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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016
  2. News. sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Carlie Swain

All times stated are UK

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Mother of dead baby 'only wanted answers'

In response, Rhiannon Stanton-Davies, the mother of Kate, said the report was final vindication for what had been a seven-year battle.

You should be able to say to a grieving parent that this is what happened and why it happened, so I can go away and grieve. But it hasn't been like that for us."

Mrs Stanton-Davies said her hope was that the hospital would learn from its failings and that shortcomings in midwifery can be resolved.

Weather: Cloudy overnight, warmer for the weekend

BBC Weather

Sara Thornton has the forecast.

Hospital trust apologises for 'shortcomings in care' that 'contributed' to baby's death

Hospital trust chief executive Simon Wright apologised "unreservedly" to Kate Stanton-Davies's parents for "the shortcomings in care" that "contributed" to her death.

Mr Wright also apologised for the trust's handling of the complaints raised by Richard and Rhiannon Stanton-Davies, which he said had "added significantly to the pain and distress they had already experienced".

Ludlow Community Hospital

He said the trust "fully acknowledge the failings identified in this report" and would hold a "transparent process" to ensure recommendations are seen through.

However, Mr Wright said "significant steps" had already been taken, including greater training for midwifery staff and strengthening its complaints team.

Hospital's own investigation 'not fit for purpose'

The report published this afternoon specifically found Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust had failed to investigate Kate's death well enough, failed to hold staff to account and failed to address the concerns of her parents.

A review carried out for SaTH originally established there had been no breach of care, but an NHS England review found that to be "not fit for purpose" and called for an independent one, which has been led by expert Debbie Graham.

Last year failings by two midwives were highlighted and a report recommended they be referred to the regulator. 

BreakingKate Stanton-Davies death: Hospital trust 'failed to establish the facts'

An independent review into the death of a newborn baby in Ludlow has found that the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust didn't take responsibility or investigate her death properly. 

Kate Stanton-Davies died after delays transferring her from Ludlow Community Hospital to a doctor-led maternity unit in March 2009.

Kate Stanton-Davies
Richard Stanton

The review found the hospital trust "abdicated its responsibility" in finding out why Kate died six hours after her birth. 

A Health Ombudsman previously concluded that the death was avoidable, and there had been a "service failure" by the Ludlow hospital.  

Teen musicians in 24-hour busk

BBC Midlands Today

Louis Briggs, 13, and 14-year-old Tom Barras are still at it.

They're aiming to busk for 24 hours in the Square in Shrewsbury. It's all to raise money for this weekend's Big Busk. All money raised will go to the Shrewsbury Ark homeless charity. 

Serious crash on old A5

BBC Travel

The B5061 has been shut in both directions at Norton due to a serious crash. 

The fire service says two people are trapped in the wreckage and the road's been closed. 

Traffic on surrounding routes is reported to be busy. 

Norton cross roads
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Norton cross roads

Headlines: Death link to Donnington fire; Shrewsbury church theft

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Coroner links death of a woman to asbestos scattered following a fire at Donnington more than 30 years ago

- £6,000 of damage caused to church window after break-in

- Teen musicians bid to busk for 24-hours

Newport bid for record sixth bowls title

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Tonight's the start of the new Shropshire Premier Bowls League season.

Newport won the title for a record fifth time last year, but are expected to face stiff competition this time around.

Steve Roberts, from Wrockwardine Wood, said a number of players had moved between clubs and at least three or four teams were in with a chance of winning the title.

On air: Granville Colliery reunion

Adam & Vicki Show

A reunion's being held tomorrow for former miners at the Granville colliery in Telford. 

The pit closed in 1979 - with many of its miners transferring to other collieries, in Staffordshire. 


Tomorrow's reunion is at The Lamb Inn at Wrockwardine Wood.   

More on this with Adam and Joanne (who's in for Vicki) this afternoon. 

Travel: B5061 at Norton closed in both directions

BBC Travel

The B5061 (old A5) is closed in both directions due to a serious accident between Atcham and Uppington. 

The air ambulance has been called to the scene. 

Men charged with stealing bus

Three men have been charged with stealing a bus from a depot which led to a police chase.

The single-decker bus was reported stolen in Coseley at late on Wednesday and was eventually stopped by police using a stinger device after it was spotted in Albrighton early on Thursday. 

West Midlands Police

Woman 'almost certainly’ exposed to asbestos following 1983 Donnington blaze

Winsford Guardian

Winsford Guardian

A disabled woman was almost "certainly" exposed to asbestos in the aftermath of an army storage warehouse fire in Donnington more than 30 years ago, an inquest has heard.

Telford hosts family fun day

There's a free family fun day in Telford Town Park tomorrow - Spring Into The Park.

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Council tax bills rise across England

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Research for BBC News reveals almost every household in England will see a rise in their council tax bill from today, even if county and unitary councils freeze their element.

The overall bills include any precepts levied by parish councils, county councils, police and crime commissioners and fire authorities.


The government also gave the go-ahead for authorities to increase bills by 2% to explicitly pay for the rising cost of adult social care, in addition to other tax rises.

According to BBC research, people living in Pendle, Lancashire, and Cornwall will see the biggest rises.

Headlines: £6,000 damage to church window; Big Busk world record attempt

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are our main stories this afternoon:

- Shrewsbury's St Mary's church broken into and burgled

- A Ludlow nurse says she "despairs" for the future of hospital services in south Shropshire

- Two teenage musicians begin world record attempt, as part of this weekend's annual Big Busk event

Church window damaged for a second time in break-in

A break-in at a church that saw a thief take £30 after causing £6,000 of damage means a drain on a "tight budget", the trust that runs it says.

The Churches Conservation Trust, responsible for St Mary's Church in Shrewsbury, said it was the second time the church had been targeted.

St Mary's Church
The Churches Conservation Trust

Once again we're having to find funding from a very tight budget to undertake unnecessary work."

Robert MiltonChurches Conservation Trust

Man arrested in Ford on suspicion of drug-driving

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A man's been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. 

Police officers are also investigating claims he may have driven away from a filling-station in Ford - without paying for fuel.     

police car
Getty Images

One Lads Challenge: Shrewsbury done, now off to Bishop's Castle

Ten-year-old Andrew Impey is zooming around the county today, visiting all of our fire stations. 

Andrew, who's from Portsmouth, has set himself a challenge to visit as many fire stations in the country as possible. He's raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity and is raising awareness of Autism.     

His first stop was Shrewsbury to meet Chief Fire Officer John Redmond. 

One Lads Challenge
One Lads Challenge

Thousands of pounds of damage to church window

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

At least £6,000 worth of damage has been caused to a window at St Mary's Church in Shrewsbury, West Mercia Police say. 

It's believed a burglar broke in sometime between 16:00 yesterday and 08:30 this morning. 

Church window
West Mercia Police

The thief stole £30 in cash from inside the church before leaving through the broken window. 

Teenage musicians hope to set world record as part of the Big Busk

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Two teenage musicians have begun a world record attempt, as part of this weekend's annual Big Busk in Shrewsbury. 

Louis Briggs, 13, and 14-year-old Tom Barras - who go by the name of Guitar Cubed -  started their attempt to play for 24 hours earlier this morning.  

The Big Busk was set up in memory of Ben Bebbington, who died after being attacked on a footpath in 2012.   

Money raised will go to the The Ark Project, a local homelessness charity. 

Weather: Cloudy but dry this afternoon

BBC Weather

A dry afternoon, with some rain by this evening. Charlie Slater has all the details.

Travel: A5 slow southbound at Chirk

BBC Travel

Traffic is reported to be slow and heavier than usual on the A5, southbound at Chirk between the A483 (Halton Roundabout) and the Gledrid Island. 

Headlines: Hospital bed numbers concern; suspected drug-driver arrested in Ford

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Ludlow nurse says she "despairs" for the future of hospital services after health commissioners say fewer beds needed in south Shropshire

- Man arrested on suspicion of drug-driving

- Teen musicians begin world record attempt to play for more than 24 hours

Exterminate! Dalek set to invade Doctor Who-themed Shrewsbury auction

Shropshire Star

Watch out! There’s a dalek about. Auction house expert Alexander Clement is more used to dealing with his speciality fine art. So you can imagine his surprise when this villainous lot came in.

