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House of Fraser store closures to go ahead

House of Fraser is pushing ahead with plans to close almost half of its stores, including six in the Midlands, after settling a legal row with a group of landlords.

House of Fraser, Wolverhampton
Google

The landlords had argued slashing rents on remaining stores was unfair to them, putting the rescue plan in jeopardy.

The deal means the retailer can go ahead with its plan to close 31 of its 59 stores in January - including ones in Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Shrewsbury, Telford, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

However, the deal will not be enough to safeguard House of Fraser's future, with it now urgently seeking fresh investment in order to survive.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today looks set to be dry with a good deal of sunshine and highs of 29C (84F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Bradford celebrate their win at Shrewsbury

Jack Payne's first-half goal secures a winning start for Bradford's new head coach Michael Collins with victory at Shrewsbury.

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Hereford Magistrates Court

Centralising remand cases 'means people are being held in cells for a long time', its claimed.

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Tonight will be another humid night, with just a gentle breeze, and lows of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your photos: Castle under dark clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

This was Ludlow Castle this morning, as photographed by BBC Weather Watcher David E.

If you want to become one of our watchers, head to the website and sign up.

Ludlow Castle
David E

Man hurt in fall down six-foot pit

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man who fell down a disused six-foot pit at an industrial estate has been rescued by firefighters and taken to hospital.

Emergency services at Halesfield
Shropshire Fire Service

The ambulance service said it happened this morning at Halesfield, Telford, with a fire crew lifting the man, in his 60s, from the hole.

It said he suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to hospital.

Rescue under way after man falls down six-foot pit

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's being rescued after falling down a six-foot disused pit, the fire service says.

Fire engines
Shropshire Fire Service

Three fire engines were called to Telford just before 11:30.

Shropshire Fire Service said it was giving the man first aid until the ambulance service arrived.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any early mist or low cloud will clear to leave a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 26C (79F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

CSE survivors group set for more funding

Mark Elliott

BBC News

A project to help survivors of child sexual exploitation (CSE) could soon have its funding extended.

The Holly Project is an independent drop-in service based in Wellington.

It opened yesterday for an initial six months and is being funded by Telford and Wrekin Council.

What I want to do is be able to learn from what we can do over the next six months and then look to extend the scheme. I've had some fantastic conversations with those running the project and I think that we can be in a position very shortly where we're announcing an extension to the funding."

Shaun DaviesLeader of Telford and Wrekin council

In the papers: Figures show large fall in county pubs

Shropshire Star

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, at J4 for A464 Castle Farm Interchange.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of an accident.

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

The MT McKinley Building based on Shrewsbury Business Park run by Shropshire Council

In a letter to directors, the chief executive said the move was in order to remain within spending budgets.

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Boy and girl 'seriously hurt' in crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

Two children are in hospital after being "seriously" hurt in a crash between a van and a car.

A4169 in Lightmoor
Google

It happened yesterday afternoon on the A4169 in Lightmoor, Telford, police said.

A seven-year-old girl and a boy, aged five, were taken to hospital along with a man and a woman.

Officers say the children's injuries are serious but not life-threatening.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a fine and dry day with sunny spells and highs of 26C (79F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Here's how tomorrow's weather's looking

BBC Weather

It's been mainly dry today although there's still a small chance of a shower around in the West Midlands.

For tonight and tomorrow though, here's how the weather's looking.

Shefali Oza

If you want to get a latest forecast at any other time for your part of the region, head to the BBC Weather website.

Jon Nolan

Shrewsbury Town duo Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan have submitted transfer requests after the League One club rejected bids for the pair.

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Arrest after woman 'attacked in car'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A woman's been attacked in her car in what police think is a "domestic-related" crime.

Ferry Road, Telford
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They say she was in her vehicle last night in a layby on Ferry Road, Jackfield, Telford, when two men came up to the car and attacked her, leaving her needing hospital treatment.

A 21-year-old man's been arrested and officers say they are still trying to trace two more people in connection with the assault.

Severe accident: A4169 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4169 Shropshire both ways severe accident, from Lightmoor Road to B4373 Castlefields Way.

A4169 Shropshire - A4169 Castlefields Roundabout in Lightmoor closed in both directions from the Lightmoor Road junction to Castlefields Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Support group starts for child sexual abuse survivors

Carlie Swain

BBC News

A project to help survivors of child sexual exploitation (CSE) has opened in Shropshire today.

The Holly Project is an independent drop-in service that's run by survivors of CSE, based in Wellington.

It's been funded by Telford and Wrekin Council and run by YMCA Wellington who say it's been set up in response to the needs of survivors and their families.

They add that it'll offer people a safe place to get support and advice from people who know the trauma of CSE.

What's the weather going to bring us?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It looks like being another dry, sunny start to the day for the region - here's the forecast for the rest of today:

Sara Blizzard

If you want to get a latest weather update for your part of the West Midlands at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

In the papers: Communities lose road safety scheme

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Most areas will remain dry through this evening and tonight, with some clear spells and lows of 11C (52F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Your photos from BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watchers

Our local BBC Weather Watchers have sent a trio of pictures of our region's waterways.

They're from users Sunny Yan in Spetchley, Liams Eye in Horsehay and SteveC in Warwick:

Spetchley
Sunny Yan
Horsehay
Liams Eye
Warwick
SteveC
Meet the Midlands storm chaser with ruby slippers
She loves the adrenaline rush of a thunderstorm - and takes a bit of Oz along for the ride.

Man dies and seven hurt in crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's died in a crash between two cars.

It happened yesterday afternoon on the A454 in Worfield, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the ambulance service said.

The A454 near Worfield
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When workers arrived, it said, the man was in cardiac arrest and was already getting CPR but he could not be saved and died at the scene.

Seven other people were hurt and taken to hospitals across the region.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After early showers clear, it should be a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 22C (57F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J3 for A41 Newport Road to J2 for A449 Stafford Road.

M54 Shropshire - M54 closed eastbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of a spillage on the road. Diversion in operation - solid square diversion symbol.

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

Severe accident: A454 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A454 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between Swancote and Brook Lane.

A454 Shropshire - A454 in Swancote closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Swancote junction and the Brook Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

World champion signs up for street cycle race

Five-time world champion and three-time Olympic Gold medalist Ed Clancy has signed up for next month's Newport Nocturne race.

Ed Clancy
Newport Nocturne

The Nocturne is Britain’s "original" floodlit cycle race, say organisers, and it's returning on 18 August after a four-year absence.

Clancy won the power-assisted Derny bike race at the 2012 event.

Event co-organiser Diane Jeggo said: “We’re thrilled that Ed will be at the Nocturne again. He’s a great character and is always in the thick of the action.”

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas rode the Nocturne in 2007.

Severe accident: A49 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A49 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between Burgs Lane and Shrewsbury Golf Club.

A49 Shropshire - A49 in Bayston Hill closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Burgs Lane junction and the Shrewsbury Golf Club junction, because of an accident.

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