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Tracey Higgins

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A41 and Hatch Lane.

    A5 Staffordshire - A5 in Weston-under-Lizard closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A41 junction and the Hatch Lane junction, because of a serious accident involving car and motorcycle.

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

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    Severe accident: A49 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A49 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A489 and B4370.

    A49 Shropshire - A49 Shrewsbury Road closed in both directions between the A489 junction in Shrewsbury and the B4370 junction in All Stretton, because of an accident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 entry slip road closed and very slow traffic westbound at J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of the Bike4Life event.

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

  4. Our live coverage across the day

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

  5. Under-fire trust investigated over 27 babies born with brain injuries

    Michael Buchanan

    Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

    A law firm is investigating at least 27 babies born with brain injuries at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, the BBC has learnt.

    It follows news in recent weeks that there were at least seven avoidable deaths at units run by the trust between September 2014 and May 2016, prompting the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to launch an inquiry.

    Five of those cases involved failures to properly monitor babies' heartbeats. It's also emerged that regulators questioned the same issue 10 years ago.

    PRH and RSH hospital

    Tonight, our research shows the trust has paid out nearly £25m in compensation for maternity errors in the past 10 years. The largest group is those whose babies suffered brain injuries. 

    Beth Harrison from law firm Lanyon Bowdler says her firm has 27 open cases where there's evidence of several potential shortcomings.

    The hospital trust has yet to comment on the latest news, but last week said maternity improvements had been made and the number of baby deaths was in line with other trusts.

    Quote Message: In particular a failure to act on signs that the baby's in distress and potentially compromised. There appears to be delays in taking them for an emergency c-section. We also see issues with the use of forceps. Forceps have to be positioned in a certain way, if they're not, it can cause frontal lobe brain damage." from Beth Harrison Lanyon Bowdler law firm
    Beth HarrisonLanyon Bowdler law firm
  6. Council releases hundreds of pages of football club correspondence

    Telford and Wrekin Council has released hundreds of pages of correspondence between the local authority and AFC Telford United, following a ruling by the Information Commisioner.

    Earlier this month, the council was given 36 days to release the documents, which cover a period since 2014 when it agreed to loan the football club £45,000.

    Bucks Head

    The documents were requested by former councillor Adrian Williams - a long-time critic of the council. He says the documents he was sent under a Freedom of Information request were mostly blacked-out.

    AFC Telford United has denied it threatened legal action over their release and instead said it welcomed today's move.

  7. First West Mercia officers get body cameras

    A £1m investment in body-worn video cameras for West Mercia officers will help victims, prevent crimes and reduce complaints against police, John Campion, crime commissioner says.

    Forty six officers in Malvern were the first to get the new kit earlier this month, with colleagues in Telford next before the remainder of the force.

    Mr Campion said he'd seen them in use and expects the cameras - first introduced to police a decade ago - to provide increased transparency and reassure the public.

    A camera

    The cameras can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers, Cambridge University researched has found.

    Complaints by members of the public against 2,000 officers across four UK forces and two US police departments, fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.

  8. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Conviction for the surgeon who 'played God'

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening, more on the news that a breast surgeon who carried out "completely unnecessary" operations has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients. 

    Ian Paterson

    Ian Paterson, 59, carried out "extensive, life-changing operations for no medically-justifiable reason".

    We'll have full reaction from 18:30 on BBC One.

  9. Football: The New Saints FC recognised in Oswestry Town Council civic awards

    Welsh Premier Champions The New Saints have won an Oswestry town council civic award.

    It's in recognition of the club redeveloping its facility at a cost of over £3m.

    It now has a state-of-the-art 3G pitch and accommodates a major leisure development with community facilities. 

  10. School launches raffle to help pay for lab refurb

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    A Shropshire secondary school's launching a raffle to help refurbish its science labs. 

    The Corbet School in Baschurch has launched the fundraising drive as headteachers gathering in Telford for their annual conference claim school budgets are in crisis. 

    Corbett School

    The government says it's spending more than ever, but the Corbet's chair of governors Roger Ford says it's not covering the increased costs of pensions and pay.   

    Quote Message: It's our 60th anniversary this year, so we're going to celebrate that and we're going to have a year-long raffle and we're going to hopefully raise some money towards the £200,000 that we need to refurbish and modernise our science labs. We shouldn't have to run a raffle, in my view, to do such things, but we're not left with any alternative." from Roger ford Chair of Governors of the Corbet School
    Roger fordChair of Governors of the Corbet School
  11. Lifting of bird flu restrictions may be too late for County Show

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Bird-flu restrictions on poultry-keepers are to be lifted in just over a fortnight. 

    The government says the prevention zones and a ban on poultry shows will end on May 15th. 


    That may come too late for the Shropshire County Show at the end of next month, which has already cancelled its poultry section.

  12. Football: Shrewsbury Town Manager expected to offer new contracts

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Paul Hurst is expected to offer new deals at Shrewsbury Town to defender Mat Sadler and winger Sean Whalley.

    The two are among the players whose contracts are up this summer and while the Town manager says he won’t focus on the ins and outs at the club until Sunday’s final game of the League One season at Oxford is out of the way, he says he’s had tentative talks with the two of them.

    Paul Hurst

    Both are popular with Shrewsbury fans, and both have previously said how happy they are at the club. 

    Quote Message: I think they know what I think of them as players and just as importantly as people." from Paul Hurst Shrewsbury Town Manager
    Paul HurstShrewsbury Town Manager
  13. Local elections: UKIP says it would offer a fresh pair of eyes if it wins seats, next week

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    UKIP currently has no seats on Shropshire Council, but is looking to change that next week in the local elections. 

    The organisation's putting up nine candidates and spokesman Edward Higginbottom is promising a fresh pair of eyes, to look at issues affecting the area, with the reorganisation of health care services top of their agenda.  

    Edward Higginbottom

    He also says they'd promote faster broadband to attract bigger businesses and keep a close watch on the council's outgoings.

    Quote Message: The more different voices you've got, the more likely you can come up with a better compromise, whether the people running the county council would listen, is a big question. Even if you got all nine of us were there, there is always the possibility that the ruling party would just ignore people." from Edward Higginbottom UKIP
    Edward HigginbottomUKIP

    We've been speaking to all the major parties ahead of next week's Shropshire Council election.

    For a full list of candidates, visit the Shropshire Council website.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Two barns go up in flames in south shropshire

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Five fire crews have been tackling a blaze that resulted in two barns going up in flames. 

    The alarm was raised at around 10:00, at a farm in Nash, close to Ludlow.   

    Fire engine

    Fire crews from Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Tenbury Wells were at the scene. 

    The fire was brought under control just before midday.