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Summary

  1. Man jailed for causing fatal crash near Newport
  2. Police get more 999 calls than on New Year's Eve
  3. Shotguns stolen from home
  4. 'Straw-nado' filmed near Minsterley
  5. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Man in 60s beaten and robbed in Shrewsbury

A man in his 60s has been beaten up and robbed in Shrewsbury.

Police say he was walking along a footpath on Telford Way at around 22:30 yesterday, when he was knocked to the ground.

His attacker, who was wearing dark clothing, then continued to beat him, causing injuries to his arms, legs and face, before taking jewellery and escaping on a mountain bike.

Appeal for new garden at hospital off to quick start

An appeal to raise £675,000 to help build a special garden for spinal patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital at Gobowen is off to a good start and has already collected £126,000.

The hospital has joined forces with the charity Horatio's Garden to create the new space and will be employing Bunny Guinness from the BBC's Gardener's Question Time to create it.

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RJAH

The area will be divided up into five different spaces and Mr Guinnness said it would be "the most beautiful sanctuary, which will be here for years to come to enhance the stay of patients.”

It's hoped that work will start in autumn 2018.

Wine producers enjoyed record 2016

English wine producers toasted record-breaking sales in 2016, a new study shows.

Winemakers generated £132m last year - up 16% on 2015 - while a record 64 new producers obtained licences to produce wine, according to the analysis by Funding Options.

Grapes
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Martin Millington from the Shropshire winemaker Wroxeter Roman Vineyard said he'd seen English wines gradually gain more of a foothold since he started 26 years ago.

He said that when he started there were fewer than 100 vineyards in this country and getting planning permission to set one up on green fields was very difficult, because the authorities classed wine-making as an industrial activity.

Mr Millington successfully challenged that designation and says it is a lot easier to set up a vineyard these days.

Tractor rally raises over £2,000 for hospice

Sean Fogarty

Producer, BBC Shropshire

A tractor rally at Melverley yesterday has raised over £2,000 for Severn Hospice.

The annual event attracted 112 machines, some of them used by farmers, others restored by enthusiasts.

Tractors
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Tractors
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Ice hockey: Two more defencemen added to Tigers squad

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers have added another two players to their squad for the new NIHL season - defencemen Jordan Stokes and Dale White.

Stokes played four times for Coventry Blaze in the Elite League last season and the 18-year-old was with Hull Pirates before that.

Ice hockey rink
Steve Brodie

White is 27 and played 54 games for Tigers in the 2014-15 EPL season - he has played over 100 Elite League games for the Blaze.

Roof tiles called out after roof tiles fall on pavement

Firefighters were called out to a property in the Old Coleham area of Shrewsbury yesterday evening, because roof tiles had come loose and were falling on to the pavement below.

Bridge closed for repairs

The Fitz bridge, which carries the road from Montford Bridge to Leaton over the River Perry is going to be closed for two days.

Repair work started at 09:30 this morning and traffic is being diverted via Grafton and Walford Heath.

Fitz bridge
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Bomere Heath man jailed for attack on girlfriend and mother

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A Bomere Heath man been given an eight year sentence at Stafford Crown Court for stabbing his partner and hitting his mother with a baseball bat.

Stabbing scene
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Wayne Williams, who is 54, pleaded guilty last month to the attempted murder of his girlfriend, and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to his 86-year-old mother.

More than £11m to be spent on rural broadband

More than £11m is going to be spent to set up wireless broadband in rural parts of Shropshire.

Shropshire Council says the work will take three years and the new transmitters will eventually reach 14,000 premises.

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Worcester-based Airband Community Internet has been employed to carry out the work, with nearly half of the £11.2m coming from the government's BDUK project and the rest coming from Airband, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the council, which is contributing £2.4m.

'England's longest' diversion over

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A near 60-mile traffic diversion on the A49 has ended as Network Rail completed work on the Onibury railway crossing.

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Network Rail Wales

The work was due to take 10 days, but has been completed a day early - much to the relief of businesses and residents in south Shropshire.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

After a bright and clear start it will become cloudier with the chance of some showers this afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

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Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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Hot weather causes a range of extra 999 calls

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The police say calls about anti-social behaviour, noisy neighbours, dogs stuck in cars and people playing in dangerous water make up the bulk of their extra calls in hot weather.

The Warwickshire and West Mercia forces say they took more 999 calls this morning than on New Years Eve and believe the hot weather is the cause.

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And the call-handlers say that when it's warm alcohol is quite often cause anti-social behaviour and disputes between neighbours.

Weather: A cloudy weekend ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be cloudy and a little cooler over the weekend, with the chance of a few showers.

Temperatures should reach 23C (74F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Watch: 'Strawnado' filmed in Shropshire

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

This mini-whirlwind was spotted near Minsterley this week and because it's tossing straw up into the air it's being called a "straw-nado".

It was filmed by Ceri Littler who said she had seen smaller whirlwinds in the past, but "nothing like this" and she added "It was an amazing sight. Very lucky to have seen it!"

She said earlier there had been a larger one which moved over her office covering it, and the people who had gone outside to watch it, in hay.

A small whirlwind has been filmed tossing straw around a field near Minsterley

Jail for man who caused fatal crash

A man from Dudley has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to causing a fatal crash on the A41 near Newport in Shropshire.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Mark Ward, 30, from Pardarn Close had been the driver of a Mini Cooper which collided head-on with a Toyota Yaris driven by Mohammed Lachu Miah from the West Midlands on 24 January 2016.

Mr Miah died at the scene and three passengers in his car needed hospital treatment for their injuries.

Shropshire football pays tribute to young fan Bradley Lowery

Shropshire football has been paying its tributes to Bradley Lowery, the young Sunderland fan who has lost his long fight with cancer.

Bradley became the club's mascot and "best mates" with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.

He also led England out at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

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Your photos: Overcast in Badger and Ludlow

BBC Weather Watchers

We're not getting the hot end to the week we'd been forecast and we're seeing plenty of cloud in the photos being shared by the BBC Weather Watchers.

These ones were taken near Badger (top) and Ludlow (below).

Badger
PJ's
Flowers
Shropshire Lass

Cricket: Former India test batsman entertains crowds in Wellington

The former Indian test batsman Wasim Jaffer scored a century in front of a crowd of over 700 at Wrekin College in Shropshire Cricket Club's annual hospitality event.

He was playing for an international XI in two 20-over matches against a Shropshire team and his 123 in the first game came off just 54 balls, with nine fours and nine sixes.

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Stuart Dunn

The match was raising money for a number of charities, including Macmillan Cancer support.

Shropshire tourists to benefit from free Welsh buses

Going for a weekend break into Wales is going to get easier with the Welsh assembly funding free buses across the country, starting tomorrow.

It will apply to all TrawsCymru buses and will be operating every weekend until May 2018.

Welsh beach
BBC

The assembly has set aside £1m to fund the services, saying it's to boost visitor numbers to the country.

I hope to see this scheme provide the perfect excuse for people from across Wales and beyond to jump on the bus and spend their weekends enjoying the diverse beauty of Wales."

Ken SkatesWelsh assembly member for economy and infrastructure

Your photos: Cloud gathering over Telford and Longnor

BBC Weather Watchers

That blue sky has vanished quickly and been replaced by thick cloud.

These photos have been taken this lunchtime in Telford (top) and Longnor (below) by BBC Weather Watchers.

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Cloud over Longnor
Peter Steggles

Football: First match for new Telford boss

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United kick off their pre-season friendlies with a match against Haughmond FC tomorrow.

Their opponents were promoted last season after winning the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division.

Rob Edwards
BBC

It will be the first game in charge for new Telford manager Rob Edwards (pictured above) and the match is being played at Wellington Amateurs' ground.

Volunteers wanted for Wem clean-up

Volunteers are wanted for a "community clean-up day" in Wem tomorrow.

It's being organised by the Team Wem group and is being carried out to get the town ready for the annual Sweet Pea Show the following weekend.

Wem
Google

The litter pick starts at 09:00 and will be focusing on Drawwell Walk, the footpath from the Co-op to the footbridge, Aston Street, and the library.

Hot weather causing high number of 999 calls

There have been more 999 calls to West Mercia and Warwickshire police this morning than there were on New Year's Eve.

Police call centre
BBC

The forces say they've also received almost double the number of calls to their 101 non-emergency number and that they often see spikes like this in hot weather.

They're urging people only to call 999 in a genuine emergency.

'Confusing' M54 junction road signs at Shifnal to change

Shropshire Star

Signs leading up to a newly extended island will be changed, it has been revealed.

Hundreds of competitions at Newport Show

The Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown, a team of bagpipers and a mountain bike display team will be among the attractions at the Newport Show this weekend.

The event has a greater emphasis on food and drink these days, but has kept its livestock competitions, with over 100 classes of cattle and sheep on show.

And there are also competitions for plant growers and horse-riders.

Newport Show
Newport Show

In total, there are more than 600 competitions taking place and dogs which win the top prizes at Newport are automatically entered into next year's Crufts.

Speed cameras in Welshampton after concerns raised

Mobile speed cameras are going to be used on the A495 at Welshampton after tests found more than 40% of drivers were exceeding the 30mph speed limit there.

Welshampton
Google

The West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership collected the data after being contacted by concerned local residents and says it hopes the presence of a speed camera will slow drivers down.

The cameras will start appearing from next week.

Shotguns stolen from home

Two shotguns have been stolen from a house in Claverley.

Police say the thieves broke in some time yesterday and also took a TV and jewellery among other items.

Last month five shotguns were stolen from a house in Kinlet.

Football: Walsall and Coventry paired with Shrewsbury

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town won't have so far to travel in the regional first round of this year's Checkatrade Trophy - after last season's much-criticised draw took them to Scunthorpe and Middlesbrough.

They have been paired with Walsall, Coventry and an as-yet un-named Premier League or Championship club's under-23 side.

Shrewsbury Town stadium
BBC

Your photos: A bright start to the day in Church Stretton and Ludlow

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had another bright start to the day, as you can see in these photos shared by BBC Weather Watchers in Church Stretton (top) and Ludlow (below).

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Snapper Simon
Dog in sunshine
Foggy

'Beach party' in Snailbeach

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The village of Snailbeach is hosting a "beach party" this weekend, which will include tours of the local lead mine, talks and a flower festival.

And the area has been decorated with a number of unusual scarecrows, like the ones pictured here.

Two scarecrows
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Football fan travelling 8,500 miles to watch game in Whitchurch

BBC Sport

An Altrincham fan is travelling 8,500 miles to watch a match at Whitchurch Alport on Saturday.

Mark Buckton is flying over from Taiwan with his wife Ching Yeh and said he arranged the two-week visit with the pre-season friendly in mind.

Departure board
Mark Buckton

It's the first time he's been back to the country in nine years and he said he wanted to take his wife on a tour of England and North Wales too.

Cliff railway celebrates 125 years

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is celebrating 125 years since it opened on this day in 1892.

The funicular railway used to be powered by a water tank but now runs on electricity.

It was originally built to help get people from Bridgnorth's High Town to Low Town.

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Originally the carriage at the top would have a tank full of water making it heavier than the carriage that was about to ascend.

After it had descended, pulling up the other carriage, the process would be repeated.

Village knitted poppies to go on display

The village of Loppington, near Wem, is putting together a flower festival that will feature a cascade of knitted poppies.

church
Google

The poppies have been knitted by volunteers from as far as Solihull and Wales.

During the past week, volunteers have fastened the poppies to a backing in preparation for hanging them from the outside of the church tower.

The festival is called A Year in the Life of a Village Church and the display will be hung outside the St Michaels and All Angels Church tower all weekend.