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  1. Updates on Monday 11 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: Rain this evening, but clearing by dawn

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We'll have more rain across Shropshire this evening, but it should clear up by the morning.

That's as Shropshire Council warns of flood alerts for the Severn-Vyrnwy confluence and the Rea Brook.

Photos: Dog walkers volunteer to help rehoming charity

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Dog walkers from all over the country came to Shropshire at the weekend, to support the Finding Furever Homes charity with a walk up Haughmond Hill.

The idea had been to give the dogs living at the Condover kennels a day out, but because some of them weren't well, the volunteers focused their attention just on one dog instead - Suzy (below).


There were over 20 walkers and some of them came from as far as Cornwall.

Dog walkers

Shrewsbury Big Busk raises almost £10k

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A busking festival held in memory of Shrewsbury musician Ben Bebbington murdered in 2012 has raised almost £10,000 for charity.

The money will go to the Shrewsbury Ark homeless charity.

Dozens of buskers young and old performed around the town earlier this month, with one duo performing for over 24 hours.

Tim Smith, one of the organisers, said the total was "remarkable".

Tom Barras and Louis Briggs

Pictures: Artists impressions of new Ludlow estate released

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Shropshire Housing Group has started tearing down a row of flats on Sandpits Road in Ludlow and plans to replace them with 26 new homes.

Take a look at these artists impressions and then scroll down and look at the photo I published earlier of the street as it is today.

Quite a difference!

Sandpits in the future
Shropshire Housing Group
Sandpits in the future
Shropshire Housing Group

Tennis: Shrewsbury miss out in national finals

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The Shrewsbury Club have just missed out in the National Premier League final stages. 

Captained by Alex Parry, Shrewsbury qualified for the last 16 as the Midland winners, but after a battling draw with Manchester, lost a tight game 3-1 to the host club, Leeds.

Tennis player
Shrewsbury Club

Flood alert for Upper Teme

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Heavy rain has caused the River Teme to rise and the Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the area around Onibury and Ludlow.

The waters are expected to peak overnight.

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Travel: Lane blocked on M54

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M54 in both directions after an accident between J6 for the A518 (Telford West) and J7 for the A5 (Wellington).

Traffic's slow in the area.

Headlines: Hospitals boss defends the need for change; cash for Telford events

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Hospitals boss says we need to "fix a system in crisis"

- Arts Council cash for Telford events

- Arabic interpreters wanted to help Syrian families settle in Shropshire

More overnight closures for M54

Telford Journal

Motorists face more disruption on the M54 with several overnight closures this week.

M54 roadworks
Highways England

Football: Shrewsbury's "forgotten defender" returns

Shrewsbury Town's "forgotten defender" Mickey Demetriou hopes he can have a role in keeping Shrewsbury Town up in League One.

The full back was a regular last season, but hasn't featured this time. He was also loaned out to Cambridge.

Mickey Demetriou

Demetriou admits it's been frustrating, but after being recalled against Millwall on Saturday is looking for an extended run to show he's up to it.

'Eyesore' estate to be rebuilt in Ludlow

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A housing association has got permission to tear down an old estate in Ludlow and replace it with 26 homes for older people.

The Shropshire Housing Group described the current maisonettes on Sandpits road as a "1960s eyesore" and has already started demolition work.

Sandpits now
Shropshire Housing Group

The 22 apartments and four two-bedroom bungalows will be available to rent, but all the original tenants have now found other homes.

More and more people want to live independently in old age and a scheme like this gives them that opportunity. We see Beech Gardens as a blueprint for the future and a scheme which Ludlow should be proud of."

Paul SuttonShropshire Housing Group

Arabic interpreters wanted to help refugees settle in county

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The charity which is working to resettle Syrian refugees in Shropshire says it wants to recruit Arabic interpreters.

Refugee child

Up to 10 families could be found homes in Shrewsbury and Oswestry, and Refugee Action says applicants don't need a formal qualification, but good listening skills a clear speaking voice and the ability to concentrate and think quickly are essential.

It's inviting people to send them an email if they're interested.

Watch: Grand National joy for owners of Shropshire stud farm

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

When Rule the World won the Grand National on Saturday, there were some celebrations at the Yorton Farm Stud here in Shropshire.

That's because he was sired by one of their horses, Sulamani.

This is the owner of the stud, David Futter, with the proud dad.

Telford festivals boosted by Arts Council money

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Telford has got £56,000 from the Arts Council to help fund three big events.

The money will go towards the costs of the Carnival of Giants on 16 July, T Picnic in Telford Town Park on 3 September and a River Festival on the River Severn in Ironbridge on 17 September.

Spring into the Park event

Other events to put in your diary include a food festival on 30 and 31 July, drive in movies at Telford Shopping Centre’s Red Oak car park on 30 May, a kite festival on 4 September and drive-in movies on 30 May.

The Spring into the Park event in Telford town park on 2 April (pictured above) attracted 3,500 visitors.

Travel: Crash blocks road in Shawbirch

BBC Travel

Emergency services are dealing with a four-car crash in Shawbirch involving a dozen people.

Five fire vehicles have been sent to the scene on the B5063 as well as the air ambulance.

It's not known if anyone is hurt, but the B5063 is blocked and traffic is slow on surrounding roads.

NHS system 'in crisis'

Failing to make changes to the way healthcare is delivered in Shropshire could "bankrupt the system", according to the chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

Simon Wright has been responding to criticism by GPs of the Future Fit review of health services in the county, which could result in emergency care based at just one hospital in the future.

He says health providers need to "work differently together to fix a system in crisis".

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Headlines: Hospital bosses defend healthcare plans; cash for Telford events

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's another look at our headlines:

- Hospital bosses defend healthcare reorganisation plans

- Arts Council cash for Telford events

- Telford rescue dog adopted by trainer who taught him to fly

BBC Weather Watchers: Heavy cloud covering Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

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

Here we have Willey (top) and Church Stretton (bottom).

Furry Cottage
Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Crash reveals cash, cocaine and cannabis in dealer's car

Shropshire Star

A drug dealer’s activities were discovered by police after he crashed his car when it had cash, cannabis and cocaine inside.

Cricket: Shropshire sign giant paceman

BBC Sport

Shropshire have signed the 6ft 7in former Leicestershire pace bowler Alex Wyatt.

The right-armer took 57 wickets at an average of 36.40 for the first class side, after coming up through the academy ranks at Grace Road.

Alex Wyatt
Leicester Mercury

Shropshire's director of cricket, Karl Krikken, said it was a good chance for Wyatt to showcase his talents and maybe get a chance to play at a higher level again.

I've not played Minor Counties cricket before. Hopefully it's a way of having a first-class career again and if that is to happen I know I'm going to have to prove my worth for Shropshire by taking wickets and scoring a few useful runs."

Alex WyattCricketer

Watch: Power problems cause delays for rail travellers

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

There were hours of delays during Monday’s rush hour after a major power failure near Birmingham’s New Street Station, believed to have been caused by vandalism.

Power was eventually restored just after 09:00, but it has created big problems across the West Midlands rail network.

Ian Woosnam: Masters farewell for ex-champion because of back injury

BBC Sport

Oswestry's Ian Woosnam says the 2016 Masters will be his last because of a persistent back injury.

The 58-year-old missed the cut after finishing his second round 19 over par, following his opening score of 82 by carding an 81.

It is 25 years since Woosnam triumphed at Augusta to become the first - and still only - Welshman to win one of golf's major championships.

I am in pain all the way round so it's time to say bye-bye really."

Ian Woosnam

Pictures and video: Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after Shropshire crash

Shropshire Star

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after a “serious” collision between Bridgnorth and Ludlow.


Sick Telford holidaymaker expecting to fly home tomorrow

The family of a Telford man who had a heart attack while on holiday in Thailand say he should be flying home tomorrow morning

Chris Masters was told he was stable enough to be transferred to a hospital back home, but was held up because there weren't any suitable hospital beds available in Shrewsbury or Telford.

Chris Masters
Jane Houghton

The hospitals have apologised, saying they've been extremely busy, and a bed is now available for Mr Masters.

Football: Telford's unbeaten run comes to an end

BBC Sport

A first half hat-trick from Solihull striker Akwasi Asante ended Telford's seven-match unbeaten run and crowned the visitors League Champions at the New Bucks Head. 

The 3-0 defeat means the Bucks are only three points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.  

Mike Sheridan

It's disappointing and some of our players have given a two out of 10 performance."

Rob SmithManager, AFC Telford United

Headlines: GPs criticise hospital plans; sick holidaymaker coming home; flying rescue dog adopted

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Shropshire GPs criticise healthcare reorganisation plans

- Telford holidaymaker expected to fly home tomorrow after Shropshire hospital bed found

- Telford rescue dog adopted by trainer who taught him to fly a plane

Watch: Shropshire rescue dog flies a plane

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The New Zealand animal behaviourist, Mark Vette, says he built up a "deep connection" with the Shropshire rescue dog Reggie, while filming a series for Sky.

He taught the German Shepherd-Labrador Cross to fly a plane and decided to adopt Reggie after the show. He says the techniques he used can also be used to train dogs at home.

Here some footage from the TV show - scroll ahead to about five minutes in to see Reggie fly the plane.

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Weather: Rain expected to last all day

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

I hope you took the opportunity to cut the lawn at the weekend!

The rain is going to stay with us for the rest of the day and will become heavy later.

Trains to Birmingham back to normal

Trains into Birmingham are back to normal again, following the power failure problems earlier.

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Lord Hill march raises over £2,500

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Fundraisers, marching in uniforms from the Napoleonic era, have raised over £2,500 to help pay for work to Lord Hill's column in Shrewsbury.

They spent five days walking to the column from Anglesea.

soldiers marching

They were welcomed into the town by a bugler and members of today's armed forces.

Shropshire Council says the statue at the top of the column needs replacing at a cost of over £500,000.

Watch: Shropshire dog shows off flying skills

A rescue dog from Shropshire which was taught to fly a light aircraft is boarding another plane, to start a new life in New Zealand (he's not going to fly this one!).

Animal behaviourist, Mark Vette trained Reggie from the Hillbrae kennels near Telford for a Sky1 show called Dogs might fly.

Mark has formed such a bond with Reggie, he decided to adopt him and dropped into the kennels at the weekend to say goodbye to staff and to show of the dog's new skills.

River levels fall

River levels seem to be on their way down across the county, despite the recent heavy rain.

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Football: Shrewsbury drop to 20th in League One

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town slipped closer to the relegation zone after a 3-1 defeat at play-off chasing Millwall.

BBC Sport

The visitors led at half-time through on-loan Larnell Cole.

But Millwall then scored twice in four minutes before Lee Gregory completed the victory with a late penalty after being fouled by Town keeper Mark Halstead, who was sent off.

You have to commit and win the individual battles, otherwise you will concede goals and we didn't win enough of those battles."

Micky MellonManager, Shrewsburu Town FC

GPs attack healthcare plans

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

GPs in Shropshire say changes to the county's health services proposed under the Future Fit programme are "naive to the point of dangerous".

They say a massive amount of work would be shunted from hospitals to GPs - with no indication as to how it would be funded.


This outspoken assessment of the scheme comes in an email from the GPs' committee to members of the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group who are meeting this week. 

They say initial promises that any extra work would be individually priced and funded have been ignored in the new outline strategy.

Headlines: GPs call healthcare plans 'naive'; power restored at New Street

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire's GPs come out against the current plans for reorganising the county's healthcare 

- Power restored at Birmingham New Street

- TNS win title and secure Champions League place for next season

Warning of delays on the trains

If you're heading in the Birmingham direction, the good news is the power failure issue at New Street has been sorted, but your journey may still be affected. 

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Power restored at Birmingham New Street

Network Rail say they're working to restore services to Birmingham New Street after engineers restored power to the affected junction.   

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Welsh Premier: TNS make it five titles in a row

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints of Oswestry have won their fifth consecutive Welsh Premier League title.

The New Saints

They beat Bala Town 2-0 at Park Hall to win the league with two games to spare. 

It's their 10th overall title and guarantees European Champions League football next season. 

The New Saints

Train delays: Passengers tweet about delays

The hashtag #Birminghamnewstreet is trending as passengers resign themselves to another morning of delays.  

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