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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Horse Racing: Johnson fails to win at Ludlow

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

He might be the Champion Jockey elect, but Richard Johnson couldn't ride a winner at Ludlow today.

He rode in five out of the seven races today without any success.

Richard Johnson

Woman attacked with rope in Madeley

Police have released details of an attack in Madeley last week in which a woman had a rope, or something similar, wrapped around her neck.

It happened at 21:00 last Tuesday on Church Street and the victim, who is in her 20s, was only slightly injured.

Her attacker fled when someone in a nearby house turned a light on.

Weather: A sunny end to the day

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We should get a sunny end today and there will be some light cloud overnight, but it should stay dry. Lows of 6C (42F).

Questions raised over Telford community fund

Two organisations given grants by Telford and Wrekin council have been dissolved since the awards were made.

The discovery was made by the Telford Live website and the Labour run authority is insisting proper checks were carried out before the money was allocated to Pisces WM and Oakengates Events Ltd.

Andrew Eade
Wrekin Conservatives

There is still £150,000 of Telford's £1m "Pride in your High Street" fund remaining and the leader of the opposition Conservative group, Andrew Eade (pictured above), says it raises doubts about the scheme.

Shropshire Senior Cup: 138 years of history

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The Shropshire Senior Cup was first staged in the 1877-78 season and teams still play for the original trophy - unlike the FA Cup, for example. 

The first winners were Shrewsbury F.C (no relation to the current Shrewsbury Town, having dissolved in 1879) who beat the Wellington Parish Church Institute 1-0 in the final.

Shrewsbury Town fans
Getty Images

In 1942, the cup was lifted by RAF Cosford, supplemented no doubt by a number of servicemen stationed there in the war.

And two seasons ago there was no final because Shrewsbury controversially pulled out due to fixture congestion. Their opponents Telford were declared the winners by default.

Loyd Grossman visiting Shrewsbury for lecture

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Loyd Grossman, famous for "Through the Keyhole" and his range of ready-made sauces, is coming to Shrewsbury this month.

He's kicking off a series of lectures organised by the University Centre Shrewsbury and will be in the town on Wednesday, 20 April to talk about protecting our heritage.

Loyd Grossman

Sir Neil Cossons, who used to be former chairman of English Heritage and director of the Science Museum, has also been lined up to talk.

Latest: Rail delays for commuters; questions over community fund; Shropshire Senior Cup tonight

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Rail delays to hit commuters travelling to and from Birmingham this evening

- Questions raised over Telford community fund

- County's top football teams clash in Shropshire Senior Cup

BBC Weather Watchers: Clear blue skies over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's going to cloud over again tonight, but we've had some beautiful blue skies over Shropshire today, captured by the BBC Weather Watchers.

This picture was taken near Kinnersley earlier.

Can you see the Wrekin?

Rail delays expected until 20:00 at the earliest

David Lumb

BBC News Online

The general manager for Virgin Trains has told me the rail disruption will go on well into the evening rush hour. 

Francis Thomas says repairs won’t be complete until 20:00 at the earliest. 

Passengers are being reminded they can use their tickets on any train.

Flying Scotsman tickets: Demand 'incredible"

Demand for tickets to ride on the Flying Scotsman has been "incredible", according to the Severn Valley Railway, with between 3,000 and 4,000 being sold this morning.

Tickets are no longer available on the heritage line's website, which crashed earlier today due to the demand.

The Flying Scotsman

It was more like selling tickets for a Robbie Williams concert than for a steam train ride."

Nick RallsGeneral manager, Severn Valley Railway

WW1 garden at Attingham Park

Attingham Park has created a new exhibition inside its walled garden to demonstrate how vegetables were grown during the World War One.

It also highlights the work done by women while the men were away fighting.

Walled garden display
National Trust

Visitors will be also able to read extracts of letters written to a head gardener during the war and learn how egg production was vital to the war effort.

It stands as a dedication to all the local families who ensured that there was continuous supply of vegetables from the walled garden to the military hospital house within the mansion house.”

Katherine DowdSenior Walled Gardener

In numbers: The Shropshire Senior Cup

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Shropshire Senior Cup has been dominated by Shrewsbury and Telford, but there are twenty different names on the trophy.

Teams with one win include Ironbridge Town, St Georges Victoria and a team called Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Whatever happened to them?

