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  1. Flying Scotsman locomotive passes through Shropshire
  2. Inquests open into deaths of Shropshire pair in microlight crash
  3. Councils to meet to discuss future funding of libraries
  4. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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Flying Scotsman steams through Shropshire

Flying Scotsman steams through Shropshire on 'secret' visit
The Flying Scotsman has travelled through Shropshire this afternoon.

It passed through Whitchurch, Wem, Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, before a scheduled half-hour break in Craven Arms.

The visit was kept secret after recent incidents of people trespassing on the line across the country.

Last night 700 people turned up to see the 93-year-old locomotive at the Crewe Heritage Centre.

Our live coverage across the day

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: Another warm and hazy night

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We're due another warm night with plenty of hazy cloud, so open some windows!

Plans to extend Ellesmere quarry

Plans to extend workings at a north Shropshire quarry could get the go-ahead. 

Planning councillors meet next Tuesday and the recommendation from council officers is to approve the plans by Ellesmere Sand and Gravel to extend the workings on Wood Lane in Ellesmere, by almost 20 hectares. 

The plans have been amended to address hydrological concerns about the impact on nearby Colemere.

Watch: The Flying Scotsman reaches Craven Arms

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

We've had so many photos and videos of the Flying Scotsman in Shropshire today and it's a pity we can't show you all of them.

This one, taken in Craven Arms, is worth a look though - because the train is moving a lot slower than in the previous videos.

There's more about the Flying Scotsman's visit on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Football: TNS sign Scottish defender

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints have signed Scottish defender Steve Saunders on a two-year deal. 

The 25-year-old's has played for Motherwell, Ross County and Dumbarton.

Steve Saunders

He's also got one cap for Scotland.  

Shropshire musicians excited at Glastonbury opportunity

Shropshire artists AKA George and Zach Said have been speaking about their excitement at being chosen to perform at Glastonbury.

Zach said he was told to keep the news a secret, but had to tell his mum as soon as he heard!

Zach says he hopes this opportunity will help promote his work and called it "mindblowing".

George Barnett (AKA George) says he got the news a week ago and has been planning a 30 minute set, featuring some of his best work.

I've always dreamed of playing on a stage at a festival so this is a dream come true."

Zach SaidShropshire musician

Headlines: Flying Scotsman passes through county; library and leisure service funding discussed

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- The Flying Scotsman passes through the county

- Town and parish councils meet to discuss library and leisure service funding

- Plans to extend Ellesmere quarry

Sculpture planned for Shrewsbury recycling centre

Preparations are being made for the creation of a work of art to stand outside the waste recycling centre at Battlefield in Shrewsbury.

The revolving metal sculpture is being made from parts of a Shropshire-built Victorian gas holder that's no longer in use.

Steve Mitchell, Meg Felton and Jessica Jackson

Steve Mitchell from waste firm Veolia (pictured above) says they wanted something which sends out a message about recycling.

And artist Jessica Jackson (above, right) explained it would represent a never-ending cycle of arrows, bringing together the site's medieval past and it's current use.

Hague attacks 'irresponsible' Leave camapign

Former Foreign Minister and ex Tory leader Lord William Hague has been speaking out today against what he calls "irresponsible" message from the Leave campaign.

In a speech at Chatham House, he set out his own Eurosceptic credentials - how he fought to keep Britain out of the euro most notably - before setting out some of the risks facing the country at the present time.

"To add to those risks at a time of uncertainty, without any clear idea of what the alternative plan might be is irresponsible and potentially dangerous."

Lord Hague

It comes as the deadline for registering to vote is extended to Thursday night.

Follow live updates on the EU Referendum.

Watch: The Flying Scotsman arrives in Shrewsbury

Here's more video of the Flying Scotsman passing through the county.

This one was filmed in Shrewsbury by BBC Shropshire presenter Eric Smith.

Giant 'sinking ship' sign erected by EU Leave campaigner

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

With the EU referendum getting closer, both sides are getting out the posters, placards and leaflets. 

But the owner of Cound Hall, David Sykes-Waller, has gone one step further with a giant road sign that he is calling the EU Titanic. 

Leave campaigners will "christen" it on Friday.

Sinking ship sign

But not everyone agrees with campaign boards springing up all over the county and Telford & Wrekin Council won't allow any on its property, after rows in previous elections about people defacing them.

Watch: Flying Scotsman passes through Hadnall

Did you see the Flying Scotsman passing through Shropshire?

This video was taken in Hadnall a short time ago.

Flying Scotsman heads through Church Stretton

Watch on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page as the Flying Scotsman passes through Church Stretton on its journey south.


Headlines: Flying Scotsman due in county; councils to debate libraries; new hospital parking cameras

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this afternoon:

- Shropshire waits for arrival of Flying Scotsman

- Councils to debate libraries funding

- New parking cameras switched on at Telford hospital

Photos: Shropshire waits for Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman is due to pass through Shropshire over the next hour or so and rail enthusiasts are lining the bridges and railway embankments around the county, hoping to catch a glimpse.

This photo was taken in south Shropshire a short time ago.

People waiting by railway bridge
John Bray

Parking cameras switched on at Telford hospital

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The number plate recognition cameras have been turned on at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital today, meaning you don't have to pay at a machine any more.

Instead, the cameras will scan your vehicle as you arrive and leave and you will be charged for the time you spend there.

PRH car park

The cameras, which have been in use at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital since 2013, also give you the option to pay over the phone or online and there are now pay machines outside the Women and Children's centre.

Flying Scotsman passing through Shropshire over the next hour

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Flying Scotsman will be travelling through Shropshire over the next couple of hours.

It's due to pass Whitchurch in the next hour and will continue non-stop through Wem, Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, before a scheduled half-hour break in Craven Arms.

People are being urged not to trespass on the line, after recent incidents across the country.

Last night 700 people turned up to see the 93-year-old locomotive at the Crewe Heritage Centre.

Warning of heavy rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy, thundery showers this afternoon and evening across the West Midlands. 

While most will avoid the showers, there is the potential for a few isolated heavy, thundery bursts that could lead to tricky driving conditions and localised flooding.

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Football: Oswestry football teams plan celebration

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Three football teams in Oswestry are planning to celebrate their combined successes of last season with an open-top bus and walking tour of the town on Saturday 25 June.

The New Saints swept the board in Welsh football with the league title, the league cup and the Welsh Cup. They'll be playing in the European Champions League again.

The New Saints

TNS Ladies won every competition they were in as did FC Oswestry Town, who also won promotion to the North West Counties League.

Councils meet to discuss under-threat libraries

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Representatives of the county's market towns get together in Ludlow tonight to discuss taking over services like libraries and leisure centres.

Shropshire Council has to save millions of pounds and says passing on the responsibility (and costs) for these services will help achieve that.


But Ludlow town councillors aren't happy at having to foot the bill and are calling for a referendum to ask people if they'd pay more council tax to save things under threat.

On BBC Midlands Today this lunchtime: Region hosts Antiques Roadshow visit

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on Midlands Today, we'll see how a visit from the BBC Antiques Roadshow to part of the Midlands has drawn out hundreds of people with their treasures. 

Antiques Roadshow

Everything from watches to wardrobes and porcelain to paintings has turned up - and I'll be having a rummage through the antiques from 13:30 on BBC One.

Watch: A closer look at Shrewsbury egg decorator's collection

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

This morning we heard from Beryl Saxon from Shrewsbury, who came in with her collection of hand-painted egg shells.

She told us she started 30 years ago after being told there were no spaces on a local flower-decorating class.

This egg caught our eye, because it is hinged to open up like a box!

Headlines: Microlight inquests open; councils to discuss libraries; Flying Scotsman visits

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here are our headlines this lunchtime:

- Inquests open into deaths of microlight flyers

- Councils meeting to discuss libraries and leisure centres

- Flying Scotsman to pass through Shropshire this afternoon

Shropshire acts chosen for Glastonbury

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Two Shropshire artists have been picked to play at Glastonbury this year.

AKA George, from Ludlow, and Shrewsbury's Zach Said will be appearing on the BBC Introducing stage over the weekend.

AKA George and Zach Said

They join headline acts such as Muse, Adele and Coldplay.

West Midlands EU Referendum TV debate

BBC Midlands Today

There's a special West Midlands EU Referendum debate this Sunday at 22:35 on BBC One.

Mary Rhodes will be chairing the event as a panel faces questions from the studio audience.

Weather: A warm, hazy, afternoon for Shropshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a warm, hazy, afternoon with temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

There is a chance of a few heavy, thundery showers later.

Fire on The Wrekin started by discarded barbecue

Shropshire Star

A discarded barbecue started a fire on The Wrekin.

The Wrekin
Shropshire Star

Pictures: Shrewsbury egg decorator displays her work

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Artist Beryl Saxon was listening to BBC Radio Shropshire last week and heard us cook an ostrich egg, so she offered to decorate the shell for us.

And to show us what she had in mind, she brought in a few she's done already.

Decorated eggs

She told us the Cinderella's carriage (below right) took her several weeks and she runs classes to pass on her skills.

decorated eggs

Plans for housing on former railway goods yard being considered

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A former railway goods yard in Whitchurch could be developed for housing. 

Plans to build on the land off Black Park Road will be discussed by councillors next week. 

Black Park Road in Whitchurch

Objectors are worried about the impact on wildlife, and increased traffic. 

Proposals to build on land used by Station Motor Services in Whitchurch, will also be considered.  

Football: Telford sign Hednesford midfielder

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United have signed the former Hednesford midfielder Sean Williams. 

The 24-year-was called up into the England C team last season and he's had previous spells at Altrincham and Halifax.

New Bucks Head
Getty Images

It follows yesterday's news that defender Curtis Tilt has joined Wrexham after turning down a new deal at Telford.

New health centre in Church Stretton on schedule for completion

Church Stretton's new health facility should be completed in about two months' time. 

The health and well being hub at the Mayfair Centre will provide medical advice and help ease pressure on local GPs. 

Artist's impression of new health centre
Chris Roscoe

A health and well being centre is going to be a wonderful hub of information for people to access, or they need help and support within the community, we're also going to have NHS services based there."

Sophie EadesMayfair Centre Co-ordinator

Inquests for pair killed in microlight crash

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Inquests are due to be opened this morning on the two people who died in last week's microlight air crash near Shifnal.

Tony Crocombe, 64, and Lawrence Michael Sumner, who was 66, both came from Market Drayton.

Microlight crash

Investigators have already said it'll be months before they're in a position to know what caused the crash. The inquests will be adjourned while those inquiries continue.  

Headlines: Microlight inquests: criticism of hospital A&E care; Flying Scotsman visit

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this morning:

- Inquests opening for two microlight crash victims

- Hospital chief exec promises to investigate after patient's claims of poor care at Telford A&E

- Flying Scotsman locomotive passes through county

The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman locomotive is expected to pass through Shropshire this afternoon. 

It'll come through Whitchurch, Wem and Shrewsbury, stopping off briefly at Craven Arms.

Flying Scotsman

It's brought back happy memories for 86-year-old Ron Miles from Jackfield. 

In 1995 he paid £250 to drive it, and says the experience was worth every penny.

You feel marvellous to think that you were making that enormous, big, locomotive move along the rails at your command. It was a wonderful experience. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

Ron MilesFrom Jackfield

Woman fears scarring because of 'lack of care' at Telford A&E

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A woman has claimed a "lack of care" at Telford Accident and Emergency unit could leave her with permanent facial scars following a motorbike accident.

Janine Mills from Albrighton and her husband came off their bike three weeks ago, following a collision on a country lane near Bridgnorth. 

She said she was left to bleed without basic dressings, no checks on other injuries, and discharged with "not so much as a pain killer".

Accident and Emergency Unit at Princess Royal Hospital

The chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Simon Wright has apologised, saying that the care she expected "should have happened". 

He said he would investigate the circumstances.

There was no pain relief, there was no dressings. I had to ask three times for my face to be cleaned up. My eye was bleeding profusely on to my clothes, in front of children and other people."

Janine MillsAccident victim

Calls for a referendum, to ask if you're willing to pay more for Council services

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Ludlow Town Council says a referendum should be held across the Shropshire Council area, to ask people if they'd pay more for facilities under threat. 

It's worried that some areas could face bigger council tax bills than others - if they agree to take over the running of libraries and leisure centres. 

Shropshire Council building

It wants the local authority to spread the cost.