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Wednesday's weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a stormy night for some of us it's a dry and fine to start to the day, here's the rest of Wednesday's forecast:

Rich Davis

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

Your pictures: Enjoying the sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about capturing images of this lovely day.

This image of the harvest was taken in Wolverhampton by Les at Large.

harvest
Les at large

This blue sky over Southam, Warwickshire, was taken by Littleacorns.

Sunflower
Littleacorns

And Liam Ball has got the water pistol out in Dawley, Shropshire.

Water Pistol
Liam Ball

Broken down train delaying rail services

BBC News Travel

A broken down train at Stoke-on-Trent is delaying or cancelling rail services between Derby and Crewe.

Disruption is expected to last until 18:30, said National Rail.

Replacement bus services are running.

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Warm weather brings threat of thunderstorms

Scattered thunderstorms moving north tonight through the West Midlands could lead to some power cuts and travel delays, the Met Office is warning.

Although some places will miss the thunderstorms altogether, where they do occur there is the potential for frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds.

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Warnings issued as temperatures set to break 30C

The health service is warning people to stay hydrated and use sunscreen during the hot weather expected this week.

The south of England will see the hottest temperatures, but in the West Midlands we're still likely to see it reach 30C in the next few days and even higher in some areas.

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The NHS is advising those who are more vulnerable such as the very young and the elderly, to avoid being exposed to the sun for long periods.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any cloud should clear leaving a sunny and very warm day with highs of 31C (88F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night turning misty in places with lows of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Work starts on police Commonwealth Games HQ

Work has started on a new control suite, which will be the base for police operations for Birmingham's Commonwealth Games in 2022.

West Midlands Police
BBC

The new centre, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, will also be a base for the force's firearms operations unit.

Ch Supt Dave Sturman said: “The games will be the largest operation in the force’s history and this new Event Control Suite will provide the world class facilities we need to deliver a safe and successful event for the region."

The new centre is also part of the force's programme to save £5m a year through disposing of underused buildings.

Schools to get specialist mental health teams

BBC Shropshire

Dozens of schools in Staffordshire and Shropshire are set to get specialist help from mental health experts under a new scheme.

Schoolchildren whispering in playground about another child
Getty Images

The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is among several across the country selected by the government for the new programme.

It said the scheme would see new teams set up, supporting about 20 schools and colleges each with the aim of speeding up access to specialists.

The trust aims to launch the teams by December 2020 with two in Shropshire and two in east Staffordshire.

Rail delays due to train fault

A fault on a train between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton is delaying rail services.

Tickets are being accepted on local bus services.

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Drone footage of fire at derelict factory in Winson Green
Smoke could be seen across Birmingham on Saturday after a fire broke out at a derelict factory.

Weather: Rain forecast this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

If you were planning a barbeque this weekend, you might want to wait until Sunday, because we're forecast rain tomorrow.

It's looking a lot better next week though.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Police pay rise 'could cost 37 officers'

Thirty seven police officers could be lost from the West Midlands force unless the government funds the pay rise it's set to announce, says the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Police officer
West Midlands Police

The armed forces will get a 2.9% rise, teachers and school staff 2.75%, police officers, dentists and consultants 2.5%, senior civil servants 2%, the Times said.

It is thought the rise will come from existing budgets.

PCC David Jamieson said the estimated pay rise could leave the force needing to spend a further £1.8m from its current budget.

Since I’ve been commissioner I’ve had to watch as the number of police officers plummet and crime rises. Whilst I welcome any plans to pay our hard working officers a salary which they all fully deserve, I am very concerned that there are no plans to fund the pay rise."

David JamiesonWest Midlands Police and Crime Commi

Plans for flood plain homes to be decided

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are three more of the stories written by the Local Democracy Reporters today:

  • A bid to reopen a pub called the Moonshine Inn in Birmingham has been rejected by councillors over concerns about noise, nuisance. One neighbour also objected to its name, because Moonshine is the term used for a high-strength illegally distilled alcohol.
  • A plan to build 62 affordable homes near a floodplain near Worcester, which were rejected once over flooding fears, will go before council planners again next week.
  • Concerns have been raised about the lack of sprinklers included in the plans to refurbish Wolverhampton's Civic Halls.

Trespassers delaying rail services

BBC News Travel

Trespassers on the line between Wolverhampton and Coseley are delaying rail services through these stations.

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Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J3 for A41 Newport Road to J2 for A4510.

M54 Shropshire - M54 partially blocked eastbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J2, A4510 (Wolverhampton), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Popular pool is refilled for grand reopening

Now we KNOW it's summer - because they've started pouring water back into Tettenhall Pool.

It's due to have a grand reopening next month.

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 10C (50F).

