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  1. A human rights group demands a full investigation into abuse at Deepcut army barracks
  2. Telford's Southwater car park faces reduced parking for the rest of the week after a car fire
  3. TNS to face Tre Penne of San Marino in Champions League qualifying round
  4. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

That's it from the BBC Shropshire newsroom. 

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 dry night with clear intervals

BBC Weather

Showers are soon to fade tonight, here's Kay Crewdson with an update

The weather for the West Midlands.

Telford police investigate fatal crash in Weston Heath

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Police are investigating a fatal crash at Weston Heath, on the A41. 

On Friday evening, a black Citroen heading from Newport to the M54 collided with a lorry coming in the opposite direction. The driver of the car died at the scene. 

If you know anything about this contact the police by calling 101.

West mercia police car

Flags raised across the county to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Union Jack is being raised in a number of towns around the county today, ahead of Armed Forces Day this weekend. 

You might have spotted it flying over the council offices in Shrewsbury and Telford or in Shifnal. 

At the weekend there will be celebrations at RAF Cosford and Shrewsbury College along with various discounts and freebies offered to past and present members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Veterans celebrating armed forces day
T&W Council

Telford head teacher apologises for sending badly worded letter to parents

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The head teacher at Holmer Lake Primary School in Telford has apologised for sending parents a letter encouraging them to sign up for after-schools clubs in a bid to prevent their children being "groomed" or becoming involved in "extremism".

It said the club would encourage a sense of belonging, which would in turn help combat child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and other forms of crime.

Holmer Lake Primary school sign and entrance

I apologise unreservedly for the wording in the letter. I accept that it was inappropriate and badly judged and I will be writing to those parents that received the letter to apologise."

Sian DeaneHeadteacher at Holmer Lake Primary School

Headlines: Almost 100 drink drive and drugs arrests in last 10 days; call for public inquiry into Deepcut abuse claims

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The latest Shropshire stories:

- Nearly 100 people have been arrested for drink and drug driving offences in recent days across the West Mercia and Warwickshire police areas

- The human rights group Liberty is demanding a public inquiry into claims of physical and sexual abuse at the Deepcut army barracks in Surrey

- The Union Jack is being raised in a number of towns around the county today, ahead of Armed Forces Day this weekend

Two cut free from car after crash with a lorry near Clee Hill Quarry

A man and a woman, both believed to be in their 60s, were taken to hospital with neck injuries after a crash this morning on the A4117 near Clee Hill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service worked with Shropshire Fire and Rescue to free the couple.

The lorry driver was uninjured.

Car wreck in Clee Hill
Fire crew cutting someone out of a car accident in Clee Hill

Shropshire centre dispelling the myths around Electro-Convulsive Therapy

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

When you hear electric shock therapy it does conjure up images of the scene from the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. But that couldn't be further from the truth.

Twenty five people have been treated using Electro-Convulsive Therapy this year, 15 of which were women. In fact over the last few years the number of women having the treatment has been considerably higher than men.

I spoke to Louise McCormack from the Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury.

Nurse Louise McCormack on Electro-Convulsive Therapy

Call for Deepcut public inquiry

Kate Tebby

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The human rights group Liberty is demanding a public inquiry into claims of physical and sexual abuse at the Deepcut army barracks in Surrey.

It says a full investigation should be carried out into the culture at the base, following the inquest into the death of Cheryl James, whose parents live in Llanymynech.

Cheryl James
James family

The coroner in that case ruled Cheryl killed herself at the camp 21 years ago.

Walkers re-enact historic royal visit to St Winefride's Well

Six centuries ago Henry V walked from Shrewsbury to Holywell in Flintshire, to give thanks for his famous victory over the French at Agincourt.

Getty Images

Now a group of walkers are retracing his steps.

They set off from Shrewsbury Abbey on 18 June, ending up at St Winefride's Well a week later.

The walk is part of a week of events to commemorate the historic royal visit and which, it is hoped, will boost the profile of the town.


Football: TNS will play lowest ranking side in the Champions League

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints will play Tre Penne from San Marino in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League which starts next week. 

