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  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Seven-year-old wins competition to name dinosaur

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A seven-year-old from Telford has won a competition to name one of the dinosaurs taking part in the town's Carnival of Giants next month.

The baby T-Rex will be called Barnum, after the first man to discover a T-Rex fossil, Barnum Brown.

Baby T-Rex
Telford and Wrekin Council

Liam Shaw's entry beat 100 other names like Chompy, Stompee, Roary and Derek.

The carnival takes place on 16 July in the town park.

Runners in Shrewsbury Half Marathon urged to arrive early

Shropshire Star

Organisers Nuffield Health said competitors should arrive at the Shropshire County Showground by 07:30 on Sunday as many of the town centre roads will be closed for the event.

Weather: A dry end to the week for Shropshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're forecasting a dry end to the week in Shropshire and while it will be cloudy and cool over the weekend, it should be largely rain-free.

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Watch: Dyson jet engine arrives for Cosford Air Show

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

It's not all about the aerial displays at the Cosford Air Show - there are some interesting exhibits on the ground too.

One of them will be this jet engine made by the vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson.

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It was made by James Dyson himself and has travelled to Shropshire from his workshops in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Latest: Security assurances for MPs; Shropshire man gets Euro 2016 ban; hospital food voted best

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this evening:

- GPs offered security assurances by police

- Shropshire man banned from travelling to Euro 2016

- Oswestry hospital food voted the best in patients' survey

Oswestry hospital food rated best in country by CQC survey

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The hospital food at Oswestry's orthopaedic hospital has been rated the best in the country in a survey of patients by the Care Quality Commission.

It scored 7.9 out of 10, comfortably ahead of the 148 other hospitals in the survey - the Royal Marsden Hospital came second with a score of 7.5.

Empty plate

The hospital says it has installed new ovens recently and aims to reduce salt in food and cook healthier meals for patients.

We do everything we can to give them what they want and need. We use high quality local ingredients where possible, and our menus are agreed in association with our dietician."

Phil DaviesFacilities Manager at RJAH

New testing kit for rural Shropshire GPs

Some doctors in rural Shropshire will soon be able to carry their own testing laboratory around with them. 

A pack, being pioneered by the out-of-hours GP service Shropdoc, will enable doctors to take blood tests for common conditions, and get the results back in less time than it takes to boil a kettle.

GP portable testing kit
Midlands and Lancashire CSU

Shropdoc says it means people in rural areas don't need to travel to hospital for tests, and doctors can make better informed decisions about whether unwell patients need hospital admission.

Quarry opponents setting out concerns this afternoon

Campaigners fighting plans for a quarry on the outskirts of Newport are holding a drop-in session this afternoon to explain why they're opposed to the scheme.

A Cambridgshire firm wants to extract sand and gravel from a site off Pave Lane, but opponents claim it would lead to 20 years of disruption.

Quarry site

The campaigners will be at The Wheatsheaf until 19:00.

Watch: Wave goodbye to the thunderstorms

It looks like we've got better weather in store for the weekend.

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Ellesmere man steps down as Villa chairman

BBC Sport

Ellesmere's Steve Hollis is stepping down as chairman of Aston Villa.

Mr Hollis, who was born and raised in Shropshire, used to install milking machines for Fullwoods, and became Villa chairman in January.

Villa is now owned by a Chinese businessman, Tony Xia.

Steve Hollis

Shropshire man banned from travelling to Euro 2016

A Shropshire man suspected of plotting trouble at Euro 2016 has been stopped from travelling to France.

The 26-year-old was one six people picked up by Kent Police, and magistrates have ordered him to surrender his passport until the tournament has finished.

Kent police

Over 4,000 people have been checked by the police as they leave Kent for the tournament.

We want Euro 2016 to be remembered for all the right reasons and not for the actions of a minority intent on causing trouble in France. We are therefore taking all the necessary steps to ensure anyone who poses a high risk of creating disorder during the tournament is not allowed to travel."

Ch Supt Alison RodenKent Police

Latest: Shropshire man banned from Euro 2016; MPs given safety assurances; police vehicle crashed into field

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this afternoon:

- Shropshire man banned from travelling to Euro 2016

- Safety assurances to MPs from police

- Police vehicle crashes into field

American Football: Charity match for Shropshire Revolution

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Shropshire Revolution have renamed their match against the Staffordshire Surge on Sunday The Shire Bowl.

They're making it into a family-day, with a barbeque, dancers, and stalls to raise money for Meningitis Now.

Shropshire Revolution game

Kick-off is at 14:30 at Oakengates leisure centre.

Council offering support to BHS staff

Staff who are losing their jobs at BHS in Telford town centre are being offered help by Telford  & Wrekin Council.

BHS sign

It's running support sessions, to help find them new jobs and council staff will be visiting the store today to hand out advice.

The sessions will give those staff affected all the help they need to find new job opportunities. This will include advice on changing career and the opportunities currently available, writing and updating CVs, identifying skills and preparing for interviews."

Councillor Gilly ReynoldsTelford & Wrekin Council

Heavy rain weather alert now covering West Midlands

The Met Office has extended its yellow warning for heavy rain this afternoon to now include the West Midlands.

It says there could be torrential downpours, especially later this afternoon and this evening - the warning runs until 22:00.  

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Police vehicle crashes into field near Pontesbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The police want to talk to the driver of a VW Golf after a crash involving one of their vehicles yesterday evening.

The marked police car was driving on the A488, on the way to an incident in Pontesbury, when it had to take evasive action because of a vehicle crossing the central road markings to avoid flooding.

Police car

The police driver mounted the verge, hit a fence and came to a rest on its roof in a field.

The driver of the other car failed to stop, police say.

BBC Weather Watchers: Another grey and cloudy start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

The forecast for the weekend is for better weather, but we had another grey and gloomy start to the day across Shropshire.

These photos were taken this morning by BBC Weather Watchers in Kinnersley (top) and Shifnal (bottom).

Can you see the Wrekin?

Latest: MPs given safety assurances; air show organisers confident despite weather; flood alerts withdrawn

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Police give safety assurances to Shropshire MPs

- Air show organisers confident wet weather won't affect displays

- Flood alerts withdrawn in Shropshire

Ice Hockey: Telford Tigers stick with goalkeeper Sam Gospel

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Telford Tigers are keeping goalkeeper Sam Gospel, as part of a revamped defensive line-up for next season.

Gospel will work alongside Polish international Ondrej Raszka, following the summer departure of Thomas Murdy to Cardiff.

Sam Gospel
Steve Brodie

The 22-year-old initially moved to Shropshire from Nottingham in 2013 and quickly became "a key member of the Tigers' squad".  

“Sam is a very talented netminder and keeps on improving every season. He is dedicated, hard working and always very committed in training."

Tom WatkinsHead Coach for Telford Tigers

Flood alerts withdrawn in Shropshire

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

There's still a flood alert in place for the Severn-Vyrnwy confluence, which includes Llanymynech, Maesbrook, Cae Howel and Crew Green.

But the Environment Agency has withdrawn the alerts for the Rea and Cound brooks.


It says river levels on the Severn and Vyrnwy are no longer rising.

Police contact MPs to offer safety assurances

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

West Mercia Police is contacting all the MPs in the area to see if they have any safety concerns, following the killing of the West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

The force says it believes the attack was an isolated incident and it has no intelligence to suggest a threat to MPs in their area.


It also says it will be sending officers to all MPs' offices today to offer reassurance.

Weather: A cloudy afternoon with some sun

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It should be a lot drier this afternoon, with some sun peaking from behind the cloud.

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Air show organisers confident despite wet weather

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The organisers of the Cosford Air Show are confident of a last minute surge in ticket sales and say the recent wet weather won't spoil the show.

They announced back in March that the capacity for this year's event was being enlarged to 60,000, but think the rain has discouraged people from buying tickets.

Air show display

Low cloud could limit what you can see in the air, but the organisers say the forecast looks good for Sunday and they've made preparations to make sure the site is safe and the car parking areas are useable.

The buying pattern seems to have changed - last year we were sold out at this point, this year people seem to be leaving it to the last minute."

Squadron Leader Chris WilsonRAF Cosford Air Show

Travel: Trains to Machynlleth running normally again

BBC Travel

There was some flooding on the line between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth earlier, but it looks like it's cleared up now.

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Police concern over missing Shrewsbury man

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The police say they're becoming increasingly worried about a man from Shrewsbury who disappeared three months ago. 

Russell Blent
West Mercia Police

35-year-old Russell Blent, whose nickname is "Gudge", was last seen at an address in Meole Brace in March. 

Officers believe he may be sheltering in sheds and garages.   

On Air: Jim's asking what can we learn from the killing of Labour MP, Jo Cox?

Jim Hawkins Show

On the Jim Hawkins programme this morning he's asking what can we learn from the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox ? 

She was attacked yesterday, in the street, in broad daylight, in her West Yorkshire constituency.

Campaigning for the EU referendum has been suspended, but should the vote itself be postponed, or abandoned?

Labour MP Jo Cox

You can call Jim on (01743) 248321 or text him on 81333 and start your text with the word SHROP. 

You can also email, tweet him or get in touch via the Facebook page.  

Flood alerts in place after heavy rain

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A number of flood alerts have been issued for the county, after the recent heavy rain. 

The Environment Agency says flooding is possible for the Severn Vyrnwy Confluence, the Rivers Tern, Perry, Roden, Strine, and Worfe. 

Flood Barriers being put up
Dave Throup - Environment Agency

They're also in place for low lying areas around the Rea Brook, Cound Brook, Wesley Brook and Albrighton Brook.  

Latest: No more stroke specialists in Shrewsbury; air show ticket sales down; flood alerts

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Here's a recap of our top stories this lunchtime:

- No more stroke specialists at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

- Lower than usual ticket sales for Cosford air show

- Flood alerts issued for Shropshire

Tickets still available for Cosford Air Show

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

There are still some tickets available for the Cosford Air Show. 

Squadron Leader Chris Wilson says they're normally sold out by this time, but people might be waiting to see if the weather improves. 

Red Arrows performing at RAF Cosford Air Show

He says they're expecting about 55,000 people at the event. 

There's lots to see on the ground, some of it's outside but a lot of it's actually inside under cover. So if you think of all the hangars... you could still do an awful lot, even if you were caught in a shower. You could come in undercover and look at things."

Squadron Leader Chris WilsonRAF Cosford

Council flags lowered as mark of respect for MP

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Telford & Wrekin Council has lowered its flags as a mark or respect for Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday.   

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No more stroke specialists at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Stroke patients will have to travel to Telford to see a consultant, because of staff shortages.

Emergency stroke treatment had already moved to Telford, but some patients were still attending Shrewsbury for rehab. 

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The latest move is being blamed on the loss of a consultant and a national shortage of specialists. 

The trust says only a handful of patients will be affected and they will still be able to get rehab in Shrewsbury if it doesn't require a consultant.

New campaign to help council tackle absenteeism at work

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Telford & Wrekin Council is launching a new campaign to help bosses tackle absenteeism in the workplace.

The council says sickness absence costs the borough's economy nearly £38m a year. 

Telford and Wrekin Council building

Work Well Telford will give managers access to initiatives that staff can take part in to improve their sense of self-worth and well-being which has a positive impact on their health, with a consequent reduction in sickness and increase in productivity."

Councillor Richard OvertonTelford & Wrekin Council

Latest: Council tackles absenteeism at work; concern over man missing from Shrewsbury

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this morning: 

- Telford & Wrekin Council launches a campaign to help bosses tackle absenteeism in the workplace

- Police concern for Shrewsbury man who disappeared three months ago 

- Flood alerts in place across the county after heavy rain.   

Watch: Today's weather for Shropshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

To get a weather forecast at any other time you go to the BBC Weather website.  

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Travel: No accidents to report but roadworks may delay your journey

BBC Travel

There are no major problems on the roads this morning, but roadworks could affect your journey. 

There's slow traffic on the A4640 Redhill Way/ Castle Farm Way in Telford at the Limekiln Bank roundabout, in the roadworks. 

For more information on this and other roadworks that could affect your journey this morning, visit the BBC Travel page    

Good morning from today's BBC Shropshire live page

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the Local Live service for Shropshire on Friday morning. 

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

If you'd like to get in touch you can email, tweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.