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  1. Armed robbery at Shifnal bank
  2. Plans for 170 Newport homes rejected by planning inspector
  3. Tributes paid to hedgehog charity founder
  4. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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On Midlands Today from 13:30: Spanish cat turns up in Midlands

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll have the unusual story of how a cat which turned up in our region has apparently made the journey from Spain. 


Vets found the animal, nicknamed Slinky, had been reported missing a month ago in mainland Europe.

We'll find out how it's though it happened and what the next step is, on BBC One from 13:30.

BreakingWoman arrested after man stabbed in Dawley

A 48-year-old man from Telford is in hospital with serious stab wounds and a 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident at a flat in Dawley this morning.

Police were called to Terrace Lodge on King Street at 01:30 and are searching the property for forensic evidence.

They say they believe the victim and the suspect were known to each other.

Castle steps in to help with parking problems

Whittington Castle has offered parents free parking, to ease congestion around Whittington School.

The police say people living nearby have been finding drives and footpaths blocked by vehicles at drop-off and pick-up times.

Whittington Castle

Two men killed in A525 crash named

Police have released the names of two men killed on the A525 in north Shropshire last Tuesday.

They were 67-year-old Walter Dobrowolski from Ellerdine, who had been riding a motorcycle and 79-year-old Roy Bundy from Chester, who had been on foot.

An inquest into their deaths will open tomorrow.

Football: Big week for Telford's survival chances

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United's fourth league defeat in succession has left them in relegation trouble, with just three points separating them from the National North drop zone.

But their next two games are against teams below them in the table, Stalybridge Celtic and Worcester City, and Telford manager Rob Smith said this was their "biggest week for many a year".

Rob Smith
Mike Sheridan

Two victories could just about guarantee their survival and Smith said he wanted to "get us safe and start again".

We've just got a mini-little season now and we've probably got the biggest week we've had for many a year ahead of us."

Rob SmithAFC Telford United manager

Severn Hospice looks for gardening volunteers

Severn Hospice is looking for volunteers to help look after its gardens this summer. 

Both the Shrewsbury and Telford sites have won Royal Horticultural Society awards for their greenery.

Severn Hospice

The hospice says the volunteers don't need a high level of expertise, just the willingness to give up their time and be happy to brave the British weather throughout the year.

Lordan nominated for blue plaque for Apache

Richard Tisdale

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The singer, musician and writer Jerry Lordan has been nominated to receive a blue plaque on a building in Bishop's Castle as part of a BBC Music Day project. 

Lordan wrote The Shadows' hit Apache among others.  

The Shadows

The latest set of plaques will mark places or people who have made a significant contribution to music.  

The shortlist also includes Terry Heath's Town House in Wellington and has been submitted to a national panel, chaired by Mike Read who will issue new plaques in June.

Tigers keep play-off hopes alive

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers beat Sheffield Steeldogs 8-3 in the EPL play-offs last night. 

The impressive victory in Sheffield means the Tigers remain in contention for a place at the league's finals tournament next month. 

Five goals in the opening 20 minutes took the game away from Sheffield a day after Tigers' 7-0 thrashing of Peterborough. 

The EPL champions now play Guildford Flames in Surrey on Wednesday.

Telford Tigers
Steve Brodie

Supersonic car studied in Telford

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Bloodhound SSC

A supersonic car is in Shropshire this week hoping to inspire the designers and engineers of the future. 

The Bloodhound is hoping to smash through the 1,000mph barrier later this year and it's spending this week at Telford College of Arts and Technology. 

There will be workshops and engineering challenges for students from the college and nearby schools as well as a visit from the project director on Tuesday. 

Campaign to improve breast feeding rates launched

Nigel Dolman

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Three fifths of women who breastfeed their babies in Telford and Wrekin have given up after two months. 

Figures from Public Health England say the same is true for more than half of women in Shropshire. Two months is just a third of the time recommended by experts. 

The organisation's Start 4 Life campaign says breastfeeding helps children fight infections early in life. Part of it is an interactive website designed to help new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding.


Video: Are the blue skies going to continue?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A lovely day in store, with plenty of blue sky and sunshine around with highs of 14C (57F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area here.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: A5 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A458 and A483.

A5 Shropshire - A5 closed and slow traffic in both directions between Welshpool Roundabout in Shrewsbury and Mile End Roundabout in Middleton, because of an accident.

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


Police release CCTV footage of the suspect they believe carried out all three attacks within hours.

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Bolton boost their League One automatic promotion hopes with a 2-0 victory at struggling Shrewsbury.

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Footage of Severn Valley Railway locomotive on 50th anniversary
Volunteers at a heritage railway are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first locomotive to travel on the restored line.

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. 

Shropshire Muslim group speaks out against terrorism

The Shropshire Islamic Foundation has spoken out against the terrorist attack in London earlier this week, calling it "appalling and senseless".

It says it is also sent its "deepest condolences to [the murdered policeman's] family and the families of all those who lost their lives".

terrorist incident

The group added that "at times such as these that the community needs to come together to condemn violence and hatred".  

Over 500 sign up for first Whitchurch 10k

Over 500 people have signed up to take part in the Whitchurch 10k run next month.

It's the first time the event has been held in the town and registration closes tomorrow.

Whitchurch 10k run
Whitchurch 10k

The event takes place on 9 April is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which will get at least half the race profits.

Watch: Weather for this evening and the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

 It will be dry, clear and cold tonight with a touch of frost , particularly in rural areas. 

We may see a few mist and fog patches forming by dawn in places. Lows of  2C (36F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Vigil 'a chance for people to come together'

The organisers of the vigil in Wellington tonight say it is "an opportunity for people to come together and reflect on the awful atrocity that took place in London".

It's been organised in response to the terror attack in Westminster earlier this week.

Andy Brown from Shropshire and Telford Stand Up to Racism said he also wanted people to "stand against hatred and division in our community".

Stand up to Racism demo
Miriam Walker-Khan

The vigil takes place at Wellington Peace Garden, by the leisure centre, at 18:00.

Bank taped off after armed robbery in Shifnal

The police say they are talking to staff and passers-by after an armed robbery at the Barclays bank in Shifnal this afternoon.

Eye-witnesses have reported seeing the building filled with smoke just after 15:30 and there were also fire engines called to the scene.

robbery scene
Oliver Jones

The building has now been taped off - police say no-one was hurt.

BreakingArmed robbery at Shifnal bank

The police have just confirmed there was a report of an armed robbery at the Barclays bank in Shifnal this afternoon.

They say no-one was hurt.

Football: The New Saints look to bounce back from rare defeat

Tuesday's defeat to Connah's Quay was only the second in the league this season for The New Saints, and they will be looking to bounce back against Camarthen Town tomorrow.

Their opponents haven't won since 11 February and TNS will be hoping to draw closer to the landmark of 100 league goals for the season.

The New Saints

BreakingEmergency services called to Barclays bank in Shifnal

The police and fire service are at the Barclays bank in Shifnal, after smoke was seen inside the building.

West Mercia Police haven't yet said what is happening.

Policeman with dog by door to bank
Oliver Jones

To all you mums out there


With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

Former Bishop of Lichfield, Keith Sutton, dies

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A former Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Keith Sutton, has died aged 82 .

The news has been confirmed by the Lichfield Diocese - he served in the role from 1984 to 2003. 

Portrait of Keith Sutton
Andrew Festing

Before becoming Bishop of Lichfield he'd been a special envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury in South Africa during the apartheid period in the 1980s. 

The diocese says the former bishop, who had been living with dementia for several years, died today at a care home in Surrey.

The diocese covers large parts of Staffordshire, northern Shropshire and the Black Country.

Only four UFO sightings investigated in last four years

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Only four reports of unidentified flying objects have been investigated by West Mercia Police since 2013, the force has revealed.

They include a flaming object which landed in a tree near Donnington in November 2013, an object moving erratically in the sky over Bridgnorth in September the following year - neither of these UFO sightings were explained.


There was also a report of a UFO not far from Evesham in February last year, with "lots of lights and a loud screaming sound", but this one turned out to be in Gloucestershire, so it was passed on to their police force to investigate.

And only 12 months ago there were reports of "strange lights" over Shrewsbury. It turned out to be a helicopter.

Ice hockey: Tigers under pressure to win this weekend

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers playoff defeat to Guildford Flames on Wednesday means there can be no slip-ups against the Peterborough Phantoms tomorrow.

The Tigers have to finish in the top two of their four-team group if they are going to make the finals in Coventry next month.

Although there are still five games to go, a second defeat would make qualification very difficult.

Tigers vs Flames
Steve Brodie

On Sunday they travel to Sheffield to take on the Steeldogs.

Peterborough are a very good team. They’re well coached and have good netminding, so we have got to be prepared for anything. Every team will have tricks up their sleeve in these games, but I think it is all about intensity, hunger and desire to win."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Inspector rejects Newport housing development plans

Plans for 170 homes on the edge of Newport have been turned down by a government planning inspector.

Redrow Homes wanted to demolish two houses in Kestrel Close and then build the proposed development on land east of Kestrel Close and Beechfields Way.

It had appealed to the inspector when it didn't get a decision from Telford and Wrekin Council.

Council offices

The council says the inspector concluded that the proposal would "result in very serious adverse impacts on the character and appearance of the locally distinct landscape that would undergo irrevocable damage".  

The inspector also ruled there were enough homes in the area, the authority said.

I am sure that residents in the area of Kestrel Close will be delighted with the planning inspector’s decision to refuse this speculative and inappropriate application."

Councillor Richard Overton Telford and Wrekin Council

Football: Riley looks for long-term deal with Shrewsbury

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town full-back Joe Riley says he's loving life at Shrewsbury Town and hopes to be kept on for next season.

He's made 26 starts for the club and believes his form has improved since Paul Hurst became manager.

Joe Riley
Getty Images

Riley's contract comes to an end in the summer and he says he "feels at home" in Shrewsbury and hopes to be "part of something" at the club.

Alpaca show comes to Telford

The British Alpaca Society's National Show is coming to the Telford International Centre this weekend.

This year's show has over 600 entries ,who will be judged by both British and international judges.  


Cricket: Boxing champion to pass on skills to cricketers

BBC Sport

Shropshire's former champion boxer, Richie Woodhall, is hoping to pass on some skills to cricket coaches in the county.

He will be giving a talk to a coaches workshop at the Shrewsbury club on 3 April and aims to show how some boxing stances and punching-types can relate to batting and fielding in cricket.

Richie Woodhall
Getty Images

As well as holding WBC, Olympic and Commonwealth boxing titles, Richie played cricket for Madeley as a youngster.

New Shropshire service station could create 70 jobs

Newport Advertiser

Up to 70 jobs could be created after fresh plans were lodged to build a service station complex on the outskirts of Newport.

The FA People's Cup is back!


It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Your photos: Spring in the air around Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Spring has officially started and we're really noticing that, in the photos being shared by the BBC Weather Watchers .

These ones were taken near Ludlow (top) and Oswestry (below).

Ludlow flowers
Shropshire Lass
Oswestry field

Call to open second Shrewsbury Railway Station entrance

Shrewsbury Chronicle

A campaigner is calling for the reopening of a second entrance to Shrewsbury Railway Station to help reduce traffic congestion in the town.

Railway station

In pictures: Comic Relief fundraising

Comic Relief fundraising events are taking place all around the county today and we've been getting some great photos shared on the BBC Radio Shropshire Facebook page .

Comic relief pics

Football: In-form Bolton to visit Shrewsbury

BBC Sport

Bolton Wanderers are coming to Shrewsbury tomorrow in a hot streak of form, having won their last four games, scoring 14 goals in the process.

They also boast League One's meanest defence and are sitting in second place in the table.

Jayson Leutwiler and Adam LeFondre
Getty Images

A defeat for Shrewsbury could see them return to the relegation zone.