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More ambition urged over cycling and walking plans

Allen Cook

BBC News

The UK’s first city bicycle mayor is urging Warwickshire County Council to be more ambitious as it bids for government funding for new cycling and walking schemes.

Adam Tranter
Adam Tranter

Adam Tranter is Coventry’s bicycle mayor and has written to Warwickshire County Council saying he's concerned the local authority won't get as much money from ministers as it could.

The government is offering £180m to councils for long-term schemes to get more people cycling and walking after the coronavirus lockdown.

But Mr Tranter says he feared the county council's "lack of ambition" would see other local authorities get a bigger share of the cash.

Warwickshire County Council has been approached for a response.

Woman sexually assaulted in Leamington

A woman's been sexually assaulted in Leamington Spa.

The victim, in her 40s, was attacked on Saturday night in Dormer Place, near the Pump Rooms at the junction with Parade, Warwickshire Police said.

Officers said they're searching for a suspect described as a clean shaven black man with short hair who wore glasses.

Weather: Mainly dry and sunny today

BBC Weather

Monday will be mainly dry with sunny spells although there could be some more cloud around this afternoon with a few light showers. High: 19C/66F.

Leek this morning
Tammys Pics
This morning near Leek, Staffordshire

Then although there'll be some patchy cloud with the odd shower tonight, it will generally turn dry with clear spells through the night. Low: 8C/46F.

You can keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

How hot is it going to get today?

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and hot day for most of the West Midlands with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of catching a sharp shower but temperatures could reach 32°C (90°F).

This was the scene in Eckington, Worcestershire, this morning and taken by BBC Weather Watcher Jo.

BBC Weather Watchers/Jo

Eight bridges to be repaired with £6m fund

A 16th Century bridge is one of eight due to be repaired in Warwickshire.

Bidford Bridge is among those in need of renovation along with Castle Bridge (pictured below) in Warwick and Bretford Bridge, near Rugby.

Castle Bridge

The county council has decided to spend more than £6m to renovate them.

County grounds prepare to open to fans again

Worcestershire and Warwickshire will be playing a friendly in front of a reduced crowd today, as part of a trial to see if fans can return to games.

The game is being played at Edgbaston and only members are being allowed to purchase the limited tickets that have been put on sale.

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Tickets are also being sold to Warwickshire members for their Bob Willis Trophy match at Edgbaston on Saturday, versus Northamptonshire.

New Road in Worcester will also host a game on Saturday, between Lancashire and Leicestershire.

The game would have been played at Old Trafford, but the ECB said it wouldn't be possible to do that in a safe 'bubble' because England have been playing there.

New Road
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Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells and showers today. Cool and breezy with a high of 17C/63F.

Knowle, Solihull this morning
BBC Weather Watchers/Dammo
Knowle, Solihull this morning

Then any remaining showers will die out through tonight with clear spells appearing later on. Low: 11C/52F.

Get an up-to-date forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Weather: Showers all day

BBC Weather

There'll be outbreaks of showers today, with gusty winds, and the rain could be heavy at times with a small chance of thunder and lightning. High: 21C/70F.

Rain in Bromyard, Herefordshire, this morning
Mrs Baggins
Rain in Bromyard, Herefordshire, this morning

Windy this evening with a few showers before turning largely dry and clear overnight. Low: 11C/52F.

You can keep up-to-date on the forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Rise in Covid-19 cases 'may be down to increased testing'

Any small rise in coronavirus cases across Warwickshire could be down to increased testing, a public health official has said.

Coronavirus test

Rates in Nuneaton and Bedworth are still higher than the national average, but are now dropping said the county's Director of Public Health Dr Shade Agboola.

"The overall picture is one of decline," she said, "so whilst it is still higher the numbers are coming down."

"We are in a very different position to where we were a couple of weeks ago in Nuneaton and Bedworth and people seem to have done the right thing."

She said there were no outbreaks or clusters of Covid-19 in the area but there are cases still being diagnosed.

"It doesn't mean that the risk is over," she added, urging residents to continue to be vigilant.

See the Covid-19 rates for every council in the West Midlands.

Coronavirus: How many cases are there in your area?

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Sandwell has risen again, according to new figures.

