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Weather: A warm evening ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Staying rather cloudy this evening and overnight, though conditions will become mainly dry with just the outside chance of the odd spot of drizzle early on - lows of 15C (59F).

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Last bank to close in town

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The last bank in Henley-in-Arden's to close because too few people are using it.

According to the bank, Lloyds, just 63 people on average a week are using the branch.

The local bank will close the doors for the final time in October.

Lloyds bank, Henley-in-Arden
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The nearest branch is now nine miles away in Warwick.

Lloyds says its new Lloyds "mobile branch" will visit the Henley-in-Arden area which customers can use for “many of their everyday banking needs.”

A cloudy start to the week

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry but rather cloudy start and it's likely to stay like that for much of the day.

We may see some sunshine in places but there's also the chance of some drizzly shower s this afternoon - highs of 23°C (73°F)

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Weather: A mild cloudy weekend ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

A mild start tomorrow and we should see a fair bit of cloud lingering with temperatures around 23C (73F).

It's likely to stay the same way on Sunday too. Here's a full forecast.

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Fatal hit-and-run crash suspect released

A man who was arrested by police investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash in Warwickshire has been released while inquiries continue.

A man in his 50s was hit by an HGV in Shipston-on-Stour at 04:45 on Thursday, near Darlingscott crossroads.

A 24-year-old man from Wiltshire was arrested later that morning.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

No action over climate change councillor

Simon Gilbert

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

No action will be taken against a senior Warwickshire politician who took to social media to deny the existence of man-made climate change.

Opposition councillors raised concerns that Warwickshire County Council deputy leader Peter Butlin could be influencing local environment policy.

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Mr Butlin refused to be interviewed by the BBC.

I don't concur with his views, it has not been an issue that has had any conflicting situation at this time. It's perhaps not the way I would behave, but I don't see it conflicts with his position. I will not be requiring anything of him, other than that he might perhaps consider the way he presents himself."

Izzi SeccombeConservative leader Warwickshire County Council

Derby day for Bears in T20 Blast quarter finals

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham Bears hopes of reaching the T20 Blast Quarter Finals are all but over after rivals Yorkshire beat Northants last night.

The Bears needed to beat already-qualified Worcestershire in the derby at Edgbaston tonight and hoped Yorkshire's match against Nottinghamshire was either rained off or ended in a tie.

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A dry and sunny start to Friday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cool but dry and mostly sunny start to the day. It will then turn cloudier from the west with just the small chance of a spot of rain, but still a few brighter spells too.

Becoming breezier with highs of 19C (66F)

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Theatre celebrates 60th birthday with a brew

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry's Belgrade Theatre is to celebrate its 60th anniversary by creating a new beer in conjunction with a local brewery.

The theatre is teaming up with Twisted Barrel to brew a session IPA called Break-a-Keg.

Inside Coventry's Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Theatre
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Thomas and Froome to join Tour of Britain

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and four-time champion Chris Froome are to cycle through Warwickshire next month - as part of the Ovo Tour of Britain.

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome
Getty Images

It's the first time the pair have taken part in the race since 2009.

The duo will cycle under the Team Sky banner, with the rest of the team expected to be announced at a later date.

You can see the race take place on the county's roads on the 5 September - though officially starts in Carmarthenshire, on Sunday 2 September..

I want to go to the race in the shape to compete and enjoy it. We'll have to see how the next few weeks go but I'm looking forward to it and I know we will have a strong team there. Wout is looking really good at the moment too.

Geraint ThomasTour de France champion 2018

Criminal gangs target caravans

A spate of caravan thefts across the West Midlands is being blamed on organised gangs.

Caravans
BBC

Last year, the number of caravans stolen across the UK rose by 60% to 960 - 69 of those thefts were in this region.

The gangs have been breaking into secure storage areas to steal the vehicles.

Any rain should clear this morning

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start this morning with rain in places. However, any lingering rain will move away through the morning, leaving sunny spells and the small chance of a shower.

A breezy cooler day - highs of 20C (68°F).

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Overnight weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It will be dry at first overnight with a few clear spells, however cloud will thicken with outbreaks of rain moving in, especially during the early hours.

Quite a warm night ahead - highs of 17°C ( 63°F).

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F1 suit in surprise donation to charity shop

A charity shop has received a surprise donation of a Formula One racing driver suit, which could be worth thousands of pounds.

Williams F1 team suit worn by Ralf Schumacher
BBC

Staff at Scope in Kenilworth hope to cash in by selling the suit in an online auction, after authenticating the suit via the Williams team.

It was worn by German driver Ralf Schumacher, when he drove for the Williams F1 team in 1999.

Williams F1 team suit worn by Ralf Schumacher
BBC

A cloudy day ahead - watch the latest forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry and rather cloudy with the small chance of the odd spot of rain.

Feeling breezy with highs of 23°C (73°F).

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West Midlands unemployment falls

Allen Cook

BBC News

Unemployment's fallen by 31,000 in the West Midlands in the 12 months up to June - the biggest drop of any region in the UK, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

People outside a job centre
PA

The latest jobless total for the region stands at 133,000.

Nationally, UK unemployment fell by 124,000 across the year to 1.36 million, the lowest for more than 40 years.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry evening, with some late sunshine, followed by a clear night with lows of 13C (55F).

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Severe delays on M40 southbound

BBC News Travel

There are severe delays on the M40 southbound between J12 and J11 in Warwickshire after two emergency incidents on the motorway.

Southbound traffic was held for a time during a police incident at about 05:20 in Oxfordshire, with a crash involving a car and two lorries then closing two northbound lanes between J11 and J12.

Travel time is about one hour and 20 minutes and there is congestion to J13 as well as routes through Gaydon, including Banbury Road and Fosse Way.

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Video: What's the weather got in store today?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry day with some sunshine, but also cloudy at times with highs of 23C (73F).

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Watch the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After some late evening sunshine it will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a sunny start showers will move in before becoming clearer this afternoon with more sunny spells.

Feeling cooler than of late with highs of 19C (66F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It will be a largely dry and bright day with the chance of a few showers into the afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

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Weather: Your forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Most parts of the West Midlands are expected to stay dry to start tonight - here's how the rest of tonight and tomorrow are looking:

Shefali Oza

To stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your part of the region, head to the BBC Weather website.

Weather change 'could cause fish to choke'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Gardeners and farmers may be looking forward to the forecast rain, set to hit the West Midlands later this week, but it may be bad news for fish.

Algae covering a river, giving it a green tint
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency's been warning fisheries across Staffordshire and Warwickshire that the change in weather could lead to a rise in algae, effectively "choking" the fish.

They say the cooler, wetter weather can cause algae to bloom, giving off toxins and causing oxygen levels in waterways to drop.

Last month, a similar change from heatwave to thunderstorms led to a "significant" number of fish deaths in the River Tame and River Anker.

Quarry swimmers 'still risking their lives'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Lives are still being put at risk because warnings about swimming in open water are being ignored, the owners of a quarry in Warwickshire say.

The owners of Judkins quarry in Nuneaton said people are regularly trespassing on the site to go swimming, despite the dangers.

Last month, Luke Murphy, died in Blue Pool in Bishops Itchington (pictured) after he went swimming in a disused quarry

Blue Pool quarry
PAUL EVANS

The 17-year-old suffered a head injury either upon or after entering the water, according to the pre-inquest hearing.

Yesterday, we reported that swimmers are continuing to swim at Blue Pool despite warnings from police.

The reality is, quarries are huge spaces, they don't have security cameras so if you fell over and you were in the middle of an empty space you would be there and nobody would see you or rescue you. It's hard to get crews in to rescue people. It's extremely dangerous so please stay away."

Julie FourcadeExternal Affairs for FCC Environment

Microlight injuries 'not life threatening'

Sophie Madden

BBC News

A man who was airlifted to hospital after his microlight crashed in a field in Warwickshire is not thought to have life-threatening injures, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The microlight
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The middle-aged pilot suffered multiple injuries when the aircraft came down in Charity Farm in Baxterley near Atherstone just before 18:37 on Tuesday.

The ambulance service said it gave the pilot advanced trauma care before immobilising and airlifting him to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

Man seriously injured in microlight crash

A man has been seriously injured when a microlight came down in a field in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police said the aircraft, which was carrying one man, came down in Charity Farm in Baxterley near Atherstone just before 18:37 on Tuesday.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews cut the man free from the aircraft after it flew into a fence and flipped over.

Police said the man suffered serious injuries to his arms, legs and head and was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

M6 reopens

BBC News Travel

All lanes have now reopened on the northbound M6 at J3, in Warwickshire after a lorry was recovered after shifting it's load of paper.

Drivers are being warned of long delays in the area.

Traffic held on M6 for lorry recovery

BBC News Travel

Traffic is being held at J3 of the M6 northbound, for recovery work on a broken down lorry.

There are severe delays in the area.

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Video: Any change in the weather yet?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a warm day with sunny spells and top temperatures of 27C (81F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today looks set to be dry with a good deal of sunshine and highs of 29C (84F).

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