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BREAKING NEWS: Police launch search after disappearance of 9-year-old girl

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Police are making an urgent appeal after a nine year-old girl was reported missing from her home near Ludlow.

She was last seen at around 6.10pm today (Friday, 7 April 2017) where a witness reports seeing her walking towards Stanton Lacy, near Ludlow.

She is described as having long dark blonde hair, tied back, she was last seen wearing a pink jumper, spotty trousers and black wellington boots.

If you have any information you can contact West Mercia Police on 101.

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Ward at Ludlow Hospital closes due to nurse shortages

Stretton ward at Ludlow Community Hospital is to close today because of a lack of trained nurses. It is merging with Dinham ward on the ground floor of the hospital.

Ludlow Community Hospital has faced nurse shortages Credit: ITV News

More than 2,600 people signed a petition over the decision.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust says it will still be providing the same number of beds and access for patients.

In a statement, the trust said:

We have experienced some serious nurse shortages over the last couple of years and despite many creative recruitment drives still do not have enough trained nurses.

If the nurses are on the same floor it is much easier for them to support each other across the wards areas, keeping patients and carers safe and providing a much more supportive working environment for our staff.

The move is an interim arrangement and will be monitored carefully to ensure there are no unintended consequences.

– Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

Police search for Ludlow man missing for ten days

Peter Duce has been missing for around ten days Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing man from Ludlow.

Peter Duce, aged 34, was last seen on Wednesday 15 April.

He is a white man, around 5 foot 10, of a medium build with sandy coloured short hair. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a grey hooded top.

Police and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and wish to confirm that he is safe and well.

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