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  1. Man appears in court charged with Halfway House murder
  2. Telford MP warns over 'political posturing'
  3. Folk festival founder dies
  4. New Telford manager has ambitious aims
  5. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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  3. Dumbledore flies in to Potter-mad school

    A helicopter carrying Professor Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall landed on the sports field in front of hundreds of children at Redhill Primary School, in Telford.

    They were mobbed by pupils in Harry Potter themed fancy dress. Later a Hogwarts themed school fete took place.

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    Video caption: Dumbledore flies in to Potter-mad school to surprise pupils
  4. Huge crane to remove scanner from Telford hospital

    Shropshire Star

    A 230ft high crane will remove an MRI scanner from Telford's Princess Royal Hospital to make the way for a state-of-the-art replacement to be installed later in the summer.

  5. Watch: Your weekend weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Here's how your weekend's going to start in the West Midlands on the weather front.

    Keep yourself updated over the next two days with the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast
  6. MP demands maternity commitment from hospital boss

    The MP for Ludlow is demanding full maternity services should be restored in Bridgnorth and Ludlow as soon as possible.

    Earlier today he met the chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, Simon Wright, to voice his concerns about the temporary reduction of services at three rural maternity units.

    Philip Dunne

    From tomorrow women won't be able to give birth at the units in Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry - a measure which could be in place for up to six months.

    They will still be able to attend antenatal appointments at the maternity units.

  7. New litter powers for council staff

    New powers are being given to Telford and Wrekin environment officers, to hand out a greater range of fines for littering.

    The council says it is also training them to give advice to people on how to dispose of their waste, in the hope that fines can be avoided.

    Fly tipping in Telford

    The on-the-spot fines will range from £80 for people who drop litter or fail to pick up after their dog to £400 for fly-tipping.

    In the most serious cases, the council says it will take the offenders to court, to look for harsher punishment.

  8. Weasley Twins record message for Telford school

    The men who played the Weasley twins in the movie adaptation of the Harry Potter books have recorded a special message for the children at Redhill Primary School in Telford.

    It has been holding a Harry Potter themed day and real-life twins James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George (or is it George and Fred?), sent the video from Denver in the United States.

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  9. 'Viking god' photo attracts national interest

    A photo of trees along the river bank in Shrewsbury has attracted national interest, after a local fireman posted it on social media.

    Lee Roberts lives near the Severn and says he often goes out taking photos there, but only noticed what he thought looked like a Viking god when he looked at it later.

    Tree photos

    The photos have picked up more interest after appearing in the Daily Mail and Lee said he never expected it to appear in a national newspaper.

    Quote Message: I go up and down there taking pictures of the wildlife and stuff and I'd taken a panoramic view of the trees and I just saw what looked to me like a Viking." from Lee Roberts
    Lee Roberts
  10. New fire engine is delivered

    We've got our first photo of the new £225,000 fire engine that has been delivered to Craven Arms fire station this afternoon.

    Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service says it will allow it to tackle farm and grassland fires in remote areas, because it can carry almost twice as much water as its predecessor.

    Fire engine and people

    The Craven Arms fire station deals with an average of 130 emergency calls a year and covers an area which includes Ludlow, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock and Bishop's Castle.

  11. Your photos: Cloud over Church Stretton and Ludlow

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a day of more heavy cloud over Shropshire.

    These photos were taken near Church Stretton (top) and Ludlow (below).

    Cloud near Church Stretton
    Ludlow path
  12. Police overtime spending cut

    Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia managed to cut the amount they spent on overtime last year, but it remained over £4.5m, despite cuts to police numbers.

    Since 2010, the average spending on overtime for the two forces has been £5.3m, reaching a peak of over £6m in 2011-12.

    Police officers

    Since the partnership of the two forces, the number of police officers has fallen by around a quarter, but until last year spending on overtime had remained over £5m a year.

  13. Telford MP warns over 'political posturing'

    The MP for Telford says amendments to the Queen's Speech put forward by Labour MPs yesterday was "political posturing" and warned there would be "a lot more in this parliament".

    Lucy Allan said they were an attempt to "block the government's legislative agenda" and that "defeat for the government would have "risked another general election".

    Lucy Allan

    Ms Allan also said that she supported "public sector workers and the great work they do" and that the amendment on public sector pay raised an important issue, but she said the amendment "would not have resulted in a pay increase or any changes to public sector worker pay".

  14. A&Es in 'fragile' condition

    Accident and Emergency cover in Shropshire remains in a "fragile" position, the trust board was told yesterday.

    A report to the board said "workforce constraints" were to blame.

    Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust said while nurses were being recruited, they were "struggling with doctors", despite three adverts for consultants.

    A&Es in Shrewsbury and Telford
    Quote Message: It's not that this isn't an attractive place to come and work, it's the way the service is. If you come at the moment you'd be working every third weekend forever, which is not an attractive sell for a a consultant who could probably walk into any A&E in the country." from Simon Wright Chief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust
    Simon WrightChief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust
  15. Harry Potter event at Telford school

    Children at Redhill Primary School in Telford have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book today.

    The children and their teachers dressed up for the occasion and have had a surprise flying visit from Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall, who arrived by helicopter.

    Children dressed as Harry Potter characters

    The day has been arranged by The Friends of Redhill Primary School and pupils have been raising money for the school.

  16. Museum to hold its first Steampunk festival

    Blists Hill Victorian Town is hosting its first Steampunk festival this weekend, with people paying to turn up in costume, meet artists and take part in themed games.

    Steampunk is a branch of science fiction which imagines an alternative Victorian world with versions of modern-day technology.

    Steampunk people

    There will also be a party held for Steampunk enthusiasts on Saturday night, activities for children and a chance to shoot foam-firing guns at zombies (as you do).

  17. Football: New Telford manager has ambitious aims

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The new AFC Telford manager Rob Edwards says he wants to make the club one of the best in non-league football.

    The former Wolves coach was born and bred in Madeley and used to watch the old Telford United when he was young.

    Rob Smith

    Edwards says he is realistic and realises "you can't change the world in a couple of days", but hopes to be given the time to "build something" at the Bucks Head.

  18. BreakingMan remanded in custody over Halfway House murder

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    A man is due to appear before Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday - charged with the murder of 67-year-old Satnam Singh Blugher at Halfway House earlier this week.

    His body was found at Tony's Diner on Monday.

    Belkar Singh, 58, who's from Halfway House, appeared before Telford magistrates this morning and was remanded in custody.