhead cables.

'Hardest working' Birmingham councillor dies

A Birmingham city councillor who served his constituency for more than 25 years has died, it's been announced.

Councillor Keith Linnecor
Birmingham City Coucil

Labour councillor Keith Linnecor was "one of the hardest working councillors in the city" said Labour leader Ian Ward.

He worked "tirelessly" to represent the people of Oscott," he added.

Tributes have been paid on Twitter by colleagues in the city.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a generally dry day with sunny spells in the morning and some patchy drizzle this afternoon and highs of 12C (54F).

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Your weather forecast: A dry and clear night in store

BBC Weather

Any evening showers should die out leaving a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Sedgley
BBC Weather Watchers/Anna L

It will be a dry morning before cloud thickens with rain moving in on Friday afternoon.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with sunny spells and showers with highs of 9C (48F).

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Your weather forecast: A cold and clear night in store

After the snow in some parts of the region, it'll be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Bromyard
BBC Weather Watchers/Mrs Baggins

A warning for snow and ice remains in place for the Staffordshire Moorlands which could cause further travel disruption to that we told you about earlier.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Warnings issued over snow and ice

As we've been seeing, snow in Staffordshire, Shropshire and other parts of the West Midlands is already causing some travel disruption.

The Met Office is now warning this could continue until 19:00, with a yellow warning issued for snow that also takes in parts of Warwickshire.

Snow warning
Met Office

A warning for ice is in place for parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Flooding 'likely' across the region

Flood warnings have been issued for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley in Shropshire and the River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge near Nantwich.

High river
BBC Weather Watchers/ Coldhilldip

Dozens of less serious flood alerts are also in place across the region with water likely to affect low-lying roads.

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours, said the Environment Agency.

Storm Ciara: Hundreds still without power

About 400 properties are still without power across the West Midlands after Storm Ciara swept through the region.

Fallen Tree
Sutton Walker

Western Power Distribution said it had restored supplies to 115,000 customers in its area on Sunday with restorations still ongoing.

Flooding continues to cause problems for rail passengers on the West Coast Main Line, with no trains running north of Preston because of flooding at Carlisle.

Storm Ciara: Revised rail services

BBC News Travel

Storm Ciara is still affecting rail travel across the region due to trees falling on to the overhead power lines.

Network Rail has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are urged to check their routes before travelling.

West Midlands Railway will not operate services between Stafford and Wolverhampton and Rugely to Walsall.

A revised hourly train service will also be in place between Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain windy today with some showers and highs of 7C( 45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather forecast: Rain later before wind picks up

BBC Weather

Rain will move in for a time later, with strong winds picking up on Saturday.

Birmingham
BBC Weather Watchers / Sutton Walker

There's a yellow warning for wind for the whole of the West Midlands from midnight on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Storm Ciara: Rail passengers advised not to travel

Rail customers are now being advised to avoid travelling on Sunday if at all possible, said CrossCountry Trains.

It has cancelled all trains between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central and running an amended service between Birmingham and York, Manchester Picadilly, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads.

Due to speed restrictions services are expected to take an hour longer than usual.

Storm Ciara: Amended timetable in place for rail passengers

Rail passengers are being warned to expect travel disruption with Storm Ciara expected to bring high winds across the West Midlands.

Trampoline on the railway line
Network Rail

An amended timetable has been put in place in anticipation of speed restrictions, said Network Rail.

While the strongest winds are expected on Sunday, disruption could follow into Monday morning, it warned.

Lineside neighbours are also asked to help keep the railway free of any unexpected debris by tying down or clearing away garden furniture and trampolines, it added.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some sunny spells and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather: A dry and chilly night in store

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and chilly night with some patchy fog and lows of 0C (32F).

Stourbridge
BBC Weather Watchers/Anna L

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Your views: 'Crazy long' waits for smear test results

Facebook

Many of you have been getting in touch via the BBC Midlands Facebook site to comment on our story about smear test results being delayed for up to 10 weeks.

Woman with doctor
Getty Images

Jodi Burgess posted: "I waited 12 weeks to be told not enough cells collected to then wait a further 10 weeks."With abnormal smears previously this was a long six months wait to hear all ok. Crazy how long the wait is."

Karen Groves wrote: "I’m into week 11 of waiting now and keep being told 'no news is good news'. They’re quick enough to bombard women with letters and further reminders to go in the first place though! Absolute disgrace."

