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Summary

  1. Hospitals chief exec talks up plans for urgent care centres
  2. Evidence of English Civil War siege discovered
  3. Lions coach records wedding message for couple
  4. Updates on Friday 2 December

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By Andy Giddings

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FA Cup: Shrewsbury Town 0-0 Fleetwood Town highlights
Shrewsbury and Fleetwood face a replay at Highbury after playing out a goalless draw in the second round of the FA Cup.
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Shrewsbury and Fleetwood face a replay at Highbury after playing out a goalless draw in the second round of the FA Cup.

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Ludlow Community Hospital

Midwife-led maternity services in Ludlow which closed over concerns about the condition of a building reopen.

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Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41 affecting J1 for A460 Wolverhampton.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 closed and stationary traffic westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down van, an accident and a vehicle fire. Diversion in operation - follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol. Congestion to J1, A460 (Wolverhampton).

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

Weather: A cloudy night with some sunshine this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It'll be another cloudy night and it will remain chilly over the weekend, but we should have some sunshine over the next couple of days.

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

More than 400 cases of HIV diagnosed in the West Midlands last year

The number of new cases of HIV in the West Midlands rose by 10% in 2015 - with 473 people newly diagnosed. 

Thirty eight of those diagnosed had left it so late to go to the doctor they were diagnosed with Aids.

Public Health England says the rise is worrying and reinforces the importance of safe sex. 

There are more than 6,000 people being treated for HIV in the region.

Vials of blood
SPL

BBC News dispels the myths of HIV to mark Thursday's World Aids Day. 

Coming up on Midlands Today: Call for stronger drink drive penalties

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

A man whose mother was killed by a drunk driver has called for tougher penalties for people who drink and drive.

Drink drive simulator
BBC

One regional police force is also using a simulator as part of this year's drink drive crackdown. 

We'll have more on BBC One from 18:30.

Football: Shrewsbury's Leutwiler looks for cup success

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town get the chance for a bit of revenge over Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup this weekend.

They were beaten 3-0 recently and goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler told us he hoped that the cup could inspire the team again.

Shrewsbury have had a number of good cup runs in recent years and he's keen to see that continue.

Shrewsbury's Jayson Leutwiler wants an FA Cup win this weekend and a big tie to follow

Shropshire courts to change locations next year

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Two Shropshire courts will be moving premises next year.

The Ministry of Justice says the Telford county and family court will relocate to the nearby magistrates' court building next summer.

Shrewsbury Magistrates Court
BBC

And the crown court in Shrewsbury is moving to the vacant magistrates' court building (above) next August.

The closures are part of a long process of cuts within the courts service.

Stained glass restoration project comes to a close

A seven-month project to restore some of the stained glass at St Alkmunds church in Whitchurch is due to come to an end this weekend, with the final panels being put back into place after a clean-up.

The glass and its lead frame had suffered all sorts of damage down the years as you can see from the before-and-after photos below.

Before and after photos
Recclesia Ltd

The company brought in to do the work, Recclesia Ltd, nicknamed this panel the "tears of emulsion", because of the paint spilt on the man's face.

As you can see, it cleaned up nicely though.

Hospitals chief exec defends plans for urgent care centres

The chief executive of Shropshire's two main acute hospitals says the planned urgent care centre in Telford would be much more than just a walk-in centre.

Under the latest NHS proposals, urgent care centres would be set up at both Shrewsbury and Telford. But all emergency medicine, requiring an ambulance, would be based in Shrewsbury.

Simon Wright
SaTH

Simon Wright (above) says there is confusion because there is a lot of variation in urgent care centres around the country and said that a relatively small number of people need emergency treatment.

If you look at those that are more complex, if we look at the Millenium Centre for example in St Helens, 60,000 people a year go through that [urgent care] unit."

Simon WrightShrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust Chief Executive

Severe accident: A4117 Shropshire both ways

BBC Travel

A4117 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between Common Lane and B4364.

A4117 Shropshire - A4117 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Common Lane junction in Hopton Wafers and the B4364 junction in Angelbank, because of an accident.

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Ice hockey: Teenager to get chance with Tigers this weekend

BBC Sport

A 17-year-old from Adams Grammar school will be part of the Telford Tigers squad this weekend, acting as back-up netminder.

Ted Thompson from Albrighton got the chance after the recent departure of Polish netminder Ondrej Raszka, and has been combining training with his school-work.

Ted Thonpson
Pete Thompson

He said most of his school-mates didn't know he was playing for the Tigers, but he would try to make the most of the step-up to the senior team.

I'll just enjoy the moment while it lasts, until they either get a new guy in or something else happens."

Ted ThompsonTigers back-up netminder

Headlines: Urgent care centres defended; Civil War siege uncovered; Lions coach surprises wedding couple

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this evening:

- Hospitals chief exec talks up plans for urgent care centres

- Evidence of Civil War siege found near Cleobury Mortimer

- Couple surprised by wedding message from Lions head coach

Football: Whalley out for Shrewsbury's FA Cup tie

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Sean Whalley looks like being ruled out for Shrewsbury Town again, for tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Fleetwood. 

