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Summary

  1. Report says Spitfire had near-miss after Cosford air show
  2. Parents warned after attempt to abduct 11-year-old school-boy
  3. Shrewsbury maternity unit to partially close for a fortnight
  4. Updates on Friday 14 October

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By Andy Giddings

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New Meadow

Shrewsbury narrow down a shortlist of "four or five" managerial candidates and hope to make an appointment before Saturday.

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Midlands Sporting Unsung Hero

BBC Sport

The search is on to find the 2016 Midlands Sporting Unsung Hero. 

We're looking for those inspirational characters who get others into sport. 

Visit BBC Sport for details of how to nominate. The closing date is 23 October. 

Once Unsung Heroes from across the UK have been shortlisted, one will be chosen as the overall winner to be announced at the SPOTY awards in Birmingham.

Here's last year's winner, football coach Damien Lindsay from Northern Ireland.  

Nominate your Get Inspired Unsung Hero

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an overturned vehicle.

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Football

Erhun Oztumer scores direct from a corner as Walsall, who also had a player sent off, beat 10-man Shrewsbury.

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Ludlow Community Hospital

Maternity services are suspended at a hospital because of concerns about the condition of the building they are housed in.

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Charlie Adlard

Artist Charlie Adlard, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, is named the UK's second comics laureate.

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RAF Cosford Air Show

One of a small number of Spitfires still deemed airworthy almost crashed with another plane after an air show, it is revealed.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Some sunshine and showers tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to remain grey and overcast today, but we should see the weather get a bit more interesting tomorrow, with a mixture of sunshine and showers forecast.

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Football: TNS look to make it 11 wins out of 11

BBC Sport

The New Saints are returning to league action this weekend and are looking to make it 11 wins out of 11 in the Welsh Premier.

They host Llandudno FC at Park Hall tomorrow, with a 17:15 kick off.

Welsh Premier league table
BBC

Their opponents are on a run of three games without a defeat and are in fifth place in the table, but have scored just seven goals all season.

Eddie the Eagle to visit Madeley ski slope

Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards will be visiting the Madeley ski slope on 4 November.

A movie about his life was released earlier this year and he'll be joining young skiers from Madeley Academy before taking part in a question-and-answer session about his experiences.

Eddie the Eagle
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You might remember he was the only British competitor at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and came last in both events he took part in, but remains a national record holder for British ski jumping.

He will also be competing at ski jumping against visitors, on the Nintendo Wii.

BreakingTemporary suspension of services at Ludlow midwife-led unit

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has temporarily suspended all services at Ludlow Midwife-Led Unit (MLU) due to concerns about the condition of the building.

SaTH says it has written to expectant mothers, to make other arrangements, but doesn't know how long it will be out of action.

It says it is now carrying out investigations to see what needs to be done.

The decision to temporarily suspend services is not one we have taken lightly, but one we felt to be necessary and in the best interest of mums, babies and staff."

Simon WightChief Executive at SaTH

Llanymynech man wants wider Deepcut inquiry

A Llanymynech man, whose daughter took her own life at the Deepcut barracks in Surrey 21 years ago, wants a wider inquiry into the culture at the base back then.

Des James was speaking after the news today that a fresh inquest is going to be opened into the death of another soldier at the base - Private Sean Benton.

Des James
PA

A second inquest into Private Cheryl James's death earlier this year recorded a conclusion of suicide, but the coroner criticised a lack of training, structure and inappropriate sexual relationships in the camp. 

Mr James says he wants the MoD to look specifically into the way Deepcut "went out of control" between 1994 and 2002.

Headlines: Attempted abduction of 11-year-old; maternity unit to partially close for a fortnight; Spitfire near-miss

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this evening:

- Warning to parents after attempted abduction of 11-year-old on way home from school

- Shrewsbury maternity unit to partially close for a fortnight

- Spitfire had near-miss after RAF Cosford Air Show

Air show Spitfire had near-miss

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A Spitfire narrowly avoided hitting another aircraft after an appearance at the RAF Cosford Air Show, an official report has revealed.

The incident happened over Wolverhampton on 19 June and the UK Airprox Board, which monitors near misses, says the pilot was late in spotting a light aircraft ahead of him, which he missed by just 100ft (30m).  

Spitfire
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The pilot told investigators the risk of collision had been high and they found the light aircraft pilot had been unaware of the approaching Spitfire, which is one of only about 30 remaining in the UK that are still airworthy.

Ice hockey: Tigers players told to play to final buzzer

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers players are being told to keep their concentration right to the very end this weekend, after giving away a number of crucial last-minute goals in recent weeks.

