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  1. Telford and Wrekin Council releases confidential correspondence with AFC Telford
  2. Barns go up in flames in south Shropshire
  3. Head teachers at Telford conference talk of huge budget pressures
  4. Chairman of hospital trust criticises meeting disruption
  5. Updates on Friday 28 April 2017

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By Tracey Higgins

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Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A41 and Hatch Lane.

A5 Staffordshire - A5 in Weston-under-Lizard closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A41 junction and the Hatch Lane junction, because of a serious accident involving car and motorcycle.

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

Severe accident: A49 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A49 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A489 and B4370.

A49 Shropshire - A49 Shrewsbury Road closed in both directions between the A489 junction in Shrewsbury and the B4370 junction in All Stretton, because of an accident.

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


Oxford United finish eighth in League One and reach 100 goals for the season as they beat Shrewsbury Town.

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Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - M54 entry slip road closed and very slow traffic westbound at J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of the Bike4Life event.

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

Elliot Pettifer (left) with his brother Max (right) and friend Matthew Weston

Three friends agree to a four-day London-to-Paris charity cycling challenge despite having "next to no experience".

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening. 

Under-fire trust investigated over 27 babies born with brain injuries

Michael Buchanan

Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

A law firm is investigating at least 27 babies born with brain injuries at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, the BBC has learnt.

It follows news in recent weeks that there were at least seven avoidable deaths at units run by the trust between September 2014 and May 2016, prompting the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to launch an inquiry.

Five of those cases involved failures to properly monitor babies' heartbeats. It's also emerged that regulators questioned the same issue 10 years ago.

PRH and RSH hospital

Tonight, our research shows the trust has paid out nearly £25m in compensation for maternity errors in the past 10 years. The largest group is those whose babies suffered brain injuries. 

Beth Harrison from law firm Lanyon Bowdler says her firm has 27 open cases where there's evidence of several potential shortcomings.

The hospital trust has yet to comment on the latest news, but last week said maternity improvements had been made and the number of baby deaths was in line with other trusts.

In particular a failure to act on signs that the baby's in distress and potentially compromised. There appears to be delays in taking them for an emergency c-section. We also see issues with the use of forceps. Forceps have to be positioned in a certain way, if they're not, it can cause frontal lobe brain damage."

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

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Council releases hundreds of pages of football club correspondence

Telford and Wrekin Council has released hundreds of pages of correspondence between the local authority and AFC Telford United, following a ruling by the Information Commisioner.

Earlier this month, the council was given 36 days to release the documents, which cover a period since 2014 when it agreed to loan the football club £45,000.

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The documents were requested by former councillor Adrian Williams - a long-time critic of the council. He says the documents he was sent under a Freedom of Information request were mostly blacked-out.

AFC Telford United has denied it threatened legal action over their release and instead said it welcomed today's move.

First West Mercia officers get body cameras

A £1m investment in body-worn video cameras for West Mercia officers will help victims, prevent crimes and reduce complaints against police, John Campion, crime commissioner says.

Forty six officers in Malvern were the first to get the new kit earlier this month, with colleagues in Telford next before the remainder of the force.

Mr Campion said he'd seen them in use and expects the cameras - first introduced to police a decade ago - to provide increased transparency and reassure the public.

A camera

The cameras can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers, Cambridge University researched has found.

Complaints by members of the public against 2,000 officers across four UK forces and two US police departments, fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Conviction for the surgeon who 'played God'

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, more on the news that a breast surgeon who carried out "completely unnecessary" operations has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients. 

Ian Paterson

Ian Paterson, 59, carried out "extensive, life-changing operations for no medically-justifiable reason".

We'll have full reaction from 18:30 on BBC One.

Football: The New Saints FC recognised in Oswestry Town Council civic awards

Welsh Premier Champions The New Saints have won an Oswestry town council civic award.

It's in recognition of the club redeveloping its facility at a cost of over £3m.

It now has a state-of-the-art 3G pitch and accommodates a major leisure development with community facilities. 

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

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

Lifting of bird flu restrictions may be too late for County Show

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Bird-flu restrictions on poultry-keepers are to be lifted in just over a fortnight. 

The government says the prevention zones and a ban on poultry shows will end on May 15th. 


That may come too late for the Shropshire County Show at the end of next month, which has already cancelled its poultry section.

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

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

Local elections: UKIP says it would offer a fresh pair of eyes if it wins seats, next week

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

UKIP currently has no seats on Shropshire Council, but is looking to change that next week in the local elections. 

The organisation's putting up nine candidates and spokesman Edward Higginbottom is promising a fresh pair of eyes, to look at issues affecting the area, with the reorganisation of health care services top of their agenda.  

Edward Higginbottom
Edward Higginbottom

He also says they'd promote faster broadband to attract bigger businesses and keep a close watch on the council's outgoings.

The more different voices you've got, the more likely you can come up with a better compromise, whether the people running the county council would listen, is a big question. Even if you got all nine of us were there, there is always the possibility that the ruling party would just ignore people."

Edward HigginbottomUKIP

We've been speaking to all the major parties ahead of next week's Shropshire Council election.

For a full list of candidates, visit the Shropshire Council website.

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

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

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.

Deadline for showing cattle at County Show looms

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Time's running out if you're a farmer thinking of showing cattle at this years County Show. 

The deadline is Monday. The registration forms are online.


The show's livestock secretary Richard Hartshorn rears South Devon cattle on his farm at Roden.

He says the breed's laid-back temperament makes them perfect competition stock.

They went over on the Mayflower, to America, because when the people went over on the Mayflower, this was the only breed they knew wouldn't jump off the ship."

Richard HartshornFarmer

Telford firefighters tackle two car blazes

Telford Journal

Firefighters were called out to two car fires in Telford in the early hours of this morning.  

Fire engine
Shropshire Star

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.

'Shame on you' - protesters defend shouting at senior NHS officials over baby deaths

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Health campaigners in the county are making no apology for shouting at senior NHS officials yesterday. 

They disrupted a board meeting of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust.  

Shropshire Women and Children's Centre

Gill George from Shropshire Defend our NHS says recent revelations about avoidable baby-deaths has highlighted the need for more openness and accountability from the people at the top.

Where you have an investigation into the deaths of 15 babies and three maternal deaths and the repeated theme from the people running that organisation is we'll tell you nothing. I see nothing wrong at all in chanting 'Shame on you' as they walked out of the room and refused to speak to us."

Gill GeorgeShropshie Defend our NHS

The trust has previously said improvements had been made - and that their mortality rates were in line with the national average.

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


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

Protestors accuse hospital trust of cover up, over baby deaths

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The chairman of Shropshire's main acute hospitals has spoken out, after protesters disrupted a board meeting. 

When directors met yesterday, campaigners, angry at the deaths of several babies, uncovered in a BBC investigation, demanded answers and accused the trust of a cover up.

PRH and RSH combined

Peter Latchford says although their meetings are held in public, they're not public meetings for people to join in. 

He says it would have been inappropriate to answer questions about individual cases in the meeting.

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

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

Shropshire social housing landlord to build more new homes

Bridgnorth Journal

A Shropshire-based housing landlord is increasing the number of new homes it will build in the next five years in a bid to tackle a property shortage.

Builder on a roof
Shropshire Star

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

Large increase in tool thefts

Alex Seftel


Figures obtained by the BBC suggest a van is broken into and tools are stolen, every 25 minutes across the UK. 

Reports of this kind of crime have risen by almost 75% in the last two years alone.

Nearly 700 incidents have been reported across the West Mercia Police area in the last 12 months, up from less than 500 two years ago.

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

Head teachers use Telford meeting to warn about funding

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The National Association of Head Teachers has warned that the stability of the whole education system is at risk because of budget pressures

The union is gathering in Telford for its annual conference this weekend.

A survey of members suggests nearly three quarters of them think their budgets will be untenable within two years. The Conservative party says school funding is at record levels. 

Stressed teacher

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.


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.

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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

Welcome to BBC Local Live for Shropshire

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Good morning from BBC Local Live for Shropshire. We're in the BBC Shropshire newsroom, updating you with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

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