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Summary

  1. All five constituencies remain Conservative
  2. Roads to close for weekend's Cosford Air Show
  3. Firefighters' equipment stolen during fire station break-in
  4. Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard planning honeymoon after mid-campaign marriage
  5. Updates on 9 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

Watch: Pontesbury man creates giant wicker otter

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Pontesbury man has created a 26ft-long (8m) otter out of branches and twigs and plans to display him at Bridgnorth Carnival on 24 June.

The work was commissioned by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which wants to mount his creation on their float.

An artist has created a giant wicker otter

Man released in schoolgirl death investigation

A man arrested in connection with the death of a 11-year-old girl in a crash in Copthorne, Shrewsbury has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

The 77-year-old had been questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The girl has not yet been named, but her head teacher at St George's School said it was an "incredibly difficult time" for all involved.

Police scene
BBC

Carnival in Shrewsbury tomorrow

The Shrewsbury Carnival takes place tomorrow, with a parade around the town and a show in The Quarry.

The procession will start at the park at 14:00 and travel down Victoria Quay and Smithfield, then up Castle Gates and Castle Street before turning into the High Street and then down Shoplatch, Bellstone, Barker Street and Bridge Street.

Shrewsbury Carnival
Shropshire Live

The show in The Quarry will feature stalls, a fun fair and entertainment in an arena.

Meetings to discuss the future of women and children's services

Open meetings are going to be held in Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Telford to get people's thoughts about the future of women and children's services in the county.

They're being jointly hosted by the Shropshire and Telford Clinical Commissioning Groups and the first will be in Palmer's Cafe in Shrewsbury next Wednesday.

Ludlow maternity unit
BBC

The CCGs say they want to hear the experiences of parents, their friends and their families and say babies and small children will be catered for at the meetings.

Proposals to close the county's rural maternity units have been put forward, because they are under-used and the Future Fit review of hospital services has recommended moving specialist women and children's services from Telford to Shrewsbury.

Severe accident: A5 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B5069 South Gobowen and B5009 affecting A483.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Gobowen closed and stop-start traffic in both directions between South Gobowen and the B5009 junction, because of an accident involving car and a motorbike. Congestion to Mile End Roundabout and to Gledrid Roundabout.

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

School investigated 'inappropriate' actions by teacher

Newport's Burton Borough School says it held an investigation when reports of inappropriate behaviour by an IT teacher came to light.

Jennifer Cann has been given an indefinite suspension from teaching after admitting she failed to "maintain professional boundaries" and that she engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with a pupil.

Burton Borough School
Google

Christine Carter, the head teacher at Burton Borough School, said the 30-year-old resigned before a disciplinary process could be completed, but that the investigation by school governors into her conduct was completed.

Burton Borough School in Shropshire

Jennifer Cann is stopped from teaching after having an "inappropriate relationship" with the child.

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Football: AFC Telford United deny Ronaldo interest

BBC Sport

Rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo might want to leave Real Madrid, because he is upset at being accused of tax fraud, have prompted all sorts of rumours about potential destinations.

But he won't be going to the Bucks Head - AFC Telford United have just put out this tweet.

Tweet
Twitter

Road race to honour Shropshire cyclist

A new road cycling race will be run in Shropshire on Sunday in honour of a local cyclist.

Mike Jones will be known to many in the sport as the man who set up Stan's Cycles in Shrewsbury and he now runs a cycling holiday business in the Pyrenees with his wife.

Mike Jones
J&PR

The 50 year old got the nickname "Rhino" because of his aggressive riding style and has won over 200 races including seven Midlands titles and has taken part in world and national championship events.

The race will take place on roads near Eaton Constantine, just outside Shrewsbury.

Football: Shrewsbury manager sees 'tough game' against Forest

BBC Sport

The Shrewsbury Town manager says he's expecting a "tough game" when his side travel to play Nottingham Forest in the first round of the League Cup.

Paul Hurst said that even if their opponents tinker with their side for the game, it should be a challenge and that Forest was a club "steeped in history" that will want to perform better this season.

Paul Hurst
BBC

Hurst added it was a game the fans will look forward to and said his players will want to "give a good account of themselves".

Obviously when you looked at the seedings that were in place it probably was going to be a tough game, no matter what."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Firefighters release woman's finger from pram

A woman in Telford had to call out the fire service after getting her finger stuck in a pram mechanism this lunchtime.

They were called out to Lightmoor just before midday and took under 15 minutes to free her.

Fire engine
BBC

Further disruption to Shropshire maternity services

Staff sickness has now led to the closure of Bridgnorth's maternity unit this weekend.

This is on top of the closures of the units in Ludlow and Oswestry until next Wednesday, with women being contacted to offer alternative arrangements.

Babies feet
BBC

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has also announced that women booked for antenatal scans at the Sutton Hill Children's Centre next Tuesday and Wednesday will have to go to the Princess Royal Hospital instead, because of "essential building maintenance work".

More Southwater plans released

Some new images, showing how Telford's Southwater development will be changing, have been released by Telford and Wrekin Council.

Here you can see where the new Travelodge hotel and activity areas will sit, between the lake and the existing restaurants.

Southwater plans
Telford and Wrekin Council

And here is the grassy area where they will be built, as it looked before work started.

Southwater
BBC
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Football: Shrewsbury drawn away to Nottingham Forest in League Cup

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town have been drawn to play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the first round of the League Cup.

It will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Nottingham Forest stadium
Getty Images

Shrewsbury were in the pot as one of the unseeded teams in the "northern" section this year.

Shrewsbury head teacher reacts to death of 11-year-old pupil

The headteacher of St George’s Junior School in Shrewbury has confirmed that the 11-year-old girl who died after being hit by a car yesterday was a pupil there.

The girl isn't being named at this stage, but Sharon Munro said she was on her way home when the collision happened.

Crash scene
Shropshire Star

A 77-year-old man is being held by the police after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

This is an incredibly difficult time for us all, but especially for her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask that people respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Sharon MunroHeadteacher of St George’s Junior School

Football: Shrewsbury wait on League Cup draw

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town are ball number 33 for the League Cup draw this lunchtime.

They are in the northern half of the draw, which only includes Football League clubs at this stage, with the Premier League teams joining in later rounds.

Shrewsbury vs Sunderland in the EFL Cup
Getty Images

Last season, Shrewsbury went out in the second round of the competition, after losing 1-0 away to Sunderland.

Details of further investment in rural broadband 'to be announced soon'

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Council says it expects to announce soon the details of further investment in rural broadband.

The authority's been criticised by campaigners angered by what they see is a lack of action since a preferred supplier was chosen in April.

rural broadband
Thinkstock

But the council says it's still completing due diligence on the deal and it expects "positive information" soon.

It's already subsidised BT to the tune of £9m for previous parts of the scheme.

Former-witch becomes town councillor

A former witch has taken a seat on Bishop's Castle town council and says she sees it as a "new challenge".

Abbie Niaid explained she had been "developing an interest in politics for some time" and said, "I wanted to do something for my community, a community that has helped me greatly since I've lived here".

Abbie Niaid
BBC

Ms Niaid said she'd been apprehensive before her first meeting, but soon felt comfortable discussing her views and added that pagans elsewhere had shown an interest in politics, but that other towns were "not as accepting as Bishop's Castle".

She says she doesn't practice witchcraft any more and that she now sees it as a "simple personal religion", joking she doesn't go out dancing "in the nude".

It's a new challenge, a little bit different for me because it's very much focussed in the real world, rather than in the other realm."

Abbie NiaidBishop's Castle town councillor

IT teacher banned for 'inappropriate relationship' with student

A former IT teacher at the Burton Borough School in Newport who hugged one of the students has been suspended from teaching indefinitely.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership found 30-year old Jennifer Cann had "failed to maintain professional boundaries" and engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with the pupil, who she met outside school on a number of occasions to tutor them.

While she admitted hugging the pupil, the panel said there was "no suggestion that there was any sexual element to this".

Burton Borough School
Google

Ms Cann also admitted giving pupils answers to two test questions.

She is banned from teaching in schools or children's homes, but can apply to have the prohibition order set aside in two years' time.

Bridgnorth bypass roadworks delayed to avoid clash

Roadworks on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass have been delayed by seven days by Shropshire Council to avoid a clash with work Network Rail is carrying out on the A49 at Onibury.

Concerns had been raised because the suggested diversion route around Onibury would have taken traffic down the A458.

Cones
BBC

The council says two-way traffic lights will be in place on sections of the A458 from 11 July and that the work should now be complete by 10 November.

Council admits changes need to be made to its plan for the borough's future

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Telford and Wrekin Council's acknowledged that changes need to be made to its plans for the borough's future.

It comes after a government inspector expressed "serious concerns" about its Local Plan for the next 14 years - describing it as "flawed".

Telford and Wrekin Council building
Google

Since then, a developer has looked over it and criticised a "lack of ambition and delivery of affordable homes".

Telford is one of the highest housing growths of any UK city, I think it's second in the UK, over the last two years, for delivering on housing growth. We have an ambition for delivery of affordable homes and we'll continue to do that. So I don't know where that developer is coming from."

Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council's cabinet member for housing

Man arrested after fatal Shrewsbury crash

The police have arrested a 77-year-old man from Shrewsbury on suspicion of drink driving after a crash which claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl yesterday afternoon.

He is being held in police custody and Ch Insp Alison Davies said officers were trying to establish "the circumstances of this tragic incident".

The girl suffered serious head injuries and died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Young girl dies after being hit by car

A young girl has died after being hit by a car on Mytton Oak Road in Shrewsbury.

West Midlands Ambulance service says it was called out at 16:18 yesterday after the 4x4 crashed into the front wall of a garden.

Scene of crash
BBC

Paramedics were there within seven minutes and took her to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, but they were unable to save her life.

Labour's election hopeful pays tribute to MP Jo Cox a year after she died

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Labour's parliamentary candidate in Ludlow, Julia Buckley, said her friend MP Jo Cox inspired her to stand in this year's general election.

More than 100,000 community events are taking place across the country this weekend, to mark the first anniversary of Jo Cox's death.

Dr Julia Buckley (on left) and MP Jo Cox
BBC

The 41 year-old was shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall in Yorkshire, as she prepared to hold a constituency surgery.

Dr Buckley, who came second in the election on 8 June, behind Philip Dunne, says it was the example Jo set that brought her back to politics.

There were three of us, who were friends together and worked for the Labour Party in our 20s and we were all going to change the world and make a difference and Jo did exactly that. I got a bit distracted with family and day jobs. So last summer, I decided the best thing I could do was stand up and be counted. I want to do as much as I can really to make a difference."

Dr Julia BuckleyLabour candidate for the Ludlow constituency

£20m inflatable air hangar pumped up in sculpture park

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A giant, inflatable aircraft hangar, claimed to be the largest structure of its kind in the world, has been pumped up in Oswestry.

It's been created by local firm Lindstrand Technologies for Goodyear, which plans to use it to house its "blimp" airship at the company's headquarters in California.

Inflatable air hangar being erected at the Sculpture Park at the Ironworks just outside Oswestry
British Ironworks Centre

The hangar is almost nine storey high, longer than a football pitch, made from 73 miles of polyester fabric and cost £20m.

A 100ft crane lifted it into place at the sculpture park at the British Ironworks Centre, near Oswestry, to test it.

Forty generators took several hours to fill it with air.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some bright and some cloudy times today, with the potential for sunny spells at times and top temperatures of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Our live coverage across the day

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 and into the morning.

Bursary to promote educational, cultural and sporting excellence

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A bursary to help children and young people in the area, who are gifted and talented in education, sports, arts, dance and music has been launched by Telford and Wrekin Council.

It's being paid for with money saved from reductions to allowances awarded to cabinet members.

Telford and Wrekin Council building
Google

Applications for the scheme open today and it's open to all children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in the borough.

The closing date for applications is 31 July.

It’s great that we will be able to use this money that has been saved to help encourage and promote educational, cultural and sporting excellence in the borough."

Shaun DaviesLeader of Telford and Wrekin Council

Car separated from engine in HGV crash

A huge crash near Whitchurch left an HGV on its side and a car separated from its engine.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said crews arrived to find the car's engine 20m down the road from the rest of the vehicle

It happened on Long Lane, the road from Bronington to Whitchurch, on Wednesday evening.

HGV
West Midlands Ambulance Service
Engine
West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man in his 20s, who was trapped for 50 minutes, was taken to the Royal Stoke university Hospital suffering from leg injuries.

Another man was also taken to hospital with abdominal pain.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After some evening sunshine it will stay dry tonight, with clear spells developing.

The winds will ease but it will feel cooler than recent nights - lows of 14C ( 57F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

RAF Cosford bids farewell to station commander

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

There's been a change of guard at RAF Cosford today, as the outgoing Air Commodore Mark Hunt handed over command of the base and the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering.

A brief ceremony took place at 11:30 outside the station's headquarters where command was officially handed over to the new station commander, Group Captain Tone Baker.

Air Commodore Mark Hunt handing over command of RAF Cosford to Group Captain Tone Baker
RAF Cosford

Air Cmdr Hunt became commandant in 2015 and was responsible for aerospace training for all three services and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

During his time at RAF Cosford he saw RAF Cosford progress from an Ofsted grade 2 to an outstanding grade 1.

I am absolutely delighted and feel highly privileged to be taking command as Station Commander and Commandant of DSAE. This isn’t my first time in Shropshire as I started here as an apprentice in 1987, and as such it does feel as if I am coming back to my roots."

Gp Capt Tone Baker

Suspect in armed police manhunt in Bridgnorth arrested

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

One of the suspects police want to talk to in connection with a dangerous driving incident on Bridgnorth High Street, just over a week ago, has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a car.

The 22-year-old was arrested on Wednesday night and remains in custody.

Armed police seal off Whitburn street in Bridgnorth on June 7th
Gem Bridges

The arrest is in relation to the theft of a car in Walsall at the end of May. The same car, a white peugeot 308 was driven in the wrong direction down Bridgnorth high street before being found abandoned in East Castle Street on June 7.

The incident saw armed officers take to the streets and Whitburn Street was cordoned off for a time as a search for the car was started.

Woman airlifted but children - including two babies - narrowly avoid injury in crash

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after the Landrover Discovery she was in crashed up an embankment and flipped onto its roof.

Three children - a five-month-old boy, a 21-month-old girl, and a six-year-old boy - avoided injury but have been taken to hospital as a precaution.

The accident happened on Sutton Road, just off the A41 in Tern Hill, near Market Drayton just after 11:00 this morning.

Car on its roof in Tern Hill
West Midlands Ambulance service

The 26-year-old woman, who's believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle, has been airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital's major trauma centre with neck and back pain.

Lib Dem councillor backs Jo Swinson for leader

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Local Liberal Democrat councillor, Andy Boddington (below left), is backing Scottish MP Jo Swinson (below right) to take over as party leader.

It follows the announcement that Tim Farron is to step down because he says he's unable reconcile his Christian faith with the demands of leading a "progressive" liberal party.

Local Councillor Andy Boddington (on left) and MP Jo Swinson
BBC

Andy Boddington says although Tim Farron was popular inside the party, that didn't translate to the electorate.

He believes Jo Swinson, who returned as an MP last week after losing her seat to the SNP in the 2015 general election, is the right person for the job.

When Jo gets on stage people smile, they want to applaud. She's got that charisma. She has the skills I think we need."

Andy BoddingtonLiberal Democrat councillor for Ludlow North
Carol Rowley

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

Carol Rowley's family say what happened on the night she died differs from her medical notes.

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Shropshire hot air balloon club could be revived

It's 30 years since a businessman from Oswestry, along with Richard Branson, made the first-ever crossing of the Atlantic in a hot air balloon.

Per Lindstrand's effort stands in the Guinness Book of World Records and the interest sparked the formation of the Oswestry Balloon Club.

Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand in hot air balloon gondola
Reuters

Originally 15 people bought a hot air balloon, which they christened the Shropshire Lad. Within two years the club grew in popularity and they had between 15 and 18 balloons flying.

The club has since faded away but original members are meeting at Weston Pools Clubhouse in Weston at 7:30 tonight to try to revive it.

They're hoping that anyone interested will come along especially young people.

Football: Cup to be staged as pre-season tournament

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Shropshire Senior Cup is being staged as a pre-season tournament this year.

The New Saints will play Market Drayton Town and Haughmond will face Shawbury United in mid July - with the winners of each facing Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford respectively the following week.

Telford with the Shropshire Senior Cup last year
BBC

AFC Telford Utd won the trophy last year. They beat Shrewsbury Town 2-0

This year the final will take place towards the end of the month.

Singer and writer Jerry Lordan honoured with plaque to mark BBC Music Day

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A blue plaque has gone up in Shropshire, one of 47 to celebrate music legends being unveiled across the country as part of BBC Music Day.

The singer and writer Jerry Lordan has been recognised with a plaque at one of his favourite pubs, the Three Tuns Inn in Bishop's Castle.