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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Light clouds and a mild night ahead

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The light cloud will remain through the evening and overnight and we should have a mild night with temperatures staying about 7C (47F) for most of us.

Shropshire canoeist in GB squad for World Championships

Shropshire's Kelda Wood is included in the British para-canoe team for next month's World Championships. 

The Shrewsbury-based kayak sprinter is among seven women and five men selected for the event, in Germany.

Kelda Wood

Two Shropshire teams reach Lords cricket finals

Two Shropshire cricket teams are heading to Lord’s after winning their regional finals in the Lady Taverners’ indoor competitions.

Moreton Hall under 15 girls (left) won all six of their games against sides from across the Midlands and Wales to qualify.

Two school teams

Packwood Haugh under 13 girls (right) squeaked in on a tie breaker because they scored more runs than their nearest opponents and it is the third time in a row they have qualified for the Lord’s finals.

Shropshire butcher says he got to see Royal family as 'normal people'

Adam & Vicki Show

Today, because it's the Queen's 90th birthday, we've been talking to people in Shropshire with Royal connections.

Ian Evans from Ludlow used to be the butcher on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and revealed the Queen likes to order a lot of game.

Ian Evans
Ian Evans

He said he'd never served the Queen herself, but Prince Philip had popped into the shop and so had William and Kate.

They go to Sandringham because they feel relaxed. People just treat them like a person, which is what they are. They become people rather than members of the royal family."

Ian EvansButcher

Celebrations mark Queen's 90th birthday


Celebrations are continuing to take place around the country on the day the Queen turns 90.  

Crowds lined the streets in Windsor as the monarch took part in a walkabout, and royal gun salutes have been fired from each of the UK's capital cities.  

The Queen seeing well wishers today
Getty Images

You can follow the day's live events here as the Queen turns 90.

Cricket: New Shropshire captain promises exciting approach

BBC Sport

The new Shropshire captain Steve Leach is promising "to play exciting cricket, take the game to the opposition and hopefully put them under quite a lot of pressure".

The minor counties side begin their new season with a one-day match against Herefordshire in Shrewsbury on Sunday and the game is free for spectators.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

The 22-year-old scored more than 700 Championship runs for Shropshire last season and has already scored a half century for Oxford MCCU against Northants earlier this month.

There will be no prouder moment for me than walking out and leading Shropshire. Hopefully some runs for myself will obviously add to the cause, but a nice win to get the season started would go down very well indeed."

Steve LeachShropshire cricket captain

Headlines: Shropshire celebrates Queen's birthday; New College pulls out of merger

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Beacons to be lit in Shropshire to mark Queen's 90th birthday

- New College pulls out of proposed merger

- Terrier recovering after being dragged through Wem by a car

Pictures: Gerty the West Highland terrier recovers from car ordeal

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

We've just been sent this photo of Gerty the West Highland terrier.

She is the dog who was injured when she was dragged by her lead behind a car in Wem and as you can see her front paws are bandaged.

West Mercia Police

The RSPCA are looking after her now and the police are trying to piece together what happened.

Football: Knight-Percival waiting on new Shrewsbury deal

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The futures of several Shrewsbury Town players are hanging in the air because the club insist they won't talk about contracts until they know which league they'll be in next season.

Nat Knight Percival
Getty Images

Town's popular captain Nat Knight-Percival (pictured above) is one of those players who is due to be out-of-contract and he says he'd love a new deal.

Netting trapping pigeons in Shrewsbury is removed

Shrewsbury Chronicle

Netting under a railway bridge which was trapping pigeons and leaving them starving to death in Shrewsbury has been removed.

Castle foregate
Shropshire Star

Ice Hockey: GB score eight against Lithuania

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The British Ice hockey team scored eight against Lithuania at the World Championships last night.

GB have two Telford Tigers in their squad, Jonathan Weaver and netminder Thomas Murdy. Weaver has already been on the scoresheet at the tournament.

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The team, who have won all three of their games so far, now face Romania on Friday and Ukraine on Saturday.

Watch: Lilleshall children sing National Anthem for Queen's birthday

Years 3 and 4 from Lilleshall Primary school have been up Lilleshall Hill to sing the National Anthem for the Queen's 90th birthday.

And they didn't even rehearse this!

New College pulls out of proposed merger

New College in Wellington has pulled out of a merger with Shrewsbury Sixth Form and Shrewsbury College.

A statement from the three says, following a consultation, there was less public support for a merger across the two towns, so now only the two Shrewsbury Colleges will join up - that is expected to happen on 31 July.

New College

It goes on to say there are new options for collaboration between New College and Telford College of Arts and Technology.

Headlines: Shropshire marks Queen's birthday; New College pulls out of merger

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

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

- Shropshire marks Queen's 90th birthday

- New College pulls out of merger with Shrewsbury colleges

- No action over car driver who ended up on Shrewsbury-Hereford railway line

Queen's birthday beacons ready in Shropshire

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

There will be three beacons lit in Shropshire this evening - part of a chain across the country to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

This is the one in Telford (looks like they've fired it up early, to test it out).

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Arriva Trains Wales 'confident new ticket machines will be bug-free'

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Arriva Trains Wales says it's confident there won't be technical gremlins with the new phone-scanning ticket machines installed at Shrewsbury station.

The machines will allow you to scan tickets downloaded on a smartphone app, as an alternative to the old paper versions, and the company is spending £250,000 to roll them out across its network.

New barriers

Arriva Trains Wales has been trialling the machines for the last year and says it hasn't had any issues, but sometimes people's phone batteries run low and the conductor has to step in to help.

Driver will not face action over car on rail track

The 30-year-old driver of a car that plunged down a railway embankment and on to the tracks near Hereford this morning will "not face any action", British Transport Police say.

Train services between Shrewsbury and Hereford were disrupted until 09:00.

Officers from West Mercia Police attended with colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and the driver of the car was treated by paramedics as a precaution but was uninjured."

British Transport Police

Your photos: Sunny snaps

Some lovely photos were sent in to us yesterday from across the West Midlands. 

Here's a small selection, featuring Worcester, Leek, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Kinver, Norton and Church Stretton.

Thanks to Shropshire Lass, PJs, Hugo Snugg, Mikesnapper, Vickie Whittaker, Ice Queen and Shelly Nutting and all who sent in photos.

You can send us your photos by email, tweet or via our Facebook page.

Staying up 'would beat promotions and cups'

BBC Sport

Telford manager Rob Smith says keeping the club up this season would be his biggest achievement in football. 

He says everything looked so bleak when he took over earlier this season, but after Tuesday's draw at relegation rivals Brackley, staying in the National North is now in their own hands with two games to go.

rob smith
Mike Sheridan

It's about keeping your nerve. We're really really fighting."

Rob SmithManager, AFC Telford United

Weather Watchers: A great start to the day in Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not going to be as sunny as yesterday, but the forecast is for another good day in Shropshire.

And the BBC Weather Watchers were out early this morning, to bring us photos like these.

We've got Myddle (top) and Shifnal (bottom) here.

Len Ticular

Former Shropshire swimming coach selected for Olympics

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The former Ellesmere Titans swimming coach and Commonwealth gold medallist Chris Walker-Hebborn is on his way to Rio.

He's been named today in the official GB swimming squad for this summer's Olympics.

Chris Walker-Hebborn
Getty Images

Earlier this month the 2012 Olympian won the British 100m backstroke title.

Headlines: Queen's birthday celebrated; dog on lead dragged behind car; new railway ticket scanners

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Shropshire marks Queen's 90th birthday

- Dog on lead dragged behind car in Wem

- New ticket scanners at Shrewsbury station

Shropshire celebrates the Queen's Birthday

Communities across Shropshire are celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday today by lighting beacons. 

Clunton Village, Southwater in Telford and Shrewsbury Town Council are all taking part tonight. 


Lord Lieutenant Sir Algernon Heber-Percy will light the beacon in the Square in Shrewsbury and Council leader Kuldip Sahota will light the Telford beacon. 

Dog on lead dragged behind car in Wem

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A woman's "helping police with their enquiries" after a dog on a retractable lead was dragged behind a car being driven along Aston Street in Wem on Sunday night.

The West Highland White terrier was treated for injuries to its mouth and front legs after being rescued by an off-duty police officer.

The police are working with the RSPCA to investigate.

Aston street

Weather: Warm with some cloud this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We won't see the clear blue skies we saw yesterday, but it should stay warm across Shropshire today with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

Travel: Lane reopens on M6 near M54 junction

BBC Travel

The M6 northbound, near the M54 junction is fully open again after an earlier incident.

Shrewsbury's relegation fight a bit close to home

BBC Sport

As the pressure intensifies on Shrewsbury Town's relegation fight, for manager Micky Mellon there's a familiarity about the names also in the battle for league survival.

Town's closest rivals are sides where he lives and where he's previously played and managed. 

Mickey Mellon

The fourth relegation space looks like it will go to either Shrewsbury, Blackpool or Fleetwood.

We're just concentrating on doing our thing. It's an irony and it is strange."

Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Travel: Delays on M6 near M54 turn-off

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M6, travelling north, just before the turn-off for the M54.

It's because of an incident which the police are dealing with on a bridge and traffic is very slow.

Queen's Birthday: Town crier off to Buckingham Palace

Martin Wood, Shrewsbury's town crier, will be joining the official celebrations for the Queen's 90th Birthday today. 

He'll be joining other town criers giving three cheers for Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. 

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How to make a handbag fit for the Queen

The Queen is rarely seen without an elegant handbag - and her favourite is made in the Midlands.

She was seen with a Launer London Traviata on her arm at the start of her 90th birthday celebrations.

The bag, which costs £2,000, is handmade at a factory in Walsall.

New ticket scanners for train network

New train ticket scanners have been rolled out at Shrewsbury station. 

It's part of a £250,000-investment from Arriva Trains Wales and means commuters can now use the company's mobile app to scan their tickets. 


Later this year, scanners will be installed at stations including Chester, Rhyl and Hereford.   

We've been trialing this for the last year... the conductor on board will help with any difficulties."

Lynne MilliganArriva Trains Wales

Car on line causes delays

A car that went down a railway embankment caused delays for rail commuters between Shrewsbury and Hereford earlier this morning - as this picture from Kane Sumner shows.

Great Western Railway says services are now running normally, after the vehicle was cleared.

Car on railway
Kane Sumner

Headlines: New £37m children's hospital for the Midlands; town crier at Buckingham Palace

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Work starts on new children's centre in Birmingham

- 12th Century monastery reopens after 25 years

- Shrewsbury's town crier joins official 90th birthday celebrations for the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Work begins on new £37.5m centre at children's hospital

BBC Midlands Today

Work starts this morning on a new cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital. 

The £37.5m building also includes the UK's first centre for rare diseases, many of which are not treated anywhere else.

Chief nurse Michelle McLaughlin said it would improve the care they offered.

artist's impression
Birmingham Children's Hospital

London Marathon: Bishop's Castle wedding photographer running for MND charity

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

This week we are featuring the stories of some of Shropshire's marathon runners and today we've been talking to Catherine Evans, a wedding photographer from Bishop's Castle.

She is taking part to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has been supporting her father Bryan Challenor.

Catherine Evans
Catherine Evans

She has already raised over £86,000 for the charity with a cycling challenge last year and is planning something similar for this May - cycling from Shrewsbury to Abergavenny.

I'm trying to keep injury free and remind myself that our glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Dad’s illness is a serious blow to our family but he keeps fighting and so do we."

Catherine EvansMarathon runner

Dog dragged around by lead behind car in Shropshire seriously injured

Shropshire Star

A dog suffered serious injuries after being dragged behind a vehicle by its lead.

Headlines: Queen's birthday celebrations; work starts on children's centre

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Shropshire parents set to benefit as work starts on a new £37m centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

- Shropshire to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday by lighting beacons

- Pupils plant seeds that have been on the international space station

Weather: Chilly start but staying dry

BBC Weather

Bright but cold start to the morning, cloudy later. Charlie Slater has the forecast.