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Summary

  1. Two die in crash and large part of A49 closed for the rest of the day
  2. Woman jailed for baby kidnap
  3. Services mark Battle of the Somme centenary
  4. Updates on Friday 1 July 2016

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

    A few showers will continue to feed in from the west this evening, before they gradually die away after midnight to a largely dry night with clear spells

    It will be a cool and fairly windy night. 

    Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F). 

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Somme centenary: Thousands pay tribute

    Cath Mackie

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of people across the Midlands have marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.  

    The campaign in France lasted five months with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone.

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    Video caption: Somme centenary: Thousands of people in the Midlands pay tribute

    There's more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Enterprise partnership wants to hear Brexit stories

    The Marches Growth Hub, is asking businesses to share their experiences, following the vote to leave the EU.

    It says it wants to hear from companies experiencing difficulties, but also from those which stand to benefit.

    Growth Hub
  5. Watch: People in Shropshire urged to back Wales tonight

    Nigel Dolman

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Wales play their biggest football match in decades tonight, when they face Belgium in the European Championship quarter finals.

    And with England out of the tournament, fans here in Shropshire are being encouraged to support Wales for a change.

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    Video caption: England fans in Shropshire urged to support Wales against Belgium tonight
  6. Cricket: Big crowd expected for fundraiser

    More than 700 spectators are expected at an exhibition match at Wrekin College next Thursday.

    Former test match cricketers Wasim Jaffer and Corey Collymore will be the biggest stars playing for an Invitational XI playing against a Shropshire side.

    Wrekin College cricket

    Cash raised from the match will go to Shropshire CCC and the charities it supports.

  7. Telford road maintenance jobs face cuts

    Telford Journal

    Road maintenance jobs in Telford & Wrekin are set to be axed. Roadworks and utility services contractor Amey Highways said funding cutbacks were to blame for seven posts being put at risk.

    Roadworks
  8. Watch: Children in Oswestry learn from Wallace and Gromit creators

    Sam Fleet

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The Marches Academy in Oswestry held its first ever Festival of Education today. 

    And Aardman Animations were one of the organisations there, running a workshop for the children.

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    Video caption: Aardman animations were one of the organisations running workshops in Oswestry today
  9. Headlines: Two die in crash; two year sentence for baby kidnapper; Shropshire remembers the Somme

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Man and woman die in crash which closes large part of the A49

    - Telford woman gets two years in jail for kidnapping baby

    - Shropshire commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

  10. American football: Revolution face tough task against Falcons

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    The Shropshire Revolution play their final home game of the season this weekend, against the unbeaten Leicester Falcons.

    Their opponents lead the NFC II South and have scored 320 points so far, conceding just 21.

    Revolution helmet

    A win for the Revolution would be a shock, so their game away to Staffordshire Surge on 17 July could be crucial, if they are to make the end-of-season playoffs.

  11. Hospitals explain how A&E might work in the future

    The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford have put together this simple table, to explain where people will be treated if accident and emergency departments are reorganised.

    NHS plan

    The NHS Trust running the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford says it would be better to have one main emergency centre in the county, but that will only affect people who are seriously injured.

    Those who currently walk into A&E with minor injuries will still be able to go to their nearest hospital and use what will be known as an "urgent care centre".

    The hospitals say there is "misunderstanding" about what the changes mean.

  12. Telford woman tracks down grandfather's resting place under the Somme

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Events have been taking place across the UK and further afield today to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

    Three years ago, a woman from Telford managed to track down the exact place her grandfather died on the same battlefield - believed to be a first.

    Normally, due to artillery fire and the chaotic nature of war, such a feat is impossible.

    However, miners such as William Arthur Lloyd often fought a clandestine war in cramped spaces.

    With the help of a team of archaeologists studying the La Boisselle tunnels below the Somme, Lesley Woodbridge retraced his steps to stand just feet from where he died - and where his body still lies.  

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    Video caption: WW1 soldier's tunnel grave found
  13. BreakingTwo people die after crash on A49

    Two people have died following a crash on the A49 near Condover this morning, the ambulance service has just confirmed.

    Both were travelling in a car that was involved in a collision with a lorry.

    The ambulance service said the car had suffered "significant damage" and the man and woman were in cardiac arrest.

    Bystanders had already started CPR before crews arrived to take over, but despite everyone's efforts, the pair were confirmed dead at the scene, a spokesperson said.

  14. No lorry ban likely for Ludford Bridge

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    It's looking unlikely that HGVs will be banned from Ludford Bridge in Ludlow. 

    A lorry damaged a section in February, but a meeting last night was told that banning them might cause problems elsewhere in the town. 

    Ludford Bridge

    But councils and the local chamber of commerce have agreed to work together to draw up emergency plans, in case something similar happens in the future.

    They will also look for supplies of suitable stone, for future repairs to masonry in the town.

  15. Headlines: Telford baby kidnapper jailed; main road closed by crash; Somme remembered

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Telford woman jailed for two years for kidnapping baby

    - Large part of A49 south of Shrewsbury closed because of crash

    - Shropshire commemorates 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

  16. BBC Weather Watchers: Stormy clouds over Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We're not forecast a lot of rain today, but there are some dark clouds covering the county.

    Here you can see photos taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Newport (top) and Ludlow (bottom).

    Newport
    Ludlow
  17. North Shropshire MP backs Leadsom

    The North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson, has thrown his support behind Andrea Leadsom in the Conservative leadership election.

    We now know which way all of our MPs are leaning.

    The MPs for Telford and the Wrekin, Lucy Allan and Mark Pritchard support Theresa May, the Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski backs Michael Gove and Philip Dunne announced on BBC Radio Shropshire this morning that he is behind Stephen Crabb.

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  18. Your photos: A poppy for Somme anniversary

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Every day we ask the BBC Weather Watchers to share their photos of the weather around the county and nothing could be more appropriate today than this picture taken near Norton.

    Poppy in field