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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

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

Weather: A dry and overcast night in Shropshire

The rain should dry up in Shropshire overnight and the weather should be dry and overcast for most of us.

Watch: Cracking down on 'car cruising' in the West Midlands

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

More than 100 cars have been targeted by police forces in the West Midlands as part of a major crackdown on street racing. 

Officers say so-called "car cruising" is becoming an increasing problem in the region. 

All four police forces in the West Midlands have been involved in trying to tackle the problem. You can see more in Midlands Today on BBC One tonight from 18:30.

Ludlow MP welcomes CCG finance move

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Ludlow MP Philip Dunne says confidence needs to be restored in the leadership of Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Group.

The CCG, which is already in special measures, has been given directions by NHS England today, with the aim of bringing its growing deficit under control.

Philip Dunne

The accountable officer in charge of Telford's CCG, David Evans, has now agreed to run both bodies and Mr Dunne says he welcomes the appointment.

In our regular meetings of Shropshire MPs and the CCG we heard encouraging talk of progress, but this wasn’t being backed up by performance."

Philip DunneMP for Ludlow

Hospital apology for Ludlow baby death

The recently appointed chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has apologised to the parents of Kate Stanton-Davies, for the care which he said had "contributed to the death" in 2009.

Simon Wright wrote to Rhiannon Davies and Richard Stanton ahead of today's meeting saying he apologised unreservedly for the shortcomings in care and for the way the NHS handled their complaints.

He said an independent report published on Friday evening made "difficult reading" - all the more so because it had "only come about because of the determination of Richard and Rhiannon to bring to light the failures of the original investigation".  

A meeting to discuss the independent report into the death is still ongoing.

Simon Wright
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust

Parents 'relive trauma' of baby death

In an emotional statement to the hospital trust, Rhiannon Davies and Richard Stanton described their baby daughter's final few hours and their panic at times of not even knowing where she was or what care she was receiving.

Kate Stanton-Davies
Richard Stanton

1 March 2009 should have been the happiest day of our lives, instead we relive the trauma of it every day."

Rhiannon Davies and Richard Stanton

Parents call for 'culture of truth' at Shropshire hospitals

The parents of a baby who died after being born at Ludlow's Community Hospital has been speaking to hospital directors this afternoon and said there had been a culture of "lies, deflection, harmful communication and cover up".

Rhiannon Davies also said she and her partner Richard Stanton had given up the last seven years of their lives find out what had happened.

Ludlow Hospital

She said she wanted to see a "culture of truth, openness, honesty and accountability for all staff" in the future.

An independent review has concluded the hospital trust abdicated its responsibility for investigating the death and failed to hold staff to account over the death that has previously been described as "avoidable".

Travel: A41 partially blocked at Bletchley

BBC Travel

An overturned trailer is partially blocking the A41 at Bletchley between the B5065 junction and Bletchley road.

Headlines: Action on Shropshire CCG finances; AFC Telford United 'humbled' by donation

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this evening:

- Action over CCG finances welcomed by Shropshire MPs

- Hospitals review critical report on baby death

- AFC Telford United 'humbled' by fan's donation

Watch: New video to promote summer events in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A short film has been produced to encourage people to come to Shrewsbury this summer.

Events on the horizon include the Cartoon Festival, Shakespeare Day, Shropshire Kids Festival and Shrewsbury Bookfest. And further ahead there are big ones like the flower and folk festivals.

The video has been commissioned by the Shrewsbury BID group, which represents local traders.

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Shropshire CCG's growing debt

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group was put into special measures in November, in an effort to control its mounting debt and 40 measures were identified as a way of controlling it.

Back then the deficit stood at £10m. That has risen to over £13m this year and it is now forecast to top £14m - above the target of £11.1m set by NHS England.

NHS sign

The CCG said there was a problem with financial assumptions being incorrect in the past and blamed the growing overspend on "increased activity levels" at hospitals and GP practices this winter.

Walkers cover 100 miles in charity canal challenge

A group from Autism Together is walking 100 miles down the Shropshire Union Canal to raise money for the work it does in the Wirral area.

The staff and families involved also want to use the opportunity to talk to people they meet about autism.

Canal walkers

Shropshire hospital trust struggles to recruit A&E consultants

Shropshire Star

Only one accident and emergency consultant has been recruited at Shropshire’s two main hospitals during the past three years despite extensive recruitment drives, it has been revealed.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

BBC Weather Watchers: Cloud over Church Stretton

BBC Weather Watchers

There's going to be a fair amount of cloud around today and this photo was sent in through the BBC Weather Watchers website.

It was taken from the hills over Church Stretton by a contributor who uses the nickname Snapper Simon.

Hills near Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Headlines: Shropshire CCG told to get a grip of finances; water turbine in Ludlow

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Shropshire CCG told to get a grip of its finances by NHS England

- Hospitals to review critical report into baby death

- Water turbine installed in Ludlow

Ancient Greek technology to generate electricity in Ludlow

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The Ludlow Hydro Co-operative is installing an Archimedes screw next to Ludford Mill in Ludlow to generate electricity.

The idea dates back to the 3rd Century BC. Water from the river will turn it and the group says it should produce around 150,000 kWh per year - enough to supply 40 homes.

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This form of turbine has been chosen, because fish can pass through it without being harmed, the group says.

The work has been put on hold until now because the river levels were too high over the winter.

AFC Telford United 'humbled' by mystery donation

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United say they're "humbled" by a £5,000 donation from a supporter.

It came out of the blue in the post from a fan who wants to help the club move forward financially, but who doesn't want his name made public.

It's thought to be the biggest one-off donation ever received by the club.

AFC Telford United
Mike Sheridan

New flood insurance scheme to cut bills by hundreds of pounds

A new insurance scheme starts this week to help people living in areas at risk of flooding get affordable cover. 

The scheme called Flood Re has been set up by the government and insurance companies. 

Shropshire teenager ‘failed’ by mental health system

Shropshire Star

A young woman from north Shropshire has been transferred to a mental health unit in Essex – more than 200 miles away.

No charges over coin thrown at Chris Brunt

A Shropshire teenager arrested after a coin was thrown at West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt during an FA Cup match will face no further action, police say.

The 17-year-old was given a caution for using threatening words, Thames Valley Police said.

Chris Brunt
Rex Features

The Northern Ireland player was hit in the face by the coin during the 20 February game against Reading after he went to give his shirt to a supporter.

It is thought no charges were brought due to a lack of evidence.

BBC Travel: Heavy hail causes accidents on M54

BBC Travel

The Central Motorways Police Group is reporting accidents caused by hail on the M54 this lunchtime.

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New face brought in to control CCG finances

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

There have been changes at the top at the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The woman standing in as the Accountable Officer, Brigid Stacey, has returned to her old job and the CCG was unable to find someone to take her place, so it's asked the man running Telford's CCG to do the job for both organisations.

David Evans

David Evans will now have to oversee the measures to control Shropshire CCG's deteriorating finances.

Headlines: CCG told to take measures to reduce deficit; Big Busk event raises over £5,000

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this lunchtime:

- Shropshire CCG told to get a grip of its finances

- Hospitals to review critical report into baby death

- Over £5,000 raised by Shrewsbury Big Busk event

Big Busk Festival: Now for the big count

There's no rest for the team behind the weekend's Big Busk festival in Shrewsbury. 

They're busy counting all the money they raised for charity. 

We wanted to raise over £6,000, and we're already at £5,000 with money still to be counted."

Karen HigginsOrganiser, The Big Busk

Action on CCG finances welcomed by MP

The MP for Shrewsbury seems pleased with the action being taken by NHS England over the finances at the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Shropshire health body told to improve its financial position

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been told by NHS England to take measures to improve its finances, with its deficit forecast to worsen by the end of the year.

The health body is nearly £14m in the red, which is beyond the £11m it agreed with NHS England at the start of the year.

GP writing

The CCG has been told it has to produce a recovery plan and appoint a number of new managers to supervise the turnaround.

Weather: Showers and sunny intervals

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We'll have a real mixture of weather this afternoon, with sunshine breaking through in between the showers.

New chief executive starts work at orthopaedic hospital

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Mark Brandreth starts work today as the new chief executive at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

He says he intends to put waiting lists and high-quality patient care, among his main priorities.

Mark Brandreth

Mr Brandreth was previously the deputy chief executive at the Countess of Chester hospital.

He says he's written to all the staff asking for their ideas and received dozens of replies.

Thomas Telford girls win Wembley final

A girls under-13s team representing Shrewsbury Town have been crowned national champions. 

The Thomas Telford School under-13s beat Cambridge 1-0 to secure the Football League Trust's six-a-side Kinder Cup at Wembley yesterday.

National champions
Shrewsbury Town FC
National champions
Shrewsbury Town FC

Kate Stanton-Davies death: Board to discuss review

Board members at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust meet today to discuss the independent review published on Friday into the death of a baby girl seven years ago. 

Kate Stanton-Davies, who was born at Ludlow Community Hospital, died at Birmingham Heartlands hospital when she was just six hours old. 

baby death
Richard Stanton

An independent review concluded that the hospital Trust had abdicated its responsibility in investigating her death and failed to hold staff to account. 

The report praises the tenacity of Kate's parents in seeking the truth surrounding her death.

Stained glass mandolin sale tops £2,000

A stained glass electric mandolin signed by musician Robert Plant has been sold at auction for £2,250.


The instrument, which lights up when being played, was sold in an online auction to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Shropshire filmmaker Andrew Bullas put together a documentary about the creation of the unusual instrument and travelled to Orkney to watch it being made. 

Football: 'Massive point' for Telford

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United are now unbeaten in seven games and haven't conceded a goal since 1 March. Manager Rob Smith described their 0-0 draw with Nuneaton as a "massive point".

The result means they stay 16th in the National North Table, four points above the relegation zone.

AFC Telford United players
Mike Sheridan

The Telford manager also said his squad looked tired.

They have a break from league action tomorrow night when they play Shrewsbury Town in the Shropshire Senior Cup.

Headlines: Hospital board to discuss baby death review; football team win Wembley final

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- An independent review into the death of Kate Stanton-Davies will be discussed by board members today

- Annual Big Busk festival raises thousands for charity

- Girls football team crowned national champions

Big Busk festival: Boys raise £4,000 with 25-hour busk

Two young musicians have completed a 25-hour charity busk in Shropshire.

Tom Barras and Louis Briggs began playing in Shrewsbury at 09:00 on Friday and strummed their final notes at about 10:00 on Saturday.

Big Busk

The friends set themselves the challenge as part of a two-day busking festival held in memory of a local musician who was murdered in 2012.

On air: How have you turned your life around?

Jim Hawkins Show

Ryan Kennedy is in for Jim Hawkins this morning - talking about the effects of drug use. 

There's been a dramatic fall in the number of arrests and charges for cannabis use across England and Wales since 2010.


If you've got a story to tell Ryan, you can get in touch by calling 01743 248 321 or text 81333, starting your message with the word SHROP. 

And you can get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Football: Shrewsbury drop to 18th in League One

BBC Sport

football scores
BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town were thrashed 5-1 by promotion-chasing Wigan - bringing an end to their nine-match unbeaten run. 

Town's only goal came from Sullay Kaikai. 

Manager Mickey Mellon says he wants to move on from the defeat as soon as possible. 

We have been good for nine games and an hour so we've got to move on very quickly."

Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Thousands of pounds raised in 25-hours

Congratulations to young musicians Tom Barras and Louis Briggs. 

They busked for 25 hours as part of the Big Busk festival and raised £4,000. 

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Headlines: Kate Stanton-Davies review meeting; Big Busk raises thousands

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Hospital board members meet today to discuss independent review into the death of a baby girl 

- A 25-hour marathon busk by two Bridgnorth boys raises £4,000 for charity

- A new chief executive starts at the orthopaedic hospital in Gobowen today

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A grey start, with sunny spells and rain later. Charlie Slater has the forecast.

Travel: Roadworks causing delays in Priorslee

BBC Travel

Traffic is heavy at B5060 Castle Farm Way (Limekiln Bank Roundabout) in Priorslee due to the roadworks.