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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: Cloudy with some showers possible overnight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The cloud is going to hang around and there's a chance of a few showers overnight in Shropshire.

Junior doctors' strike risks patient safety - Jeremy Hunt

BBC News Health

Planned all-out strikes by junior doctors in England this week could threaten the safety of patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned.

Protesters outside St Thomas' Hospital in London

Hospitals are making final preparations for the latest walkouts - on Tuesday and Wednesday - when emergency care will be affected for the first time.

Mr Hunt said the "extreme" action would be "deeply worrying for patients".

The BMA said it would call off the strike if Mr Hunt's threat to impose a contract on junior doctors was lifted.

Charities call for action over homelessness in England

Ross Hawkins

Political correspondent

Significant numbers of homeless people have no right to adequate help in England even if they are sleeping rough, campaigners say.

The group, including homelessness and housing charities and lawyers, wants councils to be forced to act sooner to stop people ending up on the streets.

Homeless person from neck down
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English councils only have to rehouse people faced with losing their homes who are judged to be "priority" cases.

The government is considering changing the law.

Wintry weather on the way

A warning that there might even be a slight dusting of snow in the west of the area tomorrow.

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Harper Adams' dairy centre to develop new products

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Harper Adams' new £4m dairy innovation centre is home to 30 full-time Dairy Crest research staff and started operating in November (today was the "official" opening).

Inside there are development kitchens, packaging labs and the facilities to scale-up production - everything they need to develop new products and see how easy it would be to get them to market.

Dairy Crest innovation centre
Harper Adams University

It's offering placements for university students, which is important because every student at Harper Adams is expected to spend a year in employment.

Football: Black returns for Walsall match

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town defender Ian Black should be fit for tomorrow's derby at Walsall.

He didn't train today but is having treatment for a neck injury suffered at the weekend.

Definitely out, though, are Jermaine Grandison and James Wallace.

Ian Black
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Wrekin MP says leaving EU would be bad for British trade

The Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard has been countering some of the arguments put forward by his fellow Shropshire Conservative Owen Paterson.

He said leaving the EU would leave us without a say on how the European single market is run and warned it would be safer for British business if we remain.

Mark Pritchard

Mr Pritchard described Britain as a "voice of reason at the top table" and a "counterbalance to some of the more eccentric policies of other members".

If we come out of the European Union but stay in the single market, we will have no say on the laws that apply to us and to me that doesn't make sense

Mark PritchardMP for the Wrekin

Headlines: Princess opens £4m dairy centre; police name crash victim; children's festival to return

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our headlines this evening:

- Princess Anne officially opens £4m dairy innovation centre

- Police name Shrewsbury man killed in Wrexham crash

- Shropshire Kids' Festival to return next year

Shrewsbury children's festival to return next year

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The organisers of the Shropshire Kids' Festival in Shrewsbury over the weekend say the event will be returning next year.

The Quarry was packed on both days and they've apologised for the long queues for some attractions like the water slide and the bouncy castles.

Childrens festival

The organisers (who are also involved in the Shrewsbury Food Festival) say it was successful beyond their "wildest dreams" when they came up with the idea of "a little festival for children".

Wow! We can't believe what an absolutely amazing turn-out we had today. As a first year of an event we are completely and utterly surprised by the crowds. "

Shropshire Kids' Festival

Photos: Princess Anne visiting new dairy innovation centre

Princess Anne was taken on a tour of the new Dairy Crest innovation centre at Harper Adams and after officially opening it, she was given a hamper to take away with her.

Here are a couple of photos of the visit.

Princess Anne
Harper Adams University
Princess Anne
Harper Adams University

Horse group now first point of contact for loose horses on roads in Telford

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A Telford group set up to reunite horses that stray on to roads with their owners, will now be the first point of contact for West Mercia Police.  

Previously the force called out a "horse bailiff" who would remove the animals and charge owners nearly £500 to return them.

Telford Horse Watch has now set up a database, which logs owners and horse details, so it can trace who the animal belongs to when its volunteers are called out. 

It's hoping it will reduce the number of horses being seized and owners having to pay hefty fines.

Severn Trent work in Shrewsbury should be finished by end of month

Severn Trent says the latest phase of a £2m investment in Shrewsbury's water system should be finished by the end of the month.

Roman Road has been partially closed and turned into a one-way system at the roundabout junction with Longden Road.

Roman road

It's part of the work which previously closed part of Oteley Road and Meole Brace island.

We've seen an increased number of bursts on our pipes now is the time we need to come in and replace that pipe and stop it from bursting."

Gareth MeadSevern Trent

BBC Weather Watchers: Dark skies over Shropshire this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

We're due some better weather this afternoon, but we've had some pretty gloomy photos sent in this morning by the BBC Weather Watchers.

Here we have Craven Arms (top) and Kinnersley (bottom).

Craven Arms
Shropshire Lass
Can you see the Wrekin?

American Football: A heavy defeat for the Revolution

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

It's two defeats in two for Shropshire's American football team, the Revolution.

They were 34-0 down at half-time against Leicester Falcons and eventually went down 42-0.

Shropshire Revolution
Shropshire Revolution

That was their first home game of the season and the next visitors to Oakengates Leisure Centre will be Humber Warhawks on 8 May.

North Shropshire MP calls leaving Europe the 'safe option'

The North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has given a speech in London, supporting the campaign to leave the European Union.

Speaking about the intervention of President Obama in the debate last week he said: "It's obvious the government are firing off all sorts of artillery."

Owen Paterson

Mr Paterson said remaining in the EU would be a "leap in the dark" because: "The Eurozone is going to drive forward and [be] integrated into effectively a new country" and that the "safe option" would be to leave and agree new trade agreements with Europe.

Free movement of people under the Treaty of Lisbon means we're sucking in huge numbers of people who are not hugely skilled who hurt many of our less well paid employees and they're driving down the price of wages here

Owen PatersonMP for North Shropshire

Police name Shrewsbury man killed in Wrexham crash

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Police say a man who died in a crash on the A534 near Wrexham on Friday afternoon was 48-year-old father-of-two Adrian Gammon from Shrewsbury.

He was a passenger in a Dacia Sandero and died at the scene after a collision with a VW Polo.

Adrian Gammon
Gammon family

The driver of the Polo was airlifted to hospital, while five other people needed hospital treatment. 

Headlines: Princess opens Harper dairy unit; police name Shrewsbury father killed in crash

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories:

- Princess Anne officially opens Harper Adams dairy centre

- Police name Shrewsbury father-of-two killed in Wrexham crash

- North Shropshire MP gives anti-Europe speech in London

Watch: Council's academies warning

There is a risk plans to turn all state schools in England into academies will not raise school standards, a group representing 37 largely Conservative local authorities has warned.

Councillor Paul Carter, from the County Councils Network, which includes Shropshire Council, said the government was pursuing change with "undue haste".

Under draft government plans, all state schools in England will have to leave the oversight of councils by 2022.

A Department for Education spokesman said the concerns were "misplaced".

Cricket: Shropshire County League gets under way

BBC Sport

The Shropshire County League got under way at the weekend (it's another week before the start of the Birmingham League) and there were some big wins.

Ludlow beat Madeley by eight wickets, Frankton claimed a seven-wicket win over Forton and Wem beat Albrighton by 25 runs.

There were closer victories for St Georges over Sentinel and Quatt over Shelton.

Cricket Bat

Watch: Radio building renamed after former Shropshire's Colin Bloomfield

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's the moment Colin Bloomfield's mum Alison cut the ribbon on the officially renamed headquarters of BBC Radio Derby.

Alison lost Colin and her husband Lawrie - who started BBC Radio Shropshire and guided it through its first nine years - within 11 months of one another.

"His father would be so proud of him," she said.

BHS: Timeline of a store's decline

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

British Home Stores has filed for administration, putting almost 11,000 jobs at risk.

The firm has stores across the West Midlands.

Here's a bit about the firm's history from 1928 to the present day.

Telford murder victim Davinia Loynton 'failed by the system'

Shropshire Star

The brother of a Telford woman murdered by a drug addict on licence from prison today said his sister might still be alive if the Probation Service had done its job better.

Pictures: AFC Telford United avoid the drop

BBC Sport

Some great celebration pictures from Mike Sheridan after AFC Telford United beat Worcester 2-0 to remain in the National League North. 

Sean Clancy and James Montgomery
Mike Sheridan
Rob Smith and Dwayne Samuels
Mike Sheridan

Cricket: 'bad day at the office' - Shropshire captain

BBC Sport

Shropshire's seven-wicket defeat to local rivals Herefordshire meant the worst possible start to their Minor Counties one-day season.

Steve Leach
Shropshire CCC

It's not really acceptable from the calibre of players we've got in our team. I think we can learn a lot from it."

Steve LeachCaptain, Shropshire County Cricket Club

Princess officially opens Dairy Crest centre

Princess Anne has officially opened the new Dairy Crest innovation centre at Harper Adams University near Newport.

Earlier she took a tour of the facilities with the University's Vice Chancellor and met students and people from Dairy Crest.

Princess Anne

Football: TNS Ladies complete league and cup double

BBC Sport

The New Saints Ladies completed the West Midlands Regional Premier League and Cup double at the weekend with a 4-0 win over Lye Town.

Their opponents had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, before TNS took the lead. Two goals for Sarah Burke and one apiece for Emily Ridge and Sam Berry were enough to lift the trophy.

