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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Overnight, scattered showers will continue, but there will be some clear spells. Towards dawn a more persistent spell of rain will push south, with a wintry mix over higher ground.

Minimum temperatures of 4C (39F).

Telford & Wrekin Council request meeting with Business Secretary Sajid Javid over Land Registry plans

Shropshire Star

Telford & Wrekin Council has requested a meeting with Business Secretary Sajid Javid over privatisation plans which could affect the future of a government office in the borough.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP
Shropshire Star

Pictures: Visiting the local in Marton

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Radio presenters Adam Green and Joanne Gallacher have been in Marton, near Worthen, close to the Welsh border, today. It's their Place of the Week. 

They met Peter and Sally from the Sun Inn. 

You can listen to what they got up between 15:00 and 19:00 on BBC Radio Shropshire. 

Peter and Sally from the Sun Inn, Marton
The Sun Inn, Marton

Telford and Wrekin Council seeks meeting with business secretary

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Telford and Wrekin Council is seeking a meeting with the government, over its plans to privatise the Land Registry in Telford, which employs about 300 people. 

Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP

It's also written to the two local MPs to raise concerns about the threat to jobs in the area, if the proposal gets the go ahead. It's currently out for consultation.    

First day of new state pension system

Kevin Peachey

Online personal finance reporter

An overhauled state pension - being paid to new, rather than existing pensioners - has begun, with some set to gain while others lose out.  

Couple on a bench in front of a lake

The government's long-term aim is simplification, stripping away extras such as the second state pension.

It will also become cheaper, in time, for the government with many of those in their 20s and 30s receiving less than they would under the old system.

Read more, including whether you are a winner or a loser under the new system.

England cricket star visiting Shropshire

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

One of the stars of the England Women's World T20 cricket campaign is coming to Shropshire to help inspire the next generation of young cricketers.

Tammy Beaumont will lead coaching sessions at four Shropshire schools this coming Tuesday  - Bishop's Castle Community College, Stiperstones Primary School, Mary Webb in Pontesbury, and Pontesbury Primary.

Tammy Beaumont

Tammy played in all five of England's games at the world finals, scoring 138 runs.

Latest: Telford and Wrekin Council seeks talks with business secretary; library campaigners win legal battle with council

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories this afternoon: 

- Telford and Wrekin Council seeks a meeting with Sajid Javid over plans to privatise the Land Registry

- Campaigners win legal battle against Shropshire Council, in bid to keep library in centre of Church Stretton

- Shrewsbury Town FC launch a writing competition to honour BBC journalist, Colin Bloomfield

Men's tennis team book place in National finals

Stuart Dunn

Shrewsbury Town commentator, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Club's men's tennis team have booked their place to compete at the National Premier League finals, which start tomorrow in Leeds. 

The competition features the country's best men's club doubles players who'll compete alongside world class players, for a top prize of £2,000.

Alex Parry

The Shrewsbury Club qualified as winners of the Midlands group and are one of the top 16 teams in the country. 

Captain of the team Alex Parry hopes the side can improve on their last appearance in the national finals, when they lost on a tie-break shoot out.   

Club launches writing competition in honour of BBC journalist

James Bond

BBC Local Live

Shrewsbury Town Football Club is launching a writing competition to honour BBC journalist, Colin Bloomfield. 

BBC Derby presenter, Colin, from Montford Bridge, lost his brave battle against skin cancer last April. The same day his beloved Shrewsbury Town won promotion back to League One.    

BBC Journalist Colin Bloomfield

The competition and award is aimed at getting young people involved in sports journalism, something Colin was passionate about. 

There are two age groups - 10 to 15 and 16 to 18. You can write anything you like about football. It can be about you playing or watching, an interview with a player or a match report.     

Under-threat £10m Shrewsbury Museum 'must be kept open'

Shropshire Star

Shrewsbury’s under-threat £10.5m museum could be thrown a vital lifeline by the town council.

Shrewsbury 'jailbreak' event sells out

Tickets for a "jailbreak" event at Shrewsbury's former prison have been snapped up soon after going on sale.

Dana prison

Joel Campbell from Jailhouse Tours says the idea has been so popular he will be putting on another four events to meet demand. 

Participants will be locked in cells and must use their wit and ingenuity to break free.

Latest: Church Stretton library campaigners claim legal victory; more than 100 appointments postponed because of doctors strike

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories this afternoon: 

- Campaigners win legal action in fight to keep Church Stretton Library where it is 

-  More than 100 appointments cancelled because of junior doctors strike

-  Tickets to 'jailbreak' event at the Dana sell out after going on sale  

Video: How does dog microchipping work?

