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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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Footage released by police shows the moments before the victim was beaten to death by three men.

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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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Fond memories for Bears skipper

Yorkshire v Warwickshire - start delayed

Apart from being the country’s joint top Championship wicket-taker, Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel will have one other advantage when he leads the Bears against Yorkshire at York today.

The 38-year-old New Zealand off-spinner knows Clifton Park well, having spent a summer playing club cricket for York when he first came to England in 2003.

"As soon as I saw in the fixture list that we would be playing at York I was really excited," said Patel. "It will be great to go back and reconnect with a lot of friends I made. It's a lovely city and a lovely ground.

“I had an okay season there. I certainly didn't set the world alight but it was great life experience. It was my first time away from home, in a different country and I was having to fend for myself and fortunate to be around a great bunch of lads who looked after me.

Jeetan Patel
PA

He added: "I wasn't on a lot of money but that wasn't what I was there for. What I did was learn about the lifestyle in England which is so different. In New Zealand it's all about cafes and meeting people and friends there, whereas here it's all about going to the pub and sharing stories over a pint.

"I was a youngster learning my trade and wanting to get out and about and give things a go and that summer really grew me as a person.”

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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Severe accident: A4168 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

A4168 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at Priory Street.

A4168 West Midlands - A4168 New Street in Dudley blocked into town at the Priory Street junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

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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

Latest update on flood warnings issued

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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:

Alex Hamilton

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

Flooding risks remain

There's still a high risk of flooding across parts of the West Midlands and Cheshire this afternoon, despite the rain easing in many places.

Sutton Coldfield
Suttonwalker

There are still nine flood warnings - the Environment Agency's second-highest warning level - for the region, meaning flooding is expected.

Just below that level, there are also more than 20 flood alerts spread out over every county in the region.

Unpaid forensics roles a 'disaster in waiting'

A forensic specialist from Hexham has called West Midlands Police's appeal for volunteer digital forensic analysts a "disaster waiting to happen".

The force has advertised the unpaid roles which involve sifting through "distressing [and] indecent images".

Forensics professionals have expressed concerns that volunteers working at least 16 hours a month will not receive adequate emotional support.

Sam Raincock said on Twitter: "I actually cannot believe what I have read here.

"It is an absolute disgrace and a disaster waiting to happen."

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In the papers: Vehicles stranded by floods

Allen Cook

BBC News

Flooding from the wet weather's dominating the websites of a lot of our local newspapers today.

The Express and Star says many vehicles have been left stranded in flood water as 'torrential rain' swept the West MIdlands.

Rain in Frodesley, Shropshire
Peter Steggles

The Shropshire Star reports that one village in the county was the wettest place in the country on Wednesday.

While the Stoke-on-Trent Live website's covered the rescue of a man in Cheshire who 'ignored road closure signs' and drove into flood water.

Travel disruption expected from more flooding

Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.

River Teme, Ludlow on Wednesday
Shropshire Lass

After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until midday which covers Cheshire, including around Crewe and Nantwich.

Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.

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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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Disabled woman 'slept on sofa for 18 months'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

George Makin

Delays to providing a disabled woman with specialist home adaptations meant she had to sleep on a sofa for 18 months, the Local Government Ombudsman has found.

The unnamed woman, known as "Mrs X", waited three years for Dudley Council to arrange a specially designed bathroom and ground-floor bedroom which the ombudsman said should have only taken five months.

Dudley Council
Google

Mrs X was awarded £500 in compensation from the council after she was forced to crawl on her hands and knees to reach an upstairs bathroom after waiting almost a year for someone from the local authority to come and meet her.

The ombudsman said she was "caused upset and inconvenience due to the council's failure to respond to her emails and calls" and said the delays were "avoidable".

Dudley Council apologised and has one month to pay the compensation.

Attempts at diversity 'like putting lipstick on a pig'

Comedian Lenny Henry has told politicians not enough is being done to increase diversity in television.

Lenny Henry
BBC

Addressing the House of Lords Communications Committee, the actor from Dudley said having more people from ethnic minority backgrounds without replicating that behind the scenes was "like putting lipstick on a pig - no one is fooled".

He criticised the BBC's most successful soap, Eastenders, which despite "being set in one of the most diverse cities in the world" has less than 1% of directors from BAME background.