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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May 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

That's it for live updates this afternoon.

My colleague Alex Homer will be back from 22:00 bringing you comprehensive coverage of the local and police and crime commissioner elections from around the West Midlands as the results come in overnight.

He'll be bringing you live text updates on our dedicated BBC News live page between 22:00 and 08:00 on Friday.

Weather Watchers: Sunny skies across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's one of the warmest days of the year so far and we're seeing photos of blue skies and sunshine from all across Shropshire.

These two have been sent in by BBC Weather Watchers and you're looking at Craven Arms and Shfinal.

Craven Arms
Shropshire Lass

Cricket club older than originally thought

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Ellesmere cricket club could be older than people thought.

It had been thought the club started in 1876, but Craig Owen Jones, a lecturer and cricket fan, was researching in Victorian newspapers and found multiple references to Ellesmere Cricket Club playing matches as far back as 1858.

Ellesmere cricket club

Dr Jones also discovered that one of Ellesmere's earliest cricketers, Alfred Payne from Oswestry, went on to feature for the MCC and played against the legendary WG Grace.

Collection of Sentinel steam wagons to be sold

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Another auction...  this time it's number of steam wagons built at the Sentinel works in Shrewsbury - they're being sold by the auctioneers Cheffins on 14 May.

They include a 1929 five tonne engine named Deborah which has a guide price of £100,000-£120,000.

1929 Sentinel steam wagon

Two others are expected to fetch between £35,000 and £55,000 each.

The collection originally belonged to steam enthusiast John Keeley who passed away in 1999 and are being sold following the death of his widow last year.

Telford MP defends junior doctor comments

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The MP for Teflord, Lucy Allan, has been defending her criticism of striking junior doctors on social media and says she is standing up for her constituents.

Lucy Allan

She said a lot of people don't understand the demographics of Telford and said nobody was speaking up for people in the area.

She also said she'd only been able to contact four junior doctors living in her constituency and accused the British Medical Association of running a "sophisticated social media campaign".

Weather: A sunny end to the day and a mild night ahead

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to remain sunny for the rest of the day and temperatures will remain mild overnight, not dropping below 9C (48F).

Ludlow homes plans altered

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Plans to build 40 retirement flats on the site of the old Stone House council offices in Ludlow have been altered in response to a number of complaints.

The scheme involves the demolition of the old district council offices on Corve Street. 

The revised proposal would include more open-space and extra car-parking.

Artists impression of homes

Latest: Police Commissioner voting underway; woman hurt in house fire; steam wagons for sale

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this evening:

- Voting underway in Police and Crime Commissioner elections

- Woman taken to hospital after fire in Donnington

- Collection of Sentinel steam wagons up for sale

Inquest opened following death of backpacker

Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer

An inquest has been opened following the death of backpacker Harry Greaves.

Harry Greaves
Greaves family

Former RAF salvager selling off his collection of war memorabilia

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

An 85-year-old militaria and aviation fanatic, who used to be an RAF salvager, based at Cosford, is selling off his collection of war memorabilia.

Included in John Hancocks' collection of over 2,000 pieces are two engines from a Harrier jump jet, the engine from Gloucester Meteor and his pride and joy - the cockpit of a Canberra bomber.

Canberra cockpit

And as you can see there are all sorts of other items, being sold by Halls in Worcester on 24 May.

War memorabilia

BT to invest £6bn in faster broadband and mobile services

BBC News England

BT Group has outlined plans to invest £6bn over the next three years in faster broadband and mobile services.

It plans to offer what it describes as "ultrafast" broadband to 12 million premises by 2020.

BT Business

Under the investment plan, a minimum of 10 million homes and businesses will receive access to BT's ultrafast broadband service, and the company has an "ambition" to reach 12 million.  

Football: Kaikai unlikely to return to Shrewsbury Town

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town fans have probably seen the last of Sullay Kaikai, even if he goes out on loan again next season.

The winger has his sights set on playing at a higher level next season and maybe breaking into Crystal Palace's first team in the Premier League.

Sullay Kaikai
Getty Images

Kaikai hopes a good pre-season will give him a chance to prove himself.

I've got high aspirations to play at the highest level I just need to keep on improving every season and prove myself in a higher league."

Sullay KaikaiCrystal Palace winger

Junior doctors' dispute: Proposal aimed at breaking deadlock

Hugh Pym

BBC News Health Editor

A proposal aimed at breaking the deadlock in the junior doctors' dispute through fresh talks has been made by 22 medical colleges and faculties.

