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  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Tracey Higgins

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather, after the May bank holiday. 

Watch: Latest weather forecast for West midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

A mainly dry, but cold night, with temperatures plunging to just 1C (34F) in places.

Tomorrow, expect some sunny spells and patchy cloud. Highs of 10C (50F).

Family reunited as carers found for stroke patient

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

There's been an emotional return home for a pensioner who was separated from his wife when he had a stroke and was forced to go into a care home. 

A shortage of staff meant there weren't enough carers to look after 76-year-old Roger Breece at his own home near Market Drayton. 

Now a new care company's been brought in, which led to him and his wife being reunited this morning.

More on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Telford school up for national award

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A Telford primary school's waiting to find out whether it's won national awards for its website.

Grange Park in Stirchley has been shortlisted in two categories at the UK Blog Awards.

Grange Park Primary School

The site, launched less than a year ago, was originally for the children and parents, but schools from all over the world have been logging on and asking for tips on creating their own blogs.

Red Arrows provide centenary fly-past

The Red Arrows have provided a fly-past over RAF Shawbury to mark the 100th anniversary of 60 Squadron.

A parade was held at the base earlier, in front of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

Leaving EU would be 'leap in the dark'

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Two MEPs have spoken in favour of Britain remaining in the EU.

Labour's Neena Gill said the EU not only ensured Britain's economy would remain strong, but reflected where the UK wanted to be in the world.  

Nina Gill and Anthea McIntyre
Nina Gill / ECREuroParl

Conservative MEP Anthea Mcintyre said leaving the EU would be a "leap in the dark," but she admitted that reform was needed. 

They were speaking at an EU referendum conference organised by Shropshire Chamber of commerce at the Greenhous Meadow in Shrewsbury.    

4,000-year-old red deer skull and antlers found in Borth by Shropshire teacher

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The skull and antlers of a deer dating back 4,000 years old have been found on the beach at Borth. 

They were first spotted in early April by Shropshire teacher, Sharon Davies-Culham.

4,000 year old deer antlers
University of Wales Trinity and Saint David

Teams from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, manually searched the water at low tide, until the skull was found under 1m (3.2ft) of water. 

The remains are now being examined. 

Rail services resume after signalling problems in Wolverhampton

BBC Travel

Rail services between Shrewsbury and Birmingham have been restored after an earlier signalling problem at Wolverhampton.

However, train operators are warning of further delays.

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Latest: Man injured in two car crash; Head fears academy pressure; RAF unit celebrates 100 years

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Shropshire:

- A man has been injured after a crash involving two cars on the A41 near Market Drayton

- The head of a Shropshire primary school says she's worried about what might happen to the county's smaller schools if they're forced to become academies

- Members of 60 Squadron at RAF Shawbury have been celebrating the unit's centenary

Shrewsbury MP brands MEPs 'unaccountable'

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury's MP Daniel Kawczynski has spoken out against Members of the European Parliament, as part of his efforts to convince people to vote to leave the EU. 

Daniel Kawcyznski

At an EU Referendum conference organised by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce today, the Conservative politician branded MEPs "unaccountable" and suggested most people can't even name one. 

MEPs are elected by region through a method of proportional representation.

Biggest pub based beer festival gets under way

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

What's claimed to be the country's largest pub-based beer festival is under way, in Telford.

Landlord John Ellis has installed dozens of extra hand pumps at the Crown in Oakengates and the Elephant And Castle in Dawley.


The event runs today, and right across the three-day bank holiday weekend.

Cricket stalwart dies at the age of 80

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The retired Shropshire cricket stalwart, Fred Wildgoose, has died at the age of 80. 

Fred and his twin brother Dick pioneered the concept of mixed disability cricket, organising high-profile matches to promote the game.

Fred Wildgoose (on left) and his brother Dick Wildgoose
BBC Sport

It led to them becoming life members of Oswestry Cricket Club and nominees for the BBC's Unsung Hero sports awards.

Questions over rural schools funding

Some Conservative MPs have previously questioned the wisdom of forcing all schools to make the switch to academies, outlined in the government's white paper.

They have particular questioned the impact on small rural schools if academy chains are not willing to take them over.

Many of the smallest primaries in Shropshire currently receive extra support from the local authority.


Campaigners fear small schools with fewer pupils will attract less funding and be less attractive for academy trusts

Earlier this month, sources close to the government told the BBC it was likely to guarantee no small rural schools would close as a result of the shakeup.

Headteacher expresses concern if schools are forced to become academies

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The head of a Shropshire primary school says she's worried about what might happen to the county's smaller schools, if they're forced to become academies. 

Hilary Alcock runs the Buntingsdale Primary School in Market Drayton and is also secretary of the Shropshire branch of the National Association of Head Teachers.

Buntingsdale Primary School

She says there's not enough information about what support - financial or other assistance -will be in place for small schools if they're removed from local authority control.

Currently a high percentage of schools are under local authority control, nationally that's about 82%. So what's going to be there to support schools if the local authorities aren't there?"

Hilary AlcockHeadteacher of Buntingsdale Primary School in Market Drayton

Müller to reduce farmers milk price for fourth month

Tim Page

BBC Local Live

The price Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June.

The Market Drayton-based company says its average milk price is dropping to just over 19p a litre. 

Muller plant at Market Drayton

It says "markets continue to be severely depressed due to the balance of supply and demand".

It's the fourth monthly price cut in a row.

Latest: Milk prices paid to farmers falls again; centenary celebrations for squadron

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this afternoon: 

- The price Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June 

- Centenary celebrations for squadron based at RAF Shawbury 

- The biggest pub based beer festival is underway in Telford 

'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts

BBC News England

Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.  

The weather has not been cold enough in recent months to send the creatures into hibernation.  


Conservation charity BugLife said Britons could start to a see a slug population "explosion".

This could cause "devastation for our gardens", it warned.

Harry Greaves: ‘We will celebrate our wonderful son'

Shropshire Star

Shropshire backpacker Harry Greaves lived life to the full and was in his prime at the time of his tragic death in Peru, according to his family.

Harry Greaves
Greaves Family

Prince William among high-profile graduates

RAF Shawbury currently provides basic helicopter training for all three of the armed services.

Among 60 Squadron's most high-profile graduates is Prince William who completed his training in 2010 before going on to search and rescue training.

His brother Prince Harry also trained at RAF Shawbury at the same time.

Princes with instructors

Illustrious history for Shawbury squadron

Sixty Squadron was formed on 1 May 1916.

During World War One it was a fighter squadron, based in France and two of its pilots Albert Ball and Billy Bishop received the Victoria Cross.

Between the Wars, the Squadron served in India, before seeing action over Singapore, Burma and Pakistan in WW2.


In the early 1990s it became a helicopter squadron, before recently reforming as a helicopter training squadron.

Centenary celebrations for squadron

Sixty Squadron based at RAF Shawbury is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a special parade.

The Red Arrows are providing a fly-past to mark the occasion, and His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent oversaw the parade.


Weather: Not just the UK suffering from the Arctic freeze

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

We're not the only ones who've been in the grip of the unseasonable, cold weather. Look at the pictures of these trees.    

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Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Fewer showers this afternoon with some brighter weather expected and stronger winds. Highs of 10C (50F).

Latest: New Labour leader of council says he'll fight for hospital in Telford; questions over rural schools funding

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this lunchtime: 

- New Labour group leader of Telford and Wrekin Council pledges to fight to keep hospital in Telford

- Concern over support for rural schools, if they're forced to become academies 

- One of the largest pub based beer festivals is under way in Telford. 

Watch: Top tips to stay active in the office

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A national campaign called On Your Feet Britain is encouraging you to avoid the health problems linked to sitting at your desk for too long.

Here's expert John Buckley from University Centre Shrewsbury with some top tips on exercise in the office.

Physical activity 'good for your health'

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the lack of physical activity is the fourth leading cause of preventable death, ahead of high cholesterol, alcohol and drug abuse.  

Activity can reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression and the risk of falls, the organisation says.

Man rowing
Science Photo Library

Ice hockey favourite signs new contract for Telford Tigers

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Dan Scott has signed a new long-term contract to remain with Telford Tigers until 2019.

Dan Scott
Telford Tigers

The 23-year-old returned to Telford, from Slough Jets, three years ago and has had the assistant captain's armband for the last two seasons.

Travel: Trains terminating at Wolverhampton

BBC Travel

Buses are accepting tickets between Wolverhampton and Birmingham, train operator London Midlands says.

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Travel: Trains to Birmingham cancelled due to signal fault

BBC Travel

All rail services between Shrewsbury and Birmingham have cancelled due to problems at Wolverhampton.

More on BBC Travel.

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Owner of £26,000-a-pupil school for girls in Shropshire faces criticism

Shropshire Star

A Shropshire school that caters for girls with social, mental and emotional problems has been found to be inadequate.

Pupil at whiteboard
Shropshire Star

On air: Jim's asking should unaccompanied child refugess from Europe be allowed to settle in the UK

Jim Hawkins

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

On the Jim Hawkins programme this morning, Jim's asking should child refugees from Europe, who're travelling on their own, be allowed to settle in the UK? 

Labour's Yvette Cooper claimed the government's policy on child refugees in Europe was "putting this country to shame".

An online petition has been launched calling for Britain to give sanctuary to child refugees.

Chid refugees

You can call him on (01743) 248321 you can text him on 81333 and start your text with the word SHROP. 

You can email Jim, tweet him or get in touch via the Facebook page. 

Latest: New Labour leader for Telford and Wrekin Council; concern over plans to turn small schools into academies

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this morning: 

- Shaun Davies is elected as the new Labour leader on Telford and Wrekin Council

- Concern for small, rural schools if they're forced to become academies

- Shrewsbury Town deny scheme to build a Lidl on land at its stadium, is a money-making exercise     

New Labour leader for Telford and Wrekin Council

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Councillor Shaun Davies has been elected as the new leader of the Labour group on Telford and Wrekin Council. 

Councillor Shaun Davies

He'll take over from Kuldhip Sahota who stepped down, after five years in the role.

Councillor Davies, who's hoping to become Leader of the Council, says his main priority will be ensuring that Telford is the preferred option for an A&E department, if health bosses decide there can only be one in the county.

Telford is the cheapest option, it's the quickest to deliver and it's the safest clinical option, when you take into consideration the women and children's unit at the site."

Councillor Shaun DaviesLeader of the Labour Group on Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce members vote on EU

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Members of Shropshire's Chamber of Commerce have been having their say on whether they want to remain as part of the European Union or leave. They're at a business meeting this morning at the Greenhous Meadow, in Shrewsbury.   

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Club denies plan to build a supermarket is a money making exercise

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Shrewsbury Town Football Club says a scheme to build a Lidl supermarket on land at its stadium isn't just a money-making exercise.

The store would go on an area that's currently designated for community use, but the club wants to swap that for another, bigger part of their grounds.

Greenhous Meadow football ground

The club's chief executive Brian Caldwell says the money they'd make from Lidl would go on developing community facilities, with a top-grade, artificial pitch.

This club will look to invest any money we get, rather than spend it and have a great team for two years, because its short termism, its always long term."

Brain CaldwellShrewsbury Town Chief Executive

Headlines: New Telford and Wrekin council leader chosen; Defra to look at circus footage

The top stories so far this morning:

- Shaun Davies is expected to become the new leader of Telford and Wrekin Council after being named Labour group leader last night

- Defra to look at footage of Shropshire circus animals filmed by welfare campaigners

- Prescott Riding School in Baschurch is closing this weekend after 30 years of teaching people to ride

Weather: Breezy and chilly with sunny spells

Here's Charlie Slater with the latest forecast for the region.

Travel: No major problems on the roads so far

BBC Travel

Traffic is moving freely at the moment. Take care around the temporary traffic lights on the A464 Upton crossroads in Shifnal.

Ludford Bridge in Ludlow is still closed for repairs so expect delays on the diversion route.