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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 5 March to Sunday 11 March 2018
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National League

A deflected Wes York strike in added time earns 10-man Gateshead a share of the spoils against struggling Solihull Moors.

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Football

Luton hopes of winning the League Two title take a blow despite coming from behind to grab a draw at Coventry.

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Enda Stevens

Sheffield United close the gap on the Championship play-off places to two points with victory over struggling Burton Albion.

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Football

Barnet move off the bottom of the League Two table on goal difference with a draw against Port Vale.

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QPR goal

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

QPR upset Aston Villa's automatic promotion hopes as they ease to only their third Championship away win of the season.

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Wolves celebrate goal

Matt Doherty scores twice as Championship leaders Wolves strengthen their promotion push with victory over Reading.

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Weeping Window of poppies at Hereford Cathedral
More than 5,000 ceramic poppies are on display until the end of April.

Telford council leader calls for independent inquiry into child sex abuse

The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council wants the government to commission an independent inquiry into sexual grooming in the town.

Labour councillor Shaun Davies made the call following claims in the Sunday Mirror that hundreds of girls were exploited in the borough over a period of about 40 years.

Shaun Davies
BBC

He had said yesterday that a national review into child sexual abuse should visit Telford to investigate, but Mr Davies's call on Tuesday for a standalone inquiry echoed that of the town's Conservative MP Lucy Allan.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Mercia region, John Campion, said "whether or not there should be an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in any part of the country is a matter for Government."

Six-figure repair project for town's guildhall

Repairs are getting under way at the guildhall in Ludlow today and they are due to take three months.

It's costing £107,000 to fix the ceilings and roof gullies and make changes to the windows, to allow three air conducting units to be removed.

Guildhall
Google

The 14th Century building, which is still supported by its original timber frame, was previously used as the town's magistrates court, but in 2012 it became the home of Ludlow Town Council.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

In the papers: Police issue flooded roads warning

The Sentinel

Here are three of the headlines from the Sentinel today:

Severe congestion: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe congestion, between J13 for A449 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) in Dunston and J14, A34 (Stafford North) in Staffordshire.

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

Paralympic silver for Fitzpatrick & Kehoe

Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe claimed an excellent Winter Paralympic silver medal in the women's visually impaired super combined event.

Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe
BBC

The pair were second after the super G run and despite a storming slalom effort they were unable to get the better of Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova, who won their third gold medal.

Fitzpatrick, 19, from Macclesfield in Cheshire, was born with congenital retinal folds and has no vision in her left eye and limited sight in her right, but started skiing aged five.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Your pictures: Signs of spring

BBC Weather Watchers

With more chilly weather forecast for the coming week, let's just take a minute to bask in today's sunshine with some images of spring uploaded by BBC Weather Watchers.

Spring flowers
safc giz
Deer
Thornhill Watch
Frogspawn
Pix Elated

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J16, A500 (Crewe).

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

Spring Statement: Deal to deliver 215,000 homes

A deal to deliver 215,000 homes across the West Midlands by 2030-31 has been announced by the Chancellor.

During his Spring Statement to the Commons, Philip Hammond said the region had "ambitious plans".

He said the project was facilitated by a grant from the land remediation fund.

The region's mayor, Andy Street, had this to say:

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Scores hit by measles outbreak

There are currently 75 confirmed cases of measles across the West Midlands, health chiefs say.

MMR vaccine
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Public Health England in the West Midlands said the region was the only area of the country with an "ongoing outbreak".

It said a contributing factor was a lack of uptake in the MMR jab.

A statement read: "Mostly we don’t see this, as the MMR vaccine is part of the national schedule of children’s vaccines, however sometimes we get clusters arising from those who have not been immunised."

The cases are said to be largely concentrated in parts of Birmingham and Solihull.

Weather: Brighter with light winds

BBC Weather

Spells of sunshine will continue to develop this afternoon, but there is the chance of an isolated shower too. Winds will be fairly light. Highs of 9C.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M5 and J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Hospitals in plea for patients to go home

The Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford's County Hospital are urging the families of patients who are fit to go home to collect them today.

The NHS Trust running the sites says both are at full capacity, and there are long waiting times for people who need to be admitted.

Stafford County Hospital
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Staff are phoning the families of patients who are fit to be discharged.

In the papers: Telford back in child sex abuse spotlight

Shropshire Star

Here are three headlines from the Shropshire Star today:

Arrest after 'rooftop siege'

A 40-year-old man from Tamworth has been arrested after what Staffordshire Police are calling a "two-hour rooftop siege" in the town yesterday afternoon.

The force said during the stand-off, tiles were ripped up and thrown from the roof of a house in Alfred Street on to the road below.

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Staffordshire Police

The street was cordoned off and neighbouring properties were evacuated, with occupants sent to a nearby boxing club while officers attended the incident.

Police said the arrested man remained in custody.

Nicola Payne hunt continues with ground radar

Specialist teams are continuing to search land near to where a teenager disappeared more than 20 years ago.

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It's a private investigation team that is searching for Nicola Payne at Coombe Abbey Country Park, Warwickshire.

A number of items have already been recovered, but nothing "significant", says Peter Faulding from Specialist Group International.

He said: "It is now about looking for evidence, looking for evidence relating to Nicola’s disappearance, so perhaps something connected to her, something she had with her, as well as, of course, crucially looking for Nicola."

Telford abuse: 'I was sold twice a night'
"Holly" was a victim of child exploitation in Telford from the age of 14.

In Pictures: Post-war precinct shopping

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

Precinct shopping in Coventry during the city's post-war years is to be celebrated in an exhibition as part of a major arts festival.

Precinct
City Architects/Coventry Archives

The exhibition is curated by Photo Archive Miners, a Coventry group, and is part of the Shop Front Festival; the city's first significant arts event since winning City of Culture 2021 status.

Precinct shopping
Richard Sadler

The photographs were taken by Coventry City Council architects and renowned photographer Richard Sadler and document changes in the city during the 1950's.

Precinct shopping
City Architects/Coventry Archives

The exhibition runs from 15 to 31 March at Artspace Arcadia Gallery in the City Arcade.

Hospitals hope for funding announcement

Managers at the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford are hoping the chancellor's spring statement will contain news of funding for a reorganisation of services in the county.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust wants consultation on plans for an overhaul that would cost about £300m, but the consultation can't move forward until it knows there is money to make it happen.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
BBC

The plan would involve some of Telford's accident and emergency department, plus women and chldren's services, moving to Shrewsbury; while planned care would move in the opposite direction.

I'd be very excited and very keen to get on the consultation as soon as we hear about the funding if it's a positive message. If it's a negative message, that's going to be a very big headache for the local health economy. We're going to have to go back to the drawing board and look at the fundementals again."

Dr Julian PoveyShropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
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'I was raped by multiple men'

A woman told the Victoria Derbyshire programme earlier she was raped by multiple men in Telford.

She spoke following a Sunday Mirror investigation which claimed hundreds of girls were abused in the town, dating back to the 1980s.

The woman, who appeared anonymously, said she was the victim of a grooming gang and was first abused at the age of 14 and had two abortions.

She said her phone number was sold by boys her own age to older men, who bombarded her with calls.

Telford MP Lucy Allan has called for an independent inquiry.

Woman being interviewed, with her back to camera
BBC

Here's a clip from this morning's programme in which a journalist claims there could be 1,000 victims.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe win super combined silver

BBC Sport

Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe from Stoke-on-Trent claimed a Winter Paralympic silver medal in the women's visually impaired super combined event.

Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe
Reuters

The pair were second after the super G run and despite a storming slalom effort they were unable to get the better of Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova, who were winning their third gold medal.

Fitzpatrick, 19, was born with congenital retinal folds and has no vision in her left eye and limited sight in her right, but started skiing aged five.

In the papers: Rumours over Midland Met site

Express and Star

Officers help Salisbury attack investigation

Efforts to investigate the nerve agent attack in Salisbury are being bolstered by West Midlands Police, it's been confirmed.

Salisbury map
BBC

Police and Army activity continues in the area, with a Sainsbury's car park becoming the latest site to be sealed off in the city.

Prime minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" Russia was responsible for the attack on the Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

The Avon and Somerset force is also among those lending its support to the investigation, along with Welsh police.

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

Thetford ambulance staff told they're 'amazing'

It's great to be appreciated, and after a high-profile case of a woman insulting ambulance crews for parking near her drive, several services across the country have received anonymous messages of thanks showing them just how much their help means to people.

Here's the latest we're aware of:

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It was left on an East of England Ambulance attending a call in Thetford, Norfolk, on Monday.

"You're amazing and worth your weight in gold," the note says.

An angry note left last month on an ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent ordering paramedics to move their vehicle prompted a backlash on social media, and the woman who posted the note was fined for her actions.