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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Showery spells of rain will work their way through the region today, with some brighter patches this afternoon with highs of 11C (52F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Video caption: 'I was really lonely and isolated after having children'

    Bethany Case did not leave her home for six months after giving birth, and felt utterly alone.

  3. Plenty of rain forecast this weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Most of us have had a fine November day, but we're expecting plenty of rain this weekend.

    Here's your forecast.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for Friday
  4. Council leader wants 'lasting benefit' from birthday

    The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council says he hopes to see a "lasting benefit" from the town's 50th birthday celebrations.

    The authority set aside £2m to fund community projects in the area, such as renovation work in the town park, lighting on the Iron Bridge and a project to tackle homelessness.

    Telford birthday lights

    But Shaun Davies said it also involved "harnessing an ever more positive spirit and involved community here, working together to create an even better borough".

  5. 'More cities interested in Knife Angel sculpture'

    Here are some more photos of the operation to transport a 27ft tall sculpture from its home near Oswestry to Liverpool's Anglican cathedral.

    The Knife Angel was made out of 100,000 bladed weapons that had been collected by police forces around the UK and was created to raise awareness of knife crime.

    Despite the high winds and heavy rain yesterday morning, it was successfully loaded on to the back of a lorry.

    Knife Angel
    Knife Angel
    Knife Angel

    A metal frame had to be made to allow it to be lifted on and off the lorry and since going to Liverpool, its creators say they've been contacted by other cities interested in hosting it.

  6. Telford tops domestic violence table

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Telford has the highest rate of domestic abuse in the West Mercia and Warwickshire police force areas, according to a report due to be presented to Telford and Wrekin Council next week.

    It said in 2016-17 28.2 offences were recorded per 1,000 people, with north Warwickshire's rate of 19.9 the second highest and south Warwickshire's the lowest with 13.2.

    Shadow of man and woman on chair

    The report also said demand on services for victims and perpetrators was increasing.

    In 69% of cases in Telford and Wrekin the perpetrator was male and the victim female.

  7. Hard-hitting approach pleases Tigers coach Watkins

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    Telford Tigers head coach Tom Watkins says he's been pleased with the physical game his team has been playing and said his younger players had delivered "some of the biggest hits I’ve seen this season" in last weekend's match against Blackburn.

    They play Billingham in the league tomorrow and Hull in the cup on Sunday and Watkins said they had been "playing hard all over the ice".

    Ice hockey

    Coventry Blaze make the long trip to Scotland to play two games north of the border.

    They play Glasgow Clan in the Elite League tonight and Dundee Stars tomorrow - two sides below them in the table, before returning home to play Guildford Flames on Sunday.

    Solihull Barons are at home to Sutton Sting on Sunday.

  8. Road reopens after repairs following mystery tunnel find

    A month-long operation to repair a hole in the road at Church Aston, near Newport, is complete.

    Telford and Wrekin Council said the collapse was caused by a culvert beneath Greenvale and Dark Lane, which historians believe was built in the early 1800s to supply ornamental pools.


    Engineers filled the sandstone tunnel with structural foam to make it stable.

    Roadworks in Church Aston
  9. Hospital staff concerns 'must be dealt with'

    The chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust says he's working really hard to make staff feel confident about speaking out, if they have concerns.

    A Care Quality Commission report this week said there was a "culture of bullying and harassment and at times we found a culture of defensiveness" from the hospital leadership and said managers "were not always visible".

    Simon Wright said he thought the challenge was now to act on the concerns that had been raised.

    Simon Wright

    The CQC report rated the hospital and its leadership as "inadequate" and Mr Wright said "it's not acceptable for staff to feel that they're not being respected in the jobs that they're doing." but added "I think I'm an approachable person, I genuinely want to hear".

    He said he and other managers were increasing the amount of time they spent walking about the hospitals, talking to staff and said they'd "had to have a long hard think" about the criticism they were too defensive.

    Mr Wright went on to say "you can't always do the things that the staff would want", but at the same time it was important "concerns were heard and respected".

    Quote Message: That they feel more confident being able to raise concerns is a positive, we now need to deal with those concerns, because it's not acceptable for staff to feel that they're not being respected in the jobs that they're doing." from Simon Wright SATH chief executive
    Simon WrightSATH chief executive
  10. Zac 'feeling like a little boy' after cancer treatment

    BBC Shropshire

    A four-year-old boy who was flown to the USA for cancer treatment after a fundraising campaign that raised £500,000, is back at home and "in high spirits", his dad has said.

    Zac Oliver from Broseley was taken to a hospital in Philadelphia for CAR T-cell therapy, because the NHS said he wasn't eligible to get it in this country.

    US doctors removed cells from his body, which they will now modify and put back into his body when he returns.

    Zac Oliver

    Mark Garbett said it had been a "pretty short stay", but he expected the next one to last several months.

    He described the treatment as "the best chance" for Zac and believes it "stands a very good chance" of success.

    Quote Message: He's really really good he's in high spirits, he's very much feeling like a little boy at the moment, he's doing all the things little boys do at the moment, but it's all very short-lived because while he's back in England he'll go back on the chemo, so he will be a very poorly boy again in a few weeks." from Mark Garbett Zac Oliver's father
    Mark GarbettZac Oliver's father
  11. In the papers: Metro 'could unlock town's potential'

    Shropshire Star

    Here are a few of the stories making the headlines on the Shropshire Star website this morning:

  12. Town celebrates 50th with lights, drums and German beer

    Hundreds of people turned out in Telford last night, to celebrate the town's 50th birthday.

    There were light displays, burning torches creating a "fire garden" on Southwater Lake, drummers and German beer, with the opening of the European Christmas Market.

    Christmas Market

    The fire garden will be lit again tonight and tomorrow night and the Christmas Market will remain until 23 Dec.

    Lights on lake
  13. New £10m footbridge opens

    A new footbridge linking Telford town centre with the railway station opens to the public today.


    The glass-sided structure, including an elevator, was hoisted into place using a crane.

    It's part of a £10m project, which includes the demolition of the old bridge scheduled for this weekend.

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    Video caption: Massive crane in Telford to hoist footbridge into place
  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    A generally bright and breezy day with some sunshine and a few showers with highs of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands