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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 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: More rain this evening and overnight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

There will be little let-up in the rain across Shropshire and it will continue into tomorrow morning.

Whitchurch wants its own bull, just like at Birmingham's Bullring

North Shropshire Chronicle

It’s already got its own Bullring – and now a Shropshire town is looking to replicate Birmingham by having its own bull.

Road sign recovered 'a long way from home'

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A road sign has been found by police dumped in Edmond, near Newport, "a long way from home".

They say they will be taking it in to the local highways depot.

We reckon it was taken from near the village of Alberbury, about 30 miles away.

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Football: Wallace returns for Shrewsbury Town

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

James Wallace has recovered from his leg injury and will be in the squad for Saturday's game with Peterborough.

James Wallace
Getty Images

Junior Brown and Jermaine Grandison are both definitely out.

Wrekin MP says circus has 'questions to answer'

The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, has got involved in the debate over the well-being of animals being kept by Peter Jolly's circus near Craven Arms.

A campaign group says it has footage showing "the animals' welfare is compromised" by their living conditions and it has passed the film on to Defra.

Mark Pritchard

Mr Pritchard, who has campaigned about the conditions of circus animals in the past, says Peter Jolly's Circus has "questions to answer".

He says there are also wider issues about the place of wild animals in circuses in the 21st Century.

Peter Jolly's Circus says it has passed all Defra inspections and that the footage was filmed unlawfully.

Dancing sheep and terrier racing team to appear at Newport show

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

This summer's Newport Show will feature dancing sheep and racing terriers, the organisers have announced this afternoon.

The Sheep Show is led by experts from New Zealand, who show off a range of breeds, explain how shearing is done and get the animals to do the "sheep shuffle".

Sheep on display
Newport Show

And we are told Cyril the Squirrel (a stuffed toy - not a live squirrel) and his Racing Terriers will entertain the crowds with their fearless stunts including the ultimate Ring of Fire challenge.

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will also be appearing, as part of a Festival of Food.

Headlines: Lorry hits level crossing; Labour electing new Telford leader

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Lorry hits level crossing barrier at Onibury causing rail disruption

- Labour to select new Telford council leader

- MP backs campaign group over circus animal concerns

Free wi-fi plans for Ludlow town centre dashed

Shropshire Star

Hopes that Ludlow town centre could get its own free internet wi-fi have been dashed.


Network Rail says new barrier fitted at Onibury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Engineers from Network Rail have now been able to fit a new barrier at Onibury, to replace the one damaged by a lorry earlier.

The line is now open and services are getting back to normal, but Network Rail says the barriers will still need to be tested.

Onibury crossing

The ambulance service says it wasn't needed.

Taser use by West Mercia Police

Taser use across England and Wales has remained fairly level over the last three years.

Home Office figures show they were drawn more than 10,300 times in all last year, but only discharged on 1,900 occasions.

Taser use

In October, the BBC's Newsbeat explained the situations that police can use a Taser.

Hotel plans at Telford's Southwater criticised by MP

Shropshire Star

Hotel plans for Telford’s Southwater complex have been criticised by the town’s MP, who claims it would lead to "over development".

Proposed hotel
Telford and Wrekin Council

Rail delays after level crossing crash

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on trains between Shrewsbury and Hereford after a lorry hit a barrier at Onibury.

The line has now been reopened, but delays could last until 17:00.

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BBC Weather Watchers: A beautiful start to the day in Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather isn't looking too good for the rest of the day, but we had a beautiful start to the day and these photos were snapped by our BBC Weather Watchers.

Here we have photos taken near Myddle (top) and Church Stretton (bottom).

Len Ticular
Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Lorry hits level crossing barrier at Onibury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Arriva Trains Wales say services through south Shropshire could be delayed until 16:00 because a lorry has hit a level crossing barrier at Onibury.

It happened at 13:40 and there is no news on anyone being hurt.

Onibury crossing

Cricket: Two changes for Shropshire this weekend

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire make two changes for this weekend's one-dayer against Wales as they look to bounce back from losing to Herefordshire in last week's 2016 opener.

Shrewsbury seamer Sam Griffiths and last week's 12th man, all rounder Will Cook from Worfield, are selected.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

The two to miss out are Ryan Lockley, who'll travel as 12th man, and Robbie Clarke.

