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More than 300 children wait to be tested for autism

There are too many children waiting to be assessed for autism in Shropshire, health commissioners says.

A report says there are 320 on the list across the county, with 130 waiting for more than a year.

The Midlands Foundation Partnership Trust has also raised concerns and has held meetings with Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups to find ways of dealing with the backlog.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry day with sunny periods and highs of 21C (70F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry and clear night with lows of 7C (45F).

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Handcuffed man sprayed with incapacitant spray while on the toilet

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carmelo Garcia

Two West Mercia Police officers have been given written warnings a handcuffed man was sprayed with an incapacitant spray while he was partially naked and on the toilet.

Police officer
BBC

The officers discharged the spray at close range on a man in Baschurch in July last year after responding to a call he was threatening to kill a family member, the hearing heard.

The hearing also hear PC Philips sprayed the man again while he was being walked barefoot to the police van.

PC Sharon Phillips and PC Simon Wilkey were found to have breached the force's professional standards at a public misconduct hearing last week.

Both officers were found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour relating to authority, respect and courtesy, use of force, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and fine day with light winds and highs of 22C (72F).

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Team GB: Shortage of women in competitive gliding
With international championships on the horizon, Team GB's female glider pilots want more women in the sport.

Clear and dry start to the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Starting off dry with clear spells tonight, here's the rest of the forecast for the West Midlands:

Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

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

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be some sunny intervals this evening but also some showers which may be heavy.

It should be a dry night with some clear spells with highs of 13C (55F).

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Fewer free hearing aids could be handed out

Shropshire's health commissioners are considering reducing the number of free hearing aids it hands out.

The chair of the clinical commissioning group, Dr Julian Povey said it was "looking long and hard" at the contract to supply the hearing aids and may follow the lead of north Staffordshire, where hearing aids are no longer given to people with mild hearing loss.

Hearing aid
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Dr Povey, who uses a hearing aid himself, promised "we will do things ideally where they will improve patient care", but admitted "we're reaching the point where not everything we do may improve patient care, it may restrict patient care".

The CCG, which is due to merge with the CCG for Telford, has forecast a cumulative deficit of £99.5m by the end of this financial year.

Thunderstorms warning issued

Parts of the West Midlands could be affected by thunderstorms later, with some disruption to travel expected.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning which is in place from 13:00 to 21:00.

Wet night ahead for West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a pretty dry day, we're in for some rain tonight in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast:

Sara Blizzard

Head to the BBC Weather website at any other time for a latest forecast for your area.

Archbishop to visit diocese

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be making a three-day visit to the Diocese of Herefordshire in October.

Justin Welby
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The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be in Herefordshire and Shropshire, learning about the work done by the Bishop of Hereford the Right Reverend Richard Frith, who retires later this year.

The visit will start on 14 October and tickets are being sold to a "conversation with the Archbishop" event in Hereford.

PM's tribute to student paramedic in fatal crash

BBC Midlands Today

The prime minister's paid tribute to a student paramedic who died after the ambulance she was in was involved in a crash with a car.

Tammy Minshall
Staffordshire Police/Family handout

Tammy Minshall, 31, was airlifted to hospital and later died after the crash in Needwood, near Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, last week.

Ms Minshall, from Stretton, Burton-upon-Trent, was a first year student at Staffordshire University and was travelling in the back of the ambulance.

The whole house will want to join me in sending our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tammy Minshall, the student paramedic who was killed in a traffic accident last week while on duty. This is a reminder of the members of all our emergencies services who risk their lives each day on our behalf."

Theresa MayPrime Minister

Wednesday's weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any patches of rain this morning should clear away leaving a mostly dry rest of the day.

Here's the full West Midlands weather forecast.

Sara Blizzard

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

Bracelet designed by an expectant mother could help reduce stillbirth
Pregnant women are given bracelets to tackle their anxieties and record their baby's movements.

Creator of baby movement bracelet found it 'reassuring'

BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire mum who developed a bracelet for counting baby movements during pregancy says she found it reassuring to be able to keep track of them on busy days.

The bracelets are now being given to all pregnant women in Shropshire after 24 weeks, and mums-to-be are asked to move a small hoop around each bead when they notice a movement.

Maternity bracelet
SATH

Louise Macleod said she decided to create the prototype herself because she couldn't find an easy way to keep count and "it helped me notice patterns of movement I don’t think I would have otherwise have found".

She said that once her baby was born, she used the bracelet to remind her which side she was feeding her son from.

The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford say it's important that changes in a baby's movement are reported as soon as possible.

'Just wonderful' - nurse overjoyed to finish Severn swim

Allen Cook

BBC News

"I'm just so happy" - a nurse has expressed her delight at finishing her challenge to swim the length of the River Severn.

Melissa in part of the river
Melissa Compton

Melissa Compton, 39, had to overcome illness, low tides and horrendous weather conditions to finish the 220-miles, having started in Wales last month.

Finishing today at Severn Beach, she told the BBC the last few miles had been muddy but it was overall "very nice, just wonderful".

The intensive care nurse has been supported by colleagues at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and raised money for Versus Arthritis.

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Baby movement bracelet aims to reduce stillbirths

BBC Midlands Today

Thousands of pregnant women in Shropshire are to be given bracelets to record their baby's movements in the hope of reducing stillbirths.

The bracelet being worn
BBC

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) says there are 14 beads on it and expectant mums move a small hoop around each of them when they feel movement.

By doing that, the trust says they should find it easier to track their baby's movement pattern, know when to expect movement and report any concerns earlier.

It comes as the county's hospitals are being investigated over avoidable baby deaths since 1998.

Last month, NHS Improvement said it had asked for details of hundreds more cases but they were not necessarily the result of sub-standard care.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a mainly dry day with some brightness but the odd chance of showers with highs of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

More visits to libraries and theatre reported

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There's been an increase in the number of people visiting Shropshire's libraries - they rose by 16,524 to 918,755 in the last financial year.

The number of people visiting Theatre Severn (pictured below) in Shrewsbury has risen by 8% to 199,632.

Theatre Severn
BBC

However, Shropshire Council reported a small fall in the number of visitors to attractions in Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Acton Scott.

Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum also saw small falls.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry night with long clear spells and lows of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with long sunny spells with highs of 25C (77F).

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'Hero' police dog and handler to get bravery award
Bacca the dog was slashed in the head eight times and PC Mike Davey suffered a deep cut to his hand.

Council decides not to sell off 4,100 homes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Shropshire Council has decided not to sell off its stock of 4,100 homes.

It says it has been carrying out a review of its housing stock to make sure it has enough homes for those who need them.

Shropshire Council
BBC

The properties will continue to be managed by Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, the company the council set up to maintain them.

Thursday night's weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A sunny end to the day and then a dry night with long, clear spells.

Here's the full forecast for tonight and tomorrow in the West Midlands:

Sara Blizzard

You can stay up to date with the latest forecast for your area at any time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

BreakingPolice name paramedic killed in ambulance crash

A trainee paramedic killed in an ambulance crash in Burton-upon-Trent yesterday was 31-year-old Tammy Minshall from Stretton, Staffordshire, police say.

She died after the ambulance collided with a BMW at the junction of Belmot Road and Anslow Road.

Tammy Minshall
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