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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a wet start it will be a mainly dry morning with a few bright spells and highs of 12C (54F).

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Showers ahead tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The weather's continuing to be unsettled tonight as it's set to be cloudy and windy with blustery showers:

Rebecca Wood

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

Warning issued over foggy roads

BBC News Travel

There's some thick fog around this morning, with motorists being advised to take care.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with the odd shower and highs of 9C (48F).

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Search for man who robbed petrol station at knifepoint

Police are searching for a man who held up the Applegreen petrol station in Leominster with a knife last night.

He got away with cash after threatening staff at about 22:00.

Applegreen petrol station
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West Mercia Police said no-one was hurt, but the staff were left shaken.

Staying dry into tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There could be some patches of fog around tonight but it'll be mainly dry:

Rebecca Wood

You can stay up-to-date with the weather in your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

A wrap up warm day

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Cold, dry and cloudy to start today and but sunny spells later.

Rich Davis

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

Thousands of children in temporary accommodation

Fourteen children become homeless every day across the region, the charity Shelter says.

Child
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It said 7,370 children in the West Midlands are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

The report looked at the impact of temporary accommodation like hostels and emergency bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) on families.

The charity's findings also suggest that homelessness is at its highest rate since 2006.

Shelter's findings only represent some of the children in Great Britain who are homeless. In England, there are thought to be a further 4470 homeless families who have found their own temporary accommodation.

Lagging for customers in pipe 'hotspot' areas

Severn Trent Water is to bring in extra resources to help repair leaks and burst pipes this winter.

Severn Trent sign
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The company is providing free pipe lagging in areas of the region that it says are "hotspots" for leaky pipes.

It's also advising people to wrap pipework, fittings and storage tanks that are kept in unheated areas of the home .

Car fire closes road

BBC News Travel

A car fire has closed the A4112 in both directions in Leysters, Leominster.

The road is blocked between Tenbury Wells and Leominster with queuing traffic in the area.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty start in some areas it will be a dry day with bright spells and highs of 7C (45F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry, cold night with some mist and fog with lows of 0C (32F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cold start it will be a dry and bright day with highs of 7C (45F).

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Council could spend £100m to build social housing

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Herefordshire Council could spend £100m to build social housing.

The proposal is to spend the money over four years, starting in 2022 and a report going before councillors says the money generated from rents could cover the costs of the borrowing needed.

Herefordshire Council
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The council said its focus would be on providing one and two-bed homes, which are in short supply.

Council leader David Hitchiner said about 1,000 homes would be built and it wouldn't be enough to disrupt the local housing market.

Fog likely to cause travel disruption

Fog is likely to cause some travel disruption overnight and into Saturday morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

The yellow warning is in place from 01:00 to 11:00 on Saturday.

Watch out for the frost and ice

Icy roads and pavements are likely to cause travel disruption.

Weather map
Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice for the West Midlands until 10:00.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cold dry day with plenty of sunshine and highs of 6C (43F).

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Warning for ice issued

Icy roads and pavements are likely to cause travel disruption, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

Temperatures are set to drop overnight, with a yellow warning for ice in place for the whole of the West Midlands from 00:15 to 10:00 on Friday.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry day with some sunny spells and highs of 9C (48F).

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Wet start to Wednesday night

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There'll showers around as we head into tonight but some areas should turn drier as the night goes on:

Rich Davis

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

Wet autumn could affect price of crisps

A Herefordshire farmer and crisp-maker is warning the wet weather this autumn could cause a rise in the price of potatoes and of crisps in the new year.

Mark Green, the co-founder of Two Farmers, said it has been "one of the most challenging autumns that we've ever known" and explained "it hasn't really stopped raining since 20 September."

Crisps
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Mr Green said the wet weather meant many farmers had been unable to complete their harvests and as much as 20% of the crop is still in the ground, meaning there could be shortages around Easter next year.

He said the likely consequence, if the potatoes aren't harvested soon would be an increase in the price of potatoes on the shelves and more being imported from abroad.

Severe accident: A49 Herefordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A49 Herefordshire northbound severe accident, at A417 Bodenham Turn.

A49 Herefordshire - Queues on A49 Hereford Road northbound in Hope Under Dinmore at Hope-under-Dinmore junction, because of an accident involving a van and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Warnings of high river levels remain

There are flood alerts for a number of rivers in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

They affect the rivers Lugg, Leadon, Avon, Tern, Perry, Leam and the Bow and Piddle brooks.

Puddle
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The Environment Agency said water levels were likely to remain high because the ground couldn't soak up any more water at the moment.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There will be some dry and clear spells later but feeling mild with lows of 7C (45F).

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TSB to close more branches

BBC Business News

TSB has revealed it is to close 82 more branches next year with about 300-400 staff expected to be affected.

We don't know yet where those closures will be, but the details could be released as soon Thursday.

The Spanish-owned bank operates dozens of branches in the West Midlands, among 540 across the UK.

TSB branch
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Since 2015, it has closed eight branches in the region, five of them in Birmingham, alongside branches in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

Birmingham's Priory branch is set to close next Monday.

However, unlike Birmingham, some smaller towns in the West Midlands have only one bank of any kind and small businesses have previously said losing services would have a huge impact.

The BBC understands those TSB branches that will close next year will be smaller and quieter ones.

The latest news is expected to save £100m by 2022 and TSB said it followed a trend of fewer customers using high street branches, and more using online - it said 2.5 million customers now use online banking.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a wet start it should be a dry and clear afternoon with highs of 11C (52F).

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a blustery night with some rain and lows of 6C (43F).

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Viking hoard: Coin seller given five-year sentence

Coin seller Simon Wicks has been jailed for five years for helping to conceal and sell the Viking hoard found by metal detectorists Powell and Davies in Herefordshire in 2015.

Worcester Crown Court had heard the antiques trader had tried to sell the coins to the world renowned Mayfair auctioneers Dix Noonan and Webb, and took two batches of coins to them.

Its expert said the coins were "extraordinary and very valuable", but was "suspicious".

Simon Wicks
West Mercia Police

Wicks admitted he sold several of the coins to his friend, who bought them in a deal at a service station, paying £28,000 in cash divided into three brown packets.

Fellow coin seller Paul Wells was taken ill while in court yesterday afternoon and is due to be sentenced on 23 December for attempting to conceal the hoard.

BreakingMetal detectorists jailed for stealing Viking hoard

Two metal detectorists have been jailed for failing to declare a hoard of Viking treasure.

George Powell 38, of Newport received 10 years for theft and concealing the find. Layton Davies of Pontypridd got eight and a half years for the same offences.

The pair dug up about 300 coins in a field in Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire, in 2015 but did not declare the 1,100-year-old find, said to be one of the biggest to date, and instead sold it to dealers.

Davies and Powell (left to right)
West Mercia Police

In sentencing them, Judge Nicholas Cartwright QC said: "You clumsily took everything you could find and left without speaking to anyone." and "You cheated the farmer, his mother, the landowner and the public.”

He added: “The irony is if you’d done this properly you’d have either had a half share or at the very worst a third share. At the very worst you could have had half a million pounds each but you wanted more."

Flooding likely to remain a problem over weekend

Flooding is continuing to affect parts of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and the Environment Agency said river levels were likely to remain high over the coming days.

The rivers Lugg, Severn and Avon are all affected and more rain is forecast for the weekend.

Tractor clearing river
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has been clearing debris from rivers, but warned water could also come up through drains.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be an unsettled day with some rain and highs of 9C (48F).

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