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  1. Staffing at county A&E departments remains critical
  2. Royal visit for Shropshire hospital
  3. Telford has one of the highest rates for school exclusions
  4. FA chairman unhappy with 'embarrassing' Senior Cup matches
  5. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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  1. Football: Shawbury United win Shropshire Senior Cup for first time

    BBC Sport

    Shawbury United have won the Shropshire Senior Cup for the first time in the club's history.

    They beat The New Saints 1-0 through a first-half goal from Liam Armstrong.

    Shawbury United

    Shawbury got to the final by beating Haughmond FC 2-0 and then Shrewsbury Town on penalties in the semi-final.

  2. Shropshire couple at special celebration in London

    A Shropshire couple are taking part in special celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act in London today.

    The famous piece of legislation decriminalised homosexual acts between two men of at least 21 years of age.

    Peter Ruscoe and Geoff Hardy

    Peter Ruscoe and Geoff Hardy (pictured above) were one of the first couples in Britain to get a Civil Partnership.

    Later they'll be at a lunch at the National Liberal Club attended by people who've campaigned for reform.

  3. Future of hospitals review under wraps

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The public could get to have their say on hospital reorganisation in the county as early as September.

    The Future Fit scheme was delayed after an independent review was ordered by the two clinical commissioning groups.

    It followed an angry backlash over plans to downgrade the A&E at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital and move its Women and Children's unit over to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to sit alongside a new enhanced emergency centre.

    Hospital signs

    It's understood that specialist consultant firm KPMG, which has carried out this review, has flagged up three areas of concern around the process. It includes whether the money to make changes is in place.

    The report has been written and it's in circulation, but it's under tight wraps. KPMG did not want this information coming out prior to the forthcoming Future Fit board meeting on Monday.

    Next month, the joint committee will meet to decide whether a public consultation can go ahead - possibly from September.

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    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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  5. Harper Adams 'Self-wich' photos prove popular

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Harper Adams University has been making an impact at the Royal Welsh Show, with a giant sandwich box.

    Visitors are being encouraged to stand inside and take a photo of themselves, as a human packed lunch.

    Selfwich selfies

    The aim is to promote fresh produce and the university's courses.

  6. Shrewsbury get international backing for safe standing

    BBC Sport

    Fans from Dortmund and Orlando have been in touch with the Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament to support their bid to install rail seating at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

    Spokesman Mike Davies said British clubs were coming forward "every day" to back the plans to create the safe standing area.

    Shrewsbury Town

    Shrewsbury are looking to be the first English club to install the chairs, but they are already being used overseas in countries including Germany, Scotland and the United States.

    Quote Message: [They] have come forward and given us their backing and said this is working for us, this is a great thing to see for English football." from Mike Davies Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament
    Mike DaviesShrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament
  7. Shrewsbury safe seating has cleared 'huge hurdle', says fans group

    BBC Sport

    The Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament is confident of getting the final permission it needs to install a safe standing section at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

    After winning approval for the scheme from the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the club now just needs Shropshire Council to issue a revised safety certificate for the ground.

    Salop Leisure Stand

    Mike Davies, from the fans group, says he is not expecting that to be a problem and it will mainly involve agreeing how the new area will be managed on match days.

    Supporters will also have to raise the £75,000 needed to pay for the rail seats.

    Quote Message: That [the SFSA approval] was a huge hurdle for us to jump and now it's over to our local authority to speak to the football club, our safety officer and work on a variation to the safety certificate to the ground from Mike Davies Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament
    Mike DaviesShrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament
  8. Football: Shrewsbury and Telford to play friendly

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town will be playing a friendly against AFC Telford United at the Bucks Head tonight.

    Both teams are likely to put out reserve sides.

    Neither team made it through to the final of the Shropshire Senior Cup final, which is also being played tonight.

    Bucks Head
  9. Council confident of having enough school places

    The number of secondary school places in Telford will increase to keep pace with the expected growth in pupil numbers, Telford and Wrekin Council says.

    The authority is preparing for an extra 2,000 students by 2022, with extra house building expected to bring more families to the area.


    To cope with the demand, the council says it is looking at expanding the number of school places in north and south Telford, Wellington, Hadley and Newport.

    Quote Message: We worked closely with planners and the design teams to ensure that all our secondary schools have the capacity to be expanded as the need arises. The combined total of these places is in excess of any shortfall identified within our school organisation plan." from Councillor Shirley Reynolds Telford and Wrekin Council
    Councillor Shirley ReynoldsTelford and Wrekin Council
  10. Seafood prize for young Shropshire chefs

    A pair of young chefs from Shropshire have won a prize at the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year finals in Grimsby.

    Adam Ashley, 20 (pictured, left), and 17-year-old Joe Little (right), who are both students at New College, won top prize for their intermediate course.

    Adam Ashley and Joe Little

    They impressed the judges with their baked cod loin, salt baked beetroot ratatouille with rosemary and parmesan and finished fifth in the overall competition.

  11. Football: Shropshire Senior Cup final tonight

    Shawbury United face The New Saints in the final of the Shropshire Senior Cup tonight.

    Shawbury got there by beating Shrewsbury Town on penalties, while TNS beat AFC Telford United 14-1 in their semi-final.

    TNS vs Telford

    Both Shrewsbury and Telford fielded youth sides in those matches, leading the chairman of the Shropshire FA to call the two shock results an "embarrassment" to the competition.

    The match will be played at Yockings Park, the home of Whitchurch Alport.

  12. UKIP MEP pulls out of leadership race

    The West Midlands Euro MP, Bill Etheridge, has announced he's withdrawing from UKIP's leadership contest.

    The politician, who's seen as being a moderate within the party, says he's still to decide which of the other candidates he'll support.

    Bill Etheridge
  13. Owner of fly-tipped caravan fined

    A man from the Black Country has been fined £700 by Telford and Wrekin Council after his caravan was found dumped by the roadside, in Cherrington near Newport.


    The authority said it was filled with rubbish, including large tree stumps, vehicle parts, a gas bottle and electrical equipment.

    The caravan also contained paperwork, including invoices, family photos, concert tickets and employment, bank and DVLA details, which were used to trace the owner.

    Caravan interior

    The owner, who hasn't been named by the council, admitted having a clear-out and hiring someone to dispose of it all and accepted two fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping and failing to check the credentials of the person he hired.

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    Video caption: US WW2 soldier's rare films of life in a hospital and POW camp

    Lt Col Quintus Nicola ran the 82nd general hospital and POW camp on the Shropshire/Wales border.

  15. Safety authority approves Shrewsbury safe standing move

    Shrewsbury Town's application to install a safe standing section at their stadium has been approved by the Sports Ground Safety Authority.

    The Supporters Parliament, which was behind the bid, says it now plans to officially launch its fundraising efforts on 2 August.

    Shrewsbury Town

    The club will also have to apply to make changes to its stadium safety certificate before the seating can be installed.

  16. Classic E-type Jaguar to be restored

    A Bridgnorth firm which restores classic cars has started the task of piecing together the parts of one of the first 500 E-Type Jaguars, after they were discovered in France.

    Classic Motor Cars says it was built in 1961 and had been living in a garage in the suburbs of Paris.

    Parts of Jaguar

    The company described the restoration as a "challenging project" and is also looking into the car's files to find out more about its life.

  17. Football: Shrewsbury fight back for friendly win

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town fought back from 1-0 down to beat Cardiff City in a home friendly last night.

    The visitors led through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing at half time, but Shrewsbury scored twice in the second half through a Shaun Whalley penalty and a goal from Louis Dodds.

    Shrewsbury Town stadium
  18. Your comments: The future of Shrewsbury shopping centres

    The future of Shrewsbury's shopping centres has been generating some debate on the BBC Radio Shropshire Facebook page after it emerged the subject had been discussed by councillors behind closed doors yesterday.

    Steve Bowdler said the town needed a major department store and added, "the two centres need to merge and the Riverside shopping mall needs knocking down".

    Pride Hill

    Annette Knight had a different idea, writing: "Reduce the business rates and rent to encourage more independent shops, which will bring back the market town feel to Shrewsbury".

    And there was some argument over whether the future was out-of-town stores with Graham Blunt writing "I'd rather go to a retail park or Telford now." and Julie Fox responding with "Telford and out of town areas are soul-less and like any other elsewhere. Shrewsbury town is unique".