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Six jailed over county lines drugs operation

Six people have been jailed in connection with the supply of heroin and crack cocaine in Shropshire, police say.

According to the West Mercia force, the drugs were sent from Liverpool for dealing in Shrewsbury in a so-called county lines operation.

Officers believe the group - five men and a woman - made more than £500,000 from their activity.

They were sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday for a range of drugs offences, with one man sentenced to 10.5 years in prison, police said.

Crown Court
West Midlands Police

Your photos: Rain brings visitors out of their shell

BBC Weather Watchers

The wet weather seems to be bringing out the snails and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing their photos of them, creeping about in the puddles.

These pictures were taken in Knowle and Telford.

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Snail in Dawley
Liam Ball

Thundery storms expected to bring travel disruption

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel problems throughout the morning, with a yellow warning for severe weather in place until 10:00.

About 15 to 20mm of rain may fall in an hour, the Met Office is warning, with up to 40mm possible in a few areas.

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People urged to call police over neighbour abuse

West Mercia Police have called on people not to ignore signs of domestic abuse.

Det Insp Liz Warner, who leaders on domestic abuse for the force, tweeted that it was "no different" to seeing a "neighbour's car being broken into" and said it should be reported to police.

Her comments came after reports officers were called to reports of a row involving Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, in Camberwell, south London.

At a hustings in Birmingham at the weekend, Mr Johnson refused to answer questions on the incident.

His supporters have said it was a private matter. One of them, Priti Patel said the neighbour's decision to record the dispute and pass to a newspaper suggested the action had been "politically motivated".

Defending his actions, neighbour Tom Penn told the Guardian he had been worried about his neighbours' safety, adding: "I hope that anybody would have done the same thing."

Det Insp Warner said it was important to "use this moment to correctly educate people". She urged anyone with suspicions to call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Thunderstorms and showers are likely tonight with weather warnings in place until the end of Tuesday.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Health secretary to review Shropshire hospitals decision

BBC Shropshire

The health secretary's going to take a closer look at plans to reorganise Shropshire's hospital services.

Artist's impression of hospital
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The Future Fit plan would see Shrewsbury house the county's main emergency care centre and Telford's A&E downgraded to an urgent care centre.

Telford & Wrekin Council had said the plan would be detrimental to its residents and wanted Health Secretary Matt Hancock to step in.

After it made that official request, he asked an advisory body, the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), to assess the decision.

Today the IRP confirmed it had now been told to take a closer look at the proposals and will visit the county next month to interview people involved, before the health secretary makes a final decision.

Your photos: Cloudy morning

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a cloudy morning today and that's come across in the photos we've been sent by our local BBC Weather Watchers.

These three are from users Videoman in Leek, Staffordshire, Bluedook in Ribbesford, Worcestershire and Liam Ball in Dawley, Shropshire:

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Dawley
Liam Ball

Rise in attacks on paramedics, figures show

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Moore

Physical attacks on paramedics have risen by nearly a quarter in a year, latest figures have revealed.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said in April and May, 80 ambulance staff were physically assaults, 15 more than the same months in 2018.

Over the same period, verbal attacks increased as well, from 102 to 165.

But the service said "security incidents", such as theft of property, fell from 46 to 38.

Top Gear takes on EV challenge

The new look Top Gear show visited Telford and Tamworth last night.

Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris built their own budget electric cars and were tasked with putting them through a series of challenges, culminating in the 24 hours of Le Mans-field

Ironbridge power station
BBC

Before that, the trio raced through the site of the former Ironbridge Power Station, but it was a race through a karting track in Tamworth that had amused viewers taking to social media.

The presenters were given electric shocks as they raced around the track.

Thunderstorms expected to bring travel disruption

Severe weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place across the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the day.

The Met Office warning is in place until the end of Tuesday.

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Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, from J2 for A449 Stafford Road to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 partially blocked and queues westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

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

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Health commissioning bodies want leader to oversee merger

Shropshire's two health commissioning bodies have started their search for a new leader, ahead of their planned merger,

The new accountable officer will need to be in place soon, to help the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group join with its Telford and Wrekin counterpart and the closing date for applications is 7 July.

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The two CCGs have both voted to approve the merger and they aim to do that by April 2020.

Police forces cleared over handling of shotgun killer

An independent review has found police could not have reasonably foreseen the murder of Cheryl Hooper from Newport.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct also concluded that both Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police took appropriate precautionary steps after she contacted the Staffordshire force with concerns about her estranged husband's intimidating behaviour.

Shotgun
Crown Prosecution Service

Andrew Hooper has been sentenced to 31 years in jail for shooting her dead with an unlicensed shotgun (pictured), but the IOPC said the two forces took steps to stop him holding licensed firearms and that the concerns raised beforehand did not to amount to a criminal offence.

The report concluded no disciplinary action was needed, but recommended the two forces continue to look for ways to cooperate with each other.

Flash floods warning as thunderstorms sweep in

The severe weather warning for thunderstorms across the West Midlands has been extended to Tuesday.

Localised flooding, lightning strikes and up to 30mm of rain in an hour is possible between 12:00 on Sunday and the end of Tuesday, said the Met Office.

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Campaign group angered by landowner's claims

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A campaign group that opposes new homes being built in the village of Tong in Shropshire is disputing claims from landowners that they're working with community groups.

Shifnal Matters, which also opposes new homes in Shifnal, said neither Shifnal Town Council nor Tong Parish Council had been contacted by Bradford Estates.

Tong Parish Council also said it hadn't been contacted.

