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  1. New appeal over M54 body
  2. Frustration as Dana plans rejected
  3. Telford Christmas market to return
  4. Updates on Friday 23 December

Live Reporting

By Alex Seftel

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A49 Shropshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    A49 Shropshire southbound severe accident, between A4117 Rocks Green and A456.

    A49 Shropshire - A49 closed and slow traffic southbound between Rocks Green Roundabout in Ludlow and the A456 junction in Woofferton, because of an accident.

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    Severe accident: A49 Shropshire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A49 Shropshire both ways severe accident, at A456.

    A49 Shropshire - A49 in Ludlow closed and heavy traffic in both directions at the A456 junction, because of an accident and recovery work. Diversion in operation.

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    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A518 and J5 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - People on the road on M54 eastbound between J6, A518 (Telford West) and J5, A5 (Telford Central).

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  4. Envelope update

    Medium accident: A489 Powys both ways

    BBC Travel

    A489 Powys both ways medium accident, between Sarn and B4385.

    A489 Powys - A489 in Sarn partially blocked between the Sarn junction and Pentreheyling, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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  5. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates have finished for the day - we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

    Have a great Christmas.

  6. Weather: This evening's weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    It looks like gusts of wind and showers are on the way this evening.

    Maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: 'Frantic Friday'

    It's been dubbed "Frantic Friday" as people hit the roads, railways and airports to get away to visit family and friends for Christmas.

    We'll have the latest on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Road generic
  8. Storm Barabara: Strong wind and heavy rain possible

    The Environment Agency is warning that Storm Barbara will be passing through Shropshire this afternoon, producing a chance of strong gusts and heavy rain.

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  9. Christmas support parcels given to hundreds of Telford families

    Alex Seftel

    BBC Local Live

    Three hundred and sixty five Christmas meal packages are being distributed to families who need them in Telford.

    It's part of a project by the Telford Crisis Network, who have thanked people in the community for their donations and hard work packing them. 

    Donations at Telford Crisis Network
    Quote Message: Every 20 minutes, someone will come to the store with a box full of food. The more people we can help, the better." from Ollie Locker Telford Crisis Network
    Ollie LockerTelford Crisis Network
  10. Baby alpaca a Christmas 'miracle'

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    When Amy Plaskett was given two female alpacas as a surprise wedding present from husband James, she had no idea one would give birth for Christmas. 

    Unbeknown to the couple, who live near Shrewsbury, one of them was already pregnant. And the baby has arrived just as the festivities begin, suitably named Holly.  

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    Video caption: Baby alpaca a Christmas 'miracle'
  11. Headlines: M54 accident near Wellington; Telford families get Christmas support

    Alex Seftel

    BBC Local Live

    As we head into the evening, these are the main Shropshire stories we are working on:

    - Crash causing severe delays on M54, heading eastbound from Wellington

    - Telford Crisis Network prepare 365 Christmas meal packages for local families in need

    - Southwater Christmas market declared a success, with thousands of visitors

  12. Turkey pick-up produces Christmas windfall for Shropshire farmer

    Reading this might make you hungry!

    Condover potato farmer David Cartwright also grows turkeys, something he started doing to make some extra cash when he was an agricultural student years ago. 

    He's expecting around 800 customers to drop by at Home Farm today and tomorrow to pick up their Christmas birds. 

    Kelly Bronze Turkeys
    Kelly Bronze Turkeys
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J7 for A5 and J6 for A518.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 eastbound between J7, A5 (Wellington) and J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an incident.

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  14. Travel: A41 reopens after crash

    BBC Travel

    The A41, near Press Heath has now been reopened following an earlier accident involving two vehicles. 

    Police say there are no reports of serious injuries.

    There are some delays between Chelmarsh and Highley because a fallen tree is blocking the B4555 between the two South Shropshire villages.

  15. Homeless centre opening in Telford in the new year

    A new centre to help people who are homeless or who are suffering with mental illness is set to open its doors in 2017. 

    The hope is that the new building, which will be in Telford, will eventually be open 24 hours a day. 

    Homeless man - generic image

    Simon Tooth from Big Red's House is behind the idea.

    Quote Message: The idea is eventually to be going 24/7 so we never close, because evenings are the time when people suffer the most." from Simon Tooth Big Red's House
    Simon ToothBig Red's House
  16. Southwater Christmas market to return in 2017

    Alex Seftel

    BBC Local Live

    Telford's European Christmas Market at Southwater is to return next year

    The organisers say it's been a big success, bringing thousands of extra visitors to the area. 

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    Video caption: Telford's Christmas Market at Southwater

    Organisers say there'll be a slightly different layout next time - with a more diverse range of stalls.

    Quote Message: The aim was always to start off with a quality offer rather than something that tried to compete with big city rivals and we feel that approach has worked." from Councillor Richard Overton Telford and Wrekin Council
    Councillor Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council
  17. Heading home for Christmas?: Warnings about tailbacks and weather

    A combination of weather and maintenance on the roads and rail are expected to make the Christmas getaway more difficult later. 

    Millions of people will be heading off for the festive period but drivers are being warned about tailbacks and engineering works could make it tough on the trains. 

    An amber weather warning has been issued because Storm Barbara is on its way.

    Met Office weather warning