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Your weather forecast: A mild and cloudy night in store

BBC Weather

It will be a mild night with areas of fog and cloud with occasional drizzle and lows of 5C (41F).

Dawley
Liam Ball

Friday will again be mainly cloudy and misty with some fog.

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

Watch: Police chief's apology not enough for family

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

The family of a nurse who was murdered by a recently-released sex offender have said an apology from West Midlands Police's Chief Constable is not enough.

Police chief's apology not enough for family of murdered nurse

Dave Thompson admitted his force failed to protect Lisa Skidmore before she was killed in Wolverhampton in November 2016.

Her family said steps still need to be taken to stop the same thing happening to someone else.

Both the police and the probation service said lessons had been learnt but Lisa's sister Alison Parker said they've asked for a further meeting with Mr Thompson.

Staying mainly cloudy for next 24 hours

BBC Weather

The cloudy skies are set to continue tonight with patches of fog forming. Low: 6C (43F).

Bidford-on-Avon
MaidMarion

Then staying cloudy tomorrow with mist and fog around and a few spots of drizzle later in the day. High 8C (46F).

Get a latest forecast from the BBC Weather website.

Grey and murky to start today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloudy and misty to start today with fog patches around. It'll then become a cloudy day with the odd bright spell and there could be drizzle this afternoon. High: 10C/50F.

Alex Hamilton with Wednesday's West Midlands' weather

Then some clearer spells this evening but it'll be mainly cloudy tonight with the chance of drizzle and mist spreading across most areas. Low: 6C/43F.

Get a latest forecast for your area at any time from the BBC Weather website.

Your weather: A cloudy and misty night expected

BBC Weather

There will be a few clear spells overnight but mainly it will be cloudy and misty with lows of 3C (37F).

Bromsgrove
BBC Weather Watchers/Postman Les

Tomorrow is set to be a mainly cloudy and misty day with a few bright spells.

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

Video: Your 30-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Early patches of fog will clear to leave a cloudy day with some bright spells and highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a cold start it will be a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Closing ambulance base would 'put lives at risk'

BBC Radio Stoke

Lives will be lost if a town's community ambulance hub is shut, a former paramedic's told the BBC.

West Midlands Ambulance Service wants to remove the response base in Cheadle, Staffordshire, by the end of March.

Ambulance base in Cheadle
Google

Instead, it wants to convert the rapid response vehicle there into an ambulance as it says the current vehicle only attends 2.2% of calls in the area.

But former paramedic Carole Winning told BBC Radio Stoke she believes lives are at stake: "They're saying they'll have an ambulance here but they won't because they're so busy, they'll never get here."

Cheadle Town Councillor Dave Sargeant said it would take longer for ambulances to respond: "You've got areas like Whiston, Ipstones, Foxt. These are difficult places to get to and, if you think of somebody coming from Newcastle to Cheadle, a minimum time to get here, it's going to be 25 minutes."

The ambulance service said it believed the move would save money and would not change the level of ambulance cover in the area, "if anything, this will increase over the coming months".

Your weather: Much colder and clearer than of late

BBC Weather

It will be a cold night with clear periods and lows of -1C (30F).

A mostly dry and fine day can be expected tomorrow with lengthy periods of sunshine.

Napton-on-the-Hill
BBC Weather Watchers/Steve Blackman

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a windy day with some heavy rain at times with highs of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Dry weather tonight but will change tomorrow

BBC Weather

The dry weather's set to continue tonight which will also see long, clear spells and a light breeze. Low: 3C (37F).

Dawley, Shropshire
Liam Ball

Tomorrow will start dry and bright but it'll then turn cloudy and windy through the morning with some rain later in the day. High: 11C (52F).

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

Flood alerts remain as more rain forecast

River levels across the West Midlands are expected to stay high over the next few days, the Environment Agency has said.

It's still got flood alerts affecting the rivers Severn, Avon, Teme, Lugg, Dene, Leam, Swift, Sow, Penk, Worfe, Tern and Perry.

flood map
Environment Agency

More rain is forecast tomorrow and the Environment Agency warned that people in towns and cities may see floodwater rise up through drains.

No need for a brolly today

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's set to be a dry day with sunny spells and, while breezy, not as windy as yesterday. High: 9C/48F.

Sara Blizzard

The dry weather's set to continue tonight with a lot of clear sky. Low: 3C/37F.

Get the latest forecast for your area at any time from the BBC Weather website.

Grants for building improvements available

Businesses in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are being invited to bid for grants of up to £150,000.

The money is partly from the European Regional Development Fund and companies can ask for money to pay for new buildings, extensions, renovations or repairs, as long as they pay half the costs themselves.

Money
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Shops and farming companies are exempt, however, and companies can't apply for retrospective funding for work they've already carried out.

Successful applicants will also have to prove the investment creates at least one full-time job within four months of the work's completion.

Funding is not affected by Brexit.

Storm Brendan: Flash flooding 'inevitable'

Flash flooding is "inevitable" with heavy rain and winds forecast across the West Midlands later, the Environment Agency has said.

A yellow warning for wind is in place from 12:00 until midnight.

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Warning of strong winds issued

Strong winds could cause travel problems and there's the possibility of power loss in some areas, the Met Office is warning.

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The yellow warning, affecting the whole of the West Midlands, is in place from 12:00 until midnight.

Storm Brendan is set to be followed by icy patches, wintry showers and more gales in other parts of the country which could lead to further travel disruption.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to get windy today with rain from late morning and highs of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

PCCs to bid for Taser funding

Police and Crime Commissioners can bid for a share of Home Office funding to enable an extra 10,000 officers to carry Tasers from today.

Officer holding Taser
PA Media

Forces could find out their share of the £10m cash as soon as next month.

“This is great news for the police service and for individual police officers,” said Jon Nott, chair of West Midlands Police Federation.

“We welcome the fact that the government, having announced this extra investment in a roll-out of Tasers before the general election, has now acted quickly to give forces access to these funds.

"All officers who want to be trained and equipped with a Taser should be able to do so since it not only enables them to protect themselves but also their communities.”

Weather warning for wind issued

Strong winds on Tuesday could cause disruption to transport and loss of power across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

Weather warning
Met Office

A yellow warning for wind has been issued from 12:00 to midnight.

The storm was named Brendan on Saturday by Irish weather service, Met Éireann.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a dry and windy morning a band of heavy rain will spread eastwards across the region with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather: A cloudy night with strong winds

It will be a cloudy night with strengthening winds and lows of 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy for much of the day with occasional showers and strong winds.

Lower Broadheath
BBC Weather Watchers/Mike Snapper

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

Flood warning in place as properties affected

A flood warning has been issued for the River Dene at Walton near Wellesbourne in Warwickshire.

Flood alerts are also in place for the Avon in Worcestershire, the Frome in Herefordshire, the Lugg south of Leominster and Leam and Itchen in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Fire Service said it had received calls overnight to flooding in properties in Stretton on Fosse and Darlingscott.

Crews had been called to six incidents overnight, it added.

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Police claim treating violence 'as disease' cuts killings

BBC Midlands Today

Treating violent crime in the West Midlands "as a disease" is helping cut the number of people killed in the region, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said.

Forensic officers at a fatal stbabing in Solihull in November
BBC

BBC research has revealed the number of homicides across the UK fell in 2019 for the first time in five years.

In the West Midlands, the force said there were 51 people killed in 2018 compared to 39 last year.

Last month, the Home Office announced extra cash for so-called violence reduction units to 18 police forces including £3.3m for West Midlands Police.

We've put in place a health-related approach to this, actually treating violence if you like as a disease and something that's contagious - which clearly it is - and looking at some of the causes, working with schools and young people, particularly young boys, to actually avoid them getting into this type of violence."

David JamiesonWest Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

More rain and showers in next 24 hours

BBC Weather

There's going to be more rain to start tonight but it should clear from about midnight. Low: 6C/43F.

Southam, Warwickshire
Littleacorns

Tomorrow's then set to start breezy and cloudy with some blustery showers through the day. High: 10C/50F.

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

Homicides fall for first time in five years

BBC News UK

The number of people killed in most parts of the West Midlands fell in 2019, BBC research suggests.

Flowers for a stabbing victim in Birmingham in 2019
BBC

It's in line with a trend across the UK as, in total, 650 people were killed in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland last year.

That's down from the 774 homicides in 2018, police figures show.

West Midlands Police said the number fell from 51 in 2018 to 39 last year; while homicides in Greater Manchester were down from 64 to 39.

West Mercia and Cheshire police forces also saw drops in homicides recorded in 2019 compared to the previous 12 months.

Keep an umbrella handy

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be mainly cloudy today with patches of rain and just the rare sunny spell around. High: 11C/52F.

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area with the BBC Weather website.

Your weather forecast: Clear spells overnight

BBC Weather

There will be a few clear spells overnight with winds gradually easing and lows of 9C (48F).

Tomorrow morning will be mainly dry but rain will spread in from the west by the afternoon.

Robin
BBC Weather Watchers/Angus and me

Ambulance crews handed A&E rule over care homes

West Midlands Ambulance Service has directed its staff not to take patients living in nursing and care homes to A&E without first seeking the approval of the control room - unless the patient's condition is life-threatening.

The service is trying to reduce A&E waits and has a department within the control room dedicated to finding alternatives to emergency transfers.

Ambulance
BBC

In Shropshire, the number of ambulances kept waiting outside an A&E for more than three hours rose from 34 in 2018 to 152 last year.

Your weather forecast: A colder night in store

BBC Weather

It will turn dry tonight with clear periods and winds easing, with lows of 2C (36F).

Tomorrow morning will see bright spells giving way to cloud and patchy rain.

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

Bromsgrove
BBC Weather Watchers / Mrs Baggins

Dry weather to start weekend

BBC Weather

Dry tonight with some long, clear spells mixed with some patches of cloud. Low: 3C (37F).

Wolverhampton
Les at Large

Then the weekend starts cold and clear before Saturday will be mainly fine with sunny spells and scattered cloud. High: 9C (48F).

Get a latest forecast for your area at any time from the BBC Weather website.

Your photos: Sunset spectacular

BBC Weather Watchers

Wow, we have had a stunning sunset this evening by the look of the photos we've had from our local BBC Weather Watchers.

Here are three from users Sooty in Clive, Shropshire, Dammo in Knowle, Solihull and Trish in Belbroughton, Worcestershire:

Clive
Sooty
Knowle
Dammo
Belbroughton
Trish

Rain expected in next few hours

BBC Weather

Cloudy this evening with the odd bit of drizzle around before more rain's expected to spread in through the night. Low: 7C (45F).

Delph
Laura and Glenn

Then starting damp tomorrow before the cloud and rain clears by the afternoon to leave some sunny spells. High: 8C (46F).

Keep up-to-date with the BBC Weather website.

Weather: A cold but dry start to the new year

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Going out to see in the new year? The good news is it should be a mainly dry night.

Here's your weather forecast:

Weather forecast for the West Midlands