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Summary

  1. Children as young as eight reported over racist incidents in schools
  2. £60k project under way to improve stretch of the River Worfe
  3. Over 20 awards for Whitchurch cheese maker
  4. Broadcast date for Telford DIY SOS episode
  5. Updates on Friday 2 June 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Motorcyclist dies in crash near Oswestry

A motorcyclist has died after a crash near Oswestry yesterday afternoon.

The man, in his 20s, was riding on the A483 at Sweeney when the crash happened.

The driver of the other vehicle, a black Hyundai, was unhurt.

Work on major roundabout to finish soon

Shropshire Council says there's now just "minor finishing-off works" to be carried out on Shrewsbury's Meole Brace roundabout.

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Plan of the new layout on Meole Brace Island.

Redevelopment of the island, which involves a new road being built through the middle of it, started back in February.

The council expects additional roadworks here to continue for another week.

Delays and diversions are still in place at the Reabrook island near the Shirehall and Old Potts Way.

Crews fight fire at builders' merchant

A huge fire broke out at a builders' merchant in Ellesmere at the weekend.

Six crews attended the blaze at the Tudor Griffiths site, which is believed to have been started in two large industrial machines and recycled wood and chippings on Saturday evening.

Fire
Shropshire Fire and Rescue

Blue plaque unveiled in Shropshire

A Blue Plaque has been unveiled in Bishop's Castle to commemorate musician and singer songwriter, Jerry Lordan.

Blue plaque
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Former Radio 1 DJ and Chairman of the British Plaque Trust, Mike Read unveiled the plaque outside the Three Tuns in Bishop's Castle.

The singer, musician and writer Jerry Lordan lived near the town and was nominated to receive a blue plaque as part of a BBC Music Day project.

He wrote the Shadows' hit Apache and dozens of other well known songs for Cliff Richard, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan.

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Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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Severe accident: A483 Shropshire both ways

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A483 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B5069 and A495.

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John Prescott to campaign in Ironbridge tomorrow

The former Labour deputy leader John Prescott is hitting the campaign trail in Shropshire tomorrow.

He's visiting Ironbridge to support their candidate in Telford.

John Prescott
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Jeremy Corbyn had been due to visit the county to support the Labour candidates a fortnight ago, but cancelled after the Manchester terror attack.

A full list of all candidates standing in the Telford seat can be seen on the BBC constituency page.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Farming's future after election

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we'll be looking at the future of the Midlands' farming industry after next week's general election.

Farming
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In the region, it is a £2bn industry and, post-Brexit, whatever new government is elected, it will have to bring in its own ideas about agriculture which could have a massive impact on all of us.

I've been hearing the promises of all the politicians for our farmers and you'll hear what could happen after next Thursday on BBC One this evening from 18:30.

Weather: Dry and sunny over the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We might see some rain tonight, but it should be a sunny weekend for most of us.

It will be a little cooler though, with temperatures staying below 20C (68F).

Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Wait goes on for Waitrose decision on new Shrewsbury store

Shropshire Star

Supermarket giant Waitrose says it is no closer to a decision over whether to build a Shrewsbury store that was given planning permission five years ago.

Warning after rural break-ins

People in rural parts of south Shropshire are being warned to be on their guard after a series of burglaries in the last week.

Homes in Upton Cressett and Cleobury Mortimer were broken into, along with another in Tenbury Wells.

Police car
BBC

The thieves took power tools along with a handbag and a wallet.

Police condemn 'nasty attack' on teenage girl

A teenage girl has been reportedly attacked by two women in the Woodside area of Telford.

The attack happened on a footpath off Woodside Avenue last night and the police describe it as a "nasty assault on a lone girl" which could have resulted in her suffering serious injuries.

The young victim hurt her head and ribs.

DIY SOS broadcast date announced

An episode of DIY SOS filmed in Telford earlier this year will be broadcast on 22 June on BBC One, the show has announced.

Volunteer workmen from across Shropshire gave up their time to convert the home of 12-year-old Matthew Cooper, who has spent more than a year in hospital, receiving hospital for a brain tumour.

DIY SOS team
BBC

Football: The New Saints learn of potential Champions League opponents

BBC Sport

The New Saints now know who their potential opponents are in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

Champions League Trophy at Park Hall
BBC

Now the league seasons are complete across Europe, Uefa have been able to draw up the seedings and the Welsh Champions, based in Oswestry, will face one of the following teams.

  • Trepça ’89 - Kosovo
  • FCI Tallin – Estonia
  • Europa FC – Gibraltar
  • La Fiorita – San Marino
  • Alashkert – Armenia

The first legs of those qualifying matches will be played on 27/28 June, with the return leg on 4/5 July.

Weston Park opens cellars to visitors

The cellars at Weston Park are going to be opened up to the public for the first time next Thursday.

They're one of the oldest parts of the stately home and are thought to date back to medieval times.

Weston Park cellars
Weston Park

In the past, they stored the wine for the house, but these days they contain a pool table and are only seen by outsiders when the house is rented out for private parties.

There will be a second open day on 16 July.

Conservationists look to clean up spawning grounds

The Severn Rivers Trust says it will work with local landowners to improve the water quality on an 8km stretch the River Worfe near Worfield.

The project is due to take 18 months and the trust says the aim is to stop bank erosion and run-off from nearby fields harming spawning-beds in the river bed.

River Worfe
BBC

The charity says water quality and damage to the river bed has been a problem in that section of the river for two decades.

Where you get bank-erosion and silt influx and stuff like that, that on the whole generally tends to impact on the river bed where you get invertebrates and it chokes up fish spawning habitats."

Alex ClarkSevern Rivers Trust

Football: More friendlies lined up by The New Saints

The New Saints have announced two more pre-season friendlies, the first against Anglesey Games at Park Hall next Tuesday.

The club says that will be followed by a match against Brickfield Rangers the following Tuesday and both will kick off at 19:45.

TNS match
BBC

In between those two games there will be a behind-closed-doors match in Manchester against a football academy set up by the Leicester City and England footballer Jamie Vardy.

TNS announced yesterday they would be heading to Scotland later in the month, to play friendlies against Rangers and St Johnstone, ahead of their Champions League qualifiers, but a third game against Aberdeen has been cancelled.

Children as young as eight reported over racism in schools

In the last year, 12 children below the age of 14, the youngest just eight years old, have been reported to West Mercia Police over racist incidents in schools.

The offences range from harassment to assault and figures released by the force also show a steady rise in the number of incidents, from eight in 2014 to 19 last year.

Police control room
BBC

There were also three adults reported last year and four incidents in which an age wasn't recorded.

Young Shropshire chefs reach finals of seafood competition

We might be miles from the nearest coast, but two trainee chefs from New College in Wellington have won places at the finals of the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year.

Adam Ashley (pictured left), who is 20 and 17-year-old Joseph Little (pictured right) were chosen to travel to Grimsby later this month after impressing the judges in the western regional heats.

Seafood chefs
New College

The menu they presented in the qualifying round included seared salmon, baked cod loin, and pan-fried plaice.

Charity match for American football team

The county's American football team, Shropshire Revolution, plays its annual charity match this Sunday, at home to the Humber Warhawks.

This year, the charity they are supporting is the Severn Hospice and kick-off at the Oakengates Leisure Centre pitch is at 14:30.

Shropshire Revolution
BBC

On-the-field the Revolution have made a perfect start to the season and sit at the top of the NFC 2 South with a 4-0 record.

Whitchurch joins 'worldwide Whitchurch weekend'

Whitchurch is joining other towns sharing the same name around the world in a three-day "worldwide Whitchurch weekend".

The entertainment, which starts this evening, will include dancing, an ale trail and canal boat trips along with a festival in the Jubilee Park tomorrow.

Whitchurch weekend logo
Worldwide Whitchurch Weekend

The idea of linking Whitchurches around the world started at Whitchurch in Hampshire two years ago and it involves more than a dozen towns.

Big growth in food exports

Belton Farm's experience mirrors that of many other food producers across the country.

Figures released earlier this week showed British food and drink exports as a whole grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn.

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British wine exports saw the greatest growth by volume, climbing 13.8%, while the value of the UK's cheese exports jumped 29.1% to £145.3m, thanks in part to a spike in sales to France.

Cheese-makers travel to United States to boost exports

The award-winning Whitchurch cheese-makers Belton Farm are off to Anaheim in the United States this weekend, to try to boost sales over there.

The company says around 15% of its sales are exports and that the USA is its biggest market, with a lot of cheese going to New Jersey.

Belton Farm cheese
Belton Farm

Belton also said it saw exports rise last year, partly because of an "advantageous exchange rate" between the pound and the dollar.

Sterling has fallen by about 16% against the dollar since Britain voted to leave the EU last June, making UK produce more competitive overseas.

Cricket: Rain could disrupt opening Shropshire championship game

Shropshire are due to start their minor counties championship campaign away to Wales on Sunday, but the weather isn't looking good, with rain forecast for all three days.

The game is due to be played at Pontarddulais Cricket Club and former captain James Ralph has been added to a Shropshire team that performed well in the championship games last season.

Shropshire CCC at Shrewsbury
Stuart Dunn

Shropshire under-performed in the one-day games early this season, but their one success came against the Wales minor counties side.

Cheese producer scoops ruck of awards

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Shropshire cheese manufacturer Belton Farm has won a host of national awards.

The Whitchurch-based company secured 21 prizes at the British Cheese Awards.

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Belton Farm

That includes four gold medals, as well as prizes for Best Export and Best Creamery Cheese.

Ludlow Food Centre has also been named among the winners.

£60k cash injection to improve natural habitat on river Worfe

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A £60,000 project is under way to improve a stretch of the River Worfe, near Bridgnorth.

It's being led by the Severn Rivers Trust, which wants it to be a more suitable habitat for things like salmon, eels, otters and water voles.

River Worfe
BBC

Work on the 8km-stretch around Worfield and Beckbury, is expected to last 18 months.

Gobowen hospital celebrates being named best in country

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital is celebrating being named best in the country in a survey of patients.

The Gobowen hospital, which specialises in orthopaedic treatment, was named best for overall care.

Mark Brandreth, its chief executive, said the "fantastic" accolade was all the more important as it came from patients, many of whom he said were at a "very vulnerable" point in their lives.

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital
BBC

It's a small hospital and it makes it a very friendly hospital in many ways."

Mark BrandrethChief Executive of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital

Wrekin conservative candidate leaves hustings early

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Conservative candidate in the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, has left a hustings early, unhappy at being filmed and having been jeered by the audience.

It happened at a meeting organised by Telford Trades Council, after Mr Pritchard talked about a TV show he'd seen where people went to food banks then "smoked £10 packets of fags" and had massive TVs.

Mark Pritchard
BBC

Mr Pritchard has said this morning he doesn't want to comment on events at the hustings.

At the same event, UKIP candidate Denis Allen referred to his party leader Paul Nuttall as a "muppet".

All six candidates standing in the Wrekin constituency were at the event including Dylan Harrison (Lab), Fay Easton (Ind), Rod Keyes (Lib Dem) and Pat McCarthy for the (Green Party).

Young farmers given prestigious award

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs in the County has been awarded the prestigious Queens Voluntary Service Award.

It's the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises outstanding work in the community.

Young Farmers Rebecca Green and Ed Potter at Buckingham Palace Garden Party
Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

The award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy later this summer.

Inquest hears how police sergeant killed himself in psychiatric unit

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

An Oswestry police sergeant, who was found hanged while a patient in a psychiatric unit, had "horrible experiences" in his line of work, an inquest has heard.

The hearing in Ruthin was told Lee Johnson was under investigation for alleged misconduct.

Wrexham Maelor hospital
BBC

The 45-year-old father-of-two twice spoke of hanging himself at his home in Pantymwyn and had been admitted as a voluntary patient to the unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The hearing continues today.

Train services from Shrewsbury to Cardiff affected this weekend

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Train services in Shropshire will be affected by the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff this weekend.

Arriva Trains Wales says services to and from the Welsh capital will be "extremely busy all day" on Saturday.

Arriva Train Wales
BBC

There'll be limited services coming through the county in the evening.

The rail company says unless you have a ticket for the match, or your journey is essential, you should think about travelling another day.

Election panel: Your views on the environment

Today you've been commenting on the key questions about the environment.

We asked:

What should we do to ensure we look after the environment? What are you worried about, if anything? What policies have you heard, if any, which you support?

Pollution
EPA

I think we need to develop green energy a lot more and the Green Party is best for this but won't get into power."

Steven, Birmingham

Increase litter collection ,more bins... Also need to look at the fumes from buses, taxis and planes... Do not punish the tax payer by putting the burden on them."

Jennifer, Worcester

There should be greater incentives for people to buy smart or electric cars, such as no road tax or reduced insurance."

Beatrice, Shrewsbury

More investment in renewable power."

Paul, Dudley

Watch: Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how your Friday is looking on the weather front - keep up-to-date with the latest forecasts on the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater