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  1. How to pick family-friendly video games in lockdown

    BBC News Technology

    Parents and carers can find it difficult to find video games the whole family can enjoy, especially if they do not play themselves, but there are guides out there which can help them navigate the complex gaming landscape.

    Video content

    Video caption: How to pick family-friendly video games in lockdown
  2. Police officer shot in line of duty remembered

    West Mercia Police officers have been paying tribute to a colleague who was shot dead in the line of duty 13 years ago today.

    PC Ricky Gray was killed after being called to deal with a domestic argument in Shrewsbury.

    The firearms-trained officer, who was born in Dundee, had previously won recognition for his part in the arrests of two armed men.

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  3. Biscuit thank you 'brightens paramedic's day'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    People are still saying thank you to the emergency services in the West Midlands during the lockdown and today that includes paramedic-theme biscuits.

    One of the biscuits

    The ambulance service said the partner of one of its call handlers just started working as a paramedic and a young boy stopped him to give them the biscuits.

    The call assessor, Amy, added: "He's just text me to say this has brightened his day!"

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    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, after J15 for A46 Warwick By Pass Warwick.

    M40 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed on M40 northbound after J15, A46 (Warwick), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. 'Segment and shield' way to lift lockdown now

    BBC News Health

    Strengthening protection for people shielding, while easing restrictions for everyone else, is the only immediate way to safely lift the coronavirus lockdown, researchers say.

    Man making delivery while socially distancing

    They say people could be sorted into three groups by risk - the most vulnerable, those caring for or living with them and everyone else.

    It is not pain-free or perfect, they say, but could lift curbs for many yet still protect the NHS and save lives.

    Their unpublished work uses modelling.

    Scientists use modelling to study and compare likely outcomes of different scenarios - in this case, how to reverse the lockdown without causing a huge surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, the "second peak" experts fear if restrictions are lifted too fast or too soon.

    The study does not detail which exact measures should be lifted and when, and assumes there would still be some social-distancing strategies - including the 2m (6ft) rule - in place for everyone throughout.

    Their findings, which are being submitted for peer review and publication in a scientific journal, have been made available to the UK and Scottish governments, the authors say.

  6. Around the web: Charity 'aghast' as donations sold online

    Stoke-on-Trent Live

    The Stoke-on-Trent Live website's covering these stories today:

  7. Coronavirus memorial proposed for essential workers

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A memorial could be placed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in memory of the essential workers who have died from Covid-19.

    National Memorial Arboretum

    In the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked by former minister Heather Wheeler if he would support her campaign for a memorial at the Alrewas site.

    Mr Hancock said he'd be happy to look at the idea: "It is important as a nation we remember and we commemorate the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives while serving on the front line of this war."

    More than 100 NHS staff and other healthcare workers have died with coronavirus since the outbreak began.

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    Severe accident: A50 Staffordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A50 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, between A518 Derby Road and A515.

    A50 Staffordshire - It's slow on A50 Doveridge Bypass eastbound between Water Bridge roundabout in Uttoxeter and the A515 junction in Sudbury, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  9. Cricket stadium to become food bank hub

    BBC WM

    The home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club is going to be used to store and distribute food to local food banks and community groups.

    Warwickshire's stadium

    The club said their official charity, the Edgbaston Foundation, had made an agreement with the charity Thrive Together Birmingham.

    No food can be donated at the stadium, the club warned, as they said all donations had to go to the nearby St Mary and St Ambrose Church on Raglan Road.

    It's not the first use of the stadium for coronavirus-related work as the car park's already been offered to the government as a drive-through test centre.

  10. Teachers warn of early school return 'spike'

    BBC News Education

    Teaching unions across the UK and Ireland are warning national leaders not to reopen schools too early.

    Child using school computer

    The British Irish Group of Teacher Unions has written to the education ministers of all five nations in which the million staff it represents work.

    Its letter warns the ministers of the "very real risk of creating a spike in the transmission of the virus by a premature opening of schools".

    Test and trace measures must be fully operational before reopening, it says.

  11. Police probe former council leader

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Joe Burn

    A former leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council is being investigated over an alleged criminal offence, Staffordshire Police has said.

    Mohammed Pervez

    The force said it was in the "early stages" of a probe into Mohammed Pervez, who stood down as a councillor on Monday after 14 years.

    Mr Pervez was first elected for Labour in 2006 and went on to lead the local authority for five years from 2010 before becoming leader of the opposition.

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service said it had not been disclosed when the complaint was made.

    It added Mr Pervez had so far declined to comment.

    When he announced he was standing down on Monday, he said in a statement "I have reflected on my work-life balance and have decided to step down as a councillor to focus more on my daytime job and family."

  12. Sheep shearing hit by lack of overseas workers

    Sophie Madden

    BBC News

    Some sheep farmers have said they are facing difficulties as coronavirus has left them unable to bring over shearers from Australia and New Zealand.

    Sheep being sheared

    One shearing firm said it had given up a quarter of its work because it had been unable to bring in foreign staff.

    Steve Wagstaff, who runs S&J Wagstaff in Rugby, Warwickshire, said he had three workers booked to travel from Australia but all had declined.

    "They had flights booked which they have had to cancel," he said.

    The National Sheep Association (NSA) has launched a service to link farmers with shearers in their area.

    Shearer Owen Davies, from Herefordshire, added: "It is certainly going to be testing times."