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Summary

  1. Woman cut free from car after Telford crash
  2. Plans drawn up for new Shifnal swimming pool
  3. Shropshire councillors fight back after no confidence vote
  4. MP wants further Deepcut barracks inquiry
  5. Updates on Wednesday 1 June 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.

Weather: A grey end to the day in Shropshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

There's no sign of the cloud lifting over Shropshire and it should be another overcast night.

Police want to talk to 'good Samaritans' after sexual assault

Police want to speak to two "good Samaritans" who stopped to help the victim of a sexual assault in Telford.

The victim was attacked by two teenage boys in an alleyway off Kesworth Drive in Priorslee on Sunday, between 20:00 and 20:30.

Kesworth Drive
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Two 17-year-olds from Telford, have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on bail until 1 July.

BBC Weather Watchers: A cloudy day across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a cloudy day over Shropshire and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sending in some gloomy-looking photos.

This one was taken near Church Stretton.

Cows on hillside
Snapper Simon

Parish vote of no confidence labelled 'extreme and irrational'

One of the Shropshire councillors responsible for Weston Rhyn has described the parish council's vote of no confidence in the unitary authority "extreme" and "irrational".

The parish council held the vote, complaining it's missed out on road safety improvements and that Shropshire Council isn't responding to its concerns.

Shropshire Council
BBC

But councillor David Lloyd said this complaint "baffled" him and insisted his authority does value Weston Rhyn.

I'm disappointed because I have had and still have family living there. I've always had a warm regard for Weston Rhyn."

Councillor David LloydShropshire Council

Shropshire's Rob wears nappy for fundraising naked bike ride

Shropshire Star

A Shropshire nurse will be sporting an unusual cycling costume this weekend in a bid to highlight an illness that has affected his family.

Rob Pyman
Rob Pyman

Watch: Telford volunteer swaps his desk for the garden

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Normally Matt Jewkes works on speed awareness courses for TTC in Telford, but he was given permission to take a day off and do a bit of volunteering.

So he went to help out the homeless charity Stay in Ketley Bank.

The company is encouraging other members of staff to follow his example and is offering them time off, without losing pay.

Headlines: Woman cut free from Telford crash; councillors fight back after no confidence vote

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Woman cut free from car after Trench Lock crash

- Shropshire councillors fight back after vote of no confidence

- Rejection of Ludlow 'Hobbit home' plans welcomed

Olympic professional boxing move criticised by Richie Woodhall

BBC Sport

The decision to allow professional boxers to compete at the Olympics has been criticised by Shropshire's Richie Woodhall - who won bronze at the 1988 games.

He thinks the move is to "make the sport more attractive" and that the Olympics should be a place for up-and-coming boxers to launch their careers.

Richie Woodhall winning WBC title
Getty Images

But Woodhall, who turned pro to win the WBC super middleweight title, doubts the biggest stars will take part, saying the qualification process will probably put them off.

I think amateur and professional boxing are two totally separate sports. To bring professionals into an amateur Olympic setup is wrong. Traditionally it's always been a sport to spring launch athletes into a professional career."

Richie WoodhallBoxing commentator

Shropshire farmer bets his future on a different kind of milk

Vivienne Nunis

Business reporter, BBC News

A Shropshire dairy farmer is betting his future on a different kind of milk - one high in a protein called A2.

Neale Sadler's black and white Holsteins have been specially bred to produce it and the A2 milk looks and tastes like conventional cow's milk, but proponents claim it is more easily digested.

Neale Sadler
BBC

The Food and Agriculture Organization have declared today World Milk Day and Mr Sadler, who has been producing A2 milk for the last four years, claims it has cleared up his eczema.

But some scientists in Australia say the claims over its health benefits are exaggerated.

I've had eczema all my life. Within three weeks of converting our herd to A2, my eczema disappeared. It was astonishing. I never would've believed in all the years that I've had eczema that it was linked to a dairy intolerance, but it was."

Neale SadlerFarmer

Woman cut free from car after Trench Lock crash

The driver of a car has been cut free after a crash with a lorry at the Trench Lock interchange in Telford this lunchtime.

The woman, in her 50s, was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with neck and back pain and a minor injury to her arm.

The driver of the lorry and a passenger in the car were unhurt.

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Headlines: Woman cut free from car; call for more Deepcut inquiries; Shifnal pool plans

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Woman cut free from car after Trench Lock crash

- MP wants further Deepcut barracks inquiries

- Plans for new swimming pool in Shifnal

Pictures: Plans for Shifnal swimming pool

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The plans for Shifnal's new swimming pool show a two-storey building backing on to the M54, with 61 parking spaces.

They've been drawn up by Pinelog, a company which specialises in designing pools and it says it's hoping the plans will pass through without a problem, because the principle of a pool on this land has already been approved by Shropshire Council.

Collage of swimming pool plans
Pinelog Ltd

If the plans are approved, the project could receive £750,000 from developers Redrow and Bovis, as part of the deal to build 400 homes at that end of town.

Councillor says decision to reject 'Hobbit home' is good news for Ludlow

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The decision of a planning inspector to reject plans for a home set into the hillside in Ludlow has been welcomed by one local councillor.

Andy Boddington says the "Hobbit home" at the bottom of the Linney, on Burway Lane (pictured below) would have damaged the appearance of the town and the view of the castle.

Burway Lane
Google

Shropshire Council had thrown the plans out in September, but the applicant Andrew Badlan was hoping to overturn that decision by appealing to the planning inspector.

Ludlow man thanked for Queen's tapestry

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A man from Ludlow's delighted he got a reply after sending the Queen a tapestry as a 90th birthday present.

Jack Andow has been making tapestries all his life, and donating them to charity.

The reply, written by the Queen's Lady in Waiting says "letters like Jack's gave Her Majesty much pleasure and encouragement".

Jack Andow
BBC

Planning application for Shifnal swimming pool

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Plans for a new swimming pool in Shifnal have been drawn up, 33 years after people in the town backed the idea in a petition.

A developer has set aside land for the building on the soon-to-be-built Haughton Road estate and the Shifnal Town Council wants to see a 25m pool along with a gym and an aerobics room.

Swimming pool plans
Pinelog Ltd

The town council is also suggesting there could be a rugby pitch on the site, which backs on to the M54, and has submitted the plans to Shropshire Council.

Call for further Deepcut barracks inquiries

An MP is calling for a dossier of abuse allegations at the Deepcut Barracks to be re-examined as an inquest into a teenage recruit's death is due to end on Friday.

Private Cheryl James, whose parents live in Llanymynech, was found with a bullet wound to her head in November 1995.

Cheryl James
James family

MP Madeleine Moon plans to table a parliamentary question asking what happened to the soldiers accused of rape, sexual and physical assaults and bullying at the base in Surrey between 1995 and 2002.

Football: AFC Telford United fans promised 'professional' future

BBC Sport

Meetings are continuing behind the scenes as AFC Telford United looks again at the way it is run.

Managing director Lee Carter is standing down later in the summer and promised fans "everything you get from a professional football club, albeit on a shoestring budget".

Lee Carter
Mike Sheridan

Mr Carter also promised the fans the access and communication they want from the club.

Tributes to teen after Pontcysyllte Aqueduct fall

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died in a "tragic accident" when he fell 120 feet (37m) from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct between Chirk and Llangollen yesterday.

18-year-old Kris McDowell was a newly qualified lifeguard at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
John Radcliffe/Geograph

Darrell Wright from the Splash Community Trust said Kris was well-loved and very popular with staff, volunteers and customers.

Headlines: Deepcut inquiry call; Shifnal swimming pool plans; tributes to aquaduct fall teenager

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Call for further Deepcut inquiries

- Planning application for swimming pool in Shifnal

- Tributes paid to teenager who fell from Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

Ludlow's 'hobbit house' appeal lost

Shropshire Star

An appeal to build a cutting-edge “hobbit house” eco-home into a steep bank in a Shropshire town has been lost.

Weather: A warm but overcast afternoon for Shropshire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

It's going to be overcast again today, but fairly warm too, with temperatures reaching 16C (61F).

Audio boost for counting bats

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

University researchers in the Midlands hope audio clips of bats can help to protect future generations of the mammals.

