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  1. Man jailed for at least 20 years for teen's murder
  2. Woman jailed for stalking and impersonating police officer
  3. Shrewsbury residents question school places after latest planning decisions
  4. Out-of-date passport "missed three times"
  5. Free nursery places among worst funded in England
  6. Updates on Friday 1 September 2017

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FA Cup: Telford start FA Cup at home to Barwell

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United's FA Cup campaign will start with a home game.

In the draw for the second qualifying round, they've been paired with Barwell, a Leicestershire-based side who play a division below the Bucks in the Northern Premier League.

Bucks Head
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FA Cup: Haughmond drawn away to Boston United

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Haughmond FC have been rewarded with an away tie against Boston United after reaching the second qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

Their opponents are a former football league side who play in the same division as Telford and they get crowds of around 1,000, so the Shropshire side will hope for a healthy amount of gate money.

Charity raises £10,000 at V Festival

The charity Village Water says says it raised more than £10,000 at the V festival last month.

The Shrewsbury-based organisation provides safe water and sanitation for communities in rural Africa.

V Festival

Village Water had more than 100 volunteers at the event, helping campers by renting trolleys and offering a plastic bottle exchange, as glass bottles weren't allowed on the festival site.

More roadworks on Bridgnorth bypass

BBC News Travel

A new phase of the ongoing roadworks on the Bridgnorth bypass starts tonight.

It will involve resurfacing the Ludlow Road and Kidderminster Road roundabouts.

The A458 itself is then being resurfaced from Wednesday evening, when night-time closures also come into effect.

Jail adds more than 5,000 days to prisoners' sentences

Around 5,000 days were added to the sentences of inmates at Stoke Heath Prison last year, because of their bad behaviour.

The figures come from The Howard League prison reform charity, which says the practice of adding to sentences needs to stop, because it is adding extra pressure to the system.

Stoke Heath

Stoke Heath contains around 750 inmates and handed out more days for bad behaviour than HMP Birmingham, which houses roughly twice that number.

It is feeding the problem of an over-crowded, over-stretched prison system."

Andrew NeilsonHoward League

Football: Haughmond manager wants Salford cup tie

The manager of Haughmond FC, Matt Burton, says he wants to draw Salford City in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

He is a Manchester United fan and would love the chance to go up against the team funded and run by ex-United stars like Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

Matt Burton

This is the furthest Haughmond have ever come in the competition and they got there with a shock 3-2 win over Matlock from the Northern Premier League.

And Burton said that at this stage of the competition he will be happy whoever he gets.

I would love Salford City away, or Telford - anyone really."

Matt BurtonHaughmond FC manager

New college principal looks for alternative partnerships

James Bond

BBC Shropshire

The new principal of North Shropshire College says it's no bad thing that a merger with Reese Heath College in Cheshire fell through.

The two colleges accepted the merger wasn't going to happen after failing to win financial support from the government.

Ian Clinton
North Shropshire College

Ian Clinton, who officially takes up his post today, says he'll be looking for a variety of alternative partnerships instead.

Football: Shrewsbury manager frustrated by Rodman

Alex Rodman was on the score sheet again at the weekend, as Shrewsbury Town beat Gillingham 2-1 away from home, but manager Paul Hurst says the winger can be frustrating on occasions.

He said the player was "in his own little world" at times, but said that's something he has to live with when he puts Rodman on the pitch, knowing he can pop up with important goals.

Paul Hurst

Hurst added that Rodman had "promised me goals" and that, so far, he has lived up to that promise.

I put him out there, I've got to live with it, but I may be looking for some of my other players to lead and get hold of him and make sure he's in the right position."

Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager

Future of Telford food festival undecided

Around 6,000 people visited the Telfood Feastival event in Telford town park over the weekend.

The food festival is organised by the same company which puts on the Shrewsbury Food Festival and the Shropshire Kids Festival, Shropshire Festivals.

Telford food festival

It is the second year the event has been held and numbers were slightly down on last year, after bad weather on Sunday.

Shropshire Festivals haven't decided if the festival will return next year.

Ice hockey: Tigers begin life in new league with wins

Telford Tigers had a thrilling opening-night victory over Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday, eventually winning the game on penalties after the two sides finished level at 3-3.

And they followed that up with a more comfortable 5-2 win away to the Nottingham Lions.

Tigers vs Steeldogs
Steve Brodie

It was a mixed weekend for the division two side though - they lost their opening match 8-1 away to Altrincham Aces, but bounced back with a 16-1 win at home to the Deeside Dragons second team.

