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ROADS: A458 BUTTINGTON CROSS - BOTH DIRECTIONS - BUTTINGTON - POWYS

Fire closes A458 Buttington Cross in both directions Credit: PA

The A458 Buttington Cross is closed in both directions due to a fire at a nearby barn between A483 / Rhallt Lane (Buttington Roundabout, Buttington) and A458 / A5 (Welshpool Roundabout, Shrewsbury).

The road is likely to remain closed for most of the day as the fire is brought under control. A diversion is in place and motorists are being advised to expect delays.

Man arrested on suspicion of arson in Shrewsbury

A 20 year-old man from the Shrewsbury area has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a fire during the early hours of Sunday.

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The incident happened between 4.30am and 4.35am on Howard Street when a small explosion is reported to have occurred at the rear of the property.

Police and fire services attended and the fire was quickly extinguished.

An unknown man was seen near a storage area behind the building shortly before the explosion and investigating officers would like to speak with him as he could have useful information.

He is described as a white man, wearing a white shirt and dark coloured trousers, and is believed to have left the area in the direction of the car park.

We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen any suspicious activity.

I particularly urge the man seen nearby to contact us as he may have important information that can help us with our enquiries into the cause of this fire.

Anyone who has information can contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 159s of 14 August.

– Det Sgt Lee Holehouse of West Mercia Police

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Police concerned for man missing from Shrewsbury

Police are appealing for help to find a 40-year-old man who has gone missing from Shrewsbury.

Robert Pritchard Credit: West Mercia Police

Robert Pritchard was last seen on the evening of 8 May at an address on Trinity Street.

He is described as 5'10" tall, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a white motif, dark coloured jeans and black shoes. He has a pierced eyebrow.

This is very out of character and we are growing increasingly concerned for Robert's welfare. We would urge anyone with information to contact West Mercia Police on 101.

– Insp. Edward Hancox
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