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  1. Health bosses back hospital reorganisation plans
  2. Shrewsbury Flower Show gets under way
  3. Pair arrested in Telford arson investigation are released on bail
  4. Rare pine marten colony flourishing
  5. Updates on Friday 11 August 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between A5112 Hereford Road and A458.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Shrewsbury blocked and stationary traffic in both directions between Dobbies Island and Cross Houses Junction, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to Montgomery Roundabout.

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

Severe accident: A5 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between A5112 Hereford Road and A5064 London Road.

A5 Shropshire - A5 blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between Dobbies Island and the A5064 London Road (Emstrey) junction, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle.

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

Fire engine - generic image

The blaze at the two-storey building in Telford caused "extensive damage".

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Alex Rodman's early goal continues Shrewsbury's 100% start to the League One season as they beat AFC Wimbledon.

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Three arrested after medical equipment stolen

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Three men have been arrested following thefts from ambulance stations across south-east England.

Police seized tens of thousands of pounds worth of medical equipment in a series of early-morning raids on addresses in Canterbury, Herne Bay, Hoath, Seasalter and at the Chislet Business Park in Hersden.

A 44-year-old man from Hoath was arrested on suspicion of robbery, aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods.

A 48-year-old man from Telford, in Shropshire, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

A 33-year-old man from Herne Bay was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

South East Coast Ambulance Service vehicle

Watch: Natural confetti company doubles production to meet demand

A Shropshire company which grows flowers to turn into natural confetti says it has had to double its production this year, because of rising demand.

Ashley Corrigan from Shropshire Petals, which is based near Newport, says it's been helped by wedding venues banning paper-confetti, to reduce the amount of cleaning-up afterwards.

Natural confetti maker doubles harvest to meet demand

In pictures: Some of the displays at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

The Shrewsbury Flower show has been as colourful as always, even if the skies have been a little grey today.

Here are some more photos from the event, which continues this evening and tomorrow.

Flower show
Flower show

The weather forecast for this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mix of sunshine and some outbreaks of rain today, here's how tonight and the weekend is looking across the West Midlands.

Keep yourself updated with the latest forecasts on the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

Football: Shrewsbury's Nolan enjoying partnership with Agogo

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town's Jon Nolan says he is enjoying his midfield partnership with Abu Agogo and believes they complement each other nicely.

The pair are likely to be playing together again against AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.

Jon Nolan is enjoying his midfield partnership with Abu Agogo

Watch: Marching band at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

One of the highlights of the Shrewsbury Flower Show is always the marching bands and we were there to witness one of them trooping up and down the quarry earlier today.

And it seemed other people were keen to get involved...

Marching bands entertain visitors to Shrewsbury Flower Show

Football: Shrewsbury manager wants to get physical

Shrewsbury Town travel to AFC Wimbledon tomorrow, a side that has its roots in a club famous for their physical approach.

And the Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst says he wants his side to have a physical edge about them too.

But, he says it's about more than a few crunching tackles, in the style of Vinnie Jones.

Paul Hurst wants his side to compete physically

Football: The New Saints kick off new season tonight

The New Saints kick off the defence of their Welsh league title tonight, away to Bangor.

The new manager Scott Ruscoe says sides like Bangor, Connah's Quay and Bala will all put out stronger teams this season and he wants to put an early "stamp on the league".

Scott Ruscoe

TNS have been champions of Wales for the past six seasons.

Everyone's pushing and having a go. And good, because without anyone pushing us we're not going to improve."

Scott Ruscoe

In pictures: Shrewsbury flower show

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

It's all looking busy in the main marquee at the Shrewsbury flower show and the public are getting the chance to see the competition entries.

Flower show marquee

These limited edition bronze and copper forget-me-nots are being sold to raise money for Severn Hospice and formed the basis of their reflection garden.


Pair released as arson investigations continue

Police investigating a series of arson attacks have released on bail a 26-year-old man and 15-year-old boy, both from Telford, who were arrested on Tuesday.

The pair had been questioned over 26 attacks on cars in the Hadley and Leegomery area, over a five-year period, starting in 2012.

Watch: Latest footage of pine martens in Shropshire

Pine martens have become a rare sight in Britain, outside Scotland, but there is a colony still flourishing at a secret location in Shropshire.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust has been filming them with hidden cameras near Clun and has been back to them this week to collect the latest footage.

A pine marten colony is continuing to flourish

When they were first spotted two years ago the wildlife trust said it was assumed they would struggle to establish themselves, but the pine martens seem to be proving the experts wrong.

At least eight different martens have been caught on camera and maybe more.

The new footage comes just days after a new colony was discovered in Yorkshire.

Football: Telford manager expecting a physical game

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United are at home to Salford City this weekend and manager Rob Edwards says their opponents will be a physical side.

Telford won their opening match away to York, but were beaten in mid-week by Brackley.

Telford told to expect a physical Salford side
A&E at Princess Royal Hospital

A public consultation will now take place on the plans for the future of Shropshire's main hospital services.

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Calls to Crimestoppers increase

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Calls to Crimestoppers by people in the West Mercia Police force area have gone up by nearly 30%, according to latest figures.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, Crimestoppers handled more than 220,000 annonymous reports from people living in our area.

That's an increase of 28% on the previous year.

Severe accident: A528 Shropshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A528 Shropshire northbound severe accident, before The Parklands.

A528 Shropshire - A528 Shrewsbury Road in Cockshutt blocked and slow traffic northbound before The Parklands junction, because of an accident and debris on the road.

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

West Mids mayor wants M6 toll to be free at times

The West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, says he'd like powers to open the M6 Toll for free at times, to ease congestion.

He is hoping to get the powers from the government before the end of the year.

Andy Street

The mayor also hopes to see cheaper fees for lorries.

Watch: Drama group returning to Edinburgh Fringe

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Kaleidoscope Theatre, from Kemberton, is making a return visit to Edinburgh Fringe after a gap of 12 years.

The group, which is run by Carolyne Revell and her husband John will be performing 'Dreaming Amidst the Thorns'.

Shropshire drama group returns to the Edinburgh Fringe

Telford health boss says some people will be disadvantaged by hospital plans

Some people will be disadvantaged by changes to hospital services, the chair of the Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group has said.

The proposals would see Shrewsbury get the county's emergency care department and specialist maternity services, while planned surgery would move to Telford

David Evans said the key would be to make provision for those who lose out as a result.

Telford hospital boss wants hospital changes to be balanced

Telford council welcomes new rail franchise holders

The decision to bring in a new operator for trains between Shrewsbury and Birmingham has been welcomed by Telford and Wrekin Council.

West Midlands Trains is promising more services to and from the county and refurbished carriages.

West Midlands Trains
West Midlands Trains

The authority says it is looking forward to meeting representatives of the consortium and wants their support in lobbying for the electrification of the line to Wolverhampton.

This is really excellent news for our transport infrastructure and I would like to welcome West Midlands Trains and congratulate them on their successful bid to win the franchise."

Councillor Angela McClementsTelford & Wrekin Council

Hospital proposals: What happens next?

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

There is still some way to go before changes can be made to services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital.

Before the proposals can go to consultation they need the backing of the county's two Clinical Commissioning Group boards and NHS England, although that is expected to be a formality now.

The next step would be a 12-week period of public consultation on the proposals and following that a decision on whether to move ahead with the plans.

A&E beds

If all that happens without a hitch, change could start to happen as soon as next February.

But, it's possible there could be change even sooner, with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust warning that it might have to close A&E overnight, if staffing levels get any worse.

Shrewsbury Flower Show opens

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The 130th Shrewsbury Flower Show has opened its gates, with up to 35,000 people expected to visit The Quarry over the two days.

Celebrity gardeners Joe Swift and Penny Meadmore will be attending along with celebrity chef John Torode.

Show garden

As well as the flower displays there will be trade tents, show jumping, live music and fireworks.

Chair of health panel says action has to be taken

The man chosen to independently chair last night's health commissioners meeting, which voted to move ahead with plans to reorganise hospital services, says action has to be taken.

Simon Brake is the chief officer of the Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and said the "fragility" of staffing at the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford meant services would degrade if nothing changed.

Health meeting

He also praised the work done on the proposals and said that the decision to put them to public consultation would allow "positive steps towards a new service configuration".

The evidence base is very significant, the level of thought that has gone into it has been very careful and impressive."

Simon BrakeChief Officer of Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

'We are all going to be losers' as a result of hospital plans

Shropshire health campaigner Gill George said "we are all going to be losers" as a result of the decision to move ahead with plans to alter hospital services in Shrewsbury and Telford.

Mrs George, who represents Shropshire Defend our NHS, said the move was "clearly catastrophic" for people in Telford, who would see their A&E downgraded and lose their women and children's centre.

She said people across the county would lose out because "this is about cutting costs".

Gill George

She went on to say that the decision is "very,very, bad news for people in Shropshire who face extremely long journeys to access routine planned care, which will be in Telford".

And she said it was wrong to move ahead to public consultation, after an independent report said there was no guarantee of funding for the plans and no clear plan for community healthcare.

They don't know what they're doing with community services and they've got no notion at all about how they can fund them."

Gill GeorgeShropshire Defend our NHS

Telford councillors unhappy with hospitals decision

The decision to move ahead with plans to reorganise Shropshire hospitals and consult with the public on the proposals has upset some Telford and Wrekin councillors.

The authority has opposed the idea of downgrading Telford's accident and emergency department and moving women and children's services to Shrewsbury.

Hospitals meeting

Deputy leader Richard Overton was also disappointed with the way the consultation is to be run, saying people shouldn't be given a "preferred option" by the health service.

I'm disappointed that they've gone out with the preferred option of downgrading services at the PRH. They could have just gone out to consultation on both options being viable."

Councillor Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council

Consultation decision 'good news'

The plans have been put together by the Future Fit board, rather than the hospital trust - a project that was first set up in October 2013.

Since then, it has spent millions of pounds in coming to its recommendations and faced considerable criticism along the way.


I think it's tremendously good news we can go forward and talk to the public with what we're proposing to improve the healthcare in Shropshire. I'm surprised it was such an easy decision for the committee, but actually really good we go out to consultation with a unanimous decision behind it."

Mark CheethamSurgeon

Hospital reorganisation plans approved

Health bosses unanimously backed hospital reorganisation plans at a meeting last night.

They include basing a new enhanced Emergency Centre in Shrewsbury, along with women and children's services.

Elective surgery, orthopaedics and specialist centres for bariatric services and breast services will be based in Telford.


The decision last night at a sometimes heated meeting means the proposals, once rubber-stamped by other NHS bodies, will go out to public consultation.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a dry start with sunny spells, expect some outbreaks of rain this afternoon with top temperatures of 18C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

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Welcome to live updates from BBC Shropshire on Friday morning.

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

If you'd like to get in touch you can email, tweet us on @bbcshropshire or message via Facebook

Our live coverage across the day

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

Will jobs be affected by London Midland franchise loss?

More than 2,400 staff work for London Midland, but no jobs are at risk after it was announced the firm lost the franchise to West Midlands Trains.

The roles will pass to the new operator when the franchise is taken over, a spokesperson for Abellio confirmed.

London Midland train

The company has also pledged to invest £13m on staff training and development and will create more than 900 new apprenticeships over the course of the franchise.

West Midlands Trains Ltd said the new franchise would bring "much welcomed investment in new services and extra capacity across the network".

Shrewsbury MP accuses Wrekin MP of 'narrow political posturing'

The MP for Shrewsbury, Daniel Kawczynski, has accused the MP for the Wrekin of "narrow political posturing" following his comments about Shropshire's hospitals.

Mark Pritchard has criticised the leadership of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust and called for further scrutiny of its plans to reorganise services in the two towns, because he believes Telford should retain a full A&E department and its women and children's centre.

Daniel Kawczynski and Mark Pritchard

Mr Kawczynski backs the hospital's plan to move women and children's services to Shrewsbury and make the Royal Shrewsbury the county's centre for emergency medicine, rather than Telford.

In a tweet, he said calls by his fellow Tory MP risked derailing the "Doctor/ Surgeon led initiative for patient safety".