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  1. Updates on Friday 10 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for live updates for Shropshire.

We'll be back on Sunday as BBC Midlands Today covers a EU Referendum debate - Better In or Out on BBC One at 22:30.

We'll be bringing you comprehensive updates from the debate and you can have your say on social media.

In the meantime, have a good weekend and we'll have more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Shrewsbury keeper Joe Hart wants to 'walk away from Euro 2016 proud'

BBC Sport

Shropshire's Joe Hart will be taking part in his fourth major tournament for England when they kick off against Russia tomorrow - hard to believe isn't it?

He says they have ambitions to win every game and that he's not got any mental scars from previous England failures.

Joe Hart
Getty Images

He also says he wants to "walk away from this tournament proud" and top the achievements of the team from Euro 96, which he watched as a nine-year-old.

Euro 96 was a fantastic tournament, one I really enjoyed watching. I'd love for other nine-year-olds to have the memories of 2016."

Joe HartEngland goalkeeper

Milkbot helping Shropshire farm fight back on milk prices

Shropshire Star

One farm in Shropshire is taking its own stand against the continuous fall in milk prices.

Milkbot vending machine
Shropshire Star

Weather: A wet end to the day for Shropshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet end to the day, but the rain should clear away by midnight.

Unfortunately, it's forecast to return tomorrow.

Wrekin MP predicts more Tory defections to Remain campaign

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, is predicting that over the next few days more Tory MPs will defect to the Remain campaign, which wants to keep Britain in the EU.

It follows the defection of Sarah Wollaston earlier in the week.

Mark Pritchard

Mr Pritchard, who describes himself as a eurosceptic and a "reluctant" supporter of the Remain campaign, has also tweeted that the referendum is not just about Europe, but about how we would like to be seen as a nation.

Junior doctor says meeting with Telford MP 'very productive'

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC WM

A junior doctor met the Telford MP Lucy Allan today in a bid to heal the rift between the politician and the medical profession. 

Ms Allan accused junior doctors of being "privileged" and holding the NHS to ransom during their recent industrial action over new contracts.

Dr Jess Harvey

After today's meeting, Dr Jess Harvey said it had been a "very productive meeting" and they had agreed about promoting an aspirational Telford.

We want people in Telford to know they can aspire to great things."

Dr Jess HarveyJunior doctor

Chief Constable candidates to give presentation to panel of young people

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

More on the plans to involve young people in the recruitment of the next West Mercia Chief Constable...

The Police and Crime Commissioner's office says a panel of around nine young people, representing Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be chosen and the candidates will have to give a presentation to them.

Police station

Afterwards the young people will get to ask the candidates questions and the feedback from those presentations, and similar presentations to other groups like the fire service and mental health groups, will help the PCC make his decision.

Latest: Junior doctor meets MP to heal rift; young people to be involved in Chief Constable recruitment

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Junior doctor has "very productive" meeting with Telford MP

- Young people to be involved in recruitment of next Chief Constable

- Warning of heavy rain across Shropshire

Watch: Giant roadsign sign unveiled by EU Leave campaigners

The owner of Cound Hall, just outside Shrewsbury, has officially unveiled his giant Titanic-shaped sign by the side of the A458 this afternoon, backing the campaign to leave the EU.

David Sykes-Waller explained what motivated him.

Weather: Warning of more heavy rain

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

You might already be experiencing this...

There is a warning from the Met Office of heavy rain in Shropshire this afternoon.

And the ambulance service is urging people to drive carefully on the way home tonight.

View more on twitter

Police hunt gang of masked burglars

The police are hunting a gang of masked burglars who broke into a house in Aqueduct earlier in the week.

They say between three and five people, wearing dark clothing and hoods, got into the property on Pageant Drive, damaging doors and windows, before escaping with a mountain bike.

Pageant Drive

Young people to be involved in choice of new Chief Constable

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Applicants bidding to be the new Chief Constable of West Mercia will have to face an interview panel made up of young people.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, said that he hoped to carry out his own interviews in July, but planned to allow "wider partners, including young people from across the three counties" to interview them too.

John Campion
West Mercia Police

He is hoping to have a new man or woman in place by the autumn and says the current Chief Constable, David Shaw, will be a "really difficult act to follow".

Your photos: School children get ready for Euro 2016

The children at St Luke's Catholic primary school in Trench have been getting into the Euro 2016 spirit.

As you can see, the staff have all got dressed up and decorated the canteen before serving fish and chips for lunch.

Staff and pupils in Euro 2016 dress
Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford and Wrekin Council is running a competition to find the most Euro-crazy fans in the area and it is asking you to post photos on its Facebook page or to tweet them with the hashtag #eurotw.

Watch: The heavens open in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

We were forecast some heavy rain to end the week and it looks like it has finally arrived.

It should stay with us for the rest of the day now, clearing up around midnight.

This was filmed just outside our offices a few minutes ago.

Latest: Opposition to barracks homes; young people to be involved in Chief Constable recruitment

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

- Young people to be involved in choice of new Chief Constable  

- Council opposes idea of homes on Tern Hill barracks site

- Life-sized dinosaur models to be part of Telford carnival

Watch: BBC Radio Shropshire's mangelwurzel experiment

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

In the 17th and 18th century the mangelwurzel was a popular crop, but it has vanished from our fields in modern times - so BBC Radio Shropshire's breakfast programme is trying to bring it back.

The only problem is that nobody really knows how to grow them.

But we planted a few seeds a couple of months ago and as you can see, the first sprouts have started appearing.

Beer garden row at Telford pub led to knife attack

Shropshire Star

A man who slashed another man with a knife during a Telford pub fight has been spared jail.

Watch: EU Referendum - better in or out?

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

I'll be presenting the region’s main EU debate programme this Sunday at 22:35 on BBC One. 

It will feature a panel of top guests arguing the case to leave and remain with questions coming from a studio audience. 

Ahead of that big showdown we’ll be hearing from Saqib Bhatti (Vote Leave) and Sir Peter Rigby (Britain Stronger In Europe) as they put the rival cases to Sunday Politics Midlands viewers.

BBC Weather Watchers: Sun hiding behind thick cloud this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a hazy start to the day and the sun has been hidden behind some thick cloud.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Norton (top) and Shifnal (bottom).

Ice Queen

Pictures: Council workers get in Euro 2016 spirit

After a whole ten days without football, the European Championships get underway today, with the hosts France playing Romania.

The county is getting ready for the tournament and for England's match with Russia this weekend.

This photo was take at Telford and Wrekin Council's canteen.

Telford and Wrekin council football fans
Telford and Wrekin Council

Have you got Euro 2016 photos you'd like to share with us?

You can emailtweet, or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Ice hockey: New deal for defenceman Maynard

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Marcus Maynard has been given a new deal by Telford Tigers, to keep the 29-year-old defenceman with the team.

He arrived from Nottingham Panthers in 2012 and is described as a "reliable performer" by head coach, Tom Watkins.

Marcus Maynard
Steve Brodie

Maynard is being challenged by his coaches to "play meaner and more in your face" this season, but at the same time is praised for his strength and his versatility.

Marcus is a reliable performer, who works hard and has got excellent experience in the EPL. It's amazing to think that Marcus didn't take up the game until his late teens."

Tom WatkinsTigers' head coach

Your pictures: Shropshire man meets boxing legend

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Paul Rushworth from Shropshire has shared this photograph taken of him meeting boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 10 years ago. 

Paul had gone to Louisville, Kentucky, with his family, as his son was performing in the Young Magician of the Year competition.

Paul Rushworth meeting up with Muhammed Ali
Paul Rushworth

Ali was staying in the same hotel and Paul managed to get this photograph with him. 

You can see more pictures by going to our Facebook page.  

£9m retirement village on A5 in Wellington, opens this morning

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A retirement village costing £9m officially opens this morning on the old A5 in Wellington. 

The Oakwood "independent living complex" for the over 55's has been built by local firm McPhillips. 

The stone used for the surrounding wall has come from an old railway bridge in the Black Country.  

Oakwoods retirement complex
Elaine Adams

It features a cafe and community rooms, and facilities to allow older people to live independently for longer. 

Similar schemes are set to open next year in Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

Latest: Tern Hill housing opposed by council; two arrests over road rage incident; Telford MP meets junior doctor

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

  - Two arrests after road rage incident which may have involved a gun  

- Council doesn't want Tern Hill barracks to become "village in the middle of nowhere"

- Telford MP meeting junior doctor to discuss strike row

Judge hits out at Shropshire 'mob culture' after man who admitted sex offences has home attacked

Shropshire Star

A judge has criticised “mob culture” in Shropshire after a man awaiting sentence for sex offences had his home attacked.

Weather: Some heavy rain this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The hot weather couldn't last and this afternoon we should see some heavy rain.

Council doesn't want barracks site to become 'village in the middle of nowhere'

Shropshire Council's deputy leader says he doesn't want homes built on the Tern Hill barracks site, when it is sold off by the Ministry of Defence.

Steve Charmley told BBC Radio Shropshire this morning he had met with the MoD yesterday and conceded housing would probably generate the most money for the government, but he would prefer to see it used by local businesses.

Tern Hill barracks

Councillors will discuss the future of the base at a meeting later today and Mr Charmley said it would be difficult to get planning approval for homes on the site, because it sits outside current development boundaries drawn up by the authority.

We don't really want a new village or a new town created in the middle of nowhere when there are no services to support that, at this stage."

Councillor Steve CharmleyShropshire Council deputy leader

Dinosaurs to be part of Telford's Carnival of Giants

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A collection of model dinosaurs, some of them over 10ft (3m) in length, will be in Telford Town Park next month, as part of the Carnival of Giants.

They're being shipped in by the Travelling Natural History Museum and will be set up in the Arena on 16 July.

Travelling Natural History Museum

The biggest will be a life-sized 14ft (4m) long Dimetrodon and there will be also be model Pterodactyls, raptors and a six foot (2m) long Megalodon jaw bone.

Two arrested following road rage incident thought to involve gun

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Two teenagers have been arrested after a road rage incident near Whitchurch in which a man was threatened with what appeared to be a gun, police say.

West Mercia Police say it happened at 22:00 on Wednesday on the road to Nantwich - they are looking for three other people who may have been in the teenagers' car.

Police car door

Two men, aged 19 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

On air: Jim's asking are you separated from a family member in another country?

Jim Hawkins Show

On the Jim Hawkins programme this morning he's asking if you're separated from a family member who's living in a different country, and how do you keep in touch if you're able to? 

Father Richard Ratcliffe is trying to celebrate his daughter's second birthday after she and her mother had their passports seized and his wife was arrested after visiting Iran.   

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, pictured with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella.

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

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

Problems with water supply in Much Wenlock

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

If you live in the Much Wenlock area, you could experience problems with your water supply today, Severn Trent say. 

Click on the link below to find out more.  

Customers in TF13 (Much Wenlock) may experience poor supply or no supply issues, you can find more info here:

Latest: Telford MP meets junior doctor; Tern Hill barracks future to be discussed

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Telford MP to meet junior doctor to discuss differences over recent strikes

- Future of Tern Hill barracks to be discussed by councillors

- Shropshire council tax referendum unlikely

A referendum on council tax increase unlikely says Shropshire Council

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A referendum on whether to increase council tax in the Shropshire Council area is unlikely, according to the Conservative councillor in charge of the authority's rural affairs portfolio.   

Cecilia Motley was reacting to calls from town and parish councils, who were calling for a referendum because they're worried about being asked to take over threatened services, such as libraries and leisure-centres.   

Shropshire Council

There is no certainty that we would win a council tax referendum, even if we felt that was the right way to go and that is basically a political decision - we haven't decided on that at all and I think it's unlikely that we would do so."

Councillor Cecilia MotleyShropshire Council

Housing development most likely when Tern Hill Barracks is sold off

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The future of the Tern Hill Barracks site, near Market Drayton, is being discussed today by Shropshire Council. 

It's currently the home of the Royal Irish Regiment, but has been declared surplus to requirements by the Ministry of Defence and will be sold off.  

Royal Irish Regiment who're based at Tern Hill

The site is most likely to be used for new housing. 

Telford MP to meet junior doctor to discuss their differences on recent strikes

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Telford, Lucy Allan (pictured), is due to meet one of the town's junior doctors later, to discuss their differences.  

At the height of the dispute over contracts and working hours, the MP launched a tirade against hospital doctors. 

She called them "privileged" and implied her constituents had no sympathy for them.   

Lucy Allan - Telford MP

An online backlash suggested some of her constituents did support the strike action.

Latest: Council says a referendum to increase council tax is unlikely; future of Tern Hill Barracks to be discussed

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Top stories in Shropshire this morning: 

- A referendum on whether to increase council tax to protect services in the Shropshire Council area is unlikely 

- The future of Tern Hill Barracks is due to be discussed by Shropshire Council

- A £9m pound retirement village officially opens this morning, on the old A5 in Wellington

Watch: Latest weather for Shropshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy and dry day for many with the odd brighter spell at times. Through the afternoon some showers may develop, although many areas will stay dry. Feeling cooler than of late, but staying rather humid.

Top temperatures of 21C (70F). 

Travel: No accidents to report but roadworks may delay your journey

BBC Travel

There are no major problems on the roads around the county this morning, but one or two roadworks may delay your journey. 

There's slow traffic on the A4640 Redhill Way/Castle Farm Way in Telford at the Limekiln roundabout, in the roadworks area. 

For more information on this and other roadworks that could affect your journey visit the BBC Travel page.   

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

I'm here with all your news, sport, weather and travel this morning. 

Do get in touch if you have a story or pictures that you'd like to share. 

You can email, tweet, or get in touch via our Facebook page.