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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 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.

Plea over Shropshire badger-baiting reports

South Shropshire Journal

Wildlife lovers in Shropshire are calling for vigilance after reports of suspected badger-baiting.


Football: Walsall looking to bounce back following heavy defeat

Shrewsbury Town's derby opponents tonight suffered their worst defeat of the season at the weekend - a four-nil thrashing at Bradford City.

Walsall's interim boss Jon Whitney wants his players to 'man up' and react positively tonight.

Jon Whitney
Rex Features

All four of Bradford's goals came in the second half, so be patient Shrewsbury fans.

Police patrols continue in Arleston after stabbing

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

"High visibility" police patrols are to continue in the Arleston area of Telford after a fight earlier this month left one man needing treatment for stab wounds.

Detective Inspector Mark Bellamy said the incident had caused "a great deal of concern in the local community" and police wanted to provide reassurance.

Woollam Road

The victim was taken to hospital with injuries to his chest, but has since been discharged and police say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Weather: A chance of more snow this evening

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's a chance of some light snow this evening in parts of the county, but most of us will just have to put up with cloud and the odd shower.

Rescued baby otters growing up fast

Do you remember the two baby otters which were rescued in Shrewsbury over Christmas, when they were flooded out of their home?

Well the cubs, Mary and Joseph, have grown a bit since then.

They are being looked after by the RSPCA and the plan is to release them back into the wild after nine months.

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Football: Shrewsbury manager praises 'fighting spirit'

Shrewsbury could end all talk of relegation with a win over Walsall tonight and the manager Micky Mellon has praised his side's "fighting spirit".

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

Mellon said it wasn't "something which came naturally" and they'd worked hard to create a bond between the players.

We spent a lot of time together because when it comes to those moments in games you've got to dig in with your mate and that's when you'll see the team spirit."

Micky MellonShrewsbury Town manager

Headlines: Two more arrests following Arleston violence; hundreds of hospital appointments cancelled; calls for bridge to re-open

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Two more arrests in connection with violence which resulted in man being stabbed

- More than 550 appointments postponed because of strike action by junior doctors

- Calls for Ludford bridge to be temporarily re-opened are dismissed by council

Weather Watchers: Stormy clouds over Cardington

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a day of snow, sleet and showers across Shropshire and this photo was taken at Cardington by one of the BBC Weather Watchers.


Football: Shrewsbury midfielder Black feared a broken neck

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town’s influential midfielder Ian Black has revealed he could have broken his neck at Gillingham on Saturday.

Ian Black
Getty Images

Black, involved in a collision in the final minutes, was told to lie still on the pitch by the medical team.

“I landed awkwardly and got my head stuck under my body when I fell,” he said.

“I’m just lucky to come away with nothing too serious.”

Two more arrests following Arleston stabbing

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A 32-year-old man and a 16-year old boy, both from Telford, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with fighting in Arleston earlier this month, police say.

A man was stabbed in the confrontation on Woollam Road on 14 April. Two people previously charged with attempted murder and possessing an offensive weapon remain in custody.

Woollam Road

Police are continuing to investigate.

We're especially keen to speak to the driver of a white vehicle who took an injured man to the Princess Royal Hospital following the incident."

Detective Inspector Mark Bellamy

Tributes paid to Shrewsbury dad, 48, killed in car crash

Shropshire Star

Tributes were today paid to a Shrewsbury father of two who was killed in a two-car crash.

Council responds to calls for Ludford bridge to re-open

Shropshire Council has responded to calls for Ludlow's Ludford bridge to be re-opened over May Fair week, saying it's too expensive.

It says the cost of removing the scaffolding, putting up temporary concrete barriers and other safety measures - plus putting the scaffolding back - is likely to cost up to £15,000 and that it would further delay the repair work.

Ludford bridge

The authority also doesn't anticipate predicted traffic problems.

There is likely to be minimal traffic disruption in the town with Ludford Bridge remaining closed. Car parks are clearly signed from all approaches into Ludlow, along with the Ludford Bridge diversion signing. Pedestrian access over Ludford Bridge will not be affected."

Shropshire Council

Lessons will be learnt from review into Shropshire murder

A new report by the National Probation Service into the murder of a Shropshire woman has found it made a "number of" mistakes, Telford MP Lucy Allan says.

Davinia Loynton, known to family and friends as Dink, was 59 when she was killed by an offender who'd been released on licence.  

Ms Allan, Conservative, has asked ministers to make sure the the public is kept safe from violent offenders. 

The government says it'll make sure lessons are learnt from the review.  

Headlines: Hospital appointments postponed by strike; calls for Ludlow bridge to re-open

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

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

- Strike causes more than 550 hospital appointments to be postponed

- Calls for damaged Ludford bridge to re-open during May Fair week

- Shrewsbury Town could secure place in League One with win in derby game

BBC Weather Watchers: More snowfall in Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo was taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers in Clee Hill earlier and there is a forecast for more snow to come this evening.

Snow falling in Clee Hill
Shropshire Lad

Calls for Ludlow bridge to be re-opened over May

Shropshire Council is being accused of short-sightedness over repairs to Ludford Bridge in Ludlow which was closed two months ago after being damaged by a lorry.

Lib Dem Councillor Andy Boddington wants it re-opened, temporarily, for the town's May Fair celebrations.

Ludford bridge

He says the cost - which could be up to £15,000 - could be reclaimed from the insurers. Thousands of visitors are expected and Mr Boddington is worried that traders will suffer if traffic is disrupted over the coming week.

The May bank holiday is one of the busiest weekends in the year in Ludlow. We are likely to see a big increase in traffic. Roads in the town centre will be closed for the fair. We need Ludford Bridge open to ensure a clear flow of vehicles."

Andy BoddingtonShropshire councillor

Football: Derby 'no bigger than the last game' for Mangan

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury's Andy Mangan says the derby against Walsall tonight is "no bigger than the last game".

And since he returned to the club, he believes every game has been important because of the league position they find themselves in.

Andy Mangan
Getty Images

A win tonight would secure Shrewsbury's place in League One.

In session: The Wrecks perform live

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

BBC Introducing in Shropshire is all about uncovering great music created in the county. 

Earlier this month The Wrecks joined Sam and Jolon for a live session.

Here they are performing their track 'Lover Not A Fighter'. 

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Newport pupils' canal artwork is destroyed by vandals

Shropshire Star

Vandals have destroyed artwork made by Newport school children that had been placed around a canal towpath.

artwork in canal
West Mercia Police

Football: Walsall v Shrewsbury Town

BBC Sport

Three points for Shrewsbury Town at Walsall tonight and they can't be relegated. 

Town are up for it too, after their 3-2 win at Gillingham on Saturday when Walsall, who are still chasing the playoffs, lost 4-0 at Bradford. 

Mickey Mellon

The Shropshire side expect to have midfielder Ian Black fit after injuring his neck in the final minute on Saturday, but fellow midfielder James Wallace (knee) and defender Jermaine Grandison (hip) are big doubts.  

When you're playing derbies, form really goes out of the window, it's about on the evening."

Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Health bosses say more work needed on hospital plans

The body which commissions health services in Telford says more research needs to be done before decisions can be taken on the future of Shropshire's health service and the county's two emergency departments.

The Telford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held an extraordinary meeting this morning to discuss a way forward for the long-running Future Fit review and agreed "doing nothing" was not an option.


The Telford CCG will now hold another meeting with the Shropshire CCG before drawing up a report, looking at demand on services, financial models and workforce numbers.

Following consideration of the feedback today and further discussion, we acknowledged the more detailed work needed to take place."

Dr Jo LeahyChair of Telford & Wrekin CCG

National cheerleading training base to open in Telford

Shropshire Star

A central training base for cheerleading and dance in England is set to open in Shropshire after the scheme was given the green light.

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More than 550 hospital appointments postponed because of strike

The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford say 550 outpatient appointments have been postponed because of the 48-hour strike by junior doctors.

Four operations have also been re-arranged.

Striking doctors

Today, there are 123 staff taking industrial action across the two sites.

Headlines: Hospital appointments postponed because of strike; footpath funding plea

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this lunchtime:

- More than 550 hospital appointments postponed because of strike

- Call for more funding for Shropshire footpaths

- Shropdoc says GPs becoming 'less inclined' to work out of hours

Diary of a Junior Doctor

Caroline Jones is a junior doctor at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. 

As a single mum with two children, she says the new junior doctors contracts are a source of stress and she is considering changing career.

Currently junior doctors are paid more for working unsocial hours at night or at the weekend, but under the new contract, the Saturday day shift will be paid at a normal rate in return for a rise in basic pay. Strikes are under way in protest, but health secretary Jeremy Hunt says no union has the right to stop a government trying to act on a manifesto promise.

Ms Jones, who is currently working night shifts and therefore not taking part in the daytime strikes, has recorded an audio diary. 

Photos: Police arrest superhero in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

This photo has just emerged from the weekend's Shropshire Kids' Festival in Shrewsbury.

It looks like the Caped Crusader has finally met his match!

Batman and Spiderman
West Mercia Police

Weather: Some more snow possible later in the day

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Most of the county will have light cloud today, with some sunshine.

And there is a chance of more snow showers later.

BBC Weather Watchers: Contrasting weather across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had snow and sleet in some parts of Shropshire this morning and glorious sunshine in others.

Take a look at this photo taken in the last hour by a BBC Weather Watcher in Acton Burnell.

Acton Burnell
Sane of Shropshire

Now compare that with this photo taken in Willey this morning.

It's hard to believe they were taken in the same county.

Furry Cottage

'More money needed' for footpaths

The Ramblers Association wants more money spent on the county's footpaths and rights-of-way. 

It says there's been a considerable drop in funding in recent years leading to a long list of unresolved problems. 


The team leader for outdoor partnerships at Shropshire Council, Claire Fildes, admits it's quite a big problem.

We've got about 5,500km (3400 miles) of footpaths and bridleways across Shropshire, and they take a lot of looking after."

Claire Fildes

GPs 'less inclined' to work for Shropdoc out-of-hours health service

The chairman of Shropshire's out-of-hours health service, Shropdoc, says they need to recruit more nurses and other medically-trained staff to cope with growing demand.

Dr Russell Muirhead also told BBC Radio Shropshire that GPs are becoming "less inclined" to work outside office hours and that the county was facing a "recruitment crisis", with not enough wanting to work here.

Shropdoc worker

Shropdoc currently employs around 290 GPs and 40 nurses and Dr Muirhead says they might have to recruit "people we can take on and train" if not enough practice nurses come forward to fill the gaps. But he adds it will still be possible to talk to a GP if necessary.

As the crisis in GP workload during the day increases, our members are less inclined and less able to work out of hours so we have a shrinking GP capacity."

Dr Russell MuirheadShropdoc chairman

Eyesore Craven Arms hotel faces demolition to make way for housing

Shropshire Star

A former hotel that has stood derelict in the heart of Craven Arms for decades may now be demolished and replaced with houses and flats.

Would you trust a computer algorithm with your love life?

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

More than 90 million people throughout the world are doing just that when they log onto dating websites. 

So are they more reliable than going with our own gut instinct?  

On the Breakfast Show this morning we asked shoppers in Madeley about how they find love. 

Headlines: Soldier drugs charge; health bosses to discuss hospital future

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire soldier charged with supplying cocaine to three men - one of whom later died

- Deferred hospital meeting to take place today

- More money needed for county's footpaths, says Ramblers Association

Serving soldier charged with supplying cocaine linked to man's death

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A soldier from Shropshire has been charged with supplying cocaine to three men in Wolverhampton - one of whom later died, police say

Kieran Bainbridge died in hospital after collapsing at the Moon Under Water pub in the city centre. 

Oliver Bramwell, aged 22, of Rosemount Gardens, Ackleton, is accused of providing the drug last December. He's due in court in June.

Why are junior doctors on strike?

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The first all-out doctors' strike in NHS history has begun in England.

Thousands of junior doctors walked out of both routine and emergency care at 08:00 in protest at the imposition of a new contract from the summer.

It is the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been hit in the long-running dispute.

Deferred hospital meeting to take place today

Health bosses in Telford are due to meet again today over the future of the county's hospitals - a fortnight after a decision was deferred. 

The proposal is for one blue-light emergency care centre in Telford or Shrewsbury, with lower-grade urgent care centres looking after lesser-injuries. 


Telford's clinical commissioning group - and its Shropshire counterpart - need to sign-off the plans before they gain traction with the NHS centrally.  

Five Shropshire men convicted over county drugs operation

Shropshire Star

Five men from Shropshire have been convicted over their part in the supply of drugs in the county.

Headlines: Reassurance over ShropDoc workload proposals; More countryside money needed

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning: 

- Proposed changes to the workforce at Shropdoc raises concerns

- Health bosses in Telford are due to meet again today over the future of Shropshire's hospitals

- The Ramblers Association wants more money spent on the county's footpaths 

Weather: Chilly to start, but sunny later

BBC Weather

A breezy day with sunny spells, showers by late afternoon. Alex has the forecast.