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  1. Man stabbed in neck with bottle in possible racially motivated attack
  2. Fire service says almost half of its calls are caused by automatic fire alarms
  3. Crash closes part of A41 southbound near Whitchurch
  4. Updates from Friday 16 September 2016

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By Andy Giddings

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A man is stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle in what police are treating as a suspected racially-aggravated hate crime in Telford.

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Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

Weather: Some sunshine to end the day and a fine weekend

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast some sunshine to end the day and it's looking good for the weekend too.

Shefali Oza has your weekend forecast

Fresh doubts over Shrewsbury Waitrose scheme

Shropshire Star

Fresh doubts have been cast over plans for a new Waitrose store in Shrewsbury after the supermarket chain switched its focus to revamping existing stores.

Woman involved in A41 crash has serious injuries

A woman in her 40s is suffering a number of serious injuries after a crash involving a car and a lorry on the A41 this afternoon.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service says she was a passenger in the car, which hit the back of the lorry.

An elderly woman who was driving the car and a young girl, who was a passenger escaped with minor injuries and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The lorry driver was unhurt.

Watch: Coracle racing in Shrewsbury

Adam & Vicki Show

The annual coracle races have been taking place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury today, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support‎.

As you can see, some people were better at it than others (watch out for the pale blue coracle capsizing).

A coracle racing 'world championship' has been taking place in Shrewsbury today

Revised train timetable after landslide disruption

Train passengers are being warned there'll be a revised timetable tomorrow for London Midland and Virgin Trains services.

Birmingham New Street says it's down to disruption caused by a landslide today near Watford Junction.

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Bridgnorth could be 'forgotten' in boundaries shake-up, fears mayor

Bridgnorth Journal

Bridgnorth's mayor says she fears her town could be forgotten following the biggest shake-up of parliamentary boundaries in living memory.

Bridgnorth Mayor
Shropshire Star

Headlines: Man stabbed in neck; one hurt in A41 crash; coracle racing in Shrewsbury

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

These are our top stories this evening:

- Man stabbed in the neck in Donnington in possible racially motivated attack

- One hurt in crash on A41 near Whitchurch

- Coracle racing championships in Shrewsbury

Man hurt in crash on A41 near Whitchurch

One person's been flown to hospital in Stoke after a crash involving a lorry and a car near Whitchurch. 

Emergency crews were called to the A41 Heath Road at Prees Heath at 14:30 and they are still at the scene.

The A41 is closed southbound at the moment between the B5395 Heath Road junction and the A49 junction.

Accident scene
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Paralympics: Telford archer out at the quarter-final stage

Telford's Jodie Grinham has been knocked out of the archery competition at the Paralympics at the quarter-final stage.

She lost 136-137 to her opponent from Iran.

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Fire service pledges to respond to every fire call

More than 5,000 calls to Shropshire's fire service turned out to be false alarms over the past three years.

That's almost half of them.

But, the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service says it will continue to respond to every call, rather than follow the lead of some fire services, which wait for confirmation there is an actual fire.

Data on fire service call-outs

Shropshire MEP 'delighted' with choice of next UKIP leader

The Shropshire-based UKIP MEP Jill Seymour appears to be pleased with the choice of Diane James as their next party leader.

Speaking at the UKIP party conference, she said: “She [James] will take our party to the next level, carrying on the amazing achievements of Nigel Farage.

"Theresa May should be very concerned right now."

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Watch: Power station statues delivered to Broseley

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

Life-sized statues which were on display at the now-closed Ironbridge Power Station are being installed in Broseley today. 

Other donated artefacts will be put on show at the town's new Heritage Centre.

They included this sculpture of a horse.

Sculptures from Ironbridge power station have been delivered to their new home in Broseley

Police hunt three white men following attack

Police say they are looking for three white men in their 20s following an attack in Donnington last night.

A 21-year-old man needed hospital treatment after being stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle and the police say the attack could have been racially motivated.

Police car door

The descriptions of the men are limited - the police say one of them was around 6ft tall, clean shaven and wearing a grey hooded top and bottoms.

Headlines: Man stabbed in neck; Shifnal backs local plan; street-parking enforcement could be run by council

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this afternoon:

- Man stabbed in the neck in Donnington in possible racially motivated attack

- People in Shifnal vote to approve local plan

- Council could take over Telford street-parking enforcement

'It means I'm not the only one'


Newsround asked some disabled children for their views about the Paralympics

The Rio Paralympics have been a massive success for ParalympicsGB - but what has it meant to children with disabilities in the UK?

Well, who better to ask than the children themselves?

If you want to find out more about disability sport click here - or find inclusive options on our full list of guides.

Man stabbed in the neck in Donnington

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

A 21-year-old man has been stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle in Donnington in what the police believe was a racially motivated attack.

The police say it happened at around 01:00 while the man was in the park off St Matthews Road with friends.

St Matthews Road

He suffered a cut to the neck when a fight broke out with a group of men and he went to the Princess Royal Hospital for treatment, but has since been discharged.

BBC Weather Watchers: More grey clouds over Shropshire

BBC Weather Watchers

This grey cloud looks to be set in for the day, although we might get a little bit of sun peeking through.

This photo was taken this morning by one of the BBC Weather Watchers in Kinnersley.

The Wrekin
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Ice Hockey: Tigers missing veteran defenceman

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers will be without veteran defenceman Jonathan Weaver and and young forward Adam Taylor this weekend, after both picked up injuries against Manchester last weekend.

They travel to Guildford tomorrow, to face the Flames before returning to the Telford Ice Rink for the visit of the Sheffield Steeldogs on Sunday.

Jonathan Weaver
Steve Brodie

Weaver is expected to to be missing for six weeks and Joe Miller is also out, but the Tigers made a positive start to the season, winning both their opening games.

It’s just frustrating for those guys to start the way they did, especially Weaves and Joe, with how the season has gone for them so far. It’s very start and stop. They’re both working hard and doing all they can to be ready to play again."

Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach

Watch: Long Mynd provides stunning backdrop for film

Mountain biker James Russell shares his love for the Long Mynd in a special video from SMN Film showing off the stunning landscape of south Shropshire.

The south Shropshire based production company is currently developing a project with a series of films featuring people who have strong connections to the landscape of the Shropshire Hills

The films are expected to be shot over the course of a year showing how the landscape changes with the seasons.

Video project by SWN Film to "show off best of Shropshire Hills"

Travel: Trains to London likely to be disrupted by the end of the day

BBC Travel

The problems with the trains between Birmingham and London are likely to continue for the rest of the day.

The disruption has been caused by a landslide at Watford Junction.

It's affecting London Midland and Virgin Trains.

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Police warn protest march may cause traffic disruption

The police say they are expecting tomorrow's Dalian Atkinson protest march in Telford to be peaceful, but warn it could cause some traffic congestion.

The march is expected to start at the town park, before passing along St Quentin Gate, Grange Central, Lawn Central and Woodhouse Central, finishing at Malinsgate Police Station.

Malinsgate Police Station

Traffic around the town centre could be disrupted between 13:00 and 17:00, police say.

Football: Shrewsbury manager tells fans good things are round the corner

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Micky Mellon says it's been a frustrating couple of weeks results-wise for Shrewsbury Town fans, but he believes they aren't far away from hitting top form.

Town have won two and lost three in their last five league games, leaving them just two points off the relegation zone in League One.

Shrewsbury Town fan
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But Mellon said they have better players than last season and are running opposing teams closer.

Council could start enforcing street-parking in Telford

Telford and Wrekin Council is considering taking over responsibility for street parking from the police.

It would mean the local authority would be responsible for stopping motorists blocking roads and double yellow lines.


The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, Shaun Davies, has discussed the move in a recent meeting with the new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion.

And a council committee will look into the idea later this autumn.

End of Telford mobile library service criticised

The leader of the opposition Conservative group on Telford and Wrekin Council has criticised the authority's decision to end the mobile library service. 

Branch libraries in Dawley, Donnington, Hadley and Stirchley will be taken over by town and parish councils, and opening hours will be cut at Madeley, Newport, Southwater and Wellington.


The move will save £383,000 a year, but at least 15 full time librarians will lose their jobs. 

Councillor Andrew Eade thinks the closure of the mobile library service is wrong. 

Headlines: Police prepare for Atkinson protest march; Shifnal neighbourhood plan approved; musician elected councillor

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this lunchtime:

- Police expect Dalian Atkinson protest march to be peaceful

- Shifnal votes to approve local plan

- Bishop's Castle musician elected to Shropshire Council

Shifnal votes in favour of local development plan

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

People in Shifnal have overwhelmingly backed the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan - setting out how they want to see the town developed in the future.

There was a turnout of 30% (almost twice the turnout for the recent Police and Crime Commissioner elections) and 93% voted to approve the plan.

Sign pointing to various housing developments in Shifnal

The plan will now have to be considered when planning applications go before Shropshire Council.  

Weather: Another grey afternoon ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We'll avoid the showers and there might even be a little bit of sun this afternoon, but we'll also have a lot of grey cloud.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

NHS hopes to reassure patients over Whitchurch GP move

Shropshire's health commissioners say there has been a "growing level of anxiety" over the closure of Richmond House surgery in Whitchurch.

And the Shropshire CCG's clinical chair Julian Povey says he hopes the announcement that a temporary GP surgery will be set up at Whitchurch Community hospital will calm some of those fears.

Whitchurch community hospital

About 3,800 patients will transfer over, until a permanent replacement can be found for Richmond House and the CCG says more details about the temporary surgery will be announced next month.

I would like to thank all patients for their patience and understanding. By announcing that the hospital will be the location of the Caretaker GP service we are hoping that it will ease some of those anxieties."

Dr Julian PoveyShropshire CCG’s Clinical Chair

Protest march following death of footballer

A march will take place in Telford tomorrow by campaigners demanding answers about the death of the former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson. 

Mr Atkinson, who was 48, died shortly after being tasered by police in Trench last month.

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An investigation is under way by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and two officers have been suspended.

Local musician wins Shropshire Council seat

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

A local musician, who has featured on the BBC Shropshire Introducing show, has been elected to Shropshire Council.

Jonny Keeley, who's a member of the band  Fight the Bear, won yesterday's by-election in Bishop's Castle, holding the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

He picked up twice as many votes as the Conservative candidate, with Labour coming a distant third.  

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Rare pine marten filmed in Shropshire

Last year the first confirmed sighting of a wild pine marten in England for over a century was recorded in a Shropshire woodland.

Now Stuart Edmunds at Shropshire Wildlife Trust has managed to film two in a fortnight.

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Telford patient 'rang GP 97 times but couldn't get through'

Shropshire Star

Patients at a Telford medical practice say they are frustrated by the length of time it takes to get through when calling for an appointment - after one man said he tried to call 97 times.

Headlines: GP service moves to community hospital; fire alarms make up half of fire calls; trains to London disrupted

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our top stories this morning:

- Whitchurch GP service to move to community hospital

- Fire service says automatic fire alarms make up half their calls

- Trains to London disrupted by Watford land slip

London Midland services cancelled in and out of Euston

All London Midland services to and from Euston station have been cancelled "for the next few hours" after a landslide at Watford Junction.

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AFC Telford fitness tests before Saturday's game

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United will give late fitness tests to defender Darren Campion and midfielder Jack Rea before tomorrow's FA Cup tie against Worcester City at Bromsgrove.

Mike Sheridan

Campion suffered a knee injury at Gainsborough last weekend - and Rea's been absent, long-term, with an ankle problem.

False alarms cause problems for fire service

Faith Page

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Shropshire fire service say that 99% of automatic fire-alarms turn out to be false.

To save money, firefighters in the West Midlands, Staffordshire and North Wales now wait until a follow-up 999 call confirms there's been a fire - before sending a fire-engine.  

Shropshire's area manager John Das Gupta says they have no plans to change the way they do things here.

Midland rail services affected by derailment

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Train operator London Midland is advising all passengers to make checks before they travel after a train derailed near Watford Junction this morning, disrupting services.

The extent of delays is "unknown" it says, referring people travelling south to its website and National Rail.

Tickets are being accepted by other operators, London Midland adds. 

There is also information @LondonMidland.

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Taxi drivers fight for better pay and conditions

Les Walton

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Drivers who work for the Shropshire private-hire firm Go-Carz say they'll fight their corner to improve pay and conditions. 

They say talks with management have got nowhere - and they've disputed the company's claim that a strike in Telford yesterday came completely out of the blue.

Taxi drivers protest

During the day over 170 drivers stayed off work during the busiest times. Instead of taking fares they went on convoy through Telford Town Centre to draw attention to their campaign.

Carl Wilday, the Managing Director of the firm, said he had no "official communication from any group of drivers about any particular grievance" but was "working" with some individual drivers over "small" "teething" problems.