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  1. Sacked first responder gets her job back
  2. Telford lorry driver charged over M25 death
  3. Plane makes crash landing in field
  4. Prince Andrew visits Shrewsbury
  5. Updates from Friday 17 March 2017

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Port Vale boost their League One survival hopes as returning defender Ryan Taylor helps them defeat Shrewsbury Town.

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Football: Hughes could return for Bradford Park Avenue game

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United are hopeful that striker Lee Hughes will be back for tomorrow's match against Bradford Park Avenue at the Bucks Head.

They've lost their last two league matches without him, but had a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the Shropshire Senior Cup in the week.

Lee Hughes
Mike Sheridan

Victory could see them leapfrog Boston United into 15th place in the table.

Volunteer medic reinstated after ambulance trust hears her side of story

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said it reversed its decision to sack a community first responder after holding a meeting to "give her the chance to detail her views on what happened".

Effie Cadwallader from Oswestry was dismissed for shredding patient documents - an act which WMAS said broke trust procedures and the Data Protection Act.

The ambulance service said it decided "the value of her services to the community outweighs the circumstances of what happened".

Weather: Rain this evening and tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're forecast more rain this evening and tomorrow, so you might want to celebrate St Patrick's Day indoors - or take an umbrella.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Council headquarters is 50 today

The Queen officially opened Shropshire Council's Shirehall headquarters in Shrewsbury 50 years ago today.

The architects designed the buildings around a number of mature trees and the curved outside of the council chamber is finished in Portland stone.


Paying tribute, architect Ralph Crowe's son John said: "It must be hoped that the qualities of this well specified, designed, built and adaptable municipal building are well enough recognised to see it through the next 50 years at least."

Sunday Politics: Should Shropshire have just one unitary authority?

BBC Sunday Politics

On the BBC's Sunday Politics programme this weekend, we'll be asking whether Shropshire would be better off having just one unitary authority.

The leaders of both Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council have so far resisted the idea, but the MP for North Shropshire, Owen Paterson, says it the move could save £20m a year.

Owen Paterson

Mr Paterson has written to the Communities Secretary, the Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, arguing that "the continuance of Telford and Wrekin Council is inefficient and has led to unnecessary duplication".

He wants Mr Javid to order a cost benefit analysis of what savings might would accrue from merging the two neighbouring unitaries.

Light aircraft makes emergency landing

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A light aircraft's made an emergency landing in a field near Ellesmere.

Crashed plane
Shropshire Star

The plane came down near Kenwick at around 14:00 and eight fire vehicles turned out, along with the ambulance and police. 

The pilot walked free, suffering only from shock.

Ice hockey: Tigers look to end regular season with a victory

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers wrap up the regular season at home to Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday, wanting a win against their one-time title rivals.

The Tigers are also looking to maintain their 15-game winning run, which stretches back to January and enter the end-of-season play-offs in good form.

Ice hockey
Steve Brodie

Watkins will have to wait until the weekend's games are out of the way, to learn who his side will face in the play-off group stages, which start on Wednesday.

It is so important for us to keep our feet moving and keep this train moving along on Sunday. We’ve got a great run going and we want to keep that."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Severn Valley Railway steam gala gets under way

The Severn Valley Railway has got its three-day Steam Gala under way today, with a number of guest locomotives visiting.

As well as all the usual activity, there will be goods trains and brake vans running up and down the tracks and up to 10 different locomotives in action.

Two trains
Severn Valley Railway

There is also be a beer tent at the Bewdley station and two new exhibitions at the Highley Engine House.

BreakingSacked first responder gets her job back

A community first responder who was sacked by West Midlands Ambulance Service because she shredded patient records has been given her job back.

Effie Cadwallader had been told she had broken trust procedures and the Data Protection Act.

Effie Cadwallader

The ambulance service decided to reverse its decision after a meeting with her earlier today.

Telford lorry driver charged over fatal crash

A Telford lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, in connection with a fatal crash in Essex a year ago.

A Nissan Note and an HGV collided on the M25 at Waltham Abbey on 29 March 2016 and a 34-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the car, died in hospital from her injuries a few days later. Another passenger in the car was injured.

Anthony Cheshire, who is 62 and from Reynards Coppice in Sutton Hill, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

A 32-year-old woman from south east London faces the same charges and is also charged with causing death by careless driving while with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

Both are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 12 April.

The Malvern Hills

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

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Watch: Prince Andrew opens Shropshire sweet factory

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Prince Andrew has been paying a quick visit to the county today, to officially open a family-owned nougat company in Shrewsbury. His family sampled some of the confectionery at Sandringham, at Christmas. 

Your photos: Flowers starting to bloom around Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

We're really started to notice the photos of flowers flooding in this week - a sign that Spring is finally here perhaps.

These pictures were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Oakengates and Newport.


Shire horses: What makes a champion?

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

Chris Malkin, from Market Drayton, is the man to impress this weekend.

He's a judge at the Shire Horse Society National Show in Stafford.

About 250 horses from across Europe have entered the event, with the highlight the King George V cup awarded on Saturday.

More than 250 shire horses head to Staffordshire for national show

Watch: Video game magazine artists revisit some classics

This'll take you back... Roger Kean and Oliver Frey were the men behind two really influential computer magazines from the days of the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64.

They've now seen a blue plaque installed on the offices they used to work out of.

And they still own some of the original artwork from the magazines.

A blue plaque has been installed in Ludlow to remember an influential computer magazine

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Crowds turn out for Shire horses event

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, I'll be live from what's been called the largest Shire horse competition in the world.

Shire horse and owner

Crowds will see 250 horses paraded over the next three days. 

I'll give you a taste of the event so far  on BBC One from 13:30.

Gust of wind turns bonfire into six-acre blaze

South Shropshire Journal

A gust of wind turned a small, controlled bonfire into a six-acre blaze on Shropshire Wildlife Trust land.

Video offers help to firefighters with dyslexia

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has made a film about dyslexia , offering support for those who have it and assessments for those who think they might have it.

It says more than 70 of its 500 employees in the county have received help over the past nine years and that the ratio of employees with dyslexia is relatively high for a public sector organisation.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

The fire service says staff with dyslexia are given extra time for exams and help when applying for promotion.

Football: AFC Telford United to resume selling shares

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United expect to put shares back on sale by the end of next week.

And potential investors will now be able to purchase more than 20% of the shares after a motion was passed to scrap the upper limit.

The Buck's Head
Getty Images

The club said 32% of the shares were bought when they went on sale last year, with 139 supporters taking up the offer.

But two potential investors were put off, because of the limit on the maximum number of shares they could own.

Football: Shrewsbury keep joins Slough on loan

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Shaun Rowley has joined Slough on loan. 

He's been drafted in to provide cover for goalie Mark Scott who fractured his neck playing for Slough last weekend.

Shrewsbury Town stadium

Council at High Court to complain about funding

Shropshire Council and three other authorities have been at the High Court, arguing a "massive funding deficit" had put local councils at risk of breaching legal duties they owe to vulnerable people who could be deprived of their liberty.

It includes those with dementia and learning difficulties.

Shropshire Council offices

The four councils, Shropshire, Nottinghamshire, Liverpool and Richmond, claim the government's failure to provide adequate funding has created "a national crisis" for local authorities.

The Local Government Association has said at least an extra £172m a year is needed nationwide.

Events held to support victims of strokes and their carers

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Events have been held this week at Church Stretton's Health and Wellbeing Centre to support people who've had a stroke and those who care for them. 

The Stroke Support Group has also been offering advice - to help recognise the signs and symptoms. 

Human head showing a bleed in the brain

If someone has a stroke, the thing to do is not you take them to the hospital, you must ring 999, because as soon as the ambulance crew get there they can start the treatment. It is so important the sooner, the better."

Doreen Mansell Secretary of the Stroke Support Group

Football: Shrewsbury look to improve on Vale Park record

Nick Southall


Shrewsbury Town have only won three times at Vale Park in the last 40 years and travel there tonight, knowing defeat could drag them right back into the relegation battle.

Shrewsbury currently have a five-point cushion between themselves and Port Vale, who are in 21st place.

Vale Park
Getty Images

Port Vale have so far only won one game in 2017, but that was against another team in the relegation-scrap - Swindon Town.

A dementia sufferer walks down a care home corridor.

Huge funding gap of up to £666m creating national crisis in care for vulnerable people, the High Court heard.

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National Express under fire over price of tickets

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The coach company National Express is coming under fire, for discrepancies in the cost of tickets in mid-Wales. 

Some passengers in Newtown and Welshpool have had to fork out £80 for a return trip to London, when others, getting on the same service, back in Aberystwyth, were paying only £35. 

National express coach

National Express says its prices are set according to demand and although it has since reduced its "lowest available fare" from Newtown to London to match the price from Aberystwyth, it isn't cutting fares from Welshpool.

'Influential' early computer games magazine honoured

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A blue plaque has been put up in Ludlow, to indicate the location of an influential magazine company.  

The building on King Street, was home to the offices of Newsfield, which published some of the first computer game reviews. 

Comic book artists

It was co-owned by the illustrator Oliver Frey who says he never expected it to become so big.


We didn't realise quite the effect we were going to have with these reviews. But the software houses noticed WH Smith reacting to the magazine and they wanted a sort of list of what forthcoming games, they ought to stock."

Oliver FreyFormer owner of Newsfield

Tennis: Bridgnorth coach selected to captain England

Stuart Dunn

Shrewsbury Town commentator, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire woman's been chosen to captain the England over-35s ladies tennis team at the Four Nations Championships in Glasgow, next month.  

Holly Mowling, who lives in Broseley, is a coach at the Bridgnorth Club - and has won four national titles within the last 12 months on the ITF over-35s circuit. 

Holly Mowling

She is now ranked number one for her age group in Great Britain and 13th in the world.

Football: Port Vale players urged to embrace 'pressure game' against Shrewsbury

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Port Vale boss Michael Brown says his players need to embrace the bigger crowd expected at today's game against Shrewsbury Town .

Michael Brown
Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The Vale start the game in the bottom four and five points behind their opponents. 

BBC Radio Stoke will have live match commentary on the match with build-up from 19:00 .

I think as a young player, big crowd on Friday, whether it be a shot, a chance, a tackle - just be noticed on that pitch. They're the great games, pressure games."

Michael BrownPort Vale caretaker manager

Woman's death being treated as unexplained

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The police are treating as unexplained the death of a woman in her 50s, whose body was found in the River Severn, on Wednesday afternoon. 

The discovery was made near the Half Moon Pub, in Jackfield. Her identity hasn't been disclosed.

Map of area where body was found

Police renew appeal to find missing man a year on

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Police have issued a new appeal for information to try and find a Shrewsbury man who's been missing for a year. 

Russell Blent, 36, was last seen in the Meole Brace area and West Mercia Police confirmed that his disappearance was being treated as "suspicious" in August last year.

Russell Blent
Blent family

In the days before he disappeared he was seen in Bridgnorth, on public transport and on Otley Road. 

He's white, 6ft 1" has a heavy build and short dark hair.

Port Vale v Shrewbury in crunch match

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury are in action tonight against fellow League One strugglers, Port Vale.  

Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst

Town are currently five points above them, and manager Paul Hurst admits it's an important game, with both sides needing the points.

I'm not putting masses of pressure on my players. If we lose can we stay up still? Course we can. You know again the truth of it is, it is a big game. There's no getting away from that. But I don't feel that I need to build it up for anything that it isn't."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town Manager

Volunteer hopes to return to role as Community First Responder

Clare Ashford

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

A volunteer ambulance service worker from St Martins, near Oswestry, who was dismissed after an issue about paperwork, is hoping she'll be allowed to return to her role as a Community First Responder. 

Effie Cadwallader says when ambulance crews wouldn't take a patient's report-forms with them, she shredded them to keep them secure. 

Effie Cadwallader

The ambulance service said she'd broken the Data Protection Act.

"Patient Report Forms describe the treatment received by a patient and as such could be requested by a coroner or other court," a spokesperson said.

"Mrs Cadwallader had previously been reminded of the procedures to be followed for any documentation that may remain with a Community First Responder.  

"As such the Trust was left with no option but to take the deeply regrettable decision to terminate her agreement."

It's not just me that has this problem, so the system needs to be adjusted so that it doesn't happen again. I'd like to be re-instated as a CFR , because I think I'm a good CFR and I know that I'm valued here in the community."

Effie Cadwallader Former Community First Responder

Video: Will you need your brolly today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a dry start, with some bright spells, a cloudy day with showers possible this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

You can find a detailed weather report for your area here.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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Woman's body pulled from River Severn in Jackfield

A woman's body's been pulled out of the River Severn in Jackfield, 

She is believed to have been in her 50s - police are treating her death as unexplained.

Her body was recovered near the Half Moon pub at about 12:30 yesterday, officers said, after a call from a member of the public.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Multimillion-pound plan to cut train overcrowding

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening - a multimillion-pound plan to combat overcrowding on trains in the West Midlands has gained government backing. 


The Midlands Rail Hub will provide much needed extra capacity on the rail network over the next decade. 

On BBC One from 18:30 we'll be looking at whether is can deliver and what the benefits will be to you.