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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July 2016

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

Weather: A dry end to the day and more cloud this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It should remain largely dry this evening and throughout the weekend, but there will be a lot of cloud around too.

Shrewsbury river baby rescue heroes to receive top national award

Shrewsbury Chronicle

Three Shrewsbury heroes who saved an eight-month-old baby from drowning when the child’s pushchair was blown into the River Severn have been awarded top national life-saving honours.

James Williams, Mickey Bramall and Andrew Hill
Shropshire Star

Watch: Union leader welcomes council spending on computers

The leader of the Unison branch at Shropshire Council has welcomed council plans to spend £21m over the next five years on new computers.

On top of that the authority will have to pay running costs, and councillors will meet to discuss the proposals next Thursday.

Alan James told us the spending was desperately needed.

Wheelchair tennis tournament in Shrewsbury

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Wheelchair tennis players from across the UK are in the county this weekend for the Shrewsbury Open. 

More than 40 players are taking part in the three-day tournament.

Sarah Gaisford and Scott Smith

All but one bus route restored after GHA Coaches collapse

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council has now found alternative operators for all but one of the bus routes operated by GHA Coaches before the company went into administration.

Five school buses and six other bus services have been restored, through a combination of other bus firms and Shropshire Council's own fleet.

GHA bus

The only remaining one is the 101 Bridgnorth Town Service and the authority says it is working to get a new operator for that one.

I was greatly concerned that GHA Coaches had given us less than 24 hours’ notice about their services coming to an end. Passengers should not have been left 'high and dry' like this, and our staff have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure replacement services were put in place as soon as possible."

Councillor Simon JonesShropshire Council

Golf: Sandy Lyle bottom of the second round leaderboard

Sandy Lyle's Open is going from bad to worse and looks set to finish bottom of the leaderboard, with the second round drawing to a close.

The Scot, who started his career at Hawkstone Park, finished his 18 holes seven over par - that's 21 over par in total and needless to say, he won't be making the cut.

Sandy Lyle
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Headlines: New operators found for bus routes; Shropshire pays respects to Nice victims; MEP launches leadership bid

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this evening:

- All but one of failed bus company routes now has a new operator

- Shropshire pays its respects to victims of Nice attack

- West Mids MEP launches bid to be UKIP leader

Work nears completion on first phase of cathedral work

Renovation work at Shrewsbury's Catholic Cathedral on Town Walls is nearing the end of its first phase.

And the new entrance to the building should be complete by the time of the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Cathedral entrance

The workmen have been creating a new oak screen, which will make the more entrance more attractive, improve disabled access and allow the main doors behind it to remain open during the day.

Collapsed GHA Coaches sacked its staff by text message

Whitchurch Herald

Bus drivers and coach company staff learned they had lost their jobs via a text message.

GHA bus
Whitchurch Herald

American Football: Revolution face season-defining game

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Revolution play Staffordshire Surge this weekend, knowing that they have to win to keep alive their hopes of making the playoffs.

A victory, followed by wins over the division's bottom two sides should see the Revolution finish in second place and probably set up a playoff against a side from Scotland.

Shropshire Revolution players

But defeat would end their hopes, even if the Surge were to lose their remaining games.

Carnival of Giants returns to Telford this weekend

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford's Carnival of Giants returns tomorrow, with a collection of extra-large puppets parading through the town park.

This year there will also be a collection of life-sized dinosaurs, as well as street performers, dressing-up and sports activities.

This is a video of last year's event and it's impossible to watch without a little smile.

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West Midlands MEP announces he is running for leadership of UKIP

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is running for UKIP party leadership

Police in crackdown on Oswestry drug dealers

Shropshire Star

Police have launched a drive to eliminate drug dealing in Oswestry. A police inspector today warned dealers in the area that officers were "coming after them".

Police jacket
Shropshire Star

Champions League: Scandanavians wait for TNS

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

If The New Saints can beat Apoel Nicosia in Cyrpus on Tuesday, they'll face Scandinavian opposition in the next round of the Champions League qualifiers.

The draw was made at UEFA HQ this lunchtime and paired them with Rosenborg from Norway or Sweden's Norrkoping.

Champions League ball and background
Getty Images

Rosenborg lead 3-1 from their home leg last week they play again on Wednesday.  

Headlines: Flags at half mast; MEP running for UKIP leader; duckling rescued

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

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

- Flags fly at half mast out of respect for those killed and injured in Nice

- West Midlands MEP bidding to be next UKIP leader

- Police use duck noises to coax duckling out of drain

Golf: Lyle unlikely to make the cut at The Open

Sandy Lyle looks almost certain to miss the cut at The Open after his disastrous first round.

He is three over par after nine holes today and very close to the bottom of the leaderboard.

Sandy Lyle
Getty Images

Grieving mother unhappy with support following daughter's death

A woman from north Shropshire is calling for more tests for a bacterial infection, following her daughter's death just a day after being born.

One child a week in Britain dies after contracting group B streptococcus, but there's no routine testing procedure, as there is in many other countries. 

Kayleigh Griffiths, from Myddle, lost her daughter Pippa three months ago and has described her process of searching for answers when it all happened and said she didn't know where to start.

Pictures: French flag at half mast in front of council offices

Earlier we brought you photos of the French flag flying at half mast outside Telford and Wrekin council's offices, out of respect for those killed and injured in Nice.

There is also a French flag at half mast outside Shropshire Council's offices in Shrewsbury.

French flag
Shropshire Council

Ice Hockey: Tigers announce Hull Pirates friendlies

Telford Tigers have announced two more pre-season friendlies - back-to-back games against Hull Pirates.

They will face their EPL rivals in Humberside on Saturday 3 September, before the two sides meet the following day in Telford.

Tigers fans
Steve Brodie

And with a number of new faces in the Tiger's line-up, head coach Tom Watkins says the performances will be just as important as the final score.

They will present us with the right opposition needed to make sure the guys are ready for the new league season."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Duck noises played to rescue trapped duckling

A duckling has been rescued from a drain in Shrewsbury by police who lured it out by playing duck sounds from Youtube.

Officers were called out when someone spotted it was stuck in the drain off Holyhead Road yesterday afternoon and some passing Shropshire Council workers helped them remove a manhole cover.

PC Christopher Baldwin and PC Charlotte Sullivan with the duckling
West Mercia Police

The drains were then gently flushed to bring it out and the duckling is now at a rescue centre in Much Wenlock.

The duckling was recovered quite a distance along from where he or she was last seen. We had all gotten to the point of thinking the worst and giving up when thankfully we heard it respond."

PC Christopher BaldwinWest Mercia Police

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should remain a mostly dry, breezy and cloudy afternoon, with a few brighter spells developing. Feeling muggy. 

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

Cricket: Shropshire aim to make it four wins from four

Shropshire will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the Minor Counties Championship season, at home to Berkshire this weekend.

They will make one change from the side that beat Cornwall, with Tom Weston coming in to replace Omar Ali.

Shifnal cricket club
Andrew Carter

The game starts at Shifnal cricket club at 11:00 on Sunday.

Flags fly at half mast for victims of Nice attack

The flags have been flying at half mast over the offices of Telford and Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council, as a mark of respect for all those who lost their lives in the Nice attack last night.

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Headlines: Flags at half mast; MEP to stand for UKIP leader; inquest rules Thai death probably an accident

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Flags fly at half mast in Shropshire for victims of Nice attack

- West Mids MEP to stand for UKIP leadership

- Inquest rules Shropshire man's death in Thailand probably an accident

Harry Potter super fans turn dining room into Hogwarts
A Harry Potter obsessed family has recreated a bit of Hogwarts in the dining room of their family home in Shropshire.
Jigsaw with UK flag piece removed

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Nearly one month on from that epic referendum result, I've been sounding out opinions in the part of Britain which voted more enthusiastically than anywhere else for the UK to leave the EU.

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BreakingWest Midlands UKIP MEP launches party leadership bid

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter, WM

MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is to stand as leader of UKIP.

The leadership race was sparked by the resignation of Nigel Farage, who quit following the EU referendum vote.  

Many of UKIP's best-known faces have been blocked from contesting the leadership after the Eurosceptic party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) said all candidates must have been a member for at least five years.  

Bill Etheridge

More Shropshire reaction to France attack

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Politicians of all parties have been expressing their shock at the attack in Nice overnight.

These are the thoughts of the Wrekin MP, Mark Pritchard and the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Shaun Davies.

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Inquest rules Thai death probably an accident

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A coroner has ruled that the death of a south Shropshire man in Thailand was probably an accident.

An inquest in Shrewsbury heard that Stewart Middleton, from Craven Arms, died in February after leaving a bar in the early hours of the morning.

He was found on rocks below a balcony.

Adam El-Abd

Shrewsbury Town make their ninth signing of the summer by snapping up ex-Bristol City defender Adam El-Abd.

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Football: Win for young AFC Telford United side

A young AFC Telford United side beat Bridgnorth 2-1 last night in a pre-season friendly - Will McGarry (pictured below) scored the winner.

Three under-18s made their first team debut, Mitchell Willdigg, Dom Bendall-Court and George Broome.

Will McGarry
Mike Sheridan

Next up, Aston Villa at the New Bucks Head, tomorrow with a midday kickoff.

Watch: Shropshire woman has stomach surgery

Clare Ashford

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

I've been following the journey of Emma from Telford, as she goes through weight loss surgery at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Surgeon's performed what is known as a sleeve gastrectomy on her.

It involves the removal of a section of the stomach.

A warning that the video below shows some graphic medical scenes.

A Telford woman has a sleeve gastrectomy

Shropshire politicians shock at Nice attack

Politicians in Shropshire have been reacting with shock at the news of the terror attack in Nice last night.

They include the MPs for Ludlow and Telford.

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Headlines: Council defends using bus firm; call for greater infection awareness; reaction to Nice attack

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this morning:

- Shropshire Council defends decision to use bus firm which went into administration

- Mother calls for greater infection awareness following daughter's death

- Politicians react with shock to Nice terror attack

Bike rider critical after crash in north Shropshire

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A biker's critically ill after a crash on the A41, between Tern Hill and Prees Heath. 

The rider, who's in his 50s, lost control of his blue Yamaha - at Bletchley last night - bounced off the central reservation - and went into a car. 

He's in hospital - in a stable condition - with serious arm, leg and head injuries.

Disappointment over planned village schools closures

Genevieve Tudor

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Parents affected by the probable closure of two Shropshire village schools have been giving us their reaction. 

Governors say falling pupil numbers mean the schools in Hope and Westbury are no longer viable. In a year's time they want children to move to an enlarged site at Worthen. 

Consultations are ongoing.

St Mary's School, Westbury

Outside St Mary's School in Westbury, one parent told me "it's a real shame", but another admitted "there aren't enough children in the community to make it worthwhile keeping it open".

Dismay as Great War statue stolen from Shrewsbury's Quarry park

Shropshire Star

A small bronze figure created in memory of the Great War dead has been stolen from Shrewsbury's Quarry park.

Great War figurine
Shropshire Star

Shropshire Council defends decision to use collapsed bus firm

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council leader Malcolm Pate has pointed to the authority's "severe financial problems" in defending its decision to use bus operator GHA, which went into administration yesterday. 

The Ruabon-based firm, which employed 320 people, operated school and bus routes across north Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.

GHA Coaches

They are believed to have offered a cheaper deal than rival operator, Arriva, but Malcolm Pate says he felt they were a "reputable company".

We had no doubts, whatsoever at that time about their viability. We would've taken the cheapest option that gave us the standard of service we required."

Malcolm PateLeader, Shropshire Council