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  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Andy Giddings

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Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Cool and cloudy tonight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

You might to turn the radiators back up, because it's going to be a chilly and overcast night across Shropshire with temperatures falling to 4C (39F).

EU referendum: How to register to vote

BBC Politics

The referendum to decide on the UK's membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23 June.  

BBC politics have produced this handy guide on who is eligible to vote and how to register.

Polling station sign
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Watch: Telford and Wrekin Council welcomes factory news

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The news that the Canadian company Magna wants to build a new factory in Telford has got a big thumbs up from business leaders and the local authority today.

The aluminium casting plant is expected to employ nearly 300 workers when it opens in 2018 (assuming it gets all the necessary permissions).

And this was the reaction of councillor Shaun Davies (who is due to be elected council leader tomorrow).

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Ice Hockey: Veteran Birbraer leaves the Tigers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Max Birbraer has left the Telford Tigers, to continue his career elsewhere.

The 35-year-old has been with the team for two years and was a member of Telford’s double-winning squad of 2014-15.

Max Birbraer
Steve Brodie

The Tigers have described him as an extremely popular player who will be welcomed back any time.

We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He now has a young family to consider, so I totally understand his decision to spend more time at home."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Orthopaedic hospital sets waiting times target

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital at Gobowen says it expects to have fixed the problems with its waiting list by next March.

It was found in breach of its licence by regulators, for the way waiting-times were inaccurately recorded.

RJAH sign

The hospital's annual report says the backlog will be dealt with by the end of the financial year.

Weather Watchers: Grey views across Shropshire today

BBC Weather Watchers

We could probably sum today's weather up as "a bit rubbish" and you can see how grey and cloudy it was from these photos by the BBC Weather Watchers.

Here we have the view in Willey (top) and Norton (bottom).

Furry Cottage
Ice Queen

Headlines: Welcome for factory plans; cash for Severn Valley Railway; Chelsea gold for rose growers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here are our headlines this evening:

- Businesses and council welcome Telford factory plans

- Severn Valley Railway gets £75,000 to improve disabled facilities

- Gold award for David Austin Roses at Chelsea

First artist's impression of new Telford factory

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Telford and Wrekin Council has just tweeted this artist's impression of the new factory being proposed for the T54 business park.

The authority said: "This signals the dawn of a bright new era of opportunity for everyone in the borough".

Artists impression of factory

Business group welcomes Telford factory annoucement

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The announcement that a new factory is going to be created in Telford, creating nearly 300 jobs, has been welcomed by the Marches Enterprise Partnership.

The proposals, for a site on the T54 business park in Nedge Hill, are for an aluminium casting plant, which will supply the car industry.

T54 business park in Telford

Gill Hamer, director of the Marches Enterprise Partnership, said there would be knock-on benefits, further down the supply chain and said Telford was an ideal place for businesses from the "advanced manufacturing and automotive sector".

We see this investment as a further vote of confidence, not only for the West Midlands, but for Telford and the wider Marches area."

Gill HamerMarches Enterprise Partnership

Photos: David Austin Roses at the Chelsea Flower Show

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire's David Austin Roses has added another Chelsea gold award to its trophy cabinet - that brings the total to 22!

This year, the company has created a Roald Dahl rose to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth and his widow, Felicity Dahl was at Chelsea to see the display.

Felicity Dahl with Dahl rose
David Austin Roses

The David Austin garden was themed around Roald Dahl's books (you can see a giant peach below) and £2.50 from the sale of every Dahl rose is being donated to his Marvellous Children's Charity.

Roald Dahl display
David Austin Roses

Work starts on new football memorial garden

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Work has started on a new memorial garden at Shrewsbury Town's Greenhous Meadow.

Once the garden is finished the club will offer fans the opportunity for ashes to be scattered there.

Memorial garden
Shrewsbury Town

The existing memorial bricks around the training pitch will remain where they are, but the names recorded on them will be copied into the memorial garden too.

Headlines: Telford factory plans welcomed; cash for Severn Valley Railway; Chelsea gold for David Austin Roses

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories:

- Plans for new Telford factory welcomed 

- Severn Valley Railway awarded £75,000 to improve disabled facilities

- Gold for David Austin Roses at Chelsea

Severn Valley Railway given £75,000 to improve disabled facilities

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Severn Valley Railway has been given £75,000 to improve facilities for visitors with disabilities and make it easier to get on the trains.

