Thurlaston

England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Weather: Some fine bank holiday weather on the way

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

We've got some warm weather on the way for the bank holiday weekend and the next few days are looking cloudy, but dry.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Petition to stop 100-mile Vélo bike ride

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Irwin

Almost 800 people have signed a petition calling for a 100-mile bike ride around the West Midlands region to be scrapped.

Thousands of cyclists took part in the Vélo Birmingham and Midlands in May this year, which took in Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire and the Black Country.

Cyclists at the start line in Birmingham in May
VÉLO BIRMINGHAM & MIDLANDS

But it has also attracted criticism.

Meriden resident, Lewis Edwards, started the petition, claiming the event caused “stress, anxiety and inconvenience” for residents and the benefits to the economy do not justify the disruption.

Organisers said a "great deal" of time and effort was invested to minimise the impact on local residents and they "strongly believe the event delivers a significant net benefit to the region in terms of profile, economic impact, health and well-being, the environment and charity fundraising".

The fact that the West Midlands plays host to the second biggest cycling event in the UK is something to be incredibly proud of."

SpokespersonVélo Birmingham and Midlands

Weather look ahead: Sunshine and showers

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There will be plenty of sunshine around this morning but variable amounts of cloud building up over the course of the day, with the odd scattered shower as well.

West Midlands weather 21 August 2019

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.

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.

Fairer funding demand from rural councils

BBC Midlands Today

Boris Johnson is being urged by the leaders of dozens of councils to give them a fairer funding deal.

Shropshire Council's HQ
BBC

They include those in charge of five local authorities in the West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The demand's made in an open letter to the prime minister in the Telegraph and claims counties get £240 per resident compared with £449 in urban areas.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says councils have been given £46.4bn this year and it'll work to get councils their financial settlement for next year as soon as possible.

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.

Recycling collections to be simplified

People living in north Warwickshire will be allowed to put all their paper, plastics and glass in the same bin from November, without the need to separate them.

The borough council currently supplies homes with inserts for their bins, to keep the rubbish apart, but says the sorting facilities can do the separating themselves now.

Bins
BBC

The move is expected to save the authority £11,000 it spends on replacing lost or broken inserts.

Your say: Praise for 'inspirational' PC

Facebook

A police constable who shared his journey from being a homeless teenager to a police officer has been hailed as "truly inspirational" and a "legend".

Stephen Croshaw
Stephen Croshaw

PC Stephen Croshaw tweeted about suffering abuse from an alcoholic mother and sleeping rough while growing up in Nuneaton.

His county's police and crime commissioner tweeted his reaction to the BBC News story:

View more on twitter

While on the BBC Midlands Facebook page, Debbie Coleman wrote: "How wonderful, what a fantastic story. I'm all for people who has experienced difficulties in their own life who then fully understands the gravity of what other people are going through the same. Well done mate."

Chris Wyman added: "What an inspirational man. Thank you for sharing your story to prove there is light at the end of such a dark tunnel."

Sharron Maund posted: "What a legend, overcoming adversity to become inspirational and working for the greater good so well done."

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.

View more on twitter

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.

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.

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.

Agencies join up to tackle rural arson attacks

Advice is being given on how to prevent fires on farms after police said they attended 300 such incidents during the last three years.

Farms are particularly susceptible to arson attacks "due to their isolated location and open boundaries", Warwickshire Police said.

The force, along with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue and the National Farmers Union, has launched an awareness campaign with "simple steps" farmers can take to keep their properties safe from fire.

The guidance includes repairing or replacing damaged fencing or gates, installing intruder sensors and security lighting and maintaining the security of out buildings.

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

Elephants enjoying old fire hoses

Elephants at Whipsnade Zoo are being kept amused by some old fire hoses.

The equipment was donated earlier this year by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

View more on twitter

The hoses, all of which are decommissioned from training use, meaning they have not been contaminated by smoke

Stefan Groeneveld, Team Leader of Elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo said: “We are always looking for new ways to stimulate our elephants and bring out their natural behaviours like foraging for food, and fire hoses, which are made of incredibly strong material, are perfect to make feeding balls from.

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.

View more on twitter

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