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New mother had surgical swab left in her following birth

A surgical preparation table showing surgical swabs
A surgical preparation table showing surgical swabs Credit: PA

A report has revealed a new mother who had a caesarian section at Coventry’s University Hospital was left with a surgical swab inside her.

It wasn't discovered until three weeks after she gave birth when she arrived at the accident and emergency department complaining of stomach pain.

It was removed and she later received an apology from the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust but an investigation has now been launched by them to discover how it happened.

Shopkeeper releases CCTV after knife attack in Leicestershire

A shopkeeper has spoken of the fear he felt after being confronted by two hooded robbers in his shop - one of whom was wielding a 6-inch knife.

Raj Rathod ended up with a cut to his hand after wrestling with one of the thieves at his convenience store in Hinckley.

The robbers have since been jailed. Lee Comley reports.


PHOTOS: More flashes of lightning from last night's thunderstorm

Lightning strikes Dudley last night Credit: Demi-Leigh Freeman
A bolt of lightning in Newcastle-under-Lyme Credit: Robert J McLaughlin
This was captured over Birmingham in the early hours of this morning Credit: Paul Johnson
The sky was red with danger as lightning struck Kinghurst in Birmingham Credit: Linz Carter
The sky above a housing estate in the West Midlands Credit: Rachel Slater

Midlands issued with 3 Flood Warnings and 20 Alerts

Three Flood Warnings
Table showing Flood Warnings and Alerts for the Midlands Credit: Environment Agency

To see if your area is one of these at risk from rising waters, click here.

Service back to normal as firefighters strike ends

This mornings fire strike across the Midlands has now concluded.

Firefighters walked out for two hours between the hours of 6am and 8am as the row with Government over pay and conditions continues.


18th July Strike Action is now over and normal fire cover has resumed across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Midlands heatwave warning for hottest day yet

Blue Skies
Blue Skies Credit: PA

Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year.

The Met office has issued a yellow level two heatwave warning, with temperatures expected to rise to 28 degrees.

But the weather could break dramatically later, with the threat of thunderstorms this evening.

Doctors say it's important to be aware of the impact heat can have on health.


Man left scarred for life in vicious knife attack

Police want to speak to this man after a vicious knife attack
Police want to speak to this man after a vicious knife attack Credit: West Midlands Police

CCTV has been released of a man police want to speak to after another man was left scarred for life in a knife attack.

The man aged in his 30s was approached by two men on Tuesday night at around 10.45pm in Pinley fields in Stoke Aldermoor when they suddenly began attacking him.

His face was slashed with a knife and he was beaten.

This was an unprovoked and vicious assault, which left the victim unconscious and bleeding heavily. He awoke to a large cut to his forehead, which required stitches, leaving him scarred for life. He also suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket in the attack. We are keen to speak to the man in this image, who is seen here with what appears to be a grey female Staffordshire bull terrier.

– Detective Constable Melanie Boon from Willenhall police station

Advice ahead of heatwave set to hit the Midlands

Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees
Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

People are being warned to look after the vulnerable as temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees over the next couple of days.

It comes after the The Met Office issued a heatwave alert for the East Midlands.

The advice is to drink plenty of water and keep out of the sun.

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
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