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Man dies after car crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's died in hospital after being hurt when his car ended up on its roof in Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police said the crash happened on 20 April on the A491 Minster Road in Stourport-on-Severn.

They said the driver of the Ford Fiesta Zetec, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital with head injuries but later died.

Officers are trying to track down a taxi driver who may have seen the crash.

Your weather: A dry night before the showers

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Mostly dry tonight for the West Midlands with clear spells, but showers are on the way. Here's the full forecast:

Rich Davis

You can get a latest update on your local weather at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Canoeist dies in endurance race

A Worcestershire canoeist has died while taking part in an endurance race, its organisers have said.

The man, in his 50s who is yet to be named and was a member of Worcester Canoe Club, died yesterday towards the end of the Devizes to Westminster Race.

The race

The race directors said they were "saddened" to report a paddler had died in the final stages, adding that they were co-operating with the official investigation into the incident.

The sport's governing body in the UK, British Canoeing, said the whole community was "deeply upset" to hear the "tragic" news.

Safety warning over quarry swimming

As the hot weather continues an urgent safety message has gone out reminding people not to swim in cold water areas.

Warning sign

Six years ago two young men died after getting into trouble while swimming at Gullet Quarry in Worcestershire.

Fencing and large warning signs have been put up telling people not to enter.

The Royal Life Saving Society says because the water is so cold, swimmers can suffer shock causing them to swallow a large amount of water.

Your 60-second weather update

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's set to be another lovely day today with plenty of sunshine. It'll be dry and clear with temperatures expected to reach up to 22C (72F).

Weather for the West Midlands

What are local elections all about?

The local elections are taking place on 2 May.

Local elections: What are they all about?

We'll get to choose who decides on things including where houses get built, who runs the buses and which pubs get late licences.

But last year only one in three people went to the polls. So what is the vote all about?

Severe accident: A451 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

A451 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, from Walter Nash Road to Kingsway.

A451 Worcestershire - A451 Minster Road in Kidderminster closed southbound from the Walter Nash Road junction to the Kingsway junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Dry start to the bank holiday - full weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Staying dry overnight with mainly clear skies - your full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including for Good Friday, is here:

Shefali Oza

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

'Record-breaking temperatures' ahead

Some great news if you're planning to get out and about this Easter weekend.

Temperatures are set to stay in 20s from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, with cloudless skies.

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Dry and warm for Thursday's weather

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Dry, bright and warm is how this morning's looking across the West Midlands - here's Thursday's full weather forecast:

Sara Blizzard

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

Your weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

After a fine evening, we're set for a dry night with clear spells - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands which includes the outlook for tomorrow:

Shefali Oza

To keep up-to-date with the weather in your area at any other time, check the BBC Weather website.

Your photos: A hazy start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

A lot of us saw a hazy start to the day and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing some dramatic photos.

These ones were taken in Stourport-on-Severn, Hednesford and Newport.

Stourport leaves
Snapshot Emma
Hednesford flower
Angus and me
Newport flowers

A chilly start to the day

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

A chilly start to Wednesday but that should soon change, here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands:

Mel Coles

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

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 4C (39F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Witness appeal over fatal crash

Officers investigating the death of a woman hit by a car are appealing for witnesses to the 11 April crash.

Doreen Sachs
West Midlands Police

Doreen Sachs, 92, was crossing Bell Street in Stourbridge when she was struck.

She suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital.

Her family described her as "loved and admired by all she came into contact with".

The driver of the car, a 78-year-old woman, is assisting officers with their inquiries, West Midlands Police says.

Two seriously hurt when vintage car crashed

A crash in Bridgnorth at the weekend which left two people seriously injured involved a vintage three-wheeled motor car, West Mercia Police has said.

The two occupants were hurt when it left the A442 near Dudmaston Hall at 14:40 on Sunday and collided with a tree.

They remain in hospital.

A442 at Brim Pool

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry day with some cloud and highs of 14C (57F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Bromsgrove woman on mission to clean filthy road signs
Sarah Milburn is hoping for a "ripple effect" of like-minded people keen to clean.

Thousands of crime suspects released without conditions

BBC Midlands Today

An investigation by BBC Midlands Today has revealed thousands of suspects in Staffordshire have been released without bail conditions.

Police officers
Getty Images

Two years ago, a 28-day limit on police bail came into force in England and Wales to stop police bailing suspects for extended periods of time without resolution, following a series of high-profile cases.

In Staffordshire, the BBC's found 7,732 have instead been “released under investigation” between April 2017 and December 2018, with no conditions imposed.

The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Gareth Morgan, is critical of the changes, saying overall they haven’t delivered confidence in the system for victims.

The Home Office says it's working with the National Police Chief’s Council to make sure bail conditions are used "where appropriate".

Severe accident: A442 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A442 Shropshire both ways severe accident, from The Ridge to Dudmaston Hall.

A442 Shropshire - A442 in Quatford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from The Ridge junction to the Dudmaston Hall junction, because of an accident.

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

Nathan Redmond

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

Southampton will "do everything" to reach 40 points, says manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as his side took a huge step towards Premier League survival with victory over Wolves.

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

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

We could be seeing some sunshine this weekend and temperatures could be up to around 10C (50F) in places.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Jury considers verdicts in cricketer rape trial

A jury will continue considering its verdicts on former Worcestershire county cricketer Alex Hepburn, accused of raping a woman during a sexual conquest competition set up on a WhatsApp group.

Alex Hepburn
Ben Birchall/PA

The 23-year-old denies two counts of rape connected to the alleged attack in the early hours of 1 April 2017, at his flat in Worcester.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 0C (32F).

You can find a full forecast for your area on the BBC Weather page.

weather map

Trespassers causing rail delays

BBC News Travel

Trespassers on the line are causing rail delays between Stourbridge Junction and Rowley Regis.

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Air pollution scheme wins £53K funding

A project to monitor air pollution in Shropshire has been awarded £53,000 government funding.

Shropshire Council said the cash would be used to install monitors to track levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates in Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth.

Air pollution: what are the effects on humans?

It comes as a report suggests that one in five cases of childhood asthma are caused by traffic pollution.

Three locations in Shropshire have recently been identified as breaching air pollution limits: outside the railway station in Shrewsbury - on Whitburn Street in Bridgnorth - and at the Tern Hill roundabout near Market Drayton.