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  1. Investigation after fish killed by pollution in River Morda
  2. Protests against plans to change school catchment area in North Telford
  3. Shrewsbury Town sign Middlesbrough midfielder
  4. Updates on Friday 20 January 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Fish and river

Farmers are warned to continue keeping livestock out of a Shropshire river after pollution killed thousands of fish.

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Shrewsbury Town celebrate

Freddie Ladapo is Shrewsbury's match-winner for the second successive game as his goal is enough to beat Oldham.

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Hear Shropshire boy, four, phone police when his mum collapses
The four-year-old can be heard trying to explain to the operator that his mother is not moving.

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather on Monday.

Weather: Clear skies and freezing temperatures overnight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to be a cold and clear night in Shropshire, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Rescue service to launch boat named after crew member who died

A new boat will be launched at the weekend by a rescue service, and it will be named after a crew member who died.

Stuart Frost, who was one of the volunteers who help run Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA), lost his life in a road accident last year.

Severn Area Rescue Association boat

SARA is an inshore rescue boat and land search organisation covering the Severn Estuary and the surrounding area.

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into Mr Frost's car, killing him and injuring his fiancee, was jailed for two years and nine months and banned from driving for five years in November.

Severn Area Rescue Association boat

Travel: Roadworks blocking M54 slip road

BBC Travel

The M54 is blocked this evening on the exit slip road, heading eastbound at junction four, because of roadworks.  

Ice hockey: Tigers to challenge playoff-ban

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Telford Tigers say they will fight a decision by the English Premier League to exclude them from the end-of-season playoffs.

Representatives of eight other teams in the league met earlier in the week and voted to ban both the Tigers and Manchester Phoenix as a punishment for going into liquidation last year.

They also voted to introduce points penalty for teams which enter administration or liquidation in the future.

Telford Tigers
Steve Brodie

The Tigers say the decision is "unlawful and discriminatory" and they plan to meet league officials in the hope of getting the ban withdrawn.

Gritters going out again as temperatures drop

The council gritting lorries are going out again tonight, with temperatures forecast to drop below freezing.

Local authorities say they give priority to main roads and access to important buildings like hospitals.

Gritting lorry
Shropshire Council

Headlines: Fish die in river; call for new trains; Tigers challenge ban

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this evening:

- Investigations after "several hundred" fish killed by pollution in River Morda

- MPs call for new trains on Arriva Trains Wales route

- Telford Tigers to challenge league play-off ban

Nurse recruitment days to be held

Recruitment days are going to be held in Shrewsbury, aimed at finding more nurses.

On 28 January the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust wants to meet nurses interested in working in their emergency care departments and on 11 February it wants to find people who want to work in scheduled care, which includes operating theatres.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The NHS trust says it's a chance to take a look around and if the aspiring nurses pass an assessment and an interview, they could walk away with a conditional job offer.

Experts meet to discuss river pollution

A meeting has been held this afternoon to discuss the pollution in the River Morda.

Shropshire Council says the meeting involved experts from around the country.

Chris Bainger by River Morda

Investigations are being carried out what caused the pollution and thousands of fish are believed to have died.

Two Telford men arrested as £2,500 of cannabis seized in police raid

Telford Journal

Two men were arrested and £2,500 worth of cannabis seized in a police raid on a Telford house today.

MPs want new trains on Arriva Trains Wales route

There is an "urgent need" for new trains on Wales' rail network, according to a committee of MPs.

The Welsh Affairs Committee said people were tired of "old and cramped" trains provided by Arriva Trains Wales.

Arriva train

The MPs' report says many problems were due to "a huge failure" to allow for more passengers when the current 15-year franchise was awarded in 2003.

Power to decide who runs the next Wales and Borders franchise from 2018 is due to be transferred to Welsh ministers.

Ice hockey: Big weekend in league and cup for Tigers

Telford Tigers face big games in the league and the cup this weekend.