Kate Tebby

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

One of Shropshire Council's dog wardens, Jane Salisbury, explains what is involved with the help of a microchip reader and a spaniel called Billy.

Dog microchipping becomes compulsory across UK


Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face fines of up to £500, as a new law comes into force.

All dogs in England, Scotland and Wales are now legally required to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old.

Dog microchip

Travel: Heavy traffic on M54 after M6 fire

BBC Travel

A lane is shut on the M6 southbound between junctions 10a and 10 because of a vehicle fire and recovery work.

Congestion is back to the M54.

Shropshire councillors want cheaper version of combined authority

Shropshire is a step closer to joining the West Midlands Combined Authority, after cabinet members voted in favour of the move this lunchtime.


The authority is looking at signing up as a "non-constituent member", the same as Telford and Wrekin Council, with fewer voting rights than full members.

It would be less costly though. Non-constituent members pay £25,000 a year. Constituent members are paying a fee of £500,000 a year.

Your photos: Shelf Bank nature reserve

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shelf BankNature Reserve, which rises over the northern end of Oswestry town centre, offers stunning views.

The hill also has a series of revamped paths.

Shelf Bank
Carol Booth

Football: Hibbert pleased with reception on return to Shrewsbury

BBC Sport

Telford's Dave Hibbert says he really enjoyed his return to the Greenhous Meadow in the Shropshire Senior Cup last night.

He spent three years with Shrewsbury Town, scoring 30 goals in all competitions.

Dave Hibbert
Mike Sheridan

And Hibbert was impressed with the quality of the pitch saying his teammates enjoyed the game, despite losing on penalties.

I had a great three years here and thoroughly enjoyed it. And it meant a lot to get a nice reception when I came on."

Dave HibbertAFC Telford United

Coming up on TV: Junior doctors strike across West Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

More than 1,500 operations and many more appointments across the West Midlands have been postponed as junior doctors take part in a 48-hour strike.

It's the latest action in their dispute with the government over new contracts.

We'll have the latest from hospitals around the region from 13:30 on BBC One.

Waiting room
Science Photo Library

Shropshire Council backs plan to join West Midlands Combined Authority

Shropshire Star

Shropshire council's cabinet has said it is prepared to join the combined authority which would see it join the likes of Birmingham and Wolverhampton.


BreakingChurch Stretton library campaigners win legal battle

Campaigners fighting plans to move Church Stretton's library say they have won their legal battle against Shropshire Council.

They say the authority conceded the case moments before it was due to be heard by a court in Birmingham.

Church Stretton library

The council has not yet commented, but the campaigners say they now want to agree a framework with the council, setting out how the future of the library should be considered.

"We are delighted that Shropshire Council has decided not to defend its earlier decision to relocate the library, thus saving taxpayers the cost of having the case proceed."

Felicity ThomasLibrary campaigner

Headlines: Library campaigners win legal battle; hospital appointments postponed by strike

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Church Stretton library campaigners win legal battle

- Over 100 Shropshire appointments postponed because of junior doctors strike

- Concerns raised over proposed Hortonwood development

Council seeking Land Registry assurances

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The possible privatisation of the Land Registry is worrying Telford and Wrekin Council and it has asked for a meeting with a government minister to discuss the future of its offices in the town.

The authority says the Land Registry employs 300 people locally and they are especially valuable because they are well-paid jobs.

Land Registry building

The council has written to Business Secretary Sajid Javid, as well as the two borough MPs to raise their concerns.

Any loss of jobs linked to the Land Registry risks causing a talent drain from the borough and a reversal of the recent positive steps the borough and the business community have made in investing in Telford.”

Shaun DaviesTelford and Wrekin councillor

Over 100 Shropshire appointments affected by junior doctors strike

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford have postponed 113 outpatient appointments as a result of the strike action by junior doctors.

No operations have been affected by the 48-hour action.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The trust running the two hospitals says relations with the British Medical Association locally remain "positive".

Whilst the impact on our patients has so far been relatively low, we know that any disruption can be inconvenient, so, as with previous industrial action, we have taken steps to ensure that any patient affected has been notified and apologise for the inconvenience this might cause."

Debbie KadumChief Operating Officer, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Weather: Heavy showers expected this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We've got a mixture of sunshine and some heavy showers this afternoon.

Junior doctors' row: The dispute explained

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Ministers and junior doctors are locked in an increasingly fraught dispute in England. 

Today has seen the start of the latest strike - but what exactly is this row about?  

