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

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Any rain should clear through this evening, giving way to clear periods with the odd shower and lows of 3C (37F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Telford boxer aiming for Olympic history

    BBC Sport

    Telford teenager Simran Kaur says she feels like she is "representing" Asians and females as she aims to become the first female Asian boxer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.

    The 17-year-old is a five-time national champion and European silver medallist in the 51kg category.

    Video content

    Video caption: GB boxer aiming for Olympic history
  3. Tigers need to show 'heart and desire' to win league title

    BBC Sport

    Telford Tigers go into the final four games of the season, knowing they might have to win all of them if they're going to lift the league title.

    After a trip to Blackburn Hawks, they host title-rivals Sheffield Steeldogs on Sunday and head coach Tom Watkins said his side showed "huge heart and desire" in winning the second leg of the Northern Cup against the same opponents last weekend.

    The 3-1 result wasn't quite enough following a 6-2 defeat in the away leg, but Watkins said: "I think if we have the same mentality, desire and commitment then we give ourselves a chance."

    Tigers players

    Coventry Blaze have back-to-back games against the Elite League's bottom side, Milton Keynes Lightning and after four successive defeats they need wins if they're going to climb up into the playoff places.

    Solihull Barons also have a game against the Steeldogs, travelling to Sheffield tomorrow, before hosting Solway Sharks on Sunday.

  4. Forty TVs and one remote - nurses appeal for help

    BBC Shropshire

    An appeal's been launched to get some vital equipment for a hospital - remote controls!

    One ward at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital had 40 TVs, but just the one remote control, leaving nurses run off their feet and taken away from more vital work, according to a charity.

    Andrew Perkins donating remote controls

    The Severn Hospice Furniture Store in Shrewsbury, however, has come to the rescue - handing over 40 remote controls to desperate staff.

    Since then, the shop says it's had more requests from other wards at the hospital so it's now started an appeal for people to donate their unwanted remotes.

    Quote Message: It might not seem much about a remote control but if you're lying there in bed, not feeling very well and you can't change the channel it's pretty frustrating but it's even more frustrating for the nurses as they're getting called away from doing vital work to change somebody's TV channel." from Andrew Perkins Severn Hospice Furniture store
    Andrew PerkinsSevern Hospice Furniture store
  5. Your photos: Local wildlife

    BBC Weather Watchers

    As well as weather-related photos, our local BBC Weather Watchers often snap pictures of wildlife in the West Midlands.

    Here are three today, from users Chase Watcher in Burntwood, Staffordshire, Osmunda in No Man's Heath, Cheshire and Littleacorns in Southam, Warwickshire:

    No Man's Heath
  6. More than 60 'at risk of child exploitation'

    BBC Shropshire

    More than 60 children in the Shropshire Council area have been highlighted as being at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

    Shropshire Council HQ

    The local authority's Health and Wellbeing board heard how 20% come from outside the county and are in care in Shropshire.

    The report from Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board said none are currently being exploited but 15 are classed as "high risk".

    The board said it was confident overall understanding of CSE is improving, but there are still some parts of the country where referral rates are low.

  7. Part of Brunel's Paddington roof bought by steam railway

    The Telford Steam Railway has been given three wrought-iron roof trusses from Paddington station, thought to have been designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel around 1840.

    The chairman of the railway, Paul Hughes, said they originally supported "an elaborate roof" over an entrance to the station and that it was a glass construction to "let lots of light in".

    Roof support

    Mr Hughes explained they'd become available because part of the station was being redeveloped as part of London's Crossrail project.

    The heritage railway group had to bid for the arches, which are expected to be put up over the planned new station at Lawley.

    Quote Message: As part of the developments the developer has had to save any historic fabric and then offer to get it reused in different locations." from Paul Hughes Telford Steam Railway
    Paul HughesTelford Steam Railway
  8. Formal request for action in hospitals row 'within days'

    BBC Shropshire

    The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has promised to send a formal request within days asking the government to review a planned reorganisation of hospital services in Shropshire.

    Artist's impression of hospital

    Yesterday, on a tour of Telford's hospital, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he couldn't intervene over the decision to move the main emergency care centre and maternity services to Shrewsbury as he hadn't been formally asked to.

