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Judo medal winner: from teaching to the Commonwealth Games podium

Danny Williams from Shrewsbury is celebrating after his Gold medal success in the under-73kgs men's judo. The 25-year-old was only called up after injury to another competitor, and had a week of self-imposed drastic starvation to make the weight for the Commonwealth Games.

Here he tells describes the feeling of being a Commonwealth Games champion, and how his life has changed. He also talks about the "large portion of food that got brushed" after finding out he was actually competing in the Games.


Penguins witness man's proposal to girlfriend at zoo

More than 60 penguins witnessed the proposal
More than 60 penguins witnessed the proposal Credit: PA

Dozens of penguins at Dudley Zoo witnessed a poolside proposal when a man dropped to his knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.

28-year-old Dan Pearson and 29-year-old Claire Tedstone from Halesowen are season ticket holders at the zoo and he decided penguin bay would make the ideal romantic spot.

Dan and Claire
Dan and Claire Credit: Dudley Zoo

We both love Dudley Zoo and the penguins are my favourite animals. When he pulled out the ring and got down on one knee I was so surprised I forgot to say yes – I was too busy hugging him and squealing with delight!

– Claire Tedstone


Flooding in Albrighton

Parts of the Midlands are dealing with flash flooding this morning. This photo shows Newport road in Albrighton is closed because of flooding.

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PHOTO: Lightning strike over Shropshire

Lightning strike captured over Ironbridge in Shropshire last night Credit: Mchale Morris / @MchaleMorris

Large parts of the Midlands were hit by another night of thunder and lightning last night.

This photograph was captured in Ironbridge, Shropshire.

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Deepcut: Fresh inquest into 18-year-old soldier's death

Private Cheryl James
Private Cheryl James Credit: PA

The High Court has ordered a fresh inquest into the death of soldier Private Cheryl James who died at Deepcut barracks.

It was after a challenge by her family who are from Shropshire.

The 18-year-old was found dead from a single gunshot wound in November 1995. An inquest recorded an open verdict.

She was one of four soldiers who died at the Surrey barracks between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse.

Man charged with stabbing outside hotel in Telford

Google Street View outside the Station Hotel in Wellington
Google Street View outside the Station Hotel in Wellington Credit: Google Street View

A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing in Telford.

It happened outside the Station Hotel in Wellington on Friday 11th July.

Alan David Evans of Mercia Drive in Leegomery is accused of stabbing a 20 year old in the lower back. The victim required surgery but his injuries are no longer life threatening.

The 37-year-old has been remanded in custody, and is due to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday 21st July.

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