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West Midlands (county): County of England
The West Midlands County is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in western-central England with a 2018 estimated population of 2,916,458, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London. It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The county itself is a NUTS 2 region within the wider NUTS 1 region of the same name. The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.


Storm Dennis: Trampoline taken hostage by strong winds [Video]

Storm Dennis: Trampoline taken hostage by strong winds

CCTV footage captures the moment a trampoline is taken hostage by strong winds amid Storm Dennis, in Dudley, West Midlands. The area has been hard-hit by the storm, with five severe weather warnings..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:29Published
More than 300 flood warnings in place across the UK [Video]

More than 300 flood warnings in place across the UK

Torrential rain brought by Storm Dennis over the weekend has left more than 300 flood warnings in place across the UK, including five severe warnings in the West Midlands. The continuing danger comes..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:21Published

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Three others seriously injured in incident involving Jeep Cherokee and VW Golf
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