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Video: Is the hot weather set to stay?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be an unsettled night with some heavy showers and thunderstorms heading north with lows of 17C (63F).

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Listen now: Being a gay dad

BBC Radio 4

David Gregory-Kumar is a BBC Midlands Today journalist, and he's also a gay dad.

David Gregory Kumar
BBC

Across three editions of the BBC Radio 4 series One to One he is exploring different aspects of gay parenting.

In this episode he meets Chris Hurlston whose children were carried by surrogate mothers, one from India and the other from Nepal.

They also talk about the challenges of raising a daughter, and the protests against teaching LGBT equality in Birmingham where they both live.

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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Speed restriction due to heat

Speed restrictions have been put in place on Chiltern Railways services due to the heat.

Travellers are being warned journeys are expected to take longer than normal.

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Value of city’s parks and open spaces calculated at £11bn

The parks and green spaces in Birmingham have a value of £11bn, a report has concluded.

The value of Birmingham's parks graphic
Birmingham City Council

An academic study, led by Birmingham City Council and the Consultancy for Environmental Economics & Policy, reached the conclusion.

The total health benefits of parks and allotments have been valued at nearly £4.1bn.

Nearly 7,300 council-managed allotments are estimated to produce 2.9 tonnes of food each year with a value of approximately £4.3m, the report said.

Councillor John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks at the authority, said: "What this report does is methodically look at what value they bring from a health, well-being and economic perspective, with staggering positive conclusions."

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.

Firefighters remain at derelict factory fire

Firefighters are continuing to damp down a fire at a derelict factory in Birmingham.

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At its height more than 70 firefighters tackled the blaze in Winson Green, where recycling material was understood to be alight.

Crews are continuing to damp down the fire and tackle any hot spots, said the fire service.

Structural engineers have been called in as the building suffered a partial collapse on Monday.

Drone footage of fire at derelict factory in Winson Green

Birmingham children's social care services: Commissioner no longer needed

A government appointed commissioner is no longer needed to run Birmingham's children's services, it's been announced.

Birmingham Council House
BBC

A series of child deaths saw the service branded a "national disgrace" and it had been rated as inadequate since 2008.

The authority is now judged as "requires improvement to be good".

The Department for Education has issued a revised statutory direction to the council confirming that "the secretary of state intends to withdraw the children’s services commissioner".

Birmingham City Council says it's delighted with the progress being made.

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

Your photos: A day of blue skies

BBC Weather Watchers

A blue sky start to the week for much of the West Midlands today, as BBC Weather Watchers have reported plenty of sunshine across the region.

These three are from users Poetic Verse in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, RantingRose in Birmingham and Graham's Vista in Grendon, Warwickshire:

Burton upon Trent
Poetic Verse
Birmingham
RantingRose
Grendon
Graham's Vista

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.

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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Gun found dumped in bag

A gun has been found dumped in a bag in Birmingham by a member of the public, police say.

Gun
West Midlands Police

The revolver has been sent for testing to see if it's been used in a crime, police said, after it would found in a bag in Bordesley Green.

Drugs
West Midlands Police

In a separate incident, drugs with an estimated street value of £72,000 were found in a parked car in Alum Rock.

What's thought to be heroin was seized after officers forced their way into the car, acting on intelligence.

Fire crews remain at derelict factory fire

Firefighters are still at a derelict factory in Birmingham where a fire broke out on Saturday.

Drone footage of fire at derelict factory in Winson Green

At its height, more than 70 firefighters tackled the blaze, in Winson Green, understood to involve recycling material.

Station commander Jason Holt said pockets of fire were still flaring up at the site, which has now partially collapsed.

Structural engineers from Birmingham City Council are expected at the site today, he said.

A fire investigation is also ongoing, he added.

'Unavailable' staff delaying rail service

Rail services are being disrupted between Birmingham and Worcester due to a member of staff being "unavailable", said West Midlands Railway.

Ticket acceptance is in place for local bus routes.

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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

New provider found for special school bus service

A new provider has been found to run minibuses to special schools in Birmingham.

The city council says it has awarded the contract to West Midlands Accessible Transport Ltd, a subsidiary of National Express, and the service will start in September.

Special needs bus
BBC

A new provider has been needed since the previous main provider, ATG, went into administration in March.

West Coast Main Line rail passengers face disruption

Rail passengers using the West Coast Main Line through the West Midlands can expect major disruption, because of engineering work which is due to start tomorrow.

For the next 16 days Network Rail is upgrading track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling at the Acton Grange junction between Crewe and Preston.

Railway track
Network Rail

Trains will be diverted during the £27m project, with replacement buses also running.

A full list of services affected is available on the Network Rail website, alongside details of replacement buses.

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

NHS pensions row 'could cost equivalent of 60 consultants'

The chief executive of an NHS trust in the West Midlands says that he expects to lose the work equivalent to that done by 60 consultants, as doctors reduce the amount of overtime they do.

Surgery
PA Media

Consultants have begun refusing to work beyond their planned hours after receiving unexpected tax bills, following new pension rules in 2016.

The government has indicated it will come up with new proposals in an attempt to resolve the dispute, which has led to increased waiting times for routine surgery.

Currently we've probably lost in the region of, the equivalent of, ten consultants. But the way things are going we could easily lose the equivalent of sixty consultants in terms of overtime lost, and that's a lot of patients whose care will be delayed.

Dr David RossirChief Executive, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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.

JLR trials plastic recycling process for car parts

Plastic household waste, destined for landfill or incinerators could be used in the car manufacturing process, says carmaker Jaguar Land Rover.

I-Pace
Jaguar Land Rover

The company is trialing a recycling process aimed at converting plastic waste into new premium-grade material which it says could be used for car parts and interiors.

The carmaker is working with chemical company BASF on a pilot project called ChemCycling, using plastics to replace fossil resources.

Pilot phase material is being used in a Jaguar I-Pace prototype to verify it meets the stringent safety requirements of the original part, said JLR.

Man due in court charged over shooting

A man is due in court today charged with conspiracy to murder a man who was shot dead in Birmingham.

Dante Mullings
West Midlands Police

Dante Mullings, 23, was one of three men in a car parked in Ladywood when a vehicle pulled up alongside and fired shots, West Midlands Police said.

He died at the scene, in Vincent Road West, and the other two men were injured.

Dior Jackson, 20, from Wadington Avenue in Great Barr, is set to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court later.

Ihsaan Bernard, 20, from Anerley Road in Kingstanding, and 23-year-old Omami Bernard-Sewell, of no fixed address, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court and were remanded in custody.

Your memories of the Moon landing

On the 20 July 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin - both American - landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon.

A few hours later, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon.

Neil Armstrong
NASA

About 650 million people watched the moment on television, and with others listening to coverage on the radio including Bill and June Kerney.

"My now-husband must have been Moon-struck on that night to do what he did," Mrs Kerney told PA.

"We were going from Birmingham New Street station to south Birmingham where I was living and we were listening on the radio to everything that was going on and then when we got to my bedsitter, a certain romantic person got down on one knee and proposed."

The couple have been married for 48 years and went on to rename their boat Apollo 11 in memory of the big occasion.

World premiere of Peaky Blinders' new series held in Birmingham
The world premiere of the fifth series of Peaky Blinders was held in Birmingham ahead of its return to BBC One later this year.

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).

Latest weather for the West Midlands