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Summary

  1. Council blames utility companies as roadworks delayed again
  2. Former Shrewsbury candidate wants to be UKIP leader
  3. Plans for new Bridgnorth shops
  4. Updates on Monday 4 July 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.

Watch: The weather for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some of us may see the odd shower at first this evening, although these will soon ease to leave a mostly cloudy night with outbreaks of rain or drizzle at times

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

It'll be a cloudy start across Shropshire tomorrow, with the odd spot of drizzle possible at first, but brightening later.

One Midlands Today this evening: "Drug ambulances" and a jobs 'engine hub'

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

This evening on BBC Midlands Today we'll be hearing about the men jailed for distributing drugs imported in specially modified ambulances. 

One of the ambulances
NCA/PA WIRE

There'll also be news of plans for a "Midlands Engine hub" which is expected by the government to create hundreds of jobs. 

Those and much more including your weather forecast - on BBC One from 18:30.

Evans says she 'would love' to be next UKIP leader

Suzanne Evans, the woman who stood for UKIP in Shrewsbury at the last general election, says she would love to be the next leader of the party, succeeding Nigel Farage.

Suzanne Evans
BBC

I've always said if Nigel ever stood down for whatever reason, I'd love to have the opportunity to lead UKIP but I'm in this rather bizarre situation that despite people wanting me to do that and wanting to do it myself, I'm actually technically suspended from the party at the moment until the end of September so obviously if I'm not technically a party member, it's going to make it very difficult for me to stand."

Suzanne Evans

BBC Weather Watchers: Cloud busting - Mares' Tails

BBC Weather Watchers

Pretty, wispy clouds have been filling your reports today in the skies over Shropshire but you might be wondering what they are.

Well, these are a type of cirrus cloud, known as cirrus uncinus. The name is derived from Latin and means "curly hooks".

Berrington
Cloudwatcher

The clouds occur at very high altitudes, at a temperature of about −50 to −40C.

They are commonly known as mares' tails because of their likeness to horse tails.

News: More redundancies feared at council; ex-Shrewsbury candidate 'would love' to be UKIP leader; new shops planned on old market

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

- Shropshire Council is warning there could be more redundancies on the way at the authority

- The woman who stood for UKIP in Shrewsbury at the last election, Suzanna Evans, says she would love to succeed Nigel Farage as leader of the party

- A planning application has been submitted for five new shops on the old livestock market site in Bridgnorth

Cricket: Cornwall build lead over Shropshire

Cornwall lead Shropshire by 152 runs in their Minor Counties clash at Bridgnorth. 

The visitors are currently 160-6 in their second innings. Wainwright the pick of the bowlers with 3-50. 

Earlier Shropshire collapsed from 155-4 to 253 all out.

Pictures: Cultural event in Telford draws the crowds

Hundreds of people came to celebrate cultural diversity in Telford this weekend at an event organised by the One World group.

One World event in Telford
BBC

There were foods from 19 different countries at Hollinswood pavillion.

Cultural event in Telford
BBC

Plans for new Bridgnorth shops

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A planning application has been submitted for five new shops on the old livestock market site on Old Smithfield in Bridgnorth.

And the landowner, Ziran Land, has produced this artist's impression, to show what they might look like.

Old Smithfield plans
Ziran Land

The plans include 158 car parking spaces, including a number of long stay ones and parking for local residents.

A large number of shoppers currently leave Bridgnorth to shop in Telford and Kidderminster, and this development will help retain them for the benefit of all the town’s businesses."

John LigginsZiran Land

Football: New signing likes Shrewsbury's squad building

Shrewsbury Town's latest signing, Joe Riley from Bury, says Micky Mellon's squad building was a big reason for his joining the club. 

Riley is Town's eighth summer signing and fills the vacant right-back position.

Greenhous meadow
Getty Images

Town celebrates 'independents day stars'

Over the last few years, independent shops have adopted 4 July as "independents day", as a twist on the USA Independence Day.

The Shrewsbury Business Improvement District, an organisation which promotes trade in the town, says there are over 400 independent stores there - which should be celebrated as "stars of the high street".

Traders holding stars
Shrewsbury BID

The group says independent shops keep the town interesting, create a community spirit and offer specialist products.

We must accept Brexit result, says pro-EU Ludlow MP Philip Dunne

South Shropshire Journal

No serious politician would seek try to stop Britain leaving the European Union following the result of last week’s referendum, according to a Shropshire MP who had campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU.

Philip Dunne
Shropshire Star

BBC Weather Watchers: Wispy cloud and blue skies over the county

BBC Weather Watchers

Look around the BBC Weather Watchers map today and you'll see photos of this wispy cloud all over the county - these photos were taken in Hopton Heath (left) and Ludlow (right).

Hopton Heath and Ludlow
Hopton Karen/Des

Headlines: Council blames utilities over roadworks; UKIP leadership candidate; AFC Ludlow withdraw from league

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Council blames utility companies for roadwork delays

- Former Shrewsbury UKIP candidate wants to be next party leader

- AFC Ludlow withdraw from league

Cricket: Cornwall build second innings score

Cornwall are 79-3 in their second innings against Shropshire at Bridgnorth.

That's a lead of 71.

Earlier, Shropshire were bowled out for 253 in their first innings, having started the day on 155-4.

AFC Ludlow withdraw from league

AFC Ludlow have withdrawn from the West Midlands Regional League, blaming a shortage of players.

League Chief Executive Neil Juggins said he'd received the news in a short phone call this morning.

We've not yet heard from the club itself.

AFC Ludlow stadium
Google

Ex-Shrewsbury candidate one of favorites to be next UKIP leader

The woman who stood for UKIP in Shrewsbury at the last election is one of the bookies favourites to replace Nigel Farage.

Suzanne Evans is currently suspended from the party, but bookmakers have her between 6/1 and 4/1 to win a leadership election.

Suzanne Evans
BBC

I was suspended back in March for six months so I believe - although I'm hearing that the rules might have changed for people standing for the leadership election - but I understand that would effectively put me out of the running."

Suzanne Evans

Concerns as brightest youngsters desert county of birth

Shropshire Star

Young people are continuing to desert Shropshire in search of better education or career opportunities, new government figures released today reveal.

Cardingmill Valley
BBC

West Midlands MEP 'not surprised' over Farage resignation

UK Independence Party MEP for the West Midlands James Carver says he's not surprised Nigel Farage has stood down as party leader.

"He's still going to lead our group in the European Parliament, which is an extremely powerful position to be in.

"He's been a great leader but there's plenty of talent within UKIP."

James Carver
BBC

Council blames utility companies for roundabout delays

Telford and Wrekin Council says roadworks at the Limekiln roundabout have had another set back and won't be complete until the end of September now.

Work on widening the roads leading up to it started in March and was due to finish this month, after being delayed once already.

Limekiln roundabout roadworks
BBC

Telford and Wrekin Council says the delay is because of "utility companies not completing their work in accordance with the agreed programme".

It is obviously regrettable that the work at Limekiln Bank has not been able to be completed as scheduled but this is due to factors beyond our control."

Councillor Angela McClementsTelford & Wrekin Council

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Hunting for future Olympians

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

With a month to go until the start of the Rio Olympics, one Midlands academic has devised a ground-breaking study about what we can learn from the competitors' attitudes, backgrounds, and sporting experiences.

Olympic rowers
BBC Sport

It's hoped his research could be used to uncover the champions of the future. 

I'll have more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Cricket: Shropshire take narrow first innings lead

Shropshire have a narrow first innings lead of eight on day two of their match with Cornwall at Bridgnorth. 

Earlier they lost four wickets for just 19 runs as they replied to Cornwall's first innings 245.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

Cornwall have just started their second innings and are 28 without loss.

Headlines: Roundabout roadwork delays; Bridgnorth shop plans; Southwater designs go on show

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Council blames utility companies as roundabout roadworks are delayed again

- Plans for new Bridgnorth shops

- First roadshow to show off new Southwater designs

Oswestry's twin town pledges to continue friendship

The president of the twinning committee in Combs-la-Ville in France, Oswestry's twin town, insists Britain's exit from the EU will make no difference to their friendship. 

Michele Courtois has said the friendship built up over 35 years will remain "steadfast" and he looks forward to continuing cultural and social exchanges between the two towns.

Oswestry town centre
BBC

American Football: Revolution shut out by Falcons

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Revolution lost 34-0 to the Leicester Falcons at Oakengates yesterday and now move on to a vital clash away to second-placed Staffordshire Surge.

The result wasn't a surprise because their opponents have won all seven games this season, scored 354 points and conceded just 21.

Revolution helmet
BBC

Shropshire could still finish second in the NFC II South, but they will have to beat the Surge next weekend and hope the Falcons do them a favour and win their remaining games.

Weather: A sunny afternoon with some rain this evening

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

The sunny weather should stay with us for most of the day, but there's a chance of a few showers this evening.

Shropshire Council looks at further redundancies

Shropshire Council says 60 workers are under notice of redundancy and it's looking at the roles of a further 172.

The authority has shed 1,119 jobs in the past three years and needs to save another £77m by April 2021.

Shirehall offices
BBC

Of the 172 roles being looked at, 73 work directly for the council and the other 99 work in schools.

Timber business reports post-Brexit boom

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

One of the county's timber suppliers says business has boomed since the UK voted to leave the EU. 

Shropshire Pallets, which supplies pallets and manufactures treated wood, says it's had one of its biggest weeks on record.

Two flags
BBC

The company says the timing might be coincidental, but the mood amongst the industry and amongst its customers is extremely good.

Southwater consultation

The first of three roadshows, to explain the latest plans for Southwater in Telford takes place today.

The council wants to do something with the area of grassland between Southwater and the lake and it has put together this short video below, showing the options.

View more on youtube

Cricket: Shropshire trail by 90 runs on day two of Cornwall match

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Cornwall got off to a shaky start against Shropshire on day one of their minor counties game at Bridgnorth.

They were eventually dismissed for 245, with David Wainwright taking four wickets.

The Shropshire reply also started badly, losing three early wickets, but they closed out the day on 155 for 4, trailing by 90 runs.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

Photos: A sunny morning in Shropshire

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

We're forecast some sun in Shropshire today, in the morning at least. 

This photo was taken a few minutes ago, outside our offices.

BBC Shropshire
BBC

And this photo was sent in by one of the BBC Weather Watchers in Willey.

Willey
Furry Cottage

Headlines: Council redundancies possible; post Brexit sales-boom reported; TNS arrive in San Marino

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire Council looks at further redundancies

- Pallet business reports sales boom following referendum result

- TNS arrive in San Marino for Champions League tie

TNS arrive in San Marino

The New Saints have landed in San Marino for their second-leg Champions League tie with Tre Penne. 

The Oswestry side take a 2-1 lead into Tuesday's match.

View more on twitter

Hundreds march to save Shrewsbury pool

Hundreds of people marched through Shrewsbury at the weekend in a bid to save the town's Quarry swimming pool from possible closure.

The pool, which dates back to 1864, could shut as Shropshire Council considers seven options for the future.

Campaigners said it would be less convenient if a new pool was built away from the town centre.

The council is set to announce its preferred option on 13 July.

Euro 2016: Highlight of the weekend

So Wales sealed a historic night in France over the weekend - making it through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 with a 3-1 win over Belgium. 

Welsh celebrations were all over social media including this one of a dancing fan in the stadium in Lille. 

But it's not just any fan, it's The New Saints of Oswestry's Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams with some great moves. 

View more on twitter

'Close A&E now' - former hospital chief

Shropshire Star

Health bosses should temporarily close an A&E in Shropshire because of staff shortages, it has been claimed.

Headlines: Tory leadership contest; redundancies possible at council

Our top stories this morning: 

- North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson says Andrea Leadsom is the best candidate in the Tory leadership contest, with voting starting tomorrow 

- There could be more redundancies at Shropshire Council 

- TNS arrive in San Marino ahead of the second-leg Champions League match

Weather: A sunny start for Shropshire

BBC Weather

The sun's out but will it continue? Alex has the forecast.