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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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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: Cloudy but dry in Shropshire tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should be cloudy but dry across most of Shropshire tonight.

Lows of 5C (41F).

Deadline for registering to vote

There are elections taking place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you’ve registered to do so - and the deadline is tonight.

Polling station
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If you are not already registered, you can do so by visiting the following website:

And, if you want to find out more about the elections then you can visit the voter information website or the BBC News elections homepage.

Football: Grandison unlikely for Sheffield United game

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Jermaine Grandison has resumed light training with Shrewsbury Town today after his recent hip operation.

He won't be ready for tomorrow's game with Sheffield United, but might be available for Saturday's trip to Gillingham.

Jermaine Grandison
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Volunteers wanted at replica WW1 trenches

More volunteers are needed to work at the replica World War One trenches at the Park Hall Countryside Experience.

They were created last year, to show what life would have been like for soldiers and the attraction says they've been very popular.

The volunteer guides don't need previous experience but will have to guide visitors and answer their questions - so an interest in history would help.


Oswestry man netted £6,000 in ‘prolonged’ rent fraud

Shropshire Star

A council tenant who moved to the Shropshire countryside to live in a house he secretly owned made thousands of pounds in ill-gotten gains by renting out the council flat he’d been given in London, a court has been told.

Shopkeeper jailed over counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes

A Market Drayton shopkeeper has been jailed for 20 weeks after pleading guilty to possessing counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes at his store.

Mohammed Bakhtyar appeared before Telford Magistrates’ Court on Friday following an operation by Shropshire Council.

The court was told that he'd been on a suspended sentence after committing similar offences in Herefordshire in 2014.

The court has clearly recognised in sentencing Mr Bakhtyar the severity of the matters that were presented before them and that this individual has chosen to continue selling illicit tobacco despite previously being prosecuted."

Grant TunnadineShropshire Council

Watch: Family of missing Shropshire man arrive in Peru

BBC Midlands Today

The family of missing Shropshire tourist Harry Greaves have arrived in Peru, to help search for him.

They say they've been offered support from the Peruvian government.

You can watch the full interview with Harry's cousin Lucy Greaves from Lima on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.

Headlines: Peruvian government help family of missing tourist; Deepcut inquest hears suicide evidence

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this evening:

- Family of missing Shropshire tourist receive help from Peruvian government

- Deepcut inquest hears recruit could have killed herself

- Historian wants archaeological dig near Baschurch to search for King Arthur's remains

Photos: World Heritage Day celebrated in Ironbridge Gorge

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Did you know today is World Heritage Day?

The idea was started by Unesco back in 1983 and the aim is to raise public awareness of the world's man-made monuments and sites.

It's also a great excuse to publish photos like this one, which was tweeted by the people at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust.

Ironbridge Gorge
Sky Scan Balloon Photography

BBC Weather Watchers: Cloudy skies over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like it's been a good day for photographing clouds!

These pictures were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Ellesmere (top) and Berrington (bottom).

Shropshire Sue

Former Shropshire cricketer tweets about his hospital treatment

Since revealing a week ago that he'd been diagnosed with a serious heart condition, the former Shropshire and England cricketer James Taylor has been tweeting about his hospital treatment.

He thanked all the people who had wished him well.

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And he tweeted this photo from the hospital, saying he wasn't getting outdoors very much.

James Taylor
James Taylor

Horse rescued from mud near Highley

A horse has been rescued from riverside mud in Highley this afternoon.

The fire service say they were called out at 14:15 and took less than 15 minutes to free the animal.

Horse in mud
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Spring clean gets under way on main Telford road

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Work has started to spruce up Telford's A442. 

Teams from Telford and Wrekin Council will spend the next two weeks tidying up the Eastern Primary's verges, slipways and roundabouts. 


The authority says it'll try and keep traffic disruption to a minimum during the works by closing lanes outside busy periods.

American Football: Revolution off to losing start

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Revolution started their league campaign with defeat away to Staffordshire Surge at the weekend.

They were down 35-0 at half time and were able to restore some pride with two touchdowns in the second half, but it ended 35-14 to the home side.

Shropshire Revolution
Shropshire Revolution

The Revolution will be at home to the Leicester Falcons on Sunday.

Historian believes real-life King Arthur could be buried in Baschurch

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A historian would like to dig up a road near Baschurch, because he believes the real-life King Arthur may have been buried there.

Graham Phillips has published a book this week, claiming to have uncovered evidence that a king called Owain Ddantgwyn ruled from the old Roman town of Wroxeter around the year 500 and that he could have been the inspiration for the Arthurian legends.

King Arthur

According to the stories Arthur was buried in a chapel beside a lake and Mr Phillips says there is a reference to it being at a place called "the Churches of Bassa", which he thinks could be modern-day Baschurch.

That Arthur might lie buried beneath a road might sound unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Richard III was found under a car park.”

Graham PhillipsHistorian

Sexually-transmitted infection which can cause infertility found in West Midlands

Doctors have expressed "huge concern" that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England - including cases in the West Midlands - and to gay men.

The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged in Leeds, as one of the main treatments had become useless against it.


Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of "limited success".

Doctors fear the sexually transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.

Police 999 lines working again

Good news from West Mercia Police.

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M54 closures planned for vital works

Shropshire Star

Parts of the M54 will be closed this week while Highways England carries out a number of improvements.

Headlines: Fund to find Peru tourist; 999 phone lines out of action; special measures Telford school improves

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Fund set up to find Shropshire tourist missing in Peru

- West Mercia 999 phone lines out of action

- Telford special measures school showing improvement

Police working to fix phone fault

West Mercia Police says it is working to fix its phone lines as quickly as possible, so it can receive 999 and 101 calls again.

In the meantime it is urging people to report crimes via its website and if it's not urgent then wait.

Emergency 999 calls are currently being diverted to call centres belonging to neighbouring forces.


BreakingPolice having problems with 999 calls

West Mercia Police are reporting problems receiving 999 calls.

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Telford special measures school making improvements

One of the Telford academies put in special measures by Ofsted has taken a big step forward and Ofsted inspectors say Telford Park school is now taking "effective action" to improve.

The inspectors believe grades will improve this year, but say the current staff are "fighting against a legacy of long-term historic underachievement".

Telford Park School
Telford Park School

It's the third time the school has been inspected since being put into special measures in February last year and the report says teaching, pupil behaviour and leadership have all got better.

90 years of memories

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

The Queen turns 90 this week - her actual birthday - with big events planned for her official birthday in June. 

And what an incredible 90 years to live through. 

Inspired by this, we thought we'd ask 90-year-olds in Shropshire about their experiences. 

Today on the Breakfast Show the personal memories of the beginning of the Second World War. 

Deepcut inquest hears from police forensic expert

A former police forensic scientist says it's "likely" Private Cheryl James was holding a rifle to her head before she died at Deepcut Barracks, 20 years ago.

David Pryor told the inquest his conclusions were based on photographs of the 18-year-old's body taken at the time.

Cheryl James

The inquest is expected to finish on Friday, with the coroner giving his conclusion in a month's time.

Football: TNS Ladies claim league title

The New Saints Ladies followed in the footsteps of the men's team by clinching their league title at the weekend.

They beat Wednesfield Town Ladies 6-0 to claim the West Midland Regional Women's League with a game to spare.

TNS Ladies
TNS Ladies

TNS Ladies now face Lye Town Ladies next Sunday in the League Cup Final at Stone Dominoes FC.

What a feeling, this for me is the best feeling you can have in football... I hope they enjoy the moment and we go again Wednesday in perpetration for the League Cup Final."

Joe ThompsonTNS Ladies manager

Parish council set to take over Albrighton library

Albrighton Parish Council are to officially take over the running of the village's library today. 

Albrighton Library

They're one of the first to do so since Shropshire Council gave smaller authorities five months to take on local services or risk losing them.

It's all part of the council's plan to make cuts as they try and save £77m. 

Albrighton Library

Everyone's very excited about it, we've had lots and lots of people calling in, so lots of excitement."

Sylvia PledgerChair, Albrighton Parish Council

Weather: Some drizzle later

BBC Weather

Staying cloudy this afternoon, some light rain later. Sara has the forecast.

Fund set up to find missing Shropshire man in Peru

The family of Harry Greaves has started a search and rescue fund.

Mr Greaves, from Bronygarth near Oswestry, Shropshire, was visiting friends in the South American country and planned a lone expedition on a mountain on 7 April.

Harry Greaves
Greaves Family

The 29-year-old has not been in contact since - which his family says is "out of character".

A Go Fund Me page has so far raised £13,000 of its £25,000 target.

Headlines: Family in Peru to search for missing man; two charged with attempted murder

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

The headlines this lunchtime:

- Friends and family of missing man start fundraising page to help with the search

- Two men charged with attempted murder 

- Shrewsbury couple face big clean-up after the latest fire in the county involving a tumble-dryer

Leisure and arts centre fundraising hits £10k

The campaign to raise money to help run a leisure and arts centre in Bishop's Castle has risen through the £10,000 mark. 

Teme Leisure
Google Maps

The appeal is aimed at refurbishing the pool and other facilities at Sparc to make them run more efficiently once council funding ends next year. 

The organisers say £50,000 would revamp the pool, but they need £250,000 overall. 

Shropshire mum backs call for tumour research cash

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Sabina Jones's son Kian nearly died of a brain tumour after delays in diagnosing it. 

Brain tumours kill more people under 40 than any other type of cancer - but get just 1% of cancer research funds.

MPs are debating funding for research into the cancer later today.

Ice Hockey: Tigers player scores for Team GB

Great start for Team GB at the Ice Hockey world championships after Telford Tigers defenceman Jonathan Weaver scored in a 4-1 win over Croatia. 

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Woman suffers cuts to face and body in Newport attack

Shropshire Star

A woman suffered cuts to her face and body when she hit back after being attacked by a man as she walked home from a night out in Newport.

Dad tells of Peru search for missing Oswestry man

Simon Greaves talks about the search for his missing son, Harry, in Peru.

The 29-year-old from Oswestry hasn't been seen for a week since going for a mountain walk. 

Harry's mum and cousin have gone out to Peru to help with the search.  

Football: North Ferriby 2-0 AFC Telford United

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United suffered a second successive defeat as they lost 2-0 at North Ferriby. 

The Bucks failed to test the home side over 90 minutes. 

Mike Sheridan

The loss means Rob Smith's side are only two points above the relegation zone ahead of a huge match with fellow strugglers Brackley on Tuesday night. 

New era for Shrewsbury Crown Court

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Crown Court goes digital today. 

A new computer programme that police, lawyers and judges will use will turn the legal system "paperless". 

Crown Court

Judge James Tindall says it'll make the system more secure and any early problems can be overcome.  

This system is enabling us to shift to using computers, so we're really catching up with the substance of what we're doing already."

Judge Tindall

Pals dig in to bring Telford's Matthew Cooper home from hospital

Shropshire Star

Architects are set to reveal plans for the adaptation to the home of a schoolboy who has been left paralysed after illness.

Headlines: Family flies to Peru to find missing man; two charged with attempted murder

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Family of missing Shropshire man Harry Greaves arrive in Peru 

- Two men due in court after street attack

- Shrewsbury Crown Court goes digital

Two men charged with Telford attempted murder

Two men have been charged with attempted murder after another man was stabbed in a street attack.

Officers were called to Arleston in Telford at about 23:46 on Thursday to reports of a fight in Woollam Road.

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A 32-year-old man who was stabbed in the chest is in a stable condition in hospital.

Shaquil Sheamus Sultan, 19, and Mohammed Kabir Zaman, 27, are due before the town's magistrates on Monday, West Mercia Police said.