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Summary

  1. Government gives green light to supermarket plan
  2. Police warning over flares at Coventry match
  3. Arts group looks to lease former bank
  4. Stained glass panel honours WW2 pilot
  5. Updates from Friday 3 March 2017

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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 this evening and into the morning.

Beauty spot to re-open after Doris damage

Haughmond Hill is going to re-open to visitors this weekend.

It was closed by the Forestry Commission this week, to allow workmen to clear up after Storm Doris and to carry out some scheduled tree-felling.

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Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will continue for many this evening and for a time overnight, but there will be some drier interludes too

Rain will clear during the early hours. 

Cloudy skies will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing an overnight frost.  Lows of 6C (43F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Cricket: Shropshire youngsters to face three first-class tests

BBC Sport

Shropshire's development XI has got matches lined up against academy sides from three first class counties this summer.

The team, which gives experience to under-21 players, will face Lancashire’s academy team in two Twenty20 matches at Wrekin College on 31 May.

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They are then due to play a 50-over game against Nottinghamshire’s academy side on 9 August and a two-day match with Northamptonshire’s academy, starting on 17 August.

Book borrowing bonanza at Leintwardine library

A library in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, has bucked the decline of library use in the country. 

Leintwardine Community Library has seen an increase of 13% in the number of books being borrowed. It is also open for more hours thanks to local volunteers. 

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A new support group, Friends of Leintwardine Community Library, has set itself targets of "turning round library use, and transforming the way it worked to meet local needs."

They also held activities such as children’s writing competitions, craft-making sessions for children and a mini-Shakespeare festival. 

Ice hockey: Young players told to 'earn their place'

BBC Sport

After wrapping up the league title at the weekend, the Telford Tigers can afford to give their youngsters more playing-time, but head coach Tom Watkins has told them they'll have to earn their place in the side.

The Tigers are looking to continue their 11-game winning streak and Watkins says he wants to be hitting the end-of-season playoffs in good form.

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Steve Brodie

The Tigers have also been told they will be presented with the EPL trophy after their match against the Guildford Flames on 12 March.

There is a lot of planning for the play-offs. With the title in the bag, we want to keep this streak going until the end of the year. The guys are on a good roll, they’re playing good hockey and even when they’re not, they’re doing enough to win."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Metalwork from scrapyard recycled for new nature reserve

Earlier this week, the Shropshire Wildlife Trust officially opened their new nature reserve at Smalley Hill, near the Horsehay Golf Club.

It features a recycled tipping-skip, from brought over from the former Furbers scrapyard in north Shropshire.

tipping skip
Shropshire Wildlife Trust

But you wouldn't recognise it, because with a bit of work, it was turned into this information board.

Information board
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Flood alerts remain in force

A number of flood alerts are still in place in Shropshire this afternoon.

They affect the rivers Severn, Tern and Perry and the River Dee near Whitchurch.

The Severn is expected to reach a peak overnight.

Football: TNS on the brink of league title

BBC Sport

After their record-breaking winning run, The New Saints have been pretty much guaranteed the league title, but it could be confirmed this weekend.

TNS lifting WPL trophy in 2016
TNS

If Bala Town fail to win tonight and TNS win tomorrow, then Craig Harrison's men will lift the trophy with seven games to spare.  

A draw would be enough for TNS if Bala lose.

Ludlow traders consider action on business rates rise

South Shropshire Journal

Ludlow traders are considering a legal challenge over hikes in business rates that they say could put high street shops out of business.

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Police warn Coventry fans over flares at Shrewsbury Town game

Andy Giddings

BBC Online

The police have warned Coventry fans there will be a "robust searching operation" when they arrive at Shrewsbury Town's stadium tomorrow and they will not be allowed to bring flares into the ground.

It follows protests by Coventry fans at previous games , which have involved flares and other objects being thrown onto the pitch.

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Sky Blues fans are  unhappy at the way their club is run by owners Sisu .  

Shropshire singer wants public support on ITV show

Kate Tebby

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A 21-year-old from Bishop's Castle will be performing live on ITV's The Voice this weekend and needs people's votes to keep her in the competition. 

Zoe Hedge (picture, left) is one half of the duo Capital B and has Sir Tom Jones as her mentor.

Zoe Hedge
ITV

Magic moments from FA People's Cup

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Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

Football: Hurst sees an advantage in the battle against relegation

Shrewsbury Town remain in a battle to avoid relegation from League One, but the manager, Paul Hurst, thinks they have a psychological advantage over some of the sides being drawn into it.

Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst thinks his side have an advantage in the relegation battle

Power back on in Shrewsbury

Western Power Distribution says power has been restored to thousands of homes in Shrewsbury.

Your photos: Rain soaked fields in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

We've seen plenty of photos of rain-soaked fields from the BBC Weather Watchers today.

These ones were taken near Rushbury (top) and Church Stretton (below).

Fields near Rushbury
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Muddy field near Church Stretton
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Ice hockey: Tigers to wear charity jerseys

BBC Sport

The Telford Tigers will wear charity jerseys for their home game against Hull Pirates on Sunday, to promote HIV awareness.

The newly-crowned English Premier League champions will also be holding a charity auction after the match, organised by one of the fans.

Tigers Jersey
Telford Tigers

Face off at the Telford Ice Rink is at 18:00.

Cinema group look to buy former bank

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Campaigners trying to create an arts-centre in Wellington have started negotiations to lease the town's former HSBC Bank.

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The Clifton Project was set up to transform Wellington's derelict cinema, but hasn't managed to persuade the owners to sell it. 

In the meantime, fund-raisers are pressing ahead with alternative plans.

Football: Shrewsbury midfielder isn't relaxing yet

BBC Sport

It would be easy for Shrewsbury Town to take their foot off the gas this weekend, at home to a Coventry City side which has won just once in 2017.

And after scoring four against Charlton in the week, they will be looking for more goals.

But despite all that, midfielder Shaun Whalley says the players aren't relaxing yet.

Despite their improving form, midfielder Shaun Whalley says Shrewsbury can't relax yet

Power cut hits more than 3,000 homes

Western Power Distribution says it hopes to have supplies back on for the 3,081 homes affected by 14:30

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Councillor allowances to be used to set up a bursary for young people

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Some of the £250,000 saved from councillors allowances in Telford is to be used to set up a bursary for children and young people. 

When Labour regained control of the authority in 2011, it cut the amount councillors could claim by 10%. 

Telford and Wrekin Council building
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Council leader, Shaun Davies, hopes the scheme can be launched to celebrate the borough's 50th birthday. 

It'll hopefully launch in the summer, so [the council can] help those who're achieving sporting and educational excellence, but the detail is to be decided upon."

Shaun Davies Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident.

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

Vehicle fire causes long tailbacks on the A5 this morning

This was the scene on the A5 eastbound this morning, between Shrewsbury and Telford, close to the Preston Island. 

Queues built up after a vehicle caught fire and there was an oil spill, resulting in the road being closed for a while.    

Sale of barracks prompts calls of government putting profit first

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The government is being accused of putting profit before the homeless over the sale of Shrewsbury's Copthorne Barracks. 

The rules for brown-field sites have been relaxed, so developers don't have to build as many "affordable" homes - down in this case from 46 to only 6.  

Copthorne barracks
BBC

There are also calls for veterans to provided with affordable homes on the site under the armed forces covenant. 

Shropshire Council's cabinet member for planning and housing, Mal Price says the government has got it wrong.

He would like 46 affordable homes to be built on the site, with a local lettings policy which would allow 10 to be given to veterans. 

Welcome boost for AFC Telford Utd as goalkeeper returns

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United have been given a boost by the early return of on-loan goalkeeper, Matt Urwin. 

The Fleetwood keeper was expected to be out for several weeks with a groin strain.  

Callum Burton
BBC

This prompted Telford to sign Shrewsbury goalkeeper, Callum Burton, for a month as cover. 

Manager Rob Smith hasn't decided yet who'll play against Altrincham tomorrow.

Severe accident: A41 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A41 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B5395 and Back Lane.

A41 Shropshire - A41 Chester Road in Whitchurch closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the B5395 junction and the Back Lane junction, because of an accident involving lorry and recovery work.

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

Shropshire fighter pilot remembered

This year, Bayston Hill is marking the 75th anniversary of the death of local pilot, Flt Lt  Eric Lock.

He left home on his 18th birthday to join the RAF in 1939 and when war broke out he was posted to a Spitfire squadron.

Eric Lock and stained glass
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He is credited with shooting down at least 26 aircraft before, during and after the Battle of Britain, and was severely wounded in his left arm and both legs in November 1940, but returned to action the following year.

Flt Lt Lock was last heard attacking German ground troops in occupied France and it is presumed he was shot down by ground fire, but neither his plane nor his body were ever recovered.

Victim of bungalow fire identified

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The victim of last week's fatal fire at Bucknell in south Shropshire has been formally identified as 70-year-old Diana Joyce Dacey

She lost her life when the housing-association bungalow she was living in caught fire.

Bungalow fire
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An inquest is due to open on Tuesday.

Chirk residents grateful to Kronospan, despite legal threat

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

People living near the Kronospan wood chip factory in Chirk have stressed the company does a lot of good in the local community, but say that won't stop them taking legal action against the firm.

Around 70 families are preparing to take the action, claiming they can't open their windows because of the dust coming from the plant. They're hoping the prospect of legal action will bring about changes. 

Kronospan
BBC

Kronospan says it's investing £150m on improvements and takes its obligations "very seriously".

Kronospan is a massive employer, it does good for the community. It takes children on for apprenticeships and does things like that. But at the end of the day, just because they're good to our community, it doesn't mean that we, as a community, have to suffer. It's not about the money, it's about... letting them know we've had enough and things need to change."

Suzanne NewellResident in Chirk

Mother petitions the government to change rules on disabled parking badges

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Shrewsbury mother is petitioning the government to change the rules about disabled parking badges. 

Nicky Clark's 19-year-old daughter, Emily, was entitled to a badge under the previous system, because, although she can walk, she has autism and doesn't appreciate the dangers around her. 

Blue badge parking
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But the new Personal Independence Payments scheme doesn't take this into account. Mrs Clarke thinks that is "morally wrong".

I was horrified to find that Emily no longer qualifies. She's not considered disabled enough to get a blue badge."

Nicky ClarkMother

Government gives the go-ahead to new supermarket

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Ludlow's new supermarket has been given the go-ahead by the government. 

It's decided not to intervene over the plans, which were approved by Shropshire councillors last month.  

Plan for new supermarket in Rocks Green
Shropshire Council

The Rocks Green proposals have been controversial. 

Many people want more food outlets and choice, others fear it'll damage shopping in the historic town centre.

Shropshire war hero to be remembered in his home village

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

World War Two hero, Eric Lock, will be remembered in his home village this evening. 

A stained glass panel will be unveiled at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall in honour of the fighter-pilot. 

Eric Lock and his spitfire
BBC

Flight Lieutenant Lock shot down at least 26 enemy aircraft in a year, before crash landing in the sea near Calais in 1941. 

He was never seen again.

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Vehicle fire and oil spill closes A5 between Shrewsbury and Telford

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A vehicle fire and oil spillage closed the A5 between Shrewsbury and Telford at the Preston island earlier this morning, causing big delays for commuters.   

Things are slowly getting back to normal. 

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Mother who lost twin babies hopes to improve training with new video

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire woman, who lost twin babies in the late stages of pregnancy, has made a film to improve training at the hospital where it happened.  

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals trust has apologised to Kelly Jones. It's admitted its deficiencies, and has bought new heart-monitors. 

Kelly's babies Ella and Lola
Kelly Jones

Kelly hopes the training-video will go some way towards ensuring it doesn't happen again. 

That's the biggest achievement I want - [for other people] not to [have to] do what I had to do, to bury two of mine."

Kelly JonesMother

Video: What's the weather got in store today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain moving in this morning means it will be a thoroughly wet day with lots of showers and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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BBC Local Live

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Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between A49 and M54 J7.

A5 Shropshire - A5 blocked and slow traffic eastbound between Preston Island in Shrewsbury and Wellington in Shropshire, because of a vehicle fire and an oil spillage. Approach with care.

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