Tong
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A leaflet by agents working for Bradford Estates has been sent to people living in both Tong and Shifnal, setting out the benefits of building 3,000 homes on land it owns.

The estates's representative David Henry, said: "Over the course of the past 18 months we have spoken to communities throughout the area who have told us that that top priorities are to provide sufficient high-quality jobs and affordable homes to ensure that Shropshire and the surrounding area can flourish. We can provide both."

Councillor Paul Fisher, chairman of Tong Parish Council, replied: “Shifnal and Tong residents were taken aback by these preposterous claims around the planned development of a huge greenfield site that lies between the two communities."

BreakingLife in prison for farmer guilty of wife's shotgun murder

A farmer who shot his wife as she sat in her Range Rover outside her home has been jailed for at least 31 years after being found guilty of murder.

Andrew Hooper
West Mercia Police

Cheryl Hooper, 51, was killed in front of her daughter outside her home in Newport, Shropshire, in January 2018.

Andrew Hooper, who turned the shotgun on himself after the attack, was convicted this morning at Birmingham Crown Court today.

Jailing the 46-year-old, Judge Mark Wall QC told him: "The sentence that I must pass on you is one that you richly deserve - life imprisonment."

New boss at under-fire hospital trust

A new interim chief executive has been appointed at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Paula Clark starts on 1 July and takes over from Simon Wright, who announced he would step down at the beginning of the month.

Paula Clark
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Ms Clark is the former chief executive at the University of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford's County Hospital.

She takes over at a time the hospital trust is in special measures and being investigated over the number of baby deaths.

BreakingFarmer guilty of murdering estranged wife in shooting

A farmer has been found guilty of murdering his estranged wife.

Andrew Hooper, who is 46 and from Newport, shot Cheryl Hooper outside her home in the town in January 2018

He will be sentenced this afternoon.

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BreakingThunderstorms set to bring travel disruption

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel disruption throughout Sunday afternoon, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

It has now extended yellow warnings for severe weather starting at 12:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

The Environment Agency's Dave Throup said there was the "potential for big storms for Sunday onwards as temperatures and humidity rise".

Your pictures: Summer solstice

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been out capturing sunrise on the longest day of the year.

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Telford
Longnor, Shropshire
Peter Steggles
Longnor, Shropshire

Summer solstice takes place as one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun and the sun reaches its highest position in the sky, ensuring the longest period of daylight in the year.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with a good deal of sunshine and highs of 18C (64F).

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Jury sent home for the night in farmer murder trial

The jury in the case of a Newport farmer accused of murdering his estranged wife with a shotgun has been sent home for the night.

Andrew Hooper, who is 44 and also known as Jack, has accepted that he shot Cheryl Hooper outside her home nearly 18 months ago, but said he had only produced the gun to frighten her into a reconciliation.

Birmingham Crown Court
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The defendant, who shot himself after the attack, has severe facial injuries and has lost the ability to speak.

The jury of five men and seven women at Birmingham Crown Court was sent out this morning.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering rain should clear to leave a dry night with lows of 9C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

More thunderstorms on the way

Thunderstorms are set to bring more travel disruption and possible flooding across the whole of the West Midlands at the beginning of next week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for severe weather starting at 15:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

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West Midlands fire services rated 'good'

Both the West Midlands Fire Service and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have been rated as "good" by inspectors.

They were among 16 to undergo their first inspection recently and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has complained it has seen too much variation in the way they work around the country.

Fire engine
BBC

Both local fire services are commended for the way they are run, but the inspectors did say Shropshire's fire service "needs to do better at protecting the public through fire regulation".

Man arrested over street attack

A man has been arrested in connection with an attack in Telford that left a man with head and arm injuries.

Police were called to King Street in Dawley yesterday morning to reports a number of people had attacked a man in his late teens, who was suffering a suspected stab wound.

Dawley
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A 31-year-old, from Telford, was arrested yesterday evening and is still in police custody.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After some patchy rain it should be a largely dry day with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Young people learn to restore vintage cars

BBC Shropshire

The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Bridgnorth is offering 15 young people the opportunity to learn how to restore vintage cars.

Vintage car student
BBC

The three-year heritage engineering technician apprenticeship is just getting under way and combines classroom lessons and hands-on work.

The centre said the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs believes 1,000 new apprentices are needed every year to keep up with demand in the classic car business.

Environment Agency scales down warnings as floods recede

The Environment Agency has lifted its remaining flood warning in Worcestershire and just two flood alerts remain in the West Midlands - both of them in Shropshire.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Those flood alerts cover the area where the Severn and Vyrnwy meet and the rivers Tern and Perry.

Hylton Road in Worcester will close for around two hours from 19:00 this evening so the flood pumps can be removed.

Dry start to Wednesday night's weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We should get a dry start to tonight with clear spells. Here's the full forecast, including for Thursday in the West Midlands:

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Keep up-to-date with the weather where you live by visiting the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Mayor plans to show off new tattoo at civic reception

The Mayor of Wellington says he plans to show off his new tattoo at a civic reception hosted by Wellington's twin town in France tomorrow.

Councillor Anthony Lowe, who is 66, decided to get the Love Wellington logo inked onto his arm, after being offered one for free by a new tattoo shop in the town.

Mayor getting tattoo
BBC

Mr Lowe also revealed he had previously forbidden his children from having tattoos and joked: "I've now lost all paternal credibility."

His original idea was to have the town's crest on his thigh, but he went for a simpler design on his arm instead, involving a heart with a letter 'W' for Wellington inside it.