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  1. North Shropshire College merger plans dropped
  2. Memorial service for young farmer
  3. Travelling Argentine family visit Shrewsbury
  4. Shrewsbury sign striker Payne to permanent deal
  5. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Increase in visible policing at V Festival at Weston Park

Armed police officers have become more visible at this years V Festival.
The police officer in charge at V Festival this weekend has said increase is "in line with the national picture" and a number of drugs arrests have been made on site.

Shrewsbury's impressive start to the season continues as they beat Rochdale to make it three wins out of three in League One.

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Argentine family on 17-year world tour
All four of Herman and Candelaria Zapp's children have been born on the road.

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

Another car arson in Telford

Another car has been deliberately set on fire in Telford, police say.

Three cars were wrecked when a man set them alight in Overdale on Wednesday and this morning a Vauxhall Astra was targeted by arsonists in Arleston.

The police say two people were seen running away from the scene.

V Festival 'changing with the times'

The man responsible for organising the V Festival, which takes place at Weston Park this weekend, said it has to constantly evolve to keep up with the times.

For instance, Andy Redhead explained that 10 years ago almost everyone brought tents and camped on the site, but now they sold a lot of day-tickets to people who go home at the end of each day.

V Festival main stage

Mr Redhead said they also had to keep up with current musical trends and watch what their competitors were doing, to make sure they get the best acts.

This year's big act will be Jay Z and he said it was the only European festival the rapper had agreed to do.

You know what people like, but you've got to be aware of what trends are, if things are changing, and customers want something else then you have to change with that."

Andy RedheadV Festival

Watch: Ex-JLS star visits Shropshire for Songs of Praise

If you're watching Songs of Praise this weekend you might spot St Andrew's church in Wroxeter.

It features in a report by the former JLS star JB Gill on "champing" - a form of holiday-making which involves staying in a church.

It will be his debut on the programme, which is on BBC One on Sunday at 14:15.

Ex-JLS star JB Gill visits Shropshire for Songs of Praise

Weather: Showers tomorrow and more on Sunday

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We'll have a few showers tomorrow and more on Sunday, but the weather is expected to improve next week.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Watch: Argentine family 'living their dreams' on world tour

A couple from Argentina say they are living the dreams they had as teenagers, by touring the world in a vintage car.

Herman and Candelaria Zapp are travelling with their four children, who were all born on the road.

And they are in Shrewsbury this week, to meet a family they met while travelling around Spain.

Argentine family on 17-year world tour

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

Tomorrow, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

A teenager tried to smuggle 200 pills into V Festival

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A teenager's been found trying to smuggle 200 pills into the V Festival site at Weston Park.

Some of the tablets
Staffordshire Police

Routine bag searches by Staffordshire Police turned up the tablets and the 17-year-old from Stone's been arrested for possession with intent to supply.

Separately, the force says a 16-year-old boy was thrown out of the event after 28 MDMA pills were seized from him and he was also referred to youth offending for rehabilitation.

Victorian town holds steam weekend

Blists Hill Victorian Town is showing off some of its steam-powered machines this weekend.

They include a replica of Richard Trevithick's 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive (pictured below) - believed to be the world's first passenger steam locomotive.

Trevithick engine
Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Other machines included a steam-powered road roller, a fire pump and ploughing engines.

There will also be a number of engines around Ironbridge throughout the weekend.

Nuclear test veteran supporting campaign for recognition

A man from Telford who was stationed on Christmas Island when nuclear tests were carried out in the 1950s and 60s has called for recognition for his fellow veterans.

Maurice Viney

Maurice Viney from Trench was one of around 21,000 British servicemen who were exposed to these tests and fewer than 3,000 are thought to be alive today.

Maurice and other soldiers

He said he was there for about 14 months and there were four tests carried out in that time - now he has to have a blood test every 12 months to monitor the effects.

We're just looking for recognition that we were there and that we did our time and served our time."

Maurice Viney

Football: Telford manager looks for team-bonding

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The AFC Telford United manager, Rob Edwards, is looking to build a little squad-togetherness on their away trip to Darlington this weekend.

They are travelling up today and staying overnight, so they're planning to have a quiz in their hotel as a team-bonding exercise.

Rob Edwards

And Edwards said that while they want to avoid "living in each other's pockets" it was important for them to get to know each other.

The more time you're together, the better. You get to know each other and it is really important."

