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  4. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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By Carlie Swain

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  1. Your photos: Weather right for ducks

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Proving it really is "weather for ducks" at the moment, BBC Weather Watcher Rsjkinson snapped this photo in Tamworth, Staffordshire:


    The weather's certainly turned wet this week, here's another photo from fellow weather watcher Liam Ball in Dawley, Shropshire:

  2. Ex NHS boss 'feels for staff' amid maternity review

    A former chief executive of Telford's Princess Royal Hospital says he feels for the staff working at Shropshire's main hospitals as more details come out during a review into baby deaths at maternity units.

    David Sandbach said trust bosses may not have even been aware of the latest numbers until media reports yesterday.

    He called on NHS Improvement to publish the latest data in full to clarify what had become a confusing and sometimes contradictory situation.

    Hospitals signs

    Mr Sandbach said the trust in recent times seemed to have followed the procedures in recording incidents and were not trying to evade problems, repeatedly calling for people to come forward with their concerns.

    Director of Nursing Deidre Fowler has repeated that call once again.

    At a council health meeting on Wednesday, before the latest news broke, Ms Fowler said recent feedback from midwives had been positive about safety and training.

    Mr Sandbach meanwhile said an NHS survey of mothers at the beginning of the year had put the trust in the top four in the country, while the latest data regarding safety in the maternity units painted a "normal" picture.

    Quote Message: The trust is going through a torrid time at the moment. I feel extremely sorry for all the staff who are working at the trust." from David Sandbach Ex Chief Executive of Telford's Princess Royal Hospital
    David SandbachEx Chief Executive of Telford's Princess Royal Hospital
  3. Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler named as mystery donor

    Eric Smith

    Presenter, BBC Shropshire

    The musician Mark Knopfler has been revealed as the mystery backer for a campaign to fund treatment in USA for a four-year-old boy with a rare form of leukaemia.

    Zac Oliver

    A new treatment, which could help Zac Oliver from Broseley, in Shropshire, has recently been offered on the NHS, but he does not qualify due to strict requirements.

    His family are now trying to raise £500,000 in seven weeks for treatment in Philadelphia and this week said the mystery backer had helped them reach £80,000.

    Mark Knopfler

    Mark Knopfler is the former lead guitarist and singer with the band Dire Straits and Zac's parents say they hope to personally thank him soon.

    Quote Message: I believe he wishes us well and we're hopeful we might be able to talk to him soon to thank him in person." from Mark Garbett Zac's father
    Mark GarbettZac's father
  4. Hospital boss called on to step down over baby deaths

    BBC Shropshire

    A health campaigner has called for the boss of Shropshire's main hospitals to step down following the latest news that a review into baby deaths and serious injuries is now looking at more than 100 cases.

    The review, triggered last year by then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, is looking at historical cases and has been widened in recent weeks.

    Yesterday the Care Quality Commission confirmed it had also taken urgent enforcement action against maternity units run by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, following a recent inspection.

    Baby Esmai Turner

    Gil George, from Defend Our NHS, said there was a "crisis of leadership and a crisis of funding".

    She said the senior leadership team had "lost their focus on patient care" and there was a culture of "ignoring problems".

    Chief Executive Simon Wright has been approached for an interview, but has yet to respond.

    In a statement yesterday, the hospital trust said it "remains committed to providing the best care possible for our patients and continues to engage fully with the CQC during our current, ongoing inspection."

    Director of Nursing Deidre Fowler said she understood how the numbers "may cause concern or anxiety" for parents-to-be and urged those with concerns to come forward.

  5. School burglars take safe and cash

    Burglars have stolen a safe from a school in Newport, Shropshire.

    Burton Borough School

    Police say they got into Burton Borough School on Saturday night.

    As well as the safe, which contained money, the force says they also took cash from vending machines.

  6. Images of council headquarters revamp plans

    Shropshire Council has released images showing how it plans to spend £24m on its headquarters in Shrewsbury.

    Here you can see how it will look in the future, with a picture of its current state below.

    Shirehall plans

    The work will involve restructuring the reception area and upgrading the interior.

    Shirehall plans

    A meeting to discuss the plans was due to be held tomorrow, but has been postponed until next month because of computer problems.

  7. Michael Buchanan

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Tasha and Jacob with Esmai

    Michael Buchanan

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Baby and mother deaths, as well as birth injuries, are being reviewed at hospitals in Shropshire.

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  8. Trees felled and trampolines fly in high winds

    A number of trees are being removed from roads in east Shropshire, after being brought down by high winds this afternoon.

    And this trampoline was blown into a garden in Shifnal.


    In the Lower Stoke area of Coventry a tree fell on to a parked car on Brownshill Green Road, but it's not thought anyone was hurt.

  9. Computer glitch delays council HQ plans

    A computer glitch has delayed discussion of plans for a £24m revamp of Shropshire Council's headquarters.

    The authority said some councillors had been unable to access the report, which recommends a number of changes to the Shirehall building in Shrewsbury, so the debate has been postponed until next month.

    Shirehall plans

    Chief executive Clive Wright said: "This will give councillors more opportunity to properly consider the proposals before making a decision.”

  10. Police check CCTV in fatal bus crash probe

    A man who died after being hit by a bus in Telford has been named as 19-year-old Lee Hill.

    He was walking along Sutton Way at about 21:00 on Saturday 15 September when he was hit by a bus, the opening of his inquest heard.

    Police and paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    West Mercia Police said its investigation was ongoing.

    Arriva Midlands confirmed the incident involved one of its buses and said the firm was working with police to assess on-board CCTV footage.

    The operator said its thoughts were with Mr Hill's family.

    The coroner adjourned the hearing for a full inquest on 29 January 2019.

  11. Your photos: Windy West Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Parts of the West Midlands are seeing strong winds today as we see the effects of Storm Ali spread across the country.

    These two photos are from BBC Weather Watchers Peter Steggles in Longnor, Shropshire and Chris n Ginny in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire:

  12. Mystery donor helps leukaemia boy fund reach £80k

    The mother of a boy with a rare form of leukaemia has said a big donor has come forward to help pay for treatment in the United States.

    A new treatment, which could help four-year-old Zac Oliver from Broseley, in Shropshire, has recently been offered on the NHS, but he does not qualify due to strict requirements.


    His family now hope to raise £500,000 in seven weeks so he can go to Philadelphia in the US to get the treatment, and Hannah Oliver Willets said they'd reached £80,000, thanks partly to the mystery donor.

    She said she would reveal his name tomorrow, adding it was "very special" and "the older generation might appreciate it more".

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire westbound severe accident, at M54 J7.

    A5 Shropshire - A5 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic westbound at Wellington, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  14. Nearly 18,000 respond to hospital plans

    Nearly 18,000 people have responded to a public consultation on the future of hospital services in Shropshire

    They were asked views on the Future Fit plans which have proposed basing emergency care in Shrewsbury and planned care in Telford.

    A&E ward

    The next meeting to discuss the consultation findings is expected to take place early next year.

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    Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, from J2 for A449 Stafford Road to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) to J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time