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  1. Police urge public to surrender firearms

    Police forces are urging the public to give up any guns under a two-week surrender starting today.

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    Video caption: Police urge public to surrender unwanted firearms

    Anyone handing over a firearm at their local police station during the fortnight will not face prosecution for illegal possession.

    Speaking at the launch in Birmingham, Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan, National Police Chiefs' Council lead for criminal use of firearms, said gun crime had risen in the past year and they wanted weapons out of harm's way.

  2. Ironbridge conservation work starts

    Work to conserve the world renowned Iron Bridge in Shropshire begins today.

    Dating back to 1779, the historic structure is under threat from cracking due to stresses in the ironwork.


    English Heritage described it as "one of the wonders of the modern world", a symbol of the Industrial Revolution and arguably the most important bridge ever built.

    The organisation is now launching its first ever crowd-funding campaign in a bid to raise £25,000 towards the overall £3.6m repair bill.

  3. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a bright and frosty start to the day, cloud will build but staying dry with highs of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, between J3 for A41 and J4 for A464.

    M54 Shropshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M54 westbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of emergency repairs.

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

  5. Flood relief scheme complete

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    A £2m flood relief scheme in Much Wenlock has been completed and was officially opened this afternoon.

    It took six months to dig two large pits, which will fill up with excess water during times of heavy rainfall.

    Pit opening

    Shropshire Council has paid about £500,000 towards the cost of the project, which involved moving 4,700 lorry-loads of soil to an old quarry - to form a wetland area.

  6. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The cloud will increase this evening with outbreaks of rain developing.

    There will be some heavy bursts in places before the rain begins to ease by morning with lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. Striker decides not to join Bucks

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The former Wolves striker and Shrewsbury Town loanee Sylvan Ebanks-Blake won't be signing for AFC Telford United, but the club is leaving the door open for him.

    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

    The player's been training with Telford for some weeks and manager Rob Edwards says he did try to get him on board.

    Quote Message: I do think we were quite close at one point but it wasn't to be, at least at the moment anyway. We've had him in for quite a few sessions, I think he likes the environment, likes what we're trying to do but, at the same time, he's got real aspirations of playing as high as possible." from Rob Edwards AFC Telford manager
    Rob EdwardsAFC Telford manager
  8. Town 'will fester' without new bypass

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Wem will "fester" unless a bypass is built to ease traffic problems in the town, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson says.

    However, the Conservative MP says he thinks government money is unlikely for any scheme.

    Aerial view of Wem

    He says he believes new homes will have to be built to pay for it but he doesn't know how many or how much it'll cost.

    The town council's writing to local residents to ask for their say on the idea.

    Quote Message: It looks like it's going to be quite expensive. You've got to cross the River Roden, you're going to have to cross the railway north of the town and, as we know, Wem, originally the word comes from an ancient word for marsh so it's not going to be cheap." from Owen Paterson North Shropshire MP
    Owen PatersonNorth Shropshire MP
  9. Painted poppy-stones presented to Royal British Legion

    Les Walton

    BBC News

    Pupils at a Shropshire school who painted more than 500 rocks to raise money for charity have handed over £5,500 to the Royal British Legion.

    The stones were decorated as poppies and each carried the name of a fallen Shropshire soldier.

    Poppy stones

    The children at Newdale Primary school and nursery hid them for people to find and return, along with a donation.

  10. Inquiry into Old Smithfield development wraps up

    It's the final day of a public inquiry into the proposed redevelopment of Bridgnorth's Old Smithfield site.

    Proposed development

    Shropshire Council has already approved plans to build four shops and a cafe on the car park next to Sainsbury's, but the decision, which is being opposed by Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce, was called in by the government.

    A final decision on whether the scheme gets the green light will be taken by a planning inspector.

  11. Your comments: Dog on a roof generates some laughs

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    People on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page have been enjoying the photos of the Bullmastiff that got stuck on a conservatory roof this morning.

    Elizabeth Nicholls had a practical point to make, writing: "The roof doesn't look strong enough to hold the dogs weight."

    Dog on roof

    Others tried to explain the dog's unusual behaviour, with Michael Lakeman suggesting, "She's been watching too many cat videos".

    And Lee Doyle thought he was either "eagerly waiting for his owners to come home, or he's waiting to see Santa".

  12. Lorry discussions to avoid more damage

    Shropshire Live

    Here are some of the top stories making the headlines on the Shropshire Live website today:

  13. Like chicken? University seeks tasters for quality test

    Genevieve Tudor

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A university is looking to hire chicken tasters.

    The food technology department at Harper Adams University near Newport is recruiting people for sessions later this month.

    A roast chicken

    Researchers say each person will get four pieces of cooked chicken and they'll be asked to score them in categories such as quality, succulence and flavour.

    The university says, after they've given their scores, people will then get paid £10.

    Quote Message: We prefer not to have people who are experts in particular food items, we just want the average person to come but otherwise we want a good mix across the population." from Prof Frank Vriesekoop Associate Head of Department at Harper Adams University
    Prof Frank VriesekoopAssociate Head of Department at Harper Adams University
  14. Equal pay day: What is the gender pay gap like where you are?

    Campaigners highlight 10 November as the point in 2017 when a woman on an average wage stops being paid relative to their male counterparts.

    Interactive map

    But in some parts of the UK, the gender pay gap is so wide, it is as though women work unpaid from September.

    Use our interactive map on this page to work out what the gender pay gap is in your area.

  15. Community hospital concerns are no surprise

    Elaine Muir

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Concerns about local health services in Ludlow have been rumbling on for a number of years.

    Back in 2007 a plan was drawn up to replace the hospital, which dates back to 1834, with a brand new £27m one.

    After six years of planning the idea was scrapped after a review showed there’d be an annual funding shortfall of more than £1m over the next 25 years.

    Instead, £160,000 was allocated to try and renovate the existing hospital to make it fit for the next five years, while a review into healthcare across Shropshire was carried out.

    However, that Future Fit process is still ongoing.

    Doctor with piggy bank

    On top of that there are ongoing reviews of the midwife-led units and the provision of community health services - that’s looking at things like community beds and minor injuries units. Ludlow Hospital houses all those services.

    So its not surprising local people are concerned about the future of the hospital with the services under such scrutiny, despite assurances from local health bosses.

  16. Hospital campaign meeting 'sends message to NHS bosses'

    Health campaigners in Ludlow say last night's meeting over protecting NHS services sends a message to decision makers - "leave our hospital alone".

    Ludlow Community Hospital

    The Save Ludlow Hospital coalition called it to talk about concerns about the town's community hospital, midwife unit and minor injuries unit.

    It's because the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is currently reviewing community care - it says no decisions have yet been made and that the reviews are about making services fair and consistent across the county.

    Quote Message: Our beds are here to stay, our minor injuries unit, our maternity services - all of our services, renal dialysis, X-ray, they're going nowhere." from Gill George Part of Save Ludlow Hospital coalition
    Gill GeorgePart of Save Ludlow Hospital coalition
  17. Young cyclist hurt in hit-and-run

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A 10-year-old boy's been knocked off his bike in a suspected hit-and-run crash

    Brownlow Road, Ellesmere

    West Mercia Police says it happened yesterday afternoon on Brownlow Road, Ellesmere.

    They say the boy was hurt, but his injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening or changing.

  18. How do you explain that one to firefighters?

    A Bullmastiff has been rescued from a roof in Telford, after she climbed out through an upstairs window.

    Dog on roof

    Ruby, who is thought to weigh more than 40kg (88 lbs), was brought down unharmed, but Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had been a first for most of the crew.

    Dog with owner
  19. Overturned lorry badly damages listed bridge

    A Grade II listed bridge suffered "significant damage" when a lorry overturned.

    Soulton Bridge, on the B5065 near Wem in Shropshire was closed for over five hours yesterday and the lorry is still there, while workmen figure out a way to remove it without causing further damage.


    Shropshire Council says further discussions will take place at the site today.