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Hospital pay-out after boy left 'profoundly disabled'

The parents of a boy who suffered brain damage at birth have agreed a multimillion-pound pay-out from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

A barrister acting for the family said the boy, now a teenager, had been left "profoundly disabled".

Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals

William Latimer-Sayer QC told the judge at a High Court hearing in London that the trust had "admitted clinical negligence" as a result of "mismanagement" of the boy's birth.

Lawyers representing the trust said that bosses had apologised for what happened.

The boy cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Getting under the skin of operations

Students at North Shropshire College have been given a taste of what it's like to work on a real operation.

Operating Theatre Live uses real hospital equipment and takes children with an interest in a career in health through real procedures.

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Weather: Temperatures set to drop

Disruption from snow and ice could last into Wednesday morning, the Met Office is warning.

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Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large parts of the region.

Forecasters said it was expected to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter so far.

The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been was stockpiled.

Homebase may close up to 40 stores

BBC Business News

Up to 40 Homebase stores could be closed across the country putting up to 2,000 jobs at risk.

Wesfarmers paid £340m for the DIY chain in early 2016 and has been rebranding the stores under the Bunnings name.

It operates more than 20 stores in the region, across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.

Homebase staff generic

But after a "disappointing" performance the Australian firm has put Homebase under review and expects it to lose £97m in the first half of 2018.

Between 20 and 40 of its stores are performing so poorly that they might have to be closed altogether, it said.

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In the papers: Men rescued from mountain

Shropshire Star

Some of the main stories on the Shropshire Star website today are:

Births to resume at hospital

Mums-to-be will be able to deliver their babies in Shrewsbury again, as of tomorrow.

The midwife-led unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has been moved to another part of the Copthorne Building to allow further repair work to take place after last month’s heavy snowfall caused damage to the roof.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
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Birthing and other inpatient services were suspended on 11 December, although it remained open for outpatient services

The relocation means that women will again be able to give birth at the MLU from Tuesday.

Fire breaks out in derelict pub

Firefighters had to extinguish a blaze in an empty pub at the weekend.

It broke out at the Castle Inn in Old Coleham in Shrewsbury at 19:18 on Sunday.

Old Castle Inn
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Crews used hoses and the aerial ladder platform to put out the flames.

Officers from West Mercia Police were also at the scene.

Footballer fighting extradition

A footballer playing in Shropshire is fighting to stay in the country.

Hovik Nersesyan, 23, plays for Whitchurch Alport and says, he believes, he will be killed if he returns to his home country of Armenia.

The club is backing his political asylum appeal which is being heard later this month.

The Home Office says it does not comment on individual cases.

Hovik Nersesyan

I miss Armenia, I miss my family, they miss me as well. The problem is, if I go back, my life is in danger so hopefully I will see them soon."

Hovik NersesyanWhitchurch Alport FC Player

Weather: Risk of snow as temperatures plummet

Commuters are being warned of possible disruption, with freezing conditions and snow showers in some parts of the Midlands.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow and ice Between 20:00 tonight and 15:00 tomorrow.

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Met Office

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cold today with the chance of showers and some snow.

There’ll also be some sunny spells with highs of 4C (39F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: A442 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A442 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, between Trimpley Lane and Lowe Lane.

A442 Worcestershire - A442 in Shatterford closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Trimpley Lane junction and the Lowe Lane junction, because of an accident.

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


Sub Alex Rodman scores a late winner as Shrewsbury beat Bristol Rovers to move back into the automatic promotion places.

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Severe accident: A5 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire westbound severe accident, between A49 and A5064 London Road.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Shrewsbury closed and stationary traffic westbound between Preston Island and the A5064 London Road (Emstrey) junction, because of an accident.

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

Weather for the weekend...

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mainly dry, sunny day, this weekend's looking a bit mixed, find out when you'll need a brolly here.

You can stay up-to-date over the next two days at any time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

Maternity services to return to hospital

The maternity unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital opens again on Tuesday after nearly two months.

It was forced to close when heavy snowfall caused the roof to collapse, forcing it to shut for births.

Outpatient appointments have been held in other parts of the hospital.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust said it has now been able to relocate its maternity unit to another part of the hospital, to allow births to take place there again.

But there will be no postnatal beds available until the roof repairs are complete.

Labour has 'serious concerns' over Melrose-GKN takeover

BBC Business News

Serious concerns are being raised by Labour over a formal takeover offer from an industrial turnaround company for engineering firm GKN.

Engineer working at GKN

GKN has bases in Birmingham, Telford, Redditch and Leek and, last month, rejected a £7bn takeover bid and a £7.4bn hostile takeover bid, both from Melrose Industries.

Yesterday, Melrose explained the reasons behind its offer, saying it would "simplify and declutter" GKN with the targeted firm dismissing their offer as "derisory".

We do not want takeovers which risk weakening our industrial base and strategy, losing a skilled workforce, and diminishing our national defence capabilities."

Rebecca Long-BaileyLabour's shadow business secretary

In the papers: Telford lorry driver guilty of causing fatal crash

Shropshire Star

Here are some of the headlines from the Shropshire Star website:

Lower speed limit proposals rejected

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

A proposal to investigate the possibility of introducing 20mph speed limits in residential areas has been rejected.

Liberal Democrat Hannah Fraser had argued lower speed limits have been shown to reduce fatal and serious accidents.

20mph sign

Her proposal was rejected by Shropshire Council scrutiny committee's five Conservative members on the grounds of cost, despite support from Green and Labour councillors.

Lorry driver found guilty of causing M25 death

A lorry driver has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving following a crash on the M25.

Anthony Cheshire, 63, from Reynards Coppice in Telford, hit a Nissan Note resulting in the death of a passenger in the car, 35-year-old Laura Cooper.

The car had stopped on the side of the road, not on a hard shoulder.

Cheshire was found guilty following a majority verdict from the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court.


Cheshire and car driver Tammy Langton, who was found guilty of causing death by careless driving while on drugs, will be sentenced on 23 March.

Football club defends use of council grant

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints football club has issued a statement outlining the benefits it brings to its home town following claims it has failed to pay back some money it was awarded.

The Oswestry club was awarded a grant of £80,000 from Shropshire Council's Market Towns Revitalisation Programme in 2012 which went towards installing a stand to seat an extra 500 spectators.

Oswestry Town Council says it wants more information about the agreement and one councillor, Duncan Kerr, is asking for some of the money to be repaid as agreed.

The New Saints

TNS says the extra seating enabled it to stage a number of Champions League games, with around 40,000 people attending these and other domestic games.

The Welsh Premier League club says without that support the matches would have been played in Wrexham or Newtown and Oswestry's economy would have missed out on more than £4m.

Tigers start series of crunch games against Pirates

Andy Giddings

BBC News

The Telford Tigers are to play the first of four games against the Hull Pirates which could decide the winner of the National Ice Hockey League's northern division.

The two sides are just a few points behind league-leaders Sheffield Steeldogs, so neither can afford to lose.

In the Elite League, Coventry Blaze (pictured below) play games away to Manchester Storm and then at home to the Guildford Flames.

Coventry Blaze
Scott Wiggins

The Solihull Barons face the long trip to Scotland to play the Solway Sharks on Saturday, before starting a run of four successive home games.

In photos: Stunning sunrises

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had some stunning photos of sunrises today all taken by our BBC Weather Watchers.

These are from users Marguerite in Ellesmere, Shropshire; Dawn Treader in Congleton, Cheshire and Z70 in Stafford:

Dawn Treader

Motorist drives wrong way on motorway

A motorist drove the wrong way down a motorway earlier.

The driver was spotted going along the M54 and the A5 near Telford, during the early hours.

The driver was eventually stopped by a police stinger and was arrested.

Car stopped on motorway
West Mercia Police

Work starts to try to stop stream being bright orange

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

A stream which has run bright orange for years is to be helped to turn to a healthier colour.

The Serpentine at the moment
Shropshire Wildlife Trust

The Serpentine flows through the old Hadley brickworks in Telford where deposits of clay and iron turn it an orange colour.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust says it's now working to restore a reed bed system in the river and cutting back overhanging trees to let more sunlight in.

They say their work should lead, in a few months, to the water changing to at least a less vivid orange, if not blue.

Here's how the weather is looking

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The cold weather's continued this morning but it has started dry for most of us - here's how the rest of today is looking.

You can also get a forecast for your part of the West Midlands by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater

Firm lays out plan to 'declutter' GKN

BBC Business News

An industrial turnaround company which made a hostile bid for GKN has been making a direct appeal to the engineering firm's shareholders, explaining why it made the bid.

Engineer working

GKN has bases in Birmingham, Telford, Redditch and Leek and, last month, rejected a £7bn takeover bid by Melrose Industries.

Today, Melrose has published the formal offer document which details the reasons behind the offer for the aerospace and automotive group.

It says it will "simplify and declutter" GKN by selling off "certain smaller businesses" and is promising to put £150m into the firm's pension scheme within 12 months of a takeover completing.

GKN has dismissed Melrose's publication saying their offer for the firm is "derisory" and it is not the right owner because it lacks experience in running hi-tech businesses and investing for the long term.

Money for road improvements around town

The government has allocated £9.3m to pay for road improvements on the outskirts of Oswestry.

The money will be used to improve access to land that's been set aside for new homes and employment.

House building

The North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson said the money was "vital investment for potential new housing development in North Shropshire".

The government said it would "unlock 1,538 new homes".

Council leader fears 'backdoor closure' of A&E

Telford could be on a "slippery slope" to permanently lose its accident and emergency service if staff shortages force temporary overnight closures, the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has warned.

The Shrewsbury and Wrekin Hospital Trust is considering the emergency move because a resignation has left it short of consultants.

Shaun Davies

Telford and Wrekin Council has opposed NHS proposals to downgrade the town's A&E department and move women and children's services to Shrewsbury.

Those plans are likely to be consulted on later in the year, but councillor Shaun Davies said he feared the hospitals might take this opportunity to cut services without the need for that consultation.

In March 2017 we warned that overnight closure of A&E risked becoming a downgrading by the backdoor of our hospital and I was accused of crying wolf. Well that wolf is now well and truly at the PRH’s doors. A closure on the grounds of clinical safety can be made without any public consultation."

Councillor Shaun DaviesTelford and Wrekin Council

Here's how the weather's looking for Friday

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We've a windy, cold day in the main with some sunshine - here's how tonight and tomorrow is looking.

You can also get the latest forecast at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Shefali Oza

Tigers secure deadline day signing

BBC Sport

It wasn't just football clubs that had a transfer deadline last night - it was the last chance for British ice hockey clubs to sign players too.

Telford Tigers were the only West Midlands club to add a player at the 11th hour, bringing back Macauley Halford.

Macauley Halford
Steve Brodie

The forward left the team in September saying he was unhappy with his contract, but is back to play the final two months of the season.

We all know how much upside Macauley has and I think playing with such a experienced and quality player in Scott McKenzie we’ll see how much of a big deal this re-signing actually is. I’m confident Scott will bring the best out of Macauley. I’m really excited to have Macauley back.”

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Kristian Thomas to help coach at Telford club

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The former Olympic medallist Kristian Thomas joins the coaching team at the Park Wrekin club in Telford from today.

He will be working on a part-time basis, with his first session at 15:30.

Kristian Thomas
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Thomas was a member of the British team that won the gold medal in the 2012 European Championships - and then an historic bronze medal in the London Olympics later that year.

Man arrested after bookshop robbery

A man has been arrested following an alleged armed robbery at a bookshop in Whitchurch, Shropshire, yesterday.

West Mercia Police says it was reported that the suspect produced a knife and emptied the till of cash.

Police car

The 51-year-old man is due in court today.

In the papers: A&E could face overnight closure

Shropshire Star

These are some of the top stories from the Shropshire Star today:

Pool to remain closed longer than planned

The closure of Shrewsbury's Quarry swimming pool has been extended by three weeks and won't be open in time for half term.

Shropshire Council has apologised for the delay, but says it's better to get the work done now, rather than having to close the main pool again in the future.

Quarry pool

It closed last month after a glass panel broke and fell in the pool and workmen have taken the opportunity to give the tiles a thorough clean while it is empty.

The revised opening date is now 26 February.

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - Queuing traffic and heavy traffic on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Approach with care.

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

Hospital under pressure to keep A&E open as doctor resigns

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Telford's accident and emergency unit may have to close overnight next month because of safety concerns, after one of the trust's emergency consultants resigned.

The trust which runs the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals should have around 20 consultants but has been operating with nine, with fewer than half of those working on-call.

Princess Royal Hospital

Now, a letter from NHS Improvement says they need to recruit another staff doctor to replace the one who's resigned by 1 March.

Otherwise, it says the likely result will be the overnight closures of the Princess Royal's emergency department due to safety concerns.

The trust told the BBC they are trying to fill vacant posts but have had to put contingencies in place, just in case.

Here's how Thursday's weather is looking

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cold start for the West Midlands and here's a look at how the rest of Thursday's weather is looking.

You can also stay up-to-date by going to the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton