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Wet day turning to dry night

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After all the rain we should be in for a largely dry night - here's the full forecast, including for the start of your weekend:

Rebecca Wood

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

Barbel and chub stocks 'falling'

BBC Midlands Today

Fish stocks in two rivers in Staffordshire could be dwindling, the Environment Agency's said.

Two barbels spawning
Environment Agency

Anglers have reported falling numbers of barbel and chub in the Dove and Upper Trent in recent years, the agency added.

It's now asking them to send in scales from any of those breeds of fish they catch so the agency can test for health problems.

Flooding warning with heavy rain forecast

Allen Cook

BBC News

Drivers and homeowners are being warned of potential flooding today from heavy rain in parts of the West Midlands.

Area covered by the warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning's been issued by the Met Office, from 08:00 until 22:00.

The alert covers parts of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and states there could be spray and flooding on roads and homes and businesses could also be affected.

Wet day ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet one today with rain due to spread across the West Midlands throughout the day - here's the full forecast:

Alex Hamilton

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

Weather set to change from tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Dry and clear to start tonight but it's then going to soon turn cloudy - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands.

Alex Hamilton

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

Hundreds man the phones to help students through clearing

Hundreds of university staff and students are manning phones today, to help young people who didn't get the grades they wanted.

They're also helping students find accommodation for September.

And they've been sharing inspirational stories from past students who came to them through clearing and ended up having a really positive experience.

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Big differences in A-level maths results

Maths proved the most popular subject at A-levels this year.

Across the country, 41.4% of 18-year-olds got A or A* grades, but there was a big variation across the country and across exam boards.

Documents first reported by the Daily Telegraph revealed that students taking papers set by both Pearson/Edexcel and OCR needed just 55% and 54% respectively to get an A grade.

Graphic
BBC

The results cover ceremonial counties, so Stoke-on-Trent figures are included with Staffordshire and Telford ones as part of Shropshire.

The number of students taking the subject in each county also differs significantly with just 255 in Herefordshire and 3,410 in the West Midlands.

Shropshire and Worcestershire students set bar at A-levels

Shropshire A-level students had the highest percentage of As and A*s in Economics in the country, figures from Ofqual have revealed.

And Worcestershire students came out top in Physical Education, with 23.3% getting a grade of A or A*.

A-level results
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Out of the 195 students taking economics in Shropshire, 46.7% got a grade of A or A* - well above the national average of 30.1%.

The figures also show that Staffordshire students got the lowest percentage of A or A*s in maths - 28%.

Water company to pay for 1.3 million trees

Severn Trent Water says it will pay for 1.3 million trees to be planted in the Midlands over the next five years.

The water company is supplying them to the Woodland Trust, which is working with farmers and landowners to find suitable locations.

Tree planting
Severn Trent

The firm has paid for 700,000 of them since 2015, mostly in Derbyshire, but now wants to widen the scheme out to cover Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

It said the trees, which will all be native species, can improve drainage, reduce the amount of chemicals leaking into rivers, and improve air quality.

Some showers to start the day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some scattered showers around this morning in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast for the region:

Alex Hamilton

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

What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Well it's going to be a very wet day today so make sure you pack an umbrella.

There's also a weather warning in place for possible heavy thundery showers across the region.

West Midlands weather 14 August 2019

Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's just the chance of the odd shower this evening but it should then be mainly dry overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Thunderstorms warning for Wednesday

Allen Cook

BBC News

Thunderstorms could cause flooding and disrupt transport in parts of the West Midlands tomorrow, the Met Office has said.

Area covered by warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning's been issued covering most of the region from 14:00 until 22:00.

Fine, sunny day ahead for Tuesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today looks like being a generally fine day for most of the West Midlands, here's the full weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Chance of showers tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mostly dry day, there's a chance of some scattered showers overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton with Monday night's West Midlands weather

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

PD Cooper, a Staffie with Staffordshire Police, on tv tonight

A rescued Staffordshire bull terrier who went on to become a police dog with Staffordshire Police is featured on Channel 4's Animal Rescue tonight.

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PD Cooper is the force's first Staffordshire bull terrier recruit.

The show, hosted by Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, airs every night at 20:00 BST for five days and encourages people to adopt rescue animals.

Dry start to Monday's weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The week's set to start mainly dry and pretty cloudy across the West Midlands, here's the forecast for the whole of Monday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Warning of heavy rain and high winds

The Met Office is warning of heavy rain for the rest of the day and has issued a yellow warning, meaning there is a warning of thunderstorms and flooding across the West Midlands.

And it has issued another yellow warning for tomorrow, saying it's expecting high winds.

Worcester
WorcsPaul

Power cut hits thousands in West Midlands

Allen Cook

BBC News

Power cuts are affecting thousands of homes and firms across the West Midlands this evening.

