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Summary

  1. West Mercia Police start wearing body cameras
  2. Ironbridge opens revamped museum
  3. Telford lollipop lady retires after four decades
  4. Updates on Friday 7 April 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Our live coverage across the day

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Ice hockey: Clarkson to retire after play-offs

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Telford Tiger's giant forward Doug Clarkson is planning to retire after the playoff finals this weekend.

He is going to move to Canada after the tournament, to train to be a firefighter, after a 12-year career.

Doug Clarkson
Steve Brodie

The 28-year-old has scored 83 points this season and admitted getting a bit emotional in his final game at the Telford Ice Rink last weekend.

It would mean everything to win the play-offs. This year has been special, with us winning the league after everything that happened... To win another trophy would be a great memory of our time in Telford.”

Doug ClarksonTelford Tigers forward

Weather: A sunny weekend ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to be sunny and warm this weekend, with temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

Dare we say it could be time for the first barbeque of the year?

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Another award for Harper Adams University

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Harper Adams University has won another award.

It was crowned the Whatuni University of the Year for the second year in a row in a poll of 27,000 students.

Harper Adams
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It was ranked top in three of the categories being voted on - courses and lecturers, student support and job prospects and came second in another two.

The University, just outside Newport, was voted as having providing the "best student experience" in a recent survey by Times Higher Education.

To have won the award for the first time last year was wonderful, but to have taken the top place for a second time is really special. It just goes to show that smaller universities have a big role to play in providing an environment where students can really get the most out of their time in higher education.”

Dr David Llewellyn Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University

Health services to be debated

A public meeting is being held at the University Centre, Shrewsbury, tonight to talk about Shropshire's health services. 

It's been arranged by Shropshire People's Assembly Against Austerity and will feature a variety of speakers including health campaigners.

Simon Wright
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The chief executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, Simon Wright (pictured above), will be there to speak.

Telford woman named in British judo squad

Telford's Kelly Edwards has been named in the Great Britain judo squad for this month's European Championships in Warsaw.

The former British title-holder is back in form, after missing the Rio Olympics because of concussion from an earlier fight.

Kelly Edwards
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Schools paying more compensation

School mishaps, including a blindfolded child running into a goalpost and pupil hit by a cricket ball, resulted in more than £6m in compensation being paid out over a three-year period.

Children playing
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Figures obtained by the BBC show a doubling in school payouts to £3.3m last year - including more than £8,500 in Telford and Wrekin.

Shropshire Council's yet to respond to the request for information. 

The Campaign for Real Education claims some teachers are now "terrified" of being sued.

Police bodycams: Technology 'cuts complaints against officers'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

West Mercia Police has become the latest force in the West Midlands to introduce body-worn body-cameras for officers.

Staffordshire Police claim they were the first force in the UK to have them for all front-line officers and West Midlands Police started rolling them out last year.

How do police body cameras work?

Research suggests the technology can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers. 

A study by Cambridge University, reported last year, showed complaints by members of the public against officers fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.

The cameras work by usually being clipped to the top half of an officer's uniform and the recorded footage is taken off the camera at the end of a shift and stored on secure software.

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Kick-start your career with street cricket

#GetInspired

As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Lord Gyllene trainer remembers his 'biggest day'

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The Shropshire man who trained the winner of the 1997 Grand National remembers the re-run race with a lot of fondness.

And Steve Brookshaw says Lord Gyllene made it look easier than any horse except Red Rum.

The man who trained Lord Gyllene has shared photos taken after the 1997 Grand National win

Watch: Telford lollipop lady gets big send-off from children

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

There were a few tears as Jan Warren helped children across the road outside Wrockwardine Wood Infant School this morning.

She has helped three generations of pupils there, but has decided to pack it in now.

And Jan will be the last lollipop lady there, because she is not being replaced.

A Telford lollipop lady has retired after four decades of helping children cross the road

Football: Hurst values 'family time' during relegation scrap

Shrewsbury Town fans face a tense few weeks, as they look to claw their way out of the League One relegation zone, and it's going to be the same for the manager, Paul Hurst.

And he told us there are times when it creeps into his home life too.

The Shrewsbury Town manager says the relegation battle is creeping into his home life too

Police body-cams to 'improve evidence gathering'

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Cameras being worn by West Mercia Police officers from today will help gather evidence and show "the real impact" of a crime on victims, the force's chief constable says. 

More than 40 officers are being equipped with the technology, with plans to roll it out to all front-line staff by the end of the year.     

Anthony Bangham says the new technology will also offer "the best chance to secure a conviction in court".

Body cams
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Severe disruption: A49 Shropshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A49 Shropshire southbound severe disruption, between B5062 and A5 affecting A5124.

A49 Shropshire - A49 in Shrewsbury closed and queuing traffic southbound between Sundorne Island and Preston Island, because of an incident. Congestion to Battlefield Roundabout.

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

Football: AFC Telford United face injury worries

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford are suffering injury problems ahead of their trip to Boston United tomorrow. 

Jack Reay, Eddie Jones (pictured below) and Dave Hibbert are all expected to be out.

Eddie Jones
Mike Sheridan

A win for Telford and defeat for Gainsborough Trinity could see the Bucks virtually secure their place in the National North for another season, barring a huge swing in goal difference in the remaining games.

Help wanted with mammals survey

A wildlife charity is asking for help spotting animals including shrew, deer and weasels in Shropshire. 

The People's Trust for Endangered Species needs volunteers to carry out its annual Living With Mammals survey over the next three months.

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It involves recording numbers of the animals over at least an eight-week period from your local park, woodland, or garden.

Ice hockey: Tigers look for play-off victory

The Telford Tigers are looking to win the English Premier League play-offs for the second time in three years, when they travel to Coventry this weekend.

They play Basingstoke Bison in their semi-final match tomorrow and if they win that, it will be either Milton Keynes or Guildford in the final on Sunday.

Telford Tigers
Steve Brodie

Tigers coach Tom Watkins says he wants his players to enjoy the occasion, with over 3,000 fans expected to pack the Coventry Skydome.

It’s not every day you get the chance to play in a play-off semi-final, and then possibly a final. After two games you could be champions or after one you could be going home, so there isn’t any motivation needed from me. The guys know what is at stake.”

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Visitors 'don't know the significance' of Coalbrookdale

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The chief executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust says a lot of visitors don't "know the cultural significance" of Coalbrookdale.

Anna Brennand was speaking as they reopened a revamped Museum of Iron to educate people about the area's central role in the industrial revolution - part of a £15m project to update the museums in the Ironbridge gorge. 

Museum of Iron
BBC

Ms Brennand described Coalbrookdale as the "historic heart" of the gorge and said the furnaces were where it "all began".

I think a lot of visitors come to the site and they don't actually recognise or know the historical significance of Coalbrookdale."

Anna Brennand Chief executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Football: Shrewsbury defender has confidence in his manager

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town will probably need at least two wins from their remaining five games, starting at home to high-flying Rochdale tomorrow.

Defender Toto Nsiala says his manager is bearing up well under the strain and he is confident Paul Hurst can turn things around.

Shrewsbury defender Toto Nsiala says Paul Hurst is remaining calm

Extra exhibits come out of storage at Museum of Iron

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums have taken a number of artefacts out of storage and rearranged their exhibits at the Museum of Iron to display them all.

Table
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Exhibits
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The next stage of their £15m revamp will be to create a new cafe in the long warehouse, the building between the Museum of Iron and the Coalbrookdale furnace.

And Enginuity is also going to get brought up to date, with new technology.

PCC defends £1m body-cam price tag

Phil Maiden

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia Police has defended a £1m spend on body cameras for its officers.

Body cameras on charge
BBC

From today the force has started rolling out use of the technology with 46 officers in Malvern equipped with them. 

The force aims to have all front line officers using them by the end of the year.

I am absolutely confident that we're investing in kit that's been proved by other police forces so we've got kit that we know that works and is the latest on the market."

John Campion Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia

Telford lollipop lady retires after more than four decades

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A lollipop lady's retiring this morning after more than four decades helping children cross roads in Telford.

Jan Warren has been patrolling outside Wrockwardine Wood Infant School since 1974.

Lollipop lady
BBC

Staff and pupils decorated the school, gave her gifts and held a party to give her a proper send-off.

Trade union officers suspended

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Three senior officers have been suspended from the Shropshire branch of Unison over allegations of financial irregularities. 

Branch secretary Alan James, vice chair Karen Scardifeld and Treasurer Janice Louch were told they were being suspended on 16 March. Those close to them say they deny any wrongdoing.

Union banners
BBC

The action was taken last month but has only just been brought to light.

Unison has confirmed there's an ongoing investigation but wouldn't be drawn further. It's not known how long that will last. 

The branch is a local government one and Shropshire Council says it's not involved. 

West Mercia Police start use of body-worn cameras

West Mercia Police are set to introduce body-worn cameras for officers from today. 

Other forces across the country, including Staffordshire, have been using them for some time.

Body camera
BBC

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion says 46 officers in Malvern are being equipped with the technology, with  plans to roll out to all front-line officers and staff by the end of the year. 

The PCC says more than £1m has been invested in the technology, which has been shown to reduce complaints, prevent crimes and provide evidence.

American Football: New season gets under way this weekend

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Shropshire Revolution start their new season away to the Lincolnshire Bombers on Sunday.

They'll be up against some familiar opponents like Staffordshire Surge and Chester Romans in the British American Football League's NFC 2 South.

There are 67 teams competing in 12 divisions this season and the Revolution have made big changes to their squad, with 30 new players coming in.

Shropshire's American Football team prepares to start the new season

On-loan striker could miss rest of season

Shrewsbury Town's on-loan striker Tyler Roberts could miss the rest of the season.

He's impressed since joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion. After scoring four goals in 13 appearances it comes as a big blow to the side's fight against relegation.

Footballer
BBC

Roberts is back at parent club West Brom getting treatment on the hamstring he pulled against Millwall on Tuesday night .

World heritage site opens revamped museum

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust has completed the restoration of the Museum of Iron.

It's part of their £15m masterplan to update some exhibits, carry out further conservation work and attract more visitors. It comes as the Trust celebrates its 50th anniversary. 

Female in museum
BBC

Chief Executive Anna Brennand is pictured above with some of the furniture designed by the Christopher Dresser that's been brought in as part of the revamp of exhibitions

The museum opens on Saturday and features many artworks made in Coalbrookdale.

Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The team and I will be bringing you the latest, sports, travel and weather between now and 18.00.

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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 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Rescue hedgehogs released into wild

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Two hedgehogs rescued in Staffordshire have been released in a wood on the outskirts of Telford as part of a bid to boost numbers.

According to figures from Shropshire Wildlife Trust, the West Midlands has seen a 70% drop in numbers compared with last year.

Rescue hedgehogs released into wild

Find out more on Midlands Today, from 18:30 on BBC One.

Woodside arson pictures

Shropshire's fire service has condemned those who burned eight cars on an estate in Telford in the last three weeks. 

The same arsonists are suspected of being behind a series of recent wheelie bin fires.

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SFRS
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Football: Town players back in training after Millwall defeat

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town players insist it's business as normal as they try to keep themselves in League One. 

With just five games to go, Town are in the relegation zone and two points from safety. 

There was huge disappointment after Tuesday's defeat by Millwall but at training today spirits were high. 

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Coming in today and everyone is smiling and laughing, we just try to keep the spirit together and do the job."

Toto NsialaDefender, Shrewsbury Town FC