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  1. Man appears in court charged with Halfway House murder
  2. Telford MP warns over 'political posturing'
  3. Folk festival founder dies
  4. New Telford manager has ambitious aims
  5. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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By Andy Giddings

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Dumbledore flies in to Potter-mad school

A helicopter carrying Professor Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall landed on the sports field in front of hundreds of children at Redhill Primary School, in Telford.

They were mobbed by pupils in Harry Potter themed fancy dress. Later a Hogwarts themed school fete took place.

Dumbledore flies in to Potter-mad school to surprise pupils

Huge crane to remove scanner from Telford hospital

Shropshire Star

A 230ft high crane will remove an MRI scanner from Telford's Princess Royal Hospital to make the way for a state-of-the-art replacement to be installed later in the summer.

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Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Here's how your weekend's going to start in the West Midlands on the weather front.

Keep yourself updated over the next two days with the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

MP demands maternity commitment from hospital boss

The MP for Ludlow is demanding full maternity services should be restored in Bridgnorth and Ludlow as soon as possible.

Earlier today he met the chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, Simon Wright, to voice his concerns about the temporary reduction of services at three rural maternity units.

Philip Dunne

From tomorrow women won't be able to give birth at the units in Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry - a measure which could be in place for up to six months.

They will still be able to attend antenatal appointments at the maternity units.

New litter powers for council staff

New powers are being given to Telford and Wrekin environment officers, to hand out a greater range of fines for littering.

The council says it is also training them to give advice to people on how to dispose of their waste, in the hope that fines can be avoided.

Fly tipping in Telford

The on-the-spot fines will range from £80 for people who drop litter or fail to pick up after their dog to £400 for fly-tipping.

In the most serious cases, the council says it will take the offenders to court, to look for harsher punishment.

Weasley Twins record message for Telford school

The men who played the Weasley twins in the movie adaptation of the Harry Potter books have recorded a special message for the children at Redhill Primary School in Telford.

It has been holding a Harry Potter themed day and real-life twins James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George (or is it George and Fred?), sent the video from Denver in the United States.

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'Viking god' photo attracts national interest

A photo of trees along the river bank in Shrewsbury has attracted national interest, after a local fireman posted it on social media.

Lee Roberts lives near the Severn and says he often goes out taking photos there, but only noticed what he thought looked like a Viking god when he looked at it later.

Tree photos
Lee Roberts

The photos have picked up more interest after appearing in the Daily Mail and Lee said he never expected it to appear in a national newspaper.

I go up and down there taking pictures of the wildlife and stuff and I'd taken a panoramic view of the trees and I just saw what looked to me like a Viking."

Lee Roberts

New fire engine is delivered

We've got our first photo of the new £225,000 fire engine that has been delivered to Craven Arms fire station this afternoon.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service says it will allow it to tackle farm and grassland fires in remote areas, because it can carry almost twice as much water as its predecessor.

Fire engine and people
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Craven Arms fire station deals with an average of 130 emergency calls a year and covers an area which includes Ludlow, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock and Bishop's Castle.

Your photos: Cloud over Church Stretton and Ludlow

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a day of more heavy cloud over Shropshire.

These photos were taken near Church Stretton (top) and Ludlow (below).

Cloud near Church Stretton
Snapper Simon
Ludlow path
Shropshire Lass

Family keeping tragic mum-to-be's memory alive with fundraising drive

Shropshire Star

A heartbroken Shropshire family is keeping a woman’s memory alive by fundraising after she died suddenly when she was 28 weeks pregnant.

Father and daughter, Gordon Trevor from Shrewsbury and Charlotte Ransley from Highley
Shropshire Star

Police overtime spending cut

Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia managed to cut the amount they spent on overtime last year, but it remained over £4.5m, despite cuts to police numbers.

Since 2010, the average spending on overtime for the two forces has been £5.3m, reaching a peak of over £6m in 2011-12.

Police officers

Since the partnership of the two forces, the number of police officers has fallen by around a quarter, but until last year spending on overtime had remained over £5m a year.

Telford MP warns over 'political posturing'

The MP for Telford says amendments to the Queen's Speech put forward by Labour MPs yesterday was "political posturing" and warned there would be "a lot more in this parliament".

Lucy Allan said they were an attempt to "block the government's legislative agenda" and that "defeat for the government would have "risked another general election".

Lucy Allan

Ms Allan also said that she supported "public sector workers and the great work they do" and that the amendment on public sector pay raised an important issue, but she said the amendment "would not have resulted in a pay increase or any changes to public sector worker pay".

A&Es in 'fragile' condition

Accident and Emergency cover in Shropshire remains in a "fragile" position, the trust board was told yesterday.

A report to the board said "workforce constraints" were to blame.

Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust said while nurses were being recruited, they were "struggling with doctors", despite three adverts for consultants.

A&Es in Shrewsbury and Telford

It's not that this isn't an attractive place to come and work, it's the way the service is. If you come at the moment you'd be working every third weekend forever, which is not an attractive sell for a a consultant who could probably walk into any A&E in the country."

Simon WrightChief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust

Harry Potter event at Telford school

Children at Redhill Primary School in Telford have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book today.

The children and their teachers dressed up for the occasion and have had a surprise flying visit from Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall, who arrived by helicopter.

Children dressed as Harry Potter characters

The day has been arranged by The Friends of Redhill Primary School and pupils have been raising money for the school.

Museum to hold its first Steampunk festival

Blists Hill Victorian Town is hosting its first Steampunk festival this weekend, with people paying to turn up in costume, meet artists and take part in themed games.

Steampunk is a branch of science fiction which imagines an alternative Victorian world with versions of modern-day technology.

Steampunk people
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There will also be a party held for Steampunk enthusiasts on Saturday night, activities for children and a chance to shoot foam-firing guns at zombies (as you do).

Football: New Telford manager has ambitious aims

Nick Southall

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

The new AFC Telford manager Rob Edwards says he wants to make the club one of the best in non-league football.

The former Wolves coach was born and bred in Madeley and used to watch the old Telford United when he was young.

Rob Smith

Edwards says he is realistic and realises "you can't change the world in a couple of days", but hopes to be given the time to "build something" at the Bucks Head.

BreakingMan remanded in custody over Halfway House murder

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

A man is due to appear before Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday - charged with the murder of 67-year-old Satnam Singh Blugher at Halfway House earlier this week.

His body was found at Tony's Diner on Monday.

Belkar Singh, 58, who's from Halfway House, appeared before Telford magistrates this morning and was remanded in custody.

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Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Flowers destroyed in Shrewsbury night time vandal attack

Shropshire Star

Planters in Shrewsbury packed with dozens of flowers have been damaged by vandals in a night-time attack.

Folk festival founder dies

One of the founders of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Alan Surtees, has died following a short illness.

He set up the event, originally in Bridgnorth, 20 years ago with his wife Sandra and the event has paid tribute to his his hard work and his "vision and passion", saying he was always the "life and soul of the party".

Alan Surtees
Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The four-day event takes place over the August bank holiday weekend - last year 7,000 people attended.

He loved everything about the festival, but most of all the people – the performers, the volunteers, the visitors. Nothing made him happier than the sight of people having a great time while listening to fabulous music."

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Year of support ends for refugee families

Genevieve Tudor

Journalist, BBC Shropshire

A meal has been held in Oswestry to mark the end of formal support for five Syrian refugee families who moved there a year ago.

The charity Refugee Action has helped them learn English, find voluntary work and make new friends in the local area.

Syrian food

One of the volunteers who has been working with them, Jenny Lewis, said they were "incredibly brave and they've put themselves out there to meet new people."

More support for homeless in Telford

A project in Telford that helped rough sleepers in the three coldest months of the year is being given funding to operate all year round.

It's part of a new five-year strategy drawn up by Telford and Wrekin Council to tackle the issue of homelessness, which will also see the appointment of two new council officers who will focus on young people and the issue of domestic violence.


The local authority is spending an extra £95,000 on the measures, which also include leaflets, support for a centre for homeless young people and more work to prevent people becoming homeless.

Rough sleeping is inherently dangerous and exposes people to potential health deterioration."

Councillor Richard OvertonTelford and Wrekin Council
Police outside the cafe in Halfway House

The victim was found dead with serious head and torso injuries.

