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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Tracey Higgins

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Latest Weather for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Any showers will slowly ease and die away this evening to leave a mostly dry and cloudy night for many. 

Outbreaks of showery rain will probably spread northwards by dawn. 

Temperatures will fall to 7C (45F) 

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Bridgnorth Endowed School is out of special measures

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Bridgnorth Endowed School is out of special measures. 

Ofsted has lifted up their rating by two levels to "good."


The secondary school was placed in special measures in 2014, after some of its teaching was deemed inadequate. 

Inpectors also found that disadvantaged students were making "much less progress than they should". 

The school has responded with real energy and team work to the challenges of the last 16 months and will continue to work together to achieve even more.

Mark FreathyChair of Governors

Thousands of knives being used in sculpture

The British Ironworks Centre is currently building a huge sculpture out of confiscated knives, many previously used in crimes or handed in during knife amnesties.

In all, sculptor Alfie Bradley hopes to incorporate 100,000 weapons and many of these are being delivered in lorries from police forces.

It is unclear how the bomb came to be at the centre.


Controlled explosion planned at ironworks centre

The British Ironworks Centre has closed for the rest of the day.

West Mercia Police say they were called at 14:45 and experts from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are in attendance

Extra bomb disposal specialists are being called in and a controlled explosion is expected to be carried out later.   

Staff at the Ironworks Centre say the suspected explosive device is believed to include about 450grams of a substance containing nitroglycerin.

This substance is not believed to be a danger to the public, but a 100m cordon has been established to ensure public safety, police say.  

British Ironworks Centre
British Ironworks Centre

BreakingBritish Ironworks Centre in Oswestry calls in bomb disposal experts

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Bomb disposal experts have been called in to the British Ironworks Centre outside Oswestry.

The centre, which is creating a sculpture from confiscated knives, is working closely with police forces across the country, many of which are supplying weapons collected through knife surrenders.

The bomb is potentially linked to that project the centre says.

Bomb disposal squade called to the British Ironworks Centre

Latest: Claims that Leader of Council was removed are denied; Bridgnorth Endowed School moves out of special measures

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories this afternoon: 

- Claims that the Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Kuldhip Sahota has been removed from office are denied  

- Bridgnorth Endowed School moves out of special measures

- One in five patients are waiting longer than four hours in Shropshire's A&E departments 

Road closed in Ellesmere because of collapsed drain

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Scotland Street in Ellesmere has been closed to traffic for a week because of a collapsed drain. 

Severn Trent engineers are working to repair the sewer, but the road is expected to be closed until next Thursday 21 May.    

Scotland Street in Ellesmere

We'd like to apologise to customers that may be affected by the collapsed sewer in Scotland Street, Ellesmere. Our teams are working hard to get the sewer repaired and everything back to normal as soon as possible. In order to keep everyone safe, we've had to close the road.

SpokespersonSevern Trent

Police search woodland in hunt for missing man

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Police have searched woodland in Shrewsbury in their hunt for a missing man. 

Russell Blent, 35, hasn't been seen for nearly a month.

Russell Blent
West Mercia Police

Officers say the search near Mary Webb Road and the Rea Brook, near Mr Blent's home in Meole Brace, provided no new leads.  

Weather: Storms making their towards the Midlands

This weather map shows how stormy weather is affecting a swathe of southern England from east to west and heading towards the Midlands.    

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School to reopen tomorrow, after canopy collapse

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A school in Ashford Carbonel, near Ludlow, will reopen tomorrow, after a canopy collapsed yesterday. 

The Bishop Hooper C of E School has been shut today for inspectors to make the building safe.  

Damage at Bishop Hooper C of E School
Anni Holden

The Diocese of Hereford, which owns the school, says it's keeping a close eye on the developments and "have total faith" in headteacher Kerri Phelps.

Woman 'drove getaway car past police at Shropshire store robbery scene'

Shropshire Star

Latest: Conservatives claim Labour council leader 'forced out'; police search woodland for missing man

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories this afternoon: 

- Conservatives claim Labour's Kuldhip Sahota was forced to step down as leader of Telford and Wrekin Council

-  Night workers at Stadco factory safe, after fire last night

-  Police search woodland in Shrewsbury in hunt for missing man   

Pictures: Eight crews tackle large fire at Stadco plant in Shrewsbury

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Fire crews from as far afield as Craven Arms and Wem were called in to help tackle a fire that broke out at the Stadco plant on Harlescott Lane in Shrewsbury, just after midnight. 

The Hazardous response team from West Midlands Ambulance Service was also drafted in to help, because the fire broke out in a restricted area where there were chemicals.      

Crews Inside Stadco where fire broke out last night
Shropshire Fire Service

People working at the site, which produces car parts, were safely evacuated from the building. 

The fire was brought under control and crews were stood down just after 05:00.

Telford and Wrekin leader 'forced out'

The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has been forced out of his post by others inside the Labour party, according to the Conservative opposition.

This morning, Mr Sahota (pictured) announced his departure as leader after five years in charge.

Andrew Eade, leader of the Conservative group, said Mr Sahota had been forced out before completing his second term - a claim denied by Labour councillors.

Kuldip Sahota

There's no doubt at all. Unfortunately for Kuldip he's been removed."

Andrew EadeLeader of Conservative group on Telford and Wrekin Council

Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some heavy rain on the way.

Highs of 14C (57F).

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Safety checks at canopy collapse school

Structural inspections are taking place at a school where a canopy collapsed in south Shropshire.

A fixing on a veranda at Bishop Hooper C of E Primary in Ashford Carbonell failed yesterday, the Hereford Diocese says.