Data pic for Shropshire Senior Cup
BBC & Mike Sheridan

Watch: Network Rail explains overhead cable problems

BBC Midlands Today

Network Rail has been explaining how the overhead cables were damaged in Birmingham earlier today, leading to disruption all over the region.

And it sounds like the repairs could take some time.

Latest: Concern over possible health cuts; train services disrupted by cable damage

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our headlines this afternoon:

- Shropshire health commissioners can't rule out cuts to services

- Overhead cable damage causes disruption to rail services

- Plans for new travellers' site in Ketley

Funding sought for new statue on Lord Hill's column

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Council says it's looking for funding to pay for a new statue at the top of Lord Hill's column - it is expected to cost around £500,000.

Cracks started appearing in the statue a couple of years ago (see picture below) and the column had to be fenced off for the safety of passers-by, until temporary repairs were carried out.

Lord Hill's column cracks

The authority says there are very few firms working in the material the statue is made from, Coade Stone, so the project is likely to be of national interest.

Football: Wesolowski expected to play in Senior Cup

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town's long-term injury victim, James Wesolowski, will play at least some part in tonight's Shropshire Senior Cup final against AFC Telford United at the Greenhous Meadow.

James Wesolowski
Getty Images

Fellow first-teamers Jordan Clark and Scott Vernon will also play, along with a mix of youth-team players.

Midfielder Rees Simpson, who's joined Telford as cover for the back end of the National North season, is expected to make his Bucks debut.

Plans for travellers site at recycling centre

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Ketley recycling centre could be turned into a site for travellers with room for 14 families, when it closes.

Telford and Wrekin Council has put the plans together and says travellers would only be able to stop there on a temporary basis.

Telford and Wrekin council

The authority is closing the tip as part of a reorganisation of its recycling centres.

Horse Racing: Richard Johnson returns to Ludlow

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Richard Johnson, who's already assured of his first jockeys’ championship, could add to his tally at Ludlow today ahead of his attempt for a first victory in Saturday's Grand National.

Only the second jockey ever to saddle over 3,000 winners, Johnson rides in the first five of the seven races at Ludlow today.

Richard Johnson
Getty Images

The opener at Ludlow’s first of two April meetings is at 14:15 and the final race of the day at 17:40.

Ice Hockey: Preparations for new season already underway

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The Telford Tigers' coach, Tom Watkins, and his players are thanking the ice hockey club’s followers for their support during what proved to be a difficult season.

The Tigers couldn't follow up their 2015 championship, finishing 13 points behind this year’s title-winners Basingstoke and losing out in the quarter-finals of the English Premier League play-offs.

Ice Hockey players
Steve Brodie

We have already secured several players, while some guys will move on and be replaced by new faces."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers' head coach

Delays caused by overhead line damage

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Thousands are facing rail delays and cancellations because of problems with the overhead wires near Birmingham Airport.

National Rail says there's "major disruption" and it's expected to continue until mid-afternoon - passengers have been forced to make their journeys by road instead.

Passengers queuing

Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains, Cross Country and London Midland services routed through Birmingham are either delayed or cancelled.

Oswestry Cricket Club captain stole over £1,000 in match fees

Shropshire Star

The captain of a Shropshire cricket club pocketed more than £1,000 in match fees and kit money and spent the cash on gambling, a court heard.

Latest: Health cuts can't be ruled out; disruption to rail services; Napoleonic fundraiser

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Health commissioners can't rule out cuts

- Disruption to rail services caused by overhead cable damage

- Napoleonic-themed fundraiser for Lord Hill's column

No promises on cuts from health commissioning group

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The man brought in to run Shropshire's health commissioning group says he can't rule out cutbacks as he tries to control its growing debts.

The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is approaching an overspend of £14m and politicians and health campaigners have raised concerns that services will have to be reduced.

David Evans

David Evans said the CCG's financial recovery plan was being reviewed, so it was too soon to say whether cuts would be needed, but he is "hopeful we can get to a position where we don't have to do that".

He said the turnaround could take a number of years.

You can save £14m by doing things in different ways... Are there things we can put in place that would be more cost effective and stop people going into hospital?"

David EvansAccountable officer Shropshire CCG

Weather: Sun breaking through the clouds this aftenoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We should see the sun breaking through the cloud this afternoon and it should remain dry. Highs of 13C (55F).

