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Summary

  1. Shropshire council report recommends moving Shrewsbury's swimming pool
  2. Government announces measures in response to baby ashes scandal
  3. Police reveal names of mother and son killed in A49 crash
  4. Updates on Thursday 7 July 2016

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Weather: A dry evening with some rain by dawn

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It should be dry this evening and tonight, but there could be some showers around dawn.

Shrewsbury's new swimming baths could have two pools

If Shrewsbury gets a new swimming pool, Shropshire Council has produced a wish-list of what it should have inside.

The report says it should have one eight-lane 25m (82ft) pool, with another 20m (66ft) learner pool with a movable floor alongside.

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The report also recommends 250 spectator seats, a gym, and a cafe along with offices, changing rooms and other facilities.

Baby ashes proposals 'the biggest change in 100 years'

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The changes proposed by the government today, in response to the baby ashes scandal, have been described by The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management as "the biggest and most important change to cremation law for 100 years". 

It all started with BBC Radio Shropshire's discovery of failings at Emstrey crematorium in Shrewsbury, where more than 60 parents were denied their child's remains.

Emstrey Crematorium
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The biggest announcement is the new definition of "ashes". Industry experts tell me this has been the fundamental problem, with crematoria not knowing the difference between ashes and human remains.

Job losses as North Shropshire College ditches A-levels

North Shropshire Chronicle

A Shropshire college will stop offering A-levels for new students at its main campus, it was revealed today.

Baby ashes: Working group to look at a range of changes

The government has pledged to clarify the definition of ashes, in the wake of the baby ashes scandal, to make sure there is no further confusion.

But there are other measures being proposed and cremations for foetuses lost in pregnancy before 24 weeks' gestation will be regulated in the same way as for all other ages.

A working group will look at the possibility of a national inspector of crematoria as well as codes of practice, new regulations and forms and training for crematoria staff.

And the Justice minister Caroline Dineage said there would be changes to statutory cremation forms too.

Headlines: Report says Shrewsbury pool should move; campaigners welcome government crematorium plan

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our top stories this evening:

- Council report recommends moving Shrewsbury's swimming pool

- Campaigners welcome government response to baby ashes scandal

- Police release names of mother and son killed in A49 crash

Specialist care programme for patients

A specialist care programme is being set up at a number of hospitals across the West Midlands to improve the care of patients with incurable cancer. 

Birmingham Children's Hospital and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust are among 21 trusts nationally which will adopt the new Enhanced Supportive Care plan. 

RSH
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It aims to provide patients with earlier supportive care to manage pain which can improve the quality of life for patients with incurable cancer. 

Your comments: Shrewsbury swimming pool

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The council recommendation to move Shrewsbury's swimming pool to the Sports Village has got you talking on our Facebook page.

Tracy Austin wrote: "Should be kept in a central location, not everyone can drive & it's too expensive to have to get 2 buses every time you want to swim! Disgusting!"

Shrewsbury Sports Village
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But Ann Vasey disagrees and likes the idea of a move, saying "I would prefer the Sundorne site".

And Hazel Jump had another suggestion: "Personally, I would sell the site off to a gym firm so it can be kept running."

Fire at Chinese restaurant

Firefighters have been dealing with a fire at Minh's Chinese restaurant in Shifnal this afternoon.

They were called to Bradford Street at 15:22, but it now appears to be out.

Fire engine
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BBC Weather Watchers: Thick grey cloud covering Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This thick grey cloud is covering the whole county it seems and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sending in some great photos today.

Here you can see fields near Kinnersley (top) and St Andrew's church in Shifnal (bottom).

Kinnersley field
Can you see the Wrekin?
Shifnal church
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Babies whose ashes were not returned to their families

A scandal involving scores of families not being given their baby's ashes leads the government to change legislation

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Report says Sundorne Road the most affordable pool location

A council report, weighing up potential sites for Shrewsbury's new swimming pool, says moving it to Sundorne Road would be by far the most affordable option.

It also says the site, next to the Sports Village has the most potential, because it's flat and is on a key route into town.

Swimmer
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The report accepts that people overwhelmingly prefer to see the pool stay in the Quarry, where it is.

But it says that would be relatively expensive, the site would be difficult to redevelop and a re-build would mean its closure for at least 18 months.

New homes plan to be decided

Plans for new homes in a village near Whitchurch could be thrown out. 

Shropshire Council had previously recommended approval of about seven new homes near Ash Hall. 

But the scheme's been delayed, and the council now says the application falls outside its updated planning policy. 

Councillors will decide next week.

Watch: Shrewsbury MP says leadership campaign 'very emotional'

The MP for Shrewsbury has been responding to allegations there have been dirty tricks in the Conservative leadership campaign.