The midfielder's recovery from a thigh injury is proving frustratingly slow, but the manager, Paul Hurst, said he won't rush him back.

Shaun Whalley
Getty Images

Couple 'shocked' at Lions coach wedding message

A couple who met on the Lions tour of Australia in 2013 have been speaking of their surprise, after head coach Warren Gatland recorded a video message for their wedding.

Harry and Rebecca Johnston were married at the home of the groom's parents in Shropshire and she said: "My initial reaction was pure shock. And then I got a bit teary as the Lions game played such a significant part in our relationship."

Wedding photo
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When the pair first met, they were the only Lions fans in a stadium full of Aussies and Harry said recalling that made him tearful - to the amusement of his wife.

"He managed to stifle some happy tears when I walked down the aisle but once he saw Gatland he was gone,” she said.

I won't be allowed to forget it by Rebecca, but I didn't shed a tear at the church, or during any of the speeches,” said Harry. “But when I saw the video message, I started getting emotional thinking back to how I sat next to Rebecca as a complete stranger that day, and there she was sitting to my right again, but this time as my wife."

Harry Johnston

Shropshire MP calls for 'astonishing' Knife Angel sculpture to go on show in capital

Shropshire Star

A huge angel sculpture made of blades handed in as part of a knife amnesty deserves to be displayed “for the world to see” on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has said.

Could the smart hard shoulder lanes become smarter?

BBC Midlands Today

More emergency refuge areas could be added to motorways around the Midlands where hard shoulders have been converted into traffic lanes. 

The Smart Motorway programme's been criticised by some because of a lack of places to stop. 

Now Highways England is looking again at whether more lay-bys are needed in the "breakdown hot spots".

Smart lane motorway - M6 at West Bromwich
BBC

Protest over recycling centre expansion

Campaigners opposing plans to expand a recycling centre are planning a protest in Telford tomorrow.

The privately run centre between Ketley and Overdale currently collects cardboard, but its owners want to reclaim other material in future.

Lorry entering recycling centre
BBC

UKIP parish councillor Bill Gilmour says they're worried about extra traffic, longer opening-hours, and the smell.

He is suggesting a weight limit on the road leading into the site or the creation of a new spur-road off junction six of the M54. Or failing that, he'd like the recycling centre moved somewhere else.

Your photos: A cold and grey day across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

Following the bright blue skies we saw earlier in the week, we've had a day of grey cloud and fog.

These pictures were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Telford and Ludlow this afternoon.

Southwater
Ray
Dinham bridge
Shropshire Lass

Football: Samuels relishing first team opportunity

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United's Dwayne Samuels believes time out of the first team has helped him regain his form. 

The defender was left out of the Bucks side for three games at the end of October, but he says that enabled him to reassess his own game.

Dwayne Samuels
Mike Sheridan

He's now back in Rob Smith's starting 11 and relishing the chance of coming up against his former club Harrogate tomorrow.   

Headlines: Opposition to recycling centre; Civil War discovery; Lions coach surprise for couple

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

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

- Campaigners oppose plans for recycling centre expansion

- Evidence of Civil War siege discovered near Cleobury Mortimer

- Lions coach surprises wedding couple with video message

Clun Christmas lights to be switched on

The Christmas lights are being switched on in Clun on Sunday.

Shropshire Council says the Square, Church Street and Bridge Street will be closed 17:30-21:00.

Clun
Google

Football: Shrewsbury manager pleased to see Englishman lead national team

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst has got some words of encouragement for another manager, just starting a new job - Gareth Southgate.

And he says he is pleased that an English manager has got the chance.

Paul Hurst says he's pleased England have gone for an English manager

Evidence of Civil War siege discovered by metal detectorist

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Evidence of a Civil War battle to take a Shropshire farmhouse has been discovered by a metal detectorist near Cleobury Mortimer.

Peter Reavill, Shropshire's Finds Liaison Officer, said two rows of musket shots have been plotted, showing what appears to be opposing lines of soldiers firing at each other over the course of a couple of hours.

Civil war soldiers
Getty Images

Mr Reavill said it was not possible to tell who was defending the farmhouse and who won the encounter, because there are no other records of the siege.

He believes it took place in the 1640s and would most probably have been a fight between local rivals settling old scores and while the find "isn't sexy" it revealed what he described as an unrecorded "hidden history".

Watch: Telford firm defies Middle East trade slump

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The West Midlands has seen a big drop in revenue from exports to the Middle East this year. 

Last year the region generated £750,000, but between January and September this year, it's only mustered £250,000.

Maxwell Amenity in Telford exports pitch care products to sports clubs in countries like Dubai and spokesman Dan Hughes said it has been bucking the trend, allowing it to double its workforce in six years.

The West Midlands has seen a big drop in revenue from exports to the Middle East this year

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Syrian settlers move to thank residents

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime - as the battles continues in Syria, refugees from the war there are planning a special dinner to thank people who've helped them start new lives here. 

A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands near war-damaged silos and mills of Manbij (1 July 2016)
Reuters

One city in our region has had more Syrians settle in their area than any other UK city - now, some of those who've benefited want to say thanks. 

We'll have the full story from 13:30 on BBC One.

Watch: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland records wedding message

The British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has surprised a young couple with a recorded video message for their wedding day.

Harry Johnston from Shropshire and Rebecca Seery from Dublin met at a Lions test in 2013 and tied the knot at Harry’s parents’ house in the village of Wykey.

Video courtesy of Lions Rugby

Harry, who is the grandson of the late cricket broadcaster Brian Johnston, met Rebecca when they chose to sit together at the Sydney test, because they were the only Lions fans in a boisterous Australian section of the ground.

The British and Irish Lions arranged for the video to be recorded through the best man, after seeing a photo of the couple on Facebook.

Headlines: Recycling depot protest plan; civil war siege uncovered; wedding message from Lions coach

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Protest planned in Telford in opposition to recycling depot expansion plans

- Metal detectorist uncovers evidence of English Civil War siege

- British and Irish Lions coach records wedding message for couple

Cut to Telford market funding

Funding that helps run three markets is being cut by Telford and Wrekin Council. 

The authority wants to hand over control of sites in Dawley, Hadley and Madeley to local town councils.

Great Dawley Town Council is doing that from today, while the other two have been given some money to allow them to keep trading independently.

Weather: Grey cloud for the rest of the day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're going to see lots of grey cloud across Shropshire, for the rest of the day.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Steam railway begins Polar Express rides

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Telford Steam Railway has started running a series of rides for young people based on the Polar Express animated movie, which featured the voice of Tom Hanks.

It's the first year the railway has staged this and tickets have been sold out since September, with 14,500 being posted out last month.

Polar Express
Richard Chatwin

Children on the ride will be entertained by actors and receive a mug of hot chocolate and a small silver bell, just like the children in the film.

Your comments: Congratulations for couple married in hospital

We've had lots of messages of congratulation on our Facebook page for a Wellington couple who were married on a ward at Shrewsbury's hospital yesterday.

Teresa Harris wrote: "It was lovely to know two people who love each other were able to do this and make their dream come true. Nothing is impossible in hospital if you have the right nurse."

And Jessica Hancox wanted to thank the staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, writing: "A very special moment for a very special couple. A big thanks to everyone who made it possible & made it special."

Married couple
BBC

Julia Clarke also wanted to pass the thanks around: "How wonderful that we were able to do this - and thank you to hospital chaplain Petro Hryziuk who sorted out Special Licence and Parish Register to make this happen."

Complacency to blame for 'never events' at Shropshire's two main hospitals

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The medical director at Shropshire's two main hospitals says six "never events" at hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford over the past three years, were the result of complacency. 

A dressing was left in a wound and a doctor removed the wrong lesion from a patient in two of the six cases. 

Never events are so-called as they should never happen.

Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals
BBC

Speaking at a board meeting of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, Dr Borman said each case had happened during a minor procedure and said in those circumstances people can lose focus. 

One surgeon was in tears when talking about the error they had made. Extra training is now being provided.  

Funfair to be built in just a few hours in Oswestry

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A funfair will be built in just a couple of hours in Oswestry tonight. 

The town-centre roads close in mid-afternoon, and rides will be put in, in double-quick time for Oswestry's Christmas Music Live event. 

Oswestry Christmas Live
BBC

There'll also be an ice rink. Street entertainers and market-stalls add to the atmosphere. It all starts at 18:00.  

Hospital wedding arranged in less than 48 hours

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A couple whose wedding took place in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital yesterday have thanked staff for making their day so special. 

David Donaldson, 75, who's a patient on Ward 26, and 55-year-old Lorraine Davis from Wellington tied the knot with the help of the local vicar from their church, the Reverend Margaret Smallman.    

David Donaldson and Lorraine Davis with nurses and staff at the RSH
BBC

The couple who've known each other for 20 years, and have been together for 16, go to All Saints Church in Wellington. 

It's so nice that everyone has gone to all the effort to make this day special for David and I and we're so grateful to everybody."

Lorraine Davis

Headlines: Hospital legal action to be discussed; cash raised for church access; nurses arrange wedding

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this morning include:

- Telford councillors to discuss possible legal action over hospital proposals

- Fundraisers collect £25,000 to improve access to Whitchurch church 

- Nurses arrange for Wellington couple to marry in hospital ward

Fundraisers bid to raise 25k for better access to church in Whitchurch

Kate Tebby

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Fundraisers are trying to raise £25,000 for better access to St Alkmunds Church in Whitchurch. 

300 years ago the building fell down and was rebuilt within two years, using public donations. 

St Alkmunds church in Whitchurch
BBC

150 years ago the public paid for new stained-glass windows, and today's community is paying for their restoration.  

The Reverend Judy Hunt, is hoping well-wishers will dig deep again at today's gift day.