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  1. Covid vaccination rate hits 94% in over 50s

    About 94% of everyone aged 50 and over have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose in the Midlands, according to the latest official figures.

    The figures are based on estimated populations, so are open to a margin of error.

    Vaccine dose graph

    Data from the Office of National Statistics show that 59% of people aged between 16 and 80 have also received their first dose.

    The area with the highest rate of vaccinations in the West Midlands is the Malvern Hills and the lowest is Birmingham with 79%.

    The figures show the rates from 8 December 2020 to 28 March 2021.

  2. CCTV appeal after shop worker stabbed in robbery

    Police are trying to identify the man in these security camera images after a shop-worker was stabbed during a robbery in Telford yesterday.

    A man was seen entering Eyton Stores on Eyton Road at 14:00 and demanded cash from the till before attacking the member of staff.

    The victim's injuries are not life-threatening.

    CCTV image of man
    CCTV image of man

    A man was later arrested on suspicion of assault and robbery, before being bailed.

  3. European Artistic Gymnastics team announced

    Three gymnasts from the West Midlands have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Basel, Switzerland later this month.

    Parallel bars world champion in 2019 Joe Fraser and Joshua Nathan - both from Birmingham have been picked for the men's line up.

    Video content

    Video caption: Joe Fraser GB gymnast wins World Championships gold on parallel bars

    In the women's team 2019 European beam champion Alice Kensella from the Park Wrekin gymnastics club in Shropshire will compete in the championships.

    The competition will represent an opportunity for gymnasts to qualify for additional places for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

  4. Weather: Cloud dampens week's sunshine

    The unseasonable warmth of the past couple of days comes to an end today, being replaced with a lot of cloud this morning.

    It's going to feel much colder with temperatures staying in single figures, although some sunshine is expected later.

    West Midlands Thursday weather
  5. Shrewsbury manager finding Covid recovery 'frustrating'

    BBC Radio Shropshire Sport

    The Shrewsbury Town manager, Steve Cotterill, is being told to slow down, as he continues his recovery from coronavirus and pneumonia.

    Aaron Wilbraham has been standing in for him and said the doctors told him he was "getting stronger each day", but had been "finding the whole process slow and frustrating".

    Steve Cotterill

    Coterrill has been away from the club for three months and Wilbraham added: "He's the one person out of 100 who needs to kind of slow down and take it easy."

  6. What's the weather got in store?

    It will be a dry and cloudy day with some brighter spells and highs of up to 13°C (50 to 55°F).

    Weather map
  7. Motorcyclist dies after Shropshire village crash

    A motorcyclist has died after he was involved in a collision with a car.


    West Mercia Police is appealing for information about the crash which happened in Felhampton, a hamlet near Craven Arms, at about 13:00 BST on Tuesday.

    The force said the incident happened on the road between Craven Arms and Church Stretton when the motorcycle, which was travelling towards Shrewsbury, was in collision with a red Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction.

    The motorcycle also collided with another car, a Red VW Polo, police added.

    The man, aged in his 70s, was taken to hospital, where he later died.

    The drivers of the other two cars received less serious injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene.

  8. More sunshine on the way for Wednesday

    Tuesday saw the warmest March day for 50 years and we can expect another sunny day today.

    It will be warm and dry, with temperatures reaching up to 21C (69F).

    Get the latest forecast for where you are from BBC Weather.

    West Midlands outlook
  9. Motorcyclist 'critical' after crash with car

    A motorcyclist has been left in a critical condition after his bike crashed with a car in Shropshire earlier.

    The crash happened on the A49 Marsh Cottage Junction in Felhampton.

    He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, said the ambulance service.

    A man and a woman also involved in the crash were treated for minor injuries.

  10. 'We See You' campaign calls for workplace diversity

    A charity which helps people find employment has begun a campaign to increase diversity in workplaces.

    Sonia Roberts
    Image caption: Sonia Roberts (pictured) says Landau matches people’s experience and skills to the right training or jobs

    Landau's We See You campaign will tell the stories of some of the 3,000 people it has helped into work or training.

    Landau, which recently marked its 25th anniversary,says organisations also benefit from having a "more inclusive culture".

    Chief executive Sonia Roberts said it would help "shine a spotlight on those people with hidden disabilities and challenges who with the right help and training can be supported into the workforce".

    The initiative's start coincides with Autism Awareness Week but it will continue throughout 2021.

  11. 'Nature-friendly school' scheme 'transformative'

    Pupils from disadvantaged areas are being given the chance to have outdoor classes under its "nature-friendly schools" initiative, said Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

    Forest school

    The project to train teachers to deliver the classes will work with more than 100 schools this year.

    Stephanie Dowley, head teacher at John Randall Primary, in Telford, Shropshire, said the scheme had been transformative and every class had spent at least an hour learning outside in the forest school area.

    "After the year children have had - much of the time being stuck at home and away from their peers - learning and playing together in nature isn't just helpful, it's essential," she said.