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School name change causes anger

More than 1,300 people have signed an online petition against a planned name change for a Telford school.

Following a sponsorship deal, The Abraham Darby Academy in Madeley will become known as Haberdashers' Abraham Darby.

Abraham Darby School

The Haberdashers Company is an ancient Merchant Guild of London and the protesters say it's an insult to the Shropshire man who built the world's first iron bridge.

Since when does the sponsorship of a London based company, give them the right, to have their name, attached to that of a local icon such as Abraham Darby?"

Online petition

Cloud and mist forecast for the rest of the day

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We're forecast a misty morning and it will remain overcast for the rest of the day.

Temperatures could reach 11C (52F) in places.

Sara Blizzard with the West Midlands weather forecast
Gifts to cheer up parents of babies in hospital
A couple whose son spent his first Christmas in hospital are giving presents to premature babies.

Balloon festival to move to town centre

James Bond

BBC Shropshire

Oswestry's balloon festival will be based at Cae Glas park in the town centre next year.

The August bank holiday event, which used to be held in Llangollen, has got permission from the town council to move from the British Ironworks this year

Balloon festival
Drone Rangers

The festival, which supports Wrexham's Nightingale House hospice, will have its costs underwritten by two local balloon companies, Lindstrand and Cloud Nine.

The council also plans to run a continental market outside the park at the same time.

Game-shooter wants protection for woodcock

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A Shropshire game-shooter has launched a conservation trust to help protect the woodcock.

Charlie Pinkney, from Boraton near Ludlow, says the number of breeding males in the UK has fallen by nearly a third since 2003, partly because of shooting.

Charlie Pinkney

Mr Pinkney said modern farming techniques, predators and a decline in insect numbers were also factors.

He said he'd offer a bottle of gin to anyone who sent him photos of themselves doffing their cap to the birds, rather than shooting them.

So when you see them, instead of looking out there at the bird as a potential target, enjoy the bird for what it is, flying past you."

Charlie Pinkney

In the papers: Retail park entrance 'unviable'

Shropshire Star

Here are three of the headlines from the Shropshire Star's website today:

Former head teacher denies child sex offences

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

The former head teacher of a Shropshire primary school has denied abducting a teenage boy and a number of child sex offences.

Along with child abduction, Timothy Moule, of Cressage, is accused of offences including voyeurism, making and taking indecent images and causing a child to look at a sexual image.

He was first arrested by detectives following an allegation of abduction of a boy from the West Midlands.

A plea hearing at Stafford Crown Court remanded the 46-year-old in custody pending a bail application.

There’ll be a pre-trial hearing on 6 April, with the trial set for 8 May.

Severe disruption: A458 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between Rowton Avenue and B4387.

A458 Shropshire - A458 in Rowton Castle closed in both directions between the Rowton Avenue junction and the B4387 junction, because of an overturned car towing a trailer.

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

Severe disruption: A458 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between Rowton Avenue and B4387.

A458 Shropshire - A458 in Halfway House closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Rowton Avenue junction and the B4387 junction, because of an overturned car towing a trailer.

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

Crossword writer retires after ups and downs

A prolific crossword writer has retired at the age of 85 and seen his final puzzle published in The Telegraph.

Roger Squires from Ironbridge started compiling them in 1963 and the former magician holds a number of world records, including one for the "most crosswords written in a lifetime".

Roger Squires

The Shropshire man has had more than 77,000 published and written more than 2.3m clues, including one which holds the record for producing the longest answer - the Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

He says he now plans to concentrate on travelling and "enjoying myself".

General view of Bradford

Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

The equivalent of a small garden shed in London, but five times that in Bradford.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Patches of fog and mist will gradually clear this morning to leave a dry but cloudy day with highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Birthday daffodils for all

Allen Cook

BBC News

Every resident in the Telford area is getting a gift from the local council to mark the authority's 50th birthday - a daffodil bulb.

The bulbs being planted
Telford and Wrekin Council

The borough council has decided to plant 170,000 daffodil bulbs over the next few weeks on Hollinsgate Mound and two other verges along Rampart Way.

Second round drawn in FA Trophy

Allen Cook

BBC News

Kidderminster Harriers will play Stockport County at home in the second round of the FA Trophy.

It's their reward after putting out last season's Trophy winners York City on Saturday.

Kidderminster Harriers
Getty Images

Here are the other ties featuring our local teams:

  • Billericay Town v Stourbridge
  • Wealdstone v Hereford
  • Blyth Spartans or AFC Telford United v Bromley
  • Spennymore Town or Gainsborough Trinity v Solihull Moors or Tranmere Rovers

Footpath shut after river flooding

Allen Cook

BBC News

This photo gives you an indication of how high the river levels have got in Shropshire since the snow melted.

Footpath flooded by river
Shrewsbury Police

Shrewsbury Police tweeted that the footpath in this photo was shut in the town from the weir up to Castle Bridge.

The Environment Agency still has two flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, in place for Shropshire.

Wetland mapped by drone

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

The Mere in Ellesmere
Shropshire Council

New photos have been released of wetland in north Shropshire as officials look to map heritage sites with drones.

Shropshire Council says the aim is to repeat the process every few years so they can analyse vegetation and see what changes.

The latest photos have been taken from a drone above The Mere in Ellesmere.

The Mere in Ellesmere
Shropshire Council

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Staying dry but becoming foggy over night with the chance of some frost developing by the early hours and lows of around 2C (36F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Homeless veteran's tent 'slashed' as he slept

BBC Wales News

A former soldier from Shropshire woke to find his tent had been slashed in the night as he slept opposite City Hall in Cardiff, documentary footage has shown.

Homeless man finds his tent vandalised in Cardiff

Alan, who served in the French Foreign Legion, took to the streets after returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Originally from Telford, Alan came to Cardiff after feeling claustrophobic indoors as a result of his condition.

He is featured in the BBC One Wales documentary, Cardiff: Living on the Streets, to be shown on Monday at 22:40 GMT.

It comes as the city's council says the number of people sleeping on the streets of Cardiff has doubled in the space of a year

Family home makes 'intriguing' list

A family home in Shropshire has made it on to the National Heritage List of 20 Intriguing Places for 2017.

Bridge House
Historic England

Bridge House in Condover is a three-bedroom house and was given Grade II status earlier this year.

It was built by Mervyn Seal in 1958 as a home for his young family while he worked as an architect for Shropshire County Council.

In the papers: Wife recovering after attack

Shropshire Star

Flooding fears ease as river levels fall

Allen Cook

BBC News

The flood barriers on the River Severn in Shrewsbury are being taken down this morning as the Environment Agency says river levels in the county are falling.

Flood defences in Frankwell
Environment Agency
Flood defences in Frankwell

There are just two flood alerts in the area, for the Severn Vyrnwy Confluence and the Tern and Perry Catchments in Shropshire and, in both cases, the agency says the level is slowly going down.

This morning, the organisation tweeted that the barriers at Frankwell were being removed.

Your pictures: Stunning sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

Some of the BBC Weather Watchers have been up early to snap images of a stunning sunrise across the region.

Churnetvalleywalker captured this one in Alton, Staffordshire.


Kingfisher Whisperer took this one in Coventry.

Kingfisher Whisperer

And Johnqa took this one in Lyonshall, Herefordshire.

Homeless man finds his tent vandalised in Cardiff
Former soldier Alan, from Telford, found his tent slashed as he slept outside Cardiff City Hall.

John Arkless

BBC Wales News

More people than ever are expected spend Christmas on the streets of Cardiff, figures have shown.

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Video: What's the weather doing today?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Patches of fog and mist will clear this morning to leave a dry and bright day.

There’ll be sunny spells this afternoon but feeling slightly chillier than yesterday with highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Jon Nolan's goal early in the second half proves enough to give Shrewsbury a hard-earned win against Blackpool.

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Main route set for weeks of closures

Carlie Swain

BBC News

Drivers are being warned over weeks of road closures around Shrewsbury in the new year.

Wyle Cop in direction of English Bridge

The work - which could last about nine weeks - is part of a multi-million pound plan to revamp routes around the town.

Shropshire Council says from 8 January, Wyle Cop will be closed to traffic heading out of town towards the English Bridge.

The diversion route will take motorists through Frankwell, Meole Brace and Old Potts Way.

Relief road plans - 'something has to be done'


News that plans for the £105m relief road in Shrewsbury have been finished and are to be handed to the government next week has received a mixed reaction on Facebook.


On the BBC Shropshire Facebook page, David Frindlay typed: "It will shift congestion and pollution. Why is the the solution to town centre congestion always concreting over more of the countryside?"

Chris Thompson wrote: "Today I could have travelled to Telford shopping centre in the time it took me to get into town. Sometimes I use the bus but even they have difficulty keeping to time. Something has to be done."

Pauline Williams posted: "I grew up in the Mountfields area of Shrewsbury and talk of this road has been just talk all my life and I am now 48!"

Severe accident: A41 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A41 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between B5065 and Bletchley Road affecting A442.

A41 Shropshire - A41 in Sandford closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the B5065 junction and the Bletchley Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A442 junction.

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

Video: How long will the cold weather last?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A widespread frost is expected under clear skies tonight, and feeling cold with lows of -2C (28F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'My wife is dissatisfied with her haircut' - 999 call

Allen Cook

BBC News

What would you do if your wife wasn't happy with her latest haircut?

Women having hair blow dried in 1955
Getty Images

Well, West Mercia Police says in one case today, the answer was to call its officers.

They tweeted that one of their latest 999 time wasting calls was from a person over their wife being "dissatisfied with her haircut" and wanting the force to "do something about it".

'Irony' as ski centre shuts due to wintry weather

Allen Cook

BBC News

It might seem strange on a day like today, but the Telford Ski and Snowboard Centre has had to shut.

Snow and ice being cleared at centre
Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford and Wrekin Council says staff "appreciate the irony" but say it's for safety reasons, adding that "ice skates might be more useful than skis".

High river in Ludlow from melting snow

You can see how the melting snow has led to high levels on the Teme in Ludlow, in this photo tweeted by Severn Rivers Trust.

A flood alert rmains in force on the upper Teme, but levels are starting to drop.

River in Ludlow
Severn Rivers Trust

Call to reopen maternity unit after roof damage

Mark Elliott

BBC News

The Mayor of Oswestry is calling for the town's maternity unit to reopen.

Pregnant woman

Conservative Councillor Vince Hunt says it's the obvious thing to do now that Shrewsbury's midwife-led centre has been forced to shut until next year for repairs to the roof, caused by recent snow.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust says the rural units will open early next year and it's not feasible before then.

It strikes me that would be sensible. One of the issues has been a staffing issue. If it's closed in Shrewsbury then presumably they must have some fairly local midwives who would be able to perhaps transfer up to Oswestry just to plug that gap in the north of the county."

Vince HuntMayor of Oswestry

Car park charges plan is 'money making scheme'

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire's councillors have admitted plans to introduce evening car parking charges is a "money making scheme" but say it'll be reinvested.

Car park in Shrewsbury
Abbey Foregate car park

The authority wants to charge motorists to park until 20:00 at night.

Conservative council leader Peter Nutting says he'll look again at the plans which could see the fees scrapped in all market towns except Shrewsbury.

Of course it is to raise money but it's actually to raise money to reinvest back into car parks and highways. I did say that in Shrewsbury when we rolled out the consultation there and I stand by that."

Steve DavenportShropshire councillor in charge of highways

Weather warning for ice extended

The icy weather is set to continue to cause disruption until at least 11:00 on Saturday, the Met Office says.

It's issued a further warning from 17:00 this evening.

weather map
Met Office

West Midlands Ambulance Service has tweeted advice to anyone walking on icy pavements:

  • Wear flat, sturdy shoes with good grip
  • Bend forward slightly, walk flat-footed with your centre of gravity directly over your feet
  • Walk on salted/gritted areas
  • Hold on to handrails, fences and walls

In the papers: Community responds to online appeal

Shropshire Star