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  1. Plans for £12m revamp of Shrewsbury town centre streets finalised
  2. Inquests hear Newport woman died of blood clot
  3. Long serving Telford head teacher retires
  4. Updates on Friday 22 July

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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 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates over the evening.

Weather: A warm end to the day with patch cloud

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's not going to be another hot and humid night, but it will be pleasantly warm across the county, with some light patchy cloud.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Improved junctions and cycleways part of Shrewsbury roads plan

A look at Shropshire Council's plans for the roads around Shrewsbury show a number of interesting things.

Firstly, the council wants to tinker with a number of key junctions, with a roundabout being set up at the Coleham Head junction, new traffic lights at Meole Brace and widened approaches to the Reabrook Roundabout among other measures.

The gyratory in Shrewsbury

There are also a lot of proposals to improve routes around town for pedestrians and cyclists, including better signage,

But while steps will be taken to reduce speeds around the centre of town and encourage people to drive elsewhere, there won't be any roads closed to through-traffic.

Trade unions stage immigration debate in Wellington

The issues of refugees and immigration will be discussed at a meeting in Wellington tonight, called by Shropshire's trade unions.

They are accusing both the Leave and the Remain campaigns of using immigration as a political football in the recent EU referendum.

Border controls

People attending the gathering at the Belmont Community Hall will be asked to consider how communities can become more accepting of immigrants.

Brexit one month on: Have your say

BBC Midlands Today

If you’re still feeling a little lost and confused about what Britain’s decision to Brexit means for you, you aren’t alone. 

A month on from the EU Referendum we’re calling in an expert to sort the facts from fiction, looking at what people said would happen and what actually happened and then make a best guess at what is likely to happen as we prepare to leave. 

We’ve also been interested in hearing from a range of voices from across the West Midlands to find out how Brexit has affected their daily lives – if at all. 

Today on the programme we meet the Sorge family - a French mum and German dad who weren't allowed to vote but were shocked by Brexit - and Sutton Coldfield window cleaner Roger Needle who wants to leave the EU.

Sorge family and Roger Needle

We’d love to hear your thoughts too, so share them with us here on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll try to read as many as we can on the programme tonight.  

NSPCC says many possible reasons for child sex attack rise

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The NSPCC says there could be a number of reasons for the sharp rise in the number of sex attacks against children in Shropshire over the past five years.

It pointed out a similar trend across the country and said if could be because the police are becoming more vigilant and improving their record keeping.

The charity also suggested victims may be more willing to speak out following high-profile cases and greater awareness.

Woman dies from blood clot

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

An inquest has heard how a Newport woman died from a blood clot.

Charlotte Foster, 23, collapsed at work, five months after starting a combined contraceptive pill called Dianette and died at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital in January, the inquest was told.

Princess Royal hospital

She was described as a normally fit and healthy woman who showed no signs of a deep vein thrombosis when she was examined by a GP three weeks before her death. 

The inquest continues.

Top stories: Road revamp plans; contraceptive pill inquest; child sex abuse cases up

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this evening:

- Plans for £12m Shrewsbury street revamp published

- Inquest hears young Shropshire woman died from a blood clot after being prescribed the contraceptive pill

- Increasing numbers of child sex abuse cases across Shropshire

Increasing reports of child sex offences

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The BBC's data unit has been looking at the number of child sex abuse cases in Shropshire, revealed in the latest Home Office figures. 

As you can see, the number of reported cases in Telford dipped slightly a couple of years ago, but they are now on the rise again, across the county.

Chart showing number of child sex abuse cases in Shropshire

And we can see that's a story which is repeated across England and Wales as a whole.

Child sex abuse figures in a table

Watch: Telford MP calls for Future Fit debate

The MP for Telford MP, Lucy Allan, has asked parliament for a debate on the ongoing plans to reconfigure the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford.

She was told it was possible it might be discussed in an adjournment debate at some point.

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Work on Park Hall maize maze is complete

A maze, constructed out of maize, at Park Hall Countryside Experience is fully grown and open to the public from tomorrow morning.

It's been created by Richard Powell, who explained he has a new design every summer.

Maize maze at Park Hall
Richard Powell

Mr Powell creates it by letting the maize grow one foot all and then cutting out his pathways using a strimmer.

Cricket: Ralph set to play 100th championship match for Shropshire

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

If James Ralph is selected to play against Cheshire next weekend (and it would be a surprise if he wasn't) he will be making his 100th Minor Counties Championship appearance for Shropshire.

The Bridgnorth batsman has been playing for the county for the past 18 years and is approaching 5,000 runs.

Leading appearances stats
Shropshire CCC

The former county captain, who is 40 now, has also represented Shropshire in 65 one-day matches and averages 33.15 with the bat in the Championship, with a top score of 140.

He has also taken 41 wickets and held on to 89 catches.

I've really enjoyed playing so many games for Shropshire and I still do. I love playing in a team environment for three days with the camaraderie and the fun we get up to. I'm very proud to be so close to 100 matches."

James RalphShropshire batsman

Newport woman died after taking contraceptive pill, inquest told

Shropshire Star

A normally fit and healthy 23-year-old Newport woman collapsed and died from a blood clot five months after being prescribed the combined contraceptive pill, an inquest heard today.

Plans for Shrewsbury town centre improvements finalised

Plans for a £12m programme to improve Shrewsbury Town Centre for pedestrians, cyclists, residents and motorists have been finalised.

The money, from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, is being spent on electronic signage to warn motorists of congestion and keep them out of the centre.

Shrewsbury town centre

Road and pavements will also be changed to slow down the traffic.

Work is due to start in January and be complete by 2021.

Headlines: Shrewsbury street work plans; new plans for cinema group; library closure to be discussed

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this afternoon:

- Improvement plan for Shrewsbury streets finalised

- Clifton cinema group to announce new plans

- Plans to close Shawbury library to be discussed

BBC Weather Watchers: Light cloud over Shropshire today

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a cloudier and a little bit cooler today, but still a good summer's day for most of us.

And it looks like a few of our BBC Weather Watchers have gone for a stroll around the fields.

These photos were taken near Norton in Hales and Badger.

Norton in Hales
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Plans to close Shawbury library to be discussed

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Plans to close Shawbury's library will be put forward at a Shropshire Council meeting next week.

The authority is under pressure to cut its budget and says, in terms of the number of books borrowed, Shawbury has the highest running-costs in the county.

Shropshire Council

Villagers are being offering a once-a-week visit by a mobile library instead, along with online access to e-books and magazines and home visits for the house-bound. 

It's expected the library will close in the autumn.

Shropshire Senior Cup: Market Drayton host Telford in semi-final

The AFC Telford United manager, Rob Smith, has promised to put out a strong side when they visit Market Drayton Town tomorrow in the Shropshire Senior Cup.

The winners of this semi-final will face Shrewsbury Town in the final at a date to be fixed.

Rob Smith
Mike Sheridan

Rob Smith told fans last night that it is a competition he takes very seriously.

New water pipes for Bishop's Castle

Shropshire Live

Severn Trent starts work next month to replace four miles worth of water pipes in the Bishop Castle area.

Watch: Former railway site could become 'community housing'

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A group called A Fairer Society wants to build 57 homes on the site of Ellesmere's railway station.

It's promising the project will be "community led" and has an exhibition in the town hall tomorrow.

I've been to see the former station, which holds some old memories for me.

The old Ellesmere train station site could be built on by a developer

Summer getaway: Top tips for motorway driving

If, like a lot of Midlanders, you're thinking about heading down to the South West, it might be worth checking out these top tips for motorway driving.

The big seasonal getaway is moving up a gear and today is one of the busiest days of the year for the motorway network. 

Highways England traffic officer Sandy Osborough gives his top driving tips for summer.

Charity gets extra cash to help north Shropshire villages

The Shropshire Rural Communities charity has got extra funding this summer to support people from Gobowen, Weston Rhyn and St Martins.

The group runs Wheels2Work, which helps people with transport issues get to work, and also has funding to help agricultural apprentices.

Shropshire Rural Communities charity has got more money to help three villages

On Midlands Today: Tracking the impact of Brexit in the West Midlands

Nicola Beckford

BBC Midlands Today

It's a month since the UK voted to leave the European Union.   

Stop sign in front of EU flags

To mark that we're planning to follow more than 25 families, individuals and business owners over the next two years as the country grapples with the momentous decision.

This lunchtime we're going to introduce you to a few of the people we'll be following - join us from 13:30 on BBC One for Midlands Today.

American Football: Revolution face winless Bombers

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

After last weekend's critical win over Staffordshire Surge, the Revolution head to Lincolnshire this Sunday, to take on the 0-8 Bombers.

Victory this weekend and in the final match against the Warhawks would see Shropshire reach the playoffs - as long as the Falcons keep their 100% record going with a win over Staffordshire Surge the following weekend.

Revolution vs Bombers

The Bombers have conceded more points this season than any team outside the Premier divisions and scored just 82.

Clifton cinema group set to announce new plans

The people behind a scheme to convert Wellington's old Clifton Cinema into a "centre for the arts" say they're not giving up their campaign. 

The building was last used by the retailer Dunelm and the The Clifton Community Arts Centre group's been working behind the scenes to find out whether it's been sold, and who owns it.

Clifton Cinema

The group says it will announce the Way Ahead for the project at its annual shareholders meeting at Wellington Civic offices at 18:30.

Long-serving Telford teacher retires

A Telford head teacher who has been in his post for the past 29 years retires today.

Randlay Primary School and Nursery believes Bromley Jones is the longest-serving head in the Telford and Wrekin area and has been holding a week of celebrations to say thank you.

Bromley Jones and children

Mr Jones says he made the decision to leave last September, partly because there were changes at the school that could take up to five years to see through and he felt it was right for someone else to come in.

But he also described it as "one of the biggest decisions I've made in my life" and said he would probably miss the job when the new school year starts in September.

Weather: A warm and sunny afternoon with a chance of showers later

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a warm and sunny afternoon for most of us, with a chance of some showers in the early evening in the west of the county.

The weather for the West Midlands.

Football: Telford manager sets out expectations for new season

The AFC Telford United manager, Rob Smith, told a supporters meeting last night that he was excited about the new season and that a mid-table finish wouldn't be bad.

He also talked about the team spirit there is at the club now and that the players have a smile on their faces these days.

Bucks Head
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Telford have friendlies coming up against Wrexham and Birmingham City under-21s before the season kicks off at home to AFC Fylde on 6 August.

Council accused of 'mismanagement'

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council has been accused of "mismanagement and corporate failure" by the authority's only Green Party councillor.

Duncan Kerr criticised the money spent on the council's failed private arm IP&E and the money spent on allowances while services are cut.

He has proposed a return to the old system of district councils. The leader of Shropshire Council, Malcolm Pate says abolishing layers of local government has saved £160m.

Shropshire Council

We've seen threats to close leisure centres, threats to close the Quarry Swimming Pool and we've also seen the council spend a lot of money on their allowances, refusing to cut those. We've seen money wasted on IP&E and a lot of money given to the university as well."

Duncan KerrGreen Party Councillor

Growth in child sex offences higher in Shropshire Council area

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The growth in the number of reported sex offences against children has been slower in the Telford area than in the rest of the county.

New government statistics show reported sex offences in the Shropshire Council area more than trebled between 2011-12 and 2015-16 - in the Telford and Wrekin area they doubled.

Child with head in hands

The statistics also show there were 269 reports of sexual offences, including rape, against children under the age of 13 across the county last year.

These are grim figures which show a steep rise in the number of reports of sexual offences against children. Sexual abuse has a devastating impact on a child, and we urge all victims to come forward as soon as possible so they can get the support they need and offenders can be brought to justice."


Headlines: Big rise in child sex crime; progress in search for football investor; community-led housing estate plans

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Here are our top stories this morning:

- Big rise in reported sex offences against children in Shropshire

- AFC Telford report progress in search for investor

- Developer says Ellesmere could get "community led" housing estate

Football: 'Progress' in AFC Telford United investment talks

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United say they're still talking to potential investors to help take the club forward but the chairman Ian Dosser says they won't "give the club away to someone who isn't suitable". 

The supporter-owned club is about to start a second successive season in the second tier of non-league football.

New Bucks Head
Getty Images

Two new directors are being appointed. Luke Fearnall and the former Market Drayton Town goalkeeper Andy Pryce have taken up the positions.

Mr Pryce runs a local building firm in Wellington, and helped arrange the new kit sponsorship deal. 

On Monday, a new commercial manager will start work at the New Bucks Head. Lee Griffiths's CV includes a spell working at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. 

Ellesmere could get Shropshire's first "community led" housing project

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A group called A Fairer Society has outline permission for 57 homes on the site of the old railway station yard, off Brownlow Road in Ellesmere. 

It's having an exhibition at Ellesmere Town Hall, tomorrow and says the project will be "community led".

One of the group's founders, Peter Burke, hopes local people will have an early involvement in the design work.

It's that group of people that want to live in this place. Rather than us building it to how we think it should be, we want them to tell us how they want to live here."

Peter BurkeA Fairer Society

Rise in child sex offences 'grim' reading

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The NSPCC has described a rise in the number of recorded sex offences against children in Shropshire as "grim". 

The number has almost tripled since publicity surrounding the conviction of seven men from Telford four years ago, for a series of of offences against vulnerable teenage girls.

Government figures show that there were 196 sexual offences against children in the Telford and Shropshire Council areas in 2011-2012. 

That rose to 551 offences in the last financial year. 


Headlines: NSPCC call rise in reported sex crims "grim"; council accused of mismanagement

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The main stories in Shropshire today:

- The NSPCC describes a rise in the number of recorded sex offences against children in the county as "grim"

- Shropshire Council's only Green Party councillor has accused the authority of "mismanagement and corporate failure"

- Developers claim Ellesmere could get the county's first community-led housing project

Weather: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy with isolated showers possible throughout the day which may be heavy at times. 

Highs of 24C (75F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

Good morning

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

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