Football: Haughmond seek 'big name' after FA Cup shock win

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire side Haughmond are hoping for a big name in the FA Cup draw this lunchtime after their win in the first qualifying round.

The amateurs pulled off a shock on Saturday as the Midland Football League side beat Matlock from the Northern Premier League 3-2 at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.

The next stage of the draw sees the National North teams come in.

Huge £1.2m conservation project starting on Ironbridge

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Work to surround the Ironbridge in Shropshire in scaffolding starts today.

It's all part of a £1.2m restoration project by English Heritage, which the charity describes as its "single largest conservation project to date".

An engineer abseiling down the bridge to perform a condition check
English Heritage

The work is needed because, they say, some of the ironwork is showing signs of cracking due to factors including a 19th Century earthquake.

Scaffolding is needed before conservation work can start later this autumn.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start with some bursts of rain and drizzle it should be a largely dry day with some bright spells this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: A422 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A422 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Withybed Lane and Cockshot Lane.

A422 Worcestershire - A422 in Inkberrow closed in both directions between the Withybed Lane junction and the Cockshot Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Severe accident: A49 Shropshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A49 Shropshire southbound severe accident, between A489 and B4368 Clun Road.

A49 Shropshire - Slow traffic on A49 Shrewsbury Road southbound in Craven Arms between the A489 junction and the B4368 Clun Road junction, because of an accident earlier on and a fuel spillage. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, between J5 for A5 and J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 westbound between J5, A5 (Telford Central) and J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, at J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - M54 exit slip road closed and queuing traffic westbound at J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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


Shrewsbury move up to second in League One after they continue their unbeaten start with a hard-fought victory against struggling Gillingham.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Hare coursing appeal after sightings

Police are asking people to report incidents of hare coursing in Shropshire after men have been seen trespassing on private land in hotspot areas, police say.

Hare coursing - where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares - is illegal in the UK and a conviction can lead to a fine of up to £5,000.

Hoptspots include parts of Bishop's Castle, Totterton and Plowden police say.

A hare being chased

The individuals have been known to be part of the criminal fraternity, possibly with links to organised crime, a force spokesperson said.

People are asked to try to note down the coursers' vehicle registration when they report it to the force.

"Coursers know they are breaking the law and may take drastic actions not to get caught, please do not approach them," they added.

Football: A look ahead to AFC Telford's match against Blyth Spartans

The Bucks go in search of their first home points of the season.

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Shrewsbury to make late decision on back-up keeper

Paul Hurst will make a late decision on who'll be Shrewsbury Town's substitute goalkeeper at Gillingham tomorrow.

First-choice Dean Henderson's away on England under-21 duty, so number-two Craig McGillivray takes his place.

In reserve will be either teenager Cameron Gregory, who was on the bench for Town's Checkatrade Trophy tie in midweek, or the club's 44-year-old goalkeeping coach, Danny Coyne. Town's assistant manager Chris Doig says both will travel to Gillingham.

Shrewsbury keeper Craig MacGillivray faces a stern test at Gillingham, Chris Doig says.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands will have a completely dry and rather chilly night with long clear spells.

Some mist patches may develop, especially in rural parts of Shropshire and Staffordshire - lows of 10C (50F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Barracks homes plan prompts questions over school places

Councillors have approved a proposal to turn the Copthorne Barracks site into 240 homes, despite hearing concerns about a lack of school places.

Plans to build 120 homes on the nearby Radbrook College site and 109 student rooms at the Dana prison were also approved yesterday.

Here's what people on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page think of the barracks plans.

Sally Nicholson wrote: "Do we really need more houses being built in Shrewsbury - how are the schools and doctors in the area going to cope - it is already extremely difficult to get an appointment with a doctor as it is!"

The barracks

Steve Davo Davies said: "Surely they could convert some of the premises into a primary school/nursery and little shop. With those big gates it could be a lovely little community but undoubtedly it will be snapped up by a greedy developer in town charging over the top for scrawny little apartments."

And Steve Summer wrote: "There are no extra school places or doctors or hospitals for the Otley Road and Mousecroft Lane developments - so what makes anyone think this is a clever idea?"

Let us know what you think here.

Football: Brazil are in town

Are you going to watch England U18s take on Brazil at Shrewsbury's home ground tonight?

It's a warm-up match for England's under-18s, ahead of their World Cup campaign next month.