Experts at the University of Warwick have created a sound library which can identify species from the noises they make. 

The library allows bat calls to be identified automatically, using special software, helping to monitor any changes in biodiversity.

You can read more in my blog.

Shropshire cricketer meets 'inspirational' Fabrice Muamba

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Six weeks after the former England and Shropshire batsman James Taylor was forced to retire from cricket following diagnosis of a potentially fatal heart condition, he's met the person he describes as his "inspiration".

Footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest when playing for Bolton in 2012, and also had to retire from his sport.

Fabrice Muamba
Getty Images

He thanked Muamba for sending him a message of support, saying it was "massive" and said he now had a greater appreciation of life.

We just have a totally different perspective on life and rather than our viewpoints being on football or cricket, it's a lot broader."

James TaylorCricketer

BBC Weather Watchers: Sun hiding behind the cloud in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This cloudy weather isn't what we were hoping for in June, but it's allowing our BBC Weather Watchers to take some beautiful photos.

Here we have sunset over Ludlow last night (top) and the early morning in Cleobury Mortimer (bottom).

Ludlow
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Cleobury Mortimer
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Football: AFC Telford agree a deal for midfielder Rae

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United have agreed a year-long contract to keep Jack Rae at the club.

Jack Rae
Mike Sheridan

Managing director Lee Carter described him as a "popular midfielder" and said the club could "afford to be a little more positive" with its signings this year.

But he warned some of the clubs coming into the division were "spending some big money".

Parish council 'no confidence' vote

Weston Rhyn Parish Council has recorded a vote of no confidence in Shropshire Council. 

It has written to the authority's chief executive saying it was promised road safety improvements that have not happened and that it feels the parish gets a raw deal.

Weston Rhyn
Google

The parish council says it raised the concerns in an email back in April but hasn't received a response.

Headlines: Safety questions after sign falls on baby; Telford libraries consultation

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this morning: 

- Calls for check after baby hit by falling sign in Newport

- Consultation on changes to Telford libraries

- Campaign to open up Craven Arms railway line to cyclists, walkers and horse-riders

Tributes to microlight crash pilot

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Tributes have been paid to a Shropshire microlight pilot killed when his aircraft crashed near Shifnal

Emergency services say nothing could be done to save the lives of the pilot, named by friends as Tony Crocombe, and his male passenger. 

Andy Richards at Shifnal Airfield described him as "a gentleman and an aviation enthusiast". 

The wreckage if the microlight is being taken to Farnborough for investigation - it could take 10 months to understand what caused the crash, experts said.

Shire horse falls down well in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Star

A shire horse which tumbled into a 15 foot well had to be rescued by firefighters in Shrewsbury.

Rescue
Shropshire Fire and Rescue

Opening up old railway line 'could boost tourism'

Opening up the old railway line from Craven Arms to Ironbridge to cyclists, walkers and horse-riders could boost tourism and improve access for local residents, the National Trust says. 

The route would go along Wenlock Edge and through the 164m Presthope Railway Tunnel. 

However, don't expect it to happen any time soon - the number of landowners would make it extremely difficult, campaigners admit.

Libraries consultation opens

A consultation opens today on changes to library services in Telford.

Telford and Wrekin Council initially planned to close six libraries to save almost £500,000.

But now it says Madeley and Newport libraries will stay open on reduced hours, and four others will be run by local groups. 

Telford and Wrekin HQ
Google

The local authority is also planning to reduce staff and stop providing a Mobile Library Service, as well as a number of activities. 

Latest: baby hit by shop sign; Telford library changes up for consultation; calls to reopen old railway line

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

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

- There are calls for checks after a shop sign fell on to a 10-month-old baby in Newport

- A consultation on changes to library services in Telford is launched today

- Campaigners want to open up the old railway line from Craven Arms to Ironbridge to cyclists, walkers and horse-riders

Watch: Latest weather forecast for West Midlands

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

A rather cloudy and murky day with some outbreaks of rain possible.

 Feeling cooler than yesterday - highs of 17C (63F).

Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

Welcome to live updates for Shropshire on Monday morning. 

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

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