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Defender Aristote Nsiala heads the 89th-minute winner as unbeaten League One leaders Shrewsbury see off Fleetwood.

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Full steam ahead for round pound amnesty

The Severn Valley Railway says it'll be glad to accept old pound coins now that they can no longer be used in shops.

It says it can still pay them into the bank if people drop them in its collection pots. The railway is still looking to raise £500,000 to pay for work to its Bridgnorth station.

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Video: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A cloudy night ahead with a band of rain moving north, which could be heavy at times and lows of 10C (50F).

The weekend is looking cloudy and windy, with blustery showers, as Storm Brian passes through.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Flax mill could be 'structurally sound' in a year

Historic England says the flax mill in Shrewsbury could be made structurally sound within the next year.

Work is under way on a £20m restoration of the grade I listed mill, which is the world's first iron-framed building and regarded as the forerunner of the skyscraper.

Inside flax mill

It was built in 1797, but has remained empty for the last 30 years. It has topped Historic England's At Risk register for many of those.

Strengthening the building, and replacing windows, will complete stage one of the restoration project.

Roof of flax mill

People have been here from America and more recently from China and their jaws drop."

Alastair GodfreyHistoric England

In the papers: Family of Telford boy speak of heartbreak

Shropshire Star

Three top stories from the Shropshire Star website:

Community nursing home threatened with closure

A Shropshire nursing home is under threat of closure due to lack of funds, it says.

The eight-bed home in Ellesmere is run by a community trust that relies on fundraising and bequests to pay the bills - but that's not been enough to cover recent costs.

It's now running an annual defecit of £90,000 - and had been using reserves to make up the shortfall, but they've now run out.

The trust says it's involved in last-ditch attempts to find other sources of income - but there's every possibility the home will have to close in the coming months.

Waitrose abandons plans for Shrewsbury store

Waitrose has abandoned plans for a supermarket in Shrewsbury, blaming "challenging market conditions".

It received planning permission to build the store on Oteley Road four years ago, on land created by the redevelopment of the Percy Thrower's garden centre, but had held back while it waited to see if a rival Lidl store got planning permission on land owned by Shrewsbury Town football club.

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Waitrose said at the time that the area couldn't support both stores and in making the announcement this morning, it said "we would not wish to develop a store which was not sustainable and would put at risk the jobs of those local people we had hoped to employ in the future".

We share the disappointment this will cause for many people who have been looking forward to us opening and are grateful to those who supported us, as well as the council’s planners for their work.”


More obese four-year-olds than anywhere else

Wolverhampton has the worst rate of obesity in young children in the country, according to new figures.

Data published by Public Health England shows 13.5% of reception age children in Wolverhampton were classed as obese in 2016-17, compared with 4.8% in Kingston-upon-Thames.

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Walsall and Sandwell were also not far behind with 12.6% and 12.1% respectively.

Solihull, Stratford and Shropshire had among the lowest figures in the region.

What we are seeing is greater levels of type 2 diabetes, which normally we only see in adults. Also it affects mental well-being."

David ElliotPublic Health England West Midlands

Bridgnorth station revamp appeal hits £2m

Severn Valley Railway has just days to raise the £500,000 to meet the cost of revamping its Bridnorth station.

Last November it launched a £2.5m appeal by offering people the chance to buy £1 shares.

Today it announced the £2m mark had been reached, with the 31 October deadline looming.

Building works
Severn Valley Railway

The money will be used to pay for alterations to the station house, which include a new bar and toilet block.

Work on the project started at the end of last year.

Hospital parking increase a 'tax on the sick'

Telford and Wrekin council has condemned the hike in hospital car park charges as a "tax on visiting the sick".

Councillors are calling on the increases to be withdrawn immediately.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital sign

From next month, charges to park at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals will increase.

A 24-hour ticket will rise from £3.50 to £8.

The trust says its car park charges are still among the lowest in the country and those on benefits or receiving long-term treatment will be able to park at a reduced rate or recoup the cost of parking.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with patchy outbreaks of rain, before becoming drier this evening and highs of 15C (59F).

A warning for wind has been issued for Saturday as the effects of Storm Brian are felt.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'Eye-watering' hospital car park charges

The planned increase in hospital parking charges in Shrewsbury and Telford has been criticised by Telford and Wrekin Council.

Arnold England, the councillor responsible for health and wellbeing, called the charges "eye-watering, inflation-busting increases" and urged Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust to abandon a move he labelled a "tax on visiting the sick".

RSH sign

Under plans, the cost of a 24-hour stay would rise from £3.50 to £8.

The hospital trust says it hasn't changed its car parking charges for four years and they are still among the lowest in the country.

People needing to visit hospital are hostages to these charges. If they need to visit, they need to visit. These charges do nothing other than punish them during an inevitably difficult and stressful time."

Cllr Arnold EnglandTelford and Wrekin Council

'Cat whisperer' fireman gives Tinkerbell wings

A cat called Tinkerbell was unable to live up to her namesake when a rooftop wander led to a two-day ordeal.

She needed the help of the fire service to get down from the Telford property when the RSPCA was unable to help.

Cat on roof

Colleagues of firefighter Andy Keen are calling him the "cat whisperer" after he used food to coax her into her carrier.

Legal action started over chicken farm approval

An action group has begun legal action against Shropshire Council over its approval of a chicken farm on the outskirts of Bridgnorth.

The group in Tasley is seeking a judicial review over the way the council assessed the impact of the farm on the local community.


New(t) village half complete - 12 years after work began

Construction of a "garden village" in Shropshire has passed the halfway stage - 12 years after work started.

Bournville Village Trust, which is responsible for the Lightmoor development in Telford, said 540 properties had been built, with another 460 to go.

A colony of great crested newts was listed among the issues that held up progress.

Garden village is half complete after 12 years

Weather: Rain forecast overnight as Storm Brian approaches

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast more wet weather overnight and Storm Brian is expected to bring high winds to the region at the weekend, but tomorrow should be drier.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Council considers business rates plan

Telford and Wrekin councillors will decide today whether to take part in a pilot scheme which would result in it receiving more money from business rates.

The council currently gets about half of the business rates collected in the area, but also receives government grants.

Telford and Wrekin Council

The new scheme, if councillors agree to it, would mean the authority keeps 100% of the business rates it collects, but loses the grants.

Family denied appeal over drink-driver sentence

A man who caused the death of an 11-year-old girl through dangerous driving won't have his sentence reviewed, the solicitor general has ruled.

The family of Olivia Reeves, from Shrewsbury, had asked for Roger Goodall's four-and-a-half-year sentence to be taken before the Court of Appeal, believing it to be too lenient.

Crash scene

The 77-year-old was one and a half times over the legal drink drive limit when he hit her with his Land Rover on Mytton Oak Road in Shrewsbury.

A spokesperson for the solicitor general said "the sentence given fell within the guidelines available for this offence".

Schoolgirl given caution after attack

A schoolgirl has received a youth caution after reports of an assault on a pupil at Telford Langley School.

Another girl who was arrested at the same time was not charged.

Telford Langley School
Telford Langley School

Man arrested on suspicion of sexual grooming

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Police have arrested a 61-year-old man from Shrewsbury on suspicion of sexual grooming after he was brought to their attention by an anti-paedophile group.

They filmed themselves approaching him near the Red Lion on Holyhead Road in Telford on Saturday afternoon and held him until the police arrived.

The man has been bailed to return to police, next month.

Patients group 'astonished' by parking charges rise

A patients group in Shropshire has hit out at soaring parking charges at the county's two main hospitals.

The cost of parking for up to 24 hours is to rise from £3.50 to £8 from 1 November, with similar rises for shorter visits.

Graham Shepherd, part of the Shropshire Patient's Group, said he was "astonished and annoyed" at the size of the rise.

"If they put them up by 10% that would account for inflation, but they're putting them up by between 60% and 100%," he said.


The hospital trust says charges haven't changed for four years and those people having treatments such as dialysis or chemotherapy will be able to park for free.

The first 20 minutes will be free and there'll also be a system for claiming back fees if you are on benefits, the trust said.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cloudy start to the day with some mist and fog before rain pushes up from the south, particularly affecting eastern areas.

We can expect top temperatures of about 15C (59F) today.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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

Watch the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

This evening will be mild and cloudy with drizzle at times.

The cloud will be low enough to cover the hills, but it will thin out during the early hours and the drizzle will stop - lows of 11C (52F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Unemployment drops in the West Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

Unemployment in the West Midlands has dropped over the last three months.

UK unemployment rates

Unemployment figures show that the jobless total across the area fell by 17,000 in the three months to August to 149,000.

Nationally that figure fell to a 12-year low by 52,000 to 1.4 million.

However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year.

Hospital parking charges to more than double

Car parking charges are set to soar at Shropshire's two main hospitals.

Currently, parking at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital costs a maximum of £3.50 a day.

That's set to rise to £8 from 1 November, although the first 20 minutes will be free.

Hospitals composite

The hospital trust says charges haven't changed for four years and those people having treatments such as dialysis or chemotherapy will be able to park for free.

There'll also be a system for claiming back fees if you are on benefits.

The trust says the money they make from car parking currently pays for the equivalent of 40 staff nurses.

Police investigate woman's 'unexplained' flat death

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Police say they're treating the death of a woman found in a flat in Telford as "unexplained".

The woman, thought to be in her 40s, was discovered on Monday evening at a property on Plough Road in Wellington.

Plough Road, Wellington

Investigators were at the building throughout yesterday.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out in the coming days.

Teenage cyclist killed by bus named

A 13-year-old boy who was killed after being hit by a bus while cycling has been named as Christian Edwards.

Emergency services were called to Haybridge Road in Hadley, Telford, on Monday morning, but the Ercall Wood pupil later died at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Haybridge Road in Hadley

Chay Davis, head teacher of Ercall Wood Technology College, described it as a "terrible tragedy" and said his thoughts and prayers were with the family.

"I have emailed the parents of all our pupils to tell them what has happened and I also called all the pupils into the school hall yesterday afternoon to tell them," Mr Davis said.

"I also made them aware that support is available from Telford & Wrekin Council’s counselling service and they have been at the school all day today for pupils to talk to if they feel they need it.”

Alabama rot dog disease cases 'mostly occur in winter'

About 60% of cases of Alabama rot, which has killed more than 100 dogs in the UK, occur in the first three months of the year, researchers have found.

Dog with Alabama rot
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New research by London's Royal Veterinary College is under way to try and discover more about the risk factors and spread of the disease.

The cause of the disease, which first occurred in the UK in 2012, is still unknown.

However, researchers have found there are more cases in autumn and winter.

In the papers: Leaves on line hit rail services

Shropshire Star

Here are some of the stories making the headlines in the Shropshire Star:

Lulu, when she had Alabama rot

Some dogs can develop life-threatening kidney failure as a result of Alabama rot, which has no cure.

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At one with nature - reserves to home new wildlife

Work to create two new nature reserves on land next to the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire is well on schedule to be completed by next year.

Montgomery Canal in Shropshire

The project by the Canal and River Trust is costing more than £1m and will create a new wildlife habitat, footpaths and special bird hides.

It'll provide a secure environment for rare aquatic plants and a new home for dragonflies, water voles and otters.


Shrewsbury Town return to the top of League One as they turn on the style to beat Bristol Rovers 4-0.

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Plans for bypass go on show

Updated plans for Shrewsbury's North West Relief Road have been put on display.

The bypass would run from Ellesmere Road, north of Shrewsbury, to the Churncote Island on the A5 in the west.

Relief route map
Shropshire Council

The road will cost £104m and Shropshire Council is asking the government to fund about 80% of that.

Once this public consultation is complete, it plans to make its bid for the funding in December and if it's successful, a planning application could be submitted in 12 months time.

Meole Brace roundabout
Shropshire Council

The council, which is working with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, says the road would ease congestion in Shrewsbury and surrounding towns and it hopes to open the bypass in spring 2022.

Watch: Your evening weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy overnight with rain, which could be heavy at times, moving northwards in the early hours with lows of 8C (46F).

Tomorrow will be a wet start with widespread rain.

Latest weather for the West Midlands