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  1. An extra £1m for Shropshire A&E departments
  2. Nine sentenced over Telford-based drugs operation
  3. Extra police patrols following train vandalism
  4. AFC Telford United make emergency goalkeeper signing
  5. Updates on Friday 21 April 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Trains to carry free entertainment

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we'll have more on the news that free entertainment and wi-fi services are coming to some London Midland train services. 

Peter Plisner on London Midland

The firm behind the new system says there's something for everyone, from films to Peppa Pig - plus onboard wi-fi.  

I've been swapping my magazine for a phone and will have more from 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Lorry delivers 87-tonne casting machinery to Telford

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

A 96-wheel, 16-axle, lorry has driven across Europe to deliver a 87-tonne piece of machinery to a factory in Telford today.

It's going to form part of a 273-tonne aluminium casting machine at the Magna Cosmo plant.

An 87-tonne piece of aluminium casting machinery has been delivered to a Telford factory

Watch: The London Marathon finish line

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Do you know someone who ran the London Marathon yesterday or maybe you ran it yourself?

You can watch a feed of the finish line, showing everyone who finished between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs.

Find out their time and you can catch the moment they crossed the line.

From tears of joy, limping over the line, through to some rather tired faces - watch six hours (or skip forward) and see friends/family/loved ones cross the finish line via the BBC iPlayer.

Gritting lorries go out in April

It seems a bit late in the year for the council gritting lorries, but they are being sent out around Shropshire tonight, with temperatures forecast to drop close to freezing.

Gritting lorry
Shropshire Council

Your photos: Mystery bird appears in field near Oswestry

One for the bird-experts here - a farmer near Oswestry says he is being visited what appears to be an Australian white ibis.

Because the birds aren't native to this country, Thomas Bebb wonders if it might have escaped from a zoo or sanctuary.

Thomas Bebb

If you know more about this bird, we'd love to hear from you - you can get in touch via email or by calling 01743 248484.

Council elections: Conservatives promise 'measurable targets'

The leader of the Conservatives on Shropshire Council, Councillor Malcolm Pate, says his party is promising "measurable targets" in its manifesto.

He also promised to keep council tax down to "reasonable levels".

Malcolm Pate
Shropshire Council

Mr Pate is looking to maintain the Conservative's grip on the local authority and said he hoped to stay on as leader if they retained power.

All seats on the unitary authority are up for election on 4 May. We'll bring you the other parties' views through the week. 

China collection expected to fetch £70,000

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A collection of blue and white patterned china will go under the hammer on Wednesday and is expected to fetch around £70,000. 

The 400-piece collection of Caughley porcelain belongs to the Rev Maurice Wright and his wife, Janet and will be sold through Halls Auctioneers.

China collection

Massive delivery for new Telford factory

Telford Journal

One of the biggest industrial developments in Shropshire in years took a big step forward today with the delivery of a massive piece of machinery.

Shropshire Star

Chemical used to clear path through field

Someone has used an unknown chemical to clear a path through a field near St Martins, without telling the farmer who owns the land.

Moors lane footpath
West Mercia Police

The police say public footpaths are usually maintained by either the council or by farmers and they are advising people to avoid the footpath, which joins Moors Land and the Churchfields area of the village, until the substance has time to evaporate.

They say there is no way of knowing how strong the chemical is and they have concerns about animals which might use that route.

Your questions: What was Ironbridge called before the bridge?

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Richard Downes got in touch through the Your Questions section of the BBC website, to ask "Did a village exist at Ironbridge before the iron bridge was built? If so what was it called and why was this site chosen for the bridge?"

Great question and we went to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust for the answer.

We were told the simple answer to the first part is that there was a community there before the bridge and it was called Coalbrookdale - a name which still describes the area a little further along the gorge.

Iron bridge

And the museums say the location was chosen for two reasons - because it was high enough for boats to pass underneath and because the land there was stable enough to support a bridge.

VR exposes young drivers to drink-driving horror
Teenagers who tried out the police virtual reality experience were visibly shocked.

Watch: Shrewsbury runner completes marathon journal

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Among the Shropshire runners taking part in the London Marathon yesterday was Philip Fewtrell from Shrewsbury.

He had a special starting place alongside celebrities in recognition of his efforts to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

And he had been keeping a video journal of his preparations for the run.

Shrewsbury man's London Marathon story

Ice hockey: Uncertainty over league future for Tigers

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

It's not clear which league Telford Tigers will be playing in next season, because it appears the English Premier Ice Hockey League won't continue.

