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Summary

  1. Shropshire hospitals unaffected by NHS cyber attack
  2. Elderly couple rescued from canal boat
  3. Ludlow Spring Festival opens
  4. Shrewsbury Town extend the contract of winger Whalley
  5. Updates on Friday 12 May

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

  1. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    We can expect showers on and off throughout most of the day and the wind will pick up a little too, with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

    You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midland
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Our live coverage across the day

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

  4. Lawley children to play at Wembley

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Pupils from Lawley Primary School are going to play at Wembley on Sunday, in the finals of the English Schools Football Association seven-a-side cup.

    They're taking part in the under-11s competition for small schools and their game will kick-off ahead of Sunday's National League playoff final between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

    Lawley seven-a-side team
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between J7 for A5 and J6 for A518.

    M54 Shropshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M54 eastbound between J7, A5 (Wellington) and J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident.

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

  6. Cricket: Shropshire face Wales at Oswestry

    Shropshire will look to bounce back from their defeat to Cheshire when they take on Wales in the Knockout Trophy on Sunday.

    Neither side has won a game in the tournament this year and Shropshire make one change for the match, bringing in Shifnal all-rounder Jack Edwards, to replace the injured Dillon Pennington.

    Jack Edwards

    The first ball will be bowled at Oswestry at 11:00.

  7. Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

    But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  8. Food festival returns to Ludlow

    The Ludlow Spring Festival opens this evening and continues through the weekend.

    There will be dozens of stalls inside the castle courtyard, plus music, food trails and classic cars.

    Food festival
  9. Village school creates 'reflection garden'

    Telford's smallest school has had a big makeover in its grounds. 

    St Lawrence Church of England Primary at Preston upon the Weald Moors has got new flower beds, vegetable patches, water features and textured paths, to create a place for quiet reflection.

    Reflection Garden

    Parents, staff and pupils pitched in, and it was officially opened earlier this afternoon.

    Reflection garden
  10. Whitchurch to get skate park after 10-year wait

    Work on a new skate park in Whitchurch is expected to start in the summer, after funding was found for the project.

    It will be built in Jubilee Park and the construction should take between six and eight weeks, Shropshire Council says.

    Skateboard

    The local authority says it's taken 10 years to get the money together, with Whitchurch Town Council, Next Generation Youth and Twemlows solar farm all chipping in.

    Quote Message: It’s great that so many people want to get involved with skateboarding and BMXing, and I can only see this interest increasing given that they are both Olympic sports." from Sean McCarthy Shropshire Council
    Sean McCarthyShropshire Council
  11. BreakingHospitals 'unaffected' by suspected cyber-attack

    The hospitals in Shrewsbury, Telford and Oswestry say they are unaffected by the suspected cyber-attack which is affecting parts of the NHS this afternoon.

    Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have all had their IT services affected. 

    Computer keyboard
  12. Anniversary of Gay Meadow closure

    BBC Sport

    Sunday will mark 10 years since the last game was played at Shrewsbury Town's Gay Meadow stadium.

    The 0-0 draw with Milton Keynes in the League Two play-offs brought the curtain down on 97 years of history. 

    Gay Meadow

    The demolition of the old ground started just a few months later, in September 2007 and by 2014 there were luxury flats on the site.

  13. More than 30 steam engine to take part in rally

    More than 30 steam engines will be parading through Ironbridge tomorrow as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust.

    They're due to start at Blists Hill at 10:00 and will be accompanied by enthusiasts wearing Victorian costume.

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    Video caption: More than 30 steam engines are taking part in a parade through the Ironbridge Gorge
  14. Football: Town winger has contract renewed

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town Football Club have extended the contract of winger Shaun Whalley. 

    He'll be with the club for another two years.

    footballers

    The 30-year-old was brought into the team two years ago by the then manager Micky Mellon after leaving Luton.   

    Current manager Paul Hurst says he's a creative player that other clubs would have been interested in.

  15. Your photos: Rain in Oakengates and Ludlow

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sunny weather has been replaced by drizzle today, as you can see from these BBC Weather Watchers photos, taken near Oakengates (top) and Ludlow (below).

    Tractor in rain
    Ludlow
  16. Walker passing through on A5 journey

    A man from Bangor who is attempting to walk the complete length of the A5 is in the county today.

    David Elis-Williams is travelling from Marble Arch in London to Holyhead in Wales, but has decided to take a break after reaching Shropshire - and will complete the rest of the journey later in the year.

    David Elis-Williams

    Mr Elis-Williams has taken 11 days so far and says he is attempting the walk because he is fascinated by history and the importance of the A5 and the Roman roads which came before it.

    Quote Message: I think the one thing that actually inspired me - there is a sign at Atherstone in Warwickshire on the side of a shop there in the high street and it points a finger to Holyhead one way and a finger to London the other way and I thought, gosh!" from David Elis-Williams
    David Elis-Williams
  17. Firefighter in world record rugby bid

    A firefighter from Bridgnorth is among a team of rugby players hoping to break a world record today for the longest ever rugby union match. 

    Luke Veal and his team-mates are taking on a team of armed service personnel at Sixways in Worcester in an attempt to break the current World Record of 29 hours and 34 minutes.

    Sixways stadium

    They're aiming to raise £46,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and Scotty's Little Soldiers, which provides support to children who have lost a parent serving in the armed forces and the game is being refereed by a man from Telford.

  18. Elderly couple rescued from canal

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    An elderly couple have been helped from a boat near Whitchurch, after it got stuck in a lock on the Shropshire Union canal. 

    Fire crews from the town lowered a nine-metre ladder to the boat at Grindley Brook, but the pair weren't hurt.

    Canal rescue