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  1. Three arrested after 18 deer shot dead in field

    Three men have been questioned by police after a herd of 18 deer were shot dead in a field in Worcestershire last month.

    The deer were discovered on farmland on the edge of the Wyre Forest.

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    Video caption: Fifteen deer are shot dead in Worcestershire

    At the time, Edward Brown, who chairs the Wyre Forest deer management society, described the scene as "carnage".

    The men were arrested under the Deer Act and have have been released while police enquiries continue.

  2. Man charged with attempting to bring gun in from USA

    A man has been charged by police after allegedly trying to smuggle a gun from the USA to Shropshire.

    Kieran Prime, 21, of Queens Flat in Oswald Road, Oswestry, appeared in court last week, accused of attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

    An address in Oswestry was raided after US Homeland Security earlier discovered a parcel containing a firearm and ammunition in Newark, New Jersey.

    Mr Prime was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 5 October.

  3. LED street light project 'not complete until 2054'

    Shropshire Council has confirmed its street lighting won't be fully energy-efficient LED until 2054.

    LED street light

    The council started installing the lights four years ago, but may not be finished for another 36 years because of funding shortages.

    In comparison, Telford and Wrekin will be fully LED by March.

    Councillor Lee Carter is the head of economic development at Telford and Wrekin, said the savings would amount to £420,000 a year when the scheme is finished.

  4. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a cool start to the day we can expect a cloudy day with some sunny spells and highs of 17C (63F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Farming after Brexit 'not just about the environment'

    Bob Hockenhull

    BBC Midlands Today

    Dairy farmers in the West Midlands say government plans to reward them for going green, could affect milk production.


    The government says the newly published UK Agriculture Bill is aimed at delivering a "green Brexit" and a "smooth and gradual transition".

    UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says the bill will "allow us to reward farmers who protect our environment, leaving the countryside in a cleaner, greener and healthier state for future generations".

    But farmers at an event called UK Dairy Day in Telford told the BBC they were facing other challenges as well as looking after the environment and called for more clarity.

    Quote Message: Farmers are looking for more labour on farms, they're looking for a good price for their products, they want to keep their standards as high as they are now so I think it's not just about the environment, of course it's important, but there's so many other challenges as well." from Sue Cope Organiser of UK Dairy Day
    Sue CopeOrganiser of UK Dairy Day
  6. Brexit: Tory MPs set out alternative Irish border plan

    BBC Politics

    A Shropshire MP is among a group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs who have set out their own plan for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland after Brexit.

    The border

    The European Research Group said the issue had been allowed to "frame" the talks but need not block a trade deal.

    They call for "effective co-operation" between Belfast and Dublin to address smuggling concerns and extra customs forms to be included in VAT returns.

    The EU has insisted on a "backstop" to ensure the single market is protected.

    Former Northern Ireland Secretary and North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson said he and other MPs were trying to "help the European Union and the UK government" by "giving an answer" to a problem which has risked derailing the Brexit process.

    He insisted there was "absolutely nothing new" in what the group was proposing because the solutions already exist to deliver "an ordered border".

  7. Job losses expected as more banks close

    David Landau

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Fifteen more Lloyds Bank branches are set to close by March, as part of as restructuring of the business.

    They include Madeley in Telford and Earlsdon in Coventry.

    Lloyds bank in Earlsdon

    Lloyds said fewer people were using its branches, opting for mobile and online banking services instead.

    In Madeley, it said only 15 customers regularly used the branch each week, while in Ealsdon there were 29 regular weekly customers.

    The Accord union says there have been no compulsory redundancies in the process until now.

  8. Your photos: Blue skies replace grey

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The grey skies of yesterday have been firmly replaced today with blue skies, as far as these photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers show.

    These three are from users Chris OB in Kingsbury, Warwickshire, Osmunda in No Man's Heath, Cheshire and Margrose in Northwick, Worcestershire:

    No Man's Heath
  9. Huge crane returns for second bridge lift

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Part of a main road in Telford has been shut from today for six days so one of Europe’s largest cranes can be reassembled to lift another section of a bridge.

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    Video caption: Crane's visit in June

    Telford and Wrekin Council says it'll be used this weekend, if weather conditions allow, to move the main span of the crossing into position from the railway station to the town centre.

    The crane was used in June to lift the rail section of the bridge into place.

    But the crane is so large, it'll take three days to put together and arrived today on 16 lorries.

    Crane arriving today

    The A442 Eastern Primary is now shut until 18 September so it can be assembled and for the bridge lift.

  10. NHS bosses to be quizzed over safety fears at hospitals

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Emily Lloyd

    Health bosses have been summoned to appear before councillors next week after "urgent enforcement action" was taken against their hospital trust.

    Sign for Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust amid claims of staff shortages, and their inspection highlighted safety fears.

    The action means the watchdog has the ability to suspend the trust's registration or impose restrictions on it.

    Last week, the trust said it would "work hard to reassure the CQC and patients".

    Now, its senior managers have been called to appear before next Wednesday's Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee to explain their response and action plan.

  11. Football manager sponsored 'by his mum'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    It's often a struggle for non-league football clubs to attract sponsorship, but one manager's found support from very close at hand - his mum.

    Martyn Davies

    Market Drayton Town boss Martyn Davies will be sponsored over this season, for £50, by what the club say is his "long supporting" mother, Pam.

    The club says she's backed him through "thick and thin" - although it's the first time it's had a mum sponsor the manager.

    For her backing, the team say Martyn won't be wearing her name emblazoned across his shirt but she'll get a mention in their programme and on social media.

  12. Hospitals consultation closes

    A public consultation on the future of hospitals in Shropshire has closed - but those behind it say it will take another five years for changes to come into effect.

    It was launched in May, and allowed people to have their say on the Future Fit proposals to reorganise services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal.

    Last year, local health bosses agreed a preferred option that would see emergency care and women and children's services located in Shrewsbury, while the Princess Royal would become the centre for planned care.

    Under the plans, A&E in Shrewsbury would be replaced by an upgraded "Emergency Centre", while Telford's would be downgraded to an "Urgent Care Centre"

    Future Fit said all feedback from the consultation will now analysed by an independent company.

    It will then produce a report, which will be considered by NHS Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as part of the final decision, which it expects to be made in early 2019.

    And after a decision has been made, it said it will take about five years before all changes are fully implemented.

  13. Rain clearing through the day - watch the latest forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any lingering overnight rain will quickly clear to leave it mostly dry and fine with sunny spells and patchy cloud.

    Just the small chance of an isolated shower - highs of 18C (64F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  14. In the papers: Highways demands over ironworks plan

    Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer

    The Oswestry and Border Counties Advertizer has these headlines today: