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By Andy Giddings

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  1. Police officers cycle ride to remember fallen colleagues

    More than 30 police officers from around the UK are passing through the area today, on a 180-mile (290km) cycle ride in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

    The Police Unity Tour will be passing through Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next two days, finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

    Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Douglas

    Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman (pictured above right) from West Mercia Police is among them and she said she was taking part to remember PC Richard Gray who was shot dead in Shrewsbury in 2007, while trying to arrest a gunman who was holding two fellow officers hostage.

  2. Plans for new retirement homes in Shrewsbury

    Alex Seftel

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Developers are planning to build 32 retirement apartments on Wenlock Road in Shrewsbury.

    Parking concerns have been raised and council officers want to ensure there are enough spaces for those who'll live there.

    A report going before councillors recommends the plans be approved.

  3. More than 1,500 sign knife angel petition

    A petition calling for the Oswestry knife angel to be installed on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square has gathered over 1,500 signatures.

    It is made up of knives surrendered to police forces around the country and is currently standing outside the British Ironworks Centre, where it was built.

    Knife Angel

    The petition calls for "this incredible national monument to fulfil its destiny" by raising awareness of knife crime.

  4. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a bright start cloud will start to increase with outbreaks of showery rain expected this afternoon.

    A breezy day with top temperatures of around 20C (68F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Video caption: Special Olympics torch relay begins in Much Wenlock

    Former England manager Sam Allardyce lent his support to the event ahead of the games in Sheffield.

  6. 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.

  7. Building equipment stolen in Newport

    Police say they have CCTV footage of thieves stealing a large quantity of equipment from a building site in Newport over the weekend.

    They say it shows the intruders breaking into the rear of the Victoria Hotel on St Marys Street and a white pick-up truck, a white van and a flat bed lorry then driving off along Water Lane.

    Royal Victoria Hotel
  8. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Most places should become largely dry with clear spells overnight, with perhaps the odd shower around. It will be a breezy night - lows of 13C (55F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  9. Council disagrees with Telford description

    The inclusion of Telford in a study alongside less-prosperous towns with low numbers of skilled workers and few innovative private firms has baffled Telford and Wrekin Council.

    It has responded to the Centre for Cities report into the impact of Brexit by saying "Telford and Wrekin is clearly the exception to the rule".

    Telford sign

    The local authority describes the town as a centre for "manufacturing, information and communication and business services" and a "foreign investment hotspot" with the borough attracting £114m of investment during 2016-17.

    The report had suggested that the towns likely to see little economic downturn as a result of Brexit are those "less prosperous places in the North, Midlands and Wales" and included Telford in that group.

  10. Educational wildlife garden opens in Shrewsbury

    The Shropshire Wildlife Trust has opened a new play area in Shrewsbury to teach young people about nature.

    The Wild Child garden was designed with the help of pupils from the Coleham Primary School and the Severndale Specialist Academy and is aimed at children aged 2-12.

    It includes a "mud kitchen", where children can make mud pies, a two mole tunnels, a sandpit, a sensory wall and a pond.

    And there was a giant badger to help welcome the first guests...

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    Video caption: A new play area has been opened by the Wildlife Trust to teach children about wildlife
  11. Telford likely to be relatively unaffected by Brexit, says study

    Telford will probably see little impact from Britain's exit from the European Union, according to research by the Centre for Cities think tank.

    The study predicts affluent towns with cities with "large high-skilled service sectors" and "highly skilled labour markets, significant numbers of innovative firms and strong business networks" will see the biggest downturn in trade as a result of Brexit.

    Telford business

    At the other end of the scale it says "less prosperous places in the North, Midlands and Wales" with low-skill workforces and smaller private sectors will be less vulnerable to a potential downturn.

    It ranks Telford 55th out of the 62 towns and cities it rated, with Aberdeen predicted to be the worst affected.

    The Shropshire local authority area is also predicted to see little impact.

  12. Firefighters remain at scene of fire

    Firefighters remain at the scene of a large barn fire near Whixall, which destroyed more than 100 tonnes of hay and straw.

    It broke out at 01:45 at Whixall Hall farm and while the fire itself is out now, the crews are there to make sure it doesn't reignite.

    barn fire
  13. Football: Shrewsbury sign striker and say goodbye to goalie

    Shrewsbury Town have added another striker, by taking 18-year-old Niall Ennis on a season-long loan from Wolves.

    But, there was a surprise move too, with young goalkeeper Callum Burton being sold to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

    Callum Burton
  14. Sam Allardyce to attend launch of torch relay

    The former England manager Sam Allardyce will be among the people at the Special Olympic torch lighting ceremony in Much Wenlock this lunchtime.

    He'll be helping athletes with learning difficulties light the "Flame of Hope", which will be met by other celebrities and public officials along its 200-mile journey to Sheffield, for the start of the games.

    Sam Allardyce

    The relay will take 10 days and is due to arrive at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Tuesday 8 August.

  15. Football: Telford beat Shrewsbury in friendly

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United beat Shrewsbury Town in a friendly at the Bucks Head last night

    Both teams put out a mix of reserve and youth players and an early second half goal from Elliot Newby settled the tie.


    Both sides had been knocked out in the semi-finals of the Shropshire Senior Cup and afterwards, Telford cheekily tweeted that they could claim "for this season at least, they're Shropshire's 3rd best team".

  16. Barn fire sees 100 tonnes of hay and straw destroyed

    Firefighters have been tackling a barn fire near Whixall overnight that's seen 100 tonnes of hay and straw go up in flames.

    Crews from Oswestry, Prees, Shrewsbury and Wem were called to Whixall Hall Farm in Dobsons Bridge, just after 02:00.

    Fire engine

    The fire has now been contained, but one crew remains on site.

  17. Shrewsbury Festival of Literature to launch storytelling project

    People who've come to Shropshire from overseas are being asked to tell their stories as part of Shrewsbury's Festival of Literature.

    An open evening is being held tonight at Pengwern Books in Shrewsbury, for people who might be interested in performing at the festival in November.


    Festival organisers are working with local storyteller Fran O’Boyle who will weave these stories into a performance work that will take place during the weekend of this year's festival.