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Video: Your 30-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A largely cloudy day with spells of rain and drizzle throughout the morning and highs of 11C (52F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Football

Richard Wood scores the winner as in-form Rotherham United beat League One leaders Shrewsbury Town.

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Big cut in West Midlands bus services
West Midlands buses are covering 13m fewer miles than 10 years ago, BBC analysis reveals.

Three face child sex charges

Three men from Birmingham have been charged with child sex offences following an investigation by police in Telford.

The charges against them include rape, child abduction and false imprisonment.

They are all due to appear before magistrates in Telford on 21 February.

Crucial weekend for Tigers

Telford Tigers have arguably their biggest weekend of the season ahead, with games against both their title-rivals.

Wins at home to the Sheffield Steeldogs tomorrow and away to Hull Pirates on Sunday could see them open up a gap at the top of the table, with just a few weeks left of the season.

Tigers vs Steeldogs
Steve Brodie

Tigers are currently top of the table by one point, but both the teams below them have games in hand.

In the papers: Worker stole £57,000 from garage

Shropshire Star

Here are some of the main headlines on the Shropshire Star website today:

School plans £6m revamp

A Shropshire primary school is planning a £6m revamp and has applied for government funding.

Ellesmere Primary Academy says the money will be used to replace temporary classrooms and create a new school hall, as well as build an all-weather sports pitch, an outdoor learning space for the youngest children, and a car park.

Primary school
Ellesmere Primary Academy

The school became part of the North West Academies Trust in 2016 and if it gets the necessary funding and planning approval it hopes work can start by the end of the year.

Only £10k repaid of football ground grant

Only £10,000 of an £80,000 grant to a Shropshire football club was repaid before the group set-up to collect the money collapsed.

Shropshire Council gave the money to Oswestry's The New Saints club to pay for ground renovations.

TNS sign
BBC

The money was supposed to be repaid through the Oswestry Joint Economic Board, and used for projects in the town. But it was dissolved in 2013 and no further funds have been received.

Art display commemorates votes for women

A new display has been created at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first women being given the vote.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust has set up 37 silhouettes outside the Museum of Iron, each with the name and details of the women working in the area who gained the right to vote as a result of the Representation of the People Act 1918 - around 160 didn't.

Silhouettes of women
Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

It was another 10 years before women gained equal voting rights to men.

Homecoming parade for Mercian Regiment troops

A homecoming parade will be held for soldiers from the Mercian Regiment who have been serving in Iraq for the last six months.

Members of 2nd Battalion have been training Kurdish and Iraqi troops to fight the Islamic State group.

Mercia Regiment
BBC

The regiment, which draws troops from the West Midlands, will hold the parade in Chester.

Elderly people moving home because of poor bus services

Elderly people have been forced to move because of the lack of bus services, it has been revealed.

New figures show the country's bus network has dropped to levels last seen in the 1980s, with rising car use and cuts to public funding blamed for a loss of 134 million miles of coverage over the past decade alone.

Bus stop
Getty Images

Shropshire is third in a table of counties that have been worst affected by cuts, with villagers in Ditton Priors, who have not had a regular bus service since 2012, saying some elderly residents have been forced to move away because of it.

Stoke-on-Trent has seen its bus service cut by 20%, with Warwickshire also among the worst-hit areas.

Plans for business park expansion

More than 2,500 jobs could be created as part of a £600m expansion of a major business park.

The i54 site is already home to Jaguar Land Rover's engine manufacturing centre.

But plans are now being drawn up for a western extension.

i54
BBC

A consultation on the plans begins next month - and a planning application is expected to be submitted in the Spring.

Here's how the weather is looking

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Another chilly start to the day.

Here's how the rest of the day is looking and you can always get the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

A chilly start on Friday morning.
Photo showing a Western Dales Bus driving through countryside

Claire Wilde, Paul Lynch and Annette Belcher

BBC Shared Data Unit

Some rural areas have even gone as far as setting up their own replacement bus services.

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Shropshire gets first electric private hire vehicle

A Ludlow man who has registered an electric car as a private hire vehicle admits he's "completely mad" but he believes vehicles like his are the future.

Richard Mear got the licence for his brand new Tesla Model S from Shropshire Council today - the first licence in the county.

Richard Mear with electric car
BBC

Level crossing closure 'will benefit community'

Network Rail says closing a busy level crossing in Shrewsbury will benefit train passengers and make the local community safer.

It is planning to close the level crossing in Harlescott by 2024 and build a footbridge for pedestrians, with traffic having to take alternative routes.

Level crossing
Google

A spokesperson said the crossing in Harlescott is not in the core submission of its strategic business plan, but it will look to close it if it can secure the necessary funding.

Severe accident: A5 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between A488 and A5112 Hereford Road.

A5 Shropshire - Long delays and queuing traffic on A5 eastbound in Shrewsbury between Edgebold Roundabout and Dobbies Island, because of an accident earlier on. Travel time is around 30 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

In the papers: Health boss criticises A&E closure plan

Shropshire Star

Here are three of the headlines from the Shropshire Star website today:

Attempts made to control illegal diet drug

The Food Standards Agency, Interpol and British police have been attempting to stop diet pills containing 2,4-dinitrophenol - or DNP - entering the UK, but the drugs are still getting through.

DNP is an industrial chemical which can burn fat, but it is not intended to consumed by humans and it has been linked to a number of deaths, including Eloise Parry (pictured below) from Shrewsbury in 2015 and Beth Shipsey from Worcester in 2017.

Eloise Parry
Parry family

Around 19 websites believed to be selling diet products containing a chemical have been shut down, but a recent BBC investigation found they were still available.

Plans for homes approved after compromise

Plans to build up to 600 homes in Shrewsbury have been approved by Shropshire Council after a compromise on an access road.

Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes originally offered to build the road after 250 of the homes were built, but have now agreed to build it sooner - after the first 150 are built - in about 18 months time.

Shropshire Council
BBC

The plans for the road layout on the estate, in between Shirehall and Shrewsbury College, were also changed and the developers have agreed to create pathways and cycle paths.

Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Mainly dry this afternoon but are we in for a frosty night and how will tomorrow look? Here's your forecast for the next 24 hours.

Plus, if you want an update on the latest weather forecast for your area at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Shefali Oza

Fuel spill closes part of road

BBC News Travel

A section of the A41 near Market Drayton in Shropshire has been closed because of a chemical spillage.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service says it is dealing with the incident at Bletchley.

Fuel spill
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Heart-stopping Valentine's match ends all square for Tigers

It's all square going into the home leg of Telford Tigers National Cup semi final, after a 3-3 draw away to Swindon Wildcats last night.

Tigers twice led in the match and conceded an equaliser in the final minute of the game.

Tigers vs Wildcats
Steve Brodie

The winner will face Sheffield Steeldogs in the final.

999 caller complained children didn't want to go to school

A man from Telford has called 999 to tell the police his children were arguing with his wife - because they didn't want to go to school.

West Mercia Police say they took the call this morning and tweeted: "We will always assist if there is risk or threat or harm but cannot attend to tell your children to go to school."

Police call centre
BBC

Changes to student accommodation blocks considered

Plans for three student accommodation blocks in the centre of Shrewsbury have been revised, because the numbers of undergraduates going to the town's university aren't rising as quickly as expected.

The new plans, which go before Shropshire councillors today, suggest some of the space should be used for shops, offices and other businesses.

Sixth form college site
Google

The three blocks will be built on the site of the old sixth form college and the car park next to it.

Your photos: Branching out with tree pictures

BBC Weather Watchers

We appear to have a theme this morning of trees being photographed against blue, sunny skies by our BBC Weather Watchers.

Here are three, from users Thornhill Watch in Hednesford, Staffordshire; Peter Steggles in Longnor, Shropshire and Johnqa in Lyonshall, Herefordshire.

Hednesford
Thornhill Watch
Longnor
Peter Steggles
Lyonshall
Johnqa

Plans for 600 homes to be discussed

Plans to build 600 homes in Shrewsbury are being discussed by Shropshire councillors for a third time today.

A decision had been deferred because of concerns about the lorries moving on and off the site at the back of Shirehall and Shrewsbury College.

House building
PA

Changes have now been made to reduce construction traffic and the applicants, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon, are also promising cycle ways and footpaths.

The application is for full planning permission for 353 homes and outline permission for the remaining 247.

Masked men attack security guard in cash box robbery

Allen Cook

BBC News

A cash box has been stolen from a security guard who was attacked as he returned to a van in Shrewsbury.

Arlington Way
Google

Two masked men reportedly approached him, West Mercia Police say, on Arlington Way on Tuesday.

They assaulted him and took the box, making off in a black Seat Leon which was later found abandoned on Albert Gardens.

Officers say the security guard was left shaken but not seriously hurt.

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, between J3 for A41 and J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - Slow traffic on M54 westbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Approach with care.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Here's how Thursday's weather is looking

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's been a damp start in parts of the West Midlands but here's a look ahead to what else the weather has in store today.

If you want to get an up-to-date forecast at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton

Crutch amnesty as hospital faces shortage

Shropshire’s specialist orthopaedic hospital is asking former patients to bring their crutches back, because it is facing a shortage.

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital at Gobowen says it hands out between 150 and 200 pairs every week, but very few are returned.

RJAH
RJAH

The hospital says each pair of crutches costs £7.15, so this week alone it has spent more than £1,700 on new ones.

It says it suspects a lot of patients store them away in garages or cupboards and forget about them.

We are always looking at ways of saving money and have tight budgets so we really can’t stress the importance of returning crutches or any piece of hospital equipment that can be used again."

Bev TabernacleRJAH Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive

Rain forecast to clear up overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The rain should be clearing up overnight and tomorrow is forecast to be a little warmer.

Shefali Oza with the forecast for the West Midlands

Restoration delayed as firm goes into administration

Work to preserve an 18th Century building in Telford has stopped after four years of trying to get the project off the ground.

Construction company Saxonby, which was turning Haybridge Hall in Hadley into affordable housing, went into administration last week.

Haybridge Hall
BBC

Saxonby is also involved in other affordable housing projects in Hadley and Morda near Oswestry.

Cars stored so long they were 'overgrown with weeds'

A couple have each been ordered to pay £680 for illegally keeping more than a dozen cars at their home.

Some of the vehicles had been there so long they had become overgrown with weeds, Telford and Wrekin Council said.

Cars in yard
Telford and Wrekin Council

David and Lynette Lunn from Old Vicarage Road in Dawley were served an enforcement notice in November 2016, ordering them to move the vehicles and they were taken to court when they failed to comply.

Yesterday, Telford magistrates found them guilty of failing to comply with the council's order and told them to each pay a fine of £250, £400 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Their neighbours have had to wait patiently for a long time for the investigation to be carried out, for the appeal to be heard and then for this prosecution to take place."

Cllr Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council

In the papers: Man dived into river to save friend

Shropshire Star

These are three of the stories on the Shropshire Star website today:

Tigers face Wildcats in cup semi-final

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Telford Tigers travel to play Swindon Wildcats in the semi-finals of ice hockey's National Cup tonight.

The two sides have met six times already this season, with the Wildcats winning five, but Tigers head coach Tom Watkins believes his side gained some confidence by winning the final meeting.

Tigers vs Wildcats
Steve Brodie

Tonight is the first leg and the two sides are due to play the reverse fixture, at the Telford Ice Rink on 20 February, with the winner due to play the Sheffield Steeldogs.

Decision due on future of health helpline

Andy Giddings

BBC News

A decision is due today on the future of Shropshire's non-emergency health advice line, Shropdoc.

The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group meets today and is expected to say the number should be switched off, with all non-emergency calls going to the NHS 111 number instead.

Shropdoc
BBC

The Shropdoc service will still exist though, with 111 able to divert callers to its team, if their help is needed.

Two people rescued from house fire

Two people had to be rescued from a house fire in Bridgnorth.

The blaze broke out in a ground-floor kitchen of a property in Severn Vale in Eardington late yesterday evening.

The two casualties were given oxygen treatment after suffering from smoke inhalation.

It took two hours to get the fire under control.

Rower's 'magical' birthday during Atlantic triumph

A Shrewsbury nurse who has just completed a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic said celebrating her birthday on the journey was a special highlight.

Sharon Magrath, Di Carrington from Pontesbury and Elaine Theaker from Abergavenny are recovering in Antigua after finishing their 60 day challenge on Tuesday morning.

Ms Magrath said celebrating her birthday, with dolphins nearby, was was 'magical':

Di Carrington, Sharon Magrath and Elaine Theaker
Atlantic Ladies

The sea was just, almost like glass, the moon was out shining on the sea, there was hardly a current and these beautiful dolphins. It was just like being in a different world."

Sharon MagrathAtlantic rower