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Engaged Shrewsbury couple scoop £1million win

Jackie Murphy and John Potter who won £1m on the National Lottery
Jackie Murphy and John Potter who won £1m on the National Lottery Credit: Camelot

An engaged couple from Shrewsbury have just received the wedding present of their dreams.

Jackie Murphy, 61, and John Potter, 54, scooped a £1m top prize on a National Lottery Millionaire 777s Scratchcard.

But the pair, who are getting married in September, aren’t going to change their plans for the big day, although they will be treating their guests to a free bar.

Coach seized as children are treated for suspected fume poisoning

Police and Ambulance Services were called to a service station near Shrewsbury.
Police and Ambulance Services were called to a service station near Shrewsbury. Credit: ITV News Central

Thirteen children from Birmingham have been treated by the emergency services after it's thought they inhaled fumes from the coach they were travelling on.

Emergency services were called to a service station near Shrewsbury yesterday evening.

57 people, including 49 children aged between 14 and 17 from a church group in Birmingham were on the coach headed for a campsite in Wales.

The coach was seized by police and Health and Safety Executive are being informed.


Teenager given 4-year sentence after raping girl aged 10

The location the offences took place
The location the offences took place Credit: ITV News Central

A 15-year-old boy has been handed a four-year custodial sentence for raping a 10-year-old girl in broad daylight in Shrewsbury.

The offender admitted one charge of rape and another of attempted rape.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard how the youth had followed and approached the girl as she walked along St Michael's Street on the afternoon of Friday 11 April.

He persuaded her to help search for something he claimed to have lost, and lured her into an isolated location on disused land behind a car wash. It was here the offences took place.

This was an extremely disturbing case, involving a little girl of just 10 years. It quickly became apparent that her assailant was also fairly young, probably someone of secondary school age.

I am pleased to say we were able to arrest the perpetrator relatively quickly once the incident had been reported. He was a dangerous individual and fortunately, was identified and arrested before posing any further risk to the public. It also allowed for the effective recovery of vital evidence.

– DCI Neil Jamieson

West Mercia Police have also praised the public for their help in the quick arrest of the teenage offender.

Our prime suspect was caught on CCTV cameras carrying a fishing rod and fishing tackle box which made him conspicuous and we received a number of calls from people who had seen him at the relevant time...

There was an excellent response to our appeals for information, from both pedestrians and passing motorists. Their evidence played a big part in enabling an early arrest and I am very grateful to everyone who came forward.

– DCI Neil Jamieson

Delays as lorry stuck between buildings blocks road

Delays are expected in Shrewsbury as a lorry has become trapped between two buildings, blocking the road.

The charity BuildItInternational uploaded this photo to twitter.

Positive sighting of missing Shrewsbury man

A positive sighting of Philip Speake, a 25-year-old man missing from Shrewsbury was made in Chirk, North Wales on Friday 8 August.

He was last seen at 4pm on Wednesday 6th August, leaving work in the town centre.

He is described as being 5 foot 7 inches tall, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing black trousers, black boots and a long black coat.


Runners to descend on Shrewsbury for Half Marathon

Thousands to race in Shrewsbury Half Marathon
Thousands to race in Shrewsbury Half Marathon Credit: ITV News Central

Organisers of the Shrewsbury Half Marathon say improvements to the course will make this year's event even better than last.

Almost 3,000 runners signed up last year and they raised more than £30,000 for charity.

The event will start at the Shropshire Agricultural Showground and will continue through the town centre, the Longden Coleham estate and the Quarry.

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