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Severe accident: A49 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

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

A49 Shropshire - A49 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B4370 junction in Marshbrook and the A489 junction in Wistanstow, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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


Blackburn close to within two points of Shrewsbury as Charlie Mulgrew scores twice to end Town's 10-game unbeaten run.

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Video: What's the weekend weather going to be like?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A dry and cloudy night ahead with lows of 4C (39F).

It should also be mainly dry tomorrow, but feeling a touch cooler.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Volunteers thanked at inquest into death of teenager

An inquest has opened into the death of a teenager who went missing after attending the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells last summer.

James Corfield from Montgomery, who was a member of Shropshire-based Chirbury and Marton Young Farmers Club, was later found in the River Wye.

James Corfield
Dyfed Powys Police

The police officer who led the search for the 19-year-old, Inspector Andrew Pitt, has been giving evidence and thanked hundreds of volunteers who assisted.

He said police helicopter, boat and dive teams worked with mountain rescue crews, the fire service and search dog handlers.

Engineering firm rejects takeover bid

Engineering firm GKN, which has bases in Birmingham, Telford, Redditch and Leek, has rejected a £7bn takeover bid.

Melrose, a manufacturing turnaround firm, made the offer on 8 January and causing shares in GKN, which makes parts for Airbus and Boeing and employs 56,000 people around the world to jump by more than a quarter.


The GKN board said the cash and shares bid was "entirely opportunistic" and "fundamentally" undervalued GKN.

Scheme to boost shad numbers in river Severn

New research has been published into one of Britain's rarest fish as part of a project to unlock the river Severn through Shropshire and Worcestershire.


The shad used to be very common but numbers plummeted as their journey along the Severn was blocked by weirs.

A new study has shown around 15,000 can make it past Tewkesbury before being stopped by Diglis Weir in Worcester.

Now the hope is to improve access and boost numbers.

Thousands of new homes for Shropshire

A development plan, setting out how 12,000 more homes could be built across Telford and Wrekin over the next 13 years, has been agreed by councillors.

The plan also sets out sites suitable to create new jobs, and those protected as green spaces.

House building

The authority says adoption of the plan will make it easier to turn down poorly-sited or designed developments as it can demonstrate it has a viable supply of land for housing already.

Weather warning for fog in place

Patchy fog may cause difficult driving conditions this morning, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow warning for fog is in place for parts of the West Midlands until 10:00.

Weather warning map

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty, murky and foggy start to the day it will be mainly dry with the odd spot of light rain this afternoon and highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Chelsea Under-21s celebrate their victory at Portsmouth

Chelsea Under-21s will play last season's beaten finalists Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals.

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Lift death inquest hears emergency key was missing

An inquest into the death of a Shifnal man trapped by fallen furniture in a service lift has been told a key to open the doors in an emergency was missing.

20 year-old Kyran Stewart, who worked at the Walkabout bar in Swansea, was crushed while using the lift to move bar stools, and died four days later.


Firefighters sent to the bar found their key didn’t work either, and the service lift was "jammed solid".

The inquest continues into Mr. Stewart's death in 2013. It is expected to last two weeks.

Changes to car parking proposals

Shropshire Council is backtracking on plans to charge people to park in the evening.

At the moment, fees only apply until 18:00 and the authority had planned to extend that to 20:00, but it will now only look to implement the change at the main car parks in Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

car parking machine

Plans to scrap the 15 minute grace period for shoppers making a short stop are also likely to be dropped.

The revised proposals have increased the number of car parks offering free parking on Sundays and bank holidays.

The proposals will go before councillors next week, and are likely to cost the authority over £900,000.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Another cloudy and occasionally foggy night ahead with lows of around 2C (36F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - Queuing traffic on M54 eastbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

In the papers: Bouncer jailed for killer punch

Shropshire Star

These are the top stories from the Shropshire Star website:

Neil Hotchkiss

Scott Taylor died in 2016 as a result of a head injury he had sustained four years earlier.

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Attempts to revive night-time cycle race

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Efforts are being made to revive a night-time cycle race through the streets of Newport in Shropshire.

The Newport Nocturne first took place in 1989 and became a regular event, but hasn't taken place for four years.

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In the past it has attracted big names like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

Everybody seems to love it. We've been asked all the time if we're going to do it again and if we walk down the street, people ask 'when's the nocturne going to come back'."

Nick JeggoNewport Nocturne organiser

More fog on the way

Patchy fog is expected to reform across parts of the West Midlands this evening and overnight, the Met Office is warning.

The yellow warning is in place from 17:00 today until 10:00 tomorrow.

Warning map
Met Office

Plans to demolish care home

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The owner of a care home in Shropshire has submitted plans to have it demolished.

Roden Hall near Telford houses around 50 people, and there is planning permission in place to build a new care home next to the existing Victorian building.

older person holding hands

Rotherwood Property Holdings originally said it wanted to refurbish the existing care home, but now thinks it would be too expensive.

Your pictures: Misty morning

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been out capturing images of this typical January morning.

Dawn Treader took this in Congleton, Cheshire East.

Misty morning
Dawn Treader

This one's from Harvey Dog who took it in Wistaston, also in Cheshire East.

Misty morning
Harvey Dog

This Shropshire sunrise was taken by Wub in Market Drayton.


Weather warning for fog

Mist and fog could affect journeys across part of the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow warning for fog remains in place until 11:00.

Weather map
Met Office

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a foggy and misty start, it should be a mainly dry day with a few bright spells developing later and highs 6C (43F)

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Lenell John-Lewis of Shrewsbury Town

Lenell John-Lewis scores the decisive spot-kick as Shrewsbury beat Blackpool 4-2 on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy.

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Police take action to break up gatherings of teenagers

Police say an arrest has been made and more will follow after complaints of anti-social behaviour in Shrewsbury last night, and on Sunday.

They've been investigating reports that up to 40 teenagers had been causing trouble in and around Barker Street.

Barker St

A dispersal order has now been put into force, giving police officers the power to move on anyone under the age of 16 in the area.

Over-16s can be asked to stay away for 48 hours, or face arrest.

Fog expected across the West Midlands overnight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will stay dry this evening and overnight, but it will become misty soon after dark, and the mist will thicken into some dense fog during the early hours.

Under clear skies a frost will develop for many by morning - lows of -2C (28F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

PM makes new-build commitment

The prime minister says action will be taken to help homeowners challenge high charges on some new-build estates.

She made the promise to introduce legislation after a question from the Conservative MP for Telford, Lucy Allan in parliament today.

Lucy Allan

Theresa May also congratulated Telford on the 50th anniversary of its creation.

For far too many the reality is unfinished communal areas, unadopted roads, non-compliance with section 106, developers failing to take responsibility and the local council passing the buck."

Lucy AllanMP for Telford

Car thefts on the rise

The number of cars being stolen in the West Midlands is on the rise, according to latest figures.

West Midlands Police dealt with more than 18,000 car thefts in 2016 - an 11% increase on the previous year.

Figures in Warwickshire went up by 17%, with 1,321 recorded.

Nationally, almost 250,000 cars were broken into in 2016.

Meanwhile Staffordshire, Cheshire and West Mercia Police forces have seen a reduction in reported car thefts.

First baby born at reopened maternity unit

The first baby has been born at one of Shropshire's midwife-led maternity units since they reopened on New Year's Day.

Archer Jack Perkins was delivered yesterday in Bridgnorth.

Mother and baby

The six-month closure of the units in Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry was blamed on staffing issues, and more midwives have since been hired to fill the gaps in the rota.

But the long-term future of the units is still under discussion, with the majority of births taking place in Telford and Shrewsbury.

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A41 and J2 for A449.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

In the papers: Woman stole £23k from firm

Shropshire Star

here are some of the stories featuring on the Shropshire Star website:

boy doing test

Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.

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Pub worker crushed in lift

David Grundy

BBC Wales Swansea reporter

A Shropshire man was crushed in a service lift by heavy bar stools while he was helping to clear up in a Swansea bar, an inquest has been told.

Cyran Stewart, from Shifnal, who was 20, died in hospital four days after the incident at the Walkabout bar in February 2014.

Staff were moving furniture up from a cellar into the bar after a student night, the inquest heard.

Mr Stewart was trapped for more than half an hour before he was released and the acting senior coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, Colin Phillips, said the inquest would investigate the length of time it took to free him.

Huw Griffiths, from South Wales Police said it was "not an isolated incident".

The inquest’s expected to last two weeks.

Historian wants memories of former Aga foundry

A former member of staff at the Aga foundry in Coalbrookdale is collecting memories of the site for a book.

The foundry closed in November and a "for sale sign" now stands outside.

Aga foundry

Graham Hickman, who worked there for 40 years, said the site had been operating as a foundry for more than 300 years and was at the heart of the industrial revolution.

Coalbrookdale was famous for building massive things and tiny things."

Graham Hickman

Extra race added to card

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

An extra race has been added at Ludlow this afternoon, because of the high number of entries.

It's the second of three January meetings there and the seven-race day starts at 12:50.

Ludlow racecourse

Evan Williams has been the most successful trainer at Ludlow meetings over the past five years, and will have horses in two of the races today.