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    Video caption: Shropshire man with dementia plays at Blackpool Tower

    Danny O'Ryan has had a lifelong dream playing the famous Wurlitzer organ at Blackpool Tower.

  2. Pastors needed to improve street safety

    Telford Street Pastors are appealing for more volunteers to join them as they aim to keep bar and club-goers safe.

    Reverend Keith Osmund-Smith

    PC Sharon Major, of West Mercia Police, said the volunteers help people get home, provide water or simply have a chat.

    "The work the street pastors carry out is vital in helping us keep those enjoying a night out safe, especially people who may have become separated from their friends during a night out, or may be on their own," she said.

    “By having them present near busy clubs and bars, not only works as a deterrent to possible perpetrators, but also allows them to help people who may be having a difficult time."

    Reverend Keith Osmund-Smith, from the group, added: "It is a very rewarding job helping to keep the public safe when they may be at their most vulnerable.”

  3. Plan to recruit nurses to reopen hospital

    Ludlow MP Phillip Dunne has asked Health Mininster Ed Argar to work wtih him to develop a plan to recruit staff for Bishop's Castle Hospital which has had to shut.

    The temporary closure has been put down to a lack of staff.

    In the House of Commons, Mr Dunne asked Heath Minister Ed Argar to work with him to help develop a plan to recruit nurses and get the hospital reopened.

    Mr Argar said he would look into the "specific" situation.

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  4. Man taken to hospital after fire started by pumpkin candle

    A man was taken to hospital after a fire which started from a tea light inside a Halloween pumpkin.

    Albert Street

    It is believed the incident was caused by candles which set fire to nearby curtains at the flat in Albert Street in Shrewsbury during the early hours.

    Fire Investigation Officer Mark Weaver added: “This is a stark reminder to the public to be careful when using candles.

    “In this instance the occupier was using the candles for a Halloween pumpkin.

    "Please if you’re celebrating Halloween make sure your candles are in proper candle holders and kept away from flammable materials such as curtains or other decorations.”

  5. Weather warning ahead of thunderstorms

    A yellow weather warning has been put in place ahead of heavy rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday.

    The thunderstorms, which will cover the West Midlands, are expected to last from 04:00 to 12:00 BST.

    The Met Office said there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds

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  6. Officers recognised for bravery after river rescue

    Two police officers who rescued a vulnerable man from a fast-flowing river have been recognised for their bravery.

    PC Lee Phillips and his wife Andrea (left) and PC Christopher Donovan and his partner Rachel
    Image caption: PC Lee Phillips and his wife Andrea (left) and PC Christopher Donovan and his partner Rachel attended a reception at Downing Street

    West Mercia PCs Lee Phillips and Christopher Donovan attended a reception at Downing Street last Tuesday ahead of the Police Bravery Awards ceremony in London.

    The officers saved the life of a man who had fallen into the River Severn in Shrewsbury in 2019.

    PC Phillips, a response officer at Shrewsbury, said afterwards: “I think it’s important to recognise the bravery and sacrifices that police officers across the country make day in and day out.

    PC Donovan, based at Bridgnorth, said: I would do it all again if I was called on, without hesitation and I'm sure colleagues across the country would do the same.”

  7. Assisted living flat plans approved for Telford

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Six new assisted living flats are due to be built in Telford following the approval of plans.

    Oliver Hardy Homes Ltd applied to build the homes on 800 square metres of land on the south side of Holyhead Road, in Oakengates.

    Ward councillor Stephen Reynolds objected to the proposal, saying the three-storey block would “overdevelop” the site and affect car parking in the area.

    Telford and Wrekin Council’s planning department approved the project.

    The site in Oakengates
  8. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Today, any showers will end early as things turn drier with a few sunny spells likely. It's mild for the time of year - but windy. Highs of 14C (63F).

    Tonight will become cloudy with rain developing from the southwest.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  9. Man arrested following cannabis raid

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis after plants were discovered at a property in Telford.

    West Mercia Police officers carried out a warrant on Blacksmiths Drive in Ketley Bank on Saturday.

    The force said it seized a "large quantity" of cannabis plants.

    The man, aged 44, was later released under investigation.

    Cannabis plants
  10. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    This morning, any areas of mist will clear, but it will be quite cloudy.

    Outbreaks of rain will arrive by the late morning for most, and the afternoon will see outbreaks of heavy rain, although temperatures will feel mild. Highs of 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands