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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Sam Fleet

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

Watch: Foreign criminals targeted by region's police

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Police officers from across Europe are in the Midlands this week, as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals.

Operation Trivium involves teams from Holland, Romania and Lithuania, helping to track people with criminal records.

I'll have more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Horse riders urged to wear hi-vis clothing so they can be seen from the skies

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

If you ride horses you're being urged to wear high-visibility clothing so you can be spotted from the air by helicopter pilots. 

RAF Shawbury says it's important to train pilots in low-level flying, and by spotting horse riders sooner it allows the aircraft to avoid them and hopefully prevent scaring the animals.

Speaking last year, Commander Steve Doubleday said pilots would do all they could to avoid horse riders and would return if they spotted one unseated.  

Man freed from under quad bike

A quad biker has suffered serious injuries after the machine toppled down an embankment and landed on top of him leaving him trapped against a fence.

It happened at about 10.00 today on a hillside between Snailbeach and Stiperstones, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.

West Midland Ambulance Service

He suffered broken ribs and internal injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

Weather: Outbreaks of rain this evening

BBC Weather

The weather forecast for this evening with Shefali Oza.

Headlines: Police and specialist dog teams search for dead body on welsh border; horse riders are being urged to wear hi-vis clothing

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The top stories from the the BBC Shropshire newsroom:

- Dozens of police officers and Army specialists with dogs, are searching for a body near Wrexham

- Police in Madeley are looking for two men who broke into a house last night and threatened the occupants with a knife

- Horse riders in Shropshire are being urged to wear high-visibility clothing so they can be seen from the air by helicopter pilots

Murder 'might date back five years'

Police have said the murder may have happened within the last five years.

Searches include the use of excavators, metal detectors and specially trained dogs used to find bodies.

As yet police don't know if there is definitely a victim, or who he or she might be.

Police search Shropshire Welsh border for dead body

North Wales Police are searching for an unidentified body buried in land somewhere in the Wrexham area after receiving anonymous information.

Detectives and forensics experts have started a "detailed" search of land in forestry at Nant-y-Ffrith on the outskirts of Bwlchgwyn and said it may take several days

It followed yesterday's search of a house in Gobowen.

This search is linked to a number of searches conducted over the last few days in the Wrexham and Gobowen area and is believed to be linked to an historic murder."

Supt Sian BeckEastern Area Commander

Legal challenge over school bus fees for Shropshire students

BBC Wales News

Parents of pupils at a Powys school launch a legal challenge after being told transport fees for some children will quadruple.

Those affected live outside the catchment area for Llanfyllin High School, including 150 from Oswestry.  

Llanfyllin High School, Powys

South Shropshire pupils learn to 'sword dance'

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Primary school pupils in Worthen have been learning a form of sword dancing as part of a project by Shrewsbury Folk Festival to encourage children to try out traditional music and dance.

Developed in the north east of England the "swords" were flexible strips of metal that were used by coal miners to clean off their pit ponies.

The Worthen Primary pupils were taught by performing group The Demon Barbers.  

Your pictures: Overcast in Telford, but sunny in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Some Weather Watchers photos from this morning in Oakengates and Badger.

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Davey St Georges Hill
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What's the future for Future Fit?

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Political reporter Joanne Gallacher will be investigating the future of Future Fit in Shropshire for Sunday Politics this weekend.

More than two years and £2m on, a decision is yet to be made on plans to focus A&E care in either Shrewsbury or Telford.

Read more in my blog.

Hospital composite

Extra drainage for AFC Telford pitch

BBC Sport

The green green grass of the New Bucks Head has gone as AFC Telford introduce new drainage to improve the pitch for next season.

A special machine has been brought in by contractors to spike holes in the soil and encourage oxygen to penetrate to the roots, as well as allowing surface water drain away.

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Headlines: Two people have been threatened at knife point in Telford; police continue to search for body near Wrexham

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The latest news stories:

- Two people have been threatened with a knife by two men who forced their way into their home in Madeley

- North Wales police continue to search for the body of an unidentified man that may have been dumped on the outskirts of Wrexham

- Police in Broseley are looking for a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman as he sat in a car

War veterans back bid to recognise armed forces in next census

Nigel Dolman

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Two former soldiers have backed a campaign to recognise veterans in the next census, due in 2021.

Jeff Foxall, from Bridgnorth, and Les Bill from Stafford, who has just been awarded the Ambassador for Peace Medal 63 years after serving in the Korean War, said it was important to remember the role veterans have played.

The Royal British Legion says there are believed to be between 6.5 and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK.

Despite that, the legion says the group has been ignored in past versions of the census, which means we know more about those who claim their Jedi as their religion.

Pair threatened with knife in Madeley break-in

Two men have been threatened with a knife in a break-in Madeley last night.

West Mercia Police say two white men forced their way into the home in Meadowlea at about 23:00, before making off with mobile phones.

Officers say nobody was injured, but the occupants were "shaken" by the experience.

They're asking anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers.

Police officer

Junior doctors' row: BMA fears 'uphill struggle' to sell deal

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Junior doctors' leaders fear they could face an "uphill struggle" to convince the profession to accept the new contract agreed with ministers.

It was announced on Wednesday that the two sides had reached a deal after talks at conciliation service Acas.

The England-wide deal will now be put to a vote of more than 40,000 BMA members in June.


There are fears at the union that the profession could reject the deal despite it believing it is the "best and final" way out of the row.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called it a "historic agreement" and a "win-win" for the government and junior doctors.

Historical images of Telford make digital gallery

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

With the help of a lottery grant, Telford's Southwater library has digitised more than 500 images telling the story of the town's development. 

The library has a digital table about the size of a pool table that you can interact with by touching it to look at the images. Librarian Jane Baker explains how it works.

Coming up on TV: Police launch joint op with European forces

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Police officers from across Europe are in the Midlands this week as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals. 

Operation Trivium involves teams from Holland, Romania and Lithuania helping to track people with criminal records.

Find out more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Police at work

Environment Agency clear debris from River Severn in Bridgnorth

David Throup from the Environment Agency tweeted this earlier. A team is clearing debris washed down the river that has collected around Bridgnorth bridge. They had to wait for the local wildlife to vacate it first!

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Headlines: A man trapped by a quad bike is freed; mp3 players to help treat dementia patients

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The afternoon's top stories so far:

- A man's been freed by emergency services after getting trapped on a quad bike in the south of the county

- A Shropshire support group is hoping to use MP3 players to help people who are living with dementia

- New mums in the county have been meeting to share advice on breastfeeding in public

MP Philip Dunne on Sunday Politics show

BBC Sunday Politics

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne joins Patrick Burns in the studio on this weekend's Sunday Politics, from 11:00 on BBC One in the West Midlands.

Labour's Gisela Stuart and Lord Digby Jones, former head of the CBI, will also be having their say on the EU Referendum and a possible Brexit.

Philip Dunne

Weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells, cloud will increase in the afternoon, Lucy Martin has the latest forecast

Watch: The Wildlife Trust has nine new visitors to its garden

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The Wildlife Trust in Shrewsbury posted this adorable video of ducklings trying to climb steps - spotted by the Shropshire Star.

Got a video as cute as this? Email us, Tweet or go to our Facebook page.

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Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala opens

Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala has opened.

More than a dozen locomotives, many visiting from across the country, will feature over the weekend, running between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

A new diesel depot is also being officially opened in Kidderminster on Saturday.


Weather balloon launched by Shrewsbury students

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Coleham Primary School released a weather balloon this morning. After it reaches the atmosphere it will burst and technology will fall back to earth.

There's a tracker attached which will text the children the exact location when it lands. The balloon was last seen floating in the direction of Much Wenlock.

Travel: Traffic moving freely on the county's roads so far this morning

BBC Travel

If you want to keep up to date with the latest traffic updates, use the travel map

50 jobs to be created at former RAF base near Telford

Shropshire Star

About 50 jobs will be created after plans to turn a former RAF base into storage for vehicles were approved

Former base
Shropshire Star

Headlines: North Wales police search for unknown murder victim in shropshire; Shropshire Council won't discuss budget cuts at today's meeting

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The headlines this morning:

- Police who've searched a house in Gobowen in a murder inquiry say they don't know who or where the victim is

- Shropshire councillors are concerned that cuts to the budget won't be discussed in today's full council meeting

- More than 500 photographs of Telford in the 1960s, 70s and 80s have been digitised

Shropshire Council accused of 'democratic shipwreck'

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Opposition councillors have expressed concern that cuts to Shropshire Council's budget won't be discussed at a full council meeting today. 

Ludlow's Liberal Democrat councillor Andy Boddington says it's "a disgrace" and the authority's on its way to becoming a "democratic shipwreck". 


A report before the cabinet yesterday said even if council tax was increased by the maximum allowed without triggering a referendum, there would be a £17.3m funding shortfall in 2017-18, rising to £30.4m in 2018-19, unless extra savings were found.

Today's meeting will elect committee members, set meeting dates and discuss a Lib Dem motion on academies.

Police search for missing body

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Police who've searched a house in Gobowen as part of a murder inquiry say they don't know who or where the victim is. 

It's one of a series of searches in north Shropshire and the Wrexham area in recent days.

North Wales police say they're reacting to a tip off that the body of an unidentified man may have been dumped on the outskirts of Wrexham and the search involved military personnel with specialist equipment. 

Police cars

The inquiry's said to be historical but based on recent information and police say they're still working to identify the man said to be involved.

Two rescued from River Severn

Two men have been rescued by firefighters after becoming stranded in a dinghy in the River Severn in Bridgnorth. 

The specialist water rescue team were called to Bridge Street in Low Town at about 22:30 last night. 

The men were apparently in a dinghy that got a puncture. They got out of it and clung to some debris - but needed help to return to safety.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue

Headlines: Police search for body at house in Gobowen, Shropshire Council called 'democratic shipwreck'

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Some of the main stories we're looking at in Shropshire today:

- Police who've searched a house in Gobowen as part of a murder inquiry say they don't know who or where the victim is

- Opposition councillors express concern that cuts to Shropshire Council's budget won't be discussed at a full council meeting today

- Two men are rescued by a fire service boat from the River Severn in Bridgnorth

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cloudy, and in some areas, a murky start to the morning. That should clear up through the morningleaving hazy sunny spells

Rain pushing in from the West in the afternoon. Feeling warmer.

Max Temp: 18C (64F).

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Hello. This is BBC Local Live for Shropshire and I'm in the BBC Shropshire newsroom, bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

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