High levels of pollution expected to clear

Air pollution levels remain high across parts of England and Wales but are expected to reduce later today. The South East and Greater London are still experiencing "high" levels of pollution, Defra warns.

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Smog sees increase in West Midlands 999 calls

West Midlands Ambulance Service has experienced a noticeable spike in call-outs linked to breathing problems and chest pains.

Daily figures for calls reporting breathing or chest problems were largely level at around 460 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last week.

But the corresponding figures for the first three days of this week were 547, 510 and 501.

The service covers Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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