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Joe Hart

Caroline Chapman

BBC Sport

Goalkeeper Joe Hart says West Ham were "terrible" in their goalless draw with League One Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round.

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Our live coverage across the week

Andy Giddings

BBC News

We'll be back with the latest updates from 07:00 on Monday.

Cold weather alert issued

A cold weather alert has been issued for the West Midlands, warning of a prolonged period of low temperatures starting tomorrow until 18:00 on Tuesday 9 January.

The Met Office said colder conditions would spread south across much of the country during Saturday, with widespread frosts expected during Sunday.

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Overflowing dog poo bins are emptied

Overflowing dog poo bins around Whitchurch have been emptied this week, after complaints from people living nearby.

Local residents said some of the bins hadn't been visited by Shropshire Council since last month's snow.

Overflowing dog poo bin
Sandra Yates

The local authority says it has sent out contractors to clear up the mess.

Emaciated night heron 'making good recovery'

An American breed of heron found underweight and emaciated is making a good recovery, a wildlife rescue centre says.

The black crowned night heron, named Noddy, had been a popular sight at The Dingle in Shrewsbury's Quarry park, but in November visitors said they were concerned for his health.

Noddy the night heron
Cuan Wildlife Rescue

He was taken to Cuan Wildlife Rescue in Much Wenlock and the team there say he has now been moved to a bigger enclosure and is continuing to improve.

Another temporary closure for maternity unit

Oswestry's maternity unit will be closed again, from 20:00 on Sunday until 08:00 on Monday, because of staff sickness.

It only reopened after a six-month closure last week and there are proposals to close it permanently as a place to give birth, along with the maternity units in Ludlow and Bridgnorth.


The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust said it had contacted all mothers due to give birth there, to explain the alternatives.

Handful of flood alerts remain

There are a number of Environment Agency flood alerts remaining in the West Midlands, with river levels expected to peak tomorrow.

They affect the rivers Tern, Perry and Severn in Shropshire, the Severn and Avon in Worcestershire and the Lugg in Herefordshire.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Ice rink sees fall in visitor numbers

There's been a fall in the number of people using Telford's ice rink and Telford and Wrekin Council says it needs to bring in more money.

The authority said it made a profit last year, but was £113,000 off its target.

Telford ice rink
Steve Brodie

The council spent £4m improving the rink five years ago, replacing the ice pad, building a soft play area for children and making a number of other alterations to the layout.

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Find out all the details about the competition here - and you'll be able to see Jesse Lingard, Jack Butland and Harry Maguire try our five-a-side challenge on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

In the papers: Jail for gang that targeted pensioner

Shropshire Star

The headlines on the Shropshire Star website include:

Repairs to school roof after wind-damage

Scaffolding is going up at a Shropshire secondary school which lost part of its roof in a gust of wind yesterday afternoon.

Cars parked near the Mary Webb school at Pontesbury were damaged by the flying roofing felt and insulation panels.

Damaged roof

The school was open as usual this morning and Shropshire Council says the roof, which will be fixed on Monday, is safe.

Man charged with starting series of fires

A man has been charged with 12 counts of arson after a series of fires across Telford in June and July last year and another on 3 January.

The fires happened in Hadley and Leegomery. The 26-year-old is due to appear before magistrates on 12 February.

BreakingBusinessman who filmed up women's skirts spared jail

A former entertainment executive who used to live in Shropshire has been given a suspended sentence after admitting filming up women's skirts using a hidden camera.

Andrew Macrae, 43, who was vice-president of ticketing company Live Nation before the company sacked him in July, collected almost 50,000 images of strangers for his sexual gratification.

He was caught when an off-duty police officer spotted a small camera sticking out of a laptop bag as he placed it between a woman's legs on a platform at Clapham Junction station last July.

Macrae was given a 20-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Video: What's the weather got in store today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A chilly and cloudy day with showers on and off - highs of about 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Our live coverage across the day

Andy Giddings

BBC News

We'll be back with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

School to reopen tomorrow after wind rips off roof

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire school which lost part of its roof this afternoon will open as usual tomorrow.

An inspector has been to survey the damage to a six foot (2m) section of the roof which got ripped off by a gust of wind earlier.

Mary Webb school

The debris has been cleared and nobody was hurt, but two vehicles in the car park have been damaged.

BreakingRoof blows off school building

The roof of a room at the Mary Webb School at Pontesbury in Shropshire has blown off and landed on some cars in the car park, Shropshire Council has said.

Contractors are on site to make the room housing the water tank safe and water-tight.

They are due to return tomorrow to carry out repairs and we're waiting to hear how this will affect classes tomorrow.

Ambulance service doesn't blame hospital staff for delays

Andy Giddings

BBC News

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it doesn't blame hospital staff for delays to admissions at accident and emergency last month, saying they are "working incredibly hard to ensure patients are turned around as quickly as possible".

Thousands of ambulances were delayed by over half an hour, before patients could be offloaded, with the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust seeing the largest number of hold-ups.


The ambulance service said it was talking to hospitals to try to reduce the problem, but added "every time an ambulance is delayed it means we find it more difficult to get to the next patient in a timely manner".

NHS England has said the biggest single safety risk to patients is an ambulance not being able to get to patients in time."

West Midlands Ambulance Service

In the papers: Life-saving role for widow

Shropshire Star

Here are three of the top stories from the Shropshire Star website today:

Fans create Paul Hurst Way sign in honour of manager

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town fans have unofficially named a path across a roundabout Paul Hurst Way, in honour of the manager, and have erected a sign.

Paul Hurst Way

Shropshire Council responded by saying it was "brilliant to see Shrewsbury Town doing so well this season" and that it was happy for the sign to remain until the end of the season.

Paul Hurst Way

The authority said it hoped the club would be celebrating promotion by the time it is due to be removed, and is suggesting that if the fans want the name made permanent they make a formal application.

Surge in calls to out-of-hours service

Andy Giddings

BBC News

NHS 111 services in the West Midlands took 35,058 calls during Christmas week.

Figures released today show that around England there were nearly 500,000 calls to the advice line over the seven days.

NHS call handler

Of those calls, which were made to both the Staffordshire and West Midlands 111 services, 19,528 were answered within 60 seconds.

Across England as a whole, a record 480,000 calls were made to NHS 111 that week.

Street Pastors look for volunteers

A charity group which goes out on a Friday and Saturday night, helping people who've had too much to drink, are looking to recruit more volunteers.

The Telford Street Pastors are particularly looking for women volunteers.


The organisation says you have to be fit, a Christian and have been recommended by a church leader.

Warning letters for uninsured drivers

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Warning letters are to be sent out by West Mercia Police, in an attempt to cut the number of people in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire who drive without insurance.

The letters will give people three weeks to show that their cars are insured, or give a valid reason why their policy isn't shown on the system.

West Mercia Police

Driving without insurance carries a fixed penalty of £300 and six penalty points.

If it goes to court, you could be disqualified from driving and face an unlimited fine.

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M54 Shropshire - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Flood warnings in place

The Environment Agency said it's monitoring storm surges with some flood warnings still in place south of our region.

flood map
Environment Agency

Peaks are expected this evening and Friday morning on the Severn and Wye.

Flood warnings have been issued for:

Further weather warning for wind issued

Strong winds could once again cause disruption to travel and loss of power supplies, the Met Office is warning.

They are expected across the region today between 08:00 and 19:00.

Weather map
Met Office

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a damp start to the day, it should be a drier and brighter day with highs of 11C (52F).

There is, however, a warning for wind today as winds are set to strengthen this afternoon.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Our live coverage across the day

Andy Giddings

BBC News

We'll be back with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

In the papers: Warnings as storm hits

Shropshire Star

Here are three of the top stories from the Shropshire Star website today:

The weather that'll follow Storm Eleanor

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

With the high winds from Storm Eleanor easing, here's how tonight and tomorrow are looking in the West Midlands.

You can also get the latest updates for your part of the region from the BBC Weather website at any time.

Shefali Oza

Man rescued after car plunges down hillside

A man in his 70s has been rescued from his car after it went 100ft (30m) down a hill in Shropshire's Carding Mill Valley.

Firefighters were called out just after 09:00 and climbed down the hillside and cut him free, before he was taken by ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

car on hillside
Mark Chadwick
Car on hillside
Mark Chadwick

West Midlands Ambulance service said the man suffered no major injuries.

Council looks to set maximum tax-increase

Council tax is expected to rise by almost 6% for people living in the Shropshire Council area.

The Conservative leader of the authority, Peter Nutting, said the extra money would bring in up to £7m and would be used to meet the cost of adult social care.

Shropshire Council

The government has allowed authorities to increase council tax by 3%, without the need to hold a referendum and add an extra 3% to that, to fund social care.

The neighbouring Labour-run Telford and Wrekin Council has declined to make the same increase and its tax will be going up by 3.2%.

Flood alerts remain with river levels high

River levels remain high across the West Midlands this afternoon, with a number of Environment Agency flood alerts still in place.

Many of the affected rivers are expected to peak this afternoon.

Here you can see a photo of the swollen River Severn in Bridgnorth, taken by BBC Weather Watcher PJs.


Your photos: Pictures of laser light display

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Lots of people have been sharing photos of the laser light display over Telford, to mark the start of the town's 50th year.

Seven beams were shot across the night sky from locations around the surrounding area, converging on the Wrekin hill last night and on New Year's Day.

Thanks to Jamie Rowland for these pictures.

Jamie Rowland
Jamie Rowland

Demand on hospital services not a surprise

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Hospitals all over the West Midlands are experiencing increased pressure at the moment, leading to delays and some non-urgent operations being postponed.

This isn't unexpected and the first week of the year is always difficult.

The lack of availability of community services, such as GPs, over the festive period means hospitals tend to see a surge in really sick patients at the turn of the year.

A&E department

Respiratory illnesses also tend to spike after families have been mixing over Christmas bringing frailer older relatives in contact with young family members, increasing the risk of infections being passed on.

But it is also true to say that this is part of a pattern.

Last January was the worst in a generation and that followed the previous worst the year before.