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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.


Cyclist killed in crash named as lorry driver questioned

A cyclist who died after being hit by a passing vehicle in Shropshire has today been named as 61-year-old Michael John Saunders.

Mr Saunders, from the Bayston Hill area of Shrewsbury, was found dead at the side of the A49 Hereford Road between Leebotwood and Dorrington in the early hours of Monday morning.

The road was closed between the junction of the A5 and Sandford Avenue in Church Stretton for several hours
The road was closed between the junction of the A5 and Sandford Avenue in Church Stretton for several hours Credit: ITV News Central

He had been cycling home from his workplace in Church Stretton. The road was closed between the junction of the A5 and Sandford Avenue in Church Stretton for several hours after his body was spotted by a tractor driver.

Police have managed to track down a lorry which they believe was involved in the crash. The driver, a 39-year-old man from South Wales, is now being interviewed by police.

Police hunt driver after death of cyclist in Shropshire

Police are hunting the driver of a car they'd like to speak to following the death of a cyclist in Shropshire this morning.

The 61-year-old was discovered around 5am and police say it's believed he may have been involved in an accident with a vehicle that failed to stop following a multi-vehicle accident.

Read: One person dies in multi-vehicle crash in Shropshire

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