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Increased police patrols to enforce Covid restrictions

Staffordshire Police says it will be stepping up patrols in the county to ensure people stick to the new coronavirus restrictions.

Ch Const Gareth Morgan said so far "minimum enforcement" had been required, however "due to the infection rate rising, and some people continuing to flout the rules, we now need to take further measures to keep people safe".

Ch Const Gareth Morgan
Staffordshire Police

On Tuesday, prime minister Boris Johnson announced firmer restrictions in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, including closing pubs and restaurants by 22:00 and limiting them to table service only.

"If people choose to ignore the rules and break the law, we will take stricter enforcement action," Ch Const Morgan said.

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.

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Weather: Rain fading away tomorrow

BBC Weather

This brief rainy spell is coming to an end and most parts of the West Midlands should have dry weather by tomorrow afternoon.

But it's going to remain cool, with temperatures unlikely to be much higher than 13C (55F) tomorrow.


Weather: A rainy day is forecast

BBC Weather

We've got used to sunny September but it's all change with most of us forecast a rainy day.

Temperatures will take a drop too, with the maximum around 13C (55F).

The wet weather is expected to continue tomorrow.

Ashton under Hill
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Weather: One more day of sunshine before showers arrive

BBC Weather

We're forecast more sunshine today, once the mist clears, and temperatures could reach 23C (73F) in parts of the West Midlands.

But we're expecting rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

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BBC Radio Stoke

Hundreds of schoolchildren in Staffordshire have been sent home because of coronavirus less than three weeks into the new term.

PA Media

Twenty three schools which come under local authority control have had positive cases, said the county council.

In Stoke-on-Trent. 131 pupils have either been confirmed to have the virus, or are self-isolating after being in contact with someone who does.

Earlier this week, England's education secretary Gavin Williamson said schools were being prioritised, amid claims by head teachers of problems accessing tests.

Another dry and sunny day in store

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry and sunny day for most with highs of 20°C (68°F).

This was the scene earlier in Halesowen, Dudley as captured by BBC Weather Watcher Stormchaser Al.

Stormchaser Al

Another sunny day in store

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and settled day with some cloud but lots of sunny spells with highs of 20C (68F).

This was the scene earlier in Ashton under Hill in Worcestershire as taken by BBC Weather Watcher Morning Amble.

Ashton under Hill
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Weather: Another sunny day forecast

BBC Weather

We're forecast another sunny day, with temperatures up to 25C (77F).

Tomorrow should also be fine, but temperatures are expected to fall a little for the rest of the week.

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Businesses encouraged to get involved with HS2

Businesses in Staffordshire are being encouraged to get involved in the construction of HS2 through the county.

Stafford Borough Council said more than 1,000 local firms were already part of the project, but it still needed construction workers, electricians and transport companies.

HS2 construction

The authority said a range of trades were also needed on top of that though, including hairdressers, caterers and child carers.

Another warm sunny day in store

BBC Weather

It will be another dry, sunny and hot day, with highs of 27°C (81°F).

The picture was taken earlier in Telford by BBC Weather Watcher Raj's Range.

Weather Watcher/Raj's Range

Lots of sunshine expected

BBC Weather

It will be a dry, fine and warm day, with lots of sunshine throughout and highs of 26°C (79°F).

This is how the day started in Newcastle-under-Lyme as recorded by BBC Weather Watcher Snow Crystal.

Weather Watcher/Snow Crystals

Council looking for 'alternative local testing'

Staffordshire County Council has said it's looking at alternative local coronavirus testing after problems with the national booking system.

People in the area have complained of being offered tests in Oldham, Telford and even Wallasey in Merseyside.

Swab test
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The council said it had raised the issue as a matter of urgency with the government.

It was a similar story in Telford earlier this week, where a test centre was forced to close.

Weather: Cooler and cloudier today

BBC Weather

It's going to be a little bit cooler today, with a bit more cloud, with temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

But the weekend is forecast to be hot and sunny, with temperatures up to around 25C (77F).


Weather: Sunshine and light cloud

BBC Weather

We should see some sunshine today in between some light cloud. Temperatures could rise to 19C (66F) in parts of the West Midlands.

And the weather could get even better by the weekend when temperatures are forecast to rise to 24C (75F)/

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Eat Out to Help Out in numbers

Restaurants in the West Midlands have claimed more than five million meals under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, Treasury figures show.

Eat out to help out
PA Media

It said 5,050 outlets in the region were signed up to use the scheme as of 27 August 2020.

Diners got a state-backed 50% discount on meals and soft drinks up to £10 each on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August.

The Treasury says restaurants have so far made claims worth more than £29m.

Nationally more than 100 million meals were claimed.

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

After a dry start it will be a cloudy day with some sunny spells but also the chance of showers with highs of 16C (61F).

This stunning sunset was captured earlier in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands by BBC Weather Watcher the_aura_surfer.

Cradley Heath

People 'can get face-to-face test if unable to book online'

BBC Radio Stoke

Health bosses in Staffordshire say people can get a face-to-face Covid-19 test if they're unable to book online.

There have been issues with pre-booking the system for regional testing centres, which means people who have turned up on the day have been allowed to get tested.

Director of health and care for Staffordshire County Council Dr Richard Harling has issued advice for people who can't book in advance.

If they can't, they can use the walk-in testing site, which is at the Ryecroft Car Park. The postcode of that is ST5 2AA. That should be open eight til eight, seven days a week, so you can just walk in there, if the national online booking system isn't working

Dr Richard HarlingDirector of health and care

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with patchy rain but also some sunny spells with highs of 20C (68F).

This was the scene earlier in Newport, Shropshire, as taken by BBC Weather Watcher Bing-Lilly.


Weather: Some rain expected this afternoon

BBC Weather

We're forecast a dry start to the day, but our first September showers are expected this afternoon.

And for most of us it should be mild with light cloud, and temperatures up to about 17C (63F).

Ray Tranter

Weather: Some sunshine forecast

BBC Weather

August might have been a wash-out, but September is kicking off with sunshine, light cloud and temperatures up to 18C (64F).

It should be mild overnight too, with temperatures falling to around 11C (52F), but some rain is forecast tomorrow.

Clee Hill

Weather: Showers followed by more rain

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells this morning but mixed with scattered showers before it turns cloudier for a while this afternoon with longer spells of rain. High: 15C (59F).

This morning in Lyonshall, Herefordshire

Any showers or rain should clear this evening leaving clear spells overnight. Cool and breezy tonight with a low of 9C (48F).

You can stay up-to-date on the latest weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Weather: Chance of a light shower

BBC Weather

Mainly dry today with just a few light showers or spots of rain around. High: 16C/61F.

This morning in Whiston, Staffordshire

There'll be some sunny spells this evening followed by clear spells tonight with a chance still of a few light showers. Low: 11C/52F.

You can stay up-to-date with the weather in your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Weather: Odd shower today before turning sunnier

BBC Weather Watchers

We're in for a cloudy day with a few showers or spots of rain this morning followed by longer sunny spells later this afternoon. High: 20C (68F).

Wolverhampton this morning
BBC Weather Watcher Les at Large
Wolverhampton this morning

The sunny weather will continue this evening before there are more cloudy spells tonight with the chance of some mist or fog patches towards dawn: Low: 10C (50F).

You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.