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  1. Ice hockey players deliver teddy bears to children's ward

    More than 200 teddy bears have been delivered to children at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital by the local ice hockey club.

    They were donated by fans at Telford Tigers matches over the weekend and were handed over by players and coaches this afternoon.

    Tigers players and mascot

    Head coach Tom Watkins said it was especially poignant for him, because his own son spent time in a children's ward at this time of year, recovering from heart problems.

  2. Machete and hammer found in crashed stolen car

    A machete and a hammer were found inside a stolen car which jumped a red light in Telford earlier.

    The VW Golf, which was carrying false number plates, crashed into another car at crossroads in Madeley and the occupants escaped on foot.

    Car crash
    Machete and hammer

    The driver of the other car was taken to hospital as a precaution, police said.

  3. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It should be a cloudy night with the chance of light rain and highs of 7C (45F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Gold pendant 'an offering to the gods?'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    Archaeological excavations could take place on farmland where a Bronze Age pendant was found earlier this year.

    The exact location is being kept a secret but Peter Reavill from the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme said they want to know why it was left there and what else might be there.

    Gold bulla

    It is unlikely an item of this value was simply dropped because it would have been a carefully looked after ceremonial piece, he said.

    The craftsmanship involved means it would have been worn by someone of high status and its likely it was "not too far away" from being among the crown jewels of its day, he added.

    Funding to pay for the excavations is being put together and Mr Reavill speculated it could have been left in the ground deliberately, as an offering to the gods.

  5. 'Amazingly rare' Bronze Age pendant found

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    A pendant, described as "one of the most significant pieces of Bronze Age gold metalwork discovered in the British Isles", has been found in Shropshire.

    The artefact is known as a bulla, which comes from the Latin for bubble, and is formed of gold sheet.


    It was found in May by a metal detectorist who wants to remain anonymous and after archaeologists have drawn up a report on it, the Shropshire coroner will decide if it should be classified as treasure.

    The British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, which catalogues and evaluates artefacts like this, also said it was "amazingly rare" with only one similar item thought to be in existence.

    Quote Message: The design is such that the play of light over the surface is what you see most, changing with angle and light moving and shimmering, dancing and ever different. This would have been enhanced in the period where it would have been stunning when viewed by firelight or in bright sunlight." from Peter Reavill British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme
    Peter ReavillBritish Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme
  6. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy day with the chance of patchy drizzle and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. 'Costs increasing' for council's planned HQ revamp

    Renovating Shropshire Council's headquarters is going to cost more money, but the local authority says the plans will still save funds in the long term.


    The council has been assessing how to update the Shirehall in Shrewsbury as it says the building is structurally sound, but needs modernising.

    A report, going before the full council this Thursday, says it's estimated the work will cost £24.1m, but will then save money from things like cutting energy and maintenance costs.

    Councillors will be asked this week to approve an extra £1.15m in order to get tenders for the work and draw up detailed designs and a full business case.

  8. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy night with the odd spot of drizzle and lows of 7C (45F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  9. Mystery of ownership delays repairs to hill-top pillar

    Repairs to a hill-top monument on the Shropshire-Wales border are being held up as no one knows who owns it, a local councillor's told the BBC.

    The monument

    Rodney's Pillar, near Oswestry, attracts thousands of visitors each year, but a report says the 200-year-old structure could collapse in the next two years if renovations aren't made.

    The study, commissioned by three neighbouring community councils, says the overall repairs could cost £140,000 to £150,000.

    The pillar was built to celebrate the naval victories of Sir George Brydges Rodney.

    Quote Message: It's a question of trying to get all the interested parties, the stakeholders, the user groups, the county council, the Forestry Commission, all these user groups to try and work together to raise funds and try and get something done." from Alec White Llandrinio & Arddleen Community Councillor
    Alec WhiteLlandrinio & Arddleen Community Councillor
  10. School running tracks built from recycled roads

    New running tracks are being built at primary schools in Shropshire from recycled roads.

    Work has already started on one near Ellesmere and Shropshire Council says another 14 will be built at schools by the end of March.

    One of the running tracks being built

    Funding has come from central government and will see the remains of damaged roads turned into the base for the running tracks, which will then be topped with tarmac.

    The timing of projects will be tied to major highway repairs in each area.

    It is hoped they will help primary children meet the Daily Mile challenge - to walk or run a mile every day.

  11. Outsourcing giant Interserve seeks rescue deal

    Outsourcing giant Interserve is seeking a rescue deal as it faces £500m of debts, it was revealed over the weekend.

    The firm is one of the UK's largest providers of public services, working in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the roads - and employs 45.000 people in the UK.

    The latest news follows a profit warning last year and inevitably draws comparison with Wolverhampton-based outsourcing firm Carillion, which collapsed in January with £1.5bn of debts.

    Interserve worker

    However, there are differences and the BBC understands Interserve's management still has lenders' support.

    About 1,400 staff are thought to work at its regional headquarters next to Birmingham Airport.

    In terms of healthcare, Interserve has two bases in the Midlands, in Telford and Birmingham, but works in NHS hospitals across the region, as well as providing social care services.

    Its shares slumped 70% from Friday's level, but the firm said it was "making good progress" on a recovery plan.

  12. Your photos: Sunrise colours

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sunrise this morning brought some great colours to skies across the West Midlands and these photos are from some of our local BBC Weather Watchers.

    They are users Marguerite in Ellesmere, Shropshire, Wendles in Yoxall, Staffordshire and Our view in Clun, Shropshire:

  13. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    It will be blustery tonight with some clear spells and the chance of showers, with lows of 8C (46F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands