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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08;00 on Thursday

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

Weather: A cold, clear night ahead in Shropshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We're expecting a cold, clear night across Shropshire tonight, with temperatures dropping to just above freezing.

BBC Weather Watchers: Hail in Norton this afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had hail, sleet and snow in Shropshire today and this photo was taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers in Norton earlier.

And if it's got you curious, the Met Office has produced a handy guide, explaining why different conditions cause water to fall as hail, sleet, rain or snow.

Ice Queen

Hearing set over homes near Shropshire problem level crossing

Shropshire Star

A hearing will be held in the summer to discuss whether plans to create 50 new homes close to a problem level crossing in Wem should be given the go-ahead.

Changes to bin collection times over bank holiday

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The bank holiday will mean changes to the bin collections - in most cases it just means they get collected a day later than usual.

But you're being encouraged to check, so you don't miss out.

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Warning over 'exploding' hearing aid batteries

Shropshire's hospitals have issued a warning about a batch of hearing aid batteries that they've been told could explode.

Hearing aid

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is one of the bodies to get a batch of the ZeniPower batteries, which have a use-by date of August or September 2018.

The risk is said to be low, but if you have one, you're asked to return it to your provider.

Headlines: Hospitals face legal claim; Southwater plans go on show; hearing aid warning

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Hospitals facing legal claim after baby suffers lack of oxygen during birth

- Plans for next phase of Telford's Southwater development go on show

- Warning over hearing aid batteries

Football: Shrewsbury manager looks to next game after defeat

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury are very close to League One survival, but last night's defeat by Walsall leaves them still chasing points.

The manager Micky Mellon has promised to review their performance, but says that it's never easy due to the competitive nature of England's leagues.

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

And Mellon says he's looking to another "massive game" on Saturday against Peterborough.

Police commissioners: A choice of party hats or indies

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

I've been going around the region and looking at next week's elections for Police and Crime Commissioners.

The former police superintendent Bill Longmore (pictured below) narrowly topped the poll in West Mercia last time, but he is not standing again.

Bill Longmore

His deputy Barrie Sheldon is hoping to keep an Independent flag flying, but it will be a hotly contested affair because all the main parties are fielding candidates.

Also standing are:

John Campion - Conservative

Dan Walton - Labour

Peter Jewell - UKIP

Margaret Rowley - Lib Dems

John Raine - Green

BBC Weather Watchers: Snow returns to Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

We've been getting little snow showers all over the county this afternoon.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Ludlow (top) and Oakengates (bottom).

Jan's Patch

More than 1,000 allegations of revenge porn in last year

The BBC has been talking to police forces around the country and asking how many reports of "revenge porn" they have investigated since it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent.

In all there were 1,160 incidents reported between April 2015 and December 2015.

Revenge Porn stats

Only 11% of reported offences resulted in the alleged perpetrator being charged, 7% ended with a caution and 5% in a community resolution.

Student recognised in Telford's 'walk of fame'

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A 16-year-old student is getting his name added to Telford's "walk of fame" today for his inspiring battle with bone and blood marrow cancer.

Connor Holbrook (centre, below) from Woodside was nominated for impressing teachers at Lakeside Academy and TCAT with his hard work while receiving treatment for his condition.

Connor Holbrook

The Telford "walk of fame" is an avenue of trees in the town park which displays the names of award-winning young people.

Connor, who dreams of becoming a teacher one day, will also get one of Telford and Wrekin Council's Telford Tommy medals, which are given to young people who do something special.

The woman, 17 when nude photos were published online, said no action had been taken when she reported the matter to police
A woman said becoming a victim of revenge pornography had affected relationships with her family, friends and work colleagues.

Travel: Accident closes A53 at Shawbury

BBC Travel

An accident on the A53 near the White Lodge Park junction in Shawbury is closing the road in both directions.

Telford health bosses delay decision on A&E plans to get more information

Shropshire Star

Health bosses in Telford say they cannot support plans to reorganise A&E services in Shropshire until they receive more information on the impact it will have on emergency medicine.

Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on left and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on right
Shropshire Star

BBC Weather Watchers: Some dramatic weather photos today

BBC Weather Watchers

Shropshire is going to have a real mixed day today, with sunshine and clear skies one minute and clouds and showers the next.

This photo from one of our BBC Weather Watchers, taken in Wem, perfectly illustrates that.


Dispute follows break down of talks

This week's strikes are the first time doctors have stopped providing emergency care in the history of the NHS.

The dispute is over a new contract that the government announced in February would be imposed from the summer. This followed the breakdown of talks between the two sides in January.  


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the walkout as a "very, very bleak day", but said the government would not back down, saying no union had the right to stop a government trying to act on a manifesto promise - to introduce a truly seven-day NHS.  

The British Medical Association has argued it is unfair and the NHS needs extra investment to pay for seven-day services. 

Ice Hockey: Tigers release GB netminder and Estonian star

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Telford Tigers have begun their summer rebuild by releasing a number of players.

They include Thomas Murdy (pictured below), who was a member of the GB squad in Croatia recently, and the recent acquisition Andrei Makrov, who played for Estonia in the same tournament.

Thomas Murdy
Steve Brodie

Martin Ondrej, Peter Szabo and Dan Davies, three members of the club’s historic double-winning squad will similarly not be returning.

Joe Graham has also left.

More images of Southwater plans

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here are some more images, showing you how Telford and Wrekin Council plans to expand its Southwater development around the lake.

Southwater plans
Telford and Wrekin council

As well as a hotel and retail-space they include a new "events area" as you can see below.

And the plans are on display at Southwater One today, tomorrow and Friday between 09:00 and 17:00.

Southwater plans
Telford and Wrekin council

Hospital says correct procedures not followed during birth

A Shropshire baby who didn't get enough oxygen during labour could see its future development suffer, according to a report going before hospital bosses tomorrow.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust says it is facing a legal claim because the problem wasn't spotted at an early stage.

And the report says that systems which are designed to ensure this doesn't happen were not implemented in this case.

Watch: Junior doctors picket outside Telford's Princess Royal Hospital

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The trust running hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford says 124 staff are on strike today - part of the national junior doctors dispute.

Over 550 appointments have been postponed as a result and there were pickets outside Telford's Princess Royal Hospital this morning.

Headlines: Hospitals face legal claim; Southwater plans go on show; call for quieter towns and cities

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Shropshire's hospitals face legal claim after baby suffers lack of oxygen during labour

- Plans for next phase of Telford's Southwater development go on display

- MP calls for measures to make towns and cities quieter

Hospitals face legal claim after baby suffers lack of oxygen

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire's hospitals are facing a legal claim after a baby suffered a lack of oxygen during labour. 

Staff had difficulty distinguishing between the mother's and baby's heartbeats, so didn't notice problems with the foetus. 

The incident will be reported to the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust board tomorrow.

Weather: A bit of everything in Shropshire this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Shropshire will have a little bit of everything this afternoon - rain, cloud and sunshine.

But it should stay cool, with temperatures reaching no higher than 6C (43F).

Shropshire amputee finds film niche

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

A Hanwood man who lost an arm after a motorbike accident in 1996 has found a new line of work as an "amputee actor".

Lee Atkinson has worked alongside actors like Jackie Chan and Simon Pegg, fitting that in around his job as a door supervisor and working in a Shrewsbury deli.

Photos of Lee Atkinson
Lee Atkinson

Lee is signed up with an agency called Magnum Services, which specialises in supplying actors who have lost limbs.

The stereotypical disabled person on TV is on crutches or in a wheelchair and there's many more disabilities that are out there and they're not seen."

Lee AtkinsonActor

Mobile phone apps to help manage side effects of chemotherapy

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Chemotherapy patients in the county will soon be able to use mobile phone apps to help manage the side effects, and reduce the number of emergency admissions.  

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The county's two main hospitals in Telford and Shrewsbury are to pilot the use of apps which help monitor the effects of chemotherapy and inform patients when to seek care - rather than later use A&E.

Southwater plans go on display

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Plans for the next phase of Telford's Southwater development have gone on display this morning and they include a new 68-bedroom hotel.

The council says there will also be space for new shops and some landscaping of the area near the ice rink.

Take a look for yourself.

Southwater plans
Telford and Wrekin council

Shrewsbury Town 'still not out of danger' in League One

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town Manager, Micky Mellon, is blaming himself, as part of the reason for Shrewsbury Town's derby defeat at Walsall last night.

Three points would've guaranteed League One safety, but they lost 2-1.

Micky Mellon

After half-time changes at 2-0 down, Mellon's side looked much better - but could only pull one goal back via Mat Sadler. 

They're next in action against Peterborough at home on Saturday. 

Credit to them second half, but I'm disappointed with the first half performance. But like I say, I'll take responsibility for that. I picked the shape and I picked the personnel."

Micky MellonManager Shrewsbury Town

Telford robber’s Facebook cell pictures: Why was prisoner able to post them?

Shropshire Star

A police investigation has been launched by prison authorities after violent Telford robber James Delaney posted Facebook images of himself in his prison cell.

Cat rescued from engine of van in Telford

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A cat's been rescued from the engine compartment of a van in Tellford. 

Firefighters from Tweedale were called to Birchmore on the Brookside estate, at 05:30 this morning to help the RSPCA.

Fire engine

They've been using airbags to lift the vehicle.

Headlines: MP wants to make towns and cities quieter; second day of doctors strike

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this morning: 

- Wrekin MP calls for measures to make towns and cities quieter

- Second day of junior doctors' strike

- Shrewsbury not out of relegation danger after defeat at Walsall

Second day of Junior doctors' strike

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Junior doctors' strike continues today

Like yesterday, medics walked out of both emergency and routine care at 08:00 and will not return until 17:00.   

There'll be a picket line outside the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford from 10:00.

Princess Royal Hospital A&E

NHS leaders say hospitals coped well with yesterday's strike and are hoping less urgent patients will once again stay away from A&E.

On Air: Jim's asking what are you worried you won't have time to do ?

Jim Hawkins Show

On the the Jim Hawkins programme this morning, Jim's asking what are you worried you won't have time to do and what are you going to do about it ? 

If you've ever thought that time passes more quickly as the years go by - you might be right. 

Scientists in Brazil asked people to close their eyes and count out one hundred and twenty seconds. People under 30 were pretty good at it, they took an average of 115 seconds to get to the two minute mark.


But the over 50s raced to 120 in an average of just 86 seconds. 

So why does life seem to get faster, the older you get ? 

You can call Jim on (01743) 248321 or text 81333 and start your text with the word SHROP. 

You can email, tweet or get in touch via the Facebook page.     

Oswestry victim’s appeal over gay hate crime

Shropshire Star

A gay man from Oswestry, who had to have a brain scan after being the victim of an alleged vicious night-time attack, is urging his friends to share his experience on Facebook to raise awareness of the homophobic hate crime and to find his attacker.

Calum Murray
Shropshire Star

More than 1,000 victims of 'revenge porn' since new law introduced

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

More than 1,000 people have come forward to report being victims of so-called revenge porn since a law against it came into effect, a year ago. 

The practice involves sharing content such as nude pictures on the internet without consent. 

Man looking at pixilated image on phone

West Mercia Police have recorded 29 cases, but only a quarter ended-up with someone being charged or accepting a caution.

That was the worst experience of my life. I went through a lot of pain and a lot of self loathing. It was there for everyone over Facebook to see. It could still be lurking around, you know people have still got it on their phones, they can still send it around."

Victim of revenge porn

MP for the Wrekin calls for conversation to make country quieter

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for the Wrekin thinks something needs to done, to make towns and cities quieter.  

In a debate at Westminster, Mark Pritchard, said vehicle makers should be encouraged to fit low noise tyres, ambulances should switch-off their sirens at night and people on public transport should put their phones on vibrate

Mark Pritchard MP

He wants what he calls a "national conversation" about how we can make the country quieter.

Latest: 29 recorded cases of revenge porn; MP calls for conversation on how to make the country quieter

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this morning: 

- 29 cases of revenge porn recorded by police, but only a quarter of cases end up with a charge

- MP for the Wrekin calls for measures to make towns and cities quieter

- Junior doctors strike for a second day over pay and conditions in new contract  

Weather: Latest Weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Another chilly start, followed by a day of sunny spells and widespread showers, these turning heavy and wintry in places, with the risk of hail and thunder too. Feeling cold once again, but generally less windy than yesterday.  

Top temperatures of 7C (45F) 

Weather temperatures for Shrewsbury

No incidents or accidents to report on the roads - roadworks may delay your journey though

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

There are no problems to report on the roads this morning. 

One or two roadworks though may delay your journey. Abbey Foregate in Shrewsbury is closed westbound at the Monkmoor Road junction, because of roadworks. 

For more information on this and other roadworks that may affect your journey visit the BBC Travel page.     

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather this morning. 

Do get in touch if you have a story or pictures that you'd like to share with the rest of Shropshire. 

You can email, tweet or get in touch via the Facebook page.