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Summary

  1. MP says more midwives needed to cope with rural births
  2. Man guilty of child sex offences sentenced to 16 years in prison
  3. DIY SOS family thank community
  4. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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By Carlie Swain

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A dry, bright day with some sunny intervals and highs of 21C (70F).

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Severe accident: A458 Powys both ways

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

Keep an eye out here for more updates and breaking news before then.

Watch: The big reveal for Matthew Cooper

The BBC's DIY SOS were called in to transform the Cooper family home in Trench so 12-year-old Matthew could return home.

He had been in hospital for over a year fighting a brain tumour. This was the moment he finally got to go home.

If you missed the really touching episode, you can watch in full on BBC iPlayer.

Future of midwifery in Shropshire is a 'challenge' says MP

Health minister and MP for Ludlow, Philip Dunne, says no decision has been made on the future of rural maternity services but a review is ongoing.

Midwife-led units in Ludlow, Oswestry and Bridgnorth have suffered a string of closures due to staff sickness.

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In 2016-17, 85% of Shropshire babies were born at the consultant-led unit at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital and just 36 babies were born at Ludlow's MLU.

But Mr Dunne says it's important women retain the choice of where they give birth.

I'm very keen because of the distance and the geography to ensure that mothers can continue to have babies born safely in the rural market towns."

Philip DunneConservative MP for Ludlow

Replacement bus service to start this weekend

Some changes to the rail network to be aware of from this weekend and every weekend until Sunday 16 July.

Replacement bus services will operate on the route between Hereford and Shrewsbury due to engineering works.

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Watch: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mainly cloudy day, here's what's in store for the start of this weekend across the West Midlands.

You can stay updated over the next couple of days through the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

Man guilty of child sex offences

A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of a string of child sex offences.

James Heywood, 69, of Bader Close in Apley, was found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault, one count of indecent assault against a child under 13 and a number of other charges at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

The offences took place between 1989 and 2016 and involved three girls aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the offences, police said.

Heywood was found not guilty of one count of causing sexual activity with a child, one count of rape and one count of indecent assault.

Postmen drop thousands of rubber bands says resident

Telford's postmen have been criticised for dropping rubber bands.

A Woodside resident says he's collected more than 2,000 of them in the last six months.

rubber bands
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The Royal Mail says they're biodegradable and break down in 12 months.

But David who lives on Warrens Way says it's littering and he plans to give the rubber bands back to Royal Mail for Christmas.

TNS pitch undergoes test ahead of Champions League

TNS have a big match on Tuesday night, so the pitch at Park Hall is getting a good looking over.

The Welsh Premier League champions face Gibraltar side Europa FC over two legs in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

The return leg will be played on 4 July in Portugal.

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Health minister wants more midwives in Shropshire

Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow and also a minister at the Department of Health, says he wants to see more midwives recruited in the county.

It comes after a string of closures of maternity units in Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry due to staff sickness.

Mr Dunne has spoken to the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH) and says they are intending to recruit more staff.

Philip Dunne
BBC

It will take time and that's why they're working with the CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group] to come up with a plan for the coming weeks so that there is not this constant stop-start service, which is very unsettling."

Philip DunneConservative MP for Ludlow

Poetry written by Shropshire man who died in Peru is published

A Shropshire man has published a book of his son's poems to commemorate him a year after his death.

Harry Greaves was killed in a fall whilst trekking in Peru. His father Simon, from Bronygarth near Oswestry, has published the book in his memory.

He says he didn't realise Harry was writing poetry and he was pleased to discover them and be able to put them into print.

Harry Greaves
Greaves Family

We published all the poems of his that we could find. There are 23 in the book. We wanted it to be a celebration of his life."

Simon Greaves

Football: New signings for the Bucks

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United have made two signings.

Defender Ross White joins from Southport and winger Elliott Newby has left Barrow to link up with the Bucks.

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White is a full-back who has played most of his career at Wrexham.

Twenty one-year-old Newby spent parts of last season on loan at Altrincham, in the National North League.

Football: Shrewsbury Town back in training

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town players report back for training today after a shortened summer break of seven weeks.

Town's manager Paul Hurst says that's quite enough - ahead of getting everyone up to speed for the first game of the new season on 5 August against Northampton Town.

Paul Hurst
BBC

Friday we come back in, so we'll work Friday and Saturday morning. Quite a bit of that will be testing and then we'll get into the really tough work."

Paul HurstManager, STFC

MP seeks to reassure after maternity closures

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Ludlow's MP Philip Dunne says he's confident maternity services in the county can get back on to a "stable footing" following a series of critical reports, staff shortages and a string of closures at units in Ludlow, Bridnorth and Oswestry.

The number of baby deaths in the county is higher than it should be according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the rural units keep having to be closed because of staff sickness.

Ludlow hospital
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Mr Dunne, who's also a minister of the Department of Health, says the two issues are linked - but says he's been assured that the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals trust is working hard to recruit more midwives.

DIY SOS: Your comments

The true community spirit of Telford was on display for all to see last night.

BBC One's DIY SOS visited the Cooper family earlier this year and their work was broadcast last night.

It certainly got an emotional response on social media.

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Weather Watchers: Dark skies over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Weather Watcher Peter Steggles for these snaps of Longnor.

It's looking a bit grim out there.

Longnor
Peter Steggles
Longnor
Peter Steggles

Minister visits Shropshire prison

The Home Office minister Sam Gyimah has been to visit the work being done at HMP Stoke Heath near Market Drayton.