    Shaun Davies, leader of the Labour-run council, told BBC Shropshire the legal request would be sent off, but people in the borough "would not thank me if we rushed those technical papers".

    However, the chief executive of the NHS trust running the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford says he doesn't want any further delays to the scheme.

    Simon Wright said: "The public have been very consistent in one answer all the way through consultation which is just get on with it."

  9. RAF concerns over crematorium plans

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Andrew Morris

    The RAF is threatening to pull out of a training camp in Shropshire if plans for a new crematorium nearby are approved.

    Nesscliffe Camp

    The new building's proposed for land north of Nesscliffe, between Oswestry and Shrewsbury, and plans are recommended for approval when councillors meet next Thursday.

    But the RAF Helicopter Noise Liaison Group said a new crematorium "would have irreversible and detrimental effects" on helicopter training from RAF Shawbury.

    In its written objection, it adds having to avoid flying over funerals at the site in future would potentially mean the Nesscliffe camp could be deemed "unsuitable in the future".

    However, the planning report states RAF activity in the area has been taken into account in deciding the proposals should be approved.

  10. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with some spells of rain and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    There is the chance of a few showers this evening before a dry night with lows of 1C (34F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Council set to snap up former college

    BBC Shropshire

    A former college is set to be bought by a local council which wants to turn it into a base for housing, officers and small businesses.

    New College

    Telford and Wrekin Council says it's going to go ahead with the purchase of New College and will spend £200,000 drawing up a detailed masterplan and to get planning approval.

    The authority says it's making the move so it doesn't get snapped up by another developer.

    It is also considering having a special school on the site.

  13. Letter delay blamed for lack of action in hospitals row

    BBC Shropshire

    The health secretary says he's not in a position to intervene at the moment in the row about the reorganisation of hospital services in Shropshire because he hasn't yet been formally asked to do so.

    Artist's impression of hospital

    Health bosses want to downgrade Telford's A&E to an urgent care centre with all critical care cases being treated at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    Clinical commissioners approved the preferred option for the Future Fit reorganisation in January but Telford and Wrekin Council has said it wants government to review the decision

    However, during a visit to the Telford hospital today, Matt Hancock says he's currently powerless to act.

    Quote Message: I'm not yet in a position to intervene because, despite receiving a letter from the council, I don't know why they haven't written to me formally yet to ask me to look at this. I'm expecting them to, because they've written to say that they will, but I haven't had a formal correspondence from the council yet for me to look at this decision." from Matt Hancock Health Secretary
    Matt HancockHealth Secretary
  14. New wireless CCTV system planned at £500k cost

    Nearly £500,000 is to be spent on a new CCTV system made up of more than 250 cameras in part of Shropshire.

    A CCTV camera

    Telford and Wrekin Council and West Mercia Police are spending the cash and say it'll use a secure wireless network instead of cables.

    They add that it'll go live later this year and will also see mobile cameras used that can be sent to crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots to gather evidence.

  15. Number of nature reserves doubles in two years

    Another part of Telford's set to be officially classed as a nature reserve.

    Lilleshall Hill

    Telford and Wrekin Council says it will officially adopt Lilleshall Hill on 14 March at a cabinet meeting.

    The move will mean the authority will have doubled its number of nature reserves from eight in 2016 to 16.

    The council says the new reserve is a haven for wildlife such as sparrowhawks, wrens and woodpeckers.

  16. Ancient oak tree's collapse 'a tragedy'

    Chris King

    News editor, BBC Shropshire

    The collapse of an oak tree, believed to be almost 1,000 years old, has been described by an expert as a "tragedy".

    Tree after collapse

    The Moor Park Oak, as it was known, was near Ludlow, Shropshire, and had stood through centuries of English history.

    But local tree expert Andy Gordon says he discovered it had collapsed in the past few days and that it was probably brought down by high winds over the winter.

    Quote Message: We have so many of them [oak trees] and it's just a tragedy that they're slowly disappearing. There's nothing really one can do to preserve them it's just old age finally catching up with them." from Andy Gordon Tree expert
    Andy GordonTree expert