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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night turning misty in places with lows of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Work starts on police Commonwealth Games HQ

Work has started on a new control suite, which will be the base for police operations for Birmingham's Commonwealth Games in 2022.

West Midlands Police
BBC

The new centre, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, will also be a base for the force's firearms operations unit.

Ch Supt Dave Sturman said: “The games will be the largest operation in the force’s history and this new Event Control Suite will provide the world class facilities we need to deliver a safe and successful event for the region."

The new centre is also part of the force's programme to save £5m a year through disposing of underused buildings.

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, before J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - Two lane closed and it's slow on M42 southbound before J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J6 for A38 to J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton to J4 for M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Drone footage of fire at derelict factory in Winson Green
Smoke could be seen across Birmingham on Saturday after a fire broke out at a derelict factory.

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, near M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane blocked on M42 near M6 Toll, because of an accident involving two cars. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton to J3A for M6 Toll.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to J3a M6 Toll, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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

West Coast Main Line rail passengers face disruption

Rail passengers using the West Coast Main Line through the West Midlands can expect major disruption, because of engineering work which is due to start tomorrow.

For the next 16 days Network Rail is upgrading track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling at the Acton Grange junction between Crewe and Preston.

Railway track
Network Rail

Trains will be diverted during the £27m project, with replacement buses also running.

A full list of services affected is available on the Network Rail website, alongside details of replacement buses.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J3A for M6 Toll and Corley Services.

M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and Corley Services, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M42 southbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a break down.

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

Seventeen-year-old arrested after 'serious' crash

A man is being questioned by police following a serious crash in Solihull last night, police say.

A 65-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the crash involving two vehicles at the junction with Marshall Lake Road and Straford Road in Shirley at about 23:30.

The man remains in a critical but stable condition.

The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M42 J8 and J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 northbound between M42 J8 and J9, A4097 (Curdworth), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J4A for M42 J8 to J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound in Warwickshire from J4a M42 J8 to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down.

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

Mum 'scarred physically and mentally by carjacking'

Officers investigating a carjacking that saw a four-week-old baby taken are issuing a fresh appeal, a year on from the incident.

Clare O'Neill was run over as she battled to stop the men driving off with baby Eliza, outsider outside her home in Acocks Green, Birmingham, on 19 July 2018.

Baby Eliza
West Midlands Police

Mother and daughter were reunited 45 minutes later, but Mrs O'Neill was left with injuries that she is still living with.

“Eliza will be 13 months old on Saturday, she said.

"She’s a beautiful, happy, engaging and active baby. She’s taking her first steps, chatting away and eating us out of house and home! We count our blessings every day that she was returned safely to us."

Clare said she still lives with anxiety as well as physical injuries.

"My achilles, back and hip hurt on a daily basis. My teeth are still numb and I only have 50% sensation in my elbow. I also still can’t fully bend one of my fingers."

No arrests have been made, said West Midlands Police.

In October Clare told the BBC what happened

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J4A for .

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J4a, M42 interchange, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for .

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road to M6 North and it's slow southbound at J8, for M6 North, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for M42 J7 to J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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
The moment police swoop on armed men in Birmingham
Footage from officers' body-worn cameras shows the operation after a sawn-off shotgun changes hands.

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.

Homes
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.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for M42 J7 to J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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.

Cat
RSPCA

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.

Slug and Lettuce owner in £3bn pub deal

BBC Business News

Stonegate Pub, which owns the Slug and Lettuce pub chain, is buying Ei Group - once known as Enterprise Inns - for £1.3bn.

Ei, based in Solihull, is the largest owner of pubs in the UK with over 4,000 properties across England and Wales.

Slug and Lettuce restaurant
Google

Robert Walker, chairman of Ei, said: "The commercial benefits of combining the companies are compelling. Stonegate is committed to continuing to invest in the business for the future benefit of the combined business, tenants and employees".

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, from M6 Toll to Coleshill Heath Road.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 partially blocked southbound from M6 Toll to Coleshill Heath Road, because of an accident and debris on the road.

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

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

Force gets extra £5m for crime-predicting technology trial

The Home Office has given another £5m to a police force testing software that predicts whether someone will commit a crime.

Lloyd House, West Midlands Police HQ
BBC

West Midlands Police is trialling the system to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery.

The National Data Analytics Solution is used to help predict whether someone will commit a crime or become a victim.

Supt Nick Dale, from the force, said: "This technology has the potential to help us understand modern slavery networks, the hidden crime within our communities, so much better, as well as the problems that lead to serious violence that blights communities and affects the lives of victims and perpetrators.

"We are still at an early stage in identifying how best machine learning technology can be used, but it is really important that our work is scrutinised independently from an ethical point of view, and that technology will never replace professional judgment or affect the police's accountability for our actions."

West Midlands Police received £4.5m of Home Office funding for the scheme last year.

Town centre task force 'open minded' about regeneration

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A taskforce set up to regenerate five town centres in the West Midlands, says it will listen to business people there, before drawing up a plan.

The West Midlands Combined Authority appointed Jon Bramwell (below, centre) to lead the group and it has £20m to spend on the improvements.

Business leaders in Bilston
BBC

Mr Bramwell said his taskforce was "very open minded" and that it was very difficult to say how the five high streets might change "given the fact that the way people go about shopping these days is changing."

The five town centres are Bilston, the St Thomas Quarter in Dudley, Bordesley Green in Birmingham, the St Matthews Quarter in Walsall and West Bromwich East.

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3A for M6 Toll and J4 for M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J3a M6 Toll and J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of an accident.

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

Speed limit petition after deer is injured

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hundreds of Solihull residents have backed a call to slow down traffic on a number of borough roads, amid fears for the safety of local wildlife.

The deer injured on Solihull's Damson Parkway last week
Tina Clarke

Almost 700 have signed an online petition, after a Muntjac deer was struck by a car.

Tina Clarke, 32, who launched the petition, said she had heard “an almighty bang” on Damson Parkway last week and discovered the injured animal, which had suffered bad bruising to its face. The deer was taken to the vets and released later that day.

Ms Clarke said there was mounting concern locally that cut-throughs were being used as "racetracks" and hopes Solihull Council will consider traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps or warning signs.

Her petition is set to be submitted to the authority and once it has been received it will be passed to the highways team for consideration.