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Summary

  1. Another maternity unit is forced to close overnight
  2. Phone boxes to be saved after objections raised
  3. Severn Valley Railway sees increase in passenger numbers
  4. Updates on Friday 17 February 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A5112 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5112 Shropshire both ways severe accident, at A5191 Ditherington Road.

A5112 Shropshire - A5112 Whitchurch Road in Shrewsbury closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the A5191 Ditherington Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Football

Aristote Nsiala heads a last-minute winner as Shrewsbury boost their chances of staying in League One by beating AFC Wimbledon.

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Severe accident: A5 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A495 and A483.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Oswestry closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Whittington Roundabout and Mile End Roundabout, because of an accident, debris on the road and a fuel spillage.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Flintshire Magistrates' Court is located in Mold Crown Court

A woman almost three times the limit on a school run claimed she only had one glass of wine while baking cakes for a school event, a court hears.

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

Football: Wolves midfielder pleased with Shrewsbury Town's improvement

BBC Sport

The former Shrewsbury Town midfielder Dave Edwards still lives in the county and despite playing for Wolves, is still a Shrewsbury fan.

And he's pleased with the team's recent improvement under new manager Paul Hurst.

Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards is a Shrewsbury Town fan and is pleased with recent results

Your photos: Swans in Newport

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had some nice photos shared by the BBC Weather Watchers today, but this one taken in Newport earlier really stood out.

Swans in Newport
Tay

Meole Brace roundabout revamp

You've been having your say on Facebook about major work on Meole Brace roundabout in Shrewsbury.

A section of the roundabout is closed between Oteley Road and the retail park.

Workers remove trees as part of Meole Brace roundabout revamp

Clair Bairstow wrote: "I've never had a problem with traffic on the actual island....It's the retail park entrance that has been a problem, one exit/entrance at busy times is the problem, never meole island!!"

Heather Swancott wrote: "It would of made more sense to leave the island as it was and put a road going off the retail park then the traffic wouldn't get clogged up pointless waste of money."

Cheryl Davies wrote: "What a complete and utter waste of time what has happened to all the wildlife off the island disgusting chopping or should I say hacking those trees down like that"

Jacqui Austin wrote:"Dobbies island needs adjustment..nothing wrong with this island..total waste of money in my opinion!"

Watch: Your evening and weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A mild evening and weekend ahead, with the chance of some rain but the chance of some brighter spells too.

You can find the weekend weather forecast for your area here.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Pub bans dished out in Oswestry crackdown

Shropshire Star

Six people have been banned from pubs in Oswestry as part of a crackdown in which landlords are being armed with drug-detecting wipes.

Severn Valley Railway passenger numbers up

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Severn Valley Railway saw a small rise in passenger numbers last year, thanks partly to the visit of the Flying Scotsman.

Flying Scotsman
BBC

The number of paying passengers rose from 204,889 to 208,479, but that's still some way behind it's best ever year.

In 2011 the historic railway carried more than 215,000 passengers.

Ice hockey: Tigers look for tactical advantage over Phantoms

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers can take another big step towards the English Premier League title with victory over Peterborough Phantoms at the Telford Ice Rink on Sunday.

They need four wins from the remaining seven fixtures to guarantee the trophy and the Tigers have already played their opponents three times this season, winning two and losing once.

Tom Watkins
Steve Brodie

Tigers head coach Tom Watkins (pictured above) has had a settled side in recent weeks, but with the two sides familiar with each other's strengths and weaknesses he might make tactical changes for the game.

I like the look of where we are and how our team lines up, but you never know what’s going to happen from now until then, and where we can make some differences to the team."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Another maternity unit shuts overnight because of staff sickness

Another Midwife Led Unit (MLU) has been forced to close overnight because of staff sickness - this time it's Ludlow.

Last night the Bridgnorth unit had to shut overnight and on Friday it was the Oswestry MLU and over the Christmas holidays there were a series of closures for the same reason.

Ludlow MLU
BBC

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust says this isn't unusual and all the women likely to be affected have been contacted and offered places elsewhere.

Football: Telford happy with new goalkeeper

BBC Sport

Matt Urwin has conceded three goals in two games, since signing on loan from Fleetwood at the start of the month, but the club seem happy with him.