Headlines: Telford's new leader to be chosen; concerns for circus animals; riding school closes

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are top stories this afternoon:

- New leader of Telford and Wrekin council to be chosen

- Campaign group raises circus animal concerns

- Riding school closes after 30 years

BreakingRail services disrupted after vehicle hits level crossing barriers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Arriva Trains Wales say you can expect delays or cancellations on trains heading through south Shropshire because a vehicle has hit a level crossing barrier.

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Why people are celebrating Ed Balls Day


In case you wondered what was going on on Twitter today: Happy Ed Balls Day! Who knew that five years ago, a Twitter fail would still be remembered. So what is it all about?

Ed Balls

On 28 April 2011 Ed Balls, who was shadow chancellor at the time, was urged by his aide to search Twitter for articles mentioning his name, but instead of doing a search he tweeted his own name in error.

So on 28 April, Twitter rejoices in the madness and celebrates Ed Balls.

At the time of writing, the hashtag #EdBallsDay has been the top trend in the UK and has been used more than 10,000 times.

Football: Preparations for Peterborough

BBC Sport

The recent sacking of Peterborough's manager will be part of Shrewsbury Town's planning for Saturday's final home match of the season. 

Graham Westlake was dismissed as Peterborough fell away in the promotion run-in. 

Mickey Mellon
Getty Images

Town's boss Micky Mellon feels sorry for him, but says if Peterborough are in turmoil, Shrewsbury will look to make the most of it. 

You don't like to hear of people losing their jobs, there's only 92 of us [managers], but it's the nature of the job."

Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Parish council grateful for bus stop with no buses

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

It might not be on a bus route, but Cheswardine Parish Council is very grateful for its new bus stop in Chipnall.

Its chairman, Howard Berry, said the old one had been damaged by passing lorries and was in need of repair, so when local firm Venables Oak offered to build a new one, they said "yes please".

Man at bus stop

Mr Berry said it was unlikely they'd see buses return to Chipnall and that most people get around by car these days, but he thought it was a useful shelter for children waiting for their coach to school.

Labour group to pick next leader

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The Labour group on Telford and Wrekin Council will decide who'll be its next Leader this evening. 

Councillor Kuldip Sahota is stepping down after five years in the role. So who'll be taking over? 

Kuldip Sahota

The smart money's on Shaun Davies - the Labour councillor for Malinslee and Dawley Bank. 

It's understood he's the only person to have received the nomination and the vote tonight will pretty much be a formality. 

Once he's elected Labour Group Leader he won't automatically become the leader of the council. The authority's AGM, where he's expected to officially take over, takes place on Thursday 26 May. 

Shrewsbury Hotel death inquest adjourned by coroner

Shropshire Star

The inquest into the death of a woman who was found dead in a Shropshire hotel has been opened and adjourned.

Shrewsbury Hotel

Pictures: Car fire in Monkmoor

The fire service has just tweeted this photo of a car fire they've been dealing with in the Monkmoor area of Shrewsbury.

car fire
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Weather: More rain forecast this afternoon

BBC Weather

We're due more rain this afternoon and it looks like it will continue through the night.

Travel: A5 south of Shrewsbury open again

BBC Travel

The A5 south of Shrewesbury has reopened again and traffic is getting back to normal.

Earlier the road was closed between the Bayston Hill and Emstrey islands because of an overturned cattle trailer.

Headlines: Concerns for circus animals; cattle trailer overturns; police reveal taser use

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Campaigners raise concerns about circus animals kept in Shropshire

- Overturned cattle trailer closes busy road

- Police say they fired tasers 21 times last year

Police discharged Tasers 21 times last year

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

West Mercia Police say officers discharged Tasers 21 times last year.

The stun weapons were at least drawn, but not discharged, another 143 times.


Across England and Wales, Tasers were used more than 10,000 times last year and that figure has remained fairly stable for the past three years.

Shropshire family preparing for charity run

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire mum is celebrating 15 years of remission from cancer by teaming up with her daughters to do a 10k charity run at the Race for Life event in Telford.

Women in Race for Life t-shirts

Tracie Broome, from Bridgnorth, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 31.

