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Summary

  1. Staffing at county A&E departments remains critical
  2. Royal visit for Shropshire hospital
  3. Telford has one of the highest rates for school exclusions
  4. FA chairman unhappy with 'embarrassing' Senior Cup matches
  5. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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James Corfield

Dyfed-Powys Police asks public to stay away from search for missing James Corfield because of safety fears.

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Police officers cycle ride to remember fallen colleagues

More than 30 police officers from around the UK are passing through the area today, on a 180-mile (290km) cycle ride in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Police Unity Tour will be passing through Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next two days, finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Douglas
West Mercia Police

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman (pictured above right) from West Mercia Police is among them and she said she was taking part to remember PC Richard Gray who was shot dead in Shrewsbury in 2007, while trying to arrest a gunman who was holding two fellow officers hostage.

Plans for new retirement homes in Shrewsbury

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Developers are planning to build 32 retirement apartments on Wenlock Road in Shrewsbury.

Parking concerns have been raised and council officers want to ensure there are enough spaces for those who'll live there.

A report going before councillors recommends the plans be approved.

More than 1,500 sign knife angel petition

A petition calling for the Oswestry knife angel to be installed on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square has gathered over 1,500 signatures.

It is made up of knives surrendered to police forces around the country and is currently standing outside the British Ironworks Centre, where it was built.

Knife Angel
BBC

The petition calls for "this incredible national monument to fulfil its destiny" by raising awareness of knife crime.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a bright start cloud will start to increase with outbreaks of showery rain expected this afternoon.

A breezy day with top temperatures of around 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Olly Stone

Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone promises to tone down his wicket celebrations after a year out with a knee injury.

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Special Olympics torch relay begins in Much Wenlock
Former England manager Sam Allardyce lent his support to the event ahead of the games in Sheffield.

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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.

Building equipment stolen in Newport

Police say they have CCTV footage of thieves stealing a large quantity of equipment from a building site in Newport over the weekend.

They say it shows the intruders breaking into the rear of the Victoria Hotel on St Marys Street and a white pick-up truck, a white van and a flat bed lorry then driving off along Water Lane.

Royal Victoria Hotel
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Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Most places should become largely dry with clear spells overnight, with perhaps the odd shower around. It will be a breezy night - lows of 13C (55F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Council disagrees with Telford description

The inclusion of Telford in a study alongside less-prosperous towns with low numbers of skilled workers and few innovative private firms has baffled Telford and Wrekin Council.

It has responded to the Centre for Cities report into the impact of Brexit by saying "Telford and Wrekin is clearly the exception to the rule".

Telford sign
BBC

The local authority describes the town as a centre for "manufacturing, information and communication and business services" and a "foreign investment hotspot" with the borough attracting £114m of investment during 2016-17.

The report had suggested that the towns likely to see little economic downturn as a result of Brexit are those "less prosperous places in the North, Midlands and Wales" and included Telford in that group.

Educational wildlife garden opens in Shrewsbury

The Shropshire Wildlife Trust has opened a new play area in Shrewsbury to teach young people about nature.

The Wild Child garden was designed with the help of pupils from the Coleham Primary School and the Severndale Specialist Academy and is aimed at children aged 2-12.

It includes a "mud kitchen", where children can make mud pies, a two mole tunnels, a sandpit, a sensory wall and a pond.

And there was a giant badger to help welcome the first guests...

A new play area has been opened by the Wildlife Trust to teach children about wildlife

Telford likely to be relatively unaffected by Brexit, says study

Telford will probably see little impact from Britain's exit from the European Union, according to research by the Centre for Cities think tank.

The study predicts affluent towns with cities with "large high-skilled service sectors" and "highly skilled labour markets, significant numbers of innovative firms and strong business networks" will see the biggest downturn in trade as a result of Brexit.

Telford business
Google

At the other end of the scale it says "less prosperous places in the North, Midlands and Wales" with low-skill workforces and smaller private sectors will be less vulnerable to a potential downturn.

It ranks Telford 55th out of the 62 towns and cities it rated, with Aberdeen predicted to be the worst affected.

The Shropshire local authority area is also predicted to see little impact.

Firefighters remain at scene of fire

Firefighters remain at the scene of a large barn fire near Whixall, which destroyed more than 100 tonnes of hay and straw.

It broke out at 01:45 at Whixall Hall farm and while the fire itself is out now, the crews are there to make sure it doesn't reignite.

Fire
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
barn fire
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Football: Shrewsbury sign striker and say goodbye to goalie

Shrewsbury Town have added another striker, by taking 18-year-old Niall Ennis on a season-long loan from Wolves.

But, there was a surprise move too, with young goalkeeper Callum Burton being sold to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

Callum Burton
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Sam Allardyce to attend launch of torch relay

The former England manager Sam Allardyce will be among the people at the Special Olympic torch lighting ceremony in Much Wenlock this lunchtime.

He'll be helping athletes with learning difficulties light the "Flame of Hope", which will be met by other celebrities and public officials along its 200-mile journey to Sheffield, for the start of the games.

Sam Allardyce
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The relay will take 10 days and is due to arrive at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Tuesday 8 August.

Football: Telford beat Shrewsbury in friendly

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United beat Shrewsbury Town in a friendly at the Bucks Head last night

Both teams put out a mix of reserve and youth players and an early second half goal from Elliot Newby settled the tie.

Football
Mike Sheridan

Both sides had been knocked out in the semi-finals of the Shropshire Senior Cup and afterwards, Telford cheekily tweeted that they could claim "for this season at least, they're Shropshire's 3rd best team".

Barn fire sees 100 tonnes of hay and straw destroyed

Firefighters have been tackling a barn fire near Whixall overnight that's seen 100 tonnes of hay and straw go up in flames.

Crews from Oswestry, Prees, Shrewsbury and Wem were called to Whixall Hall Farm in Dobsons Bridge, just after 02:00.

Fire engine
BBC

The fire has now been contained, but one crew remains on site.

Shrewsbury Festival of Literature to launch storytelling project

People who've come to Shropshire from overseas are being asked to tell their stories as part of Shrewsbury's Festival of Literature.

An open evening is being held tonight at Pengwern Books in Shrewsbury, for people who might be interested in performing at the festival in November.

Bookshop
Google

Festival organisers are working with local storyteller Fran O’Boyle who will weave these stories into a performance work that will take place during the weekend of this year's festival.

Football: Shawbury United win Shropshire Senior Cup for first time

BBC Sport

Shawbury United have won the Shropshire Senior Cup for the first time in the club's history.

They beat The New Saints 1-0 through a first-half goal from Liam Armstrong.

Shawbury United
Shropshire FA

Shawbury got to the final by beating Haughmond FC 2-0 and then Shrewsbury Town on penalties in the semi-final.

Shropshire couple at special celebration in London

A Shropshire couple are taking part in special celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act in London today.

The famous piece of legislation decriminalised homosexual acts between two men of at least 21 years of age.

Peter Ruscoe and Geoff Hardy
Peter Ruscoe

Peter Ruscoe and Geoff Hardy (pictured above) were one of the first couples in Britain to get a Civil Partnership.

Later they'll be at a lunch at the National Liberal Club attended by people who've campaigned for reform.

Future of hospitals review under wraps

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The public could get to have their say on hospital reorganisation in the county as early as September.

The Future Fit scheme was delayed after an independent review was ordered by the two clinical commissioning groups.

It followed an angry backlash over plans to downgrade the A&E at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital and move its Women and Children's unit over to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to sit alongside a new enhanced emergency centre.

Hospital signs
BBC

It's understood that specialist consultant firm KPMG, which has carried out this review, has flagged up three areas of concern around the process. It includes whether the money to make changes is in place.

The report has been written and it's in circulation, but it's under tight wraps. KPMG did not want this information coming out prior to the forthcoming Future Fit board meeting on Monday.

Next month, the joint committee will meet to decide whether a public consultation can go ahead - possibly from September.

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Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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Harper Adams 'Self-wich' photos prove popular

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Harper Adams University has been making an impact at the Royal Welsh Show, with a giant sandwich box.

Visitors are being encouraged to stand inside and take a photo of themselves, as a human packed lunch.

Selfwich selfies
Harper Adams University

The aim is to promote fresh produce and the university's courses.

Shrewsbury get international backing for safe standing

BBC Sport

Fans from Dortmund and Orlando have been in touch with the Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament to support their bid to install rail seating at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Spokesman Mike Davies said British clubs were coming forward "every day" to back the plans to create the safe standing area.

Shrewsbury Town
BBC

Shrewsbury are looking to be the first English club to install the chairs, but they are already being used overseas in countries including Germany, Scotland and the United States.

[They] have come forward and given us their backing and said this is working for us, this is a great thing to see for English football."

Mike DaviesShrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament

Shrewsbury safe seating has cleared 'huge hurdle', says fans group

BBC Sport

The Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament is confident of getting the final permission it needs to install a safe standing section at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

After winning approval for the scheme from the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the club now just needs Shropshire Council to issue a revised safety certificate for the ground.

Salop Leisure Stand
BBC

Mike Davies, from the fans group, says he is not expecting that to be a problem and it will mainly involve agreeing how the new area will be managed on match days.

Supporters will also have to raise the £75,000 needed to pay for the rail seats.

That [the SFSA approval] was a huge hurdle for us to jump and now it's over to our local authority to speak to the football club, our safety officer and work on a variation to the safety certificate to the ground

Mike DaviesShrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament

Football: Shrewsbury and Telford to play friendly

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town will be playing a friendly against AFC Telford United at the Bucks Head tonight.

Both teams are likely to put out reserve sides.

Neither team made it through to the final of the Shropshire Senior Cup final, which is also being played tonight.

Bucks Head
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Council confident of having enough school places

The number of secondary school places in Telford will increase to keep pace with the expected growth in pupil numbers, Telford and Wrekin Council says.

The authority is preparing for an extra 2,000 students by 2022, with extra house building expected to bring more families to the area.

Classroom
BBC

To cope with the demand, the council says it is looking at expanding the number of school places in north and south Telford, Wellington, Hadley and Newport.

We worked closely with planners and the design teams to ensure that all our secondary schools have the capacity to be expanded as the need arises. The combined total of these places is in excess of any shortfall identified within our school organisation plan."

Councillor Shirley ReynoldsTelford and Wrekin Council

Seafood prize for young Shropshire chefs

A pair of young chefs from Shropshire have won a prize at the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year finals in Grimsby.

Adam Ashley, 20 (pictured, left), and 17-year-old Joe Little (right), who are both students at New College, won top prize for their intermediate course.

Adam Ashley and Joe Little
Carl Jones

They impressed the judges with their baked cod loin, salt baked beetroot ratatouille with rosemary and parmesan and finished fifth in the overall competition.

Football: Shropshire Senior Cup final tonight

Shawbury United face The New Saints in the final of the Shropshire Senior Cup tonight.

Shawbury got there by beating Shrewsbury Town on penalties, while TNS beat AFC Telford United 14-1 in their semi-final.

TNS vs Telford
Mike Sheridan

Both Shrewsbury and Telford fielded youth sides in those matches, leading the chairman of the Shropshire FA to call the two shock results an "embarrassment" to the competition.

The match will be played at Yockings Park, the home of Whitchurch Alport.

UKIP MEP pulls out of leadership race

The West Midlands Euro MP, Bill Etheridge, has announced he's withdrawing from UKIP's leadership contest.

The politician, who's seen as being a moderate within the party, says he's still to decide which of the other candidates he'll support.

Bill Etheridge
BBC

Owner of fly-tipped caravan fined

A man from the Black Country has been fined £700 by Telford and Wrekin Council after his caravan was found dumped by the roadside, in Cherrington near Newport.

Caravan
Telford and Wrekin Council

The authority said it was filled with rubbish, including large tree stumps, vehicle parts, a gas bottle and electrical equipment.

The caravan also contained paperwork, including invoices, family photos, concert tickets and employment, bank and DVLA details, which were used to trace the owner.

Caravan interior
Telford and Wrekin Council

The owner, who hasn't been named by the council, admitted having a clear-out and hiring someone to dispose of it all and accepted two fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping and failing to check the credentials of the person he hired.

US WW2 soldier's rare films of life in a hospital and POW camp
Lt Col Quintus Nicola ran the 82nd general hospital and POW camp on the Shropshire/Wales border.

Safety authority approves Shrewsbury safe standing move

Shrewsbury Town's application to install a safe standing section at their stadium has been approved by the Sports Ground Safety Authority.

The Supporters Parliament, which was behind the bid, says it now plans to officially launch its fundraising efforts on 2 August.

Shrewsbury Town
BBC

The club will also have to apply to make changes to its stadium safety certificate before the seating can be installed.

Classic E-type Jaguar to be restored

A Bridgnorth firm which restores classic cars has started the task of piecing together the parts of one of the first 500 E-Type Jaguars, after they were discovered in France.

Classic Motor Cars says it was built in 1961 and had been living in a garage in the suburbs of Paris.

Parts of Jaguar
Classic Motor Cars

The company described the restoration as a "challenging project" and is also looking into the car's files to find out more about its life.

Football: Shrewsbury fight back for friendly win

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town fought back from 1-0 down to beat Cardiff City in a home friendly last night.

The visitors led through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing at half time, but Shrewsbury scored twice in the second half through a Shaun Whalley penalty and a goal from Louis Dodds.

Shrewsbury Town stadium
BBC

Your comments: The future of Shrewsbury shopping centres

The future of Shrewsbury's shopping centres has been generating some debate on the BBC Radio Shropshire Facebook page after it emerged the subject had been discussed by councillors behind closed doors yesterday.

Steve Bowdler said the town needed a major department store and added, "the two centres need to merge and the Riverside shopping mall needs knocking down".

Pride Hill
BBC

Annette Knight had a different idea, writing: "Reduce the business rates and rent to encourage more independent shops, which will bring back the market town feel to Shrewsbury".

And there was some argument over whether the future was out-of-town stores with Graham Blunt writing "I'd rather go to a retail park or Telford now." and Julie Fox responding with "Telford and out of town areas are soul-less and like any other elsewhere. Shrewsbury town is unique".