He was brought in to replace James Montgomery and goalkeeping coach Andy Pryce was pleased to bring him on board.

Andy Pryce is very happy with the recent signing of Matt Urwin

Plans for colliery anniversary to be discussed

James Bond

BBC Shropshire

Next year will mark 50 years since Ifton colliery at St Martins closed and this weekend a meeting will be held to decide how it should be commemorated.

One of the items on the agenda at the Miners Institute will be choosing a design for a new statue in the village.

This design was created by George Triggs.

Model of miner statue
George Triggs

Football: The New Saints prepare for Scottish semi-final

BBC Sport

The New Saints travel to Scotland this weekend, to play St Mirren in the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Scottish Cup.

It's the first time teams from outside Scotland have been invited to play in the tournament and TNS are the sole remaining non-Scottish team.

The New Saints travel to Scotland for the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Cup

Mammoth mascot returns to Craven Arms museum

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre has got its mascot back, after a make-over.

Tusker the woolly mammoth had to have some of his hair replaced, because he was starting to look a bit threadbare after 15 years on display.

Here you can see what he looked like before (left) and after (right) the work.

Tusker before and after
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Catherine Crowther, a local volunteer, carried out the hair-replacement using materials donated by Shropshire teddy-bear makers Merrythought.

Football: Ladapo should be fit for Wimbledon game

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Freddie Ladapo appears to have shaken off his hamstring injury and has been back in training, ahead of the Wimbledon match this weekend.

But, Paul Hurst isn't pegging all his hopes on his on-loan striker.

Paul Hurst says Shrewsbury Town aren't a one man team
Gilbert Bradley and a letter addressed to him

Bethan Bell

BBC News

Love letters written during World War Two and discovered in a trunk in Brighton reveal a forbidden relationship between two men.

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No objection to the removal of 87 phone boxes

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

BT says there has been no objection to the removal of 87 phone boxes in the county - 60 in the Shropshire Council area and 27 in the Telford and Wrekin Council area.

The authorities objected to the removal of another 112 and BT says that it has an agreement with Ofcom that it won't remove any phone box if an objection is raised following consultation.

Phone box
Shropshire Council

There have been applications to adopt another 24 kiosks and BT says it will look at those requests in the coming months.

Phone boxes can be turned into anything from defibrilator kiosks to mini-libraries.

£3.3m project to get people training and back to work

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

If you've been struggling to get a job, or the right training, you could benefit from a £3.3m project in the county.

People from deprived areas are being offered one-to-one help, access to courses and voluntary work. 

Looking for a job guy on pavement
Thinkstock

Sandy Dent is from the training company Landau who are running the project.   

We're going to be doing a lot of different activities, from two-hour workshops through to 12-week training courses."

Sandy DentFrom Landau training company

Why not match these mums?

#PeoplesCup

Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

West Midlands union rep stands for Unite leadership

One of the contenders to lead Britain's biggest trade union is in Birmingham today.

Len McCluskey, the current leader of Unite, is being challenged by the union's West Midlands representative, Gerard Coyne.

On his visit Mr McCluskey is due to visit Cadburys to meet with union members and shop stewards.

Nominations close today for the post of the union's general secretary.  

Football: Deegan looks for quick bounce back after defeat

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town's recent good run came to an end against Peterborough on Tuesday night, but they will be looking to bounce back at home to AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.

Manager Paul Hurst is also looking for more players to chip in with goals and midfielder Gary Deegan is hoping to discover his shooting-boots.

Shrewsbury Town's Gary Deegan is looking to bounce back with a win against Wimbledon

Football: AFC Telford United unveil new shirt design

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United have revealed the winner of their fan-vote to choose next season's home shirt.

New shirt
AFC Telford United

Health chief named as permanent boss of Shropshire CCG

Shropshire Star

Shropshire’s troubled health organisation has named its new chief officer.

Dr Simon Freeman
Shropshire Star

Tennis: Willis through to final of Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament

BBC Sport

Marcus Willis has made it through to the final of the Pro-Series event in Shrewsbury.

The Warwick player beat Slovakia's Filip Horansky 6-3, 6-4 and will now face either Germany's Oscar Otte or Jonathan Mridha from Sweden.

Marcus Willis
Richard Dawson
Shropshire museum displays the WW2 love letters sent between two soldiers
After the death of one of the men, letters telling the story of soldiers' love have come to light.

Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41.

M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tennis: Willis wins first set in semi-final

BBC Sport

Britain's Marcus Willis has taken the first set in his semi-final at the Pro-Series event in Shrewsbury.

The Warwick-based is playing Slovakia's Filip Horansky.

Tennis
Richard Dawson
Police car

An elderly man who died after being hit by a car in Powys is named by police as 97-year-old Richard Wood.

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Call for better support for LGBT care home residents

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A Shropshire group are hoping to raise awareness about LGBT people in care.  

Elderly man
SAND

SAND - which stands for Safe Ageing, No Discrimination - offers training and advice to care homes to help make sure older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual people are included and accepted by the whole community, as well as offered appropriate personalised care.

Children failing to reach targets in literacy and numeracy

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Almost one in three children across Shropshire are failing to reach expected standards in literacy and numeracy by the time they reach school, according to a leading national charity.

The number rises to almost half, for children from deprived families and girls fare much better than boys. 

School classroom
Thinkstock

The charity Save The Children wants greater investment in early years teaching and support for nurseries.

Jerome Finnigan from Save the Children says Shropshire's figures are in line with the rest of the country.   

We know from the evidence, that poverty of course has a really big impact of children's early learning, but we also know is early years teachers and high quality childcare can really help to address that impact and ensure that all children start school with a good level of development."

Jerome FinniganSave the Children

Old phone boxes could be turned into defibrillator kiosks

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

BT wants to rip out the workings and either remove or hand over responsibility for the 214 telephone boxes - because of extremely low use. 

Following a consultation with towns and villages, Shropshire Council is now recommending that 113 remain in use due to rural isolation, poor mobile phone coverage and the phone being near an accident blackspot. 

Telephone box
BBC

It says it's happy for another 60 to be removed altogether and 23 adopted by communities where they will be turned into defibrillator kiosks. 

BT has said it will only disconnect a phone box if there are no objections and it is also be consulting on the future of 37 phone boxes in the Telford area.

Tennis: Busy day for Willis in the Aegon GB Pro Series tournament

Stuart Dunn

Shrewsbury Town commentator, BBC Shropshire

Marcus Willis, the last remaining British player in the Aegon GB Pro-Series men's tournament at The Shrewsbury Club, faces a busy day today.

Marcus Willis
BBC

As well as his semi-final clash, he's also through to the doubles final to be played later in the day.

Telford grandmother's asbestos death linked to 1983 COD Donnington fire

Telford Journal

A grandmother's death has become the latest to be linked to a fire at a former Army depot in Telford that showered homes and gardens for miles around with toxic asbestos dust.

The clean up operation after the fire in 1983
Telford Journal

In Pictures: Beautiful sunrises across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Some beautiful sunrises across Shropshire this morning. Don't forget if you've got any great pictures you'd like to share with the rest of Shropshire you can email them or send them to BBC Weather Watchers  

Sunrise in Ellesmere
Marguerite
Sunrise in Wellington
Kermit Green

Shrews more than a one-man team says manager

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Paul Hurst is insisting Shrewsbury Town are not a one-man team.

Freddie Ladapo should be back to face Wimbledon tomorrow, after missing Town's midweek defeat at Peterborough with a tweaked hamstring.

Paul Hurst and James Bond
BBC

Ladapo's been making the headlines with his recent goals, but the Town manager says Shrewsbury have a strong all-round squad. 

He's getting a lot of press and everyone seems to be speaking about him. It's not putting Freddie down, but it's more than a one-man show that's for sure, but he's got some important goals for us and hopefully that can continue."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town Manager

School catchment areas due to be changed in Telford

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Plans to change school catchment areas in parts of Telford are to be tweaked. 

The council's pushing ahead with plans which will make Telford Priory the usual school for children in Muxton.

Burton Borough School
Google

But, after protests from parents, the council's now said it'll continue free transport to Burton Borough school in Newport for existing pupils. 

And, although it says the walking route to Telford Priory is safe, it'll look at improvements to cycling and walking routes.

At the moment, people living in Muxton would be given priority at Burton Borough under the new proposal they'd be given priority at their nearest school which is Telford Priory."

Jim CollinsTelford and Wrekin Council