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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A483 Shropshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A483 Shropshire northbound severe disruption, from A495 Fourways to A5.

    A483 Shropshire - A483 closed northbound from Fourways to Mile End Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, from J6 for A5223 Lawley Drive to J5 for A5 Rampart Way.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 eastbound from J6, A5223 (Telford West) to J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of an accident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J7, A5 (Wellington), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Council urged to rethink fossil fuel pension pot

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A group of Quakers in Shropshire have asked the local authority to rethink which companies it invests its pension fund in.

    The Ludlow Quaker Group suggested Shropshire Council puts its money in renewable energy companies rather than fossil fuel firms, saying: "We believe we have a moral duty to leave the world a better place."

    Council HQ

    Thomas Biggins, chairman of the pensions committee, said the council put financial responsibility above all other concerns.

    But he added: “We do have responsibility however and we do seek to influence from within.”

  5. Row over plans to 'dump village on local community'

    Proposals to build 3,000 homes on greenfield land near the M54 at Tong in Shropshire have been criticised by the local MP, who says developments should be built on brownfield sites instead, and accused developers of "dumping" homes on communities.

    Shropshire Council is working with four local authorities in the Black Country on the plans and says while it doesn't need the extra homes, the development would create a lot of jobs.

    Mark Pritchard

    Mark Pritchard said local residents must be listened to and that it was important any new development had the infrastructure to support it.

    Quote Message: We are seeing huge numbers dumped on communities with very little consultation and very little thought given to the provision of local GPs or school places and also the environment." from Mark Pritchard MP for the Wrekin
    Mark PritchardMP for the Wrekin
  6. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It will be a wet and windy night with spells of heavy rain and lows of 6C (43F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. Pupils strike in climate change protest

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Children have been protesting across the West Midlands in a day of action over climate change.

    Video content

    Video caption: Schoolchildren strike in new climate change protest

    They're among thousands worldwide who have abandoned classrooms for a day of demonstrations.

    The government said the disruption increased teachers' workloads and wasted lesson time.

    But Environment Secretary Michael Gove backed the protesting children, saying in a video: "Dear school climate strikers, we agree."

  8. BreakingMore flood warnings as rivers continue to rise

    The Environment Agency is warning rivers levels are likely to continue rising this weekend and it now has four flood warnings in place, on the Severn and Vyrnwy in Shropshire - covering Shrewsbury, Melverley, Maesbrook and Pentre.

    It also has a number of flood alerts in Staffordshire and Herefordshire, as well as Shropshire.

    Bredwardine

    Alerts are in place on the River Lugg at Leominster, the rivers Churnet and Tean, the River Wye in Herefordshire, the Rivers Tern and Perry, the River Severn through Shropshire and the Upper Teme.

    Flood defences are still up in Frankwell in Shrewsbury. The Environment Agency said it expected levels to remain high there until Monday.

    Flood defences going up in Shrewsbury
  9. Tigers in three-way battle for title on final weekend

    BBC Sport

    Telford Tigers are involved in a three-way battle for the league title on the final weekend of National North season.

    If they beat rivals Hull Pirates tomorrow, they can claim top-spot with victory over Solihull Barons on Sunday, but only if the other team in the mix, Sheffield Steeldogs, drops points this weekend.

    The Steeldogs and Pirates can also claim the title, if results go their way.

    Tigers players

    Solihull Barons play Blackburn tomorrow and are assured a spot in the play-offs whatever the results are this weekend, but would love to deny their arch-rivals the league title.

    And it could be last league meeting between the sides for a while, if Telford Tigers move to the proposed new NIHL division.

    Coventry Blaze fans have a St Patrick's Day treat, with an away trip to Belfast. They play the Giants today and tomorrow, so fans might have sore heads when they host Fife Flyers on Sunday.

    Quote Message: Whatever happens over this weekend I’m proud of the guys, we’ve battled adversity and to quote Winston Churchill, ‘Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue to that counts.'" from Tom Watkins Telford Tigers head coach
    Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach
  10. Railway line reopens after bridge crash

    BBC News Travel

    The railway line between Shrewsbury and Welshpool has reopened after a bridge was damaged by a vehicle earlier.

    Bridge damage
  11. Deciding weekend for ice-hockey teams

    Hull and Sheffield will battle it out to be ice-hockey league champions this weekend.

    Ice hockey pucks

    It's to win the National League North, with Hull Pirates, Sheffield Steeldogs and Telford Tigers all in the running.

    All three teams have 62 points with The Pirates on top of the table.

  12. River flowing at eight times normal rate

    The Environment Agency has said many rivers were already full and with more rain forecast this weekend, it could be "quite significant".

    Spokesman Chris Bainger said 160 tonnes of water a second was passing down the River Severn in Shrewsbury at the moment - eight times the normal amount.

    Flood barriers

    There are now three flood warnings affecting the rivers Severn and Vyrnwy in Shropshire and the Environment Agency is warning river levels are expected to be high throughout the weekend.

    There are also a number of flood alerts affecting rivers in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire and the temporary flood barriers have been erected at Frankwell in Shrewsbury.

    Quote Message: That river is flowing eight times greater, so it's eight times the number of rivers that are in there at the moment than there would normally be. So there's 160 tonnes a second or 160 cubic metres per second is whizzing past us in Shrewsbury right now." from Chris Bainger Environment Agency
    Chris BaingerEnvironment Agency
  13. Your photos: Fade to grey skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The grey skies this week are continuing this morning across the West Midlands, from the look of the photos from our BBC Weather Watchers.

    These three are from users Pete at Hanley in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Ken M in Lydbury North, Shropshire and Snapshot Emma in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire:

    Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
    Lydbury North
    Stourport-on-Severn
  14. Young people strike again in climate change protest

    BBC Shropshire

    Schoolchildren across the West Midlands have joined youngsters across the planet in abandoning classrooms for a day of protest against climate change.

    Strikes are taking place today in more than 2,000 towns and cities, in over 100 different countries.

    Protest in Shrewsbury

    The globally co-ordinated children's protests - promoted through posts on social media - have been going on for several months.

    In Shrewsbury, the demonstration happened at the Quarry with Hannah, 18, saying “I believe there’s no point of us getting an education and planning for the future if there is going to be no future”.

    Also at the protest was 18-year-old Salvie: “I believe that as individuals we have a moral obligation to do something about our changing climate and put pressure on the government to regulate corporations on their pollution and the lack of sustainable resources.”

  15. Drug, robbery and human trafficking arrests in dawn raids

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Eight people have been arrested and drugs and weapons seized in early morning raids today in Telford.

    West Mercia Police says officers searched several places in Brookside.

    Three people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and five people were arrested on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to robbery and human trafficking.

  16. Trains disrupted 'until 15:00' after bridge strike

    BBC News Travel

    Disruption to train services between Shrewsbury and Welshpool's now expected to last until 15:00 after a bridge was hit.

    Transport for Wales says a vehicle collided with the structure overnight, blocking the line.

    Damage to bridge