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The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Empty handed: Graham Turner looks on helplessly as his team are beaten

Bulls turn the tables on Turner with double by reborn Bowman

Hereford 3 Shrewsbury 1: Former Hereford owner returns as Shrewsbury manager to give his old club an unintended boost

April Jones' parents thank the public for their support one month on from the five-year-old's disappearance

The parents of missing five-year-old April Jones have thanked the public for their support one month on from the youngster's sudden disappearance.

Marine Corps marathon runner battles brain cancer - and keeps competing

Just 10 days after she completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, BethAnn Telford was back at work at the US Government Printing Office in Washington, where each time she emerged from her office, she earned a new admirer.

Actor Ricky Tomlinson will address a fringe meeting of the Labour Party conference this week as he campaigns to overturn a 39-year-old conviction for picketing offences

Tomlinson out to quash 1973 conviction

Actor Ricky Tomlinson is campaigning to overturn a 39-year-old picketing conviction and takes his fight to this week's Labour Party conference.

Ricky Tomlinson in bid to clear name at Labour Party conference

Actor Ricky Tomlinson will address a fringe meeting of the Labour Party conference this week as he campaigns to overturn a 39-year-old conviction for picketing offences.

League One weekend preview: Formidable Shrewsbury entertain Swindon

Swindon's performances tend to dip on the back of cup heroics and Shrews are formidable at home

Police issue appeal after man found dead in Shropshire field

Detectives have issued an appeal for information after a man was found dead in a field near a canal.

100 homes evacuated as suspected explosives found at Shropshire house

Around 100 homes were evacuated today after suspected explosive materials were found at a house.

Anthony Seldon: Education is about more than exams

Schools re-open in a month. Will schools be different because of the triumphs yesterday of Bradley Wiggins, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning – and doubtless many others in the coming days? Will it be back to Gradgrind as usual, with schooling weighed under by facts, tests and exams, or will our education system somehow be enhanced and transformed by what has happened in Britain during the school holidays?

Alison Williamson in the Beijing Games where she narrowly missed out on a bronze medal

Williamson sets sights on glory in latest chapter of an incredible tale

Shropshire's finest tells Simon Turnbull about hitting 40, taking part in her sixth Olympic games and the sickening pain of defeat

Alison Williamson in the Beijing Games where she narrowly missed out on a bronze medal

Archer Alison Williamson sets sights on glory in latest chapter of amazing tale

Shropshire's finest has hit 40 and taken part in six Games but she is still hungry for gold, she tells Simon Turnbull

Memorabilia from the Wenlock Olympian Society inside Much Wenlock Town Museum

Amble into Olympic history: Walk of the month - Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Take your time in the Shropshire town where the modern games began, says Mark Rowe

Forensic officers examine Ceri Fuller’s Land Rover

Bodies of a father and his three missing children discovered in isolated Shropshire woodland

The bodies of a missing father and his three children were discovered today in an isolated area of woodland.

East Coast rail line reopens after landslip

A key London to Scotland rail route reopened today following the floods that have caused travel chaos and brought misery to many householders.

Man killed as flood waters rise

A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms battered parts of central and northern England.

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