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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a mostly dry day with some sunshine and highs of 7C (45F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Video content

    Video caption: The Telford five-year-olds using knives in class

    A head teacher has returned from Finland with a new philosophy for teaching her youngsters.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Shropshire farm sells its milk from vending machine

    Self-service customers are filling up bottles of milk just feet from the cows that made it.

  4. Widow 'devastated' over memorial vandalism

    The widow of a man who died after falling into the River Severn on a night out says she's "devastated" that his memorial has been vandalised.

    Shane Walsh died 11 months ago and Kirsty said she didn't know how to explain the vandalism to their children.

    Shane and Kirsty Walsh

    West Mercia Police says it's examining CCTV footage of the area in Shrewsbury.

    Quote Message: It's absolutely devastating and obviously now I can't take mine and Shane's children there. How do I explain that to them; why someone has done that to the memory of their dad?" from Kirsty Walsh
    Kirsty Walsh
  5. Car park losing 200 spaces ahead of Christmas shopping

    Shrewsbury's multi-storey car park is losing 200 spaces until further notice, because urgent repairs need to be carried out.

    Shropshire Council said it had been planning to improve the barriers, which prevent cars striking the walls, in the new year, but had to bring the work forward for safety reasons.

    Raven Meadow

    The local authority said: "During a recent inspection it was noted that the existing restraints on the outer edges of the car park have degraded."

    It has apologised for the reduction in the number of spaces in the car park, which is usually busy in the run-up to Christmas.

  6. Warning about fake police officer

    People in Telford are being warned about a conman who is pretending to be a police officer.

    West Mercia Police said there have been three reports this week of the man claiming he is investigating fraud in bank accounts and asking his victims to withdraw large sums of money, to keep it safe.

    West Mercia Police

    The force said fraudsters like this "can be very convincing and give the victim no reason to believe they are not genuine".

    But it went on to say a real police officer would never ask someone to do this.

  7. Barons add former Olympic speed skater

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    Solihull Barons have added a former Olympic speed skater to their line-up, in time for this weekend's league fixtures against Whitley Warriors and Billingham Stars.

    Paul Stanley, 35, has been a top point scorer with the Nottingham Lions over recent years and joins for the remainder of the season.

    Paul Stanley

    Telford Tigers have two cup fixtures this weekend, against league-title rivals Sheffield Steeldogs and Blackburn Hawks.

    Head coach Tom Watkins was very pleased with their performances last weekend, especially as it involved the long trip up to Scotland to play the Solway Sharks, saying: "We had a very late night home and turn up play with the commitment we did was first class."

    Coventry Blaze have just one fixture this weekend, after their game in mid-week - it's at home to Belfast Giants.

  8. Arson suspected in four-vehicle fire

    Firefighters believe four vehicles on fire in Market Drayton last night had been targeted by arsonists.

    They were called out to reports of three cars and a van alight on Bert Smith Way at 21:12 and it took around 20 minutes to put them out.

    Fire engine
  9. Veterans charity calls for end to protest

    The chief executive of the charity Combat Stress has promised an independent inquiry if more cases like the one involving Falklands veteran Gus Hales come to light.

    The 62-year-old has been on a hunger strike outside the Newport offices, complaining mistakes were made when they discharged him in 2015 - mistakes the charity has previously admitted and apologised for.

    Mr Hales previously told the BBC said he had heard from 150 other people who felt let down by the service.

    Gus Hales

    He rejected the promise of an internal review and called for an independent inquiry into the charity.

    Sue Freeth, from Combat Stress, however, said no further cases had been identified and was unsure what else it could do.

    She also said the charity was in contact with the Care Quality Commission when his protest started and that it was "highly regulated" and "very transparent".

    Quote Message: We apologised. We've made it very clear our practices have are very different now and we want to try to bring this protest to an end." from Sue Freeth Combat Stress chief executive
    Sue FreethCombat Stress chief executive
  10. Paralympian turns on town's Christmas lights

    James Bond

    BBC Shropshire

    It's the time of year when towns across the West Midlands start switching on their Christmas lights and hundreds turned out in Oswestry town centre last night to see Paralympian Marc Fosbrook press the button.

    Oswestry Music Live

    Later today there will be a number of other light switch-ons, including Tipton and in Crewe, involving a giant winter light-projection.

  11. Threat to A&E 'not over'

    Telford's A & E unit may have been saved from overnight closure, but the leader of the local authority says there's still a significant threat to the unit.

    Yesterday, the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust said it had recruited enough staff to keep the A&E open 24/7.

    However, under plans to reorganise hospital services in Shropshire, the unit could ultimately end up being downgraded.

    Hospitals composite

    The Future Fit project was awarded £312m of government funding in March. Feedback from a public consultation is currently being analysed and the team are expected to make a final decision in early 2019.

    Under the preferred option, emergency services and women and children's services would be centralised in Shrewsbury, while planned care, such as elective surgery and orthopaedics would be based in Telford.

    Quote Message: This is a battle won. However, there is a significant threat still to our A&E and our consultant-led women and children's unit, which is round Future Fit. My plea to health bosses and to the government now is to pause Future Fit, even if it's just this side of Christmas." from Shaun Davies Leader of Telford and Werkin Council
    Shaun DaviesLeader of Telford and Werkin Council
  12. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Early mist should clear leaving a dry day with some bright spells and highs of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J4 for A464 Castle Farm Interchange to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Shropshire - Very slow traffic on M54 eastbound from J4, A464 (Shifnal) to J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  14. Government apology to protesting Falklands veteran

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    The government has apologised this afternoon to ex-paratrooper Gus Hales who's been staging a hunger-strike in Newport outside the Shropshire offices of a military mental health charity.

    Combat Stress had admitted failings in the way it dealt with the Falklands veteran and has promised a review of its discharge processes.

    Gus Hales

    In parliament the defence minister Tobias Ellwood said lessons must be learned and called for other veterans to come forward if they thought the support they'd received wasn't what they expected.