Two of the teams from last season, Guildford and Milton Keynes, have bought themselves places in the Elite League next season and Manchester have gone out of business.

Telford Tigers
Steve Brodie

The remaining seven teams, including the Tigers, have been advised by the English Ice Hockey Association to apply for places in the National Ice Hockey League - the league below the old EPL.

The Tigers say the move was "unexpected" and they are weighing up their options.

Wyre Forest Lib Dems name their parliamentary candidate

The Liberal Democrats have announced that Councillor Shazu Miah will be their candidate for the Wyre Forest constituency in the general election. 

Mr Miah says he will be campaigning against a hard Brexit and for keeping Britain in the single market.

Shazu Miah
Wyre Forest Liberal Democrats

Thirty six percent of Wyre Forest residents voted to remain in the EU and many more oppose the reckless decision of this hard-right Conservative government to pursue a 'hard Brexit'. Only the Lib Dems here in Wyre Forest are truly fighting her plans and fought to Remain."

Shazu MiahLib Dem parliamentary candidate

The deadline for nominating candidates is 11 May, but most parties will want their representatives in place well before that. 

We'll bring you the latest on the election campaign as we get it.

Your photos: Cloudy day in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a cloudy day in south Shropshire as these photos of Ludlow and Church Stretton show - thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Shropshire Lass, Snapper Simon and Foggy.

Shropshire Lass
Church Stretton
Snapper Simon
Telford Princess Royal Hospital: Hundreds march in support of A&E
Up to 900 people join a march in protest over plans to downgrade Telford's A&E.

Football: Shrewsbury fans celebrate on the pitch

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury fans were on the pitch after the final whistle on Saturday, to celebrate a win which almost certainly secures their League One status.

The manager Paul Hurst said the move that led to the winning goal was one they'd talked about at half time, but he admitted he couldn't see the moment when Junior Brown put the ball in the net.

Watch yourself finish


Runners completing the London Marathon

If you took part in the London Marathon yesterday, massive congratulations - we hope you're not aching too much today.

You can watch highlights of the day here.

And, if your time was between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs, you can see yourself finish with this special feed on iPlayer.

Council leader challenges MPs over hospital comments

The Labour leader of Telford and Wrekin Council is urging the town's two Conservative MPs to clarify what they mean, when they said the Princess Royal Hospital was to "keep" its women and children's centre. 

Hundreds marched through Wellington yesterday, in protest at plans to move the consultant-led maternity department to Shrewsbury and downgrade accident and emergency services at the hospital.

PRH march

Neither MP was on the council-organised march, but both Lucy Allan and Mark Pritchard have recently said they are pleased with assurances from the hospitals over women and children's services.

The hospital trust has said the Princess Royal Hospital will keep its midwife-led maternity unit, but the specialist consultant-led unit, currently housed in the £28m women and childrens building would move to Shrewsbury under its plans.

Dog behaviourist admits his dogs killed dozens of lambs

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A dog behaviourist from Shropshire has admitted that his two pets killed dozens of lambs on a Herefordshire farm.

Charles Ross-Robertson pleaded guilty to owning two Rottweiler-cross dogs which killed the sheep, valued at £21,000, in Risbury last September.

At the time, farmer Thomas Hadley (pictured) said his field was "scattered" with dead sheep.

Ross-Robertson is due to be sentenced in May.

Thomas Hadley

The dogs called Brindle and Bourneville have been kept in kennels since the attack, at a cost to the public of £7,500.

An application has been made for them to be destroyed.

Extra-large lorry delivers casting machine to Telford factory

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A machine so large it needed a 96-wheel, 16-axle lorry to carry it has been delivered to the Magna Cosma factory in Telford this morning.

It has driven to Shropshire from Austria, through Germany and Holland and came over on a ferry to Hull.

Machine on lorry

The company says when the aluminium die casting machine is fully assembled it will be the largest of its type in the UK and will form part of their new casting facility in Telford, which is creating nearly 300 jobs.

Cricket: Shropshire lose opening match

BBC Sport

Shropshire's one-day Trophy campaign got off to a poor start as they suffered an eight-wicket defeat by neighbours Staffordshire at Shrewsbury. 

Asked to bat first, Shropshire's Oli Westbury (62) and Steve Leach (30) put on 55 for the first wicket.

London Road
Stuart Dunn

At 105 for 1 Shropshire were in a strong position but lost their last 7 wickets for 55 to be all out for 160.

Food allergy inspections to be carried out

Inspections will be carried out at food businesses in Shropshire this week to make sure they're not putting people with food allergies at risk.

Shropshire Council says its health protection team will also be educating the businesses on how to warn customers about  the presence of allergens in their food.


The checks are being carried out to coincide with Allergy Awareness Week and the council says in the last year its inspectors found a quarter of businesses weren't complying with regulations designed to protect people with food allergies.

Trust takes over community centre

A trust, made up of residents, will take over the running of Sutton Hill Community Centre today. 

They've taken it off the hands of Telford and Wrekin Council which said it couldn't afford to fund it. 

The trust has appointed Mike Crawshaw as its centre manager.

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Football: Telford boss 'fed up' battling for survival

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United lost 1-0 at Darlington, but results elsewhere mean the Bucks are finally mathematically safe in the National League North. 

Ash Rawlins made a useful debut in goal, but couldn't stop Darlington's second-half penalty.

Rob Smith
Mike Sheridan

I've got no interest in staying in this division, it doesn't fit with me at all. We need the financial backing to move up and I understand that's difficult but until we do we're not going to compete and I want to compete."

Rob SmithManager, AFC Telford United

Football: Shrewsbury Town almost safe

BBC Sport

Junior Brown headed the winner as Shrewsbury moved to the brink of League One safety with a victory over Southend.

Paul Hurst's side lifted themselves six points clear of fourth-bottom Port Vale, who have two games left but a goal difference 11 inferior to Shrewsbury.

Junior Brown
Getty Images

Shrewsbury, up to 18th in the table, grabbed the winner in the 64th minute when left back Brown headed in a corner from Shaun Whalley to spark jubilant scenes at the final whistle at the Greenhous Meadow.

Watch: What's the weather doing today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start with some light showers, it should be a dry and bright day with highs of 12C (54F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Junior Brown heads the winner as Shrewsbury move to the brink of League One safety with a victory over Southend.

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BreakingHospitals told to improve foetal heart monitoring a decade ago

Michael Buchanan

Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

It has emerged the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust was told to improve its monitoring of foetal heart rates a decade ago.

The NHS regulator told the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust that it wasn't learning from serious incidents. 

It is now under investigation after at least seven avoidable deaths were recorded in two years - five of which had a failure to monitor or analyse heart rates as a contributory factor.

Hospital signs

In 2007, the Health Care Commission became involved at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after a number of families started legal action following problems at the maternity unit. 

The trust says it carries out investigations into every case and is co-operating fully with the new inquiry.

Kerry Luke, Abbie's mother

Michael Buchanan

Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

Since then, failures to monitor foetal heart rates have contributed to the deaths of five babies.

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

Football: Shrewsbury midfielder happy with home support

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's home support could be crucial this weekend, if they are going to get the points they need to stay up.

And midfielder Shaun Whalley said he is very pleased with the backing the side have had so far.

A win for Shrewsbury could be enough to keep them up
Spring in Benthall

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

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Weather: Cloudy, with some sunshine tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to remain cloudy overnight, but we should see a little sunshine tomorrow afternoon with temperatures expected to reach 13C (55F) in places.

The weather forecast for the West Midlands

Former council leader interested in Telford seat

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The former Telford and Wrekin Council leader Kuldip Sahota has put his name forward to be Labour's parliamentary candidate for Telford.

Kuldip Sahota

The party lost the seat to the Conservative Lucy Allan two years ago.

Labour is expected to choose its candidate this weekend.

Shropshire A&E given an extra £1m

The Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals are getting an extra £1m, to ease the pressure in accident and emergency. 

The Department of Health money, for next winter, is to help hospitals treat 95% of patients within four hours.


Shropshire's hospitals haven't hit the NHS target for a number of years.

They are one of 70 NHS hospitals to share in nearly £56m.

Cricket: Shropshire start with one-dayer against Staffordshire

BBC Sport

Shropshire will be starting their new season with a home fixture against Staffordshire on Sunday, in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy.

The one-day game will be played at Shrewsbury's London Road ground, starting at 11:00, with Shifnal's Steve Leach captaining the side again this year.

Steve Leach
Stuart Dunn

Among the new faces this year will be Wolverhampton's Chris Russell, who used to play for Worcestershire - he has just returned from taking more than 50 wickets, whilst playing in Cape Town.