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Shrewsbury Sixth Form College teachers to strike for two days

Teachers are staging two days of strike action at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College in a protest over staff restructuring proposals.

Members of the NASUWT union will walk out tomorrow and Thursday, claiming the changes will hit workload and pay.

The college says it's facing significant funding cuts and is having to reduce some of the allowances it makes to staff with responsibilities for particular curriculum areas to avoid redundancies. The principal says there will be disruption but the college will remain open on both days.

Teenage boy arrested over sex attack on girl, 10

A 14-year-boy has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl.

The attack happened on land near Shrewsbury town centre Credit: ITV News Central

The girl was attacked on land near the Arc car wash off St Michael's Street in Shrewsbury on Friday afternoon, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Witnesses or anyone with information are urged to call police on 101 quoting reference 599s 11/04/14.


Police appeal after girl sexually assaulted in Shropshire

West Mercia Police have appealed for information to catch a youth who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in broad daylight.

The attacker is described as white and between the ages of 13 and 17.

We need anyone who was in the area of St Michael's Street on Friday afternoon and saw anyone acting suspiciously to get in touch - any tiny piece of information could be useful. We would particularly like to speak to anyone who saw a teenage male with a younger girl between 3.45pm and 4pm.

Also, if you think you may know who the boy is, you need to contact the police immediately. We believe he is local, not least because he seems to have good knowledge of the area.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Marsden

Police warning after girl sexually assaulted in broad daylight

10-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Shrewsbury, Shropshire Credit: PA

West Mercia Police have issued a warning after a 10-year-old girl was subjected to a sustained and serious sexual assault in broad daylight.

The attack happened on Friday afternoon in Shrewsbury as the girl walked along St Michael's Road towards Ditherington Road when she was approached by her attacker.

The attacker thought to be white and aged between 13 and 17 led the girl behind a container near a car wash where he assaulted her.

Police have issued a warning to families with young children to be extra cautious.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Marsden, who is leading the investigation, said:

I would recommend that, if at all possible, primary school-aged children are supervised when away from home either by yourselves or a trusted adult.

This week it is the Easter holidays, so for the time being, we suggest parents make sure they know where their children are and if possible stay in contact via mobile phone.

Council leader' delight as new £10m museum opens

Council leaders in Shropshire have welcomed the launch of the new £10 million Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

The museum opens its doors today after an extensive regeneration project.

Councillor Steve Charmley, tourism chief for Shropshire County Council, said it would be the "jewel in the crown" of the county.

I'm delighted that the new Museum and Art Gallery will be open to the public so that they can see for themselves the result of our work to restore this unique collection of buildings, as well as the wonderful collection of items that will be on display - many for the first time.

We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to what will be a real cultural attraction and a real highlight on Shropshire's tourism map.

By hosting the Visitor Information Centre, the Museum and Art Gallery will also be a point of arrival for visitors to Shrewsbury and Shropshire and will be a real jewel in the crown for the town and for the county.

A large number of highly skilled people have worked incredibly hard over a long period to make the new Museum and Art Gallery a reality.

The work has been painstaking and often hard, but the results are stunning and I really do hope people will be impressed with what they see and what we have done.

– Councillor Steve Charmley, Shropshire County Council


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