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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

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

  2. 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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  3. 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

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

  4. 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

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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

    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.

  8. England trio challenge you to sign up!


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    Want a chance to play at St George's Park and go to the FA Cup final?

    Sign up is now available for the FA People's Cup - the free five-a-side competition that's back and even bigger than before. Don't take our word for it, listen to these three......

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup 2018: England trio Lingard, Butland, Maguire challenge you to play

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  13. 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.

  14. 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.