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Staying dry for the next 24 hours

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

More dry weather ahead tonight and tomorrow for the West Midlands, here's the latest weather forecast:

Shefali Oza

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

Sixth arrest following security van robbery

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with a security van robbery in Rugby last month.

Warwickshire Police said the 41-year-old of no fixed address was arrested in Fenny Drayton and, as he was also wanted on prison recall, has been returned to jail.

Warwickshire police car
BBC

Two other men and three women have also been arrested in connection with the raid, which took place outside the Lidl store on Bilton Road on 9 April.

Broken down train near Rugby

BBC News Travel

A broken down train between Rugby and Northampton is causing disruption to journeys between these stations, the National Rail website reports.

Services may be cancelled, delayed or revised with services between Crewe / Liverpool Lime Street / Rugeley Trent Valley and London Eustom affected.

Disruption will continue until 16:30.

Staying fine and dry on Wednesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

More fine, dry weather today with sunny spells - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands:

Alex Hamilton

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

Staying dry in the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's no end in sight for the dry weather over the next 24 hours, with more forecast tonight and tomorrow - here's the full report for the West Midlands:

Alex Hamilton

You can get an up-to-date forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Train services in Warwickshire disrupted

BBC News Travel

Trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes are being cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes because of an incident on the tracks.

Virgin Trains says services aren't expected to return to normal until after 16:00.

Dry weather continues - here's the full forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The dry weather's expected to continue this morning across the West Midlands with some sunshine around, here's the full forecast for today:

Alex Hamilton

If you want a latest forecast at any other time for your part of the West Midlands, head to the BBC Weather website.

MP 'delighted' at order 'securing' future of GE factory

An MP's spoken of his delight with a Ministry of Defence order for cutting edge naval frigates that will see the General Electric plant in Rugby supply the key electric drive motors.

Earlier today, the Unite trade union said the deal regarding the Type 26 Frigates had secured the future of the site.

GE previously said the work would be moved to Nancy, France, by the end of 2019 and Unite said the site would close with the loss of 250 jobs.

The Rugby site
BBC

Rugby's Conservative MP Mark Pawsey told Parliament he was "delighted" at the news and that it would keep the "vitally important facility here in the UK".

Defence minister Stuart Andrew in turn paid tribute to him "lobbying hard" for the contract.

GE site 'secured after MoD order for navy frigates'

The future of an engineering factory in Warwickshire has been secured after an order from the Ministry of Defence, according to Unite.

The union said workers at the General Electric site in Rugby had secured an order for motors for naval frigates

GE Rugby
BBC

Job losses at the site were announced in 2017, along with cuts at the company's Stafford base.

Unite said the order secured the immediate future of the site, which employs more than 250 workers making power conversion units.

Assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: "Unite's priority is now to reduce the number of potential redundancies at the site and secure its long-term future.

"We urge the government to build on today's announcement and ensure vital skills and knowledge are not lost for a generation by working with us to ensure the site has a pipeline of work for years to come."

Cricket: Bears hunt wins while Pears target promotion

Allen Cook

BBC News

Warwickshire are back in County Championship Division One action today, still without a win this season and are away at leaders Somerset.

The Bears have lost their first two matches heavily since promotion back to the league while their hosts are undefeated so far and held last year's champions, Surrey, to a draw in their previous game.

Warwickshire celebrating a wicket against Hampshire
PA

While in Division Two, leaders Worcestershire will be looking to keep their winning streak going in their latest match at Lancashire, with play due to start this morning.

The Pears have already beaten Durham and Leicestershire as they look to bounce back straight away after relegation.

You can keep up-to-date on both matches via BBC local radio commentary or the BBC Cricket website.

Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy night with some patchy rain and lows of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cool day with lots of cloud and highs of 16C (61F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy night with some light showers and lows of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

New leader elected at Rugby council

A new leader of Rugby Borough Council has been elected, following local elections earlier this month.

Seb Lowe
Rugby Borough Council

Councillor Seb Lowe, who represents Coton And Broughton Ward, was elected at the Annual General Meeting held earlier today.

Accepting the position he said he intended to focus council resources supporting the town centre.

The former leader, Michael Stokes, stepped down from the position he'd held for five years, despite the Conservatives maintaining control in the local elections.

2019 European elections: How many new MEPs might you get?

BBC News

Half of the existing MEPs in the West Midlands are not contesting the upcoming European Parliament elections.

European parliament
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There are 72 UK MEPs currently serving, with one seat vacant. Of those, 43 are seeking re-election and there are 548 other new candidates.

That means at least 30 of those elected from 23-26 May might either never take their seats or serve only a few months if the UK leaves the European Union by the end of October.

Here are some facts and figures about the choice voters have about who represents them in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a fine start it will a dry sunny day with some cloud and highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

More dry weather on the way tonight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The dry, fine weather's set to continue tonight in the West Midlands - here's the full forecast for the night and tomorrow:

Shefali Oza

To get a latest forecast for your area at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Another dry, sunny day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early patches of mist should soon clear away leaving a dry and fine, sunny day.

Here's the full forecast for the West Midlands for Wednesday:

Alex Hamilton

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

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and lows of 3C (37F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry night with largely clear skies and lows of 2C (36F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Costs will make HS2 'very difficult' to scrap

It would be difficult to cancel the HS2 project because of the costs involved, the outgoing head of the National Audit Office, Sir Amyas Morse has said.

HS2 plans
PA

The first phase of the high speed rail line will run from London to Birmingham, through Warwickshire, and is scheduled to open in December 2026.

But with warnings that the project could exceed its budget of £56bn, there are growing calls for it to be scrapped.

Speaking to the BBC's Westminster Hour, Sir Aymas suggested the first phase would have to be completed due to the cost and work already incurred.

"There is a point where there's not much point thinking you can go back. Are we at that point on HS2? It's difficult for me to say," he said.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a chilly start it will be a dry and fine day with warm sunshine and highs of 18C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

A wet start to the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Showers should ease overnight leaving some clear spells and lows of 5C (41F).

Some rain is likely to return tomorrow, but Sunday should be warmer, with temperatures up to 16C (61F) in parts of the West Midlands.

Forecast picture
BBC

Velo Birmingham & Midlands: Travel disruption expected

Widespread road closures across the 100-mile Vélo Birmingham & Midlands route, spanning Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire will be put in place, starting at 01:00 on Sunday.

Closure map
Velo Birmingham & Midlands

Parking restrictions will be in place along the event route in order to ensure the safety of participants, the general public and the vehicles in question, organisers say.

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New centre for victims of sexual abuse

A new service to help victims of sexual abuse, violence and child sexual exploitation has been commissioned.

Philip Seccombe, PCC
BBC

The Warwickshire service aims to help victims cope and recover from the harm they've experienced, providing individual support and counselling.

Funded by the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner's office the service is being backed by two charities, Bernardo's and Rugby based Rape or Sexual Abuse Support.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly cloudy day with some patchy rain and highs of 14C (57F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy night with some showers but turning drier with lows of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with showers and top temperatures of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
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Showers tonight in your weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Cloudy at times tonight and a scattering of showers forecast, Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands:

Shefali Oza

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