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  1. South Shropshire councillor quits Tories
  2. Flying Scotsman returns to the county
  3. Archaeologists "shocked" by "sacred" Neolithic finds
  4. Children's eye unit moves from Shrewsbury to Telford
  5. Updates on Friday 19 May

Live Reporting

By Alex Seftel

All times stated are UK

  1. 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.

    Keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

  2. Shifnal gardeners stumble upon 18th Century discovery

    Paul Shuttleworth

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    An exciting find has been unearthed near Shifnal.

    An 18th Century dipping pond has been discovered beneath one of the paths at Apley Walled Garden, just off the Telford to Bridgnorth road.

    Well at Apley Walled Garden
    Quote Message: Traditionally, walled gardens had dipping ponds so the gardeners could water. It's about five feet deep. When were putting in another pipe, we found the brickwork and were careful to avoid it so we could dig it out and see what was there." from Gavin Hamilton Apley Walled Garden
    Gavin HamiltonApley Walled Garden
  3. Tory councillor leaves following Shropshire cabinet announcement

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire Councillor Robert Tindall has quit the main Conservative group because he believes the leader Peter Nutting has ignored the south of the county in his recent cabinet announcement.

    There are 10 members in the cabinet overall, and if you divide it up into the old district and borough councils, there are four members from Oswestry and two more from the old North Shropshire district.


    Three more, including Councillor Nutting, represent seats in the Shrewsbury area, which leaves just one from South Shropshire and none from Bridgnorth.

    The leadership's view is that this isn't so important and that the councillors have been chosen for their abilities, not where they live.

  4. Telford Labour against 'backroom deals'

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The Labour Party candidate for Telford, Kuldip Sahota, says the party isn't interested in doing "backroom deals" ahead of next month's general election.

    The Greens' candidate, Luke Shirley said they offered not to stand to help Labour win the seat back from the Conservatives, who won with a majority of 730 in 2015.

    Kuldip Sahota

    Labour turned down the deal that involved the ruling party in Telford and Wrekin not standing in certain council wards in 2019.

    For a full list of candidates standing in the seat, visit the BBC's constituency page.

    Lucy Allan (Conservatives), Susan King (lib Dems), Kuldip Sahota (Labour) and Luke Shirley (Greens) have all been filming this week for BBC Sunday Politics in Telford.

  5. BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

    The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

    We asked:

    Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?


    You said:

    Beatrice Benson, Shrewsbury: "I believe franchising has improved the railways massively, and although prices for train journeys are at an all time high, I don't see the solution lying in re-nationalisation."

    Rachel, Stoke: "I believe that they should be re-nationalised following the end of the franchise deal with private railway companies. This would allow the government to control the rising prices of rail tickets and may make the railway service more reliable. It would also allow the government to reap in the profit currently being made by private companies, such as Virgin."

    Paul Cheshire, Shrewsbury: "Yes they should."

  6. Watch your weekend weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Showers slowly fading through this evening to leave agenerally dry night with clear spells - lows of 4C (39F).

    Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers.

    Here's a full forecast looking ahead to what's instore this weekend...

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. Four-thousand-year-old sacred site prompts questions

    The discovery that a church in Shrewsbury stands on what is believed to be the "oldest continuously used sacred site in Britain" has prompted plenty of discussion on Facebook.

    Dan Ryan: "This is cool. But slightly pedantic, if Stonehenge construction began ca.3000BCE then how is this an older 'religious' site? By any normal definition Stonehenge is 'religious' (ritual landscape and burials)."

    Juliet Sargent: "And then someone put a chapel on top of it. No surprise there then! "

    Brian Perkins: "Surely knowing the age of the piece of wood tells you almost nothing about when this place was built. For example it could be cleaned up and used in a place currently under construction."


    Burial mounds, evidence of cremations, a stone circle and "processional walkway" have all been found by successive digs at the site, as well as Roman artefacts.

    The current 12th or early 13th Century church is built on top of an Anglo Saxon one, which in turn is built on a sacred prehistoric site.

    The 4,000-year-old, 15 inch post was found sticking up into the Medieval church foundations.

    Quote Message: What makes this site different is the continuity of ritual practice in one form or another. It predates the Basilica of Rome." from Janey Green Owner of Baskerville Archaeological Services
    Janey GreenOwner of Baskerville Archaeological Services
  8. Your views: General Election 2017

    Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

    We've been touring the county "car-share" style ahead of next month's general election, to get the views of some of you living in Shropshire's five constituencies.