There have been claims of underhand tactics in the Tory leadership contest, after it emerged that Justice Secretary Michael Gove's campaign manager had appealed to Theresa May's supporters to unite in an effort to block Andrea Leadsom's chances of getting on to the final ballot.

Headline: Report says pool should move; baby ashes measures; names of crash victims released

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this afternoon: 

- Council report recommends moving Shrewsbury's swimming pool

- Government announces response to baby ashes scandal

- Police release names of mother and son killed in A49 crash

Police name mother and son killed in A49 crash

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The police have released the names of a mother and son killed in a crash with a lorry on the A49 last Friday.

They were Jane Warburton, 69, and 38-year-old Dean Warburton, both from the Bucknell area.

Air ambulance at scene of crash
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The collision between Dorrington and Bayston Hill led to a large section of the A49 being closed for most of the day.

The lorry driver was not injured.

Shropshire campaigner 'quite content' with baby ashes measures

A Shropshire man who was unable to get the remains of his daughter returned to him says he is "quite content" with government measures designed to prevent this happening again.

They include a promise to more accurately define what ashes are, to prevent confusion in the future.

Glen Perkins
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But Glen Perkins, from Shrewsbury, said he was "a little bit disheartened" there was no immediate announcement of a national inspector of crematoria - that possibility will be left to a working party to discuss.

I've got to stay positive, I'm pretty sure we will get a national inspector of crematoria. If Scotland qualifies for one then we have every god-given right of getting one."

Glen PerkinsBaby ashes campaigner

Euro 2016: Wales fan 'gutted but very proud'

Wales fan Dylan Roberts has been to every one of their games in the European Championships and says he leaves "gutted but very proud of what the Welsh team achieved".

The joint managing director of Salop Caravans described the atmosphere before last night's semi final as "electric" and says he has never experienced anything like the match itself, adding the Wales fans were "exceptionally loud".

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

He says his favourite match in the tournament was the win over Belgium and he's now looking forward to the Welsh world cup campaign, which starts with the qualifiers in September.

They certainly played with immense passion and they should be an inspiration to many youngsters."

Dylan RobertsWales fan

Report recommends moving Shrewsbury's swimming pool

A Shropshire Council report is recommending the closure of Shrewsbury's swimming baths in The Quarry and building a new one at the Shrewsbury Sports Village on Sundorne Road instead.

The report says the existing site is costly to repair, not energy efficient, has a restrictive site layout and that it would be better to have a modern pool.

Quarry pool
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But there is also a recommendation to give interested parties 12 months to come up with alternative proposals, to keep the pool on its existing site.

Shropshire military expert says Britain not prepared for Iraq

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The Shropshire-based military commentator and author Major Charles Heyman says Britain didn't have the right equipment to keep the peace in Iraq after the 2003 war.

He welcomed the Chilcot report into Britain's involvement in Iraq, saying it would "remind politicians of the calamity it caused".

Major Charles Heyman
BBC

Talking about the insurgency which followed the war, he said "nobody thought we were going to do that sort of operation".

And he believes the lesson we should learn is: "War is going to take you to places you never thought you were going to be, the enemy is always going to be clever."

We were quite well equipped for going to a conventional war with our tanks and armoured vehicles, but when it came to patrolling vast areas of countryside and urban patrolling as well, the first thing is we didn't have the right equipment for that, but also we didn't have anywhere near enough troops."

Major Charles HeymanMilitary author and commentator

Murder search suspended

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Searches in a murder inquiry with links to Shropshire have been suspended after North Wales Police failed to find a body.

They have been searching a forest outside Wrexham, as well as land near Gobowen, for a man they believe's been missing for about five years.

Police cars in road
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Their inquiries suggest he could be called Nathan or Michael and they want to hear from you if you've lost contact with someone with one of those names in that time frame.  

'Exciting news' promised in bid to reopen Wellington's Clifton Cinema

Telford Journal

Campaigners battling to take over and reopen Wellington's former Clifton Cinema have promised some "exciting" news at the group’s annual general meeting later this month.

Clifton Cinema
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Your photos: Hazler Hill at sunset

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

This dramatic photo of the sun setting over Hazler Hill was sent to us by a BBC Weather Watcher using the nickname Ashfield.

Sun setting over Hazler Hill
Ashfield

Headlines: Government announces baby ashes measures; murder search suspended; military expert says Blair's hubris led to war

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Government puts forward measures in response to baby ashes scandal

- Murder search suspended 

- Shropshire military expert says hubris led Blair to war

County GPs sign up to online medical history service

Patients throughout Shropshire now have the opportunity to access their medical history online and on their smart phones. 

Sixty two GP surgeries in the county have signed up to the NHS England Patient Online service, which provides a range of services and information, including test results, requesting repeat-prescriptions and booking appointments. 

patient check in
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Dr Ken Deacon is the Medical Director for NHS England, and said that patients now lead "busy and complicated lives" and that "offering patients access to their GP records online puts them in the driving seat of their care".

