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A centenary celebrated in style and a dream debut for a bargain buy are among five things you may have missed in the EFL.

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Shrewsbury go top of League One as Stefan Payne gives them victory over Wigan in the club's 3,000th Football League game.

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Severe accident: A458 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 Shropshire both ways severe accident, at Harley.

A458 Shropshire - A458 in Harley closed and slow traffic at the Harley junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A483 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A483 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A495 and A5.

A483 Shropshire - A483 closed in both directions between the A495 junction in Llynclys and Mile End Roundabout in Middleton, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Woman holding a gun

Lisa Wright

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News Online

The number of women taking up shooting for pleasure is on the rise - why?

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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 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

Heritage Open Days: Five of the Shropshire sites taking part

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Dozens of historic venues across Shropshire are throwing open their doors to the public this weekend as they take part in the annual Heritage Open Days.

We thought we'd pick out five of the more unusual sites taking part:

Lord Hill's Column

RAF base celebrates 100th anniversary

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

RAF Shawbury is celebrating its 100th anniversary on the site.

It has grown to become the home of the defence helicopter flying school and also train air traffic controllers.

People at reception

Last night, more than 70 guests turned out for a reception at the base and were treated to a parachute display, helicopter fly-pasts and a performance by the Military Wives Choir.

Military Choir and parachutist

Ice hockey: Tigers in cup action against Bison

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers have a cup match against an old foe this weekend - the Basingstoke Bison.

The two sides have clashed a number of times in recent seasons, while both were playing in the English Premier League.

TIgers vs Bison
Steve Brodie

Telford came out on top in their last encounter - the play-off semi final at Coventry.

Face off is at 18:00 on Sunday at the Telford Ice Rink.

Football: Telford sign striker Jordan Murphy

AFC Telford United have signed former Stourbridge, Kidderminster and Worcester City striker Jordan Murphy.

He's been without a club since leaving Stourbridge earlier this season.

The club says he trained with them today, ahead of their fixture against Harrogate Town tomorrow.

Bucks Head
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The latest weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease letting through some late sunshine, overnight there's more showers, but it should pass through in the early hours.

West Midlands weather forecast

Keep up-to-date with the forecast where you are on the BBC Weather website.

Football: Shrewsbury Town manager happy with how team are gelling

BBC Midlands Today

Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst says the team's high position in League One is just a start.

They're second and unbeaten in the first five games.

Hurst says it's early days and he won't get too ahead of himself.

Paul Hurst

I've been really happy with the lads who we've recruited, how quickly they've gelled and bonded, the team spirit we've got. But it is very early days and I'm very conscious of that."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Alternative good cause found for rejected hospital donation

A charity that had its donation of £2,500 for Ludlow hospital refused by the NHS has found another good cause for the money.

The Ludlow Hospital League of Friends hasn't yet announced what the good cause is, but said it is local, "exceptionally worthwhile" and "health-related".

Mark Hiles

The Shropshire Community Health Trust said it turned down the donation because it was raised by men dressed as female nurses - and it felt that was "demeaning" and "insulting to the profession".

Could rehabilitation stop reoffending?

"Deferred prosecution" is being called for by an MP who has led a review into the prison service in England and Wales.

MP David Lammy's review finds the system is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, following a trial in the West Midlands where low-level offenders were allowed to "defer" prosecution and opt for a rehabilitation programme before entering a plea.

Reality Check: Are ethnic minorities treated fairly in the justice system?

Mr Lammy says the trial "produced impressive results and should be rolled out across the country".

Operation Turning Point, was trialled from 2011 for four years, to those facing prosecution who had no more than one conviction.

The government says it will "look carefully" at the recommendations.

Resurfacing work on Telford road is complete

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Resurfacing work on Castlefields Way in Telford is complete and the road has reopened.

It was closed on 14 August and this was part of a wider road-repair programme, which has been taking place across the borough over the summer.

Castlefields Way
Telford and Wrekin Council

Here, you can see what one section of the road used to look like (above) and what it looks like now (below).

Castlefields Way
Telford and Wrekin Council

Goodall suffered previous blackouts

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Goodall had previously been told by GPs not to drive because of blackouts. As a result, the prosecution said he should never have been behind the wheel on 15 June.

The judge said it was likely the 77-year-old suffered another blackout due to abuse of alcohol.

Fatal crash driver 'drank wine in lay-by' before schoolgirl death

The prosecution told Wolverhampton Crown Court that five bottles of wine were retrieved from Goodall's car, but a sixth (all bought at a supermarket soon before the crash) was never found.

The defendant drank a quantity of wine in a lay-by on the A5, the court was told, and he was later found to be one and a half times over the drink drive limit.

Driver who caused death of schoolgirl was over drink-drive limit

The driver who knocked down and killed 11-year-old Olivia Reeves in Shrewsbury earlier this year was over the legal drink-drive limit, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard earlier.

Roger Goodall had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving in connection with the incident and today pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Crash scene

Another charge, of failing to notify DVLA of a medical condition had been withdrawn.

Dog walker robbed by man with knife

A woman in her 50s has been robbed by a man with a knife, while she was out walking her dog in Oswestry.

Police say it happened at 14:00 yesterday between Ardmillan Lane and Shelf Bank.

The woman was unhurt, but had her mobile phone stolen.

Police car

BreakingMan jailed for causing death of schoolgirl

A Shrewsbury pensioner who knocked down an 11-year-old school girl in June has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years after he admitted causing her death by dangerous driving.

Roger Goodall from The Mount has also been banned from driving for five years.

Pipe factory and sewage pumping station set for open days

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

An old clay tobacco pipe factory, a limeworks and a sewage pumping station are among the venues in Shropshire throwing open their doors this weekend to the public.

Broseley Pipeworks

It's the annual Heritage Open Days, a rare change for people to glimpse inside historic buildings across the country.

According to the official website, there are 46 venues taking part in Shropshire, ranging from the Broseley Pipeworks to the Coleham Pumping Station.

Football: Hurst misses out on manager of the month award

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town's Paul Hurst has been pipped for the League One manager of the month award for August.

It went instead to the man leading the only team above Shrewsbury in the league-table - Peterborough's Grant McCann.

Paul Hurst

BreakingMan pleads guilty to death by dangerous driving

A man has pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of an 11-year-old girl in Shrewsbury.

Roger Goodall, 77, from The Mount was driving a car which hit Olivia Reeves on Mytton Oak Road on 15 June.

Football: TNS have local derby against Cefn Druids

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints are in home action tonight against Cefn Druids.

And manager Scott Ruscoe is expecting a tough game from the side eighth in the table.

Scott Ruscoe

Ruscoe said their local rivals were "one of the best sides" to visit Park Hall last season.

Rather than sitting back and seeing what we were going to do, they came at us and really had a go."

Scott RuscoeThe New Saints manager

£50k sweetener for parking switch

Wellington and Newport town councils have already paid for their own parking enforcement officers and West Mercia PCC John Campion hopes the borough council will follow suit.

As something of a sweetener, he's offering Telford and Wrekin Council £50,000 in the first year to employ staff and up to a similar amount in years two and three if there's a shortfall in what officers cost and what they bring in in fines.


Muxton Primary celebrates 'Good' rating

A second report has been released today by Ofsted about a Shropshire school - and it's more good news.

Muxton Primary has been praised by inspectors for its good results and a "caring, nurturing environment in which pupils can thrive".

The school was again rated "good" in today's official report, following a visit by inspectors in July.

Muxton Primary

There was also praise for the quality of teaching and pupils' "high levels of engagement", as well as a strong team atmosphere in the staff room.

Inspectors also called on the school to do more to support disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and disabilities.

On MIdlands Today from 13:30: Art inspired by gay WW2 love story

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll hear of an arts project in Shropshire which has been inspired by a World War Two gay love story.

One of the envelopes
Oswestry Town Museum

Earlier this year, secret letters were discovered which has been written to a soldier stationed in Oswestry.

Now, people are being inspired to write their own - I'll have more from 13:30 on BBC One.

School praised for quality of teaching and leadership

A primary school in Shrewsbury has been praised by inspectors who said teachers had proved "strong role models" and helped develop pupils' independence.

Belvidere Primary School has retained its "good" rating, following a visit by Ofsted inspectors in July.

In its report, released today, the watchdog said recent appointments had "further strengthened leadership and the quality of teaching".

Belvidere Primary School

There was also praise for the "caring community" and pupils' attitude and behaviour.

The addition of a nursery had also "accelerated progress", the report said.

American Football: Revolution prepare for Brit Bowl final

Shropshire Revolution play in their first ever Brit Bowl final this weekend.

The Oakengates-based team has won every one of its games in the NFC North 2 this season and the Division Two final will be played against the Glasgow Tigers in Leeds.

Revolution helmet

The Revolution are favourites to win the game against the third-seeds and are hoping for a good number of supporters to join them at the John Charles stadium on Sunday.

The winners of the game will gain promotion to Division One, but the losers are almost certain to join them.

BBC Weather Watcher photos: Clun and Church Stretton

BBC Weather Watchers

There's been some showers around this morning and some sunshine and our BBC Weather Watchers have been reflecting that in Shropshire.

Here are two from users Our View in Clun and The Grey Squirrel in Church Stretton.

Our View
Church Stretton
The Grey Squirrel

Telford car parks owned by private firms

Telford and Wrekin Council is one of only a handful of local authorities not to take on parking enforcement.

Parking offences were decriminalised in the 1990s and since then responsibility has moved from the police to local councils.

Parking officer
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In most areas, parking fines more than pay for the cost of employing enforcement officers.

However, in Telford, especially in the town centre, car parks are by-and-large owned by private firms.

That leaves on-street parking in market towns that are keen not to put off would-be shoppers.

Police commissioner wants Telford council to enforce parking

West Mercia's police commissioner is offering to pay part of the cost of employing council traffic wardens in Telford.

The borough is one of few in the country where the council hasn't yet taken over responsibility.

John Campion

There are no council-operated car parks in the area and the council leader Shaun Davies fears the authority would lose money unless it aggressively pursued minor offences.

Ludlow food festival opens

The Ludlow Food Festival opens its gates this morning, with up to 18,000 people expected over the course of the three-day event.

This year they are doing away with the large marquee inside the castle and replacing it with three smaller ones, but the line-up will be similar, with demonstrations, tasting-tours and more than 160 exhibitors selling their products.

Ludlow Food Festival

The festival started in 1995, with the aim of promoting local produce and businesses and claims to be the UK's "first food festival".

Thousands of people take part in its sausage and ale trails around the town every year.

Football: Shrewsbury look to celebrate 3,000th game on top of the table

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town play their 3,000th football league match this weekend and could finish it on top of the League One table.

They're at home to Wigan Athletic - one of two home games in quick succession.

Shrewsbury look to celebrate 3,000th game on top of table

School places fear over barracks development

Claims that Shrewsbury won't have enough school places once 250 homes are built on the Copthorne Barracks site have been denied by Shropshire Council.

The leader of the Lib Dem group on the authority, Councillor Roger Evans, says the authority is failing to plan for the extra school places needed and that children in some parts of the town might struggle to get into their first choice school as a result.

Copthorne Barracks

The Conservative-run authority has denied it is failing to plan for the extra housing and said it is continuing to monitor the situation.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start, with some rain there's the risk of heavy and thundery showers this afternoon with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands