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  1. Updates on Friday 27 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andy Giddings

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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: A dry evening and mild night ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to remain dry this evening, with temperatures expected to be a mild 10C (50F) overnight.

Georgia Williams: Mum proud in charity set up in teenager's name

Telford Journal

The mother of Georgia Williams has shared a selection of pictures and stories from her first year as chairman of the charity set up in her daughter’s name.

Your chance to try volleyball

Get Inspired

Get Inspired

Fancy trying out a new sport this bank holiday weekend? 

Well, Volleyball England are hosting their Go Spike Big Weekend over the next few days.

The event is the perfect chance to try volleyball with sessions taking place across England. Click here to find one near you.

For more on getting into volleyball, visit BBC Get Inspired's guide.

Volleyball England

'Powerful' case made for A5 dual carriageway

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

A government minister says he's optimistic that the A5, south of Oswestry will be turned into a dual carriageway, following a visit to the county today.

Andrew Jones told local residents, councillors and members of the emergency services that he'd listened to their safety concerns.


The next wave of major funding for road improvements will be 2020 and Mr Jones says he'll feed back concerns to government.

I think the testimonies have been very powerful and also very varied. The key thing is there is clear, pent-up demand for investment in our highways infrastructure."

Andrew Jones MPTransport minister

Motorcyclist in serious condition after Leaton crash

An 18-year-old motorcyclist has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after a crash near Leaton this afternoon.

He collided with a trailer being towed by a 4x4 vehicle near the war memorial at 13:15 and was flown to the Royal Stoke University hospital.

Leaton memorial

An off duty paramedic was first at the scene and was treating him when the ambulance arrived.

Headlines: People trafficking case; businessman fined for keeping old contacts; motorcyclist seriously hurt

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Five Shropshire men in court as part of people trafficking case

- Telford man fined for keeping old business contacts

- Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Leaton crash

Watch: Telford's new mayor wants to support victims of domestic abuse

Telford's councillors elected a new mayor last night.

She is Councillor Rae Evans and she is the town's first female mayor in five years.

And she's planning to use the opportunity to support victims of domestic abuse.

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Shrewsbury bar gets green light to stay open later

Shrewsbury Chronicle

Later opening hours for a Shrewsbury town centre bar have been approved by councillors.

Ashley's bar

BBC Weather Watchers: Cloudy scenes all over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The rain has dried up, but the cloud has remained over Shropshire today.

This photo was taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers at Badger.


Businessman's fine highlights dangers of keeping old contact numbers

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The fine imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on a Shropshire man for taking his business contacts to a new company highlights the need to be careful when changing jobs.

The crime of unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is only punishable with a fine at the moment but the ICO would like to see prison sentences in the future.

Mobile phone
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Knowing whether your phone call to an old contact breaks the rules might depend on the wording of your contract though, the ICO told us. And many employment contracts will try to prevent this happening.

Watch: End of the road for famous truck

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A Shropshire truck that's so famous you can even buy a Corgi model of it retires today.

Bully has delivered heavy plant from Ridgeway Rentals in St Martins to destinations up and down the country, but after 15 years and over one million miles, today marks the end of the road for Bully.

Driver Brian Ecclestone is also retiring. He has driven the truck since it was new.

Five Shropshire men in court for people trafficking case

Five men from Shropshire are among 14 who have appeared in court charged with 45 offences ranging from people trafficking, rape, and serious sexual offences.

The men, who deny the offences, were charged as part of Operation Lenten, following raids in Deeside.

Mold Crown Court

The five are:

- Billy Joe Evans, 21, from a caravan site in Park Hall, Oswestry, is charged with rape

-  Silvester Martin Price, 19, of Ascot Close in Oswestry, is charged with rape

- Danny Roberts, 31, of Park Hall caravan site, is charged with rape

- Thomas Joseph Wilson, 18, from The Paddocks, Warren Road in Market Drayton, is charged with three counts of rape

- James Dean Evans, 20, formerly of Oswestry and now living at an address in Blackpool is charged with two counts of rape

Due to the number of defendants, the Judge at Mold Crown Court ordered that there should be two trials and the first will start on 5 January next year.

Headlines: Businessman fined for keeping old contacts

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- Businessman fined for taking old contact numbers to new job

- Government minister lobbied over A5 improvements

- Shropshire truck which inspired Corgi model put into retirement

Telford man fined for taking business contacts to new job

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A 46-year-old man from Leegomery has been ordered to pay more than £700 for taking business contacts from one job to another.

Mark Lloyd's former employers found 900 emails containing commercially sensitive data sent the day before he left Acorn Waste Management of Shrewsbury for a similar job in Telford.

Computer keyboard

Mr Lloyd pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining data and was prosecuted under section 55 of the Data Protection Act.

New Police and Crime Commissioner calls for more technology

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

New technology is going to be introduced in a bid to make West Mercia police more efficient behind the scenes.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the area, John Campion, described many of their existing offices as "traditional" and in need of modernisation.

Police control room

Mr Campion said that two weeks into the job he hadn't identified any further cutbacks, but wanted to make sure money was available for priorities and to make more use of technology.

I want to make sure that we use the right modern technology to free up our officers to do their job more efficiently, but more importantly so that we have a more efficient back office."

John CampionWest Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Transport minister hears arguments for widening A5

Transport Minister Andrew Jones has been in the county to hear the arguments for turning the A5 between Shrewsbury and Oswestry into a dual carriageway.

He met the MPs for Shrewsbury and North Shropshire along with the deputy leader of Shropshire Council, Steve Charmley.

Transport minister Andrew Jones

They told him that a dual carriageway would bring more investment into the area from Wales and Ireland and cut the number of people killed and injured on the road.

Traffic: Heavy traffic around Shrewsbury this lunchtime

BBC Travel

The ring road south of Shrewsbury is busy this lunchtime, with people heading west towards Wales for the bank holiday.

And there's been an accident at Leighton involving a motorbike and a cattle trailer, which has blocked the B5067.

Doctor Who memorabilia sale in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A large collection of Doctor Who memorabilia will be auctioned off in Shrewsbury next week.

There are around 300 items going under the hammer, including a full-sized Dalek which is expected to sell for between £500 and £800.

Dalek and Tardis

They belong to a fan from Llandudno, who has been collecting for over 20 years and also include a dvd stand in the shape of the Tardis (pictured above, with the Dalek).

Although some of the items date back to the 1960s, a lot of them are fairly modern. The collection is in mint condition and must of the items have never been out of their boxes."

Stewart OrrHalls auctioneers

Thousands of families await care cost decisions

BBC News Health

Almost 12,000 people in England are still waiting to hear if they are due millions of pounds in backdated care fees - some nearly four years after applying.

They are among 60,000 people who think they may have paid for care that should have been funded by the NHS.

Care home

Many of them fear they could have wrongly sold their family homes to cover their costs.

NHS England says 80% of the backlog has been cleared and £140m refunded.

New Victim's Charter to be created by police

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A Victim's Charter is being created by the new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, setting out what support a victim of crime should expect.

John Campion said he wanted to consult before drawing it up and is asking people to visit his website, to give their thoughts. 

John Campion
West Mercia Police

Mr Campion was elected earlier this month and the charter was something he promised to deliver within 100 days of being elected.

We've got some really great patches of some really great support, but I want to make sure that's for everybody and this charter is about setting out clear expectations."

John CampionWest Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Heavy traffic expected around Weston Park

The Caravan Club is holding a national event at Weston Park, so watch out for traffic around the site, today and tomorrow as people start to arrive.

It's the organisation's biggest outdoor event of the year and it will last until next Wednesday, with 5,000 members expected to attend with their caravans and motor homes.

Weston Park

Tribute bands, a mountain bike display team and celtic dancers have all been booked to entertain guests.

Football: AFC Telford United sign midfielder Fowler

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United have signed 33-year-old midfielder Lee Fowler after his release from Wrexham.

Manager Rob Smith said he was impressed by the player's attitude and focus.

Lee Fowler
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Ministry of Defence fears over Shropshire chicken sheds are dismissed

Shropshire Star

Four chicken sheds will be built in the Shropshire countryside after fears raised by the Ministry of Defence that its helicopters could cause distress to the animals were dismissed.

Weather: Cloudy skies with a chance of some sunshine

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We're due a cloudy afternoon, but there's a chance of some sunshine.

BBC Weather Watchers: Cloudy skies over Shropshire this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

There's been some thick cloud over Shropshire this morning, photographed by the BBC Weather Watchers.

Here you can see Shifnal (top) and a particularly foggy scene at Myddle (bottom).

Len Ticular

New Council leader for Telford and Wrekin outlines priorities

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The newly elected leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Shaun Davies has been outlining his priorities in office. 

The Labour Councillor takes over from Kuldhip Sahota, who stood down last month.   

Princess Royal Hospital A&E

Mr Davies says he'll be focusing on saving A&E in Telford and maximising government and external funding for the borough.

Twenty four hour seven day a week A&E cover is absolutely critical. I want to campaign for a fair funding deal for Telford and Wrekin Council. On the government's figures we're almost £12m underfunded. Thirdly we've got a fantastic track record in Telford and Wrekin of getting external, third party funding into this town, I want to prioritise that."

Shaun DaviesLeader of Telford and Wrekin Council

Another £270,000 found to smarten up Ironbridge

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Another £270,000 will be spent in Ironbridge, to smarten up the pavements, railings, litter bins and bollards.

Telford and Wrekin Council has already spent £400,000 to replace the paving stones along The Wharfage, High Street and Tontine Hill.


And it says that after talking to people in the tow,n it's found more jobs that need doing and all the work should be finished by the end of July.

Funding of Shrewsbury's north-west relief road to be discussed with Transport Minister

The MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Daniel Kawcyznski is meeting with the Transport Minister Andrew Jones today, to talk about finding the money for the town's north west relief road. 

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Headlines: New council leader outlines aims; relief road funding discussed with minister

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here's another look at our headlines this morning:

- Telford and Wrekin Council's new leader outlines his priorities

- Campaigners meet transport minister to discuss relief road funding

- Telford woman celebrates 100th birthday

100th birthday celebrations for Telford woman

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

A Telford woman is celebrating her 100th birthday today. 

Ellie Wickstead was born in Hadley. She says she's lucky to have had such a long and happy life.  

Hopes transport minister visit will lead to improvements on A5

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Campaigners are hoping a visit of Transport Minister Andrew Jones will lead to improvements on the A5. 

Mr Jones is meeting North Shropshire's MP Owen Paterson this morning, to discuss turning the road, south of Oswestry, into a dual carriageway. It's been one of Mr Paterson's priorities since he was elected, nearly 20 years ago. 

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson

Mr Jones is also meeting the Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski, to talk about finding the money for the town's north west relief road.

Telford bus driver strike could be less than two weeks away

Shropshire Star

Bus drivers in Telford could be less than a fortnight away from strike action, unions warned today.

Arrive bus
Shropshire Star

New council leader elected in Telford and Wrekin

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The Labour councillor Shaun Davies has been officially elected as leader of Telford and Wrekin Council. 

He takes over from Kuldip Sahota, who stood down last month. 

Labour Councillor Shaun Davies

Richard Overton keeps his position as deputy and Rae Evans will be the Borough's new Mayor. She represents Woodside. 

Latest: New council leader elected in Telford and Wrekin; hopes for improvements on A5 as transport minister visits

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Shropshire this morning: 

- Labour Councillor, Shaun Davies, is elected leader of Telford and Wrekin Council 

- Campaigners hope the visit of a transport minister will lead to improvements on the A5 

- 100th birthday celebrations for woman from Hadley in Telford 

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a chilly start in places, although largely dry and bright. Some warm spells of sunshine will develop during the day. However, an isolated heavy shower is possible towards the west. 

Top temperatures of 18C  (64F).

Travel: No major problems on the roads, but roadworks may delay your journey

BBC Travel

There are no major problems to report this morning, but one or two roadworks could delay your journey. 

The A494 in Welshampton is closed in both directions at Newton Bends, because of barrier repairs. There's a diversion in place which is 23 miles long, so allow more time for your journey. 

For more information on this any other travel information go to the BBC Travel page.

Good Morning from BBC Shropshire

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather this morning. 

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