Melissa Wright

Reporter

Melissa is a reporter and presenter at ITV News Central. She covers stories across the Midlands, with women's sport among her specialisms. A keen self-shooter and online journalist, she was nominated for Newsroom Journalist of the Year at the ITV News Awards 2017.

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Report: Vandalised remembrance school garden re-opens

A school which had a Remembrance Garden for former pupils vandalised has held a special ceremony of rededication. The service was also to remember students who have given their lives in conflict.

Police are still investigating the unexplained attack at Loughborough Grammar School in August in which commemorative trees were torn down. Melissa Wright reports.

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Midlands buses getting slower as roadworks take their toll

Buses are a lifeline for thousands of people across the Midlands, but some routes are slower now than they have been in years with roadworks and congestion taking their toll.

Midlanders make millions of bus journeys every year, but one operator says the average speed on some of its routes is now just six miles per hour. We sent our reporter Melissa Wright on one of the buses in central Birmingham during our live programme to find out what the problem is.

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Karate teacher fights off men trying to steal his car

A man who fought off three men as they attempted to steal his car has called on drivers to be more vigilant about keeping their vehicles locked while they're driving.

Police are investigating the attempted car jacking in the Aspley area of Nottingham - as well as a second attempted robbery, thought to have been carried out by the same gang nearby. Melissa Wright reports.

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Report: Could a rise in beer tax hit Midlands pubs?

There are fears that pubs in the East Midlands could suffer if the Chancellor decides to increase beer duty in his budget later this month.

There are more than 120 breweries and almost 4,000 pubs across the East Midlands - and campaigners are concerned we could see closures and job losses if taxes on beer are raised. Melissa Wright reports.

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Pride of Britain East Midlands Finalists: Toni Bowie

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Midlands. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our last finalist in the East Midlands is Toni Bowie from Barwell in Leicestershire. After her partner was diagnosed with a brain tumour, Toni made it her mission to raise thousands of pounds for the Brain Tumour charity to support others fighting the disease. Melissa Wright reports.

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Pride of Britain West Midlands Finalists: Ian Northcott

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Midlands. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our final nominee in the West Midlands is Ian Northcott from Bromsgrove. Ian's charity Socks and Chocs began helping the homeless by giving them basic supplies, such as socks - and now funds schemes to provide accomodation for those facing homelessness. Melissa Wright reports.

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Pride of Britain East Midlands Finalists: Sasha Karimjee

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Midlands. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our next East Midlands finalist is Sasha Karimjee from Clifton in Nottingham who began cooking curries to raise money for her closest friend who'd been diagnosed with cancer. A year later - and she's set up her own charity to raise funds for people in need of help. Melissa Wright reports.

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Pride of Britain West Midlands Finalists - Gurjeet Dhami

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Midlands. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our third nominee in the West Midlands is Gurjeet Dhami from Halesowen in Birmingham. After Gurjeet's husband took his own life, she went on to raise thousands of pounds for charities dedicated to preventing suicide. She's been talking to Melissa wright about what motivated her to start fundraising.

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Pride of Britain East Midlands Finalists: Lorraine Barnes

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Midlands. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our second East Midlands nominee is Lorraine Barnes from Bothamsall near Retford. Lorraine's two sons have the genetic condition Cystic Fibrosis, driving her to raise more than £100,000 over twelve years for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the fight to find a cure. Melissa Wright reports.

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Pride of Britain West Midlands Finalists: Dora Cooper

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the Midlands. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Next this week, it's Dora Cooper from Brierton near Rugeley in Staffordshire who started raising money for charity at the age of 80. She's still raising money at the age of 102, with her latest fundraising efforts going to the Midlands Air Ambulance. Melissa Wright reports.

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