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  1. Hanging sign falls 20ft onto baby's pram in Newport
  2. Investigations continue after fatal microlight crash
  3. Cameras to investigate causes of traffic congestion in Shifnal
  4. Shropshire's Dave Edwards and Joe Hart included in Euro 2016 squads
  5. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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By Andy Giddings

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.  

Campaigners slam plans to cut Ellesmere Library opening hours

Shropshire Star

Campaigners fighting to save Ellesmere's under-threat library have slammed fresh plans to reduce opening hours as part of cost-cutting measures.

Ellesmere library

Armed Forces Day events announced

Events are going to be held in towns across Shropshire next month to mark Armed Forces Day.

Shropshire Council says Wem, Clun and Market Drayton have all expressed an interest in staging something and it says the door is open if other towns want to get involved.

Royal Irish Parade

The events will take place on 25 and 26 June, with a big national celebration of the armed forces held in Cleethorpes.

The Armed Forces community has long played a central role nationally and here in Shropshire. These events on Armed Forces Day will allow us to celebrate and recognise the sacrifice and achievements of currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets."

Councillor Tim BarkerShropshire Council

Weather: A cloudy end to the day

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After the bright start to the day we could have hoped for more, but it's going to be a dark and cloudy evening across Shropshire.

BBC Weather Watchers: Sunny scenes from around Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Despite the cloudy end to the day, we've had some beautiful sunny photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers today.

These were taken at Hopton Heath (top) and Church Stretton (bottom).

Hopton Heath
Hopton Karen
Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Shrewsbury half marathon on course for 1,700 runners

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

With two weeks to go, 1,400 people have signed up to run in the Shrewsbury half marathon.

A limit of 1,700 runners has been set for this year's event, but there are plans to increase that in the future.

Running feet
Getty Images

The half marathon is registered with UK Athletics, so competitors can earn points for taking part and the organisers say a number of really quick runners have entered this year.

I go to places like Chester who have 5,000 people running their half marathon and I see no reason why we couldn’t have the same number of entries in Shrewsbury,”

Joe WilliamsShrewsbury half marathon

Headlines: Hanging sign falls on baby; investigations into fatal microlight crash; cameras' traffic probe

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Baby has lucky escape after sign falls on his pram

- Investigations into microlight deaths could take 10 months

- Cameras to be set up to investigate Shifnal traffic

Flying group sends condolences to microlight victims

Geoff Wheighell from the British Microlight Aircraft Association has said the thoughts of his members are with the family and friends of the two people who died in the microlight crash near Shifnal.

He also said the UK has a very good safety record, due to "a robust pilot training and airworthiness regime."

Microlight in field

He said that accidents involving microlights were rare.  

Baby has lucky escape after sign falls on his pram

A 10-month-old boy has escaped with "minor injuries" to his head and legs after an overhead sign fell 20ft onto his pram in St Mary's Street, Newport.

The Ambulance Service says his pram (pictured below) took the brunt of the force when the 1m-wide shop sign dropped on him at 13:40.

Damaged pram

His mother was said to be shocked by the incident and the infant was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to be checked over.

When you consider what might have happened, they are both very lucky.”

Murray McGregorWest Midlands Ambulance Service

Shropshire A&E plans in place because previous ideas were 'unaffordable'

Shropshire Star

The current plan for the future of Shropshire’s hospitals was put in place after previous ideas proved “unaffordable”, it has been revealed.

BreakingHanging sign falls onto baby's pram in Newport

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A large sign has fallen off a shop on St Mary's Street in Newport and landed on a baby's pram.

It happened at 13:40 this afternoon and West Midlands Ambulance service says the little boy had a lucky escape.

More on his injuries as we get them.

Cameras to investigate Shifnal traffic congestion

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Cameras are going to be set up around the busy Five Ways roundabout in Shifnal, to see whether something can be done about traffic congestion around there.

They'll be placed on high poles and will be up for two weeks from Thursday 9 June.

Innage Road

Shropshire Council says the problem could be linked to on-street parking in Innage Road and, for the second week of the survey, parking on the street will be banned to see whether it makes a difference.

Congestion at Five Ways has been a concern of mine for some time and I am pleased that this survey will enable us to fully investigate the causes.”

Stuart WestShropshire Councillor

Football: Shropshire's Dave Edwards makes Wales squad for Euro 2016

BBC Sport

Good news for the Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards - he's been chosen for the Wales squad at Euro 2016.

And it could mean two Shropshire footballers coming head to head when he meets Joe Hart's England.

View more on twitter

Headlines: Investigation into air crash could take months; cameras to investigate congestion

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a look at our top stories this afternoon:

- Investigation into Shifnal air crash could take 10 months

- Cameras to investigate traffic congestion

- Shropshire's Dave Edwards and Joe Hart chosen for Euro 2016

Watch: Investigation into Shifnal air crash could take months

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Investigations are continuing after a microlight crashed in Shropshire killing two people. 

And the Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they could take up to 10 months.

Football: England squad announced

BBC Sport

Shropshire's Joe Hart was an easy pick for Roy Hodgson, but here is the rest of England's Euro 2016 squad.

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Shrewsbury's Emstrey Crematorium bought out in multi-million pound deal

Shropshire Star

Emstrey Crematorium has been bought by a Midlands funeral giant as part of a multi-million pound deal.

Shrewsbury Crematorium

Air crash investigators due to remove microlight wreckage this afternoon

The wreckage of a crashed microlight is due to be removed from a field just outside Shifnal later today.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it plans to take the debris back to its headquarters in Farnborough, to continue inquiries there.

Watch: Big Doctor Who auction in Shrewsbury tomorrow

Jim Hawkins Show

Over 300 items of Doctor Who memorabilia go on sale in Shrewsbury tomorrow.

They all belong to a private collector from Llangollen and Stewart Orr from Halls Auctioneers came in to visit us with a few of the toys.

Appeal to trace relatives of fallen soldiers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A plaque and an avenue of 15 lime trees will be unveiled on 1 July to remember the 15 soldiers from the Chetwynd area who were killed in the First World War..

It will take place on the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme and a memorial event will be staged by the organisers of the Newport Show.

Charles and George Vernon
The Vernon family

They are trying to trace families of the 15, who include Charles and George Vernon (pictured above) and are asking relatives to call the show office on 01952 810814.

Fifteen soldiers from the Chetwynd parish lost their lives during WWI and a number of them worked on the Chetwynd estate during that time. As the Chetwynd Deer Park was part of the old estate, we have decided to plant 15 lime trees in their honour.”

Robert Watson JonesNewport & District Agricultural Society
The aircraft

Two people have been killed in a light aircraft crash in a Shropshire field, police say.

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Bridge company says inspections difficult in Shropshire

A Shropshire bridge-maker says it can be difficult to accurately assess the condition of the county's older bridges, but doesn't think we should worry about heavy lorries crossing them.

Henry Beaver, director of Beaver Bridges, has been speaking after last week's bridge collapse near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, and says check-ups can be hard because older structures often have incomplete records, because of their age.

Eastham bridge

But he says that improvements in lorry design mean over-loading isn't the big issue some have claimed and believes local authorities have a grip of the situation.

Although the weight of heavy goods vehicles has gone up, so has the number of axles, so the load per axles has probably decreased. And it's so tightly regulated, overloading isn't a problem and you need to have through-routes."

Henry BeaverBeaver Bridges

Cricket: Omar Ali returns to familiar Whitchurch pitch for Shropshire game

BBC Sport

Shropshire start their Championship season at Whitchurch this weekend and it will be familiar territory for batsman Omar Ali, who spent three seasons playing at Heath Road, earlier in his career.

The younger brother of Worcestershire and England's Moeen Ali admits Shropshire failed to do themselves justice in the one-day Unicorns Trophy, but believes the three-day game could suit them better.

Omar Ali
Shropshire CCC

He says they started the season positively and thought they stood a good chance in the limited overs games and says they have a "good balance" for the longer-format Championship games.

It is a really good cricket wicket. It's not the biggest of grounds, so as a batsman if you get in you can cash in, but also if you're a bowler, as we saw last year when we played our first Championship game there against Cheshire, Ben Sanderson took six and five wickets in the two innings, so if you bowl well then you do get your rewards."

Omar AliShropshire batsman

Male sex assault victims urged to come forward in Shropshire

Shropshire Star

Men in Shropshire who are victims of sexual assaults were today urged to come forward – amid claims many crimes are going unreported.

Headlines: Microlight crash investigation; police question child sex figures; Shrewsbury sign midfielder

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Investigations continue after fatal microlight crash

- Police say child sex crime figures "don't tell the whole story"

- Shrewsbury add another midfielder

Microlight crash investigations continue

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The crashed microlight remains in a field just outside Shifnal as white-suited air accident investigators continue their search of the area.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed it is a fixed-wing microlight, but the police say they are not yet in a position to formally identify the two victims, both of whom are male.

BBC Weather Watchers: A bright start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bright start to the day across Shropshire, as you can see from these photos sent in by BBC Weather Watchers.

Here we have a garden at Bicton (top) and fields just outside Ludlow (bottom).


Weather: Some rain expected later this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's looking fine at the moment, but there's a chance of some rain later in the day.

Springwatch: The mystery of the giant willow aphid

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Springwatch is back on the BBC and we've got our own stories to share, starting with the tale of the giant willow aphid. 

The insect has a small fin like a shark on its back - the purpose of which remains a mystery. But even more mysterious is where this aphid disappears to for six months of the year. 

Researchers at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are asking anyone who spots them to monitor them throughout the summer and autumn to help with their research. 

EU Referendum: What do farmers think?

David Shukman

Science editor, BBC News

As the countdown to the EU referendum approaches, one of the most intensely debated issues is whether agriculture will be better in or out. 

The NFU wants the UK to stay in but many farmers say they're not so sure.

Four-way lights at Priorslee installed sooner than expected

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Four-way temporary traffic lights are being installed earlier than planned at the Limekiln roundabout in Priorslee.

It's part of the reconstruction work being carried out on the island, which started in February and is scheduled to last 20 weeks in total.

Limekiln roundabout

Telford and Wrekin Council says work on the Castle Farm Way and Redhill Way approaches, due to start later in the month, have been brought forward to allow utilities to be diverted.

Telford's child sex crime figures 'do not reflect situation'

A senior police officer from Telford says recent figures suggesting the town has the highest rate of child sex crime in England and Wales don't necessarily tell the whole story.

The Home Office data lists Telford as having more cases of child sexual exploitation per head than places like Rochdale and Rotherham. 

child abuse
Science Photo Library

But Chief Inspector Gary Wade says it doesn't mean Telford has a particular problem.

You can read it that it can be alarming or you can read it that it's good that people are confident to come to us."

Chief Inspector Gary WadeWest Mercia Police

Football: Dave Edwards waits on Wales squad news

BBC Sport

Wales will announce their squad for Euro 2016 this afternoon - with Pontesbury-born midfielder Dave Edwards awaiting news of whether he's in. 

David Edwards
Getty Images

The 30-year-old, who plays his club football for Wolves, is already part of Chris Coleman's 29-man initial team, from which six players must be dropped.   

Headlines: Shifnal aircraft crash victims both male

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- The two people killed in yesterday's aircraft crash in Shifnal were both male

- Senior police officer says recent child sex crime figures do not necessarily reflect situation

- Calls for greater attention to bridges following collapse

Shifnal aircraft crash: Victims both male

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the two people killed in yesterday's light aircraft crash in Shifnal are both male. 

Police said trained officers were supporting their next of kin. 

The pilot and a passenger died when the plane crashed in a field near Shaw Lane shortly before 17:00.  

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been called in to carry out inquiries.  

On air: Where are all the toilets?

Jim Hawkins Show

Where do you go, when you need to go? 

Almost 2,000 public toilets have been closed in the last ten years. 

So when needs must, what do you do? It's been suggested retailers should be required to make their toilets available to members of the public.

Jim Hawkins wants to know your thoughts on this today. 

You can call the show on 01743 248321 or text 81333 starting you message with the word SHROP. 

You can also comment on Twitter or Facebook.

Football: Shrewsbury sign Fleetwood's Sarcevic

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury have signed Antoni Sarcevic from League One rivals Fleetwood. 

Antoni Sarcevic
Getty Images

The 24-year-old Manchester-born former Crewe and Chester midfielder's contract is about to end at Highbury.

Town let eight players go following their close brush with relegation.

Two killed in Shifnal light aircraft crash

Investigations are continuing into a light aircraft crash in Shropshire which killed two people.

Emergency services were called to a field on Shaw Lane near Shifnal at around 17:00 yesterday afternoon.

The pilot and a passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene.  

Weather: Sunny start

BBC Weather

A bright and dry start to the day, some rain later. Here's Charlie with the forecast.