Tomorrow they will look to maintain their cushion at the top of the EPL table when they play Sheffield Steeldogs at the Telford ice rink and the following day they host Peterborough in the second leg of their EPL Cup semi-final.

Doug Clarkson vs Peterborough
Steve Brodie

Tigers will have to overcome a two-goal deficit after defeat in the away leg on Wednesday, if they are to advance to the final.

And they still have the threat of expulsion from the end-of-season playoffs hanging over them in the league - because of their financial problems last year.

Car crashes into parked cars in Shrewsbury

Tim Page

News Editor, BBC Shropshire

A van's hit several parked cars in Shrewsbury before being abandoned. 

It happened late last night on St Michael's Street and witnesses describe shredded tyres and a smell of rubber.

St Michaels Street

One car was pushed right on to the pavement and two people are said to have run off from the scene.

Headlines: Thousands of fish killed by pollution; school catchment protest; Shrewsbury sign midfielder

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Here's a recap of our headlines this morning:

- Pollution kills thousands of fish in River Morda

- Parents protest over plans to change Telford school catchment areas

- Shrewsbury Town sign Middlesbrough midfielder

Parents protest over catchment areas

Joanne Gallacher

Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

Parents have been protesting against plans to change the local school catchment area in north Telford. 

Around 30 people with placards attended a council meeting last night to make their feelings known.

Catchment protest

Telford and Wrekin Council is consulting on limiting the number of children from Muxton who can attend the Burton Borough School in Newport.

Football: Telford keeper likely to leave

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

AFC Telford United look likely to lose their goalkeeper James Montgomery before the end of the January transfer window, with a National League club expected to make a bid soon.

James Montgomery
Mike Sheridan

But the good news is that Elliott Hodge is having his loan at the Bucks Head extended to the end of the season.

River Morda 'devoid of life'

A section of the River Morda, south of Oswestry is "completely devoid of life", a local fishery says.

Giles Cochrane, who manages the Weston Pools, said the fishery itself was unaffected, but pollution had killed not just fish in the river, but other wildlife as well.

River Morda

It's absolutely devastated the brook. There's no living organism whatever. The trout population has been wiped out - the fry, next year's fry, the food on which they live - the shrimp, the caddisfly."

Giles CochraneWeston Pools manager

Water firm investigating after fish killed in pollution

Water firm United Utilities has confirmed an investigation is ongoing at a water treatment plant upstream on the River Morda.

It follows the overnight death of fish after the river became polluted.

In a statement, the company said: "There has been an issue at Oswestry water treatment works which we are currently investigating. We are working closely with the Environment Agency to resolve this."

Weston Pools
Bryn Morris

Shrewsbury Town sign Middlesbrough midfielder Bryn Morris on a short-term deal for the rest of the season.

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Fishery unaffected by river fish deaths

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A large fishery based alongside the River Morda, is unaffected by the pollution that's believed to have killed thousands fish, its manager says.

Giles Cochrane at Weston Pools told us the pollution had killed fish in the river itself, but its own stocks were safe.

Most of those are believed to have been washed downstream.

In a statement, the Environment Agency the pollution had been caused by "an acidic pollutant".

"We recommend people, livestock and pets do not go in the River Morda. Our investigative response is ongoing."

Watch: Peace campaigners unveil banner on Iron Bridge

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

This morning a small group of peace campaigners gathered on the Iron Bridge.

They wanted to make it clear they aren't anti-Trump, but they wanted to send this message on his inauguration day.

Campaigners have sent a message of peace from the Iron Bridge

Football: Middlesbrough midfielder signs for Shrewsbury

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

Shrewsbury Town have signed Middlesbrough midfielder Bryn Morris.

The 20-year-old has had loan spells and Walsall, York, Coventry and Burton.

Bryn Morris
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Fish die in river pollution

Thousands of fish are believed to have died in a chemical leak in the River Morda, near Oswestry, local fisheries bosses say.

