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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.

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Shrewsbury's Danny Williams wins gold in Glasgow

Danny Williams (in blue) competing in the preliminary round earlier today Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Shrewsbury judo star, Danny Williams, has claimed gold in the 73kg men's judo event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 25-year-old beat New Zealand's Adrian Leat in the final.

Runners to descend on Shrewsbury for 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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Labour respond to West Coast Main Line contract

This is the latest chapter in the botched West Coast franchise process, which has left passengers and taxpayers paying the price for Government incompetence. Under this out-of-touch Government, fares have risen 20 per cent on average since 2010 adding to the cost-of-living crisis.

The West Coast’s long-suffering passengers will welcome £35m of service improvements, but this franchise process has already cost taxpayers at least £50m directly and hundreds of millions of pounds more through delays to investment on the line and other franchise competitions.”

– Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary
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RMT: Virgin have bullied themselves into a monopoly

Transport unions have hit out at Virgins Trains after securing an extension deal to its West Coast Main Line franchise.

The leader of the TSSA rail union said Virgin Trains is "being rewarded for failure on the West Coast line" and argued that publicly-owned franchises "provide better value to both taxpayers and passengers".

Transport unions have hit out at Virgins Trains after securing an extension deal to its West Coast Main Line franchise. Credit: PA

"Ministers continue to ignore the lesson that publicly-owned East Coast has returned far more cash to the Treasury in the past five years than Virgin," he said.

Mick Cash, from the RMT union, has said Virgin Trains have "bullied themselves into a monopoly provider position" by "ignoring the public sector option".

"Rail franchising is a one-way ticket to the bank for greedy shareholders as these companies promise the earth and deliver just the bare bones in the interest of profit," he said.

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Richard Branson: Great news for Virgin Trains

Founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson has taken to Twitter to welcome the "great news" of Virgin Trains securing an extension deal to its West Coast Main Line franchise.

Under the extension deal, West Coast services will continue until March 2017 and a number of "improvements" including increased capacity, new services and "superfast Wifi" will be unveiled.

Virgin says new deal 'puts problems of 2012 behind us'

We’re delighted to have reached a deal after some tough negotiations with the DfT. It puts the problems of 2012 firmly behind us, and shows the clear benefits of a well-run franchise system.

This deal is great news for passengers and taxpayers, with significant benefits for our customers as well as a big increase in the money we pay to government..

We know WiFi is high on our customers’ priorities and we’re delighted that we’re going to be able to offer them free and super-fast WiFi. Together with thousands of extra seats and plans for new services, this deal will mean big improvements for millions of Virgin Trains passengers.”

– Patrick McCall, Virgin Trains Executive Co-Chairman
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