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  1. Detectives call for dash-cam footage after fatal stabbing
  2. Council leader backs neighbouring authority on fairer funding
  3. Hospitals among best at referring organ donors
  4. Updates on Friday 5 August

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By Carlie Swain

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That's it for today's updates.

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: The all important weekend forecast

BBC Weather

Not a bad weekend ahead, the sun's coming out and it's staying warm. Rebecca has the details. 

Weather for the West Midlands

Football season is back

BBC Sport

So while the summer has been filled with plenty of sport - Wimbledon, Euro 2016, cricket and now the Olympics, the wait for league football is finally over. 

The football league season swings into action tonight and we'll be following our Shropshire teams every step of the way.


Join Shropshire United for all the build up of Shrewsbury v MK Dons and AFC Telford United v AFC Fylde from 14:00 on BBC Radio Shropshire

Badgers may not spread TB to cattle through direct contact

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Badgers may not transmit TB to cattle by direct contact, according to new research.

A study suggests that cows contract the disease by coming into contact with infected faeces and urine in pasture.


The scientists involved suggest that advice given to farmers to control the spread of the disease may need to be reassessed.

The research has been published in Ecology Letters.

Football: Mellon has sights set on strikers

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon says he has a couple of strikers in his sights after being left light up front with Tyrone Barnett's departure this week to Wimbledon. 

The Town manager knows he can't break the bank - but he's tracking two good players who'd make an impact at the Town.

Mickey Mellon
Getty Images

We will look for impact and with a couple of ideas we want to pursue we'll know very quickly whether we'll get them over the line."

Mickey MellonManager, STFC

Headlines: Telford and Wrekin Council leader gets backing; fundraising bid to keep 'historic' china

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Shropshire Council leader backs neighbouring authority on fairer funding bid

- A house hit by a lorry has been demolished due to a "high risk" to the public

- Coalport China Museum hopes to raise more than £60k to keep hold of some of its most important pieces

How does rent compare in the county?

In Shropshire, the median annual gross salary is £25,574, leaving £1,713 a month after tax and National Insurance contributions. Experts recommend spending no more than 30% of this on housing, which would be £514.

An average studio flat costs £327 a month. A similar one-bedroom property costs about £430 a month, while a two-bedroom home is about £530.

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In Telford and Wrekin, the median annual gross salary is £24,149, leaving £1,632 a month after tax and National Insurance contributions. Experts recommend spending no more than 30% of this on housing, which would be £490.

An average studio flat costs £336 a month. A one-bedroom property costs about £441 a month while a two-bedroom home is about £542.

'Sky-high' rental hotspots across England revealed

People spend more than a third of their disposable income on rent across large parts of England, a BBC investigation has found.

Analysis shows the average rent of a one-bedroom property in almost half of all districts, boroughs and cities would cost more than 30% of the median take-home salary for the area.

Where is it most expensive to rent a home?

Artist works to change attitudes surrounding disability in Rio

Kate Tebby

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics is just hours away, but aside from that the Games aspire to be much more. 

And there's one dimension to the Rio Olympics that an artist has been working hard on over the last three years. 

Zoe Partington (pictured right) from Cleobury Mortimer is partially sighted, and as a disabled artist she's been travelling to Rio since 2013 to change attitudes about disability and disabled artists.  

Barbara Lisicki (left) Zoe Partington (right)
Ana Branco

Hear more from Zoe on Saturday Breakfast with Eric Smith tomorrow from 06:00

Weather Watchers: Can you see me?

BBC Weather Watchers

The cows are certainly making most of the warm conditions across Shropshire today. 

Thanks to Weather Watcher Betton Bear for this snap of what's going on in Norton in Hales. 

Norton in Hales
Betton Bear

Football: Telford defender say he's lucky to still be playing

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United's Dan Preston has revealed he's lucky to be playing after a footballing injury nearly left him paralysed.

Dan Preston
Mike Sheridan

Preston has rejoined the Bucks three years after leaving to join Tamworth. But shortly after his move he suffered a fractured skull in a game against Leamington, leaving him with a blood clot on the brain. 

He's now made a full recovery but admits he's lucky to be playing. 

