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Weather: Mainly sunny before the showers

BBC Weather

We might see the odd shower this morning but mainly there will be sunny spells today and it will continue to feel very warm and muggy. High: 30C/86F.

This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire
Dee
This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Then turning cloudy this evening with showers starting to appear which could be sharp and possibly thundery. Low: 17C/63F.

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

Weather: A warm and sunny Friday

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine around and it will be mainly dry and fine with just the chance of a few showers this afternoon. High: 28C (82F).

Codsall
BBC Weather Watcher Sue Snaps
This morning in Codsall, Staffordshire

Warm and muggy tonight with any lingering showers clearing away to leave it dry with clear spells. Low: 16C (61F).

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

Demand for more protection for derelict historic buildings

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Campaigners in Stoke-on-Trent are calling for stronger powers to stop historically important empty properties from being allowed to decay.

Demolition in November
BBC

Members of the Our Buslem community group cited the derelict Price and Kensington works in Longport which has been on Historic England's At Risk register.

In November, part of it was demolished after surveys showed it was at risk of collapsing and on Tuesday fire crews said a blaze at the site was arson.

Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis said he would put forward a bill in September to allow owners to face unlimited fines for allowing historic buildings to decay.

BBC Midlands Today has repeatedly tried to contact the owner of the works but has had no response.

Weather: A dry and warm Thursday

BBC Weather

Today's going to be very warm and mainly dry with just the chance of the odd shower this morning. High: 25C/77F.

This morning in Moreton on Lugg, Herefordshire
BBC Weather Watcher Mightyship
This morning in Moreton on Lugg, Herefordshire

It will stay dry tonight with clear spells, feeling humid and mild with a low of 15C/59F.

Keep up-to-date on the forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Guard of honour at funeral of special constable

A funeral has been held today for a special constable who died months after he was hit by a car.

Special Constable Resham Singh Nahal pictured in 2017 at Pride with Chief Constable Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police

Resham Singh Nahal (left) was hit by a car while attending the scene of a separate collision in Oldbury, on 8 November.

Last month, West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson confirmed his death and the force said tests would determine if his death related to the injuries he suffered on duty.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said Mr Nahal was also part of its Patient Transport Service and colleagues formed a guard of honour at Perry Barr Crematorium.

Colleagues at the funeral
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Coronavirus: How many cases are there in your area?

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Sandwell has fallen, according to new figures.

A test sample is held at a COVID-19 testing centre
Reuters

The borough was named as an area of concern by Public Health England last month after a rise in cases.

But data from Public Health England shows there were 66 new cases in the week up to 31 July. Figures for the seven days to 24 July showed 96 cases.

That means 20.2 people tested positive for every for every 100,000 population (up to 31 July), down from 29.3 a week earlier.

Here are the rate of infections (per 100,000 people) for all local authorities in the West Midlands - for the seven days up to 31 July, compared with the previous week.

  • Birmingham down to 12.7 from from 13.4
  • Bromsgrove down to 6.1 from 7.1
  • Cheshire East up to 6.6 from 1.3
  • Coventry up to 14.7 from 8.7
  • Dudley up to 4.7 from 3.4
  • East Staffordshire up to 9.3 from 8.4
  • Herefordshire remains at 5.7
  • Lichfield up to 6.7 from 2.9
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme up to 7.0 from 3.1
  • North Warwickshire is down to 6.2 from 9.3
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth up to 17.8 from 8.5
  • Redditch remains at 1.2
  • Rugby up to 6.5 from 1.9
  • Sandwell down to 20.2 from 29.3
  • Shropshire up to 6.2 from 5.0
  • Solihull up to 7.0 from 4.2
  • South Staffordshire down to 3.6 from 6.2
  • Staffordshire Moorlands up to 6.1 from 1.0
  • Stoke-on-Trent down to 3.1 from 4.3
  • Stratford-on-Avon up to 3.1 from 0.8
  • Tamworth up to 2.6 from 1.3
  • Telford and Wrekin remains at 3.9
  • Walsall remains at 8.1
  • Warwick remains at 4.2
  • Wolverhampton up to 16.8 from 14.5
  • Worcester down to 3.9 from 7.9
  • Wychavon down to 4.7 from 7.9

Weather: Mainly dry and sunny today

BBC Weather

Monday will be mainly dry with sunny spells although there could be some more cloud around this afternoon with a few light showers. High: 19C/66F.

Leek this morning
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This morning near Leek, Staffordshire

Then although there'll be some patchy cloud with the odd shower tonight, it will generally turn dry with clear spells through the night. Low: 8C/46F.

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

Two taken to hospital after van and HGV crash

Two people have been taken to hospital after a crash involving a van and a lorry on the A500 in Staffordshire.

Lorry crash
Staffordshire Fire Service

Emergency services were called to the area just before 14:00.

Crews remain at the scene making it safe, said the fire service.

A woman and a man were taken to hospital suffering injuries not thought to be serious, the ambulance service said.

How hot is it going to get today?

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and hot day for most of the West Midlands with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of catching a sharp shower but temperatures could reach 32°C (90°F).

This was the scene in Eckington, Worcestershire, this morning and taken by BBC Weather Watcher Jo.

Eckington
BBC Weather Watchers/Jo
Paramedic on struggle to recover mentally from stabbing
Deena Evans and her colleague Michael Hipgrave were stabbed while attending a patient in Wolverhampton.

City road set for thee months of closures

Part of the southbound A500 in Stoke-on-Trent will be closed overnight for more than three months, starting on 10 August.

Highways England said it was necessary to allow repairs to Shelton New Road bridge, after it was hit by a vehicle.

Road Closed sign
BBC

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells and showers today. Cool and breezy with a high of 17C/63F.

Knowle, Solihull this morning
BBC Weather Watchers/Dammo
Knowle, Solihull this morning

Then any remaining showers will die out through tonight with clear spells appearing later on. Low: 11C/52F.

Get an up-to-date forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Final gas cylinder set for slow trek

The last of several huge gas tanks is going to make its way across Staffordshire over the next few days.

One of the cylinders next to a police motorbike
Staffordshire Police

Since June, the county's police force has been escorting the loads from the Cheshire border through to Warwickshire at a speed of about 5mph.

They have erpeatedly led to long tailbacks, but more surprisingly have also become something of a tourist attraction, with people snapping photos of themselves next to the huge structures.

Officers said this would be the fourth and final week with the giant oxygen tank set to travel from Talke to Strongford, south of Stoke-on-Trent, today.

Weather: Showers all day

BBC Weather

There'll be outbreaks of showers today, with gusty winds, and the rain could be heavy at times with a small chance of thunder and lightning. High: 21C/70F.

Rain in Bromyard, Herefordshire, this morning
Mrs Baggins
Rain in Bromyard, Herefordshire, this morning

Windy this evening with a few showers before turning largely dry and clear overnight. Low: 11C/52F.

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

Teens urged to 'stop getting stuck in toddler swings'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Teenagers are climbing into toddler swings and getting trapped, a fire service said.

Generic photo of a swing
BBC

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said its crews were being called to these cases instead of "dealing with real emergencies".

The play equipment is then left out of use as it needs repairs, it added.

Coronavirus: How many cases are there in your area?

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Sandwell has risen again, according to new figures.

The data from Public Health England shows there were 86 new cases in the week up to 20 July. Figures for the seven days to 19 July showed 76 cases.

That means 26.3 people tested positive for every for every 100,000 population (up to 20 July), up from 12.2 a week earlier.

Dr Lisa McNally, the Director of Public Health for Sandwell, said on Monday it hadn't yet reached the stage where a local lockdown was needed, but she was monitoring the rise.

Infection rate slide
Reuters

Here are the rate of infections (per 100,000 people) for all local authorities in the West Midlands - for the seven days up to 20 July, compared with the previous week.

  • Birmingham up to 12.9 from from 7.0
  • Bromsgrove up to 5.1 from 4.1
  • Cheshire East down to 3.9 from 4.2
  • Coventry up to 7.4 from 2.5
  • Dudley down to 0.9 from 2.2
  • East Staffordshire down to 15.2 from 29.5
  • Herefordshire down to 16.1 from 43.7
  • Lichfield up to 4.8 from 3.8
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme down to 2.3 from 5.4
  • North Warwickshire is up to 9.3 from 1.5
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth up to 10.9 from 10.1
  • Redditch up to 3.5 from 0.0
  • Rugby down to 3.7 from 10.3
  • Sandwell up to 26.3 from 12.1
  • Shropshire down to 0.9 from 3.4
  • Solihull down to 5.1 from 7.9
  • South Staffordshire stays the same at 2.7
  • Staffordshire Moorlands down to 0.0 from 4.1
  • Stoke-on-Trent down to 2.7 from 9.0
  • Stratford-on-Avon down to 0.0 from 5.5
  • Tamworth down to 2.6 from 3.9
  • Telford and Wrekin stays the same at 7.3
  • Walsall down to 8.8 from 11.3
  • Warwick up to 2.1 from 1.4
  • Wolverhampton up to 5.7 from 4.2
  • Worcester up to 4.9 from 2.9
  • Wychavon down from 1.6 from 4.7

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry day with areas of cloud and the chance of some showers with highs of 23°C (73°F).

This was the view in Bromyard, Herefordshire, earlier taken by BBC Weather Watcher Mrs Baggins.

Bromyard
BBC Weather Watchers/Mrs Baggins

Jobs and services fears as Covid-19 cash 'inadequate'

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Cabinet has called the level of government funding "disappointing and inadequate" and has warned about further cuts to staff and services.

Members of the cabinet have written to Robert Jenrick, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, to ask for more money.

Coins
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The city council has already been allocated £18.8m in government funding. Its own estimates suggest the pandemic could cost between £25-50m.

The Conservative leader of the local authority, Councillor Abi Brown, said: "The reality is we don’t have a huge amount of things left to take that cash from."

The council’s savings pot is about £10m and the current predicted gap is at least £9m.

It is warning that without additional funding it will "shortly need to make the first set of very difficult decisions".

Last week, the government said its direct funding to councils had now reached £4.3bn, through a series of "unprecedented" grants.

Weather: Sunny spells giving way to rain

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells this morning but it will soon turn pretty cloudy with some patchy, light rain forecast for this afternoon. A breezy day with a high of 19C/66F.

Barnt Green, Worcestershire this morning
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Barnt Green, Worcestershire this morning

Any lingering rain will fizzle out through this evening, leaving a dry, fairly cloudy night with just a few clear spells. Low: 13C/55F.

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

Covid-19 leaves councils with £20m+ shortfall

The Covid-19 pandemic will leave two councils facing budget shortfalls of more than £20m each, the local authorities have revealed today.

Currency
PA Media

In Stoke-on-Trent, teams put the figure at about £27m due to the cost of issues including the high cost of supporting children and families, adult social care and lost income.

The city council said it had £18m coming from the government towards the cost but has written to the government calling for urgent additional funding.

While in Wolverhampton, the council said today it expected the first wave of the pandemic to cost it £22.5m including paying for an emergency food hub and personal protective equipment.

The local authority said it would also lobby ministers for more cash on top of £19.4m it has already received but added, without more money from the government, it would have to consider cuts to services this year.

Can we expect more sunshine today?

BBC Weather

After a dry and sunny start some cloud will build later with top temperatures of 20C (68F).

It was a lovely start to the morning in Upton upon Severn as captured here by BBC Weather Watcher Dee.

Upton upon Severn
BBC Weather Watchers/Dee

New choice for mayor after ex-BNP councillor stands down

A new councillor's been put forward to be Stoke-on-Trent's next lord mayor after a former British National Party parliamentary candidate stepped down from taking on the role.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council HQ
BBC

Melanie Baddeley was to take over from current mayor Jackie Barnes in September but earlier this month withdrew after online "abuse".

The city council said City Independent councillor Jean Bowers had been proposed as the next lord mayor and would take the role if voted for by councillors in September.

The coronavirus pandemic means the term of office for the role will be eight months rather than the usual 12, the local authority added.