    Recurring themes have been the NHS and social care, affordable housing, and concerns about Brexit.

    Eric and Clare

    There was some apathy and disillusion with politics, but two 18-year-old first-time voters in Shrewsbury told us they thought voting should be made compulsory.

    The cobbler in Wellington Market said he's worried about how corporation tax affects small businesses.

    Eric and Clare
  9. Shropshire high jumper competing for England this weekend

    Bridgnorth high jumper Beth Partridge will be wearing an England vest at this Sunday's Loughborough International Athletics meeting.

    Achieving a new lifetime best of 1.89m to share the British Indoor title earlier this year, means she has jumped a centimetre above the qualifying mark for next year's Commonwealth Games.

    Beth Partridge

    Another strong performance this weekend would help her chances of being picked by national selectors for the tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

    Telford teenager Rio Mitcham is also competing this weekend in the 4x100m relay.

  10. Funding for new 3G pitch near Telford ski centre is approved

    Shropshire Star

    Cabinet chiefs have approved funding towards a new artificial pitch in Telford.

    Telford ski slope
  11. 'Special' Shrewsbury dig site full of rare finds

    It might not look like much now, but the site of an archaeological dig off Oteley Road in Shrewsbury was once a large and "incredibly complex" sacred location, researchers say.

    The current 10m-long structure dates back to the 12th or early 13th Century and was originally much bigger, until sections are believed to have collapsed in the 17th Century - for unknown reasons.

    Archaeologist Janey Green

    Archaeologist Janey Green says Christian use of the site probably dates back to the late 7th Century and was likely given to St Milburgha, the founder of Wenlock Priory, because of it's "special" status.

    Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anfglo Saxon remains have all been found on the site.

    Burial mounds and slots for standing stones are among the finds over the years and it's beliieved the site first featured a stone circle and processional walkway.

    Quote Message: The current church appears to have incorporated and deliberately built over late Neolithic/early Bronze Age remains. It is well known Christians liked to build churches on pagan sites." from Janey Green Archaeologist
    Janey GreenArchaeologist
  12. Nurses needed to support veterans with dementia

    More specialist nurses are being recruited to support veterans with dementia and their families.

    Admiral nurses work on behalf of the Royal British Legion and in partnership with Dementia UK.

    Nurses - generic image

    There are currently 29 posts across the West Midlands.

    Quote Message: The role is quite specific... folks with dementia usually lose their short-term memory first, so the times they spent in the forces years ago, can still be quite prominent in their thoughts." from Ben Upton Admiral Nurse from Ludlow
    Ben UptonAdmiral Nurse from Ludlow
  13. Councillor quits Tories over lack of south Shropshire representation

    Alex Seftel

    BBC Local Live

    An elected member of Shropshire Council has quit the ruling Conservative group in protest at what he considers to be a lack of representation for the south of the county.

    Robert Tindall, who is the member for Brown Clee and Ditton Priors, is upset that the authority's new cabinet is dominated by councillors from north Shropshire and Shrewsbury.

    Ditton Priors

    The new leader Peter Nutting says it's a countywide administration based on talent, not geography.

    Councillor Tindall will continue as an "independent conservative".

  14. Ex-Newcastle youth coach from Devon faces sex charges

    BBC News England

    Former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond has been charged with 29 sex offences, police have said.

    The 61-year-old, of Newton Abbot, Devon, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1973 and 1998.

    He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 9 June, Northumbria Police said.

    The charges followed an investigation into "non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community", the force added.

  15. Dog walker attacked by 'pit bull' type dog in Ketley

    Shropshire Star

    A dog walker and his pet were attacked by a "pit bull" type dog during an evening walk.

    Police - generic image
  16. New-look Shrewsbury Cathedral unveiled

    Ryan Kennedy

    Presenter, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury's Catholic Cathedral has officially reopened following months of building work.

    There's a new-look entrance, along with a visitor centre and garden area, and the revamp has been blessed too.

    Bishop Mark Davies and Canon Jonathan Mitchell at Shrewsbury Cathedral

    Canon Jonathan Mitchell, seen here on the right alongside Bishop Mark Davies, is hoping it'll welcome more people to appreciate the beauty of the building.

    Shrewsbury Cathedral