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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all the live updates for today but we're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday. Have a great evening.

Drop in Easter 999 calls for the county

There was a slight drop in calls made to the ambulance service in Shropshire over the Easter weekend - compared to the previous year. 

But overall, the West Midlands Ambulance Service saw an eleven percent increase in emergency calls  across the region. 


In Shropshire, 719 people dialled 999 for an ambulance between Good Friday and Easter Monday - 21 fewer than last year.    

Shropshire man killed in car crash is named

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

A man who was killed in a car crash in Staffordshire at the weekend has been named as 62-year-old Frank Woodcock.

He was from Pipe Gate in Woore near Market Drayton. 

The crash happened in Stableford on Saturday evening - on the A51 at the junction with Bent Lane and Dog Lane, by the railway bridge.

Weather: Some showers through the night

BBC Weather

Charlie Slater has the latest forecast.

The weather for the West Midlands.

Battle of Britain pilot Tony Pickering dies aged 95

One of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots has died. 

Squadron Leader Tony Pickering - who was 95 - was stationed in Telford during the Battle, and visited Bridgnorth last year for a 75th anniversary commemoration event.

Veteran Tony Pickering speaks about the teamwork involved in defending Britain’s skies.

Headlines: Baby kidnap was 'pre-planned'; Man killed in crash is named

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Woman admits kidnapping a nine-week-old baby in Telford

- Shropshire man killed in a crash at the weekend named as Frank Woodcock

- Proposals to temporarily close one of Shropshire's A&E departments are put on hold

Dizzee Rascal to headline Shropshire festival

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Hip hop star Dizzee Rascal has been announced as the Friday night headline act at this summer's Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival.

The Happy Mondays have already been announced as another top act for the three-day event. 

Dizzee Rascal
Ian Gavan

We are very excited to be welcoming Dizzee Rascal to the festival...His addition further cements what the festival is all about."

Dene EdwardsFestival Director

A&E temporary closure proposal off the table

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Proposals to temporarily close one of Shropshire's Accident and Emergency departments overnight appear to have been put on the back burner. 

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust says such a move would require considerable re-organisation and investment to implement. 


The trust will instead look to use staff from neighbouring organisations to sustain two 24-hour emergency departments until a final decision has been made on where emergency care will be based in the county through the Future Fit programme.   

Car storage facility plans to be discussed later

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

There's concern that turning a Shropshire village's old RAF airfield into a car storage facility could lead to heavy traffic that would damage roads. 

Representatives from the motor dealer Greenhous and Telford and Wrekin's Highway Department will discuss the plans at a meeting in High Ercall tonight. 

If planning permission is granted for the site, 1,800 cars could eventually be housed there, with villages like Longdon upon Tern being used as a through-route for lorries transporting them.

First TNS home defeat in more than three years

BBC Sport

The New Saints manager Craig Harrison is promising a reaction from his players after their first Welsh Premier home defeat in nearly three-and-a-half years.

TNS lost 2-1 to Newtown over the weekend. 

Craig Harrison

We weren’t good enough on the day but we mustn’t forget that the same players have got us to where we are - five points clear at the top of the table."

Craig HarrisonManager, TNS

Baby kidnap: Abduction was 'pre-planned'

A woman who today admitted kidnapping a nine-week-old baby in Telford had a 'number of baby items' at her home, an earlier hearing heard.

Kelly Mahon, 41, of John Broad Avenue, Arleston, was told by a judge at Shrewsbury Crown Court this morning to expect a sentence of "some length". The case has been adjourned until 12 May.  

baby kidnap

The baby was taken in February. During a hearing at Telford Magistrates' Court last month, a prosecutor said the kidnap had been "pre-planned".  

When officers go around there (to Mahon's home) a number of baby items were present; cots, clothes, baby clothes, both female and male and also a to-do list.

Kelly CroweProsecutor

Concerns over tourist attraction

Questions are being asked about why a tourist attraction in the county has expanded - much of it without planning permission. 

The owner of the British Ironworks Centre, famous for making a gorilla sculpture from spoons, says he's in the process of making a retrospective application to Shropshire Council. 