The awards come from a £1m pot of money set aside by the government to improve railway tourism across the country.

Severn Valley Railway

Around the country, 17 railways have benefited.

Sport: Shrewsbury para-canoeist tells how sport helped him after being injured in Afghanistan

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury para-canoeist Nick Beighton has embraced a new life after losing both legs above the knee when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device, while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. 

He's now gearing up for the Paralympics in Rio this summer. The sport makes its debut at the games and his squad are determined to make their mark.

Head teachers say cancel primary test results

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Head teachers are calling on the education secretary to stop the publication of this year's primary school results in England.

They warn of "serious mistakes" in the introduction of changes to tests and say results are too "unpredictable".


This year's primary tests also saw a series of leaks and cancellations.

But the Department for Education said its reforms would "help ensure all children leave primary school having mastered the basics".

Aviation fan's war hoard fetches £80k

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

A militaria and aviation fanatic who amassed barns full of war memorabilia has sold his hoard for more than £80,000.

John Hancocks, 85, who used to work as an RAF crash salvager at RAF Cosford, is selling up so he and he and his wife Pat, 83, can downsize.

Chelsea gold for Shropshire's David Austin Roses

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire's David Austin Roses have won another gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The company, based near Albrighton, are regular winners and this year they picked up an award for their rose garden.

This is a photo of David Austin, being congratulated by the Queen.

David Austin and the Queen
David Austin Roses

The theme for the display was Roald Dahl, because David Austin Roses have produced a rose to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth this year.

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show has been extra special as I am celebrating my 90th birthday year... I could not have asked for a better birthday gift."

David AustinDavid Austin Roses

Award for Derwen College lifeguard

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

A Shropshire lifeguard who rescued a man from the bottom of the swimming pool at Derwen College has received her award from the Royal Humane Society.

Kelli Smith was on duty last November when she spotted a strong swimmer (who'd just done 25-lengths) lying unconscious.

Kelli with her award

She quickly dived-in, got him to the surface, and brought him back to life, with the help of two nurses.

Kelli was told in March that she would be getting the award.

Headlines: Plans for new Telford factory; emergency centre pictures released; war memorabilia sells for £80k

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our headlines this lunchtime:

- Plans for new aluminium-casting factory in Telford

- Hospitals release first images of planned new emergency centres

- Aviation fan's war memoriabilia sells for over £80,000

Football: One in and two out at AFC Telford United

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United have signed Josh Wilson for another year. 

The former Fylde striker's goals made a big impact in the Bucks escape from relegation in the National North last season and he's turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere to stay at the Bucks Head.

Josh Wilson
Mike Sheridan

The club has also released Izak Reid and Mike Grogan.

Weather: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Feeling noticeably cooler than yesterday. A band of patchy light rain is expected to spread across the region in the afternoon.

Max Temp: 12C (54F).

300 jobs for Telford as Stadco owner to build new factory

Shropshire Star

The new owner of Stadco is to create around 300 new jobs in Telford with the opening of a new 225,000 sq ft factory.

Artist's impressions of new hospital emergency units released

Take a look at these artists impressions - this is how your upgraded A&E department could look in the future.

The NHS Trust which runs the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford is moving ahead with proposals to have just one fully staffed emergency centre in the county and here you can see what it would look like if it were built in Telford (left) or Shrewsbury (right).

Plans for hospital A&E departments

Regardless of which hospital gets an emergency centre, the entrances to both hospitals will be improved - and this is how they might look.

Plans for hospital A&E departments

Bridge cast in Coalbrookdale celebrates 200th anniversary

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A "little brother" of Shropshire's Iron Bridge has been celebrating its 200th birthday. 

The Ha'penny Bridge, a pedestrian link over the River Liffey in Dublin, was cast in Coalbrookdale. 

Ha'penny bridge in Dublin

It opened 35 years after Shropshire's own historic river crossing.

Council enthusiastic about Telford factory plans

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Telford and Wrekin Council has described plans to build a new factory on the T54 site in Nedge Hill as "extremely significant".

Councillor Shaun Davies, due to be elected leader tomorrow night, says the authority has been talking to the company behind the plans for more than two years and he is "delighted" it chose to build the factory in Telford.

