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  1. Updates on Monday 13 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon says the current air of 'negativity' from Town fans could affect his players.

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BBC Body Talk is coming your way


Image showing contributors to BBC Body Talk: Radio 1Xtra's Adele Roberts, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Hannah Cockcroft, TV psychologist Emma Kenny, So Solid Crew's Lisa Maffia and Joanna Rowsell Shand

In honour of Women's Sport Week (3-9 October), BBC Get Inspired and Radio 1Xtra have teamed up for an intimate and interactive discussion on body image issues for women in and around sport.

Full details about how you can be there, get involved and watch it live can be found here.

Fewer drivers caught using mobile phones: West Mercia statistics

The number of drivers caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel has almost halved in five years, the BBC can reveal.

Some 178,000 people were stopped in 2011-12 by police in the UK, compared with under 95,000 last year.

The National Police Federation said the drop was due to fewer traffic officers.

Here are some of the figures for West Mercia Police.

Man using mobile phone while driving

However, the number of drivers attending a road safety course shot up from 481 five years ago, to 2,121 last year. 

Your pictures: An amazing sunset

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

Thanks to our viewers for sharing their pictures of last night's sunset with us - we'll have more of your pictures on Midlands Today at 13:30.

Sunset over Tittensor
Jon Kelso
Sunset over Evesham
Jan Knurek
Sunset over Shrewsbury
Livvi Whiteley
Sunset over Birmingham
Jo Curtin
Sunset over Barford
Garry Delday

'The rewards this brings are incredible'


There are 15 people who will be named a BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero around the UK once again this year and one of those from last year - Carl Eaton - has revealed the impact the award has had on him and the work he does...

Carl Eaton has run the Skem Men-Aces in Skelmersdale since 2009

"If you know anybody who is worthy of this award, nominate them," Carl adds. "It will be the best thing you ever did."

Nominate an Unsung Hero from your area here - and hurry as nominations close on Sunday, 23 October. 

Princess Royal Hospital, Telford

Telford's Princess Royal Hospital's A&E department could close along with its £28m women and children 's centre which opened two years ago, campaigners fear.

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Margaret Rope and some of her stained glass windows

The rebellious Victorian artist behind some of the world's most revered stained glass was forgotten after she swapped motor biking and smoking to become a nun, an exhibition reveals.

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Victorian artist turned nun wins acclaim for glass work
More than 60 years after her death, a woman who created works of art found in churches around the world has been recognised for her achievements.

Beth Prior - 'Certain Things' (Live in Session)

Shrewsbury singer songwriter Beth Prior performed her train 'Certain Things' in session.
Shrewsbury singer songwriter Beth Prior performed her train 'Certain Things' in session at BBC in the West Country (BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset).

Ian Black's second-half equaliser earns 10-man Shrewsbury a hard-fought 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon.

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Campaigners angry at plans for a new GP surgery in Shropshire falling through stage a protest.

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The Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave

The Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave is installed as the new bishop of Lichfield.

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'Show them it doesn't go unnoticed'


Double Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock has got behind the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero campaign

Find out how you can nominate your Unsung Hero here.

Renting a place and had issues with your landlord? You're not the only one

BBC Midlands Today

A housing charity claims that one in eight tenants in the West Midlands has fallen victim to landlords breaking the law. 

Research by Shelter and YouGov found that tenants had suffered everything from abuse and harassment to seeing their belongings thrown out of the property and the locks changed. 

Too often, the study says, people don't know their rights and need more help and advice. 

Birds eye view of houses
Shropshire landmark summit reached after 56 years
It can take years to fulfil an ambition and for Tyrone Crabbe, it has taken more than half a century.

Simmonds wants your Unsung Hero nominations


Simmonds won her seventh and eighth Paralympic medals in Rio

Find out how you can nominate your Unsung Hero here.

100,000 weapons turned into Knife Angel sculpture
A 26-foot high sculpture made out of knives and intended as a tribute to victims of knife crime is nearing completion.

