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  1. Cannabis factory found and two arrested

    Police say they discovered a "large cannabis grow" at a property in Shrewsbury this morning.

    Officers carried out the raid on Sundorne Crescent and also made two arrests.

    Canabis plants
  2. Your weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    A dry, sunny end to the day - here's how Wednesday night and tomorrow's weather is looking for the West Midlands:

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza

    You can get a latest forecast for your part of the West Midlands at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  3. Archie Spriggs: Council denies warnings were missed

    The independent chair of Shropshire's Safeguarding Board has rejected the suggestion that warning signs were missed in the case of Archie Spriggs - the seven-year-old boy from Wall-under-Heywood who was murdered by his mother.

    A serious case review detailed a number of occasions where information could or should have been acted on differently, but Ivan Powell said "I'm not particularly sure that several warning signs were missed is a fair assessment".

    Murder scene

    Instead, he said the main theme he took from the report was that in cases like this, where two parents are in conflict, the views of both need to be taken into account.

    The report said there appeared to have been an "unconscious bias" against concerns raised by Archie's father and Mr Powell said "on occasion their judgements were made in consideration of the fact that the parents were in conflict rather than thinking through what they were being told by those parents".

    The report said anger expressed to social workers was often interpreted as a "feature of parental conflict".

    The council said it was currently reviewing the referral system and training opportunities.

    Quote Message: It is important to stress that the system challenges identified in this or any SCR, can have no responsibility for the perpetrator’s motivation or their actions. Responsibility for the death of any individual rests firmly with the perpetrator." from Serious Case Review report
    Serious Case Review report
  4. Van driver airlifted to hospital after lorry crash

    A van driver has been airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with serious injuries after his vehicle was involved in a crash with a lorry.

    The collision happened this morning just after 10:00 on the Holyhead Road in Wellington.

    Ambulance

    The van ended up in a ditch and ambulance crews spent half an hour trying to free the driver.

  5. BreakingReport finds missed opportunities in child murder case

    A serious case review following the murder of a seven-year-old boy at the hands of his mother has found children's services missed opportunities to intervene.

    Archie Spriggs was found strangled and smothered to death at his home in Wall-under-Heywood, Shropshire, in September 2017 - Lesley Speed was jailed for at least 18 years in March 2018.

    Archie Spriggs

    The serious case review published today said concerns raised by both a GP and the school were not appropriately acted on and in one case, the paperwork was found sitting on a desktop.

    It reports an occasion two days before Archie's death when she said the "only way to end it all would be a shotgun and shovel".

    The report also said three allegations "clearly" met the "threshold for statutory children's social care intervention".

    The review also found children's services had an an "unconscious bias" against Archie's father, who raised concerns about his former partner on a number of occasions.

  6. Car park repairs to continue throughout Christmas

    Work to repair safety barriers at Shrewsbury's multi-storey car park is going to last into the new year, meaning many spaces will be out of use over Christmas.

    Around 200 spaces at the Raven Meadows car park were closed off on 23 November after an inspection found the barriers needed replacing and contractors aren't going to start the job of fixing them until Thursday.

    Raven Meadows car park

    Shropshire Council said the work was likely to take three weeks and the parking spaces will gradually reopen as each section of work is complete.

    It encouraged people to use other car parks in the town or the park and ride service.

  7. Para-athlete due to start Atlantic crossing

    A Shropshire para-athlete is due to set off on a challenge to row across the Atlantic today.

    Kelda Wood, from Shrewsbury, suffered a serious leg injury when a large bale of hay fell on her in 2002, crushing the limb.

    Kelda Wood

    She wants to become the first adaptive rower to complete the crossing solo.

    Adaptive rowing is a category of rowing for people with physical disabilities.

    She's due to start the challenge from La Gomera in the Canary Islands today and could be at sea for several months.

    Kelda says she will dedicate each day to a young person with disabilities, to show them that anything is possible.

  8. West Midlands Tory MPs declare support for PM

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    With the prime minister facing a vote of no confidence this evening, so far the majority of Conservative MPs in the West Midlands have told the BBC they'll support her.

    Conservative MPs will vote anonymously from 18:00 to 20:00.

    Theresa May

    Since the news was announced this morning, 17 Tory MPs in the region have declared their support for Theresa May, including cabinet colleagues such as Bromsgrove's Sajid Javid and South Staffordshire's Gavin Williamson.

    Only two - Stone's Sir Bill Cash and north Shropshire's Owen Paterson - have publicly said they won't back her.

    However, there are still several West Midlands Tory MPs who are yet to declare their view or, like Lichfield's Michael Fabricant and Telford's Lucy Allan, say they'll keep their vote secret until this evening.

  9. Maternity services under the spotlight

    People are being invited to share their experiences of maternity services in Shropshire to help develop future care.

    A newborn baby

    Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Maternity Voices Partnership is hosting the event today which starts at 10:00 at the Park Lane centre, Telford.

    It's part of the national NHS programme known as Better Births.

    It comes as a government-ordered review is being carried out into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust into alleged maternity failings between 1998 and 2017.

  10. MP adds to pressure mounting on Theresa May

    BBC Politics

    The north Shropshire Conservative MP Owen Paterson is adding to the calls for Theresa May to step down as prime minister, saying her "mistakes have eroded trust in the government".

    There is no confirmation, but sources, including a cabinet minister, have said they believe 48 letters have been sent - enough to trigger a no-confidence vote in Mrs May as party leader.

    Theresa May

    Mr Paterson, a former Environment Secretary, wrote in his open letter, published by the Daily Telegraph, that Mrs May had failed to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, tried to bounce her ministers into supporting her and approached negotiations like a "feeble and unworthy" supplicant.

    Downing Street sources are playing down an imminent move and say they have had no contact from the senior backbencher who receives the letters.

  11. Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy start for the West Midlands - here's the weather forecast for the whole of Wednesday for the region:

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton

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

  12. Ice hockey players deliver teddy bears to children's ward

    More than 200 teddy bears have been delivered to children at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital by the local ice hockey club.

    They were donated by fans at Telford Tigers matches over the weekend and were handed over by players and coaches this afternoon.

    Tigers players and mascot

    Head coach Tom Watkins said it was especially poignant for him, because his own son spent time in a children's ward at this time of year, recovering from heart problems.

  13. Machete and hammer found in crashed stolen car

    A machete and a hammer were found inside a stolen car which jumped a red light in Telford earlier.

    The VW Golf, which was carrying false number plates, crashed into another car at crossroads in Madeley and the occupants escaped on foot.

    Car crash
    Machete and hammer

    The driver of the other car was taken to hospital as a precaution, police said.

  14. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It should be a cloudy night with the chance of light rain and highs of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. Gold pendant 'an offering to the gods?'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    Archaeological excavations could take place on farmland where a Bronze Age pendant was found earlier this year.

    The exact location is being kept a secret but Peter Reavill from the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme said they want to know why it was left there and what else might be there.

    Gold bulla

    It is unlikely an item of this value was simply dropped because it would have been a carefully looked after ceremonial piece, he said.

    The craftsmanship involved means it would have been worn by someone of high status and its likely it was "not too far away" from being among the crown jewels of its day, he added.

    Funding to pay for the excavations is being put together and Mr Reavill speculated it could have been left in the ground deliberately, as an offering to the gods.

  16. 'Amazingly rare' Bronze Age pendant found

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    A pendant, described as "one of the most significant pieces of Bronze Age gold metalwork discovered in the British Isles", has been found in Shropshire.

    The artefact is known as a bulla, which comes from the Latin for bubble, and is formed of gold sheet.

    Pendant

    It was found in May by a metal detectorist who wants to remain anonymous and after archaeologists have drawn up a report on it, the Shropshire coroner will decide if it should be classified as treasure.

    The British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, which catalogues and evaluates artefacts like this, also said it was "amazingly rare" with only one similar item thought to be in existence.

    Quote Message: The design is such that the play of light over the surface is what you see most, changing with angle and light moving and shimmering, dancing and ever different. This would have been enhanced in the period where it would have been stunning when viewed by firelight or in bright sunlight." from Peter Reavill British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme
    Peter ReavillBritish Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme