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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Carlie Swain

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for live updates from the newsroom today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Shropshire. 

Weather: Dry but chilly overnight

BBC Weather

It's staying dry this evening, but temperatures are dropping. Alex has the forecast.

On Midlands Today this evening: Ofsted hunts illegal schools

It's emerged that suspected illegal schools in parts of the Midlands have been issued with warning notes after a special task force was set up last year to uncover them


Today the Chief Inspector of Schools announced Ofsted's latest findings - we'll be analysing them on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Three held after immigration checks

Three people have been caught over the border in Powys following checks by immigration officers.

home office immigration enforcement van

They visited The Cabin Chinese takeaway in Presteigne last Friday where one man's business visa had expired.

Another man and woman were found to be in the country illegally.

Castle for sale if you've got a spare £800k

It seems the idea of owning your own castle - especially a ruined one - isn't everyone's cup of tea. 

Wigmore Castle near Ludlow and the 32 acres of land surrounding it has been on the market for more than a year at £800k. 

Wigmore Castle

The castle, originally a wooden edifice, is believed to date back to the 10th Century. Its past, involves murder, treachery and, brilliantly, a woman called Lady Brilliana.  

If you're worried about the upkeep of the Grade I-listed ruins - they've been in the care of English Heritage for several decades and will remain so if sold.  

Running man challenge taken on by ambulance service

So the "running man challenge" has reached West Midlands Ambulance Service.

It's the latest internet craze, started by a police force in New Zealand. Since then emergency services across the world have been signing up to show off their dancing skills. 

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More CCTV cameras installed in Newport following vandalism

Shropshire Star

Extra CCTV cameras have been installed around a Shropshire town to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

Headlines: Cannabis factory trial starts; Investigation underway after biker dies on county road

The main stories this evening:

- Father and son on trial accused of running cannabis factory 

- Biker dies in a collision with a car on the Bridgnorth to Stourbridge road

- Gas works, lasting two months, start in Oswestry

Father and son accused of running cannabis factory

A father and son from near Tenbury Wells are on trial accused of running a cannabis factory near Leominster. 

Gary and Graham Mumford from Fulhams, in Sutton, are alleged to have grown 200 cannabis plants, capable of producing tens of thousands of pounds worth of drugs, in an industrial unit at Harfield. 

The drugs were found when police raided the unit in September last year. 

They've pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial at Hereford Crown Court is expected to last a week. 

Environmental grants available in Telford

Telford and Wrekin Council have opened applications for groups to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to improve their environment and community. 

Groups have until the end of July to apply for grants to be awarded in September. 

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Too many delay seeking dementia diagnosis, charity says

BBC News Health

More than half of those seeking a diagnosis for dementia have delayed going to their GP by at least a year, according to a survey carried out by the Alzheimer's Society.

Doctor and a stethoscope

The charity says nearly two-thirds of people fear a diagnosis would mean their life is over.

But it says an early diagnosis can actually help people to live as well as possible.

And it wants everyone to confront head-on the challenges posed by dementia.

Spotlight to fall on Shrewsbury's threatened services

Shropshire Star

The future of under-threat public services in Shrewsbury such as museums, leisure centres and libraries, will be the focus of Shrewsbury’s annual town meeting.

University changes: Plan for more new universities and higher fees

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

It will be made easier to open new universities in England, under plans to be announced by Universities Minister Jo Johnson.

The government's proposals for higher education also confirm plans to allow tuition fees to increase above £9,000 from autumn 2017.


This will depend on universities having high-quality teaching. 

Labour's Gordon Marsden warned of "inadequate" controls over a "rapid expansion" in new universities. 

Headlines: Childline need more Midlands volunteers; gas works under way in Oswestry

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this afternoon:

- Calls to Childline are being missed because of a lack of volunteers in the Midlands

- An investigation's under way after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a car at the weekend

- Two months of gas pipeline repairs underway in Oswestry

Your pictures: Still warm and sunny across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

Some great pictures coming through from our BBC Weather Watchers

Here's how it's looking in Ludlow and Myddle today.

Len Ticular

High street shops that have come back from the brink

When high street stores go into administration, it's easy to assume another brand has bitten the dust.

The BBC's Colletta Smith has been in Shrewsbury to find that some well-known shops have a had a second chance. 


Plenty of stores that went into administration are coming out the other side. 

Malcolm Winn works in the outdoor shop Blacks, at the top of Mardol. The firm was saved from closure a few years ago after they were taken over by JD Sports. 

People are always coming into the store and asking when we're closing. It's frustrating to keep having to explain to people that we've been bought, we're doing well, and we're here for the long-term."

Calls to upgrade Shropshire's 'dangerous' A5

Shropshire Star

Turning the A5 into a dual carriageway should be included in the government’s blueprint for major roads projects, a Shropshire MP has said.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

Feeling warm this afternoon and staying dry tonight. Alex Hamilton has the forecast.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Special needs trial and historic cloth

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on Midlands Today we'll have the latest on the trial of a husband and wife who are accused of the rape and murder of a woman from the region with special needs.

Piece of cloth

And you'll see a piece of cloth, once stored under a vicar's bed in the Herefordshire, which is being described as one of the most important textiles in the world. 

Both those stories and more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.  

Two months of gas works start in Oswestry

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A £350k project to replace metal gas pipes with plastic ones begins today in Oswestry.

Wales and West Utilities is carrying out the improvements over the next nine weeks. 

Homes and businesses in the northern part of the town are included in the project. 

Gobowen Road

We're starting work on Gobowen Road...there'll be two-way temporary traffic lights at the junction with Coppice Drive down to the junction with Cambrian Drive."

Reece EmmittWales and West Utilities

Headlines: Biker dies in weekend crash; quarter of Childline calls go unanswered

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

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

- An investigation's under way after a motorcyclist died in a crash with a car, on the Bridgnorth to Stourbridge road 

- Calls to Childline are being missed because of a lack of volunteers in the Midlands

- Two months of gas pipeline repairs are get under way in Oswestry

Travel: Wood on the M54

BBC Travel

The outside lane of the M54 is closed because a block of wood is in the carriageway.

It's closed westbound at Junction 4 for Shifnal.

Watch: Highlights from Sunday Folk

Russian singer songwriter Daria Kulesh was Genevieve Tudor's guest on the Sunday Folk show at the weekend.

Here's a snippet of her single The Moon and Pilot - a story of her great grandmother.

Spoilt PCC votes sparks call for change

Calls have been made to change the electoral system after more than 46,000 ballot papers were spoilt in Police and Crime Commissioner elections across the West Midlands region.

In West Mercia, more than 5,500 votes were rejected. 

One returning officer said he believed the current first and second preference system was too confusing.


People do get confused because they've basically experienced first past the post with most other elections and this is different."

Mark RogersWest Midlands Police area returning officer

Shropshire dad being investigated over email to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

Shropshire Star

A father from Shropshire who wrote an email saying that he wanted to "beat up" the Education Secretary is being investigated by police.

Pollen levels 'very high' today

BBC Weather

Suffer with hay fever? Beware - pollen levels are very high in Shropshire today. 

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Shrewsbury police welcomes new law to help them tackle legal highs

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Next week a new law banning psychoactive substances will come into effect, giving police forces new powers.

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Such drugs were linked to the deaths of 144 people in the UK in 2014 alone, the Home Office says.

The new law bans the production, supply and importation/exportation for human consumption of these drugs.

The UK will be the first country in the world to put in place a rigorous system of testing, the government says.  

Biker dies on Shropshire road

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A motorcyclist has died in a crash with a car, on the Bridgnorth to Stourbridge road. 

It happened on the A458 near Wooton just after 13:00, yesterday afternoon. 

Paramedics say there was nothing they could to for the rider, whose name hasn't been released. 

The elderly man driving the car wasn't hurt.

Cricket: Leach falls just short of century as Shropshire beaten by Cheshire

BBC Sport

Shropshire's hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Unicorns Trophy were dealt a major blow as they were beaten by 60 runs by Cheshire at Oswestry.

Skipper Steve Leach did his best to spark a successful chase, making 94, but support was in short supply as Shropshire succumbed for 260.

Captain Steve Leach batting
Stuart Dunn PR

They'll conclude their one-day programme away to Staffordshire at Leek on Sunday.

Headlines: A quarter of calls from children in the Midlands go unanswered; motorcyclist dies in accident on Bridgnorth road

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The headlines this morning:

- Childline says about a quarter of calls from vulnerable children aren't dealt with in the Midlands because of a lack of volunteers

- A motorcyclist dies in a crash with a car on the Bridgnorth to Stourbridge road

- A £350,000 project to replace old gas pipes in Oswestry starts today

American football: Revolution win at home again

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Revolution are on a roll, after a 35-6 win over Lincolnshire Bombers at Oakengates. The defence came close to recording a second shutout in two games. 

And the result means the Revolution are now 2-2, with their next game away to the Leicester Falcons.

This was player Andy Charman scoring a touch down to make it 21-0.

Calls to Childline are being missed because of a lack of volunteers

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Calls to Childline are being missed because of a lack of volunteers, the charity says.

It has 175 volunteers, including some in Shropshire, but is trying to recruit 75 more and is eager to work with retirees. 

Across the Midlands, the charity says about a quarter of calls aren't dealt with, and it needs more help with online counselling sessions too.

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We've never really been able to answer all of the calls, but it just seems particularly relevant at the moment."

Theresa WilcoxSenior Supervisor for Childline

Childline says once they have answered a call, children are put into a queue to talk to the next available counsellor. 

Only three out of four children in this queue actually get to speak to a counsellor. The others have hung up by the time a counsellor becomes available.

Just over 70% of their counselling sessions take place online.  

Your Pictures: Looks like a bright start in Shrewsbury

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

This is what the sunrise looked like this morning at the Onslow Estate on the A458.

Thanks to the Rowton Shrew for sending that in. Do you have a photo to share with us? You can email us, tweet, or check out our Facebook page.

sunrise over a pond
The Rowton Shrew

Headlines: Childline calls not being answered because of a lack of volunteers; Oswestry begins works to replace old piping

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Here are the top stories this morning:

- Calls to Childline from across the Midlands aren't being answered because of a lack of volunteers  

- Works begin in Oswestry today as part of a £350,000 project to replace old metal pipes with plastic ones

- In cricket, Shropshire's hopes of progressing in the minor counties one day trophy are all but over after Cheshire beat them on the weekend

Weather: Dry and bright, with plenty of sunny spells

BBC Weather

A pleasant day in the sunshine today, Alexandra Hamilton has the latest forecast.

Travel: No major problems on the county's roads so far this morning

BBC Travel

Traffic seems to be moving freely at the moment.

However, be careful in Shrewsbury near Roman Road as it's closed eastbound and southbound because of water mains work between A488 Porthill Road and Longden Road roundabout.

Good morning from BBC Shropshire

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather this morning.

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