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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Photos: Dalek for sale in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

This Dalek was spotted in the showrooms at Halls auctioneers in Shrewsbury today.

It's pretending to be up for sale, but it's probably just lying low while plotting world domination.


Weather: A sunny end to the day and clear skies tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We'll get a sunny end to the day across Shropshire and it should stay clear overnight.

Horse racing: A good day so far for Richard Johnson

BBC Sport

The Champion-jump-jockey-in-waiting Richard Johnson has won on the first two of his five rides at Ludlow today.

Richard Johnson
Getty Images

Big favourite Ozzie the Oscar, trained by Phillip Hobbs, won the first race of the day and Johnson followed it up with another win on another favourite, Festive Affair, for Jonjo O'Neill in the second.

He finished second in the 16:10 on North Hill.

Man falls in Carding Mill valley

A man in his 70s has been rescued after falling down the hillside in the Carding Mill valley this afternoon, landing in a stream at the bottom.

It happened near a waterfall just before 14:00 and he was taken to hospital suffering hip pain.

Carding Mill valley

Headlines: Missing tourist appeal reaches £30k; man in 70s rescued from hillside after fall

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Fundraising appeal to help find man missing in Peru tops £30,000

- Man in 70s rescued from Carding Mill valley after fall

- Sex abuse suspect, Father Ernest Sands, found dead

BBC Weather Watchers: Sunny pictures from around Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like the weather's been sunny all over Shropshire today.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Wellington (top) and Presthope (bottom).

Heather H
Snapper Simon

Pair jailed after man lured to Newport house and robbed at knifepoint

Shropshire Star

Two men have been jailed after being part of a gang who lured a builder to a house before robbing and assaulting him.

Cricket: Batsman returns to play for Shropshire

BBC Sport

Ex-Shropshire skipper Richard Oliver is to return to play Minor Counties cricket this summer after turning down an offer to stay with Worcestershire.

The 26-year-old opening batsman left New Road at the end of last season after rejecting a new deal.

Richard Oliver
Stuart Dunn (Shropshire CCC/Shrewsbury Chronicle)

Instead of a commitment to winter training in Worcester, he opted to play grade cricket in Australia for his adopted club side Geelong.

But he is back in England and will play for Shropshire in the Unicorns Trophy.

Caribbean police officers training with West Mercia

Police officers from the Caribbean island of Montserrat have flown over to train with West Mercia police.

They're learning how to investigate cases of child sex abuse and earlier in the year, two detectives from West Mercia went over there to pass on their expertise.

The trip has been funded by the Montserrat Government.

Getty Images

Drunk man stole pensioner's bank card at Telford flat

Shropshire Star

A man who walked drunk into a pensioner’s flat in Telford and asked for money before taking her bank card has been jailed. 

Your photos: Calves at Fishmore Hall Hotel

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

This photo of calves in a field near Ludlow was taken by the people at Fishmore Hall Hotel, who tweeted "Spring is definitely here!" 

They're baby long horns and you can see them in the field at the back of the hotel.

Calves on hillside
Fishmore Hall Hotel

Hanwood man loses 20 stone - in nine months

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A Hanwood man who piled on the weight after a serious knee injury has lost 20 stone in nine months - that's more than two stone every four weeks.

Peter Warren, who is 35, says he became depressed after hurting his cruciate ligaments and was tipping the scales at 32 stone, with a 66 inch waistline.

Weight loss before and after photos

But after gastric band surgery he has rediscovered his love of sport, climbing Snowdon five times and playing cricket again for village side, Pontesbury.

I have regained a lot of my old confidence. I now wear 34 inch trousers and have ditched the 8XL size tops. People are always shocked when they see me, but I still want to improve my fitness levels and get stronger. I’d love to play another 90 minutes of football and then be able to retire again.”

Peter Warren

Headlines: Sex abuse suspect found dead; council considers response to development go-ahead

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

- Sex abuse suspect, priest Father Ernest Sands, found dead

- Council considers options after Wellington development gets go-ahead from inspector

- Shrewsbury Town groundsman wins League One award

Football: Brackley Town v AFC Telford United

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United need a strong performance tonight.

They're away to their closest National North relegation rivals, Brackley. 

After their recent run of five successive wins, Telford have dropped back into trouble after two defeats. 

Rob and Larry
Mike Sheridan

I'm expecting a good won't be easy but we're a good side."

Larry ChambersAssistant Manager, AFC Telford United

Watch: Richard Johnson nears title glory

BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today’s sport reporter Dan Pallett is at Ludlow this afternoon to see Herefordshire jockey Richard Johnson close in on the National Hunt jockey title.

Johnson, who finished runner-up in 15 of AP McCoy's 20 straight title triumphs, is nearly 100 winners clear of his nearest rival, and will celebrate the title at Sandown on Saturday.

Johnson will be talking to Dan on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.

Council reviewing Wellington homes decision

A planning inspector's decision to allow 290 homes to be built in Wellington hasn't gone down well with Telford and Wrekin council which had rejected the application.

The authority says “we are disappointed to read that a Government inspector has not accepted the arguments put to him by local residents and the council".

Telford and Wrekin council

The authority says it's reviewing the decision before deciding what to do next.

Your photos: Shifnal windmill at dusk

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

If you're driving into Shifnal on Wolverhampton Road, the old windmill is the first sign that you are almost home.

And this photo taken by Robert Willdigg (and posted on Facebook) really shows it off in a dramatic light.

Shifnal windmill
Robert Willdigg

Calls for M6 toll charges to be scrapped

BBC Midlands Today

There have been renewed calls for the M6 Toll to be made free for drivers at times of heavy congestion. 

A debate in Parliament today follows a serious incident in February where the M6 was closed for 24 hours.

Horse racing: Another chance to see Richard Johnson at Ludlow

If you're going to the races at Ludlow this afternoon, you'll have the chance to see Richard Johnson in action again.

He is due to collect his first Champion Jockey's title at the weekend.

Richard Johnson
Getty Images

There are eight races today, with the first at 14:10.

Headlines: Sex abuse suspect found dead; appeal to find missing man tops £27,000; groundsman wins award

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Sex abuse suspect priest Father Ernest Sands found dead

- Appeal to find missing Shropshire man in Peru tops £27,000

- Shropshire groundsman wins League One award

Ice Hockey: Tigers' Makrov pegs back GB

Great Britain's Ice Hockey team needed overtime to beat Estonia at the World Championships in Zagreb.

The side, which includes two Telford Tigers players in the squad, was denied late on by a strike from another Tiger - Estonia's Andrei Makrov (pictured), who tied the game at 3-3.

Andrei Makrov
Steve Brodie

But a goal from Robert Dowd was enough for GB to record their second win of the tournament.  

Shrewsbury Town's groundsman crowned best in League One

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's head groundsman, Richard Barnett, has been named League One "groundsman of the season" by the Football League.

The judging was done by referees, visiting managers and the Sports Turf Research Institute.

Shrewsbury pitch
Getty Images

Shrewsbury Town's Chief Executive Brian Caldwell told the club's official website they'd received a lot of compliments from opposing teams, despite the wet winter.

We are absolutely delighted that Dave and his team have won this award on behalf of the Football Club, there is no doubt the quality of the surface provided for the players on match day is second to none.”

Brian CaldwellShrewsbury Town Chief Executive

Weather: Some sunshine this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We should have a clear afternoon and some sunshine.

BreakingSex abuse suspect priest Father Ernest Sands found dead

A Roman Catholic priest arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse has been found dead on the day he was due to report to police.

Father Ernest Sands, 67, was found dead on 11 April, it has emerged.

Fr Sands, who lived in Oswestry, was arrested last year by Lancashire Police on suspicion of sexually abusing five boys at a Catholic seminary.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said the death was not suspicious and his alleged victims had been informed.

Your photos: Double rainbow over Bridgnorth

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

It looks like there are two pots of gold to be found in Bridgnorth.

This photo was sent in by James Griffiths and if you've got pictures you'd like to share with us, you can email them or share via Facebook or Twitter.

Rainbows over Bridgnorth
James Griffiths

Plans for almost 300 new homes in Wellington get go-ahead

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A Government-appointed planning inspector has ruled that a controversial plan to build homes on the edge of Wellington should go ahead, against the wishes of Telford and Wrekin council and people living nearby. 

It means the proposal, near the cricket club off Haygate Road, now has outline permission, although the maximum number of homes has been restricted to 290 instead of the original 330.

Haygate road site

Telford and Wrekin Council is considering what, if anything, to do next.

Shropshire footballer remembered

One of the county's footballing greats is being commemorated in the village where he grew up. 

Hitchens Way, on a new housing estate in Highley, remembers the former Aston Villa and Inter Milan player Gerry Hitchens (pictured with the ball), who also scored five goals for England in the 1962 World Cup. 

England squad
Getty Images

Hitchens, who started out as a miner down the pits, died after a charity match in 1983 at the age of 48.

Sister of man missing in Peru says 'today a critical day'

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The sister of Harry Greaves, the Shropshire man missing in Peru, says "today will be a critical day" in the search.

Ellen Greaves says a yellow tent, spotted in a mountainous area, is almost certainly not his and the family say they need the authorities over there to take a bigger role.

Harry Greaves
Greaves family

Ms Greaves said they'd paid £10,000 for a helicopter to spend four hours looking for him and now they want to spend another £25,000 to have it up for a whole day today.

An donations page has been set up online, to fund the search and it has so far raised £23,000.

Football: Shrewsbury Town v Sheffield United

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town need vital points in their fight for League one survival. 

They're at home to Sheffield United tonight. 

Nathaniel Knight-Percival

Club captain Nathaniel Knight-Percival says the more support they get, the better. 

When they get behind the team it's a massive help...I hope our fans turn out in big numbers."

Nathaniel Knight-PercivalShrewsbury Town FC

Care worker shortage forces man into nursing home

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent

A shortage of carers in rural parts of Shropshire means a man is having to go into a care home, separating him from his wife.

Roger Breece, 76, from Market Drayton, had a stroke 13 years ago and his home has been specially adapted. 

The care company says it's struggling to recruit people to work for them. 

Headlines: Search for Harry Greaves continues; Haygate Road developers win appeal

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Missing Shropshire tourist 'seen by local in Peru'

- Controversial plans to build around 300 homes on the edge of Wellington have been approved

- Telford MP Lucy Allan to lead teenage pregnancy debate in Westminster

Shrewsbury - the unofficial home of the British comics industry

How has Shrewsbury become home to some of the biggest names in the British comics industry?

The town recently hosted the Cartoon Festival, but it's also home to the likes of Charlie Adlard - one of the artists behind the internationally successful series, The Walking Dead. 

Charlie Adlard

Robbie Morrison, who worked on 2000 AD and co-created Nikolai Dante with Simon Fraser, is also based in Shrewsbury.  

Morrison's partner Deborah Tate, who met him when she worked for Marvel in London, is another of the town's cartoon mafia.  

London Marathon: Shawbury man raising money in memory of father

This week we are featuring the stories of some of the Shropshire people running the London marathon.

Squadron Leader Adrian Vine from RAF Shawbury is taking part to raise money for Dementia UK, because his father suffered from the condition for several years before passing away two years ago.

He has run the London marathon once before, in 2009.

Adrian Vine
Adrian Vine

More than 300 homes to be built at Telford beauty spot as developers win appeal

Shropshire Star

More than 300 new homes will be built on a beauty spot in Telford after a Government planning inspector backed plans despite a fierce battle by residents to protect it from development.

Search for Harry: Sightings reported

BBC Midlands Today

Relatives of Shropshire man Harry Greaves, who's gone missing in Peru, say the search area has been narrowed. 

They're following up a reported sighting of the 29-year-old in the mountains last Friday. A tent similar to his has also been spotted. 

Harry, who's from Bronygarth near Oswestry, told friends he was going to spend his birthday hiking on a mountain, more than a week ago.

His family has flown to Peru to help with the search, including cousin Lucy Greaves. 

Headlines: Family in Peru to search for missing man; Shortage of home carers

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're looking at this morning:

- Reported sightings in Peru as search for Harry Greaves continues

- Shropshire man is having to move into a care home because not enough carers can be recruited

- Councillor accuses road-workers of being rude and sexist

Weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

A chilly start but sunny spells by the afternoon. Sara Blizzard has the forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: No problems on the roads

BBC Travel

Traffic is moving well across the county, just some roadworks to be aware of in Edgmond.

Temporary traffic lights are in place on the B5062 between Flatt Road and Marsh Road. 

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

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