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Live Reporting

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  1. What's the weather got in store?

    After a cloudy start, with some patches of drizzle, skies should brighten leaving a pleasant afternoon with some sunshine and highs of 23C (73F).

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    Video caption: West Midlands weather
  2. Delays on the railways

    BBC News Travel

    Trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe are being delayed this evening due to a fault with the level crossing barriers between the stations.

    National Rail Enquiries says some services could be delayed by up to 90 minutes and disruption's expected until at least 19:30.

    There's also a speed restriction over defective track between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill which is causing delays of up to an hour and services are being delayed at Telford due to trespassers on the line.

  3. Video: What's the weather got in store

    Most areas look like staying dry through tonight with some patches of cloud but also some fairly lengthy clear spells with lows of 8C (46F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Shropshire hills 'helped biker to become world champion'

    BBC Shropshire

    A world champion mountain biker says the hills of Shropshire helped her to win the title five times.

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    Video caption: Dominant Atherton wins record fifth world title

    At the weekend, Rachel Atherton again won the women's downhill final at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland.

    The 30-year-old, originally from Oswestry, also earned a record sixth World Cup title in August.

    Quote Message: We grew up around the Shropshire hills and we lived there for that reason, because the terrain was so great for mountain biking, the hills and the people are so supportive." from Rachel Atherton World champion mountain biker
    Rachel AthertonWorld champion mountain biker
  5. Fears cull will drive sick badgers into other areas

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    There are fears sick badgers could be driven into Shropshire with the county not included on the latest list of areas for badger culling.


    The government's announced 11 new areas in England and they say the action aims to battle the spread of bovine TB.

    It means culling can take place in Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire - counties that all border Shropshire.

    Farming minister George Eustice says culls are reducing cases of the disease.

    Quote Message: We've obviously been classed as being a low-risk area so we haven't got the culling taking place here, but, because it's all around us, my take would be that, inevitably, sick badgers will be driven into Shropshire." from John Hughes Shropshire Wildlife Trust
    John HughesShropshire Wildlife Trust
  6. BreakingTeen set for murder trial over Telford death

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A 16-year-old boy is to go on trial later this year charged with the murder of a man in Telford.

    Derek Whyteside

    Derek Whyteside (pictured), 42, of Chesterfield Road in Dawley, died after being assaulted in Withywood Drive in Malinslee on 18 June.

    The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to murder at Stafford Crown Court today and was remanded into custody.

    Two men, William Owens, 41, and Gareth Edward Owens, 39, both of Boulton Grange in Randlay, also appeared at the court today.

    They both pleaded not guilty to affray and were given bail ahead of the trial, due to start on 5 November.

  7. Dozens prepare for Coracle World Championships

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Nearly 50 teams will take part in the Coracle World Championships in Shropshire today.

    Coracles being raced

    The event gets under way from 14:30 on the River Severn in Shrewsbury and raises money for Macmillan Cancer support.

    Coracles are small, round-shaped, lightweight boats which were designed, hundreds of years ago, to be carried on a person's back, often with a chest strap holding the boat steady.

    Thought to predate the Roman invasion, they have been dubbed Britain’s strangest boat.

  8. Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It should be a mainly dry day with some patchy rain possible this afternoon and highs of 17C (63F).

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

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. Children 'more likely to be overweight'

    A quarter of all children aged between four and five in Telford and Wrekin are overweight or obese, according to the local council.

    Councillors meeting this evening will be told the figure's worse than the national average.

    Overweight children

    The annual report of the borough's director of Public Health also says adults aren't getting enough exercise - and sets a number of priorities to tackle obesity and promote healthy living.

  11. 'Black Mamba contributing to rise in violence'

    The use of synthetic drug Black Mamba could be partly to blame for an increase in violence towards emergency workers in the region said a paramedic.


    "We've got quite a problem in the West Midlands with Black Mamba", said Natasha Starkey, "so we get quite a lot of assaults from that because unfortunately some of the patients we go to can be quite violent".

    But, she said, it may also be down to the fact that workers were also talking about the problem more.

    "Years ago you didn't report it and just got on with it, and didn't really say much about it."

  12. Assaults on medical staff 'expected'

    A paramedic, working in the West Midlands, said assaults whilst at work have come to be "expected".

    Maximum prison terms for people found guilty of assaulting emergency workers are to double from six months to a year.

    Natasha Starkey

    Natasha Starkey, who's been assaulted while on duty said "you don't come to work to be attacked" but sometime it's expected".

    Attacks on staff have been going on for more than "my short four-year-career" she said.

    "I've been spat at, I've been punched, I've been shoved against the ambulance, had sexual comments passed to me."

    However, she said the benefits of helping people outweigh the risk of being seriously hurt.

  13. Charity shop 'superstore' opens

    BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire's biggest charity shop has opened in Shrewsbury today.

    Severn Hospice charity shop, Castlefields, Shrewsbury

    The 6,000-square-foot superstore in Castlefields is the latest venture by Severn Hospice.

    The charity has thanked volunteers, local residents and businesses for donating thousands of items to fill the shelves ready for the big opening.