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Summary

  1. Man found with 'serious' head injuries in Shrewsbury
  2. Bid to create 'quiet lane' in Little Wenlock
  3. Walker left in 'excruciating pain' thanks rescuers
  4. Shropshire's libraries are facing further cutbacks
  5. Updates on Tuesday 24 May 2016

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World War Two fan's hoard fetches £80k

World War Two fan's Worcestershire hoard fetches £80k
A militaria and aviation fanatic who has amassed barns full of rare war memorabilia has sold his hoard for more than £80,000.
John Hancocks, 85, said his fascination began as a child in Birmingham when the city was targeted by German bombers during World War Two.
His passion grew during his National Service as an RAF crash salvager based at Cosford in Shropshire.
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Plans to reduce opening hours at Shropshire Council-run libraries in a bid to save money are revealed.

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Our live coverage across the day

We're back at 08:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.  

Watch: 360-degree video of band in session for BBC Introducing

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

Here's something a bit different...

Band 'Hill Valley High' came in to play their track 'Move Closer' for BBC Introducing in Shropshire on Saturday. We filmed them in 360° video.

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Crackdown on illegal fishing in Telford

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The police, Environment Agency and local angling groups have been out at seven fishing pools around Telford, checking up on rod licences, clamping down on poaching and generally trying to put a stop to anti-social behaviour.

They've called it Operation Leviathan and say they found five people without licences and gathered information about fish which have been stolen in recent weeks.

Operation Leviathan team
Dave Throup

Kevin Pearson from the local Angling Trust told us the number of people without a licence was surprising, because the checks were carried out on a quiet Monday night.

There are plans for more spot checks around the county in coming weeks.

Oswestry taxpayers could be faced with a hefty bill

Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer

Council tax in Oswestry could soar if the town decides to take responsibility for services which at the moment are funded by Shropshire Council.

Oswestry
BBC

Weather: Light cloud and sunshine for the rest of the day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Don't expect summer temperatures, but we'll have patchy sun for the rest of the day.

Bridgnorth woman's search for the woman who found her dog

A Bridgnorth woman is trying to trace the woman who found her missing dog, 80 miles away in Merthyr Tydfil.

Donna Burgess says they met yesterday when she was reunited with her pet, Ava, but she was so excited she forgot to say thank you or take any contact details.

Ava the dog
Donna Burgess

Donna believes her dog was taken by thieves at the weekend, but doesn't know why they decided to let the animal go.

More than 100 sign up to help Shropshire boy with cerebral palsy

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

More than 100 people have so far signed up for a charity fundraiser in Shropshire in July to help pay for life-changing treatment for a boy with cerebral palsy.

Harry's Potter involves people walking or running the 18 miles (29km) between the hospitals in Telford and Shrewsbury.

Harry Morgan-Shirley
SATH

Over the past four years, the event has raised £65,000 of the £80,000 needed to send Harry Morgan-Shirley to America for surgery and for the follow-up physiotherapy.

Headlines: Investigation after man found with head injuries; bid to create 'quiet lane'; injured walker thanks rescuers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this evening:

- Police investigate after man found with head injuries in Shrewsbury

- Bid to create 'quiet lane' in Little Wenlock

- Walker thanks emergency services for rescuing him

Police report attempted theft from electricity substation

Police believe a group of men may have been trying to steal property from an electricity substation at Easthope.

They were called out to reports of the men behaving suspiciously yesterday afternoon. But the group, they say, appears to have been scared off when watched by a member of the public.

Electricity substation
Google

The men are said to have left in a silver Ford Transit van.

BBC Weather Watchers: A sunny day across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been fairly mild today, but we've had plenty of sunshine as you can see from these photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers.

Here we have a road just outside Ludlow (top) and fields near Norton (bottom).

Ludlow road
Foggy
Norton
Ice Queen

BBC Shropshire 'Place of the Week': Horsehay

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

This week, we've chosen Horsehay as BBC Radio Shropshire's "place of the week" and we'll spend the week speaking to people living and working there.

We started with a trip to see the Telford Steam Railway, which has big plans to extend its track down to Ironbridge.

Train sign and locomotive
BBC

It also has the rights to run "Polar Express" trains at Christmas, based on the animated Tom Hanks movie and tickets are already on sale.

Football: Shrewsbury's Mellon wants a smaller squad

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The Shrewsbury Town manager, Micky Mellon, says he'd like a smaller squad next season.