She and her three daughters will join the thousands of women running, jogging and walking in Telford Town Park in May.

Hospitals meet financial targets, despite a £14.6m deficit

Shropshire's main hospitals have met financial targets imposed by regulators for the past year. 

Hospital sign

A report to the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals board shows the trust finished the financial year with a £14.6m deficit.   

It had been pushed to reduce a planned £17m deficit.  

Watch: Cattle recovered from overturned trailer

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The fire service have tweeted this video of the cattle being recovered from the overturned trailer on the A5 south of Shrewsbury earlier.

The road is still closed eastbound between the Dobbies and Emstrey Islands, but all four animals are now safe.

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Horse-riding stables closing this weekend

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The Prescott horse-riding school in Baschurch closes this weekend after 30 years in the village. 

The land is being sold for housing.


Three separate Riding for the Disabled groups have been operating out of the riding school, two of those have found new homes and the third is still negotiating.

Photos: Emergency services deal with overturned cattle-trailer

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These photos were taken by the fire service, who have been at the scene of an overturned cattle trailer on the A5 south of Shrewsbury.

Nobody was hurt but the road was closed, to allow the four animals to be cleared from the carriageway.

Emergency services dealing with overturned cattle trailer
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Emergency services dealing with overturned cattle trailer
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Campaigners say animals kept in "appalling" conditions

There are calls to suspend a circus's licence over the living conditions of their animals during stays in Shropshire. 

Animal Defenders International says it recorded footage of animals belonging to Peter Jolly's circus, over two winters on land near Craven Arms. 

All of our findings are based on evidence and the evidence does show that the animals welfare is compromised."

Angie GreenawayExecutive Manager, Animal Defenders International

Defra says it will examine the footage recorded by the group, but recent welfare inspections gave no cause for concern. 

The circus says the footage in question was obtained by unlawful means. It says all its records are up to date and this is their fourth consecutive year of holding a licence with Defra.

Travel: A5 closed south of Shrewsbury

BBC Travel

The A5 is closed eastbound between the Bayston Hill island and the Emstrey Island south of Shrewsbury.

The police say it's because of an accident involving a Land Rover towing a trailer of cattle.

A local farmer is helping round up the animals and a vet is there to look after them.

Mystery of village bus shelter

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A brand new bus shelter has been erected in the village of Chipnall, but there won't be any buses stopping there, because it's not on a bus route.

It's been built by workmen from Venables Oak, who told us the parish council asked them to carry out the work.

Bus shelter
Venables Oak

Chuck Venables from the company told us they've had some nice comments from passers-by and some people stop and eat their picnics in the shelter.

The children in the village catch the school bus here occasionally and we thought if we built a really nice bus shelter we might actually attract some buses."

Chuck VenablesVenables Oak

Headlines: Calls for investigation into circus animals' living conditions; riding school to close

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire circus accused of keeping animals in cramped conditions

- Labour group on Telford and Wrekin Council to pick next leader

- Horseriding school in Baschurch to close this weekend after 30 years

Care company fined £10,000 after resident's death at Shropshire home

Shropshire Star

Phyllis Jones died at Westlands Care Home in Wem in 2013 after falling on a bed rail that compressed her neck and stopped her breathing.

On air: When have you been upset or annoyed by someone else's child?

Jim Hawkins Show

A mum sparked a big debate on the parenting website Mumsnet after complaining about her friend's three-year-old daughter's behaviour and constant tantrums. 

Half of parents on Mumsnet said she was right to complain - the same amount said she should be more supportive. 


Jim wants to know your thoughts on this. How would you react?

You can call the show on 01743 248321 or text 81333, starting your message with the word SHROP. 

And you can comment on Twitter and Facebook.

Calls to investigate Shropshire circus

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

An animal-welfare group has accused a Shropshire circus of keeping animals in cramped conditions at its winter quarters near Craven Arms. 

Defra found no welfare concerns during four visits made to Peter Jolly's Circus over the past year, but says it will look at the material, shot by Animal Defenders International. 

Big Top
Getty Images

Campaigners say the undercover footage shows horses, donkeys, ponies and zebras crammed into a shed. 

A spokesperson for the circus said this is their fourth consecutive year of holding a licence with Defra and all their inspection reports can be viewed on the government department's website.