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  1. Shrewsbury Fields Forever music festival is postponed
  2. Shropshire peace campaigners welcome Chilcot report
  3. Man rescued from Ercall cliff
  4. Shropshire prepares to back Wales in Euro semi final
  5. Updates on Wednesday 6 July 2016

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Weather: Light cloud and mild temperatures overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

There's going to be some light cloud this evening and tonight, but it should stay mild with temperatures around 14C (57F).

Festival-goers offered refund after postponement

The organisers of the Shrewsbury Fields Forever music festival will get a refund if they can't make the new dates in September.

They're advising you to approach the people you bought your tickets from, but the good news is that the comedy festival will still go ahead in The Quarry on 16 and 17 July.

Music festival

Last year the event wasn't able to take place because of "contractual difficulties", but organiser Dene Edwards says he hopes this will be "third time lucky" and said the problem this time had been a logistical issue of fitting everything they wanted on stage.

We are very very confident, there are so many people relying on this happening and the majority of the bands have moved over."

Dene EdwardsFestival organiser

New deputy PCC appointed for West Mercia

Tracey Onslow has just been announced as West Mercia's new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

She was put forward by PCC John Campion and was confirmed in the post today by the police and crime panel, made up of local councillors across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Ms Onslow, a local councillor in the Wyre Forest, said she looked forward to "getting out and meeting people" and helping to deliver a "more secure, reformed and reassured West Mercia".

Tracey Onslow and John Campion
West Mercia PCC

The four-day-week post comes with a £40,000 salary - a £10,000 saving on her predecessor, who was full-time - the PCC's office said.

Council wants care of elderly to be funded nationally

Shropshire Council's chief executive, Clive Wright, says the care of older people should be funded nationally.

He says his authority is amongst the most efficient in the country, but it is at a disadvantage because it has to pay out more than most to look after the elderly and vulnerable.

Clive Wright

He said the impact of this was "severe" and that the council was having to innovate, while cutting costs elsewhere.

Music festival organiser 'flabbergasted' at last-minute problems

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Organisers of the Shrewsbury Fields Forever music festival have said problems with a production company were largely to blame for the last-minute postponement of the event.

Dene Edwards says the production company was unable to meet the requirements of some of the artists booked, so they've had to bring in another firm to do the job and stage the festival in September instead.

Festival goers enjoy the music
Sean Friswell courtesy of SFFF

He said he was "flabbergasted" and "frustrated", but said that while demand for tickets has been "mixed", that wasn't a factor in the postponement.

And he said most of the acts, including the Happy Mondays, would be able to appear at the new September date.

Headlines: Shrewsbury Fields Forever festival postponed; Shropshire father says Chilcot changes little; man rescued from cliff

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our headlines this evening:

- Shrewsbury Fields Forever festival is postponed

- Father who lost son in Iraq says Chilcot money could have been better spent

- Man rescued from Ercall cliff

BreakingShrewsbury Fields Forever Festival postponed at short notice

The Shrewsbury Fields Forever music festival is to be postponed, organisers have just announced.

It was due to take place in The Quarry the weekend after next, but they are now hoping to stage it 16-18 September instead.

Soldier's father says Iraq needs our help

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Geoff Dunsmore from Bishop's Castle says he has a different point of view to many parents who lost children in Iraq and he isn't looking to blame anyone for the war.

His son Chris, an RAF reservist was killed there in 2007 and he says the Chilcot inquiry took too long and cost too much money. 

He says Britain should be helping ordinary Iraqis, rather than debating decisions made in the past.

Geoff Dunsmore

This afternoon Tony Blair defended his decision to take us to war saying that he hoped Iraq would stabilise eventually, but "Iraq under Saddam had no chance, Iraq today has a chance."

Mr Dunsmore, who has been to Basra to meet ordinary Iraqis says many of them were pleased to see Saddam Hussain overthrown, but the big problem now was that Britain had "left them with no support".

Euro 2016: Your photos

There will be plenty of Wales fans in Shropshire tonight, cheering the team on against Portugal, and we've been asking for your photos.

These are the staff from GHP Legal's Oswestry office.

GHP Legal staff
GHP Legal

And Chris Langston posted this photo on our Facebook page of his 16-month-old son Rhun, in full Wales kit.

Child in Wales kit
Chris Langston

If you have pictures you'd like to share, you can also get in touch with us via Twitter or by emailing us.

Peace campaigner says 'no doubt' Iraq war 'unleashed extremism'

Another Shropshire peace campaigner who took part in national demonstrations against the Iraq war says there is "no doubt" the conflict has unleashed extremism in the region.

George Miller from Oswestry also spoke about the "overwhelming loss and damage that was done".

Iraq war

The Chilcot report "proves that we were right at the time", he said, and added "we are not out of the woods yet".

Father who lost son in Iraq says Chilcot report hasn't changed anything

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A Bishop's Castle man whose son died in Iraq says the Chilcot report "hasn't really changed anything for me".

Geoff Dunsmore, who went back to Iraq in 2012 to film a documentary in Basra, says the money spent on the inquiry would have been better spent on a "positive project" to help injured veterans or on people in Iraq.

Geoff Dunsmore

Mr Dunsmore says the people he spoke to in Iraq were pleased Saddam was removed from power, but felt "very let down that the British didn't help them rebuild".

I have no inclination to want to see Tony Blair's head on a spike, what's been has been and you can't change that. But we can change what is to come."

Geoff DunsmoreFather of a British soldier killed in Iraq

Euro 2016: Welsh fans not taking Portugal for granted

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Portugal are yet to win a game in normal time during Euro 2016, but Welsh fans here aren't taking them for granted, ahead of tonight's semi final.

Dylan Roberts (left) from Salop Caravans has been to every Wales game in the tournament so far and says the team will have to play well in Lyon.

Dylan Roberts with his family
Dylan Roberts

But if Wales do manage a win, Dylan is prepared and has bought a ticket and hotel room for the final.

Although Portugal haven’t been in good form so far, we shouldn't be complacent. If Wales play like they did against Russia and Belgium, we stand a good chance of reaching the final, which would be a phenomenal achievement."

Dylan RobertsWales fan

Headlines: Chilcot report welcomed; man rescued from cliff; new Telford fixtures out

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this afternoon:

- Chilcot report welcomed by Shropshire peace campaigners

- Man rescued from Ercall cliff face

- New fixtures out for AFC Telford United

BBC Weather Watchers: Some blue sky over Church Stretton

BBC Weather Watchers

While most of the county is covered in thin grey cloud today, we did get this photo sent in by Snapper Simon, one of the BBC Weather Watchers.

It was taken near Church Stretton.

Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Pictures: Man rescued from Ercall cliff face

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A climber has been rescued from a cliff-face on the side of the Wrekin after he climbed too high and was unable to get down by himself.

It took the fire service around an hour to get him down after being called out at 10:45.

Ercall rescue
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Ercall Rescue
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

The evolution of a football manager

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Former AFC Telford United player Marcus Bignot talks about the ups and downs of making it in football - as player and manager.

He believes he could have managed Telford.

Solihull Moors boss Marcus Bignot at Damson Park
Ged Scott - BBC Sport

Telford peace campaigner says protests now vindicated

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford peace campaigner Andy Brown, says the Chilcot report has vindicated all the people who took part in protests against the Iraq War.

He says it shows there was an "unhealthy relationship" between Tony Blair and George Bush and that his thoughts are with the British and Iraqi families who lost loved ones in the conflict.

Chilcott report

Mr Brown was a member of the Telford anti-war coalition, which took part in demonstrations here and in London and said the report confirmed their suspicions that Tony Blair was committed to the war "no matter what".

At some point someone should have stopped and reflected on the quality of the intelligence that led them into war."

Andy BrownAnti war protestor

Telford councillor dies aged 69

Telford Journal

A long-standing Telford councillor who served his community for more than 20 years has died suddenly.

Councillor Paul Shutt
Shropshire Star

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Reaction to Chilcot inquiry report

Today the long-awaited official report into the UK's invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been released.

It has concluded that the country went to war in Iraq before all peaceful options for disarming Saddam Hussein were exhausted.

Iraq Inquiry: 'Peaceful options not exhausted' - Sir John Chilcot

On BBC Midlands Today from lunchtime we'll be getting reaction in this region to the findings and what it means for the families of soldiers from the Midlands who died in the war.

That's on BBC One from 13:30.

Football: AFC Telford start season at home to Fylde

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United will start the new National North season with two tough games in four days: At home to AFC Fylde on 6 August, then away to FC United of Manchester on 9 August.

Rob Smith and Larry Chambers
Mike Sheridan

Christmas games see the Bucks at home and away to Alfreton and they'll finish the season with a long trip to newly promoted Darlington, and a final Saturday at home to Harrogate.

Butterfly count at nature reserve

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Volunteers have been out at Prees Heath Common this morning, counting Silver Studded Blue butterflies.

Around the country, numbers have been in decline, but it's doing well at the nature reserve, with between 3,000 and 5,000 counted in recent studies.

Silver Studded Blue butterfly
The National Trust

It is 10 years since the Butterfly Conservation charity bought the western half of the site, which it says is the last remaining sanctuary for the creatures in the Midlands.

Headlines: Union concerns over council 'brain drain'; assistant coroner role advertised; butterfly count

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Union leader concerned over council "brain drain"

- County looking to recruit new assistant coroner

- Rare butterflies counted at nature reserve

Euro 2016: Shropshire is all Welsh today

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Cross-border rivalries are being forgotten today, with Wales in the semi-finals of the European Championships.

And here at BBC Shropshire, the Welsh contingent is proudly wearing red.

Joanne, Simon and Faith

Shropshire advertises for assistant coroner

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The job of assistant coroner has been advertised by Shropshire Council.

It's initially being offered on a 12-month contract, with an option to extend that by three years and with a salary of £350 per day.

Shropshire Council sign

There were 1,932 deaths reported to the coroners office in Shropshire last year, that was around 40% of the total deaths.

The assistant coroner would work with the county's senior coroner, John Ellery, to investigate deaths like these and hold inquests.

Weather: Light cloud across Shropshire today

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We're forecast light cloud for the rest of the day, with temperatures up to 18C (64F).

Longer trains and platforms planned for Telford

Shropshire Star

Platforms and trains could be lengthened, and new services introduced as part of plans to prevent chronic overcrowding on trains through Telford.

Telford Central Station
Shropshire Star

Football: Telford sign defender Havern

AFC Telford United have signed former Altrincham defender Luca Havern. 

He's also had spells at Stockport County, Mansfield Town and Hyde.

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Shropshire heroine and child she saved remember terrifying machete attack

Twenty years after they survived a machete attack, former Shropshire nursery nurse Lisa Potts and a child she saved have been speaking about the experience.

Lisa Potts, now called Lisa Webb, and Francesca Quintyne were both badly hurt when Horrett Campbell went on the rampage at St Luke's Infant School, in Wolverhampton.

Champions League: TNS manager says first goal was crucial

The New Saints enjoyed a comfortable win away to San Marino champions Tre Penne last night and their manager Craig Harrison believes the first goal, just before half time, was crucial.

With the score 2-1 from the first leg, it left their opponents needing three goals to win the tie.

Craig Harrison

TNS then scored twice in the second half to go through 5-1 on aggregate.

I don't think it's the best we've ever played, but to be honest we've come here to win the game. Clean sheet and three goals, you can't ask for anything more away from home."

Craig HarrisonTNS manager

Council 'amongst most efficient in country'

Shropshire Council staff are having to turn to ever more "innovative" and "creative" ways just to deliver services in the face of central government cuts, the local authority says.

Chief Executive Clive Wright says the authority is "proud to be amongst the most efficient local authorities", but could not counter an "unfair" funding formula that "significantly disadvantages Shropshire".

In the last three years, more than 1,000 people have lost their jobs at the council, with more planned. 

Clive Wright, Chief Executive of Shropshire Council

This morning, Unison trade union representative Alan James said staff were becoming "weary and fatigued" by the constant redundancies.

Mr Wright said the council had been forced to save £146m since 2009 due to government cuts.

Headlines: Council 'brain drain' concern; machete victim forgives attacker; TNS win Champions League qualifier

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this morning: 

- Union leader concerned about council 'brain drain'

- Machete victim forgives attacker, 20 years on

- TNS through to next qualifying round of Champions League

Shifnal 'car fire' turns out to be a barbecue

Shropshire Star

A neighbour called out firefighters after spotting what they believed was a car fire on a Shifnal housing estate – but it turned out to be a barbecue.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue engine
Shropshire Star

Meat stolen in overnight raid at tourist centre

Shropshire Star

A substantial amount of frozen meat was stolen in an overnight break-in at a Shropshire tourist centre.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
Shropshire Star

Lisa Potts 'moving on' 20 years after school machete attack

It's 20 years since a former Shropshire nursery nurse saved the lives of pupils during a machete attack at a primary school in Wolverhampton. 

Lisa Potts, now Webb, who was just 21 at the time, has since been awarded the George Medal for her bravery. 

Lisa Potts

Her attacker Horrett Campbell, who was a paranoid schizophrenic, was detained indefinitely in a mental health unit. 

Lisa suffered severe cuts to her head during the ordeal, but says she forgives him for what happened.

It's very much about moving on, forgiving that man and moving forward with your life."

Lisa PottsMachete attack survivor

TNS through after convincing victory in San Marino

The New Saints of Oswestry are through to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, after beating San Marino side Tre Penne 3-0 last night.

Goals from Scott Quigley, Aeron Edwards, and Greg Draper secured a 5-1 aggregate win - they'll play the Cypriot team Apoel FC in the next round.

TNS players celebrating
Gareth Hughes

The ties are due to be played later this month, with TNS playing the home leg at Park Hall first on 12 July.

Redundancies causing 'brain drain' at Shropshire Council

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

A trade union says further redundancies planned at Shropshire Council are creating a "brain drain", with staff leaving to work for rival authorities. 

Alan James from Unison says workers are getting "weary and fatigued", and that sickness levels at the authority have gone up over the last two years. 


More than 1,000 people have lost their jobs at the council in the last three years - Shropshire Council point out 72% of these have been voluntary.

Headlines: 'Brain drain' at Shropshire Council; nursery nurse forgives attacker

Here are the top stories for Shropshire this morning:

- A union boss claims redundancies mean staff are leaving Shropshire Council to work for other authorities

- A former Shropshire nursery nurse forgives her attacker, 20 years after a machete attack at a primary school

The New Saints are into the second qualifying round of the Champions League