They travel to Sheffield tomorrow, to play the Steeldogs, before hosting title-rivals Milton Keynes Lightning at the Telford Ice Rink on Sunday.

Warren Tait
Steve Brodie

The club says it is expecting its biggest crowd of the season against the Lightning.

We’ve been playing a lot of what I would call streaky hockey, where we’ll have a couple of good periods here and there. We had three good periods in Milton Keynes, but other than that it has been a strong finish and a slow start, or the other way round. It has to be a 60-minute performance every shift, every night."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

London Midland explains why leaves affect train services

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Some rail services in the Midlands have already been affected by leaves on the line, so London Midland has taken the opportunity to explain what the problem is.

It says the issue is not piles of leaves blocking the rails, it's the residue they leave behind, which coats the tracks and train-wheels with a hard, slippery substance.

Leaves
BBC

This makes braking difficult and London Midland compares it to braking on black ice.

It says millions of pounds are spent each year tackling the problem and that it has to advise its drivers to take it slowly.

Desert-runner and early female MP among literary fest highlights

The Wellington Festival continues this weekend, with a number of talks and exhibitions.

Among them is a question-and-answer session with Doug Richards, the West Midlands runner who has crossed the Sahara and Gobi deserts as well as the Arctic.

Doug Richards
BBC

There will also be a talk about Edith Picton Turbervill, the first female MP for the Wrekin and a celebration of the county's young writers.

Council issues advice to schools after attempted abduction

All schools in the Shropshire Council area have been warned about the attempted abduction of a boy in Weston Rhyn on Wednesday.

The authority said it had emailed them this morning and suggested pupils were given advice in assemblies on what to do if they are approached by a stranger.

Shropshire Council building
BBC

Shropshire Council says it has also advised schools to tell parents not to let their children walk to and from school by themselves.

Shropshire painting by prominent war cartoonist goes on display

A painting of a south Shropshire bridge by the war cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather is going on display, to accompany a local history talk in Shrewsbury.

Study for Teme is one of a number of paintings of the Clun area by Mr Bairnsfather, best known for his creation Old Bill.

Study for Teme
Bruce Bairnsfather

Keith Pybus, who is giving the talk, said Study for Teme has been out of the county since 1964. Last year he was given the painting as a present.

Attempt to abduct Shropshire schoolboy

More on that attempted abduction - Police say a man tried to persuade an 11-year-old boy to get into his car at Long Croft in Weston Rhyn on Wednesday afternoon. 

The boy was walking home after getting off a school bus, when a man in a black car called out and falsely claimed that he'd been asked to pick him up by the boy's mother.

Police jacket
BBC

The boy shouted "no" to the man and ran home and the car drove off in the direction of Trehowell Lane, officers say.  

Headlines: Maternity unit closure; police speed van tyre slashed; attempted child abduction

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this afternoon include:

- Shrewsbury maternity unit to partially close for a fortnight, with births moving to Telford

- Police speed van has tyre slashed

- Parents warned after attempted abduction of child on way home from school

First look at new Market Drayton community centre design

Market Drayton Advertiser

This is the first glimpse of how a proposed new community centre in Market Drayton will look.

Community centre
Shropshire Council

Football: Telford manager wants more aggressive approach

BBC Sport

The AFC Telford United manager, Rob Smith, says his side is becoming "a draw specialist" and is asking his players to get more bodies in the box.

They've drawn six out of their 13 league matches so far and sit 19th in the table, but Smith says they are "not a million miles away from winning games".

Rob Smith
Mike Sheridan

Telford play FC United of Manchester at home tomorrow and are asking fans to turn up in their numbers, to help the club through its financial difficulties.

Shrewsbury homes to be connected to new water pipes

People living in parts of Shrewsbury will be connected up to new water pipes next week.

Severn Trent has been replacing two miles (3km) of old pipes in the Roman Road area, at a cost of £2m, causing some disruption on surrounding roads.

Roadworks
Severn Trent Water

The next stage of the work will take place on Roman Road itself, near the junction of Ridgebourne Road, on Monday and will mean temporary traffic lights for a week, before the workmen move on to Longden Island during the half term.

BBC Weather Watchers: Help in identifying clouds over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It seems to be the time of year for lots of cloud and we're getting plenty featuring in photos sent in by BBC Weather Watchers.

But, how many different types of cloud could you identify?

The BBC has produced this handy guide, to help you tell the difference between a towering cumulus and a cirrostratus.

Clouds over Shrewsbury
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Shrewsbury maternity unit partially closed for a fortnight

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Some maternity services are being suspended at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital from this weekend, because of maintenance work. 

For the next fortnight, starting on Sunday women will have to go to the Princess Royal in Telford to give birth.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
BBC

Outpatient appointments and assessments in Shrewsbury will continue, while the work on the plant room is carried out, but there will be no hot water or heating.

