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Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

  1. Watch: Pontesbury man creates giant wicker otter

    Genevieve Tudor

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A Pontesbury man has created a 26ft-long (8m) otter out of branches and twigs and plans to display him at Bridgnorth Carnival on 24 June.

    The work was commissioned by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which wants to mount his creation on their float.

    Video content

    Video caption: An artist has created a giant wicker otter
  2. Man released in schoolgirl death investigation

    A man arrested in connection with the death of a 11-year-old girl in a crash in Copthorne, Shrewsbury has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

    The 77-year-old had been questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

    The girl has not yet been named, but her head teacher at St George's School said it was an "incredibly difficult time" for all involved.

    Police scene
  3. Carnival in Shrewsbury tomorrow

    The Shrewsbury Carnival takes place tomorrow, with a parade around the town and a show in The Quarry.

    The procession will start at the park at 14:00 and travel down Victoria Quay and Smithfield, then up Castle Gates and Castle Street before turning into the High Street and then down Shoplatch, Bellstone, Barker Street and Bridge Street.

    Shrewsbury Carnival

    The show in The Quarry will feature stalls, a fun fair and entertainment in an arena.

  4. Meetings to discuss the future of women and children's services

    Open meetings are going to be held in Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Telford to get people's thoughts about the future of women and children's services in the county.

    They're being jointly hosted by the Shropshire and Telford Clinical Commissioning Groups and the first will be in Palmer's Cafe in Shrewsbury next Wednesday.

    Ludlow maternity unit

    The CCGs say they want to hear the experiences of parents, their friends and their families and say babies and small children will be catered for at the meetings.

    Proposals to close the county's rural maternity units have been put forward, because they are under-used and the Future Fit review of hospital services has recommended moving specialist women and children's services from Telford to Shrewsbury.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between B5069 South Gobowen and B5009 affecting A483.

    A5 Shropshire - A5 in Gobowen closed and stop-start traffic in both directions between South Gobowen and the B5009 junction, because of an accident involving car and a motorbike. Congestion to Mile End Roundabout and to Gledrid Roundabout.

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

  6. School investigated 'inappropriate' actions by teacher

    Newport's Burton Borough School says it held an investigation when reports of inappropriate behaviour by an IT teacher came to light.

    Jennifer Cann has been given an indefinite suspension from teaching after admitting she failed to "maintain professional boundaries" and that she engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with a pupil.

    Burton Borough School

    Christine Carter, the head teacher at Burton Borough School, said the 30-year-old resigned before a disciplinary process could be completed, but that the investigation by school governors into her conduct was completed.

  7. Football: AFC Telford United deny Ronaldo interest

    BBC Sport

    Rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo might want to leave Real Madrid, because he is upset at being accused of tax fraud, have prompted all sorts of rumours about potential destinations.

    But he won't be going to the Bucks Head - AFC Telford United have just put out this tweet.

  8. Road race to honour Shropshire cyclist

    A new road cycling race will be run in Shropshire on Sunday in honour of a local cyclist.

    Mike Jones will be known to many in the sport as the man who set up Stan's Cycles in Shrewsbury and he now runs a cycling holiday business in the Pyrenees with his wife.

    Mike Jones

    The 50 year old got the nickname "Rhino" because of his aggressive riding style and has won over 200 races including seven Midlands titles and has taken part in world and national championship events.

    The race will take place on roads near Eaton Constantine, just outside Shrewsbury.

  9. Football: Shrewsbury manager sees 'tough game' against Forest

    BBC Sport

    The Shrewsbury Town manager says he's expecting a "tough game" when his side travel to play Nottingham Forest in the first round of the League Cup.

    Paul Hurst said that even if their opponents tinker with their side for the game, it should be a challenge and that Forest was a club "steeped in history" that will want to perform better this season.

    Paul Hurst

    Hurst added it was a game the fans will look forward to and said his players will want to "give a good account of themselves".

    Quote Message: Obviously when you looked at the seedings that were in place it probably was going to be a tough game, no matter what." from Paul Hurst Shrewsbury Town manager
    Paul HurstShrewsbury Town manager
  10. Firefighters release woman's finger from pram

    A woman in Telford had to call out the fire service after getting her finger stuck in a pram mechanism this lunchtime.

    They were called out to Lightmoor just before midday and took under 15 minutes to free her.

    Fire engine
  11. Further disruption to Shropshire maternity services

    Staff sickness has now led to the closure of Bridgnorth's maternity unit this weekend.

    This is on top of the closures of the units in Ludlow and Oswestry until next Wednesday, with women being contacted to offer alternative arrangements.

    Babies feet

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has also announced that women booked for antenatal scans at the Sutton Hill Children's Centre next Tuesday and Wednesday will have to go to the Princess Royal Hospital instead, because of "essential building maintenance work".

  12. More Southwater plans released

    Some new images, showing how Telford's Southwater development will be changing, have been released by Telford and Wrekin Council.

    Here you can see where the new Travelodge hotel and activity areas will sit, between the lake and the existing restaurants.

    Southwater plans

    And here is the grassy area where they will be built, as it looked before work started.

  13. Football: Shrewsbury drawn away to Nottingham Forest in League Cup

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town have been drawn to play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the first round of the League Cup.

    It will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

    Nottingham Forest stadium

    Shrewsbury were in the pot as one of the unseeded teams in the "northern" section this year.

  14. Shrewsbury head teacher reacts to death of 11-year-old pupil

    The headteacher of St George’s Junior School in Shrewbury has confirmed that the 11-year-old girl who died after being hit by a car yesterday was a pupil there.

    The girl isn't being named at this stage, but Sharon Munro said she was on her way home when the collision happened.

    Crash scene

    A 77-year-old man is being held by the police after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

    Quote Message: This is an incredibly difficult time for us all, but especially for her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask that people respect their privacy at this difficult time.” from Sharon Munro Headteacher of St George’s Junior School
    Sharon MunroHeadteacher of St George’s Junior School
  15. Football: Shrewsbury wait on League Cup draw

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town are ball number 33 for the League Cup draw this lunchtime.

    They are in the northern half of the draw, which only includes Football League clubs at this stage, with the Premier League teams joining in later rounds.

    Shrewsbury vs Sunderland in the EFL Cup

    Last season, Shrewsbury went out in the second round of the competition, after losing 1-0 away to Sunderland.

  16. Details of further investment in rural broadband 'to be announced soon'

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire Council says it expects to announce soon the details of further investment in rural broadband.

    The authority's been criticised by campaigners angered by what they see is a lack of action since a preferred supplier was chosen in April.

    rural broadband

    But the council says it's still completing due diligence on the deal and it expects "positive information" soon.

    It's already subsidised BT to the tune of £9m for previous parts of the scheme.

  17. Former-witch becomes town councillor

    A former witch has taken a seat on Bishop's Castle town council and says she sees it as a "new challenge".

    Abbie Niaid explained she had been "developing an interest in politics for some time" and said, "I wanted to do something for my community, a community that has helped me greatly since I've lived here".

    Abbie Niaid

    Ms Niaid said she'd been apprehensive before her first meeting, but soon felt comfortable discussing her views and added that pagans elsewhere had shown an interest in politics, but that other towns were "not as accepting as Bishop's Castle".

    She says she doesn't practice witchcraft any more and that she now sees it as a "simple personal religion", joking she doesn't go out dancing "in the nude".

    Quote Message: It's a new challenge, a little bit different for me because it's very much focussed in the real world, rather than in the other realm." from Abbie Niaid Bishop's Castle town councillor
    Abbie NiaidBishop's Castle town councillor