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Summary

  1. Health bosses back hospital reorganisation plans
  2. Shrewsbury Flower Show gets under way
  3. Pair arrested in Telford arson investigation are released on bail
  4. Rare pine marten colony flourishing
  5. Updates on Friday 11 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between A5112 Hereford Road and A458.

    A5 Shropshire - A5 in Shrewsbury blocked and stationary traffic in both directions between Dobbies Island and Cross Houses Junction, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to Montgomery Roundabout.

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

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    Severe accident: A5 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between A5112 Hereford Road and A5064 London Road.

    A5 Shropshire - A5 blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between Dobbies Island and the A5064 London Road (Emstrey) junction, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle.

    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. Three arrested after medical equipment stolen

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Three men have been arrested following thefts from ambulance stations across south-east England.

    Police seized tens of thousands of pounds worth of medical equipment in a series of early-morning raids on addresses in Canterbury, Herne Bay, Hoath, Seasalter and at the Chislet Business Park in Hersden.

    A 44-year-old man from Hoath was arrested on suspicion of robbery, aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods.

    A 48-year-old man from Telford, in Shropshire, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

    A 33-year-old man from Herne Bay was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

    South East Coast Ambulance Service vehicle
  5. Watch: Natural confetti company doubles production to meet demand

    A Shropshire company which grows flowers to turn into natural confetti says it has had to double its production this year, because of rising demand.

    Ashley Corrigan from Shropshire Petals, which is based near Newport, says it's been helped by wedding venues banning paper-confetti, to reduce the amount of cleaning-up afterwards.

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    Video caption: Natural confetti maker doubles harvest to meet demand
  6. In pictures: Some of the displays at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

    The Shrewsbury Flower show has been as colourful as always, even if the skies have been a little grey today.

    Here are some more photos from the event, which continues this evening and tomorrow.

    Flower show
    Flower show
  7. The weather forecast for this weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a mix of sunshine and some outbreaks of rain today, here's how tonight and the weekend is looking across the West Midlands.

    Keep yourself updated with the latest forecasts on the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood
  8. Football: Shrewsbury's Nolan enjoying partnership with Agogo

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town's Jon Nolan says he is enjoying his midfield partnership with Abu Agogo and believes they complement each other nicely.

    The pair are likely to be playing together again against AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Jon Nolan is enjoying his midfield partnership with Abu Agogo
  9. Watch: Marching band at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    One of the highlights of the Shrewsbury Flower Show is always the marching bands and we were there to witness one of them trooping up and down the quarry earlier today.

    And it seemed other people were keen to get involved...

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    Video caption: Marching bands entertain visitors to Shrewsbury Flower Show
  10. Football: Shrewsbury manager wants to get physical

    Shrewsbury Town travel to AFC Wimbledon tomorrow, a side that has its roots in a club famous for their physical approach.

    And the Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst says he wants his side to have a physical edge about them too.

    But, he says it's about more than a few crunching tackles, in the style of Vinnie Jones.

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    Video caption: Paul Hurst wants his side to compete physically
  11. Football: The New Saints kick off new season tonight

    The New Saints kick off the defence of their Welsh league title tonight, away to Bangor.

    The new manager Scott Ruscoe says sides like Bangor, Connah's Quay and Bala will all put out stronger teams this season and he wants to put an early "stamp on the league".

    Scott Ruscoe

    TNS have been champions of Wales for the past six seasons.

    Quote Message: Everyone's pushing and having a go. And good, because without anyone pushing us we're not going to improve." from Scott Ruscoe
    Scott Ruscoe
  12. In pictures: Shrewsbury flower show

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    It's all looking busy in the main marquee at the Shrewsbury flower show and the public are getting the chance to see the competition entries.

    Flower show marquee

    These limited edition bronze and copper forget-me-nots are being sold to raise money for Severn Hospice and formed the basis of their reflection garden.

    Flowers
  13. Pair released as arson investigations continue

    Police investigating a series of arson attacks have released on bail a 26-year-old man and 15-year-old boy, both from Telford, who were arrested on Tuesday.

    The pair had been questioned over 26 attacks on cars in the Hadley and Leegomery area, over a five-year period, starting in 2012.

  14. Watch: Latest footage of pine martens in Shropshire

    Pine martens have become a rare sight in Britain, outside Scotland, but there is a colony still flourishing at a secret location in Shropshire.

    Shropshire Wildlife Trust has been filming them with hidden cameras near Clun and has been back to them this week to collect the latest footage.

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    Video caption: A pine marten colony is continuing to flourish

    When they were first spotted two years ago the wildlife trust said it was assumed they would struggle to establish themselves, but the pine martens seem to be proving the experts wrong.

    At least eight different martens have been caught on camera and maybe more.

    The new footage comes just days after a new colony was discovered in Yorkshire.

  15. Football: Telford manager expecting a physical game

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    AFC Telford United are at home to Salford City this weekend and manager Rob Edwards says their opponents will be a physical side.

    Telford won their opening match away to York, but were beaten in mid-week by Brackley.

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    Video caption: Telford told to expect a physical Salford side
  16. Calls to Crimestoppers increase

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Calls to Crimestoppers by people in the West Mercia Police force area have gone up by nearly 30%, according to latest figures.

    Between April 2016 and March 2017, Crimestoppers handled more than 220,000 annonymous reports from people living in our area.

    That's an increase of 28% on the previous year.