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Summary

  1. Two in hospital after chemical leak
  2. First Telford council homes built
  3. Shrewsbury Folk Fest under way
  4. Updates from Friday 26 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Alex Seftel

All times stated are UK

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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 Tuesday, after the bank holiday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning. 

  2. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Preparing for the bank holiday getaway

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's the great bank holiday getaway and for once it's looking good. 

    Things were running smoothly at Birmingham Airport this morning, despite a record number of passengers. 

    Montage of getaway shots

    And on the roads, there's encouraging news at some of the West Midland's main bottlenecks. 

    Will it last? I'll have the latest on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Watch: Carding Mill Valley from the air

    BBC Midlands Today

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    Video caption: BBC Midlands Today's Midlands from the Air series visits the south Shropshire hills

    BBC Midlands Today's Midlands from the Air series has turned the spotlight on Carding Mill Valley in south Shropshire.Drone cameraman Joe Barrett and weather presenter Rebecca Wood visited the hills at Church Stretton to see how the National Trust is attracting wildlife back. 

    Find out more from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Telford Tigers getting ready for ice hockey return

    Telford Tigers face a friendly against Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend as the countdown to the English Premier League season continues.

    They've had two training sessions a day during pre-season, and are expecting a tough test against the Buckinghamshire side, which they expect to challenge for silverware this year.

    Telford Tigers

    Tigers coach Tom Watkins has been impressed with his squad’s efforts during those opening sessions, and expects more of the same this weekend.  

    Quote Message: The guys are of course tired and a little sore in places, but you have got to expect that. They’ve had a great attitude to what has been a very tough week." from Tom Watkins Coach, Telford Tigers Ice Hockey Club
    Tom WatkinsCoach, Telford Tigers Ice Hockey Club
  5. Lib Dems select candidates in case of a general election

    A member of Shropshire Council has been selected to fight the next general election for the Liberal Democrats in the Shrewsbury and Atcham seat, currently held by Daniel Kawczynski. 

    Councillor Hannah Fraser's selection has been made in case there happens to be a general election before the spring. 

    Tom Thornhill

    Meanwhile, 21-year-old Tom Thornhill (above), who ran against Owen Paterson last year, has been selected for the Lib Dems in North Shropshire.

  6. Six inhale fumes after ammonia leak at Shropshire abattoir

    Shropshire Star

    Six people were treated by paramedics after an ammonia leak at an abattoir in Shropshire today.

    Ambulances
  7. Watch: Weather forecast - a damp weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    This evening will be dry with some good sunny spells.

    Tomorrow, after a dry morning, outbreaks of rain will affect us during the afternoon. The rain will become heavy and prolonged at times, with a risk of thunder. 

    Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend update
  8. Headlines: Two in hospital due to chemical fumes; heavy traffic as folk festival opens

    Alex Seftel

    BBC Local Live

    As we head into the evening, these are the the main news stories in Shropshire:

    - Two people in hospital after ammonia leak at Hordley meat processing factory

    - Congestion around Shrewsbury town centre as hundreds head to the Folk Festival

    - Classic car restoration business passed over to its 60 employees.

  9. Pair in hospital after chemical leak at Shropshire food firm

    Two people are being treated in hospital after inhaling ammonia fumes at a meat processing plant near Ellesmere.

    It comes after a fridge unit burst at the ABP Food Group site in Hordley this morning, allowing the chemical to leak.

    ABP Food Group

    A man and a woman have since been taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital suffering with throat irritation.

  10. Congestion as traffic heads to Shrewsbury Folk Festival

    BBC Travel

    The Shrewsbury Folk Festival means there's heavier traffic than usual on Smithfield Road. 

    It's particularly busy near the A488 Mardol Quay junction. 

  11. Shrewsbury Folk Festival gets under way

    Shrewsbury's Folk Festival is one of many bank holiday activities happening across the county this weekend, including Ellesmere Rocks and the Jackfield Sunflower Festival.

    It's also the event's 20th year this year, and it seems the celebratory mood has hit the West Midlands Showground already.

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  12. Your photos: Myddle and Telford

    It looks a lovely day across Shropshire as these views of Myddle (top) and Telford from regular BBC Weather Watchers Len Ticular and Raj's Range show.

    We'd love to feature your photos - email them, tweet us on @bbcshropshire or message via Facebook.

    Myddle
    Telford
  13. Weekend rain: Bad news, good news

    The bad news is there's going to be heavy rain this weekend, according to the Met Office - the good news is there's a low risk of surface flooding.

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  14. Striker wants more goals to add to Shrewsbury's first of the season

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town's first league goal of the season against Chesterfield last week has been awarded to striker Ivan Toney. 

    Ivan Toney

    Junior Brown claimed it at the time, but the club now recognises that Toney got the final touch, and he wants to use it as the springboard for more.

  15. Housing firm pledges to take 'prompt action' over mouldy Shrewsbury flats

    Severnside Housing says it will take "prompt action" to sort any issues staff find in flats in the Meole area of Shrewsbury.

    Both the local MP Daniel Kawczynski, and councillor Nic Laurens have raised concerns about the property pictured below, which is used as social housing.

    Mould on the walls of a Shrewsbury flat

    The tenant living in the flat, Shireen Walker says there have been problems with mould and damp for several years.

    The company says it will carry out an inspection within the next week, but is happy to visit sooner. 

  16. Accident causing delays exiting M54

    BBC Travel

    Traffic is slow coming off the M54, heading southbound onto the M6.

    It follows an accident involving a car and a lorry.

  17. CCTV images released after attempted robbery at Bridgnorth bar

    Shropshire Star

    Two men tried to steal spirits from a Bridgnorth bar and then knocked the spectacles off a member of staff when he confronted them.

    CCTV images
  18. Headlines: Chemical leak leaves two in hospital; Telford and Wrekin council homes complete

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

    - Two people in hospital after inhaling chemical fumes at an abattoir near Ellesmere

    - First Telford homes built by council in Randlay

    - Housing firm responds to calls to demolish mouldy flat in Shrewsbury

  19. Weather: Plenty of sunshine to enjoy

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    It's a warm afternoon with blue skies.

    We have highs of 21C (70F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend update
  20. University Centre Shrewsbury expecting near 200 students

    Preparations are under way for the arrival of University Centre Shrewsbury's second intake of undergraduates next month.

    Just over 80 have filled places for next year, more than double the number enrolled at the same time last year. 

    University Centre Shrewsbury

    Applications are still expected through the clearing process - and with postgraduate places also available - it's expected that the total student community will be close to 200.