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  1. Video: Your 30-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    A largely cloudy day with spells of rain and drizzle throughout the morning and highs of 11C (52F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Video content

    Video caption: Big cut in West Midlands bus services

    West Midlands buses are covering 13m fewer miles than 10 years ago, BBC analysis reveals.

  3. Three face child sex charges

    Three men from Birmingham have been charged with child sex offences following an investigation by police in Telford.

    The charges against them include rape, child abduction and false imprisonment.

    They are all due to appear before magistrates in Telford on 21 February.

  4. Crucial weekend for Tigers

    Telford Tigers have arguably their biggest weekend of the season ahead, with games against both their title-rivals.

    Wins at home to the Sheffield Steeldogs tomorrow and away to Hull Pirates on Sunday could see them open up a gap at the top of the table, with just a few weeks left of the season.

    Tigers vs Steeldogs

    Tigers are currently top of the table by one point, but both the teams below them have games in hand.

  5. School plans £6m revamp

    A Shropshire primary school is planning a £6m revamp and has applied for government funding.

    Ellesmere Primary Academy says the money will be used to replace temporary classrooms and create a new school hall, as well as build an all-weather sports pitch, an outdoor learning space for the youngest children, and a car park.

    Primary school

    The school became part of the North West Academies Trust in 2016 and if it gets the necessary funding and planning approval it hopes work can start by the end of the year.

  6. Only £10k repaid of football ground grant

    Only £10,000 of an £80,000 grant to a Shropshire football club was repaid before the group set-up to collect the money collapsed.

    Shropshire Council gave the money to Oswestry's The New Saints club to pay for ground renovations.

    TNS sign

    The money was supposed to be repaid through the Oswestry Joint Economic Board, and used for projects in the town. But it was dissolved in 2013 and no further funds have been received.

  7. Art display commemorates votes for women

    A new display has been created at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first women being given the vote.

    The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust has set up 37 silhouettes outside the Museum of Iron, each with the name and details of the women working in the area who gained the right to vote as a result of the Representation of the People Act 1918 - around 160 didn't.

    Silhouettes of women

    It was another 10 years before women gained equal voting rights to men.

  8. Homecoming parade for Mercian Regiment troops

    A homecoming parade will be held for soldiers from the Mercian Regiment who have been serving in Iraq for the last six months.

    Members of 2nd Battalion have been training Kurdish and Iraqi troops to fight the Islamic State group.

    Mercia Regiment

    The regiment, which draws troops from the West Midlands, will hold the parade in Chester.

  9. Elderly people moving home because of poor bus services

    Elderly people have been forced to move because of the lack of bus services, it has been revealed.

    New figures show the country's bus network has dropped to levels last seen in the 1980s, with rising car use and cuts to public funding blamed for a loss of 134 million miles of coverage over the past decade alone.

    Bus stop

    Shropshire is third in a table of counties that have been worst affected by cuts, with villagers in Ditton Priors, who have not had a regular bus service since 2012, saying some elderly residents have been forced to move away because of it.

    Stoke-on-Trent has seen its bus service cut by 20%, with Warwickshire also among the worst-hit areas.

  10. Plans for business park expansion

    More than 2,500 jobs could be created as part of a £600m expansion of a major business park.

    The i54 site is already home to Jaguar Land Rover's engine manufacturing centre.

    But plans are now being drawn up for a western extension.


    A consultation on the plans begins next month - and a planning application is expected to be submitted in the Spring.

  11. Here's how the weather is looking

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Another chilly start to the day.

    Here's how the rest of the day is looking and you can always get the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: A chilly start on Friday morning.
  12. Shropshire gets first electric private hire vehicle

    A Ludlow man who has registered an electric car as a private hire vehicle admits he's "completely mad" but he believes vehicles like his are the future.

    Richard Mear got the licence for his brand new Tesla Model S from Shropshire Council today - the first licence in the county.

    Richard Mear with electric car
  13. Level crossing closure 'will benefit community'

    Network Rail says closing a busy level crossing in Shrewsbury will benefit train passengers and make the local community safer.

    It is planning to close the level crossing in Harlescott by 2024 and build a footbridge for pedestrians, with traffic having to take alternative routes.

    Level crossing

    A spokesperson said the crossing in Harlescott is not in the core submission of its strategic business plan, but it will look to close it if it can secure the necessary funding.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between A488 and A5112 Hereford Road.

    A5 Shropshire - Long delays and queuing traffic on A5 eastbound in Shrewsbury between Edgebold Roundabout and Dobbies Island, because of an accident earlier on. Travel time is around 30 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  15. Attempts made to control illegal diet drug

    The Food Standards Agency, Interpol and British police have been attempting to stop diet pills containing 2,4-dinitrophenol - or DNP - entering the UK, but the drugs are still getting through.

    DNP is an industrial chemical which can burn fat, but it is not intended to consumed by humans and it has been linked to a number of deaths, including Eloise Parry (pictured below) from Shrewsbury in 2015 and Beth Shipsey from Worcester in 2017.

    Eloise Parry

    Around 19 websites believed to be selling diet products containing a chemical have been shut down, but a recent BBC investigation found they were still available.