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  1. Updates on Monday 27 June 2016

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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 clear evening, but lots of rain to come

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The weather should stay fine this evening, but it's not looking good tomorrow.

Cut your grass today.

Oswestry shot-putter loses battle for Rio qualification

A shot putter from Oswestry has picked up a bronze medal at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

Nineteen-year-old Adele Nicoll's furthest throw was 16.24 metres and just two centimetres further would've got her a silver.

Adele Nicholl
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Unfortunately, finishing outside the top two means Nicoll's unlikely to qualify for the Olympics.

Ex-MEP 'made fake travel claims'

A former MEP for the West Midlands claimed "significantly higher sums" for travel "not undertaken at all", a court hears.

Nikki Sinclaire

Football: Ex-Shrewsbury man could be thorn in England's side

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

If Iceland are going to pull off a shock against England tonight, they will need their former Shrewsbury Town player to be on top form.

Gylfi Sigurdsson made five appearances for Shrewsbury, scoring once and has since gone on to play for Premier League Swansea City.

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Getty Images

Sigurdsson has found the net 14 times for his country, including the first goal in their game with Hungary.

BBC Weather Watchers: Mixed weather across Shropshire this afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

While there is cloud all over Shropshire this afternoon, it seems a bit of a mixed picture.

This photo by one of our BBC Weather Watchers was taken near Willey a little earlier.

Furry Cottage

And a short while later, this photo was taken, not that far away, in Badger.


Watch: Ludlow MP clashes with shadow foreign secretary over Brexit

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Ludlow MP Philip Dunne has been defending the government's defence spending this afternoon, in his role as defence minister.

And he had an angry exchange with the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry.

Watch: Shropshire high-jumper aiming for Rio

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

Bridgnorth high-jumper Beth Partridge has a fortnight to earn herself a place at the Rio Olympics. 

She took silver at the qualifying event in Birmingham, but she still needs to reach the qualifying height of 1.93m in the next two weeks.

Headlines: MP sees bright future for farming; D-day for graves plan comments; bin lorry fire

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this evening:

- North Shropshire MP sees bright future for farming post-Brexit

- Deadline day for comments on Telford graves plan

- Bin lorry fire closes road

North Shropshire sees positive future for farmers after Brexit

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

North Shropshire's MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has urged farmers to have a positive outlook on the vote to leave the EU. 

He says those in the industry can now come up with their own British Agricultural Policy.

Owen Paterson

The MP, who was a leading Leave campaigner during the referendum, says they can have a say in the choice of prime minister too.

[Farmers have] a wonderful summer, a whole two or three months now, to sit down and I'd suggest come up with some draft policies which we could put to potential (Conservative) leadership prospects."

Owen PatersonMP for North Shropshire

Historic Oswestry restaurant put on the market

Oswestry and Borders Chronicle

An historic restaurant, which could be transformed into up to 10 homes, is on the market after it closed its doors earlier this year.

Walls resteraunt

Pictures: Cloudy Cleobury Mortimer

James Bond

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Cleobury Mortimer is to be the featured town on BBC Radio Shropshire's breakfast programme tomorrow morning.

I was there earlier today to talk to people living and working there and as you can see, there's not much sign of the sun today.

Cleobury Mortimer high street
Cleobury Mortimer

People line the streets for Bridgnorth Carnival

Bridgnorth Journal

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Bridgnorth as the town celebrated its annual carnival.

Parade in Bridgnorth
Shropshire Star

Bin lorry fire near Porth-y-Waen

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The fire service have been dealing with a burning bin lorry at Porth-y-Waen.

Crews from Oswestry, Tweedale and Wellington were called out at 11:37 this morning and the A495 is still closed.

Bin lorry fire
West Mercia Police

Headlines: MP confident of Anglo-German relations; anger at grave plans; memorial for VC winner

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Shrewsbury MP confident of strong relations with Germany despite Brexit

- Anger at plans to move Telford gravestones

- Memorial for Quatt WW1 Victoria Cross winner

Plaque to remember Quatt Victoria Cross winner

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A stone plaque will be unveiled in Quatt, in memory of a Victoria Cross winner from World War One.

Lt Thomas Wilkinson was 22 when he was killed in action on 5 July 2016 and a ceremony will take place on the 100th anniversary, next Tuesday.

He was awarded the VC for rushing towards the enemy to retrieve a machine gun before using it to lead a fight back and later going to the aid of a wounded man.

Lt. Thomas Wilkinson
War Office

The stone memorial will be laid on land next to St Andrew's church.

Free trade 'will still be possible after Brexit' - Shrewsbury MP

Shrewsbury's MP thinks there's no reason why Britain shouldn't be able to trade freely with Germany, once Britain leaves the EU. 

Daniel Kawczynski

The German equivalent of the Confederation of British Industry has questioned whether the UK should be allowed special access to the single-market.

But Daniel Kawczynski, who campaigned in favour of Brexit, thinks there's no reason why it can't happen and believes relations with Germany can improve as a result.

If the negotiations can go well and the Germans can demonstrate that they can get the European Union to collaborate with Britain in a constructive way in our separation, then that will lead to one of the greatest renaissance of Anglo-German relations."

Daniel KawczynskiMP for Shrewsbury

Shropshire man's shock as snake tries to take a dip in garden pond

North Shropshire Chronicle

A Shropshire man got the “shock of his life” when he discovered a 4ft long snake in his garden.

Man captures snake
Shropshire Star

Travel: Lorry fire closes A495

BBC Travel

The A495 is closed in both directions in Porth-y-Waen after a lorry fire.

Football: Shrewsbury defender backs England captain

BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney's place in the England team has come in for some scrutiny recently, but Shrewsbury Town defender Matt Sadler has been impressed by his performances.

While their careers have taken different paths, the two players are of a similar age and Sadler believes he will be feeling as good as he's ever felt.

Wayne Rooney
Getty Images

And the Shrewsbury full-back believes Rooney can still have a major impact on the tournament.

Goals, leadership and creativity on the football pitch. What more do you want from a person in an advanced area?"

Matt SadlerShrewsbury Town player

Crimewatch appeal after Shropshire house burgled

Police have released this CCTV footage after a house in Cleobury Mortimer was burgled. 

It featured on today's Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One.

Shropshire acts perform at Glastonbury

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

Zach Said was nominated by BBC Introducing presenters Sam and Jolon to perform at the Glastonbury Festival this weekend. 

The 22-year-old from Shrewsbury took to the BBC Introducing stage on Friday. 

Paving stones from Ironbridge up for sale on eBay

Telford Journal

York stone paving removed from Shropshire’s world heritage site has appeared for sale on eBay. The paving slabs, from the streets of Ironbridge, have already been sold on by Telford & Wrekin Council.


Watch: Hundreds turn out for Shifnal street parade

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The centre of Shifnal was packed once again for the annual carnival and the weather stayed good for the people watching the street parade too.

Headlines: Telford graves plans cause controversy; EU petition 'hijacked'; final Wimbledon for Shropshire LTA chief

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Anger at plans to move Telford gravestones 

- Telford man says his EU referendum petition was hijacked

- Much Wenlock woman watching her final Wimbledon as LTA president

Your comments: Unhappiness at proposals to move Telford gravestones

Proposals to move a number of graves by St George's Church in Telford to create a new "communal space" have been provoking some angry responses on our Facebook page.


Louise Bremner isn't happy with the idea and commented: "This is wrong on all levels. There are other neglected green / open spaces in the area. Why create a new one when the community don't want it?"

Andy M Guy wrote: "If there is a need for a 'Communal Area' there is a large space next door that can be used."

And Sharon Bradbury added: "This is absolutely disgusting that someones gravestone could be moved for such a reason."

Weather: Sunshine and light cloud across Shropshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Most of Shropshire should see light cloud and some spells of sunshine today.

"No proof Irish passport is necessary due to Brexit"

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A Shropshire woman whose mother was born in Ireland says she will not be applying for an Irish passport following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Robina Reeves, 31, from Shrewsbury said other countries in Europe, but not part of the EU enjoyed free movement across the continent and called on Britain to negotiate its own terms.

Robina Reeves
Robina Reeves

"There are a few countries that are in Europe, but not in the EU," said the business development manager and mother-of-three.

"Residents of these countries can work in the EU on the same footing as EU Nationals as they either belong to the European Economic Area or have an individual agreement with the EU."

She said a similar settlement should be negotiated by Britain's leaders as part of the "divorce" package.

BBC Weather Watchers: A cool and cloudy start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

There's been some thick cloud over Shropshire this morning and these photos were taken over Shifnal and Norton in Hales by our BBC Weather Watchers.

Norton in Hales
Betton Bear

Watch: Vicar explains plans to move Telford gravestones

There are plans to move some gravestones at St George's graveyard in St Georges to make way for a communal space.

A public consultation on the plans ends today.

The proposal has caused upset among some people and we spoke to the local vicar, Reverand Kevin Evans.

Football: Oswestry teams celebrate with open top bus parade

There's been an open-top bus tour through Oswestry over the weekend, to celebrate the success of the town's three teams.

The New Saints, TNS Ladies and FC Oswestry Town were all involved, and we're told the bus was the one used by Leicester City's players after winning the Premier League.

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Final Wimbledon for Shropshire's Cathie Sabin - LTA President

Wimbledon starts today but for Cathie Sabin it's the start of her last tournament as President of the Lawn Tennis Association. 

Mrs Sabin, who's from Much Wenlock, is in her final year in the role. She'll officially hand over the job at the end of December. 

Cathie Sabin
Getty (left) LTA (right)

She says out of all of the players she's seen over the years, she will always have a soft spot for Andy Murray after he won Wimbledon in 2013. 

It's a huge privilege to be there and to watch. It's very special and I'm very very lucky."

Cathie SabinPresident, Lawn Tennis Association

Cricket: A bad set of results for Shropshire's top sides

Shrewsbury now lie third from the bottom of the Birmingham Leage Premier Division, after losing by seven wickets to Knowle and Dorridge.

In the First Division, Bridgnorth lost their game while Wellington drew with Brockhampton.

ball and stumps

There were draws for Oswestry and Shifnal in the second Division, and in the third, it was a draw for Whitchurch and a defeat for Worfield.

Second referendum petition 'hijacked', says Shropshire man who set it up

The Telford man who set up a petition to call for a second EU referendum says it's been "hijacked" by the remain campaign. 

Oliver Healey, who's an English Democrat and Leave campaigner, set up the petition before the EU referendum vote to try and ensure a narrow Remain victory wouldn't stand. 

In a Facebook post at the weekend, he admitted his actions were "premature" but wanted to clarify he had nothing to do with the current campaign for a re-run.  

UK Government
Oliver Healey

Headlines: Second referendum petition 'hijacked'; Shropshire man seeks Irish passport after Leave vote

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Referendum petition "hijacked" says Shropshire man who set it up

- Shropshire man seeks Irish passport after Brexit

- Final Wimbledon for Shropshire's Cathie Sabin as President of the LTA

Shropshire acts perform at Glastonbury

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

George Barnett from Ludlow - otherwise known as AKA George - took to the BBC Introducing stage on Friday.

He was nominated by Sam and Jolon to perform at the festival.  

On air: Hostility since the EU referendum result

Jim Hawkins Show

Have you experienced any hostility or even racism since the result of the EU referendum? 

There have been reports of racist attacks on Polish people and institutions, and here in Shropshire even examples of French people being harassed.

card on doorstep
Kathleen Gaynor
This card was found in Cambridgshire on Friday morning

Jim Hawkins wants to know your thoughts on this today. 

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