The data from Public Health England shows there were 86 new cases in the week up to 20 July. Figures for the seven days to 19 July showed 76 cases.

That means 26.3 people tested positive for every for every 100,000 population (up to 20 July), up from 12.2 a week earlier.

Dr Lisa McNally, the Director of Public Health for Sandwell, said on Monday it hadn't yet reached the stage where a local lockdown was needed, but she was monitoring the rise.

Infection rate slide

Here are the rate of infections (per 100,000 people) for all local authorities in the West Midlands - for the seven days up to 20 July, compared with the previous week.

  • Birmingham up to 12.9 from from 7.0
  • Bromsgrove up to 5.1 from 4.1
  • Cheshire East down to 3.9 from 4.2
  • Coventry up to 7.4 from 2.5
  • Dudley down to 0.9 from 2.2
  • East Staffordshire down to 15.2 from 29.5
  • Herefordshire down to 16.1 from 43.7
  • Lichfield up to 4.8 from 3.8
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme down to 2.3 from 5.4
  • North Warwickshire is up to 9.3 from 1.5
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth up to 10.9 from 10.1
  • Redditch up to 3.5 from 0.0
  • Rugby down to 3.7 from 10.3
  • Sandwell up to 26.3 from 12.1
  • Shropshire down to 0.9 from 3.4
  • Solihull down to 5.1 from 7.9
  • South Staffordshire stays the same at 2.7
  • Staffordshire Moorlands down to 0.0 from 4.1
  • Stoke-on-Trent down to 2.7 from 9.0
  • Stratford-on-Avon down to 0.0 from 5.5
  • Tamworth down to 2.6 from 3.9
  • Telford and Wrekin stays the same at 7.3
  • Walsall down to 8.8 from 11.3
  • Warwick up to 2.1 from 1.4
  • Wolverhampton up to 5.7 from 4.2
  • Worcester up to 4.9 from 2.9
  • Wychavon down from 1.6 from 4.7

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry day with areas of cloud and the chance of some showers with highs of 23°C (73°F).

This was the view in Bromyard, Herefordshire, earlier taken by BBC Weather Watcher Mrs Baggins.

BBC Weather Watchers/Mrs Baggins

Weather: Sunny spells giving way to rain

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells this morning but it will soon turn pretty cloudy with some patchy, light rain forecast for this afternoon. A breezy day with a high of 19C/66F.

Barnt Green, Worcestershire this morning
Barnt Green, Worcestershire this morning

Any lingering rain will fizzle out through this evening, leaving a dry, fairly cloudy night with just a few clear spells. Low: 13C/55F.

You can keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Can we expect more sunshine today?

BBC Weather

After a dry and sunny start some cloud will build later with top temperatures of 20C (68F).

It was a lovely start to the morning in Upton upon Severn as captured here by BBC Weather Watcher Dee.

Upton upon Severn
BBC Weather Watchers/Dee

Driver released after girl, 3, dies after being hit by car

A woman arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a three-year-old girl died in Leamington Spa, has been released under investigation, police say.

Scene of crash

The girl suffered serious head injuries when she was hit by a Skoda Citigo in Brunswick Street, Leamington Spa, on Friday evening. She died on Saturday.

A woman, 32, from the town was arrested at the scene, Warwickshire police said.

Officers are appealing for the driver of a silver or blue Mazda and urged any witnesses to the crash at about 17:45 to contact them.

Coronavirus: How many cases are there in your area?

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus across the West Midlands is rising in a few areas, but dropping on the whole, new figures show.

The data from Public Health England shows the number of positive tests (in hospitals and the wider community) for every 100,000 population in the week up to 12 July.

Herefordshire's figures are up from 2.1 to 37.0, with 71 new cases recorded in the week linked to an outbreak on a farm near Worcester.

Covid-19 test

The local authority figures in alphabetical order are:

  • Birmingham 6.5 up from 6.1
  • Bromsgrove remains the same at 4.1
  • Cheshire East down to 3.2 from 6.0
  • Coventry 2.7 down from 4.1
  • Dudley 1.9 down from 3.1
  • East Staffordshire up to 28.7 from 7.6
  • Herefordshire up to 37.0 from 2.1
  • Lichfield remains the same at 3.8
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme down to 6.2 from 11.6
  • North Warwickshire is down to 0.0 from 3.1
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth up to 12.4 from 8.5
  • Redditch down to 0.0 from 3.5
  • Rugby up to 11.2 from 8.4
  • Sandwell up to 7.9 from 4.3
  • Shropshire down to 3.7 from 7.2
  • Solihull up to 4.7 from 3.7
  • South Staffordshire up to 2.7 from 0.0
  • Staffordshire Moorlands up to 6.1 from 5.1
  • Stoke-on-Trent down to 10.9 from 12.1
  • Stratford-on-Avon up to 4.7 from 3.9
  • Tamworth down to 5.2 from 6.5
  • Telford and Wrekin up to 6.7 from 3.4
  • Walsall up to 8.8 from 4.2
  • Warwick remains the same at 0.7
  • Wolverhampton down to 3.4 from 5.3
  • Worcester down to 2.9 from 4.9
  • Wychavon up to 5.5 from 1.6

By comparison in Leicester, the rate has dropped from 127.2 in the seven days to July 5 to 104.4.

It was 143.6 in the seven days to June 28.

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It will be a largely fine and dry day with lots of cloud around but also some hazy sunshine breaking through. Highs of 22°C (72°F).

BBC Weather Watchers/Les at Large

Weather: Getting warmer on Thursday

BBC Weather

It should be mainly cloudy and dry tonight as well as feeling milder than in recent days, with a low of 13C (55F).

Burton-upon-Trent this afternoon
Poetic Verse
Burton-upon-Trent on Wednesday afternoon

Then it will get warmer on Thursday with some sunny spells and a high of 21C (70F).

Keep up-to-date with the forecast where you live by going to the BBC Weather website.

Weather: Early rain set to clear away

BBC Weather

A soggy start to Wednesday but the rain should soon clear away to leave us with a mainly dry day with some sunshine around this afternoon. High: 17C (63F).

Church Stretton, Shropshire
BBC Weather Watcher Peter Steggles
Church Stretton, Shropshire

Staying mainly cloudy and dry tonight with a low of 13C (55F).

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

Man seriously injured in knife attack

A man has been left with serious wounds to his face after an assault in Leamington Spa.

Officers say the man in his 30s was attacked with a knife in an alleyway near Avenue Road at about 23:45 on Sunday.

Detectives say they're looking for two men.

It's being treated as an isolated incident the Warwickshire force added.

Weather: Thick grey cloud and some rain later

BBC Weather

We're forecast thick grey cloud today, with the possibility of some rain later.

And that rain is expected to continue overnight and into tomorrow, but the weather should improve by the end of the week.

Grey clouds and horse
Peter Steggles

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

After a dry start rain will gradually move in, becoming heavy at times, with highs of 17C (63F).

It was a lovely start to the day in Crewe, where BBC Weather Watcher AlexG595 captured this image of sunrise.

BBC Weather Watchers/AlexG595

Stolen goods seized after car intercepted

Three people have been arrested after a car containing suspected stolen goods was intercepted and stopped by officers on the M40 in Warwickshire at the weekend.

Stolen goods
Warwickshire Police

The vehicle was linked to high value Shop lifting offences in Rugby, said Warwickshire Police.

The car and property shown was recovered, the force added.

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It will be a windy day with sunny spells but also scattered showers with highs of 19C (66F).

This was the scene in Warwick earlier taken by BBC Weather Watcher Ryan Lewis.

BBC Weather Watchers/Ryan Lewis

Dates revealed for reopening of council play areas

Allen Cook

BBC News

Families will be able to use some council-run outdoor play areas and gym equipment across the West Midlands from tomorrow but not every place is working to the same deadline.

Play equipment
Lichfield District Council

Several local authorities have said on their websites or social media their play areas will be available from Saturday and they include:

But some councils have said their outdoor play areas will only start to be available from next week:

While Cannock Chase District Council said its play areas and outdoor gym equipment would remain out of use until all risk assessments have been carried out and signs put up.

Both Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council said their play areas would stay shut over the weekend while work continues to make them safe but didn't reveal a reopening date.

We'll update for other local authorities as and when we get the information.

Play area
Warwick District Council