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  1. Muller looks to create 50 jobs in Telford
  2. Former teacher charged with historic sex offences
  3. No Welshpool air show next year
  4. Salzburg or Hibernians await TNS in Champions League
  5. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Les Walton

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Primary school celebrates Ofsted with a parade

Paul Shuttleworth

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Children and teachers from Newdale Primary school have been parading through local streets this afternoon, to celebrate being rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Earlier, they sang songs on the school playing fields.

Children from Newdale primary school and nursery have paraded through local streets today

Football: Hibernians or Salzburg await winners of TNS tie

The draw has been made for the third qualifying round of the Champions League

If The New Saints can beat the Croatian champions HNK Rijeka, they will face either Salzburg of Austria or Hibernians of Malta.

TNS vs Rijeka

They were beaten 2-0 in the away leg and will attempt to turn that around in the home leg next week.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a bright and dry evening with sunny spells, the region will tend to cloud over during the night. Low cloud, rain and drizzle will reach the region by morning. Lows of 14C (57F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Bravery awards for police officers who dealt with petrol incident

Two police officers from Telford who saved a woman who had been doused in petrol by a man threatening to set her on fire have been given police bravery awards.

West Mercia PCC

PCs Phil Parke and Steve Bloomer managed to pull her to safety and bring the man under control, but suffered cuts and chemical burns in the process.

We must remember these are ordinary people with lives and families outside of work, who do extraordinary things to keep others safe. I am very pleased to see them getting the recognition they deserve.”

John CampionWest Mercia Police and Crime Commissioenr

Football: Shrewsbury play Villa and Telford face Wolves

BBC Sport

Both Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United face Championship opposition tomorrow.

Shrewsbury's new-look side will be playing Aston Villa at the newly named Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Telford will be playing an under-23 side from Wolves.

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Fancy getting into motorsport?


Here's Red Bull team principal Christian Horner giving you five reasons why motorsport could suit you....

Red Bull Formula 1 Team's Christian Horner: five reasons to take part in motorsport

And if you want to look into it further, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

No Welshpool air show next year

There will be no Welshpool air show next year, because the organisers are short of money.

The small airfield there has been putting on the shows since 2008, working with the larger RAF Cosford air show to piggy-back on their displays.

Air show

The owner of the airfield, Linda Jones, said the show committee would meet next spring to decide whether to bring it back in 2019, but explained that bad weather for the last two shows had hit their takings and that they would have to raise more money.

We have got a lot of fixed costs and we've been really unlucky two consecutive years of poor weather, so we've used our reserves."

Linda JonesAir show organiser

Cricket: Shropshire travelling to Cornwall

BBC Sport

Shropshire travel to St Austell this weekend for a three-day minor counties match against Cornwall.

At the half-way point in the season they're second in the Western Division table, 14 points behind leaders Berkshire, but the teams are still closely bunched, with sixth-placed Cornwall just eight points behind Shropshire.

Stuart Dunn

All-rounder Tom Weston, who used to play for Bridgnorth, will be playing his first game of the season - he now plays club cricket in Sussex.

Petition calls for speed reduction on busy Telford road

Shropshire Star

More than 90 people signed a petition to reduce the speed limit of a busy Telford road, saying that they had put up with loud revving, fast speeds and dangerous driving for too long.

Your photos: Grey cloud in Telford and Longnor

BBC Weather Watchers

It's remaining grey overhead, but we're getting some great photos shared with us by the BBC Weather Watchers.

These ones were taken in Telford (top) and Longnor (below).

Peter Steggles

Husband and wife sentenced for taking money from business

A husband and wife have been sentenced after pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.

Aimee Purchase, 36, from Much Wenlock, admitted fraud by abuse of a position of trust and was jailed for two years and eight months, while 38-year-old Rikki James Purchase pleaded guilty to money laundering and was given a two-year suspended sentence.

West Mercia Police said more than £100,000 had been laundered in all.

Mr and Mrs Purchase
West Mercia Police

Officers said Mrs Purchase was employed as a finance director for a Stourbridge company and they found she had transferred money to accounts held by the couple, to fund their lifestyle and support Mr Purchase's own business.

The force said both defendants would now also face proceedings to recover the assets they stole.

Former Shrewsbury School teacher facing historic sex offence charges

A former Shrewsbury School teacher has been charged with a series of sex attacks, dating back almost 40 years to his days teaching in West Sussex.

Gary Dobbie, who is 66 and now lives in France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault on a male, one count of attempted indecent assault on a male and three of indecent assault on a female.

Christ's Hospital School

He was suspended by Shrewsbury School at the time of his arrest in January 2016 and left in six months later.

The school said: "As far as we are aware these charges are in no way connected to Shrewsbury School."

Three other men, who also taught at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham are also charged with sex offences and he is due to appear in court next month.

Your photos: A cloudy morning in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a cloudy start today and we've had some great photos shared by BBC Weather Watchers in Church Stretton (top) and Ludlow (below).

Peter Steggles
Fields near Ludlow

Man charged with causing death of girl by dangerous driving

A man from Shrewsbury has been charged with causing the death of an 11-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

Roger Thomas Goodhall, 77, from The Mount was also charged with driving while above the limit for alcohol and failing to notify DVLA of a medical condition.

Crash scene

His car hit Olivia Reeves on Mytton Oak Road on 15 June.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Telford Magistrates' Court later today.

Two taken to hospital after separate crashes

A man in his 70s had to be cut free from his car last night after a crash involving a lorry, just off junction four of the M54 - the turn off for Shifnal and Priorslee.

It happened at 17:20 and he was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital with an arm injury.

Later in the evening, a 19-year-old woman also had to be cut free from her vehicle, after a two car crash on the A529 near Market Drayton.

She was taken to hospital in Stoke with back, shoulder and abdominal pain.

Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between A49 and M54 J7.

A5 Shropshire - A5 closed eastbound between Preston Island in Shrewsbury and Wellington in Shropshire, because of roadworks during the night.

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

Muller looks to create 50 jobs with Telford expansion

Muller is planning to create 50 new jobs with the expansion of its Donnington Wood site in Telford.

The company has put an application in to the borough council and if it gets approval, it says it will be able to double its production of 350 million pots of yoghurt a year to 700 million.

Muller lorry
Muller Wiseman

Petition launched against Market Drayton car parking changes

Shropshire Star

An online petition has been launched against plans to radically shake-up parking charges in Market Drayton.

Tai Chi festival at Lilleshall

Lilleshall is hosting an international Tai Chi festival over the next few days.

It's taking place at the National Sports Centre and will feature demonstrations with 200 performers.


Organisers say the Chinese practice can help people recover from strokes, heart attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Council gives more detail on 50th anniversary spending

Telford and Wrekin Council has been giving more details about how it plans to spend £2m set aside to celebrate the town's 50th birthday.

Half of the cash will be made available for community projects to permanently mark the occasion and the other half will go to on everyday projects, such as buying a new minibus or refitting a kitchen in a village hall.

Telford sign

The authority has already announced it will be running an online lottery, with a weekly draw, to raise money for good causes in the area.

And it says it is planning a series of events for next year.

Telford 50th logo to be revealed tomororrow

The winning logo for Telford's 50th anniversary celebrations will be revealed at the town's Festival of Giants in Southwater tomorrow.

Nearly 5,000 people voted on the three options out forward by Telford and Wrekin Council in an online poll.

Three logos
Telford and Wrekin Council

The authority has a series of events planned to mark the anniversary and has set aside £2m to spend on a range of projects.

Football: Semi final line-up decided for Shropshire Senior Cup

BBC Sport

The New Saints beat Market Drayton Town 2-0 in the Shropshire Senior Cup last night.

Goals from Farleigh and Draper secured a home semi final against AFC Telford United.

The New Saints stadium

The other semi final will be between Shrewsbury Town and Shawbury, who beat Haughmond 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Your comments: Unhappiness at planned roadworks

The announcement that work on Shrewsbury's English Bridge gyratory is going to start at the end of the month has provoked a lot of comment on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page.

Heather Maskill wrote: "Shrewsbury council are killing town. Footfall is down since the Reabrook road works and this is another nail in the coffin. I can totally understand why people will go elsewhere but for small independents like myself, this is going to be a nightmare."


Chris Day was also unhappy about the work being carried out and commented: "It's not broken. So why spend tax payers money on "fixing" it? Is it so they can can say they've done things to improve the town?"

And Phillip Smith agreed, saying it was "wasting money which could be put to better use what about putting the money back into services for the elderly and the young - and my drive needs doing".

Ice hockey: Defenceman Weaver returns for Tigers

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers have re-signed key defenceman Jonathan Weaver for the new season.

The 40-year-old has played for 11 different teams in his career, including the Tigers, and is a current Great Britain international.

Jonathan Weaver
Steve Brodie

Head coach Tom Watkins, who also coaches the GB team, says he is "one of the best British players of this generation, if not the best. It’s as simple as that".

We have now retained eight guys from last season's team, plus guys with both Elite and EPL experience. Then you add a Jonathan Weaver to the mix, a current GB international, who was part of the gold-medal winning team in April. I think that’s a pretty exciting team for the fans to get behind."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach and general manager

Three months of work on Shrewsbury gyratory to come

Once the Reabrook roundabout revamp is finished, contractors will turn their attentions to the English Bridge gyratory system.

The project, due to start on 31 July, is scheduled to take three months and will include resurfacing work, alterations to footpaths, cycle paths and changes to the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

English Bridge gyratory

It is the latest in a line of major works in Shrewsbury, including the recently completed Meole Brace roundabout, that have frustrated many drivers.

Roundabout works delayed by drains

Work at Shrewsbury's Reabrook roundabout has been delayed because of underground drains, Shropshire Council says.

Traffic lights were put in two months ago, blocking the town's inner ring-road, and they're now expected to remain there until the end of the month.

There's finite amounts of information before we go below the ground. We only really know the day we pull the turf off exactly what 's there."

Matt JohnsonStrategic Highways and Contracts Manager

Video: What's the weather got in store today?

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start with the chance of some drizzle, it should brighten up this afternoon with some sunny spells in store.

It will feel quite warm in the sunshine this afternoon, with top temperatures of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

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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 and into the morning.

West Mercia Police withdraws from motorway patrol group

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

West Mercia Police has decided to take over responsibility for patrolling motorways itself and is pulling out of the Central Motorways Police Group (CMPG).

The force said it wanted to "ensure more locally based and more community focused arrangements" for its sections of the M5, M42, M50 and M54.

West Mercia Police car

The CMPG was set up in 1990, to jointly patrol the regions motorways and was made up of a number of forces, including West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

I have made the significant decision for West Mercia Police to withdraw from the Central Motorway Policing Group as I believe it to be the best way forward for how we police our motorways and roads across our force area in the coming years."

Chief Constable Anthony BanghamWest Mercia Police

Football: New Telford manager to meet fans

AFC Telford United fans will get a chance to meet their new manager and ask him questions at an open training session next month.

Rob Edwards will be joined by his assistant Sean Parrish and club chairman Andy Pryce on 3 August and players will also be available to sign autographs after a squad photo-session.

Rob Edwards

Weather for tonight and tomorrow

BBC Weather

After a largely dry and bright evening, there may be some showers at times overnight.

However, many places will stay dry and mild with some clear spells - lows of 15C (59F).

Weather chart