Alexander Clement from Halls with Dalek that's up for auction
Shropshire Star

The One Lads Challenge comes to the county

Ten-year-old Andrew Impey has arrived in Shropshire. 

He's on a mission to visit as many fire stations as he can, to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity and raise awareness of Autism. 

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Hospital beds: Cutting numbers will leave people 'isolated'

A Ludlow nurse says she "despairs for the future of hospital services in south Shropshire".

It comes after health commissioners say fewer beds will be needed at Ludlow, Whitchurch, Bridgnorth and Bishop's Castle - because more people can be helped to stay in their own homes. 

Hospital ward

Tracey Huffer, who's also a member of Shropshire Council, thinks cutting the number of beds in the county's smaller hospitals will leave the elderly and vulnerable "isolated" at home with infrequent medical visits. 

She thinks it's a reaction to overspending, and an attempt to move the costs from hospital to community care. 

Football: Mellon inspired by Darwin

BBC Sport

Micky Mellon has revealed that he's using one of Shrewsbury's most famous sons, Charles Darwin, to inspire his footballers.

He said Town's strength in recent games has come from their ability to adapt - they're currently on a nine-game unbeaten run.

Darwin and Mellon
Getty Images/BBC

On Air: Ryan's asking have you got a lost in translation story?

Ryan's covering for Jim this morning on BBC Radio Shropshire. He's asking have you got a lost in translation story? Attempted to tackle a language when on holiday and it's not gone quite right? Or misunderstood a sign and ended up in the wrong place? 

Colin Garnett, from Market Drayton, has a book that he's finding impossible to read because it's in Japanese. He wants to find someone who's willing to help him translate it.    

language translation

You can call (01743) 248321 or text 81333 and start your text with the word SHROP.

You can also email, tweet or get in touch via our Facebook page.  

Headlines: Hospital beds confusion; land-speed record car on display

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning: 

- Community hospital bosses say plans to reduce the number of beds haven't come from them

- Shropshire grocer says prices could increase with the introduction of the National Living Wage

- A car which helped an Oswestry man break the land-speed record goes on display at Wrexham museum

In pictures: RAF Cosford from 3,000 feet

Shropshire's looking good from a few thousand feet up in the air. 

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Ironbridge Gorge in Top 20 of UK's most visited World Heritage Sites

Shropshire Star

The Ironbridge Gorge was today included on a prestigious list of the most visited World Heritage Sites in the UK.

Ironbridge Gorge
Shropshire Star

Plans to reduce beds haven't come from us say bosses at Community Hospitals

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Bosses based at Shropshire's Community Hospitals say plans to reduce the number of beds  haven't come from them.

Health commissioners at Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group believe fewer beds will be needed at Ludlow, Whitchurch, Bridgnorth and Bishop's Castle, because more people can be helped to stay in their own homes.

Ludlow Community Hospital

The Community Health Trust says it's in discussions with the CCG to understand its reasoning.

Grocer warns of price hikes with introduction of National Living Wage

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A grocer from Pontesbury says stores will be forced to put up prices and some may have to lay off staff, with the introduction of the government's National Living Wage

Employers now have to pay adults over 25 at least £7.20 an hour 


The Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast there'll be 60,000 fewer jobs by the end of the decade, as some companies struggle to pay the higher rate.   

Obviously we want to increase prices by as little as possible, we don't want to spoil our trade, but I don't seen any alternative and we need to bear in mind that the government's intention is to make this £9 an hour by 2020."

Nick HignettGrocer

Latest: Community hospital bosses deny they're behind plans to have fewer beds; musicians gear up for the Big Busk

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this morning:

- Bosses at Shropshire's Community Hospitals say plans to reduce the number of beds haven't come from them

- Shropshire grocer says prices could increase with the introduction of the National Living Wage

- Two teenage musicians begin a world record attempt today as part of this weekend's Big Busk in Shrewsbury

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any frost or fog patches around this morning will quickly clear, as cloud and wind increase, bringing the risk of some rain by this evening.  

Top temperatures of 9C (48F).