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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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

Nature reserve prepares for return of once-rare butterfly

The Prees Heath nature reserve, near Whitchurch, is preparing for hundreds of silver-studded blue butterflies to return.

The Butterfly Conservation charity bought the site 10 years ago, with the aim of protecting the creatures, which have been in decline across the UK.

Silver-studded blue butterfly
Martin Warren

Now, they are seen in good numbers throughout June, July and August.

We’re hoping that numbers will be even better this summer after volunteers have helped prepare a more extensive area of heathland habitat for the caterpillar of this beautiful butterfly."

Stephen LewisPrees Heath Warden

Danish delegation visits Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Visitors from eight Danish cities have been visiting Shrewsbury to learn how they can promote businesses better.

They wanted to learn how the Business Improvement District (a group which promotes local traders) works in the town.

Danish visitors
Shrewsbury BID

They're visiting similar schemes in Birmingham, Stratford, Brackmills and Camden too.

It has been fascinating to hear what Shrewsbury BID has brought to the local trading environment and how it has developed partnerships across the board, working together to great effect.”

Kvaesthusselskabet RealdaniaDanish delegate

Watch: Weather for Shropshire

BBC Weather

We're expecting a cloudy end to the day with temperatures dropping to around 6C (43F) overnight.

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Cricket: Sam Griffiths takes hat-trick against Worcestershire

Shropshire's Sam Griffiths has just taken a hat-trick in the Twenty20 game against Worcestershire at Shifnal.

Worcestershire are now 60-4.

Fall of Worcestershire wicket
Andy Carter

AFC Telford United board to discuss a way forward

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United's board will meet on Tuesday evening to decide how to replace Lee Carter when he steps down as managing director later in the summer.

They say they will expand the board, but might decide to do away with the managing director role altogether.

Ian Dosser
Mike Sheridan

The club says it is looking at changing the way it is run, but says there are no discussions at present about a new owner coming in to run things.

They are only rumours - we haven't had detailed discussions with specific individuals."

Ian DosserAFC Telford United director

West Mercia Police being asked if Conservative Party broke the law

West Mercia Police are being asked to investigate if the Conservative Party broke the law on campaign spending at the last election.

It's claimed the party spend tens thousands of pounds bussing in activists to marginal seats across the country, but the costs weren't properly declared.

Conservative battle bus
Getty Images

A former Liberal Democrat MP says letters sent by the Conservatives to voters in Torbay should have been declared as a local cost, rather than a national expense.

The Conservatives insist the mailshots weren't part of constituency spending because they didn't name the party's candidate.

Latest: Telford dad wants school holiday rethink; West Mercia election investigation

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Telford father urges government rethink after school holidays appeal ruling

- West Mercia Police to investigate if Conservatives broke election laws

- AFC Telford United look to make changes to board

New Police and Crime Commissioner starts work

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

West Mercia's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner has been sworn into office today.

John Campion, who was the Conservatives candidate at the election last week, is now looking to appoint a deputy.

John Campion and David Shaw
West Mercia Police

He is also creating four new "commissioner's ambassador" roles - one each for the Shropshire, Telford, Herefordshire and Worcesteshire areas.

They will be paid £30,000 a year and the closing date for applications is 27 May.

Your photos: Bluebells at Walcott Hall

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These photos of the bluebells were taken by the people at Walcott Hall at Lydbury North.

They're busy organising a charity performance of Puccini's La Bohème, on 10 and 11 June.

Walcott Hall
Walcott Hall

Charity motorbike ride raises £63,000 for air ambulances

More than £63,000 was raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance by a charity ride out in Shrewsbury.

A record number of bikers too part in the Bike4Life event last Sunday, which saw them complete a 23-mile (37km) ride from Meole Brace.


The money raised will help to fund 25 air ambulance flights across the region.

Shifnal development plan approved by examiner

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A Neighbourhood Plan, setting out where homes should and shouldn't be built around Shifnal, has been given the seal of approval by an independent examiner.

The final version, with a few tweaks, will now be posted to everyone living in the town, and people will be asked if they want to accept it, in a referendum.


At this stage the document holds some weight even before it is formally approved by a vote, and will have to be taken into account when developers apply to build in the area.

Telford dad urges school holidays rethink after appeal ruling

A Shropshire father who was fined for taking his children out of school during term-time is calling on the government to "step back and think about what you're doing".

It comes after a father from the Isle of Wight successfully appealed against a similar conviction at the High Court earlier today.

Stewart Sutherland

Stewart Sutherland said he was confident he could now win an appeal himself, on the basis that his children hadn't missed enough days to be considered truants.

The people who make these decisions tend to work in an office and they don't get any restrictions on anything they do in their life... they get the holiday they choose. People spend too much time earning a living rather than living a life."

Stewart SutherlandTelford father

Eurovision: Joe and Jake represent the UK

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Saturday night marks the 61st Eurovision song contest. Joe and Jake are hoping to woo the crowds for the UK with their song You're Not Alone.

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You can watch the show live on BBC One at 20:00.  

Headlines: Telford parents to appeal against school holidays conviction; AFC Telford MD stepping down

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this afternoon:

- Telford parents to appeal against school holidays conviction

- AFC Telford United founder Lee Carter stepping down as managing director

- West Mercia Police chosen to investigate electoral spending allegations

AFC Telford's Lee Carter tweets farewell message

The managing director of AFC Telford United, Lee Carter, has tweeted this message to fans, after announcing he is stepping down this summer.

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Telford parents to appeal school holiday conviction

A couple from Telford who ended up being fined almost £1,000 for taking their children out of school during term time say they will appeal the case.

Their decision comes after a father from the Isle of Wight successfully appealed against his fine at the High Court today.

Stewart Sutherland

Stewart and Natasha Sutherland originally refused to pay a £360 fine. 

This doubled after they failed to pay within 21 days and when they lost their case at the magistrates court in January 2014 their week-long holiday incurred them even more costs and fines.

Sport: Shropshire Twenty20 cricket match to be a family affair

Mark Elliott

Sport Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire takes on first-class county neighbours Worcestershire in a Twenty20 game today.

The county's captain, Steve Leach, will be going head-to-head with his brother, Joe, the Worcester vice-captain and opening bowler.

cricket captain shaking hands with officials
Tony Marsh

The match is set to start at Shifnal Cricket club this afternoon at 17:00.

American Football: Revolution look for home win against Bombers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Revolution can turn around their disappointing start to the season and go 2-2 with a win over the struggling Lincolnshire Bombers on Sunday.

But they'll be without defensive back Tom Carter who dislocated his elbow in last week's 49-0 victory over the Warhawks.

Shropshire Revolution player with ball
Shropshire Revolution

Kick off at the Oakengates Athletics Stadium is 14:30.

The offence showed what they are capable of achieving and the defence recorded their first shutout since the last game of the 2014 regular season. The players' confidence is increasing and we are looking forward to our next challenge.”

Stephen TonksRevolution Head Coach

Travel: Overturned trailer blocking road

BBC Travel

There are delays at the junction of the A41 and the A519 near Newport because of an overturned trailer.

The road is partially blocked and there is slow moving traffic. More from BBC Travel.

Overturned trailer
Newport Police

Carter's departure a landmark moment for the club

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

For many Lee Carter IS Telford United. 

He was instrumental in the group that formed the AFC club when the old Telford United went bust and has been the figurehead and spokesman, overseeing the Bucks' rise.

He made it his career too, leaving his job to become the club's managing director.

Bucks Head
Getty Images

Carter's staying as a board member for now, but the move perhaps ties in with the club's plans to change the way it operates.

BBC Weather Watchers: A cloudier day across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Yesterday's sun has disappeared - or more accurately, it's hidden behind lots of cloud - and it's a lot cooler today.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Kinnersley (top) and Norton (bottom).

Can you see the Wrekin?
Ice Queen

Shrewsbury water pipes project which has caused traffic chaos is ahead of schedule

Shropshire Star

A £2m project to replace worn out water pipes is on track to be completed early, it has been revealed.

West Mercia Police investigating electoral spending allegations

West Mercia Police has been chosen to investigate allegations of improper electoral campaign spending returns in the Devon and Cornwall area.

The force says the investigation relates to the 2015 election and that it is working with the National Police Chief's Council and the Electoral Commission.

Ballot Box

The force says the investigation is in its early stages and no further information can be given at this time.

Latest: AFC Telford founder steps down from role; anchor blocks road

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime: 

- AFC Telford United founder Lee Carter stepping down from MD role

- Anchor causes delays on major road

- Rare Sentinel steam wagons up for sale

Rare Sentinel steam wagons for sale this weekend

Steam wagons made at Shrewsbury's Sentinel Works are being sold at auction in Berkshire tomorrow.

They include a five ton steam lorry named "Deborah" (pictured below) which is expected to sell for between £100,000 and £120,000 and will be fired-up on the day, to show what it can do.

Sentinel steam wagon

It's part of a collection which used to belong to enthusiast John Keeley, who passed away in 1999.

He ran the Knowl Hill Steam & Country Show in Berkshire for more than 30 years.

Watch: Weather forecast for Shropshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It won't be quite as warm across Shropshire this afternoon and we'll see a fair amount of cloud. Highs of 20C (68F).

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Telford's Carter to continue to play 'key role'

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United's Lee Carter says he's been thinking about standing down as managing director for the last 12 months and "changed my mind a couple of times".

He said he made the announcement in the off-season so that the club can "quickly move on" and prepare for the future.

Bucks Head
Getty Images

Lee will officially stand down later in the summer, but still plans to have a "key role" in moving the club forward.

It is a major decision for me because it is almost as if my working life has been nothing else... It’s out there now and we can quickly move on and get on with the business in hand. The club is and always will be the most important thing.’’

Lee CarterAFC Telford United

BreakingAFC Telford United managing director to step down

AFC Telford United's managing director, Lee Carter, has announced he is standing down from the role.

Lee Carter

He will remain as a director on the board.

Mr Carter was one of was one of the original members of the group who formed AFC Telford United in 2004, after the collapse of the old Telford United club.

Council pleased despite getting no extra government money

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Greg Clark, the Minister for Local Government, was never going to come here, wave a magic wand and hand out gold coins - even if he wanted to, he can't make those decisions. 

But Shropshire Council's head of finance has been offered a place on a government panel which will look at how funding deals are drawn up, so the authority is hopeful of help in the future.

Greg Clark with Malcolm Pate and Clive Wright

The council's chief executive, Clive Wright, said the minister may have thought he was coming to some sleepy backwater, but he realised he was wrong.

It's very clear that we are as far in the mainstream as any other authority anywhere else."

Clive WrightShropshire Council chief executive

Travel: Full steam ahead, anchors away on the A5

BBC Travel

Good news - the A5 at the Dobbies Island, south of Shrewsbury is clear again.

It was blocked earlier by a large ship's anchor, which had become embedded in the side of the road.

Eyewitness describes anchor embedded in tarmac

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

We've had more on that anchor which is blocking a lane of the A5 eastbound, south of Shrewsbury this morning.

Jane Salisbury

A man called Andy called BBC Radio Shropshire while he was on his way to Ludlow to describe what he saw.

The anchor has actually embedded itself in the tarmac in an upright position. I looked around to see the ship it fell off, but couldn't see anything."


Sick gosling rescued in Telford park

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A nice little tale for a Friday...

This little gosling was found hobbling along behind his brothers and sisters in Telford Town Park, so one of the rangers called the Cuan wildlife centre for help.

It's now been taken away and is being looked after with another sick gosling.

Telford Town Park

Travel: Ship's anchor blocks A5 south of Shrewsbury

BBC Travel

This one is a bit unusual, especially when you consider how far we are from the sea.

A ship's anchor has become embedded in the A5 eastbound, at the Dobbies Island, and is causing disruption.

Anchor blocking road
Jane Salisbury

Latest: Government says no to extra funding for Shropshire Council; EU referendum debate in south Shropshire tonight

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The latest headlines:

- Shropshire Council won't get extra money from the government immediately but they hope to get a "fairer" funding deal in the future

- Politicians will discuss both sides of the EU referendum debate in Ludlow tonight

- Top consultants say doing nothing is not an option when it comes to changes to A&E care

Your pictures: A beautiful start in Myddle

BBC Weather Watchers

It's looking like a sunny day in the county today - this photo was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Len Ticular. 

If you have great photos of Shropshire, email us, tweet, or check out our Facebook page.

Sunlight through trees
Weather Watcher: Len Ticular

Jailed: Shrewsbury arsonist who 'burnt house to ground'

Shropshire Star

An arsonist has been jailed for six years after starting fires at the homes of two different members of the same family.

mug shot
Shropshire Star

Top consultant says 'doing nothing is not an option' for the county's A&E care

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Mark Cheetham, a consultant surgeon in Shropshire, has spoken out following meeting earlier this week where the county's health commissioners refused to back plans for a single-site emergency centre.

He says current staffing can't support two A&E units and the quality of care would be improved if one were to close.   

If we do nothing, we will just see a continued deterioration in our services and we will see more and more patients having to go to Birmingham for treatment - and that's not something we want."

Mark CheethamConsultant Surgeon
A&E department

Government minister says no to more funding for Shropshire Council

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The Minister for Local Government has offered no extra money to ease Shropshire Council's financial worries.

Conservative councillors met Greg Clark yesterday to tell him the authority has had to slash £20m a year from its budget and that it's getting harder to find the money to pay for front-line services.

Local government minister Greg Clark

The authority's head of finance, James Walton, has been offered a place on a Government panel to look at how funding deals are drawn up in the future.

The council's chief executive, Clive Wright, says Mr Walton's seat at the table will mean Shropshire is helping to shape future policy.