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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Carlie Swain

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Cold and clear tonight

BBC Weather

Frost expected overnight with fog in places. Sara Thornton has the forecast.

Local artist joining Festival line up

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

BBC Introducing artist and Telford rapper Trademark Blud is due to support Dizzee Rascal at the Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival. 

Trademark Blud

The festival will be taking place at the Quarry this summer and has already announced Wretch 32 and the Happy Mondays as headliners.  

Watch: Secret garden transformed

BBC Midlands Today

A secret garden in Shropshire has been transformed into a horticultural business.

Forgotten for 50 years, the garden at Apley Estate has been radically overhauled by its owners.

County hospital handed top award

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire's Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital has received a national award in recognition of its ''outstanding'' care for people with muscular dystrophy and related conditions. 

The orthopaedic hospital, outside Oswestry, has been recognised by the Muscular Dystrophy Centre of Excellence award following a UK-wide audit of neuromuscular services by a panel of experts. 

Dr Tracey Willis and Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK Robert Meadowcroft

Oswestry's specialist team currently looks after more than 1,000 local patients.   

Shrewsbury swimming pool decision in July

Shropshire Star

The fate of Shrewsbury’s swimming pool is set to be decided this summer.

Council officers are currently going through responses to a five-month consultation period that asked residents to have their say on what they want to see as the future of the pool.

Shrewsbury pool

Milk price cut 'soul destroying' for farmers

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire dairy farmer says the latest cut to milk prices will have a huge impact for those on Muller contracts. 

The Market Drayton-based dairy firm has announced another cut of 0.85p a litre from 1 May. 


David Stacey from Minsterley fears the banks will run out of patience with cash-strapped farmers.   

They're hanging on by their fingernails. I think this is going to last longer than people originally feared."

David StaceyDairy farmer

Award for Shropshire lifeguard

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire woman is to get a Royal Humane Society life-saving award for rescuing a man from the bottom of a swimming pool. 

Kelli Smith, from Gobowen, was on lifeguard duty at Derwen College last November when she spotted a swimmer lying unconscious. 

His lips had turned blue. She quickly dived-in, got him to the surface, and brought him back to life, with the help of two nurses.

There is no doubt that it was thanks to Kelli that he was brought back from the very brink of death."

Dick WilkinsonSecretary, Royal Humane Society

Don't be fooled by the sunshine

Gritters are heading out across the county tonight. 

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Headlines: Muller milk prices cut; stungun and knives found in raid

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Market Drayton-based Muller announces another cut in the price it pays farmers for their milk

- Weapons and drugs seized following a raid in Whitchurch 

- Shropshire Council could follow Telford and Wrekin in becoming part of a West Midlands devolved body

Council seeks approval to join body

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council could follow Telford and Wrekin in becoming part of a West Midlands devolved body. 

The authority's former leader Keith Barrow had resisted linking up with the new West Midlands Combined Authority - but a report to Cabinet next week now recommends joining as a non-constituent member. 


The West Midlands Combined Authority is made up of 12 of the region's local councils and three Local Enterprise Partnerships. 

As a non-constituent member, the authority wouldn't lose any of its powers or have to surrender any of its decision-making. But there's an annual cost of £25,000 involved. 

Knives, replica guns and drugs found in raid

Weapons have been seized following a raid in Whitchurch this morning, West Mercia Police say. 

A suspected class B drug, believed to be cannabis, and a selection of weapons, including a suspected stungun, replica handguns and knives were seized from the address on Claypit Street. 

Whitchurch raid
West Mercia Police

A 31-year-old man from Whitchurch has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and possession of a firearm without a certificate. 

Sunny Shropshire

We've been sent some stunning spring pictures of the county.

Thanks to Clare Morris in Nash and Mandy Cooke in Wall Under Heywood. 

Clare Morris
Wall under heywood
Mandy Cooke

Shrewsbury Town: Wesolowski wants to be back before end of season

BBC Sport

James Wesolowski has been continuing his comeback for Shrewsbury Town. 

The Aussie's been out for the past six months with a knee ligament injury. He also missed another four months before that with a similar problem.

James Wesolowski

Wesolowski's hoping for a first-team return before the end of the season, but insists he won’t push it as coming back too early and suffering another setback would be "a disaster".

Video: Historic walled garden brought back to life

BBC Midlands Today

For decades, sumptuous Georgian gardens at the Apley Estate in Shropshire remained undisturbed, taken over by brambles and undergrowth. 

But now the gardens' owners, Lord and Lady Hamilton, have given them a new lease of life - helping supply the local community with home-grown produce. 

Muller cuts milk price again

Market Drayton-based Muller UK has announced another cut in the price it pays farmers for their milk. 

Muller plant in market drayton

It's blaming the cut, of 0.85p a litre, on what it calls "extreme market volatility". 

The latest cut comes in on 1 May.

Headlines: Milk price cut again; council seeks approval to join devolved body

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories this afternoon:

- Dairy giant Muller is to cut the price it pays farmers for milk

- Shropshire Council looks into joining West Midlands Combined Authority

- Car storage depot plan in High Ercall on hold

Music stars Carol Decker and Paul Heaton give Shrewsbury's Big Busk their backing

Shropshire Star

They have toured the world with their music and played gigs as big as Glastonbury, now they are backing a Shropshire festival hoping to attract thousands in its fourth year.

Carol Decker and Paul Heaton
Shropshire Star

Football: Staying positive at Whitchurch

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

You might think it’s doom and gloom at Whitchurch Alport football club - they’re bottom of the table in their debut season in the North West Counties League, and lost their last game 11-1!

But far from it. There’s no relegation, and club officials insist it’s simply a tough learning curve after their step up from the local Mercian League.

We’ve lost key players, but gates have trebled, the ground’s been improved, and we’re looking to the future."

Peter StokesClub Secretary

Alport are at home to Bacup on Saturday, but first face AFC Bridgnorth tonight at the Shrewsbury Sports Village in the semi-final of the Shropshire Cup.  

Vineyard memories from 25 years ago

Remember when videos looked like this...

Wroxeter Vineyard just sent us this, filmed 25 years ago today. 

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NHS spends thousands on one GP visit and 18 phone consultations

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

NHS England says it's going to try to reduce costs after it gave more than £165,000 to a healthcare company in the West Midlands that, over five months, ended up carrying out just one GP visit and 18 phone consultations. 

The NHS says Primecare was given the contract after local GPs - with the exception of those in Herefordshire - weren't interested in providing the service. 

Primecare said it was NHS England's decision to pay the money for the contract up front. 

NHS sign

Our aim is to implement a new, local model of service from 1 April, to reduce our costs."

David WilliamsNHS England

More on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Tern Hill: Sadness over the decision to close Barracks

Shops and businesses in Market Drayton are still taking in the news that the nearby Tern Hill army camp is to close and be turned into a big housing estate. 

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Defence just before the Bank Holiday weekend. The idea is to sell Clive Barracks to a developer by 2020 and build up to 600 homes. 

Clive Barracks

We've had a very good rapport from day one. It'll be the end of an era."

George BrattonRoyal British Legion, Market Drayton branch

Weather: Sunny spells this afternoon

BBC Weather

A bright afternoon, but chilly this evening. Kaye Forster has the forecast.

Headlines: Shock in Market Drayton over Tern Hill closure; car storage depot decision on hold

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Local business owners say the closure of Tern Hill Barracks will be a big loss

- Car storage depot plan in High Ercall on hold as council defers decision

- Oswestry's orthopaedic hospital gets top award

Car storage depot plan put off for now

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

More than 100 people packed into the village hall at High Ercall last night, a local councillor says, to hear more about a plan to store cars at a former RAF base nearby. 

The Greenhous Group wants to store up to 1,800 vehicles at the old Centrex site but some people in the area are worried that big car-transporters could cause problems on the narrow lanes leading up to the depot. 

Old Centrex site

Parish councillors have put off making a decision on whether to back the proposal.   

I think there probably is a solution if all parties involved can get around a table."

Ray WicksonChair of Ercall Magna Parish Council

AFC Telford United: 'It isn't over yet'

That's the message from AFC Telford United in their fight for National North safety.

The Bucks' position looks healthy after winning their last five games - but goalkeeper James Montgomery insists they can't ease off.

James Montgomery
Mike Sheridan

We are getting a lot closer to being safe, but we must push on over the next few weeks and get the points to make us mathematically safe as early as possible."

James MontgomeryGoalkeeper, AFC Telford United

Bridgnorth bidding to become most dog-friendly town in Britain

Shropshire Star

Bridgnorth is hoping to cash in on extra visitors – by challenging for the title of most dog-friendly town in Britain, with its shops, pubs and cafes are opening their doors to four-legged visitors.

Shock and disappointment over Tern Hill Barracks closure

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The news that the Tern Hill Barracks near Market Drayton are to be sold and a new housing estate to be built in its place is still causing ripples. 

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Defence just before the bank holiday weekend. The idea is to sell the site to a developer by 2020 and build up to 600 homes.

Market Drayton

Harvey Locke runs the Tudor Hotel, bar and restaurant says the announcement was a big talking point over the weekend. 

Most of them (army personnel) were shocked and disappointed that they've got to move their families. It'll be a big loss to us."

Harvey LockeOwner, Tudor Hotel

Shrewsbury Town players in running for player of the month

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Two Shrewsbury Town players are on the shortlist for the League One player of the month.

Sullay Kaikai scored five goals and Shaun Whalley three as Shrewsbury went unbeaten in six games in March.

Kaikai is on loan from Premier League Crystal Palace, while Whalley has developed late after spending much of his career in the non-League game.

Homeless charity aiming to raise thousands this weekend

Homeless charity the Shrewsbury Ark is hoping to raise thousands at a music event in the town this weekend in a bid to meet its £120,000 annual running costs.

The Big Busk will see musicians and performers will take over the town centre.

Big Busk

Headlines: Both A&E units to stay open; police called nearly 6,000 times to children's homes

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The latest top stories:

- Campaigners back decision to keep both Telford and Shrewsbury A&Es open

- Prison reform charity says children deserve the chance to 'flourish' after FOI shows West Mercia police dealt with nearly 6,000 incidents between 2012 and 2015

- Telford business expectes to save thousands of pounds with one of the biggest solar power systems in the country

Community nurses called in to cope with 'exceptional' A&E demand

Shropshire Star

Shropshire’s two main hospitals have called in community nurses to help as they continue to experience “exceptional levels of demand”

Your photos: Chilly in Willey this morning!

BBC Weather Watchers

This is the weather in Willey in south Shropshire this morning. It was about 1C (33F) when this was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Very Smallholding.

Sunrise over trees
Very Smallholding

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Plans to close one Shropshire A&E unit overnight are shelved

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Accident and Emergency units in Shrewsbury and Telford will both remain open round the clock, as the hospital trust said a part closure would require too much reorganising and reinvestment.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital's Trust says it will bring in staff from elsewhere to help keep them running for the time being. 

two A+E entrances

Campaign group Defend our NHS has welcomed the news, but hopes it won't just be a short-term solution.

No decision has been made yet on which A&E unit would be preferred to stay open. 

Police called nearly 6,000 to Childrens' homes in West Mercia Police area

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

West Mercia Police were called to children's homes more than 6,000 times between 2012 and 2015, according to a prison reform charity.  

The force dealt with more offences in that time than any of the other 17 police forces that responded to a freedom of information request from the Howard League for Penal Reform.

police officers walking

There are more children's homes across the West Mercia area than other forces, the FOI shows.  

A spokesperson for the Howard League said the children had been "taken into care because they are in dire need" and that they were being unfairly criminalised for minor offences.

They deserve every chance to flourish. Private companies, charities and local authorities that are paid a fortune by the taxpayer should give these children what they need and deserve."

Frances CrookChief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform

Headlines: A&E unit not to close overnight; childrens' homes 'too quick' to call police

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The top stories this morning:

- Campaigners back decision not to go ahead with the overnight closure of one of Shropshire's A&E units for now

- A prison reform charity says nearly 6,000 incidents at childrens' homes have been recorded in three years by West Mercia Police

- Concerns of increased traffic are raised over plans to store cars in High Ercall

Weather: A frosty start, with sunshine and showers later

BBC Weather

Here's the forecast for today, with Kaye Forster

Travel: Roadworks in Shrewsbury could mean congestion

BBC Travel

Old Roman Road is closed westbound between the B4380 junction and the Longden Road junction because of water main works, so traffic could build up on diverted routes.

Roadworks in a number of other places in the county, check the travel map here.

Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather this morning.

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