The school has been closed as a precaution and it is not clear when it will reopen.

A spokesperson for the diocese, which is responsible for the school, says parents are being kept fully informed and it would reopen "as quickly as possible". 

Politicians pay tribute to outgoing leader of Telford and Wrekin Council

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Politicians from across the political spectrum have paid tribute to the leader of Telford and Wrekin councillor, Kuldhip Sahota, who's stepping down, after five years at the helm. 

A new leader will be chosen at the Council's AGM on 23 May.

There's more on this on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

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Latest: Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council stands down; workers escape after factory fire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this lunchtime: 

- The Labour leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Kuldhip Sahota, is stepping down

- Night workers at Stadco plant in Shrewsbury, escape and are safe, after fire breaks out 

- Thousands of jobs set to be created by new rail hub on the Shropshire border

Four-year-old's liver transplant 'a success'

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The mother of a four-year-old boy from Shrewsbury says his recent liver transplant has been a success. 

Harry Maceachan had the operation six weeks ago, when he received a third of this dad Simon's liver.    

Harry Maceachen and his dad Simon

Harry was born with a rare liver disease and had to undergo a second transplant because the first one failed. 

His father Simon was a living donor as no suitable match could be found from the organ donor register. 

There is no reason to believe that liver won't do him for the rest of his life and he will live a normal, full length, happy life. Everybody is very happy, everybody is very positive, that seems to be the key."

Clare MaceachanHarry's mum

A&E delays reach new record level

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

A&E performance in England sank to a new low in February for the second month in a row, official figures show.

Doctors next to trolley

Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours, but just 87.8% were, NHS England data revealed.

That is a drop of nearly one percentage point since January, which was the worst month since the target was introduced in 2004.

Weather: Yellow warning now in place for rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There's now a yellow weather warning in place for rain this afternoon. Showers this afternoon could be heavy and thundery which could lead to standing water, spray and localised flooding.  

It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine in between the showers. 

Top temperatures of 12C (54F).

Weather Map for Shrewsbury

Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council to step down

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council Kuldhip Sahota is to step down from the role. 

Mr Sahota is 65 in May and it's understood he feels the time is right for someone else to take over.   

Kuldhip Sahota

He's been in charge of the Labour group for the past five years and although he's stepping down as leader, it's expected he'll remain a serving councillor. 

The Labour group will hold an AGM, where a new leader will be announced.     

Shrewsbury Town FC celebrates 20 years since first Wembley visit

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

It's exactly 20 years to the day since Shrewsbury Town made their first ever appearance at Wembley. The M6 was a rolling queue of Shropshire buses, and blue and amber was everywhere. 

stadium seats

Shrewsbury didn't lift the Auto Windscreens Shield that afternoon, they were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham.

Emergency crews tackle large factory fire in Shrewsbury

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Specialist ambulance staff helped firefighters tackle a large factory fire at Stadco Ltd in Harlescott Lane, Shrewsbury in the early hours of this morning.

A hazard response team was sent, because the fire was in a restricted access area, where there were chemicals.

Ambulance crews at the site of factory fire at Stadco

People working at the site were safely evacuated from the building. 

Ambulance Crews were stood down just before 05:00.

Latest: Rail hub set to create thousands of new jobs; primary school closed after veranda collapses

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this morning: 

- Thousands of jobs could be created at a new rail hub on the Shropshire border 

- Bishop Hooper C of E school in Ashford Carbonell is closed after a veranda collapses 

- Liver transplant operation for four-year-old from Shrewsbury is a success  

Part of building collapses at school

Bishop Hooper C of E Primary School in Ashford Carbonell is closed after a veranda collapsed.

The Hereford diocese, which owns the school, says no one was hurt and safety inspections are taking place.

The new building opened in 2011.  

primary school
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Chris Masters arrives in UK after Thailand heart attack

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A British tourist who had a heart attack in Thailand has arrived at a hospital in the UK after a fight to find a bed.

Chris Masters, 44, was stranded in a Bangkok hospital until his local NHS in Shropshire could find him a bed.

man stroking elephant trunk
Yvonne Masters

He was flown to intensive care at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on Wednesday, where bosses apologised for the delay due to high demand for beds.

Mr Masters' wife Yvonne thanked doctors and well-wishers for their support.

School closed after section collapses

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A primary school in south Shropshire is closed for safety inspections on its building after a verandah collapsed. 

The Bishop Hooper school in Ashford Carbonel has been open for five years. The Hereford Diocese, which owns the school, says no-one's been hurt and parents were all informed about the work yesterday.

Cardboard recycling collection to return to the county

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Shropshire Council and the waste management company Veolia are reintroducing kerbside cardboard collections later this year. 

Five years ago, the collections were stopped because of the ink and staples in the cardboard meant it could no longer be sent for composting. The change affected about 130,000 homes.

Cardboard recycling bag and graphic

Headlines: Shropshire jobs to be created at new rail hub; kerbside cardboard collection returns to Shropshire

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The top stories in the BBC Shropshire newsroom:

- Thousands of jobs could be created at a new freight depot on the Shropshire / South Staffordshire border

- Health bosses say plans to reorganise Shropshire's health services are on track despite putting off a decision on a key part of the proposals

- Shropshire Council's household waste contractors Veolia say they'll reintroduce kerbside collections of cardboard from October

Weather: Bright spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Here's Charlie Slater with the latest forecast.

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Travel: No major problems so far

BBC Travel

There are roadworks dotted about the county, also take care on the A4112 in Tenbury Wells. It's been closed because of an accident.

Good morning from BBC Shropshire!

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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