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Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Knife bins to be set up across three counties

Bins are going to be set up across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire on Monday, for people to surrender their knives.

West Mercia Police says it's aimed at reducing the amount of knife crime, but while the knives can be left anonymously, an investigation might be carried out if they are found to have been used in a crime.

Knives
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The knife bins will be found at the Kidderminster, Worcester, Redditch, Shrewsbury, Hereford and Telford police stations.

They will be there for one week.

Weather: Light cloud overnight and a fine weekend ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're forecast some light cloud overnight, but we could see some sunshine tomorrow and the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good for September.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands
Daryl Mitchell celebrates

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Worcestershire race to a three-day win over Glamorgan by 155 runs, dismissing the visitors for 155 after Daryl Mitchell's fine century.

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Police forces look for 'amicable split'

The West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces say they're working out the terms of their "amicable and negotiated separation" after West Mercia decided to pull out of their "strategic alliance".

But the Warwickshire force is looking for its neighbours to meet the costs of the divorce and said: "The alliance agreement is clear that the party which terminates the agreement is liable to pay the other party’s reasonable costs."

Police badges
BBC

Warwickshire Police said there was "considerable work to transition out of the current alliance arrangements".

And it said 80% of the services they had been sharing were currently based in the West Mercia force area and would have to be re-established in Warwickshire, which it said could take time.

Tour of Britain: Individual time trials

Cycling's Tour of Britain enters the West Midlands today for the first of two stages over the next 48 hours.

Tour route
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More than 100 of the world's top riders will take part in an individual time trial, which starts and finishes in Pershore, Worcestershire, this afternoon.

They will tackle a 14.5km (nine-mile) trial that passes through the Worcestershire villages of Little Comberton and Bricklehampton in an anti-clockwise loop, starting at 13:00.

They will then move on to Warwickshire on Friday, for a 188km stage between Warwick and Burton Dassett country park.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

West Merica could get more than 300 extra officers

West Mercia Police could get up to 360 extra officers, as a result of greater government funding, the Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

John Campion said it was a very rough estimate, based on Chancellor Sajid Javid's spending pledge of £750m for 20,000 police officers for the UK.

John Campion
West Mercia PCC

Mr Campion said the estimate of between 300 and 360 extra officers was based on current spending, but if the government gives priorities to other forces, he might have to fight for a "fairer share" of the money.

Last autumn, West Mercia Police announced it was recruiting an extra 100 officers and in February it confirmed it would hire another 115 on top of that.

All 215 of those recruits should have started work by December this year.

Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

Alex Hamilton

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

'Gangs exploiting reduced-hours pupils'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Schoolchildren who are given reduced timetables because of behaviour problems are at greater risk of being recruited by criminal gangs than those who are excluded from the classroom, West Mercia's deputy police and crime commissioner says.

At a meeting with the force, Tracey Onslow said gangs were likely to avoid those who were permanently excluded because they would be on "the radar" of local authorities.

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Ms Onslow suggested councils should do more to monitor children on part-time timetables and that the police needed to work closely with schools to engage with those students.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
BBC

You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

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Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and cool day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Midlands set for first rally on closed public roads

BBC Midlands Today

The first rally on closed public roads in the Midlands will take place tomorrow.

A rally car
BBC

The Three Shires Stages will use 48 miles of road and see 120 cars speeding across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

The event is being held after changes to the Road Traffic Act in April 2017 made it is easier to get a closed-road event permit.

Organisers said they're committed to working with residents who'll be affected by road closures and have given them free access passes and full information about the timings of the rally.

Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Weather forecast for next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mixed day with rain around, tonight's expected to be mainly dry with clear spells:

Alex Hamilton

Get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Will you need an umbrella?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It may start with rain but a mainly dry morning with spells of sunshine, here's the full forecast for today:

Alex Hamilton

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with plenty of cloud around and highs of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 11C (52F) and some warmer weather on Tuesday.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

TB warning issued to staff and patients

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Hundreds of hospital patients and staff in Worcestershire have been warned they could have come into contact with a healthcare worker with tuberculosis.

Worcestershire Royal
PA Media

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has written to 349 patients and 129 members of staff who were at the Worcestershire Royal at the same time as the infected employee.

The risk of anyone developing TB is low, the trust says.

Anyone who shows symptoms should contact their GP.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Transport body applies for funding for road projects

The transport body Midlands Connect is asking the government for £596m for 11 road schemes, including eight in the West Midlands.

Among the schemes are proposals to create a new link between Telford and the M54, proposed improvements to the A38 near Bromsgrove and to the A454 between Wolverhampton and East Park Gateway.

There is also a scheme to reduce congestion in Rugby town centre.

M54
Google

The eight West Midlands projects also include the Hereford Bypass, despite Herefordshire Council deciding to review the proposals.

And there are schemes put forward for the Sandwell, Worcestershire, Solihull and Stoke-on-Trent local authority areas.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should be a mainly dry night with some cloud and lows of 11C (52F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a bright start it will be a cloudy day with the risk of showers and highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Wet weather due to clear tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The rain which has been around today is expected to clear away through this evening to leave a mainly dry, clear night:

Sara Blizzard

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by checking the BBC Weather website.

Another day to keep the umbrella handy

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Mainly dry and cloudy this morning but we could see rain later:

Sara Blizzard

You can get a latest forecast at any time for your part of the West Midlands by going to the BBC Weather website.

Rain ahead for tonight's weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry start to tonight but it'll turn cloudier with a chance of some outbreaks of rain later on.

Here's the full forecast for the next 24 hours:

Alex Hamilton

Get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Three-quarters of cannabis users 'avoid prosecution'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Fewer than one in four cannabis users caught by police in Herefordshire and Worcestershire end up being prosecuted, BBC Hereford and Worcester's discovered.

Bag of cannabis
BBC

Figured obtain through a Freedom of Information request show 23% of 1,114 offences in 2018-19 resulted in court action.

West Mercia Police says its focus is on "large scale dealing" and cannabis plants.

The force added officers have discretionary powers to issue a "cannabis warning" instead of pursuing prosecution, when appropriate.