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Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

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Weather: Light cloud overnight and a fine weekend ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're forecast some light cloud overnight, but we could see some sunshine tomorrow and the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good for September.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

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Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

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New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
BBC

You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

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Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Man denies charges after M5 crash

A man has denied dangerous driving after a crash that closed the M5 motorway.

Wayne Smith, 27, of Tamworth, was arrested after a crash near Clevedon, North Somerset, on 5 August.

Smith also faces charges in connection with events in Staffordshire earlier in the day.

At Stafford Crown Court, he also denied false imprisonment, assault by beating, sexual assault, cruelty to a person aged under 16 and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He will appear at the same court for trial on 27 January.

Tailbacks after the collision
Highways England

Fears over fish numbers

Anglers are being asked to help carry out a a survey of barbel in the Upper Trent and River Dove in Staffordshire.

Barbel
BBC

There's concern that numbers of the fish have gone down, said the Environment Agency.

It's keen for anglers to record what they catch in an attempt to try and understand fish stocks better.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and cool day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

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LDRS: Care home plan approved for green space

Local Democracy Reporting Service

These are some of the stories being covered by our Local Democracy Service reporters in Staffordshire:

  • A care home's going to be built on council-owned green space (pictured) after Stafford Borough Council approved the proposals for Stone, despite objections over traffic issues and the principle of the sell-off.
  • Staffordshire County Council's been criticised by the social care ombudsman for failing to apologise to a woman in care in good time after they had agreed to do so, following an earlier investigation.
  • Plans to put gates at three entrances to a private estate have been rejected by Lichfield District Council over concerns they could divide a community.
The Tilling Drive Playing Field Area
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Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

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Call for wider Taser use by PC run down by car

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A police officer seriously hurt when a banned driver crushed her against a fence has told the BBC she believed all officers should now be given Tasers.

Claire Bond after sentencing
PA Media

PC Claire Bond was responding to reports a car had hit a garage in Stafford last year when she was struck and then dragged along by the car.

Her leg and kneecap were broken and she said "I look back now and I have no doubt that I would have used a Taser in order to stop him from going any further if I'd had one."

Gurajdeep Malhi, 26, from Stafford, was jailed on Monday for more than 12 years after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

Last month, Northamptonshire's Chief Constable said he was issuing tasers to all frontline officers following the death of PC Andrew Harper in Berkshire.

Warning after Asian hornet sighting

Allen Cook

BBC News

Beekeepers are being put on alert in Staffordshire after a bee-killing Asian hornet was spotted in the county.

Asian hornet
States of Jersey

The government said it was confirmed in the Tamworth area on 2 September and is the second report in the UK this year, following one in Hampshire in July.

The invasive predators are able to eat up to 50 honey bees in a day.

The British Beekeepers Association said it wanted people in county to be vigilant in looking out for the hornets as summer winds down.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Weather forecast for next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mixed day with rain around, tonight's expected to be mainly dry with clear spells:

Alex Hamilton

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

Will you need an umbrella?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It may start with rain but a mainly dry morning with spells of sunshine, here's the full forecast for today:

Alex Hamilton

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with plenty of cloud around and highs of 20C (68F).

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 11C (52F) and some warmer weather on Tuesday.

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Businessman 'had arsenal of weapons in fortified home'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A businessman who's been jailed for having an illegal stun gun had an arsenal of weaponry in his "highly fortified" mansion home, a court's heard.

Thomas Kavanagh
National Crime Agency

Thomas Kavanagh, 51, of Sutton Road, Mile Oak, Tamworth, was given a three-year prison sentence today after being convicted of possessing a device specifically designed to have the appearance of a torch.

The judge, Paul Glenn, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court it took police longer than usual to get inside his home as it was so well fortified, including with "reinforced bulletproof glass".

The stun gun
National Crime Agency

When they got in, they found other weapons including a samurai sword, nunchucks, machetes and an extendable baton, which the judge added were legally possessed in the home.

It also emerged in court Kavanagh was given an Osman warning by police last year, that there was intelligence of a real and immediate risk to his life.

BreakingMan jailed over 100,000-volt 'torch' stun gun

David Haywood

BBC Radio Stoke

A businessman's been jailed for three years for having a "10,000-volt" stun gun disguised as a torch.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court
BBC

It was found in the Tamworth home of Thomas Kavanagh following his arrest at Birmingham Airport in connection to a firearms and drugs investigation, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

The 51-year-old had admitted possessing the item, but denied it was deliberately designed to look like a flashlight.

He was found guilty under Section 5 of the Firearms Act in July and today sentenced at the court.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should be a mainly dry night with some cloud and lows of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a bright start it will be a cloudy day with the risk of showers and highs of 21C (70F).

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Wet weather due to clear tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The rain which has been around today is expected to clear away through this evening to leave a mainly dry, clear night:

Sara Blizzard

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

Another day to keep the umbrella handy

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Mainly dry and cloudy this morning but we could see rain later:

Sara Blizzard

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

Rain ahead for tonight's weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry start to tonight but it'll turn cloudier with a chance of some outbreaks of rain later on.

Here's the full forecast for the next 24 hours:

Alex Hamilton

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

Taxi spend by ambulance service 'doubles in year'

Gavin Kermack

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The amount spent by West Midlands Ambulance Service on moving patients in taxis has doubled in a year, figures show.

Taxi sign
BBC

Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association discovered it spent £4m on them in 2018-19 compared to £2m the year before.

The service said it was trying to reduce the figure.

An umbrella may be needed...

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's a risk today of some heavy and thundery showers, here's the full forecast for the day ahead:

Alex Hamilton

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