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The BBC Weather Watchers have been reporting everything today.

We've had sunshine in Birmingham and rain in Rushbury.

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And we've even had sleet reported in Royal Leamington Spa and hail in Evesham.

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PCs pursued into storm drain by gunman up for award

Two police officers have been nominated for a bravery award after one was confronted by a gunman in a Walsall storm drain.

PC Paul Newman and PC Hollie Necchi
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West Midlands PC Paul Newman was attacked by Calvert Batchelor after he was pulled over in July 2019 when officers noticed his car was missing a number plate. He said he feared he would be drowned when he followed Batchelor into the confined storm drain.

His colleague PC Holly Necchi came to his rescue, despite knowing she was putting her life at risk, West Midlands Police Federation said, and she is credited with saving PC Newman's life.

A total of 94 officers from across the country have been nominated for the awards, and the ceremony has had to be pushed back to July 2021 due to coronavirus.

Two pedestrians seriously injured after being hit by car

A man and a woman have been seriously injured after being hit by a car while walking in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to Holloway Circus on the Queensway at 03:38 and took both to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The man had head injuries and the woman had a leg injury.

Holloway circus

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous and drink driving and remains in custody for questioning.

The road has now reopened.

Weather: A drier day with a few showers

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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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Crash closes major Birmingham route

A crash has closed Holloway Circus in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Police urged people travelling into the city to avoid the major route. Diversions are in place and officers are at the scene.

Emergency services have not yet disclosed further details about the incident.

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Weather: Rain fading away tomorrow

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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.


Coronavirus rate in Birmingham continues to rise

The latest coronavirus figures show the number of cases in Birmingham has continued to rise.

Yesterday the rate for the seven days to 19 September was 100.5 per 100,000 people.

Today, the rate for the seven days to 20 September has climbed to 112.9.

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Birmingham remains outside the top-20 worst affected local authority areas in England, but that's because parts of the north west are seing even higher infection rates.

Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Rugby are also in the top 50.

Concern over missed childhood jabs

Birmingham's director of public health has said he is very concerned by the number of MMR jabs that were missed because of the coronavirus outbreak between March and June..

"The last thing we need in middle of the next wave is another measles outbreak," Dr Justin Varney said.

Dr Justin Varney

Councillor Kate Booth, the city council cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, said: “Unless we put a real focus on catching up, we might see a crisis in several years' time."

Public Health England said GP practices in the city had continued to offer childhood immunisations during the pandemic and there was no backlog.

However, it said the number of doses given out earlier this year was down by about a fifth.

Vlogger Lucy Edwards is sharing videos on TikTok to document day-to-day tasks.
Vlogger Lucy Edwards is sharing videos on TikTok to document day-to-day tasks.
Birmingham football club for Muslim women
A once derelict patch of wasteland is now a safe space for young Muslim women to play football.

Coffee cup recycling bins to be installed

Coffee cup recycling bins are being installed at Birmingham's New Street station.

Network Rail is putting the orange bins in its 20 busiest stations and plans to have them all in place by the end of October.

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A ban on retailers supplying plastic cutlery and cups will also be introduced by the end of the year.

The recycled cups will be turned into reusable cups and packaging.

Weather: A rainy day is forecast

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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.

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Birmingham Covid cases continue to rise

Cases of coronavirus are continuing to rise in Birmingham with the rate now at about 100 cases for every 100,000 people.


However, the city is no longer near the top of a list of the worst affected places.

Cases have continued to rise in Sandwell with 75 cases for every 100,000 but they have fallen in Solihull and Wolverhampton (62 per 100,000 and 53 respectively).

Cases in Rugby have risen with 54 cases per 100,000 people.

Signalling fault causes two days of reduced services

A signalling fault has caused a second day of reduced services on train lines through Birmingham's Snow Hill station.

West Midlands Railway said it has been running an "emergency timetable", involving some bus services, to Worcester and Stratford since the fault occurred yesterday morning.


The company said it expected repairs to be completed tonight and normal timetables will resume tomorrow.

Latest figures show rise in cases across Birmingham

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The latest coronavirus figures for Birmingham show the highest rate of new cases are found among the 30-39 age group and in the Asian community.

Birmingham City Council also reported a "worrying increase" in cases affecting the over-75s.

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At the same time more than three quarters of Birmingham council wards reported six or more cases last week.

Despite the number of infections rising though, the numbers of positive cases per amount of people tested is relatively stable.

The council also said a seventh walk-in testing site will open this weekend in Sparkbrook and it is looking for other locations.

Weather: One more day of sunshine before showers arrive

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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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BreakingChildcare exemption introduced by government

The government has announced it will be lifting restrictions on families providing childcare - introduced as part of measures aimed at reducing coronavirus rates.

Households in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell have not been able to mix since last Tuesday, with the measures set to be introduced in Wolverhampton tomorrow.

Concerns had been raised that grandparents in particular would not be able to help with childcare arrangements within those local lockdown areas.

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Speaking in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had heard the "concerns about the impact of local action on childcare arrangements".

"So, today I'm able to announce a new exemption for looking after children under the age of 14 or vulnerable adults where that is necessary for caring purposes.

"This covers both formal and informal arrangements.

"It does not allow for play-dates or parties, but it does mean that consistent childcare relationship that is vital for somebody to get to work is allowed."

Hospitals on 'same footing as at height of pandemic'

Hospitals are now back on the "same emergency footing" as they were at the height of the pandemic, the boss of England's biggest hospital trust has said.

Dr David Rosser, the chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said a total 113 patients were being treated for the condition in its hospitals, which he described as "very worrying".

Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

He said 14 of those were currently receiving life support treatment, up 50% on the previous week.

Staff are "stressed and apprehensive," he added, saying "levels of anxiety among our staff that we may go back to what we saw in April is beyond anything I've experienced in over 30 years in the health service.

"I've never known a clinical team as distressed and apprehensive as they are at the moment."

Pupils from 82 city schools isolating at home

Bubbles of pupils from 82 schools in Birmingham are currently isolating at home after positive Covid-19 results were identified.

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About 7,000 pupils are affected, but this was out of a cohort 207,000 under local authority control, said Birmingham's council leader.

"We expect that 14 of those bubbles should be returning to school next week," said Ian Ward.

"Our situation is not dissimilar to other parts of the country.

"I've also asked the education department here in Birmingham to engage with schools to ensure that we are taking steps to ensure children who have to isolate can continue with their education."

Nightingale hospital on 'higher alert'

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC Radio WM

A Nightingale hospital in Birmingham has been put on a "higher alert" footing amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

Dr David Rosser, the chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust said from Monday it would be put on to a "previously higher alert" meaning it could be used within 48 to 72 hours, if needed.

NHS Nightingale Birmingham
NHS Nightingale Birmingham

"We are not looking to open it in the near future," he said, but heath bosses were "sufficiently concerned to put it on the higher alert state".

He added the Nightingale hospital didn't have any staff of its own, so doctors, nurses and other staff would have to be found from hospitals that were already "overstretched".

Rail disruption to last all day

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Disruption to rail services between Birmingham and Manchester is set to continue until the end of the day.

Engineers are working on the faulty signalling system with tests being carried out along "several miles of railway," after the failure near Crewe said Network Rail.

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Another dry and sunny day in store

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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.

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