They want planning for the imposition of new junior doctors' contracts in England to be postponed for five days.  

Striking junior doctors

In return, the British Medical Association is asked to suspend for five days any new threats of strikes.

The BMA said it was prepared to agree, but the government said it was too late to suspend bringing the contracts in.

However, the "door remains open" for talks, the Department of Health said.

Headlines: Voting underway for new Police Commissioner; Ludford bridge should be fixed by next Friday

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our headlines this afternoon:

- Voting underway in Police and Crime Commissioner elections

- Council 'confident' Ludford bridge repairs will be complete by next Friday

- Woman taken to hospital after house fire

Watch: Vet introduces BBC Shropshire's place of the week

Adam & Vicki Show

This week we've picked Leighton as our BBC Shropshire "place of the week" and we've been meeting some of the local characters, to hear their stories.

One of them was vet, Den Leonard.

Woman taken to hospital after fire at home in Donnington

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

A woman in her 50s has been taken to hospital after a fire at a home in Donnington.

Emergency services were called to The Common just after 10:00 and it took fire crews half an hour to get the fire under control.

The Common

The woman needed treatment for the effects of breathing in smoke, and was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital.

Graffiti artist brightens up Shrewsbury footpath

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A professional graffiti artist has been hired to brighten up the Dana footpath in Shrewsbury town centre.

Neil Willis, who owns Auniqueart in Telford, has painted the back of the Castle Carpets building at the request of Shropshire Council and the police.

Shropshire Council

The idea is to cover up all the illegal graffiti there.

The area has been a target for graffiti some some time now, some of it quite offensive. Being close to the castle, the area is visited by a number of visitors to the town and must give a poor impression."

Sergeant Richard ColesWest Mercia Police

Football: Wellington Amateurs get lucky break

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Wellington Amateurs could avoid relegation from the West Midlands League premier division without kicking a ball.

Tonight, they were due to play their closest rivals for the drop, Bromyard.

Foot and ball
Getty Images

But Bromyard's manager and some of the players have quit, and the club's told the league it can't fulfill its final fixtures.

Telford woman's warning after pet cat ‘kicked to death’

Shropshire Star

A Telford woman has spoken out in warning to others after claiming their family pet was “kicked to death”.

Mocha the cat
Shropshire Star

Village football club faces uncertain future

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A village football team which has won the Telford Sunday Premier League twice could play its last ever game this weekend.

Cressage FC, which was formed 19 years ago, says it's desperate for new players and someone to run the club.

Steve Horler

Steve Horler (pictured above) said they could only manage eight players at the weekend and set up a Facebook page in "one last effort" to find people to take over the team set up by his father.

To get eleven players down here on a Sunday morning is getting more and more difficult - we're still texting people at seven o'clock in the morning to say 'are you available?'"

Steve HorlerCressage FC

Travel: Lane shut in each direction on M54

BBC Travel

The outside lane on each side of the M54 are closed for emergency repairs.

The lanes are shut between J3 (Albrighton) and J2 (Wolverhampton). 

Shropshire stormtrooper saves the day

Shropshire's mountain-climbing Star Wars enthusiast, Ashley Broomhall, says he got a pint on the house when he gatecrashed a wedding in the Lake District yesterday.

He was in full stormtrooper costume after a charity walk up Scafell Pike and came across a Star Wars themed wedding.

Ashley Broomhall
Ashley Broomhall

Mr Broomhall, who is a member of the Star Wars costuming club the 501st UK Garrison, said the only downside of the day was losing his thermal detonator (a replica of a Star Wars bomb) when it slipped off his belt during the climb.

[The wedding] was Star Wars themed and all they had to show for it was a blow-up stormtrooper and Darth Vader. They could not believe their luck as a stormtrooper just simply walked on in."

Ashley BroomhallStar Wars fan

Football: Upgrade for Shrewsbury Town training facilities

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town believe the development of their training facilities will have a huge bearing on the club's future. 

Nearly £20,000 is being spent, initially, on upgrading the pitches and drainage at the under-used site at Sundorne. 

training ground

New changing rooms will follow, and the players will then be based there permanently. 

Town's chief executive, Brian Caldwell, says it's just what the club needs.  

Headlines: Ludford bridge repairs almost complete; PCC polls open; hospital criticised for contracting out work

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Ludford bridge in Ludlow to re-open by next Friday

- Polls open in Police and Crime Commissioner elections

- Oswestry hospital criticised for contracting out work

Newport affordable homes plan criticised by residents

Shropshire Star

A proposed affordable housing development in Newport has attracted criticism from residents.

Work on Ludlow's Ludford bridge should be complete by next Friday

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Work to repair the lorry damage to Ludford bridge in Ludlow should be complete by next Friday, Shropshire Council says.

The scaffolding (pictured below) has been removed and the authority says new coping stones are due to be delivered from a local quarry today.

Ludford bridge

The council says that after the parapet is repaired it will need a few days for the stones to set into place.

Weather: Sunny and warm for the rest of the day

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be sunny and warm this afternoon, with temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

Watch: Supplementary voting explained

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

If you're voting in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections today, you might want to watch this little video, produced by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

It explains how the votes will be counted.

View more on youtube

Questions raised over treating NHS patients privately

Oswestry's Orthopaedic Hospital has been criticised for contracting out a quarter of its work to its own consultants working in the private sector. 

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt says the arrangement helps them treat more patients and reduce waiting times and benefits both the hospital and its patients. 


The former boss of Telford's Princess Royal Hospital, David Sandbach, isn't convinced. 

How much are they paying these private providers? I just don't understand why you would want to transfer a quarter of your workload to a private company."

David Sandbach

Weather Watchers: A fine day ahead of us

BBC Weather Watchers

You know when the skies look like this first thing, we're in for some good weather.

Here we have Berrington (top) and Tilstock (bottom).


Farm becomes wedding venue

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Morrells Wood Farm in Leighton is planning to have weddings in its cow barn.

The farmer, Derek Harper, wanted to diversify and thought weddings would be an unusual option for couples.

Bride on farm with cows

He has teamed up with the nearby Wroxeter Hotel to offer what they are calling "welly weddings" with the barns, cowshed and fields all opened up to guests.

We won't have the tractors running during the reception of course, but it will be a great experience for guests."

Derek HarperFarmer

Warm weekend ahead

Here's how it's looking for the weekend - nice and warm, but it could bring thunderstorms. 

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Latest: Retired vicar trial continues; stormtrooper stumbles on Star Wars wedding

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Trial continues of a retired vicar charged with indecent assault

- Firefighers were in action in Shifnal last night after a car hit a tree

- Mountain-climbing stormtrooper gatecrashes wedding

Star Wars fan gatecrashes wedding

A Star Wars fan completed a challenge to climb Britain's highest peaks while dressed as a stormtrooper - then gatecrashed a Star Wars wedding.

Ashley Broomhall, from Whitchurch in Shropshire, walked up and down England's Scafell Pike on Wednesday in four-and-a-half hours.

Ashley Broomhall

After descending Scafell Pike, he came across a hotel where the Star Wars-themed wedding was taking place and was invited in.

I went into full UK Garrison stormtrooper mode and rushed in to save the day and pose for pictures with the groom and then bride who were just about to get married, and made their day just that little bit special."

Ashley Broomhall

Your pictures: Stunning sunrise

It's going to be a gorgeous day. 'The Rowton Shrew' sent this photo to us of the sunrise at Isle Pool in Bicton near Shrewsbury. 

If you've got any pictures you want to share, you can email or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

The Rowton Shrew

On air: When did you last buy a newspaper?

Jim Hawkins Show

Daily newspaper the New Day is set to close on Friday, only nine weeks after it was launched.  

It had hoped to sell about 200,000 copies a day, but sales are reported to have fallen to about 40,000.  

New Day
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Jim Hawkins wants to know if you a regular newspaper reader.

You can get in touch by calling 01743 248321 or text 81333, starting your message with the word SHROP. 

Or you can reach us on Twitter and Facebook.

Polls open in Shropshire for West Mercia PCC election

Polls have opened in Shropshire for the West Mercia Police Crime and Commissioner (PCC) election.

Bill Longmore, the current PCC, is retiring and six candidates are standing to replace him.

Police station

The holder is responsible for overseeing policing in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Polls opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00.

Headlines: Hospital contract work going to own consultants; polls open

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Oswestry's Orthopaedic Hospital is criticised for contracting out a quarter of its work 

- The trial continues today of a retired vicar charged with indecent assault

- Polls open in Shropshire for West Mercia PCC election

Weather: Sunny spells and staying dry

BBC Weather

A lovely start to the day, a little chilly, but getting very warm later. Alex has the latest forecast.