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The moment police swoop on armed men in Birmingham
Footage from officers' body-worn cameras shows the operation after a sawn-off shotgun changes hands.

Vigil held to highlight honour killings

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

A vigil held in Wolverhampton this morning, to remember victims of so-called honour crimes, is the second in the city this week.

Vigil
BBC

The meeting was to highlight what many feel is an underreported issue in Wolverhampton.

Councillor Rupinderjit Kaur, one of the organisiers, said she had lost two family members to honour killings, and another was "lucky to survive".

"They were murdered in India due to honour," she said.

"This isn't a culture, this is a crime."

West Midlands house prices to see biggest rise in England

The West Midlands is predicted to see the biggest increase in house prices in England over the next two years, according to analysts from PwC.

Only Wales is expected to see faster growth in the UK.

Homes
PA Media

PwC said it expected the price of the average house in the West Midlands to rise from £194,000 to £223,000 by 2022 and warns that this will make it hard for people move to find new jobs and will also have an impact on rental prices.

More than 70 animals shot in the West Midlands

More than 70 animals were shot using air guns in the West Midlands last year, new figures show.

Cat
RSPCA

The RSPCA is calling for the licensing of air guns as figures reveal the charity received 767 reports of animals being shot across England and Wales, with 72 reports coming from the region.

Cats bore the brunt of the shootings with 258 of them and 73 dogs deliberately killed or maimed last year.

A large number of wild mammals and birds, including foxes, squirrels, swans and pigeons were targeted as well, it said.

Trust calls for disposable BBQ ban following fires

A wildlife trust is calling for a ban on disposable barbecues after a series of devastating wildfires.

Fire
BBC

In August last year a fire swept through the Staffordshire Roaches leaving about 20% of the area blackened and lifeless.

It was later discovered that it was started by campers who hadn't put out their fire properly.

As well as a ban, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is urging local supermarkets and shops to take the barbecues off their shelves.

Vigil held against honour-based violence

A vigil will be held in Wolverhampton today to remember victims of so-called honour crimes.

Candles
City of Wolverhampton Council

Seven thousand cases were recorded in the UK between 2011 and 2016.

The crime involves violence by one family member against another, supposedly to protect or restore family honour.

There will be a lunchtime vigil starting with a walk from the Prince Albert statue to the bottom of the steps outside St Peter's Collegiate Church where a number of speeches will be made.

So-called honour-based violence is hidden within families and communities. It can take many forms of abusive behaviour and is under-reported in Wolverhampton.

Councillor Asha MattuCity of Wolverhampton Council

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early rain should clear leaving a bright day with highs of 23C (973F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Latest weather: Another warm and overcast day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's forecast to be another warm and overcast day tomorrow and there's a chance of a bit of rain overnight.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Force gets extra £5m for crime-predicting technology trial

The Home Office has given another £5m to a police force testing software that predicts whether someone will commit a crime.

Lloyd House, West Midlands Police HQ
BBC

West Midlands Police is trialling the system to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery.

The National Data Analytics Solution is used to help predict whether someone will commit a crime or become a victim.

Supt Nick Dale, from the force, said: "This technology has the potential to help us understand modern slavery networks, the hidden crime within our communities, so much better, as well as the problems that lead to serious violence that blights communities and affects the lives of victims and perpetrators.

"We are still at an early stage in identifying how best machine learning technology can be used, but it is really important that our work is scrutinised independently from an ethical point of view, and that technology will never replace professional judgment or affect the police's accountability for our actions."

West Midlands Police received £4.5m of Home Office funding for the scheme last year.

Wildlife trust to carry out badger vaccinations

Badgers are to be vaccinated in a bid to prevent the spread of TB in cattle.

Nearly 4,000 were culled in Staffordshire last year and another 600 in Cheshire and the wildlife trust said it's looking at alternative solutions.

Badger
Getty Images

It will be carrying out the vaccination on six sites, which include nature reserves and privately-owned land.

Some of the larger sites contain up to five setts.

Policeman charged with custody block assault

A police custody sergeant has been charged with assaulting a man who was detained by officers last December.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said Sgt Nathan Legend will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday charged with two counts of assault by beating.

The 31-year-old was charged by the CPS following an IOPC investigation which looked at the officer's use of force against a man detained at Birmingham's Perry Barr custody unit.

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J4 for A464 to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M54 eastbound from J4, A464 (Shifnal) to J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a lorry that's broken down. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Two dozen arrests in 24 hours across city

BBC Radio Stoke

There have been 24 arrests in Stoke-on-Trent in 24 hours as part of an ongoing operation to disrupt criminal activity.

Yesterday's campaign in the city included at least four raids and multiple vehicle checks.

Arrests include those suspected of drug and fraud offences.