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  1. Wet weather greets thousands attending the V Festival
  2. Liverpool man appears in court charged with Meole Brace murder
  3. Family of missing farmer 'overwhelmed' by offers of help with harvest
  4. Shropshire wildlife trust given £1m to teach conservation skills to young people
  5. Updates on Friday 19 August 2016

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By Andy Giddings

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

  2. Weather: A dry night ahead, but more rain to come

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast a dry end to the day, but there is more rain to come tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast
  3. Football: Telford striker wants ruthless streak

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford striker Dave Hibbert says the Bucks need to be ruthless in their efforts to turn decent performances into victories.

    They got their first win of the season against Stalybridge on Tuesday and travel to Curzon Ashton tomorrow.

    Dave Hibbert

    But having still only taken four points form their opening four games, there is room for improvement.

    Quote Message: It's about being more ruthless at the back as well as in front of goal." from Dave Hibbert AFC Telford United
    Dave HibbertAFC Telford United
  4. Soldier and his brother sentenced for Wellington street brawl

    Telford Journal

    Two brothers - one of whom is a serving soldier - were involved in a brawl outside a pub which left three people injured.

  5. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Ice baby survives and soggy start to V Festival

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening - we've got a great story of a baby girl whose heart stopped beating for eight minutes, who has made a full recovery after being "frozen" for three days.  

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    Video caption: Baby girl whose heart stopped saved by 'fridge suit'

    We'll also be at what's proved to be a soggy start to V Festival in Staffordshire as thousands of people turned up in wet and windy conditions. 

    Both those stories and much more from 18:30 on BBC One.

  6. Travel: Slow moving traffic remains around Weston Park

    BBC Travel

    The traffic around Weston Park looks better this evening than it did first thing this morning, but with more people still arriving for the V Festival, it's not over yet.

    And there is still a warning of slow-moving traffic on the A41, near Tong.

  7. V Festival: Rhianna and Justin Bieber headlining

    BBC Newsbeat

    This weekend's V Festival at Weston Park will be headlined by Rhianna on Saturday and Justin Bieber on Sunday.

    Bieber has already said he's planning the "biggest stage production" in V's 21-year history - one part will see 800 gallons of purified, 40C water soak the star at the front of the stage.

    The mind boggles.

    Justin Bieber

    Other performers this weekend who will perform at both the festival's Weston Park site and Hylands Park, Chelmsford include Jess Glynne, Little Mix, David Guetta, Kaiser Chiefs, Travis, Rita Ora and Faithless.

  8. Wildlife Trust gets £1m to teach young people about conservation

    Shropshire Wildlife Trust is getting £1m from a National Lottery fund to pay for projects designed to teach young people about the environment and help them get jobs in the field.

    It is one of 31 schemes around the country to get one of these grants and young people in the county will be encouraged to get involved in conservation work, starting in the Oswestry and Ellesmere areas next month.


    The courses will teach skills such as hedge-laying, wildlife identification and how to clear plants out of ponds.

  9. Headlines: Thousands arrive for V Festival; man in court over murder; wildlife trust gets £1m to teach skills

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Our headlines this evening:

    - Thousands arrive for V Festival at Weston Park

    - Man appears in court charged with Meole Brace murder

    - Shropshire Wildlife Trust gets £1m to teach conservation skills

  10. American Football: Shropshire Revolution in play-off action

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire Revolution travel to Yorkshire to face the Leeds Bobcats in the playoffs this weekend.

    It's only the fourth time they've made it into the post-season and after the disappointment of last season's relegation it's a chance to prove a point.

    Revolution players

    Their opponents narrowly beat the Chester Romans to the NFC II title, finishing with a 9-1 record, so the Revolution will know they're in for a tough game.

  11. Met Office warns of high winds tomorrow

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    The Met Office is warning of "unseasonably strong winds" and blustery showers tomorrow.

    It says there could be gusts of up to 50 mph (80kph) and possible disruption to traffic and outdoor activities.

    Hope all those tents at the V Festival are well-secured.

  12. Shropshire's entry in Robot Wars packs a punch

    Shropshire's entry in the new series of Robot Wars carries a weapon which claims to pack more power than a sniper's bullet.

    Pulsar has been built by Ellis Ware and his parents, Peter and Tara, and is armoured with 8mm (0.3 inch) thick steel plates.


    Its main weapon is a flywheel which spins at 9000rpm (220mph) and can toss opponents into the air. It also contains parts produced on a 3D printer.

  13. Watch: V Festival organiser confident of putting on a show

    Nicola Beckford

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    It's been a damp start to the V Festival weekend and more rain is forecast for tomorrow, but the organisers are in a confident mood.

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    Video caption: The V Festival organisers are confident of putting on a show despite the wet weather
  14. Footballer: Lee Fowler leaves AFC Telford United

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Lee Fowler has left AFC Telford United after he and the club agreed to cancel his contract.

    Fowler was substituted at Tamworth last week and criticised by manager Rob Smith.

    Lee Fowler
  15. V Festival weather forecast from Met Office

    For everyone heading to or already at V Festival at Weston Park this weekend, the Met Office have come up with a local forecast for the site.

    (Whisper - it's not going to rain all the time).

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  16. BBC Shropshire mangel-wurzel experiment producing results

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Our experiment to try to grow mangel-wurzels is going well.

    They were a fashionable crop in the 17th and 18th centuries, but are rarely seen on a commercial scale these days.

    We've been growing them with the help of Ellesmere farmer Stephen Jones and this is what they looked like in June.

    Mangel wurzels

    And when I went to see them today, they were looking a lot bigger.

    Mangel wurzels
  17. Travel: Crash on M6

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed on the M6 northbound between J10 and J10a after a crash near the M54 turn-off.

    Not great news, particularly with V Festival traffic on the road.

  18. V Festival: People not being put off by wet weather

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    People arriving at Stafford Railway Station who are heading to Weston Park for this weekend's V Festival say the wet weather's not put them off.   

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    Video caption: V Festival goers not put off by wet weather.

    The forecast for the weekend at the site includes rain and showers. 

    Thousands are expected for the event which will be headlined by Rihanna and Justin Bieber. 

  19. Rio: Mysterious trophies, bikini wax ban and diving over the line

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    If you're anything like me, you're already looking forward to this weekend's Olympic action, especially those events involving local competitors such as Birchfield Harrier Matthew Hudson-Smith who is due to run in the men's 4x400m team relay on Saturday.

    Then there's a pair of West Midlanders for Team GB's women's hockey squad - who battle it out for gold in tonight's final.

    But what about the lesser-spotted oddities of the Games?

    BBC News takes a look at the quirkier side of competition, from "bored-looking" lifeguards overseeing green pools to a ban on "toilet fishing". And if that's not enough, take a look at the headline above- talk about a close shave, or not, as the case may be.

    Bahamas's Shaunae Miller diving to cross the finish line to win the Women's 400m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  20. Headlines: Man in court over Meole Brace murder; police biker hurt; stormy weather warning

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

    - Liverpool man appears in court charged with Meole Brace murder

    - Police biker hurt in crash near V Festival

    - Weekend weather warning