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  1. Early rain should clear away

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any early rain should soon clear this morning to leave it mainly dry if cloudy:

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton

    You can keep up-to-date with the weather in your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

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

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will be a dry night with some clear skies and lows of 8C (46F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Former Thomas Cook staff thank customers for support

    BBC Shropshire

    Staff at the former Thomas Cook store in Shrewsbury are preparing to reopen it as a Hays Travel shop.

    Carly Daly (second left) lost her job when the Thomas Cook chain went out of business.

    "We were so confident in the company and the brand and were so passionate about it that we couldn't see that it would happen," she said.

    Staff at former Thomas Cook

    "The support that we've had from our customers, from personal messages, from contacting us has been absolutely amazing."

    And she said other travel agents in the town had stepped in to help their customers when Thomas Cook closed.

  4. Health commissioning groups merger on hold

    Plans to merge Shropshire's two healthcare bodies have been put on hold.

    Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Groups had wanted to combine forces next April, saying the move would save money.

    David Evans (pictured below) was selected to lead the merged body.

    David Evans

    The two CCGs had applied for permission from NHS England, but were told their application needed more work and the merger wouldn't work in the timescale they had planned.

    In a joint statement, Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG said: “We are both disappointed".

  5. Work to prevent flooding under railway bridge

    BBC Shropshire

    Action is going to be taken to prevent flooding which blocked one of the main routes into a Shropshire village recently.

    Roots from nearby trees penetrated drains near the railway bridge on Newport Road in Albrighton, meaning rainwater was slow to clear.

    Shropshire Council has promised to take action to clear the blockage as soon as possible.

    Albrighton flooding

    The local authority also said it would work with Network Rail and the Ministry of Defence, which has a base at nearby Cosford.

    The area's MP, Mark Pritchard, recently criticised the council over the flooding, accusing it of not taking the issue seriously enough.

  6. Archbishop enjoys bacon bap with farmers

    BBC Shropshire

    The Archbishop of Canterbury enjoyed a bacon bap while meeting farmers at Longville.

    Events during the three-day visit to the Diocese of Hereford, includes calling in at a care home in Much Wenlock, visiting a community centre at Sutton Hill in Telford and taking part in a prayer walk up Clee Hill.

    Archbishop with bacon bap

    This evening, he is due to share a drink with people at Ludlow Brewery, at a ‘Setting God’s People Free’ event, an initiative which helps people live a Christian life.

  7. Archbishop speaks about rural isolation

    BBC Shropshire

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has been addressing hundreds of people at St Lawrence's Church in Ludlow as part of his three-day trip to the Hereford Diocese.

    The Most Rev Justin Welby spoke about the problems of rural isolation which he said was a "really, really serious issue" in a county like Shropshire.


    Later, he will visit Wenlock Edge, Sutton Hill in Telford and Clee Hill before further meetings in Ludlow.

  8. Police arrest 14 and seize drugs and weapons in raids

    Fourteen people have been arrested in a week-long drugs operation.

    Police targeted county lines gangs in Shropshire and raided five homes and stopped 75 vehicles.

    Police car door

    The force said it seized "large quantities" of Class A and B drugs, firearms, machetes, knives and £14,500 in cash.

  9. Pine marten conservation pioneer recognised

    A conservationist will be given a special award, for his work to protect rare British wildlife.

    Pine Marten

    Stuart Edmunds, from Shropshire, started a research survey on pine martens, which were thought to be extinct - but by using camera traps he was able to film them in the wild.

    The International Fund for Animal Welfare will honour his dedication to conservation at the House of Lords later.

    It described him as "a great example of animal welfare in action".

  10. Factory site housing development revealed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Alex Moore

    Two hundred homes and a primary school will be built on the site of a former sugar beet factory, if plans are approved.

    Artist's impression of houses proposed by SJ Roberts

    The former British Sugar factory in Allscott, Shropshire, has been dormant since 2007.

    Outline planning permission was given in 2014 for 470 homes on the land along with the school, a health centre, sports facilities and shops.

    Developer SJ Roberts Construction Ltd has now revealed its plans for the first part of the development which, if agreed by Telford and Wrekin Council, would span the B4394 between Allscott and Walcot.

  11. Shropshire earthquake 'shook the house'

    A minor earthquake was felt in Shropshire on Monday.

    The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed a magnitude of 2.3 was felt in Bishop's Castle at 16:51 BST.

    A 1.6 tremor was also felt in Newport on 5 October.

    Earthquake update

    A number of people posted on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page they'd felt the quake.

    Veronica Pryce in Cross Houses said she'd heard a "big boom" before the house shook and upset the dog.

    Debbie Holland in Cantlop said "so glad I wasn't imagining it!"

    Vicky Royce-Pagett from Midlands Storm Chasers said she initially thought the quake was a tractor going past the house.

    "I was so surprised to see an alert come up and tell me that indeed there was a tremor pretty much down the road."

  12. 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 and queues on M54 eastbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J2, A4510 (Wolverhampton), because of flooding.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and queues on M54 eastbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J2, A4510 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

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

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a wet evening it should be a drier night with some clear spells and lows of 12C (54F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. Third death from A5 crash

    A man has died following a crash in Shropshire in which two other people also lost their lives.

    The A5 in West Felton

    The collision was on Friday night on the A5 in West Felton, near Oswestry, and involved a blue Nissan and a silver Ford Mondeo, West Mercia Police said.

    A 75-year-old man who was behind the wheel of the Mondeo and a 73-year-old woman who was a passenger, both from Oswestry, died at the scene.

    Officers said the Nissan's driver, a 24-year-old man, also from the town, has since died in hospital.

  16. Attempted murder arrest after woman hurt

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman suffered knife wounds this morning.

    She was being threatened with a knife on Hadley Road, Telford, Shropshire, at about 06:15, West Mercia Police said.

    The woman's injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening and she's getting hospital treatment.

    The 60-year-old man is still in custody.

  17. Drugs, guns and cash seized in county lines crackdown

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Machetes, guns, drugs and cash have been seized by police in a week-long county lines crackdown across Shropshire.

    Cannabis plants

    The crime sees gangs using dedicated phone lines and couriers to move drugs from cities to smaller towns.

    West Mercia Police said five houses had been searched and 14 people arrested over the seven days in the county.

    Seized money

    As well as "large quantities" of Class A and B drugs, the force said it had also sezied £14,500 in cash.