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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    We'll be back with more news from around the West Midlands from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Warriors ask for government cash to pay staff

    Worcester Warriors has asked for money from the government to cover 80% of their staff's wages.

    If the rugby club gets the grant from the coronavirus job retention scheme, it will ask the majority of their employees to take unpaid leave while in receipt of the government cash.


    Under the scheme, they won't be asked to work while at home, although it won't prevent the players from training.

    A number of staff have been identified as essential workers and they will continue to work from home.

  3. Supermarket 'queue jumper' arrested after staff cars scratched

    A man is suspected of deliberately scratching cars owned by staff at a supermarket where he allegedly barged his way to the front of checkout queues and demanded to be served first.

    Police car at supermarket

    As other shoppers observed social distancing and went patiently about their business on Tuesday, West Midlands Police said he was ejected from Sainsbury's in Bentley Bridge, Wolverhampton.

    The next day, five staff found their vehicles on the car park had been scratched.

    A 34-year-old man was arrested this morning in Wednesfield on suspicion of five counts of causing criminal damage and is still in custody.

  4. Young ice hockey players show off skills during lockdown

    You've possibly seen the footballers taking on the "toilet roll challenge".

    They've shared videos of themselves doing clever keepy-ups as a way of staying active during lockdown.

    Well the Telford Tigers under-15 ice hockey team felt they could do one better, and 14-year-old Kieran Wellings produced this video to show off their skills with the stick.

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    Video caption: Telford Tigers under-15s take on pass-it-on challenge
  5. Man charged with making menacing coronavirus call

    A man has been accused of making a menacing phone call to a hospital which allegedly included the phrase: "I hope the staff die of coronavirus".

    West Midlands Police said the 31-year-old was detained in Perry Barr, Birmingham, yesterday morning, in connection with a YouTube video in which a man recorded himself phoning City Hospital.

    The suspect has been charged with sending menacing or offensive communications and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court later this month.

  6. People to put hands together for second show of support

    People across the UK are being encouraged to head to their doorstep, window or balcony for the second time to show their support for key workers by way of a round of applause.

    It's set for 20:00 this evening, one week after clapping rang out in streets up and down the country.

    The campaign's already getting backing in the West Midlands today:

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  7. Police tape used to seal off play area

    Police tape normally seen at crime scenes has been put up around a playground in Newport, Shropshire, to stop children gathering there.

    West Mercia Police said it had to ask them to leave Norbroom Park again this afternoon and wanted to make it clear the area was out-of-bounds.

    Play area
    Play area
  8. Lockdown: Police vigilance over child grooming

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    West Midlands Police will have a "renewed focus" on tackling online child grooming during the coronavirus lockdown, the local police and crime commissioner (PCC) says.

    David Jamieson laid out an emergency update to his plan for the force until May 2021, saying more children were expected to use the internet during the pandemic.

    Hands on a keyboard

    Mr Jamieson said: "I expect the force to work with national agencies to tackle this threat."

    He also wants a pro-active approach to tackling domestic abuse, with cases expected to rise as people stay at home.

  9. 'NHS All Stars' jerseys raise more than £2,000 for charity

    A Birmingham sportswear-maker has raised more than £2,000 for an NHS charity with limited-edition "NHS All Stars" jerseys.

    FiveOn3 is going to make two different designs once it's allowed to start manufacturing again, and has taken orders for more than 100 already.

    Charity jerseys

    The company has promised that £20 per ice hockey-style jersey will be going to NHS Charities Together.

  10. Easter eggs given to children of abuse survivors

    Police are handing out Easter eggs to the children of domestic abuse survivors in part of Staffordshire.

    Officers in Newcastle-under-Lyme said the chocolate was donated by WH Smith as its shops were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Donated eggs

    The eggs are also being given to vulnerable residents and people displaced from their homes.

  11. Flowers given to hospital staff

    More than 1,500 flowers have been given as a thank you to staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham this afternoon.

    Brett Fitzpatrick, who owns a stall in Leamington Spa and a flower company in Birmingham, is following the lead of his uncle, Mark, who donated more than 3,000 flowers to hospital staff in Southampton.

    The company said it wanted to "put smiles on the faces of our heroes on the frontline of the coronavirus", and judging by these photos at the QE, they succeeded...

    Nurses and flowers
    Nurse with flowers
  12. Warning over Walsall prayer gatherings

    BBC WM

    More advice is being sent out in Walsall amid concerns that some Muslims are gathering in groups to pray.

    Deserted Walsall town centre this week
    Image caption: Deserted Walsall town centre this week

    Mosques have shut in the area but there have been reports of people meeting at local shops instead.

    Mohammed Arif, the interim president of the Union of Muslim Organisations, said safety messages had to be listened to.

    "We're trying to get a message through to the community to take this seriously. We're saying to the community 'this is a killer virus'."

  13. RAF base considered for temporary mortuary

    BBC Shropshire

    RAF Cosford is being considered as a site for a temporary mortuary to support bereavement services.

    One of the hangars could be used if services become overwhelmed.

    RAF Cosford
  14. Pandemic forces shake-up of hospital services

    Urgent changes are being made to services for cancer patients in Birmingham due to coronavirus placing "unprecedented demand on the NHS".

    Entrance to Good Hope Hospital

    Bosses say people having chemotherapy and supportive treatment at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield will now have to go to Solihull.

    Elsewhere, Heartlands Hospital's Gynaecology Assessment Unit is being temporarily relocated to Good Hope from Thursday.

    The Home Birth Service in the north and east of Birmingham is being suspended.

  15. Pandemic cash 'already spent twice over' in Birmingham

    The leader of Birmingham City Council says money to help during the coronavirus pandemic has already been spent twice over.

    Birmingham City Council staff prepare the first food parcels to be distributed

    The local authority had been allocated £38.7m to deal with the increasing pressures from the outbreak.

    Ian Ward says he wants more funding from the government as "we have not yet reached the peak" of the virus's effects.

    Mr Ward is also asking the government for urgent clarity around food deliveries for the most vulnerable, saying a shortfall in information compromises the authority's ability to plan the distribution.

    In a letter to the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Mr Ward outlines what he sees as efficiencies in the process that he hopes the government will let the council pursue.

  16. Coach services cancelled by National Express

    BBC Midlands Today

    Birmingham-based National Express has announced its cancelling all of its coach services from Monday.

    The firm says anyone who has tickets booked until the end of May will be offered a refund.

    A coach
  17. Weather: Cloudy tonight, sunnier tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight's set to stay mainly cloudy with a chance of showers mixed with clear spells. Low: 3C/37F.

    Leek Wootton

    More clouds are expected tomorrow with the odd shower, but there should be some sunny spells as the day goes on. High: 10C/50F.

    Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area via the BBC Weather website.

  18. West Midlands death toll rises to 391

    A further 81 people have died from coronavirus in the West Midlands, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.

    As of 17:00 on Wednesday, the overall number of deaths in the region was 391.

    Across the UK, there's been a further 569 deaths, bringing the overall figure to 2,921.

  19. Make a Difference: Takeaway restaurant offers free food


    A Coventry takeaway restaurant is offering to deliver food to those in need during the lockdown.

    The Bombay Palace restaurant in the Earlsdon area of the city encouraged those in need to not "go to sleep with an empty stomach".

    A statement on Facebook said: "I was taught growing up that where one person eats; two can eat too."

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