Hannah Parkes commented: "I was told the normal 2 to 3 weeks when had my appt back on the 20th November - rang at new year to be told results are up to 3 months - mine took 2 months in the end and thankfully everything is ok. 3 months wait is a long time if there is something abnormal!!"

Analysis: MP named as West Midlands mayoral candidate

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Labour's candidate for the West Midlands mayoral contest has been announced as Liam Byrne, the MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill.

With just three months to go until the mayoral election, this is a late announcement by anyone’s standards.

Liam Byrne
UK Parliament

Originally Labour had planned to have its West Midlands candidate sorted by the end of last November – but a general election got in the way.

There have also been rumours of more than the usual in-fighting within the region about possible candidates.

Pete Lowe received the backing of union Unison and Salma Yaqoob hoped for a political comeback with endorsement from internal group Momentum.

It’s possible that this split the left-leaning vote amongst the membership.

But there was also early support for Liam Byrne from different Labour factions – including Labour’s now outgoing shadow chancellor John McDonnell and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Labour announce Liam Byrne as mayoral candidate

Liam Byrne has been announced as Labour's candidate to take on Conservative Andy Street for the position of Mayor of the West Midlands.

Elections will take place on 7 May.

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Storm Ciara: Yellow warning for strong winds

Storm Ciara is set to bring strong and possibly damaging winds across the West Midlands.

Weather map
Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the region from 18:00 on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

Its forecast says gusts of between 80 and 100km/h (50-60mph) are likely across inland areas.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any early mist and fog should clear leaving a dry and bright day with highs of 5C (41F).

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Developer dismisses site contamination 'scaremongering'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A developer has dismissed claims medical waste was dumped at a former brick works in Birmingham and accused opponents of "scaremongering" to stop homes being built there.

Birmingham City Council has given Persimmon Homes permission to build 187 homes on the site off Holly Lane, in Erdington, and council planning officers said it was probably the "most tested site in Birmingham".

Erdington site
Google

Part of the 15-acre site was once a former quarry and it is estimated the base extends 98ft (30m) down from the surface.

Persimmon is due to take 12 months making the land safe, starting this autumn, and will then create a 13ft (4m) deep ‘platform’ to build houses on by removing soil to process and re-compact it.

Construction work on the new homes is unlikely to begin before the summer of 2021.

We are aware that the former clay pit was used for the tipping of household waste until its cessation in the 1970s. Since then the site has been subject to a number of investigations including both stability and gas monitoring. No evidence of any medical waste has been found on the site and there is no record of the site having ever been used for the tipping of medical waste

Persimmon Homes

Councillor apologises for 'tits and foof foof' comment

A Birmingham city councillor has apologised for posting "I like tits and foof foof" on Facebook while he was out drinking to celebrate Brexit.

The Frankley Great Park Conservative member Simon Morrall made the comment during an online discussion about which nightclub he should visit in London.

When one follower suggested he visit a gay bar, he responded: "well I can typically out dance gays all night, but unfortunately I like tits and foof foof!”

Simon Morrall
Birmingham City Council

Councillor Nicky Brennan, the women’s officer for the Labour group, made a formal complaint to leader Ian Ward and said: “Locker room talk and objectification of women’s body parts should not be tolerated."

On Tuesday, when Mr Morrall was asked about the comments at a council meeting, he said: “It has been brought to my attention that some comments I made drunkenly over the weekend on my Facebook have got some media attention.

“Those comments were in no way intended to offend, objectify or upset anybody, so I would like to take this opportunity to formally apologise, I’m sorry.”

Police make more than 1,000 domestic abuse arrests

West Midlands Police has now arrested 1,090 people on suspicion of domestic abuse since the start of 2020.

Domestic abuse - generic
West Midlands Police

The force is targeting domestic abuse in an intensive campaign and said it had detained suspects for offences ranging "from nasty assaults to bullying behaviour, harassment and breaches of restraining orders".

Among its latest arrests are a man from Coventry who allegedly held a hot iron to his partner's face, and another man from Netherton accused of biting a woman's ear in an attack on Christmas Day.

“Every day we are tracing and arresting people who are accused of domestic violence and abuse.

"Not just physical abuse, but also emotional, psychological, verbal and financial abuse," West Midlands Police Supt Sally Simpson said.