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Watch: Today's weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A wet start for some of us - here's how the rest of Wednesday is looking.

You can also find updated weather forecasts at any other time via the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater

In pictures: Oswestry balloon festival

We had perfect weather for the first Oswestry balloon festival over the bank holiday weekend.

They launched from the British Ironworks Centre, with around 40 balloons taking part.

Balloon festival
Drone Rangers
Balloon festival
British Ironworks Centre

Emergency repairs after pot hole opens up in Shifnal

There could be some congestion getting in and out of Shifnal this evening, because a hole has opened up in the five ways traffic island.

Shropshire Council says part of Haughton Lane has been closed and temporary traffic lights have been set up to allow emergency repairs to be carried out.

Pot hole
Pete Nicholls
Pot hole
Pete Nicholls

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving during the early hours.

This will then become heavier and more widespread towards dawn - lows of 12C (54F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Football: Hurst says derby games are good for EFL trophy

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town kick off their EFL Trophy campaign away to Coventry City tonight and manager Paul Hurst says derbies like this might help boost attendances for the competition.

It's suffered from low crowds and teams putting out reserve players in the past.

Paul Hurst
Shrewsbury Town

This season the tournament has been arranged so that all the group-stage matches are local ones.

Tonight's match will also pit Hurst against his former Rotherham team-mate Mark Robins, who manages Coventry.

It'll be good to see Mark and I'm sure it'll be a tough game to get the group underway."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

'No guarantee' on relief road funding

There is "no guarantee" there will be money available for Shrewsbury to have a new relief road, Shropshire Council has said.

The authority was given nearly £1m by the Department for Transport to draw up an outline business case for the road and says it will have to lobby to get funding if the opportunity arises in the future.

Shropshire Council

A public consultation on the plans will begin in October, to update surveys last carried out in 2007.

There are currently no guaranteed national funding opportunities that would see an emergent positive business case leading to an application for future construction costs

Matt JohnsonShropshire Council

Shrewsbury relief road plans 'on target'

Plans for a new relief road around Shrewsbury are "on target", Shropshire Council has said.


It's preparing an outline business case, which includes a survey of traffic around the town, which it plans to give to the Department for Transport by 22 December.

The authority was given £942,875 by the DfT to prepare this report.

BreakingPoultry shed plans approved amid 'shame on you' shouts

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Plans to build four poultry units housing 210,000 chickens have been approved by Shropshire Council.

Campaigners shouted "shame on you" as the majority of councillors voted in favour of the scheme at Tasley, near Bridgnorth.

Locals complained dust from the birds would affect their health, but their concerns were overridden.

They say they'll now appeal.

Severe accident: A458 Powys both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 Powys both ways severe accident, between Criggion Lane and B4387.

A458 Powys - A458 closed in both directions between the Criggion Lane junction in Garreg Bank / Trewern and the B4387 junction in Halfway House, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

American football: Shropshire to face Glasgow in Brit Bowl

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Revolution will play Glasgow Tigers in the first Brit Bowl final in their 11-year history, after victory over Gateshead Senators at the weekend.

Their opponents came into the game with an impressive 9-1 record, but were shut out by the Revolution at Oakengates with the game ending 35-0.

Revolution helmet

Shropshire lost in the Brit Bowl semi finals in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and head coach Stephen Tonks said the win was extra special for the veteran players and coaches still with the team who had tasted defeat in those games.

The final will be played at the John Charles Stadium in Leeds on 10 September.

I really couldn’t be prouder of this team. They’ve put in so much hard work and effort, to see them reach the final is brilliant

Stephen TonksShropshire Revolution head coach

Your photos: Grey squirrel on a grey day in Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The sunshine we enjoyed over the bank holiday weekend is gone, but that's not stopping the BBC Weather Watchers getting out to take photos like this one in Oakengates.


Watch: Protesters welcome councillors visiting chicken farm site

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Protesters opposing plans for four large chicken sheds at a farm near Bridgnorth have welcomed Shropshire councillors visiting the site ahead of a planning meeting later today.

Protest against plans for large chicken farm

They're unhappy at the proposals put forward by Footbridge Farm, at Tasley, for units capable of housing 210,000 birds.

Football: Goalkeeping coach, 44, on the bench tonight

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's 44-year-old goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne will be on the bench tonight.

The club is without first-choice keeper Dean Henderson, who is away with the England under-21 squad, while Shaun Rowley is on loan at Tamworth.

Danny Coyne
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Craig MacGillivray is the only other goalie on Shrewsbury's books and is set to start against Coventry.

Shrewsbury north west relief road plan getting closer

Shropshire Star

A public consultation will be launched this autumn as the proposed Shrewsbury north west relief road moves a step closer.

Safe standing appeal passes halfway mark

Shrewsbury Town's bid to raise £75,000 to create a safe standing area in their stadium has passed the halfway mark.

Shrewsbury Town stadium

The club's Supporter's Parliament started an online appeal on 1 August to collect the money needed to rip out the old seats and replace them with rail seating.

It set itself a deadline of 12 September - 14 days away.

So far £40,811 has been donated and there have been 599 individual contributions.

The biggest one that has been made public has come from the Manchester United Supporters Trust, which gave more than £2,000.

Plans for yurts near Clun set to get approval

Plans to put up six yurts in a farmer's field near Clun will go before Shropshire councillors today.

The land is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Clun Town Council and a number of local residents have raised concerns about noise, litter and fires there.


A report drawn up by officers accepts development of the land is a sensitive issue, but suggests the campsite is given planning permission, subject to a number of conditions.

EFL Trophy: Coventry City v Shrewsbury Town

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town start in the EFL Trophy away to Coventry tonight.

The game at the Ricoh Arena kicks off at 19:45.

Paul Hurst

The final is at Wembley but the early games don't attract much fan-interest.

But Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst, who won the competition as a player, is right behind it.

I don't care what people say about it, I want to progress and the end goal is to lift the trophy

Paul HurstManager, STFC

Drivers braced for more roadworks

More roadworks start in Telford today.

This time the work is scheduled for Holyhead Road between its junctions with Roman Road and Haygate Road.

Road sign

There'll be a five-mile diversion in place for traffic trying to get to and from Wellington using junction seven of the M54/A5.

Telford and Wrekin Council says the works, which are part of a resurfacing programme, will be completed by 6 September.

Party for war hero Bill Bray

BBC Midlands Today

A war hero from Shropshire, who helped destroy seven enemy tanks on D-Day, has been honoured by his village.

Bill Bray, 97 and from Albrighton, recently received France's highest military accolade, the Legion d'Honneur.

Over the weekend the whole village got together to celebrate.

Watch: All the goals from Telford's win at Leamington

AFC Telford United came away from Leamington with a convinving 3-0 victory.

Anthony Dwyer scored two goals in quick succession before Jordan Lussey gave Telford their third on 73 minutes.

The win gives the Bucks their third win out of four away games.

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Your pictures: Rain over Shropshire after a glorious weekend

BBC Weather Watchers

The bank holiday sunshine has gone and the drizzle has set in.

There are grey skies over Longnor this morning. Thanks for these snaps to our Weather Watcher Peter Steggles.

Peter Steggles
Peter Steggles

World championships start for Shropshire Judo star

BBC Sport

Telford's Kelly Edwards is in action at the World Judo Championships this morning.

The 26-year-old, who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, is in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

She says she's been preparing hard for the event and hopes it's her time to shine.

Protest planned over chicken farm plans

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Residents in Tasley, near Bridgnorth, are staging a protest this morning.

They're angry about plans to build a big chicken farm near their homes at Wenlock Rise.

The scheme goes before Shropshire Council planners this afternoon and is being recommended for approval.

Developers say the farm and it's 210,000 birds won't impact on the environment.

Watch: Your weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A fairly cloudy day with some sporadic outbreaks of drizzle.

For all it will feel much cooler, with highs of 20C (68F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Severe accident: A489 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A489 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B4370 and A49 Shrewsbury Road.

A489 Shropshire - A489 in Horderley blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the B4370 junction and the A49 Shrewsbury Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorcycle.

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

Severe accident: A41 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A41 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B4379 and A518.

A41 Shropshire - A41 in Woodcote closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B4379 junction and Newport Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A458 Powys both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 Powys both ways severe accident, between Garreg Bank and Marche Lane.

A458 Powys - A458 closed between the Garreg Bank junction in Middletown and the Marche Lane junction in Halfway House, because of an accident involving a car and Motorbike.

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


Shrewsbury's 100% start to the season comes to an end, but Stefan Payne's goal earns them a point at Oxford.

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Live updates have finished for the day but local stories will be added automatically through the night. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

'Hero' police dog recovering well after stabbing

Riyah Collins

BBC West Midlands

A police dog who was stabbed on Monday is recovering well from his injuries.

West Mercia Police

German Shepherd Canto accompanied officers to a house in Bridgnorth following concerns a man may try to harm himself.

The man stabbed the five-year-old dog, who has since had surgery for his injuries.

Police tweeted Canto is a "true hero" and hopefully he'll be fit enough to return to work in mid-September.

Fire rescue equipment stolen in break-in

Riyah Collins

BBC West Midlands

Rescue equipment was stolen from Newport Fire Station on Thursday night after the station was broken into.

Newport Fire Station
Newport Fire Station

It was taken from an engine inside the station.

The fire service says cover hasn't been affected by the theft, but it is encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Tonight will be rather cloudy, and although it will stay dry for many there is a risk of a few showers.

Some clear spells are possible leading to a few mist patches around dawn - lows of 16C (61F).

And the weather is looking promising for the Bank Holiday.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Watch: 'No more signings full stop' for Shrews

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The Shrewsbury Town manager says he's "more than happy" with the squad he's managed to assemble this summer.

Paul Hurst made it 14 summer signings this week and told BBC Shropshire he thinks there'll be "no more signings full stop".

Paul Hurst