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Friday night's weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Any of the odd showers which have developed today should fade away this evening - here's the full weather forecast for tonight and the start of the weekend in the West Midlands:

Rebecca Wood

You can keep up to date with the latest forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a car today.

A449 heading north towards roundabout in Wombourne

Staffordshire Police said the collision happened on the A449 in Wombourne, near Wolverhampton, at about 09:15.

The force has closed the route northbound at the roundabout with Wodehouse Lane and Billy Buns Lane.

They've also tweeted that there had then been a minor collision on the southbound side as motorists were slowing down to look at the scene.

Warm and sunny to end the week

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This week's set to end with more dry, warm, sunny weather - here's your full forecast:

Sara Blizzard

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

What's the weather got in store?

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with clear skies and lows of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Three teenagers charged after man shot

Three teenagers have been charged after a man was shot in the foot.

Joan Street

The victim, in his 30s, was taken to hospital after he was injured during the attack in Joan Street, Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

The three are all due to appear at Walsall Magistrates Court charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A 13-year-old boy from Bilston, also arrested in connection with the incident, has been released on police bail with conditions banning him from the area, said West Midlands Police.

Rail timetable overhaul to 'showcase Shropshire'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An extra hourly train between Shrewsbury and Birmingham will open up Shropshire to new business and tourists, a council has claimed in the wake of a major shake-up of rail services across the West Midlands.

West Midlands Railway
West Midlands Railway
The services are being delivered by West Midlands Railway

The addition sees West Midlands Railway services calling at Wellington, Telford, Shifnal, Cosford and Wolverhampton hourly and operating during off-peak hours Monday to Saturday

Meanwhile, a new hourly Sunday service between Birmingham and Shrewsbury has been introduced, calling at all stations between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

And at night, trains to Shrewsbury are set to continue to depart Birmingham until about 22:30 on weekdays and 23:00 on Saturdays.

"I can’t emphasise enough what fantastic news this is for Shrewsbury and the whole of Shropshire," said Shropshire Council's director of place, Mark Barrow.

A more frequent service plays into exactly what we are trying to do in Shropshire by showcasing what we have and supporting businesses. Shrewsbury has 6.2m people living within an hour and a half of it and we want more day visitors - this feeds into all of that."

Mark BarrowShropshire Council

Officers seek car after boy shot in head

Officers are trying to trace a vehicle after a teenager was shot in the head in Wolverhampton.

Scene of shooting

A 16-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound in Gaiseley Street, Pennfields on 6 May.

He remains in hospital in a serious condition.

Anyone who may have seen a white BMW X1 in the area is urged to get in touch with police.

Two boys, aged 15 and 17 and a 20-year-old man who were arrested in connection with the incident, have since been released without charge.

Ambulance staff to 'show support' at Pride

More than 80 staff, volunteers and students from West Midlands Ambulance Service are set to march in this weekend's Pride parade in Birmingham to "show support for the LGBT community".

A spokesperson said: "Attending this event enables the ambulance service to better represent the community that we serve and demonstrate the service as an employer that celebrates inclusivity and diversity within its workforce."

Birmingham Pride

Jurors deliberating over murder accused husband

Jurors will continue deliberating in the trial of a man accused of soliciting the murder of his first wife and killing his second wife.

Gurpreet Singh.
Helen Tipper

The jury of seven women and three men were sent home on Wednesday in the trial of Gurpreet Singh.

The 43-year-old is accused of killing his second wife Sarbjit Kaur with an "unknown accomplice" in Wolverhampton, in February last year.

Mr Singh denies both charges.

European elections 2019: Polls are open

Polling stations have opened for the European Parliament elections.

Polling station

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, with seven elected in the West Midlands.

MEPs are elected by proportional representation, in order as listed by their party.

The number of MEPs each party gets is calculated using a formula called d'Hondt, except in Northern Ireland, where the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system is used.

Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the voting process completed by 22:00 on Sunday 26 May.

Polling stations in the UK are open until 22:00.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Staying dry for the next 24 hours

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

More dry weather ahead tonight and tomorrow for the West Midlands, here's the latest weather forecast:

Shefali Oza

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

BreakingBritish Steel to enter insolvency

BBC Business News

Thousands of jobs are at risk across the country as British Steel is entering insolvency.

Sign for British Steel

The move follows a breakdown in rescue talks between the government and the company's owner, Greybull.

The government's Official Receiver will take control of the company as part of the insolvency process.

British Steel has a metal centre selling products in Wolverhampton and a sales office in Stoke-on-Trent.

Accountancy firm EY will attempt to find a buyer for the business.

Arrests after man shot in Wolverhampton

Allen Cook

BBC News

Four arrests have been made after a man was shot in the foot in Wolverhampton.

Joan Street, Wolverhampton

The victim, in his 30s, suffered the wounds on Joan Street yesterday afternoon, police have said.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and are still in custody.

Staying fine and dry on Wednesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

More fine, dry weather today with sunny spells - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands:

Alex Hamilton

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

Ambulance service 'to rely less' on fast cars

Local Democracy Reporting Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it's going to be relying less on motorbikes and response cars and more on traditional ambulances in the future.

Mark Docherty, its executive director of clinical commissioning, said: “We invested a lot in response cars, a lot of motorcycles and even bicycles. But what we found was that it was all well and good getting a paramedic there, but what do they then do with the patient?"


Mr Docherty said he also wanted more defibrillators "on every street corner", so that if someone suffered a cardiac arrest, they could get help quickly.

Staying dry in the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's no end in sight for the dry weather over the next 24 hours, with more forecast tonight and tomorrow - here's the full report for the West Midlands:

Alex Hamilton

You can get an up-to-date forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Mountaineers climb artwork in Birmingham underpass

John Bray

BBC News

Brutalist murals in a Birmingham city centre underpass could become a magnet for climbers - thanks to a group of university students.

Mountaineers climb artwork in Birmingham underpass

Members of the University of Birmingham Mountaineering and Climbing Club (UBMC) were asked to visit the William Mitchell artwork, underneath Hockley Circus, by a group which campaigns to promote and protect the city’s 20th Century architecture.

Brutiful Birmingham said the climbing wall murals, created in 1968, were largely forgotten and neglected.

UBMC members plan to alert other enthusiasts across the country. Only experienced climbers are advised to scale the artwork.

Meeting ambulance target in county 'would cost £45m'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Andrew Morris

An ambulance service has said the chances of meeting response times for the most critically injured patients in a county would cost an extra £45m a year.

Side of an ambulance

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) currently has 38 vehicles on the road in Shropshire.

In England, ambulance services are expected to reach patients within an average of seven minutes but, in the county, the average time was 10 minutes 44 seconds.

At a Shropshire Council health meeting, WMAS spokesman Mark Docherty said it would need another 75 ambulances to meet the target, costing £45m.

He said instead, it wanted to see more people trained in using defibrillators with more of the machines on street corners as "this is going to help save lives more than more ambulances".

Dry weather continues - here's the full forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The dry weather's expected to continue this morning across the West Midlands with some sunshine around, here's the full forecast for today:

Alex Hamilton

If you want a latest forecast at any other time for your part of the West Midlands, head to the BBC Weather website.

Mum whose baby died speaks of pain of hearing others cry
Lynette Parkes lost her baby at seven months and spoke of the added pain of hearing other newborns cry nearby.
Mountaineers climb artwork in Birmingham underpass
The "forgotten" Brutalist murals beneath a flyover could become a magnet for climbers.

Mayor launches 'Beat the Bots' fund

A scheme launched by the Mayor of the West Midlands is seeking to help retrain workers whose jobs are at risk from becoming automated.

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Some 1.5 million people in England are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Mayor Andy Street said £5m worth of funding for his Beat the Bots initiative would be made available for colleges and training providers to deliver innovative digital training.

The fund, which he said was "our way to stay ahead", represented a chance to gain digital skills "which will prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future".

“Artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robotics are getting better, and, in reality, it’s only a matter of time before real people will lose out to bots in the fight for jobs," he added.

The funding comes from the government’s National Retraining Scheme, and was announced by Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds in summer 2018, as part of the West Midlands Combined Authority's Skills Deal.

Teens in care 'abandoned to crime gangs'

BBC Newsnight

Thousands of teenagers in care are being "dumped" in unregulated homes and "abandoned to organised crime gangs", the BBC has been told.

The number of looked-after children aged 16 and over living in unregistered accommodation in England has increased 70% in a decade, Newsnight has found.

Young person

The West Midlands has seen a big increase in the use of unregulated accommodation - up from 280 in 2009 to 610 children in 2018.

Police forces have raised concerns, saying criminals see the premises as an easy target for recruitment.

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

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy night with some patchy rain and lows of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Police cleared over chase that ended in fatal crash

An inquiry has concluded police were not for blame for a crash that killed a young woman in Birmingham last July.

Sarah Giles (pictured below) died and her boyfriend was seriously injured when Branden Daniels lost control of a stolen Audi A3 and crashed into their vehicle.

He had been pursued by West Midlands Police officers, but the Independent Office for Police Conduct said the chase had been "authorised, proportionate and carried out in accordance with local and national policy".

Sarah Giles
West Midlands Police

The IOPC also said: "The police officers drove a safe distance behind the stolen vehicle and ultimately it was the manner in which the Audi was driven which led to such tragic consequences."