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Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

BreakingFormer Conservative MEP quits party

Former Conservative MEP for the West Midlands Philip Bushill-Matthews has quit the party to join the Liberal Democrats.

He led the Tory group in Brussels until 2009 and was an MEP for 10 years.

Philip Bushill-Matthews
Philip Bushill-Matthews
Daryl Mitchell celebrates

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Worcestershire race to a three-day win over Glamorgan by 155 runs, dismissing the visitors for 155 after Daryl Mitchell's fine century.

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No-deal Brexit 'likely to stretch police resources'

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has said civil disobedience resulting from a no-deal Brexit is likely to stretch police resources in the region.

Lorrys at Dover
PA Media

The government was forced by MPs to disclose a document revealing there could be protests, delays at ports and food and medicine shortages.

The government says Operation Yellowhammer represents a worst case scenario, mainly based on the assumptions of Theresa May's administration.

Labour PCC David Jamieson told BBC WM the force may be called upon to provide mutual aid to other police forces across the country.

"It may take police away from their duties here in the West Midlands," he added.

Rail improvement package unveiled

Plans for a £3.5bn improvement programme to transform the region’s rail network are being shared from today.

Rail map
Midlands Connect

Midlands Connect said towns and cities could see a major boost in rail services under the new proposals.

Under the plan, seven projects would benefit up to 60 locations, it said, and would provide more than 700 extra passenger services a day.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
BBC

You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

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Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Mayor backs his record ahead of election

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Some of today's stories from the Local Democracy Reporting Service include:

  • Mayor Andy Street believes he has "categorically"’ done enough to be re-elected in next year’s mayoral election. “There’s a hell of a lot more to do yet, but we will continue the progress we are on,” he said.
  • Council chiefs in Walsall are challenging other local authorities using the under-threat Acorns Hospice to help fund the "amazing" service. A fundraising campaign was launched in July to raise £2m to safeguard the facility’s long-term future.
  • Birmingham City Council left a landlord more than £1,200 out of pocket after wrongly paying housing benefit directly to a tenant who failed to hand over the money and then left, a judge rules.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and cool day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells 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 cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

On BBC One: The Hunt for Britain's Slave Gangs

BBC One

On BBC One this evening, Panorama will go behind the scenes of the biggest slavery network ever discovered in Britain.

The eight gang members
West Midlands Police

Police believe more than 400 victims were put to work in the West Midlands by the organised crime gang.

Earlier this summer, eight people were jailed for their part after tricking vulnerable people from Poland to England with the promise of work and a better life.

Panorama, The Hunt for Britain's Slave Gangs is on BBC One at 21:00.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
'Treated like animals' by slavery gang
A gang that lured victims from Poland to the UK is believed to have enslaved around 300 people.

Weather forecast for next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mixed day with rain around, tonight's expected to be mainly dry with clear spells:

Alex Hamilton

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

Will you need an umbrella?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It may start with rain but a mainly dry morning with spells of sunshine, here's the full forecast for today:

Alex Hamilton

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

University bee colony installed

A colony of bees has been installed at the city centre campus of Birmingham City University.

The bees will provide research opportunities for students on a number of courses, the university says.

Bee hive
Birmingham City University

The hive has been installed on the roof of the link bridge between Millennium Point and the University's Parkside building.

Tim Vivian, who built the hive, said: “Hopefully the bees on the roof will allow students to get used to the idea of seeing urban bees at the University. When they graduate and move into jobs where they can influence their work environment, they may consider bees and their needs.”

The colony will also form part of his research on finding ways to reduce wind turbulence for bees entering their hive.

University support staff take further strike action

A second day of strike action is being held by union members at the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham Unison banner
University of Birmingham Unison

Caterers, cleaners and security guards also walked out on Monday, with the Unison union calling for them to be paid the living wage.

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Unison has rejected an offer by the university for a 1% lump sum payment.

The university said it's the tenth year support staff pay awards have been in line with, or above, those negotiated nationally and the fourth consecutive year it has matched the voluntary living wage.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with plenty of cloud around and highs of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Inside Out: Scrapping HS2 'would be disaster' for region

Ayo Akinwolere

Presenter, BBC Inside Out

Business leaders in the Midlands say scrapping HS2 would be a disaster for the region.

With costs spiralling, the government has ordered a review of the high-speed rail scheme to link London with Birmingham and the north.

HS2 site
BBC

Phase one of the development between London and Birmingham is due to open at the end of 2026, with the second phase to Leeds and Manchester scheduled for completion by 2032-33.

The review team will report in the autumn with a final decision expected by the end of the year.

You can see more on this story on tonight's Inside Out West Midlands on BBC One at 19:30.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 11C (52F) and some warmer weather on Tuesday.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Child hunger 'difficulty' in school holidays

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

A charity which fights hunger and food waste says it has provided 1,500 meals a week over the summer holidays to children across the West Midlands.

Food store
BBC

FareShare is supplying food to 35 holiday projects and camps.

It says for parents of children who normally receive free school meals, the summer can be a really difficult time - and their figures reveal a "glaring need".

You can see more on this story on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

People with 'hidden disabilities' eligible for blue badge permits

People with hidden disabilities, such as dementia, are now able to access blue badge parking permits in England.

Blue badge
Getty Images

There are currently more than 260,000 blue badge holders in the West Midlands.

The scheme is being extended to include drivers and passengers with conditions such as autism or anxiety disorders - although eligibility will be decided by the local council.

Blue badge permits help disabled people to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should be a mainly dry night with some cloud and lows of 11C (52F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a bright start it will be a cloudy day with the risk of showers and highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands