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Summary

  1. Shropshire hospitals unaffected by NHS cyber attack
  2. Elderly couple rescued from canal boat
  3. Ludlow Spring Festival opens
  4. Shrewsbury Town extend the contract of winger Whalley
  5. Updates on Friday 12 May

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect showers on and off throughout most of the day and the wind will pick up a little too, with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midland

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A518 and J5 for A5.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound between J6, A518 (Telford West) and J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Lawley children to play at Wembley

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Pupils from Lawley Primary School are going to play at Wembley on Sunday, in the finals of the English Schools Football Association seven-a-side cup.

They're taking part in the under-11s competition for small schools and their game will kick-off ahead of Sunday's National League playoff final between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

Lawley seven-a-side team
BBC

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between J7 for A5 and J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M54 eastbound between J7, A5 (Wellington) and J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cricket: Shropshire face Wales at Oswestry

Shropshire will look to bounce back from their defeat to Cheshire when they take on Wales in the Knockout Trophy on Sunday.

Neither side has won a game in the tournament this year and Shropshire make one change for the match, bringing in Shifnal all-rounder Jack Edwards, to replace the injured Dillon Pennington.

Jack Edwards
Stuart Dunn

The first ball will be bowled at Oswestry at 11:00.

Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Food festival returns to Ludlow

The Ludlow Spring Festival opens this evening and continues through the weekend.

There will be dozens of stalls inside the castle courtyard, plus music, food trails and classic cars.

Food festival
BBC

Village school creates 'reflection garden'

Telford's smallest school has had a big makeover in its grounds. 

St Lawrence Church of England Primary at Preston upon the Weald Moors has got new flower beds, vegetable patches, water features and textured paths, to create a place for quiet reflection.

Reflection Garden
BBC

Parents, staff and pupils pitched in, and it was officially opened earlier this afternoon.

Reflection garden
BBC

Whitchurch to get skate park after 10-year wait

Work on a new skate park in Whitchurch is expected to start in the summer, after funding was found for the project.

It will be built in Jubilee Park and the construction should take between six and eight weeks, Shropshire Council says.

Skateboard
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The local authority says it's taken 10 years to get the money together, with Whitchurch Town Council, Next Generation Youth and Twemlows solar farm all chipping in.

It’s great that so many people want to get involved with skateboarding and BMXing, and I can only see this interest increasing given that they are both Olympic sports."

Sean McCarthyShropshire Council

BreakingHospitals 'unaffected' by suspected cyber-attack

The hospitals in Shrewsbury, Telford and Oswestry say they are unaffected by the suspected cyber-attack which is affecting parts of the NHS this afternoon.

Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have all had their IT services affected. 

Computer keyboard
BBC

Anniversary of Gay Meadow closure

BBC Sport

Sunday will mark 10 years since the last game was played at Shrewsbury Town's Gay Meadow stadium.

The 0-0 draw with Milton Keynes in the League Two play-offs brought the curtain down on 97 years of history. 

Gay Meadow
BBC

The demolition of the old ground started just a few months later, in September 2007 and by 2014 there were luxury flats on the site.

More than 30 steam engine to take part in rally

More than 30 steam engines will be parading through Ironbridge tomorrow as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust.

They're due to start at Blists Hill at 10:00 and will be accompanied by enthusiasts wearing Victorian costume.

More than 30 steam engines are taking part in a parade through the Ironbridge Gorge

Football: Town winger has contract renewed

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town Football Club have extended the contract of winger Shaun Whalley. 

He'll be with the club for another two years.

footballers
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The 30-year-old was brought into the team two years ago by the then manager Micky Mellon after leaving Luton.   

Current manager Paul Hurst says he's a creative player that other clubs would have been interested in.

Your photos: Rain in Oakengates and Ludlow

BBC Weather Watchers

The sunny weather has been replaced by drizzle today, as you can see from these BBC Weather Watchers photos, taken near Oakengates (top) and Ludlow (below).

Tractor in rain
Ray
Ludlow
Shropshire Lass

Walker passing through on A5 journey

A man from Bangor who is attempting to walk the complete length of the A5 is in the county today.

David Elis-Williams is travelling from Marble Arch in London to Holyhead in Wales, but has decided to take a break after reaching Shropshire - and will complete the rest of the journey later in the year.

David Elis-Williams
BBC

Mr Elis-Williams has taken 11 days so far and says he is attempting the walk because he is fascinated by history and the importance of the A5 and the Roman roads which came before it.

I think the one thing that actually inspired me - there is a sign at Atherstone in Warwickshire on the side of a shop there in the high street and it points a finger to Holyhead one way and a finger to London the other way and I thought, gosh!"

David Elis-Williams

Firefighter in world record rugby bid

A firefighter from Bridgnorth is among a team of rugby players hoping to break a world record today for the longest ever rugby union match. 

Luke Veal and his team-mates are taking on a team of armed service personnel at Sixways in Worcester in an attempt to break the current World Record of 29 hours and 34 minutes.

Sixways stadium
BBC

They're aiming to raise £46,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and Scotty's Little Soldiers, which provides support to children who have lost a parent serving in the armed forces and the game is being refereed by a man from Telford.

Elderly couple rescued from canal

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

An elderly couple have been helped from a boat near Whitchurch, after it got stuck in a lock on the Shropshire Union canal. 

Fire crews from the town lowered a nine-metre ladder to the boat at Grindley Brook, but the pair weren't hurt.

Canal rescue
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Shropshire Kids Fest returns this weekend

The Shropshire Kids Fest returns to The Quarry in Shrewsbury this weekend.

Children will get the chance to try a range of activities including playing musical instruments, petting animals, taking part in sports, playing on bouncy castles and clambering up climbing walls.

Shrewsbury Kids Fest
BBC

It's the second year the event has taken place and it's organised by the group which puts on the Telfood Feastival and the Shrewsbury Winter Festival.

Festival flash sale on tickets

A two-for-one deal has been launched to sell tickets to the Staffordshire V Festival online.

Ticketmaster has launched the 72-hour flash sale - acts including P!nk, Jay Z, Ellie Goulding and Madness will feature over the two-day festival on 19 and 20 August.

V Festival crowd
BBC

The festival is held simultaneously at Weston Park near Shifnal and Hylands Park in Chelmsford, with live acts taking to the stage at one venue on Saturday and the other venue on Sunday.

V Festival is the biggest annual music festival in the West Midlands. 

Last year up to 90,000 revellers gathered to see headlines acts including Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

Ice hockey: Tigers future could become clearer this weekend

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers will learn this weekend if they've been admitted to join the English National League next season.

They've applied to join the north division, following the collapse of the English Premier League and that application will be considered at a league meeting on Sunday.

Ice hockey fans
Steve Brodie

It's not clear what will happen to the Tigers development side if they make the move - because it already plays in that division.

Shropshire hills to become a work of art

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

An artist, using a strimmer instead of a paintbrush, is creating a work of art on the south Shropshire hills. 

Tony Plant has been commissioned to transform part of Carding Mill Valley in Church Stretton. 

Cardingmill Valley
BBC

Working with a team of National Trust volunteers he'll be making large scale patterns in the bracken which will be visible from other hills. 

The Heartlands project will see three artists exploring new ways of seeing and understanding the Shropshire Hills landscape.

They will only be temporary and the bracken will eventually grow back and the patterns disappear. 

Fans mark decade since Gay Meadow closure

This Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the closure of Shrewsbury Town's Gay Meadow stadium.

The spot it sat on, next to the river, is now a housing development and apart from some of the road names on the estate, there's really no sign of the ground ever having been there.

But fan and local historian Mike Jones believes it still has an important place in the history of the town.

It's been 10 years since Shrewsbury Town's Gay Meadow ground closed

North Shropshire general election candidates named

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Nominations closed last night for candidates standing in the general election on 8 June. Here is the full list of those contesting the North Shropshire seat:

  • Graham Currie (Labour)
  • Duncan Kerr (Greens)
  • Owen Paterson (Conservatives)
  • Tom Thornhill (Lib Dem)

Motorcyclist in hospital after A49 crash

A motorcyclist in his 30s has been seriously hurt in a crash with a car on the A49 at Prees Green at 18:50 yesterday. 

The police say the man was taken to hospital suffering from chest, arm, leg and pelvis injuries. 

The driver of the car was uninjured.

Accident spot
Google

Shrewsbury & Atcham general election candidates named

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

There are five people contesting the Shrewsbury & Atcham seat on 8 June: 

  • Emma Bullard (Greens)
  • Laura Davies (Labour)
  • Hannah Fraser (Lib Dem)
  • Edward Higginbottom (UKIP)  
  • Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative)

Shropshire spoons make historic list

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A pair of 2,000-year-old hand-sized spoons found at Nesscliffe have made it on to the list of top 20 archaeological finds. 

Half a dozen experts in Celtic, Romano-British, medieval and early modern archaeology met at the British Museum to select 20 finds from a long-list of objects on display. 

The spoons made it on to the list called Treasure20 which is a year-long celebration of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. 

old spoons
Portable Antiquities Scheme

Made of a copper alloy it's not clear what the spoons were used for. It was certainly something more important than eating prehistoric porridge. 

The current thinking is that they may have been used for divination. Liquid would be dripped from one to the other and predictions or judgments made. 

Shropshire and Herefordshire Finds Liaison Officer, Peter Reavill, says that they are the most important item on the list of 20.

Wrekin general election candidates announced

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Candidates for the Wrekin:

  • Denis Allen (UKIP)
  • Fay Easton (Independent)
  • Rod Keyes (Lib Dem)
  • Dylan Harrison (Labour)
  • Pat McCarthy (Greens)
  • Mark Pritchard (Conservative)

Locals trying to buy pub

Regulars who drink at their village pub are hoping to buy it to stop it being turned into a house.

The Railway at Yorton, near Wem, has been owned by the same family for 80 years, but is on the market after the death, earlier this year, of landlady Liz Newnes. 

The Railway Inn
BBC

Ludlow general election candidates named

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

The deadline for general election nominations closed on Thursday evening and there are four people standing in the Ludlow seat on 8 June:

  • Julia Buckley (Labour)
  • Philip Dunne (Conservative)
  • Heather Kidd (Lib Dem) 
  • Hilary Wendt (Greens) 

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Telford general election candidates announced

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Nominations closed last night for the general election on 8 June. Names of the parties and candidates to follow. 

Starting with Telford:

  • Lucy Allen (Conservative) 
  • Susan King (Lib Dem) 
  • Kuldip Sahota (Labour) 
  • Luke Shirley (Greens) 

Large grass fire on railway embankment

Firefighters had to deal with a "significant fire" on a railway embankment next to a heritage line in Worcestershire.

The fire, near Northwood Lane in Bewdley, broke out just before 17:00 yesterday on an embankment near the Severn Valley Railway line.

Crews were at the scene for two hours - the casue of the fire is not yet known. 

Fire scene
BBC

Video: What will the weather be like today?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Expect a mixture of light rain and thundery showers with some slightly brighter spells and highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Me and the team will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18.00.

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Whirlwind form know as a dust devil appears in Oswestry
Boss of plant hire company with dusty yard films natural phenomenon from the whirlwind family.

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.  

Telford and Wrekin candidates announced

The deadline has passed for candidates to register for the general election and there are four people standing in the Telford constituency.

They are:

  • Lucy Allan (Conservative)
  • Susan King (Liberal Democrat)
  • Kuldip Sahota (Labour)
  • Luke Shirley (Green Party)
Ballot box
BBC

In The Wrekin Constituency there will be six candidates:

  • Denis Allen (UKIP)
  • Fay Easton (Independent)
  • Dylan Harrison (Labour)
  • Rod Keyes (Liberal Democrat)
  • Pat McCarthy (Green Party)
  • Mark Pritchard (Conservative).