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Live Reporting

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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Today will be a cloudier and cooler day than of late, although it should remain dry with top temperatures of 18C (64F).

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

    Severe accident: A525 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A525 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B5398 Waymills and Foxes Lane.

    A525 Shropshire - A525 in Whitchurch closed in both directions between Waymills roundabout and the Foxes Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  3. Church Stretton

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    Video caption: Clare Balding goes for a hike in Little Switzerland, aka Church Stretton, in Shropshire.

    Clare Balding goes for a hike in Little Switzerland, aka Church Stretton, in Shropshire. She is with Mark and Debbie, who met after their spouses died of cancer.

  4. Warning of more flooding to come

    The Environment Agency has a number of flood alerts in place for Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire and it's warning there could be more problems tomorrow, if there is further heavy rain.


    It also has also issued a flood warning for the River Dene at Walton in Warwickshire, saying there could be some flooding to property.

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  5. Some sunshine returning over the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    There could be some sunshine this weekend, but there could be one or two showers too.

    Here's the forecast.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. Heavy rain brings flooding

    A number of streets around Shrewsbury have been flooded this afternoon, after heavy rain.

    Some roads are blocked and motorists are urged not to drive through deep water.

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    Video caption: Some roads in Shrewsbury town centre suffered flash floods after heavy rain.
  7. Emergency services deal with flooded streets

    The heavy rain this afternoon might not have lasted long, but it's brought some flash flooding to parts of the region.

    These photos were taken in Shrewsbury earlier, where the emergency services had to deal with flooded roads and cars became stuck in the deep water.

    Flooding in Shrewsbury
    Flooding in Shrewsbury
  8. Schoolgirl delight as vandalised duck sculpture is repaired

    A Wellington schoolgirl who designed a duck sculpture that was vandalised in Ironbridge says she's delighted the piece has been repaired.

    Artist Nickie Meechan restored the "Peace Duck" for Amber Whitaker after it was pulled from its plinth and thrown in the river.

    Duck repairs
    Duck repairs

    The duck is one of 10 which form a trail through the Ironbridge gorge, stretching from Jackfield to Dale End Park.

    The vandalised duck had been on display outside the Bedlam Furnace.

    Quote Message: I got really angry when I got to the scene and just saw that it was gone and there was only traces of paint on the floor. I thought it was going to be gone and that was the last that I would see of it. I thought the whole duck had broken apart and that it had sunk, but then we went on the bridge and we found it in a bush." from Amber Whitaker Duck designer
    Amber WhitakerDuck designer
  9. Bricks aim to overcome swifts' decline

    Joanne Malin

    BBC Midlands Today

    A campaign is being launched in a bid to reverse a decline in the number of swifts in Shropshire.

    The Shropshire Wildlife Trust says there's been a nationwide fall of 45% in their population in the last 20 years.

    A nesting brick

    The trust is working with developers to put special "swift bricks" (pictured) into new buildings so the birds have somewhere to nest.

  10. Your weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After the grey start, we've been treated to some sunny spells in the West Midlands this afternoon.

    Here's how the forecast is looking for your weekend.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood

    If you want to get a more up-to-date forecast across the weekend for your part of the West Midlands, head to the BBC Weather website.

  11. 'Uncertainty' over impact of flooding

    The Environment Agency is warning that with more heavy rain expected today and tomorrow, there could be more flooding in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

    It still has a number of flood alerts in place for those counties, but says there is "uncertainty over the amount of rainfall expected and location of any of these thunderstorms".


    It is warning that in some areas of low-lying land, flooding and surface water on roads should be expected and urged people to be careful.

  12. Decision on maternity units' future delayed

    A decision on the short-term future of Shropshire's rural maternity units has been delayed.

    The board of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust was to decide whether to continue with the current pattern of rolling closures, or move to a system of "on-call" working, when units would be opened as needed.

    The units in Bridgnorth, Oswestry and Ludlow have all been affected by the closures, with the hospitals saying they have decided to concentrate their staff at the two main units in Shrewsbury and Telford, on safety grounds.

    Maternity bed

    There will now be further talks with health commissioners before a decision's made.

    The clinical commissioning groups are also looking at the longer-term future of the units.