Doctor's coat
Science Photo Library

I've been examining the causes, who it involves and the wider context to this and you can read more here.

Photos: Shropshire Senior Cup action

Just in case you weren't among the crowd of 587 for last night's Shropshire Senior Cup, here are some pictures from the match.

It ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and the game was decided on penalties.

Senior Cup action
Mike Sheridan

With both sides looking to win their relegation battles, it was a game for youngsters and fringe-players to make their mark.

But the goalscorers were two familiar names, Telford's John Cofie and the returning James Wesolowski for Shrewsbury.

Senior Cup action
Mike Sheridan

School's £500k bus spend 'broke rules'

A high school in Powys is breaking council rules by using some of its delegated budget to subsidise the cost of transporting pupils from over the border in Shropshire, a report has shown.

In five years, Llanfyllin High School paid more than £500,000 on buses for pupils from outside its catchment area.  

School bus in Wales

 This academic year, 149 pupils attend Llanfyllin from the Oswestry area.

Builder ‘lured to house and beaten’ in Newport

Shropshire Star

A builder was lured to a house in Newport before being robbed and "beaten severely" by a gang of men, a court heard.

Council says Hortonwood can cope with increased traffic

Hortonwood can cope with the increased traffic if new homes are built there, Telford and Wrekin Council says.

Some people living in the area have claimed there will be "traffic chaos", but the authority says Highways England has carried out an assessment and agrees there is enough capacity on surrounding roads.

Telford and Wrekin Council

The council says the Hortonwood West Development could create about 1,000 jobs.

Fourth junior doctors' strike hits NHS

Junior doctors in England are taking part in a fourth walkout in their long-running contract dispute.

The 48-hour strike started at 08:00 as the doctors prepare legal challenges to the government's decision to impose changes to their pay and conditions from this summer.

Junior doctors strike

Doctors are again providing emergency cover, but 5,000 operations and procedures have been postponed.

NHS England said the continued disruption was "deeply regrettable".  

Headlines: Junior doctors strike; ambulance support group; Shrewsbury lift cup

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories this morning:

- Junior doctors start a 48-hour strike 

- Ambulance service support group in memory of Ludlow baby

- Shrewsbury lift Shropshire Senior Cup

Watch: Illuminated Goldwing motorbikes heading to Shrewsbury event

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

This Saturday, around 60 Goldwing motorbikes will be parading around The Quarry in Shrewsbury, to raise funds for Shropshire and Telford Asperger Carer Support.

And they are something special to see because they're all brightly decorated and illuminated.

This is one of the riders, Zenon "Sid" Wozniak.

Telford development plans opposed

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

People living near the Hortonwood industrial estate in Telford are worried that expanding the site could be too much for nearby roads.

The government plans to hand over the land to Telford and Wrekin Council to develop and sell on.


Telford and Wrekin Council says it could be getting more than £44m from the sale and nearly 3,000 homes could be built.

At best the proposal, if it gets approval, will end up with chaos and congestion and it will probably end up with an increase in accidents."

Dagan HydeHorton action group

Shropshire Senior Cup glory for Shrewsbury Town

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town beat AFC Telford United 3-2 on penalties last night to win the Shropshire Senior Cup for the second year in a row.

Telford took the lead early in the second half through John Cofie's stunning 20-yard strike, but the Shrewsbury captain James Weslowski levelled things on his long-awaited return from injury.

Senior Cup action
Mike Sheridan

Shrewsbury look set to be without Junior Brown for the rest of the season. He didn't play last night but an MRI scan has shown he's damaged his knee and is likely to be out of action for two months.  

Tickets for Flying Scotsman visit sell out

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Bad news if you want a ticket to ride on the Flying Scotsman when it visits the Severn Valley Railway in September - they've sold out.

There were queues at the ticket office yesterday and the railway's website crashed in the morning because of the demand.

Flying Scotsman

The locomotive, which was the first to reach speeds of over 100mph, is making its return to the tracks after a 10-year, £4.2m refit.

Ambulance support network for bereaved parents

The West Midlands Ambulance Service is setting up a family liaison network in memory of the Ludlow baby, Kate Stanton-Davies, who died in 2009.

Stanton Davies family photo
Richard Stanton

Kate's Care will work with parents who have lost children unexpectedly.

The Stanton-Davies family hope it will be adopted nationally.

Headlines: Ambulance support group set up; Telford development opposed; Shrewsbury lift cup

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this morning:

- Ambulance service sets up support group for bereaved families

- Telford development plans hit opposition

- Shrewsbury Town win Shropshire Senior Cup