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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A41 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A41 Shropshire both ways severe accident, from A41 to Hinstock.

    A41 Shropshire - A41 closed and it's slow in both directions from the A41 junction in Puleston to the Hinstock junction in Cross Hills, because of an accident.

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

  2. Video content

    Video caption: Team GB: Shortage of women in competitive gliding

    With international championships on the horizon, Team GB's female glider pilots want more women in the sport.

  3. Clear and dry start to the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Starting off dry with clear spells tonight, here's the rest of the forecast for the West Midlands:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

    You can get the latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Breweries battle for best in Britain title

    Five breweries from the West Midlands are in the running to be named a British champion next month.

    Beer being drunk

    The Campaign for Real Ale has revealed the 71 contenders vying to be named Champion Beer of Britain on 6 August.

    The local five are:

    • Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent
    • Byatt’s Brewery, Coventry
    • Holden's Brewery, Dudley
    • Salopian Brewery, Shrewsbury
    • Three Tuns, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
  5. Your photos: Castles and clouds

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've had more blue skies across the West Midlands with fluffy white clouds around - at least, that's what our local BBC Weather Watchers have been sending us today.

    These three are from users Clearview in Ludlow, Shropshire, Poetic Verse in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and Willow 54 in Hereford:

    Ludlow
    Burton upon Trent
    Hereford
  6. Town square yarn-bombed

    BBC Shropshire

    A group of yarn-bombers have struck again in a Shropshire town.

    A post surrounded by wool

    Woolly creations have appeared this week in the small square on Cross Street, Ellesmere.

    They're created by the Ellesmere Yarn Bombers, who keep their identity secret and add that it's been planned for a year.

    Local primary school pupils and beaver scouts were also involved in making them.

    A young girl touching one of the woolly creations
  7. Your photos: Clouds, blue skies and fields

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Lots of photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers of clouds and blue sky across the West Midlands, so here are three of them.

    They're from users Balding Baggie in Studley, Warwickshire, Mikesnapper in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire and Skye in Clee Hill, Shropshire:

    Studley
    Lower Broadheath
    Clee Hill
  8. 'Thirty five minutes to move 10 feet'

    BBC Shropshire

    There are reports of major delays on a retail park in Shrewsbury, with some drivers saying it's taking up to 35 minutes to move just 10 feet.

    The Meole Brace retail park features stores operated by Sainsbury's, TK Maxx, Next, Boots, Costa, Curry's, Halfords, Argos and M&S Food, among others, and is one of the busiest in Shrewsbury.

    Queues on Meole brace

    It's thought the problems may be down to roadworks taking place on the retail park itself.

    Shropshire Council says it is not responsible for the roadworks, but is sending a team down there to try to help get people moving again.

  9. Man seriously hurt in head-on crash

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A driver's been seriously hurt in a head-on crash this morning.

    Air ambulance landing at scene

    West Mercia Police said it happened on the B4386 near Marton, south of Shrewsbury, just after 07:00.

    Both cars had been badly damaged and one driver needed to be cut free by the fire service.

    The ambulance service said that man had suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

    The man driving the other car was treated for potentially serious injuries and then taken to hospital by ambulance.

  10. Road shut after head-on crash

    BBC News Travel

    A road's shut in Shropshire this morning after a head-on crash.

    Cars after crash

    West Mercia Police said it happened just before 09:00 on the B4386 near Marton, south of Shrewsbury.

    One car appears to have been cut open by the fire service but there's no confirmation on whether anyone's been hurt.

  11. Widow's water safety campaign

    BBC Shropshire

    The wife of a man who drowned in the River Severn in 2017 is helping to extend a campaign to try and prevent more river deaths.

    Shane Walsh fell in the river in Shrewsbury after a night out drinking.

    Video content

    Video caption: Widow of river victim highlights water safety awareness

    Since then, his widow Kirsty has become an ambassador for West Mercia Search and Rescue team, approaching people in the town to warn them of the dangers of cold water.

    We filmed the video above with Ms Walsh last year, approaching drinkers in Shrewsbury.

    West Mercia Search and Rescue's Home and Dry campaign will today be extended to cover Worcester.

    Both Worcester and Shrewsbury have seen a string of river deaths in recent years.

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

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    There will be some sunny intervals this evening but also some showers which may be heavy.

    It should be a dry night with some clear spells with highs of 13C (55F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  13. Fewer free hearing aids could be handed out

    Shropshire's health commissioners are considering reducing the number of free hearing aids it hands out.

    The chair of the clinical commissioning group, Dr Julian Povey said it was "looking long and hard" at the contract to supply the hearing aids and may follow the lead of north Staffordshire, where hearing aids are no longer given to people with mild hearing loss.

    Hearing aid

    Dr Povey, who uses a hearing aid himself, promised "we will do things ideally where they will improve patient care", but admitted "we're reaching the point where not everything we do may improve patient care, it may restrict patient care".

    The CCG, which is due to merge with the CCG for Telford, has forecast a cumulative deficit of £99.5m by the end of this financial year.

  14. Your photos: A walk through a field on a cloudy day

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's another cloudy day and that's creating all sorts of interesting lighting for the BBC Weather Watchers, who all seem to be walking through fields today.

    These ones were taken near Caynham, Lower Broadheath and Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Caynham
    Stratford-upon-Avon
    Lower Broadheath
  15. New date for flood-hit carnival

    A new date has been found for Bridgnorth's carnival, after it had to be postponed in June due to flooding.

    The new event, on 22 September, will still include a procession, ending in the castle grounds, where there will be prize presentations and "entertainment and refreshments".

    Man inspecting flooding

    The carnival committee said last month it was looking to do a scaled-down event, but didn't want to cancel, because it didn't want the hard work of people taking part in the procession to go to waste.