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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    It will be a largely dry morning with showers developing into the afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be a cloudy night with some rain and lows of 5C (41F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. 'Experience the key' for Tigers in cup final

    BBC Radio Shropshire Sport

    Telford Tigers head coach Tom Watkins believes experience could be key in their two-legged cup final against Sheffield Steeldogs.

    The away leg is being played tonight and he said: "I think we've got good experience of being in these games, in these competitions.

    "We will be looking for them to lead the younger guys and show them what it takes to win."

    Tigers players celebrate

    Watkins also said the team were really excited to be competing for silverware, but that for the younger players "it will probably be new territory for them, and it's kind of managing emotions and making sure you remain sharp and competitive throughout the game."

    The home leg is being played tomorrow at the Telford Ice Rink, with a 19:00 start.

  4. Headstone remembers penniless title-winner

    A headstone for an Everton footballer has been unveiled in a ceremony in Oswestry this morning.

    Charlie Parry, from the town, won the league title with the Merseyside club over a century ago, but died penniless and was buried in Owestry cemetery without a ceremony in 1922.


    The Everton Heritage Society has arranged for this headstone to be created and representatives from the clubs he played for and the Welsh Football Association have attended a memorial service for him.

  5. '... but deliver us from email'

    A typo in a Ludlow parish service sheet has been voted the nation's favourite.

    The top three errors, as voted by a group of Christian organisations were:

    • "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from email"
    • "The meeting will be gin with prayer"
    • "You are butt dust"

    Examples of humorous mistakes in parish magazines and other publications are on display at the Christian Resources Exhibition, in Manchester, the self-styled "ideal church show" next month.

    Archdeacon Colin Williams officiated at the wedding at St Laurence's Church in Ludlow in 2014 and is due to retire from his current post in Frankfurt at the end of this month.

    "The sheet had been printed before I spotted the error, so before we came to the Lord's Prayer I suggested people recite it in the way they remembered it from school," he said.

    "It didn't seem to worry the young people anyway."

    The finalists were voted on by readers of the Ship of Fools website, Facebook group Church Service Sheet Typos and the Christian Resources Exhibition

  6. Instagram 'most often used for child grooming online'

    Sex offenders are grooming children on Instagram more than on any other online platform, a charity has found.

    Police in England and Wales recorded 1,944 incidents of sexual communication with children in the six months to September 2018, the NSPCC said.

    Generic woman on phone

    West Mercia Police recorded 140 offences with the Staffordshire force recording 85.

    West Midlands and Warwickshire forces recorded 48 offences each during the 18-month period.

    Instagram was used in 32% of the 1,317 cases where a method was recorded, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14%.

  7. Council approves tax rise and extra spending

    The amount of council tax residents pay in Telford is going up by 3.2% from April.

    The move was approved by councillors last night, along with plans to spend an extra £6m on adult social care and children's services.

    Telford sign

    The authority said the tax rise would raise £2m and add an extra 60p a week to the amount paid by the average Band B property in the borough.

    There'll also be extra funding for high street regeneration, community projects, and public transport, paid for by money the authority received in a £3.6m VAT refund.

  8. Storm Freya could bring 'danger to life'

    Storm Freya will bring strong winds which are likely to bring travel disruption to the West Midlands with possible dangerous conditions late Sunday into Monday.

    Weather warning

    The yellow weather warning for wind is in place from 15:00 on Sunday until 06:00 Monday, said the Met Office.

    Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, it said.

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  9. Street cordoned off after fears of chemical incident

    An area of Church Stretton in Shropshire was cordoned off last night after firefighters, police and ambulance crews were called to reports a patient had come into contact with an unknown chemical.

    Buck's Head

    A bag containing an unknown substance was reportedly thrown into the Bucks Head pub on the high street at about 20:00.

    Emergency services attended after reports two people started to feel unwell.

    The substance was later identified by the fire service as not harmful to humans.

    Two people were assessed at the scene, said the ambulance service, but didn't suffer any injuries.

  10. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fairly cloudy day with some drizzle and highs of 11C (52F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will remain cloudy this evening and overnight with some showers and patchy rain with lows of 5C (41F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Car parks to get new payment machines after complaints

    Two Shropshire towns are going to have parking machines which accept coins installed, after complaints from people unhappy that they could only pay using a mobile phone.

    As part of a big parking shake-up in the county, the authority switched to mobile payments in the Spar Bridge car park in Ellesmere and the Mill Street car park in Wem, starting in January.

    Parking machine

    The council said it decided to reintroduce the the coin machines after a "large number of questions, comments and complaints".

    A third car park, Leek Street in Wem, will accept tickets from the coin machine on High Street.

  13. Atlantic rower hopes for charity-boost

    Shropshire rower Kelda Wood said her Atlantic crossing had been a challenge every day but that she felt "remarkably good" physically.

    She said she'd only been able to sleep for a couple of hours after the crossing because she had to talk to people and prepare her ship for transport and added "it's sort of been a bit mad".

    Kelda Wood

    Ms Wood says she now wants to use the publicity she'd gained from becoming the first solo Atlantic adaptive rower to boost awareness of her charity Climbing Out.

    It runs outdoor activity programmes for people aged 16-30 aimed at rebuilding confidence and self esteem in those who have been through "a life changing injury, illness or trauma".

    The 45-year-old herself suffered a severe leg injury in a farming accident in 2002 that left her with a fused ankle.

    She said she was also looking forward to getting home and seeing her dogs again.

  14. Inquest finds Legionnaire's outbreak caused hotel death

    The jury at the inquest into the death of a Liverpool pensioner, after staying at a Ludlow hotel, has concluded she died as a direct result of contracting Legionnaire's disease there.

    It took them less than half an hour to decide that Elaine Brown contracted legionella pneumonia during her stay at the Feathers Hotel in July 2017 and that this infection contributed to a stroke that killed her the following month.

    Elaine Brown

    Mrs Brown's son, Neil Edwards, said the conclusion had been a "big sense of relief" for the family, but that he was sad his children wouldn't grow up knowing her.

  15. Your comments: Shopping centre rethink

    BBC Shropshire

    Suggestions that a cinema, restaurants and maybe a gym could be added to Shrewsbury's Pride Hill shopping centre have been causing some debate on the BBC Radio Shropshire Facebook page.

    The town's three shopping centres were bought by Shropshire Council 12 months ago and it's leader, Peter Nutting, believes a major makeover could bring more people into the town.

    Pride Hill

    Commenting on Facebook, Maggie Brown wrote: "I would definitely like a decent modern cinema. Not sure we need more restaurants or gyms."

    But people also had their own suggestions and Francesca Vernon-Free wrote: "Why would we want those? Decent small business shops-a butchers, a greengrocers, a bakers, hardware store, etc etc. Give small businesses a chance!"

    And Vicki Whittingham added: "I would rather have free parking."