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  1. Petition bid to save 'vital' children's outdoor centre

    Parents and teachers trying to save an outdoor residential centre have submitted a petition backed by almost 7,000 people to Warwickshire County Council.

    The local authority is considering closing Marle Hall, a stately home near Snowdonia, Wales, it has owned since 1971.

    Children from Knightlow Primary School on a trip to Marle Hall

    Campaigners say thousands of children have explored the mountains and coast near the 35-acre site and it had provided "life-changing experiences".

    They said supporters' comments included one saying the resource would be "even more vital" to children's health "after the stress and trauma of Covid".

    The council said it had finished its consultation with staff and would make a decision on the centre after analysing their feedback.

    It added "whatever is ultimately decided around Marle Hall", a residential break "remains a key component of any outdoor education strategy for Warwickshire’s schoolchildren”.

  2. Heavy rain expected to bring travel disruption

    Spells of prolonged and heavy rain are set to cause travel disruption across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

    Weather map

    Homes and businesses are also at risk of flooding, it said.

    The wet weather is expected to affect the region from late on Tuesday into early Thursday as Storm Christoph affects the UK.

    A yellow warning has been issued.

  3. Snowbi-Gone Kenobi among new names for group of gritters

    Usain Salt, Professor Chris Gritty and Snowbi-Gone Kenobi are three of the names of Warwickshire's new gritters.


    Like many local authorities, the county council asked the public in October to pick names for its new vehicles.

    As well as the pun-heavy names, the council will also name two more vehicles after "particularly poignant" suggestions.

    One will be Charlie Boy in memory of a boy who died from childhood cancer in 2017 and another, Grey13 Hero, after a former county council worker.

  4. Weather: Turning cloudy with rain later

    BBC Weather

    It'll be bright at times this morning but will turn mainly cloudy for most parts of the West Midlands later on. It will be mostly dry and breezy with a high of 7C (45F).

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

    This evening it should stay cloudy and breezy with some showers moving in from the south west. The rain will turn persistent in the first half of tonight before easing. Low: 6C (43F).

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Virtual visits boost for care home residents

    Video calls between children and care home residents are giving boosts to young and old.

  6. Weather: Rain, with some sleet in places

    BBC Weather

    Today we're going to see more rain, some of it heavy, and maybe sleet too.

    And it's going to be colder than yesterday, with temperatures only just above freezing.

  7. Weather: Light rain forecast

    BBC Weather

    We're forecasting some light rain today, but it should be a bit warmer than yesterday with temperatures up to 8C (46F).

    Tomorrow we're expecting more of the same, but Friday should be drier.

  8. 'Not the right time' to bring in parking charges

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to introduce parking charges in a number of Warwickshire towns and villages have been put on hold because "this is not the right time".

    Stratford district councillors were asked to consider bringing in charges for Alcester, Bidford, Southam and Studley, where parking has previously been free.

    Parking machine

    Councillor Ian Shenton, the council’s portfolio holder for operations, said: “It is clear that this is not the right time to consider this as the situation as regards to Covid-19."

    But the council did agree to increase parking charges in Stratford-upon-Avon, a move which will bring in an extra £170,000.

  9. Weather: Another cold and overcast day

    BBC Weather

    It's forecast to be overcast and cold again today, with temperatures not rising much higher than 5C (41F).

    Tonight the temperatures could drop to freezing again.

    Swan on icy lake
  10. Rail company to introduce reduced timetable

    A reduced rail timetable is to be introduced from next week, said West Midlands Railway.

    West Midlands Railway train

    The timetable, which comes into effect on Monday, 18 January, reflects the reduced number of passengers as well as the increased number of railway staff unable to work due to shielding or self-isolating, the company said.

  11. Parties among restriction breaches reported to police

    Two house parties were among coronavirus restriction breaches reported to police over the weekend.

    Police officer

    Warwickshire Police said one party in Polesworth reportedly had up to 20 guests on Saturday night.

    Other incidents reported included two people training at a gym in Nuneaton and regular visitors to a house in Rowington.

    People must have a reasonable excuse for being away from their home, as set out by the government, the force added.

    "If this is not the case, they will face a fine.”

    The force said breaches can be reported to them using an online tool.