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Summary

  1. Man who drowned saving his daughter didn't know about of dangerous currents
  2. Findings of hospital review made public
  3. Health visitor numbers facing cut
  4. Whitchurch Alport set for first FA Cup appearance
  5. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.

  2. Watch: Whitchurch Alport president excited by FA Cup debut

    BBC Sport

    Whitchurch Alport play their first ever match in the FA Cup this weekend.

    They're due to take on Walsall Wood in the extra preliminary round and club president Pete Wainwright said he still couldn't quite believe they were involved.

    He hoped they would do the club and the fans proud.

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    Video caption: 'Unbelievable' FA Cup debut for non-league club
  3. Weather: A fine night but stormy showers tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be a fine night with some sunshine this evening, but there will be rain tomorrow and maybe some thunder and lightning.

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    Video caption: Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. No guarantee money is there for Shropshire hospital changes, says report

    Shropshire Star

    An independent review into the process of reorganising Shropshire's hospital's says there are no guarantees the money needed to make the proposed changes will be available.

  5. Your photos: Cat enjoying sunshine and clouds over Longnor

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Here are some more of your photos, taken around Shropshire this afternoon.

    These ones are from BBC Weather Watchers in Oakengates (top) and Longnor (below).

    Cat on car roof
    Field near Longnor
  6. Appeal to buy prosthetic swimming leg for Shrewsbury teenager

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    An 18-year-old from Shrewsbury is trying to raise £2,500 to buy a prosthetic leg and swimsuit, so she can take her niece and nephew swimming when they go on holiday.

    Timmy Peart has a genetic condition known as vascular type Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which causes her to have fragile blood vessels and intestines and has had dozens of operations, one of them to amputate a leg,

    She also has a permanent drip to administer drugs.

    Timmy Peart

    She is going on holiday to Turkey next year and says she really wants to swim and go up the ladder to the water slide, but she can’t do that without a lightweight false leg and swimsuit to protect her drip line.

    She is being supported by a surgeon at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mark Cheetham, who has set up a Just Giving page for her.

  7. Watch: No targets being set by AFC Telford United manager

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The AFC Telford United manager Rob Edwards says he won't be setting any targets for his team this season, saying football is too unpredictable.

    But he is promising the fans hard work and hopefully some exciting football.

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    Video caption: No targets for AFC Telford United manager
  8. Italian rescuer faced choice to save father or daughter, inquest told

    An Italian man who saved the life of a 10-year-old girl had to choose between rescuing her or her father, an inquest has been told.

    Simon Pearson (pictured below), his daughter Lily and his father-in-law Tony McGregor, all got caught up in strong currents while swimming at a beach in the Puglia region of Italy last month.

    Two local men went into the sea to help them.

    Simon Pearson

    The court was read a statement from the girl's mother, Emma Pearson, which explained one of the Italians, Martino Maggi, drowned in the attempt.

    The other, known as Ibrahim, was faced with a choice because he couldn't save both Mr Pearson and his daughter.

    She said her husband had been able to keep Lily above the water until help arrived and she survived, but Mr Pearson drowned, despite efforts to resuscitate him on the beach later.

  9. Tonnes of straw catch fire at farm

    A farm building containing 30 tonnes of straw and three vehicles caught light at a farm near Ludlow this lunchtime.

    Firefighters were called to Steventon Road at 11:14 and took about an hour to put it out.

    Fire engine
  10. Family weren't expecting currents which claimed father's life

    The wife of Simon Pearson, from Old Church Stoke, who drowned saving his daughter's life, said the family weren't expecting the strong currents which claimed his life.

    In a statement read out at his inquest in Shrewsbury yesterday, Emma Pearson said her family had been visiting for 15 years the beach in Italy where he died and thought the red flags they saw that day meant "exercise caution", not "stay out of the water".

    Beach with emergency vehicles

    She also described how her father, husband and 10-year-old daughter all got caught up in strong currents after going out for a swim and couldn't get back to the shore.

    Mr Pearson and a local man who went in to try to rescue them both drowned, but her father and daughter were both saved.

    She said her daughter told her that Mr Pearson's final words were "hold my hand".

  11. National Slow Food meeting to be held in Ludlow

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    The national Slow Food organisation will be holding its annual meeting in Ludlow next month.

    Slow Food England has announced it will be coming to the town the day before the annual Ludlow Food Festival.

    Ludlow food festival

    The aim of the Slow Food movement is to promote small-scale farming, fair pay for farmers and an emphasis on tasty food.

  12. Watch: Telford manager Edwards proud to lead boyhood team

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The new manager of AFC Telford United, Rob Edwards, takes charge for his first league match tomorrow.

    They travel to York and he's been talking about his pride at leading the team which he used to support as a boy.

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    Video caption: Telford manager was a boyhood fan of club
  13. Oswestry Show chairman thanks volunteers

    The chairman of the Oswestry Show has praised the hard work volunteers put in to make the event happen.

    The one-day agricultural show takes place at the Oswestry showground tomorrow and Nigel Whittingham said "the effort that is put in is exceptional" and that the volunteers' enthusism shone through.

    Oswestry showground

    Mr Whittingham also said the event helped connect people in the towns and the countryside and revealed his favourite attraction is the sheep shearing.

  14. Football: Shrewsbury manager has good wishes for Telford counterpart

    BBC Sport

    The Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst has wished the new manager of AFC Telford United good luck ahead of the start of the new season.

    He described Rob Edwards as a "good guy" who is "very well thought of at Wolves".

    Paul Hurst

    And Hurst went on to say that he'd like all local clubs to do well because it was good for interest in football in the area.

  15. Final words of Shropshire dad who drowned saving daughter from sea off Italy

    Shropshire Star

    “Hold my hand,” were the last words of a Shropshire father as he desperately tried to rescue his daughter as they got into difficulty in the sea while on holiday.

  16. Inquest concludes father drowned while trying to save daughter

    A coroner has concluded that the death of a Shropshire managing director who drowned while trying to rescue his daughter from the sea while on holiday in southern Italy was an accident.

    Simon Pearson from Old Church Stoke in Powys went into the water after his 10-year-old daughter got into trouble off the coast of Ostuni in Puglia.

    Simon Pearson

    She was rescued, but coroner John Ellery accepted the conclusion of the Italian police that Mr Pearson drowned, along with a local man who went to help.

  17. Hospital reorganisation: A reminder of the recommendations

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    It's been eight months since the recommendations for the future of Shropshire's hospitals were made and a lot of confusing claims have been made since then.

    So here is a summary of how the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford will look, if the plans put forward by the NHS Future fit review team are approved:

    PRINCESS ROYAL HOSPITAL

    • 24-hour urgent care
    • Outpatients and diagnostics
    • Majority of planned surgery
    • Midwife-led maternity unit

    ROYAL SHREWSBURY HOSPITAL

    • 24-hour urgent care
    • Outpatients and diagnostics
    • Emergency and critical care
    • Complex surgery
    • Consultant-led women and children's centre
  18. Your photos: Blue skies in Ludlow and Church Stretton

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've had sightings of blue sky behind the cloud.

    And we can prove it, because the BBC Weather Watchers have taken photos.

    Church Stretton
    Ludlow