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Live Reporting

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  1. Weather: Rain forecast this weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    If you were planning a barbeque this weekend, you might want to wait until Sunday, because we're forecast rain tomorrow.

    It's looking a lot better next week though.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  2. Candidate told it's too late to take name off ballot paper

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A man who announced yesterday that he was withdrawing as a candidate in a town council by-election, has been told he can't take his name off the ballot paper, because he missed the deadline to pull out.

    Andrew Griffin was one of five people to put their name forward for election to Newport Town Council, but later decided he wanted to back the Lib Dem candidate, Nick Garvey instead.

    Andrew Griffin

    He says he won't go out to canvas votes, after Telford and Wrekin Council told him the deadline for withdrawing from next month's by-election was 5 July.

    The vote is being held after the Conservative candidate who was elected in May declined to take up the seat.

    The other candidates are:

    • Independent - Wendy Hesbrook
    • Labour’s Sarah Branton
    • Conservative Sarah Pearson
  3. Annual Sweet Pea festival to come to an end

    BBC Shropshire

    Wem in Shropshire will hold its final Sweet Pea Festival this weekend, but the organisers say they want the town to remain a centre of learning for growers of the flower.

    The annual two-day event is coming to an end because of a lack of volunteers to run it.

    Sweet Peas

    Henry Eckford, from Wem, is widely credited with transforming the flower by breeding important new varieties in the 19th Century.

  4. 'Important announcements' due for shopping centres

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    "Important announcements" about Shrewsbury's main shopping centres could be made later this year, according to Shropshire Council's deputy leader.

    Councillor Steve Charmley was responding to questions from other councilors about the future of the Pride Hill, Riverside and Charles Darwin centres, which were bought by the authority for £51m last year.

    Pride Hill

    Councillor David Vasmer asked if he could confirm some retailers had been offered reduced rental deals, to trade there, but Mr Charmley said he couldn't do that, for commercial reasons.

    But he did say: "Upon lease renewals we balance our commercial imperatives with our vision for an active, vibrant retail centre that we can all be proud of."

  5. Video content

    Video caption: School-run dad picks up sons in restored Scorpion tank

    This is the restored 1973 Scorpion tank which parked near the school gates

  6. Doctor Who actors among stars appearing at Comic Con

    David Tennant. Matt Smith, Catherine Tate, James Marsters and Chris Judge are among the sci-fi stars listed to appear at the Wales Comic Con event being held in Telford later this year.

    The Doctor Who, Buffy and Stargate stars are appearing at the Telford International Centre on 7 and 8 December, after the organisers decided they needed a bigger venue for their winter event.

    Matt Smith and David Tennant

    Michael Rooker from Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks and a number of WWE wrestlers are also on the guest list.

  7. Council scraps plans for community lottery

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for a community lottery have been scrapped by Shropshire Council over concerns it wouldn't bring in enough income.

    The authority voted to set one up in 2017, but after taking advice, it concluded the a lottery might do well initially, but that interest was likely to drop off after the first year.

    Shropshire Council

    Concerns were also raised about the effect it might have on other charity fundraising in the county and that it might encourage gambling.

    A community lottery set up by the neighbouring Telford and Wrekin Council in July last year has raised more than £32,000 for good causes in the area so far this year.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, from J3 for A41 Newport Road to J2 for A4510.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 partially blocked eastbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J2, A4510 (Wolverhampton), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy and breezy day with rain at times and highs of 18C (64F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 10C (50F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. Dad does school pick-up in a tank on last day of term

    A dad has turned up to do the school pick-up in a tank this afternoon - on his sons' final day of term.

    For the past 14 years, Ben Kaye, from Shropshire, has been restoring a Scorpion tank and he says he hopes it's something they'll remember for the rest of their lives.

    Boys in tank

    Mr Kaye said he bought it from a friend a month after he got married and he had to take out a loan to afford it.

    His two boys were up last night at his workshop, helping make the final preparations.

    Quote Message: They're very, very excited, we've been waiting for a long, long time for this day." from Ben Kaye
    Ben Kaye
  12. European funding to improve river water quality

    A project to improve water quality in the Rea Brook in Shropshire has been awarded £300,000 by a European Union fund.

    The Reaction Project aims to improve the environment for fish and quality of the water for farmers, who use it for their animals.

    Rea Brook

    The project is being launched tonight at Worthen Village Hall.

  13. 'Not enough cash' to fix road problems

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here are a few of the stories today from the Local Democracy Reporting Service:

    • Shropshire Council says it hasn't got enough money to repair damage to pavements and roads around Much Wenlock. Councillor David Turner, said the town has been waiting four years for repairs to "uneven" paths and a half-finished kerb.
    • Shropshire Council was handed more than £100,000 to help deal with the impact of Brexit in the last financial year.
    • A four-day week could be explored at the local authority in a bid to cut emissions and boost staff wellbeing.
    Wonky sign
  14. West Midlands house prices to see biggest rise in England

    The West Midlands is predicted to see the biggest increase in house prices in England over the next two years, according to analysts from PwC.

    Only Wales is expected to see faster growth in the UK.


    PwC said it expected the price of the average house in the West Midlands to rise from £194,000 to £223,000 by 2022 and warns that this will make it hard for people move to find new jobs and will also have an impact on rental prices.

  15. Woman found in street with head injuries

    A woman has been found with head injuries in the Woodside area of Telford this morning.

    West Mercia Police says she has been taken to hospital for treatment and officers are looking to talk to anyone who was in the Waltondale area between 02:00 and 04:00.

    Police car

    A police cordon has been set up in front of Woodside Medical Practice.