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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a dry morning with some bright spells, there should be more sunshine this afternoon with highs of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41.

M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire northbound severe disruption, between M54 J7 and A49.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Wrockwardine closed northbound between Wellington and Preston Island, because of an earlier vehicle fire.

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

Severe accident: A5 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between A488 and A5112 Hereford Road affecting B4386.

A5 Shropshire - Queuing traffic on A5 eastbound in Shrewsbury between Edgebold Roundabout and Dobbies Island, because of an accident. Congestion to Montgomery Roundabout.

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

This weekend's weather for the West Midlands

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It's turned into a drier day for most of us - here's how tonight and the rest of the weekend are looking across the West Midlands:

Sara Thornton.

You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

In the papers: 'No money claim' from footballer

Shropshire Star

Grade II listed gates taken away for restoration

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A pair of old railway gates that form part of Ironbridge's industrial heritage are being taken away for restoration today.

Railway crossing gates
Telford and Wrekin Council

The Grade II listed level-crossing gates in Jackfield were installed in the 1860s as part of the Severn Valley Railway.

Telford and Wrekin Council says the restoration work could take a few months, depending on how long the wood takes to dry out.

Giant mechanical puppet to visit Victorian museum

A giant mechanical puppet is coming to Shropshire's Blists Hill Victorian museum this weekend.

Man Engine puppet on display
Man Engine

The Man Engine stands 11.2m (37ft) tall and weighs nearly 40 tonnes and will be the highlight of events tomorrow at the site, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.

It was built in Cornwall to mark the 10th anniversary of the county’s World Heritage status and is touring venues across the UK to celebrate Britain’s industrial heritage.

Man Engine puppet on display
Man Engine

Shrewsbury Town draw at Bradford

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town failed to significantly cut down the points deficit on their promotion rivals in League One after a goalless draw last night at Bradford.

Jon Nolan had Shrewsbury's best chances but Town had to play the final 30 minutes with ten men after Omar Beckles was sent off for two bookings.

The results leaves Shrewsbury four points behind Blackburn in second place with five games to go.

BBC weather: A wet start but what about later?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy, wet start for lots of us but there may be better ahead today - here's Friday's full weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Football

Bradford City recover from their defeat at Blackpool as they play out a goalless draw with 10-man Shrewsbury Town.

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Overnight West Midlands weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will mainly be cloudy but dry tonight - overnight, we'll see heavy rain spreading across the West Midlands - lows of 6C (43F).

Latest West Midlands weather forecast

Council refuses request to take in asylum seekers

Mark Elliott

BBC News

Councillors in part of Shropshire have refused a government request to house asylum seekers while at the same time agreeing to take 10 more families of Syrian refugees.

Syrian children stand near their tent in Ras al-Ain province, Syria
Reuters

Shropshire Council's been asked by ministers to take part in two different resettlement schemes.

For one of them, they've agreed to take 10 more Syrian refugee families, saying they already have the infrastructure in place to support them, having already resettled 15 Syrian families.

But councillors said they didn't have the same kind of structures in place to take in 25 single male asylum seekers, so refused the Home Office's request.

Three local hospitals among worst A&Es for waits

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Three A&E units in the West Midlands are among the top 10 worst-performing A&Es in the last financial year, BBC analysis reveals.

Royal Stoke University Hospital
BBC

Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours.

Data from NHS England for 2017-18 show that, overall, the NHS has recorded its worst ever annual performance - at 88.4% - since records began in 2004.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was among the 10 worst services, seeing just 74.6% in four hours during 2017-18.

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in Staffordshire with 77.5% and the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust with 78.9% were also among the 10.

Anger as 'Windrush generation' face deportation threat

BBC News England

Thousands of people who arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration face being threatened with deportation.

A new petition on the government's website calling on the Home Office to grant them an amnesty has attracted more than 23,000 signatures.

Windrush arrivals
PA

Those campaigning have highlighted the case of Paulette Wilson who arrived in Telford from Jamaica in 1968 aged 10, but in August 2015 her benefits were stopped and she was later detained at a removal centre.

The 61-year-old was told by the Home Office in January she can now stay.

Paulette Wilson
Paulette Wilson

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University estimates there are 500,000 people who could be affected.

The Home Office said it would handle applications to stay "sensitively".

Cyclist dies 'after crashing into lamp-post'

A woman's died after police believe she lost control of her mountain bike and hit a lamp-post.

Bishopdale, Telford
Google

The 43-year-old from Telford was cycling on Bishopdale, Brookside, on Wednesday evening when it happened.

West Mercia Police says an off-duty fire officer was first to try to help her with CPR before paramedics arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Grand National: Tale of first horse to win after Red Rum

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Ahead of this year's Grand National, former champion jockey Bob Davies has been remembering for BBC Sport "one of the best spare rides in history".

Lucius was only the Shropshire jockey's fourth ride in the race - and he had previously only once got around the 30 fences on National day.

Victory for Bob Davies on Lucius at Aintree
Getty Images

He only inherited the ride when Dave Goulding was injured in a fall five days before the race.

Fate then smiled on Davies, as the legendary Red Rum pulled out on the morning of the National having suffered a hairline fracture the day before.

Read what happened next for Bob and his famous win in one of the tightest-ever finishes here on the BBC website.

In photos: Wildlife fun in spring

BBC Weather Watchers

Our local wildlife seems to have been enjoying the spring weather along with the flowers coming out in bloom, given the photos we've had from our local BBC Weather Watchers:

Southam
Littleacorns
Southam
Leek
Videoman
Leek
Wribbenhall
Rivertramp
Wribbenhall

In the papers: New evidence overturns arson conviction

Shropshire Star

Shrewsbury defender needs to be fitted with new mask

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town defender Toto Nsiala needs to be fitted for a new mask after rejecting the one he wore in Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley.

Aristote Nsiala of Shrewsbury Town during the Checkatrade Trophy Final match
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

The 26-year-old DR Congo international was equipped with a mask to enable him to play following a broken cheekbone.

But he dispensed with it just before half-time in the 1-0 defeat by League Two Lincoln as it was uncomfortable and hindered his vision.

We've ordered a new mask to see if that's better. But, at the minute, he's prepared to play without it. He understands the risks attached to that, but he's willing to pull on the shirt and play. People often question whether players are willing to go through the pain barrier and he certainly was."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Carpetright to close local stores in restructuring plan

BBC Business News

Several stores across the West Midlands are being shut by retailer Carpetright as part of a restructuring plan.

Carpetright
PA

The firm's cutting 300 jobs and recently said it had started talks with lenders to ensure it does not breach the terms of its bank loans.

The chain is planning a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which will allow to it to shut the worst-performing stores and ask for rent concessions on another 113 sites.

The 92 stores it's closing include branches in Birmingham Stechford, Dudley, Kidderminster, Lichfield, Stafford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Telford and Walsall.

Here's how Thursday's weather is looking

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy start for most of the West Midlands with a chance of some rain around already, here's the rest of Thursday's weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

You can get the latest weather forecast for your part of the West Midlands by heading to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Toto Nsiala played in a mask in the Checkatrade Trophy final to protect his fractureds cheekbone

Shrewsbury defender Toto Nsiala is to be fitted for a new mask after rejecting the one he wore at Wembley on Sunday.

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Three charged after stabbings in Telford

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Three teenagers have been charged after three men were stabbed in Telford this week.

Beverley roundabout, Telford
Google

It happened on the Beverley roundabout on Monday and police say the three victims, aged 14-19, have since been released from hospital.

Two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old have each been charged with three counts of section 20 assault and one count of violent disorder.

Kitchen destroyed in dishwasher blaze

BBC Shropshire

These are the remains of a dishwasher after it started a fire in a home today.

Dishwasher after fire
Shropshire Fire Service

It happened at Cloverley Hall Farm, Calverhall near Whitchurch, Shropshire and spread to a fridge, cupboards and the ceiling of the kitchen.

Shropshire Fire Service says a woman needed treating at the scene after breathing in smoke and they found the blaze started accidentally.

Blackened cupboards in kitchen
Shropshire Fire Service
Bob Davies was sat on Lucius as the 14/1 shot became the first horse to win the National after Red Rum

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Grand National-winning jockey Bob Davies recalls the day, 40 years ago, that he rode Lucius to victory at Aintree.

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More showers ahead in latest weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Be prepared for more showers tonight and tomorrow across the West Midlands, here's the full forecast for the region:

Shefali Oza

You can also stay up-to-date with your local weather forecast by heading to the BBC Weather website.

In the papers: Report due soon in child abuse probe

Shropshire Live

Woman threw dog out of car and tried to run him over

Allen Cook

BBC News

A dog that was thrown from a car, kicked and almost run over has been taken into care by the RSPCA.

The German shepherd
RSPCA

A witness saw the German shepherd being thrown from the vehicle in Eaton-on-Tern, near Newport, Shropshire, on Saturday.

The charity says the woman driving the car was then seen to get out, kick the dog three times and then try to run him over.

They say he wasn't seriously hurt and is recovering in their care.

Telford inquiry 'needs to start now' - victims

BBC Shropshire

An immediate inquiry is to be held into current and historical child sexual abuse in Telford.

Campaigners for an inquiry in Telford
bbc

A Sunday Mirror article last month claimed 1,000 children may have been abused in the town since the 1980s.

Until Saturday, senior councillors had called for the government to take the lead on any investigation.

But now Labour councillors have backed a motion by the opposition Conservative group in a unanimous decision to set up an independent, council-led inquiry which victims say needs to start now.

Here's how today's weather forecast is looking

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We've started off cloudy and you may need to be prepared for some rain around this morning. Here's the full forecast.

You can also stay up-to-date with the forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater

New rules in force after baby ashes rethink

BBC Shropshire

New rules covering how cremations are carried out in England and Wales have come into force.

It follows concerns about crematoria operations - between 1996 and 2012, 60 families whose children were cremated at Emstrey Crematorium in Shrewsbury didn't have their ashes returned.

Plaque to remember babies who died in Shropshire
BBC

The new regulations increase transparency surrounding the whole process of cremation. For some families it was never explained that on occasion a baby's small size meant there were no ashes to return.

Campaigners still think more can be done and are calling for the government to set up an inspectorate of crematoria.

Call for full 'child sexual exploitation inquiry' for Telford
"Holly" was a victim of child sexual exploitation in Shropshire from the age of 14.

Gold medal is 'biggest highlight of my life'

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Alice Kinsella has had an incredible first Commonwealth Games, coming away with three medals - a gold, silver and bronze.

The 17-year-old gymnast, who trains in Telford and lives in Sutton Coldfield, says the gold medal is the "biggest highlight" of her life.

Alice Kinsella and medals
BBC

She said: "My mum's been crying a lot, especially after the beam final."

And when asked how she celebrated her medals, Kinsella said "with a chocolate brownie".

You can re-live Kinsella's gold-winning beam routine below.

Alice Kinsella takes gold and Kelly Simm bronze for England on the individual beam final.