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  1. March and rally to be held in protest against A&E proposals
  2. Telford GPs to stop prescribing medicines for minor illnesses
  3. AFC Telford United to put shares back on sale
  4. Updates on Friday 31 March 2017

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Ice hockey: Tigers look to end long week with playoff qualification

The Telford Tigers can book their place at the play-off finals in Coventry with victories over Peterborough and Sheffield this weekend.

The top two in their group will qualify and after winning their last three games they know back-to-back wins will send them through.

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The players were given a day off in the week after getting home from the midweek Guildford game at 03:00 because of roadworks on the M40.

Telford GPs to stop prescribing medicine for minor conditions

GP's in Telford will no longer be prescribing medicine that can be bought easily "over the counter" at shops and supermarkets from tomorrow. 

The Telford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it often costs the NHS more to buy these medicines than it costs patients and that the money would be better spent on treatments for more serious illnesses.


The CCG also said the move would encourage patients to manage some conditions themselves and allow GPs to spend more time with other patients.

Dealing with minor conditions has now become a major issue for the NHS nationally. The cost of treating minor ailments has risen to around £2 billion."

Dr Jo Leahy Clinical Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG

Telford keen to find 'major shareholders'

While ordinary fans are able to buy shares in AFC Telford United, the club says "the board’s preference is that several major shareholders will come forward to purchase significant shareholdings".

The board says it will review any applications for more than 50 shares, but it is hoping to find wealthy backers who will "take an active part in running the football club".

Luca Havern
Mike Sheridan

It is also dangling the carrot of a place on the board, saying it will look to "appoint additional directors from the new shareholder base".

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Council to organise A&E protest

A march and rally are being organised by Telford and Wrekin Council to protest against the possibility of Telford's A&E being closed overnight.

The authority has also called an extraordinary meeting, for Thursday 6 April, following the decision of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to draw up plans for the move, which could be put into action if staffing levels get worse.

Telford hospital protest

The march is expected to take place in Wellington on 23 April.

This latest plan for overnight closure of the Princess Royal Hospital’s A&E is downgrading this hospital by the back door. This A&E is the busier of the two in Shropshire. We must not let this happen."

Councillor Shaun Davies Telford and Wrekin Council leader

Football: The New Saints play cup semi-final

The New Saints can take another step towards a second successive league and cup treble when they play Gap Connah's Quay in a Welsh Cup semi-final tomorrow.

The Oswestry side have already claimed the Welsh Premier League and League Cup.

TNS lifting WPL trophy

It's a 14:30 kick-off and the winners will play either Caernarfon Town or Bala Town.

Shawbury FC move to Ludlow 'temporary'

Shawbury United hopes its move to play 40 miles away in Ludlow will be temporary - while it completes a new ground in the village. 

The club was based in Wem, but the floodlights are unsafe and with no money to replace them, Shawbury will play in Ludlow next season .

Ludlow FC

Football: Telford face fellow-strugglers Worcester City

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AFC Telford United can take another big step towards National North survival with victory over fellow-strugglers Worcester City this weekend.

Their win over Stalybridge in the week lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone, with six matches left to play.

Lee Hughes
Mike Sheridan

Worcester have been struggling financially this season and sit in 19th position in the table.

They also lost the services of striker Lee Hughes, who moved to Telford and is likely to start for the Bucks tomorrow.

Telford grandfather died after catalogue of hospital errors

Telford Journal

A Telford grandfather died after a catalogue of errors in his hospital care a coroner has concluded .

Former Shrewsbury keeper to lead out Coventry City at Wembley

The former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic, who also played cricket for Shropshire, will lead Coventry City out at Wembley , before the EFL Trophy final against Oxford United.

He played over 500 games for the Sky Blues, after moving to Highfield Road from Shrewsbury in 1984.

Steve Ogrizovic
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Star Trek celebrities to appear in Telford

Stars of Star Trek, Stargate and Babylon 5 are expected at the International Centre in Telford over the next few days for a sci-fi convention .

The gathering, organised by FCD Events, is the fourth of its kind.

Jonathan Frakes, Robert Picardo and Aron Eisenberg from the Star Trek franchise will be joined by Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian and Rainbow Sun Franks. 

Claudia Christian and Jonathan Frakes

Thomas Telford girls to play in Wembley final

A team from the Thomas Telford School will be playing at Wembley in the final of a girls six-a-side football tournament this weekend.

The girls, who won the tournament last season, are there representing Shrewsbury Town and will be playing a team representing Bristol City.

The Girls Cup will be played on the same day as the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley.

Thomas Telford School girls team to play in Wembley final this weekend

AFC Telford United share issue to support team development

AFC Telford United has a number of reasons for selling shares, beyond ensuring their immediate financial security.

The club says it wants to extend the learning centre and also wants to generate extra incomes by hiring additional staff and investing in schemes - although there is no more detail on those plans at this stage.

AFC Telford United
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The other big aims, it says, are to spend money on the football team itself, to help it rise up the divisions and to build stronger relationships with companies which have a presence in Telford.

Bid to raise extra £30k to fund Wem pool improvements

The Friends of Wem Pool say they still need to raise £30,000 to start work on improvements at the leisure centre.

The group hopes to build a gym and new viewing area.

Last month alone, £10,000 was raised, the group said on its Facebook page .

Wem pool

The pool reopened in 2015 , thanks to the friends group, which was handed a 20-year lease to run it after a leisure company handed back control to the town council three years earlier.  

Joy as developer's appeal to build 170 homes in Newport fails

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Refusal of a housing development that would have seen 170 homes built in Newport has been welcomed across the town and beyond.

Your photos: Ellesmere and Hopton Heath

As the sun breaks through the clouds across Shropshire,  BBC Weather Watchers  have been out with their cameras.

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Safe driving app welcomed by police chief

A virtual reality app aimed at promoting road safety is being rolled out across the West Mercia force area.

The DriveVR app allows people to be in a virtual driver's seat, and looks at driving challenges including speeding, mobile phones, drink driving, drug driving and passenger distractions.

It is being delivered to around 5,000 young people each year as part of the Green Light Programme.

          PCC John Campion with Safer Roads Partnership Communications Manager, Anna Higgins
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Too many people are killed or seriously injured on our roads, in collisions which could have been prevented. Education is vitally important to ensure everyone understands the impact of making a decision which puts road users at risk."

John Campion West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Big Busk returns to Shrewsbury

More than 100 musicians from across the country are in Shrewsbury this weekend to take part in The Big Busk event.

They will be performing on the streets to raise money for the Shrewsbury Ark and to remember local musician Ben Bebbington, who was murdered in 2012.

Big Busk

The event in Shrewsbury is now in its fifth year and last year's event raised around £10,000.

Car hits Ludlow food centre cafe

A car has hit the front of the cafe at Ludlow Food Centre in Bromfield. 

Fire crews say one person was trapped in the accident yesterday afternoon and first aid was given at the scene. 

The café, which is open today, is said to be "structurally safe".

Ludlow Kitchen

March to be held over Telford A&E night closure plans

Telford Journal

Telford residents are set to march to demonstrate support for a full A&E and Woman and Child Unit in the town.

Mobile phone driving convictions: Motorists still not getting the message

West Mercia Police say there are still drivers using mobile phones at the wheel, despite tougher penalties being introduced. 

About two offences a day have been recorded by the force since the start of the month when fines increased to £200 and points rose from three to six. 

Mobile while driving

There are people who are driving at speed and still texting or listening to calls, and then there are other people who are going into slow moving traffic, coming up to traffic lights, vehicles are more or less stationary, and they pick the phone up. Both can cause accidents."

Supt Kevin PurcellWest Mercia Police

Deer freed from electric fencing

A deer has been freed after becoming stuck in electric fencing on Arleston Hill in Telford.

Firefighters were called out just before 10:00 and were able to release it after calling a vet to sedate the deer.

Deer in fence
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AFC Telford United shares going back on sale

AFC Telford United will be putting shares in the club up for sale again later today.

A third were bought by fans when they went on sale last year, but the club believes big investors were put off by a rule which limited any one shareholder to 20% of the shares.

AFC Telford United
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That limit on share-ownership has now been removed and the club is hoping the share issue will raise £500,000.

A&E proposals in summary

A lot has been said about the possibility of Telford's A&E department closing overnight, so here's a recap of where we are:

  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust board has decided that staffing levels in accident and emergency are so low, they may soon reach a point at which they are unsafe.
  • It has decided that the best way to reduce the workload is to close Telford's A&E overnight and has agreed to draw up contingency plans to do this.
  • Those plans will be enacted if the staff shortages worsen, but will have to go back to the board for ratification.
  • The chief executive of the NHS trust, Simon Wright, said intensive care unit would remain in Telford, to serve the women and children's unit there.
  • Closing Shrewsbury overnight was dismissed, because emergency surgery and the trauma unit are based there and it would take too long to move them to Telford.

Watch: Friends organise Telford sci-fi convention

A two-day sci-fi convention is being held at the Telford International Centre this weekend, with stars from Star Trek, Stargate and Babylon 5 turning up to meet their fans.

The Out of the Ashes event has been organised by two friends, David Limberg (left) and Will Ross (right) who met at a convention and thought they'd like to organise one themselves.

A two day sci-fi convention, organised by enthusiasts, is being held in Telford

Telford council to hold vote of no confidence in hospital leaders

Telford and Wrekin councillors are unhappy with the possibility of Telford's accident and emergency unit closing overnight and are planning to hold a vote of no confidence in the people running the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

The leader of the Conservative group on the council, Councillor Andrew Eade (below, right), accused them of "dithering" and said the closure of the A&E would be "wholly unacceptable".

Shaun Davies and Andrew Eade
BBC/Wrekin Conservatives

The leader of the ruling Labour group, Councillor Shaun Davies (above, left), said the hospital managers had lost the confidence of the local community and tweeted "change must now happen".

A&E proposals partly brought on by hospital review delay

The delays to the long-running review of hospital services in Shropshire have contributed to the decision to consider closing Telford's A&E overnight, according to the chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

Simon Wright said one consultant had left and another was on the verge of leaving because the hospitals hadn't been able to move forward with plans to move emergency care and women and children's services out of Telford and make it a centre for planned surgery instead.

A&E ward

He also said that if Telford's A&E department does have to close down at night time, an intensive care unit would remain there, to treat children at the women and children's unit.

With the delays in the decisions around future fit, that has impacted directly on our staffing."

Simon WrightChief Executive SaTh

Football: Hurst praises 'standout' Sadler

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst has praised the reliability of defender Matt Sadler as he prepares his team for a crucial match away at Bristol Rovers.

Sadler struggled to get into the team under the previous manager Micky Mellon but has been a regular since Hurst took over in late October.

The Town are just a point clear of the League One relegation zone with a month of the season to go.

Matt Sadler

He probably is the standout person since I've come in. Not always the best player, certainly not the worst though. He can pretty much guarantee a level, or as close as you can get to a guarantee when you're dealing with human beings of what you're going to get from him."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

West Mercia Police make use of tougher mobile laws

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Two mobile phone offences per day have been recorded by West Mercia Police, since tougher penalties were introduced at the beginning of this month. 

The new government rules mean drivers face a £200 fine and six penalty points if they're caught using a mobile behind the wheel.

Driving whilst using a mobile phone

Assisted dying fight may continue

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Supporters of a terminally ill Shropshire man say there are "strong grounds" for appealing against a court decision preventing him from seeking help to die. 

Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury suffers from motor neurone disease and says he was "very disappointed" to lose a legal challenge in the High Court yesterday. 

His supporters claim most Britons are in favour of a change in the law.

Noel Conway

We've already begun the appeals process. The judges who said he couldn't go further with his case haven't given enough attention to the huge international developments and evidence for change from overseas."

Sarah WootonDignity in Dying

Government intervention won't help says hospital trust boss

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The chief executive of Shropshire's two main hospitals says having the health secretary intervene in ongoing issues with accident and emergency services won't help. 

He was responding to repeated calls from the Labour leader of Telford and Wrekin Council to get Jeremy Hunt to step in. 

Yesterday, the hospital trust board agreed to come up with a contingency plan, which could involve the overnight closure of A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford if staffing levels drop any more.

Simon Wright says the problem should be fixed locally. 

Princess Royal Hospital

I think this would be better served by us getting round the table and talking positively about what we can do, rather than asking people from outside to come in and point to things that we already know."

Simon Wright Chief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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