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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).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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).

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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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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

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

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 ).

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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

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.

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).

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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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Weather warning extended

A weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms has been extended across much of the the West Midlands.

Weather warning picture
Met Office

Some flooding is likely with wet roads set to affect travel, said the Met Office.

The yellow warning is in place from 14:00 to 23:00.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start, rain will move in from the south - some of it heavy at times - with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a mainly dry night with clear spells before rain moves in with lows of 7C (45F).

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Veteran recalls D-Day landings at memorial

A 95-year-old D-Day veteran has been speaking in Bayeux, where commemorations are taking place to mark the 75th anniversary of the landings.

Frank Baugh described how he was a signalman on a landing craft that took 200 troops from 2nd Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry to Sword beach.

He said: "My most abiding memory of that day is of seeing our boys. We had been talking to them minutes before they were cut down with machine gun fire."

Frank Baugh

He continued: "They would fall into the water, floating face down, and we couldn't get them out. We couldn't help them and that is my most abiding memory and I can't forget it."

After the Lara show at Edgbaston

Durham 556-8 dec, Warwickshire 810-4 dec (Lara 501*)

Apart from the privilege of being there 25 years ago today to see Brian Lara make his record 501, BBC Sport's Pat Murphy also remembers well all the post-match palaver.

"Two things stand out in the post-match frenzy," said Murphy, "A chaotic press conference, led off by yours truly, with hundreds of fans pressing their noses and ears against the dining-room window pane.

"And the sheer fatigue on Lara's face. Somehow, he allowed the club's marketing department to drag him over to the other side of the ground to have endless photographs taken alongside the scoreboard.

Brian Lara's record-breaking boundary
Rex Features

"And then he still had the good manners to sign many scorecards specially printed, with the final score, before leaving Edgbaston.

"Then he had to travel down to South London, to prepare for a crucial Benson and Hedges Cup semi-final against Surrey, starting at 10.30 the following morning.

"Lara's 70 that day, against a strong Surrey attack, to book a place in the final, was his greatest innings of a remarkable summer, given the events of 6th June and what they must have taken out of him."

BBC's Pat Murphy on Brian Lara's 501

Durham 556-8 dec, Warwickshire 810-4 dec (Lara 501*)

Long-serving BBC reporter Pat Murphy has been looking after sport in the Midlands for longer than he perhaps cares to remember - as well as covering England's cricket team, initially for Radio 2, before sport was transferred to Radio 5 Live.

He has recently taken a lot of time and trouble to chronicle the events of Warwickshire's Brian Lara-inspired treble-winning campaign of 1994 in a new book.

And, like many cricket fans, he can remember where he was the day Lara got his 501.

At Edgbaston, of course. Although not to start with . . .

Pat Murphy, author of The Greatest Season
BBC Sport

"My cricket reporting day began at Trent Bridge, where England took just 90 minutes to wrap up a comfortable victory over New Zealand. But, after consulting with the Five Live sports desk, digesting the fact that Lara was 285 not out at lunch, I hotfooted it to Edgbaston.

"He was past his triple hundred by then, looking masterful, profiting from a very short boundary on the Members' Bar side. As a cricket nerd, I knew all about Archie MacLaren's 424 (the previous highest score in English cricket) and the only question was 'Would Warwickshire bat on so Lara could surpass that?

"A hurried visit to the Durham dressing-room confirmed that we were on the cusp of history as I consulted two of my best friends in the game.

"David Graveney was sheepishly watching, not bowling, having been injured in the Sunday League game a day earlier (when he had actually taken Lara's wicket).

"The director of cricket, Geoff Cook, confirmed there had been lunchtime discussions about a declaration. But Durham, lacking the injured Graveney and Mark Saxelby, knew they'd lose in a run chase if they set a target, so they were content to see out the day, accepting the draw. 'So you might see some history later', Cook told me.

"I rang my sports desk, told them the likely scenario and settled back to enjoy Lara's untroubled progress.

"By now, he could have batted with a toothpick, such was his command. I never had a doubt he'd pass MacLaren, then Hanif Mohammad's 499. Time was his only enemy."

NHS boss presided over 'catalogue of failings'

The departure of the chief executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has been raised in Parliament today with Telford MP Lucy Allan saying he had presided over a "catalogue of failings".

The hospital trust is currently in special measures over failings in the maternity and emergency departments, but the most vocal criticism has perhaps been regarding the planned reorganisation of hospital services.

Lucy Allan
Parliament TV

On Monday, Simon Wright said leaving had been a difficult decision, and, despite recent challenges "the foundations have been laid to build a better future".

He is leaving the hospital trust to take up another post at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System.

Speaking in Parliament, Telford MP Lucy Allan called for senior NHS management to be better held to account.

Despite these failings and formal complaints to [chair of NHS Improvement] Dido Harding and others and a series of calls for his dismissal, this CEO has apparently resigned of his own volition to take up another high paid job within the NHS."

Lucy AllanConservative MP for Telford

Tonight's weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We could see the odd spot of rain tonight in the West Midlands although it should be mainly dry.

Here's the full forecast for the night and tomorrow:

Rich Davis

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

Ex-hospital chief exec 'due to face vote of no-confidence'

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

A senior hospital consultant working in Telford has welcomed the resignation of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust chief executive, Simon Wright.

Staff members said an extraordinary meeting was due to take place on Monday, with plans to discuss a vote of no confidence in him.

Simon Wright

One member of staff said: "There’s an awful lot of staff who are hugely relieved that he’s going and they hope that someone new will look at the grassroots problems with the trust so we can care properly for patients.”

BT offices in the firing line

Earlier BT revealed plans to cut its number of offices in the UK from 300 to just 30 by 2023.

About 52,000 staff are believed to work in those offices, although the firm said no jobs would be lost.

While its base in Birmingham is secure, dozens more sites, including contact centres in West Bromwich and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as the firm's National Network Management Centre in Oswestry could be affected.

According to figures for 2017-18, released by BT Group, it directly employs 5,260 employees in the West Midlands - although not all based in offices.


Council 'not ready' to see 3,000 homes built near motorway

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for up to 3,000 new homes near the M54 at Tong have been put on hold for now by Shropshire Council.

It has decided not to put them forward for public consultation, as part of its development masterplan, but is going to ask for views on proposals to develop land at the former Ironbridge Power Station, Clive Barracks at Tern Hill and near RAF Cosford.


The council said it had been approached by authorities in the Black Country that were interested in homes being built near the M54, but its planning policy manager Adrian Cooper said: "We need to see that they have exhausted all areas in the Black Country and on the green belt before we put forward Shropshire land on their behalf."

If councillors agree when they meet next week, public consultation on the three other sites is expected begin in July.