Jailed: Shropshire footballer who punched opposition player

Shropshire Star

A Shropshire footballer who punched an opposing player on the pitch and again off the pitch after they had both been sent off has been jailed.

Napoleonic soldiers on fundraising march

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Charity walkers wearing uniforms from the Napoleonic Wars are on their way to Shropshire, to raise money for Lord Hill's column in Shrewsbury.

The Reverend Richard Hayes and Nigel Hill (a distant relative of Lord Hill) are travelling 75 miles from Lord Uxbridge's column in Anglesea and are due to arrive in the county on Saturday.

Lord Hill march
Shropshire Council

They will be welcomed into the castle in Shrewsbury by soldiers from the Royal Lancers, Royal Welsh Regiment and the Rifles.

Shropshire Council has already carried out repairs to the statue of Lord Hill, which is starting to fall apart, but says it would cost around £500,000 to replace.

Football: Shropshire Senior Cup

BBC Sport

There's a rare meeting between Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United at the Greenhous Meadow this evening. 

The two sides face each other in the final of the historic Shropshire Senior Cup.

Mickey Mellon & Rob Smith
BBC/Mike Sheridan

The managers, Micky Mellon and Rob Smith, admit their ongoing priorities with ensuring safety in League One and the National North will determine their team selections, but both want to lift the trophy.  

Library High Court review

A High Court review into Shropshire Council's decision to move Church Stretton's library begins today. 

It comes a year after the council ruled the library would move to a nearby school, and be run by a private company. 

Church Stretton Library

Campaigners feared that would take "a vibrant hub" out of the heart of their community. 

Health group warning over county services

A group set up to highlight problems in the county's heath service is warning that "brutal" cuts lie ahead. 

NHS England is stepping in to try to reduce spiraling debts at the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group. 


The chair of Shropshire Defend Our NHS, Gill George, thinks cuts will be made by remote bureaucrats with no knowledge of the area or its needs. 

She says not enough money is coming into Shropshire's NHS to provide decent health care and she's calling on MPs and Shropshire Council to "wake up to the threats".

Headlines: Health group says 'wake up to threats'; huge demand for Flying Scotsman

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

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

- Shropshire health group warns "brutal" cuts lie ahead

- Parents of baby girl say a review into her death must lead to maternity changes

- Ticket demand for Flying Scotsman crashes the Severn Valley Railway website

Goalkeeping question for Shrewsbury manager

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town manager, Micky Mellon, has a big decision to make about goalkeepers this summer.

Jayson Leutwiler and Mark Halstead are both out of contract.

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

Leutwiler was initially first choice, but this season Halstead has also made his mark with 17 appearances and he'd like the opportunity to make himself the number one.

Big demand for Flying Scotsman crashes website

Not surprisingly, the Severn Valley Railway's website has crashed due to the amount of people trying to get tickets to see the Flying Scotsman. 

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Tickets for Flying Scotsman visit go on sale

Tickets go on sale later for trips on the Flying Scotsman, which will be running on the Severn Valley Railway at the end of September.

The famous locomotive is returning to action after a 10-year restoration project and will be making the run between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster with the help of another engine called Tornado.

The Flying Scotsman was the first locomotive to reach 100mph and tickets will cost you £30 each with no reduction for concessions. 

Hospital chief: 'I am ashamed' over child's death

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Kate Stanton-Davies was born at Ludlow Community Hospital, but died when she was just six hours old.  

An independent review has concluded that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust had abdicated its responsibility in investigating her death. 

Headlines: Health service cuts warning; Flying Scotsman tickets

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- A group set up to highlight problems in the county's heath service is warning that "brutal" cuts lie ahead

- The parents of Kate Stanton-Davies say an independent review must lead to changes in maternity care 

- Tickets to see the Flying Scotsman at the Severn Valley Railway go on sale today

Weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

Staying dry today with plenty of sunny spells. Sara Blizzard has the forecast.

Travel: Slow traffic on A5 in Telford

BBC Travel

Traffic is heavy on the A5 at the Priorslee Roundabout in the roadworks area. More from BBC Travel.

Good morning from BBC Local Live for Shropshire

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

I'm in the BBC Shropshire newsroom with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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