Weather: Some rain possible this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There could be some rain around Shropshire this afternoon.

Festival organisers confident postponed event will go ahead

Organisers of the Shrewsbury Fields Festival say they are confident that it will go ahead in September. 

The three-day event, starring Dizzee Rascal and The Happy Mondays was due to take place at the Quarry in Shrewsbury next weekend - but now it's been put back until 16-18 September. 

Festival
BBC

If you have tickets but can't make the new date you're being advised to go back to where you bought them.

Blair's hubris led to war - Shropshire military expert

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Tony Blair's success in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone probably led to his decision to go to war in Iraq, a Shropshire military expert says.

Major Charles Heyman said: "Hubris set in and Tony Blair didn't have someone to whisper in his ear 'you are mortal'."

Iraqis set fire to tank
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And Maj Heyman believes the leaders of the British military should bear some responsibility, because they would have known our armed forces weren't ready.

Our chiefs of staff should have stood up more to Tony Blair and people around him and said we are not properly equipped for this war, you are not giving us enough time to get ready and the plans for what you do afterwards do not even exist."

Major Charles HeymanMilitary author and commentator

Wales fans heading home

So the dream is over and Wales fans are slowly making their way back from Lyon after being knocked out of Euro 2016 by Portugal.

Ian Williams, Chief Operating Officer at The New Saints of Oswestry, has been to every Wales match at the tournament.

Here are some of his pictures.

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Government to improve clarity over infant cremations

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A new definition of "ashes" is going to be created by the government, to prevent future cases of infant remains not being returned to parents following a cremation, the BBC understands. 

The Institute of Cemetery and Cremation Management told the BBC that one of the fundamental problems with the baby ashes scandal in England has been confusion in the industry between what are ashes and what are remains.

baby ashes memorial
BBC

It follows a BBC Radio Shropshire investigation which discovered 60 families failed to receive their children's ashes at Shrewsbury crematorium between 1996 and 2012.

Rise in number of children taken out of school in term time

There's been a rise in the number of parents taking their children out of school during term time in the Telford & Wrekin area. 

Councils throughout the country have been asked to provide figures through the Freedom of Information Act. 

classroom
BBC

Telford and Wrekin Council figures have gone up from 139 cases in 2012-2013 to 764 last year - with more than £45,000 taken in fines. 

Parents across the UK were fined £5.6m in the last academic year.  

Headlines: Rise in school holiday fines; postponed festival promise; international cricketers in county

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Rise in children taken out of school in term time in Telford & Wrekin area

- Postponed festival will go ahead, say organisers

- International cricketers playing match in Shropshire

Top cricketers in Shropshire today

BBC Sport

International cricketers are on show at Wrekin College today playing in the Shropshire County Club's 10th annual T20 challenge. 

Among the names are prolific former Indian Test batsman Wasim Jaffer and ex-West Indies Test bowler Corey Collymore. 

Corey Collymore
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They're part of an Invitation XI facing Shropshire and will play two 20-over innings each. 

Play starts at 11:00 and admission is free.

Travel: Accident on New Trench Road in Telford

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow around the Clock Tower Roundabout. 

An accident has partially blocked the A518 New Trench Road between A4640 and the Garrison Roundabout. 

There's also roadworks in the area, so it's slow on all approaches. 

Chilcot report: Reaction from Shropshire father

A Shropshire man whose son died in Iraq says the money spent on the Chilcot Inquiry could've been better spent. 

Lord Chilcot's report - published yesterday after seven years in the making - concluded that peaceful alternatives were not exhausted before the 2003 invasion. 

It also says there were serious shortfalls in planning. 

Iraq
PA

Chris Dunsmore was killed by a missile attack in Iraq the day before he was due to come home. 

His father Geoff, who lives in Bishop's Castle, says the Chilcot Report won't change anything and would have been better used helping to rebuild Iraq.

Dream over for Wales

BBC Midlands Today

Wales' historic Euro 2016 run came to an end at the semi-final stage last night as Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo guided his side to the final. 

The Welsh were bidding to be the first British team to reach a Euros final. But it wasn't to be.

Ben Godfrey watched the match in a pub in Oswestry.

Headlines: Fallout from the Chilcot report continues; festival postponed

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're looking at in the newsroom: 

- Chilcot Inquiry money 'could've been better spent', says father of Shropshire man who died in Iraq

- Organisers of postponed festival say they are confident it will go ahead in September

- Rise in the number of parents taking their children out of school during term time in the Telford & Wrekin area 

Weather: Cloudy with the odd shower

BBC Weather

A cloudy start, with a few showers but dry later and feeling humid. Sara has the forecast