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Heatwave warning issued

The Met Office has issued a heatwave warning from Friday to Sunday.

The hot weather could end dramatically on Friday
Meteorologists spot potential for 'Spanish Plume' Credit: DPA

The spell of hot weather could end rather dramatically on Saturday with a 'Spanish Plume' which involves very warm and humid air moving up from the Spanish plateau to the UK.

If this meets cooler air from the Atlantic, the warm air can be forced rapidly upwards to produce thunderstorms.

– Alex Beresford, ITV Weather Presenter


Woman gives birth at Birmingham Crown Court

by Lucy Kapasi
The newborn was carried out to the ambulance
Paramedics were called to Birmingham Crown Court Credit: BPM Media

A baby girl has been born at Birmingham Crown Court after a heavily-pregnant woman went into labour in the witness room.

It soon became clear it was too late to get her to hospital and paramedics headed to the court building where she gave birth minutes later.

The newborn, a baby girl, was then taken in the arms of one of them to a waiting ambulance.

The 25-year-old mother had travelled to the court yesterday to give support to a witness who was giving evidence in a trial.

I saw two ambulances outside the court building. There were paramedics rushing up the stairs.

One of the paramedics later came out with a newborn in his arms wrapped in a blanket with an oxygen mask over its face.

– Anonymous witness to the drama

3.15pm 2day baby girl born in @victimsupport witness waiting room,Bham Crown Court - thanks 2 all who assisted & mother & baby doing well!!!


Northampton's very own 'Boris bikes' scheme to launch

'Boris bikes' parked at a station in central London.
'Boris bikes' parked at a station in central London. Credit: PA

A bicycle hire scheme similar to London's 'Boris bikes' launches in Northampton this morning.

Set up by the County Council, the £150,000 initiative called 'Cycle Connect' will provide 50 bikes for hire from 10 sites.

It's hoped it'll be a convenient and sustainable way to travel around the town.

George Osborne tweets about new hospital


Am in Black Country this morning to announce a new £350 million state of the art Midland Metropolitan hospital


With @jamesmorrismp who's campaigned so hard for new hospital. Proof that #LongTermEconomicPlan = long term commitment to #NHS

Designs unveiled for new £353m Smethwick hospital

A computer generated pictures of what an interior space at the hospital could look like Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
The £353m hospital received backing from the Chancellor of the Exchequer this morning Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Building work on the site in Smethwick could start as soon as 2016, and be finished sometime in 2018 or 2019 Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust


New hospital 'vote of confidence in 7,500 staff'

Speaking after the Chancellor of the Exchequer this morning backed plans for a new £353 hospital in Smethwick, Richard Samuda, Chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals commented:

“This is a vote of confidence in 7,500 staff at the Trust. The Chancellor’s announcement at Rowley Regis Hospital reinforces our strategy of local care for long term conditions and a single specialist acute centre at the Midland Met.”

Chief Executive, Toby Lewis added:

“This is a decisive moment for healthcare in the West Midlands. We welcome the determination of the Chancellor to support the regeneration of Smethwick with this vital project for patients.”

'Amazing' to be home: 10-year-old returns to Staffs after life-changing op

Ben Baddely in hospital shortly before he returned home Credit: ITV Central

Ben Baddeley has returned to his Staffordshire home with his parents after a life-changing operation on Friday which it's hoped will allow him to walk without pain.

Ben, who has cerebral palsy had the operation in hospital in London.

Last night his mum Amy Baddeley said it was: "Amazing to be home!"

Government backs new £353m hospital in Smethwick

What the new £353 million hospital in Smethwick could look like Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

The Government has backed plans for a new £353 million hospital in the West Midlands.

The Midland Metropolitan Hospital has been given the go-ahead by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this morning.

The new acute hospital will be funded by both the public and private sector through a Private Finance 2 deal.

George Osborne said:

This ambitious package will ensure that patients across the West Midlands continue to benefit from access to world-class acute treatment and cutting edge facilities.

It is because of the difficult decisions we have taken as a government that we have been able to protect healthcare spending, and announce new facilities like the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.”

Construction of the new hospital is expected to start in 2016 and be completed by 2018-19, with plans to be finalised over the coming months.

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