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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for Forge Roundabout.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J5, Forge (Telford Central), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Search extended for group to run child sex abuse inquiry

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A deadline has been extended for organisations wanting to bid to run Telford's independent investigation into child sexual exploitation.

    In April, councillors agreed to set up an independent, council-led inquiry after a Sunday Mirror article claimed 1,000 children may have been abused in the town since the 1980s.

    Telford sign

    The authority had said it wanted the winning bidder to define how the inquiry would run and appoint an independent chair.

    It hoped to have awarded the contract by the end of this month.

    But now, the council says that deadline was "too optimistic" and it is extended the time frame, with bidding closing at the end of October and the contract awarded in early November.

  3. Tractor destroyed in fire after rolling through woods

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A tractor's been destroyed in a fire that saw it roll almost a mile through woodland.

    The remains of the tractor

    Shropshire Fire Service says it was called this afternoon to Newcastle, near Clun, Shropshire.

    It says, after the fire started in the engine, the tractor ended up rolling over a steep embankment on to a main road.

    The remains of the tractor
  4. NHS trust denies reports of more maternity failings

    Elaine Muir

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A hospital trust says national media reports claiming that more cases of poor care have been uncovered at its maternity service are untrue.

    The Health Service Journal has reported that at least 60 cases, including baby deaths, brain injuries and deaths of mothers, have been identified at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals (SaTH) Trust.

    The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    But the trust says the report is "factually incorrect and untrue", saying that there are 23 cases being examined by the secretary of state, which have already been reported.

    It adds that it has also reviewed 40 cases over 19 years, 23 of which had no signs of failure of care and five of which the families could not be contacted.

    The remaining 12 families have been contacted to ask for permission to look into their care, the trust said.

    NHS Improvement said the independent inquiry would now look into those 12.

  5. County set for 'first ever' floodlit T20 match

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    What's claimed to be the first floodlit cricket match in Shropshire is due to take place this evening.

    Oswestry cricket club

    Cricket Shropshire has picked Oswestry cricket club to host the game which aims to showcase Under-19 cricket in the county.

    The group says it's part of an initiative to halt the drop-off in the number of players when they reach the age of 15.

    The match is due to start at 18:45 and will feature both teams in coloured kit, using pink balls.

    Quote Message: It's going to be a proper T20 game, we've got walk-on music for the players. It's sort of trial run so, hopefully, we may have a week of T20 cricket under lights next year, depending how it goes. That's the plan." from Chris Wiseman Chairman of Oswestry Cricket Club
    Chris WisemanChairman of Oswestry Cricket Club
  6. Your weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will remain dry in to this evening and night with long clear spells developing - lows of 9C (48F)

    And looking ahead to Saturday - it should stay mainly fine and dry with sunny spells.

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. Labour loses overall control of council after defection

    BBC Shropshire

    Labour has lost overall control of Telford and Wrekin Council as a former mayor's defected to the Liberal Democrats.

    Kevin Guy, who represents Woodside, says, although he supports his local Labour group, he can no longer support the national party and Jeremy Corbyn.

    Telford and Wrekin Council

    He tweeted: "I believe Jeremy Corbyn is taking the Labour Party in the wrong direction and Labour’s fudge on a second referendum is not something I agree with.

    "The Labour run council in Telford & Wrekin have done a fantastic job in defending local people from the savage Tory cuts & I will continue to support that but I cannot stay in a party which, nationally, I so fundamentally disagree with on the main issue facing this generation," he added.

    His decision leaves Labour with 27 councillors - they are still the largest party but with no overall control out of a total of 54 seats.

  8. Foam spotted on river 'is normal'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The weir

    People in Shrewsbury are being reassured that, if they see foam from the weir in the town, it's normal and not caused by any pollution.

    The Environment Agency's Chris Bainger's tweeted to say the drop in river temperature to 13C has helped create the natural foam.

    The weir
  9. Car driver airlifted to hospital after tractor crash

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A woman's been flown to hospital after fire crews cut her free from a crash.

    Her car was in a collision with a tractor at the junction of the B5063 and B4397 near to Wem, Shropshire, with the ambulance service saying it suffered significant damage.

    It said that the woman, in her 30s, had suffered an injury to her arm and cuts to her face.

    A teenager, who was a passenger in the car, was treated at the scene for hip pain and cuts to his arm.

  10. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a cool and misty start for some, it will be a cloudy day with some sunny spells and highs of 20C (68F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight will be mainly dry with clear spells with lows of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Cost of chips 'could rise' as potato prices 'triple'

    Chris King

    News editor, BBC Shropshire

    Apparently the cost of chips could go up, because of the summer heatwave.

    The UK saw record temperatures in June, July and August which caused widespread drought and crop failures.


    That's had an impact on the price of potatoes with one Shropshire merchant saying they've almost tripled.

    Scott and Newman Limited, based in Shrewsbury, says bags of the vegetables are currently up to £340-a-tonne and last year they were £120-a-tonne.

    Quote Message: The potato plant goes to sleep when it's above 25C. It [the heatwave] has affected yield. This late rain is helping somewhat, but it's also introducing problems then. Potatoes start to grow again when they thought they were dying and that produces quality problems." from Ray Owen Managing director of Scott and Newmans Merchant
    Ray OwenManaging director of Scott and Newmans Merchant
  13. Funeral held for BBC Radio Shropshire's Vicki Archer

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    The funeral has taken place for BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Vicki Archer.

    Vicki Archer

    The ceremony was attended by family and close friends this morning at Shrewsbury Crematorium. A celebration of her life is planned for later in the year.

    The 41-year-old died earlier this month. She had presented the afternoon drivetime show at the station with co-host Adam Green since 2010.

    An inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned until December.

  14. More laughing gas canisters found in parks

    Tracey Higgins

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Parents and teenagers are being warned of the dangers of nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, after dozens of small canisters have been found in local parks.

    Newport councillor Thomas Janke says there's been a rise in the number of the containers they've discovered in recent weeks in the Shropshire town.

    Laughing gas containers at a festival

    He says he's teamed up with West Mercia Police to start going into schools to try and educate students about the issues around the drug.

    Nitrous oxide is taken by hundreds of thousands of people every year as a recreational drug.

    Short-term exposure produces feeling of elation, but can also affect mental performance, dexterity and cause general disorientation and dizziness.

    Quote Message: Every other Sunday, we do a community litter pick. What we noticed was, around the parks, there's been a steady increase in these nitrous oxide canisters. We initially started finding one or two and, after about a month or so, we started finding piles of 20 to 40." from Thomas Janke Newport councillor
    Thomas JankeNewport councillor