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School launches raffle to help pay for lab refurb

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A Shropshire secondary school's launching a raffle to help refurbish its science labs. 

The Corbet School in Baschurch has launched the fundraising drive as headteachers gathering in Telford for their annual conference claim school budgets are in crisis. 

Corbett School
Google

The government says it's spending more than ever, but the Corbet's chair of governors Roger Ford says it's not covering the increased costs of pensions and pay.   

It's our 60th anniversary this year, so we're going to celebrate that and we're going to have a year-long raffle and we're going to hopefully raise some money towards the £200,000 that we need to refurbish and modernise our science labs. We shouldn't have to run a raffle, in my view, to do such things, but we're not left with any alternative."

Roger fordChair of Governors of the Corbet School

Football: Shrewsbury Town Manager expected to offer new contracts

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Paul Hurst is expected to offer new deals at Shrewsbury Town to defender Mat Sadler and winger Sean Whalley.

The two are among the players whose contracts are up this summer and while the Town manager says he won’t focus on the ins and outs at the club until Sunday’s final game of the League One season at Oxford is out of the way, he says he’s had tentative talks with the two of them.

Paul Hurst
BBC

Both are popular with Shrewsbury fans, and both have previously said how happy they are at the club. 

I think they know what I think of them as players and just as importantly as people."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town Manager

The rugby team in a football final

#PeoplesCup

You don't even need to be a football team to play in the FA People's Cup.

LBoro Rangers are a group of university students who are taking part in the Higher Education category......

LBoro Rangers will be in action in the Higher Education finals on Sunday

Catch up with what's been going on in the FA People's Cup so far - and follow live coverage of the FA People's Cup finals on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Two barns go up in flames in south shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Five fire crews have been tackling a blaze that resulted in two barns going up in flames. 

The alarm was raised at around 10:00, at a farm in Nash, close to Ludlow.   

Fire engine
BBC

Fire crews from Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Tenbury Wells were at the scene. 

The fire was brought under control just before midday.    

Cricket: New cricket season gets under way

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

It’s the start of the new cricket season this weekend, with the former Birmingham League champions Shrewsbury, hoping to move up from last year’s third-place finish.

Shifnal are looking to join them in the top flight. They were promoted from division two last season. County captain Steve Leach, who plays for Shifnal, says: “We’re an ambitious club with a premier division set-up.”

Cricket captains
BBC

In the Shropshire League, Worfield are the favourites for the title, after coming down from the Birmingham League last year, but captain James Parker knows it’ll be “a tough race,” while newcomers Market Drayton are hoping to spring a surprise.

On Midlands Today from 13:30: The rise in tool thefts from vans

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll hear how the number of incidents of tools being stolen from vans in the Midlands has almost doubled in the last three years, a BBC investigation's found. 

Tool thefts
West Midlands Police

It's thought criminals are buying locksmith tools from the internet and using them to get into vans.

We'll have more from 13:30 on BBC One.

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....

#PeoplesCup

Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A5.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

In Pictures: Cloudy and overcast in Shropshire today

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a cloudy day across much of Shropshire today. There will be some sunny of bright spells later, with just the chance of a light shower. Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Foggy and Snapper Simon for these pictures of Church Stretton and Ludlow.   

Church Stretton
Snapper Simon
Ludlow
Foggy

Football: Shrews urged to push home for last game of the season

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Paul Hurst is urging his Shrewsbury Town players to put in one final effort this weekend, even though the side is realistically safe from relegation. 

Town go into the last game of the season at Oxford on Sunday, three points and 10 goals better off than relegation rivals Port Vale. They're also above Bury and Gillingham.

Paul Hurst
BBC

Full-back Junior Brown says a lot of credit must go the Town manager for the way he's turned things round since he joined the club back in October. 

He's come in and galvanized us, he's given us a different set of ideas and values and things. The lads have took it on board, we've worked hard and I think we've got our rewards. But regardless of everything that he's done, the lads have really dug in and made big strides, mentally, physically and really put their bodies on the line."

Junior BrownFull back with Shrewsbury Town

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A5.

M54 Shropshire - M54 lane blocked on exit slip road eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Canal to host top anglers

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Some 500 of the country's best anglers will be looking for a nibble on a 15-mile stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal later this year. 

The Angling Trust says August's Division One National Championship is the largest of its kind and it's being held near Market Drayton.

Shropshire Union Canal
BBC

Severe disruption: A5112 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5112 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between A458 Haycock Way and Crowmere Road.

A5112 Shropshire - A5112 Bage Way in Shrewsbury closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A458 Haycock Way junction and the Crowmere Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Telford businesses seek tourism boost

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Over 100 local businesses are meeting up today to discuss how to bring more tourism to Telford. 

The global firm TripAdvisor will be among the guest speakers at the Big Campaign event, organised by Telford and Wrekin Council. 

It's hoped more online advertising, including promotional videos featuring celebrities will attract more people to the borough.

Ironbridge
BBC

The power of Shropshire's non-voters revealed

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The potential influence of people who didn't vote in the last general election has been revealed by the BBC. 

Here in Shropshire, almost 113,000 people failed to turn out, that's about a third of the electorate. 

The figure includes 25,000 people in Telford, where the winning candidate and sitting MP Lucy Allan received 16,094 votes.

BBC election logo
BBC

The power of non-voters

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Non-voters would play a pivotal role in the general election if they were to use their vote, analysis suggests.

The number of non-voters exceeded the number of votes cast for the winning party in more than half of UK constituencies in 2015.

In Wyre Forest, 27,967 failed to vote (including spoiled ballots), compared with 22,394 who voted for the current MP, Conservative Mark Garnier.

Map
BBC

The Electoral Reform Society said many people felt their vote did not count.  

See the figures for your constituency on this interactive map

Video: What's the weather doing today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A generally dry day with occasional sunny spells and the risk of a couple of isolated showers - highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Disraeli letter to William Penny-Brookes sells for £200

A letter written by Benjamin Disraeli to Shropshire's Dr William Penny Brookes has sold for £200 at auction in Shrewsbury.

It is dated 7 September 1859 and in it the former prime minister offers to send the founder of the Wenlock Olympics some of his books.

Benjamin Disraeli
BBC

Halls auctioneers carried out the sale and said Dr Penny Brookes established the Agricultural Reading Society in 1841 to educate farm workers and wrote letters to authors asking them to donate books.

Broken glass cleared from bridleway

Broken glass that was scattered over a bridleway near Much Wenlock has now been cleared away by Shropshire Council workers, along with other debris.

They've also had to fill in holes dug in the path and removed felled trees which had been laid across it to block access.

Broken glass
@WenlockCops

It's not the first time the route between Shirlett and Muckley Cross has been vandalised and the police have promised extra patrols in an effort to catch those responsible.

They say "other methods" of preventing the vandalism are also being considered.

Drone causing concern in Telford

Efforts are being made to trace the owner of a large drone which has been flying around houses in the Horton area of Telford.

On one occasion, a week ago, a man spotted it outside his window on Horton Lane and when he went out to investigate, the drone started following him around.

Civil Aviation Authority guidelines say drones shouldn't be flown within within 150 feet (46m) of a property. 

Angling competition coming to Shropshire this summer

A one-day event described as the largest of its kind in the angling calendar will be coming to Market Drayton in August.

The Angling Trust says the Division One National Championship is expected to attract 500 of the country's best anglers to a 15-mile stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

anglers on canal
Canal & River Trust

It is the first time the competition, which started over 100 years ago, will be held entirely on the canal.

Churchill cigar sells for £1,700

A half-smoked cigar which belonged to Sir Winston Churchill has sold at auction in Shrewsbury for £1,700.

Photographs and letters included in the sale prove he stubbed it out before boarding a flight from Paris to the UK 1947 and it was claimed by a member of his aircraft cabin crew.

Cigar
Halls

The auctioneers, Halls, say that its value was increased because it had been partly smoked by the former prime minister.

Railway footbridge plans approved

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Amended plans for a new footbridge, linking Telford Central railway station to the town centre, have been approved by councillors.

Footbridge plans
Telford and Wrekin Council

The original plans, which were approved in October had ramps serving both platforms, but they have had to be replaced by steps, because of costs.

There will be lifts on both platforms, for people who can't use the steps and work is due to start in June.

The new bridge will not only significantly improve accessibility for all users, it will also provide an iconic gateway to Telford for rail users."

Angie AstleyTelford & Wrekin Council

Football: The New Saints look to hold on to 'most successful manager'

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints insist they want to hang on to their manager Craig Harrison, with chief operating officer Ian Williams describing him as "by far the most successful manager the club has ever had".

The TNS boss, who is chasing a third successive treble, had been linked with the vacant job at League Two Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool United
Getty Images

Harrison has said he is "extremely flattered" by the attention, but has refused to rule himself in or out.

Craig's a really passionate individual. He's dedicated to the cause, he's really well respected by everybody. I can't speak highly enough of him really."

Ian WilliamsTNS chief operating officer

Football: Shrewsbury Town fans look for happy end to season

BBC Sport

For a large part of the season, Shrewsbury Town fans have been looking down the table and hoping to avoid slipping down to League Two, but they could finish as high as 16th if results go their way this Sunday.

Oldham and Northampton are both just one point better off than them, with a marginally better goal-difference, so victory for Shrewsbury over Oxford United by three goals or more would see them leap up two spots, if those two sides fail to win.

League table
BBC

A draw would be enough for Shrewsbury if Oldham and Northampton both lose by three goals or more.

On Midlands Today from 13:30: 'Diabolical' drugs and replacing collapsed bridge

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, how the drugs spice and black mamba are causing "diabolical" levels of harm in part of the region. 

Eastham Bridge collapsed
BBC

We'll also feature the new £2m bridge which is due to open this afternoon in the Midlands, a year after the old one collapsed. 

Those stories and more, including your lunchtime weather forecast, from 13:30 on BBC One.

Your comments: Railway bridge plans attract criticism

The changes to the plans for Telford town centre's railway bridge have been attracting some criticism on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page.

Telford and Wrekin Council has dropped plans for access ramps from the two platforms, meaning people unable to use the steps will have to use lifts instead. Dawn Rutherford wasn't impressed, writing: "A ramp is reallly esential. Lifts can only take a few a time and do break down. I think this is an expensive step backwards." 

Railway bridge
BBC

Zoe Marple wrote: "The whole point of replacing the bridge was to ensure the ramp was disabled friendly. So the fact that the ramp that is being ripped out altogether, to be replaced by a lift is not an improvement."

The local authority said it had to alter its plans because ramps would have been too expensive.

Van fire outside butcher's shop 'probably deliberate'

A van fire outside a butcher's shop in Market Drayton overnight was probably started deliberately, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service says.

It was called out to Shepleys Butchers on Shrewsbury Road at 01:33 this morning and it took just over half an hour to put the fire out.

Fire engine
BBC

Sports broadcaster Stelling says TNS 'part of his life'

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The sports broadcaster Jeff Stelling who once famously said "they'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight" says he has "always had a soft spot for the club".

He was talking at a sportsmans dinner at The New Saints Park Hall stadium last night and revealed he'd been invited several times before, but had never been able to make it.

Jeff Stelling
BBC

Stelling, who made the dancing comment as a light-hearted dig at the club's name, said TNS had become "part of my life" ever since.

Local elections: Green Party promising something 'fresh and different'

The Green Party won its first ever Shropshire Council seat last year and is looking to build on that in the local authority elections next month.

Duncan Kerr was elected to serve the Oswestry South ward and said he had "brought something fresh and different to the council" and that his party offered "something for people who are fed up with politics as normal".

Duncan Kerr
Duncan Kerr

The Greens are fielding 36 candidates and Mr Kerr said they wanted to see the authority share more of its services with other councils and for councillors' allowances to be cut.

The three traditional parties have been here since the last century essentially and we've seen the same old ways and perhaps we offer a new style of politics."

Duncan KerrGreen Party

We're hearing from the main parties fielding candidates in the council elections, but for a full list of those standing in each ward visit the council website.

Watch: Wheelchair multi-marathon bid for three friends

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

One marathon would be too much for most of us, but these three friends are challenging themselves to complete five in five days, in their wheelchairs. 

They're doing it to raise money for children to get free sports coaching in Craven Arms. 

Key witness in Ricky Tomlinson conviction, says he'd like them to meet

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire businessman who was a key witness in a case that saw Ricky Tomlinson jailed for his part as a flying picket in the ill tempered 1972 national building workers strike, says he'd like them to meet. 

Ricky Tomlinson
BBC

The actor, who's campaigning to clear his name, recently accused the managing director of the former WSJ company from Oswestry, Peter Starbuck, of lying.

In a very prolonged trial the case was proven against them and in fact the strikers appealed against their sentence and the Home Secretary said that the conviction should be upheld. I think one of the things in life is your reputation is paramount and lying is not in my agenda."

Peter StarbuckManaging Director of the former WSJ company

Watch: Specialist beef suppliers see strong sales

BBC Midlands Today

Here in the Midlands its estimated we eat around 41,000 tonnes of beef each year and companies which supply meat from specialist breeds are seeing demand soar.

Companies supplying specialist beef are seeing demand soar

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

Broken glass scattered on bridleway

Broken glass has been found scattered over a bridleway between Shirlett and Muckley Cross, not far from Much Wenlock and the police believed it was done deliberately. 

They say that in the last few weeks broken glass bottle fragments have been scattered at a number of locations over a 200-metre stretch of the path and holes have been dug along it.

broken glass
@WenlockCops

West Mercia Police say there have been similar incidents reported over a number of years and they believe it may be a deliberate attempt to stop people using the bridleway.

Porcelain collection sells for over £70k

A collection of late-18th Century blue and white porcelain has sold for nearly £72,000 at auction in Shrewsbury this afternoon.

China collection
Halls Auctioneers

It was made at the Caughley factory near Broseley, and belonged to the Reverend Maurice Wright and his wife Janet, who have been collecting for over 40 years.

More than 400 pieces went on sale at Halls auctioneers, in a number of separate lots.