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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Sam Fleet

All times stated are UK

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Full fixture lists for Football League

BBC Sport

BBC Sportsday has a breakdown of the opening fixtures for the Championship, League One, and League Two.

You can check out all the fixtures now on the BBC Sport website:

Full Championship fixture list for 2016-17

Full League One fixture list for 2016-17

Full League Two fixture list for 2016-17

Phil Parkinson

Bolton Wanderers are to host Sheffield United on the opening day in League One following their relegation last season.

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BreakingShrewsbury Town start season at home to MK Dons

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

The new Football League fixtures are out and Shrewsbury Town will start the 2016-17 campaign at home to Milton Keynes Dons on 6 August.

Greenhous Meadow
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A week later, it's away to Coventry, followed by a midweek trip to Charlton.

Town fans will travel to Bolton on Boxing Day and end the season away to Oxford.

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
Capt Webb inspires Channel swimmer to give it a go
A man from Shropshire is planning to swim the English Channel in honour of Capt Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the distance.

Our live coverage across the day

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

That's it from me today. 

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.

Autistic Shropshire teenager finally finds a home

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

A home has been found for a Shropshire teenager, days before she was due to be made homeless. 

Emily Clarke, who's 19, is autistic and will leave her specialist school at the end of the month. 

Her mum, Nicky, has managed to secure a bungalow for her after the local clinical commissioning group and NHS England stepped in to help.

Telford & Wrekin Council want your opinion on proposed new footbridge

The Council is planning three public engagement sessions to get feedback on designs for a £7m footbridge linking the town centre with Telford Central railway station. 

The current bridge would cost around £1m to repaint if it was kept and is difficult to use for people with disabilities, according to the council.

The new footbridge plans link the existing cycleway networks either side of the planned dual carriageway and would provide a link between platforms at the station.

3D plans for new Telford footbridge
T&W Council
3D plans for new Telford footbridge
T&W Council

The public sessions take place:

- Wednesday 22 June: 15:00 - 19:00 at Telford Central railway station

- Thursday 23 June: 13:00 - 16:00 at Southwater One

- Tuesday 28 June: 08:00 - 11:00 at Telford Central railway station  

Latest: Raw sewage running through Shrewsbury town centre; Southwater fire most likely accidental say fire service

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Here are some of the stories we are looking at this afternoon

- Raw sewage is running down Shrewsbury's Castle Street, closing the bus lane there

- Shropshire Fire Service say Saturday's fire at Southwater car park was most likely accidental

- A home has been found for an autistic Shropshire teenager, days before she was due to be made homeless 

Cricket: Shropshire hunt for win

BBC Sport

Shropshire are closing in on victory in their Minor Counties match away to Oxfordshire. 

They set the hosts 300 to win in the rain-affected match and Oxfordshire are currently 190-8.

Ball hitting stumps

Travel: Bus lane closed in Shrewsbury because of water and raw sewage

BBC Travel

There's a burst water main near to the entrance to the castle. The restriction is only in the bus lane, and not causing any major obstruction. Traffic is coping past the scene. 

According to Ron, who took these photos, there's raw sewage floating down the road too.

Sewerage running down castle foregate in shrewsbury
Ron Millar

Southwater fire started by an electrical fault say fire service

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Fire Service say Saturday's fire at Southwater car park was most likely accidental. 

Three cars caught fire on the 3rd floor of the car park, which is yet to re-open to full capacity. 

The fire service say early indications show the fire was caused by a fault in one of the car's electrics. 

Firecrews after a fire in a multi-storey car park
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Future of Ludlow bridge to be discussed

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Highways engineers and heritage experts will be in Ludlow next week to answer questions about the repairs to Ludlow's Ludford Bridge and how it could be protected in the future.

Ludford Bridge

The bridge was closed for almost 11 weeks after being damaged by a lorry on 21 February and there have been renewed calls to close the bridge to heavy goods vehicles as a result.

That will be the main item up for discussion at the public meeting at the Elim Church Rooms on 30 June at 19:00. 

If heavy traffic is to be banned from the bridge, we will have to consider carefully the impacts the displaced traffic will have on other parts of our historic town."

Councillor Andy BoddingtonShropshire Council

Shrewsbury Quarry pool campaigners will take to the streets

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Campaigners who want Shrewsbury's swimming pool to stay in the town plan to have a public rally next month.

They are aiming to have the rally a week on Saturday, only days before Shropshire Council make their decision on the Quarry pool's future. 

There are a number of plans for the future of the pool Shropshire Council are consulting on, including moving it out of the centre and keeping it where it is.

Shrewsbury Quarry swimming pool

If it's reduced in size we will get squeezed out because there just isn't enough pool capacity for the size of the town as it is, nevermind how it is planned to increase."

Dylan TomlinsonShrewsbury Canoe Club

Paralympics: North Shropshire man to join Team GB

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

An army veteran from St Martins is amongst three para-archers from Shropshire named in the Great Britain squad for the Paralympics in Rio. 

Mikey Hall broke his neck during a regimental competition in 2000.

Mikey Hall drawing a bow
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He's since gone on to win an individual bronze at the Invictus Games two years ago. 

He's joined in the squad by Newport's John Walker and Telford's Jodie Grinham.

Latest: New gateway footbridge revealed for Telford; engineers to answer questions about repairs to Ludlow bridge

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The top news stories this afternoon:

- Multi-million pound footbridge to Telford Town Centre has been unveiled

- Highways engineers and heritage experts to visit Ludlow to answer questions about the repairs to Ludford bridge and how it could be protected in the future  

- Public meetings are being held to discuss the future of one of two doctors' surgeries serving south Shropshire which could close

Watch: Multi-million pound Telford footbridge is revealed

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The new £7m bridge will cross over the Birmingham to Shrewsbury railway line and the A442 and Rampart Way, which will be a dual carriageway by the time the bridge is installed

It will be more accessible for disabled people than the current bridge because it will not be as steep and will also be less expensive to maintain, the council says.

Telford & Wrekin Council say the replacement of the bridge will support the regeneration of the town's Central Station. 

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We have worked hard to successfully secure the funding for this major project from the Department for Transport and our aim is to provide an attractive gateway to Telford, which is an iconic landmark and unique to the town.”

Councillor Angela McClementsCabinet Member for Transport

Editor's Pick: Sunny Church Stretton view

BBC Weather Watchers

This glorious photo taken in Church Stretton has been chosen by the Weather Watchers team. Well done to Snapper Simon.

Want to upload your weather photos of the county? Click here

View of Church Stretton
Weather Watchers: Snapper Simon

Shropshire businessman takes convoy to Westminster

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

If you've driven on the A458 recently, you may have seen the shape of a large ship in a field at Cound Hall near Shrewsbury. 

It was put there by the hall's owner, businessman David Sykes-Waller.

He's organised a convoy that's heading to London as part of the Vote Leave campaign.

EU Ref vote leave campaigners beside lorry

Tonight the BBC hosts a special programme, with representatives from both camps facing questions in front of an invited audience of 6,000 at Wembley Arena. 

For more information on the EU Referendum, go to the BBC's Reality Check

Shropshire MP campaigns in Scotland

Ludlow's Conservative MP, Philip Dunne, has been out on the EU referendum campaign across the country for Vote Remain. 

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Thousands of patients could be left struggling because of a shortage of doctors

BBC Midlands Today

Joanne Writtle

People living near Knighton and Clun in south Shropshire face losing their local practice because managers can't find a replacement for a retiring GP. 

A recent survey for the British Medical Association found that almost half of the GPs it questioned in the West Midlands were planning to leave or retire from the profession by early next year.

Telford below average for breastfeeding but numbers are on the rise

The number of new mums breastfeeding their babies in Telford and Wrekin is 10% lower than the national average. 

Just 33% of women in the borough are still feeding six weeks after giving birth, compared to 43% across the country. 

In the rest of Shropshire 48% of women are still breastfeeding six to eight weeks after delivering their babies. 

baby breastfeeding

It is always difficult, I breastfed both my boys and that first week [to] 10 days is actually the hardest, but it's the reward afterwards if you can get through that. We've made some really good inroads over the last six months."

Vicky PikeHealth Improvement Commissioner

Cricket: Shropshire set Oxfordshire 300 to win

BBC Sport

Play is back on in Shropshire's Minor Counties game away to Oxfordshire. 

They lost the whole of yesterday to the weather and Oxfordshire have added 37 more runs this morning, before declaring their first innings on 80 for 3. 

Shropshire's second innings declared on 115 without loss, meaning Oxfordshire have to score 300 runs to win.

Latest: Oswestry fears possible long distance to A&E centre; Shrewsbury Quarry pool campaigners to hold public rally

Sam Fleet

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The latest Shropshire news stories:

- People living in Oswestry fear they could be forced to go to Wrexham for emergency care if 24-hour A&E is moved from Shrewsbury

- Campaigners who want Shrewsbury's swimming pool to stay in the town will take to the streets

- Play has resumed in Shropshire's Minor Counties game against Oxfordshire

Oswestry mayor calls for A&E centre to be in Shrewsbury not Telford

Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

People wanting to have their say about hospital re-organisation in Shropshire can attend a public meeting in Oswestry tonight at 19:00. 

Health bosses in the county want 24-hour A & E to be available in either Shrewsbury or Telford. 

But campaigners in Oswestry say driving to Telford is too far for them.

Oswestry Mayor Paul Milner
Oswestry Town Council

I've had a number of people come up to me and actually say that if they had not got to Shrewsbury in time they would no longer be here - this is bringing it to the forefront how important it is to have the A&E at Shrewsbury hospital."

Paul MilnerOswestry mayor

Internet link to child sex crimes in Shropshire and Mid Wales

Shropshire Star

The internet was used as a gateway by offenders to commit more than 200 sex crimes against children in Shropshire, Mid Wales and its surrounding areas last year, new figures revealed today.

Watch: Latest weather for Shropshire

Here's the region's forecast with Charlie Slater.

New club aiming to fix things rather than throwing them away

Jim Hawkins Show

A team of volunteers hosted the first Shrewsbury Repair Cafe on Saturday at the Participate Art Gallery. 

It's an event which encourages people to fix household goods as opposed to throwing them away when they break. 

They hope to have another by the end of the year.

Here is Rob with his stand mixer, which is now in full working order, thanks to volunteers Ian and Derek.

Three men repairing household items
Katy Anderson

Your pictures: Strawberry moon on summer solstice

BBC Weather Watchers

In case you missed last night's Strawberry Moon - fear not -  Weather Watcher AndyP was on the case. 

He snapped this picture of the moon over Telford. 


It was the first strawberry Moon in almost 50 years to happen at the same time as the summer solstice.

The low angle of the moon at this time of year means its light must go through thicker, warmer air - which can lead to an amber glow.

It hasn't happened at the same time as the longest day of the year since 1967.

Shropshire England fan disappointed by last night's result

BBC Sport

England drew 0-0 with Slovakia, leaving them finishing second in their Euro 2016 group.

This means they are through to the knock-out stages, but it'll be a much harder run to the final. 

They have the potential of facing teams like Portugal, France, Italy and Germany.

Glyn Price from Montford Bridge watched the match in the fan zone in Marseille - he says the result could have been better, but the atmosphere was still good.

England coach and two team mates walking
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Your pictures: Summer arrives in Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a much better start to the day across Shropshire compared to yesterday.

And the sun always brings out our Weather Watchers. 

Here are some beautiful scenes taken by them of Hoptonheath and Myddle. 

Hopton Karen
Len Ticular

Latest: GP surgery threatened with closure; breastfeeding in Telford below national average

Carlie Swain

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this morning:

- One of two doctors' surgeries in south Shropshire may close 

- People in Oswestry to have their say on Shropshire's hospital re-organisation plans

- The number of new mums breastfeeding in Telford and Wrekin is 10% less than the national average

Pollen levels 'very high'

BBC Weather

Feeling sneezy? No wonder, because pollen levels are very high in the Midlands today. 


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On air: Do you go shopping in the small hours?

Jim Hawkins Show

Who actually goes shopping in the very early hours of the morning? 

Well, the answer is, not enough of us... Several supermarkets across the West Midlands are open 24 hours a day, but Tesco has announced that some of its stores will no longer be open all night. 

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If you shop in the early hours Jim wants to know what the benefits are?

You can get in touch with the show by calling 01743 248321 or text 81333 starting your message with the word SHROP. 

Or you can get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

GP surgery struggling to recruit doctors

Villagers in rural Shropshire are angry at plans to shut down one of their two local surgeries. 

Managers at the Meadows Medical Practice, which has sites at Clun and Knighton, have struggled to recruit a new GP to replace a senior partner. 


Bosses say services are stretched and they have to consider if they can safely run both surgeries.

They'll hold a public meeting today to discuss the plans.