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Your weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry night ahead for the West Midlands with some clear spells, here's the full forecast including for the start of Wednesday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date on the weather in your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Ambulance service to take over non-emergency 111 calls

From November, the non-emergency 111 medical helpline is going to be run across the West Midlands by the region's ambulance service, with the exception of Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it plans to integrate the service with its 999 call-handling and that this would mean "patients can be better directed to the most appropriate care".

WMAS call centre
WMAS

WMAS also said that when it takes over from Care UK, there would be fewer 111 patients being sent an ambulance and fewer being sent to accident and emergency departments.

It added it would look to transfer across staff already working for Care UK.

Car crash couple welcome new baby

A couple on their way to hospital when they were involved in a car crash have welcomed a baby daughter into their family.

Ginny Magrath and Mike Roberts both suffered broken ankles while they were travelling to the Princess Royal Hospital from their home in Oswestry and baby Amber Harriet Roberts was delivered four weeks early by emergency Caesarean.

Ginny Magrath and Mike Roberts
SATH

They'd driven to Telford so the couple's unborn baby could be monitored as Ginny had experienced some "reduced movement".

Ginny, who works at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, said the experience had been "really scary", but praised staff at the hospital and added: "Amber is doing really well. She seems to be doing everything at 100mph. It’s almost like she knows Mike and I need her."

Mike was initially taken to Shrewsbury for treatment, but was taken back to Telford to be reunited with Ginny and their baby.

Will you need a brolly later?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're set for a mainly fine, dry day with sunny spells, here's the full forecast.

Alex Hamilton

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

Turning dry and clear tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The showers we've seen today in the West Midlands should fade as we head into tonight which is expected to be mainly dry and clear:

Alex Hamilton

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

Will you need your umbrella again?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells with some heavy showers - here's the full weather forecast.

Alex Hamilton

Stay up to date with the latest weather for you area by heading to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Wet day turning to dry night

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After all the rain we should be in for a largely dry night - here's the full forecast, including for the start of your weekend:

Rebecca Wood

Keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Drugs gangs 'changed business model' in Shropshire

Drugs gangs have changed their tactics to recruit more local children, the head of safeguarding at Shropshire Council has said.

Sonya Jones said dealers used to send young people from Liverpool to sell their drugs, but that changed in 2016 after a violent clash between two Merseyside gangs in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury.

Drugs
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Since then, any child with a Liverpool accent would probably be stopped by police, she said.

So criminals started grooming Shropshire children to do their dealing, she added.

She also warned all children are at risk of being recruited by the so-called "county lines" gangs.

Flooding warning with heavy rain forecast

Allen Cook

BBC News

Drivers and homeowners are being warned of potential flooding today from heavy rain in parts of the West Midlands.

Area covered by the warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning's been issued by the Met Office, from 08:00 until 22:00.

The alert covers parts of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and states there could be spray and flooding on roads and homes and businesses could also be affected.

Wet day ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet one today with rain due to spread across the West Midlands throughout the day - here's the full forecast:

Alex Hamilton

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

Weather set to change from tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Dry and clear to start tonight but it's then going to soon turn cloudy - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands.

Alex Hamilton

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

Hundreds man the phones to help students through clearing

Hundreds of university staff and students are manning phones today, to help young people who didn't get the grades they wanted.

They're also helping students find accommodation for September.

And they've been sharing inspirational stories from past students who came to them through clearing and ended up having a really positive experience.

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Big differences in A-level maths results

Maths proved the most popular subject at A-levels this year.

Across the country, 41.4% of 18-year-olds got A or A* grades, but there was a big variation across the country and across exam boards.

Documents first reported by the Daily Telegraph revealed that students taking papers set by both Pearson/Edexcel and OCR needed just 55% and 54% respectively to get an A grade.

Graphic
BBC

The results cover ceremonial counties, so Stoke-on-Trent figures are included with Staffordshire and Telford ones as part of Shropshire.

The number of students taking the subject in each county also differs significantly with just 255 in Herefordshire and 3,410 in the West Midlands.

Shropshire and Worcestershire students set bar at A-levels

Shropshire A-level students had the highest percentage of As and A*s in Economics in the country, figures from Ofqual have revealed.

And Worcestershire students came out top in Physical Education, with 23.3% getting a grade of A or A*.

A-level results
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Out of the 195 students taking economics in Shropshire, 46.7% got a grade of A or A* - well above the national average of 30.1%.

The figures also show that Staffordshire students got the lowest percentage of A or A*s in maths - 28%.

Water company to pay for 1.3 million trees

Severn Trent Water says it will pay for 1.3 million trees to be planted in the Midlands over the next five years.

The water company is supplying them to the Woodland Trust, which is working with farmers and landowners to find suitable locations.

Tree planting
Severn Trent

The firm has paid for 700,000 of them since 2015, mostly in Derbyshire, but now wants to widen the scheme out to cover Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

It said the trees, which will all be native species, can improve drainage, reduce the amount of chemicals leaking into rivers, and improve air quality.

Some showers to start the day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some scattered showers around this morning in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast for the region:

Alex Hamilton

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

What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Well it's going to be a very wet day today so make sure you pack an umbrella.

There's also a weather warning in place for possible heavy thundery showers across the region.

West Midlands weather 14 August 2019

Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's just the chance of the odd shower this evening but it should then be mainly dry overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Your photos: A bright and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

While we're not experiencing a summer heatwave, the weather outside has been beautiful today and we're seeing lots of blue sky from the BBC Weather Watchers.

These pictures were taken near Wellington in Shropshire, Kidderminster and Coventry.

The Wrekin
Liam Ball
Kidderminster
Spennells Pensioner
Coventry
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Thunderstorms warning for Wednesday

Allen Cook

BBC News

Thunderstorms could cause flooding and disrupt transport in parts of the West Midlands tomorrow, the Met Office has said.

Area covered by warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning's been issued covering most of the region from 14:00 until 22:00.

Fine, sunny day ahead for Tuesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today looks like being a generally fine day for most of the West Midlands, here's the full weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Chance of showers tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mostly dry day, there's a chance of some scattered showers overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton with Monday night's West Midlands weather

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

Dry start to Monday's weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The week's set to start mainly dry and pretty cloudy across the West Midlands, here's the forecast for the whole of Monday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Warning of heavy rain and high winds

The Met Office is warning of heavy rain for the rest of the day and has issued a yellow warning, meaning there is a warning of thunderstorms and flooding across the West Midlands.

And it has issued another yellow warning for tomorrow, saying it's expecting high winds.

Worcester
WorcsPaul

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a showery day with some heavy rain expected later and highs of 23C (73F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Rain weather warning updated

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption from 15:00 tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.

A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of heavy bursts will move northwards during Friday afternoon.

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for Saturday, with further disruption expected.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with some sunny spells and highs of 24C (75F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sunny end to Wednesday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Some late sunshine around this evening before a dry night.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including tomorrow:

Rich Davis

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

'Lack of checks on Conservative power' claim

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There isn't enough scrutiny of the decisions made by Shropshire Council's cabinet, an independent councillor claims.

In his blog, Dave Tremellen complained "decisions affecting the 311,000 residents of Shropshire are made by 10 people" who were chosen by the Conservative administration to sit on the cabinet committee.

Council office and Dave Tremellan
BBC/Shropshire Council

And he said the five scrutiny committees which were supposed to provide balance and review the cabinet's decisions were all chaired by Conservative members.

Counillor Peter Nutting, leader of Shropshire Council, has been approached for comment.

The ruling group in Shropshire are not so stupid to risk adverse criticism of decisions made by a cabinet wholly comprised of members of the ruling group

Dave TremellenShropshire councillor

Sunny spells and showers to start Wednesday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mix of sunny spells and showers this morning in the West Midlands and here's how the rest of the day's weather is looking:

Rich Davis

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Weather warnings for rain and wind issued

High winds and rain could cause travel disruption later this week, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow severe warning for rain is in place on Friday with the wind warning in force on Saturday.

A band of heavy rain with the possibility of very heavy bursts is expected to be followed by strong winds, with gusts of up 40mph possible.

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Thousands sign 'scrap pension allowance' petition

More than 15,000 health workers have signed a petition, started by a Shropshire consultant, against changes to pension tax which doctors say means they can't afford to work extra shifts.

Hospital
University Hospitals Trust

Consultants have begun refusing to work beyond their planned hours after receiving unexpected tax bills, following new pension rules in 2016.

NHS hospitals said delays are becoming increasingly routine as a result.

The petition calling for a re-think has been started by Mark Cheetham - a surgeon at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital Trust.

He says patients will be the ones to lose out unless changes are made.

The government said it was looking at more flexible pension rules.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a mainly dry day with spells of sunshine but also scattered showers with highs of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and clear night with lows of 11C (52F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Big rise in rural crime

The cost of rural crime in the Midlands is the highest in the country, according to new figures published by NFU Mutual.

It rose by almost £1m to £9.8m last year in the region - a 10% rise.

Warwickshire saw the highest figures in the West Midlands with rural crime costing just over £1.4m in 2018 - up from a shade over £1m the year before.

Staffordshire saw the biggest percentage rise - a 48.5% increase to £1.36m.

Graphic
BBC

Worcestershire, however, saw a 2.6% drop in 2018.

NFU Mutual's figures reveal rural crime cost the UK £50m in 2018 - an increase of 12%

Hospital chief exec 'would welcome back inspectors'

Shropshire's hospitals would welcome back Care Quality Commission inspectors "at any time", the interim chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has said - because she believes improvements are being made.

Paula Clark was responding to a critical CQC inspection report which found further failings in the two accident and emergency departments and said the trust had worked hard to recruit more staff, and had made offers to 19 more nurses.

Paula Clark
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The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Shaun Davies, called the CQC report "really concerning", but welcomed the change in leadership at the trust, since the inspectors visited.

He also said he thought Paula Clark had a "fantastic reputation" and that his council would do everything it could to support her.