Travel: Delays around Shrewsbury and Oswestry

BBC Travel

On the A5 around Shrewsbury traffic is slow after two separate incidents. 

There are delays between the Dobbies Island and Edgebold Roundabout due to a broken down vehicle. 

Meanwhile, one lane is closed on the Westbound A5 before the Preston Island due to a broken down vehicle. 

And the A483 is blocked in both directions at the Mile End Roundabout in Oswestry due to an accident. 

You can find all the latest travel news here.

Football: Halstead signs new one-year deal

Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Mark Halstead has signed a new contract to stay at the club for an extra year.

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BMX event arrives in Telford

The final two rounds of the British BMX series are being staged at Dawley in Telford for the first time - today and over the weekend. 

Practice starts at 16:00 this afternoon with racing getting under way at 12:00 tomorrow. 

The racers are aged from five to 56.

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Latest headlines: Dash-cam appeal in Shrewsbury murder inquiry; house hit by lorry is demolished

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are the stories we're looking at this afternoon: 

- Detectives investigating fatal stabbing believe drivers may have filmed vital footage

- Hinstock lorry crash house demolished

- Shropshire Council leader backs neighbouring authority in fairer funding bid

Telford rugby player describes overcoming disability

Zac Presland from Telford has Down's syndrome and moderate learning difficulties, but that hasn't stopped him from getting stuck into playing rugby.

The 22-year-old has written a blog about playing for the Shropshire Stags team, which trains in Bishop's Castle. 

Zac Presland

The aim is to enable disabled players like me to take part fully in a game of rugby. It makes me feel really happy to now have new friends who value me."

Zac PreslandRugby player

Council leader backs neighbouring authority on fairer funding

The leader of Shropshire Council, Malcolm Pate, has given his support to Shaun Davies, leader of Telford and Wrekin Council in his "fairer funding" bid. 

Mr Davies says they're losing out on £12m every year and he wants the regions two MPs to help him lobby ministers to ask for more.

Mr Pate says by the same calculation Shropshire Council's shortfall is £35m per year between the authority and the average council. 

Malcolm Pate
Shropshire Council

If the government were to adjust funding to the average this would more than solve all of our financial difficulties in Shropshire, and take the pressure off services that are not having to be so drastically cut back in other parts of England."

Malcolm PateLeader, Shropshire Council

Watch: Your questions to the BBC Shropshire sports team

BBC Sport

You can join the BBC Shropshire sports team every Friday at 12:30 for a Facebook live chat ahead of the weekend's local fixtures. 

Today's questions focused heavily on new signings and our commentary team were pushed on how well Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United will do this season. 

BBC Shropshire sports team talk new signings

Residents moved out of Newport retirement home hit by car

Shropshire Star

Residents have been moved out of 18 apartments at a retirement home in Newport because of damage caused by an out-of-control car that smashed through railings and into the building.

Shropshire Star

Hinstock lorry crash house demolished

Here's the scene at Hinstock where a Grade II building has been demolished.

A lorry crashed into the home on the A41 at Shakeford on 26 July. 

Shropshire Council said the decision to remove the whole building had been made because it continued "to pose a serious risk" to the public and contractors.  

Lorry house
Lorry house

Charity walkers preparing for 'jurassic hike'

The slightly unnerving dinosaur's head you can see forms part of a 200kg sculpture of a T Rex dinosaur. 

It's going to be carried up to the summit of Mount Snowdon later this month. 

Ben Knowles, Jay Moore and their dinosaur head

Ben Knowles from the British Ironworks Centre and Jay Moore from Oswestry Cambrian Rotary are among those who'll be carrying it up the mountain to raise money for the children's charity Hope House.

Headlines: Police seek dash-cam footage after fatal stabbing; council leader backs neighbouring authority

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Appeals continue after teenage stab attack victim dies

- Shropshire Council leader supports Shaun Davies in his bid to get a 'fairer funding' deal for Telford & Wrekin

- Shropshire museum launches a fundraising effort to keep hold of locally made porcelain

Travel: Delays on A5 after crash

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow on the A5 southbound between Oswestry and Nesscliffe after a four-car crash. 

Recovery work is under way. 

Museum launches fundraising bid to keep china

Coalport China Museum is trying to raise more than £60k to keep hold of some important pieces of locally made china. 

They've been on loan to the museum for 30 years, but the owner is now selling up.

They include a a large blue and gold vase (top) and a Loving Cup, featuring pictures of the Forest Glen, (bottom). 

Coalport China Company Northumberland Vase
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Coalport China Company Northumberland Vase
Pilkington Collection Coalport Loving Cup
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Pilkington Collection Coalport Loving Cup

Weather: Sunny spells and light winds

BBC Weather

Staying fine and dry today and feeling warm. Sara has the forecast.

Weather for the West Midlands

Football: Put your questions to the BBC Shropshire sport team

BBC Sport

Starting this lunchtime, you can join the BBC Shropshire sports team for a preview of the weekend's football fixtures. 

The team will be answering your questions during a Facebook live session from 12:30.

Got a question for the team? You can email, or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter

Shropshire United team Adam, Nick and James

Watch: Presenter Eric Smith tries out the didgeridoo

Eric Smith

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

On tomorrow's Breakfast Show you'll meet Chris Thorn. 

He's a didgeridoo player who'll be trying to beat his record of playing the instrument for six hours tomorrow at the Maws Craft Centre in Ironbridge.

I just about managed six seconds!

Presenter Eric Smith has a go at the didgeridoo

RAF torch relay heading through Shropshire

An Olympic-style torch relay will be making its way through the county today. 

It's to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps.

RAF Squadron Leader John Feast

The torch is visiting RAF Shawbury and RAF Cosford later as part of its national tour.

Your pictures: Cloudy skies for Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a mix of sunny spells and cloud over the county yesterday. As captured in Hoptonheath (top) and Ludlow (bottom) by our BBC Weather Watchers.

Hopton Karen

Headlines: Appeals continue after stab attack victim dies; torch relay celebrates Air Training Corps anniversary

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Police appeal for dash-cam footage after fatal stabbing in Shrewsbury

- Shropshire's hospitals among best at finding organ donors

- RAF torch relay heading through the county

Could steam trains return to Ironbridge?

Shropshire Star

Steam trains could once again be rolling through Shropshire’s World Heritage Site. Councillors are supporting a plan that could see a heritage railway come to Ironbridge.

Steam train along the Ironbridge Gorge
Shropshire Star

Shropshire's hospitals among best at finding organ donors

The trust that runs Shropshire's two main hospitals is among the best in the country at referring would-be organ donors.

Last year, every potential donor was referred for consideration by medics - the best figures in the Midlands. 

Organ donor card
Science Photo Library

Not all of the patients or their families consent for donation, but due to the efforts of our staff, 25 additional transplants were carried out last year."

Dr Rob LawShrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust

Weather: Mostly fine and dry

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Expect sunny spells and light winds today.

We have highs of 22C (72F).  

Weather for the West Midlands.

Swimmer going for gold in Rio

The former Ellesmere swimming coach Chris Walker-Hebborn says he thought about quitting the sport after a disappointing time at London 2012. 

The backstroke specialist is going for individual and GB team glory in Rio. 

Chris Walker-Hebborn
Getty Images

Walker-Hebborn says overcoming adversity has made him stronger.  

It might've taken three years to come out of a lull for me, but I have a few runes to my name now, so I'm glad I stuck it out."

Detectives looking for footage following Shrewsbury murder

Police investigating the murder of a teenager in Shrewsbury on Monday evening are appealing for people who may have video footage from dashboard cameras. 

A 16-year-old boy, who has not been named, died from his injuries yesterday.

Police on the Meole estate

Headlines: Detectives appeal for camera footage after stabbing; hospitals among best at finding organ donors

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Here are some of our top stories this morning:

- Officers investigating the fatal stabbing of a Shrewsbury teenager want to hear from drivers in the area with dash-cams

- Shropshire's hospitals among the country's best at referring people for organ donation

- Telford to host British BMX series for the first time today  

Diversion in place of the A41 at Hinstock

BBC Travel

A reminder that the A41 is still shut at Hinstock. 

There's a diversion route of more than 25 miles long via the A53.

Welcome to BBC Shropshire Local Live

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

Good morning. This is your place for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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