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Video: What will the weather be like today?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with some bright spells and the odd shower over higher ground with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic westbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Football

Shrewsbury squander a two-goal lead as Darren Ferguson's Doncaster fight back to earn a point in League One.

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Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J6, A518 (Telford West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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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Praise and warning after man 'rescues' toy doll

Jennifer Harby

BBC News

A man's been praised for his bravery and quick instincts after he waded into a lake to rescue what he thought was a lifeless baby.

James Dowley making the rescue
James Dowley

James Dowley, 28, from Welshampton, found he'd actually gone to the aid of a life-sized doll at Ellesmere.

Mr Dowley wrote on Facebook the figure looked "life-like" and he could not go home without checking on its welfare.

But, while praising him, the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) said it advised people to refrain from entering "cold and unfamiliar" water.

Club stalwart leaves AFC Telford due to injury

BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United's longest-serving current player, Jack Rea, has left the club.

Jack Rea
Mike Sheridan

He's not played since injuring an ankle in August.

The 25-year-old was signed in January 2015 and made 33 appearances last season.

Zak Jules made six appearances for Vale's League Two rivals Chesterfield earlier this season before suffering a hamstring injury

Shrewsbury Town loan defender Zak Jules to League Two neighbours Port Vale for the rest of the season.

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Damaged roof forces relocation of maternity services

Allen Cook

BBC News

More problems in the snow-damaged roof at a hospital's Midwife Led Unit mean it is being temporarily relocated, health bosses say.

In December, birthing and inpatient care were suspended when heavy snow took a toll on the Copthorne Building - the MLU's base at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Google

Now NHS bosses say builders have found further issues with the roof and, to allow a full repair, services - including antenatal clinics and scanning - will be temporarily delivered from the vacant Ward 20 elsewhere in the building.

The trust running the hospital has not said when the MLU will be able to run again in its former capacity, but expects the relocation to happen before the end of January.

Any mums-to-be who may be affected will be contacted individually to discuss their individual needs and to make the appropriate arrangements."

Sarah JamiesonHead of midwifery at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Footbridge inspection reveals loose bolts and slack cables

Bolts meant to be holding together a footbridge high above a busy road in Bridgnorth have lifted out of the ground, Shropshire Council says.

The authority isn't sure what has caused the damage, which is worse than it thought, but says the problem might have emerged over a number of years.

The bolts, on the end of the bridge nearest the town park, are supposed to hold the walkway in position and prevent it from moving excessively.

Loose bolts
Shropshire Council

Following an inspection, council engineers say they have come up with a solution to make it safe.

Temporary repairs should have it ready for use by February half term, ahead of a bigger repair job later in the year, which will include work to tighten support cables that have become slack.

The bridge connects the town centre with the Severn Valley Railway station.

Driver jailed for fatal crash

Allen Cook

BBC News

A driver's been jailed by judges at the Court of Appeal after they ruled his original sentence was "lenient".

Stephen Whilde, 24, of Market Drayton, was speeding round a bend on the A529 between Audlem and Market Drayton in 2016 when he lost control.

Royal Courts of Justice
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The car came off the road and hit a fence, leaving his best friend and passenger Will Bye, 24, with fatal injuries.

Whilde had admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was given a two-year suspended sentence and a five-year driving ban last year at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

But, after the Solicitor General argued it was wrong to spare him jail, the Court of Appeal judges jailed him for three years and reduced his driving ban to four-and-a-half-years.

Watch: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We can expect a largely dry night however some rain will push up from the south in the early hours with lows of 0C (32F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Festival cancelled due to lack of funding

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire festival won't be taking place this year.

Ellesmere's Merefest, an event designed to "celebrate the wildlife and communities of the Meres and Mosses", has been cancelled because of a lack of funding.

Area where Merefest was held in Ellesmere
Google

It was launched in 2013 as a free event and attracted 6,000 people in 2016, before visitors had to pay for tickets to last year's festival.

Organisers warned last September that the event was at risk because people weren't willing to pay to access a normally public space.

They've now posted on Facebook to say that it won't be running in 2018 as "we just can't make the books balance".

Facebook post from Merefest
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In the papers: Housing concerns

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A529 leaving Market Drayton

Stephen Whilde had reached speeds of almost 80mph in his Honda Civic before he lost control

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In the papers: Festival cancelled

Shropshire Star

The burnt-out cash machine

The machine, at a Market Drayton service station, looked like there had been an "explosion", staff said.

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Railway footbridge damage 'a lot worse' than expected

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Engineers say damage to a footbridge which links the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth town centre is "a lot worse" than they expected.

Police tape on footbridge on 6 January
West Mercia Police

The pedestrian bridge was closed on 6 January after station staff noticed that the end of it appeared to be hanging dangerously in mid air.

Shropshire Council says their engineers still don't know exactly the cause but they believe de-icing salts and cold temperatures may have both played a role.

The authority says work will start on Monday on a temporary repair to last over spring and summer before a permanent repair's carried out from October.

M25 near Epping

Motorist Tammy Langton and lorry driver Anthony Cheshire are accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Cash machine goes up in flames 'like an explosion'

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A petrol station's cash machine on the A41 near Market Drayton has gone up in flames.

Burnt cash machine
BBC

An attendant who turned up for work at Adastra Services, Tern Hill, described the cash machine to BBC Shropshire as "absolutely black" and says it looked "like there'd been an explosion".

Shropshire Fire Service tweeted to say the machine had been "attacked" and broken into.

Burnt cash machine
BBC

West Mercia Police says offenders first forced their way into the ATM, then set it on fire before driving off.

'Baby' rescue turns out to be large doll

Allen Cook

BBC News

The doll floating on the water
James Dowley

A man jumped into a lake to rescue what he thought was a lifeless baby, which turned out to be a large doll.

