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  1. Today's weather: Mostly dry but temperatures starting to drop

    After a scorching weekend, today will mostly be dry with some sun, but a cold front moving in will mean cooler temperatures in the north of the region, and will bring with it some showers.

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    Video caption: After the heat of the weekend, cooler temperatures are on their way.
  2. Live updates for the West Midlands

    Welcome to the start of our live service for Monday.

    We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates for the West Midlands.

    You can let us know about stories in your area via email, Twitter and Facebook.

  3. Row over schools' compulsory iPad scheme

    Parents of children at nine schools across the West Midlands have been told they will need to buy students an iPad for their studies, sparking a backlash.

    The iPads can be paid for with a £510 one-off payment or £16 a month over three years for pupils at the Windsor Academy Trust, which runs schools in Halesowen, Walsall, Kingswinford and parts of Staffordshire.

    Generic image of child learning at an iPad

    The scheme is designed to boost pupils' digital skills and improve their access to education at home.

    Mandy Moore, whose son is in year 8 at one of the schools, branded the decision "absolutely ridiculous".

    "There's a lot of families that can't afford it," she said. "Why can't they have something cheaper?"

    She also raised concerns students would become "obvious targets" for thieves.

    Matt Meckin, director of primary at Windsor Academy Trust, said so far more than 1,000 pupils had benefited from the scheme which he said had been "hugely successful".

    He said the trust had not come across any safety incidents, or reports of stolen iPads, and financial support was available for families who were struggling.

  4. Staffordshire Police anti-terrorism officers 'lacked training'

    Staffordshire Police officers who were tasked with monitoring London Bridge attacker Usman Khan were not sufficiently trained, the police watchdog has found.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct published its findings after an inquest jury found he was lawfully killed by police officers after the attack at Fishmongers' Hall on 29 November 2019.

    Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt

    Khan, from Stafford, fatally stabbed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, during a prisoner rehabilitation conference at the London venue.

    The Prevent team with Staffordshire Police had been tasked with monitoring Khan, who had been released from prison less than a year earlier, where he was viewed as an "influential" inmate who mixed with high-profile terrorists.

    The IOPC found the officers were not sufficiently trained to manage this level of risk, as their role is mainly to safeguard and protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism.

    Quote Message: While we didn't find any wrongdoing by any officers, we have worked with counter-terrorism policing to ensure police forces update practices and close any gaps in the way they deal with ex-offenders from Sal Naseem IOPC regional director for London
    Sal NaseemIOPC regional director for London
  5. Covid-19 rates continue to rise

    Most parts of the West Midlands saw a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the latest official figures.

    It comes as the government ponders whether to relax restrictions further on 21 June.

    Birmingham saw 763 new cases in the seven days up to 5 June, up from 495 the week before.

    Health bosses have previously attributed a recent rise to the spread of the India variant, named Delta by the World Health Organization.


    The Staffordshire Moorlands saw the biggest increase in the rate of new infections in the region - a three-fold rise to 100.6 cases per 100,000 people, up from 32.5. However, the overall numbers remain low (99 cases).

    Every part of the West Midlands saw a rise in cases week-on-week, except Dudley, Worcester, East Staffordshire, Stafford, Malvern Hills and Wychavon.

    However, the north west of England continues to be the worst-affected part of the country.

    Blackburn and Darwen currently has a rate of 579.2 per 100,000 people.

  6. 'Ring of fire' eclipse to sweep across Earth

    You might get the chance to witness some of a solar eclipse this morning.

    An eclipse

    Today's event is termed an annular eclipse, with the Moon moving across the face of the Sun but not completely blocking out the light coming from it.

    While the best of the action will be witnessed in the Arctic, the West Midlands region will see about 20% of the Sun eclipsed at some time between 11:00 and 11:30 BST.

    As ever, the advice is not to try to look at the Sun with the naked eye. This can do severe damage.

    Anyone gazing skyward should only do so with the aid of protective viewing equipment, such as approved eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector.

  7. West Midlands forecast: Sunny spells with patchy cloud

    BBC Weather

    There'll be a mix of sunny spells and patchy cloud today and we could see the odd shower drifting in at times. A gentle breeze and a high of 23C (73F).

    Weather map for today

    It will stay largely dry tonight with clear spells, but again there could be the odd spot of light rain. Low: 15C (59F).

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

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    Video caption: Driver who fled police at more than 150mph is jailed

    Nathan Batha, of, Rugeley, Staffordshire, was jailed after driving at more than 150mph on the M6.

  9. Event to discuss issues at stinky quarry

    A virtual event is being held for residents living near a quarry blighted by smell.

    Residents in Silverdale, Staffordshire, have been campaigning for action at Walleys Quarry.

    It is currently being monitored by the Environment Agency.

    Silverdale Quarry

    The Environment Agency is hosting a virtual community event tonight between 18:00 to 20:00.

    It says residents will be able to ask questions about its regulation of the quarry.

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    Video caption: Staffordshire children make 999 call after mum collapses

    Neve and Billy remembered important details like the family's address and that their mother also had allergies.

  11. Weather: Another warm, dry and bright day

    We're going to start off with some sunshine this morning with clear conditions, but as we make our way through the afternoon we'll start to see some cloud build up.

    Highs of up to 24C (75F) in the sun and as the cloud moves in it will start to feel a bit humid with a muggy night expected.

    Sunrise in Rushbury, Shropshire, on Wednesday morning
  12. Man arrested over drugs find

    A man has been arrested after police carried out a drugs warrant at a property in Staffordshire.

    On 1 June, police officers carried out the operation in Westover Drive, Stone.

    A large amount of cannabis was found within the property, Staffordshire Police said, as well as equipment to cultivate of cannabis found in the roof.

    A 31-year-old man from Stone was later arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug of Class B – cannabis, and has since been released under investigation.

    Some of the cannabis found

    Det Con Danielle Brannan said: “We will always look to shut down drugs operations which blight the lives of the communities we serve and will continue to pro-actively seek to bring the perpetrators to justice.”