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  1. BreakingDalian Atkinson death: Murder charge for police officer

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A police officer's been charged with murder over the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson who was shot with a Taser.

    Dalian Atkinson

    The ex-Aston Villa striker, 48, died in August 2016 after contact with officers at his father's house in Trench, Telford.

    The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said two West Mercia Police officers were being charged, one with murder and manslaughter, the other with a charge of causing actual bodily harm.

    The CPS said the officers hadn't been named as lawyers representing them would be asking the court to grant them anonymity.

    Mr Atkinson's family's released a statement welcoming the decision to take the case to a jury trial.

  2. Car ends up in ditch after coming off road

    A car's ended up in a ditch after coming off a road near Shrewsbury.

    Car in ditch

    The vehicle left the carriageway just before 05:45 on the A53 at Hopton, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

    When they arrived, they found no-one was trapped and said one man only needed precautionary checks from paramedics.

  3. Election 2019: Your Questions Answered

    BBC Politics

    BBC Online has been answering a selection of election questions sent by under 25-year-olds including this from Charlie Evans in Shrewsbury.

    Does registering to vote improve your credit score?

    Cashpoint machine

    It can do. Registering to vote puts you on the electoral roll, which helps banks and other lenders verify your identity.

    A higher credit score can make it easier to borrow money or enter into financial agreements such as a mortgage or mobile phone contract, and may mean you get a better repayment rate. This could be particularly useful to younger people who haven't had a chance to build up much of a credit rating yet.

    Not being on the electoral register may also slow down the lending process, as you could be asked for more documents to verify your identity.

    It is also a legal requirement to register to vote if you are asked to do so and are eligible, although voting itself is not compulsory.

    You will initially be placed on two versions of the register - the full electoral roll, and the open register. The latter can be accessed by firms who want to use your details for marketing purposes.

    You can ask to be taken off the open register at any time without affecting your credit score, as lenders use the full electoral roll when running background checks.

  4. Standing water affecting roads

    BBC News Travel

    Flooding is affecting roads around Market Drayton.

    Standing water on the A53 Hodnet to Shrewsbury road is affecting both carriageways, said the fire service.

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  5. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a largely dry and cloudy day with highs of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. More rain on the way tonight

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After the showers this afternoon, it's set to turn drier this evening but more rain's on the way overnight:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can get the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  7. Your photos: South Shropshire hills in the autumn

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Here's a small collection of photos taken by BBC Weather Watchers up on the hills in south Shropshire today.

    They were taken near Clee Hill, Ludlow and Church Stretton.

    Clee Hill
    Church Stretton
    Ludlow
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Balloon-maker enjoys the Hollywood treatment

    BBC Shropshire

    The balloon-maker Per Lindstrand says it's been "exciting" and "challenging" to be involved in the new movie The Aeronauts.

    The gas balloon used in the film was made at his factory on the Mile Oak Industrial Estate, Oswestry, and is a close replica of the real-life, record-breaking balloon on which the film is based.

    Per and his team also worked as advisors to the producers.

    Per Lindstrand
  10. Corbyn addresses Labour event in Telford

    BBC Shropshire

    Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking at a Labour event in Telford this morning.

    He grew up in Shropshire and opened by telling the room "it’s great to be here in Telford - it feels like I’m at home”.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    He went on to say he wanted to put an end to food banks, address climate change and "protect the NHS from Donald Trump".

    The Labour leader added he wanted a future Labour government to be "judged by whether it changes people's lives for the better after five years".

  11. Deselected Labour candidate alleges party bullying

    BBC Shropshire

    A Labour candidate deselected five weeks before the general election says she is a victim of a “pretty sustained campaign of bullying and undermining”.

    Dr Laura Davies was told on Monday after a phone hearing by Labour’s ruling National Executive that the party wouldn’t support her for a third election campaign in the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.

    A statement from the local party said: “A majority of the local party had lost confidence in Laura Davies’s candidacy and the NEC has responded to this with their decision."

    It also cited a "refusal to support our community's campaign to retain 24-hour A&E hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford".

    Laura Davies

    Dr Davies said she wasn’t expecting the decision and was unaware of some of the complaints against her, which she says dated back to 2017. She alleged they were trivial or fabricated.

    The local party has been contacted for comment.

    She had already lost a vote of confidence among her local party earlier this year after concerns were expressed about her stance on local hospital reorganisation, but she continued to stand as the vote had no power under party rules.

    Quote Message: I had the telephone interview, and then I found out I’d been deselected on Monday night – actually [the BBC] found out before I did …. I felt I wasn’t really given a fair hearing … The reasons given for my deselection were not related to the complaints that were discussed at the interview." from Dr Laura Davies Former Labour candidate
    Dr Laura DaviesFormer Labour candidate
  12. Defence deal to create 'hundreds of jobs'

    BBC Shropshire

    Hundreds of defence jobs are expected to be created and hundreds more secured in Shropshire with the signing of a £2.8bn government contract.

    Entrance to Telford factory

    Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, which has its UK factory in Telford, said an agreement had been reached with the Ministry of Defence.

    The firm added the contract was for 500 military vehicles, half of which would be assembled and tested in Telford.

    Les Horler, a spokesman for union Unite, said it marked the return of engineering and manufacturing to the site which hasn't, he says, made a vehicle for around 15 years.

  13. You might need your umbrella later

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    A cold start but it should be a mainly dry start to the day although rain's expected later:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rich Davis

    Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A5 Rampart Way.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 exit slip road partially blocked eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Leaning gravestones 'pose wall collapse risk'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A graveyard wall is in danger of falling down because of the weight of gravestones leaning against it, a parish council has been warned.

    Around 100 stones are propped up against the wall at St Michael and All Angels church in Lilleshall, Shropshire, after being moved there 50 years ago to make the grass easier to cut.

    Graves leaning against wall

    Lilleshall Parish Council heard the wall was half a foot out of line in some places. Its clerk has been in touch with Telford and Wrekin Council, the Diocese of Lichfield and English Heritage about possible repairs.

    One parish councillor warned of a collapse risk.

    Quote Message: What we can see is it’s a good distance, maybe six inches, out of plumb. There are areas... that look like they could fall with a heavy frost.” from David Shaw Lilleshall parish councillor
    David ShawLilleshall parish councillor
  16. Fire service saves cattle from overturned lorry

    Firefighters have managed to save cattle trapped in a transporter lorry that overturned.

    The vehicle ended up on its side on the Nescliffe bypass near the Felton Butler roundabout in Shrewsbury earlier.

    The driver managed to free himself while specialist animal rescue teams attended the scene where there were 36 cows.

    Fire fighters at work to free the cattle

    One animal had to be put down but all others survived, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

    Station manager Chris White said the cows were "highly distressed" but crews were able to create a safe enclosure to herd them into another transporter.