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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Seftel

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Shropshire.

Weather: More rain to come with hail and thunder possible

Shefali Oza

BBC Weather Presenter

There's more wet weather on the way unfortunately, here's your latest forecast this evening:

Grants for youth projects

Shropshire Council is calling on organisations working with young people to apply for grants

Funding is available for projects working with 10 to 19-year-olds in Much Wenlock, Shipton, Barrow and Broseley, the authority says.

The deadline for applications is 10 June.

Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Recent polls suggest businesses are becoming more evenly split on whether to back so-called Brexit.

Few industries have more at stake than agriculture - but, while the NFU is officially backing the Remain campaign, farmers in the West Midlands are split on what's for the best.

One told me he backed the British government to make its own decisions regarding funding for the industry, while another said he believed food prices would rise if we left the EU.


Plenty to enjoy as part of National Walking Month in Shropshire

Mark Elliott

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

You're being encouraged to get your boots on and join in with National Walking Month this month. 

Shropshire Council volunteers are on hand throughout May in Market Drayton providing support for people to enjoy the benefits of regular walks.

Walkers near Bishops Castle
Bishops Castle Walking Festival

Meanwhile, in south Shropshire, Bishop's Castle Walking Festival continues until Sunday, showcasing some of the best of the local countryside that's part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Headlines: Single A&E said to be the safest option; Telford MP condemns Twitter trolls

As we head into the evening, here are the latest top stories:

- Shropshire health boss says a single A&E department is the best way to ensure patients receive safe care

- Telford's MP says Twitter trolls are part of a "sexist witch hunt" against a BBC journalist

- Shropshire name an unchanged side for Sunday's one-day match against Cheshire at Oswestry

UK industry in recession for third time in eight years

UK industry fell back into recession as it shrank for the second quarter in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is the third time UK industry has been in recession in eight years.

Getty Images

Although industrial production rose 0.3% from February to March, it fell 0.4% both in the first three months of 2016 and in the last three of 2015.

Compared with a year ago, manufacturing production in the first quarter fell 1.9%, the biggest fall since 2013.

Health bosses say change needed for 'sustainable' future

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

The trust that runs Shropshire's two main hospitals says having a single accident and emergency department is the best way forward to ensure that patients receive safe and dignified care.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) Chief Executive Simon Wright says they and both of our county's Clinical Commissioning Groups agree that the current situation is not sustainable.

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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

It follows a meeting last night at which Telford's CCG voted in favour of downgrading one of our A&Es, whereas Shropshire's did not.

Police appeal over missing man from Shrewsbury

Officers are looking for information about a missing man from Shrewsbury, who's disappearance has been described as "out of character". 

Robert Pritchard, 40, was last seen on Trinity Street in the town last Sunday. 

He's a white male with short brown hair - police say his family are "very concerned" about his whereabouts.

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Oswestry exhibtion brings the alphabet to life

A fascinating exhibition in Oswestry has given 26 artists the chance to shout about their town.

They were each given a letter of the alphabet to represent - to design their own piece of art, showing off something they love about the area.

Battle of Maserfield
A to Z Exhibition

You can see the paintings, collages and designs on display at the Marches School Sixth Form Centre in Oswestry.

This one (pictured above) is B for Battle of Maserfield, by Judith Harrison.

Travel: Delays caused by an accident on the Shrewsbury Bypass

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and traffic is slow on the A5 Shrewsbury Bypass, heading westbound between Emstrey Island and Dobbies Island.

It follows an accident involving a caravan

Patients 'sent home afraid and with little support'

BBC News Health

NHS patients in England are being sent home from hospital afraid and with little support, an ombudsman report reveals.

The independent arbitrator investigated 211 such complaints in a year.

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Among them is the case of a 80-year-old woman, repeatedly sent home in a confused state to an empty house, only to be readmitted to hospital when neighbours raised the alarm.

The NHS says the findings will be taken seriously and improvement is under way.

Rethink urged over non-church pupil not allowed to travel on Telford school bus

Shropshire Star

A campaign group has urged Telford & Wrekin Council to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he could not use a school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.

Bus stop
Shropshire Star

Headlines: Lucy Allan speaks out against Twitter trolls; fears over council IT costs

Here are the top stories for Shropshire this afternoon:

- Telford's MP has described Twitter abuse against the BBC's Political Editor as a "sexist witch hunt"

- Shropshire councillor raises concerns about plans to spend up to £45m on computers

- Local cancer survivor hails new treatment for rare conditions as an "important breakthrough"

Shropshire Council agree action must be taken to update computers

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Plans to spend £45m overhauling Shropshire Council's outdated computer systems have moved a step closer today. 

Conservative cabinet members voted in favour of investing in "cloud technology", which would mean servers would be looked after by an outside company and data could be accessed from anywhere. 

The authority now has six months to work on the project before bringing it back to the council for approval. 

Those who attended the meeting this morning agreed that doing nothing was "not an option." 

Whitchurch surgery move expected to go ahead as planned

Health bosses in Whitchurch insist everything's on track with the move of a GP surgery in the town. 

Richmond House surgery is due to move into an empty ward at Whitchurch hospital later this year, but concerns had been raised that nothing, as yet, appears to be happening. 

Whitchurch Hospital

Labour members in the town have called on MP Owen Paterson for answers, and are keen to meet with Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Group for discussions. 

Poor school buildings 'damaging pupils' health and education'

Judith Burns

Education reporter

Too many British pupils are trying to learn in classrooms which are damaging their health and education, say architects.

And too many teachers are quitting, blaming stressful and overcrowded working conditions, says the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jack Hobhouse

It blames rising pupil numbers and government cuts to capital funding.

England's Department for Education says it will invest £23bn in school buildings over the next five years.

Telford MP condemns against abusive Twitter comments

Telford's MP Lucy Allan has spoken out against Twitter trolls in the House of Commons today. 

She says BBC News political editor Laura Kuenssberg has been the victim of a "sexist witch hunt to silence her". 

Mrs Allan has herself previously reported facing abuse on social media.

Coming up on TV

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

A weight loss trial run by a Midlands hospital trust has proved such a success it could now be rolled out across the NHS. 

Aimed at treating diabetics without the need for more drugs, specialists say they've been stunned by the results.

On average patients saw weight loss of about two stones.

I'll have more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Dr Robert Ryder

New cancer drug a great boost for sufferers

A drug that could prolong the lives of people suffering from a rare, but deadly type of cancer, has been approved for use by the European Commission.

Eribulin is based on an extract from sea sponges and acts as a poison against advanced liposarcoma tumours.

Sea sponges

Roger Wilson from Church Stretton set up a support group for people with this type of cancer after having his own sarcoma tumour removed. 

For sarcoma, it's an important breakthrough. The reason is that because the tumours are so rare, we don't tend to get new treatments."

Roger WilsonHonorary President, Sarcoma Patients EuroNet Association

Dismay after vandals break Shifnal church window

Shropshire Star

Vandals have smashed a historic stained glass window created by artist William Morris at a Shropshire church.

St Andrew’s Church in Shifnal
Shropshire Star

Ludlow 'between a rock and a hard place' over transfer of services

Ludlow's mayor fears that some of the town's services may have to close, as taking them over would mean putting up the town council's portion of council tax by around £200 a year.

Shropshire Council are desperate to give up running them, as part of their plans to save £61m in the next three years.    

Mayor Paul Draper says things like the town's library and leisure centre "will have to close" if the town council don't take them over.

Ludlow library

It's a big ask and it would mean that the people of Ludlow would face a precept raise in our council tax portion in excess of 195%."

Paul DraperMayor of Ludlow

Headlines: £45m expected to be spent on council computers; Ludlow services 'under threat'

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're working on this afternoon:

- Shropshire Council backs plans to spend up to £45m on new computers over a five-year period

- Ludlow's mayor warns services could close if the town council doesn't take them on

- Next year's Market Drayton 10k race sells out 10 months before the event

Whitchurch family to continue charity work after the death of fundraiser Debbie Barlow

Whitchurch Herald

This week's Whitchurch Herald is out today

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Whitchurch Herald

Weather: A number of showers around with mild temperatures

BBC Weather

An improvement on yesterday, but there's still plenty of rain across Shropshire today. 

Charlie Slater has the latest weather update.

AFC Telford United re-sign Dan Preston

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United have kicked off their transfer window by re-signing defender Dan Preston. 

The 24-year-old last played for The Bucks two years ago before getting a move to Tamworth FC.

Meanwhile, the club has also announced that midfielder Sean Clancy has not been offered a new contract.

Sean Clancy
Mike Sheridan

Clancy was a goalscorer in the crucial 2-0 win against Worcester that secured Telford's safety in the National League North last month.

Shropshire Council IT system 'not fit for purpose'

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Plans to upgrade Shopshire Council's out of date computers are being talked about today - two years after the idea was first discussed. 

A cabinet report is expected to recommend various options, some of which could cost tens of millions of pounds and lead to redundancies.

I'm at the meeting this morning, which heard the current system was "no longer fit for purpose" and doing nothing was "not an option".

Market Drayton road race a sell-out

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

If you were thinking of taking part in next year's Market Drayton 10K race, and you haven't yet got a place, you're too late. 

The event, due to take place on 7 May 2017, sold out in less than 24 hours.

Market Drayton 10k

Thousands took part in this year's race in the sunshine last weekend.

Abusers 'prey on under-18 nights'

Men suspected of being involved in child sexual exploitation "blatantly" prey on girls on under-18 nights in Shropshire, street pastors claim.

Pastors on duty
Telford Street Pastors

"We see the same vehicles, containing the same men. They are looking out for the girls and they are there for one thing."

Reverend Keith Osmund-SmithTelford Pastor

Council tax rise could be on the way in Ludlow

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

People living in Ludlow could see more than £200 a year added to their council tax bills, if the town council agrees to take over services from Shropshire Council, Ludlow's mayor is warning. 

The town council is being asked to take on the running of facilities including the local library and leisure centre, to help meet Shropshire Council's budget cuts - it is looking to save £61m in the next three years.

The transfer of services could add as much as £1m a year on the town council's budget, which would add around £16 a month on to the average bill. 

Health commissioners fail to back plans for the future of the county's hospitals again

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

At a heated public meeting last night Shropshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) couldn't decide on plans to downgrade one of the two A&E units in the county.

Telford's CCG voted in favour of the proposals, but Shropshire CCG refused to do so. It followed anger at the proposals among people who packed the meeting.

Ambulances parked at A&E

It's not the outcome that would've been helpful in moving the process forward. We need to take stock and decide with the program board where we go from here."

Julian PoveyShropshire CCG Chairman

Headlines: 'More work is needed' before decision on A&E care future; Ludlow income tax 'could be raised by hundreds of pounds'

The latest headlines:

- Health bosses say more work is needed before they can make a decision on future hospital services in the county

- Ludlow residents could pay more than £200 a year if town council takes over service from Shropshire Council

- Telford street pastors claim under-18 nights in Shropshire are targeted by men suspected of being involved in child exploitation 

How has diabetes affected your life?

Jim Hawkins Show

There's an awareness day taking place in Bridgnorth tomorrow set up by the Shropshire Rural Community Council. They're featuring on the show after 10:00.

Get in touch and share your story call 01743 248321 or email

Diabetes diabetic insulin pen

Pensioner died after being struck by car in Shrewsbury town centre, inquest told

Shropshire Star

A pensioner enjoying a midweek break in Shrewsbury died after being struck by a car in the town centre, an inquest heard.

New simulators at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for nursing students

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Staffordshire University reopened their Centre of Excellence at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital last night. 

The £1m revamp includes new ward-like classrooms and advanced mannequins for students to practise on

Travel: Could be slow going on A5 outside Shrewsbury

BBC Travel

Problems on the A5 in Shrewsbury heading towards Dobbies Island westbound. 

The outside lane is closed due to an accident so it could get quite congested there. Regular updates on BBC Radio Shropshire and on the travel page

Headlines: No decision yet on Shropshire A&E care; people in Ludlow may get a big increase in council tax

The headlines this morning:

- Health commissioners have failed to reach an agreement over the future of Shropshire's accident and emergency care

- Ludlow residents could have to pay £200 or more extra in council tax if the town council agrees to take over services from Shropshire Council

- Students celebrate Duke of Edinburgh Award's 60th anniversary by canoeing through the county

Weather: A misty and murky start

BBC Weather

Scattered showers throughout the day, here's Charlie with the latest forecast