The Environment Agency is advising people to keep away from the river.

Officers are at the scene investigating.

River Morda
Chris Bainger

Weather: Clear and cold in Shropshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's going to be clear and cold today and temperatures could drop below freezing overnight.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Beekeepers worried about graffiti

Shropshire Beekeepers are worried about graffiti being sprayed around their new apiary

The site on Nobold Lane in Shrewsbury had been derelict for 10 years before the beekeepers took it over and during that time buildings were damaged and paint was sprayed over the brick work.


The beekeepers cleaned it up and installed fences, but vandals are still getting in and damaging the site.

Headlines: Praise for four-year-old; train staff strike vote; Trump protest banner

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Our headlines this morning:

- Mother praises four-year-old for calling 999 after she collapsed

- London Midland staff vote on whether to take strike action

- Trump protest banner unveiled on Shropshire's Iron Bridge

Telford mum surprised at son's confidence in calling 999

A Telford woman says she was taken by surprise by the confidence of her four-year-old son, Jacob, who called the police when she collapsed at her home.

Gemma Onions told BBC Radio Shropshire she has been suffering from a mystery condition which causes her to pass out for the last two years. A fortnight ago her "legs felt like jelly" and she fell, hitting her head on her son's toy car.

Gemma Onions
Gemma Onions

Gemma said the first thing she knew after falling was waking "on my kitchen and dining room floor and Jacob was pulling my hair".

She was surprised by his quick thinking, saying "I wouldn't say he's really confident" and that he doesn't use long sentences.

He's just taken it all in his stride, he doesn't even know that anything is going on."

Gemma Onions

BreakingPollution in River Morda

The Environment Agency says it's dealing with "severe pollution" on the River Morda, south of Oswestry. 

It is advising people, livestock and pets stay out of the water.

We'll bring you more details later.

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Inspection of 12th Century church in South Shropshire

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

Experts have been inspecting a 12th Century church in south Shropshire that's considered to be "at risk" by Historic England.

Myndtown Church is at the foot of the Long Mynd, beneath the glider-station, and was recently awarded more than £200k in heritage lottery grants.

Myndtown church

John Burt, who's leading efforts to restore it, says it seems like a lot - but there's plenty to do.

It's pretty extensive, there's lots of cracks to repair, bulges to take care of, completely re-roofing the porch. Repair work's been put in again in local oak and there's be a lot of re-rendering taking place inside and outside the church.

John BurtVolunteer Project Manager

Increase in sexual offences against children 'due to better reporting'

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A senior police officer says an increase in the number of recorded sexual offences against children in Telford, is down to more people reporting them.  

Telford has fallen from top to third in a table of recorded sexual crimes against children, despite an increase in the number of offences.        


Supt Tom Harding, the local policing commander for Telford and Wrekin, says this could be down in part to a greater willingness to report such crimes.  

We've seen an increase in people reporting recent events, within the last 28 days and events that took place longer ago than that. Both are increasing at the same level. If those two increase at the same time we're confident that that's victims coming forward, rather than more offences taking place."

Supt Tom HardingLocal policing commander for Telford and Wrekin

Banner to be raised on the Iron Bridge, promoting peace

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Campaigners will be raising a banner on the Iron Bridge today, on President Donald Trump's inauguration day, promoting peace. 

It's part of a global campaign to "Build Bridges, Not Walls". 


The idea behind it they say is to speak up for peace, justice and tolerance between different groups.

London Midland staff vote over strike action

Conductors on London Midland are voting on whether to take industrial action in a row over the company's decision to put external security contractors on trains "by imposition and without agreement", the RMT says.

London Midland train
Hyperen at English Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0

The rail union said the ballot of 523 conductor members opened yesterday and concludes on 2 February.

In a statement the union said the company had "failed to respond to our questions, proposals and suggestions that would have averted the need for a potential breakdown in industrial relations".