They'll play the lowest ranked side in the competition at home either next Tuesday or Wednesday. And if they beat Tre Penne they'll play APOEL Nicossia in the next round. 

The Cypriot club are regulars in the Champions League group stages and they're currently ranked 61st in Europe.

TNS lifting the WPL trophy

It's brightening up in Telford

BBC Weather Watchers

The forecast said the rain would clear up and it appears to have done so in Newport.

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Blue skies in Newport
Weather Watcher Mark

Headlines: Suspended sentence for former West Mercia Police officer; calls for full investigation into Deepcut abuse

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The latest news stories:

- Disgraced former police officer Clare Stretton is given an eight-month suspended prison sentence and community service for misconduct

- The human rights group Liberty is demanding a full investigation into the circumstances of the death of Cheryl James at Deepcut army barracks in Surrey

- Shropshire police are investigating a fatal crash at Weston Heath on the A41 

Six-year-old golfer off to USA

A talented young golfer from Shropshire is heading to America this summer to compete against many of the world's best junior players.Jack Dirkin, who turns seven next month and plays at Church Stretton Golf Club, is the reigning UK under-six champion.

Watch: Cosford Air Show highlights

Among the highlights at yesterday's Cosford Air Show was the appearance of an RAF Typhoon FGR4 Eurofighter.

Car park fire under investigation

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

The cause of a fire at Telford's Southwater car park at the weekend is still unknown. 

Fire chiefs say an investigation is under way. 

Thick black smoke could be seen pouring from the multi-storey car park at about 12:30 on Saturday. Three cars were alight. 

Telford and Wrekin Council says the car park is open but at reduced capacity - 150 spaces available out of about 600 - as repair work is still ongoing. 

Video courtesy of Iain Bownass  

On BBC Midlands Today this lunchtime: Firms weigh into EU debate

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This lunchtime, I'm continued my EU Referendum road trip. 

It comes on the day some of the country's biggest car producers, including Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, have written to their staff advising them to back Britain's EU membership.


Last week Lord Bamford, chairman of the Staffordshire-based digger maker JCB wrote to his 6,000 workers urging them to vote leave. 

From 13:30 on BBC One I'll have reaction to the news and more from my road-trip in Midlands Today.

Your pictures: Overcast day in the north of the county

BBC Weather Watchers

A cloudy, but lovely, shot taken near Hinstock near Market Drayton.

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Cloudy Hinstock
Weather Watchers: tailend

Travel: Congestion around Shrewsbury

BBC Travel

The A5 eastbound between the Edgebold Roundabout and Dobbies Island is slow going at the moment due to roadworks.

Keep updated with the BBC Travel Map

A&E doctors frustrated at delays to the county's health service changes

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

Doctors working for Shropshire's two main hospitals are frustrated at delays in the reorganisation of health services.

Dr Adrian Marsh is a consultant at the trust. He told BBC Radio Shropshire in the current situation it's becoming difficult for staff to cope with having two A&E units. 

In an open letter, consultants have joined calls for one emergency centre that is upgraded and fit for purpose. 

At the moment, they say that the current units are too small and ill equipped to deal with the number of patients coming through the door.

A&E entrance at the PRH

we need to have enough staff to look after patients that come to us, we run the risk of not being able to retain staff or recruit staff [in the current situation]."

Dr Adrian MarshA&E Consultant

Headlines: Ex police officer sentenced for misconduct; TNS to play San Marino side in Champions League

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The afternoon's headlines:

- Disgraced former police officer Clare Stretton is given a suspended prison sentence after admitting misconduct in a public office 

- The New Saints draw Tre Penne from San Marino in Champions League qualifier

- Senior Doctor says staff can't continue to work over two seperate A&E units

Former West Mercia officer Clare Stretton avoids jail

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A disgraced former West Mercia police officer given an eight-month suspended prison sentence after accusations she failed to investigate complaints from members of the public was sacked last year for starting a sexual relationship with the elderly father of a murder victim.

The separate, internal misconduct hearing was brought after Ms Stretton was claimed to have manipulated Charles Foulkes for £100,000 over 10 years after his son was murdered in 2001.

Clare Stretton was dismissed from West Mercia Police in October 2015 for discreditable conduct and a breach of honesty and integrity, a clear violation of our standards and Code of Ethics. As soon as we became aware of this violation we undertook an investigation which resulted in this criminal conviction."

Det Supt Gary WatsonHead of Professional Standards

Weather: Dry and brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

Hopefully the rain will clear up, Kay Crewdson has the latest forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Pictures: Cosford Air Show

It was a photographer's paradise at RAF Cosford for the annual air show. 

Here are some of the best shots of the day. 

Cosford Air Show
Cosford Air Show

BreakingFootball: TNS to play San Marino's Tre Penne

TNS are to play Tre Penne of San Marino in the first qualifying round of the Champions League, UEFA announces.

Football: Who will TNS draw in the Champions League?

BBC Sport

The New Saints will find out today who they'll play in the first qualifying round of the Champions League. 

They could face a team from Gibraltar, San Marino, Armenia or the Faroe Islands. 

Tibor Illyes

The draws will be streamed live from Nyon on at 11:00.  

The ties will be played on 12/13 and 19/20 July.

1,700 take part in Shrewsbury Half Marathon

Messages of congratulations have been coming in over the weekend for runners who took part in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon. 

If you've got a photo you want to share, you can email, tweet or send via Facebook.

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View more on twitter

Cricket: Play called off for day two

BBC Sport

Shropshire ended day one of their three-day match which Oxfordshire in a strong position, but play has been called off for the day due to the rain. 

When rain stopped play yesterday, they'd reduced Oxfordshire to 42-3, after scoring 264 in their own first innings.


Ross Aucott top scored with 55 for Shropshire whilst David Wainwright, James Ralph and Alex Wyatt all got into the 30s.

It's hoped play will resume tomorrow morning at 10:30. 

Headlines: One A&E would be 'safer'; capacity crowd for Cosford Air Show

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Senior doctor says having one upgraded emergency unit would avoid having to send patients "out of county" for treatment

- About 60,000 people attended the Cosford Air Show at the weekend, organisers say 

- TNS in Champions League draw at 11:00

Having one A&E 'would be safer'

A senior doctor says replacing A&Es in Shrewsbury and Telford with one single, upgraded unit would be safer, because it would avoid the need to send patients out of the county for treatment. 

Consultants have written an "open letter" saying they're frustrated about delays in the reorganisation of Shropshire's health services.  


Dr Adrian Marsh thinks journeys to places like Wolverhampton and Stoke need to be cut out. 

The national data shows that people do far better being in a centre with everything required, having all the people you need to look after that person together."

Dr Adrian Marsh

Two treated after Newport house fire

Shropshire Star

Two people had to be treated after a house fire in Newport. Emergency services were called to the two-storey semi-detached property in Howle.

Your pictures: Grey skies over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This picture from Weather Watcher Len Ticular sums up the scene for the county today - grey and wet. 

Len Ticular

Thousands turn out for Cosford Air Show

BBC Midlands Today

Thousands of visitors enjoyed the annual RAF Cosford Air Show in Shropshire at the weekend. 

Sadly, due to poor weather conditions in other parts of the country three aircraft missed their displays times but there was still plenty in the skies to entertain the 60,000 visitors.  

Headlines: Senior consultant joins A&E debate; Champions League draw for TNS

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

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

- Senior county doctor says having one emergency department would be safer

- More women than men are having electro-convulsive treatment for mental health conditions in Shropshire, figures show

- The New Saints await first qualifying round Champions League draw

Weather: You'll need that brolly

BBC Weather

A dull and wet start with heavy outbreaks of rain today. Kay has the forecast.

Travel: No problems on the roads this morning

BBC Travel

Traffic appears to be moving well across Shropshire. 

You may be held up in the roadworks through Shifnal on the A464. You'll find temporary traffic lights at Upton Crossroads.