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Illegal bird trap user caught on camera

Priday caught visiting the trap Credit: RSPB

A part-time game keeper from Herefordshire has been caught and fined for setting an illegal trap designed to harm birds of prey.

Wayne Edward Priday was ordered to pay more than £500 for using a pole trap - a device with a powerful spring placed on top of a post or pole where birds of prey are likely to perch.

A pole-trap Credit: RSPB

When RSPB officers discovered the trap in Ludlow they set up surveillance cameras which caught Priday visiting it.

Police say they think the trap was intended to catch a goshawk, a very rare bird with perhaps only 500 pairs in the UK.

Cyclist airlifted to hospital after being hit by van

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after being hit by a van in Shropshire.

The man was seriously injured in the crash, which happened at the junction of the A49 and the B4365 in Bromfield, Ludlow, yesterday afternoon.

The crash happened at the junction of the A49 and B4365 in Ludlow
The crash happened at the junction of the A49 and B4365 in Ludlow Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics found the cyclist lying in the road with multiple serious injuries, and gave him pain relief before taking him to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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Full report: £10,000 on bees from Italy for Shropshire

Whether you love or hate bees, there is no denying that we all need them. But with the wet summers and harsh winters we've had, the bee population is shrinking rapidly.

At one farming estate in the Midlands, they've lost 102 of their 150 hives. So they've taken drastic action by importing £10,000 worth of bees, from Italy - to try to boost numbers. Kate Fisher reports.

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Company spends £10,000 importing bees after huge numbers die

The Food Centre has spent £10,000 importing the bees from the continent

Bees are being brought from Europe to Ludlow Food Centre, to replace the hives that have declined in recent years.

In Ludlow, 102 out of the 150 hives have gone, which is believed to be mainly down to bad weather.

The Food Centre has spent £10,000 importing the bees from the continent.

Residents return home following the collapse of Medieval wall

Collapsed wall in Ludlow Credit: ITV News Central

People have been allowed back in their homes after a medieval town wall collapsed in Shropshire.

Local residents were forced to leave their homes when the 800-year-old structure fell down in February. Nobody was injured.

Shropshire Council said its engineers were still assessing the 30ft stretch of wall and assessing what interim maintenance work could be done.

Repair work could cost £1million.

Experts say last years wet weather and frost were to blame.

Collapsed wall could cost £1m to repair

Collapsed wall in Ludlow Credit: ITV News Central

A large historic town wall that collapsed in Shropshire could cost more than £1million to repair.

Local residents were forced to leave their homes when the 800 year old structure fell down in February. Nobody was injured.

Some of the properties in Ludlow are rented out as holiday homes and were empty at the time.

Shropshire Council said its engineers were still assessing the wall as to what interim maintenance work could be done.

Experts say last years wet weather and frost were to blame.

Man dies after being swept away by floods

Police have confirmed a man in his sixties has died after being swept away by flood water.

They say they received reports just after 10.30 this morning that a man had been seen being swept away by flood water in the stream at Bitterley near Ludlow in Shropshire.

The man is believed to be in his 60s but police won't release his identity until he has been formally identified.

His family has been informed, as has The Coroner for Shropshire.

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