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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Another hot and sunny day, with some cloud later and highs of 27C (81F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Huge crane fully assembled for £10m bridge lift

Allen Cook

BBC News

Work is on track to lift a £10m footbridge into position in the centre of Telford.

Telford and Wrekin Council says one of Europe's largest cranes, brought in for the job, is now fully built.

It had to be brought into the town on 16 lorries but the authority says they are now ready for the bridge lift tomorrow night.

The crane
Telford and Wrekin Council

Another hot weekend forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It could start cloudy tomorrow morning, but don't worry, it's going to be sunny and hot again.

There is a chance of a shower on Sunday though (do you remember rain?).

Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands.

Water supply 'completely back to normal'

Three bottled-water collection points in Shropshire have been shut down because Severn Trent says water supplies are back to normal.

Worker putting water into system
Severn Trent

The firm's faced struggles all week in the Much Wenlock area, blaming poor supply or low pressure on a surge in demand creating pockets of air in its network.

But as of this afternoon, Severn Trent says the problem's fixed although it's still urging people not to use garden sprinklers and baths.

Severe disruption: A49 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A49 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between A4117 Rocks Green and Sheet Road.

A49 Shropshire - A49 in Ludlow closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Rocks Green roundabout and the Sheet Road junction, because of a tanker fire.

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

Massive crane in Telford to hoist footbridge into place
One of Europe’s largest cranes is in Telford to help create a new £10m footbridge.

Carnival celebrates 50th anniversary

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Shifnal carnival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.

It will involve the traditional parade, with floats, and funfair in the town centre.

More than 20 carnival queens are being reunited for the event and hundreds of photos of the event have gone on show.

Shifnal carnival is marking its 50th anniversary this weekend
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BreakingMan jailed for diet pills death

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's been jailed for seven years for selling a toxic slimming aid online which killed a bulimic student.

Eloise Parry
West Mercia Police

Eloise Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, died after taking eight diet pills containing dinitrophenol (DNP).

Bernard Rebelo, 30, of Gosport, was convicted earlier this week of two counts of manslaughter at Inner London Crown Court.

In the papers: Two in hospital after crash

Shropshire Star

Three arrests as woman suffers 'life-threatening injuries'

Three men have been arrested after a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in Telford.

Church Street, Hadley

Police say they were called to Church Street, Hadley this morning to a report of a collision. They say the woman in her 30s was taken to hospital.

The trio, aged 18,26 and 27, all from Telford, were arrested on suspicion of wounding.

Road closes for giant crane

A section of a main road through Telford is about to close, to make way for a giant crane.

It's being constructed near the railway station, on the A442, and will be used to lift a new footbridge into place.

Giant crane
Telford and Wrekin Council
Giant crane
Telford and Wrekin Council

The authority says the crane is one of the largest in Europe and it will close the road between the Hollinswood Interchange and the Greyhound Roundabout until Tuesday.

Trains are running as normal.

Anger over 'waste' as leak flows from Severn Trent site

James Bond

BBC Shropshire

People in Hilton in Shropshire have hit out failures to repair a leak from Severn Trent's own plant even as the firm urges customers to conserve water.

The firm has asked people to take showers, rather than baths, stop watering lawns and save water wherever else they can due to high demand during the heatwave.

People in Much Wenlock suffered three consecutive nights without water.


Alison Brazier said many people in Hilton were angry at the "waste" caused by the "river" of water coming from the site since it was reported almost two months ago.

Pat Stoker said her husband had been forced to dig a gully to allow water on the steep hill to drain into woodland.

Villagers in Pant, near Oswestry said they were also waiting for a leak to be fixed six weeks after reporting it.

Hilton pumping station

Severn Trent said it had extra teams dealing with leaks during the heatwave but that it was waiting for specialist equipment at the Hilton site.

In the case of other leaks, the firm said it often had to coordinate fixes as they often required the shutting of roads or turning off supplies.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early low cloud will break up leaving another fine day with plenty of sunshine and highs of 27C (81F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Artist's impression of the planned Emergency Centre in Shrewsbury

Craig Duggan

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People in mid-Wales who use Shropshire's hospital services had their say on proposed changes.

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Cefn Druids line up

Aled Williams

BBC Wales Sport

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Huge crane taking shape in Telford

Here are some more photos of the massive crane being constructed in Telford.

It's one of the largest in Europe and it has been brought in by Telford and Wrekin Council to lift part of a railway bridge into position on Sunday morning.

Telford and Wrekin Council
Telford and Wrekin Council

While the crane is in place, there will be closures on both carriageways of the A442, starting sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 tomorrow.

It will remain closed until Tuesday.

More hot weather forecast

This hot weather shows no sign of going away and it's going to be another warm night.

Here's your forecast:

Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands.

Runners set to race steam train

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Hundreds of athletes will attempt to outrun a steam train this evening.

The event has been organised by the Severn Valley Railway and the Severn Valley Country Park at Alveley.

One of firemen with trainers
Severn Valley Railway

The race will take place over a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of track from 19:00.

Organisers say there'll be two runs, with one group being on the train and the other racing against it, before they swap over.

In the papers: Approval for housing estate

Whitchurch Herald

In the papers: Girl given grooming settlement

Shropshire Star

Large barn fire 'under control'

Firefighter at the scene
Shropshire Fire Service

The large barn fire in Oswestry is being brought under control, the fire service says.

Crews were called this morning to Gobowen Road and nearby residents were told to keep their doors and windows shut.

The outside of the barn
Shropshire Fire Service

Jury considers verdicts on pupils sexual abuse allegations

The jury in the trial of two private school teachers accused of sexually abusing pupils has retired to consider its verdicts.

The private school

James Husband, 68, and Gary Dobbie, 66, who both worked at the prestigious Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, deny sexually abusing eight pupils over the course of 13 years.

Mr Dobbie, formerly of Hereford, who was teaching at Shrewsbury School, in Shropshire, at the time of his arrest, denies 12 counts.

Mr Husband, of Wigginton in York, is accused of one count of rape alongside five indecent assault allegations.

Smoke warning over large barn fire

Allen Cook

BBC News

People living near a large fire in Oswestry are being urged to keep their doors and windows closed.

Shropshire Fire Service says there's a large barn on fire off Gobowen Road, just north of the town.

They say it's producing a large amount of smoke which is drifting across the area.

Bottled water stations set up 'as a precaution'

It was a third consecutive night of no water or low pressure for people in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

Water supplies have been restored, Severn Trent says, but bottled water stations are being set up in the town, "as a precaution".

Recent problems in Much Wenlock, Telford, Whitchurch and Stafford have all been caused by air locks - pockets of air getting into the system during high demand and blocking water mains.

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BBC News Online

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty start for some, it will be another warm, dry and sunny day with highs of 27C (81F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Hot weather plea to stop using baths and sprinklers

Allen Cook

BBC News

Put the garden sprinkler away, stop taking baths and cancel the car wash.

Severn Trent Water says it needs people to cut their water usage as, in the hot weather, demand this week has been "significantly more than normal".


Despite calling for residents to shower rather than have a bath, the firm says it does still have "plenty" of water stored and reservoir levels are "healthy".

Severn Trent's also blamed demand in the hot weather for thousands of homes losing their water supply in Telford, Stafford and Much Wenlock, saying the surge caused air locks in the network.

The firm has said it also can't rule out the problem happening again this week.

River 'drying out' as fish rescued

Allen Cook

BBC News

Parts of a river are drying out rapidly in the hot weather, leaving many fish needing to be rescued.

The Environment Agency says this photo shows the River Teme in north Herefordshire, close to the Shropshire border, near Ludlow:

The River Teme today
Environment Agency

Already this week, staff working for the organisation removed more than 130 salmon and trout from the watercourse as it dried out.

Today, they say they'll need to carry out further rescues tomorrow as the hot weather continues.

Two counties tackle huge straw fire

Allen Cook

BBC News

Firefighters from Shropshire and Staffordshire are tackling a huge straw fire.

They say the 400 sq m (4305 sq ft) blaze is in Almington, near Market Drayton.

The fire
Staffordshire Fire Service

Huge crane arrives to lift bridge

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The second-largest crane in Europe is arriving in Telford today so a new footbridge can be swung into position.

The current state of the footbridge
Telford and Wrekin Council

It's so big, it's being delivered on 16 lorries and means the southbound part of the A442 between Wombridge and the town centre is closed until next Tuesday.

That's to allow engineers to build and dismantle the crane.

Then, on Friday, the northbound section will also be closed, to allow the section of bridge to be put in place.

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Running tap

Severn Trent Water is working to restore water supply following a fault at one of its reservoirs.

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BreakingHundreds promised return of water supply

Allen Cook

BBC News

Hundreds of homes and businesses who lost their water supply are being told it should now be "returning to normal".

Bottles of water

Having already said it's been restored in Stafford, Much Wenlock and Whitchurch, Severn Trent Water now says engineers have fixed the issue in Telford too.

The firm's blamed a spike in demand for water in the hot weather leading to pockets of air getting into their network, affecting supply.

It was the second consecutive night the problem struck in Telford and some supermarkets faced high demand for bottled water.