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  1. Ambulance station closures to save £750,000

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Oswestry's ambulance station will close next week despite more than 3,000 people signing a petition to stop it.

    North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson said that locals hadn't been consulted about the closures.

    About 50 people attended a public meeting last night to raise concerns.

    Lawrence Chapelgill, one of the petition organisers, said: "It's a shame, if we could have had these discussions sooner, then maybe things would be different."

    West Midlands amublances

    West Midlands Ambulance Service plans to shut 10 rural hubs across the region which will save £750,000.

    Other sites in Shropshire including Market Drayton, Bridgnorth and Craven Arms will also shut.

  2. Man dies of head injuries week after attack

    A man who was attacked in Pontefract last week has died in hospital.

    Dark Lane, Pontefract

    Simon Hailes, 40, from Worcestershire, was found with serious head injuries at an address on Dark Lane, in the town, at about 05:00 BST on Saturday 18 September.

    He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield where he died a week later.

    Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries, police said.

    Detectives say they are continuing their enquiries to establish the circumstances that have led up to his death and have appealed for anyone with information to contact officers.

  3. Councils agree number of Afghan refugees to home

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    The first Afghan families to be housed in Worcestershire are settling in to their new homes, the county council says, with more arriving by the end of the week.

    Afghan refugees in Kabul over the summer trying to leave

    Worcestershire will be home to 230 Afghans over the next five years in a deal agreed with the Home Office.

    Neighbouring Herefordshire will take in "at least 125", officials say, including up to 56 who'll arrive in November and December.

  4. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy day with spells of showery rain and highs of 15C (59F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands
  5. Two taxi drivers assaulted within minutes

    Two taxi drivers have been assaulted in Bromsgrove.

    West Mercia Police is appealing for information over the attacks that it believes were carried out by the same person.

    At 03:15 BST on Sunday, the force said, a male driver was assaulted on Worcester Road.

    A few minutes later, another was assaulted on Market Street.

    Stock police image

    The suspect is described as a white man, in his mid-30s, of average height and build with a bald head and a short, dark beard.

    He was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

    PC Josh Cashmore said: “We are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time of these incidents to please get in touch.

    “We would also like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area and may have captured the incidents on dash cam.”

  6. Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a wet start it will be a brighter afternoon, with some showers and highs of 17°C (63°F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. Your pictures: Misty mornings

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to our weather watchers for these photos today sent in from Leek, Wolston, Worcester, and Great Chatwell.

    Horses in Leek, Staffordshire
    A spiders web in Wolston, Warwickshire
    Sunrise over Worcester
    A sheep peeps through a fence in Great Chatwell, Staffordshire

    To see more reports, or to get involved yourself, visit the BBC Weather Watchers webpage.

  8. Weather: Dry and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    A dry morning with some sunshine but most areas will see cloud soon spreading across the sky. Gentle winds and a high of 22C/72F.

    This morning in Dudley
    Image caption: This morning in Dudley

    Dry and mostly cloudy tonight with just the odd clear spell, and areas of mist and hill fog developing overnight. Low: 13C/55F.

    You can get the latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  9. Weather: Dry and turning sunnier

    BBC Weather

    It's mainly dry this morning with varying amounts of cloud around which should clear later on, leaving the rest of the day dry and fine, with lots of warm sunshine. High: 21C/70F.

    This morning in Kinver, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Kinver, Staffordshire

    Conditions will be dry and sunny this evening with clear skies to start tonight before turning cloudier towards dawn with some mist and fog patches around. Low: 10C/50F.

    You can get the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  10. Concern over ambulance station closures

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has said lives will be put at risk due to a decision to close the district's two ambulance stations on 3 October.

    Ambulance - generic image

    When the bases in Leek and Biddulph close, the nearest ambulance base will be a central hub in Stoke.

    SMDC leader Sybil Ralphs said the average driving time, using blue lights, from the Stoke hub to Leek town centre was 20-25 minutes and some rural areas required an additional 25-45 minutes due to their remote location.

    She said: "While I appreciate there is increasing and unprecedented demand on the NHS and ambulance services across the board, I am concerned that the people of Leek and Staffordshire Moorlands will be failed by not receiving the service they deserve."

    An ambulance service spokesperson said there were "spare ambulances at the hubs, but not at CAS (community ambulance stations) sites".

    The spokesperson stated: "So if the crew are delayed at hospital, which happens, it means the crew that are coming on to relieve them don't have an ambulance to use, so we lose that crew for however long the delay is."

    They added by "closing the CAS sites we are actually increasing the amount of ambulance time available to respond in the area".