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  1. Armed police hunt two men in Bridgnorth after car fails to stop
  2. More council-funded homes to be built in Telford
  3. Rod Stewart performs tonight at the Greenhous Meadow
  4. Updates from Wednesday 7 June 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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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.

Watch: Market looking for 'fresh blood'

An indoor market in Oswestry has been celebrating its 60th birthday today, but according to one stall holder, Margaret Edwards, they could do with some fresh blood.

Stall holders in Oswestry have been celebrating the 60th birthday of an indoor market

Football: Five teenagers sign first Shrewsbury Town contracts

BBC Sport

Five teenagers have signed their first contracts at Shrewsbury Town.

They are defenders Ryan Sears and Callum Roberts, midfielders Chris Gallagher and George Hughes, and striker John McAtee.

Greenhous Meadow

Watch: Your weather for tonight and tomorrow

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

For most places today has been dry and sunny - here's how tonight is looking and the start of Thursday.

Keep updated with the BBC Weather website.

Shefali Oza

Rod Stewart concert: Things you might need to know

If you're going to see Rod Stewart at Shrewsbury Town's stadium tonight, you're being warned you can't take in food, drink, bottles, cans or cameras.

Only cameras on mobile phones will be allowed and there will be catering vans inside and outside the stadium.

Stage for Rod Stewart concert

The show starts at 18:30 and is due to end at around 23:00 and people are being encouraged to walk or use park and ride services, because Oteley Road will be closed between the Meole Brace and Weeping Cross Roundabouts until midnight.

Celebration for Oswestry market

Oswestry's Country Market has celebrated its 60th birthday today.

It runs in parallel with the town's regular market and there was a celebratory cake for stall-holders and shoppers.


More council-funded homes to be built in Telford

A home-building scheme run by Telford and Wrekin Council, is being extended to Hadley.

The council launched Nuplace last year, with the aim of building 400 affordable homes - Hadley joins Randley, Madeley and Dawley.

Telford and Wrekin Council

The new street being created will have 25 homes, which should be ready by 2018, and will be called Blossom Walk.

The title was suggested by 10-year-old Owen Eggerton, who won a competition to name it.

Cricket: Bears look to T20 warm-up games

BBC Sport

With no county championship games until 19 June, Warwickshire's one-day side will be getting some T20 practice this week, with two friendly games against Shropshire.

The matches are being played back-to-back on Friday at Bridgnorth cricket club, with the first one starting at 11:00.

Bridnorth cricket club
Stuart Dunn

The Bears are due to start their T20 Blast campaign away to Worcestershire on 7 July.

Eyewitness describes police chase through centre of Bridgnorth

A shopkeeper in Bridgnorth has described seeing a white car chased through the centre of Bridgnorth by the police.

Abid Mustafa said, "I looked outside and this white car just went by shop at quite a good speed" and then described how he went the wrong way down two one-way streets.

Police car
Gem Bridges

The police carried out a search earlier with armed officers, and say they are still hunting for two men who were in the car.

I was really, really, very worried because this time of day you've got lots of parents with their kids and elderly people and you know, with recent events in London and Manchester we're all on the edge."

Abid MustafaEyewitness

Police record over 60 offences involving cars or bikes on pavements

Andy Giddings

BBC Online

Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia have recorded 64 incidents of cars or bikes driving or riding on the pavements over the past five years.

Figures released by the two forces show 24 of the 36 offences involving cars were reported in the Warwickshire area, the bulk of them in 2013-14.

Car on pavement

The statistics also show no real movement upward or downward.

Football: Telford make double signing

AFC Telford United have completed the double signing of the former Brackley Town utility player Jordan Gough and former Worcester City winger Chekaine Steele.

New deals have also been agreed with Zak Lilly (pictured below), Jonathan Royle, Dan Westwood, and Paul McCone.

Zak Lilly
Mike Sheridan

AFC Telford United have now completed 13 signings ahead of the new season.

Cricket: Krikken blames wicket for final day collapses

Shropshire director of cricket Karl Krikken said his side's struggles against Wales were partly down being forced to play on a "poor" wicket in Pontarddulais.

They were able to escape with a draw, but not after losing 16 wickets on the final afternoon and Krikken said it was because rain water had been able to get under the covers and on to the pitch.

Karl Krikken
Stuart Dunn

Shropshire's next matches will be two T20 friendlies against Birmingham Bears at Bridgnorth on Friday.

It wasn’t the fault of the ground staff. They worked hard and they got us on. It was just basically a poor wicket due to the weather and water getting under the covers. It was deemed playable by the umpires and we had to play."

Karl KrikkenShropshire director of cricket

Your photos: Blue sky over Ludlow and Myddle

BBC Weather Watchers

We've still got a fair amount of cloud over the county, but we're seeing some blue sky now.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers near Ludlow (top) and Myddle (below).

Hills over Ludlow
Fields near Myddle
Len Ticular

Whitburn Street reopens after manhunt

Whitburn Street in Bridgnorth is open again and armed officers have left the scene.

They've been searching for two men after a vehicle failed to stop for a police car earlier this afternoon and had the street cordoned off, with people living and working there being told to stay inside their buildings.

It's not clear yet if the two men have been located.

Policeman outside shop
Gem Bridges

People on Whitburn Street urged to stay indoors

Whitburn Street remains cordoned off and officers have told people to stay inside their buildings.

Armed officers are hunting two men whose car failed to stop for police earlier.

Armed officers
Gem Bridges

West Mercia Police says extra officers will be on patrol around the town while the search continues.

We can't open our door and look out, because someone walked from one of the premises and the police told us to get back into our own premises very quickly."

Maggie RogersEyewitness

Bridgnorth eyewitness describes police incident

A woman with an office on Whitburn Street in Bridgnorth says she locked herself in when armed officers turned up this lunchtime.

The police have part of the street cordoned off and armed officers are involved, but they have emphasised this incident is not terrorist-related.

Gem Bridges

Maggie Rogers said she saw a car race down the street in the wrong direction and that was quickly followed by the arrival of the police, and there are now officers with sniffer dogs searching the area.

We initially thought it was a terrorist incident, but we were very reassured that we had police officers armed here as quickly as they were."

Maggie RogersEyewitness

Police say Bridgnorth incident not terrorist related

The incident in Bridgnorth is not terrorist-related, police say.

They say officers are dealing with a vehicle which failed to stop for police after hitting another car on Bridgnorth High Street and a building in Waterloo Terrace.

The officers are looking for two men who got out of the Peugeot when it stopped.

BreakingPolice cordon off street in Bridgnorth

Police have cordoned off part of Whitburn Street in Bridgnorth and armed officers have been seen.

The ambulance service say they haven't been called.

Whitchurch man faces jail after crash which killed Shrewsbury father

Shropshire Star

A 21-year-old Whitchurch man has been warned to expect a significant jail term after he admitted causing the death of a father-of-two from Shrewsbury (pictured below) by dangerous driving.

Adrian Gammon
Shropshire Star

General election: Green Party candidate wants to see more police

The Green Party candidate for the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency has told a BBC Shropshire debate she wants to see more police officers on the beat.

Emma Bullard also said the police and the NHS were working on the goodwill of public sector workers because of government cuts.

Emma Bullard

And responding to questions about security, Ms Bullard said her party would fund "more police officers on the streets to make those relationships in communities".

Both the police and the health services are working on the goodwill of those public sector workers who are having to work extra shifts, who are having to lose days off, because of the cuts to front line staff."

Emma BullardGreen Party candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency

On Midlands Today from 13:30 Marginal seats in general election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll be reflecting on the impact marginal seats could have on tomorrow's general election.

Polling station sign
Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Politicians are crisscrossing the country, including this region, as the final hours of campaigning play out.

I'll be looking at the whole picture on BBC One from 13:30.

General Election: UKIP candidate promises 20,000 more officers on the beat

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

UKIP's candidate for the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency, Edward HIgginbottom says his party is promising to put 20,000 officers back on the beat, if it won power.

Edward Higginbottom - UKIP candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.

He says the cost of funding the initiative of £600m, would come not from raising taxes but by other means.

We're looking at moving money that we currently spend on overseas aid, under the Barnett formula, and our contribution to the European Union. We're going to reuse that to pay for the various things that we want to do."

Edward HigginbottomUKIP candidate for the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency
Shrewsbury Market Square

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Hopes that 'knife angel' will make impact in London

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The man who created a 26ft statue of an angel made almost entirely out of knives says he hopes that it will make a real impact in London.

Alfie Bradley, from Oswestry, has been creating the so called Knife Angel for more than two years.

Knife angel statue

It's made up of 100,000 knives collected from UK police forces across the country and there are plans for it to be erected in Trafalgar Square on the fourth plinth, to raise awareness of knife crime.

I just hope it's going to make a difference, make a change. I've had a few gang members come up to see the angel with groups, with different charities. As soon as they read the messages, it creates a massive impact and you can see that it proper touched them."

Alfie BradleyArtist

General election: Lib Dem candidate commits to spend more on the police

Hannah Fraser, standing for the Liberal Democrats in Shrewsbury, said her party would spend an extra £600m on the police, but that it was "not all about money".

She told a BBC Radio Shropshire debate her party also wanted to focus more on community policing to combat new forms of terrorism.

Hannah Fraser

Ms Fraser said that her party wanted to see the police budget spent differently.

West Mercia Police has lost 321 officers since 2010 a cut of 13%.

We think that in order to combat these new kinds of crime and new kinds of terrorism that we are seeing, we need to focus much more on community policing".

Hannah FraserLib Dem candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham

Football: TNS start road to Champions League qualifiers with win

The New Saints got their pre-season friendlies off to a winning start last night, beating an Anglesey Games side 3-1 at Park Hall.

There were goals from Alex Darlington, Adrian Cieslewicz and Jacob Farleigh.

TNS match

TNS a matches against Brickfield Rangers and a trip to Scotland before their first Champions League qualifier is played.

General election: Labour candidate worried about further police cuts

The Labour candidate for the Shrewsbury constituency, Dr Laura Davies, says she is worried about the impact of further cuts on the police and other public services.

In a BBC Radio Shropshire debate she was asked why the police shouldn't be asked to make efficiency savings and she replied that while "nobody likes waste" public services were down to the bare bones.

Dr Laura Davies

And Dr Davies said the "sensible way" to grow the economy was to invest in the public sector.

People have made the efficiency savings, they have already been made. People are having to make front-line cuts because they have squeezed every last drop of efficiency savings."

Dr Laura DaviesLabour candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham Constituency

More than 40 drivers caught drink driving in summer crackdown

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Forty five drivers have been caught either drinking and driving or driving while under the influence of drugs, in the first week of West Mercia Police's summer crackdown.

Twenty four drivers had been drinking and 21 had been taking drugs.

Police officer breathalysing driver

Over the past three years, 122 people have been killed or seriously injured in West Mercia as a result of collisions involving drink or drugs.

Almost half of drivers involved in collisions causing death or serious injury involving drink or drugs, were aged between 17 to 30 and 82% of those were men.

General Election: Conservative candidate says crime has fallen despite reduction in officer numbers

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Conservative candidate for the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency was keen to point out that crime has fallen, despite a reduction in the number of police officers.

Daniel Kawczynski was speaking in the last of the constituency election debates on BBC Radio Shropshire.

The number of officers in the West Mercia force has dropped by 13% since 2010.

Daniel Kawcyznski

Mr Kawcyznski says there's understandably been a lot of interest in security since the latest terror attack in London, but officer numbers weren't to blame.

People have tried to criticise Mrs May for cutting numbers of police officers when she was Home Secretary. Crime at the same time in Shrewsbury, has gone down significantly. So it's not just about numbers. It's very much about empowering the police."

Daniel KawcyznskiConservative candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency

Cricket: Shropshire escape Wales with draw

Shropshire struggled on the final day of their rain-affected minor counties championship game against Wales, but managed to escape with a draw and eight points.

They lost a day and a half to the weather and the draw looked most likely when they went out to bat yesterday afternoon, but after being bowled out for just 77 in their first innings they were heading for defeat at 15-6 in their second innings.

Cricket ball
Getty Images

In the end Shropshire were able to see out the game and closed on 38-6.

Ring road reopens after crash

The A5 around Shrewsbury has reopened after an earlier crash which caused long delays stretching back towards the A49 and up the M54.

A man was taken to hospital following the collision between a lorry and a car that happened between the Preston and Emstrey Islands at just after 08:00.

Long delays on A5 around Shrewsbury

There are still long queues around Shrewsbury's outer ring road this morning because of a crash between the Preston and Emstrey roundabouts involving several vehicles.

Traffic is backing up from the A49 and M54 directions.

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Conservationists set up 'curlew cam'

Conservationists who monitor curlew populations in the county have launched an online "curlew cam" allowing viewers to see live footage of a curlew nest in south Shropshire.

The Shropshire Hills & Welsh Marches Curlew Recovery Project is asking the public for their help, by reporting sightings of curlew, snipe and lapwing.

Curlew on camera
Curlew Country

Rock legend Rod Stewart performs tonight in Shrewsbury

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Musician Rod Stewart is performing at the Greenhous Meadow in Shrewsbury tonight in a one-off gig.

Doors open from 16:00 with the concert starting at 18:00.

Rod Stewart

Rod's daughter Ruby and her friend Alyssa Bonagura, who together are in the band The Sisterhood are his support act for the evening.

She says it was inevitable she'd become a singer, given the musical link in the family.

We've grown up around music our entire lives. I mean my dad was playing Temptations and Otis Reading in the house, he got me and my little sister hooked on the Temptations when we were like 7. He's really guided my whole listening and my ear, he's kind of gauged and guided throughout my whole life."

Ruby StewartSinger

Wheelchair racer sets world record

Wheelchair racer Ben Rowlings has set his first ever world record.

The Newport athlete has taken nearly 20 seconds off the previous best time for 5000m, in the T34 category for athletes with cerebral palsy.

Ben Rowlings

The 21-year-old is on a great run of form, having already set three European records this season.

Severe accident: A5 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A5064 London Road and A49 affecting A5112 Hereford Road.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Shrewsbury closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A5064 London Road (Emstrey) junction and Preston Island, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to Dobbies Island.

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Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

Presenter, East Midlands Today

The region will have a mainly dry day with plenty of morning sunshine and lighter winds than yesterday.

It will cloud over during the afternoon and some rain will reach Herefordshire and Shropshire later. Highs of 18C ( 64F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Good morning from BBC Shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

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