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  1. Shrewsbury hospital doctor struck off
  2. Campaigners' disappointment over pool decision
  3. Mary Webb memorial to be unveiled
  4. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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By Carlie Swain

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Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

Weather: Feeling muggy overnight

BBC Weather

It's staying warm overnight, cloudy and with some patchy rain. Rebecca has the forecast.

Your pictures: The sun is breaking through

BBC Weather Watchers

Still a bit of cloud about across Shropshire but this picture from Snapper Simon shows it's looking pretty good in Church Stretton this afternoon. 

Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Mary Webb memorial to be unveiled

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A sculptor from Clun who won a competition to create a memorial to Mary Webb, will have her work unveiled this Saturday morning outside Shrewsbury Library. 

Jemma Pearson

Jemma Pearson has created the bronze bust of the Shropshire poet and writer to celebrate the centenary of the publication of her first novel, The Golden Arrow. 

She said it was a fascinating project and she really enjoyed researching Mary Webb's life and times.

Will the TV news be on time?

Andy Murray's Wimbledon semi-final against Tomas Berdych is under way on BBC One. 

If Murray's last match is anything to go by, Midlands Today could be on a little later then 18:30. 

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Turnaround as school near Shrewsbury now rated good by Ofsted

Shropshire Star

A village primary school near Shrewsbury has turned around its fortunes in the space of two years, according to Government inspectors.

Hot Seat: Why did roadworks start at three roundabouts at the same time?

Jim Hawkins Show

It's a big one in Telford at the moment - with lots of roadworks happening at the same time. 

The issue was put to councillor Shaun Davies in the BBC Radio Shropshire Hot Seat this morning

Shaun Davies says the work is necessary for the future and that the council only has until by 2017-18 to spend the money. 

If they don't spend it now, it'll be clawed back, he said. 

Priorlsee Roundabout

The works at Priorslee should be completed by September. The works at the Clock Tower roundabout are important because of the investment at MOD Donnington.. It will work and will be better in the future."

Shaun DaviesLeader, Telford & Wrekin Council

Headlines: Hiring Doctor was 'reckless'; soldier appears in court on drugs charges

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this evening:

- Health campaigner criticises hospital after trust hires doctor previously charged with sex offences

- Soldier in court over drugs charge

- Mary Webb memorial to be unveiled in Shrewsbury tomorrow

Editor's Pick: Fields in Market Drayton

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo, taken in Market Drayton earlier, has been chosen as the Editor's Pick by the Weather Watchers team. Well done to Forestgump.

Want to upload your weather photos of the county? Click here

Market Drayton

Travel: Delays on trains between Birmingham and Shrewsbury

BBC Travel

There are delays to services on London Midland this evening. 

A train fault has already caused one cancellation and the 17:47 Shrewsbury to Birmingham service is also affected. 

Hot Seat: What happened to Woodside?

Jim Hawkins Show

Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, has been answering your questions in the Hot Seat with BBC Radio Shropshire's Jim Hawkins this morning. 

One caller Melvyn raised the point of regeneration in Woodside. He says work began there a few years back but certain areas have just been left. Melvyn says it's like a "jungle". 

Shaun Davies promised to look into this issue, but says the funding they had from Advantage West Midlands has gone. 

Park Lane Centre
Google Maps

We're trying all that we can to get developers to come to Woodside. We are building houses by the Park Lane centre, which borders Woodside and Madeley, so there is regeneration happening."

Shaun DaviesLeader, Telford & Wrekin Council

Call for Telford & Wrekin Council to take over parking powers

Conservative councillors in Telford are calling for the authority to take over parking enforcement powers from the police. 

In 2004, the government gave local authorities the option to assume such powers - and Tories on Telford and Wrekin Council say the council is one of just a handful nationally not to have done so. 


They've tabled a motion for Thursday's full council meeting.  

Train delays and cancellations this evening

A train fault is causing problems for services on London Midland. 

Keep up to date with the latest travel updates here.

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Soldier in court over drugs charge

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A soldier, who lives near Bridgnorth, has appeared in court charged with supplying cocaine after one of the people he allegedly sold it to died. 

Oliver Bramwell, 22, who lives on Rosemount Gardens in Ackleton, is accused of providing drugs to three men in December. 

Kieran Bainbridge, who was 20, collapsed in a pub and died three days later.

A coroner ruled his death was caused by a cocaine-related irregular heartbeat. 

Mr Bramwell denies the charges. He's next due to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court at the end of August. 

Hospital carried out risk assessment

Dr Gareth Menagh was fined a total of £6,000 for the offences in 2014. 

His offences were disclosed to bosses at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, the tribunal heard. 

It was also told that a "very comprehensive" risk assessment was carried out when he was hired at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in March.

We are aware of the findings of the General Medical Council hearing about Dr Menagh. I’ve met with Dr Menagh and discussed with him the implications of the GMC hearing, which means that he cannot work as a doctor. The Trust already has taken action to put this ruling into effect."

Dr Edwin BormanMedical Director at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Hiring Doctor was 'totally and utterly reckless'

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Hospital bosses in Shrewsbury have been accused of being "reckless to the point of negligence" after hiring a sex offender as a locum doctor. 

Dr Gareth Menagh has been struck off by a medical tribunal for secretly recording female colleagues undressing while working in a hospital in Belfast a number of years ago. 

He pleaded guilty to three counts of secretly filming colleagues for his own sexual gratification in September 2014. 


In March this year he was hired as a locum by the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital - despite his previous convictions. 

The former boss of Telford's Princess Royal Hospital, David Sandbach, says the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust had "put female members of staff at risk" and showed a "total disrespect for their dignity". 

Headlines: Shrewsbury hospital Doctor struck off; Mary Webb memorial

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this afternoon:

- County doctor struck off at medical tribunal 

- Solider in court over drugs charge

- Mary Webb memorial to be unveiled

Shropshire churches receive almost £500,000 in grants

Kate Tebby

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Eight listed churches in the county are celebrating grants totalling nearly £500,000 from the government. 

The money is from a fund dedicated to essential roof repairs - the largest sum is being awarded to the Grade I listed St Bartholomew Church in Tong, which is getting £100,000.

St Bartholomew's Church, Tong

In the case of the St Mary the Virgin Church in Shawbury, it means they can repair leaks that have been there since the church was built in the 12th Century.

In the Hot Seat: Shaun Davies on Telford housing developments

Jim Hawkins Show

The issue of housing was raised by Sylvia in Church Aston, during Radio Shropshire's Hot Seat interview with Telford & Wrekin Council Leader Shaun Davies.

She wanted to know why the authority continued to give permission to build houses in the area on greenfield sites. 

She says the houses are no good for first time buyers, with many being sold for £300,000-£400,000. 

Shaun Davies says they have to work under government rules and that the council has zero power over what type of houses go where. 

Housebuilding generic

We've had instances where we've turned down applications and the the developer has appealed and the planning inspector has ruled against us. I know that planning officers will listen to local residents concerns."

Shaun DaviesLeader, Telford & Wrekin Council

UKIP leadership hopeful calls for end to suspension

Suzanne Evans, who stood for UKIP in Shrewsbury at last year's general election, has already declared she wants to be the leader of the party, but there's one problem - she's currently suspended

If her suspension from UKIP is lifted, she'll be able to run for the leadership.

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MP to push for national inspector of crematoria

Shrewsbury's MP has welcomed government plans to change crematorium rules.

It comes after BBC Shropshire revealed that between 1996 and 2012 around 60 families - whose babies had died - didn't get their ashes after cremations at Emstrey Crematorium. 

Family Photos

Daniel Kawczynski says he'll continue to push ministers to set up a national inspector of crematoria.  

I believe this is something that ought to be backed, so yes we will continue to put pressure on the government until there is a national inspector."

Daniel KawczynskiConservative MP, Shrewsbury & Atcham

Shrewsbury public ‘totally ignored’ over Quarry pool’s fate

Shropshire Star

Campaigners have claimed the public has been ignored after Shropshire Council confirmed its intention to close Shrewsbury’s Quarry swimming pool.

Quarry pool
Shropshire Star

Hot Seat: Council funding - 'the sponge is dry'

Jim Hawkins Show

Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, has been answering questions in the Hot Seat with Jim Hawkins this morning. 

The authority has already shaved £80m off the budget, with a further £45m-£50m still to come - so the next level of austerity was discussed. 

Shaun Davies says the cuts to come over the years won't be easy but says he's committed to being fair and compassionate. 


It's tough, it's really really hard. But despite the government grant cut we are doing things. By building the houses we're building we're getting more council tax in which means we can protect front line services."

Shaun DaviesLeader, Telford & Wrekin Council

Headlines: Council leader commits to 'fair' cuts in the future; MP wants national inspector

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Telford & Wrekin Council leader says a policy of "fairness" and "compassion" remain at the heart of any cuts which need to be made

- Shrewsbury's MP to push for a national inspector of crematoria

- Shrewsbury Town Council leader says he'll fight to keep The Quarry swimming pool in the centre of town

Weather: Sunny and warm

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon with highs of 19 C (66F). Sara has the forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Shropshire MPs switch support following Tory leadership vote

Daniel Kawczynski and Philip Dunne have confirmed they are supporting Theresa May to be the next prime minister, after their preferred candidates Michael Gove and Stephen Crabb dropped out of the race.

Only North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson is supporting the other candidate, Andrea Leadsom.  

Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May
BBC / Getty Images

You can read more about the Conservative Party leadership race here.

Your pictures: Cloudy start, but it's getting brighter

BBC Weather Watchers

Not the best start over Berrington earlier this morning, but that grey sky should clear later on. 

Sunny spells on the way across the county. 


In the Hot Seat: Council leader 'still hasn't met with MPs'

Jim Hawkins Show

Jim Hawkins is joined by Telford & Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies in the hot seat this morning. 

The Labour councillor took over the post six weeks ago, but says he still hasn't met with the boroughs two Tory MPs.

He described his relationship with Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard as constructive, but says he's till trying to develop a relationship with Telford MP Lucy Allan. 

I'd be lying if i said there was no tension. There are a number of issues I've raised with both MPs, for example the risk of job losses at the land registry. The response has been mixed."

Shaun DaviesLeader, Telford & Wrekin Council

Tributes paid to mother and son killed in A49 crash near Shrewsbury

Shropshire Star

Tributes were today paid to a mother and son who died when their car was involved in a crash with a tanker on a busy Shropshire road.

Watch: Hot Seat with Telford & Wrekin Council leader

Jim Hawkins Show

JIm Hawkins is joined by Telford & Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies this morning. 

In his initial six weeks in the top job, he's faced a national referendum and a leadership crisis in both main parties.   

We're streaming the discussion here on Facebook Live.

Shaun Davies

Headlines: Shrewsbury MP to push for further baby ashes changes; anti-poverty charity calls for funding increase following Brexit

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

- Daniel Kawczynski promises to lobby ministers for a national inspector of crematoria, following the baby ashes scandal

- An anti-poverty charity wants the government to replace grants in Shropshire equal to £136 per household a year, if we leave the EU.

- Shrewsbury Town Council leader to fight to keep Quarry Pool in the town centre.

High pollen and UV levels

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Despite a damp and cloudy start to the day the pollen and UV levels are looking high, so you might need to pack the antihistamine and sun cream.

Highs of 21C (70F)

Pollen map

Anger over Shropshire Council's Quarry Pool decision

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The Labour Leader of Shrewsbury Town Council is disappointed by proposals to close the Quarry swimming pool in Shrewsbury, and move it to the sports village in Sundorne.

It follows a report issued by Shropshire Council, which says the existing site is costly to repair, not energy efficient, and that the town would benefit from having a modern pool.

Sundorne Sports Village

Alan Mosley says he thinks the decision has been driven by the authority's budget, rather than what's best for the town.    

The decision has been made on the basis of cuts... and the work has been done to try and justify that conclusion."

Alan MosleyLeader of Shrewsbury Town Council

Telford traffic wardens takeover demand

Shropshire Star

Traffic wardens should be taken on by Telford & Wrekin Council to punish “irresponsible” motorists, councillors said today.

Parking ticket
Shropshire Star

Telford and Wrekin boss in the Hot Seat this morning

Jim Hawkins Show

Telford and Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies will be joining Jim Hawkins in the Hot Seat from 10:00 this morning. 

The Labour politician will be in the studio to discuss everything from austerity measures, to the future of our health services. 

Telford and Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies

You can join in with the show and ask your question by calling 01743 248 321, or texting 81333, starting your message with the word SHROP.

Baby ashes families hold vigil to remember their children

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The families who have campaigned for better guidelines for infant cremations held a vigil in Shrewsbury last night to remember their children.

Many parents who I spoke to have welcomed government plans to overhaul cremation rules

Baby ashes vigil

Plans announced yesterday include a new statutory definition of what constitutes ashes, and a working group to consider what else needs to be done, including considering appointing a national inspector.

Headlines: Baby ashes vigil held; upset over Quarry Pool decision

- Families involved in the baby ashes scandal hold a vigil to remember their children

- Campaigners are disappointed by Shropshire Council's recommendation to move Shrewsbury's Quarry swimming pool out of the town centre

- Listed Shropshire churches celebrate government grants totalling nearly £500,000

Weather: Damp but set to dry out

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's a wet start to the day, but it should be warmer later.

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).