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Summary

  1. Two in hospital after chemical leak
  2. First Telford council homes built
  3. Shrewsbury Folk Fest under way
  4. Updates from Friday 26 August 2016

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By Alex Seftel

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Preparing for the bank holiday getaway

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

It's the great bank holiday getaway and for once it's looking good. 

Things were running smoothly at Birmingham Airport this morning, despite a record number of passengers. 

Montage of getaway shots
BBC

And on the roads, there's encouraging news at some of the West Midland's main bottlenecks. 

Will it last? I'll have the latest on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Carding Mill Valley from the air

BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today's Midlands from the Air series visits the south Shropshire hills

BBC Midlands Today's Midlands from the Air series has turned the spotlight on Carding Mill Valley in south Shropshire.Drone cameraman Joe Barrett and weather presenter Rebecca Wood visited the hills at Church Stretton to see how the National Trust is attracting wildlife back. 

Find out more from 18:30 on BBC One.

Telford Tigers getting ready for ice hockey return

Telford Tigers face a friendly against Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend as the countdown to the English Premier League season continues.

They've had two training sessions a day during pre-season, and are expecting a tough test against the Buckinghamshire side, which they expect to challenge for silverware this year.

Telford Tigers
Steve Brodie

Tigers coach Tom Watkins has been impressed with his squad’s efforts during those opening sessions, and expects more of the same this weekend.  

The guys are of course tired and a little sore in places, but you have got to expect that. They’ve had a great attitude to what has been a very tough week."

Tom WatkinsCoach, Telford Tigers Ice Hockey Club

Lib Dems select candidates in case of a general election

A member of Shropshire Council has been selected to fight the next general election for the Liberal Democrats in the Shrewsbury and Atcham seat, currently held by Daniel Kawczynski. 

Councillor Hannah Fraser's selection has been made in case there happens to be a general election before the spring. 

Tom Thornhill
BBC

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Tom Thornhill (above), who ran against Owen Paterson last year, has been selected for the Lib Dems in North Shropshire.

Six inhale fumes after ammonia leak at Shropshire abattoir

Shropshire Star

Six people were treated by paramedics after an ammonia leak at an abattoir in Shropshire today.

Ambulances
Shropshire Star

Watch: Weather forecast - a damp weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

This evening will be dry with some good sunny spells.

Tomorrow, after a dry morning, outbreaks of rain will affect us during the afternoon. The rain will become heavy and prolonged at times, with a risk of thunder. 

Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

Rebecca Wood has your weekend update

Headlines: Two in hospital due to chemical fumes; heavy traffic as folk festival opens

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

As we head into the evening, these are the the main news stories in Shropshire:

- Two people in hospital after ammonia leak at Hordley meat processing factory

- Congestion around Shrewsbury town centre as hundreds head to the Folk Festival

- Classic car restoration business passed over to its 60 employees.

Pair in hospital after chemical leak at Shropshire food firm

Two people are being treated in hospital after inhaling ammonia fumes at a meat processing plant near Ellesmere.

It comes after a fridge unit burst at the ABP Food Group site in Hordley this morning, allowing the chemical to leak.

ABP Food Group
Google

A man and a woman have since been taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital suffering with throat irritation.

Congestion as traffic heads to Shrewsbury Folk Festival

BBC Travel

The Shrewsbury Folk Festival means there's heavier traffic than usual on Smithfield Road. 

It's particularly busy near the A488 Mardol Quay junction. 

Shrewsbury Folk Festival gets under way

Shrewsbury's Folk Festival is one of many bank holiday activities happening across the county this weekend, including Ellesmere Rocks and the Jackfield Sunflower Festival.

It's also the event's 20th year this year, and it seems the celebratory mood has hit the West Midlands Showground already.

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Your photos: Myddle and Telford

It looks a lovely day across Shropshire as these views of Myddle (top) and Telford from regular BBC Weather Watchers Len Ticular and Raj's Range show.

We'd love to feature your photos - email them, tweet us on @bbcshropshire or message via Facebook.

Myddle
Len Ticular
Telford
Raj's Range

Weekend rain: Bad news, good news

The bad news is there's going to be heavy rain this weekend, according to the Met Office - the good news is there's a low risk of surface flooding.

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Striker wants more goals to add to Shrewsbury's first of the season

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's first league goal of the season against Chesterfield last week has been awarded to striker Ivan Toney. 

Ivan Toney
BBC

Junior Brown claimed it at the time, but the club now recognises that Toney got the final touch, and he wants to use it as the springboard for more.

Housing firm pledges to take 'prompt action' over mouldy Shrewsbury flats

Severnside Housing says it will take "prompt action" to sort any issues staff find in flats in the Meole area of Shrewsbury.

Both the local MP Daniel Kawczynski, and councillor Nic Laurens have raised concerns about the property pictured below, which is used as social housing.

Mould on the walls of a Shrewsbury flat
BBC

The tenant living in the flat, Shireen Walker says there have been problems with mould and damp for several years.

The company says it will carry out an inspection within the next week, but is happy to visit sooner. 

Accident causing delays exiting M54

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow coming off the M54, heading southbound onto the M6.

It follows an accident involving a car and a lorry.

CCTV images released after attempted robbery at Bridgnorth bar

Shropshire Star

Two men tried to steal spirits from a Bridgnorth bar and then knocked the spectacles off a member of staff when he confronted them.

CCTV images
West Mercia Police

Headlines: Chemical leak leaves two in hospital; Telford and Wrekin council homes complete

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

- Two people in hospital after inhaling chemical fumes at an abattoir near Ellesmere

- First Telford homes built by council in Randlay

- Housing firm responds to calls to demolish mouldy flat in Shrewsbury

Weather: Plenty of sunshine to enjoy

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's a warm afternoon with blue skies.

We have highs of 21C (70F).

Rebecca Wood has your weekend update

University Centre Shrewsbury expecting near 200 students

Preparations are under way for the arrival of University Centre Shrewsbury's second intake of undergraduates next month.

Just over 80 have filled places for next year, more than double the number enrolled at the same time last year. 

University Centre Shrewsbury
Shropshire Council

Applications are still expected through the clearing process - and with postgraduate places also available - it's expected that the total student community will be close to 200.   

Shropshire part of the 'nation's biggest sports day'

The Olympic Games may have finished a week ago, but our enjoyment of sport doesn't have to end there.

That's the message ahead of what's being dubbed the "nation's biggest sports day" tomorrow. 

The I am Team GB event will feature cricket, football, rugby, swimming, tennis and wheelchair tennis, all happening for free at The Shrewsbury Club.

Telford United captain confident of building momentum

BBC Sport

Telford captain Luca Havern says the team has the quality to string together a sequence of positive results. 

The Bucks play Stockport tomorrow and Nuneaton on Monday, after an inconsistent start to the National League North season.

Luca Havern
Mike Sheridan

We look solid at times, the lads all know what they need to do, I think we've got more than enough quality in there to start going on a bit of a run."

Luca HavernCaptain, AFC Telford United

First Telford homes built by council

The first of Telford and Wrekin Council's new homes have been completed.

The authority formed a private company last year, in a bid to build hundreds of extra of properties in the borough.

Thirty one homes have now been completed at Pool View in Randlay by developers Lovell, on behalf of the council's firm Nuplace.

Nuplace houses in Telford
Telford and Wrekin Council

The Randlay homes, on the edge of Telford Town Park, are all fully let.

Work is ongoing on a similar development in Madeley, with others in Hadley and Newport awaiting planning approval.

Watch: Carding Mill Valley from the air

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

I'm live at Carding Mill Valley tonight on BBC Midlands Today, but take a look at this aerial view of the area.

After 50 years under National Trust ownership a new 10-year plan is helping to attract wildlife back to Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd.

Tune in at 13:30 and 18:30 on BBC One for more.

Carding Mill Valley from the air

Fumes inhaled during chemical leak at factory near Ellesmere

Six people are being treated for inhaling chemical fumes after a leak at a meat processing company near Ellesmere.

Firefighters were called to the ABP Food Group site in Hordley after hearing that part of a fridge had burst, allowing liquid ammonia to escape. 

ABP Food Group
Google

Crews are now working to ventilate the building.

Accused denies stabbing Telford victim

Shropshire Star

A man standing trial for attempted murder after another man was  knifed repeatedly in a street told a jury "I didn’t stab him".

Stafford Crown Court
Shropshire Star

Bridgnorth business given to its staff

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A classic car firm in Bridgnorth is being handed over to its employees, who will own and run the business.

Classic Motor Cars Ltd restores old vehicles and has worked on some of the world's rarest models.

But its chairman, Peter Newmark, is turning the company into an Employee Ownership Trust in a move believed to be the first of its kind in the sector.

Classic cars being restored at Bridgnorth's Classic Motor Cars LTD.
CMC/Matt Howell

This is great for the staff, great for Shropshire and the West Midlands and great for the classic car world, which every year creates several billions for the British economy."

Peter NeumarkChairman of Classic Motor Cars Ltd

Headlines: 'Prompt' reaction to mouldy flats pledged; Shrewsbury could have close to 200 students

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

As we head into the afternoon, these are the main stories we are working on:

- Housing company to take 'prompt action' to sort mouldy Shrewsbury flats

- Number of students in Shrewsbury could be near 200 this year

- Bridgnorth classic car firm to become an employee-owned company 

Mouldy Shrewsbury flats 'not fit for purpose'

A block of flats in Shrewsbury used as social housing should be demolished because they are "not fit for purpose", a local councillor says.

The property in the Meole area is owned by Severnside Housing, who say they pride themselves on providing high-quality, affordable accommodation and that they'll meet with the people living there next week.

Mould on the walls of a Shrewsbury flat
BBC

Nic Laurens, the councillor for Meole in Shrewsbury wants action to be taken as soon as possible.

Rehouse the people, pull them down and build some decent social housing."

Nic LaurensShropshire Councillor for Meole

Recycling and waste collections running a day late

A reminder that waste and recycling collections across Telford and Shropshire will be a day late next week, due to the bank holiday.

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Shrewsbury boss unlikely to make more signings

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon doesn't think he'll bring in any new players ahead of the transfer window shutting next week.

With a squad of 20, he feels he has the flexibility to cover all positions, and believes that increasing that number could unsettle players who aren't in the team. 

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

I like the numbers that I've got. You've got to be careful that you aren't stockpiling players."

Micky MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town Football Club

Car damaged as drivers clash in Telford

Shropshire Star

Police are appealing for witnesses to a row which ended with damage being caused to a car in Telford. 

Police - generic image
Shropshire Star

Photos: Shrewsbury Folk Festival about to get started

Ian Perry

Reporter, BBC Radio Shropshire

Thousands of music fans are heading to Shrewsbury today for this year's folk festival

Artists from all over the world will be performing at the West Midlands Showground over the weekend. 

I've been to get a sneak peak, as the organisers put the finishing touches to the site. 

West Midlands Showground
BBC
West Midlands Showground
BBC

Telford and Wrekin Council children's services 'requires improvement'

Telford and Wrekin Council's been praised for its work with children at risk of sexual exploitation but needs to improve its children's services, according to a month-long Ofsted inspection

The authority has been ranked as requiring improvement, and 11 recommendations have been flagged up. 

Telford and Wrekin Council
Google

Only adoption and progress of care leavers were rated good.

Even so, inspectors praised the authority for the "important improvements" that had been made since its last visit.

The cabinet member responsible for the service, Councillor Paul Watling, says overall he's pleased with the findings.

We've gone from a position where we were being told we needed to do 34 things... those 11 things are things that we had identified ourselves."

Paul WatlingTelford and Wrekin Council

Headlines: Calls to demolish Shrewsbury flats; Telford and Wrekin needs Ofsted improvement

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Shropshire councillor calls for a block of flats used as social housing to be demolished

- Telford and Wrekin Council children's service ranked as "requires improvement" by Ofsted

- Severn Hospice starts fundraising by selling furniture and electrical goods

Watch: Today's weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

MP 'appalled' by some Shrewsbury social housing conditions

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A block of flats owned by Severnside Housing in the Meole Brace area, is riddled with damp and mould, residents say.

Shireen Walker has lived in one of them for five years and is due to have a baby in 10 weeks' time. She fears for the health of her children.

Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynzski says something has to be done and is calling for radical improvements to social housing.  

Damp and mould around the curtain rail in one of the Severnside Housing flats in Shrewsbury.
BBC

Severnside Housing say they pride themselves on providing high-quality, affordable accommodation and always take prompt action when problems arise. They'll be meeting with Ms Walker next week.