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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

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Ambulance delays due to 'annual maintenance'

BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.

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The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".

It said improvements had been made today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

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Met Office

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

Willenhall murder CCTV shows killer climbing into flat
Footage released by police shows the moments before the victim was beaten to death by three men.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

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Fond memories for Bears skipper

Yorkshire v Warwickshire - start delayed

Apart from being the country’s joint top Championship wicket-taker, Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel will have one other advantage when he leads the Bears against Yorkshire at York today.

The 38-year-old New Zealand off-spinner knows Clifton Park well, having spent a summer playing club cricket for York when he first came to England in 2003.

"As soon as I saw in the fixture list that we would be playing at York I was really excited," said Patel. "It will be great to go back and reconnect with a lot of friends I made. It's a lovely city and a lovely ground.

“I had an okay season there. I certainly didn't set the world alight but it was great life experience. It was my first time away from home, in a different country and I was having to fend for myself and fortunate to be around a great bunch of lads who looked after me.

Jeetan Patel
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He added: "I wasn't on a lot of money but that wasn't what I was there for. What I did was learn about the lifestyle in England which is so different. In New Zealand it's all about cafes and meeting people and friends there, whereas here it's all about going to the pub and sharing stories over a pint.

"I was a youngster learning my trade and wanting to get out and about and give things a go and that summer really grew me as a person.”

Flooding likely as weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.

A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.

Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some showery rain this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

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Flood alerts updated

Latest update on flood warnings issued

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

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More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

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

Flooding risks remain

There's still a high risk of flooding across parts of the West Midlands and Cheshire this afternoon, despite the rain easing in many places.

Sutton Coldfield
Suttonwalker

There are still nine flood warnings - the Environment Agency's second-highest warning level - for the region, meaning flooding is expected.

Just below that level, there are also more than 20 flood alerts spread out over every county in the region.

Unpaid forensics roles a 'disaster in waiting'

A forensic specialist from Hexham has called West Midlands Police's appeal for volunteer digital forensic analysts a "disaster waiting to happen".

The force has advertised the unpaid roles which involve sifting through "distressing [and] indecent images".

Forensics professionals have expressed concerns that volunteers working at least 16 hours a month will not receive adequate emotional support.

Sam Raincock said on Twitter: "I actually cannot believe what I have read here.

"It is an absolute disgrace and a disaster waiting to happen."

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In the papers: Vehicles stranded by floods

Allen Cook

BBC News

Flooding from the wet weather's dominating the websites of a lot of our local newspapers today.

The Express and Star says many vehicles have been left stranded in flood water as 'torrential rain' swept the West MIdlands.

Rain in Frodesley, Shropshire
Peter Steggles

The Shropshire Star reports that one village in the county was the wettest place in the country on Wednesday.

While the Stoke-on-Trent Live website's covered the rescue of a man in Cheshire who 'ignored road closure signs' and drove into flood water.

Travel disruption expected from more flooding

Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.

River Teme, Ludlow on Wednesday
Shropshire Lass

After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until midday which covers Cheshire, including around Crewe and Nantwich.

Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, with some of it heavy, and highs of 15C (59F).

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Officer cleared of assault to face gross misconduct hearing

A police officer cleared of assault after being accused of hitting a man over the head with a baton after a high-speed pursuit is still expected to face a gross misconduct hearing.

PC Sunil Narr, of West Midlands Police, denied assault occasioning bodily harm over the blow to Joshua Ward in Hillfields, Coventry in August 2017.

Police
BBC

The jury at Birmingham Crown Court accepted he was aiming at Mr Ward's shoulder and accidentally hit his head.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, who made the decision to charge PC Narr with assault.

The IOPC investigation also concuded an independent tribunal could find the officer had breached standards of professional behaviour during the incident.

"It's expected that a gross misconduct hearing will be organised by the force in due course," the IOPC said.

Mixed employment figures for West Midlands

BBC Business News

The unemployment rate in the West Midlands in the three months to April fell to 5.0%, according to new data.

Job centre sign
PA

The Office for National Statistics said 145,000 were out of work in the region, down 4,000 on the previous quarter.

But its figures also showed 11,000 fewer people were employed over the period, compared to the previous three months.

Overall, the UK’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period.

Helpline launched for victims of forced marriage

A confidential helpline for victims of forced marriages and honour based abuse is being launched.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's office has provided £47,200 to fund the project.

The number of recorded forced marriages increase from 7 in 2011 to 35 in 2018, with honour based abuse crimes increasing from 52 to 182 during the same period.

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