Telford council offices

The council says it's getting "significant" levels of enquiries about building in the borough, because it's just 12 miles (19km) from Jaguar Land Rover's i54 complex, just down the M54.

In Telford, we pride ourselves on being inventive and dynamic and the details of the high tech production process Magna has announced for its planned facility shows that they are a perfect fit for us."

Councillor Shaun DaviesLeader of Telford and Wrekin council

Rare first edition book worth £400

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A Shropshire charity shop has been given a book that turns out to be worth around £400. 

The Little Prince isn't an ancient, leather-bound classic, but a children's book first published in the 1940s.

Tom Cotton with a copy of the Little Prince

It's had several reprints, but it's the first edition that collectors want.   

What's really nice about it, is that this first edition, took 50 years for a second edition to come out. So it went from 1944 to the mid 90s with only one edition. It went through several printings, but the one here is the first edition, first printing

Tom CottonOxfam Bookshop in Shrewsbury

BreakingNew aluminium factory for Telford

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Almost 300 jobs are expected to be created at a new aluminium-casting factory in Telford.

Magna, the company which owns the Telford car parts firm Stadco, says work on the 225,000 square foot site at Nedge Hill is expected to begin in the autumn.

Proposed new factory

The company says the factory should be ready by 2018 and the parts it makes will be supplied to car manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover.

Headlines: EU leave campaigners criticise university; Ellesmere homes approved; charity shop sells book for £400

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's another look at our top stories this morning:

- EU leave campaigners criticise university for letter to students

- Council considering options after planning inspector approves Ellesmere homes

- First edition of book sells for £400 at Shrewsbury charity shop

EU letter 'not designed to influence students'

In a statement responding to the criticism from UKIP and other Leave campaigners, the university said the email was designed to encourage students to take part in the 23 June referendum.

It said the letter was supported by direct links to voter registration pages.

"In no way was the message designed to influence how students vote - it was simply to inform them of the university's publicly stated position," the statement added.

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Ice Hockey: Tigers sign Polish international

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers have signed Polish international netminder Ondrej Raszka. 

The 26-year-old made his debut for his country last year and has won two championships in his home country. 

Ondrej Raszka.

Raska is six foot three tall and Tigers coach Tom Watkins describes him as a big guy who moves well and has the desire to improve. 

University criticised by EU vote leave campaigners for sending letter to students

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

EU Vote Leave campaigners have criticised the University of Wolverhampton for the detail of a letter it sent students encouraging them to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum.

The letter doesn't actually call on students to vote Remain, but UKIP's MEP Jill Seymour has called the letter shamelessly manipulative.   

Wolverhampton University

In a section of the letter, the university writes: "Leaving the EU would mean cutting UK universities off from unique support and established networks, undermining the UK's position as a global leader in science and innovation.

 "This is a decision for your generation, so please, however you decide to vote, do vote." 

Council seeks legal advice over planning decision

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Council's getting legal advice after a planning inspector approved nearly 70 homes in Ellesmere, despite being previously rejected by the authority. 

David Wilson Homes challenged the decision at an inquiry in February. It wants to build 68 houses off Teal Drive.   

Teal Drive in Ellesmere

The government inspector said the local authority wasn't meeting housing demand.

Latest: University criticised by EU Vote leave campaigners; Shropshire Council seeks legal advice over planning decision

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

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

- The University of Wolverhampton, which has a campus in Telford, is criticised by EU vote Leave campaigners   

- Shropshire Council's getting legal advice after a planning inspector approved nearly 70 homes in Ellesmere, despite being previously rejected by the authority

- First edition of the book The Little Prince makes £400 for a Shropshire charity shop

Watch: Latest Weather for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today will generally be cloudier and cooler than yesterday.

It will remain overcast through the day. Rain will spread across northern parts from the east this afternoon. Top temperatures of 10C (50F).

Travel: Accident partially blocks road in Telford

BBC Travel

Church Road in Telford is partially blocked and there's slow traffic eastbound at the B4373 Dawley Green Way junction, because of an accident. 

No other problems to report on the roads this morning, although roadworks may delay your journey. 

For more information head to the BBC Travel page.

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather this morning. 

Do get in touch if you have a story or pictures you'd like to share with the rest of Shropshire. 

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