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  1. Wet weather greets thousands attending the V Festival
  2. Liverpool man appears in court charged with Meole Brace murder
  3. Family of missing farmer 'overwhelmed' by offers of help with harvest
  4. Shropshire wildlife trust given £1m to teach conservation skills to young people
  5. Updates on Friday 19 August 2016

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By Andy Giddings

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

Weather: A dry night ahead, but more rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're forecast a dry end to the day, but there is more rain to come tomorrow.

Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast

Football: Telford striker wants ruthless streak

BBC Sport

AFC Telford striker Dave Hibbert says the Bucks need to be ruthless in their efforts to turn decent performances into victories.

They got their first win of the season against Stalybridge on Tuesday and travel to Curzon Ashton tomorrow.

Dave Hibbert
Mike Sheridan

But having still only taken four points form their opening four games, there is room for improvement.

It's about being more ruthless at the back as well as in front of goal."

Dave HibbertAFC Telford United

Soldier and his brother sentenced for Wellington street brawl

Telford Journal

Two brothers - one of whom is a serving soldier - were involved in a brawl outside a pub which left three people injured.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Ice baby survives and soggy start to V Festival

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening - we've got a great story of a baby girl whose heart stopped beating for eight minutes, who has made a full recovery after being "frozen" for three days.  

Baby girl whose heart stopped saved by 'fridge suit'

We'll also be at what's proved to be a soggy start to V Festival in Staffordshire as thousands of people turned up in wet and windy conditions. 

Both those stories and much more from 18:30 on BBC One.

Travel: Slow moving traffic remains around Weston Park

BBC Travel

The traffic around Weston Park looks better this evening than it did first thing this morning, but with more people still arriving for the V Festival, it's not over yet.

And there is still a warning of slow-moving traffic on the A41, near Tong.

V Festival: Rhianna and Justin Bieber headlining

BBC Newsbeat

This weekend's V Festival at Weston Park will be headlined by Rhianna on Saturday and Justin Bieber on Sunday.

Bieber has already said he's planning the "biggest stage production" in V's 21-year history - one part will see 800 gallons of purified, 40C water soak the star at the front of the stage.

The mind boggles.

Justin Bieber

Other performers this weekend who will perform at both the festival's Weston Park site and Hylands Park, Chelmsford include Jess Glynne, Little Mix, David Guetta, Kaiser Chiefs, Travis, Rita Ora and Faithless.

Wildlife Trust gets £1m to teach young people about conservation

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is getting £1m from a National Lottery fund to pay for projects designed to teach young people about the environment and help them get jobs in the field.

It is one of 31 schemes around the country to get one of these grants and young people in the county will be encouraged to get involved in conservation work, starting in the Oswestry and Ellesmere areas next month.


The courses will teach skills such as hedge-laying, wildlife identification and how to clear plants out of ponds.

Headlines: Thousands arrive for V Festival; man in court over murder; wildlife trust gets £1m to teach skills

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this evening:

- Thousands arrive for V Festival at Weston Park

- Man appears in court charged with Meole Brace murder

- Shropshire Wildlife Trust gets £1m to teach conservation skills

American Football: Shropshire Revolution in play-off action

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Revolution travel to Yorkshire to face the Leeds Bobcats in the playoffs this weekend.

It's only the fourth time they've made it into the post-season and after the disappointment of last season's relegation it's a chance to prove a point.

Revolution players

Their opponents narrowly beat the Chester Romans to the NFC II title, finishing with a 9-1 record, so the Revolution will know they're in for a tough game.

Met Office warns of high winds tomorrow

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Met Office is warning of "unseasonably strong winds" and blustery showers tomorrow.

It says there could be gusts of up to 50 mph (80kph) and possible disruption to traffic and outdoor activities.

Hope all those tents at the V Festival are well-secured.

Shropshire's entry in Robot Wars packs a punch

Shropshire's entry in the new series of Robot Wars carries a weapon which claims to pack more power than a sniper's bullet.

Pulsar has been built by Ellis Ware and his parents, Peter and Tara, and is armoured with 8mm (0.3 inch) thick steel plates.

Ellis Ware

Its main weapon is a flywheel which spins at 9000rpm (220mph) and can toss opponents into the air. It also contains parts produced on a 3D printer.

Watch: V Festival organiser confident of putting on a show

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

It's been a damp start to the V Festival weekend and more rain is forecast for tomorrow, but the organisers are in a confident mood.

The V Festival organisers are confident of putting on a show despite the wet weather

Footballer: Lee Fowler leaves AFC Telford United

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Lee Fowler has left AFC Telford United after he and the club agreed to cancel his contract.

Fowler was substituted at Tamworth last week and criticised by manager Rob Smith.

Lee Fowler
Mike Sheridan

V Festival weather forecast from Met Office

For everyone heading to or already at V Festival at Weston Park this weekend, the Met Office have come up with a local forecast for the site.

(Whisper - it's not going to rain all the time).

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BBC Shropshire mangel-wurzel experiment producing results

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Our experiment to try to grow mangel-wurzels is going well.

They were a fashionable crop in the 17th and 18th centuries, but are rarely seen on a commercial scale these days.

We've been growing them with the help of Ellesmere farmer Stephen Jones and this is what they looked like in June.

Mangel wurzels

And when I went to see them today, they were looking a lot bigger.

Mangel wurzels

Travel: Crash on M6

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the M6 northbound between J10 and J10a after a crash near the M54 turn-off.

Not great news, particularly with V Festival traffic on the road.

V Festival: People not being put off by wet weather

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

People arriving at Stafford Railway Station who are heading to Weston Park for this weekend's V Festival say the wet weather's not put them off.   

V Festival goers

The forecast for the weekend at the site includes rain and showers. 

Thousands are expected for the event which will be headlined by Rihanna and Justin Bieber. 

Rio: Mysterious trophies, bikini wax ban and diving over the line

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you're anything like me, you're already looking forward to this weekend's Olympic action, especially those events involving local competitors such as Birchfield Harrier Matthew Hudson-Smith who is due to run in the men's 4x400m team relay on Saturday.

Then there's a pair of West Midlanders for Team GB's women's hockey squad - who battle it out for gold in tonight's final.

But what about the lesser-spotted oddities of the Games?

BBC News takes a look at the quirkier side of competition, from "bored-looking" lifeguards overseeing green pools to a ban on "toilet fishing". And if that's not enough, take a look at the headline above- talk about a close shave, or not, as the case may be.

Bahamas's Shaunae Miller diving to cross the finish line to win the Women's 400m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Headlines: Man in court over Meole Brace murder; police biker hurt; stormy weather warning

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

- Liverpool man appears in court charged with Meole Brace murder

- Police biker hurt in crash near V Festival

- Weekend weather warning

Man appears in court on murder charge

A Liverpool man is scheduled to appear before Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday, charged with the murder of Michael Warham in Meole Brace at the start of the month.

Declan Graves, who is 19, made an appearance before Telford magistrates this morning and will be held in custody until this next appearance.

Shrewsbury Crown Court

Watch: Wet and muddy welcome to V Festival

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

It's August, it's not particularly warm, it's wet and it's muddy - welcome to V Festival at Weston Park.

The three-day event at Weston Park is the biggest in the West Midlands and attracts tens-of-thousands of visitors.

Roads around the site have been getting busy since early this morning.  

V Festival being set up

Missing farmer plea: 'Not knowing is killing us'

BBC Midlands Today

The family of a farmer missing for two months have said they have been "overwhelmed" by the generosity of the public.

Andrew Green, 33, was last seen driving away from Yew Tree Farm in Chorley, Shropshire, on 22 June. 

His distraught parents, Edward and Julie, who appealed for help to find him, have since received offers via social media to help bring in the harvest. 

Missing farmer plea: 'Not knowing is killing us'

Police biker hurt in crash near V Festival

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local LIve

A police officer's been taken to hospital after their marked motorbike collided with a car near the V Festival at Weston Park today. 

Weston Park entrance

Staffordshire Police say it was around 09:00 on Watling Street and both officer and the woman driving the Fiat 500 were treated by paramedics.

The force says their injuries aren't thought to be serious and an investigation's now under way into what happened.

Large barn fire at Alveley

Firefighters were out last night, dealing with a fire in a barn near Alveley which contained around 500 tonnes of straw.

It took them just over an hour to put out and they are still there this morning, making sure it's safe.

Burnt barn
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Travel: Exit closed for V Festival

A reminder if you're on the roads this afternoon. Other arrangements are in place on the M54 and A41 today.

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Some Items stolen from police recovered, but not all

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Some of the items stolen from police forces in the West Midlands have been recovered over the past five years. 

When thieves made off with a blue flashing lamp, officers in Warwickshire managed to get it back. 

But cops in our region haven't always been so lucky. When four horses were pinched from West Mercia Police the thieves got away scot-free. 

Whether items were retrieved or not, some people are already asking whether the boys and girls in blue need to be a little more careful with their own property. 

Items stolen from police forces in the West Midlands

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Stealing off the police

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Handcuffs, emergency vehicles and more than a £100,000 in cash - all items stolen from the police in our region in the last few years. 

Police cars

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request and the items were taken from both individual officers on the beat and police stations. 

We'll have a fuller look at what's been taken, from which force and reaction to the news, on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Weather warning for the Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

An early yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for Saturday.

The Met Office says there may be gusts of 40-45mph which have the potential to cause disruption to travel and outdoor activities.

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Festival-goers reminded to pack their boots

With the wet weather expected to remain tomorrow, here's a reminder from the police.

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Items stolen from police: 'How on earth could all this property go missing?'

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Nine bikes from the West Midlands force, a sat nav in West Merica and a lap top in Staffordshire are among the items stolen from police across the region. They are bound to raise an eyebrow among many. 

Their value ranges from a few pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. "But," I hear you ask, "how on earth could all this property go missing from under the noses of officers?" 

In the case of the £113,000 stolen from within the bowels of the Warwickshire force HQ, the answer is, despite a court hearing, nobody knows.

Bike, sav nav and laptop

You can see more on this story on Midlands Today, BBC One, at 13:30 and 18:30.

Headlines: Man charged with Meole Brace murder; offer of help for missing man's family; V Festival starts

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our headlines this lunchtime:

- Liverpool man charged with Meole Brace murder

- Family of missing farmer offered help to bring in the harvest

- Thousands arrive at Weston Park for V Festival

V Festival 'low on crime' say police

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

This weekend's V Festival at Weston Park should be low on crime, according to police.

Police HQ at V Festival
Staffordshire Police

Over 90,000 people are expected at the event over the weekend and Staffordshire Police say they will have uniformed and plain-clothed officers on site during the event.

It is rare at the V Festival - we do get some tents broken into, not very many at all, and we do get some vehicles broken into. If you come to the festival, your chances of becoming a victim of crime are very slim."

Elliott Sharrard-WilliamsSupt with Staffordshire Police

Football: No panic from Shrewsbury midfielder

Shrewsbury Town have only picked up one point out of nine in their opening three league fixtures and are yet to score a goal - but midfielder Ian Black isn't panicking.

He believes that once the first goal is scored, more will come and that there is enough quality in the squad.

Ian Black
Getty Images

Shrewsbury play Chesterfield this weekend.

People will be questioning the strikers, but we've created the opportunities, it's just finding that edge to slot it in."

Ian BlackShrewsbury Town

Madeley family battling it out on Robot Wars this weekend

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A family from Madeley will be appearing on this Sunday's episode of Robot Wars, on BBC Two

Ellis Ware designed and built Pulsar in nine weeks with the help of his parents.

Ellis Ware

Ellis is entirely self-taught in the art of engineering, which he learned from watching online tutorials.

Robot Wars
Grant Cooper

Weather: Wet weather likely to remain throughout the day

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's not going to be much let-up in the wet weather today, although it might clear for a while late in the evening.

And bad news for everyone at V Festival this weekend - the rain will continue on Saturday.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Travel: Police advise motorists to avoid Weston Park area

BBC Travel

If you're not travelling to the V Festival this morning, the police are advising you to avoid the Weston Park area, because the traffic remains slow there.

Both the A5 and the A41 are busy, heading into the site.

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Adam Green

The family of a farmer missing for two months say they are "overwhelmed" by offers of help to bring in their harvest.

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