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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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We'll be back from 08:00 Wednesday with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates during the evening and into the morning.

'More funding needed' for Ludlow heritage centre

The Severn Rivers Trust has got funding to design and consult on plans for a new heritage centre in Ludlow, it even has a plot of land, but more money would be needed to build it.

The trust wants the centre to be used by school children, as a way of learning more about local rivers.

River Severn in Ludlow

It says that if it gets a good reaction to its proposals, then it will submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the autumn.  

This isn't really what we do. It isn't what rivers trusts across the country do, so it is ambitious."

Mike MorrisSevern Rivers Trust

Conservative leadership election: Who is backing who?

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

At 19:00 we are expecting to hear which of the Conservative leadership candidates has been kicked out of the race, after getting the fewest votes from their fellow MPs.

And our Shropshire MPs are divided over who should succeed David Cameron.

Conservative leadership candidates

The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, and the MP for Telford, Lucy Allan, are both backing Theresa May.

Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski is supporting Michael Gove, while Stephen Crabb has the backing of the Ludlow MP Philip Dunne.

And the North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson is getting behind Andrea Leadsom.

Weather: A bit of sunshine to end the day

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The cloud could break up in parts of Shropshire this evening and allow a bit of sunshine through.

It should be a dry, cloudy night.

Headlines: Teachers strike closes schools; Quatt soldier remembered; TNS play in Europe

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this evening:

- Nine schools closed and more classes disrupted by teachers strike

- Quatt soldier honoured with memorial 100 years after his death

- TNS prepare to play Champions League qualifier in San Marino

Champions League: TNS midfielder says Welsh league underestimated

The New Saints defend a 2-1 lead in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier tonight, away to Tre Penne in San Marino.

Midfielder Ryan Brobbel is playing in his first European tournament and said it was an honour to take part.

Champions league ball
Getty Images

He also believes the Welsh league has been underrated around Europe.

I think that people look at the Welsh league and don't realise how much quality is in that league.

Ryan BrobbelTNS midfielder

Photos: Shropshire schools summer sports festival

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The two-day Shropshire schools summer sports festival has got underway at Shrewsbury Sports Village today.

We were there to see the archery earlier.

Young archers
Young archers

BBC Weather Watchers: A cloudy day across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Although the rain has mostly stayed away, it's been an overcast day across Shropshire, with not much sun to be seen.

These photos were taken by our BBC Weather Watchers in Norton in Hales (top) and Kinnersley (bottom).

Norton in Hales
Betton Bear
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Nephew of Shropshire war hero 'very proud' to see memorial

A Shropshire soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the First World War has been honoured with a memorial stone in his home village today.

And one of the people in Quatt to see it unveiled was Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson's nephew.

Memorial stone

Tim Wilkinson said he was very proud of his uncle and honoured to be at the occasion.

Lt Wilkinson grew up in Quatt and had moved to Canada by the time he went to serve in the war. His nephew is planning to cross the Atlantic to see another stone unveiled in Lt Wilkinson's memory over there.

Champions League: Home-grown striker excited by European tie

BBC Sport

The New Saints top scorer last season was a home grown talent, Scott Quigley from Shrewsbury, and he says the Champions League qualifiers are his "highlight for the season".

TNS are away to Tre Penne tonight, with a 2-1 lead from the first leg and Quigley admitted he had never been to Italy before, never mind San Marino.

Tre Penne stadium

The 23-year old also said he never dreamt of playing in the Champions League when he was growing up in Shropshire.

Definitely the biggest part of the season for us. Domestically we always have to go and win the league, but this is just an extra special occassion."

Scott QuigleyTNS striker

BreakingCricket: Shropshire wrap up four-wicket victory against Cornwall

Shropshire have beaten Cornwall by four wickets at Bridgnorth after recovering from the loss of four early wickets.

David Wainwright (80) and Ross Aucott (89) led the way and the win means Shropshire are now the only side in their division with a 100% record.

Watch: Memorial stone unveiled in Quatt

Just after 13:00 today, a short ceremony was held in Quatt to remember a local soldier who won the Victoria Cross in the First World War.

Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson lost his life trying to save comrades and today a memorial was unveiled in the village in his honour.

This is part of the ceremony:

Headlines: Teachers strike closes schools; memorial stone for VC soldier; Champions League tie for TNS

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

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

- At least nine schools closed in Shropshire by teachers strike

- Memorial stone laid for Quatt VC recipient

- TNS prepare to face Tre Penne in Champions League away qualifier

Cricket: Shropshire close in on victory against Cornwall

After a shaky start, Shropshire have fought back well and are now just 31 runs short of victory.

They are currently 214-5, with Ross Aucott leading the way with 89.

BBC Weather Watchers: Grey cloud replaces blue skies over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The photos we were being sent this time yesterday were of blue skies and wispy white cloud all over Shropshire.

Today that is very different, as you can see from these photos taken near Ludlow (top) and Myddle (bottom).

Shropshire Lass
Len Ticular

Call to fight new plans for 150 homes in Telford

Shropshire Star

Developers have unveiled plans for 150 homes in Telford – less than a mile from a plot of land earmarked for 110 properties.

Shropshire Star

Shropshire gets ready to back Wales in Euros semi-final

Wales will be getting plenty of support from people in Shropshire when they play their European Championship semi final against Portugal tomorrow.

Dylan Roberts is joint managing director of a local caravan dealership and has been to every Wales game so far, with his son Tomos.

Wales fans
Dylan Roberts

They were joined in Lille by his wife Glensi and daughter, Ffion, to watch the Belgium game.

He is returning for tomorrow's match and also has a ticket and accommodation booked for the final.

I felt Euro 2016 was an opportunity to follow the team, which has progressed and improved over the last few years, for the duration of the tournament. I vowed to go to every match if I possibly could."

Dylan RobertsWales fan

Cricket: Shropshire recover from early loss of wickets

Shropshire have recovered from the loss of four early wickets to reach 143-4 after 38 overs of their top-of-the-table match against Cornwall at Bridgnorth.

After being set 245 to win, they were reduced to 64-4, but David Wainwright with 40, and Ross Aucott with 39, led the fightback.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: The schools affected by strikes

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

Dozens of schools across the West Midlands are either closed or partly closed today because of strike action by teachers.

NUT members protesting

Members of the National Union of Teachers have walked out in a row over pay, pensions and conditions. 

We'll have the latest on Midlands Today from 13:30.

Ex-MEP says it 'defies sense' to claim fake expenses after warning over colleague

An ex-Ukip MEP has told jurors it defied sense to make fake expenses claims in the same month she was warned about a colleague later jailed over the alleged practice. 

Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands until 2014, denies submitting "significant" expenses claims that she knew to be false. 

She said her expenses were submitted by her staff, and alleged that at least one claim was "deliberately corrupted" by a former aide who was acting as a spy for the Ukip hierarchy.

Nikki Sinclaire

She told Birmingham Crown Court today that it made no sense for her to start filing false claims from October 2009, as the prosecution suggests, as this was the same month Ukip briefed all its elected members about wrong-doing by then-MEP Tom Wise.

Wise admitted fiddling £36,000 of his Brussels travel expenses at his trial the following month.

Headlines: Schools closed by strikes; pool announcement postponed; TNS in Champions League action

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- At least nine schools have been closed and 28 others affected by teachers strike

- Delay in announcement over swimming pool's future 

- TNS in San Marino for Champions League qualifier

Champions League: TNS plan to use pace against Tre Penne

The New Saints take a 2-1 lead into the away leg of their Champions League qualifier tonight.

And that means their opponents, Tre Penne, will need to go on the attack and score tonight.

Craig Harrison

TNS manager Craig Harrison believes this suits his players, who have the pace to hit the San Marino champions on the break.

We're probably better wanting the team to come out and have a go because it leaves space behind."

Craig HarrisonTNS manager

Cricket: Shropshire lose early wickets in second innings

Shropshire have lost wickets in their pursuit of 245 to win their three-day match against Cornwall at Bridgnorth.

It's the final day of the game and they are currently 66-4 after 18 overs.

Weather: Cloudy but mostly dry across Shropshire today

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to remain cloudy over Shropshire today, but it's forecast to be dry too.

Estimates suggest 14,000 people in Shropshire born outside UK are from EU nations

As a debate on the future status of EU nationals in the UK gets under way after the Leave vote, data throws light on the number of people across the county who could be affected by decisions.      

Estimates by the Office for National Statistics suggest 14,000 of the 26,000 people in Shropshire born outside the UK come from EU countries - that's roughly 3% of the county's population.


The figures also suggest 3,000 of those EU-born immigrants have chosen to take up British citizenship so far, compared to 7,000 of those born outside the EU.

The data covers the year 2014 and was issued in August last year.

Nine schools closed and at least 28 partially closed by strikes

Across Shropshire we know of nine schools that are closed and at least 28 partially closed by the NUT strike action.

Telford and Wrekin council says it's possible that others may be affected, but that schools are not obliged to report closures to them.

The list of closures does not include academy schools.

Striking teachers

Only two secondary schools are completely closed today - the Charlton school in Telford and the Grove school in Market Drayton.

Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council have produced lists of the closures on their websites.

Plans for visitor centre discussed

Plans for a river heritage centre at Dinham in Ludlow are being discussed today.

A public consultation event, organised by the Severn Rivers Trust, will be held at the Dinham Millennium Green until 19:00.

Dinham bridge

Announcement on future of pool is postponed

Shropshire Council has postponed an announcement on the future of Shrewsbury's swimming pool.

It had been expected today, but officials say they need more time to complete the report. Details are now expected on Thursday.

Pool protest

Over the weekend, hundreds took part in a rally calling for the Council to keep the pool where it is.

Plaque to remember VC winner from Quatt

A ceremony to remember a former Shropshire soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War is being held today. 

Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson from Quatt was given the medal for retrieving an abandoned machine gun, helping colleagues who were pinned down by the enemy and then attempting to rescue a wounded man.

Lte Wilkinson
War Office

He was killed in the rescue attempt and a stone plaque will be laid in the village to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

Headlines: Teacher strikes; pool decision delayed; TNS in Champions League

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire schools disrupted by teachers strike

- Decision on future of Shrewsbury pool delayed

- TNS in Champions League qualifier

Football: TNS in Champions League qualifier

The New Saints are back in Champions League action against Tre Penne in San Marino tonight. 

TNS hold a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg in Oswestry - and Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus await the winners.

Tre Penne card
Getty Images

Cricket: Shropshire chasing 246 to win

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Cornwall were all out for 252 in their second innings on day two of their three-day match against Shropshire at Bridgnorth.

Cornwall scored 245 runs in their first innings and Shropshire made 253 in reply. 

That means Shropshire are chasing a target of 245 to win today.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

News: Strike action shuts schools; decision due on Shrewsbury pool; MEP 'left staff to deal with expenses'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

This morning's headlines include:

- A number of schools in Shropshire are either closed or partly closed today because of strike action by teachers 

- Campaigners who want Shrewsbury's swimming pool to stay in the town will find out today the council's preferred option 

- An ex-MEP who denies making fake expense claims would empty a handbag full of receipts and leave them for staff to deal with, she told a jury

Travel: Roadworks causing delays

BBC Travel

There’s congestion both ways on A528 Shrewsbury Road in Albrighton at the Plex Lane junction. It’s in the roadworks area.

On the A5223 Whitchurch Drive, Telford, there’s slow traffic at Shawbirch Roundabout – again in the roadworks area.

Nikki Sinclaire

A former MEP who denies making fake expense claims tells a court she would empty a handbag full of receipts and leave staff to deal with them.

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