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Summary

  1. North Shropshire College merger plans dropped
  2. Memorial service for young farmer
  3. Travelling Argentine family visit Shrewsbury
  4. Shrewsbury sign striker Payne to permanent deal
  5. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Increase in visible policing at V Festival at Weston Park

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    Video caption: Armed police officers have become more visible at this years V Festival.

    The police officer in charge at V Festival this weekend has said increase is "in line with the national picture" and a number of drugs arrests have been made on site.

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    Video caption: Argentine family on 17-year world tour

    A family of six from Argentina have been touring the world in a vintage car for 17 years.

  3. Our live coverage across the day

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

  4. Another car arson in Telford

    Another car has been deliberately set on fire in Telford, police say.

    Three cars were wrecked when a man set them alight in Overdale on Wednesday and this morning a Vauxhall Astra was targeted by arsonists in Arleston.

    The police say two people were seen running away from the scene.

  5. V Festival 'changing with the times'

    The man responsible for organising the V Festival, which takes place at Weston Park this weekend, said it has to constantly evolve to keep up with the times.

    For instance, Andy Redhead explained that 10 years ago almost everyone brought tents and camped on the site, but now they sold a lot of day-tickets to people who go home at the end of each day.

    V Festival main stage

    Mr Redhead said they also had to keep up with current musical trends and watch what their competitors were doing, to make sure they get the best acts.

    This year's big act will be Jay Z and he said it was the only European festival the rapper had agreed to do.

    Quote Message: You know what people like, but you've got to be aware of what trends are, if things are changing, and customers want something else then you have to change with that." from Andy Redhead V Festival
    Andy RedheadV Festival
  6. Watch: Ex-JLS star visits Shropshire for Songs of Praise

    If you're watching Songs of Praise this weekend you might spot St Andrew's church in Wroxeter.

    It features in a report by the former JLS star JB Gill on "champing" - a form of holiday-making which involves staying in a church.

    It will be his debut on the programme, which is on BBC One on Sunday at 14:15.

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    Video caption: Ex-JLS star JB Gill visits Shropshire for Songs of Praise
  7. Weather: Showers tomorrow and more on Sunday

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We'll have a few showers tomorrow and more on Sunday, but the weather is expected to improve next week.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  8. Watch: Argentine family 'living their dreams' on world tour

    A couple from Argentina say they are living the dreams they had as teenagers, by touring the world in a vintage car.

    Herman and Candelaria Zapp are travelling with their four children, who were all born on the road.

    And they are in Shrewsbury this week, to meet a family they met while travelling around Spain.

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    Video caption: Argentine family on 17-year world tour
  9. Tips for a special parkrun weekend

    It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

    Tomorrow, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

    It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

    And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

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    Video caption: Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun
  10. A teenager tried to smuggle 200 pills into V Festival

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A teenager's been found trying to smuggle 200 pills into the V Festival site at Weston Park.

    Some of the tablets

    Routine bag searches by Staffordshire Police turned up the tablets and the 17-year-old from Stone's been arrested for possession with intent to supply.

    Separately, the force says a 16-year-old boy was thrown out of the event after 28 MDMA pills were seized from him and he was also referred to youth offending for rehabilitation.

  11. Victorian town holds steam weekend

    Blists Hill Victorian Town is showing off some of its steam-powered machines this weekend.

    They include a replica of Richard Trevithick's 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive (pictured below) - believed to be the world's first passenger steam locomotive.

    Trevithick engine

    Other machines included a steam-powered road roller, a fire pump and ploughing engines.

    There will also be a number of engines around Ironbridge throughout the weekend.

  12. Nuclear test veteran supporting campaign for recognition

    A man from Telford who was stationed on Christmas Island when nuclear tests were carried out in the 1950s and 60s has called for recognition for his fellow veterans.

    Maurice Viney

    Maurice Viney from Trench was one of around 21,000 British servicemen who were exposed to these tests and fewer than 3,000 are thought to be alive today.

    Maurice and other soldiers

    He said he was there for about 14 months and there were four tests carried out in that time - now he has to have a blood test every 12 months to monitor the effects.

    Quote Message: We're just looking for recognition that we were there and that we did our time and served our time." from Maurice Viney
    Maurice Viney
  13. Football: Telford manager looks for team-bonding

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The AFC Telford United manager, Rob Edwards, is looking to build a little squad-togetherness on their away trip to Darlington this weekend.

    They are travelling up today and staying overnight, so they're planning to have a quiz in their hotel as a team-bonding exercise.

    Rob Edwards

    And Edwards said that while they want to avoid "living in each other's pockets" it was important for them to get to know each other.

    Quote Message: The more time you're together, the better. You get to know each other and it is really important." from Rob Edwards AFC Telford United manager
    Rob EdwardsAFC Telford United manager
  14. V Festival: Jay Z and Pink headlining this weekend

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This weekend's V Festival in Staffordshire will see rapper Jay Z headline the event tomorrow and popstar Pink then headline on Sunday.

    Jay Z

    For those not familiar with how the event works, it takes place over two sites, one at Weston Park and the other in Essex.

    Performers appear at both locations, swapping over the two nights.

    As well as the headliners, those at the festival will also see Craig David, Madness, Stormzy, Ellie Goulding and Clean Bandit - among many more.

    Part of the V Festival poster
  15. Tips for a special parkrun weekend

    #teamparkrun

    It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

    This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

    It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

    And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

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    Video caption: Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun
  16. Your questions on London Midland losing its rail franchise answered

    BBC News England

    Rail services in the West Midlands are to be run by a new operator from December - but what does this mean for passengers?

    West Midlands Railway

    West Midlands Trains Ltd says it will put £1bn into improving the routes it takes over from London Midland.

    The plans include 400 new carriages, free wifi and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour services in Birmingham and London.

    BBC News website readers sent in questions about the takeover and you can read some of the answers here.

  17. More than 600 turn out for memorial to young farmer

    More than 600 people have gathered to pay tribute to 19-year-old James Corfield, who died after disappearing from the Royal Welsh Show last month.

    The celebration featured tributes from his brother and sister and was held at Montgomery Cricket Club where the teenager played.

    Corfield funeral

    People arrived at the event wearing items of blue clothing as James had done when he was last seen.

    Blue balloons lined the pavilion and blue car board hearts were included within the orders of service for people to share memories of James, who was a member of the Chirbury and Marton Young Farmers group.