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Summary

  1. Police officer from Telford who downloaded child porn is sacked
  2. Shropshire's A&E departments have busiest day of the year so far
  3. Number of fly-tipping incidents in Shropshire falls
  4. Updates on Friday 10 March 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Severe accident: A519 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A519 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Lodge Lane and Fernhill Road.

A519 Staffordshire - A519 in Woodseaves closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Lodge Lane junction and the Fernhill Road junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

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

Football

Ian Evatt equalises for Chesterfield before being stretchered off as they are held to a home draw by Shrewsbury Town.

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People on the protest

One head teacher says 'vital services' were already being cut, affecting children's education.

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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.

Design for new Telford footbridge submitted

Plans for a new footbridge to link Telford town centre to Telford Central railway stations have been submitted.

Telford and Wrekin Council says it hopes the new bridge will be lifted into place in late February or early March next year and will replace the existing bridge across Rampart Way.

Footbridge
Telford and Wrekin Council

The authority says the existing red bridge is too expensive to maintain and plans to have it demolished by the end of July next year, with all work expected to be completed by late June/early July 2018.  

The footbridge project has already been approved by Telford and Wrekin Council’s planning committee, but has had to be resubmitted because the design had been altered to reduce the weight of the bridge.

This is a massive and extremely challenging but exciting project which will create a visually stunning gateway to Telford town centre and the submission of the final planning application is an important milestone."

Councillor Angela McClements Telford and Wrekin Council

Girl hit by car in Wellington

A girl has been hit by a car near Wellington railway station.

The youngster has been taken to Telford's Princess Royal Hospital with head and leg injuries, but they're not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

Police cars
BBC

Officers said they weren't looking for anyone else. 

The road has now reopened.

Football: Shrewsbury Town look to improve away form

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town are away at Chesterfield tomorrow and manager Paul Hurst believes they're playing well enough to pick up plenty of points on the road between now and the end of the season.

Town have won just two league games away from the Greenhous Meadow since he took over in October, but their home form has been a lot better.

Paul Hurst
BBC

And Hurst said he doesn't feel there is any lack of confidence among his players or concern that they can't win away, having beaten high-flying Scunthorpe recently.

We want to try to pick up points but I don't think there's anything majorly wrong or an approach we need to change."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Study to find out why some GPs send more patients to A&E

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A study is being undertaken to find out why some GP practices are referring more patients to Shropshire's accident and emergency departments than others.

Telford A&E
BBC

Shropshire's health commissioners say it could be because some doctors are more experienced than others and geography could also be a factor. 

The NHS is trying to keep people away from accident and emergency units if they don't need to be there.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Overnight it is going to remain mostly cloudy with some hill fog. However, there will also be a few cloud breaks around at times. Lows of 8C (46F).

Find out more about the weekend ahead .

Rebecca Wood has your forecast
Shrewsbury streets

You have been using Your Questions to ask about the West Midlands. Here are some of our answers.

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Your photos: Pictures of flowers blooming around the county

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had quite a few photos of flowers shared by the BBC Weather Watchers today.

Here's a selection, taken by photographers in Oakengates, Norton and Badger.

Flowers in Oakengates and Norton
Ray/Ice Queen
Daffodils in Badger
PJ's

A&E departments have their busiest day of the year so far

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire's accident and emergency departments have had their busiest day of the year this week, with 377 patients turning up for treatment at the units in Shrewsbury and Telford on Monday.

A&E
SaTH

The average is around 300 a day and NHS managers are having an "escalation meeting" with NHS England today, to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, a review is to be carried out to find out why some GP practices are referring more patients to hospital than others.

Football: Brackley defeat has changed Telford plans for next season

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United's embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Brackley has changed the plans of management team Rob Smith and Larry Chambers.

The players and coaching staff held a team meeting last night and watched the video of the performance. Chambers said they'd had second thoughts about keeping some players.

Larry Chambers
MIke Sheridan

Telford will look to bounce back away to Chorley tomorrow.

Two weeks ago we probably thought we had the basis for the core of a decent squad. I think we've got to re-evaluate that now."

Larry Chambers AFC Telford United assistant manager

Shrewsbury man found guilty of making threats to kill

A Shrewsbury man has been found guilty of making threats to kill by a jury at Stafford Crown Court.

Stafford Crown Court
BBC

Darren O'Callaghan, 51, from Gains Avenue, was also found guilty of kidnapping and having a bladed weapon in a public place.

It follows an incident last summer when a woman was approached by a man in the Sutton Road area of the town.

He is due to be sentenced on 4 April.

Your comments: Grandson of 'boy in the nest' tracked down

The story about a 10-year-old boy who was found sleeping rough in a self-made nest in Shrewsbury in 1909 has been generating a buzz on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page.

Margaret Francis wrote: "I been 'glued' to the radio listening to this story... loved it and all part of our history."

And Roger Grafton added: "Fantastic story, he must have been hard as nails to have survived what he went through."

William Roberts
Gareth Roberts

William Roberts survived being homeless and World War One and eventually moved to Crewe to work on the railway.