Mental Health Walking Group, Shrewsbury

Clare Balding walks with a mental health walking group in Shrewsbury.
This series of Ramblings is themed 'Ramblings Revisited' as Clare catches up with people she walked with once before.

In 2005 Clare rambled with a group based at the Radbrook Day Service centre in Shrewsbury, for people with mental health difficulties. The group had been running for ten years at the time of the original programme, but in the intervening years the Day Service centre was closed and the walking group folded.

However one of the walkers in the original programme, clinical psychologist Penny Priest, has continued her interest in the mental health benefits of walking and introduces Clare to psychologist Guy Holmes who began a similar 'walk and talk' group in Shrewsbury which allowed original members to continue walking, and also brought new members on board.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

Fears over plans to use fire service for medical emergency calls

The West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) says it has concerns about the idea of using firefighters to respond to medical emergencies.

The West Midlands is one of the only areas in the country which doesn't run a co-responder scheme, where firefighters go out to medical emergencies if they can reach the patient faster. 

Murray McGregor, from WMAS, says there's a risk the fire service would not be able to respond if they were dealing with a medical emergency.


Imagine there's a call in a remote rural area that the fire service might be able to get to quicker than [the ambulance service], so it might make sense to send them - now imagine there's a fire in the same place. They can't go to that as well, they can't split themselves in half."

Murray McGregorWMAS

The new Bishop of Lichfield on beginning his role

Sian Grzeszczyk

Staffordshire Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The new Bishop of Lichfield is touring the Midlands as he starts his new job.

Michael Ipgrave spent a year as a labourer in a car factory in Dudley Road in Birmingham before training to become a vicar.

He's now decided to walk a pilgrimage from Stoke-on-Trent to Lichfield to mark his arrival in the role

His diocese covers the Black Country, Staffordshire and much of Shropshire.

The new Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave

Flying Scotsman: Full steam ahead

BBC Midlands Today

This dramatic shot shows the famous locomotive in full steam on its way from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

Watch Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One as we ride along with some of the Flying Scotsman's biggest fans.

Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman: Crowds turn out to see famous loco

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

Crowds are lining vantage points along the Severn Valley Railway to catch a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman as the famous locomotive steams between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

Crowds beside a railway line
People on a footbridge

Flying Scotsman: Fact and figures

The famous locomotive is steaming on the Severn Valley Railway as part of the heritage line's Pacific Power festival.

Flying Scotsman
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'I wanted to push boundaries'


Kadeena Cox became the first Briton since 1988 to win a medal in two sports at the same Paralympics as she took cycling gold and athletics bronze in Rio.  

But, as she returned to the UK with ParalympicsGB, she said the medals were not as important as inspiring others......

'The intention was to do it for everyone else'

Have a look at our special guides for how to get into cycling or athletics.

Road leading to Richmond House surgery

Nearly 4,000 patients may have to find a new GP after health bosses fails to find anyone to take over a doctors' surgery.

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Smoking rates fall to an all time low in the region

The number of smokers across the West Midlands has fallen to below 16%, according to Public Health England.

Last year, 15.7% of adults in the region described themselves as smokers, compared with 18.3% in 2012 - a record low for the region.

Experts say the decrease is partly due to the availability of e-cigarettes and is boosting health.

Cigarette being stubbed out

We're seeing significant reductions in cardiovascular disease, for example, and we've seen changes in the types of cancers that people are developing. But more needs to be done because we know that people especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, people in prisons, in mental health institutions, still have very high levels of smoking so we need to support the general population but also target our efforts as well

Professor Kevin FentonNational director of public health and wellbeing at Public Health England

Read more on this story on BBC News.

BBC Inside Out investigates fly-tipping

BBC Inside Out

The scourge of fly-tipping across the West Midlands is getting worse and councils are spending millions to clean up public land and prosecute offenders. 

Inside Out investigates the issue on BBC One at 18:30 tonight.

BBC Inside Out West Midlands looks at the illegal dumping of waste tonight