TNS Ladies

The Saints now face Kingshurst Sporting Club Ladies away next Sunday in the final game of the league season before their Shropshire Cup final on Thursday 5 May.

What a game. We started very slow and Lye got a goal that no one else thought was offside, luckily for us the linesman did. After that though we showed what we can do. Buzzing to have got the double and now we focus on getting the third trophy of the year”.

Joe ThompsonTNS Ladies manager

Headlines: Princess opens dairy centre; Wrekin MP wants Europe court changes

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Princess Anne opens new dairy centre at Harper Adams University

- Wrekin MP calls for European Court of Human Rights changes

- Radio offices renamed in memory of Shropshire man

Radio presenter's mother 'just thrilled' to see building named after him

The mother the former BBC Radio Derby presenter, Colin Bloomfield, has cut the ribbon to officially rename their building after him.

Colin, who also worked here at BBC Shropshire, died from cancer a year ago today and Alison Bloomfield said she held a minute's silence this morning in his memory.

Alison Bloomfield cuts the ribbon

The Colin Bloomfield melanoma appeal has raised nearly £175,000 and Mrs Bloomfield said she was "just thrilled" to see the new sign over the BBC Radio Derby building.

MP delivers speech on 'future of Europe'

The North Shropshire MP is giving a speech about Europe in London today, alongside fellow "leave" campaigner Iain Duncan-Smith.

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Weather: Rain should clear away this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We might still have a few showers, but the rain should mostly clear away this afternoon and you might see the sun poking out from behind the cloud.

Shropshire lose opening Trophy match

Shropshire got off to a losing start in the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy as they slumped to a seven-wicket defeat at home to neighbours Herefordshire at Shrewsbury.

Only former captains Richard Oliver (30), on his return to the county, and Anthony Parker (27) made scores of any note as Shropshire were bowled out for 130 in 41.3 overs.

Richard Oliver
Stuart Dunn

Herefordshire got home with 19.4 overs to spare as they eased to 131-3, against the 2010 winners.

The second of Shropshire's four qualifying group games is at Abergavenny this Sunday, when the play Wales.

MP calls for changes to European Court of Human Rights

The MP for the Wrekin, who is also one of Britain's representatives at the Council of Europe, says he'd like to see changes to the European Court of Human Rights.

Mark Pritchard said that with the government due to draw up a British "bill of rights" at some point in this parliament he thinks it's time British courts were allowed to operate with "less interference from Europe".

Mark Pritchard

Mr Pritchard met the court's president Judge Guido Raimondi last week to pass on his thoughts and says the court accepts the need for reform.

I know there's a lot of concern about some of the perhaps over-reach of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to perhaps competing with our own Supreme Court and High Court."

Mark PritchardMP for the Wrekin

Shropshire chef completes marathon

Well done to everyone who completed the London Marathon yesterday. 

Here's celebrity chef Marcus Bean (pictured centre) at the finish line. 

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Andes fall tourist left dad poems

A Shropshire tourist who died while mountaineering in Peru recorded poetry and left it on his father's computer.

Harry Greaves went on a solo walk on 7 April to spend his 29th birthday two days later alone in the Andes.

His body was found in a 40-metre crevice on 20 April and his family believe he lost his footing and fell.

Simon Greaves said his son had sought quiet reflection before embarking on the next stage of his life.

All the pictures of him from Peru show him looking handsome, fit and happy."

Simon Greaves

Football: Gillingham 2-3 Shrewsbury Town

Survival for Shrewsbury Town is within sight after the League One side beat Gillingham away at the weekend.

The vital three points means a win for Shrewsbury against Walsall on Tuesday will keep them from relegation. 

Jean-Louis Akpa Apro
Rex Features

The winner came when Jean-Louis Akpa Apro's deflected effort found the net.  


Building renamed a year after Shropshire man's death

Colin Bloomfield was just 33 when he died from cancer last year. 

He worked at BBC Radio Shropshire before transferring over to our sister station BBC Radio Derby, where he became Breakfast Presenter. 

Colin Bloomfield

Today BBC Radio Derby have renamed their building Bloomfield House in Colin's memory.    

Bloomfield House

Headlines: Poetry left by Shropshire tourist; BHS jobs; Royal visit

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Harry Greaves, who died in Peru, left poetry on his father's computer

- Telford jobs under threat as BHS teeters on the brink of collapse

- Princess Anne due to officially open new centre at Harper Adams University today

Travel: Train lines back open in Crewe

BBC Travel

We've had a update from Network Rail that earlier problems for train passengers in Crewe have been cleared.

Get the latest at any time on the BBC Travel website.

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Royal visit for Shropshire University

Princess Anne's due to officially open the new Dairy Crest innovation centre at Harper Adams University, near Newport, today. 

The centre houses the technical and development teams which moved from the creamery at Crudgington, together with Harper students on placement and those carrying out research.

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