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  1. Call to bring Shropshire's empty homes back into use
  2. New parking cameras at Telford hospital
  3. Large Doctor Who memorabilia collection sells for £2,500
  4. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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By Andy Giddings

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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.

Weather: A sunny end to the day in Shropshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

After a week of cloud, we're finally seeing some sun and it should remain relatively warm this afternoon, with temperatures around 15C (59F) this tea time.

On Midlands Today this evening: Abandoned calls to police 101 number

BBC Midlands Today

Have you been left hanging on the police's non-emergency 101 number? Well you may not be alone. 

Staffordshire Police call centre

A BBC investigation's found thousands of calls were abandoned to police forces across the Midlands over the last four years. 

We'll be looking at how bad the situation is and what's being done to improve things - all on BBC One from 18:30 in Midlands Today.

Who gets the Queen's Voluntary Award?

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

On 2 June each year special awards are given out by the Queen to appreciate voluntary organisations

Burwarton and District Agricultural Society were among four groups in Shropshire to receive the honour.

Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen, a domed glass crystal, and an invitation to a royal garden party.  

Man with horse
Burwarton Show

Police divers search canal in historic murder investigation

Shropshire Star

Police divers were today examining a new stretch of canal in Shropshire as a historic murder investigation continues.

Shropshire Star

Shropshire Council agrees to look at empty homes

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Conservatives running Shropshire Council have agreed to look at the number of empty homes in the county, to see if more of them could be brought back into use.

Lib Dem group leader councillor Roger Evans has accused the authority of denying hundreds of people a decent home - Conservative Malcolm Price agrees there is a problem. 

Shropshire Council

As of October, 4,000 homes were lying empty across the county.

Mr Price said a private firm reported that the properties could bring in income of £400,000 a year.

He said in the past attention had been focused on "new builds", and not enough on making best use of the existing properties.

Hospital staff encouraged to ditch the car

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

As well as introducing new car parking cameras at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital, the NHS is trying to tackle parking problems by asking staff to find other ways into work.

It's asking them to car share, it has set up cycle shelters and improved the showers and changing rooms, as well as negotiating money off bus tickets.

Hospital sign

And these number plate recognition cameras in Telford should save the frantic search through the glove box for loose change as you rush for an appointment.

If you don't have cash on you as you leave the car park you can pay by card, or even wait until you get home and pay over the phone or online.

Cricket: Shropshire make three changes for opening three day game

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire are making three changes for their opening three-day Championship match against Dorset, starting at Whitchurch on Sunday.

James Ralph
Shropshire CCC

Ryan Lockley is injured, Henry Blofield has university commitments and Will Cook is left out.

In come wicket keeper Luke Tinsley on his home ground, former captain James Ralph from Bridgnorth (pictured above) and Oswestry batsman Joe Carrasco.

Call to bring empty homes back into use

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

The Liberal Democrat group on Shropshire Council has accused the authority of denying hundreds of people a decent home. 

Their leader Roger Evans says they are failing to bring empty homes back into use.

Boarded up home

In October last year, there were more than 4,000 empty properties in the county, many of which are exempt from paying council tax.

Headlines: Empty homes call; parking cameras at Telford hospital; Doctor Who collection sells for £2,500

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this evening:

- Call to bring empty Shropshire homes back into use

- New cameras to control parking at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital

- Large Doctor Who collection sells for £2,500

Facebook link saves the day for Bridgnorth father Brian, 81

Shropshire Star

A Shropshire community has stepped in to help a son living in Korea say happy birthday to his elderly father from the other side of the world.

Nature lovers travelling the length of the River Severn

Elaine Muir

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A team of people who are passionate about the River Severn are walking, cycling and paddling the length of it from source to sea.

It's part of a project called Love your Magnificent Severn, organised by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and it aims to improve our understanding of the river.

River Severn

The team are hoping to complete the 210-mile (338km) route in 11 days, ending at Gloucester Docks and they will be carrying a traditional carved figurehead of the river goddess Sabrina, the Roman name for the Severn.

Telford BHS store to go as firm wound up

BHS administrators have failed to find a buyer and will begin winding the company down, putting 11,000 jobs at risk, including those at the store in Telford town centre.

The administrators said that while they received "multiple offers" none were able to complete a deal.

BHS store

All 163 stores will now be holding closing down sales over the coming weeks.

The British high street is changing and in these turbulent times for retailers, BHS has fallen as another victim of the seismic shifts we are seeing. The tireless work and goodwill of the existing management team and employees of BHS with the support of my team were not enough to change the fortunes of the company."

Philip DuffyDuff & Phelps and Joint Administrator

Doctor Who collection sells for £2,500 at auction

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

A huge collection of Doctor Who memorabilia has sold for £2,500 at auction in Shrewsbury.

Among the 300 items up for sale at Halls Auctioneers was a life-size Dalek, which went for £520 (they're worth thousands new!) and a Tardis-shaped display stand.

Dalek and Tardis display stand
Halls Auctioneers

A collection of 15 Doctor Who annuals sold for £180 and there were a number of non-Doctor Who items sold too, including a cardboard Death Star (from Star Wars) which sold for £220.

Watch: New children's outdoor 'splash park' in Shrewsbury

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury's new "splash park" has been officially opened and it seems popular with the children!

It replaces the old paddling pool alongside the Quarry Swimming Centre.

Telford hospital gets cameras to control car parking

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

From next Wednesday, the car parks at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital will have number plate recognition cameras, to record how long you stay there and replace the old ticket machines.

There will be no change in the cost of parking and you will now pay as you leave the car park.

Princess Royal Hospital

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital got these cameras in 2013, leading some critics to ask why Telford was so far behind.

We have spent some time making sure we have resolved most of the teething issues which you get when you introduce any new system."

Julia ClarkeShrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Headlines: New hospital parking cameras; Telford BHS to close; two more signings for Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

These are our top stories this afternoon:

- New parking cameras being installed at PRH

- Telford BHS store to shut as firm wound up

- Shrewsbury Town signing two more players

Albrighton fire station working at half strength

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Shropshire's fire service says it's running Albrighton fire station with half the number of retained firefighters it needs.

It says there is no danger of the station closing as a result, but ideally it would like 13 or 14 part-time firefighters based there and it's holding a recruitment day between 10:00 and 14:00 on Saturday.

Albrighton fire station

Malcolm Stevenson told us they don't know why there is a shortage in Albrighton, but say it's a particular problem.


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Ludlow Advertiser front page: Claims of racist abuse against Ludlow footballers

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser

A video which appears to show racist slurs being made against Ludlow footballers is being investigated by the police.

Ludlow Advertiser
Ludlow Advertiser

Stories we're working on: BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today

Hilary McConnell, Producer

Midlands Today will have more on the fatal crash on the M5 Southbound between junctions 8 and 9.  

Have you ever called 101? - we have a special investigation into the non-emergency police number. Almost half a million calls to the police 101 number in the Midlands have gone 'unanswered' in the last four years.

We’re also finding out why polecats are growing in numbers in the Midlands.

Join us for those stories and more on Midlands Today, BBC One, at 13:30, 18:30 and 22:30.

Church Stretton gymnast helps claim silver for GB

Congratulations to the young British gymnasts who claimed the junior team silver at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland yesterday.

Alice Kinsella, part of the Park Wrekin club, near Church Stretton, was one of the stand-out performers, scoring 14.000 with her beam routine.

She has also qualified for Sunday’s bars, beam and floor final.

Russia claimed team gold, with Romania in third place.

British team
British Gymnastics

It feel absolutely amazing. We didn’t really expect this; of course we came in positive and aiming for a medal but we knew it would be close and I don’t think can really believe it until now."

Alice Kinsella

Musical ramble around south Shropshire

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

A Shropshire folk musician is leading a walk around the south of the county, stopping at pubs and village halls for a performance or two.

John Jones started out from Aymestrey in Herefordshire and is calling the circular ramble "Three castles, three breweries and four walks".


He is raising money for MacMillan Cancer Relief and today he is travelling from Stokesay Castle to Bishop's Castle, stopping at the Three Tuns pub for a concert this evening.

Travel: Road closed at Welshampton

BBC Travel

The A495 at Welshampton is closed in both directions at Newton Bends, because of barrier repairs. 

There is a 23-mile (37km) diversion route via the A528 to Overton, A525 to Redbrook and the A495 back to Welshampton.

Headlines: Police defend unanswered calls record; firemen to spend day at barn fire; two more signings for Shrewsbury Town

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Police defend number of unanswered calls

- Firemen to spend the rest of the day making barn safe after fire

- Shrewsbury Town pick up two players released by Port Vale

BBC Weather Watchers: Grey cloud covering the county again

BBC Weather Watchers

The skies have been 50 shades of grey so far today, with cloud covering the county yet again.

These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Ludlow (top) and Willey (bottom).

Furry Cottage

Weather: Some sunshine in Shropshire this afternoon

Kay Crewdson

BBC Weather presenter

The sun is finally going to start breaking through the cloud this afternoon and we could see temperatures reach 16C (61F).

Football: Two more signing at Shrewsbury Town

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's squad rebuilding continues and they are picking up two players released by Port Vale last month.

They are Northern Irish defender Ryan McGivern (seen in action here for his country) and striker AJ Leitch-Smith.

Ryan McGivern
Getty Images

Meanwhile, it looks like Northampton Town won't be signing Shrewsbury's James Collins to a permanent deal, after taking him on loan last season.

Queen's Award for Shropshire organisations

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Four organisations in Shropshire have been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 

Burwarton and District Agricultural Society, Stretton Focus and Telford Young Carers have received the award, along with The Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. 

David de Haan
The Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum
David de Haan, vice chairman of the Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to voluntary groups in recognition outstanding work done in the local community. 

The Awards were created in 2002 and celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and winners are announced each year on the anniversary of her Coronation.   

Police defend number of unanswered calls

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

The Chief Inspector of West Mercia Police says the number of unanswered 101 calls could be misleading.

Call centres in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire have failed to respond to over 22,000 calls since 2012.

West Mercia Police

But Sean Kent says that will include calls which are cut off because of poor mobile phone reception and he says they're trying to get people to report crimes online more these days.

It's a very dramatic figure and it's a figure that we very much want to improve upon. But behind that headline it might not be as dramatic as it actually sounds."

Chief Inspector Sean KentWest Mercia Police

Photos: Firemen spend the night tackling big farm fire

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Here are some photos from that big farm fire near Craven Arms, taken by the people at the Clun fire station.

They were called out at 19:22 yesterday and are still there this morning, making sure there is no danger of new fires starting.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria presenter thanks Shropshire rescue crew

A BBC presenter has travelled to Shropshire to thank the firefighters who rescued him during the floods in Cumbria last year. 

Presenter Mike Zeller's home was one of many flooded in Carlisle during the severe weather in December.

The team rescued him by boat after travelling more than 170 miles to provide assistance. 

Headlines: West Mercia to improve call answering; people trapped in broken lift overnight

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- Thousands of 101 calls go unanswered in the region

- Seven people rescued from a broken lift in Shrewsbury overnight

- A journalist from Cumbria, who was rescued by firefighters from Shrewsbury, visits the county to say thank you

Football: Keeper's younger brother joins Shrewsbury academy

BBC Sport

Shrewsbury Town's Callum Burton might be facing tough opposition soon, from his younger brother, who is also a goalkeeper.

Luke Burton

Luke Burton is heading into Town Academy under-15 side next season, and is just back from making his international debut for Wales.

Luke representing Wales is great recognition for himself and the academy. He’s been with the academy for a number of years and is one of many young players that we have high hopes for."

Andy JonesShrewsbury Town Academy manager

Thousands of calls go unanswered in the Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC has learnt that almost half a million calls to the police 101 number in the Midlands have gone unanswered in the last four years. 

The figures for the non-emergency helpline were revealed as part of a Freedom of Information request. 

101 call centre in the West Midlands

There are big differences between forces with four times as many calls being missed in Staffordshire compared with Warwickshire. 

More than 60,000 calls to the service across West Mercia and Warwickshire have been abandoned since 2012.

Jail after Telford man found with cannabis again

Shropshire Star

A Telford man has been jailed for eight months for possessing cannabis with intent to supply - just months after receiving a suspended sentence for the same offence.

On air: Who would you like to say thank-you to, if you could?

Jim Hawkins Show

The flooding we had back in December was some of the worst in recent memory for people living in parts of Cumbria. 

Mike Zeller lives in Carlisle, he also presents the Breakfast show on BBC Radio Cumbria. He was one of a number of people rescued by firefighters who drove all the way up from Shropshire to provide assistance. 

Mike's now been back to say thank you.

Thank you

Jim Hawkins wants to know who you would say thank you to and maybe tell them at the same time. 

You can call the show on 01743 248321 or text 81333 starting you message with the word SHROP. 

Or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Firefighters spend the night tackling hay blaze

Fifty tonnes of hay have gone up in flames in south Shropshire. 

Eight fire engines spent the night tackling the blaze at a farm in Heath near Craven Arms.


They had to take defensive action to prevent the fire spreading to other buildings.