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Summary

  1. Bridgnorth man held in Switzerland over racing allegations
  2. Roundabout road works to take an extra day
  3. Warning over fake rubbish collectors
  4. No offers for Shrewsbury town goalkeeper
  5. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A518 and J7 for A5.

M54 Shropshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M54 westbound between J6, A518 (Telford West) and J7, A5 (Wellington). On the central reservation.

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

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between J7 for A5 and J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M54 eastbound in Wrockwardine between J7, A5 (Wellington) and J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident involving one vehicle. On the central reservation.

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

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Golf: Chesters leads the European Open

Shropshire's Ashley Chesters is leading the European Open by one shot after shooting a five under par in the second round today.

Play was held up earlier today because the ground was waterlogged.

Ashley Chesters
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Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Outbreaks of rain and strong winds will continue through tonight eventually clearing away to give a drier end to the night with clear spells.

It will remain on the mild side for most - lows of 14C (57F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Reabrook roundabout work to take one more day

Work on Shrewsbury's Reabrook roundabout was due to finish today, 26 days later than originally planned - but Shropshire Council now says it won't reopen until tomorrow evening.

The traffic island was first closed three months ago, along with Haycock Way and part of Old Potts Way, with the local authority saying the improvements were held up by the discovery of underground drains.

Road closed sign
BBC

Some cones and signs will remain up until Monday and it means the work on the English Bridge gyratory system will be put back a day and start on Tuesday.

The council has blamed "recent bad weather" for the latest hold-up.

Councils repeat opposition to merger

The leaders of Shropshire's two big councils have again said they have no intention of merging.

Two of the county's MPs, Owen Paterson and Daniel Kawczynski have suggested they should be combined, to save money, but councillors Shaun Davies and Peter Nutting said they were "working with a completely different set of circumstances".

Two council offices
Google/BBC

The two authority leaders also said there was a "great deal of co-operation between the two councils" and the leader of Telford and Wrekin, Mr Davies said there was "absolutely no appetite for merger with any other council".

Although we may not agree politically, we must be pragmatic and co-operate when it is reasonable and possible to do so. I see no advantage in spending time and effort pursuing a merger of the two councils when there are much more important issues to tackle including growing our economies"

Peter NuttingShropshire Council leader

Tour organiser denies accusation of racing

The organiser of a driving tour of Europe says people taking part were warned about "extreme" driving laws in Switzerland, but has insisted no-one taking part was racing.

A Bridgnorth man and two others are being held over alleged violations of Swiss motoring laws, but James Cannon said the men were being held for nothing more than "minor driving offences" including a "small speeding issue", that in the UK would have been a "slap on the wrist".

Car on Cannon Run
Cannon Run 3000

Prosecutors have suggested to the Swiss media the men were being held for taking part in a street race, an offence punishable by up to four years in prison.

Car races have been completely banned in Switzerland since 1955 when 84 people died in a crash.

Shropshire bike with an Ironbridge flavour is built

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Two Shropshire firms have come together to make bicycles with a model of the iron bridge on the back of them.

Madeley's Fabweld Steel Products has made copies of the landmark and Bicycles By Design from Coalport has produced special frames to attach them to.

Bike frame
BBC

There are three types of Ironbridge Bicycle, each named after important dates in industrial history and one has already been sold to Norway.

Wedding plans upset by Swiss 'racing' arrest

The daughter of a Bridgnorth man has had to postpone her wedding because he is being held in Switzerland over allegations he was racing on the motorway.

David Bentley, 49, was taking part in Cannon Run 3000, which organisers have described as a "luxury driving holiday for every car fan" taking in Europe's best roads with an emphasis on "safe driving".

Mr Bentley's car
Cannon Run 3000

He and two others were driving three Nissan GT-Rs (Mr Bentley's car pictured above) from Maidstone to Monaco when they were arrested near Zurich.

Two of the men have spent their birthdays in prison.

Your photos: Sun breaking through the cloud in Ellesmere and Longnor

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun has been trying its best to break through the cloud this afternoon.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Ellesmere (top) and Longnor (below).

Ellesmere
Marguerite
Longnor
Peter Steggles

Bridgnorth man held in Switzerland over alleged motoring offences

Three Britons, including a 49-year-old from Bridgnorth, have been held for seven weeks without charge in Switzerland over "minor driving offences" during an organised motoring holiday.

David Bentley and the other two were taking part in the Cannon Run, a European driving tour.

Cars involved
Cannon Run 3000

They were arrested on 4 June and have been held in custody since without bail. It is alleged they were racing their cars on a Swiss motorway which could result in a four-year prison term.

James Cannon, tour organiser and friend of the trio, denied the accusation.

Swiss prosecutors said the men were being held over possible violations of Switzerland's road traffic laws.

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Football: No offers for Leutwiler

BBC Sport

With a month to go until the end of the summer transfer window, Shrewsbury Town are still waiting to receive an offer for their out-of-favour goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.

Manager Paul Hurst has already made it known he wants a change of keeper and he recently signed Dean Henderson from Manchester United, but said it was nothing personal against his first-choice goalie from last season.

Jayson Leutwiler
Getty Images

Despite the lack of interest in the Canadian international, Hurst said "I still believe that his future will lie away from his football club" and added "it only takes one phone call".

There's no issue whatsoever on a personal level. I just have other keepers that I'm looking to work with and Jayson understands that."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Community group close to HSBC bank agreement

HSBC is considering an offer to turn its bank in Wellington into a community arts centre.

The branch closed last year and the Clifton Community Arts group has been looking for an agreement to rent the building.

HSBC bank
Google

It explained the matter is complicated because HSBC is itself leasing the building from the freeholder, but said agents for the bank has now said it would be willing to accept the offer, subject to a few amendments.

The next step would be to raise £315,000 to equip and refurbish the building.

Warning over fake rubbish collectors

Doorstep callers are going around Telford, offering to take away people's rubbish for a small fee, and then dumping it nearby.

Telford and Wrekin Council is warning that people who pay to have their waste taking away without carrying out the proper checks face a £300 fine.

Bins
BBC

Earlier this week, a man was fined £700 by the council for paying someone to dispose of his caravan - which turned up dumped in a village road.

It is vital that you do your checks on the person you plan to use to do it for you. You need to know who they are, what vehicle they will use to take away the waste and where they are taking it to. Get the details of their waste carrier licence and make sure you get a receipt."

Councillor Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council

Swimming: Medal for Shropshire's Charlie Hutchison

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

An Ellesmere Titans swimmer has won GB's first swimming medal at the European Youth Olympics in Hungary.

Charlie Hutchison took bronze in the 400 metres individual medley.

Charlie Hutchison
Getty Images

Hutchison is also targeting a medal in the 200 metres backstroke final.

Club mate Pia Murray will be competing in the 100 butterfly final.

It’s great to say I’m the first medallist, it’s a really good feeling, the atmosphere has been amazing, and hearing all my team cheering me was fantastic."

Charlie HutchisonEllesmere Titans

Runner has world record dreams dashed

A runner, originally from West Felton, near Oswestry, has had her hopes for a world record dashed.

Amy Hughes logged 520 miles on a treadmill over seven days in September - three more than the world record.

Amy Hughes
Amy Hughes

However, she is now "furious" after Guinness World Records (GWR) declined it citing her boyfriend, who logged the challenge, as not being independent.

GWR said official witnesses should not be linked with record attempters.

Your photos: Thick cloud in Alberbury and Longnor

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather is remaining cloudy and damp, but the grey skies have been brightened by some rainbows and Robbie from Alberbury photographed one this morning.

Alberbury
Robbie

We've also had this moody photo from regular contributor Peter Steggles.

Longnor
Peter Steggles

Golf: Shropshire golfer tied for lead at European Open

BBC Sport

Hawkstone Park golfer Ashley Chesters is tied for the lead on his second round at the European Open in Hamburg.

He's four under par after 11 holes today, having shot 68 yesterday.

Ashley Chesters
Getty Images

The tournament has a prize fund totalling two million euros.

Celebration to mark completion of church restoration

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

There's going to be in a celebration in Myndtown, near Bishop's Castle, to mark the end of repair work on the village church.

The 12th Century building was being restored with the help of a Heritage Lottery grant and fund-raising by local people.

Myndtown
BBC

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.

Walk-in centre closure putting pressure on A&E

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The trust that runs Shropshire's two main acute hospitals says accident and emergency is under more pressure at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, since it announced that the walk-in centre at the site is to close.

The Malling Health Wrekin GP Practice provides urgent non-emergency care as well as routine GP appointments and patients have been choosing to go to A&E instead, since the decision was made.

PRH A&E
BBC

The doctors surgery will shut on Monday, but the walk-in centre will continue to offer appointments until 9 August.

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

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

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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.

Special Olympics torch relay begins

The Special Olympics torch has been lit in Shropshire ahead of the GB national games which begin in Sheffield in August.

The former England football manager Sam Allardyce was guest of honour in Much Wenlock, where the relay began.

The event is backed by the Football League Managers' Association. The games, which are for athletes for learning disabilities, will begin on 7 August.

Special Olympics torch relay begins in Much Wenlock

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
Google

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.

Cricket: Devon Malcolm's finest hour

The former England bowler Devon Malcolm has been in the county today.

And as the 100th test match is being played at the Oval today, we thought we'd look back at his finest hour there - in 1994.

'You Guys Are History': Devon Malcolm's finest hour for England

Life-saving award for footballers

Three members of a walking football club in Shrewsbury have been presented with awards by the Royal Humane Society, for saving the life of a fellow player in November last year.

Norman Pryce, David Walker and Mick Lewis spotted Ray Moreland sitting on the ground with his hands on his knees and breathing abnormally and gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Norman Pryce, David Walker and Mick Lewis
BBC

Mr Moreland recieved treatment at hospital for a heart attack and is now said to be "recovering well".

Words are totally inadequate to sum up what I feel. The team of Norman, Dave and Mick saved my life. I get tearful about it every time I reflect on their efforts. We have built up firm friendships playing walking football. Thanks for your support and for giving me back the rest of my life.”

Ray Moreland

Clock ticking for hospitals review

If plans to reorganise Shropshire hospital services don't go out to consultation in September, they could be held up for another six months, the chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has said.

Speaking at a trust board meeting, Simon Wright explained that the current round of treasury funding would only be available until November, so the plans had to go through a period of consultation before then.

Simon Wright
SATH

The hospitals' head of planned care, Mark Cheetham told the meeting that if and when the Future Fit plans are approved, they are likely to take five years to implement.

The current recommendations are to base emergency medicine in Shrewsbury along with specialist women and children's services, while moving planned operations to Telford.

Hospitals review reaches 'critical three weeks'

The next three weeks will be critical to the review of hospital services in the county, one of the leaders of the Future Fit programme has said.

Debbie Vogler has been speaking at a board meeting of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust and said she understood people's frustrations over the pace of the review, which started three and a half years ago.

PRH A&E
BBC

But she would not reveal the findings of an independent review of the work done so far, which was commissioned following concerns about the way Future Fit had come its conclusions.

A series of meetings will have to be held over the coming weeks before the reorganisation plans can be put out to public consultation.