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  1. Our coverage across the week

    This brings to an end our live coverage for the week. Thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Pet euthanised after dog attack

    A pet had to be euthanised after it was attacked by another dog.

    A woman was walking two dogs outside Sanders Court on Bridge Street in Warwick, between 22:30 and 23:00 GMT, when an off-lead Staffordshire bull terrier ran towards her and attacked one of her dogs.

    "Sadly, one of the dogs sustained serious injuries and had to later be euthanised by a vet," Warwickshire Police said.

    Detectives are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

  3. 'Elaborate' cannabis farm found in Birmingham

    More than 300 cannabis plants have been discovered at a property in Highate, Birmingham, says West Midlands Police.

    The force shared details and images on Twitter earlier.

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  4. 'Child firing towards people's homes'

    West Midlands Police says this BB gun was taken off a child in the Stechford area of Birmingham today after he fired towards people's homes.

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  5. 'We need cautious route out of lockdown' - mayor

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    The mayor for the West Midlands Andy Street says he wants any move out of lockdown to be "cautious".

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to spend the weekend finalising his "roadmap" out of the restrictions ahead of an announcement on Monday.

    Mr Street said he would like to see dates for the reopening of hospitality venues, but added he would be happy "if it was some time away", as that allowed businesses time to plan, he told the region's weekly coronavirus briefing earlier.

    He reiterated that further support was needed for the industry in the form of an extension to VAT and business rates exemption, as current measures, he said, were due to end next month.

    Andy Street

    Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward backed the need for a gradual easing "sector by sector" and said he wanted to see schools reopen first.

    New data is expected to suggest vaccines have cut transmission rates and ministers have been under pressure to re-open pubs, restaurants, shops and the tourism industry.

    Dr David Rosser, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, told the meeting that while everyone was "fed up" with restrictions, NHS staff were also "absolutely fed up with not being able to look after patients properly".

    Due to the redeployment of staff to cope with a rise in the number of patients in intensive care, Dr Rosser said there was inevitable impact on the quality of care that could be given.

  6. Appeal after woman assaulted at bus stop

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after a woman was assaulted at a bus stop.

    New Street bus stop, Bulkington

    The 18-year-old required hospital treatment after she was attacked on New Street, Bulkington, in Warwickshire, at about 18:45 GMT on Thursday.

    The suspect, an 18-year-old from Coventry, reportedly got out of a silver Uber van just before the incident, police said.

    The Warwickshire force has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

  7. Battling scam artists and criminals during pandemic

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Sandwell has had over 1,300 complaints about coronavirus regulations including businesses breaking lockdown rules, price gouging and Covid scams.

    Since March last year, council officials have ordered seven companies to close, issued four directives requiring businesses to shut or comply with the law and handed out fines totalling £4,000.

    The list of violations comes in a report on Trading Standards officers who enforce Covid breaches and the criminal law.