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By Andy Giddings

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  1. West Midlands parks 'at risk of decline'

    BBC Midlands Today

    Public parks in the Midlands are at risk of decline and some of the facilities in them could close, according to a new report by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

    Findings showed that 78% of councils across the region anticipate budget reductions of 10% or more over the next three years with nearly half their parks expected to deteriorate. 

    Fallen gates at a park
  2. Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    London Midland Trains

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    Bidders for the West Midlands rail franchise are being given permission to remove seats and create more standing room to fit more passengers in.

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  3. Coming up on Midlands Today: Standing room only

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    More commuters could have to stand under plans for rail services across the West Midlands.

    Seats could be removed to fit more people onto services on trains currently run by London Midland.

    Two groups are bidding to take on the franchise from October next year.

    London Midland

    The services include the cross city lines, and trains out of Birmingham to Hereford, Shrewsbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Stratford, Leamington, and down to London.

    I'll have more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

  5. Amelia and Muhammad are the most popular baby names in the West Midlands

    Daniel Wainwright

    Data unit - English regions

    Amelia is the most popular girls name in the West Midlands while Muhammad is the most popular for boys, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

    Only London had Muhammad as the most popular choice in 2014 but the new figures show the West Midlands has joined the capital in 2015 for having the most babies with that name. Oliver was most popular overall across England and Wales.

    There were 649 Muhammads born in the West Midlands in 2015 compared with 622 Olivers. An alternative spelling - Mohammed - is also in the top 10.

    chart showing most popular boys' names

    For girls regionally, the top choice, Amelia, was the same as the overall favourite in England and Wales.

    The data also shows the West Midlands to have a higher proportion of girls named Jessica than anywhere else. It ranks third for popularity in the region.

    Chart showing most popular girl's names
  6. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

  7. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Disappeared hotelier case and a new harvest crop

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening we'll hear about developments in the case of a missing hotelier from the region and his family's search for answers.

    Harvesting

    We'll also hear about one of the last crops to be gathered in this summer's farming harvest is also one of the newest. 

    Those stories and much more, include the latest sports news and weather forecast, all on BBC Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  8. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning. 

  9. Man behind two train sex attacks wanted by police

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man sexually assaulted two women on a train between Shrewsbury and Crewe, and left one of them "cowering in the corner", police say. 

    British Transport Police say the attacks happened on the 12:51 Arriva Train Wales service on 7 August - they've released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incidents, who may have vital information.

    CCTV image

    They say the first victim was sitting next to a man when he lunged at her and grabbed her twice. 

    Officers say he touched the chest of the second as she passed through the carriage. 

  10. Video content

    Video caption: Shrewsbury make-up artist's transformation in 30 seconds

    Make-up artist Charlotte Cashmore, from Shrewsbury, demonstrates how to change your image.

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    Video caption: Swimmer Nick Thomas warned of open water danger before his death

    A man who died after trying to swim across the English Channel warned of the dangers of open water swimming just days before his death.