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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 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.

Your pictures: More sunny scenes from West Mercia police

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The police in Broseley and Much Wenlock have been taking some lovely photos of the spring sunshine today.

They tweeted "it's great to work in the county".

View of Shropshire from wing mirror
West Mercia Police
West Mercia Police

Football: TNS sign QPR youngster

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints of Oswestry have signed defender Tom Matthews from Queens Park Rangers.

The Saints' managing director, Mike Harris (pictured), describes him as a highly-rated young prospect and and a "footballing defender" who likes to play the ball on the ground.

Mike Harris

Matthews captained the QPR under-18s.

When you hear there's a chance of a player with that type of pedigree, you're always going to be interested in getting them in your camp."

Mike HarrisTNS managing director

Weather: A sunny end to the day and a clear night

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be a fine evening in Shropshire and we should have a clear night ahead too.

Oswestry school may rethink playing field ruling in dog mess row

Oswestry and Borders Chronicle

A school in Oswestry which closed its playing fields to the public because of dog owners failing to pick up their pet’s mess could reverse its decision following calls from nearby residents.

Environment Agency and army stage flood exercise

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency and over 80 soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment have been taking part in an exercise to test out the county's temporary flood defences today.

They've been at the Nesscliffe training ground with water pumps and sandbags, acting out a scenario where water threatens an electricity substation.

Flood barriers
Environment Agency

The soldiers set up a 150m (492ft) long 1.25m (4ft) high temporary barrier around it.

The regiment has recently taken up the role of UK Standby Battalion, which means they could be called on during a large flood.

Soldiers with flood barriers
Environment Agency

Your photos: Sheep enjoying the sunshine near Cound

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

It looks like these lambs are enjoying the sunny weather as much as the rest of us.

The photo was taken in a warm field near Cound this afternoon.

Sheep near Cound

Headlines: Retired vicar in court; Telford MP welcomes electoral challenge; joint flood training exercise

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Retired Telford vicar in court to face indecent assault charge

- Telford MP welcomes junior doctor election challenge

- Joint flood training exercise held at Nesscliffe

Listen: Zach Said in session for BBC Introducing

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

Shropshire musician Zach Said performed his track 'Water in the Sand' live in session for BBC Introducing in Shropshire on Saturday.

Here's the video of the track.

Listen back to loads more unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians on the BBC Radio Shropshire iPlayer page.

Your photos: Shrewsbury enjoys the sunshine

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

We've seen some fantastic photos of sunny Shropshire today and it looks like the Quarry in Shrewsbury is a nice place to be.

These photos were taken by Original Shrewsbury, the group which promotes the town to visitors.

Scenes like these will help!

The Dingle in Shrewsbury
The Dingle in Shrewsbury

No serious injuries in Bronington crash

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Welsh ambulance service says two elderly men and one elderly woman have been treated at the scene of a crash at Bronington earlier - but none of them needed hospital treatment.

The accident closed the A495 between Whitchurch and Ellesmere earlier, but the road is now clear.

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates face public vote

The six candidates bidding to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia have been taking part in a BBC radio debate, ahead of tomorrow's election.

Daniel Walton (left) is the Labour candidate and said he wanted to see more police officers and police community support officers on the beat. And he claimed "West Mercia is massively underfunded".

Daniel Walton. Margaret Rowley, John Raine

Margaret Rowley (centre) is the Lib Dem candidate and promised to hold regular meetings with the public and make sure "the police are working according to what the public needs".

John Raine is standing for the Greens and said he knew "an awful lot about this job" because of his background in policing - he wants to focus on making the police accountable.

Your pictures: Police post photos of sunny skies

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The police seem to be enjoying the sunny weather in Shropshire today and they've been tweeting photos while they're out and about.

This one was taken by PCSO Mike Watkins from the Broseley and Much Wenlock team.

West Mercia Police

And this beautiful photo was tweeted by the police in south Shropshire.

South Shropshire
West Mercia Police

Retired Telford vicar in court to face indecent assault charge

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A retired Telford vicar forced his tongue into the mouth of a 15-year-old girl and told her "I could rape you if I wanted to", Shrewsbury Crown Court heard today.

Reverend Kevin McGarahan was in Telford in 1995 when the alleged incident took place. The case came to light as part of the Church of England's review of historic cases of abuse.

He denies the charge of indecent assault and the trial continues. 

Crown court sign

Latest: Telford MP welcomes doctor's challenge; man dressed as stormtrooper climbs mountain

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

- Telford MP welcomes electoral challenge from junior doctors

- Last day of campaigning for Police Commissioner candidates

- Whitchurch man climbs Scafell Pike dressed as stormtrooper

Villagers want council action over 'danger' from lorries

James Bovill

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

People living in the village of Woodseaves say Staffordshire County Council is ignoring the danger being caused by hundreds of lorries passing through the village every day, travelling between Newport and Stoke.

A519 through Woodseaves

Villagers say they've spent years claiming the lorries are causing accidents, putting pedestrians in danger and affecting house prices.

The council says the number of HGVs on the A519 is comparable to similar roads, but that a long term solution to deal with extra freight is needed.

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates stake their claims

Tomorrow, you'll have the chance to vote for the next Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia and the six candidates have all come together for a radio debate.

The UKIP candidate, Peter Jewell (left), said his background in business would give him experience of "hiring and firing people at the top" and he said he would look to make cuts to the fleet of police vehicles.

Peter Jewell, John Campion, Barrie Sheldon

The Conservative, John Campion (centre, above), promised to get out and listen to people's views and to "make sure your council tax is spent as efficiently as possible".

Barrie Sheldon (right) is standing as an independent and said he had a "proven track record over the last three and a half years" as West Mercia's deputy PCC and added that he was the only candidate who could offer stability.

Shropshire enjoys a sunny afternoon

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

It's not barbeque weather yet (unless you are feeling brave) but we're in for some sunny weather this afternoon and temperatures up to 14C (57F).

And even the police have been welcoming the change.

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Football: Grimmer says Shrewsbury a good place to go on loan

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Jack Grimmer says Shrewsbury Town is one of the best lower league clubs to be sent for footballers going out on loan.

He is in his second spell with the Town from the Championship side Fulham.

Jack Grimmer
Getty Images

Grimmer says Shrewsbury, under manager Micky Mellon, has given him invaluable experience and enhanced his game and he would "definitely recommend it to anyone".

Cow rescued from canal

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A cow has been rescued from the Shropshire Union Canal at St Martins this morning.

The fire service says it was called out at 08:49 and it took around an hour to get the animal out of the water.

Canal at St Martins

EU referendum: Almost 10,000 European staff working in Shropshire

Shropshire Star

The importance of EU staff to the Shropshire economy was today highlighted in a report that suggests that almost 10,000 Europeans work in the county.

Telford MP welcomes electoral challenge from doctors

The Telford MP, Lucy Allan, has welcomed talk of a local doctor standing against her at the next general election.

The chair of a BMA committee encouraged the challenge this morning, after the MP's comments about junior doctors.

Lucy Allan

The comments have angered some junior doctors, who are taking industrial action in a dispute over working hours.

Having candidates from all walks of life makes for a vibrant and healthy democracy. Every person who stands for election, be it for Parliament or parish council, offers something different, which can only be a good thing for all of us as voters."

Lucy AllanTelford MP

Travel: Accident closes Whitchurch to Ellesmere road

BBC Travel

An accident involving a car has closed the A495 between Whitchurch and Ellesmere at Bronington.

Shropshire stormtrooper says trip to Scafell Pike summit easier than expected

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Ashley Broomhall, the Whitchurch man who has climbed to the summit of Scafell Pike dressed as a stormtrooper, says the climb took two hours and fifteen minutes - a lot less than he expected.

He described the weather as "windy" and said he'd been collecting donations from surprised fellow-walkers on the way up.

Ashley Broomhall

He's on his way down now, after stopping for a quick lunch - he made the climb for two cancer charities because his mother, Janet, who is with him on the trip, is in remission from cancer.

Latest: Doctors encouraged to stand against Telford MP; call for better hospital signs

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- BMA committee chair encourages junior doctors to field a candidate against Telford MP

- Councillor wants better signs to hospital after getting lost

- Whitchurch man reaches summit of Scafell Pike dressed as stormtrooper

Football: TNS manager proud of players

BBC Sport

The New Saints manager, Craig Harrison, has paid tribute to his players' hard work after the Oswestry club completed the Welsh treble - the league title, the League Cup, and at the weekend, the Welsh Cup. 

It's the second year running TNS have made it a clean sweep.

The New Saints

We set a goal to take the treble and we've more than done that. The players have been outstanding."

Craig HarrisonManager, TNS

BreakingWhitchurch man reaches summit of Scafell Pike dressed as stormtrooper

A Whitchurch man has reached the top of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, dressed as a stormtrooper from Star Wars.

Ashley Broomhall said it took him just over two hours and he has raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK and the Lingen Davies appeal in the process.

Ashley Broomhall

He said the only change he made to the costume was to wear proper walking boots and that he was met with "looks of disbelief" from fellow climbers.

Mr Broomhall is now going to eat some crisps and a flapjack before heading back down again.

Weather: A sunny afternoon for Shropshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There might be some light cloud around, but otherwise it should be a sunny afternoon across Shropshire.

Jobs safe as Co-op sells its Ludlow and Newport branches

Shropshire Star

69 jobs in Shropshire have been secured after two supermarkets in the county were sold.

Football: 'Town good enough for play-offs' says Sullay Kaikai

BBC Sport

The departing Sullay Kaikai believes Shrewsbury Town under-achieved this season and next time can make a bid for the play-offs. 

With Shrewsbury now safe in League One, Kaikai's been recalled from his loan by Crystal Palace and sees the club where he scored 12 goals as being on the up.

Sullay Kaikai
Rex Features

I don't think they need to make many changes but the changes they do bring in will hopefully add to the squad. I wish them the best of luck for next season."

Sullay Kaikai

Councillor calls for better hospital signs after getting lost

Directions to the Princess Royal Hospital from the M54 are adequate, according to Telford and Wrekin Council, despite a councillor from south-west Shropshire complaining that she got lost going there during a medical emergency. 

After rushing to the hospital because of complications with her grandson's birth, Heather Kidd thinks some of the signs need upgrading, because not all of them show a big red H symbol. 

PRH signs

A major unit was moved from Shrewsbury to the Princess Royal and many people going there are from mid-Wales, Shrewsbury, south-west Shropshire and they will not know the way."

Heather KiddLib Dem Councillor, Chirbury and Worthen

Archaeologist calls for hill fort re-think

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

An archaeologist from the University of Liverpool is calling for a re-think about plans to build more than 100 homes near Oswestry's old hill fort.

Dr Rachel Pope says the hill fort is a hugely historic part of the UK landscape and believes the planning permission granted for the houses could set a precedent.

Oswestry hill fort
Alastair Reid

Shropshire Council has indicated in its local development plan (known as SAMDev) that it would accept a housing development near the site.

I think what everyone is concerned about is that this is a slow creep north for the town. [The hill fort] has got so many tales to tell and once we start eroding this beautiful landscape around it, it is eroded."

Dr Rachel PopeArchaeologist

BMA committee chair urges doctors to stand against Telford MP

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The chairman of the BMA's junior doctors' committee says a doctor should stand against the Telford MP Lucy Allan at the next election. 

It's after her recent comments about the hospital doctors dispute.


In response, the BMA's Johann Malawana has urged local doctors to consider challenging the Conservative MP, who was elected last year with a majority of just over 700.   


Latest: BMA chair wants doctor to stand against Telford MP; Star Wars fan climbs mountain in costume

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- BMA committee chair urges a doctor to stand against Telford MP

- Roadworks in Shrewsbury are causing long delays

- A Shropshire Star Wars fan is to climb Scafell Pike dressed as a stormtrooper today

Jailed: Bogus police officers kidnapped victim on Shropshire border

Shropshire Star

The ringleader of a gang that kidnapped a businessman on the Powys/Shropshire border has been jailed for 12 years.

On air: Why has Donald Trump has been so successful?

Jim Hawkins Show

Some people think he's a breath of fresh air in his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination. 

Others say they fear the prospect of a Trump presidency.

What do you make of him?  

Getty Images

Jim wants to hear your thoughts this morning. You can call 01743 248321 or text 81333 starting your message with the word SHROP. 

Or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Roadworks in Shrewsbury causing long delays

BBC Travel

This picture was taken in Shrewsbury a short time ago of the traffic backing up on Wenlock Road. 

wenlock road

Roadworks are in place on Abbey Foregate between Column Roundabout and the English Bridge. 

There are also temporary traffic lights on Wyle Cop are adding to the congestion. 

Goodbye chilly April, hello sunny May

Here's the round up of last month's weather.

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Latest: Concern over PRH signs; stormtrooper to head up England's tallest mountain

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

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

- A councillor wants better signposts to the Princess Royal Hospital after she got lost 

- A leading archaeologist calls for a re-think on plans to build homes near Oswestry's old hill fort

- A Star Wars fan from Whitchurch is to trek up Scafell Pike today dressed as a stormtrooper

Weather: A chilly start but warm later

BBC Weather

Feeling a bit cold to start but warm sunshine is on the way for the afternoon. Sara Blizzard has the forecast.