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Summary

  1. Man jailed for causing fatal crash near Newport
  2. Police get more 999 calls than on New Year's Eve
  3. Shotguns stolen from home
  4. 'Straw-nado' filmed near Minsterley
  5. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Man in 60s beaten and robbed in Shrewsbury

    A man in his 60s has been beaten up and robbed in Shrewsbury.

    Police say he was walking along a footpath on Telford Way at around 22:30 yesterday, when he was knocked to the ground.

    His attacker, who was wearing dark clothing, then continued to beat him, causing injuries to his arms, legs and face, before taking jewellery and escaping on a mountain bike.

  2. Appeal for new garden at hospital off to quick start

    An appeal to raise £675,000 to help build a special garden for spinal patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital at Gobowen is off to a good start and has already collected £126,000.

    The hospital has joined forces with the charity Horatio's Garden to create the new space and will be employing Bunny Guinness from the BBC's Gardener's Question Time to create it.

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    The area will be divided up into five different spaces and Mr Guinnness said it would be "the most beautiful sanctuary, which will be here for years to come to enhance the stay of patients.”

    It's hoped that work will start in autumn 2018.

  3. Wine producers enjoyed record 2016

    English wine producers toasted record-breaking sales in 2016, a new study shows.

    Winemakers generated £132m last year - up 16% on 2015 - while a record 64 new producers obtained licences to produce wine, according to the analysis by Funding Options.

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    Martin Millington from the Shropshire winemaker Wroxeter Roman Vineyard said he'd seen English wines gradually gain more of a foothold since he started 26 years ago.

    He said that when he started there were fewer than 100 vineyards in this country and getting planning permission to set one up on green fields was very difficult, because the authorities classed wine-making as an industrial activity.

    Mr Millington successfully challenged that designation and says it is a lot easier to set up a vineyard these days.

  4. Tractor rally raises over £2,000 for hospice

    Sean Fogarty

    Producer, BBC Shropshire

    A tractor rally at Melverley yesterday has raised over £2,000 for Severn Hospice.

    The annual event attracted 112 machines, some of them used by farmers, others restored by enthusiasts.

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    Tractors
  5. Ice hockey: Two more defencemen added to Tigers squad

    BBC Sport

    Telford Tigers have added another two players to their squad for the new NIHL season - defencemen Jordan Stokes and Dale White.

    Stokes played four times for Coventry Blaze in the Elite League last season and the 18-year-old was with Hull Pirates before that.

    Ice hockey rink

    White is 27 and played 54 games for Tigers in the 2014-15 EPL season - he has played over 100 Elite League games for the Blaze.

  6. Roof tiles called out after roof tiles fall on pavement

    Firefighters were called out to a property in the Old Coleham area of Shrewsbury yesterday evening, because roof tiles had come loose and were falling on to the pavement below.

  7. Bridge closed for repairs

    The Fitz bridge, which carries the road from Montford Bridge to Leaton over the River Perry is going to be closed for two days.

    Repair work started at 09:30 this morning and traffic is being diverted via Grafton and Walford Heath.

    Fitz bridge
  8. Bomere Heath man jailed for attack on girlfriend and mother

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A Bomere Heath man been given an eight year sentence at Stafford Crown Court for stabbing his partner and hitting his mother with a baseball bat.

    Stabbing scene

    Wayne Williams, who is 54, pleaded guilty last month to the attempted murder of his girlfriend, and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to his 86-year-old mother.

  9. More than £11m to be spent on rural broadband

    More than £11m is going to be spent to set up wireless broadband in rural parts of Shropshire.

    Shropshire Council says the work will take three years and the new transmitters will eventually reach 14,000 premises.

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    Worcester-based Airband Community Internet has been employed to carry out the work, with nearly half of the £11.2m coming from the government's BDUK project and the rest coming from Airband, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the council, which is contributing £2.4m.

  10. 'England's longest' diversion over

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    A near 60-mile traffic diversion on the A49 has ended as Network Rail completed work on the Onibury railway crossing.

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    The work was due to take 10 days, but has been completed a day early - much to the relief of businesses and residents in south Shropshire.

  11. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Mel Coles

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a bright and clear start it will become cloudier with the chance of some showers this afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The team and I will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18.00.

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    Video caption: Women's Army Auxiliary Corps commemorations

    The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed 100 years ago.

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

  15. Hot weather causes a range of extra 999 calls

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    The police say calls about anti-social behaviour, noisy neighbours, dogs stuck in cars and people playing in dangerous water make up the bulk of their extra calls in hot weather.

    The Warwickshire and West Mercia forces say they took more 999 calls this morning than on New Years Eve and believe the hot weather is the cause.

    Sun

    And the call-handlers say that when it's warm alcohol is quite often cause anti-social behaviour and disputes between neighbours.

  16. Weather: A cloudy weekend ahead

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be cloudy and a little cooler over the weekend, with the chance of a few showers.

    Temperatures should reach 23C (74F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  17. Watch: 'Strawnado' filmed in Shropshire

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    This mini-whirlwind was spotted near Minsterley this week and because it's tossing straw up into the air it's being called a "straw-nado".

    It was filmed by Ceri Littler who said she had seen smaller whirlwinds in the past, but "nothing like this" and she added "It was an amazing sight. Very lucky to have seen it!"

    She said earlier there had been a larger one which moved over her office covering it, and the people who had gone outside to watch it, in hay.

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    Video caption: A small whirlwind has been filmed tossing straw around a field near Minsterley