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Live Reporting

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  1. 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

    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".

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    Video caption: Why the UK will be so cold next week
  2. 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).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Envelope update

    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

  4. 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

    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".

  5. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Christine Still Head coach, Park Wrekin Gym Club
    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
  6. 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

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

    Quote Message: 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. from Councillor Angela McClements Cabinet member for Transport, Telford & Wrekin Council
    Councillor Angela McClementsCabinet member for Transport, Telford & Wrekin Council
  7. 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".

  8. 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

    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.

  9. 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

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

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

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

    Quote Message: 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." from Nicola Lowery Councillor for Ironbridge Gorge ward
    Nicola LoweryCouncillor for Ironbridge Gorge ward
  14. 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

    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.

  15. 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

    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.

  16. 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

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