Officers are urgently hunting for a man who carried out a serious sex assault on a 63-year-old woman near a nature reserve in Birmingham.
The government says it has 'no plans' to spend about £1bn on buying the M6 Toll road in order to make it free for users.
Officers are continuing to work with Interpol to trace a man suspected of fatally shooting a businessman during a warehouse raid.
Non-league side Stourbridge's FA Cup second-round tie with Northampton is postponed because of a frozen pitch.
All week you have been using Your Questions to ask about the West Midlands. Here are some of our answers.
Police say property may have been stolen from a man whose body was found in a city centre.
Poundland admits breaching food hygiene laws after rodent-damaged chocolate Santas were found at a store.
Three England football team captains take part in a film on how to keep children safe in the game.
Pop group Duran Duran express shock and anger after losing a court battle to reclaim US rights to some of their most famous songs.
A man who caused train delays, costing the rail industry £150,000, has been jailed for 14 months.
For 26 years hundreds of thousands of fashion lovers have made their way to Birmingham for The Clothes Show Live.
It's 100 years since the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) was set up to warn the public about the dangers in everyday situations.
Train delays caused by leaves on the line could be avoided if a new, low-cost sensor developed at the University of Birmingham is used on railway networks.
A school in Birmingham is creating healthy food boxes for parents in a bid to tackle obesity.
As The Clothes Show bows out of Birmingham, we take a look back at the history of an event that has become a significant part of the fashion industry.
West Brom move up to sixth in the Premier League by beating Watford at The Hawthorns for a third win in four league games.
Kemar Roofe scores his first Leeds United goal as the play-off-chasing Whites end Aston Villa's seven-game unbeaten run.
Sam Winnall nets twice against 10-man Birmingham City as Barnsley win at St Andrew's.
League Two side Luton Town come from behind to deny non-league Solihull a place in the third round of the FA Cup.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he has to "bite his tongue" at the moment after he lost a £3.7m High Court battle with former club Crystal Palace.
An early reunion and a boss with a second chance feature among BBC Sport's stories to watch in the FA Cup second round.
New Solihull Moors manager Liam McDonald reveals the first time he met his new squad was immediately before their FA Cup first-round replay win over Yeovil.
Wolves end their nine-game winless run and pick up their first victory under new boss Paul Lambert by beating 10-man QPR.
Anthony Joshua names Team GB boxing performance director Rob McCracken as his full-time coach.
West Midlands swimming coach David Finney retires at 83 as an 'Unsung Hero' after over 40 years passing on skills.
Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigns after admitting defeat in a constitutional referendum.
The US Army denies access for an oil pipeline in North Dakota in a victory for Native American activists.
John Key announces he will resign as prime minister of New Zealand after eight years in the job.
US President-elect Donald Trump tweets criticism of China's monetary and South China Sea policies.
Far-right Norbert Hofer loses to environmentalist Alexander Van der Bellen in Austria's presidential election.
Adults who groom children into committing crimes could be targeted under new laws in Australia.
The number of people confirmed dead in a warehouse fire in California rises to 33.
Tens of thousands of Brazilians march against a Congress vote which they say could threaten a major corruption investigation.
Fidel Castro's remains are buried in a family ceremony, ending nine days of mourning in Cuba.
A gunman in Finland kills three women - a local politician and two journalists - in Imatra.
One of India's most powerful and popular politicians, J Jayalalitha, has had a heart attack.
Venezuela is issuing higher-value notes to help alleviate the problem of soaring inflation.
A man and his dog are airlifted from chest-high floods in the Costa del Sol region of Spain.
Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen promises to be "pro-European" and open-minded.
A small tornado descends on Russia's Olympic city Sochi as stormy weather batters the coastline.
Villagers in Brindapur, West Bengal, have gone back to bartering because of India's cash crisis.
Cubans line the streets to see Fidel Castro's funeral cortege before he was laid to rest at a cemetery in Santiago.
A vigil is held for the three women - a local politician and two journalists - shot dead in Finland.
China's tech giants are backing sophisticated bike hire as a solution to the country's congested roads.
Internet project gives daily updates from major figures in a Facebook-style format.
Moviegoers are staying away amid mass demonstrations against country's president.
Group wants people to celebrate "traditional" Saint Nicholas instead.
