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Summary

  1. Deepcut coroner records verdict of suicide in Private Cheryl James case
  2. Retired Telford vicar given suspended sentence for indecent assault
  3. Musicians perform on the Iron Bridge for BBC Music Day
  4. Three-legged dog rescued from ledge
  5. Updates on Friday 3 June 2016

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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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
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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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Amport House, Andover

A total of 13 Ministry of Defence sites will be sold to provide land for up to 17,017 homes and raise £225m, the government says.

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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
BBC

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.

Football

Shrewsbury cast aside their early-season troubles by grabbing a victory at Oldham, who end the game with 10 men.

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Two police officers using Taser guns

Police forces are criticised for a "complete lack of consistency" over whether officers armed with Tasers are deployed with body cameras.

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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.

West Mercia Police car generic

Five people are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man is found with multiple injuries in Telford.

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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
BBC

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
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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.

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
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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.

CCTV image

A man accused of being involved in a street stabbing is found not guilty of attempted murder.

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Jack Grimmer

League One side Shrewsbury Town sign Fulham defender Jack Grimmer and Chesterfield striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on loan.

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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. 

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
British Transport Police

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. 

Shrewsbury make-up artist's transformation in 30 seconds
Make-up artist Charlotte Cashmore, from Shrewsbury, demonstrates how to change your image.
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.
Nick Thomas

A swimmer who died while trying to swim across the English Channel is described as "an inspiration" and a "kind, brave family man".

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Tom Robinson talks about his music career and how to break it as a new musician

BBC Introducing's Jolon spoke to 6Music's Tom Robinson about music.

It's official, BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson LOVES Shropshire's AKA George

"It was a main stage performance on small BBC side stage" - Tom Robinson on AKA George
"It was a main stage performance on small BBC side stage" - Tom Robinson on the Glastonbury performance of Shropshire's AKA George.

Rick Astley reviews BBC Introducing in Shropshire artists... Because why not!

Producer Adam met Rick Astley and got him to review BBC Introducing artists.
Football

Max Ehmer scores an injury-time winner as Gillingham come from 2-0 down to beat Shrewsbury in League One.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Preparing for the bank holiday getaway

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

It's the great bank holiday getaway and for once it's looking good. 

Things were running smoothly at Birmingham Airport this morning, despite a record number of passengers. 

Montage of getaway shots
BBC

And on the roads, there's encouraging news at some of the West Midland's main bottlenecks. 

Will it last? I'll have the latest on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Weekend rain: Bad news, good news

The bad news is there's going to be heavy rain this weekend, according to the Met Office - the good news is there's a low risk of surface flooding.

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Our coverage across the day

That's it for today for live updates, but we’ll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Keep an eye out here for more updates through the evening and into the morning.

Rain warning for West Midlands

Drivers are being warned they could be facing heavy rain through this afternoon and evening.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering most of the West Midlands:

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Blacked-faced Morris dancers

A folk festival has banned Morris dancers in black face make-up after receiving complaints they could cause racial offence.

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Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj hits a late winner as Sunderland beat Shrewsbury for David Moyes' first win in charge.

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Nearly 300 attacks on paramedics in one year

Matthew Bone

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Body cameras could be issued to ambulance staff across the West Midlands because of a rise in the number of attacks on paramedics. 

There were 298 attacks on ambulance staff last year - that's nearly a third more than in 2012.

CCTV cameras are already being fitted to vehicles to offer them extra protection from patients who are angry, drunk or on drugs.

Paramedic attacks in the West Midlands in the past year -298
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'Unstoppable army making things happen'

#BBCUnsungHero

Still not sure what the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award is about?

Let Clare Balding explain.........

You can nominate your 2016 Unsung Hero from today

Send us in your suggestions for your sporting unsung hero by tweeting using the hashtag #BBCUnsungHero

Dalian Atkinson

Doctors battled in vain for 35 minutes to save footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered by police, the inquest into his death hears.

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Watch: Big increase in attacks on paramedics

Matthew Bone

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

I've been looking at whether paramedics need protection after a big rise in the number of assaults over the past four years. You can see more in Midlands Today, on BBC One at 13:30 and 18:30.

Big increase in attacks on paramedics.

Trott recognises Unsung Heroes

#BBCUnsungHero

Double Rio Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott knows the importance of sporting volunteers and wants you to nominate yours......

'I'd never have been able to win Olympic gold if it wasn't for the volunteers'