Rob EdwardsAFC Telford United manager

V Festival: Jay Z and Pink headlining this weekend

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

This weekend's V Festival in Staffordshire will see rapper Jay Z headline the event tomorrow and popstar Pink then headline on Sunday.

Jay Z
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For those not familiar with how the event works, it takes place over two sites, one at Weston Park and the other in Essex.

Performers appear at both locations, swapping over the two nights.

As well as the headliners, those at the festival will also see Craig David, Madness, Stormzy, Ellie Goulding and Clean Bandit - among many more.

Part of the V Festival poster
V Festival

Tips for a special parkrun weekend


It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun

Your questions on London Midland losing its rail franchise answered

BBC News England

Rail services in the West Midlands are to be run by a new operator from December - but what does this mean for passengers?

West Midlands Railway
West Midlands Rail

West Midlands Trains Ltd says it will put £1bn into improving the routes it takes over from London Midland.

The plans include 400 new carriages, free wifi and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour services in Birmingham and London.

BBC News website readers sent in questions about the takeover and you can read some of the answers here.

More than 600 turn out for memorial to young farmer

More than 600 people have gathered to pay tribute to 19-year-old James Corfield, who died after disappearing from the Royal Welsh Show last month.

The celebration featured tributes from his brother and sister and was held at Montgomery Cricket Club where the teenager played.

Corfield funeral

People arrived at the event wearing items of blue clothing as James had done when he was last seen.

Blue balloons lined the pavilion and blue car board hearts were included within the orders of service for people to share memories of James, who was a member of the Chirbury and Marton Young Farmers group.

Monster tank to make appearance at Minsterley Show

This 48-tonne monster is due to make an appearance at the Minsterley Show tomorrow.

Leopold Mk1 tank
Ian Galliers

The Leopold Mk1 tank was made in 1972 and has was refurbished by enthusiasts in 2000 after being decomissioned by the Belgian armed forces.

The Leopold Mk1 tank
Ian Galliers

Ian Galliers is one of those who have brought it over to the UK and he told us it was also going to make an appearance at the Steam Rally in Shrewsbury at the bank holiday weekend, where it might be used to pull a tractor.

V Festival: Queues 'busy but happy' at site

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

There are queues already at the entrance to Weston Park as festival-goers arrive ahead of this weekend's V Festival.

Staffordshire Police's Ch Insp Mark Joynson who's at the site for the force says people in the queue are happy, even if it is busy.

V Festival queue
Staffordshire Police

Your photos: Cloudy scenes in Oswestry and Newport

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers are sharing more of their photos from around the county this afternoon.

These ones were taken near Oswestry (top) and Newport (below).

Fields near Oswestry
Newport fields

College merger proposals dropped

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Plans to merge North Shropshire College and Reeseheath College in Nantwich have been shelved after failing to attract government funding.

North Shropshire College has been struggling with its finances and with critical inspection reports. The two institutions have been working together for over a year, to turn things around.

North Shropshire College

They say they'd been in talks with two government funding agencies for 10 months, but had to conclude "there is not a viable solution".

The two colleges now say they will look for an alternative way forward, rather than a merger, to "ensure that the outcome serves the needs of our students, employers and community as effectively as possible”.

The conclusion to this process is disappointing to both colleges and the government, but we have explored all possible long-term funding support and unfortunately there is not a viable solution."

Joint statement from North Shropshire College and Reeseheath College
Stefan Payne has made three late substitute appearances for Barnsley so far this season

Shrewsbury Town re-sign striker Stefan Payne from Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal.

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Travelling Argentine family visit Shrewsbury

An Argentine family, who are touring the world in a 1928 vintage car, have made a stop-off in Shrewsbury.

The Zapps have been travelling for 17 years now and decided to visit Shropshire after meeting a family from the county while they were in Spain.

Zapp family

Herman and Candeleria Zapp raised all four of their children while travelling the world and are staying in Shrewsbury for a few days before carrying on with their adventure.

Football: The New Saints look to bounce back against Bala

BBC Sport

The New Saints are looking to put last Friday's shock 5-2 defeat to Bangor City behind them and get their first win of the new season when they host Bala tomorrow.

Bala denied TNS another treble with victory in the Welsh Cup final last season and won their first match of the new season 3-0.

TNS goal

17th Century Oswestry pub reopens

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

A 17th Century black-and-white timbered pub has reopened in Oswestry

The Black Gate closed three years ago and has had a refit inside.

