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  1. Seventy six jobs under threat at Telford college
  2. The New Saints lose manager Harrison
  3. More maternity unit closures over bank holiday
  4. Updates on Friday 26 May

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Enjoy the bank holiday.

Reminder that armed officers may be on the streets

The police are reminding us that with the heightened state of security at the moment, there may be armed officers out on the streets this bank holiday weekend.

Armed officer

The force says it always has armed officers based around the West Mercia area, ready to react where needed, but since the terror attack in Manchester it deployed additional firearms teams.

There will also be more regular police out on the streets.

Football: Record runs and European wins among Harrison's achievements

BBC Sport

The New Saints have described Craig Harrison as their most successful manager ever and it's hard to argue with the collection of silverware his team built up in his five years at Park Hall.

But, perhaps his most memorable achievement will be his world record 27-game winning run in all competitions this season - breaking a record set by Ajax.

Craig Harrison

Harrison also led his side to European Champions League qualifying wins over Cliftonville of Northern Ireland and Tre Penne of San Marino, plus a memorable win in the away leg against Videoton of Hungary.

More maternity unit closures this weekend

The maternity units at Bridgnorth and Oswestry will be closed for the bank holiday weekend, because of staff sickness.

The closures are the latest in a series of temporary closures at midwife-led units around the county this year and the two units will be shut from 20:00 tonight until 08:00 on Tuesday morning.

Bridgnorth hospital

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust explained the problem had been a shortage of staff at the Princess Royal Hospital and that maternity staff had to be redeployed there, as cover.

BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on housing

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

We wanted to know: What should we be doing to address the need for more low cost housing? Does any party have policies you think would help?

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Tarz, Birmingham: "Use up all avaliable brownfield sites. If landowners do no build within three years of purchase, then the councils should buy them back at the price that was paid. The council then gets houses built on the sites. This stops land-hoarding. Trouble is, each individual is responsible for his/hers situation, and should not rely on others to house them. All parties talk the talk then do sod all when in power."

Beatrice, Shrewsbury: "Use greenbelt areas to build more houses, decrease demand."

Carol, Stoke: "I think derelict buildings could be used. They could be renovated and either rented or sold at a reduced rate to people who would benefit from low cost houses. There are some old derelict factory buildings near where I live, they have been unused for years now, but could be put to good used if turned into flats."

College union 'surprised' by scale of planned TCAT job cuts

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

The University and College Union (UCU) said it was surprised by the scale of the planned job losses announced by Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) today.

But the vice chair of its TCAT branch, Crispin Barkley, said he wasn't surprised, because he knew about the financial strain the college was under and that talks had taken place between the union and management this week.


Mr Barkley said the job of the union was now to try to reduce the number of jobs affected and he said he was confident that could be achieved.

The college says 76 jobs are under threat.

Football: TNS wish Harrison the best with new job

BBC Sport

Craig Harrison has left The New Saints with best wishes from the men in charge there.

Chairman Mike Harris (pictured below) said he wished him "the very best in his new role" and CEO Ian Williams said he had been "instrumental in ensuring continued success during his time at the club".

Mike Harris

The club agreed to release him from his contract, so he could take up the Hartlepool job.

Harrison will be a hard act to follow, but TNS say assistant manager Scott Ruscoe will step up until a permanent manager can be appointed.

Your photos: Sun shines even brighter over Newport

BBC Weather Watchers

We thought the weather was good yesterday, but it's even better today, as these photos taken by BBC Weather Watcher Tay show.

This one was taken yesterday afternoon and you can see that despite the fine weather, there was still some cloud around.

Newport field

Compare that to this photo he took around the same time this afternoon, with clear blue skies.

Newport field

Bank holiday getaways: Busiest roads for four years

Highways England have suspended 150 miles of roadworks across the West Midlands in anticipation of today's Bank Holiday getaway.

The RAC are warning drivers to expect the busiest spring bank holiday weekend for traffic in four years.

It estimates that 16.5m leisure journeys will be taken between today and Monday because of soaring temperatures.

Data picture

Football: New striker looking forward to playing for familiar management team

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's latest signing, Lenell John-Lewis, says he is looking forward to playing for Paul Hurst and Chris Doig again.

The 28-year-old played for the pair at Grimsby Town and scored 26 goals for the Mariners, before his transfer to Newport County.

Lenell John-Lewis
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John-Lewis described himself as a "target-man" who could also get behind defences and said he offered "hard work and honesty".

He suffered a serious knee injury for Newport last season, which kept him out for 10 months and says he is looking forward to enjoying his football again.

I worked well under [Paul Hurst and Chris Doig] before and they know how to get the best out of me."

Lenell John-LewisShrewsbury Town striker

BreakingFootball: TNS boss leaves to take Hartlepool job

BBC Sport

The New Saints manager, Craig Harrison, has left the club to take the managers job at Hartlepool United.

He was the most successful manager in the club's history, with six Welsh Premier League titles, four Welsh Cups and three Welsh League Cups.

Craig Harrison

Harrison had been strongly linked with a move back to his native north east and had won the backing of the TV presenter and former Hartlepool president, Jeff Stelling.

Stage is set for Shrewsbury 80s concert

Shropshire Star

The stage is set and tomorrow thousands of music fans will flood in to Shrewsbury's Quarry park to enjoy the first ever Let's Rock festival.

BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on defence

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

We asked:

What should we do about defence? Do you support Trident? Which party’s policies do you think best look after our defence needs?"


Shah, Birmingham: "I don't support Trident. None of the party's have any viable long term financially savvy solution."

Barry, Telford: "Trident must be supported and we should have four submarines and not just three please do not let corbyn near them."

Harold, Coventry: "I would oppose Trident if there is a viable alternative. It's difficult to say which party best looks after our security but I would go with Labour."

Daniel, Walsall: "I support a strong defence but am not an interventionist. I don't find much to like in Labour's mixed stance on the nuclear deterrent but do not like how the Conservatives have steadlily cut the military either. No party really fully reflect my views I don't think."

County show looks to educate

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The organisers of the Shropshire County Show say they want to "educate people about the agricultural industry".

Show manager Ian Bebbington said they also wanted to "entertain families" and would have a big section for young people, which would involve a walking dinosaur puppet this year.

West Mid Showground

Mr Bebbington also said there would be shorter ferry journeys across the Severn this year, to reduce queues.

And he said there would be no poultry section this year, because there wasn't time to organise one, following the avian flu poultry ban, earlier this year.

College looks to minimise compulsory redundancies

The principal at Telford College of Arts and Technology says he will look to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies and says the final number of job-cuts could be lower than 76.

Graham Guest said the college would try to reduce the number of agency staff it employs and would offer staff the chance to re-train to take up other positions.


The college is in the process of merging with the nearby New College, but said these job losses were nothing to do with that move.

It couldn't say if there would be further job losses when the merger takes place.

Your photos: Sunshine in Queens Head

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a beautiful day and we're getting some great photos shared by the BBC Weather Watchers.

This one was taken at Queens Head a little earlier.

Queens Head

Football: Shrewsbury sign Newport County striker

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town have signed striker Lenell John-Lewis from League Two Newport County, on a one-year deal.

He previously played for Town manager Paul Hurst's former club, Grimsby.

Lenell John-Lewis

Midlands Today: Extra security for 'Pride' event

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

West Midlands Police say a "large number" of officers, specials and staff will be on hand to keep visitors safe at the city's Pride event on Saturday and Sunday.

Security measures have also been stepped up at festivals in Staffordshire, Shrewsbury and Hay-on-Wye.

Catch my report on BBC One at 13:30.

Birmingham Pride 2016

Mobile phone stores robbed at knife-point

Thieves armed with a knife have robbed two mobile phone stores in Shrewsbury town centre.

The police say the raids took place at the Carphone Warehouse and EE shops on Pride hill yesterday afternoon.

Pride Hill

No-one was hurt, but the two men got away with phones after threatening staff and were seen leaving in a blue Toyota Celica.

County show taking place this weekend

The Shropshire County Show takes place at the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury tomorrow.

It features a mix of local bands, cattle displays, and stalls and this year it's being visited by a motorcycle display team and the Wirral Marching Piping Band.


The show traces its roots back to the days of the Shropshire County Agricultural Show, which was created in the late 19th Century.

BreakingTelford college to cut 76 jobs

Seventy six jobs could go at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

It says it currently employs about 480 staff and will be offering them the option of taking voluntary redundancy.


The college principal Graham Guest said it was an "extremely difficult decision" but that the college had been operating with a "staff surplus" for several years and that had to be addressed.

He said the cuts would have no impact on students.

Athletics: Rowlings sets European wheelchair record

Alex Seftel

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire wheelchair racer Ben Rowlings has set a new European record over 800 metres.

The 21-year-old from Newport beat his own lifetime best in the T34 category for athletes with cerebral palsy.

Ben Rowlings

His time of 1:39.1 in Switzerland last night is 5 seconds faster than he's gone before.

Bank holiday: Thunderstorm warning for Saturday

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

It wouldn't be a bank holiday in England if there weren't warnings over heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for thundery showers on Saturday afternoon and their affected area covers most of Staffordshire and north Shropshire.

They say the rain could bring "localised flooding, hail and frequent lightning".

Shrewsbury's BGT star Tina Humphrey dies

Shropshire Star

Tina Humphrey, who wowed audiences on Britain’s Got Talent with her dancing dog Chandi, has died aged 45 after a battle with cancer.

Your photos: Sunny weather in Ludlow and Shifnal

BBC Weather Watchers

It's going to be a hot day in Shropshire and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing their photos of clear blue skies around the county this morning.

These ones were taken in Ludlow (top) and Shifnal (below).

Ludlow garden
Shropshire Lass
St Andrew's Church

Oswestry keen to keep French link

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Despite Brexit, members of Oswestry twinned town association are keen to keep their link with Combs-Le-Ville near Paris.

A party set off this morning to stay with French families in the town south of the French capital.


The association was founded in 1980 to foster friendships with the French town.

Oswestry twinner Dave Davies says that they're setting off today for a week of "entente cordiale".

Telford elects new mayor

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Telford's new mayor has been elected by his fellow Telford and Wrekin councillors.

Labour councillor Stephen Reynolds will take over from Rae Evans, with Councillor Raj Mehta as his deputy.

Stephen Reynolds
Telford and Wrekin Council

Mr Reynolds told last night's council meeting he was diagnosed with a terminal cancer 10 years ago and was told then he had only three months to live, so he had decided to support Severn Hospice as his chosen charity, during his term in office.

Man airlifted to hospital after car hits tree

Two men have been injured, one of whom was airlifted to hospital, after the car they were travelling in rolled down a bank and hit a tree last night.

The incident happened in Broome Road, Aston-on-Clun just before 19:50.

One man was trapped for nearly an hour.

West Mercia Ambulance Service

Specialist Orthopaedic team get national award

A specialist team at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital have been awarded Network of Excellence status for their care of people with neuromuscular conditions.


Muscular Dystrophy UK, awarded the status to the hospital along with other specialist teams in the North West region.

Neuromuscular is a broad term that encompasses many diseases and ailments that impair the functioning of the muscles.

The charity made the award for the orthopaedic hospital's work training professionals in the conditions.

Historian goes back to school

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Prof Mary Beard, author and TV presenter, will be visiting her old school Church Preen Primary today.

Mary was born in Much Wenlock in 1955 and went on the be educated at Shrewsbury High School and then Newnham College, Cambridge.


Her television work started in 2010 when she presented Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town.

Her mother was headteacher at Church Preen Primary. The current head, Dave Tinker, hopes Mary's story will enrich the children's learning.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

Another dry, sunny and hot day in store with top temperatures of 25C (77F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

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

Your comments: AGA foundry closure

The plans to close the AGA foundry in Coalbrookdale have led to some discussion on the BBC Radio Shropshire Facebook page.

Bob Smith wrote: "It is always sad to see iconic British manufacturers having to sub-contract component manufacture, but in this highly competitive world, product cost is crucial to the survival of organisations."

AGA factory

Simon Pilkington said he thought it was a "very sad and bad day in so many ways" on the BBC Midlands Today Facebook page.

Rob Thomas complained "we'll not be manufacturing anything in this country soon".