By Jennifer Meierhans
By Jennifer Meierhans
Hundreds of knives and other bladed weapons have been handed in to police stations across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire over the past four weeks.
West Mercia Police launched a "knife surrender" scheme on 18 September and it is due to come to an end on Monday.
More than 250 bladed weapons have been handed into stations in Shropshire alone, including the ones pictured here.
Once the collection is complete, the knives will be passed on to an artist at the British Ironworks Centre near Oswestry, who plans to turn it into a plinth for his giant knife angel sculpture.
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Patchy rain will ease this evening. It should remain cloudy, but dry, in most places overnight.
It will be a mild and rather muggy night for all, while remaining breezy - 15C (59F).
Telford primary school children are painting over 500 rocks to remember fallen soldiers.
The stones have been decorated by pupils at Newdale Primary School with poppy designs and will each carry the name of a Shropshire soldier.
They are being sponsored to raise money for The Royal British Legion and will be hidden for people to find and return them.
They will eventually form a permanent rockery memorial on the school grounds.
An investigation is under way into a crash in Shropshire which claimed the life of a motorcyclist in his 70s yesterday.
He collided with a van on the B4176 near Stableford at 12:17 and paramedics declared him dead at the scene.
The van driver, who was in his 40s, was also hurt, but his injuries aren't said to be life-threatening.
Both Coventry Blaze and Telford Tigers are in cup action this weekend, while Solihull Barons have a league match against Hull Pirates.
Coventry travel to Buckinghamshire tomorrow to take on Elite League newcomers Milton Keynes Lightning in the challenge cup, and then host Cardiff Devils the following day.
Telford Tigers have home and away fixtures against Swindon Wildcats in the NIHL Autumn Cup.
Solihull Barons are still looking for their first win of the NIHL North season and are without a head coach after Dan McKriel decided to step down in the week.
Two girls have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a report of an assault on a pupil at the Telford Langley School.
West Mercia Police says officers are working with the school.
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Council spending on youth clubs and other activities could be cut in many of Shropshire's towns and villages.
Out of the 18 areas which currently get funding from Shropshire Council, just six will remain, in Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Oswestry, Ludlow, Whitchurch and Market Drayton.
The council says it appreciates the policy could have a detrimental affect on young people especially if it means youth clubs having to close.
The plans haven't yet been approved and there will be a period of consultation.
A veteran who says he's getting his life back, after receiving support from the military charity Combat Stress, is campaigning against plans to close its residential centre in Newport.
Combat Stress says it's responding to increased demand by offering people care in their own homes instead, but Peter Neale says this won't be as good.
Mr Neale said one of the advantages of the residential centre was that it allowed veterans to support each other.
He has been getting care at Audley Court for nearly 20 years and set up a Facebook page, opposing the closure.
Quote Message: The staff are phenomenal, they make you feel welcome, you feel you can talk to them about anything. With the other veterans there, we support each other. It's like being back in battalion." from Peter Neale Veteran
Army veterans are planning to demonstrate against a military charity's plans to scale back its services in Shropshire today.
Combat Stress says some jobs could be lost, as it looks to stop providing residential care at its Audley Court site in Newport.
The charity's Chief Executive Sue Freeth says it wants to offer an outpatient service in the new year.
A consultation ends today on plans to build a new link road between the M54, M6 and M6 Toll.
Highways England says the current direct link on the A460 through Featherstone and Shareshill suffers "significant congestion and high accident rates".
It says a new route would "relieve traffic congestion on the A460, A449 and A5, providing more reliable journey times".
Highways England said the new road would also help grow the local economies in Telford, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Tamworth.
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A large rural estate in Shropshire has been repeatedly targeted by poachers.
Dozens of deer and hares have been taken from the estate, which lies between Shrewsbury and Telford, in the last few months.
The wild deer have been hunted by dogs or shot with rifles.
Police say the number taken suggests they have a commercial outlet to sell venison to. Crops have also been damaged by the poachers driving through them.
Some wet and windy weather on the way today, but temperatures are staying high for this time of year.
Highs of 20C (68F) with more warm weather expected over the weekend.
Primary school children in Shropshire are being offered balance bike lessons, to help them get to grips with riding a bicycle at a young age.
Shropshire Council has paid for the bikes and helmets and is aiming the classes at pupils in reception, year one and year two.
The children get four 45-minute sessions, in which they are taught to get on and off the bikes, push off, control the bikes and come to a stop.
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We're forecast a mild night with temperatures as high as 15C (59F) in places. That's going to continue tomorrow and they could rise up to 18C (64F).
It's going to remain overcast though.
Two kittens have been found, abandoned in a cardboard box in a children's playground in Shropshire.
The RSPCA said a dog walker spotted them at the park in Morda.
The charity says both are black, around five months old and appear to be in good health.
Quote Message: It is absolutely unthinkable why anyone would deem it acceptable to dump two defenceless young kittens in a cardboard box like this." from Phil Lewis RSPCA inspector
A fire that destroyed nine skip hire vehicles at an industrial estate in Shropshire is believed to have been started deliberately.
Police have been called in to investigate the fire, which started at the Shifnal Industrial Estate on Lamledge Lane at 01:50 on Saturday.
Detectives say two people in dark clothing were seen in the area on that night.