Black Gate

Stuart Phillips from commercial property agents Celt Rowlands, who handled the sale of the Black Gate, said the deal shows Oswestry’s economy is reviving.

And the new manager Paul Livingston said he was excited to see it open again.

It was in a right state, and we’ve gutted what we can without touching the grade-listed building itself. It’s a beautiful building, and it just draws you in."

Paul LivingstonBlack Gate landlord

Football: Shrewsbury Town sign Payne on permanent deal

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town have signed Stefan Payne from Barnsley, for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old striker was on loan from the Yorkshire club last season, scoring twice in 12 league appearances.

Stefan Payne
Shrewsbury Town

He was on the bench for all three games for the Tykes this season, but didn't score.

Oswestry couple describe Barcelona shock

Shropshire Star

A couple on holiday in Barcelona have spoken of their horror after a near miss with the terrorist attack that left scores dead.

Football: Shrewsbury manager pleased with team spirit

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town are at home to Rochdale tomorrow, a side which has failed to live up to its expectations so far this season.

While Shrewsbury have two wins out of two, their visitors have only collected one point so far.

Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst says he is keeping his players in check, to make sure they don't get carried away with their bright start to the season, but thinks a good team spirit is developing.

Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst is pleased with the team spirit his players are showing

New Zealand woman's missing necklace found in Ironbridge

A woman from New Zealand has been reunited with the necklace she lost in Ironbridge a fortnight ago, after an appeal on Facebook.

Nicole Shimmin said it went missing while she was spending a day there and explained the pendant (similar to the one below) was very important to her - because it contained her son's ashes.

Nicole Shimmins

She had to return home without it, but after nearly 5,000 people shared her post, it was eventually found and is being returned to her.

People have been on those pages and have been messaging me and giving so much support and understanding and love, it's just been completely overwhelming."

Nicole Shimmins

Council flags fly at half mast

Flags at Telford council offices are flying at half mast today, as a mark of respect for the people killed and injured in the Barcelona terrorist attack.

The council leader Councillor Shaun Davies said his thoughts were with the victims and added "sadly tragedies like this are happening all too regularly and this particular one has impacted citizens of at least 18 countries".

Telford and Wrekin Council

Judo star Kelly Edwards guest of honour in Oswestry

Telford judo star Kelly Edwards, who is due to compete at the World Championships in Budapest at the end of the month, will be returning for a rather different event closer to home.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist will be guest of honour at this year's Oswestry Community Games on 24 September.

Kelly Edwards
Nick Hope

These fifth annual Games - held in Oswestry's Cae Glas Park - include sport, music, arts and dance, and encourage public participation.

"It will be an absolute privilege to attend the Oswestry Community Games, and I look forward to contributing towards making them another success," Edwards said.

She is back to full fitness after missing the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Minsterley set for 142nd show

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire's oldest one-day agricultural show returns tomorrow.

Minsterley Show has sheep racing, vintage vehicles and dog and livestock displays.

This year's young farmers float parade has the theme "islands of the world".


Plans to give village social club £30k makeover

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Plans are under way to revamp the village social club in Clive.

It has been open for 84 years, and was built in the 1930s by local residents as a place where the community could get together.

Clive Village Hub

Local residents need to raise £30,000 to be able to transform it into the newly named Clive Hub.

Football: Shrewsbury's new fitness regime being monitored

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

A new fitness regime could be one of the reasons for Shrewsbury Town's impressive start to the season and manager Paul Hurst says they're monitoring its impact very closely.

He has praised the players' effort in the opening three games and says he wants to see that continue.


Hurst said it was usual to expect a drop-off in player's fitness two or three games into a new season, but that hadn't been the case this time around.

We've got to try and monitor it, figure out whether [the improvement in fitness] is just because it's early season, or whether [the new fitness regime] is something we really feel we can continue with."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Memorial for young farmer to be held

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The life of a young farmer who died at the Royal Welsh Show in Powys last month will be celebrated today.

James Corfield, 19, who was a member of Chirbury and Marton Young Farmers group in Shropshire, was found in the River Wye six days after he was last seen.

A promising cricketer, he'll be remembered at Montgomery Cricket Club this afternoon.

James Corfield
Dyfed-Powys Police

Watch: Today's weather in 54-seconds

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Friday's started with sunshine for much of the West Midlands and here's how the rest of the day and the start of this weekend is looking.

Get the latest forecasts for your area at any other time via the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton