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Andy Giddings

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A518 and J7 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M54 westbound between J6, A518 (Telford West) and J7, A5 (Wellington). On the central reservation.

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

  2. 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 - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M54 eastbound in Wrockwardine between J7, A5 (Wellington) and J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident involving one vehicle. On the central reservation.

    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. Golf: Chesters leads the European Open

    Shropshire's Ashley Chesters is leading the European Open by one shot after shooting a five under par in the second round today.

    Play was held up earlier today because the ground was waterlogged.

    Ashley Chesters
  5. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Outbreaks of rain and strong winds will continue through tonight eventually clearing away to give a drier end to the night with clear spells.

    It will remain on the mild side for most - lows of 14C (57F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  6. Reabrook roundabout work to take one more day

    Work on Shrewsbury's Reabrook roundabout was due to finish today, 26 days later than originally planned - but Shropshire Council now says it won't reopen until tomorrow evening.

    The traffic island was first closed three months ago, along with Haycock Way and part of Old Potts Way, with the local authority saying the improvements were held up by the discovery of underground drains.

    Road closed sign

    Some cones and signs will remain up until Monday and it means the work on the English Bridge gyratory system will be put back a day and start on Tuesday.

    The council has blamed "recent bad weather" for the latest hold-up.

  7. Councils repeat opposition to merger

    The leaders of Shropshire's two big councils have again said they have no intention of merging.

    Two of the county's MPs, Owen Paterson and Daniel Kawczynski have suggested they should be combined, to save money, but councillors Shaun Davies and Peter Nutting said they were "working with a completely different set of circumstances".

    Two council offices

    The two authority leaders also said there was a "great deal of co-operation between the two councils" and the leader of Telford and Wrekin, Mr Davies said there was "absolutely no appetite for merger with any other council".

    Quote Message: Although we may not agree politically, we must be pragmatic and co-operate when it is reasonable and possible to do so. I see no advantage in spending time and effort pursuing a merger of the two councils when there are much more important issues to tackle including growing our economies" from Peter Nutting Shropshire Council leader
    Peter NuttingShropshire Council leader
  8. Tour organiser denies accusation of racing

    The organiser of a driving tour of Europe says people taking part were warned about "extreme" driving laws in Switzerland, but has insisted no-one taking part was racing.

    A Bridgnorth man and two others are being held over alleged violations of Swiss motoring laws, but James Cannon said the men were being held for nothing more than "minor driving offences" including a "small speeding issue", that in the UK would have been a "slap on the wrist".

    Car on Cannon Run

    Prosecutors have suggested to the Swiss media the men were being held for taking part in a street race, an offence punishable by up to four years in prison.

    Car races have been completely banned in Switzerland since 1955 when 84 people died in a crash.

  9. Shropshire bike with an Ironbridge flavour is built

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Two Shropshire firms have come together to make bicycles with a model of the iron bridge on the back of them.

    Madeley's Fabweld Steel Products has made copies of the landmark and Bicycles By Design from Coalport has produced special frames to attach them to.

    Bike frame

    There are three types of Ironbridge Bicycle, each named after important dates in industrial history and one has already been sold to Norway.

  10. Wedding plans upset by Swiss 'racing' arrest

    The daughter of a Bridgnorth man has had to postpone her wedding because he is being held in Switzerland over allegations he was racing on the motorway.

    David Bentley, 49, was taking part in Cannon Run 3000, which organisers have described as a "luxury driving holiday for every car fan" taking in Europe's best roads with an emphasis on "safe driving".

    Mr Bentley's car

    He and two others were driving three Nissan GT-Rs (Mr Bentley's car pictured above) from Maidstone to Monaco when they were arrested near Zurich.

    Two of the men have spent their birthdays in prison.

  11. Your photos: Sun breaking through the cloud in Ellesmere and Longnor

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sun has been trying its best to break through the cloud this afternoon.

    These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Ellesmere (top) and Longnor (below).

  12. Bridgnorth man held in Switzerland over alleged motoring offences

    Three Britons, including a 49-year-old from Bridgnorth, have been held for seven weeks without charge in Switzerland over "minor driving offences" during an organised motoring holiday.

    David Bentley and the other two were taking part in the Cannon Run, a European driving tour.

    Cars involved

    They were arrested on 4 June and have been held in custody since without bail. It is alleged they were racing their cars on a Swiss motorway which could result in a four-year prison term.

    James Cannon, tour organiser and friend of the trio, denied the accusation.

    Swiss prosecutors said the men were being held over possible violations of Switzerland's road traffic laws.

  13. Football: No offers for Leutwiler

    BBC Sport

    With a month to go until the end of the summer transfer window, Shrewsbury Town are still waiting to receive an offer for their out-of-favour goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.

    Manager Paul Hurst has already made it known he wants a change of keeper and he recently signed Dean Henderson from Manchester United, but said it was nothing personal against his first-choice goalie from last season.

    Jayson Leutwiler

    Despite the lack of interest in the Canadian international, Hurst said "I still believe that his future will lie away from his football club" and added "it only takes one phone call".

    Quote Message: There's no issue whatsoever on a personal level. I just have other keepers that I'm looking to work with and Jayson understands that." from Paul Hurst Shrewsbury Town manager
    Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager
  14. Community group close to HSBC bank agreement

    HSBC is considering an offer to turn its bank in Wellington into a community arts centre.

    The branch closed last year and the Clifton Community Arts group has been looking for an agreement to rent the building.

    HSBC bank

    It explained the matter is complicated because HSBC is itself leasing the building from the freeholder, but said agents for the bank has now said it would be willing to accept the offer, subject to a few amendments.

    The next step would be to raise £315,000 to equip and refurbish the building.

  15. Warning over fake rubbish collectors

    Doorstep callers are going around Telford, offering to take away people's rubbish for a small fee, and then dumping it nearby.

    Telford and Wrekin Council is warning that people who pay to have their waste taking away without carrying out the proper checks face a £300 fine.


    Earlier this week, a man was fined £700 by the council for paying someone to dispose of his caravan - which turned up dumped in a village road.

    Quote Message: It is vital that you do your checks on the person you plan to use to do it for you. You need to know who they are, what vehicle they will use to take away the waste and where they are taking it to. Get the details of their waste carrier licence and make sure you get a receipt." from Councillor Richard Overton Telford and Wrekin Council
    Councillor Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council
  16. Swimming: Medal for Shropshire's Charlie Hutchison

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    An Ellesmere Titans swimmer has won GB's first swimming medal at the European Youth Olympics in Hungary.

    Charlie Hutchison took bronze in the 400 metres individual medley.

    Charlie Hutchison

    Hutchison is also targeting a medal in the 200 metres backstroke final.

    Club mate Pia Murray will be competing in the 100 butterfly final.

    Quote Message: It’s great to say I’m the first medallist, it’s a really good feeling, the atmosphere has been amazing, and hearing all my team cheering me was fantastic." from Charlie Hutchison Ellesmere Titans
    Charlie HutchisonEllesmere Titans
  17. Runner has world record dreams dashed

    A runner, originally from West Felton, near Oswestry, has had her hopes for a world record dashed.

    Amy Hughes logged 520 miles on a treadmill over seven days in September - three more than the world record.

    Amy Hughes

    However, she is now "furious" after Guinness World Records (GWR) declined it citing her boyfriend, who logged the challenge, as not being independent.

    GWR said official witnesses should not be linked with record attempters.