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Lighting protests over 'lack of climate change action'

Environmental campaigners beamed messages on to Shropshire Council’s headquarters criticising the authority's "lack of action” in tackling climate change.

Members of Extinction Rebellion Shrewsbury beamed images and videos on to the council’s Shirehall headquarters and the nearby Lord Hill’s column.

“It’s been seven months since Shropshire Council declared a Climate Emergency,” said Jamie Russell from the group.

One of the images
Extinction Rebellion

“Back in May they told us that the climate crisis posed a catastrophic threat to humanity and that urgent action was needed.

“But seven months on, we’re still waiting for them to even deliver a Climate Action Plan."

The council says it will unveil its plans to tackle climate change at a meeting of full council on 19 December.

Yellow weather warnings for Shropshire and Staffordshire

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind in Staffordshire and parts of Shropshire.

Yellow weather warnings across Shropshire and Staffordshire
Met Office

It said very strong winds were expected which may cause some disruption across the region, particularly with public transport. There is also a risk of short-term power outages, it added.

Winds are expected to reach up to 50mph in some areas.

You can find Met Office updates here.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a wet start it will be a mainly dry morning with a few bright spells and highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Showers ahead tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The weather's continuing to be unsettled tonight as it's set to be cloudy and windy with blustery showers:

Rebecca Wood

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

Warning issued over foggy roads

BBC News Travel

There's some thick fog around this morning, with motorists being advised to take care.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with the odd shower and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Staying dry into tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There could be some patches of fog around tonight but it'll be mainly dry:

Rebecca Wood

You can stay up-to-date with the weather in your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

A wrap up warm day

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Cold, dry and cloudy to start today and but sunny spells later.

Rich Davis

You can get a latest update for the forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Thousands of children in temporary accommodation

Fourteen children become homeless every day across the region, the charity Shelter says.

Child
BBC

It said 7,370 children in the West Midlands are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

The report looked at the impact of temporary accommodation like hostels and emergency bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) on families.

The charity's findings also suggest that homelessness is at its highest rate since 2006.

Shelter's findings only represent some of the children in Great Britain who are homeless. In England, there are thought to be a further 4470 homeless families who have found their own temporary accommodation.

Lagging for customers in pipe 'hotspot' areas

Severn Trent Water is to bring in extra resources to help repair leaks and burst pipes this winter.

Severn Trent sign
BBC

The company is providing free pipe lagging in areas of the region that it says are "hotspots" for leaky pipes.

It's also advising people to wrap pipework, fittings and storage tanks that are kept in unheated areas of the home .

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty start in some areas it will be a dry day with bright spells and highs of 7C (45F).

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Musical farewell to Ironbridge Power Station cooling towers
A violinist performs a serenade for a skyline that demolition will change forever.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry, cold night with some mist and fog with lows of 0C (32F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cold start it will be a dry and bright day with highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Fog likely to cause travel disruption

Fog is likely to cause some travel disruption overnight and into Saturday morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

The yellow warning is in place from 01:00 to 11:00 on Saturday.

Watch out for the frost and ice

Icy roads and pavements are likely to cause travel disruption.

Weather map
Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice for the West Midlands until 10:00.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cold dry day with plenty of sunshine and highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Investigation after renal patient bleeds to death

An investigation is under way after a renal patient being treated by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust bled to death during dialysis.

A hospital report has revealed the man, who had type 1 diabetes and eyesight problems, suffered a cardiac arrest in June after a venous port became disconnected.

Renal ward
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The Health and Safety Executive is looking into the death, which is one of five serious incidents highlighted in the trust's board papers being discussed today.

Warning for ice issued

Icy roads and pavements are likely to cause travel disruption, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

Temperatures are set to drop overnight, with a yellow warning for ice in place for the whole of the West Midlands from 00:15 to 10:00 on Friday.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry day with some sunny spells and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Wet start to Wednesday night

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There'll showers around as we head into tonight but some areas should turn drier as the night goes on:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Staffing issues blamed for train delays and cancellations

There were more cancellations and delays to West Midlands Railway trains in and out of Birmingham yesterday evening and the company has apologised, blaming staffing issues.

It said a number of issues led to trains missing their slots and that meant train crews weren't at the station, to board their next train, when they needed to be.

West Midlands Railway train
BBC

The company has been criticised by commuters for delays and cancellations of services over the past two months, which have been blamed on timetable changes, staffing issues and the wet weather.

The issues which delayed trains, leading to the staffing issues were listed as:

  • Road vehicles hitting two bridges
  • A broken-down freight train
  • A passenger taking ill and needing an ambulance
  • Signal failures
  • Trespass
  • Two passengers fighting on a train
  • Fare dodgers
  • A case of arson

Football club and council end row over cash

The New Saints football club and Shropshire Council say they've resolved their argument over £80,000 given by the local authority to pay for a new stand.

The football club had maintained it was a grant, but the council said it was a loan which should have been paid back and the two sides had been threatening to take the row to the courts.

TNS
BBC

The two sides have both released statements today.

While the club hasn't revealed whether the council money will be repaid, the TNS chairman Mike Harris said it had reached "a negotiated settlement that leaves both parties able to move forward in a positive position".

And under the terms of their agreement, the football club has agreed to spend £60,000 on projects to "benefit the people of Oswestry and Shropshire" over the next five years.

Council buys shares to fund its housebuilding company

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Shropshire Council is putting £1.6m into its new housebuilding company, Cornovii Developments.

The company is due to start on two housing developments, at Ifton Heath and at Frith Close in Shrewsbury, in the new year and the money will be used to purchase the land.

Shropshire Council
BBC

In return for the money, Shropshire Council will get 1,625,000 £1 shares in Cornovii Developments.

Average wages in Shropshire are well below national average

Wages in Shropshire are more than £3,500 lower than the national average and almost a third of jobs pay less than the real living wage, a report has found.

The Marches Local Enterprise carried out the research and said this could be partly because while Shropshire is an attractive place for families, many young people leave to find better job prospects elsewhere.

Cardingmill valley
BBC

The research also found while the region has fewer than average residents with low skills, there are plenty with strong mid-level and technical skills.

Warnings of high river levels remain

There are flood alerts for a number of rivers in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

They affect the rivers Lugg, Leadon, Avon, Tern, Perry, Leam and the Bow and Piddle brooks.

Puddle
Dammo

The Environment Agency said water levels were likely to remain high because the ground couldn't soak up any more water at the moment.

Your photos: Squirrel and autumn leaves

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had some great photos in today from our local BBC Weather Watchers of autumn leaves and a superb one of a squirrel.

First, the squirrel - from user Grum in Ellesmere:

Ellesmere
Grum

Plus these two are from users Laura and Glenn in Delph, Dudley and Fiona D in Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire:

Delph
Laura and Glenn
Staunton on Wye
Fiona D