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  1. Live updates for the West Midlands

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    Good morning, we'll bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

    And we'll be covering Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

    If you'd like to get in touch to comment or share your photos, visit our BBC Midlands Facebook page, email us, or tweet @BBCMTD.

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    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J3, A41 (Albrighton). Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Video content

    Video caption: The girl who only wants toilet roll for Christmas

    Why has eight-year-old Maggie asked her mum for toilet roll for Christmas?

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    Video caption: The girl who only wants toilet roll for Christmas

    Why has eight-year-old Maggie asked her mum for toilet roll for Christmas?

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    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A41 and J2 for A449.

    M54 Shropshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of a vehicle fire.

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

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    Severe accident: A4169 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4169 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A458 Victoria Road and B4380 Buildwas Road.

    A4169 Shropshire - A4169 Smithfield Road closed in both directions between Gaskell Arms junction in Much Wenlock and the B4380 Buildwas Road junction in Buildwas, because of an accident.

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

  7. 'Postive chat' for Shrewsbury Town over midfielder's loan

    Mark Elliott

    BBC News

    Shrewsbury Town's manager says they've held positive talks with Norwich City about the possibility of extending Ben Godfrey's loan.

    Ben Godfrey on signing

    The midfielder's current deal expires next month and boss Paul Hurst has been keen to keep Godfrey beyond January.

    Quote Message: We've had dialogue and I think that's something we might be able to do. We've had a positive chat so hopefully that'll be one that we can get done." from Paul Hurst Shrewsbury Town manager
    Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager
  8. Court shake-up plans criticised over impact on police finances

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The government's being asked to stop plans for police suspects in Shropshire to be taken to court in Kidderminster instead of Telford.

    Under current proposals from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), five remand courts in the West Mercia Police area would be closed and replaced with just one in Kidderminster.

    Kidderminster Magistrates' Court

    The MoJ says its proposals, which affect other courts in the country, are about modernising the justice system along with £700m in investment over four years.

    But the plans have been criticised in Shropshire for the impact on police finances.

    Quote Message: With the size and scope of West Mercia, to be taking everybody from both Hereford and Shropshire as well as Worcestershire to Kidderminster is going to increase those journeys and their costs to the police." from Tracey Onslow Deputy police and crime commissioner for West Mercia
    Tracey OnslowDeputy police and crime commissioner for West Mercia
  9. Tributes for toddler hit by car

    Genevieve Tudor

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Tributes in Minsterley

    Flowers and other tributes have been laid at the scene where a young boy died after being hit by a car.

    More of the tributes

    The 19-month-old victim died, police said, after he was hit on the forecourt of Minsterley Garage.

  10. Plans for £100m relief road sent to government

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    A document outlining why Shropshire Council wants to go ahead with Shrewsbury's North West Relief Road should be arriving at the Department for Transport today.

    Artist's impression of part of the planned route

    The road, which would cost more than £100m, is one of a dozen projects competing for government approval.

    The council says it won't find out until March whether it's been successful in its bid for funding.

  11. Community 'distressed' by boy's death

    Police have released more details about a young boy who died after being hit by a car in Shropshire yesterday.

    West Mercia Police says a 19-month-old boy died after he was hit by a silver Hyundai Santa De on the forecourt of Minsterley Garage.

    Officers said the boy died from his injuries at the scene.

    Petrol station where the death happened
    Quote Message: We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have any information to please come forward. This has been an understandably distressing incident within the community." from Mark Cranfield Investigating officer, West Mercia Police
    Mark CranfieldInvestigating officer, West Mercia Police
  12. Video content

    Video caption: Crowdfunding campaign to save Catherine of Aragon's former home

    A fundraising campaign has been launched to save the former home of King Henry VIII's wife Catherine of Aragon.

  13. Three Shropshire maternity units to re-open

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Three maternity units in Shropshire will re-open in the new year after closing in 2017 due to staffing challenges, health chiefs say.

    The sites in Ludlow, Oswestry and Bridgnorth were shut in July because of staff sickness and a drop in the number of midwives prepared to work overtime.

    NHS sign

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust says full services will resume from 11:00 on New Year's Day.

    However, the long-term future of the three rural units is still uncertain as the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin clinical commissioning groups are planning to revamp them under a major review.

  14. Judge sends message to post box thief

    A thief stole £11,000 worth of post boxes from villages and sold them on eBay.

    Mark Crowther stole post boxes from Wrexham, Flintshire and Shropshire, causing a total of £26,000 in damage.

    Thief Mark Crowther

    Crowther, 37, of Chirk, Wrexham, admitted 33 counts of theft and five attempted thefts and got a 12-month sentence, suspended for 16 months.

    Sitting in Mold Crown Court, Judge Niclas Parry called it "an attack on the way of life in rural communities".