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  1. Mo Farah to race for Olympic spot in Birmingham

    Sir Mo Farah will look to book his place for Tokyo 2020 at the British Athletics 10,000m Championships next month.

    The four-time Olympic champion is making his return to the 10,000m - after winning his sixth world title in 2017.

    The first two athletes in the men's trial event who hold an Olympic qualifying standard will automatically qualify for this summer's Games with Team GB.

    Mo Farah

    Farah will be joined in the 12-strong team at the University of Birmingham on 5 June by Marc Scott, Eilish McColgan and Jessica Judd.

    Team leader Rob Denmark said: "We will be looking to achieve the highest possible placing in both the men's and women's team standings and we are confident that the athletes selected can deliver successful results on home soil."

  2. Attempted murder arrest after shots fired in Walsall

    Last week, we told you how a number of people were injured in an incident where shots were fired in a Walsall street, after a crash involving two cars.

    West Midlands Police have now said a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently being questioned.

    Cobden Street

    Four others arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail.

    A man aged 20, and 34-year-old woman, who were injured are still in hospital in a stable condition.

    Det Insp Chris Fox said: "We remain determined to fully understand what happened that day and who was responsible."

  3. Clean air zone scrappage scheme launched

    Applications have opened for a vehicle scrappage scheme ahead of the launch of Birmingham's Clean Air Zone.

    Birmingham City Council's £10m scheme aims to support people working in the Clean Air Zone, who earn less than £30,000 per annum, with the option of scrapping a vehicle that would otherwise be subject to the daily fee.

    In return for scrapping a vehicle, successful applicants receive a £2,000 grant which can be used to purchase a vehicle that meets emission standards.

    Cars in Aston, Birmingham

    Alternatively, it can be used for travel credit, which can be applied to a TfWM Swift Card which is redeemed against public transport travel on trains, buses and the Metro.

    Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE said: "The Clean Air Zone will help improve air quality within our city and the Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Credit Scheme helps tackle the source of the problem by removing the most polluting vehicles from our roads."

  4. Work starts on huge new ambulance hub

    Work has started on a new multimillion-pound ambulance service hub in Sandwell which, when completed, is expected to be the biggest of its kind in the country.

    Some 350 staff will work around the clock at the new base on Shidas Lane, Oldbury.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said it would be completed in time for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July 2022.

    Craig Cooke, WMAS director of strategic operations; Tony Nash, director at Stoford Developments; and Jonathan Bishop, of Bishop Property Consultants

    Based in a former quarry, the hub will be used as a staging post for and provide maintenance for the ambulance fleet.

    "It will also see a major upgrade in our central stores facility, which has played such a vital role during the pandemic, but also a big step forward in facilities for our Education & Training team and the Hazardous Area Response Team," Craig Cooke (pictured above left), WMAS Director of Strategic Operations said.

    Artist's impression of new hub
    Quote Message: This is an important hub for the Service not just for the Commonwealth Games but for our ongoing ability to deliver high quality care to the people of Birmingham and the Black Country." from Craig Cooke WMAS Director of Strategic Operations
    Craig CookeWMAS Director of Strategic Operations
  5. Sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather

    Today will see patchy cloud and scattered showers throughout.

    Showers may turn locally heavy, but there will be plenty of sunshine in between, particularly in the afternoon. Highs of 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Tonight showers will clear, but cloud will build in and it will become overcast. A few outbreaks of rain may push in during the early hours of Thursday. Lows of 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

  6. Police dogs named by officer who recovered from Covid-19

    Two trainee police dogs have been named by an officer who "nearly died" with coronavirus last year.

    Ch Supt Phil Dolby, of West Midlands Police, was admitted to Worcester Royal Hospital on 29 March and later placed on a ventilator for 13 days before returning home in April 2020.

    The dogs have been named PD Prayer "because of how many ppl [sic] prayed for me," the officer tweeted.

    And PD Royal has been named after the hospital where he was looked after.

    "I honestly cannot tell you how very much this means to me & my family," he added.

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