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Council invests £300k in CCTV cameras

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Up to £300,000 is being invested by Telford and Wrekin Council to put up CCTV cameras.

The money will be match funded by the police and crime commissioner.

CCTV camera

It'll be used to try and track down people carrying out environmental crimes like fly-tipping.

It's part of a scheme which will include training 40 council officers.

People who pick up after their dog, people who put their litter in the bin, they're paying for people who don't do that. So we're going to say to people if you do do it, we're going to come down and give you a fixed penalty notice."

Richard OvertonCouncillor for Telford and Wrekin

New fire engine for Craven Arms

Craven Arms is getting a new, bigger fire engine today, capable of carrying 3,000 litres of water - nearly twice as much as its current engine.

Their old one is being sent to the fire station in Wellington.

Fire Engine

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service says the £225,000 upgrade will be more suitable for dealing with calls in remote rural areas.

In pictures: dull and overcast in Shropshire this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

It's another grey and cloudy day around Shropshire and these photos have been shared by BBC Weather Watchers in Ruyton-XI-Towns (top) and Ludlow (below).

Ruyton XI Towns

Man charged with murder over Halfway House death

A man has been charged with the murder of 67-year-old Satnam Singh Blugher at Halfway House earlier this week.

His body was found at Tony's Diner on Monday and Belkar Singh, 58, from Halfway House, is due to appear at Telford Magistrates' Court this morning.

Crime scene
Shropshire Star

Schools to be charged in Telford and Wrekin to convert to academies

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

Schools in Telford will be charged up to £6,500 to convert to academies.

The decison was made by the council's Labour's ruling cabinet last night.

Madeley Academy

The government gives schools up to £25,000 to switch, but councils get no money to help assist them.

Conservative group leader Andrew Eade agrees with Labour, but says it should've been done sooner.

There's a potential for nearly £70,000 to have been lost by the authority. They incur the work, through no fault of their own. Therefore, I think it's only right that they should be reimbursed for that."

Andrew EadeConservative leader on Telford and Wrekin Council

Lengthy diversions on the A49 from tomorrow for repair work

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

If you're travelling between Shrewsbury and Hereford tomorrow, prepare for lengthy delays on the A49 and a near 60-mile diversion.

The Onibury level crossing will be closed for 10 days from 1 July, for repairs and the diversion takes traffic through Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

Roadworks cause a 60-mile diversion route in Shropshire

Network Rail claim work on the crossing is urgent and needs to be done now before there's an accident.

Shorter, local diversions for smaller vehicles can be found between Craven Arms and Ludlow

'Maternity safety improvements being made'

Tracey Higgins

BBC Local Live

The boss of Shropshire's two main acute hospitals says are making improvements when it comes to safety in maternity.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust has published an internal review following a number of avoidable baby deaths.

Entrance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital

It said changes must be made in planning, training and learning from mistakes.

There's also a problem with foetal monitoring, when a midwife checks the baby's heartbeat.

For us it's making sure that we're really confident that we're giving the absolute highest safety that we can. One way that we've looked at doing that is by having a two eye system, so the midwife will be checking with mum in the room, but we also have a remote check of the CTG trace as well, so we have two eyes now looking at that trace."

Simon WrightChief Executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Burton Borough School reopens

Newport's Burton Borough School has reopened after a water main burst yesterday.

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Watch: Latest weather forecast

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BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy, but generally dry start, some patchy rain is likely this afternoon.

Find out what the weather has in store for the weekend.

West Midlands weather forecast

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The decision comes on the day of a review is published following maternity errors at the trust.

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Festivals measles warning

People going to music festivals this summer are being urged to get vacinated against measles, if they aren't already.

Telford's health commissioners say there were 38 suspected measles cases linked to music festivals reported around the UK last year, between June and July.

V Festival
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The Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said measles is highly infectious and could lead to serious complications.

Music festivals are understandably very popular, but we’ve recently seen a number of measles outbreaks at these events. I would advise anyone attending a festival to plan ahead and make sure they have had the MMR vaccination."

Dr Jo LeahyChair of Telford and Wrekin CCG