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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.
However, the number of drivers attending a road safety course shot up from 481 five years ago, to 2,121 last year.
BBC Midlands Today
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...
"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.
A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B5009 and A483.
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.
Shrewsbury singer songwriter Beth Prior performed her train 'Certain Things' in session at BBC in the West Country (BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset).
A458 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, between A458 and A483.
A5 Shropshire northbound medium congestion, between A495 and B5070 Chirk Road.
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.
It can take years to fulfil an ambition and for Tyrone Crabbe, it has taken more than half a century.
A 26-foot high sculpture made out of knives and intended as a tribute to victims of knife crime is nearing completion.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The famous locomotive is steaming on the Severn Valley Railway as part of the heritage line's Pacific Power festival.
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 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.
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
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.
M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.
A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between Holyhead Road and B4397.
M54 Shropshire eastbound severe roadworks, between J7 for A5 and J6 for A518.
M54 Shropshire westbound severe roadworks, between J6 for A518 and J7 for A5.
A5 Shropshire eastbound severe roadworks, between A5112 Hereford Road and A5064 London Road.