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  1. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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

Weather: A dry evening, but some heavy rain forecast tonight

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It should be cloudy but dry for most of us this evening, but there could be some heavy rain tonight.

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Travel: Extra traffic around Telford International Centre this weekend

BBC Travel

There could be extra traffic around the Telford International Centre this weekend as the venue gets ready for one of its biggest events of the year.

More than 10,000 people are expected at the three-day Fit Show, which is organised for people who make and fit windows and doors.

It opens on Tuesday and The International Centre says it takes several days to get everything ready and as you can see, work is already under way.

International centre preparations
Southwater Event Group

Football: Wesolowski in line for first team return

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

James Wesolowski could make his long-awaited return for Shrewsbury Town at Millwall tomorrow, after six months' recuperation from a knee injury. 

The club captain's been back training and on Tuesday played from start to finish in the Shropshire Senior Cup final. 

James Wesolowski
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Town's manager Micky Mellon says he could well be in the first-team group at Millwall, but he won't let Wesolowski over-reach himself.

Lord Hill marchers nearing their goal

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A group of men marching from Anglsea to Shrewsbury to raise money for repairs to Lord Hill's column are approaching their goal and should arrive in the town at around 11:00 tomorrow.

They're wearing full uniform from the Napoleonic era for the 75-mile (121km) walk and will be welcomed into Shrewsbury by around 100 members of the armed forces.

Napoleonic fundraisers
Shropshire Council

The idea is then to march from Shrewsbury Castle to Shirehall, where a bugler at the top of the column will announce their arrival at midday.

Six candidates confirmed for police chief elections

Matthew Bone

Political reporter

Six candidates are standing in the forthcoming election to become West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner:

- Jon Campion (Conservative)

- Peter Jewell (UKIP)

- John Raine (Green)  

- Margaret Rowley (Liberal Democrat)

- Barrie Sheldon (Independent) 

- Daniel Walton (Labour) 

The election will be held on 5 May.

Football: Young Shropshire players get England chance

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Three young Shropshire footballers are hoping to impress on home soil tonight, as the England Schoolboys Under-18 side play their counterparts from Ireland at the TNS stadium in Oswestry. 

Goalkeeper Andy Wycherley and strikers Joe Thomas and Zak Lilly are all in the England squad.

England crest
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Photos: Work continues on new Telford school

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Work is continuing on the new Park School in Telford and the primary school next door, replacing the old Lord Silkin school.

The building should be complete in time for September and the school has tweeted these photos of the progress so far.

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Headlines: Sick holidaymaker stuck in Thailand; Wrekin MP defends PM

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Sick shropshire holidaymaker has to wait in Thailand because of Shropshire bed shortage

- Wrekin MP defends Prime Minister over shares row

- Lord Hill fundraisers near end of five-day march

Fears lorry ban on Ludlow's Ludford Bridge will cause traffic problems

Shropshire Star

Large lorries should be banned from a town’s historic bridge – but there are fears it could lead to traffic problems elsewhere.

Ludford bridge
Shropshire Star

Football: Midfielder an injury doubt for Telford

Nick Southall

AFC Telford United commentator, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United midfielder Izak Reid is an injury doubt for tomorrow's home game against the National North leaders Solihull. 

Reid will have a late fitness test after picking up a groin-strain in Tuesday's Shropshire Senior Cup final.

Izak Reid
Mike Sheridan

Beekeeping conference under way at Harper Adams University

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The three-day British Beekeeping Association spring conference is under way at Harper Adams University.

And tomorrow they open their doors to the public with talks on all sorts of subjects, including bee stings, tracking bees with radar and rearing queen bees.

We like what they've done with the main entrance to the conference!

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BBC Weather Watchers: Grey clouds covering the county

BBC Weather Watchers

There's been gloomy grey cloud over Shropshire today, as you can see from these photos sent in by BBC Weather Watchers.

This one is taken just outside Church Stretton.

Hills outside Church Stretton
Shropshire Lass

And this photo was taken in Dawley.


Telford holidaymaker has to wait for Shropshire hospital bed

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The family of a Telford man who fell ill while on holiday in Thailand say he's has been stuck out there, because there isn't a bed available for him at a hospital in Shropshire. 

Chris Masters from Lawley Village suffered a heart attack and needs to be moved to an intensive care bed.

Chris Masters
Jenny Houghton

The hospitals have apologised and said they've been very busy recently, but say a bed is now available.

Headlines: Holidaymaker's hospital bed problems; Wrekin MP defends PM; rescued falcon released

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Shropshire holidaymaker says he's stuck in Thailand because there are no hospital beds in Shropshire

- Wrekin MP comes to defence of PM over taxes

- Rescued peregrine falcon released into wild

Shopkeepers told to move because of shopping centre regeneration

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Five shopkeepers have been given a month to leave their kiosks on the link between the Riverside Mall and the Pride Hill Centre in Shrewsbury, because of regeneration plans. 

One of the traders, Angela Smith, told us she couldn't afford somewhere else in the town, so she will probably have to move online with her jewelry and accessories business.

Pride Hill entrance

The centre management says it'll try to relocate them.

I spent a lot of time buying old furniture, revamping it and making the place look nice, but it's all been a waste of time now."

Angela SmithShopkeeper

Shrewsbury man warns neighbours about roof tiles on new home

A Shrewsbury homeowner who says there are 173 faults with the new house he bought has put up a sign outside, warning people of the dangers of falling roof tiles and lead flashing.

Steve Forde says a large chunk of lead fell on to his patio and has shown us other problems, such as this door which won't close properly (illustrated by his children).

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Mr Forde said if Bovis Homes won't buy the house on Bowbrook Meadows back, he will try to sell it and cut his losses.

The building company Bovis says it won't comment on individual cases, but that it takes its warranty obligations very seriously.

I promised my wife a dream home for the last 12 months and bovis have moved us into a horror house."

Steve FordeShrewsbury homeowner

Detailed plans for Doseley housing development

The redevelopment of an old concrete works in Telford has moved a step closer.

New detailed plans have been produced for the latest and biggest phase of the old Doseley Works, showing the layout and design of nearly 270 homes.

Doseley Park
Barratt Homes

David Wilson Homes says it will feature the best principles of "garden cities".

Junior doctors' strike: Fresh talks 'ruled out'

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The latest junior doctors strike has ended and they've returned to work.

The long-running dispute is over new contracts and the government has ruled out fresh talks.

Strikers protesting

Sources told the BBC that the British Medical Association had blown its chance to negotiate and that there would be no deviation from imposing the new contracts.

It means the first-ever all-out strike by junior doctors looks likely to go ahead in three weeks, with the BMA also maintaining it will not climb down.

This week's walkout, which ended at 08:00, saw hundreds of hospital appointments postponed in Shropshire.

Youngsters not at university 'overlooked', say Lords

Katherine Sellgren

Young people who do not go to university are "overlooked and left behind", says a report by the House of Lords social mobility committee.

It says this affects the majority of UK youngsters who do not take A-levels or degrees.

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The report says youngsters are let down by an over-emphasis on higher education and lack of training options.

The Department for Education said it was investing in apprenticeships in England.

Wrekin MP stands up for Prime Minister in offshore fund row

The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, has come to the aid of the Prime Minister in the ongoing row over taxes.

Labour accused David Cameron of "hypocrisy" after he revealed he had owned shares in an offshore fund set up by his late father.

But fellow Conservative Mr Pritchard said everything the PM had done was legal and accused the PM's enemies and the media of trying to manufacture a story.

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Watch: Rescued falcon released into the wild

The peregrine falcon rescued from a cliff near Bridgnorth has been released back into the wild this lunchtime.

Here is the moment it happened.

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More on this and other stories on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Retiring judge: Some cases 'to live with me forever'

Shrewsbury's crown court Judge, Robin Onions, has been talking about his career ahead of his retirement and said it can be a thankless job a lot of the time.

He said "so often you'll pass a sentence and everybody leaves court unhappy", but added "that's just the nature of the job".

Judge Robin Onions
Shrewsbury Crown Court

He also said there were some cases which he wouldn't forget.

There are certain things I have seen and certain cases of things people have done to each other that live with you, but you just have to come to terms with it. There is no limit in my experience to what people are prepared to do to each other."

Judge Robin OnionsCrown Court Judge

Headlines: MP stands up for PM over tax; council u-turn on Dawley pub

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Wrekin MP stands up for Prime Minister in tax row

- Council u-turn on Dawley pub plans

- Retiring Shropshire judge says some cases will 'live with me forever'

Council u-turn on Dawley pub

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Telford councillors have backed-down after public criticism of a plan to use tax-payers money to buy a former pub in Dawley town centre.

Instead the Lord Hill will be sold to an unnamed third party who'll turn it into a restaurant.

Lord Hill pub

The Pride In Your High Street money will be spent on something else, as yet unspecified.

Watch: Rescued peregrine ready to return to the wild

BBC Midlands Today

We've been out to the Cuan Wildlife Centre in Much Wenlock to meet the peregrine falcon they've been caring for.

The male falcon has been nicknamed Perry Green.

It was rescued from a cliff just outside Bridgnorth.

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Weather: Light cloud but dry this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There will be light cloud covering the skies for most of the day, but it should stay dry.

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Shropshire's horse in the Grand National

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire-owned horse Unioniste is set to run in tomorrow's Grand National at Aintree.

Last year he fell at the fifth fence, despite many tipping him as a contender.

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John Hales' horse is capable of running well, especially if the ground is on the slower side. If he's around the top 10 at the canal turn at the second time of asking then he'll stand a great chance.

He's in good form and reports are he's in a better state of mind this year compared with last.

Champions League winner to present Telford Tigers awards

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The former Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann will be guest of honour at tonight's Telford Tigers awards night at The Place in Oakengates.

Dietmar Hamann
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Hamann was in the Liverpool team that lifted the football trophy in Istanbul back in 2005.

Tigers owner Wayne Scholes says Hamann's ethic of commitment and teamwork is just what he values at Telford.

County judge retires after 40 years to avoid going digital

Eric Smith

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury's crown court Judge, Robin Onions, is retiring after 40 years, to avoid having to go digital.  

He's leaving two years earlier than he has to, ahead of the court going "paperless". 

Judge Onions says he hopes people learn lessons from the legal system if they end up in court and turn round their lives. 

I do and try and say to young people, look make some sensible decisions. You only get one go at this life and if you keep on making these mistakes, the time will come when you'll have no family outside who'll support you, because families can't go on supporting, it's too painful. You'll have no job, no relationships and you're happier in prison."

Robin OnionsJudge at Shrewsbury Crown Court

Travel: Delays on Birmingham-bound trains

BBC Travel

Some travel news if you're heading out of the county on the train today.

Trains running via Birmingham New Street are facing delays of about 30 minutes due to "a problem with lineside equipment".

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Watch: Motorcyclist heads off loose horse on the A41

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Matt Lakin had quite a suprise on his way into work this morning when he came across a horse loose on the A41 Newport Road at Albrighton. 

Luckily he managed to head it off and it turned into a field. 

Watch the drama unfold   

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Bird of prey to be released back into the wild

Julia Morgan

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A bird of prey will be released back into the wild this morning, two weeks after it was rescued from netting, 75 feet up a cliff, just outside Bridgnorth.  

The peregrine falcon has been nursed back to health by the Cuan Wildlife Centre in Much Wenlock. 

Peregrine Falcon
Ann Nicholas -Cuan Wildlife Centre in Much Wenlock

Manager Fran Hill says the falcon's reunion with its mate might be a tense affair. 

She's been quite impatiently waiting, she's been calling for him, you know as long as she's not really cross with him, there could be some awesome acrobatics, when they're re-united."

Fran HillManager at the Cuan Wildlife Centre in Much Wenlock

Headlines: Judge explains decision to retire; winger wins player of month award

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire judge retires as court prepares to go digital

- Shrewsbury man complains of over 100 faults with new home

- Town winger Kaikai wins League One player of the month award

Shrewsbury Town's Sullay Kaikai gets player of the month award

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town's, Sullay Kaikai, has won the League One player of the month award for March. 

Shrewsbury Town's Sullay KaiKai
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Five goals in four games sealed the deal for Kaikai, who's on loan from Crystal Palace. 

It's thoroughly deserved. He's a talented lad, very level headed, really nice kid, always got a smile on his face. It's just reward, for a fantastic month, from a terrific young player."

Micky MellonManager of Shrewsbury Town Football Club

Computer game based on Shropshire village, picks up awards

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

A computer game, based on an abandoned Shropshire village, has picked up three awards at the equivalent of the BAFTAs for gaming. 

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture picked up awards for innovation, music and best performer.  

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The co-founder of the company that made the game, Jessica Curry, said it was less about fighting zombies and more like the long-running radio serial, The Archers

Housebuilder to work through 'snagging issues'

In their statement, Bovis Homes wrote:

"Bowbrook Meadows is a popular location and ensuring excellent customer service there is an absolute priority for Bovis Homes. 

"While we endeavour to get everything right first time there can be snagging issues with a newly built property, but one of the benefits of buying a new home is that it comes with a two-year warranty, an obligation we take extremely seriously, and a 10-year Buildmark warranty from the National House Building Council. 

"Out of respect for client confidentiality we do not publicly comment on individual customer issues, but we pledge to work closely with our buyers to resolve any outstanding issues and we will continue to do so in this instance to ensure the highest quality home is delivered."

Homeowner looks to sell up after more than 100 faults found with new home

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A Shropshire man says he's waiting for repairs to be carried out after a chartered surveyors report identified 173 separate snags in his new home.  

Steve Forde bought the £440,000 property at Bowbrook Meadow, on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, last January. 

Homeowner Steve Forde

Latest: Homeowner wants to sell up after more than 100 faults found in new home; five shopkeepers given notice in Shrewsbury

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire: 

- Homeowner says he's waiting for repairs to be carried out after survey revealed more than 100 snags in his new home

-  A top judge is retiring after 40 years, to avoid having to go digital

-  Five shopkeepers given notice to leave their kiosks in Shrewsbury, because of regeneration plans