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  1. Stratford tier decision could be challenged

    BBC Radio CWR

    The decision to put Stratford-on-Avon under the highest coronavirus restrictions from this morning could end up in court.

    The district council is warning it'll take the decision to put the area into tier three to a judicial review if it's not reconsidered.


    The Conservative-led authority said infection rates aren't high enough to warrant the restrictions and is calling the decision "irrational", claiming it has it's devastated hospitality businesses.

  2. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will be an overcast day with some patchy rain or drizzle and highs of 10°C (50°F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. 'Realistic' hope of tier relaxation pre-Christmas

    A move from tier three to tier two restrictions across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire could be a "realistic" hope before Christmas, according to West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

    The government has said the tiers will be reviewed on 16 December.

    Andy Street

    Mr Street's comments were made at a regional coronavirus briefing on Friday afternoon.

    In Warwickshire, restrictions have jumped from tier one pre-lockdown to tier three and the leaders of two district councils have written to the government in protest.

    Coventry and Warwickshire were "much closer to the tier two threshold," than other parts of the region, said Mr Street.

    “It has been said by ministers that that was a finely balanced call so I think it is still realistic for that area of the region to hope there will be a change pre-Christmas.

    "But it will all still be dependent on the five indicators and them continuing to move in the right direction.”

  4. Weather warning for fog issued

    Fog patches across the West Midlands could cause some travel disruption, the Met Office is warning.

    Met Office weather warning map

    It has issued a yellow weather warning which is in place until 12:00.

  5. Covid-19 rates continue to fall

    Coronavirus rates continue to fall across the West Midlands, the latest figures from Public Health England show.

    All 30 local authority areas in the region reported a drop in cases for the week up to and including 22 November..

    Stoke-on-Trent, Dudley, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Sandwell recorded the highest figures, with infection rates still in excess of 400 cases per 100,000 people.


    In Stoke-on-Trent, the rate fell to 419.3 per 100,000 people in the week up to 22 November from 552.3 a week earlier.

    Six weeks earlier than that however it stood at just 53.8.

    Stratford-upon-Avon, which as part of Warwickshire was earlier put into tier three, and Malvern Hills had the lowest rates in the West Midlands.

  6. Recap: West Midlands facing new coronavirus restrictions

    In case you're just joining us, here's a round-up of the news on post-lockdown tiers.

    Five areas of the West Midlands will move in to tier two restrictions once lockdown ends - Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Cheshire.

    All the others will be placed under tougher tier three restrictions.

    There will be no parts of the West Midlands returning to tier one, although all this will be reviewed after a fortnight and some areas could be downgraded.

    Tier two

    The government has explained the reasoning behind each of the decisions and generally speaking the areas with the higher infection rates and greatest pressure on the local NHS are in tier three.

    A number of areas are in a different tier to the one they were in when lockdown started, with Warwickshire showing the biggest shift - up from tier one to tier three.

    Tier three
  7. 'Shock' of Warwickshire entering tier three restrictions

    Simon Gilbert

    Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Coventry and Warwickshire both enter the most restrictive tier three which I’m sure won’t be welcomed by many businesses and those living in the areas.

    It will be a shock particularly to the people in Warwickshire and the politicians there – I think there was a feeling that Warwickshire had a bit of a better grip on rates, particularly in the south of the county, and they thought that they might get away with avoiding those highest level restrictions and may have even got into the lowest – but as it turns out today that’s not the case.

    This obviously means a big change for some coming from the lowest restrictions before the national lockdown with restaurants and pubs now having to close.

  8. Covid-19: Reasons for tier choices published by government

    High case rates of more than 236 per 100,000 people have been put forward by the Department of Health (DoH) as the reason for areas in the West Midlands being in tier three.

    All of Birmingham and the Black Country, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull have rates currently higher than this.

    But the government placed Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin (200 per 100,000), Herefordshire (160.3) and Worcestershire (201) in tier two from the end of lockdown.

    For the tier three areas, the DoH added the pressure on the local NHS in those places "remains high".

  9. MPs question population growth assumptions

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Population estimates for Coventry, which have been used to justify the building of thousands of new homes on green belt land, have been criticised by local MPs.

    Coventry City Council believes it must accommodate 42,400 homes by 2031 based on ONS figures which suggests a growth in population by 31%.

    Taiwo Owatemi and Zarah Sultana

    Labour's Taiwo Owatemi and Zarah Sultana have put their names to a letter alongside Conservative colleagues Jeremy Wright, Mark Pawsey and Craig Tracey, who represent Warwickshire constituencies.

    The letter, from the countryside campaign group CPRE, challenges the assumptions behind the population growth estimate and asks why it is more than double the average estimated growth of 14% in the West Midlands.

    Taiwo Owatemi, the Coventry North West MP, said it "would be tragic to tear up these green spaces".

  10. Weather: Dull and wet before turning clearer

    BBC Weather

    A dull and wet start for most with outbreaks of rain which should clear by this afternoon leaving clear skies with some sunny spells. High: 11C/52F.

    This morning in Penkridge, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Penkridge, Staffordshire

    The evening and night should stay dry with clear skies. Turning chilly with a low of 0C/32F.

    You can keep up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  11. Your photos: A cold and clear day in the West Midlands

    It's been a clear, but chilly, day and the BBC Weather Watchers have once again been sharing their photos with us.

    These ones were taken in Alcester and Acton Burnell.

    Acton Burnell