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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Carlie Swain

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.

Weather: Cloudy with some showers

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Some showers around this evening, but dry overnight.

Dangerous dogs seizures rise

The number of dangerous dogs being seized by West Mercia Police has doubled in the past two years, a BBC investigation shows.

More than 130 were captured between 2013 and 2015.

In England and Wales, almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police over the past three years.


'Obesity leads to rise in womb cancer'

Obesity is behind a rise in womb cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. 

Cases have risen by 28% over the last decade.

Womb cancer cells
Science Photo Library

About 840 women are diagnosed with womb cancer every year in the West Midlands and around 180 die from the disease. 

There's evidence extra fat in the body can raise cancer risks, the charity says.

Lead EU referendum campaigns named

North Shropshire's Conservative MP Owen Paterson says he's "delighted" that Vote Leave will become the official group campaigning to leave the European Union. 

He's called on everyone to pull together.

Britain Stronger in Europe has been designated as the official Remain campaign in June's EU referendum.

Owen Paterson

Vote Leave - backed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove - saw off a challenge from a rival campaign Grassroots Out, backed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage.  

Britain Stronger in Europe - chaired by former Marks and Spencer boss Lord Rose and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron - was the only campaign to apply for Remain designation.  

Follow reaction to the decision as it happens

Wife thanks well-wishers

The wife of Telford man, who had a heart attack in Thailand, has thanked people for their messages of support. 

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

He arrived back in the county this morning after a bed was found at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. 

Yvonne Masters (pictured below with Chris) also thanked medical staff in Phuket and Bangkok and here in Shropshire. 

Yvonne Masters

I would like to thank everybody for their hard work in ensuring that we could get Chris home as soon as possible."

Yvonne Masters

Headlines: Man taken ill in Thailand back in Shropshire; county Parkrun events stay free

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Wife of Telford man taken ill in Thailand thanks well-wishers

- Health bodies delay decision over hospital reorganisation

- Both Shrewsbury and Telford Parkrun events to remain free

Telford Parkrun to remain free of charge

We've already heard from the Shrewsbury Parkrun organisers who say their event will remain free, and now there's more good news from Telford.

This comes after a council near Bristol voted to charge Parkrun a fee to use its grounds. 

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Five arrested after brawl outside Shropshire nightclub

Shropshire Star

The fight broke out on Friday night outside Central Square Nightclub in Newport at about 23:50.

Paramedics proving they have a head for heights

Fancy a job rescuing people from danger?

Well, if you want to prove you are up to becoming a paramedic for the hazardous area response team for West Midlands Ambulance Service, you have to have a head for heights.

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The Queen and me: Share your stories

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

She's been on the throne for the past 64 years. 

With her 90th birthday approaching, a number of events are being held to celebrate the Queen's birthday on 21 April. 

As part of our coverage, we'd like to hear your stories and see pictures of when you met the Queen. Please email

Frustration over collapsed walls

The 10m-long stretch of wall, dating to the 13th Century, fell down in February 2013, causing some people living nearby to be evacuated from their homes. 

Three years on it is still waiting to be fixed, much to the frustration of some local residents.


The delay is largely thanks to a dispute on who's responsible for the damaged stretch, the church or one of the two councils.

Ludlow Councillor Andy Boddington has previously warned that applying for funding will probably take time, meaning they won't be fixed any time soon.

Daughter needs 24-hour specialist care

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire mum Nicky Clark says she's heartbroken after declaring her disabled teenager as homeless - to try and get her somewhere to live. 

Emily has severe austism and epilepsy and Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Group says she needs round-the-clock specialist care. 

She's been living in a specialist school but now aged 19 she has to leave. 

Mrs Clark says she's been forced to take the step to try and find a home for her child, partly due to her "challenging behaviour". She's putting her case to Shropshire Council today. 

Nicky Clark

Because of the behaviours that she exhibits, because of her high levels of anxiety and her learning disability, Emily can't come home."

Nicky Clark

Headlines: Delay over hospital reorganisation; Ludlow town wall repairs a step closer

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here's what we're looking at in the newsroom this afternoon:

- Both Shropshire and Telford heath bodies defer decision over future hospital plans

- Town council to lead hunt for Ludlow wall repair funds

- School teacher pays tribute to retiring cricketer James Taylor

Bus and car crash in Shrewsbury causes town centre traffic chaos

Shropshire Star

A crash between a car and a bus caused tailback traffic in Shrewsbury town centre today.

Parkrun decision: "It's never going to happen in Shrewsbury"

More than 19,400 people have signed a petition to allow Parkrun to continue at a park near Bristol.

Stoke Gifford Parish Council voted to become the first in the world to charge Parkrun a fee for use of its grounds.


The organiser of the Shrewsbury Parkrun event, says it's a sad day. 

It's one of the core principles of Parkrun, that it should be free."

Paul BowesShrewsbury Parkrun organiser

Hospital reorganisation decision delayed

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Both of Shropshire's health commissioning bodies have delayed decisions on the next stage of the county's health reorganisation. 

They're asking for more details on how the plans would work.

After a lengthy debate at a meeting this morning, Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Group deferred a decision on an outline strategy for the county's two main hospitals.   


A similar decision was made by the equivalent body in Telford yesterday. 

It follows criticism from the county's GPs, who voiced concerns that extra work would be passed down to them without a proper plan for funding it.   

Man denies raping woman he met at Telford nightclub

Shropshire Star

A 24-year-old man is alleged to have raped a young woman at a house just hours after he met her at a nightclub.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Football compensation and Citizen Khan on tour

BBC Midlands Today

We'll have the latest on a football fan getting compensation after being "repeatedly kneed in the head" by a police officer - and where Citizen Khan will be appearing in the Midlands as part of a comedy tour.  

Citizen Khan

Plenty to get stuck into, you can see it all from 13:30 on BBC One.

Weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunny spells this afternoon. Charlie Slater has the forecast.

Cricket: James Taylor could've played 'another five years at least'

BBC Sport

More reaction to the news that England batsman James Taylor has had to cut short his cricketing career at the age of 26.

It's after specialists found he has a serious heart condition.

Taylor previously played for Shropshire and in the Birmingham League for Shrewsbury - after developing his cricket at Shrewsbury School. 

His school coach Andy Barnard spotted his talent early. 

James Taylor
Getty Images

He was the fittest player on the England squad. I think he would've played another five years at least at test level because he was that hungry for it."

Andy BarnardCricket Coach, Shrewsbury School

Headlines: Town Council takes responsibility to pay for wall; award for Shropshire woman

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Ludlow's town walls are a step closer to being repaired 

- Shropshire woman win Health Star Award

Stunning sea of metal forget-me-nots at Shrewsbury Castle

Shropshire Star

The grounds of Shrewsbury Castle have been overtaken by a stunning sea of metal forget-me-nots as part of a Severn Hospice appeal.


Guide to Police and Crime Commissioners

Voters in Shropshire go to the polls next month to choose a new Police and Crime Commissioner.

5 May 2016 is your chance to have your say on who should be in charge of policing in the county.

Here's a bit more information about what PCCs do.


Harper Adams University hosts world's first ever insect conference

Harper Adams University featured on BBC Breakfast this morning. 

And it was all to do with six-legged creepy crawlies. 

What's claimed to be the world's first insect conference for schools is taking place today at the university's campus in Edgmond, near Newport.

Football: Vassell wants first Shrewsbury goal

BBC Sport

Kyle Vassell is eager to get his first goal for Shrewsbury Town, but his manager isn't unduly worried.

Vassell - who's on loan from Peterborough - is a regular starter up front and Micky Mellon says his strength and toughness makes it very difficult for opponents.

kyle vassell

I'm happy with what he's doing, the energy and the ground he covers is absolutely fantastic."

Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Shrewsbury's homeless may be arrested or fined in crackdown

Shropshire Star

Rough sleepers and nuisance drinkers could be fined or arrested in Shrewsbury should a crackdown on anti-social behaviour go ahead.

Shropshire woman wins health award

A Shropshire woman's celebrating after winning the Health Star Award run by the ITV show Good Morning Britain.

Rachael Jones from Shrewsbury set up PANDAS, a pre- and post-natal depression charity five years ago, and opened her front door to a surprise film crew this morning. 

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Your Pictures: Beautiful sunrise in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Take a look at this bright start in Church Stretton. If you have photos you want to share, emailtweet or comment on our Facebook page.

BBC Weather Watcher: the grey squirrel

Headlines: Shropshire woman celebrates winning ITV award

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The headlines this morning:

- A Shropshire woman's celebrating after winning the Health Star Award run by the ITV show Good Morning Britain

- A mother who has declared her disabled daughter homeless is due to speak to council officers later today

- The Woodland Trust has handed out over 20,000 trees to schools and community groups in Shropshire

Three years on Ludlow walls a step closer to being repaired

A section of the town wall in Ludlow is closer to being fixed after the town council says it will take the lead on finding funding.

Large parts of the wall, including this one by St Laurence's Church, were damaged by bad weather three years ago. 

There's been a row ever since over who's responsible for the repairs, the town council or the Church of England.

collapsed wall

Ludlow Town Council says it will look to Shropshire Council and St Laurence's Parochial Church Council to do whatever they can in support of the project when it comes to grant applications.  

Travel: Road closed in both directions in Cross Houses

BBC Travel

The A458 between the Hollies junction and the Chestnuts junction is closed for emergency repairs. Delays are expected, but diversion routes are in place.

Shropshire mum criticises homeless strategy

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

A mother from Shropshire is due to speak to council officers later in a row over homing.

Nicky Clark's 19-year-old daughter Emily has autism and epilepsy. 

She's been living in a specialist school but has to leave now that she's college age. 

Mum Nicky has taken to social media to try and get the attention of Shropshire Council after putting her on the homeless register and not getting a response. 

She's calling for them to do more for the most vulnerable people in the county. 

It's heartbreaking that Emily can't come and live at home, but we've faced that reality."

Nicky ClarkEmily's Mum

Gun pointed at terrified shop assistant in Shropshire store robbery, court told

Shropshire Star

A gun was pointed at the face of a terrified shop assistant by a masked man during an armed robbery at a store in a Shropshire village, a court heard.

Headlines: Mother declares autistic daughter homeless to find home; Ludlow walls could finally be fixed

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

- A mother is due to meet Shropshire Council today after she declared her autistic teenage daughter homeless to try and get her somewhere to live

- Ludlow Town walls could be a step closer to being repaired as the town council take responsibility  

- Flood alerts are still in place along the River Severn on the section south of Shrewsbury near Cressage 

Weather: Foggy start, but warm sunshine later

BBC Weather

Charlie Slater has the latest forecast for the region

Travel: No major problems so far

BBC Travel

Most routes through the county are moving freely.

Gas main works are being carried out on Ellesmere Road in Shrewsbury near the Wood Street junction, so it could be slow going there.

Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the county this morning.

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