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  1. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

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.

Weather: A clear, dry night for Shropshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We should have a clear, dry night across Shropshire, with a some light cloud by the morning.

Shrewsbury Town programme wins League One award

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's matchday programme has been crowned the best in League 1 by the Football League.

It's the second season in a row they've won the award (although it was the League Two award the previous season).

Town Talk

The award is voted on by the media teams working for the football clubs.

BBC Weather Watchers: Light cloud over south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been pleasantly warm across Shropshire and here's another photo from BBC Weather Watcher Foggy, taken near Ludlow.

As you can see, we've had some light cloud this afternoon.

Ludlow field

Thousands of pharmacies in England 'at risk of closure'

BBC News Health

Thousands of local pharmacies in England are at risk of closure because of cuts by the Department of Health, a campaign group has said.

Pharmacy Voice, which represents High Street chemists, says that without access to a community pharmacist one in four people would visit their busy local GP instead.

Science Photo Library

The government says outlets in some areas are too close together.

It proposes giving more people access to a community pharmacy.

Missing Bridgnorth dog found tied to tree in Wales

A dog, stolen from a home in Shropshire, has been found tied to a tree 80 miles away. 

According to the owner Donna Elizabeth, it was taken from a garden in Bridgnorth in the early hours of this morning.

Missing dog

A Facebook post was shared thousands of times, before someone reported that the dog was in Merthyr Tydfill, in south Wales. 

Ava is now being looked-after by a vets in the area.

Lupin crisps a result of university research project

Harper Adams University student Charlotte Reynolds was researching lupin crops while working on a reseach project as part of her BSc in Food and Consumer Studies.

Lupin Flour has a yellow-tinge to it and is made from Lupin seeds, which are part of the same family as peanuts and soya beans.

Lupin crisps
Harper Adams University

Headlines: Student wins international award with Lupin crisps; Environment Agency clearing Severn

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Student wins international award with Lupin flour crisps

- Environment Agency clearing debris from Severn in Shrewsbury

- Missing dog found tied to tree 80 miles from Bridgnorth home

Plans for holiday lodges near the Mere in Shropshire scrapped

Shropshire Star

A plan to build holiday lodges near to a beauty spot in Shropshire has been scrapped.

Harper student wins competition with Lupin flour crisps

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A student at Harper Adams University has won an international food competition with crisps made from lupin flour.

Charlotte Reynolds came up with the idea while writing her dissertation and after winning the LovePulses competition (beating entrants from 193 countries!) she is being flown out to conventions in Turkey and Chicago.

She has also had interest in the idea from a big national crisp-brand.

Charlotte Reynolds
Harper Adams University

The crisps are said to be rich in protein, and low in fat and calories, and she's had interest in the idea from a big national crisp-brand.

Storms and floods create a mess for anglers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

It all seems a long time ago, but the storms and floods we had over the winter have left quite a lot of debris along our river banks.

And that's why the Environment Agency is spending the week clearing branches and other objects from the area around the fishing pegs.

Branch in river
Dave Throup

It's doing its bit to help out the Shropshire Angling Federation ahead of the new coarse fishing season, which starts next month.

BBC Weather Watchers: A warm day in south Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

We're due a warm afternoon in Shropshire, with temperatures in the south of the county reaching 16C (61F).

This sheep, photographed by one of our BBC Weather Watchers, might be regretting wearing that woolly coat.


Football: TNS return to training

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

While most footballers are sunning themselves, The New Saints players are due to report back for pre-season training today. 

They've only had three weeks off. It might seem very early, but they have just six weeks to prepare for their opening European Champions League qualifier.

Champions League Trophy
Getty Images

The draw for that is made next month.

Branches cleared from river in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency have been fishing fallen branches from the Severn in Shrewsbury today.

They're clearing the water, ahead of the start of the coarse fishing season.

Branch in river
Dave Throup

Headlines: Council leader hits back over authority's future; list of wild animals in county

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Shropshire Council leader hits back over future of authority

- List of dangerous animals kept in Shropshire revealed

- Car catches fire at RAF Cosford car park

Council leader describes questions over its future as 'ridiculous'

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The leader of Shropshire Council has rubbished claims from a town clerk that his authority might not be "fit for purpose".

Anne Wilson, the clerk for Bridgnorth Town Council made the comment and has been backed up by David Preston from Oswestry Town Council, who suggested a return to the old district councils.

They are unhappy at having to find more money to run libraries and leisure centres - the unitary authority is looking to off-load them in a bid to cut costs.

Malcolm Pate
Shropshire Council

But Councillor Malcolm Pate called the suggestions "ridiculous" and said the cuts Shropshire Council was making were necessary to ensure a "good sustainable ongoing budget".

Some people are accepting the challenge and the opportunity and others are more resistant to it. But it is a decision they have to make at the end of the day."

Councillor Malcolm PateLeader of Shropshire Council

List of dangerous animals in Shropshire revealed

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Wolves, gibbons, cobras, wild cats and a crocodile are all living in Shropshire, figures from our local authorities have revealed.

The Press Association has asked every council in the country for a list of dangerous wild animals licences they have issued.

Science Photo Library

Most of these animals will be at zoos in the county, but here's the full list of wild animals we know have been given licences:

One ocelot, one dwarf crocodile, two rattlesnakes, 18 cobras, two widow spiders, four ring-tailed lemurs, six wolves, one jerval, two Savannah cats, one zebra, one camel, two capuchin monkeys and two gibbons.

Jobs fear at troubled Shropshire firms after boss jailed

Shropshire Star

A group of companies set up by a businessman who was jailed earlier this year for encouraging drivers to falsify their mileages have gone into administration.

Gaming tech shows text-and-drive risk

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

Police are using gaming technology to simulate the hazards of driving while texting on your phone. Central Motorway Police Group has fitted a car with the equipment - I gave it a go.

Studies have found that driver reaction times when using a mobile are 30% slower than someone who's just above the drink drive limit.  

Listen: Scammer calls BBC Shropshire

An event designed to stop people falling victim to scammers is being staged in Shrewsbury today. 

It's thought that consumers in the UK lose about £3.5bn a year to scams. 

Here's the moment BBC Radio Shropshire caught a scammer in the act.

A drop-in session, giving advice about how to protect yourself from scammers, is being held on the ground floor of the Darwin Shopping Centre until 14:00. 

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Taking rare flowers to Chelsea show

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime - a Midlands gardener is presenting the first ever display of Hepaticas at this week's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

John Massey

The woodland flower normally blooms in late February but John Massey has managed to get hundreds of them looking their best for the judges in May. 

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

Fire in RAF Cosford car park

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A car has caught fire in the RAF Cosford car park.

It happened just after 08:00 and the fire service say it was caused by a mechanical failure.

They had it put out within half an hour of being called out.

NHS agency pay caps breached more than 50,000 times a week

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Rules on the amount hospitals can pay agency staff are being flouted more than 50,000 times a week, figures show. 

Nurse looking at watch

The government introduced a cap on sums paid to locum workers, but it can be breached by NHS bosses if they consider there is "significant risk" to patient safety.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said it exposed "poor workforce planning" but said trusts had put safety first.

NHS Improvement said the cap had saved £300m.

Headlines: Future of Shropshire Council questioned; Shrewsbury house struck by lightning

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime: 

- Town clerks question the future of Shropshire Council

- Shrewsbury house struck by lightning

- List of wild animals in Shropshire revealed

Shropshire's health service decision debated

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Health campaigners say a decision on the future of the county's health services shouldn't be made at a national level.

The suggestion that NHS England - rather than local health commissioners - should decide on issues such as whether to close an A&E department, was made earlier this month by Shrewsbury's MP Daniel Kawczynski. 

The Ludlow MP Philip Dunne and Gill George from Shropshire Defend Our NHS gave their views on the Sunday Politics show.

In the cool seat: Violinist Zoe Beyers

Jim Hawkins Show

Internationally renowned violinist Zoe Beyers joined Jim Hawkins in the cool seat this morning. 

She's the Associate Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and next month she's playing six concerts in Shropshire featuring the complete solo violin works of JS Bach, in six historic churches in Shrewsbury. 

Weather: A sunny afternoon ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We're due a sunny afternoon across most of the county.

Cricket: Shropshire fail to make trophy knock-out stages

BBC Sport

Shropshire have failed to make the knock-out stages of the one-day trophy campaign.

They were all out for 78 as Staffordshire cruised to an eight-wicket victory.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

It was Shropshire's third defeat in limited overs games this season.

We were 20-3 in no time and, apart from 40 odd from Omar Ali, we were always struggling. Everything that was going to go wrong went wrong really."

Karl KrikkenShropshire director of cricket

Town clerks question the future of Shropshire Council

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Town clerks working in Oswestry and Bridgnorth are questioning whether Shropshire Council can continue as it is. 

It comes as town and parish council are being asked to run libraries and leisure centres, to save Shropshire Council money.

Shropshire Council

Anne Wilson, the clerk of Bridgnorth said some decisions made by the unitary authority had had a "devastating effect" on towns like hers.

And David Preston from Oswestry Town council raised the possibility of a return to district councils and said a discussion needed to be had on its future.

I may say I'm not sure it is fit for purpose and it's certainly difficult for us to work in partnerships with Shropshire Council."

Anne WilsonBridgnorth town clerk

Your pictures: Calm after the storm

BBC Weather Watchers

Some hairy weather about yesterday afternoon. 

Heavy rain, dark skies and thunder. A house in Shrewsbury was even struck by lightning. 

But here's how it looked after the storm passed in Pontesbury and later at sunset in Whitchurch.

Polly's Turret

Artists announced for Shrewsbury Fields stage

BBC Introducing in Shropshire

BBC Introducing in Shropshire have announced their line-up for Shrewsbury Fields Forever music festival this year. 

The list includes Shropshire Song of the Month artists like Alexandra Jayne and Zach Said. 

They'll be performing on Friday 15 July alongside other acts such as Dizzee Rascal and the Happy Mondays.  

stage list

Headlines: Leading town clerks question Shropshire Council; Shrewsbury sign Oliver Lancashire

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this morning:

- Oswestry's town clerk claims town councils are "facing their biggest ever challenge" 

- A house in Shrewsbury is struck by lightning during yesterday's storm

- Shrewsbury Town have made their first signing of the summer

Inside new Street Pastors' HQ

Shrewsbury's Street Pastors are to get a permanent base in the town, after five years of operating. 

The new hub is on Shoplatch and will be up and running at the beginning of next month ahead of an official opening on Tuesday 7 June. 

The charity's volunteers head out at weekends, offering help to anyone who may have had too much to drink.

street pastors
steve jones

As a charity you think do we stay as we are? Or do we get bigger? Well we're getting huge."

Steve JonesShrewsbury Street Pastors

On air: Children in care

Jim Hawkins Show

Have you been in care, and been in trouble with the law? Should children in care not be prosecuted for minor offences?

review for the Prison Reform Trust has called on the government to draw up new procedures to protect these children from criminalisation.  


Jim wants to know your thoughts this morning. 

You can get in touch with the show by calling 01743 248321 or text 81333 starting your message with the word SHROP. 

Or you can get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

Football: Shrewsbury sign defender Lancashire

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town have made defender Oliver Lancashire their first summer signing on an initial two-year deal.

The 27-year-old, who has the option for a third year, was out of contract after three years at Rochdale.


Meanwhile, Town have offered new deals to captain Nat Knight-Percival, Junior Brown, James Wesolowski and keepers Jayson Leutwiler, Mark Halstead and Callum Burton.

House struck by lightning in storm

A house was struck by lightning in Shrewsbury last night. 

The terraced property on Pullrose Walk in Reabrook didn't catch fire, but it caused a small hole in the roof and a power surge, which burnt out a light-switch. 


Firefighters inspected minor damage in the loft using a thermal-image camera.

Headlines: Town clerks question Shropshire Council; storm damages house

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories in the news this morning:

- Leading town clerks in the county question whether Shropshire Council is still fit for purpose

- House is struck by lightning in Shrewsbury

- Shropshire's cricketers fail to make the knock-out stages of the one-day trophy campaign

Weather: Bright and sunny

BBC Weather

A warm day with sunny spells. Charlie has the forecast.

Travel: No problems on the roads

BBC Travel

Traffic is moving well across the county this morning. 

You may get held up by the roadworks on Roman Road in Shrewsbury. The road is shut southbound between Porthill Roundabout and Longden Road for water main work. 

Good morning from BBC Local Live for Shropshire

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

I'm in the BBC Shropshire newsroom with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

If you see something we should be covering, or want to share your pictures or views, you can email us, tweet @bbcshropshire or reach us on our Facebook page.