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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.

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
SATH

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.

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.

Smashed window on ambulance
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.

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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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.

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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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
SATH

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.

BreakingThunderstorms set to bring travel disruption

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

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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".

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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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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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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.

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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".

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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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:

Rich Davis

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

Charity finds microplastics in rivers

A survey of 13 UK rivers including the River Severn and the River Wye has found they all contain tiny pieces of plastic known as microplastics.

In one hour, researchers from Greenpeace found 42 pieces of plastic measuring less than 5mm were in the Severn and 10 in the Wye.

River Severn
BBC

The microplastics ranged from fragments of straws and bottles to tiny microbeads, which are now banned.

The charity is calling for the Government to introduce "bold" new plastic reduction targets and create an independent watchdog with powers to enforce them.

Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any overnight rain should soon clear away and we're set for a dry, sunny day:

Rich Davis

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

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

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Outgoing hospital chief has 'decided not to take up' new job

The man in charge of hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford has "decided not to take up a position" in Nottinghamshire when he leaves the role next month, a hospital trust has confirmed.

Simon Wright announced he was leaving the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH) a fortnight ago, saying he was taking up a new role leading health and social care in the East Midlands.

Simon Wright
SATH

Mr Wright's decision to leave came after months of criticism of SaTH, which was put in special measures in November due to concerns about maternity and emergency services.

SaTH's chairman Ben Reid said the trust remains on course to have alternative plans in place for when Mr Wright departs.

We understand that Simon has decided not to take up a position at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS and will now be taking some time to consider what to do next. I would like to again thank Simon for his contribution to SaTH in his time as chief executive and wish him well in the future. We continue to work to have interim arrangements in place by 22 July."

Ben ReidChairman of SaTH

Schools 'aren't setting out to exclude pupils'

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council says there isn't a link between the increase in the number of academy-run secondary schools and the increase in the number of pupil exclusions in the last couple of years.

The majority of those secondary schools are now academy-run, meaning the local authority has less say in how they are run, but the council said it had a "long standing very positive relationship" with the headteachers.

Shropshire Council
BBC

Some parents have suggested Shropshire schools are choosing to expel pupils to maintain their reputation, but Conservative councillor Ed Potter, who is responsible for children's services said he didn't think any schools were "set out to exclude people".

He added: "We are seeing young people with more and more complex needs and a combination of complex needs."

MP's council merger plans suffer blow

BBC Shropshire

The government says they would only consider a merger of Shropshire's two councils if they both submitted a proposal.

The Shrewsbury and Atcham MP, Daniel Kawczynski, had written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, after tweeting to say he was looking for an "iron-clad business case to government for the abolition of Telford Council".

Daniel Kawczynski
BBC

Talk of a merger has been rejected by the leaders of both Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council, and the two MPs representing Telford, Mark Pritchard and Lucy Allan.

Ambulance delays due to 'annual maintenance'

BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.

Ambulance
BBC

The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".

It said improvements had been made today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.

Number of excluded pupils rises

BBC Shropshire

The number of children permanently excluded from Shropshire schools has taken a big jump in the last two academic years.

Between 2014-15 and 2016-17 it ranged between 37 and 46 a year, but last year the figure was up to 70 and another 72 have been expelled so far this academic year.

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The majority of those excluded children were secondary school children, but they also included between nine and 14 primary school children in each year.

It has led to an increase in the number of pupils being taught at home, online.

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

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Call for better social care funding

Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski has called on the government to better fund adult social care in rural counties.

The Conservative MP said Shropshire, like many other rural areas had an elderly population "growing at a disproportionate rate to the rest of the country", increasing the local council's social care costs.

Daniel Kawczynski
Parliament TV

In response, James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, said extra funding had recently been provided, while the state of social care in rural areas, would also be looked at as part of the government's wider fairer funding review.

Scam warning over council tax refund texts

People who get texts saying they're due a refund in their council tax are being warned it's a scam.

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Several councils in the West Midlands, including South Staffordshire and Shropshire Council, said they had received reports of the messages.

They said they'd never text about such a refund and would always write instead.

Flooding likely as weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.

A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.

Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some showery rain this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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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.

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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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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

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