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By Andy Giddings

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  1. Man in court over assault charges

    A former Shropshire teacher has appeared in court over assault charges.

    Bruce Gracie, 70, from Newton Regis in Staffordshire, was at Birmingham Crown Court charged with indecent assault of a boy under the age of 16 and gross indecency with a male patient.

    A trial date has been set for 7 November.

  2. Air ambulances land on school field after man falls nearby

    Two air ambulances landed on a school field at John Randall Primary in Madeley this morning.

    The crews had been called after a middle-aged man suffered serious injuries in a fall at a nearby house.

    The man was airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

    John Randall Primary School tweeted a message letting people know that the incident was nothing to do with anyone at the school.

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  3. England goalkeeper shows support for Haughmond

    Shropshire's Joe Hart has shown his support for Haughmond FC after they earned a replay in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

    The England and West Ham keeper posted a message (below) on social media.

    Haughmond held Boston to a 1-1 draw at the weekend. The replay is at the Shrewsbury Sports Village tomorrow night from 19:45.

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  4. Election campaign abuse was tough, says MP

    Shrewsbury & Atcham Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski says the abuse he received during this year's general election campaign was "miles worse" than previous years.

    The Conservative politician saw his posters torn down, others were defaced with swastikas and he says he was hounded by anti-hunt demonstrators.

    Daniel Kawczynski

    A BBC survey of MPs found the overwhelming majority who responded received some form of abuse on the campaign trail.

    Quote Message: I think some people feel that they can almost say anything, no matter how libelous or how hateful it is on social media." from Daniel Kawczynski MP
    Daniel Kawczynski MP
  5. FA Cup draw: Bucks to face Stafford Rangers

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United have been handed an away draw in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

    They made it through to next round after beating Barwell 2-0 at the weekend.

    Telford goal

    Their game against Stafford Rangers will be played on Saturday 30 September, KO 15:00.

  6. New deaf chaplain for diocese

    A new chaplain for the deaf has been appointed for the Lichfield Diocese.

    Baptist minister Susan Myatt is herself deaf and says she wants to give more deaf people the chance to worship in their own language.

    Susan Myatt

    She is expected to lead a service in British Sign Language once a month, as well as oversee pastoral care for deaf members of congregations.

  7. Prostate cancer screening event to return

    A prostate cancer screening event, organised by the Ironbridge and Severn Gorge Lions Club, will return next year.

    The take-up was so high that another event has already been arranged for March 2018.

    More than 400 men turned up to get checked out and of the 400, about 60 showed abnormalities and 39 were flagged up for urgent referral.

  8. MPs tell of death threats and abuse at 2017 election

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A BBC survey of MPs has found the overwhelming majority who responded received some form of abuse during this year's general election campaign.

    Conservative MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham Daniel Kawczynski says the abuse he received during this year's campaign was "miles worse" than previous years.

    In all, 87% of politicians told BBC 5 Live they'd been targeted verbally and physically and some reported damage to property.

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    Video caption: A majority of MPs faced some form of abuse during the election, a 5 live survey suggests.
  9. Cricket final abandoned for the second time

    BBC Sport

    There was a feeling of Deja Vu for a Shropshire cricket team over the weekend.

    Shropshire were playing Essex in the final of the national over-60s tournament at the second time of asking after their first attempt was rained off.

    Cricket ball

    But the weather played its part again in Sunday's replay - when the match was abandoned due to the rain.

    Shropshire captain John Foster says another replay will happen, but not until next year now.

    Quote Message: Just after tea it absolutely bucketed down and the match was abandoned. We've now agreed to play it in April next year at the start of the season." from John Foster Shropshire over-60s cricket captain
    John FosterShropshire over-60s cricket captain
  10. Couple write to PM over prostate screening

    A Shropshire couple are calling for the NHS to do routine testing for prostate cancer.

    Harold Taylor from Coalbrookdale is having treatment for the illness, but only after going to a screening event organised by the Ironbridge and Severn Gorge Lions Club earlier this year.

    Men over 50 can currently ask their GPs for a test, but there is no routine screening programme.

    Blood test

    Public Health England recommends that national screening should not be introduced as PSA tests are unreliable and can suggest prostate cancer when no cancer exists and at the same time miss genuine cancers.

    Harold's wife Jackie, who recently lost her brother to prostate cancer, has written to the prime minster calling for a change in the screening process.

    Quote Message: It was passed on to the health secretary. It said [the reply] there's lots of againsts and that there are no plans for testing in the near future. I just replied 'I disagree with everything you have said'." from Jackie Taylor
    Jackie Taylor
  11. Weather Watchers: Dark and cloudy skies over Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We're expecting some showers later, but it's already looking ominous over parts of the county.

    Thanks to our Weather Watchers in Church Stretton (top) and Longnor (bottom) for these photos.

    Church Stretton
  12. Government minister new £4m engineering centre

    Bridgnorth's new £4m engineering centre is being visited by a government minister today.

    Jake Berry from the Department for Communities and Local Government will be at the The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology.

    Jake Berry

    There are dozens of apprenticeship places available at the site - with training set to be provided by local employers.

  13. Woman in hospital after being hit by a train

    Kate Tebby

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A woman hit by a train at Shrewsbury Railway Station at the weekend is not thought to be suffering life-threatening injuries, British Transport Police says.

    Officers are not treating the incident on Sunday morning as suspicious.

    The air ambulance alongside other emergency services attended the scene.

  14. FA Cup: Haughmond FC get the replay

    The dream run continues for Haughmond FC as they held Boston United 1-1 away.

    They've now got another chance to make it through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with a replay in Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

    Here's that equaliser.

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  15. NHS bosses lay out winter A&E plans

    NHS managers from Shropshire are in London today to explain how they will keep A&E services functioning properly in the county over winter.

    They've been summoned along with other badly performing areas amid concern over growing waiting times and staffing problems.

    Hospital ward
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    Video caption: Undercover reporter confronts spam text message pair

    The men boasted about being the biggest distributors of nuisance text messages in the UK.

  17. Woman hit by a train at Shrewsbury Railway Station

    Shropshire Star

    A woman was taken to hospital after being hit by a train.

    Shrewsbury railway station
  18. Football: Telford get FA Cup win

    AFC Telford United made it through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Barwell of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier division.

    Jordan Gough and Jordan Murphy got the goals at the New Bucks Head.

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  19. Knife surrender launches in West Mercia area

    A four-week-long knife surrender has launched in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

    West Mercia Police says anyone can anonymously hand in a knife or other bladed weapon in bins across area.


    However, it is a surrender rather than an amnesty, so there's no immunity from prosecution if it turns out one of the weapons has been used in a crime.

    A similar campaign last summer saw more than 300 knives collected.