He accepts that isn't always possible with injuries and suspensions forcing him to bring in extra players.

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

But he believes it's better for team spirit to have fewer "squad players", so everyone can feel involved.  

Plans to create 'quiet lane' in Little Wenlock

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

There are plans to make Spout Lane in Little Wenlock a "quiet lane".

It means Telford and Wrekin council would actively promote the route to cyclists, walkers and horse riders, but cars wouldn't be banned.

Spout Lane
Google

The parish council says it's come about because of traffic concerns raised by local residents and a meeting to discuss its status will be held on 13 June.

Headlines: Investigation after man found with head injuries; search for more part-time firefighters

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Police investigation after man found with head injuries

- Search for more part-time firefighters in Wellington

- Walker thanks emergency services for rescuing him

Chelsea Flower Show 2016: New Shropshire rose inspired by Roald Dahl

Shropshire Star

David Austin Roses is hoping the magic of Roald Dahl will help it win gold at the Chelsea Flower Show. It has produced a flower inspired by the children’s author, who died more than a quarter of a century ago.

Walker thanks emergency services for rescuing him

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A 71-year-old man who fell three metres into a stream in Shropshire's Carding Mill Valley last month has been talking about the accident and thanking the emergency services who rescued him.

Ian Dutton from Liverpool was on a four-day walking holiday in the area, when he lost his footing near the Lightspout waterfall and broke part of his pelvis.

Man rescued from stream
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mr Dutton was found by fellow hikers and it took six firefighters an hour to carry him down narrow paths to a waiting National Trust Land Rover.

He spent three weeks in hospital and is now back at his home in Mossley Hill.

We were on our way down from the waterfall when I decided to take what I thought was a quicker route, lost my footing, and fell about 10ft and ended up sitting in a stream at the bottom. The pain was excruciating."

Ian DuttonWalker

EU debate for Telford students

Students in Telford will have the chance to question local councillors this afternoon, ahead of the EU Referendum. 

EU flag
Reuters

The town's College of Arts and Technology is hosting the debate to stimulate student interest in the issues. 

Labour's Bill McClements and the Lib Dem's Bill Nicholson will be on the "remain" panel, while UKIP's Denis Allen and the Conservative Barry Tillotson will represent the "leave" campaign.

Top motorbike stunt rider in plea for Telford practice site

Shropshire Star

A top stunt motorcyclist is on the lookout for a car park in Telford where he can perform his tricks.

BBC Weather Watchers: A bright start to the day in Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Take a look at these photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers - they really makes us want to go outside.

Here we have a pool at Badger (top) and fields at Myddle (bottom).

Badger
PJ's
Myddle
Len Ticular

Shrewsbury reveal pre-season programme

Shrewsbury Town have revealed part of their pre-season programme ahead of the 2016-17 League One campaign.

They will host Championship sides Cardiff City and Birmingham City, as well as visiting National League new boys Solihull Moors, managed by former Telford United defender Marcus Bignot and containing three former Shrewsbury players, Gavin Cowan, Steve Leslie and Akwasi Asante.

The Town are also hoping to slot in two more games before the new season kicks off on 8 August. The league fixtures are due to be released on 16 June.

Saturday 16 July Cardiff City (h) 15:00 BST

Tuesday 19 July Birmingham City (h) 19:45 BST

Saturday 23 July Solihull Moors (a) 15:00 BST

Greenhous Meadow
Getty Images

Football: New signing shows club's ambition - Mellon

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town manager Mickey Mellon hopes his first summer signing will show how much the club wants to succeed. 

Central defender Oliver Lancashire, 27, has joined on a two-year deal after making close to 100 appearances for his previous club Rochdale.

Mellon
Getty Images

We would like to make sure that we have a young group, full of ambition."

Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC

Headlines: Man found unconscious near towpath; libraries face further cuts; Shrewsbury pre-season fixtures

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Man found unconscious on Shrewsbury towpath with 'serious' head injuries

- Shropshire Council libraries face further cutbacks

- Shrewsbury Town release pre-season fixtures

More part-time firefighters wanted in Wellington

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Wellington fire station is looking to recruit more part-time firefighters.

Only 20% of the county's firefighters are full-time, so the service relies heavily on on-call staff, who are given a pager.

This week they've been out to a variety of jobs, including one while I was recording.

New recruits are given 17 weeks basic training and then continue to learn on the job.

Travel: Roadworks between Shrewsbury and Ellesmere

BBC Travel

There are roadworks causing long delays at either end of the A528 between Shrewsbury and Ellesmere. 

The road is closed in Preston Gubbals, near the Plex Lane junction because of resurfacing work and at the junction with the A495 at Newton, just outside Ellesmere.

Weather: Light cloud and sunshine this afternoon

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There will be some light, patchy cloud over Shropshire this afternoon, but there should be plenty of sunshine too, with temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

Kids Festival raises thousands of pounds for charity

The Shropshire Kids' Festival, at The Quarry in Shrewsbury, raised £3,500 for a charity set up in memory of seven-year-old Harry Johnson from Vennington, near Westbury. 

Harry died from a rare form of cancer two years ago.  

Kids Festival
BBC

The organisers of last month's Shropshire Kids' Festival say they'll be doing it again, next year.   

Man found near bridge has serious head injuries

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The police say the man found on a towpath near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury yesterday evening was unconscious and had serious head injuries.

He was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment.

English Bridge
Google

Landlord worry over road closure

The owner of a north Shropshire pub and restaurant is worried his business will be affected by a road closure. 

The A495 between Ellesmere and Welshampton is closed for a month for roadworks. 

sun inn
Google

Paul Fletcher who owns the Sun Inn at Welshampton feels the closure will cost him thousands of pounds a week. 

It's going to completely cripple our business...It's going to be closed night time and weekends."

Paul FletcherOwner, The Sun Inn

Football: TNS manager nominated for manager of the season

BBC Sport

The TNS manager Craig Harrison is one of three men shortlisted for the Welsh Premier League manager of the season.

After winning the treble with the Oswestry-based side, you'd think he'd be the favourite, but it's far from certain.

Craig Harrison
TNS

He'll be up against Alan Morgan from MBi Llandudno who guided his side to third place (and European football) in their first ever season in the top division.

And the other manager in the frame is Andy Morrison from Connah's Quay, who finished the season strongly to end fourth.

Second baby ashes inquiry to be held

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The justice secretary Michael Gove has ordered an investigation into historical practices at Hull crematorium, where families allege their children's ashes were scattered without their permission. 

It's the second inquiry to be held in England following the Shrewsbury baby ashes scandal.

Emstrey Crematorium
PA

Mr Gove said the Hull investigation would use the Emstrey inquiry as a template.    

Man found with head injuries in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A man's been found with head injuries near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury. 

He was taken to hospital after a member of the public found him on the path beside the river at 19:40 yesterday.

English Bridge
Google

The police are still at the scene.

Headlines: Second baby ashes inquiry to be held; libraries facing cutbacks

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Justice secretary orders investigation into 'scattering' of baby ashes

- Libraries in the Shropshire Council area are facing further cutbacks

- Kids Festival makes thousands of pounds for charity

Drop in traffic police numbers

There's been a 12.5% reduction in the number of West Mercia Police traffic officers, figures suggest. 

Figures analysed by the RAC show that the force lost the equivalent of 10 full time officers between 2014 and 2015.

police
PA

In response, West Mercia Police says the figures do not reflect the work done by the Safer Roads Partnership and that all of their officers have the ability to enforce road offences.   

Your pictures: Blue skies for Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun is out across the county today. 

This is how it's looking in Norton In Hales, thanks to Betton Bear.

Norton
Betton Bear

Roadworks on A5 at Oswestry for giant turbines

Shropshire Star

Roundabouts on the A5 are being altered to enable huge convoys of lorries to transport turbine parts to a new windfarm in Mid Wales.

Libraries facing cutbacks

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Libraries in the Shropshire Council area are facing further cutbacks. 

The authority's struggling to make savings of £60m over the next three years, and it's understood councillors are looking into job-cuts. 

I've been told Shropshire Council is expected to close all 22 libraries on a Saturday afternoon. Reduced evening hours are on the cards too. 

library
BBC

I'm also hearing that the service will become more general, with staff and IT services spread across locations. 

There may also be a reduction in managers and admin staff - and more job sharing.

Headlines: Library hours could be cut; drop in traffic officers

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

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

- Libraries in the Shropshire Council area are facing further cutbacks

- Traffic police numbers drop by 12.5% 

- North Shropshire pub owner has concerns over road closure