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  1. Five arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Telford
  2. Police and council admit to 'significant concerns' about Telford CSE
  3. Quinoa proving a hit among farmers in Shropshire
  4. Updates on Friday 2 September 2016

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By Alex Seftel

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Stories we're working on: BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today

Have you been gripped by The Archers this week? Millions have and even if you’re not one of them we’ve been behind the scenes to bring you the latest on the long running Radio 4 soap’s darkest plot – carefully scripted by writers and producers of the programme.

The trial of Helen Titchener, accused of attempted murder after a long running storyline about domestic violence, is attracting big audiences and headlines around the world and raising tens of thousands of pounds for the charity Women’s Aid. 

Helen finally makes public the extent of Rob’s abuse.

Watch Midlands Today on BBC One at 18.30.

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Cutting knife crime and a gripping radio trial

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today, we'll cover how police in one part of the region are trying to cut knife crime by employing prisoners and ex-offenders. 

Recording of The Archers

And how a fictional radio trial, recorded in the Midlands, has gripped listeners across the country. 

Those and more stories plus your weekend weather, on BBC One from 13:30.

Big drop in the number of people with mental health issues who end up in police cells

There's been a big drop in the number of people going into police custody as a result of mental health issues, according to West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Although the number of people detained as a result of mental health issues has risen between 2015 and 2016, the number who ended up in police cells fell by 59%.

The figures show out of a total of 911 people detained, only 15 were taken into police custody - the rest were taken to "a more appropriate designated place of safety, run by health professionals", the PCC said.  

Cell door

It is a better result for people suffering from mental health crises, who now have better access to proper, specialist help in an appropriate setting."

John CampionPolice and Crime Commissioner

On Midlands Today from 18:30: The rise of city bees

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, beekeepers are starting their harvest at the moment and overall it looks like this year will be pretty good. 

Bees being revealed in hive

However one owner of hives in the West Midlands has noticed a startling difference in the amount of honey his bees are producing. 

I've been investigating why and you'll see more from 18:30 on BBC One in Midlands Today.

Giraffe arrivals are already taller than their keepers
Two rare Rothschild's giraffes have given birth within days of each other at West Midlands Safari Park.

New £5.5m communication centre to be built

Work is due to start next month on a new £5,5m operations communications centre to be shared by West Mercia and Warwickshire Police. 

The hub will be built at the West Mercia Police HQ, just outside Worcester. 

Call handlers at the hub will deal with all emergency and non-emergency calls to both forces. 

The hub will be shared with the local fire service.

Babies whose ashes were not returned to their families

New regulations governing cremations in England and Wales will come into effect next month, the government confirms.

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Anuko the dog makes a fortune by being grumpy
A dog who looks like he's unimpressed has earned thousands of pounds for his owner after becoming famous on the internet.

Stories we're working on: BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today

Hilary McConnell, Producer

Midlands Today will be looking at the issue of organ donation today - we meet a man from Worcestershire who needs a new kidney but faces up to 15 years on the waiting list. He’s hoping to find a living donor match. And we’re meeting a young girl from Warwickshire who’s just returned to school after a liver transplant.

David Gregory-Kumar will be finding out more about this year’s honey harvest. It turns out urban bees are producing more honey than rural hives because there's more diversity of plants and flowers in the town as opposed to the monoculture of the agricultural landscape.

And Jaguar goes back to motor racing, but will Formula E - which is electric car racing - have all the glamour of Formula 1? Dan Pallet finds out. 

Formula E racing

We'll also have an update on how our local Paralympics athletes are doing in the Games which start today.

Join us on BBC One from 13:30, 18:30 and 22:30.

Almost 80,000 on zero-hours contracts

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Almost 80,000 people in the West Midlands are on zero-hours contracts, according to the latest official figures.

That number, covering April to June, has stayed roughly the same as the previous year.

Across the UK, the number of those whose main job did not guarantee a minimum number of hours increased to 903,000, a rise of 21% on last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Zero hours figures

In the West Midlands there were 79,000 people on zero hours contracts between April and June, representing 3.0% of people in employment.

For the same period in 2015, there were also 79,000 but they made up 3.1% of people in employment.

Woman kitchen Saltley

A charity is trying to trace children who were photographed in the post-war slums of Britain.

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On Midlands Today from 13:30: Children's wards closure

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

We hear this lunchtime how a health trust is defending a decision to stop children being brought to a West Midlands A&E department by ambulance. 


They say it's better for paramedics to treat youngsters while taking them to specialist care - unions say that longer journey could take 40 minutes. 

I'll have more from 13:30 on BBC One in Midlands Today.

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
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

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.


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.

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

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Watch: This evening's weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It'll be dry overnight with clear spells and light winds. Lows of 11C (52F).

Tomorrow will start dry and bright, but cloud will soon thicken during the morning and outbreaks of rain will arrive during the afternoon

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

Coming up on TV: Family of woman who died after 300-mile taxi trip speak out

On Midlands Today we'll speak to the family of a grandmother who died after becoming ill at a Scottish hotel. 

They want to know why hotel managers put her in a taxi for a 300-mile journey home after falling ill.

Norma Francis
Francis family

We'll also find out why police are facing a £1.5m bill to cover the next three Conservative party conferences.

More on those and other stories from 18:30 on BBC One.

'HMRC' phone scam reaches Shropshire

Shropshire Star

A new phone scam threatening people with legal action over their tax has hit Shropshire, police have warned.

Shrewsbury Town defender returned to club because of its ambition

BBC Sport

Jack Grimmer, who's back at Shrewsbury Town for a second time on loan from Fulham, says he came back because the club matches his own ambitions. 