Raffy Lerma is a photo-journalist documenting the nightly killings in the Philippines' government's war on drugs.
Myanmar's Rohingya have been described by the UN as "the most friendless people in the world".
Many of the fake news websites that sprang up during the US election campaign have been traced to a small city in Macedonia, where teenagers are pumping out sensationalist stories to earn cash from advertising.
People who have fled the war in Syria tell us what objects they carried with them when they left their homes.
Millions have watched a film from Uruguay depicting Donald Trump as a robot at war with Mexicans.
Delighted Canadian Vera Sommerfeld, 96, now heads a family with six generations all alive at once.
Women in India are "loitering" together at night time to change attitudes about what females can do.
Three Lebanese women have launched an app designed to stop street harassment.
Despite not having been paid for months, these surgeons are fighting for lives on childbirth wards.
Along with making a religious statement, the hijab is now central to fashion in the Muslim world.
Pensioner Joe Bartley is keen to start work after his "dying of boredom" paper ad earns him a job.
The government wants to overturn a High Court ruling that it does not have the right to begin the formal countdown to departing the EU.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson jokes that Andrew Marr has stolen his best lines in a discussion on Brexit.
The BBC's Andrew Marr asks Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson if his sense of humour translates well into other languages.
Dawn and Ian Brown-Lartey, whose son died in a crash, want tougher sentences for dangerous drivers.
The Scottish parliament could provoke a constitutional crisis over Brexit, says Alex Salmond.
Westminster's Christmas tree travelled 330 miles before being set up in front of Big Ben.
A drug that reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will be given to NHS patients in England.
Twin sisters Irene Crump and Phyllis Jones have just celebrated their 100th birthday.
Lottery winner Jacqui Shannon didn't realise she had won the £1 million prize for three weeks
A one-legged amateur footballer has been shortlisted for the SPFL's goal of the month
A three-year old girl who helped save her mother's life has been praised by emergency services for her quick thinking.
Music stars and MPs record a single as a tribute to the Labour backbencher Jo Cox, who was murdered in her constituency.
A zip wire over the River Thames in London raises £1m for charity.
Former German soldier donated his life savings.
A young grey seal is found stranded next to an ice rink at the Pierhead in Liverpool.
Clergy speak out in a film to encourage acceptance of people's different sexuality.
John Cleese explains to Radio 4's Today the deep rapport he had with co-star Andrew Sachs
Watch the Fawlty Towers scene which created waiter Manuel's most famous line. Andrew Sachs, the actor who played him, has died at the age of 86.
Earlier in the year the BBC brought you a story about the Isle of Muck having trouble finding a new teacher. A woman saw that report, and liked the look of island life.
Dean Radford claims he was abused as a young player by a former employee of Southampton Football Club. Emma Vardy spoke to him.
An 18-year-old who has lived in the UK since she was four says she's been denied a chance to attend university.
Johan Norberg talks about the pace of human progress, claiming it has never been so good.
Police say 55 clubs are now involved in the inquiry into child abuse in football.
Researchers from Newcastle University say it is easy to guess credit card details
The daughter of a retired teacher who died after being exposed to asbestos at school, is warning parents of the risk to their children.
The Liberal Democrats have caused a major upset in the Richmond Park by-election, overturning a 23,015 majority to oust ex-Tory MP Zac Goldsmith.
Hundreds of millions of cigarettes made in Eastern Europe are being smuggled into the UK - watch tobacco dogs uncover traders' hiding places.
Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day.
Tom Hayes discusses how there is still a stigma on HIV-infected people
A former Newcastle United footballer has become the latest to say he was abused by coach George Ormond.
A Carmarthen taxi driver has his licence suspended for refusing to take a woman with multiple sclerosis on a short fare.
SNP MP Mhairi Black criticises the decision to pay for the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace when the state pension age has been raised for some women.
A Sitka Spruce tree from a Northumberland forest is put up in front of the Houses of Parliament.
The chief inspector of schools in England says the failure to improve schools in the north and East Midlands feeds into a sense that people are not being treated fairly.
Brexit books, Donald Trump cap and toilet paper and Corbyn songs for Christmas gifts?
The daughter of a fatal stroke victim who donated his organs describes how his final wishes helped the family cope with his death.