Western Power Distribution's tweeted that it is experiencing a "major incident on the national electricity infrastructure".

On its power cuts map, it says power cuts are affecting areas including:

  • 1,774 properties in Shrewsbury and surrounding area
  • 25,186 in Ludlow and surrounding area
  • 13,460 in Royal Leamington Spa
  • 105, 218 across north Staffordshire and Telford

BreakingPower cut hits thousands of homes and businesses

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power in Staffordshire this evening.

Western Power Distribution's website says about 80,000 properties are without electricity.

The firm adds it could take until at least 19:30 to get them all back on.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a showery day with some heavy rain expected later and highs of 23C (73F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Tax hike to fund new heritage centre

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A few of the stories being covered by our Local Democracy Reporting Service reporters in Staffordshire:

  • People in Staffordshire will have to report potholes online in the future as the county council's decided to phase out its telephone reporting service.
  • Stone Town Council's decided to finally use £100,000 raised from a tax hike a decade ago to turn a former fire station (pictured) into a heritage centre.
  • Residents continue to object to housing plans in Madeley, Staffordshire, despite the development being redesigned.
Former Stone Fire Station
Google

Rain weather warning updated

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption from 15:00 tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.

A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of heavy bursts will move northwards during Friday afternoon.

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for Saturday, with further disruption expected.

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Oatcake Day marked in Staffordshire

Allen Cook

BBC News

If you're not from or live in Staffordshire, you might not be aware of the "mystical food of the gods" - the Staffordshire oatcake!

BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres tucking in today
BBC
BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres tucking in

To mark this delicacy, today is the ninth annual Oatcake Day and people across the county - and beyond - are sharing their love of them on social media.

The event was set up in 2010 by DJ Terry Bossons from Biddulph and, over the years, has been endorsed by celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Robbie Williams and Slash.

As for toppings, it's bacon and cheese all the way for us.

Bacon and cheese
BBC

Young offenders 'set up to fail' on their release from custody

Young offender institutions in England and Wales fail to provide necessary support for children to succeed in life after custody, a report has found.

Prisoner
Getty Images

The inspectors assessed the country's five sites, including Staffordshire, between October and March, looking at the cases of 50 offenders.

In many cases, secure accommodation is not lined up, while mental health support, education and employment are often not arranged, the prison and probation inspectorates said.

Penal reformers said children were being "set up to fail".

The government said it was reviewing resettlement services at YOIs.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with some sunny spells and highs of 24C (75F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sunny end to Wednesday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Some late sunshine around this evening before a dry night.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including tomorrow:

Rich Davis

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Sunny spells and showers to start Wednesday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mix of sunny spells and showers this morning in the West Midlands and here's how the rest of the day's weather is looking:

Rich Davis

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Weather warnings for rain and wind issued

High winds and rain could cause travel disruption later this week, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow severe warning for rain is in place on Friday with the wind warning in force on Saturday.

A band of heavy rain with the possibility of very heavy bursts is expected to be followed by strong winds, with gusts of up 40mph possible.

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Fire crews continue to assist in Whaley Bridge

Fire crews from the West Midlands are continuing to assist in pumping water from a damaged dam above Whaley Bridge.

Emergency services say they're close to reaching their target.

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Fire crews have been using 23 high-volume pumps to remove the reservoir's water since part of its spillway collapsed on Thursday following heavy rainfall.

Staff from Hereford and Worcester and Staffordshire fire services also joined the effort.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a mainly dry day with spells of sunshine but also scattered showers with highs of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and clear night with lows of 11C (52F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Big rise in rural crime

The cost of rural crime in the Midlands is the highest in the country, according to new figures published by NFU Mutual.

It rose by almost £1m to £9.8m last year in the region - a 10% rise.

Warwickshire saw the highest figures in the West Midlands with rural crime costing just over £1.4m in 2018 - up from a shade over £1m the year before.

Staffordshire saw the biggest percentage rise - a 48.5% increase to £1.36m.

Graphic
BBC

Worcestershire, however, saw a 2.6% drop in 2018.

NFU Mutual's figures reveal rural crime cost the UK £50m in 2018 - an increase of 12%

Fire crews drafted in to pump water at dam collapse

Firefighters from Staffordshire and the West Midlands have been helping pump water from a reservoir to stop its dam bursting and flooding a town.

The reservoir
Getty Images

Whaley Bridge residents are spending a fifth day out of their homes in Derbyshire because of the partial collapse of the dam wall.

Toddbrook Reservoir is 48% full but needs to drop to 25% before the 1,500 people evacuated are allowed home.

Fire engines being used to pump water
Staffordshire Fire Service

Staffordshire Fire Service tweeted several times over the weekend that it had crews helping work the pumps and, this morning, had handed over to West Midlands Fire Service.