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First food parcels delivered to vulnerable people

The first food parcels for vulnerable people have been delivered this week.

Telford and Wrekin Council said it had supplemented them with items such as tea, coffee, jam, tinned food, butter and eggs and is taking them to 66 residents in the borough.

Food parcels
Telford and Wrekin Council

All the recipients were identified through the government’s Shielding Communities initiative.

But the council said people in Telford who are self-isolating and who have no-one to support them should register online or phone 01952 382030.

Reports of young people gathering investigated

Reports of young people gathering, despite the lockdown, are being investigated by police in Shropshire.

This morning, ground staff at the Oldbury Wells School extinguished the remains of a small fire that was left unattended and a group of people were seen leaving the wooded area last night.

Camp fire
West Mercia Police
Camp fire
West Mercia Police

Police in Shrewsbury have also appealed to young people to remain at home and the force said it would be patrolling known meeting places and "anyone found will be dealt with".

Chance of showers ahead

BBC Weather

Staying mostly cloudy tonight with the chance of the odd shower in places but most areas will remain largely dry. Low: 5C/41F.

Blossom in Bromsgrove
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Another cloudy day's in prospect tomorrow with more showers coming in at times from the west. High: 12C/54F.

Keep up-to-date with the weather where you live by going to the BBC Weather website.

Railway raises £100k in just two weeks

An emergency appeal by the Seven Valley Railway to help it survive the coronavirus outbreak has raised more than £100,000 in just two weeks.

The heritage railway has completely closed because of the pandemic and it's trying to raise £250,000 to make up for the loss of income.

Severn Valley Railway
BBC

The closure comes shortly after part of the line, which runs between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, had to be closed for repairs following the severe floods earlier this year.

Livestock markets continue during pandemic

Livestock auctions in Shropshire are still going ahead but with rules to keep people separated.

Sellers at the markets in Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Bishop's Castle are being told to stay in their cars, while the buyers in the ring are asked to keep their distance from one another.

Cow at market
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The managing director of Barbers Auctions, Bernie Hutchinson, said "it's by no means easy" and that it was difficult to know the value of animals in these uncertain times.

But he added: "We want to play that essential part in the food chain."