British Ironworks Centre

Duncan Kerr - the authority's Green Party Councillor for Oswestry - says everyone should abide by the same set of rules.   

The planning rules are there to make sure it's safe and developed properly."

Duncan KerrGreen Party Councillor, Oswestry

Headlines: Woman admits baby kidnap; Car storage concerns

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we're looking at this afternoon: 

- Kidnapper of a 9-week-old baby boy told to expect lengthy sentence

- Plans to turn an old RAF airfield into a car storage facility to be discussed tonight

- Slight drop in Easter 999 calls in Shropshire

Football: Goal target for Kaikai

BBC Sport

Sullay Kaikai has set himself a 15-goal target for Shrewsbury Town.

The Crystal Palace loanee is well on target too - five goals in the last four games make him Town’s top scorer on ten goals.

Sullay Kaikai
Getty Images

The talented youngster knows Premier League Palace are watching his progress closely.   

Traitors Gate work finished

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Work to reveal Shrewsbury's last defended gateway has been finished. 

Traitors Gate, which sits at the bottoms of St Mary's Lane, dates back to the 13th century but had seen better days. 

Over the past few months work has been going on to restore it. 

Traitors Gate
Traitors Gate

Kidnapper told to expect lengthy sentence

Kelly Mahon, 41, of John Broad Avenue, Arleston, has today admitted kidnapping a baby boy.

She was arrested after an infant went missing in Telford on 24 February.

The 9-week-old was found safe and well. 

At Shrewsbury Crown Court earlier, Judge Robin Onions told Mahon she was likely to receive a custodial sentence "of some length". He adjourned the case until 12 May and Mahon was remanded in custody.    

Ice Hockey: Team needs improvement

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Coach Tom Watkins is set to start rebuilding his Telford Tigers squad after they lost out in the English Premier League play-offs over the weekend.

Telford Tigers
Telford Tigers

Just 12 months ago, Tigers won the league and cup double, and if they want to get back to those heights, Watkins says, there's no time to waste. 

We need to reach out to new players and improve the team. Ultimately we’ve not been good enough this season."

Tom WatkinsCoach, Telford Tigers

BreakingWoman admits kidnapping baby boy

A woman's admitted kidnapping a 9-week-old baby boy in Telford last month. 

Kelly Mahon, 41, of John Broad Avenue in Arleston, made a brief appearance before Shrewsbury Crown Court earlier today.  

Stained glass mandolin signed by Robert Plant to be auctioned

BBC Midlands Today

A stained glass electric mandolin signed by Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant is to be auctioned for charity.

Shropshire filmmaker Andrew Bullas put together a documentary about the creation of the unusual instrument.

Mr Bullas, from Alveley, travelled to Orkney to watch local craftsman Dick Levens making it.

The mandolin took two years to finish and the film attracted the attention of rock legend Plant.

Plan to replace arson-hit pub with homes rejected

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Plans to demolish a burnt-out pub and replace it with new homes have been rejected by Telford & Wrekin Council. 

The owners wanted to add five homes on the site of the Swan at Waters Upton, which closed nine years ago, and suffered two arson attacks last year.


The Council says it can't be sure enough efforts have gone into reopening the pub, and the parish council has also registered the site as an "Asset of Community Value" in the hope of protecting it from development.  

Weather: A bit of everything this afternoon

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells, showers and maybe even hail this afternoon. Charlie Slater has the forecast.

Headlines: Planning consent issues for tourist attraction; Two women killed in crash

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- The owner of a tourist attraction defends his decision to expand the venue without permission

- Two women from Shropshire among four killed in a car crash in mid Wales

- Plans to demolish a burnt-out pub and replace it with new homes have been rejected

Four killed in A470 crash

Two women from Shropshire were among four people killed in a car crash in mid Wales on Good Friday.

The collision happened on the A470, between Church Street in Rhayader and the Llangurig roundabout, shortly after 11:45.

A470 crash

Vida Alford, 86, and Gillian Alford, 58, both of Shropshire, died at the scene. 

A five-year-old boy and his grandmother also died in the two-car collision. 

A 57-year-old man remains in hospital with serious injuries, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

WWI trenches recreated

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

There was a mix of weather over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend...unfortunate for those of you caught up in the rain. But consider yourself lucky that you weren't stuck in World War One trenches! 

A group of re-enactors from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Living History Group spent the weekend living as soldiers in the replica trench network at Park Hall near Oswestry. 

They spent three nights sleeping in a dugout, which they reckon by First World War standards was the lap of luxury.

Football: Shrewsbury Town's Richie Wellens admits he 'could've done better'

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Despite 20 years and 700 games in football, Shrewsbury Town’s Richie Wellens admits he could've worked harder.

As a highly-rated teenager,  he signed for Manchester United – but he’s confessed to BBC Radio Shropshire:  “I thought it was too easy, and I didn’t apply myself properly, and eventually United moved me on.

“I was playing (for United reserves), as the likes of Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes did earlier – I wish someone’d got a grip of me, I wish I’d asked them for advice.

“I’ve had a good long career – but it could’ve been better.”

Your Pictures: One of the sunny spells this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

Lovely bit of sunshine from near Wrockwardine Wood in Telford.

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Storm Katie: Shropshire roads left flooded after Easter break battering

Shropshire Star

Storm Katie left her mark across Shropshire with floods closing roads and causing accidents.

Newport Road in Albrighton is one of the blocked routes today after the storm brought in heavy rain, strong winds and even snow.  

Headlines: British Ironworks' planning permission 'difficulties'; Two women from Shropshire killed in Easter crash

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

- The owner of the British Ironworks Centre says he was too busy organising a Royal Visit and fighting plans for pylons to apply for planning permission

- Two Shropshire women were among four people killed in a car crash in mid Wales on Good Friday between Llangurig and Rhayader

- An investigation's continuing into the cause of a fire at the Tudor Griffiths recycling-unit near Ellesmere

Plastic fire: 100 tonnes was ablaze in a recycling unit near Ellesmere

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Investigations continue into what caused the fire at Tudor Griffiths off Wood Lane yesterday.

About 40 firefighters and seven fire engines tackled the blaze. 

firefighters hosing burning plastic
Jon Temple/SFRS

Station manager Jon Temple said: "We do not yet know the exact cause but it is likely to be material within the waste which has caused the combustion."

An Environment Agency spokeswoman said staff were monitoring the water runoff to minimise the impact on the surrounding area.

"Confessions of a teenage skull collector"

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Ric Morris visited the Breakfast Show this morning to talk about his collection of skulls. He's giving a talk at Bishops Castle Town Hall tonight.  

Our guest this morning on the @BBCShropshire breakfast show. #lovesskulls

Our guest this morning on the @BBCShropshire breakfast show. #lovesskulls

Listen to the show again here.

Tourist attraction building without planning permission

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The British Ironworks Centre is having to defend itself this morning after expanding without planning permission.

Shropshire Council says the popular attraction near Oswestry has "developed rapidly in recent years and much of it without planning permission".

gorilla made out of spoons

The Green Party Councillor for Oswestry, Duncan Kerr, raised concerns with Shropshire Council about the amount of visitors and traffic to the site. 

Managing Director Clive Knowles says the centre hasn't applied for retrospective planning permission as it is waiting for a visit from the Transport Minister. It continues to work with Shropshire Council and the Highways Agency. 

Headlines: Oswestry business expanding without permission; Investigation into plastics fire continues

- A tourist attraction on the A5 near Oswestry has been expanding without consent

- An investigation's continuing into the cause of a fire at a recycling-unit near Ellesmere

- Two women from Shropshire were among four people killed in a car crash in mid Wales on Good Friday

Weather: A breezy chilly day with some sunny spells

Charlie Slater has the latest West Midlands forecast

The weather for the West Midlands.

Travel: Roadworks on some of the main routes but no major problems

BBC Travel

Temporary lights on the Limekiln roundabout on Castle Farm Way in Telford could mean delays. 

Also the Roman Road in Shrewsbury is closed because of watermains work on the Meole Brace roundabout, so it could be slow going there.

Good morning from BBC Shropshire

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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