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  1. A young girl dies after being hit by a car
  2. Teacher banned for 'inappropriate relationship' with pupil
  3. Meetings to discuss future of women and children's services
  4. Shrewsbury Town drawn away to Forest in cup
  5. Updates on Friday 16 June

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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

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.

Weather: Scorchio

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast a hot weekend and a muggy night tonight.

Temperatures could reach as high as 27C (81F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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.


Police to get smartphones to log crime on the move

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Police in West Mercia are to get smartphones, in addition to their new body-worn cameras.

The roll-out's part of a £4m investment in technology across the force area.

West Mercia Police officers

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion says it'll help give officers quicker access to intelligence and the ability to log crime while on the move.

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

Your photos: Cloud over Oswestry and Llanymynech

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a cloudy morning around Shropshire and these two photos have been shared by BBC Weather Watchers near Oswestry (top) and Llanymynech (below).

Field near Oswestry
Field near Llanymynech

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

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

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

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.


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.

Fire authority chair hits out at merger plans

The chairman of Shropshire's fire authority says he's "surprised and disappointed" to hear the West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner wants to run the county's fire service.

Councillor Eric Carter has argued the fire authority has shown it can achieve "excellent service" with a "decreasing budget" and that it works effectively with the police commissioner's office.

Fire HQ

The PCC John Campion says it could save £4m a year across Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, by streamlining effort to avoid duplication and improve efficiency.

A consultation has begun and the final decision will be made by the Home Office.

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

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

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

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

Car destroyed in Market Drayton fire

A car has been destroyed in a fire on the A53 in Market Drayton.

It happened just before 06:00 at the Gingerbread Man roundabout.

Firefighters said thankfully nobody was injured.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue
Shropshire Fire and Rescue

£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

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Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

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