In the West Midlands, it will be a dry, foggy evening. Tomorrow it will be warm and cloudy, with some sunny intervals.
Stuck on ideas for this bank holiday weekend? Here are a few suggestions for the West Midlands.
Stuck on ideas for this bank holiday weekend? Here are a few suggestions for the East Midlands.
Road users in the West Midlands have been advised that a section of the M42 is marked for overnight closure, for a three-month period, starting from 3rd November.
The Highways Agency will be closing a section of road just over 2 miles long, between junction 3a at the M40 in Warwickshire and junction 4 just south of Solihull, for road-resurfacing work.
Purnima Kaul, project sponsor for The Highways Angency, says:
This is a large project involving full-depth repair of the road surface along this busy stretch of motorway...
... It will result in some night-time disruption but we hope the improved, safer road surface will be of benefit to drivers in the long term.
The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am during the period and is set to be completed by 28th February in the new year.
A brothel in Birmingham has been shut down by police and magistrates in what is believed to be the first closure order in the West Midlands on premises used for sex.
Legal proceedings began after police raided Ambassador’s Relaxation Suite on Ernest Street just off Holloway Head on 9 October.
A 44-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel, possession of firearms and possession of drugs. She was later bailed by police pending further enquiries.
The work, part of Operation Scarlet - the force-wide crackdown on prostitution and kerb crawling, came after local residents raised a petition complaining about the anti-social behaviour caused by the brothel.
The number of homeless children in the West Midlands in temporary accommodation has risen by 7% in the last year, according to the charity Shelter.
It says more than 2,400 children in the West Midlands will be in emergency hostels and bed and breakfasts this Christmas. In the East Midlands this figure stands at more than 750.
Traffic restrictions are expected to be in place on the M6 northbound in the West Midlands between junctions 7 and 8 until around 11am.
The stretch of road is currently closed following the death of a woman.
Police have told ITV News Central that the northbound side of the M6 motorway could be closed between junctions 7 and 8 for 'several hours'.
Earlier this morning officers were called out to reports that a woman had jumped from a bridge.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say a woman has died after an incident on the M6 in the West Midlands.
Officers were called out at 4:24am after reports a woman had jumped from a bridge over the motorway near to junction seven.
Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
West Midlands buses are to become the first company in the region to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day, after teaming up with the Royal British Legion.
Bus operator National Express has put poppies on 750 of its local vehicles and on Birmingham’s own Poppy Day, November 5, will be allowing veterans to sell poppies on-board its services.
It is the first time the bus company has put poppies on so many of its vehicles and allowed veterans to sell poppies on its commuter services.
The Royal British Legion veterans will be able to sell poppies to around one million local bus customers, raising much needed funds as well as the profile of this year’s Remembrance Day, which will be held on Sunday November 10.
Claire Rowcliffe, Midlands Regional Fundraising Manager for The Royal British Legion said: "It is great that National Express West Midlands has chosen to support The Royal British Legion by allowing the sale of poppies on their services and placing poppies on their buses.”
“This will allow our collectors to sell more poppies and make it easier for people to support The Royal British Legion on their way to work."
A man who spat at a bus ticket inspector in the Witton area of Birmingham has been caught and fined £255 after his DNA was traced using an on-board ‘spit kit’.
Joseph Sydenham, 40, spat at a National Express West Midlands official checking tickets on the number 11 service in Witton’s Brookvale Road in May.
The 40-year-old broke free from the conductor and fled the bus before being arrested weeks later by police at a Birmingham hotel after forensic analysis of saliva taken from the inspector’s jacket showed Sydenham, beyond reasonable doubt, was the offender.
West Midlands Police confirmed that odds that the saliva had not originated from the Sydenham’s mouth were at around a billion to one.
The culprit claimed to suffer from a speech disorder that meant he spat when he talked – but police dismissed the ‘excuse’ and charged him with common assault.
Last Tuesday he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court where he admitted the offence and was ordered to pay a total of £255 in costs, fines and compensation.
The spit kits, which feature swabs, gloves and sealed bags, allow staff to take saliva samples and protect them from contamination before being sent for forensic analysis. The kits are carried by around 3,500 bus drivers and ticket inspectors across the West Midlands.
Only 20% of homes for sale in the West Midlands are affordable for working families, according to the housing charity, Shelter.
They say there are not enough properties in the region that first-time home-owners can afford to buy.
A director at organisation British Future says the rest of the country now needs to 'catch up' after research into 'Englishness' released today found that the West Midlands is the only region where most people can name the date of St George's Day.
– British Future Director, Sunder Katwala
Perhaps it's pride in being the birthplace of Shakespeare, maybe it's being at England's geographical heart - people in the West Midlands topped the poll for pride and patriotism in St George.
What we're asking is how can the rest of the country now catch up? The answer has to be doing more to celebrate St George's Day as an inclusive festival of England today that can bring people together.