England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Weather: Rain forecast this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

If you were planning a barbeque this weekend, you might want to wait until Sunday, because we're forecast rain tomorrow.

It's looking a lot better next week though.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Council scraps plans for community lottery

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for a community lottery have been scrapped by Shropshire Council over concerns it wouldn't bring in enough income.

The authority voted to set one up in 2017, but after taking advice, it concluded the a lottery might do well initially, but that interest was likely to drop off after the first year.

Shropshire Council

Concerns were also raised about the effect it might have on other charity fundraising in the county and that it might encourage gambling.

A community lottery set up by the neighbouring Telford and Wrekin Council in July last year has raised more than £32,000 for good causes in the area so far this year.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

European funding to improve river water quality

A project to improve water quality in the Rea Brook in Shropshire has been awarded £300,000 by a European Union fund.

The Reaction Project aims to improve the environment for fish and quality of the water for farmers, who use it for their animals.

Rea Brook

The project is being launched tonight at Worthen Village Hall.

'Not enough cash' to fix road problems

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are a few of the stories today from the Local Democracy Reporting Service:

  • Shropshire Council says it hasn't got enough money to repair damage to pavements and roads around Much Wenlock. Councillor David Turner, said the town has been waiting four years for repairs to "uneven" paths and a half-finished kerb.

  • Shropshire Council was handed more than £100,000 to help deal with the impact of Brexit in the last financial year.

  • A four-day week could be explored at the local authority in a bid to cut emissions and boost staff wellbeing.

Wonky sign
David Turner

West Midlands house prices to see biggest rise in England

The West Midlands is predicted to see the biggest increase in house prices in England over the next two years, according to analysts from PwC.

Only Wales is expected to see faster growth in the UK.

PA Media

PwC said it expected the price of the average house in the West Midlands to rise from £194,000 to £223,000 by 2022 and warns that this will make it hard for people move to find new jobs and will also have an impact on rental prices.

BreakingTeen pulled from quarry pool 'died of head injury'

An 18-year-old who was found dead in a quarry pool near Stourport died of a head injury he suffered before entering the water, a post-mortem test has revealed.

West Mercia Police said it wasn't treating the death of Jayden Clarke as suspicious.

His body was recovered from Shavers End Quarry by police divers on 8 July.

Local democracy: Three stories from our reporters

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are three of the stories covered by Local Democracy Reporters in the West Midlands in the last 24 hours:

  • Circus and cabaret shows can be staged on a former Sainsbury's site in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre after the borough council agreed to consider issuing licences for temporary events.
  • Worcester City Council has agreed to declare a "climate emergency" and has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Funding for Shropshire schools has been cut by £1,900, every time a school takes on academy status, a committee has been told.

BreakingPolice confirm body in quarry pool is that of missing teen

A body found in a quarry pool in Stourport last week is that of the missing 18-year-old Jayden Clarke, West Mercia Police has confirmed.

He disappeared after entering the water on 7 July the force said, and the body was recovered at Shavers End Quarry by police divers.

Police at quarry

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

His family have been informed.

More than 70 animals shot in the West Midlands

More than 70 animals were shot using air guns in the West Midlands last year, new figures show.


The RSPCA is calling for the licensing of air guns as figures reveal the charity received 767 reports of animals being shot across England and Wales, with 72 reports coming from the region.

Cats bore the brunt of the shootings with 258 of them and 73 dogs deliberately killed or maimed last year.

A large number of wild mammals and birds, including foxes, squirrels, swans and pigeons were targeted as well, it said.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early rain should clear leaving a bright day with highs of 23C (973F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Latest weather: Another warm and overcast day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's forecast to be another warm and overcast day tomorrow and there's a chance of a bit of rain overnight.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Tribute to mayor who 'did not suffer fools'

The mayor of Bridgnorth, Jean Onions, has died, the town council has announced.

Her deputy, Ron Whittle described her as a "true entrepreneur".

"She could be fierce and, I am pleased to say, did not suffer fools. But on the other hand she had a soft heart and would defend friends and those in need with great tenacity," he said.

Jean Onions
Bridgnorth Council

Mrs Onions took up the role earlier this year but passed away on Monday, after a "lengthy illness" the authority said.

More than 300 children wait to be tested for autism

There are too many children waiting to be assessed for autism in Shropshire, health commissioners says.

A report says there are 320 on the list across the county, with 130 waiting for more than a year.

The Midlands Foundation Partnership Trust has also raised concerns and has held meetings with Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups to find ways of dealing with the backlog.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry day with sunny periods and highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry and clear night with lows of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Handcuffed man sprayed with incapacitant spray while on the toilet

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carmelo Garcia

Two West Mercia Police officers have been given written warnings a handcuffed man was sprayed with an incapacitant spray while he was partially naked and on the toilet.

Police officer

The officers discharged the spray at close range on a man in Baschurch in July last year after responding to a call he was threatening to kill a family member, the hearing heard.

The hearing also hear PC Philips sprayed the man again while he was being walked barefoot to the police van.

PC Sharon Phillips and PC Simon Wilkey were found to have breached the force's professional standards at a public misconduct hearing last week.

Both officers were found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour relating to authority, respect and courtesy, use of force, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and fine day with light winds and highs of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Team GB: Shortage of women in competitive gliding
With international championships on the horizon, Team GB's female glider pilots want more women in the sport.

Clear and dry start to the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Starting off dry with clear spells tonight, here's the rest of the forecast for the West Midlands:

Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

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

Your photos: Clouds, blue skies and fields

BBC Weather Watchers

Lots of photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers of clouds and blue sky across the West Midlands, so here are three of them.

They're from users Balding Baggie in Studley, Warwickshire, Mikesnapper in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire and Skye in Clee Hill, Shropshire:

Balding Baggie
Lower Broadheath
Clee Hill

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be some sunny intervals this evening but also some showers which may be heavy.

It should be a dry night with some clear spells with highs of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Fewer free hearing aids could be handed out

Shropshire's health commissioners are considering reducing the number of free hearing aids it hands out.

The chair of the clinical commissioning group, Dr Julian Povey said it was "looking long and hard" at the contract to supply the hearing aids and may follow the lead of north Staffordshire, where hearing aids are no longer given to people with mild hearing loss.

Hearing aid
Getty Images

Dr Povey, who uses a hearing aid himself, promised "we will do things ideally where they will improve patient care", but admitted "we're reaching the point where not everything we do may improve patient care, it may restrict patient care".

The CCG, which is due to merge with the CCG for Telford, has forecast a cumulative deficit of £99.5m by the end of this financial year.

New date for flood-hit carnival

A new date has been found for Bridgnorth's carnival, after it had to be postponed in June due to flooding.

The new event, on 22 September, will still include a procession, ending in the castle grounds, where there will be prize presentations and "entertainment and refreshments".

Man inspecting flooding
Bridgnorth Town Council

The carnival committee said last month it was looking to do a scaled-down event, but didn't want to cancel, because it didn't want the hard work of people taking part in the procession to go to waste.

Thunderstorms warning issued

Parts of the West Midlands could be affected by thunderstorms later, with some disruption to travel expected.

View more on twitter

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning which is in place from 13:00 to 21:00.

Wet night ahead for West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a pretty dry day, we're in for some rain tonight in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast:

Sara Blizzard

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

Archbishop to visit diocese

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be making a three-day visit to the Diocese of Herefordshire in October.

Justin Welby
Getty Images

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be in Herefordshire and Shropshire, learning about the work done by the Bishop of Hereford the Right Reverend Richard Frith, who retires later this year.

The visit will start on 14 October and tickets are being sold to a "conversation with the Archbishop" event in Hereford.

PM's tribute to student paramedic in fatal crash

BBC Midlands Today

The prime minister's paid tribute to a student paramedic who died after the ambulance she was in was involved in a crash with a car.

Tammy Minshall
Staffordshire Police/Family handout

Tammy Minshall, 31, was airlifted to hospital and later died after the crash in Needwood, near Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, last week.

Ms Minshall, from Stretton, Burton-upon-Trent, was a first year student at Staffordshire University and was travelling in the back of the ambulance.

The whole house will want to join me in sending our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tammy Minshall, the student paramedic who was killed in a traffic accident last week while on duty. This is a reminder of the members of all our emergencies services who risk their lives each day on our behalf."

Theresa MayPrime Minister

Wednesday's weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any patches of rain this morning should clear away leaving a mostly dry rest of the day.

Here's the full West Midlands weather forecast.

Sara Blizzard

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

Steam railway gets 'fantastic' filming opportunity

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Part of the Severn Valley Railway is going to be closed to visitors early next week to allow filming to take place.

The railway isn't saying what the filming is for, but is describing it as "a fantastic contract opportunity" and "a significant opportunity to contribute to the railway’s future".

It says talks have been going on for some while, but the deal has only been confirmed this month.

Steam train

It will mean the stations in Kidderminster, Arley and Bewdley will be closed between Monday and Wednesday, but trains will still run between Highley and Bridgnorth.

Bracelet designed by an expectant mother could help reduce stillbirth
Pregnant women are given bracelets to tackle their anxieties and record their baby's movements.