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Friday night's weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Any of the odd showers which have developed today should fade away this evening - here's the full weather forecast for tonight and the start of the weekend in the West Midlands:

Rebecca Wood

You can keep up to date with the latest forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Warm and sunny to end the week

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This week's set to end with more dry, warm, sunny weather - here's your full forecast:

Sara Blizzard

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

What's the weather got in store?

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with clear skies and lows of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Nuneaton's Topshop and Topman to close

Topshop and Topman are to close in Nuneaton, as part of a rescue plan at the Arcadia Group.

Topshop
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Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green plans to close 23 stores, putting 520 jobs under threat, including the stores at the town's Ropewalk centre..

Under the proposal, Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Topshop stores will close and rents will be cut at another 194 stores at the Arcadia group.

It isn't yet known when they will close.

Ian Grabiner, chief executive of Arcadia Group, called the steps "tough but necessary" to mend the business.

You can read more here.

'Thousands' employed by new HS2 line

Work on building the HS2 high speed railway between Birmingham and London through Warwickshire is now supporting 9,000 jobs, according to figures released by the company.

HS2 site
HS2

More than 2,000 companies are working at 250 sites across the country to prepare for the start of construction of the line.

Eventually 30,000 people will work on the first phase of the £56bn railway, which is due to open in December 2026, HS2 Ltd said.

HS2 site
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Work is continuing to construct the new Curzon Street station in the centre of Birmingham, which will be linked to the tram network as well as rail networks to the wider West Midlands.

European elections 2019: Polls are open

Polling stations have opened for the European Parliament elections.

Polling station
PA

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, with seven elected in the West Midlands.

MEPs are elected by proportional representation, in order as listed by their party.

The number of MEPs each party gets is calculated using a formula called d'Hondt, except in Northern Ireland, where the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system is used.

Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the voting process completed by 22:00 on Sunday 26 May.

Polling stations in the UK are open until 22:00.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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.

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.

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.

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

Club that launched Larry Grayson saved from demolition

Satnam Rana

BBC Midlands Today

A Warwickshire working men's club that helped launch the career of Larry Grayson is to reopen, after avoiding the threat of demolition.

Club
BBC

The entertainer, from Nuneaton, performed at club on Fife Street in 1948.

He went on to be one of the country's biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s, hosting the Generation Game.

Club
BBC

Community volunteers have helped renovate the club, which opens to the public on Friday.

You can see more on this story on BBC Midlands Today, on BBC One at 18:30.

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

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.

Two arrested after Asda carjacking

Two men have been arrested following a carjacking at a supermarket in Nuneaton.

Asda
Google

The two, both aged 20, were arrested on suspicion of robbery after a man was forced out of his car at Asda in Newtown Road before it was stolen on Tuesday.

The pair were detained following a pursuit through Birmingham city centre on Wednesday afternoon, Warwickshire Police said.

They remain in police custody.

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.

Two arrested after man stabbed in street

Two people have been arrested after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in Nuneaton.

Warwickshire Police said he was taken to hospital with a wound to his side that is not thought to be life-threatening, after an argument on The Long Shoot between 19:30 and 20:00 yesterday.

The Long Shoot
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A 17-year-old boy from Nuneaton was arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a knife, and the other man, who is 18 was been arrested on suspicion of committing a public order offence.

Police believe the men knew each other.

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
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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.

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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