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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.

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
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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 of Warwick District Council elected

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Lawrence

The new leader of Warwick District Council has reached out to opposition parties in the hope they can work together on issues including poor air quality and the loss of the open countryside.

Councillors
Warwick District Council

Conservative councillor Andrew Day was elected at Wednesday's annual meeting of the council. He takes over from Andrew Mobbs, who lost his seat at the local elections at the start of the month.

The Conservatives only managed to stay in power by forming an alliance with the three Whitnash Residents Association councillors to take their combined number of seats to 22 – the same as the number held by the opposition group made up of the Lib Dems, Greens and Labour, but the Tory chairman will have the casting vote.

“I want to work with the other group leaders on an improved and more collaborative form of government and that is clearly something our residents want too,” Mr Day said.

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
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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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Arrests after attack on man at flat

Three people have been arrested after an attack in Leamington Spa which left a man with "extremely serious injuries".

Police were called to a flat at Baxter Court on Monday evening. The 37-year-old victim is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Baxter Court
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Police arrested a 41-year old woman from Coventry and a 20-year-old woman from Warwick on suspicion of attempted murder.

A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

The 41-year-old woman and the man have been bailed until June.

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.

Rail services delayed between Birmingham and Leamington Spa

BBC News Travel

Services between Birmingham New Street and Leamington Spa are being delayed by a signalling system fault.

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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
First Sikh woman to lift weights for Britain at competition
Karenjeet Kaur Bains is the first Sikh woman to compete for Britain at an event in June.

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.

Tree removed but disruption continues

BBC News Travel

Lines between Birmingham and Leamington Spa have reopened following a fault with the signalling system at Dorridge.

In addition, the tree blocking the railway between Olton and Solihull has now been removed.

While service returns to normal, trains may continue to be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until 12:30.

Tree down
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Tree blocks rail lines

BBC News Travel

Lines between Birmingham and Leamington Spa had reopened following a fault with the signalling system at Dorridge.

However, there is now a tree blocking the railway between Tyseley and Dorridge disrupting trains on this route, the National Rail website reports.

Trains may continue to be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes. Disruption is expected until 11:00.

West Midlands Railway's said all railway lines are blocked and services could be cancelled, delayed or revised.

Wet start to Wednesday's weather

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Cloudy this morning with spells of rain - here's the rest of today's weather forecast for the West Midlands:

Sara Blizzard

If you want to get a forecast for your area at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Deadline looms for European election registration

The deadline to register to vote in the European elections is midnight tonight.

Theresa May said the UK would not have to take part if MPs agreed a Brexit plan first, but the government has said "regrettably" it is "not going to be possible to finish that process" before the date the UK legally has to take part.

If you are not already registered to vote, you can do so via the government website

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Man attacked with 'axe and baseball bats'

A man has been left with serious injuries after being attacked with what officers believe was an axe and baseball bats at a flat in Leamington Spa.

Baxter Court
Google

The 37-year-old suffered 'life-changing' injuries to his head, body, arms and leg.

An attempted murder investigation has been launched into the "horrific" incident, which police say was a targeted attack, at a flat in Baxter Court, shortly before 20:00 on Monday.

Prior to the attack it's believed a number of offenders arrived at the property armed with baseball bats and an axe, Warwickshire Police said.

The man remains in hospital in a stable condition.