Attempted abduction of child on way home from school

The police are investigating an attempted abduction of a child walking home from school in the Weston Rhyn area.

Parents with children at nearby schools are being advised not to let them walk to or from home by themselves.

More on this as we get it.

Football: Shrewsbury defender says manager situation is unsettling

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town right back Joe Riley says the longer the club continues without a permanent manager, the more unsettling it is for the players. 

He admits speculation is the talk of the dressing room and that his teammates are uncertain about their futures, but insists they can't dwell on it.

Joe Riley
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Shrewsbury have a local derby at Walsall tomorrow and Riley says he's been through a similar situation at a previous club.

It's obviously not nice, especially when he brings you to the club, cos you want to work with him as long as you can. Obviously he rates you highly and a new guy could come in and disagree."

Joe RileyShrewsbury Town defender

Coming up on Midlands Today: Car cloning 'on the rise'

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Motorway police are warning "car cloning" appears to be on the rise in the West Midlands.  

Police officer in car
BBC

It involves criminals copying and making fake number plates, and then fixing them to other vehicles to commit crimes. 

The BBC has discovered that getting hold of a set of fakes isn't that difficult - we'll have more from 13:30 on BBC One.

Teen clown given police caution

A 17-year-old girl has been given a caution after being stopped in Madeley last night dressed as a clown.

Police say they will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to reassure people.

Forces across England have been called to dozens of incidents in which pranksters dress as clowns to deliberately scare people - a craze said to have started in the USA.  

Clown costume
West Mercia Police

The teenager, who jumped out in front of a car in her costume, was warned about "engaging in disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress".

Whilst dressing up as a clown is not an offence, any attempts to deliberately harass, alarm or distress somebody is a public order offence that could result in arrest or a fixed penalty notice."

West Mercia Police

Cox keen for your Unsung Hero nominations

#BBCUnsungHero

At Rio 2016 Cox became the first British Paralympian to win golds in multiple sports at the same Games since 1984

Rio Paralympics gold medallist Kadeena Cox has become the latest sports star to call for your BBC Unsung Hero nominations.

You've got just over a week to get your nominations in (the deadline is Sunday, 23 October) and you can find out how to here.

Headlines: Girl dressed as clown arrested; police speed van has tyre slashed; Shrewsbury defender unsettled

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this lunchtime:

- Telford police arrest teenage girl dressed as clown

- Police speed van has tyre slashed

- Shrewsbury Town defender says managerial situation is unsettling

Man rescued from Shrewsbury house fire

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A man has been rescued from a first-floor window of a burning house in Shrewsbury.

The fire service say they were called out at 02:11 to a report of a kitchen fire in Frankwell, caused by "unattended cooking".

The fire was out within 20 minutes and the man was unhurt.

Weather: A grey and cloudy afternoon ahead

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's going to remain overcast and cloudy across Shropshire this afternoon.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Police plea after latest Shropshire sheep theft

South Shropshire Journal

Another flock of sheep has been stolen in Shropshire, taking the number of animals rustled in one area of the county over the past two months past the 100 mark.

lamb
Thinkstock
UFO generic

A mysterious flying triangle has been spotted over Shropshire - the latest of unexplained goings on stretching over decades. Is the county a hotspot for UFOs?

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Council says new Telford footbridge will be 'unique and iconic'

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford's new, £7m footbridge, linking the town centre to the railway station will be "unique and iconic", Telford and Wrekin Council says.

The work will be part of a wider £12m project, due to start next month and largely funded by the Department for Transport, which will also involve turning two town centre roads into dual carriageways.

Telford footbridge pla
Telford & Wrekin Council

The council says the new footbridge will reflect local landmarks like the iron bridge in decorative glass panels and will be much cheaper to maintain than the current bridge.

When work starts next year, a temporary bridge will be built alongside, for people to use until the new one is finished.

The new bridge will be an iconic feature that will provide an attractive gateway to the town centre."

Councillor Angela McClementsTelford & Wrekin Council

Police speed van has tyre slashed

Police say one of their vans had its tyre slashed earlier this week, while it was carrying out speed checks on a street in Newport.

They say it happened sometime between 18:00 and 19:00 on Monday, as it was parked on Deer Park Drive and the vehicle had to be taken off the road until the next day, reducing their ability to respond to emergencies.

Slashed tyre
West Mercia Police

The police say it could have been done by someone who was unhappy with the speed enforcement work being carried out.

It was only when the tyre was looked at more closely we saw there were two large sharp cuts in the tyre side wall which simply could not have been made accidentally."

PC Lee ThomasWest Mercia Police