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  1. Retired Telford vicar found guilty of indecently assaulting girl
  2. Alton Towers defends decision to bar Shrewsbury woman with one hand from ride
  3. Shrewsbury's £1m Quantum Leap sculpture needs repair
  4. Updates on Monday 9 May 2016

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

Fly-tippers face on-the-spot fines

Fly-tippers face on-the-spot fines up to £400
A Staffordshire beauty spot blighted by fly-tipping has warned that new on-the-spot fines to deter people from dumping rubbish, aren't enough. 
George Williams, Estate Manager for the Enville Estate which borders Staffordshire and Shropshire, said two years ago it cost the estate £7000 to clear 32 tonnes of rubbish left by fly-tippers. 
The Government said the new fines would give local authorities greater powers to tackle the crime by issuing penalty notices of between £150 and £400 to those caught in the act.

Weather: A clear end to the day, but rain overnight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

The rest of the day should stay dry and warm, but we're expecting some rain overnight.

Sarah Pond

A woman is banned from The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers because she only has one hand.

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Court scales of justice

A vicar who told a girl he could rape her if he wanted as he put his tongue down her throat is convicted of indecently assaulting her.

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Video: Council bill to clean up rubbish left by travellers

Shropshire Council says it'll cost at least £200 to clean up rubbish left behind by travellers in the Battlefield area of Shrewsbury.

The travellers, who were there over the weekend, left waste including food, plastic bags and tyres.

They were given notice to leave by the council when they arrived there on Friday.

Warehouse collapse investigation handed over to council

The investigation into the collapse of all that shelving at the Edwards Transport warehouse near Hinstock is now in the hands of Shropshire Council.

The authority says the Health and Safety Executive has handed over the reins after inspecting the site earlier today, but the HSE will remain involved.

Warehouse rescue

Diocese of Hereford defends handling of indecent assault allegations

The Diocese of Hereford has defended its decision to wait 16 years before reporting allegations that one of its vicars had been accused of a indecent assault in 1995.

After a review of old files, it eventually reported the case to the police in 2014 and today 64-year-old Kevin McGarahan was found guilty of the offence.

The diocese claimed the victims, who reported the crimes in 1998, asked for no action to be taken other than to ask Mr McGarahan was spoken to, so it acted in accordance with their wishes.

It said as McGarahan had left the Hereford Diocese by that time, it passed the information on to his new employer, the British Army.

Headlines: Retired vicar guilty of indecent assault; Shrewsbury sculpture needs repairs

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Retired Telford vicar found guilty of indecently assaulting girl

- Woman with one hand 'hurt and upset' at being barred from rollercoaster

- Shrewsbury's Quantum Leap sculpture in need of repairs

BBC Weather Watchers: Warm but overcast around Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Although it's been warm today, it's been pretty overcast around Shropshire and this picture was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Snapper Simon near Church Stretton earlier today.

Church Stretton
Snapper Simon

Shrewsbury's Quantum Leap sculpture needs repairs

Shrewsbury's controversial Quantum Leap sculpture has started to crumble around the edges and needs repairing.

It was built to remember Charles Darwin seven years ago at a cost of £1m and has become known locally as the "slinky spring".

Quantum sculpture

Shropshire Council says it has employed surveyors to look at the damaged rendering, but doesn't yet know how much the repairs will cost.

Football: Mellon staying on as Shrewsbury manager

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Micky Mellon has confirmed he will be the manager of Shrewsbury Town next season.

Last week he told us his future would be shaped by a meeting with his chairman, but it appears he does have Roland Wycherley's backing.

Micky Mellon
Getty Images

With a host of players out of contract, he'll soon reveal the start of his rebuilding plans with who'll be offered new deals and who'll not.

Shrewsbury woman 'hurt and upset' at being barred from rollercoaster

A Shrewsbury woman, who was told she couldn't ride on an Alton Towers rollercoaster because she has one hand, says she is "angry and upset" by the incident.

The theme park has apologised and explained the decision was made on safety grounds.

Sarah Pond
Sarah Pond

Miss Pond said she was unhappy at the way she was spoken to by a member of staff on the ride and in a Facebook post, she wrote, "I read the rules of the ride. You need to be able to walk 25m without help. And climb a ladder. Well I can assure you I can, nothing is wrong with my legs!"

Volunteers wanted for water vole study

The People's Trust for Endangered Species is looking to recruit volunteers to carry out a water vole study in Shropshire.

It's carrying out an online survey and wants people to check sites where there may already be water voles and also to flag up new areas.

Water vole
Getty Images

Shrewsbury dad Simon up and running just weeks after donating part of liver to his son

Shropshire Star

A Shrewsbury father who donated part of his liver to his son has completed a park run just weeks after the major operation.

American Football: First win of season for Shropshire Revolution

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire Revolution recorded their first win of the season yesterday, and what a win it was.

They beat Humber Warhawks 49-0 at Oakengates and will have a chance to improve their record to 2-2 when they host Lincolnshire Bombers this coming Sunday.

Shropshire Revolution player running with ball
Shropshire Revolution

The team has also arranged a charity match against the Staffordshire Surge at Oakengates on 19 June - a game they're calling "The Shire Bowl".

Headlines: Ex-vicar guilty of indecent assault; Alton Towers defends decision to bar woman with one hand from riding The Smiler

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Retired Telford vicar found guilty of indecently assaulting teenage girl

- Alton Towers defends decision to bar Shrewsbury woman with one hand from ride

- New solar panels for council HQ

New solar panels at council HQ

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

More than 490 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Shropshire Council’s Shirehall headquarters in Shrewsbury.

The authority says they cost £180,000 and will cut its electricity bill by £16,000 a year.

Solar panels
Shropshire Council

And the council will also make a further £1,000 a year by supplying power to the national grid.

Watch: Taiko drumming workshop at Church Stretton music festival

Paul Shuttleworth

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

One of the noisiest workshops at the Church Stretton Musicfest event over the weekend was the Taiko drumming workshop.

Here's a little taste of it.

Note: There is no commentary on this video

BreakingFormer Telford vicar found guilty of indecent assault

A retired Telford vicar has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

The Reverend Kevin McGarahan, who is 64, carried out the assault at his home 1995 and has been released on bail until sentencing on 3 June.

Shrewsbury Crown Court

Alton Towers responds to complaints by Shrewsbury woman

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

Alton Towers says a Shropshire woman with one hand wasn't allowed to ride its Smiler roller-coaster because it wouldn't be safe.

Sarah Pond, from Shrewsbury, who was born with part of her left arm missing, criticised the theme park on Facebook for excluding her from the ride last Friday.

Smiler ride

In a statement, the theme park says it's sorry Ms Pond didn't get the experience at Alton Towers that it would like its guests to have, but says the restrictions are set by ride manufacturers, and are in place because rider safety is its main priority.

Football: TNS begin summer clear-out

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The New Saints of Oswestry have started rebuilding for next season after winning the Welsh treble for the second successive year.

Out go long-serving favourite Mike Wilde, along with Kai Edwards and Ryan Edwards.

Jon Routledge
Getty Images

And following on from last week's signing of the QPR Under-21 player Tom Matthews, the club's also brought in the Dumbarton and former Hamilton Scottish Premier League midfielder Jon Routledge (pictured above).

Bridgnorth pub drug dealer gets two-and-a-half years

Shropshire Star

A drug dealer from Bridgnorth has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after being caught red-handed in a pub in the town.

Text helpline for teenagers with sex questions

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Teenagers have got a new text helpline in Shropshire, offering sex advice.

ChatHealth has been set up by the Shropshire Community Healh Trust and aims to help young people who are too embarrassed to speak to someone face to face.


The service can also be used to get advice on bullying, illnesses or to make an appointment with a school nurse.

The ChatHealth number is 07507 330346 and is available from Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 16:30.

We know this is a popular service as we have looked at other areas of the country where it has already been launched where young people say they feel less embarrassed, it is quick and easy, it is anonymous and non-judgemental

Kirsten EllmoreSchool nurse service manager

Inspectors investigating warehouse collapse

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Health and safety inspectors are at the Shropshire warehouse where a man was trapped for eight hours on Friday.

They'll be trying to find out why metal racking, stacked with cheese, collapsed on top of fork-lift truck-driver Tomasz Wiszniewski, who was working inside the cold-store at Edwards Transport, near Hinstock.

Warehouse collapse

Shredding vehicle catches fire in Telford centre

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A large paper-shredding truck has caught fire in Telford town centre.

The fire service say they were called out at 11:13 and the fire was out by 11:30, but as a precaution they've had to empty out the whole load of shredded paper, in Central Square.

They're still there, checking it over, as a precaution.

Fire engine

Headlines: Shrewsbury woman's Alton Towers complaint; HSE investigates warehouse collapse

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this lunchtime:

- Alton Towers investigating complaint from Shrewsbury woman with one hand

- Health and safety investigators look into Hinstock warehouse collapse

- New text helpline for teenagers wanting sex advice

Lifeline given to rare woodland butterfly

Claudia Berry

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A lifeline has been given to one of the rarest butterflies in the West Midlands. 

A grant of £98,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will see the wood white reintroduced into four woodland sites across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

White wood butterfly
Rob Solomon

According to wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, the wood white is one of the UK's fastest declining butterflies and is found on just 50 sites across the country, with 42% of these found in the West Midlands.

The wood white is a very pretty and delicate butterfly and it really needs our help if we want to secure its future here in the West Midlands."

Rhona GoddardButterfly Conservation

Cricket: Comfortable win for Shrewsbury

BBC Sport

In the Birmingham League, last year's champions Shrewsbury were comfortable seven-wicket winners over Leamington, who were skittled for 87 at the weekend.

In Division One, newly promoted Bridgnorth edged to a five-run win over Brockhampton, but Wellington lost.


Lower down the ladder, there were wins for Shifnal and Oswestry, while Newport, Whitchurch and Worfield all lost.

Weather: Warm, with some cloud overhead this afternoon

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be warm this afternoon, with temperatures up to 22C (77F) and there will be some cloud overhead.

Watch: Dancing at Church Stretton's first Musicfest event

Paul Shuttleworth

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

Church Stretton held its first ever Musicfest at the weekend, with more than 200 musicians taking part in a series of open-air performances.

And alongside the lute-players, accordionists and bell-ringers there were falconry displays, a singing workshop and a class to teach people how to dance the Charleston.

Cricket: Shropshire make one change for Worcestershire match

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire have made one change to the side that beat Wales, for their match with first-class county neighbours Worcestershire.

Jack McIver replaces the unavailable Ollie Westbury in the one-day challenge at Shifnal on Friday evening.

Steve Leach
Brian Foxall

McIver is an off-spin bowler and middle order batsman, who only joined Shifnal this year.

He’s previously played for the national universities side as well as Nottinghamshire seconds.

Your pictures: Plenty to choose from after the sunny weekend

BBC Weather Watchers

Some great pictures were taken by Weather Watchers in Shropshire over the weekend. 

Here's just a handful - first up from Ludlow (Jan's Patch) and Edgmond (Microflyer). 

Jan's Patch

Rick Astley added to V Festival line-up

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Rick Astley, famous for singing hits including Never Gonna Give You Up and Together Forever has been added to the line-up for this summer's V Festival at Weston Park.

The 80s star has sold more than 40 million records and has got another album out next month.

Rick Astley

Other acts appearing on 20 and 21 August include Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Little Mix and Rita Ora.

Thousands turn out for charity ride

Up to 7,000 motorcyclists and scooter riders turned out in Shropshire for the annual Bike 4 Life Fest. 

The event, which runs from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford, helps to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance. 


Organiser Helen Stevens says it's hard to believe how popular it's become.

Days like today don't feel like work... we couldn't be prouder of the attendance and the support we receive

Helen StevensBike 4 Life Fest organiser

Woman with one hand claims she was turned away from Smiler ride

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Alton Towers says it's looking into claims a Shrewsbury woman was arbitrarily turned away from the Smiler ride, because she only has one hand. 

Sarah Pond says she'd been on the rollercoaster about 10 times in the past, despite being born with part of her left arm missing. 

But she says what made things worse on Friday was when someone with a broken-arm in a cast was allowed on. 


Alton Towers' parent company Merlin Entertainment is facing a multimillion-pound fine for breaking health and safety rules when the Smiler ride crashed last summer, leaving five people seriously injured.

Headlines: Claims woman turned away from ride; jury to resume deliberations in trial of vicar accused of indecent assault

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Shrewsbury woman with one hand claims she was turned away from Alton Towers ride

- Jury to resume its deliberations into the case of a retired vicar, accused of indecent assault

- Up to 7,000 bikers turn out for charity ride

Hinstock warehouse collapse: Probe starting after man buried by cheese

Shropshire Star

Investigations were today expected to begin at the Shropshire warehouse where a man was trapped under hundreds of blocks of cheese for nine hours.

Shropshire Star

Football: Shrewsbury Town end season on a loss

BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town lost 3-0 at Swindon yesterday in their final game of the League One campaign. 

Larnell Cole came close for Shrewsbury, but his shot was blocked.

Town finished 20th, four points above the relegation zone. 

League One table
BBC Sport

Junior doctors to meet Telford MP over 'demotivating' comments

An MP has angered junior doctors who say she is suggesting residents in her constituency are not intelligent enough to work in the profession.

Telford's Lucy Allan said it was "wrong to suggest we are a constituency that is a liberal elite of highly-educated people - we're absolutely not."

She said her constituents "do not have the opportunities that doctors have".

Lucy Allan

Ami Jones, who grew up in Telford and is now a consultant in Abergavenny, said: "She is de-motivating the young people of Telford."

Members of the Facebook group Junior Doctors of Telford have arranged to meet Ms Allan on 10 June.