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  1. Weather: A sunny start with a risk of showers

    BBC Weather

    Things are looking a lot drier today than they have done so far this week.

    Weather 06.05.21

    We will have some showers today, mainly towards the east of our region, but it will be mainly dry with some sunshine.

    Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 12C, so still a bit cold for this time of year.

  2. Voters head to the polls for bumper election day

    It's election day across England, Wales and Scotland and voters are heading to the polls with thousands of council seats in England up for grabs. Elections are also taking place for mayors, including in the West Midlands, and police and crime commissioners.

    Polling station

    Polling stations will be open from 07:00 - 22:00 BST and voters are being asked to take their own pencils as a Covid safety measure.

    So, where are votes being cast?


    County councils:

    • Staffordshire
    • Warwickshire
    • Worcestershire

    Metropolitan councils:

    • Coventry
    • Dudley
    • Sandwell
    • Solihull
    • Walsall
    • Wolverhampton

    District councils:

    • Nuneaton & Bedworth
    • Cannock Chase
    • Redditch
    • Rugby
    • Tamworth
    • Worcester
    • Wyre Forest

    All the seats in Shropshire Council, a unitary authority, are also up for election.

    Voting graphic

    Police and crime commissioners

    Read more about the candidates by tapping the links.

    Police car

    West Midlands Mayor

    The combined authority mayor, covering the seven metropolitan boroughs, is responsible for planning and strategy for regional transport, skills training and local economic development. Click here to see the candidates.

    For a reminder of all the candidates standing in your area and information about what they will do, use our handy look-up tool.

  3. West Midlands elections come along like buses

    Elizabeth Glinka

    Political Editor, BBC Midlands

    The prime minister has been campaigning in the West Midlands this morning.

    Here in the region, it feels like elections arrive like buses; you wait for one and then 25 come along at once.

    Tomorrow's vote brings a combination of those postponed last year due to the coronavirus outbreak, and those due this year.

    All county council seats are up for grabs in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

    All are Conservative controlled, and are unlikely to deliver any surprises. Likewise Unitary Shropshire.

    Warwickshire has traditionally been most likely to swing, but with the Conservatives holding more than double the seats of Labour and the Lib Dems combined, recent revelations about the prime minister would have to have some serious cut through for either party to make inroads.

    Normally, the big Metropolitan Boroughs that elect by thirds are less likely to have a change of control.

    This time Solihull, Coventry, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell all have elections, but there are definitely some ones to watch, not least because of the changing voting behaviour, which saw Labour’s ‘red wall’ collapse across the Black Country at the last general election.

    Conservative-run Walsall and, to an even greater extent, Dudley, are finely balanced between blue and red.

    Solihull, too, is currently Conservative-led, but the loss of just one seat, would mean losing control.

    The Greens who are the main opposition party, have been building their base here for the last decade.In our smaller district councils - Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cannock Chase and Worcester are all on a knife edge.

  4. Weather lookahead: Warning for strong winds

    The bulk of the weekend rain has passed but this morning we can expect a bit of a battering from the wind instead.

    There's a yellow weather warning in place for strong winds, mainly affecting Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

    Yellow weather warning

    That should calm down a bit later, however it will breezy enough for it to still feel quite cold and we haven't seen the last of that rain yet so expect showers.

  5. Weather: More light cloud and occasional sunshine

    BBC Weather

    The forecast for today is light cloud and some sunshine, with temperatures not rising much above 11C (52F).

    And we can expect more of the same tomorrow too.

    You can get a full forecast from the BBC Weather section of our website.

    Sunrise in Shrewsbury
  6. Weather: Some sunshine forecast

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be another cool day, with temperatures up to around 11C (52F) and it will be cloudy too, but we could see some clear skies and sunshine too.

    Tonight, temperatures could drop to around 2C (37F).

    Fields near Stafford
  7. Safari park mourns death of Kayli the lion

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    A female lion which has died at at a safari park will be "dearly missed", according to her keepers.


    West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire, said Kayli had passed away at the age of 16.

    She was one of the oldest in their pride and had become a grandmother in her time at the park, it added.

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  8. Plans put forward for A&E improvements

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans have been put forward to move and expand a county's A&E department.

    The multi-million-pound work would see the relocation of the A&E department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester and the creation of a new ‘emergency village’ on the site.

    The plans, which have now been submitted to Worcester City Council for consideration, were drawn up after £15 million was made available to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for improvements in urgent care facilities in the city.

    Current Worcester Royal A&E

    A dedicated children’s A&E department will also be built.

    Public consultation on the plans ends on May 18.