During a meeting yesterday he spoke to Governor John Huntington about the challenges the prison faces and what the government is doing to recruit more prison officers.

Stoke Heath
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The prison is installing a car mechanics workshop to train inmates and give them a better chance of employment on release.

It's also approaching Shropshire businesses about any job opportunities for ex-prisoners to help them rebuild their lives.

DIY SOS: 'You've brought him home'

Telford took pride of place on BBC One for DIY SOS last night.

The episode, that was filmed in Trench earlier in the year, showed the work and community effort that went into transforming the home of 12-year-old Matthew Cooper.

He spent more than a year in hospital fighting a brain tumour - but before he could return home his house needed major work.

Here's the moment his parents were finally able to bring him home.

If you missed the really touching episode, you can watch in full on BBC iPlayer.

Robot wars on the farm

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Robots from across the world have been battling against each other in a competition at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

They've been carrying out farming tasks from identifying weeds to spraying.

The organisers say one day programming a robot will be as familiar as maintaining a tractor.

Robot
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Researchers at Harper Adams are themselves trying to sow, look after and then harvest a field of barley using only robots and antonymous vehicles. No humans are allowed into the pilot-plot at all.

Thomas Parker - the electric pioneer

A century before the term eco-friendly became popular, one man was commuting to work in an electric car.

Born in Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Thomas Parker built his electric vehicle in Wolverhampton in 1884.

The Victorian pioneer even designed a steam-powered generator to recharge it.

Perhaps most amazingly, Parker built his electric car 10 years before the first petrol car in Britain.

The electric car driven to work by a Victorian inventor

Invented In The Midlands can be seen on Friday, 23 June at 19:30 on BBC One and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

Court appearances over prison drone drugs plot

A group of people are due to appear in court today charged with conspiring to use drones to fly drugs, weapons and other banned items into jails, including Stoke Heath in Shropshire.

Two women and seven men are also accused of throwing items over prison walls.

Video: What's the weather doing today?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy day with some bright intervals but the possibility of some showers too with top temperatures of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Tower block safety and Brexit anniversary

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we'll be looking at how safe tower blocks are in the region following the Grenfell Tower fire - and new plans from some of our councils.

Tower block in Midlands
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Plus, a year on from the Brexit vote, we'll be hearing how opinions have moved on in the Midlands since that decisive day.

Join us for those stories and more from 18:30 on BBC One.

Shropshire university rated 'gold' under new ranking system

Katherine Sellgren

BBC News education reporter

Harper Adams University in Shropshire has been rated gold under a new ranking of degree teaching standards.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has rated 295 institutions bronze, silver or gold according to their standard of undergraduate teaching.

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Gold went to Harper Adams and 58 others, with silver going to 116.

A gold award means a university is of the highest quality found in the UK, providing "consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students".

Festivals dominated by male acts, study shows

Peter Sherlock

BBC Data unit

Music festivals fail to reflect the diversity of the UK music scene, with headline slots being dominated by a small band of male rock acts over the decades, a study suggests.

Some eight out of 10 top slots were occupied by all-male acts, analysis of more than 600 headline appearances across 14 major festivals found.

The V Festival at Weston Park is an honourable exception. Born in the midst of Britpop, it's re-positioned itself as a festival for pop connoisseurs, booking acts like Calvin Harris, Beyonce, Rudimental, Olly Murs and Pink as headliners.

It's proof that audiences will embrace diversity - in gender, in genre and in the race of their artists - if they're given the chance.

Weather: Much cooler today and into the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's felt much fresher today, with highs of 22C (72F).

And it's going to stay that way for the next few days.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Police search for man after violent incident in Telford

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Police are searching for a man in connection with a violent incident in Telford.

Police said they had been unable to trace 20-year-old Shaquil Sultan, from Wellington following an incident in Ketley on 14 June.

Shaquil Sultan
West Mercia Police

Three other men, aged between 21 and 33, have been charged with a series of offences including fighting, dangerous driving, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

The big reveal on DIY SOS tonight

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

The transformation of a house in Telford will feature on DIY SOS on BBC One this evening.

Twelve-year-old Matthew Cooper spent more than a year in hospital fighting a brain tumour - but before he could return home his house needed major work.

The local community got the TV show on board. The episode is on BBC One at 21:00.

10k race organiser 'followed protocol'

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The organiser of a 10K road race being held in Ludlow next month says he's followed all of the correct procedures in applying for roads in the town centre to be shut, while the race is on.

Some residents who live on the route are angry that Shropshire and Ludlow Town Council, didn't consult them about the road closures and that it's taking place on a Saturday evening, rather than a Sunday morning.

But organiser Dermot Heyes says when they did their research they concluded that Saturday night was the best option.

We spoke, early in February, to the town council. We spoke with Shropshire highways and we did not announce the race until we were absolutely sure that we had the go ahead from the town council."

Dermot Heyes

Row in Ludlow over 10k plans

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Ludlow's choral society is voicing its concerns about the town's 10k road race next month.

The night-time run, due to take place on Saturday 8 July between 18:00 to 22:00, clashes with the society's summer concert and people won't be able to get to St Lawrence's Church because of the road closures.

Choir members
BBC

Organisers say it'll bring a welcome economic boost for the town, but some local people are angry and say that they can't drive anywhere while the race is on and that there was no consultation.

Mill street is totally closed to residents and we have no alternative access in or out of the street during this event."

John DiamondLocal resident