James Dowley, 28, from Welshampton, was with his father driving past the Mere in Ellesmere, Shropshire, when they spotted a face-down figure on the surface of the water.

James striding out to the figure
James Dowley

He immediately waded in and was in the freezing water for several minutes.

It looked "rather life like" but, when he got there, it turned out to be a large doll, he said.

James with the doll
James Dowley

Your photos: Stunning picture as dawn breaks today

Allen Cook

BBC News

This stunning photo of dawn over Shropshire today was taken by photographer Andrew Fusek Peters.

It was taken on the Gaer Stone near Church Stretton:

Dawn on the Gaer Stone, Shropshire this morning
Andrew Fusek Peters

Restaurant fined for clogging sewers with grease

A restaurant has been fined for blocking sewers with fat, oil and grease.

Severn Trent Water said waste from Saffron Cottage at Ford, near Shrewsbury, caused a huge blockage leading to sewage flowing into a nearby watercourse.

The restaurant's owners pleaded guilty to an offence under the water industry act and had to pay a total of £9,266, including fine and costs, by Telford Magistrates’ Court.

Fat berg
Severn Trent

Severn Trent said it contacted the restaurant, run by SCE Catering Limited, several times asking for grease traps to be installed and warning of the consequences but the owners didn’t comply.

Fat berg
Severn Trent

Severn Trent said it was only the third such case to go to court and it would make other companies think about the way they dispose of fat, oil and grease.

Your pictures: An icy start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher mags said there's no wind or rain in Kidderminster this morning - it's "just cold".

Kidderminster
mags

The windscreen needed scraping in Hednesdford- as seen in this image uploaded by Angus and me.

windscreen
Angus and me

And Telford looks pretty icy, thanks to savannahuk for this image.

ice
Savannahuk

Ice warning in place

Icy stretches could cause problems on untreated roads in parts of the region.

A yellow warning for ice is in place for Staffordshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire until 10:00.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Severe accident: A442 Worcestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

A442 Worcestershire westbound severe accident, between B4189 Wolverley Road and Shatterford Lakes.

A442 Worcestershire - A442 Bridgnorth Road in Shatterford blocked westbound between the B4189 Wolverley Road junction and the Shatterford Lakes junction, because of an accident.

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

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and frosty start to a generally dry and bright day with some sunshine. Highs of 5C (41F)

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Finishing touches to restoration of vandalised carriages

Andy Giddings

BBC News

It looks like work to restore two vandalised carriages belonging to the Severn Valley Railway is going well.

Yesterday the site announced it had raised £10,000 to carry out the work. The carriages had been defaced with spray paint.

Earlier, the railway tweeted this short video showing finishing touches being applied.

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Two new signings expected at Shrewsbury Town

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town are still expecting to sign two new players in the January transfer window.

Shrewsbury Town's ground
Getty Images

Town's chief executive Brian Caldwell says talks are still active with other clubs to try to strengthen the squad before the window closes in just under a fortnight.

Yes, there'll be activity I would suggest before the end of the month, I think we'd all be very disappointed if we haven't [signed new players]."

Brian CaldwellShrewsbury Town's chief executive

In pictures: After the wind, the rainbows

Weather Watcher Bingoswestry spotted this one over Oswestry in Shropshire.

Rainbow
Bingoswestry

And Birminghana captured this one over Birmingham.

Rainbow
Birminghana

Edgbaston Police managed to capture a double one - they're off to find the pot of gold. Can we borrow a tenner?

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High winds cause disruption across the West Midlands
Winds were so severe overnight they blew the roof off a house and caused trees to fall on roads and the railway.

Watch: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A chance of one or two wintry showers overnight, but it should be a largely cold and dry evening with some frost and ice, especially in the north. Lows of 0C (32F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Ice warning

Allen Cook

BBC News

A new weather warning has been issued for parts of the West Midlands, this time for ice.

Area covered by weather warning
Met Office

The Met Office says it's expecting freezing patches to form from 19:00 and into Friday morning until 10:00.

The main areas set to be affected are in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Schoolboy's cycling death 'accidental', inquest concludes

BBC Shropshire

The death of a schoolboy who was hit by a bus while cycling has been ruled an accident.

Haybridge Road
Google

Christian Chandler, 13, died in hospital after the crash on Haybridge Road in Hadley, Telford, in October.

An inquest at Shropshire Coroner's Court ruled accidental death on Wednesday.

Mystery memorial names frustrate history group

Andy Giddings

BBC News

A history group telling the stories of men listed on a World War One memorial says it is stumped by three of the names.

The Lychgate at Wellington in Shropshire was erected in the 1920s to remember local people killed in the conflict - plaques carry the names of 184 people.

Group wants help with mystery names on WW1 memorial

The Wellington Remembers group is collecting photos, as well as the men's stories, and wants to include them in a book.

It is appealing for help in identifying the mystery men.

Man in assisted dying court fight says 'public opinion on my side'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Noel Conway, the terminally ill man who wants to be helped to die, says he believes he has public opinion behind him.

The 68-year-old from Garmston, near the Wrekin, Shropshire, has been granted permission to take his case to appeal after the High Court rejected his challenge to the Suicide Act in October.

Noel Conway with his family
PA
Noel Conway with his family

Today, two judges from the Court of Appeal said there should be a full hearing of the retired lecturer's case.

Afterwards, Mr Conway, who has motor neurone disease, said he and his family had an "outpouring of support and well wishes from the public".

To me, this proves beyond doubt that this is an issue close to the hearts of thousands of people across the country. I now look forward to the next stage in my case, knowing I have the strength of public opinion behind me."

Noel ConwayTeminally ill man