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  1. Transplant boy, five, turns 'athlete'
  2. Telford to host England international
  3. Tribute to poet 120 years after popular tome
  4. Opposition to rabbit farm plans
  5. Updates from Friday 29 July 2016

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Trademark Blud - 'This Charming County' for #MadeInTelford

Telford based rapper Trademark Blud performs 'This Charming County'.
Telford based rapper Trademark Blud and musician Bates perform 'This Charming County' for BBC Radio Shropshire. The track was written especially for our #MadeInTelford project.
Lorry vs house

A major road through Shropshire will be closed until the middle of August after a lorry crashed into a house, authorities confirm.

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Our coverage across the day

We're back in the newsroom from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates this evening and into the morning.

Cricket: Worcestershire strengthen Shropshire ties

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

One of Worcestershire's richest seams of talent in recent seasons has been Shropshire and, more specifically, Shrewsbury School, where the cricket coaching staff is headed by former Worcestershire fast bowler Paul Pridgeon, ex-Shropshire man Andy Barnard and former Warwickshire and Glamorgan seamer Adam Shantry.

The current Worcestershire squad boasts Barnard's son Ed, Shantry's younger brother Jack, current Shropshire skipper Steve Leach's elder brother Joe, as well as England Lions batsman Joe Clarke, who all came through the Shropshire junior system.


Latest off the production line is another Shrewsbury School pupil, 19-year-old Ollie Westbury, who made 196 on his England Under-19s debut against Sri Lanka at Fenners this week.

He just loves batting. Lots of kids want to play T20 cricket but Ollie is a proper old fashioned player who leaves the ball well and just wants to bat as long as he can."

Ed BarnardWorcestershire

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Taking a railway stand

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Tonight on Midlands Today - if you've been commuting by train today, the chances are you had to stand. 

Rail passengers in Birmingham are more likely to have to stand on a peak-time train, than in any other major city outside London.  

Passengers getting off a train

New Department for Transport data for England and Wales shows one in five passengers struggle to find a seat during the morning and evening rush hours. 

I've been looking at the figures and what we can conclude from them - see more on BBC One from 18:30.

Headlines: A41 could stay shut for weeks; New Bucks Head to host youth international

- The A41 near Hinstock could remain closed until mid-August after a lorry crashed into a house earlier this week. 

- Telford Town Park to host its first food festival this weekend

- AFC Telford's New Bucks Head to host England youth international 

'World War One' plane sent on display

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A World War One-style aircraft, built on scraps of an original Bristol Scout bi-plane, has gone on display for the first time after a year of flying.

David Bremner from Ludlow and his brother Rick re-constructed the plane their grandfather "Bunnie" Bremner flew at Gallipoli more than a century ago.

Fl Sub Lt Bremner taking off from Thasos, a Greek island off the coast of Bulgaria
David Bremner
Fl Sub Lt Bremner taking off from Thasos, a Greek island off the coast of Bulgaria

David admits he and his brother have spent "around six figures" on the project, the results of which have been on show at RNAS Culdrose.

They were inspired after finding the plane's control stick, rudder bar and magneto in their grandfather's workshop.

Watch: Weekend weather

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

To get the very latest forecasts from BBC Weather, head to the website.

Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast

International football coming to Telford

Telford United have been chosen to host an England youth international match later this year.

Bucks Head Stadium

The FA has chosen the Bucks Head stadium as the venue for the England under-19s to play the Netherlands equivalent on 1 September.  

Woman gives kidney to stranger

Clare Ashford

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

A Shrewsbury woman has gone ahead and donated her kidney to a stranger after finding out she wasn't a suitable match for her friend as planned. 

Amy Williams is currently recovering at home following the operation and says she's glad it worked out.  

Amy Williams
Amy Williams

I can give to 100% [of people], but some people can only take from 40%...I was doing it for that other person.

Amy WilliamsKidney donor

Shifnal teenager in line for county cricket debut

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

Teenager Harry Chandler has been called up for his Shropshire county debut. 

The 17-year-old wicket keeper, who normally plays at Shifnal, is a product of the county's youth and development programme. 

Shifnal Cricket Club
Ged Scott

There's one other change as Omar Ali is recalled for Shropshire's match against Cheshire, which begins on Sunday.

Shropshire poems' 120 years celebrated with new book

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

Many soldiers who died on the World War One battlefields had a little bit of Shropshire in their pockets. 

"A Shropshire Lad", an evocative collection of poems by A.E.Housman, was popular during the conflict and this year marks its 120th anniversary.

Peter Parker, the author of a new book on Housman, has paid tribute to him.

A. E. Housman
Housman Society

A Shropshire Lad has never been out of print...that can't be said for many volumes of poems."

Peter ParkerAuthor

On this day: First ever TV weather forecast

BBC Archive

Sixty seven years ago today, the BBC broadcast its first ever TV weather forecast.

Oh dear it appears not much changes... rain is forecast today and there were showers back in 1949 as well.

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Oswestry crash leaves motorcyclist in hospital

A motorcyclist has been taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after colliding with a car at Oswestry's Mile End roundabout. 

It means the A483 is shut heading south between the roundabout and the Maesbury Road junction, and there are delays on surrounding routes.

Mile End Roundabout, Oswestry

Police say they hope to re-open the road in the next two hours.   

Five-year-old Harry competes in Transplant Games thanks to new liver from dad
A five-year-old boy who received part of his father's liver is 'competing' in the British Transplant Games - with dad.

Traffic slow following accident in Oswestry

BBC Travel

The A483 in Oswestry is shut, and there are severe delays in both directions between the Mile End roundabout and the Maesbury Road junction.

It follows an accident there earlier - police are directing traffic.

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Standing on trains and blood test breakthrough

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime we'll see how rail passengers in Birmingham are more likely to be forced to stand on a peak-time train than in any other major city in England and Wales outside London.  

Passengers getting onto train

Plus there's news of a revolutionary blood test to detect brain injuries which has been developed in the region. 

We'll have more on those stories and much more from 13:30 on BBC One.

Ellesmere club to unveil new £200k building

Ellesmere Rangers Football Club have given us a first look at the brand new £227,000 changing room facility they are opening tomorrow evening.

The project was made possible thanks to a £95,800 grant from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund

Ellesmere Rangers Football Club
Ellesmere Rangers Football Club

'Conditions' at rabbit farm are campaigners' main concern

An animal rights group protesting against plans to build a rabbit farm near Newport say they aren't opposed to breeding rabbits for meat.

The main concern is that the animals could be kept indoors in cages, which Compassion in World Farming say is "cruel".

Radmore Lane, Gnosall

An eastern European company, which trades online as Romanian Foods, has submitted an application to use land on Radmore Lane in Gnosall for the farm. 

The BBC has approached the company for comment and is awaiting a response.

Oswestry Food Bank looking to diversify

The people who run the Oswestry & Borders Food Bank say its success could lead them to offer other services, such as financial advice. 

The resource, based in Beatrice Street, has been going for five years. There's also one in Ellesmere. 

Oswestry and Borders Food Bank

We would love to be a debt advice centre...helping people to manage money pay all those bills that have to be paid."

Liz JermyOswestry & Borders Food Bank

Launch of Ludlow Loyalty Card Scheme

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser

Shops in Ludlow are pinning their hopes on a loyalty card scheme to help boost business.  

Stanton Stephens of Castle Bookshop and Peter Burden
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser

Telford preparing for first ever food festival

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

Telford Town Park will welcome its first ever food festival this weekend. 

The Telfood Feastival runs all weekend, and will feature more than 100 local food producers. 

Telfood Feastival
Telfood Feastival

The event organisers are hoping it'll do as well as other events they run in the county.

I think that with support, this could become an annual event...we started off small in Shrewsbury, and last year we had 26,000 people

Beth HeathTelfood Feastival organiser

Headlines: Warning over animal farm conditions; food bank wants to help with debt

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

As we head into the afternoon, here are the main stories we are working on in the newsroom:

- Concerns that rabbit farm plans could lead to animals kept in cages

- Telford preparing for first ever food festival

- Oswestry Food Bank looking to help people with debt

Watch: This afternoon's weather

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

The BBC Weather website's also a great place to head to get the latest forecasts for where you live.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Former Telford Blockbuster store to become gym and shops

Shropshire Star

A Telford video rental store that closed nearly three years ago could be transformed into a gym and string of new shops.

Former Blockbuster store in Telford
Shropshire Star

Expert says Pill risk is 'rare' following woman's death

A spokesperson for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service says complications caused by contraceptive pills are rare, after a woman from Newport died from their side effects.  

Charlotte Foster was 23 when she passed away following a blood clot in January, three weeks after seeing her GP.   

Contraceptive pills - generic image
Getty Images

The pill can lead to a very small increase in the risk of blood clots...but women are far more likely to have a blood clot during pregnancy

Katherine O'BrienBritish Pregnancy Advisory Service

Whitchurch woman lands dream job following accident recovery

A Whitchurch woman says she's delighted to be pursuing her dream of becoming a midwife after a car accident left her with serious injuries.

Michelle Dewsnap, 35, broke her back in two places in a head-on collision during her second year at Staffordshire University.

Michelle Dewsnap
Staffordshire University

After taking a year out to recover from her injuries, she's completed her degree and secured a job at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.  

Headlines: Complaints over plans for rabbit farm; Whitchurch woman recovers from car crash

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

- Animal rights group objects to "cruel" plans for rabbit farm in Gnosall

- Whitchurch woman recovers from serious accident to land dream midwife job

- Green Party leader visiting Shropshire today

Five-year-old transplant patient excited about being athlete

A five-year-old boy from Shrewsbury who had his second liver transplant earlier this year is competing in the British Transplant Games today in Liverpool. 

Harry Maceachen was given part of his dad Simon's liver after the original transplant stopped working. 

Harry Maceachan and his family

Joining them are his mum Clare and brother Sam. Harry says he's been "training for lots of running!"  

Better news today for hayfever sufferers

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

'Clean' GB Paralympics squad heading to Rio

The Shropshire-based leader of the British Paralympics squad is confident there are no drug cheats in the British contingent going to Rio. 

Penny Briscoe
WPA Pool

Some Russian athletes could be missing because of the country's doping scandal, but Penny Briscoe from Telford says they've worked hard to ensure those selected are "educated and best prepared to go into the games as clean athletes".      

Animal rights campaigners upset over plans for rabbit farm

Animal rights supporters are opposing plans to build a rabbit farm near Newport. 

Rugeley-based company POE Limited has submitted an application to use land on Radmore Lane in Gnosall to breed the animals for "meat, skins and as pets".  

Radmore Lane, Gnosall

A group called Compassion in World Farming says the plans are "cruel" and "outdated in modern farming".

The BBC has approached the company for comment.

Green Party leader wants Shrewsbury pool to stay

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

The Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett has joined calls to keep Shrewsbury's Quarry Swimming Pool in the town centre.

It comes ahead of her visiting Shropshire to meet with local Greens today. 

Natalie Bennett

Earlier this month, Shropshire Council voted in favour of closing it and building a new pool in Sundorne, but Mrs Bennett says the current site is a key asset to the local area.

If you take people out of the centre, then you're effecting the viability of businesses there...even just the vibrancy there.

Natalie BennettLeader, The Green Party

Headlines: Upset over plans for rabbit farm; 'clean' Rio Paralympics squad

Here are the top stories we are looking at this morning:

- Animal rights campaigners oppose plans to build a rabbit farm near Newport 

- Shropshire-based Paralympics boss confident no British drug cheats are going to Rio

- Green Party leader joins calls to keep Shrewsbury's Quarry swimming pool in town centre.

Watch: Latest weather

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Patchy rain will move southwards through today, easing this afternoon - highs of 20C (68F).

You can read a full forecast on the the BBC Weather page.  

Latest weather for the West Midlands

A41 remains closed at Hinstock

BBC Travel

The A41 is likely to remain closed this weekend after a lorry crashed into a house earlier this week. 

It's affecting the section between the A529 in Hinstock, and the A53 junction at Tern Hill. 

Good morning and welcome to our live page for Shropshire

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the BBC newsroom in Shropshire - we'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

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