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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A41 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A41 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between Marsh Lane and A519 Roundabout.

    A41 Shropshire - A41 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Marsh Lane junction in Hinstock and the A519 Roundabout junction in Meretown, because of a serious accident involving two cars and a motorcycle.

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

  2. Video content

    Video caption: The edible record in Ludlow that plays choc 'n' roll

    The record made entirely of chocolate plays Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing.

  3. Sickness forces closure of hospital's midwife unit

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Pregnant women won't be able to give birth at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital this weekend due to staff being sick.

    Entrance to the MLU at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust says it's temporarily suspending services at the Midwife Led Unit (MLU) from 20:00 tonight until Monday morning.

    It says outpatient services will continue but women who go into labour this weekend will be offered to give birth at Wrekin's MLU or at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

  4. NHS Trust 'may consider overnight A&E closure'

    Eric Smith

    Presenter, BBC Shropshire

    Hospital bosses may have to consider closing an A&E unit overnight after an inspection highlighted safety fears, a health expert says.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust last week and there have been long-running problems recruiting enough staff.

    Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    The watchdog said yesterday it had taken "urgent enforcement action" on two issues, including sepsis control.

    The trust, which has 28 days to appeal against the notice, said it would "work hard to reassure the CQC and patients".

    Concerns have already been raised over the two emergency departments with the trust's chief executive, only last week, saying staff shortages were unsustainable, and that the situation was "very fragile".

    Professor Naomi Chambers, healthcare management expert from the Alliance Manchester Business School, told the BBC that hospital managers may now look at shutting one of the A&Es overnight.

    She said: "It's better to close than to have unsafe staffing where patients arrive expecting to get treatment that they can't get because there aren't the staff on the ground."

    The option to close one unit has been part of the hospital trust's contingency plans for some time.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, before J7 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane blocked on M54 westbound before J7, A5 (Wellington), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Gun smuggling arrests 'after USA parcel probe'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    An investigation in Shropshire into the suspected smuggling of a gun started with the discovery of a parcel in the USA, police say.

    Armed police helped arrest a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman at a house on Oswald Road, Oswestry, yesterday, on suspicion of firearms offences.

    Oswald Road

    Today, West Mercia Police says officers carried out the operation after being tipped off by two US agencies.

    They say Homeland Security and the US Postal Service examined a parcel in Newark, New Jersey, and found a concealed firearm and ammunition.

    The force says the USA authorities then arranged with police here for it to be delivered to the address in Shropshire.

  7. Rare spider spotted at nature reserve

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    A rare jumping spider has been discovered living in part of Shropshire.

    Sitticus floricola

    The bog-dwelling Sitticus floricola has been spotted at Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, near Whixall and Ellesmere.

    Experts from Natural England say the reason they have been able to thrive in the area is because of the natural water table of the bog habitat.

  8. Thousands expected for annual food festival

    Thousands are expected in Ludlow this weekend for the annual food festival.


    More than 20,000 visitors travel yearly to the market town in Shropshire for the event, now in it's 24th year.

    Set in the ruins of the medieval castle and throughout the town, the event includes tastings, talks and demonstrations.

  9. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter

    It's expected to be a mainly dry day with spells of sunshine and highs of 17C (63F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. In the papers: Arrests as armed police swoop

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  11. Public set to see rare county history

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    Ancient royal pardons, letters from the Civil War and early Victorian photographs are just some of the riches from the history of Shropshire on display tomorrow.

    A document at Shropshire's archives

    The county’s archives is throwing open its doors and offering the public access to areas normally hidden from view.

    It’s part of the national initiative called Heritage Open Days, which is aimed at giving people a unique opportunity to explore the sometimes hidden and interesting places in the UK.

    For the first time, the event's being spread over two weekends, 6-9 September and 13-16 September, with a full list of the places taking part on their website.

  12. Watch: What's the weather got in store?

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Rain should clear to leave a mainly dry night with clear spells and lows of 5C (41F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands