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Summary

  1. Large part of the M54 westbound closed, causing long delays
  2. Copthorne Barracks redevelopment plans go on display
  3. Severn Valley Railway gets permission to expand Bridgnorth station
  4. Updates from Wednesday 17 August 2016

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Dizzee Rascal

"Shropshire's largest music festival" is cancelled after the firm behind it ceases trading a month before it was due to go ahead.

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Football: Mellon highlights individual errors after defeat

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon says his side gave away goals through individual errors in their 3-0 defeat last night.

The side have failed to score in their three league games this season, but Mellon said it was too early in the season to worry about that and said the players were creating chances.

Players at The Valley last night
Stuart Dunn

Shrewsbury have played Milton Keynes, Coventry and Charlton this season, three teams Mellon manager believes will be finishing near the top of the table.

I've seen enough to say if we cut out individua errors, we can give ourselves a chance."

Micky MellonShrewsbury Town manager

Travel: Delays continue on M54

BBC Travel

There are long delays on the M54 heading west towards Shrewsbury and queuing traffic stretches back past junction five for Telford now.

Vehicles are being taken on a 33-mile (53km) diversion past Randlay and Hodnet, rejoining the A49 at Battlefield, north of Shrewsbury.

Meanwhile, delays caused by an accident on the M54 between junction three for Albrighton and two for Wolverhampton have cleared up.

Severn Valley Railway gets permission for Bridgnorth expansion

Severn Valley Railway has got planning permission for a multimillion-pound expansion at Bridgnorth. 

The station building will be expanded, creating a café, a larger pub and improved toilet facilities.

SVR at Bridgnorth
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The plans, which have been in the pipeline for more than three years, also include a 53-bed hostel for volunteers who work at the heritage railway. 

Former footballers' group had been talking to footballer before his death
A charity which supports former footballers had been in contact with Dalian Atkinson before his death.

Barracks plans go on show

Plans for the redevelopment of Copthorne Barracks in Shrewsbury are to go on show this afternoon. 

Most of the site's been empty, apart from a section used by the reservists, since last year and there are proposals to build homes there.

Those go on show at Shrewsbury Town's stadium this afternoon.

Copthorne barracks
Google

The tower on Copthorne Road will remain, but the rest will be pulled down imminently.

Peter Nutting, councillor for the Copthorne Ward, has called for some of the buildings and open spaces to protected.

Dalian Atkinson niece contacted ex-footballers charity

The niece of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson had contacted a charity that helps ex-footballers - two months ago, because she was worried about him, it has emerged.

Mr Atkinson died after being Tasered outside his father's home in Trench, earlier this week. 

Geoff Scott, the Chief Executive of charity Ex-Pro, said her call had been logged and put into their diary for a follow-up call. 

He says it's important not to speculate too much on Mr Atkinson's state of mind - but to wait for the outcome of the investigation.

Ron Atkinson with Dalian Atkinson
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I think it will will come out ion the fullness of time. I would not be surprised if he was a stereotypical former player that's found it hard to adjust to life."

Geoff ScottChief Executive of Ex-Pro

Latest: Large part of M54 closed; barracks demolition plans; SVR station to expand

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this lunchtime:

- Long delays as part of M54 closed westbound

- Plans to demolish large parts of Copthorne Barracks in Shrewsbury go on show

- Severn Valley Railway gets permission to redevelop Bridgnorth station

Travel: A5 closed

BBC Travel

The A5 is closed westbounds from the M54 J7 near Wellington as far as the Preston Island.

 It's due to a crash on the approach to the Preston Island on outskirts of Shrewsbury, not helped by the earlier lorry fire and fuel spill nearer Wellington.

Watch: Latest weather forecast

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Any patchy mist will clear leading to another dry and fine day. 

A light south easterly breeze.  

Temperatures about 25C (77F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

Travel: Slow going on A5

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A5 westbounds, between M54 J7 and the Preston Island.

 It's due to an earlier lorry fire. 

Traffic is also slow on the A442 in Telford, in the roadworks area, at the junction with the B5063.

Good morning - welcome to our live updates for the day

Welcome to live updates from BBC Shropshire on Wednesday morning.

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can emailtweet us on @bbcshropshire or message via Facebook.

Football

Charlton earn their first victory of the season and first under new manager Russell Slade by beating Shrewsbury.

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Our live coverage across the day

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.

Shop worker bound with cable ties during robbery

Telford Journal

A former employee of a Telford menswear shop has been jailed for three years for his part in a robbery at the store.

Weather: Another cloudless night ahead

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

We're due another cloudless night across Shropshire.

Kay Crewdson has your afternoon weather forecast

BBC Weather Watchers: Cows enjoy the Shropshire sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Betton Bear has shared a picture of cows enjoying the sunshine near Norton in Hales.

Norton in Hales
Betton Bear

Council explains decision to block music festival

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town Council says it made the decision to block a music festival in the Quarry park with "great reluctance", blaming a lack of information from the organisers.

Council leader Alan Mosley said that they'd done their best over the past two-and-a-half years to make it happen, but after receiving a report from officers, members of the recreation and leisure committee felt it wouldn't be in the interest of residents, the council or the event-goers themselves.

Shrewsbury Town Council
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There has been no comment from the organisers today, other than to say they still hoped to resolve the problems and that more would be known by Wednesday.

Our focus has always been to ensure quality events which are safe for those who attend, that show good value for money and which leave those event goers feeling they've had a good time and to do this we require good event planning and unfortunately in this case we couldnt be assured those values could be achieved."

Councillor Alan MosleyShrewsbury Town Council

Headlines: Fourth arrest in murder investigation; Dalian Atkinson's family contacted ex-footballers charity; teens thanked for plaques find

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this evening: 

- Fourth arrest in Meole Brace murder investigation

- A charity supporting ex-footballers says it was contacted by Dalian Atkinson's family before his death

- Teenagers thanked for finding lost memorial plaques

Footballers charity was contacted by Dalian Atkinson's family

A charity set up to help ex-footballers adjust to life after playing says it had been contacted by Dalian Atkinson's family in the weeks before his death.

Xpro's chief executive, Geoff Scott, said that while the full circumstances of the case were unknown, it was not unusual for modern-day footballers to struggle to adjust to life when they retired.

Footballers charity says it had been contacted by Dalian Atkinson's family before his death
Wayford Close, Shrewsbury

A fourth person is arrested by police investigating the stabbing of a teenager in a street in Shrewsbury.

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Fourth arrest in Shrewsbury murder investigation

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the death of a man in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury on 1 August.

The police say the 18-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and then released on bail.

Meole Brace street with police tape
BBC

A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Liverpool, were previously arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 19-year-old woman from Shrewsbury was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three have also been released on bail.

Football: Smith says Telford need to learn fast

BBC Sport

The AFC Telford United manager, Rob Smith, says his side needs to learn to take its chances and learn quickly - or will continue to be punished in the league.

After an injury-time defeat at the weekend, AFC Telford United could do with a morale-boosting win at home to Stalybridge tonight.

Rob Smith
Mike Sheridan

But it won't be easy because the Bucks are carrying a number of injuries and Smith says the opponents will present a physical test.

Ex-Villa star had 'threatened to kill father' before Taser tragedy, reports say

Shropshire Star

Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson reportedly threatened to kill his elderly father in a "manic state" before he was Tasered by police.

Officers at house
PA

Headlines: Taser data examined; music festival decision explained; teens thanked for finding plaques

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

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

- Investigators examine data from Taser used on Dalian Atkinson

- Council explains decision to block Shrewsbury music festival

- Teenagers thanked for finding lost memorial plaques

Oswestry Advertiser front page: Ex-sergeant major writes to vandals

Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer

A pensioner frustrated by a lack of police action after vandals broke into his caravan parked close to his house decided to confront the hooligans.

Oswestry Advertiser front page
Oswestry Advertiser

BBC Weather Watchers: Clear blue skies across Shropshire today

BBC Weather Watchers

There's hardly a cloud in the sky today and we've had some glorious photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers this morning.

Below, we have the scene in Hopton Heath (top) and Kinnersley (bottom).

Hopton Heath
Hopton Karen
Kinnersley
Can you see the Wrekin?

Lottery funding for six projects

Nigel Dolman

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Nearly £50,000 of lottery funding is being shared between six groups in Shropshire.

Projects include free blood screening for prostate cancer in Ironbridge and workshops for kids with special needs in Telford.

In total, more than £2m is being handed out across the West Midlands.

Football: New Shrewsbury striker looks for first start

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's new acquisition, George Waring, is hoping for his first League start against Charlton tonight.

The 6ft 5in striker was signed from Stoke City's development squad yesterday.

George Waring
BBC

Waring says he is "raring to go" and hopes he can score enough goals during his loan spell to get noticed by the people in charge at Stoke.

Barn fire at Coalport

The fire service has been dealing with a barn fire at Coalport this morning, which started in a large pile of stacked wood.

It spread to a nearby metal-clad barn and it took almost an hour to extinguish.

Fire engine
BBC

On BBC Midlands Today from 13:30: Midlands holiday 'staycations'

BBC Midlands Today

A record number of us are expected to holiday in the UK this year, according to a number of tourism surveys. 

People in tents
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The scene in Kingsbury

This lunchtime on Midlands Today from 13:30 we're looking at why it appears an increasing number of holidaymakers are camping or caravanning in the Midlands.

Fans leave tributes at scene where Dalian Atkinson died

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

I'm looking at tributes on the street where former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson was hit by a police Taser in the Trench area of Telford. He later died in hospital.

Just behind me on a lamppost we have a claret and blue villa scarf next to the road sign Meadow Close where this happened.

Scarf and street
BBC

I saw a couple of villa fans turn up yesterday with their own shirts which have been left outside the property.

Headlines: IPCC examines Atkinson Taser data; Shrewsbury music festival faces cancellation; teens thanked for finding plaques

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Investigators looking into Dalian Atkinson death examine Taser data

- Shrewsbury Fields Forever festival faces cancellation

- Teenagers thanked for finding lost memorial plaques

Police thank teenagers for finding missing plaques

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The police have thanked a group of young people who found a collection of stolen memorial plaques which had been missing since February 2014.

The 50 brass plaques had been taken from Wellington cemetery and were found in an old suitcase lying in undergrowth alongside a footpath in the woods.

Wellington cemetery
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A man has been sent to prison for stealing the plaques, of which only half had been recovered.

For some families, these plaques will have been the only remaining physical memory of loved ones lost a long time ago. The cemetery arranged at the time for the stolen plaques to be replaced but due to the age of some and incomplete records over time, it was not clear what some of the names and exact inscriptions should have been. Hopefully any such outstanding issues can now be resolved and families will again have that point of reference and remembrance”.

PC Neil VaughanWest Mercia Police

Dalian Atkinson death: Police not wearing body cameras, IPCC says

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says officers involved in firing a Taser at Dalian Atkinson weren't wearing body-mounted video cameras.

West Mercia Police says it does not currently deploy officers using body-worn filming devices, but has been looking into the possibility and might make a decision about introducing them later this year.  

Investigators in street
BBC

The IPCC has been speaking to the officers and collecting police logs to put together an account of what happened.  

I would like to assure people that we have begun a full and thorough investigation into police contact with Dalian Atkinson prior to his death, including the level and type of force used."

Rachel CerfontyneIPCC deputy chair

Weather: A warm and sunny day across Shropshire

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

It's going to be a warm and sunny day across Shropshire today, with little cloud around and temperatures up to 23C (73F).

The latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: One lane blocked on M54 westbound

BBC Travel

One lane blocked and there is queuing traffic on the M54 westbound between junction four for Shifnal and junction five for Telford, because of a multi-vehicle collision.

Cricket: Coach Krikken disappointed with end to season

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The coach of Shropshire's county team, Karl Krikken, said the innings defeat to Wiltshire in their final championship match of the season was "disappointing", but he is hopeful for next season.

He said he hoped to keep the nucleus of the squad together and believes they played some good cricket before a 24-point deduction ended their title hopes.

Karl Krikken
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Krikken said he had no problem with the effort shown by players, insisting they have "given their all" over the season and that in the end it just wasn't to be.