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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Shropshire.   

Pitch work starts at Shrewsbury Town

Work has started on a new playing surface at Shrewsbury Town's Greenhous Meadow. 

It was voted the best in League One last season but the man in charge of it, Dave Saltman, says the pitch will be even better next term.

pitch
Shrewsbury Town FC

We're not looking to do such an intensive renovation this year, but we're still removing the grass and replanting it.

Dave SaltmanManaging Director, Pitchcare

Ever heard of Mangle Wurzel?

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A Georgian superfood is about to make a comeback in Shropshire. 

Mangle Wurzels were a common crop from the 1780s onwards but haven't been widely grown since world war two. 

But all that is about to change...

North Shropshire farmer Stephen Jones, along with BBC Radio Shropshire, planted a batch of Mangle Wurzel seeds today. 

If all goes well, the root veg will be harvested in September. 

Weather: Dry this evening, but rain by the morning

BBC Weather

Staying mild tonight but the rain is setting in by the early hours of tomorrow. Charlie has the forecast.

The weather for the West Midlands.

Football: Shropshire team accepted into league

The name of Oswestry is back in the English football-pyramid system. 

The historic Oswestry Town is now part of The New Saints. The merged unit plays in the Welsh system, and as the winners of the Welsh Premier also in the European Champions League. 

But the relatively new FC Oswestry Town are looking skywards after being elected to the North West Counties League. 

The amateurs share the Park Hall Stadium with TNS. 

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Concern over Whitchurch GP services

Patients in Whitchurch have been told they will continue to have access to GP services. 

It follows the announcement that doctors at Richmond house GP surgery will be leaving at the end of October. 

surgery
BBC

The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England said every patient would have access to a GP once the current practice closes but until then, all patients should continue to see their GP as normal. 

Headlines: Animal drugs seized; police warning after theft at cash machine

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- 'Animal' drugs seized in Telford 

- Man in his 80s a victim of distraction theft at cash machine

- FC Oswestry Town accepted into North West Counties League

Ex-salop loan man Storey joins Aberdeen

BBC Sport

Former Shrewsbury Town loan striker Miles Storey is to leave Swindon Town for Scottish Premier side Aberdeen.

miles storey
SNS

Storey spent the season on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, scoring 13 goals in 37 appearances for Aberdeen's rivals.

Caley Thistle and Swindon both offered contracts to the 22-year-old.

Appeal after theft at cash machine

Police in Telford have released details about a distraction theft that left an 80-year-old man more than £200 out of pocket. 

The incident happened on Thursday 12 May at 15:30 outside Lloyds Bank in Wrekin Drive, Donnington, says West Mercia Police.

cash machine
PA

While he was withdrawing money from the machine, a woman asked him for change for two £10 notes. When she left, he realised his bank card was missing and £220 had been taken from his account. 

Police are looking for two suspects, a man and a woman, both white and in their mid-20s. 

Fears Shropshire's elderly will be cut off without bus

Shropshire Star

Elderly people in rural areas of the county could become isolated from surrounding towns and key services such as hospitals unless a new bus service is brought in, it has been claimed.

'Animal' drugs seized in Telford

A large amount of prescription-only animal and human medicines have been seized from a property in Telford. 

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) says 50 different medicines were confiscated.

The substances, described as a mix of unauthorised, expired and prescription-only veterinary medicines, were seized by the VMD and RSPCA. 

Human medicines often prescribed by vets for animal use were also said to be among the haul. 

The RSCPA continues to investigate.  

Burton expected to stay with Shrewsbury

BBC Sport

Teenage Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Callum Burton is still to determine what his future holds when his current contract runs out in June.

The ex-England Under-18 international, who made his Town debut on the final day of the season, is one of 17 players whose deals are set to expire.

callum burton
Empics

Speculation has previously linked him with Wolves, Aston Villa and even Glasgow Rangers.

I've grown up watching the club...I want to stay and play for the team as much as I can. We will have to see what happens."

Callum Burton

Headlines: Drugs seized in Telford; hospital service to run seven days a week

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our main stories this afternoon:

- Prescription drugs have been seized from a property in Telford

- A planning inspector has approved nearly 70 homes in Ellesmere, despite their rejection by Shropshire Council 

- Shropshire's Orthopaedic hospital to extend physiotherapy service

Fire service aims to cut house fire numbers

Shropshire's firefighters have set themselves a target of slashing the number of house fires in the county by a fifth, in the next five years. 

Last year, there were 250, including a big jump in the number caused by faulty white goods such as tumble-dryers. 

Fire engine
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire Service spokesman John Das Gupta says there are more electrical items than ever before - and it's important they're regularly serviced and registered with the manufacturer. 

Any recall that manufacturers put out, those individuals that have registered [the product] get an immediate contact...all these tips will reduce the risk of having a fire."

John Das GuptaShropshire Fire and Rescue

Shropshire student breaking Rubik Cube records blindfolded

Shropshire Star

A teenager studying in Shropshire is breaking records in Rubik Cube competitions – blindfolded.

Weather: Sunny afternoon and feeling warm

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine about this afternoon, light winds and staying dry this evening. Charlie has the forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

North Shropshire village festival celebrates Mozart

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Whittington International Chamber Music Festival kicks of a week of concerts tonight to celebrate the 260th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Lawrence and Rosie Mortimer set it up in 2013 and each year since they have celebrated a different classical composer.

Every night this week there is a concert of Mozart's different works.

Mozart
Getty Images

Pictures: What a difference a month makes

Here's how different one field in Shropshire can look from one month to the next.

This is the Rapeseed growth in a field at Battlefield, Shrewsbury. 

rapeseed
BBC
rapeseed
BBC

School spends £250k on supply staff

Local authority run schools in England spent more than £800m on supply staff last year to cover for absent teachers. 

According to government figures seen by BBC News, the Burton Borough School in Newport was the county's biggest spender, forking out £250,000. 

School
BBC

Others - including The Charlton in Wellington, Wombridge Primary, and St Mary's Catholic Primary in Madeley - spent more than £100,000. 

Holy Trinity Primary School in Oswestry spent £96,000, and several others spent more than £50,000. 

New market concept in Wellington

A new concept is being launched at Wellington Market today aimed at getting a new generation of shoppers interested in what some might think is an outdated tradition. 

The "Pop Up Pitch" in the town's Market Yard will happen twice a week between now and Christmas. 

It'll feature local fashion, fitness products and a street food dining club.   

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Headlines: GP surgery closure concern; housing development gets go ahead

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- There's concern in Whitchurch as one of the town's GP practices is set to close 

- Fire service warning over spate of domestic appliance fires

- Planning inspector approves plan for nearly 70 homes in Ellesmere

Hospital service to run 7 days a week

Shropshire's Orthopaedic Hospital is extending it's physiotherapy service. 

The Hospital in Gobowen is getting extra money to recruit more physios, to provide therapy seven days a week. 

Hospital sign
RJAH

The £100k investment means physio support in the new Baschurch Day Unit will be extended into the evening in the week and on Saturdays, and there'll be three physios on duty on a Sunday. 

80-year-old Telford motorist banned after drink driving

Shropshire Star

An 80-year-old driver whose eyes were glazed and speech slurred when he was pulled over by police has been handed a 12-month driving ban.

Your pictures: Another sunny day

BBC Weather Watchers

More sun means more pictures coming in from our Shropshire Weather Watchers. 

The views from Norton and Badger are wonderful. 

Norton
Ice Queen
Badger
PJ's

Housing development approved for Ellesmere

A planning inspector has approved nearly 70 homes in Ellesmere - despite their rejection by Shropshire Council. 

Housing
PA

The developers David Wilson Homes challenged the decision at an inquiry in February. 

It wants to build 68 houses off Teal Drive.

Cheryl James inquest: Deepcut verdict postponed until June

Shropshire Star

The verdict of the inquest into the death of soldier Cheryl James has been postponed until June.

Coroner Brian Barker QC was expected to give his conclusions tomorrow. 

Cheryl James
BBC

Cheap online deals may be the cause of a spate of domestic appliances catching fire according to the Fire Service

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Shropshire fire service says it's dealt with a spate of "freak" fires caused by faulty machines such as washing machines and tumble dryers.

Fire chiefs are warning people not to buy cheap appliances online and to not leave them running when leaving the house.

Conservatory gutted by fire
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

We aim to reduce domestic fires by 20 per cent in five years from an average of 248 a year down to 186. It is a massive challenge and we have failed so far in reaching the target

John Das GuptaHead of Area Command at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Football: Bucks sign ex-West Brom player

AFC Telford United have signed the former West Bromwich Albion utility man James Hurst. 

The 24 year-old played for Torquay and Guiseley last season, but he's a familiar name for some in Shropshire: he had two loan spells at Shrewsbury in recent years. 

James Hurst
Getty Images

The Bucks have also secured the services of midfielder Lucas Dawson for another year.

Headlines: Fire Service blames cheap deals for domestic appliance fires; Telford and Wrekin Council to go to High Court over housing plan

The latest news stories:

- Telford & Wrekin Council believes a planning inspector made the wrong decision in allowing the development in Wellington

- Shropshire fire service says it's had to deal with a spate of "freak" fires caused by faulty domestic machines

- A school in Newport spent £250,000 on supply staff, the highest in the county

Travel: Both accidents in Shrewsbury have been cleared

BBC Travel

It's still slow going around Shrewsbury this morning, but the Ellesmere Road and the A5 eastbound are now clear.

There's traffic on Mount Pleasant Road and Ditherington Road at Heathgates Island and also heavy congestion on Mytton Oak Road between the Woodcote roundabout and the Swiss Farm Road junction.

Rural police 'sitting ducks' in UK terror attack

BBC News UK

Police officers in rural areas fear they would be "sitting ducks" in the event of a terrorist gun attack in the UK, a Police Federation chairman says.

A national shortage of armed officers could leave police in isolated areas "unarmed and vulnerable", John Apter, head of the Hampshire branch warned.

Policeman on country road
Thinkstock

Figures revealed the number of firearms officers in England and Wales last year fell to its lowest level since 1987.

Home Secretary Theresa May will address the Police Federation conference later.

High Court challenge over homes plan

Council bosses say they will challenge the government's decision to allow hundreds of homes to be built on a field at the edge of a Shropshire town.  

Haygate Road - generic image
Google Maps

Telford and Wrekin Council will take a planning inspector's ruling on Haygate Road, Wellington to the High Court. 

The authority rejected the plan by Gladman Developments Ltd for 330 homes - but 290 homes were granted outline planning permission on appeal.

Travel: Congestion on A5 eastbound approaching Shrewsbury

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted this photograph earlier.

Wellington's Green Watch is at the scene between Churncote roundabout and Woodcote roundabout, which is still closed because of an overturned trailer carrying livestock.    

Traffic is backing up to Montford Bridge and on the A458 to Onslow Park.

overturned trailer and pick-up truck
@SFRSWellington

Headlines: Firefighters battling spate of faulty domestic appliances; Telford council to challenge homes plan

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The headlines this morning:

- Shropshire fire service says it's dealing with a spate of "freak" fires caused by faulty domestic machines

- Telford and Wrekin Council to challenge Wellington homes plan in the High Court

- A new concept is being launched at Wellington Market aimed at interesting a new generation of shoppers

Weather: A bright start with warm sunshine

BBC Weather

Some cloud around but plenty of sunshine. Here's Charlie Slater with the latest forecast

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: A5 closed eastbound outside Shrewsbury

BBC Travel

A vehicle carrying livestock has overturned on the A5 Shrewsbury bypass eastbound between the Churncote roundabout and the Woodcote roundabout. The road is closed and traffic is queuing.

There's also disruption on Ellesmere Road in Shrewsbury. It's closed at the Hubert Way junction because of an accident. 

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Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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