Grimmer admits he's surprised to see the way results have gone this season, but feels Shrewsbury are a club moving in the right direction.

Jack Grimmer

It's a great stadium... the training ground's really coming on... it seems like a new club."

Jack GrimmerShrewsbury Town defender

Five arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Telford, after a man was found with multiple injuries in Woodside.

They include four men aged between 18 and 23 and a 25-year-old woman, all from Telford.

A man in his 20s has been taken to hospital suffering from multiple injuries, but his condition is not thought to be life-threatening. 

Headlines: Five arrested after attack in Telford; reassurance on CSE concerns

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

As we head into the evening, here are the main stories we are looking at in the newsroom:

- Five arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Telford after an attack at a house in Woodside

- Telford and Wrekin Council issue reassurance on child sex exploitation 

- Quinoa crop proving a hit with Shropshire farmers 

Telford Tigers boss pleased with final preparations for the new season

Telford Tigers players are in good condition ahead of their final pre-season friendly fixtures, their coach says. 

Last weekend the team beat Milton Keynes Lightning twice, including a 6-1 win at home.

Hull Pirates are tomorrow's opposition, with a return fixture at Telford Ice Rink on Sunday.

Telford Tigers playing Milton Keynes Lightning
Steve Brodie

I think we look pretty good and as a group, the guys turned up in shape. Not everyone has had the chance to skate though the summer, but they’ve trained with real intensity and tempo."

Tom WatkinsCoach, Telford Tigers Ice Hockey Club

Paralympics squad ready for Rio

Wheelchair racer Ben Rowlings has tweeted this photo of Team GB as they prepare for the Paralympics.

T34 competitor Rowlings's heats are not set to begin for another week, but he's soaking up the atmosphere in Rio.

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Man seriously injured in accident near Hodnet

There's an appeal for witnesses of a crash on the A53 Hodnet bypass yesterday evening - which left a man seriously injured. 

The 25-year-old, who was driving a silver Ford Fiesta, was airlifted to hospital after the crash, which happened just before 17:30. 

A 56-year-old man driving a grey Jaguar was taken to hospital, but later discharged.  

Congestion on the Shropshire border, near Chirbury

BBC Travel

There are severe delays just over the Welsh border, where the B4388 meets the A490 road between Chirbury and Welshpool. 

It's because of ongoing water main works.

Ebanks-Blake confident of scoring for Shrewsbury Town

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's new on-loan striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is promising he'll get plenty of goals. 

The forward scored more than 60 of them in the Championship and Premier League for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Now aged 30, he says he can still be prolific.

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake

Headlines: Police and council defend response to child sex exploitation; prison terms welcomed for Oswestry kidnap trio

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Here are the main stories for Shropshire this afternoon:

- Police and councillors in Telford say they're doing all they can to fight child sexual exploitation

- West Mercia officers welcome jail sentences for Oswestry kidnappers

- A man was seriously injured in a crash on the A53 Hodnet bypass yesterday evening

Hundreds of tonnes of 'contaminated' rubbish recycled in Shropshire

Shropshire Star

Hundreds of tonnes of "contaminated" rubbish are rejected from recycling units in Shropshire and Telford each year, figures reveal.

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Shropshire Star

On the hunt for a local unsung hero

BBC Sport

Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves some much-needed recognition? It's time to let us know.

Now in its 14th year, the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award celebrates people from around the UK who volunteer their time and efforts to help people participate in sport.

You can nominate until 23 October and the winner will be announced at BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Last year, 92-year-old cycling volunteer Alec Davies was named the West Midlands unsung hero.

BBC Midlands Sport Unsung Hero 2015

Police and council 'under no illusion' about child sex offences in Telford

In a joint letter written by West Mercia Police and Telford and Wrekin Council, the two bodies say they are "under no illusion" that there are "significant concerns" around child sexual exploitation in Telford.

It follows last week's Ofsted report, which praised Telford and Wrekin for its work with children at risk of sexual exploitation, but ranked it as "requiring improvement" overall.


They say one of the biggest problems is that some people don't realise they are victims, and also insist that all reports are "appropriately recorded and thoroughly investigated".  

Police also highlight "successes in tackling child sexual abuse" including the jailing of seven men in 2012.

Watch: Quinoa harvest gathered in

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

In just two years, the amount of quinoa being grown on a farm in Hodley, near Ellesmere, has increased from 80 tonnes to nearly 800 tonnes.

Farmer Stephen Jones told me while yields are lower than many other crops, it also attracts a higher price.  

Ellesmere record quinoa crop ready for harvest.

Outgoing Green Party leader praised by Shropshire member

Natalie Bennett is stepping down as leader of the Green Party at today's conference in Birmingham.

Her replacement is expected to be announced this afternoon, but the co-ordinator of the Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party says the Australia-born will be a tough act to follow.

Natalie Bennett

We've had a huge increase in membership while she's been leader... she just takes everything in and is full of support and advice."

Emma BullardShrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party

Junior doctors' five-day strike to hit Shropshire hospital appointments

Shropshire Star

Shropshire's main hospitals say some outpatient appointments and routine procedures will be postponed because of planned strikes by junior doctors.

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Shropshire Star

Police welcome Oswestry kidnap jail terms

Police are welcoming prison sentences for three men who kidnapped a woman and three children in Oswestry last March.

Mohammed Khan, Muserat Khan and Ateek Khan, all from West Bromwich, were jailed for between five-and-a-half and six years. 

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Police describe the kidnap as a "completely unjustified and terrifying incident" and say the jail terms reinforced the message that crime won't be tolerated in Shropshire.