Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson hits a season's best 60, then takes 3-21 against Warwickshire on an even day at York.Read more
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Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.
The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".
It said improvements had been made today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.
Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.
A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.
Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.
Footage released by police shows the moments before the victim was beaten to death by three men.
Staff at Sandwell College are being balloted for possible strike action over the sacking of a colleague.
David Muritu was sacked for defacing a poster promoting the government anti-extremism programme, Prevent.
The college lecturer said he had acted in "a moment of frustration" but felt the strategy unfairly targeted Muslims.
The Universities and College Union says the response from the college was "heavy-handed," and warned industrial action was now an option.
A college spokesperson said: "Safeguarding is of paramount importance to everybody at Sandwell College and we expect everybody to act professionally, ensuring that we adhere to our statutory duties whilst creating the best possible environment for all of our students and staff to thrive.
Apart from being the country’s joint top Championship wicket-taker, Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel will have one other advantage when he leads the Bears against Yorkshire at York today.
The 38-year-old New Zealand off-spinner knows Clifton Park well, having spent a summer playing club cricket for York when he first came to England in 2003.
"As soon as I saw in the fixture list that we would be playing at York I was really excited," said Patel. "It will be great to go back and reconnect with a lot of friends I made. It's a lovely city and a lovely ground.
“I had an okay season there. I certainly didn't set the world alight but it was great life experience. It was my first time away from home, in a different country and I was having to fend for myself and fortunate to be around a great bunch of lads who looked after me.
He added: "I wasn't on a lot of money but that wasn't what I was there for. What I did was learn about the lifestyle in England which is so different. In New Zealand it's all about cafes and meeting people and friends there, whereas here it's all about going to the pub and sharing stories over a pint.
"I was a youngster learning my trade and wanting to get out and about and give things a go and that summer really grew me as a person.”
Flood warnings are still in place for:
These are the flood alerts:
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.
A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.
Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.
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Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?
Here's the weekend forecast.
These are the places currently on flood alert across the West Midlands:
- Lower Tame
- Middle Tame
- River Anker and River Sence, Warwickshire
- River Avon in Worcestershire
- River Blythe in Warwickshire
- River Leam and River Itchen
- River Mease
- River Sow and River Penk
- Rea Brook and Cound Brook
- River Severn in Shropshire
- River Severn in Worcestershire
- River Stour in Worcestershire
- Severn Vyrnwy Confluence
- Tern and Perry Catchments
- The River Dee Catchment in England from Whitchurch to Chester
- Upper Teme
- Weaver catchment including Nantwich, Frodsham, Crewe, Winsford and Northwich
- Rugeley Trent
- Tern and Perry Catchments
- River Frome in Herefordshire
- River Leadon Catchment
- River Lugg south of Leominster
- Kempsey Village
Flood warnings and alerts across the West Midlands have been updated.
These are the places where flooding is now expected:
- River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry, Shrewsbury
- River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook
- River Vyrnwy at Melverley
- River Severn at Court Meadow, Kempsey and Callow End
There are also still more than a dozen flood alerts in place across the region.
Drivers are facing a rush hour of wet weather as rain's expected to sweep across most of the West Midlands.
Shropshire's forecast to get the worst of it although it's also looking like being pretty wet in parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire and elsewhere.
The Environment Agency has ten flood warnings across the region along with more than a dozen flood alerts.
There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.
But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:
You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.
Body-cam footage shows the moment officers rescue a kidnapped baby after a 36-hour manhunt.
There's still a high risk of flooding across parts of the West Midlands and Cheshire this afternoon, despite the rain easing in many places.
There are still nine flood warnings - the Environment Agency's second-highest warning level - for the region, meaning flooding is expected.
Just below that level, there are also more than 20 flood alerts spread out over every county in the region.
A forensic specialist from Hexham has called West Midlands Police's appeal for volunteer digital forensic analysts a "disaster waiting to happen".
The force has advertised the unpaid roles which involve sifting through "distressing [and] indecent images".
Forensics professionals have expressed concerns that volunteers working at least 16 hours a month will not receive adequate emotional support.
Sam Raincock said on Twitter: "I actually cannot believe what I have read here.
"It is an absolute disgrace and a disaster waiting to happen."
After days of heavy rain, the Met Office said the weather was improving in the West Midlands.
It's tweeted that there's still a chance of some heavier showers around but "generally much better than we've seen recently".
Flooding from the wet weather's dominating the websites of a lot of our local newspapers today.
The Express and Star says many vehicles have been left stranded in flood water as 'torrential rain' swept the West MIdlands.
The Shropshire Star reports that one village in the county was the wettest place in the country on Wednesday.
While the Stoke-on-Trent Live website's covered the rescue of a man in Cheshire who 'ignored road closure signs' and drove into flood water.
Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.
After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.
The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.
Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.
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A police officer cleared of assault after being accused of hitting a man over the head with a baton after a high-speed pursuit is still expected to face a gross misconduct hearing.
PC Sunil Narr, of West Midlands Police, denied assault occasioning bodily harm over the blow to Joshua Ward in Hillfields, Coventry in August 2017.
The jury at Birmingham Crown Court accepted he was aiming at Mr Ward's shoulder and accidentally hit his head.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, who made the decision to charge PC Narr with assault.
The IOPC investigation also concuded an independent tribunal could find the officer had breached standards of professional behaviour during the incident.
"It's expected that a gross misconduct hearing will be organised by the force in due course," the IOPC said.
BBC Business News
The unemployment rate in the West Midlands in the three months to April fell to 5.0%, according to new data.
The Office for National Statistics said 145,000 were out of work in the region, down 4,000 on the previous quarter.
But its figures also showed 11,000 fewer people were employed over the period, compared to the previous three months.
Overall, the UK’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period.