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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J3 for A41 Newport Road to J2 for A4510.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J2, A4510 (Wolverhampton), because of Medical Incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Fire service considers using hybrid fire engines

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Shropshire's fire service is considering using electric-powered fire engines in the future.

    It recently bought three hybrid SUVs and plans to install charging points at its headquarters in Shrewsbury (pictured below), which will be available for the public to use.

    Fire HQ in Shrewsbury

    The fire service is also considering installing charging points at its rural stations in Clun and Market Drayton.

    Deputy chief fire officer Andy Johnson said he'd be watching trials of hybrid vehicles in London to see how they operate.

  3. Plans to turn former military site into window factory

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A former military site in Telford is going to be turned into a window factory and distribution centre.

    Epwin Group is going refurbish a building previously owned by the Ministry of Defence at Hortonwood and build a new plant nearby.

    Factory plan

    The company already employs 500 people in the town and says it will be used to make, construct and laminate the frames.

    Planning officers are requesting a £64,000 contribution from the company to improve roads leading to the site.

  4. Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Any cloud should clear later leaving a clear cold night with lows of -1C (30F).

    Saturday will start off chilly but we can expect a dry and sunny day.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Crumbling fire training tower might be covered in cladding

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Shropshire's fire service might have to cover a training tower in cladding because the brickwork is crumbling, causing chunks to fall five-and-a-half storeys to the ground below,

    It says the tower at the Tweedale station has been damaged by frost and while it isn't in danger of falling down, it can't be ignored.

    Fire tower

    A report to the Shropshire Fire Authority also said work on the fire station is a month behind schedule and could cost £40,000 more than predicted.

  6. Fresh attempt to build on possible battle site

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A private school is making another attempt to build a new car park on land where a famous battle may have taken place.

    Oswestry School, in Shropshire, withdrew similar plans last year after it was claimed the battle of Maeserfleth took place on the Maes Y Llan playing field.

    It now says "a number of scholars" have suggested the battle may have taken place elsewhere - possibly in Lancashire or Gloucestershire.


    The school says it needs the extra 42 parking spaces because it has trouble accommodating the cars it attracts each day and it is also proposing new access to the main road and a one-way system.

    The battle of Maeserfleth is believed to have been fought in 642AD between Oswald, the Christian King of Northumbria, and Penda, the pagan ruler of Mercia.

    It ended with the defeat and martyrdom of Oswald - the saint who gave Oswestry its name.

  7. Your photos: Hills covered in snow and ice

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watcher Liam Ball took this photo of walkers on the snow-covered slopes of the Wrekin in Shropshire this morning.

    The Wrekin

    And we've also seen these BBC Weather Watcher photos of frozen hills near Church Stretton and Stafford today.

    Church Stretton
  8. Water restored to village after contamination concerns

    People living in the Shropshire village of Wistanstow, near Craven Arms, are being told they can drink, cook and bathe using tap water again.

    The local primary school has been closed for two days and residents have been drinking bottled water because supplies were contaminated by what Severn Trent called "an unauthorised connection from a private water supply".


    Severn Trent says it decided to lift the warnings, issued to 69 properties, after carrying out tests to make sure the water was safe.

  9. Ice hockey: Tigers face Scottish test in cup semi-final

    Telford Tigers have a two-legged cup semi-final against Solway Sharks this weekend and face a 215-mile trip up to Dumfries tomorrow for the away leg.

    Telford have won the all previous meetings between the two sides this season but head coach Tom Waktins warned the Sharks are capable of punishing their mistakes and will put them under pressure.

    The winners will play either Hull or Sheffield in March.

    Tigers vs Sharks

    Meanwhile, Solihull Barons will look to improve their league position with matches against the two bottom teams in their division, Billingham Stars and Nottingham Lions.

    And Coventry Blaze travel across the Irish Sea to play Belfast Giants tomorrow, before hosting Manchester Storm on Sunday.

  10. Rescued hedgehog starts to grow back spines

    A hedgehog that was found in a Telford garden with most of his spikes missing is recovering well and one of them might have started to grow back.

    The Cuan Wildlife Rescue Centre, in Much Wenlock, has named him Bear and staff say they probably fell out because of stress brought on by an ear mite infestation - so they have been giving him daily massages.


    The centre said he was now eating well and was returning to normal hedgehog behaviour, such as sleeping during the day and being active at night.

    And while the spines may take months to grow back, the ear mites have gone.

  11. Snow and ice could cause travel problems

    While most of the West Midlands region escaped heavy snow fall overnight, a weather warning for snow and ice remains in place for some areas until 13:00.

    Police car in snow

    Parts of Herefordshire saw some significant accumulations but the council's head of highways said gritters had been working throughout the night to keep roads clear.

    One school, Steiner Academy, is currently closed.

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  12. Mysterious rock stood out because it was 'too young'

    You may think one rock looks pretty much the same as any other on a rock-strewn hillside - but not to the National Trust who say it was clear this lump of limestone doesn't belong on the Long Mynd in Shropshire.

    That's because it is 200 million years younger than the other rocks there - leading the trust to conclude someone has dumped it on the hillside.

    The owner has been given until the end of the day to come forward - or it will be smashed up.

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    Video caption: A large limestone rock has been dumped at a nature reserve.
  13. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight will start dry and cloudy with the risk of some snow moving from the south, with lows of 0C (32F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands