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Snow and freezing temperatures to hit region

Bitterly cold temperatures and snow could cause travel delays and disruption across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

weather map
Met Office

A yellow warning is in place from 14:00 today, with an amber warning in place from 04:00 tomorrow.

BBC Weather is warning of possibly hazardous conditions in southern England later in the week as a low pressure weather system moves up from the Bay of Biscay and hits the already "exceptionally cold air".

Why the UK will be so cold next week

Weather: More freezing temperatures ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cold day with sunny spells, but also some cloud with the risk of a few snow showers pushing in from the east at times and highs of just -1C (30F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, at J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - Stationary traffic on M54 westbound at J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Football

Shrewsbury win at Charlton to maintain their League One promotion push with goals from Alex Rodman and Omar Beckles.

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Visitors flock to see herons

Thousands of visitors are expected to visit Ellesmere in Shropshire over the next three months to watch the herons nesting there.

They've been visiting Moscow Island on the mere (pictured below) since 1970, and cameras and telescopes have been set up in the Boathouse visitor centre to keep an eye on them.

Moscow Island
BBC

The local Heronwatch group says eight pairs of the birds have already set up nests there and there are several eggs which are expected to hatch "any day now".

Gymnastics centre hopes to bag £200k prize

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire gymnastics centre has been shortlisted for a top award and is urging people to vote as it stands a chance of being given a £20,000 prize.

The Park Wrekin Gym Club, in Telford, was established 50 years ago, and in that time it's trained some of the country's top competitors, including Alice Kinsella.

But as well as top names, it trains children from disadvantaged backgrounds and disabled youngsters.

The club has made the top 30 shortlist of sports clubs catering for under-21s from across the UK in the Persimmon Healthy Communities competition.

Inside Park Wrekin Gym Club
Park Wrekin Gym Club

We spent a lot of money moving into this centre and we still need more equipment. This would really ensure that we reach all parts of our community. We have a strong history of competitive gymnastics.

Christine StillHead coach, Park Wrekin Gym Club

London 2012 bronze medalist Kristian Thomas, from Wolverhampton, has just taken up his first coaching role there, as head of recreational gymnastics.

Kristian Thomas
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Rail station in line for upgrade

BBC Shropshire

Money's to be spent on Wellington Station to make travelling safer and more pleasant.

West Midlands Trains is investing in a new CCTV system, bicycle parking, better customer information displays and a deep clean of the whole station.

Wellington railway station
Google

Telford and Wrekin Council says it welcomes the improvements but says it will continue to lobby for more investment in the station.

What is promised is the minimum standard that Wellington will be receiving and West Midlands Rail has indicated that there are other development funding streams that can be accessed to further enhance these essential improvements.

Councillor Angela McClementsCabinet member for Transport, Telford & Wrekin Council

Council raises taxes instead of cutting services

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

People living in Shropshire Council's area will see one of their main household bills rise by nearly 6%.

April's increase will add an extra £75 a year to bills for an average band D property.

Alan Mosley, the opposition Labour group leader on the authority, said his party voted for the increase as the alternative option would have led to "additional deep cut services, and that's the balance we have to look at".

Mullinder Drive

Lynn McNally was found at a property in Telford during the early hours of Wednesday.

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Swimming pool reopens after two-month closure

BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury's main swimming pool reopens tomorrow after two months of closure.

The Quarry pool closed in December after a glass panel fell and smashed into the water, though it was decided to carry out further refurbishments on the tiling while the pool was empty.

The Quarry pool, Shropshire
Quarry Swimming & Fitness Centre

Staff at the centre thanked users for being patient while the work was undertaken.

The centre manager, Peter Davis, said it has taken nearly a week to refill the pool with water.

Team GB's four-man bobsleigh team get ready for competition

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

Two West Midlands brakemen will have their final practice sessions today for the four-man bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Great Britain make a run during the Men's 2-Man Bobsleigh
Getty Images

Joel Fearon, from Coventry, has already competed in the two-man competition finishing 12th.

Fearon will go in one of the four-man bobs, while Ben Simons from Broseley, in Shropshire, is part of the other British team for the event.

You can follow coverage of this event on BBC Sport on Saturday.

Man appears in court over murder

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a woman whose body was found at a flat in Telford.

Police were called to the property on Mullinder Drive in Ketley on Wednesday when she was discovered.

Paul Beddoes, 44, also of Mullinder Drive, was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cold and frosty start it should be a dry day with some sunny periods and highs of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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BBC Weather

It'll be mainly dry tonight with clear spells, turning cold with a risk of frost. Lows of -3°C (27°F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Iron Bridge workers 'waking residents'

BBC Shropshire

Work being carried out as part of a £3.6m conservation project on the Iron Bridge in Shropshire is waking residents, it has been claimed.

Workers have now been told to start work slightly later as they've been disturbing sleeping residents by beginning work at 07:30, BBC Radio Shropshire was told.

Ironbridge
English Heritage

They [the workers] did start quite early on site, about 07:30, understandably this raised objections and a few concerns from the community, so I got in touch with the contractor and English Heritage to see if we could get that pushed back until 08:00 and they did agree to that."

Nicola LoweryCouncillor for Ironbridge Gorge ward

Work starts on refurbishment of derelict tower block

After almost 20 years of standing derelict, work has begun to redevelop Manor Heights flats in Telford.

The tower block was originally built 50 years ago as a residential building, but since it closed West Mercia Police has reported it being targeted by vandals on a number of occasions.

Manor Heights
BBC

Telford and Wrekin Council has granted planning permission to a private developer from Warwickshire, who is planning to refurbish the building before reopening it as 60 flats.

Cycling trailblazer dies

Mick Jeggo, the man who launched Britain's first floodlit cycling race, the Newport Nocturne, has died.

He had been ill for some time and this photo from the Shropshire Star shows him (below, right) with his son Nick Jeggo, who has taken over the running of the Shropshire night time event.

Mick and Nick Jeggo
Shropshire Star

The race, which started in 1989, has attracted star names like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the past.

Nick Jeggo is hoping to bring the race back later this year after a four-year absence.

Village prepares to welcome home Atlantic rower

Friends and neighbours of Atlantic rower Di Carrington will turn out in her home village of Pontesbury in Shropshire this afternoon to welcome her back.

The 62-year-old completed a two-month crossing of the ocean last week with team-mates Sharon McGrath and Elaine Theaker.

Welcome home sign
BBC

She's flying back from Antigua to Manchester this morning and is expected home around 15:00.

In the papers: Shropshire Star

Shropshire Star

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty start it should be a dry day with sunny intervals and highs of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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BBC Weather

Cold, dry and cloudy tonight with a widespread frost and a chance of freezing fog, lows of 0C (32F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'Racing has saved my life'

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Adrian Stewart was a young criminal who spent 10 years behind bars.

But when he got a place at the Northern Racing College three ago, it transformed him.

He now works as a groom at the Helshaw Grange equestrian centre at Stoke Heath, near Market Drayton.

This week he was awarded a newcomer award at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Awards in London.

Adrian Stewart
Stud and stable staff awards

I've felt nothing like this in my whole entire life. The career and life I lead now is unbelievable. I couldn't dream of a better life. Racing has given me a whole new lifeline. I've never felt a love like this before. Racing has saved my life.

Adrian Stewart
Helshaw Grange equestrian centre at Stoke Heath near Market Drayton
Google

Council leader 17% increase 'out of line'

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Plans to increase the amount of money the leader of Shropshire Council receives have been called "out of line" by a member of his Conservative Group.

If the authority's Independent Remuneration Panel's advice is taken, Peter Nutting would get nearly £6,000 extra - taking his earnings up to more than £40,000.

The reason behind the increase is said to be because his workload has increased.

£20 notes
Thinkstock

An increase of 17% at a time when Shropshire council taxpayers are likely to asked for an increase council tax of 6% is completely wrong. It's out of line with current inflation and it is too much at the wrong time. I know he hasn't suggested it himself because it has been forward by an independent panel but I think it is something the panel should throw out, as well as a rise for the Lib Dem and Labour opposition leaders. I object to those increases just as much.

David TurmerMuch Wenlock Conservative councillor

The panel, which is made up of five people not associated with the authority, met throughout last year to speak to various councillors from all parties before making the proposals.

The plans are due to be discussed at a full cabinet meeting tomorrow.

West Mercia police car

Three men are charged following an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Telford.

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Murder arrest after woman found dead at house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder of a woman was found dead at a house in Telford this morning.

Police were called to a property on Mullinder Drive, Ketley, at about 06:15.

West Mercia Police said the 44-year-old arrested man remains in custody.

Mullinder Drive, Katley
Google

Future of a market town - share your views

BBC Shropshire

Residents in Ludlow are being asked for their views on the future of the town.

A questionnaire is being delivered to every household and business in the area over the coming weeks.

The aim's to find out what people think works for Ludlow - and what needs to change.

It's about what will make the town a better place, not just for older people but for younger people too. The whole point of the questionnaire is to enable us to plan for the medium and long-term future.

Tim GillMayor of Ludlow

Your latest Midlands weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A generally cloudy day with some showery outbreaks of rain, although some places remaining dry.

Some brighter spells are possible too, with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
Football

Mark Byrne scores a late equaliser as Gillingham pick up a point at second-placed Shrewsbury.

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Severe disruption: A49 Herefordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A49 Herefordshire northbound severe disruption, between A4112 and A456.

A49 Herefordshire - A49 closed northbound between the A4112 junction in Stockton and the A456 junction in Woofferton, because of a spillage of diesel on the road. Diversion in operation - Traffic to follow solid circle symbol. Exit the A49 at the A44 Mill Street and travel W/B. At the junction with B4361 turn right and travel N/B, continue along B4361 to B4362 Orleton. Join B4362 and travel E/B to re-join A49.

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

In the papers: Hospital staff face parking fee hike

Shropshire Star

Here are three of the headlines from the Shropshire Star today:

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Tonight will be cloudy at times with spots of drizzle in places and local mist with lows of 4C (39F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, between J3 for A41 and J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Funeral for woman shot dead outside her home

The funeral of a 51-year-old woman who was shot outside her home near Newport was taking place this afternoon.

Cheryl Gabriel-Hooper died in her car on 26 January. A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Today's funeral was taking place at St Michael and All Angels Church in Lilleshall.

Tigers chase cup final place

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers are chasing a place in the National Cup final tonight.

They play Swindon Wildcats in the home leg of their semi-final, after drawing the first leg 3-3.

Tigers vs Wildcats
Steve Brodie

Away goals count for nothing in this competition, so the game could go to overtime and penalties.

Money to restore 'last' coracle shed

A building thought to be the last coracle shed in England has been given a grant of £76,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund so it can be restored.

The Ironbridge Coracle Trust believes it was built in 1927 and was used to build the same round boats which have been used in the area for hundreds of years.

Coracle Shed
Ironbridge Coracle Trust

The shed had been owned by the same family for generations, but fell into disrepair after the death of its last owner in 2003.

The group bought the building in 2014 with a £40,000 grant from Telford and Wrekin Council and the authority contributed another £30,000 to improve access to the shed last year.

This is an exciting time for us. Coracles and the coracle men are an important part of the history of Ironbridge."

Terry KennyChair of Ironbridge Coracle Trust

Birthday grants to smarten up run-down buildings

Owners of run-down buildings in Telford are being offered grants of £150,000 to help smarten them up for the town's 50th birthday.

The Labour-run Telford and Wrekin Council is making £1m available for projects in Madeley, Newport, Dawley, Wellington and Oakengates.

Council offices
Google

Applicants will have to match fund and the work must be finished by March next year.

The Conservative group leader, Andrew Eade, is questioning spending the money while increasing council tax.

Rise in child sex offences

The number of child sex offences recorded by police in Warwickshire rose by 45% last year, compared to a national rise of 15%.

Child
PA

Figures from the NSPCC show sex offences across the UK are at an all-time high.

Staffordshire Police saw a 25% rise and in the West Mercia region it was up 14%.

West Midlands Police was the only force in the area to see a small drop.

The organisation is calling for increased support and training for police to help tackle the problem.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a damp start there should be some sunny spells before cloud moves in from the east this afternoon with highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands