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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a dry morning with some bright spells, there should be more sunshine this afternoon with highs of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Olly Stone

Olly Stone takes a career-best 6-52 as Warwickshire get on top against Sussex at Edgbaston.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J12 for B4451.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound at J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A452 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an obstruction on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3A for M40.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound at J3a M40, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A444 and J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound at J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J6 for A38 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J4a M42, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Showcasing the best images sent to us from around England

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Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A5 and J9 for M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tim Ambrose passed 50 just three times in the Championship in 2017

Tim Ambrose and Ian Bell lead Warwickshire's fightback as the Bears bat out two sessions against Sussex at Edgbaston.

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Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A46 and J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - Stationary traffic on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of an accident and all traffic being temporarily held.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Football

Jordan Ponticelli scores twice as Coventry City boost their League Two play-off bid with victory at mid-table Crawley Town.

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Christian Wade has scored 10 tries in his last three appearances for Wasps against Worcester

Wasps' Christian Wade keeps up his try-scoring run against Worcester as the Premiership strugglers remain in danger.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of animals on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J4 for M42 and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Toll Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Warwickshire southbound severe accident, at J2T for A446.

M6 Toll Warwickshire - M6 Toll lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J2t, A446 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A5 and J9 for M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane blocked on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of bumper in the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for A452 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A444 and M6 J3A.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound in Bedworth between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J3A for M40.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound at J3a M40, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Edgbaston rain

The opening day of Warwickshire's Division Two County Championship match against Sussex is washed out without any play.

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Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, on the link road to the M42 Southbound.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 northbound on the link road to the M42 Southbound, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Number of 'outstanding' tasks ahead of station opening

There are a "number of outstanding items" that need to be finalised before Kenilworth station can be opened, Warwickshire County Council has said.

The news comes as the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) revealed on Twitter that it had authorised the station for use.

The station
FRASER PITHIE

The council said it was looking to open the station "as soon as possible", but a date has yet to be set, despite lengthy delays throughout the project.

This weekend's weather for the West Midlands

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It's turned into a drier day for most of us - here's how tonight and the rest of the weekend are looking across the West Midlands:

Sara Thornton.

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

BreakingMan charged after armed police call

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's been charged after armed officers were deployed to a street in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Bath Road
Google

Police were sent to Bath Road, Silverdale (pictured) on Wednesday night after reports of people in a car with a handgun.

The 29-year-old from Coventry's charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Three others arrested, a 40-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, both from Coventry, and a 51-year-old from Newcastle-under-Lyme have all been released under investigation.

Three wickets on opening morning

Allen Cook

BBC News

Worcestershire took a crucial wicket just before lunch on day one of their opening match of the County Championship at Hampshire.

Hampshire"s James Vince hits four runs as Worcestershire"s wicketkeeper Ben Cox looks on
PA

The home side were 131-3 at the break with England's James Vince (pictured in action) out in the penultimate over of the session, bowled by Steve Magoffin.

Earlier, the Queenslander also removed Jimmy Adams for 33 while Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach took the other wicket to fall of Lewis McManus.

Warwickshire, looking to start their new season in Division Two, saw no play before lunch at Edgbaston where they are hosting Sussex.

There's commentary on both games on BBC local radio and updates on the BBC Sport website.

Jeetan Patel appeals for a wicket

Jeetan Patel, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Ryan Sidebottom and Alex Thomson all sign new contracts with Warwickshire.

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Long-delayed £13m station given all-clear

Kenilworth's new railway station has been "authorised" for use by railway bosses, although the opening date has not yet been finalised.

Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways Office, revealed the news on Twitter.

An artist impression of the station
Warwickshire County Council

Work started on the £13m station in Priory Road- where the previous one was shut in the 1960s under the Beeching cuts - in early 2015.

Since then the project has faced numerous delays and rows over when it could be staffed, despite being finished in December.

Worcestershire take first wicket of cricket summer

Allen Cook

BBC News

Play is under way for one of our local cricket sides as the County Championship got started today.

Worcestershire chose not to contest the toss at Hampshire and are bowling first at the Ageas Bowl.

They took the first wicket of the summer at about 11:13 as Joe Leach got Lewis McManus out, leaving Hampshire 5-1.

But the weather's stopped there being any play between Warwickshire and Sussex before lunch at Edgbaston.

There's commentary on both games on BBC local radio and updates on the BBC Sport website.

BBC weather: A wet start but what about later?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy, wet start for lots of us but there may be better ahead today - here's Friday's full weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A444 and J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Overnight West Midlands weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will mainly be cloudy but dry tonight - overnight, we'll see heavy rain spreading across the West Midlands - lows of 6C (43F).

Latest West Midlands weather forecast

In the papers: Car park to cost an extra £1m

Coventry Telegraph

Last Toys R Us UK stores set to close by 24 April

BBC Business News

The last remaining Toys R Us stores in the West Midlands will be shut by the end of the month as administrators say they're winding up the firm.

Toys R Us in Stafford
BBC

They include the branches in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Solihull and Coventry.

Administrators were appointed in February following the failure to find a buyer for the UK's biggest toy retailer.

They say the more than 2,000 remaining employees will be paid until their last day of work, with the final stores closing on 24 April.

Snow chaos for 'late spring' farmers

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Farmers across Warwickshire are warning that this year's harvest could be very late - because of bad weather so far this year.

The planting of spring crops has been delayed by about three weeks and in some places across the Midlands, the weather's led to the death of some livestock.

Lambs in snow
PA

We've had to rent some other buildings to put sheep in that have already lambed, just so we can keep them off the ground because we've got no grass. Snow has been blowing through and causing havoc - freezing water supplies and created a lot of extra work."

Martin GreenfieldSheepfarmer in Atherstone

Gun found and four arrests over 'threats to kill' incident

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Four arrests have been made and a gun recovered after armed officers were deployed to a street in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Bath Road, Silverdale
Google

Police were sent to Bath Road, Silverdale (pictured) last night after reports of people in a car with a handgun.

They say two men and a woman from Coventry were later stopped in Solihull and arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and having a firearm.

A 51-year-old from Newcastle-under-Lyme was also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to make threats to kill.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for M69 and J1 for A426 Rugby.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J1, A426 (Rugby), because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time