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People urged to call police over neighbour abuse

West Mercia Police have called on people not to ignore signs of domestic abuse.

Det Insp Liz Warner, who leaders on domestic abuse for the force, tweeted that it was "no different" to seeing a "neighbour's car being broken into" and said it should be reported to police.

Her comments came after reports officers were called to reports of a row involving Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, in Camberwell, south London.

At a hustings in Birmingham at the weekend, Mr Johnson refused to answer questions on the incident.

His supporters have said it was a private matter. One of them, Priti Patel said the neighbour's decision to record the dispute and pass to a newspaper suggested the action had been "politically motivated".

Defending his actions, neighbour Tom Penn told the Guardian he had been worried about his neighbours' safety, adding: "I hope that anybody would have done the same thing."

Det Insp Warner said it was important to "use this moment to correctly educate people". She urged anyone with suspicions to call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Thunderstorms and showers are likely tonight with weather warnings in place until the end of Tuesday.

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Rise in attacks on paramedics, figures show

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Moore

Physical attacks on paramedics have risen by nearly a quarter in a year, latest figures have revealed.

Smashed window on ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said in April and May, 80 ambulance staff were physically assaults, 15 more than the same months in 2018.

Over the same period, verbal attacks increased as well, from 102 to 165.

But the service said "security incidents", such as theft of property, fell from 46 to 38.

Thunderstorms expected to bring travel disruption

Severe weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place across the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the day.

The Met Office warning is in place until the end of Tuesday.

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Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

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

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Flash floods warning as thunderstorms sweep in

The severe weather warning for thunderstorms across the West Midlands has been extended to Tuesday.

Localised flooding, lightning strikes and up to 30mm of rain in an hour is possible between 12:00 on Sunday and the end of Tuesday, said the Met Office.

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BreakingThunderstorms set to bring travel disruption

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel disruption throughout Sunday afternoon, the Met Office is warning.

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Met Office

It has now extended yellow warnings for severe weather starting at 12:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

The Environment Agency's Dave Throup said there was the "potential for big storms for Sunday onwards as temperatures and humidity rise".

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with a good deal of sunshine and highs of 18C (64F).

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering rain should clear to leave a dry night with lows of 9C (43F).

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More thunderstorms on the way

Thunderstorms are set to bring more travel disruption and possible flooding across the whole of the West Midlands at the beginning of next week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for severe weather starting at 15:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After some patchy rain it should be a largely dry day with highs of 18C (64F).

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The Teddy Trust sends thousands of teddy bears to children abroad who have gone through trauma.

Council to look at costs of scrapping roads projects

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The new leaders of Herefordshire Council are asking what the costs of scrapping the Hereford bypass and southern link road would be.

The coalition group includes Green Party members who were elected on a promise of scrapping the bypass and it has asked officers to draw up a report on the likely financial implications.

Herefordshire Council
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No decision on the plans have been made yet, but the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, Terry James, said scrapping the bypass would be "financial suicide".

And the former Conservative councillor responsible for infrastructure, Philip Price, estimated the immediate cost would be around £10m, with "immeasurable" damage to the potential growth of the county.

Dry start to Wednesday night's weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We should get a dry start to tonight with clear spells. Here's the full forecast, including for Thursday in the West Midlands:

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Keep up-to-date with the weather where you live by visiting the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Waters receding at New Road

Sussex 255 v Worcestershire 14-2 - lunch

While they're at lunch at Chester Road, Kidderminster, on the second day of Worcestershire's rescheduled game with Sussex, things are now looking a little brighter 15 miles away back at county headquarters, at New Road.

It has stopped raining, the River Severn has now reached its peak, the waters are starting to recede and the clean-up operation has begun in parts of the ground.

New Road first thing on Wednesday morning
Worcestershire CCC on Twitter
New Road Wednesday lunchtime
Ged Scott - BBC Sport

On past experience, it usually takes three weeks to get the place ready for cricket again after a New Road flood, which would wipe out next week's one-day game against Australia A, on 25 June.

But the next home game after that, the Championship fixture against Derbyshire on 7 July, at least looks a reasonable target.

The club are yet to comment on how long they expect to be at Kidderminster this time.

Charity finds microplastics in rivers

A survey of 13 UK rivers including the River Severn and the River Wye has found they all contain tiny pieces of plastic known as microplastics.

In one hour, researchers from Greenpeace found 42 pieces of plastic measuring less than 5mm were in the Severn and 10 in the Wye.

River Severn
BBC

The microplastics ranged from fragments of straws and bottles to tiny microbeads, which are now banned.

The charity is calling for the Government to introduce "bold" new plastic reduction targets and create an independent watchdog with powers to enforce them.

Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any overnight rain should soon clear away and we're set for a dry, sunny day:

Rich Davis

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

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

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Ambulance delays due to 'annual maintenance'

BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.

Ambulance
BBC

The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".

It said improvements had been made today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

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Flooding likely as weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.

A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.

Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some showery rain this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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Livestock owners reveal pamper techniques ahead of the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern.

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Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

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Flood alerts updated

Flood gates shut as water levels set to rise

Flood gates were shut in Upton upon Severn, last night with water levels set to rise well into the weekend, said the Environment Agency (EA).

Flood defences
Environment Agency

Manager Dave Throup said the level of the River Severn was rising and it would keep monitoring it over the weekend.

"These are normal levels for a winter flood," he said, "but the problem is they're happening in the summer."

It should be a "gradually improving situation" over the weekend, said Dave Throup, with just showers forecast.

"The problem is there's an awful lot of water still to come through."

"In Worcester it's going to keep rising well into tomorrow and possibly Sunday, with maybe another half a meter [of water] to go.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

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More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

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

Soil pollution monitored as fields flood

Satellite technology's being used in Herefordshire to help stop soil being washed off fields in the heavy rain and on to roads.

Mud washed on to a road
Herefordshire Council

The county council said there were several cases last week of mud washing on to routes as well as soil running off into rivers and polluting them.

Drones and images from satellites will be used by the local authority and the Environment Agency to find places where soil's likely to be washed off and warn whoever owns the land.

Muddy water washing off a field
Herefordshire Council

'Weed screens' cleared with river levels rising

With the river levels rising across the West Midlands, the Environment Agency said it was working to clear its "'weed screens" on waterways of any debris.

It's tweeted that it has teams working in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire today:

Screens being cleaned
Environment Agency

Flood warnings across West Midlands

Allen Cook

BBC News

Flooding's expected in large parts of the West Midlands today after heavy rain overnight added to the week's wet weather.

Flooding in Stafford
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The Environment Agency said much of the region had up to 30mm of rain last night with 50mm in Solihull.

It has nine flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected, in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Birmingham, Warwickshire and Cheshire.

They include the River Cole at Coleshill, the Arrow and Alne near Alcester, Warwickshire, and the River Weaver in Nantwich, Cheshire.

There are also more than 20 flood alerts, meaning flooding in possible, across the West Midlands including in Worcester and near Hereford.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, with some of it heavy, and highs of 15C (59F).

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