We've been able to track down his grandson  Gareth Roberts, from Derby, who has told us more of his story and shared a photo of William (above).

Hospitals facing uphill struggle to attract staff

Staff shortages are forcing Shropshire's hospitals to talk to other hospitals in the region to get treatment for patients.

Neurology, dermatology and spinal surgery are all short of senior doctors, through a combination of sickness and people leaving.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
BBC

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust Medical Director, Dr Edwin Borman, said there was a national shortage in some specialties and the available doctors were going to work in bigger hospitals and that a long-term solution to the problem was needed, possibly linked to the ongoing review of hospital services in the county.

When doctors have the choice between going and working in a big hospital with many people sharing the workload, or coming to work here, many people would understand why they would prefer the easier life."

Dr Edwin BormanMedical Director SaTH

Energy park plan could 'scar the landscape'

Oswestry and Borders Chronicle

Controversial plans for a renewable energy park - featuring a 101-metre-high wind turbine and 2,500 solar panels – could "scar the local landscape and community for years to come", a businessman has warned.

Ice hockey: Tigers set to collect league trophy

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers will be presented with the English Premier League trophy on Sunday, after their match with Guildford Flames at the Telford Ice Rink.

But, the focus for head coach Tom Watkins is on the play-offs now and he wants to keep his players motivated.

Ice hockey
Steve Brodie

The Tigers first face a trip to Sheffield on Saturday, with the play-offs due to start on 22 March.

Of course it will be fun to lift the trophy. That sort of thing is always nice and I want to make sure all the guys and supporters enjoy themselves on Sunday evening. But the important thing to remember is there are two games to be won this weekend."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Couple go to the police, over claims election rules were broken

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A Shropshire couple say they've gone to the police, over claims the Conservatives broke the law during the 2015 general election.

Gregg and Louise Kinsell from Market Drayton were volunteers on the party's Battlebus and told Channel Four News their expenses were never declared.

Gregg and Louise Kinsell
Channel Four News

A long-running investigation  has been looking into claims that the bus supported Conservative candidates in several marginal seats, none of them in Shropshire, but that the costs were not declared by the candidates on the basis it was "national expenditure".

The Conservatives told Channel Four news it was "cooperating with the ongoing investigations”.

Road closure frustrates business owners

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Businesses in Newport are frustrated by a road closure that's expected to last 10 weeks. 

It's because 50 new houses are being built along Station Road, to the south of the town, and a pipe needs to be fitted to connect them to nearby sewers. 

Work on Station Road
BBC

A diversion route is in place for cars heading northbound into Newport, via the A518, Pitchcroft Roundabout, and Wellington Road.

Row over Shrewsbury's 80s rock festival clash

Shrewsbury Chronicle

Trustees who want a large concert rearranged because it clashes with the West Mid Show will take their complaints to a council meeting.

Fly-tipping incidents fall in Shropshire

The number of fly-tipping incidents has dropped across Shropshire.

They fell from 5,639 in 2014-15 to 4,719 in 2015-16 with roughly three-quarters of those incidents in the Telford and Wrekin local authority area.

Fly tipping in Lightmoor
BBC

Those figures don't take into account the amount of rubbished dumped in each case however.

At the start of February an estimated five lorry-loads of household-waste were dumped alongside a railway line at Lightmoor in Telford .

Hospital staff shortages a shock to councillors

The staff shortages at the county's two acute hospital are "significantly worse" than Shropshire Councillors realised, according to one member of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny committee.

Labour councillor Andy Burford said they knew about the problems facing accident and emergency, but a report delivered yesterday had revealed other services "were in a worse state than we had believed".

Shropshire Council
BBC

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is looking at sending some patients out of the county because it can't treat them here and the committee has called for a meeting with its chief executive, Simon Wright.

Even though we had some prior knowledge of the difficulties that the trust were facing in recruitment, we hadn't realised that things had gone that far."

Councillor Andy BurfordShropshire Council

Funding for new community bus

A volunteer-run Shropshire bus service has won government funding to buy a new one. 

The Bridgnorth Community Transport Group's been given £55,000 from the Department for Transport.

Bridgnorth
BBC

Local MP Philip Dunne will hand over the keys this afternoon.

Two main hospitals in crisis, say campaigners

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Health campaigners say the situation at the county's two main hospitals has now reached a "crisis" point. 

A council committee earlier this week was told that, because of a combination of doctors leaving and going on sick leave, three more specialist services - neurology, dermatology and spinal surgery - may have to stop accepting new referrals, or find alternative providers. 

Gill George
BBC

The hospitals trust says it's been warning about problems in some areas for a while and it's doing its best to find doctors to fill the posts, but that safe and dignified care for their patients has to be the priority.

Councillors were describing this repeatedly as a crisis, that was the word that they used, a crisis. And absolutely rightly because this is a genuine out and out crisis, for patient care, for people living in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, an appalling situation."

Gill George Chair of 'Shropshire Defend our NHS'

Death of elderly woman not suspicious

The death of an elderly woman, found in a canal in north Shropshire, isn't being treated as suspicious. 

Police say the woman was discovered early yesterday morning near Barley Meadows in Llanymynech.

Officers say her family's been told and they're investigating what happened, but don't think anyone else was involved.    

Bishop's Castle - one of the best places to live

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Bishop's Castle features strongly in a Sunday Times guide, this weekend, to the best places to live, in Britain.

Crime rates, house prices and school performance and quality of life are all taken into account.  

People we spoke to, who live there, say the town has a positive spirit, good local shops, all set in beautiful countryside.   

Bishop's Castle mayor Jane Carroll explains what makes the town so special

New science and enterprise park sparks business interest

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A number of businesses are already said to be interesting in moving to a new science and enterprise park, due to be built on the outskirts of Newport. 

Harper Adams University
Google

More than 900 jobs could be created, and given that Harper Adams University isn't that far away, many of the firms will be in the food and agricultural industries.  

We've had our fingers crossed for months and months and months that this announcement would come. It's a little bit short, in terms of a grant that's being made available to us, but what we've done as a council is immediately committed the extra £3m to make this happen."

Shaun Davies Labour Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council

Football: Goalkeeper Hart surplus to requirements

BBC Sport

The England and former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Joe Hart believes he can't see himself playing for Manchester City again, saying he's surplus to requirements.

The 29-year-old joined the Italian side Torino on loan in August after being told he was free to pursue other playing opportunities.

Joe Hart
Getty Images

Hart, who grew up and has family in Shrewsbury, says he's not sure what his future entails at the end of the season.

I've still got a parent club that I need to respect and I need to work with. I don't know, if I'm being brutally honest. I don't know where my future lies, in terms of team wise, because I've certainly had no communication with anyone."

Joe Hart England and former Shrewsbury Town keeper

'Incredible' community build praised for tumour boy's home revamp

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

A Telford family have spent their first night in their newly adapted home in Trench.   

Volunteers working with the BBC's DIY SOS team have spent just over a week installing the adaptations needed by 12-year-old Matthew Cooper, who's learning to cope with the after effects of a brain tumour. 

DIY SOS and a team of volunteers have finished making improvements to a house in Telford

This community is so powerful. Do you know there was not one cross word on this job, no-one fell out, everybody was coming up with solutions. You know it took this many people to get Matthew home, but they did it in 10 days. I am so proud to be part of the whole thing, every one of them are superstars. Telford, where's my hat? Hat off. I love you Telford, well done!

Mark MillarDIY SOS build manager

More specialist services under threat at county's two main hospitals

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Councillors have asked for an urgent meeting with the county's hospital bosses after they were told that more specialist services are under threat.

Treatment for new patients with several conditions are being stopped, locally, because too many senior doctors have quit or are on sick leave.    

Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals
BBC

Cuts to referrals have, or will soon be made, in neurology, dermatology and spinal surgery, as well as ophthalmology, which announced similar problems before Christmas.

We've asked for a meeting, to find out the extent of the problems. It does look, when presented all together like this, as though things are significantly worse than we'd realised."

Andy Burford Telford and Wrekin Labour councillor

Watch: Weather for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy day in store with occasional light drizzle, but also some patches of brightness - highs of 13C (55F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

I'm here with all your news, sport, weather and travel this morning. 

Do get in touch if you have a story or pictures that you'd ike to share. 

You can email, tweet or get in touch via the Facebook page.   

Severe accident: A442 Shropshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A442 Shropshire southbound severe accident, between A464 and Halesfield 1.

A442 Shropshire - A442 Queensway in Randlay closed and slow traffic southbound between Randlay Interchange and Stirchley Interchange, because of an accident.

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

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.

Football: Hurst eager to move to new training pitches

BBC Sport

A flooded training pitch has disrupted Shrewsbury Town's preparations for the Chesterfield match and forced them to live a nomadic existence this week

They've had to practice in three different places this week, including the pitches at Lilleshall and the manager, Paul Hurst says he can't wait for their new training facilities at Sundorne to be complete.

Sundorne pitches
BBC

Normally they play at pitches beside the Greenhous Meadow and they hope to be back there tomorrow, but they have been waterlogged this week.

Once we are I think it will be a real asset for the football club and for me as manager to get players down and show them round, what we are about. We know we've got a nice stadium."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Shocking baby loss statistics

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we'll have more on shocking statistics that more babies die before their first birthday in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the country. 

Health professionals are trying to reduce the numbers of deaths by 20% by 2021.

Baby box
BBC

And with the chancellor Philip Hammond looking to kick-start the so-called Midlands Engine with £392m, we'll look at how it's going to be spent. 

Those stories plus more, including your weather forecast for the West Midlands, from  18:30 on BBC One.

Your photos: A beautiful sunny day across Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a beautiful day in Shropshire today, judging by these photos, taken this afternoon.

They were taken by BBC Weather Watchers based in Ruyton-XI-Towns (above left), Oakengates (above right) and Hopton Heath (below).

Ruyton XI Towns and Oakengates
Desmondo/Ray
Hopton Heath
Hopton Karen