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  1. Man who drowned saving his daughter didn't know about of dangerous currents
  2. Findings of hospital review made public
  3. Health visitor numbers facing cut
  4. Whitchurch Alport set for first FA Cup appearance
  5. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Watch: Whitchurch Alport president excited by FA Cup debut

BBC Sport

Whitchurch Alport play their first ever match in the FA Cup this weekend.

They're due to take on Walsall Wood in the extra preliminary round and club president Pete Wainwright said he still couldn't quite believe they were involved.

He hoped they would do the club and the fans proud.

'Unbelievable' FA Cup debut for non-league club

Weather: A fine night but stormy showers tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be a fine night with some sunshine this evening, but there will be rain tomorrow and maybe some thunder and lightning.

Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands

No guarantee money is there for Shropshire hospital changes, says report

Shropshire Star

An independent review into the process of reorganising Shropshire's hospital's says there are no guarantees the money needed to make the proposed changes will be available.

Your photos: Cat enjoying sunshine and clouds over Longnor

BBC Weather Watchers

Here are some more of your photos, taken around Shropshire this afternoon.

These ones are from BBC Weather Watchers in Oakengates (top) and Longnor (below).

Cat on car roof
Field near Longnor
Peter Steggles

Appeal to buy prosthetic swimming leg for Shrewsbury teenager

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

An 18-year-old from Shrewsbury is trying to raise £2,500 to buy a prosthetic leg and swimsuit, so she can take her niece and nephew swimming when they go on holiday.

Timmy Peart has a genetic condition known as vascular type Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which causes her to have fragile blood vessels and intestines and has had dozens of operations, one of them to amputate a leg,

She also has a permanent drip to administer drugs.

Timmy Peart

She is going on holiday to Turkey next year and says she really wants to swim and go up the ladder to the water slide, but she can’t do that without a lightweight false leg and swimsuit to protect her drip line.

She is being supported by a surgeon at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mark Cheetham, who has set up a Just Giving page for her.

Watch: No targets being set by AFC Telford United manager

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The AFC Telford United manager Rob Edwards says he won't be setting any targets for his team this season, saying football is too unpredictable.

But he is promising the fans hard work and hopefully some exciting football.

No targets for AFC Telford United manager

Italian rescuer faced choice to save father or daughter, inquest told

An Italian man who saved the life of a 10-year-old girl had to choose between rescuing her or her father, an inquest has been told.

Simon Pearson (pictured below), his daughter Lily and his father-in-law Tony McGregor, all got caught up in strong currents while swimming at a beach in the Puglia region of Italy last month.

Two local men went into the sea to help them.

Simon Pearson
Shropshire Star

The court was read a statement from the girl's mother, Emma Pearson, which explained one of the Italians, Martino Maggi, drowned in the attempt.

The other, known as Ibrahim, was faced with a choice because he couldn't save both Mr Pearson and his daughter.

She said her husband had been able to keep Lily above the water until help arrived and she survived, but Mr Pearson drowned, despite efforts to resuscitate him on the beach later.

Tonnes of straw catch fire at farm

A farm building containing 30 tonnes of straw and three vehicles caught light at a farm near Ludlow this lunchtime.

Firefighters were called to Steventon Road at 11:14 and took about an hour to put it out.

Fire engine

Family weren't expecting currents which claimed father's life

The wife of Simon Pearson, from Old Church Stoke, who drowned saving his daughter's life, said the family weren't expecting the strong currents which claimed his life.

In a statement read out at his inquest in Shrewsbury yesterday, Emma Pearson said her family had been visiting for 15 years the beach in Italy where he died and thought the red flags they saw that day meant "exercise caution", not "stay out of the water".

Beach with emergency vehicles
Ostuni Notizie

She also described how her father, husband and 10-year-old daughter all got caught up in strong currents after going out for a swim and couldn't get back to the shore.

Mr Pearson and a local man who went in to try to rescue them both drowned, but her father and daughter were both saved.

She said her daughter told her that Mr Pearson's final words were "hold my hand".

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Nursery nurses who work alongside the health visitors face pay cuts, a campaign group says.

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National Slow Food meeting to be held in Ludlow

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The national Slow Food organisation will be holding its annual meeting in Ludlow next month.

Slow Food England has announced it will be coming to the town the day before the annual Ludlow Food Festival.

Ludlow food festival

The aim of the Slow Food movement is to promote small-scale farming, fair pay for farmers and an emphasis on tasty food.

Watch: Telford manager Edwards proud to lead boyhood team

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The new manager of AFC Telford United, Rob Edwards, takes charge for his first league match tomorrow.

They travel to York and he's been talking about his pride at leading the team which he used to support as a boy.

Telford manager was a boyhood fan of club

Oswestry Show chairman thanks volunteers

The chairman of the Oswestry Show has praised the hard work volunteers put in to make the event happen.

The one-day agricultural show takes place at the Oswestry showground tomorrow and Nigel Whittingham said "the effort that is put in is exceptional" and that the volunteers' enthusism shone through.

Oswestry showground

Mr Whittingham also said the event helped connect people in the towns and the countryside and revealed his favourite attraction is the sheep shearing.

Football: Shrewsbury manager has good wishes for Telford counterpart

BBC Sport

The Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst has wished the new manager of AFC Telford United good luck ahead of the start of the new season.

He described Rob Edwards as a "good guy" who is "very well thought of at Wolves".

Paul Hurst

And Hurst went on to say that he'd like all local clubs to do well because it was good for interest in football in the area.

Final words of Shropshire dad who drowned saving daughter from sea off Italy

Shropshire Star

“Hold my hand,” were the last words of a Shropshire father as he desperately tried to rescue his daughter as they got into difficulty in the sea while on holiday.

Inquest concludes father drowned while trying to save daughter

A coroner has concluded that the death of a Shropshire managing director who drowned while trying to rescue his daughter from the sea while on holiday in southern Italy was an accident.

Simon Pearson from Old Church Stoke in Powys went into the water after his 10-year-old daughter got into trouble off the coast of Ostuni in Puglia.

Simon Pearson
Shropshire Star

She was rescued, but coroner John Ellery accepted the conclusion of the Italian police that Mr Pearson drowned, along with a local man who went to help.

Hospital reorganisation: A reminder of the recommendations

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

It's been eight months since the recommendations for the future of Shropshire's hospitals were made and a lot of confusing claims have been made since then.

So here is a summary of how the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford will look, if the plans put forward by the NHS Future fit review team are approved:


  • 24-hour urgent care
  • Outpatients and diagnostics
  • Majority of planned surgery
  • Midwife-led maternity unit


  • 24-hour urgent care
  • Outpatients and diagnostics
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Complex surgery
  • Consultant-led women and children's centre

Your photos: Blue skies in Ludlow and Church Stretton

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had sightings of blue sky behind the cloud.

And we can prove it, because the BBC Weather Watchers have taken photos.

Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Scaffolding up as repairs start to iconic Bedlam Furnaces

Shropshire Star

Scaffolding has sprung up around an icon of Shropshire's World Heritage Site, as a £1.2 million project is launched to save it.

Council says report validates hospital concerns

The people running Shropshire's hospitals have already made their minds up over the future of services such as accident and emergency and women and children's services, the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council says.

Councillor Shaun Davies is responding to an independent report into NHS decision-making processes and said it acknowledged his authority's "valid criticisms".

Shaun Davies

He points out the report by KMPG highlights a lack of training and clear criteria for the scoring process, when the Future Fit team was deciding where services should be based.

And he said the report did not rule out the possibility of Telford being made the county's trauma centre in the future.

Decisions need to be made in a way that is rational, fair and free from the appearance of bias and should not be seen as pre-determined or the bodies that take them are open to legal challenge

Councillor Shaun DaviesTelford and Wrekin Council

Hospital review is made public

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

An independent review into the process of reorganising Shrosphire's hospital's has been made public.

The report by KPMG was ordered after concerns were raised the Future Fit process hadn't been done fairly.

It raises three areas of concern.


It says there are no guarantees the money needed to make the proposed changes will be available, it says there needs to be a proper plan for the future of community care and it says there are fundamental disagreements between groups in Telford and those in Shrewsbury.

The review has taken eight months and cost £50,000.

Football: Professional aims for AFC Telford boss

BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United will train four times a week this season as the manager Rob Edwards says he is trying to professionalise the club.

aaron simpson

He says he wants to build the "most professional semi-pro club in the National North" and players will train and eat well before games.

The Bucks have also signed 19-year-old defender Aaron Simpson (pictured above) from partner club Wolves.

Main Telford road to be 'completely reconstructed'

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

The main road from Dawley into Telford town centre is going to be "completely reconstructed" later this month.

Castlefields Way

Telford and Wrekin Council's announced that Castlefields Way will be worked on for 18 days, starting on Monday.

The work will be done in stages and a diversion will be in place through Brookside and Stirchley.

American Football: Revolution look to wrap up perfect record

BBC Sport

The Shropshire Revolution are looking to complete a perfect season this weekend when they travel to play the Humber Warhawks.

They have won nine out of nine games so far and are already guaranteed a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Revolution helmet

Last weekend they beat the Crewe Railroaders 52-7 at Oakengates.

Health visitor numbers to be cut, says campaign group

BBC Shropshire

Campaigners say the number of children's health visitors in the county will be cut by nearly half later this year.

Shropshire Defend Our NHS says Shropshire Council's agreed a contract with the county's community health trust, which could see up to 22 of 50 staff lose their current roles in October.


The trust says it doesn't expect there to be any job losses, but some staff will be asked to work differently.

BBC Radio Shropshire has approached the council for a statement and are awaiting a response.

Video: Will the weather be any better today?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A fine day with sunny spells but also a few light showers in places.

Feeling warm with top temperatures of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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Your photos: Kingfisher and cows dodge the showers in north Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been able to photograph plenty of wildlife out and about today, despite the wet weather.

These photos were taken near Ellesmere (top) and Oswestry (below).


In pictures: Burwarton Show popular despite the rain

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

We've had some rain at the Burwarton Show today, but that's not put off the visitors who have turned out in their hundreds again.

Burwarton show

Among the attractions this year was a motorbike stunt display team, but as usual there were dozens of livestock and craft competitions and I was shown into the tent where the silverware is kept.


Tribute to Ludlow woman who died in crash

The family of a Ludlow woman who died in a crash on the A49 near Leominster last month have described her as a "loving wife, mother and grandmother".

Hannah Blakeway, who was 55, died on Monday from injuries she suffered in the collision on 23 July.

Hannah Blakeway
West Mercia Police

Her family said she spent 15 years working as a cook at a local nursing home and added she "will be missed by family, friends, neighbours and members of the Community."

Watch: Motorists filmed driving at speed down M54 hard shoulder

A Shropshire motorist who filmed cars travelling at speed down the hard shoulder of the M54 yesterday said she was surprised it didn't result in a crash.

Rachel Jenkins filmed it on a dash cam between junctions two and three, heading towards Telford, and described it as being like something from the Fast and Furious films.

She said she saw about a dozen vehicles using the hard shoulder to undertake traffic on the busy motorway.

Dash cam films cars at speed on M54 hard shoulder

Shropshire house wrecked in lorry crash is to be replaced

Shropshire Star

A house near Market Drayton which had to be demolished after a lorry ploughed into its side is to be replaced.

Shropshire FA hopes to benefit from England women's success

Shropshire's Football Assocation wants to make the most of England women's Euro success

Watch: Shetland pony racing a Burwarton show

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Here's something you don't see every day...

There's been a lot of excitement at the Burwarton show, surrounding the Shetland pony grand national.

The riders are all children and one of them is Rocco Dettori, the son of the famous jockey, Frankie Dettori.

The one-day Burwarton Show is featuring a 'Shetland pony Grand National' this year

Major road in Telford to close for 'essential maintenance'

A major road through Telford will be closed for 18 days, starting next Monday, to allow improvement works to be carried out.

Castlefields Way will be shut between the Castlefields Roundabout and Southall Road, with Telford and Wrekin Council describing the work as "essential maintenance".

Road closed sign

The authority said it carried out tests earlier this year and found it was suffering from subsidence and cracking on the surface and needed a full reconstruction.

Son of Frankie Dettori races at Burwarton show

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Frankie Dettori's son is at the Burwarton show today, riding in a Shetland pony race.

Rocco Dettori has been taking part in these "Shetland grand nationals" all over the country and is one of a number of new attractions at this year's event.

There are also new classes in the livestock competitions.

Children on ponies