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    Severe accident: A49 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A49 Shropshire both ways severe accident, from A489 to B4370.

    A49 Shropshire - A49 closed and very slow traffic in both directions from the A489 junction in Wistanstow to the B4370 junction in Marshbrook, because of an accident.

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

  2. Thomas Telford statue gets 50th birthday clean

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A statue's going to be restored to its original state as part of Telford's 50th anniversary celebrations.

    Thomas Telford statue

    The Thomas Telford monument in Telford Square was unveiled in 1990 but, since then, the weather's taken its toll.

    The town council says work's under way to restore it; washing away the grime before a repaint in the original colours of black and grey.

  3. Rain today but here's how the weekend's looking

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The rain's finally arrived today for parts of the West Midlands after the long heatwave - here's how your weekend is looking:

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood

    If you want to get a latest forecast for your area at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

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    Severe accident: A495 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A495 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between The Sun Inn and A528.

    A495 Shropshire - A495 in Welshampton blocked and slow traffic in both directions between The Sun Inn junction and the A528 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  5. 'They're not fools' - Brexit White Paper divides Tory MPs

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says he'll vote against Theresa May's Brexit plan unless it's changed, but he's fallen short of calling for her to go.

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    Video caption: Why Tory MPs are fighting over the government's Brexit white paper

    The government has published its blueprint for UK relations with the EU and the White Paper is aimed at ensuring trade co-operation, with no hard border for Northern Ireland, and global trade deals for the UK.

    But North Shropshire's Conservative MP Owen Paterson says he can't support it.

    Quote Message: I'm very worried about the public reaction. Seventeen-point-four-million people voted in the referendum to leave, they were given the absolute categoric, final decision, that was made clear by Parliament. This paper, I'm afraid, is going to disappoint people and they're not fools." from Owen Paterson Shropshire North Conservative MP
    Owen PatersonShropshire North Conservative MP

    However, the Worcester MP and Brexit minister Robin Walker says he's backing the new strategy.

    Quote Message: I've been speaking to businesses who have really welcomed the proposals because they can see that they allow them to continue with their business, doing business across the UK and exporting into the EU without having to worry about tariffs or blockages at the border." from Robin Walker Worcester MP and Brexit minister
    Robin WalkerWorcester MP and Brexit minister
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    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J7 for A5 to J6 for A5223 Ketley Dingle Interchange.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound from J7, A5 (Wellington) to J6, A5223 (Telford West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. BreakingMore Poundworld stores to close

    BBC Business News

    Six Poundworld stores in the West Midlands are among another 80 branches which will be closed, the company's administrators have said.

    The latest announcement means that 105 of the company's 335 stores are now earmarked for closure, including the one in Crewe, Cheshire.


    The closures in this region include two in both Coventry and Shrewsbury and one in Burton upon Trent and Bloxwich, resulting in 85 job losses.

    They're set to shut by 22 July.

    Poundworld went into administration last month after failing to cope with rising costs, fewer shoppers and greater competition.

  8. Man 'critical' after Telford attack

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked.

    He and two other men were taken for treatment after the assault happened late on Wednesday night in Wellsfield in Woodside, Telford, police said.


    Two are still in hospital, with one since discharged - only the 34-year-old is said to be in a stable but critical condition.

    Officers say a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

  9. Rain brings no respite for fish in 'drying out' rivers

    Despite rain and possibly thunderstorms being forecast today for the West Midlands, more fish are set to be rescued from a river that's still drying out.

    Dried out River Teme

    Parts of the upper River Teme in north Herefordshire completely dried out in the space of just a few days in the heatwave.

    Hundreds of salmon, trout and lampreys have been rescued by the Environment Agency.

    Today, the organisation says staff are back at the river and will also be checking the nearby River Redlake in Shropshire as it's also drying out.

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    Video caption: Shropshire couple in passport row see baby via internet

    Henry and Shane Curteis want their daughter to come to the UK after she was born abroad in April.

  11. Cities and towns set for anti-Trump protests

    Protesters are set to take to the streets of cities and towns across the West Midlands this afternoon to demonstrate against Donald Trump's visit to the UK.

    Donald Trump

    Mr Trump is on a two-day working visit to the country and has said that Britons "like me a lot" and he feels "fine" about any protests.

    In the West Midlands, protests are planned in locations such as Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Leamington, Bewdley, Shrewsbury and Malvern.

  12. Thundery weather 'could cause flooding'

    A weather warning for thunderstorms comes into effect across the West Midlands from 11:00 today.

    Weather warning map

    Heavy showers and thunderstorms could could some localised flooding, said the Met Office.

    Police are warning that road surfaces are likely to be slippery after the recent hot spell of weather.

  13. RAF base celebrates 80th birthday

    RAF Cosford is celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend.

    RAF Cosford

    The Shropshire military base was officially opened in July 1938 and played a crucial role in the World War Two.

    In the decades since, hundreds of thousands of RAF personnel have been trained there and deployed on missions across the world.

  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a mainly dry day with the risk of some showers, which could turn thundery, and highs of 24C (75F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. Government 'not happy' over forest holiday scheme

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    An investigation is going to be carried out into links between the department responsible for England's forests and a holiday firm, the government has confirmed.

    Forest Holidays was founded by the Forestry Commission in the 1970s with the aim of putting accommodation in forest locations.

    Mortimer Forest, near Ludlow

    The Forestry Commission part-owns Forest Holidays,but insists it is an independent company and only a tiny percentage of its land is being leased by the holiday cabin firm.

    However, it is accused of having a conflict of interest over a planning application for luxury holiday cabins to be built on its land in Mortimer Forest near Ludlow in Shropshire.

    Local Conservative MP Philip Dunne today raised concerns in the Commons over the existing arrangements between the pair and the government says it's investigating them.

    Quote Message: We are not happy about the arrangement the Forestry Commission entered into with Forest Holidays and that's why my right honourable friend has asked Colin Day to undertake a review, he's the non-executive director and also chair of the audit and risk committee and so he will be investigating this carefully." from Thérèse Coffey Environment Minister
    Thérèse CoffeyEnvironment Minister