Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

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.

Weather: Lots of rain tonight and tomorow

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to rain solidly this evening, tonight and tomorrow.

Amnesty apologises for Shrewsbury 24 climb-down

Amnesty International has apologised for appearing to drop the case of one of the so-called Shrewsbury 24 in the 1970s, apparently under government pressure.

The human rights group says it was wrong to remove Des Warren from its prisoners of conscience list after lobbying from the Home Office.

Warren was one of the workers jailed after violence linked to the 1972 building workers' strike.

Shrewsbury 24

Special report: Farmer on why he wants to leave the EU

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

With all of Cannock Chase stretching out across the horizon, Lower Drayton Farm in Staffordshire is what's known in the trade as a mixed farm. But there's nothing mixed about farmer Ray Bower's views on the European Union: he says there's nothing to fear from Brexit. 

Mr Bower (pictured) says farming alone is no longer enough to pay the bills and has joined the growing number who are convinced it's a case of diversify or bust. 

Even those EU farm payments worth up to £3bn a year to British agriculture are seen here as a diminishing asset.

Ray Bower

Yesterday, though, in our first special report on this issue, a Warwickshire farmer, Adam Quinney, told the BBC the EU did not deserve the blame for so-called "red tape" which would still be necessary even if Britain voted to leave.    

More on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Nursing centre officially reopens after £1m revamp

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A nursing centre of excellence is being officially reopened at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital tonight after getting a £1m revamp. 

Staffordshire University has been working for two years to improve the facilities at its Shrewsbury campus.

Louise Rigby and Philip Blent

Shrewsbury Town to decide who to keep

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The retained list of players Shrewsbury Town want to keep next season is due to be published next week. 

Seventeen members of the squad are out of contract.

Greenhous meadow
Getty Images

Chief Executive Brian Caldwell says he'll sit down with manager Micky Mellon in the coming days to decide who stays and who goes.

Rail franchise survey begins

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

You're being asked what you think of the West Coast main line trains and what you want from the service in the future.

Virgin holds the franchise at the moment, but a new one is due to be granted in November next year.

Virgin train
Getty Images

Ice Hockey: Silverthorn to remain Tigers captain

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Jason Silverthorn is going to remain Telford Tigers' captain for next season and coach Tom Watkins wants him and fellow-veteran Jonathan Weaver to set an example for the younger players.

Jason Silverthorn
Steve Brodie

Both Silverthorn and Weaver were part of the Telford side that won the English Premier League and the British Challenge Cup in 2015.

They know what the club expects and they’re comfortable with that. They play to those expectations and it doesn’t affect their performance."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Headlines: Telford child sex exploitation claim; Shropshire youngsters have better than average teeth

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Official report hears claims that child sex exploitation in Telford is 'blatant'

- Shropshire five-year-olds have better than average teeth

- Songs of Praise visits Little Drayton

Songs of Praise cameras in Little Drayton

Songs of Praise have been recording at Christ Church in Little Drayton this week.

The church produces a popular show on Youtube called the TGI Monday Show, so the Songs of Praise cameras filmed an episode being put together and then the presenters from both shows discussed the question "what will heaven be like?"

Songs of Praise being filmed
Rev Dan Stork Banks

It'll be screened on the BBC this Sunday and the TGI Monday Show will be out on Monday (probably).

Shropshire's five-year-olds have better than average teeth

Shropshire's five-year-olds have better teeth than most, compared with the rest of the country. 

21% of infants in the Shropshire Council area and 23% of those in Telford and Wrekin have rotten teeth, compared with a national average of just under 25%.

Child brushing teeth

Public Health England says the figures have improved since 2008.

Private firm could take on Shropshire museums

Shropshire Star

A private company could take over the running of a number of the county’s museums after Shropshire Council revealed the details of discussions about their future.

Child sex exploitation report 'shows challenge facing authorities'

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The NSPCC says Telford and Wrekin Council's admission that it doesn't fully know the extent of the child sex exploitation problem in the area shows the challenge facing local authorities.

It described CSE as "a pernicious crime which ruins lives" and that "there is clearly more work to be done".

Child on swing
Getty Images

The children's charity called the 146% rise in child sex crimes in Telford last year "shocking", but believes it might suggest victims are more confident about coming forward.

West Mids police take over M54 body case

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

West Midlands Police has taken over the case of a missing man whose body was discovered next to the M54 last year.

Surjit Takhar (pictured below), 37, went missing from his home in Oldbury in 2008, but his remains were found by workmen last August, down a motorway embankment near to Shifnal.

Surjit Takhar
Missing People

West Mercia Police had taken the lead on the investigation, but now the West Midlands force is continuing efforts to establish what happened to him.

His death is being treated as "unexplained".

Under fives tooth decay 'improving'

BBC News Health

The number of five-year-olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade, latest figures from Public Health England show.

In 2008, nearly a third of five-year-olds in England - 177,423 in all - suffered tooth decay. By 2015, it had dropped to a quarter.

RusN / Thinkstock

But health experts say more steps must be taken to help youngsters look after their teeth.

They recommend limiting sugary food and drink and regular trips to the dentist.

Headlines: Child sex exploitation fears; council computer upgrade could cost £45m

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Claims that child sex exploitation is returning to Telford

- Council computers could cost £45m to upgrade

- West Mids police take over M54 body investigation

Claims of 'blatant' child sex exploitation in Telford

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Telford and Wrekin Council's report into child sex exploitation (CSE) in the area concludes it is clear that abuse "is still taking place in Telford and Wrekin", despite the success of a police operation to tackle it.

"We have been told the activity of people suspected of involvement in CSE is blatant" the report's authors say.

Woman with head in hands

Worryingly, the Street Pastors church volunteer group told the review "a new generation of perpetrators is growing up" since Operation Chalice.

Five arrests after weapons incident in Oswestry

Shropshire Star

Five people have been arrested after weapons were used in an incident in Oswestry.

Your photos: Dudmaston in the sun

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

If you're staring out the window and wondering when this rain will end, take a look at these colourful photos of Dudmaston, which have been emailed to us.

They were taken by Diane Dunne (top left), Stephen Dunne (bottom left), and Karen Pawley (right).

Stephen Dunn, Diane Dunn, Karen Pawley

Football: Seven out as Telford clear the decks

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United have begun their summer clear out, with seven players released.

Jonny Gorman, Jordan Goddard, Greg Wilkinson, Kyle Brownhill, Reece Simpson, Jordan Wynter and Josh Brizell are all gone, but the club has agreed new terms with full back Dwayne Samuels (pictured below).

Dwayne Samuels
Mike Sheridan

Meanwhile, the manager Rob Smith and his assistant Larry Chambers have extended their contracts to keep them at the club until May 2018.

Coming up on TV: Hospital changes debated

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Coming up on Midlands Today, we'll have the latest on a debate tonight about a planned hospital reorganisation in Shropshire

Plans could see hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford share one emergency unit, due to the cost of running services across both sites. 

More from 13:30 on BBC One.


Council computer upgrade could cost £45m

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Upgrading Shopshire Council's out-of-date computers could cost up to £45m. 

A cabinet report to be discussed tomorrow recommends various options, some of which could lead to redundancies.


Staff report switching computers on, going for a cup of coffee and a chat, before coming back 10 minutes later to find the system still trying to log on.

The authority has paid a consultant £600,000 to look at the problems and now has to decide if it wants a complete overhaul, or to paper over the cracks.

Vandals smash church window

Vandals have smashed one of the stained glass windows at St Andrew's church in Shifnal

And as you can see from these photos, they ripped off the protective metal grille to do it.

Smashed window
Paul Warrender

More indicators of the scale of child sex exploitation in Telford

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The report into child sex exploitation (CSE) in Telford, drawn up by the council, provides more interesting insights into the scale of the problem in the area.

It quotes police figures for April 2013 to August 2014, which indicated there were 89 CSE victims in Telford.

Despite the stories about gangs of Asian men, the overwhelming majority of the perpetrators (90%) were white.

The report also reveals there were 137 young people thought to be at risk of CSE referred to the council's Family Connect Service between January and August last year.

Child sex exploitation in Telford under the microscope

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A report into child sex exploitation (the organised grooming of children for sex) in Telford has concluded "the true scale of this crime is unknown".

Councillor Kevin Guy led the review and said: "It's important that we don't focus on a particular figure, we focus on the system itself". But the figures in the report make interesting reading.

Telford council offices

Between September 2014 to September 2015 the home office recorded 256 sex offences against children in Telford (although that's all sex offences, not just CSE).

That was a rise of 146% on the previous year and a higher rate per 10,000 people than Rotherham, Rochdale and Stoke-on-Trent.

Watch: Forklift driver rescued from cheese warehouse

BBC Midlands Today

This is the moment a Shropshire warehouse worker was rescued by firefighters after being trapped under a “huge amount” of cheese for more than eight hours.

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service have released footage of forklift driver Tomasz Wiszniewski being released by specialist teams after huge metal racking collapsed inside the warehouse in Hinstock on Friday.

This footage was filmed by Dean Harris, from the Urban Search and Rescue Team at West Midlands Fire Service and incredibly, Mr Mr Wiszniewski emerged uninjured.

Weather: Heavy rain for the rest of the day

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Did you buy a barbeque at the weekend? Suncream? Summer clothes?

Put them away. We've got heavy rain forecast for the rest of the day.

Shrewsbury town chief exec wants improvement next season

Shrewsbury Town's chief executive has been in the BBC Radio Shropshire studios this morning and accepted that it was always going to be a struggle to compete after promotion to a higher division.

Brian Caldwell said "at the end of the day it was important we just stayed up", but wants the club to "kick on next season".

Brian Caldwell

He says the manager Micky Mellon has been to see him with a list of transfer targets and he believes the club's facilities (including the revamped training ground) will help attract new signings.

We've got great facilities, the pitch obviously won league one pitch of the year. Players like to play on good surfaces."

Brian CaldwellShrewsbury Town Chief Executive

Trapped cheese worker rescue was "exhausting"

BBC Midlands Today

One of the rescue crews, called out to Friday's Warehouse shelving collapse in Hinstock, says the task was difficult and physically exhausting.

Forklift driver Tomasz Wiszniewski was trapped for eight hours after huge metal racking collapsed, and he was stuck under thousands of tonnes of cheese. 

He walked away uninjured. 

Paul Staples, from West Midlands Fire Service, says it was difficult to find and free Mr Wiszniewski.

Former London imam speaking at Shrewsbury church

A former imam of London Central Mosque is in Shropshire this evening. 

Dr Imam Salah Al-Ansari now works for the Quilliam Foundation think tank and has been invited by the Churches Together in Shrewsbury group.


One of the topics he will explore is the way some Muslims interpret Islamic texts and how that could lead to extremism. 

He's speaking at St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury at 19:30. It's free, but donations are invited towards costs. 

Ice Hockey: Tigers owner looking for more investors

BBC Sport

The man who's taken overall control of Telford Tigers is looking for investment from major companies.

Businessman Matt Bowyer will be working with Wayne Scholes, the American-based mediaman who'll still be involved with the Tigers.

Tigers fans
Steve Brodie

Mr Bowyer says "strong investment streams" are needed to make the Tigers self-sustaining.

Plaque celebrates mathematical genius

A plaque has been put up in Ludlow, celebrating the work of Mary Edwards 200 years ago - hailed as the first female human "computer".

Mary Edwards lived in Ludlow more than 200 years ago, compiling nautical tables.

Her story is all the more remarkable because her husband, Reverend John Edwards, took credit for her work until he died. 

Now her work has been recognised by the Civic Society in Ludlow.

Ludlow Civic Society

Football: Town boss promises a big summer of new faces

BBC Sport

Manager Micky Mellon is promising a host of new recruits at Shrewsbury Town over the summer. 

Micky mellon
Getty Images

Seventeen of his current players are out of contract - and he admits he needs to bring new signings with League One experience to the club.   

Of course we're not the first pick of these top-end players so it'll be about selling the club to them. It's going to be a big summer, there's going to be a lot of players coming that's for sure."

Micky MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Headlines: Rescue team surprised trapped cheese worker wasn't hurt; plaque to celebrate first female "computer"

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- The team that rescued a man trapped under collapsed warehouse shelving say they were surprised he wasn't hurt

- Review says more needs to be done for victims of child sex exploitation

- Plaque put up in Ludlow to celebrate Mary Edwards

Watch: What makes you proud about your area?

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Eric and Clare are on the look out for your Shropshire summer pride stories. 

Here's Maureen Farnworth from Albrighton Methodist Church. 

The church has just finished a flower festival weekend raising money for the restoration of the chapel. 

Maureen is proud that so many people donated bouquets. 

In the hot seat: Shrewsbury Town's chief executive

Jim Hawkins Show

What makes a football club tick? 

And what could make Shrewsbury Town tick better? 

With the League One season now over, the chief executive Brian Caldwell will be live on BBC Radio Shropshire from 10:00 with Jim Hawkins to set out his blueprint for the future - and to take your questions and suggestions. 

Brian Caldwell

Do you have a question for Brian Caldwell?

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

Or you can in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Four men in court after Telford fight

Shropshire Star

Four men have appeared in court in connection with a fight that took place Telford.

The men appeared at Telford Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with the fight on 2 February.

Child sexual exploitation review: More needs to be done

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A review into the handling of child sexual exploitation cases in Telford has found more needs to be done to provide support for those who've already been abused. 

That's despite recognising organisations are working well together to prevent harm to potential victims.

exploitation review

Telford and Wrekin Council's Children and Young People's Scrutiny Committee has spent the last 18 months looking at how all agencies across the borough tackle exploitation and the trafficking of young girls.  

It follows the prosecution of seven men in 2013 on a range of sexual offences including rape and controlling prostitution. 

While the review didn't identify systemic failings, some victims said it took too long to access counselling.     

Headlines: Exploitation review says more needs to be done: Telford vicar found guilty

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

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

- Review into the sexual exploitation of children in Telford concludes more needs to be done to educate children of the potential dangers 

- A retired vicar is to be sentenced next month for indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl

- Plans to upgrade Shopshire Council's computers to be discussed, two years after the idea was first suggested

Weather: A wet start, feeling cooler

BBC Weather

Not as warm as the past few days with heavy showers throughout the day. Alex has the forecast.