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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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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.

Police aiming to reassure public after Telford burglaries

The police in Dawley and Malinslee will be out on Aqueduct Road tomorrow to answer people's concerns following a recent spate of burglaries.

They'll be offering crime prevention advice between 17:30 and 18:30.

Aquaduct road

Four flood alerts remain in force

There are still four Environment Agency flood alerts active in the county.

They cover the Tern and Perry catchment area, which includes Yeaton, Rodington and Walcot, the Rea and Cound Brooks, the Upper Teme (Leintwardine, Onibury and Ludlow) and the Severn-Vyrnwy confluence.

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of a few light showers tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should be generally dry and cloudy across the county tonight, but there's the chance of the odd light shower.

Lilleshall prepares for annual 10k fundraiser

More than 280 people are expected to take part in the annual Lilleshall 10k "Monumental Run" this weekend (named after the nearby Lilleshall Monument).

It's been going for seven years now and has raised more than £10,000 for the local area. 

Children in the village have got a new climbing wall, bike shelter and sports equipment from the money and some of them will be running in a two-mile fun run this year to raise cash for a new outdoor play area.

Ice Hockey: Telford trio joins GB squad

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Two Telford Tigers players are in the Great Britain squad for next week’s world championships tournament in Italy.

Defenceman Jonathan Weaver (pictured below) and netminder Thomas Murdy will be joined by Telford coach Tom Watkins.

Jonathan Weaver
Scott Wiggins

GB will face Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine between 17 and 23 April in the six-team Division 1B tournament and success would see them promoted to Division 1A, just below the big boys like Canada, Russia and the USA.

Footballer Fabrice Muamba reacts to cricketer's retirement

The ex-footballer Fabrice Muamba has given his reaction to the news that England's James Taylor has been forced to quit cricket because of a serious heart condition.

Muamba suffered a similar problem and his heart stopped for 78 minutes while playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

He has since retired from the game.

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Headlines: Support for former Shropshire batsman; memorial for terror victims; forget-me-not display

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Cricketing world reacts to shock retirement of former Shropshire batsman James Taylor

- Memorial for Tunisia terror victims, including Shropshire's Sally Adey

- Forget-me-not display created in Shrewsbury

More calls for lorry ban in Wem town centre

Shropshire Star

Fresh calls have been made by campaigners calling for HGVs to be banned from using parts of a town centre following an accident.

Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest returns

The Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest returns for its 17th year at the end of the month.

It will run between 29 April and 2 May and here's a run-through of some of the things they have planned.

Travel: Long delays around A5 at Crackleybank

BBC Travel

The A5 at Crackleybank is closed between the B4379 junction and the Woodhouse Lane junction today, because of roadworks, so expect long delays in that area.

Top cricketer to inspire youngsters in Shropshire

One of the stars for England cricket in the recent Women's World T20 Cup in India has been in Shropshire today. 

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

Tammy Beaumont

She's been visiting four schools in the county today with the hope that a girls cricket team could be set up in south Shropshire.

We spread the power of cricket through training the boys and girls at primary schools and hopefully get them interested."

Tammy BeaumontEngland cricketer

Big Busk will be back for 2017

Shrewsbury's Big Busk has smashed its own fundraising target. 

The Skatells

The event was set up to raise money for the town's homeless charity The Shrewsbury Ark in honour of a local busker, Ben Bebbington, who was murdered in the town. 

Organisers say they've raised £10k.  

Football: Shrewsbury boss fears growing League One gulf

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Micky Mellon fears a growing divide between the League One haves and have-nots.

The Shrewsbury Town manager cites two major reasons: big financial investors, and the parachute payments for clubs relegated from the Championship.

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

Mellon feels the likes of Wigan, who've been splashing the cash on signings, mean the Shrewsburys of this world have to rely on developing from within and the loan market.

Social media reacts to James Taylor's shock retirement

The world of cricket has been reacting to the news that England's James Taylor - a former Shropshire player - has been forced to retire because of a serious heart condition.

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Headlines: Former Shropshire cricketer forced to retire; council rules out pay cut rethink

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a look at our top stories this afternoon:

- Shropshire cricket stunned by James Taylor's sudden retirement

- Council rules out pay cut rethink

- Metal forget-me-not display created in Shrewsbury

Thousands expected to attend Telford convention

More than 10,000 people are expected at the Telford International Centre over the next three days for a big window and door-fitters convention.

It's one of the venue's biggest events of the year and it has warned motorists there could be a lot of extra traffic on surrounding roads.

FIT convention

Cricketer James Taylor 'fittest player in England squad'

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A cricket coach who worked with England's James Taylor when he was a 14-year-old Shrewsbury schoolboy says he was the "fittest player in the England squad by a long way".

Taylor has been forced to retire after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition and Andy Barnard has praised his "mental toughness" and his "great inner belief".

James Taylor
James Taylor

Mr Barnard added that the 26-year-old still had a lot of friends in Shropshire.

He could have played another five years at least at test level and white ball cricket, he was that hungry for it. And he's still unfulfilled, that's the sadness of it I think."

Andy BarnardShrewsbury School cricket coach

Memorial for Tunisia victims at Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry and the Prime Minister have joined the families of British victims of last year's terror attacks in Tunisia for a memorial service at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry laying flowers

Candles representing the life of each of the 31 people killed in the attacks on a tourist beach in Sousse and a museum in Tunis were carried through the Abbey and placed on the high altar. 

Sally Adey from Caynton near Albrighton was one of those who died in the attack at the museum.

More than 20,000 trees distributed around Shropshire

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Woodland Trust has handed out more than 20,000 trees to schools and community groups in Shropshire over the past few weeks.

It's hoping to double that by the end of the year and has given out 7.6 million free trees across the UK since 2004.

Tree planting
Woodland Trust

Perhaps surprisingly, the charity says just over 9% of Shropshire is covered by trees, below the national average of 13%. It says this is because a lot of the county is farmland.

England's Strauss speaks of shock at James Taylor diagnosis

BBC Sport

England team director Andrew Strauss spoke about his "shock" and "sadness" at the news that 26-year-old batsman James Taylor has had to retire because of a serious heart condition.

Andrew Strauss
Getty Images

Taylor played seven Tests and 27 one-day internationals for his country and was part of England's victorious team which toured South Africa in the winter.

Throughout his career, he has constantly impressed with his determination to make the absolute most of his ability. It is immensely cruel that such a hard working player will be unable to fulfil his great potential in the international arena."

Andrew StraussEngland team director

Photo released by police investigating 'JCB' cash machine theft

Police have released a photo of a man they want to question in relation to the theft of a cash machine from a bank in Cleobury Mortimer.

They say he might be from the Leeds area.

A JCB was used to rip out the machine from a wall of the High Street bank in the early hours of 21 December and three of four people are thought to be involved.

West Mercia Police

Video: Forget-me-not display at Shrewsbury castle

BBC Midlands Today

Remember the metal poppies outside the Tower of London?

Well, Shrewsbury has now got something similar, with a sea of metal forget-me-nots planted outside the castle today.

You can see more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30.

Shropshire council rules out pay cut reversal

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Council has shot down suggestions from Unison that it should reverse the 'temporary' pay cuts it imposed in 2011.

The authority also says staff pay was cut by 4.4%, rather than the 5.4% quoted by the trade union.

Clive Wright

Council Chief Executive Clive Wright said that while the original intention might have been to make the pay cut temporary, the authority couldn't have known it would still be faced with cuts five years later.

There is still a significant gap between income and expenditure, with many millions of pounds of savings still to be identified. Therefore, it would be wrong to commit to something that is plainly unachievable, however much we may wish to."

Clive WrightShropshire Council Chief Exec

Headlines: Council pay cut reversal ruled out; England cricketer Taylor forced to retire

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Council rules out pay cut reversal

- Former Shropshire cricketer James Taylor forced to retire

- Metal forget-me-nots go on display at Shrewsbury castle

Photos: Forget-me-not display at Shrewsbury castle

A sea of 1,000 iron forget-me-nots, inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London, have been planted at Shrewsbury Castle to raise money for a Shropshire hospice. 

The flowers, made by the Iron Works Centre in Oswestry, are already on display at the castle and will be at Attingham Park from next week.


It's hoped people will then buy the sculptures for £25 each, which is enough to pay for two hours of care at the Severn Hospice.

'My world is upside down' tweets cricketer James Taylor

BBC Sport

The England batsman James Taylor, who started his career in Shropshire, has tweeted his shock at getting the news he has a serious heart condition.

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Weather: A dry afternoon with some sunshine in places

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The rain seems to have moved away and we should have a dry and cloudy afternoon with some sunshine in places.

Shropshire woman remembered at service

A commemoration service will be held later today for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Tunisia last year. 

Sally Adey, 57, of Caynton near Albrighton, was one of more than 20 people killed at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on 18 March 2015.

Sally Adey
Getty Images

The mother-of-two was on an excursion from a cruise ship with her husband Robert, 52, who survived the attack.     

Cricketer Taylor has condition similar to footballer Muamba

BBC Sport

Scans have shown the England and former Shropshire batsman James Taylor has a serious heart condition similar to the one which affected the footballer Fabrice Muamba (pictured).

Fabrice Muamba
Getty Images

The 26-year-old, who learnt to play cricket at Shrewsbury School, missed a pre-season fixture for his county, Nottinghamshire, with what was thought to be a viral condition, but tests revealed it was more serious.

Footballer Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes while playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

Sick Telford holidaymaker returns home

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

A Shropshire tourist recovering from a heart attack in Thailand is on his way to a hospital back home after a fight to find a bed. 

Chris Masters left Bangkok at 03:00 today for the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Chris Masters
Yvonne Masters

Mr Masters was taken ill on holiday, but when he was fit to fly, his insurers said his local NHS did not have a bed. 

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust said it had been "very busy recently" but had now found a bed.

BreakingFormer Shropshire cricketer James Taylor forced to retire

BBC Sport

The England and former Shropshire batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire because of a serious heart condition.

He was part of the squad which beat South Africa in the winter and played seven tests for his country, scoring 312 runs.

Taylor, 26, also played for Shrewsbury Cricket club.

James Taylor
Getty Images

Petition over Council pay cut

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A petition's been set up calling on Shropshire Council to look at a pay cut it forced employees to take five years ago. 

At the time, the authority said the action - a cut of 5.4% - would save money and keep 400 people in their jobs. 


The union Unison says it was only supposed to last a 'limited time' and some staff have still been made redundant.   

Headlines: Council urged to look again at pay cut; thousands of pounds raised by Big Busk

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Petition set up urging Shropshire Council to reverse 5.4% pay cut

- Flood alerts in place for the county after heavy rain

- Shrewsbury's Big Busk raises £10k

Your pictures: The sun is out over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Pictures are coming in from our Weather Watchers, and it's not a bad start to the day.

Here's how it's looking in Willey and Albrighton. 

Furry Cottage
Pickle Pie

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Shrewsbury woman cleared over £5 million gift aid scam

Shropshire Star

A Shrewsbury woman has been cleared of any involvement in a £5 million charity gift aid scam.

On air: Do we resent the wealthy in this country?

Jim Hawkins Show

'Wealth is not a dirty word' - That's what David Cameron said yesterday as he fought back in the Commons against attacks on him and his family in the wake of disclosures about his financial affairs.  

Jim Hawkins wants to know your thoughts this morning. 

Sir Alan Duncan: Cameron's critics 'hate anyone with hint of wealth'

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Flood alerts for Shropshire

A number of flood alerts have been issued across Shropshire after the torrential rain of the last few days. 

flood map
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says flooding is possible everywhere from the Teme, Rea and Cound Brook to the Severn Vyrnwy confluence, the Perry and the Tern.  

Headlines: Petition set up over council pay cut; Big Busk raises almost £10k

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire Council urged to look again at pay cut 

- Flood alerts issued for the county

- Shrewsbury's Big Busk smashes its own fundraising target

Weather: Dry and cloudy

BBC Weather

Some early fog patches to start. Sara Blizzard has the forecast.