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Woman jailed for stalking and impersonating police

A woman's been jailed for stalking and impersonating a police officer after "controlling and manipulating" her former partner for more than two years.

Lauren Adderly, from Sundorne Crescent in Shrewsbury, set up fake emails from police officers in order to control the man's behaviour, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Her campaign started after he encouraged her to go to police to report a sexual offence she said she was the victim of earlier on in her life, the CPS said.

She agreed, providing he would act as a witness and give a supporting statement.

Lauren Adderly
West Mercia Police

The 21-year-old then created numerous fictional characters online, including senior police officers, the senior lawyer apparently dealing with the case and other supposed witnesses, the CPS said.

Jason Corden-Bowen, district crown prosecutor and domestic abuse lead with West Midlands CPS said: "She used this sophisticated catfish style behaviour to completely manipulate the victim’s life, dictating when he could go out, where he could go and controlled his social interaction with other people for over two years."

Adderly was jailed for nine months at Shrewsbury Crown Court after previously admitting the two charges.

Ice hockey: Tigers return to league action

BBC Sport

Telford Tigers return to the ice tomorrow, to play a home match against the Sheffield Steeldogs.

Both sides dropped down to the National Ice Hockey League after the collapse of the English Premier League and have retained a number of last season's players, so they will be among the stronger sides in Division One North.

Telford Tigers
Steve Brodie

On Sunday, they will travel to the National Ice Centre to play the Nottingham Lions.

The Tigers are also fielding a side in Division Two this season and they will open their league campaign on the road to Altrincham Aces, before welcoming Deeside 2 to the Telford Ice Rink.

Phone parking system extended

Shropshire Council's extending its pay-by-phone system to all of the car parks it owns from today.

It means you can pay for parking via phone, text or a smartphone app.

This had already been the case at three car parks in Shrewsbury.

Shaun Sutton, who manages the parking enforcement team, said it saves drivers a lot time.

Frankwell car park

I imagine it probably takes five minutes or so on the first occasion to get your details and your vehicle in but from then on it's really straightforward."

Shaun Sutton

Police baffled why teen was killed

Police said it was unclear why Michael Warham had travelled to Shrewsbury on the day he was killed.

They added he was visiting the town with his girlfriend but the investigating team couldn’t establish why he was killed.

BreakingMan jailed for life for stabbing teenager in his heart

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a teenage boy who was found lying on a road after trouble erupted between two groups of males.

Michael Warham, 16, from Liverpool, was found by a member of the public with multiple injuries in Wayford Close in Meole Brace on 1 August last year.

He was taken to hospital for emergency surgery but died three days later, West Mercia Police said.

Declan Graves, 20, from Speke in Liverpool, will serve a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty of his murder at Stafford Crown Court.

Declan Graves
West Mercia Police

This has been a challenging investigation and I sincerely hope that today's conviction is of some comfort to Michael's family who have been left to face the full repercussions of Grave's actions in the most painful way."

Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson

Council marks Merchant Navy Day

Flying the flag at Shirehall.

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Your pictures: Hazy Ludlow

Here's a photo of a rather hazy Ludlow this morning taken by BBC Weather Watcher Foggy.

If you would like to send in photos of your area, visit the website.


Football: Look ahead to Shrewsbury's clash with Gillingham

Goalkeeper MacGillivray says you have to be "ready for anything".

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Prison to become student accommodation

Plans to redevelop the former jail in Shrewsbury have been backed by councillors.

The scheme will see the Grade II listed Dana's main prison block, which closed in 2013, turned into student accommodation with up to 109 rooms.

There'll also be flats, shops, cafe and extra car parking spaces.

Councillors said they felt earlier concerns had been addressed.

Conservative councillor Dean Carroll said the plans will preserve the historic fabric of the building but modify it in such a way that it integrates with the local community.


It's an extremely sensitive site and we have to be very careful of the proposals for it to make sure they are right for the site and in keeping with the surrounding area and the town."

Councillor Dean CarrolShropshire Council

Nursery closure warning over free childcare change

There are warnings that nurseries in Shropshire could close because the government isn't paying them enough for an increase in free childcare.

From today, all three and four-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours' free childcare a week, rather than 15, as long as both parents are working a minimum number of hours.

Child playing in nursery
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But the National Day Nurseries Association says the government is only giving the county's nurseries £4.01 per child per hour, among the lowest in the country.

In Telford, the government provides £4.32 an hour per child.

The government says it's raising the hourly rate it pays to councils to a level far higher than the average cost of providing childcare.