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Summary

  1. Police officer from Telford who downloaded child porn is sacked
  2. Shropshire's A&E departments have busiest day of the year so far
  3. Number of fly-tipping incidents in Shropshire falls
  4. Updates on Friday 10 March 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A519 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A519 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Lodge Lane and Fernhill Road.

    A519 Staffordshire - A519 in Woodseaves closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Lodge Lane junction and the Fernhill Road junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

  3. Design for new Telford footbridge submitted

    Plans for a new footbridge to link Telford town centre to Telford Central railway stations have been submitted.

    Telford and Wrekin Council says it hopes the new bridge will be lifted into place in late February or early March next year and will replace the existing bridge across Rampart Way.

    Footbridge

    The authority says the existing red bridge is too expensive to maintain and plans to have it demolished by the end of July next year, with all work expected to be completed by late June/early July 2018.  

    The footbridge project has already been approved by Telford and Wrekin Council’s planning committee, but has had to be resubmitted because the design had been altered to reduce the weight of the bridge.

    Quote Message: This is a massive and extremely challenging but exciting project which will create a visually stunning gateway to Telford town centre and the submission of the final planning application is an important milestone." from Councillor Angela McClements Telford and Wrekin Council
    Councillor Angela McClements Telford and Wrekin Council
  4. Girl hit by car in Wellington

    A girl has been hit by a car near Wellington railway station.

    The youngster has been taken to Telford's Princess Royal Hospital with head and leg injuries, but they're not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

    Police cars

    Officers said they weren't looking for anyone else. 

    The road has now reopened.

  5. Football: Shrewsbury Town look to improve away form

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town are away at Chesterfield tomorrow and manager Paul Hurst believes they're playing well enough to pick up plenty of points on the road between now and the end of the season.

    Town have won just two league games away from the Greenhous Meadow since he took over in October, but their home form has been a lot better.

    Paul Hurst

    And Hurst said he doesn't feel there is any lack of confidence among his players or concern that they can't win away, having beaten high-flying Scunthorpe recently.

    Quote Message: We want to try to pick up points but I don't think there's anything majorly wrong or an approach we need to change." from Paul Hurst Shrewsbury Town manager
    Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager
  6. Study to find out why some GPs send more patients to A&E

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    A study is being undertaken to find out why some GP practices are referring more patients to Shropshire's accident and emergency departments than others.

    Telford A&E

    Shropshire's health commissioners say it could be because some doctors are more experienced than others and geography could also be a factor. 

    The NHS is trying to keep people away from accident and emergency units if they don't need to be there.

  7. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Overnight it is going to remain mostly cloudy with some hill fog. However, there will also be a few cloud breaks around at times. Lows of 8C (46F).

    Find out more about the weekend ahead .

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  8. Your photos: Pictures of flowers blooming around the county

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've had quite a few photos of flowers shared by the BBC Weather Watchers today.

    Here's a selection, taken by photographers in Oakengates, Norton and Badger.

    Flowers in Oakengates and Norton
    Daffodils in Badger
  9. A&E departments have their busiest day of the year so far

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire's accident and emergency departments have had their busiest day of the year this week, with 377 patients turning up for treatment at the units in Shrewsbury and Telford on Monday.

    A&E

    The average is around 300 a day and NHS managers are having an "escalation meeting" with NHS England today, to discuss the issue.

    Meanwhile, a review is to be carried out to find out why some GP practices are referring more patients to hospital than others.

  10. Football: Brackley defeat has changed Telford plans for next season

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United's embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Brackley has changed the plans of management team Rob Smith and Larry Chambers.

    The players and coaching staff held a team meeting last night and watched the video of the performance. Chambers said they'd had second thoughts about keeping some players.

    Larry Chambers

    Telford will look to bounce back away to Chorley tomorrow.

    Quote Message: Two weeks ago we probably thought we had the basis for the core of a decent squad. I think we've got to re-evaluate that now." from Larry Chambers AFC Telford United assistant manager
    Larry Chambers AFC Telford United assistant manager
  11. Shrewsbury man found guilty of making threats to kill

    A Shrewsbury man has been found guilty of making threats to kill by a jury at Stafford Crown Court.

    Stafford Crown Court

    Darren O'Callaghan, 51, from Gains Avenue, was also found guilty of kidnapping and having a bladed weapon in a public place.

    It follows an incident last summer when a woman was approached by a man in the Sutton Road area of the town.

    He is due to be sentenced on 4 April.

  12. Your comments: Grandson of 'boy in the nest' tracked down

    The story about a 10-year-old boy who was found sleeping rough in a self-made nest in Shrewsbury in 1909 has been generating a buzz on BBC Radio Shropshire's Facebook page.

    Margaret Francis wrote: "I been 'glued' to the radio listening to this story... loved it and all part of our history."

    And Roger Grafton added: "Fantastic story, he must have been hard as nails to have survived what he went through."

    William Roberts

    William Roberts survived being homeless and World War One and eventually moved to Crewe to work on the railway.

    We've been able to track down his grandson  Gareth Roberts, from Derby, who has told us more of his story and shared a photo of William (above).

  13. Hospitals facing uphill struggle to attract staff

    Staff shortages are forcing Shropshire's hospitals to talk to other hospitals in the region to get treatment for patients.

    Neurology, dermatology and spinal surgery are all short of senior doctors, through a combination of sickness and people leaving.

    Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust Medical Director, Dr Edwin Borman, said there was a national shortage in some specialties and the available doctors were going to work in bigger hospitals and that a long-term solution to the problem was needed, possibly linked to the ongoing review of hospital services in the county.

    Quote Message: When doctors have the choice between going and working in a big hospital with many people sharing the workload, or coming to work here, many people would understand why they would prefer the easier life." from Dr Edwin Borman Medical Director SaTH
    Dr Edwin BormanMedical Director SaTH
  14. Energy park plan could 'scar the landscape'

    Oswestry and Borders Chronicle

    Controversial plans for a renewable energy park - featuring a 101-metre-high wind turbine and 2,500 solar panels – could "scar the local landscape and community for years to come", a businessman has warned.

  15. Ice hockey: Tigers set to collect league trophy

    BBC Sport

    Telford Tigers will be presented with the English Premier League trophy on Sunday, after their match with Guildford Flames at the Telford Ice Rink.

    But, the focus for head coach Tom Watkins is on the play-offs now and he wants to keep his players motivated.

    Ice hockey

    The Tigers first face a trip to Sheffield on Saturday, with the play-offs due to start on 22 March.

    Quote Message: Of course it will be fun to lift the trophy. That sort of thing is always nice and I want to make sure all the guys and supporters enjoy themselves on Sunday evening. But the important thing to remember is there are two games to be won this weekend." from Tom Watkins Telford Tigers head coach
    Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach