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  1. Power cuts latest: 800 homes affected by outages

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC News

    About 800 properties in the West Midlands continue to be without power following outages.

    Western Power says its engineers are working hard to restore power to those affected by mid-afternoon. Marston Green in Birmingham remains the worst affected with about 200 homes and businesses without power.

    A spokesman says anyone who has been affected should call 105 and report the issue.

    Western Power map 11.30 update
  2. Clough: 'No contact' over Forest job

    BBC Derby Sport

    Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has told a news conference he has had "no contact" from Nottingham Forest about their managerial vacancy.

    He said: "There's nothing to rule out at the moment. Football is far too unpredictable to rule anything in or out. I'm manager of Burton Albion."

    Nigel Clough

    He added that he felt Mark Warburton had been "very unlucky" to be fired by Forest after only nine months in charge.

  3. Call for A&E review after 'third world conditions' tweet

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A health watchdog in Staffordshire has called for a total review of the A&E unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, after a doctor apologised for "third world conditions" at the site.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    Dr Richard Fawcett, whose Twitter profile lists him as a consultant at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, made the statement on Twitter about the Royal Stoke's emergency unit.

    The hospital trust responded by saying it had been under "severe and sustained pressure over the Christmas period" and this had "continued into the new year".

    Today, the hospital says there are waiting times of more than four hours at the site and Healthwatch Staffordshire says they want a total review of how the A&E unit is run.

    Quote Message: I think the whole system needs to be looked at. Certainly, when we've done studies before on A&E, there's people coming to A&E who could have been treated elsewhere within the system." from Robin Morrison Chief executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire
    Robin MorrisonChief executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire
  4. Photos: Roof felt blown off flats

    Here are a few photos of the roof felt blown off the flats in Shard End, Birmingham, early this morning. Nobody is thought to have been injured.

    Separately, West Midlands Fire Service said crews had been called out to five weather-related incidents overnight.

    Roof felt off flats
    Roof felt off flats
  5. Storm Eleanor: Man hurt in tree fall

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man suffered a suspected leg injury after a tree fell on him near Evesham this morning in the high winds caused by Storm Eleanor.

    Tree down on A46

    West Mercia Police says officers had been called to the A46 Cheltenham Road, Ashton under Hill at about 02:00 to reports of a tree blocking the carriageway.

    While there, they say another tree came down on the man, hurting him and he was taken to hospital.

  6. Storm Eleanor: Roof felt blown off flats

    Roof felt has been blown off a property in the Shard End area of Birmingham this morning, with debris landing in a car park below.

    Emergency services were called to Heathway at 0:30 and West Midlands Police said the area had been cordoned off, but that no-one was hurt.

  7. Strong winds weather warning extended

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The Met Office yellow weather warning for the West Midlands for strong winds has been extended to 19:00 today.

    Tree down in Birmingham

    It says the winds aren't expected to be as strong as overnight but could still cause transport delays and power cuts.

  8. Winter pressures see patients wait in ambulances at A&E

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    New figures have shown Worcestershire's A&E departments had some of the worst waiting times of any emergency unit in the Midlands over Christmas and new year.

    Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    On New Year's Eve alone there were nearly 50 cases of patients having to wait for more than an hour to be transferred from ambulances.

    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says it was under "considerable pressure" during the festive season and it's encouraging patients to consider alternatives to A&E.

  9. Anniversary laser display lights up Telford

    A laser display has lit up the skies of Telford over the last two nights, to mark the start of the town's 50th anniversary year.

    Seven beams, each up to 10 miles (16km) long, were shone from locations around the area, converging on the Wrekin.


    People have been encouraged to tweet their photos of the lasers, designed by artist Dal Badial from London, using the hashtag #TF50light.

  10. Farm machinery used to fight wood chips fire

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Farm machinery had to be used to help fire crews put out a blaze involving 600 tonnes of wood chippings.

    The wood chipping fire

    Warwickshire Fire Service says it happened yesterday morning at Barnacle House Farm, Barnacle near Coventry.

    It says the machinery was used to break into the pile of wood chippings to make sure the blaze was completely out.

  11. Almost 2,000 properties without power

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC News

    More than 1,900 homes and businesses are without power across the West Midlands, according to Western Power Distribution

    The company says the worst affected areas include Solihull and Marton Green, with almost 900 without electricity.

    A further 400 properties in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire are also without power.

    Herefordshire, Worcestershire and some parts of Warwickshire are also affected. To check your local area try Western Power's interactive map.

    Western Power
  12. Plan for 28,000 new homes examined

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Plans to build nearly 28,000 homes in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme are to be discussed by councillors today.

    It is claimed they could help create up to 17,000 new jobs.

    Housing being built

    The area's two authorities are working together on the Local Plan because Newcastle-under-Lyme is struggling to build enough homes and the city is proposing that it can pick up the slack.

    If approved, the Local Plan will set out what can be built over the next decade in each area, and a public consultation would start in February.

  13. Swanning around: RSPCA step in as bird halts traffic

    The RSPCA have removed a swan that had settled in a puddle, halting traffic on a road in a Cheshire town.


    Vehicles were stopped for a short time on London Road North in Poynton to allow the swan to be taken to safety earlier this morning.