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  1. MP says more midwives needed to cope with rural births
  2. Man guilty of child sex offences sentenced to 16 years in prison
  3. DIY SOS family thank community
  4. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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By Carlie Swain

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  1. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    A dry, bright day with some sunny intervals and highs of 21C (70F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    I and the team will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.

    You can comment on our stories and share your pictures by email,Facebook or Twitter.

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    Severe accident: A458 Powys both ways

    BBC News Travel

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

    A458 Powys - A458 blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Criggion Lane junction in Middletown and the B4387 junction in Halfway House, because of an accident.

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

  4. 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.

    Keep an eye out here for more updates and breaking news before then.

  5. Watch: The big reveal for Matthew Cooper

    The BBC's DIY SOS were called in to transform the Cooper family home in Trench so 12-year-old Matthew could return home.

    He had been in hospital for over a year fighting a brain tumour. This was the moment he finally got to go home.

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    Video caption: DIY SOS reveal their big build in Telford

    If you missed the really touching episode, you can watch in full on BBC iPlayer.

  6. Future of midwifery in Shropshire is a 'challenge' says MP

    Health minister and MP for Ludlow, Philip Dunne, says no decision has been made on the future of rural maternity services but a review is ongoing.

    Midwife-led units in Ludlow, Oswestry and Bridgnorth have suffered a string of closures due to staff sickness.

    hospital ward

    In 2016-17, 85% of Shropshire babies were born at the consultant-led unit at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital and just 36 babies were born at Ludlow's MLU.

    But Mr Dunne says it's important women retain the choice of where they give birth.

    Quote Message: I'm very keen because of the distance and the geography to ensure that mothers can continue to have babies born safely in the rural market towns." from Philip Dunne Conservative MP for Ludlow
    Philip DunneConservative MP for Ludlow
  7. Replacement bus service to start this weekend

    Some changes to the rail network to be aware of from this weekend and every weekend until Sunday 16 July.

    Replacement bus services will operate on the route between Hereford and Shrewsbury due to engineering works.

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  8. Watch: Your weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a mainly cloudy day, here's what's in store for the start of this weekend across the West Midlands.

    You can stay updated over the next couple of days through the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood
  9. Man guilty of child sex offences

    A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of a string of child sex offences.

    James Heywood, 69, of Bader Close in Apley, was found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault, one count of indecent assault against a child under 13 and a number of other charges at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

    The offences took place between 1989 and 2016 and involved three girls aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the offences, police said.

    Heywood was found not guilty of one count of causing sexual activity with a child, one count of rape and one count of indecent assault.

  10. Postmen drop thousands of rubber bands says resident

    Telford's postmen have been criticised for dropping rubber bands.

    A Woodside resident says he's collected more than 2,000 of them in the last six months.

    rubber bands

    The Royal Mail says they're biodegradable and break down in 12 months.

    But David who lives on Warrens Way says it's littering and he plans to give the rubber bands back to Royal Mail for Christmas.

  11. TNS pitch undergoes test ahead of Champions League

    TNS have a big match on Tuesday night, so the pitch at Park Hall is getting a good looking over.

    The Welsh Premier League champions face Gibraltar side Europa FC over two legs in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

    The return leg will be played on 4 July in Portugal.

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  12. Health minister wants more midwives in Shropshire

    Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow and also a minister at the Department of Health, says he wants to see more midwives recruited in the county.

    It comes after a string of closures of maternity units in Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry due to staff sickness.

    Mr Dunne has spoken to the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH) and says they are intending to recruit more staff.

    Philip Dunne
    Quote Message: It will take time and that's why they're working with the CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group] to come up with a plan for the coming weeks so that there is not this constant stop-start service, which is very unsettling." from Philip Dunne Conservative MP for Ludlow
    Philip DunneConservative MP for Ludlow
  13. Poetry written by Shropshire man who died in Peru is published

    A Shropshire man has published a book of his son's poems to commemorate him a year after his death.

    Harry Greaves was killed in a fall whilst trekking in Peru. His father Simon, from Bronygarth near Oswestry, has published the book in his memory.

    He says he didn't realise Harry was writing poetry and he was pleased to discover them and be able to put them into print.

    Harry Greaves
    Quote Message: We published all the poems of his that we could find. There are 23 in the book. We wanted it to be a celebration of his life." from Simon Greaves
    Simon Greaves
  14. Football: New signings for the Bucks

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    AFC Telford United have made two signings.

    Defender Ross White joins from Southport and winger Elliott Newby has left Barrow to link up with the Bucks.

    New Bucks Head

    White is a full-back who has played most of his career at Wrexham.

    Twenty one-year-old Newby spent parts of last season on loan at Altrincham, in the National North League.

  15. Football: Shrewsbury Town back in training

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town players report back for training today after a shortened summer break of seven weeks.

    Town's manager Paul Hurst says that's quite enough - ahead of getting everyone up to speed for the first game of the new season on 5 August against Northampton Town.

    Paul Hurst
    Quote Message: Friday we come back in, so we'll work Friday and Saturday morning. Quite a bit of that will be testing and then we'll get into the really tough work." from Paul Hurst Manager, STFC
    Paul HurstManager, STFC
  16. MP seeks to reassure after maternity closures

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Ludlow's MP Philip Dunne says he's confident maternity services in the county can get back on to a "stable footing" following a series of critical reports, staff shortages and a string of closures at units in Ludlow, Bridnorth and Oswestry.

    The number of baby deaths in the county is higher than it should be according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the rural units keep having to be closed because of staff sickness.

    Ludlow hospital

    Mr Dunne, who's also a minister of the Department of Health, says the two issues are linked - but says he's been assured that the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals trust is working hard to recruit more midwives.

  17. DIY SOS: Your comments

    The true community spirit of Telford was on display for all to see last night.

    BBC One's DIY SOS visited the Cooper family earlier this year and their work was broadcast last night.

    It certainly got an emotional response on social media.

    Cooper family