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Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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

Samurai sword 'stuffed down trousers'

Now as ideas go, this doesn't sound the brightest.

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Historical flooding in Shrewsbury

While we've been covering the impact of the heavy rain this week in Shrewsbury, Shropshire Archives has been taking a look back at the flooding situation in past years.

This was the scene under the railway bridges, Castle Foregate in 1946.

Flood water
Shropshire Archives
Flooding in Shrewsbury in 1946
Shropshire Council

Also pictured in 1946 this is a car driving through flood waters in Bridge Street, with Rowley's House and Hills Lane in the background.

Flood water
Shropshire Archives

This image was taken in 1899 in Abbey Foregate, an area of the town always one of the worst hit, it said.

Flooding shuts car park

Allen Cook

BBC News

A car park in Shrewsbury's been shut because parts of it are under water.

Shropshire Council said drivers need to find alternatives to Frankwell Main.

The car parks next to the River Severn and, as the Environment Agency's Chris Bainger tweets, there's a lot of water flowing down the river after the rain over the last week.

This is the scene at Shrewsbury's (currently submerged) weir:

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Flood alerts updated

Latest update on flood warnings issued

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

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Road reopens after crash

BBC News Travel

The M54 eastbound at J3 has just reopened in Shropshire after an earlier crash.

Overturned car
West Mercia Police

The eastbound carriageway was closed for a time from J4 to J3.

Delays in the area are easing.

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, from J4 for A464 to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound from J4, A464 (Shifnal) to J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

Weekend events cancelled due to rain and flooding

Events this weekend are being cancelled with the bad weather, and with more rain forecast over the next couple of days.

Water pooled in car park
Great Dawley Town Council

Great Dawley Town Council, Shropshire, has said it won't be holding its Malinslee and Dawley Bank Day in Telford on Saturday as the car park and fields are waterlogged.

While Wyre Forest District Council tweeted that the pop-up cafe planned for Saturday at Brinton Park, Kidderminster, won't be going ahead because of the rain.

More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Two flood warnings downgraded

Two flood warnings have been removed in the West Midlands due to falling river levels.

Van on flooded road
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency's downgraded ones for Saredon Brook near Coven, Staffordshire, and Marchington Brook, near Uttoxeter.

There are still six warnings, meaning flooding is expected, in the region, in Shropshire, Warwickshire and near Solihull.

The agency's said the outlook for flooding remains unsettled as, while levels in smaller waterways are falling, larger rivers are rising still.

'Weed screens' cleared with river levels rising

With the river levels rising across the West Midlands, the Environment Agency said it was working to clear its "'weed screens" on waterways of any debris.

It's tweeted that it has teams working in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire today:

Screens being cleaned
Environment Agency

Shropshire 'received the most rain'

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire has received some of the most rain in England over the last week, the Environment Agency has said.

Dave Throup from the organisation's said between four and six inches fell in some parts of the county this week.

Yesterday, Pennerley was the wettest place in the UK.

Dave Throup of Environment Agency on flooding

Travel disruption expected from more flooding

Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.

River Teme, Ludlow on Wednesday
Shropshire Lass

After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until midday which covers Cheshire, including around Crewe and Nantwich.

Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, with some of it heavy, and highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, from J4 for A464 to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound from J4, A464 (Shifnal) to J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident.

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

Counties braced for more flooding

Allen Cook

BBC News

The number of flood alerts in Shropshire and Cheshire have increased as the Met Office is warning there could be more flooding over the next 24 hours.

Fast-flowing brook in Shropshire at Longnor
STFC goose

It has a yellow weather warning in place for most of the West Midlands until midnight and then the warning moves to cover a smaller area until midday tomorrow, but does include Cheshire.

The Environment Agency has two flood warnings in place in Shropshire along with five flood alerts in the county.

There are also four flood alerts in Staffordshire and one covering Crewe and Nantwich in Cheshire.

Flooding fears increase with rising river levels

Allen Cook

BBC News

River levels are continuing to rise in parts of the West Midlands as more rain's forecast for the next 24 hours.

Shrewsbury town centre, near the River Severn
Eric Bullock

The Environment Agency still has two flood warnings on the River Vyrnwy near Oswestry, which mean flooding is expected.

There are also nearly a dozen flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible - across the West Midlands, including in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

The agency says it expects some river levels to peak this evening but that could change with more rain on the way.

Meanwhile, Cheshire Police has warned of severe flooding in parts of Crewe and Nantwich:

Flooding in Crewe
Cheshire Police

Flood warnings with more rain forecast

Allen Cook

BBC News

There are two flood warnings covering parts of Shropshire this morning and nearly a dozen flood alerts across the West Midlands.

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The Environment Agency said the warnings covered the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley, near Oswestry.

The flood alerts include five in Shropshire and four in Staffordshire, meaning flooding is possible.

The agency's said rivers levels are continuing to rise with more rain forecast and they are fast-flowing.

A number of roads in the county are also blocked by floods.

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Railway lines blocked by flooding

BBC News Travel

No trains are running this morning between Crewe and Chester because the railway lines are blocked with flood water.

Services between Shrewsbury and Chester are also suspended due to flooding.

Flooded railway lines
Network Rail

Network Rail said it was working to pump the water away and passengers should check with National Rail Enquiries for the latest travel information.

In Shropshire, Newport Road under the railway line in Shifnal is blocked by flood water.

Shropshire Fire Service's said it was "deeper than it looks".

Flooding under bridge
Shropshire Fire Service

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, before J4 for A464.

M54 Shropshire - One lane blocked and it's slow moving on M54 westbound before J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of an accident.

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

Mixed employment figures for West Midlands

BBC Business News

The unemployment rate in the West Midlands in the three months to April fell to 5.0%, according to new data.

Job centre sign
PA

The Office for National Statistics said 145,000 were out of work in the region, down 4,000 on the previous quarter.

But its figures also showed 11,000 fewer people were employed over the period, compared to the previous three months.

Overall, the UK’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period.

Merger idea dismissed by council leader

BBC Shropshire

There is "absolutely no intention" of Shropshire merging with Telford and Wrekin Council, Shropshire's leader said.

Shropshire Council building
BBC

Peter Nutting said he'd made a statement after Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski said he'd taken legal advice on how to go about abolishing Telford and Wrekin Council.

The suggestion was tweeted by the Conservative MP last week and quickly opposed by his fellow Tory MP, Telford's Lucy Allan.

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Mr Nutting said his council would "resist any attempt" to officially merge with Telford's and there seemed to be 'little logic' in the idea.

The idea the two councils, the only two in Shropshire, should merge has been floated previously, in a bid to cut costs.

Severe weather warnings extended

Severe weather warnings for rain have been extended across most of the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the week.

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Fallen trees across Warwickshire and Worcestershire have caused disruption with more rain forecast throughout the day.

Officer in Shipston
Warwickshire Police

Fallen trees affected Metro services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the A34 at Monks' Heath in Cheshire was partially blocked near the Capesthorne Hall turn

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for "some treacherous weather".

The yellow warnings are in place until 12:00 on Thursday.

Flood alert issued as river levels set to rise

A flood alert has been issued for the Upper Teme in Shropshire, with flooding of roads and farmland possible, says the Environment Agency.

Locations that may be affected include Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Knighton and Ludlow.

Walkers are advised to avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses.

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be wet with spells of heavy rain tonight with lows of 9C (12C ).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Former judge to chair CSE inquiry

A former judge has been appointed to chair an inquiry into reports of child sexual exploitation by grooming gangs in Telford.

Chair Tom Crowther QC is a barrister with "extensive experience of child abuse cases", said Eversheds Sutherland. The law firm was appointed last year to lead the organisation of the independent inquiry.

The inquiry was set up following a Sunday Mirror claim up to 1,000 girls had been abused by gangs in the town since the 1980s.

Tom Crowther
Eversheds Sutherland

Mr Crowther's first task will be to finalise the inquiry's terms of reference.

Telford and Wrekin Council's cabinet lead Lee Carter said: “Victims and survivors’ representatives have been involved in this appointment process and I am sure that everyone welcomes this major step for the inquiry."

Swan killed in 'deliberate' attack

BBC Shropshire

A swan has died after what a community group believe is an attack with a catapult or air rifle.

The swan, found with a wound to its neck at Holmer Lake, in Telford, on Saturday, is the third to die in six months.

Police are investigating and volunteers are appealing for information.

Facebook post
Friends of Holmer Lake

Nurse bids to swim length of the River Severn

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

A nurse from Shropshire has set off on a 220-mile swim along the length of the River Severn.

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Melissa Compton's journey started last week, but it's only in the last few days that the river has been deep enough to swim.

The journey to the estuary near Bristol is expected to take three weeks.

She's using the swim to raise money for a charity that helped pay for pioneering stem cell treatment.

You can see more of her story on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

Maternity unit shuts due to building problems

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital's midwife-led unit has closed for six months for births and post-natal care due to problems with an ageing building.

Copthorne building
PA

Inpatient services have been stopped after issues were found during a refurbishment, but home birth services will not be affected.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust said the age of the Copthorne building was responsible and some concerns were related to fire regulations.

Women who planned to give birth there can go to the Wrekin midwife-led unit or the consultant-led unit at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford.

Two treated for suspected stab wounds after attack

Police are investigating an assault on two men in Telford on Saturday afternoon.

The men, in their 30s, were attacked near the supermarket on Burford in Brookside, said West Mercia Police.

They were treated for suspected stab wounds, which officers say are not thought to be life-threatening.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery- a 23-year old from Shrewsbury and a 21-year old and a 17-year old from Brookside.

Call for more to be done to tackle empty homes

There's been a call for Shropshire Council to do more to tackle the estimated 1,700 empty homes in its area.

Liberal Democrat councillor Roger Evans said one home in his Longden ward had been vacant for more than 25 years.

He said a council group, set up four years ago to address the issue, had done nothing, and it was "getting beyond a joke".

Severe weather warnings issued

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption to parts of the West Midlands later.

Some areas could see a month's worth of rainfall in a single day, with wet weather to last well into the week.

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The first of four severe weather warnings is set to affect parts of Warwickshire and Staffordshire, with heavy rain also expected to sweep through Birmingham and the Black Country, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire through Monday.

Areas most affected could see local flooding and disruption to transport.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and wet day with heavy rain spreading through the area and highs of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There will be some heavy and potentially thundery showers into the evening with high winds and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Heavy rain and thunderstorms likely to disrupt travel

Parts of the West Midlands are already seeing heavy rain showers, but it's set to get worse.

A Met Office is warning is in place for most of the West Midlands until 23:00, with Warwickshire and Worcestershire expected to face the worse of the weather.

Some flooding of homes and businesses is likely, the Met Office said, with spray and flooding on roads likely to disrupt travel.

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Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at 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

Town to get new medical practice

A business plan for a new medical practice in Shifnal has been approved and construction could start early next year, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has said.

It will be built on the new Haughton Road housing estate, and the CCG said it could be ready to open in early 2021.

Design for medical practice
Shropshire CCG

If planning permission is granted the building will have 11 consulting rooms, plus more for treatment, counselling and interviews, as well as spaces for 58 cars outside.