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Shrewsbury 24 Campaign petition collects 100,000 signatures

The Shrewsbury 24 building workers were convicted in 1973 of charges arising from the 1972 National Building Workers' strike.
The Shrewsbury 24 building workers were convicted in 1973 of charges arising from the 1972 National Building Workers' strike. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Campaigners trying to overturn 40-year-old convictions against 24 Shrewsbury pickets have collected more than 100,000 signatures in a petition under moves to raise the issue in Parliament.

The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign has collected more than 107,000 signatures online and in towns and cities across the country as well as at union and other conferences.

The petition will be handed in to 10 Downing Street next week by union leaders and Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson, one of the 24.

The pickets were arrested five months after the 1972 building workers' strike and charged under the 1875 Conspiracy Act, with six sent to prison, including Tomlinson.

The campaign group wants all documents related to the case to be released, claiming they would prove that a "massive miscarriage of justice" was handed out.


Appeal to trace missing Shrewsbury woman

Samantha Cookes has gone missing Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police are appealing for help from the public as they attempt to trace a woman who is missing from Shrewsbury.

24-year-old Samantha Cookes – who is from Meole Brace – was reported missing on Saturday 28 September but has not actually been seen since the 21 September.

It is now thought that she may have made her way to Ireland.

Speaking about Samantha’s disappearance, Detective Inspector Phil Shakesheff said:

"We are becoming increasingly concerned for Samantha as it is more than three weeks since she has been seen.

Our extensive enquiries now lead us to believe Samantha has been in Ireland. More specifically we believe she has been in Dublin and also a small village called Clane in County Kildare in recent times."

Samantha is described as being around 5ft 6inches tall and as having long brown hair when she went missing.

Man airlifted to hospital after two cars and lorry crash

A man has been airlifted to hospital after two cars and a lorry crashed in Shrewsbury.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was driving along Olden Lane, Ruyton-XI-Towns, when he crashed with the two other vehicles shortly before 9am today.

He was trapped in the wreckage with a suspected fractured leg and pelvis and had to be freed by fire crews, before being flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further treatment.

Call for review of Shrewsbury 24 trial

Actor Ricky Tomlinson was among six workers who were jailed in 1972 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The general secretary of the Unite union has written to the Prime Minister on the fortieth anniversary of the 'Shrewsbury 24' trial, calling for a review.

Six workers, including the actor Ricky Tomlinson, were jailed in 1972 for their trade union activities.

They had been picketing construction sites in Shrewsbury in support of a nationally called builders strike.

Len McCluskey said: _“It was forty years ago today (3 October) that 24 construction workers were put on trial in Shrewsbury for their trade union activities.

“The workers have been protesting their innocence ever since and are progressing an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission."

Extra policing for Shrewsbury v Wolves game

Around 200 officers will be on duty for the local derby between Shrewsbury and Wolves today.

The game is expected to attract a sell-out crowd of more than 9,000.

Chief Inspector Dave McWilliam, the match day commander, said:

“We are hoping the day will not be marred by trouble but anyone causing problems or involved in disorder, is likely to be arrested.”

Supporters without tickets are being urged not to travel.


Court seizes more than £16,000 from drug dealer

More than £16,000 has been seized from a Shropshire drug dealer following a drugs bust which saw 27 people sent to prison.

David Maloney, aged 34, of Dalford Court, Hollinswood, Telford, was arrested when police carried out a series of drugs raids across Telford and Shrewsbury last year. A total of £16,725 was found in a cupboard which has now been confiscated by the courts.

He was sentenced to six years in prison in March after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Maloney was one of 27 individuals – 25 men and two women – who were convicted as a result of the drugs operation and sentenced to a total of more than 80 years in prison.

TV baker to appear at 126th Shrewsbury Flower Show

The 126th annual Shrewsbury Flower Show begins today starring celebrity baker Paul Hollywood.

Celebrity baker Paul Hollywood will be at the 126th annual Shrewsbury Flower Show
Celebrity baker Paul Hollywood will be at the 126th annual Shrewsbury Flower Show Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA

The two-day event features an array of local chefs, chocolatiers and nutritionists, as well as the Shrewsbury Town Football Club chef who will be dishing up changing room delights using ingredients grown in the UK's only football kitchen garden.

Falconry displays, daredevil motorcycle stunts and a children's fun area will all be on offer, while folk band Bellowhead and fireworks will round off each day.

Elderly couple hit by car in supermarket car park

An elderly couple were hit by a car in a supermarket car park this morning.

The pair, who are both in their 80's, were walking to their car when a grey Hyundai reversed out of a parking space and hit them.

The driver of the car then collided with three more parked vehicles.

The woman was taken to North Staffordshire hospital where her condition is described as critical, but stable.

Her husband was taken to a hospital in Shrewsbury with leg injuries.

The incident happened at the Co-op in Radbrook at around 10:30am.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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