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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41.

    M54 Staffordshire - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on M54 in both directions between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of barrier repairs. Travel time is 15 minutes.

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

  2. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    A cold and frosty morning and then a dry and bright day with sunny intervals expected this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Farm experiment backed by Environment Secretary

    An experiment in Shropshire that is aiming to reduce the amount of ploughing done on farms has been backed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

    Michael Gove has been visiting Soulton Hall farm near Wem to learn how soil could become more productive with minimal disruption.

    Michael Gove in a field

    He said this way of working, known as "no till" or "conservation agriculture" could be cheaper and better for the environment.

    Quote Message: As a result of this type of farming we're going to have both a more productive farm here and high-quality food, but also all sorts of environmental benefits." from Michael Gove Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    Michael GoveSecretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  4. Medical practice has new operators

    New operators have been found for a Shropshire medical practice.

    The Claypit Street medical practice in Whitchurch will be taken over by the town's Bridgewater surgery, starting on 1 November.

    Whitchurch Community Hospital

    The out-of-hours medical advice line Shropdoc has been running the practice at Whitchurch Community Hospital since 1 November last year, following the withdrawal of the previous operators.

    The Claypit Street surgery and the Bridgewater surgery will both be closed on Tuesday 31 October, so that computer records can be updated.

  5. Van driver dies after collision with lorry

    A 43-year-old van driver from Shropshire has died after his vehicle collided with a lorry in Buckinghamshire.

    Thames Valley Police said the crash happened on the A421 between Buckingham and Milton Keynes yesterday afternoon and the man was declared dead at the scene.

    His family have been told and an investigation is under way.

  6. Multi-storey car park proposed

    Ludlow could benefit from having a multi-storey car park, Lib Dem councillors in the town have said.

    They're not happy with changes to car parking charges being put forward by Shropshire Council and have come with an alternative set of proposals, which would include creating the new car park on Upper Galdeford.

    car park in Ludlow

    They also say on-street parking should go up by £1 an hour, instead of the £2 being proposed, and that some short-term parking spaces should be kept.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A49 Cheshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A49 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between Wrenbury Road and Snab Lane.

    A49 Cheshire - A49 in Bickley Moss closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Cholmondeley Arms Crossroads and the Snab Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

  8. Wife persuades 96-year-old to get back in the cockpit

    A 96-year-old Shropshire pilot says he decided to take up flying again, because his wife persuaded him.

    Flight Lieutenant John Trotman from Marchamley Wood flew more than 70 missions during World War Two, clocking up more than 2,000 flying hours.

    John Trotman

    In 1946 he left the Royal Air Force and didn't return to a cockpit for 50 years.

    Then, after marrying his second wife, he decided to sit his pilot exams and qualified to fly private planes.

    John Trotman
  9. Community hospital to reopen after three-month closure

    Bishop's Castle Community Hospital is reopening to patients on 6 November, after a three-month closure for maintenance.

    The work included laying new flooring. The NHS said it has been trying to treat patients in their own homes, where possible, during the closure.

    The Shropshire Community Health Trust, which runs the hospital, said it would see if lessons could be learnt from the period of care in the community.

    Quote Message: Staff at the hospital have already had a chance to see the new look, and I am sure patients will agree the work that has been done is a big improvement when they get to see it too.” from Steve Gregory Shropshire Community Health Trust
    Steve GregoryShropshire Community Health Trust
  10. Former mayor's wife dies in car crash

    A former Mayor of Worcester has lost his wife, following a crash on the A458 near Much Wenlock yesterday afternoon.

    Aubrey Tarbuck said 88-year-old Anne was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, but died of her injuries. He described her as a "wonderful woman" and said "I thought the world of her and would do anything for her".

    Harley Bank

    Mr Tarbuck is receiving treatment for four broken ribs at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    A man and his daughter in another car were flown to hospital.

    The young girl had head and chest injuries and the man suffered minor cuts and bruises.

  11. Your comments: Airport proposals questioned

    Suggestions that the Clive Barracks near Market Drayton could be turned into an airfield have been generating some comment on the BBC Radio Shropshire Facebook page.

    Robert Wyatt wrote: "The Army don't use the airfield as it's used by the RAF for the helicopters from Shawbury. The runways are not that long either, suitable for general aviation, as is Sleap airfield near Wem."

    Tern Hill

    John Haslegrave also had concerns about the idea, and commented: "With the current levels of traffic using the A41, there is a whole load of other infrastructure issues that need addressing before you can think about developing an airport."

  12. Five new primary schools needed

    Five new primary schools need to be built in the Shropshire Council area in the next five years, the leader of the authority has said.

    Councillor Peter Nutting said demand for places is expected to increase, with more than 28,000 new homes expected to be built between now and 2036.


    Mr Nutting said the need for more primary schools is "one of a number of problems" he inherited when he took over as leader earlier this year and that it could take some time to resolve.

    Quote Message: In the next five years we need five primary schools that are identified in various areas of the county and we don't have a proper plan." from Councillor Peter Nutting Leader of Shropshire Council
    Councillor Peter NuttingLeader of Shropshire Council
  13. In the papers: Air crash family appeals for answers

    Shropshire Star

    Here are some of the stories featuring on the Shropshire Star website today:

  14. NHS cyber attack 'could have been prevented'

    An independent investigation has found that a cyber attack that crippled parts of the NHS in May could have been prevented if "basic IT security measures" had been in place.

    Several hospitals, community health trusts and GPs across the West Midlands were affected - some particularly badly.

    The National Audit Office said the health service was not prepared for the Wannacry attack, in which criminals froze NHS computers and demanded a ransom - no trusts are thought to have paid.


    Professor Keith McNeil, from NHS England, said some local health providers across the country hadn't followed the national procedure.

    An assessment of 88 out of 236 English trusts by NHS Digital before the attack found that none passed the required cyber-security standards.

  15. More than £2k raised for pensioner whose purse was pinched

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    A fundraising webpage set up for a pensioner who had her purse stolen in a Shropshire supermarket has reached almost £2,500.

    The page, which was set up yesterday, raised hundreds of pounds in just a few hours.

    Men wanted by police

    CCTV pictures from the Aldi supermarket in Oswestry showed a man suspected of distracting the 87-year-old woman while another removed her purse from the handbag.

    Police are continuing to appeal for help to find the two men.

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    Video caption: CCTV footage shows the moment Aldi shopper targeted by thief
  16. West Midlands businesses 'negative' over Brexit

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Union Jack and EU flag

    A survey of business leaders in the West Midlands has revealed that more feel "negative" about Brexit than "positive".

    Research by BBC Sunday Politics West Midlands asked 700 firms how the UK's decision to leave the European Union had impacted upon their trade.

    One in four companies said the referendum result had harmed their business, while one in 10 said it had improved their commercial outlook.

  17. A dry and bright day ahead

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Any early mist and fog will clear through the morning.

    It will be staying dry and bright through the rest of the day, with plenty of sunshine around and light winds - highs of 15C (59F).

    Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands