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Police statement over soldier murder

Police investigating the murder of a soldier at a barracks in Shropshire have released the following statement after another soldier was charged with his murder.

A 23-year-old soldier was due to appear in court at Telford this morning charged with murdering a fellow soldier based at Tern Hill army barracks in Shropshire.

He was charged last night with the murder of Corporal Geoffrey William McNeill at Market Drayton, Shropshire last Saturday.

The man has been in custody at Shrewsbury police station since his arrest shortly after Corporal McNeill’s body was found in an accommodation block at the barracks at around 9am on Saturday.

He was due to appear before Telford magistrates.

The inquiry is being conducted by detectives from West Mercia Police.

– West Mercia Police Statement


Post mortem due on a man found dead in Shropshire

A post mortem examination will be held this afternoon on a man found dead outside a bank in Shropshire.

The 32-year-old, who has not yet been formally identified, was found near the HSBC bank in Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police are treating the man's death as unexplained.

Detectives today urged people to come forward with any information that can help throw light on the circumstances that led to the man's death.

Investigation after man's body found in town centre

Police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old man in Market Drayton, after his body was found in the town centre.

The body was found outside the HSBC Bank in Cheshire Street in the early hours of this morning.

Police say the death is being treated as unexplained, as they check CCTV in the area, and appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

The Shropshire coroner has been informed of the death and a post-mortem examination is being arranged to help establish the cause of death.

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy to be sentenced later

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy Credit: File photo

Convicted serial killer Joanna Dennehy from Peterborough is due to be sentenced today at the Old Bailey for stabbing three men to death and trying to kill two others.

Two men, Gary Stretch and Leslie Leyton, are also due to be sentenced for helping her during her killing spree.


Rare glimpse of the Northern Lights in Shropshire

The sky glows red & green in Whixal in Shropshire Credit: Chris Burrage

People across the Midlands were able to see a very rare sight last night as the sky turned red and green through the natural phenomenon which is the Northern Lights.

The Aurora Borealis lit up the skies as far south as Gloucestershire, the result of a strong magnetic storm.

It's very rare for the natural phenomenon to be seen so far south Credit: Chris Burrage

These pictures of the spectacular light show were taken by Chris Burrage in Whixal in Shropshire, who said he'd never seen them there before.

The Northern Lights are usually visible in only the more northern parts of the UK, but a surge in geomagnetic activity last night led to them appearing much further south than usual.

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Car smashes into living room in Market Drayton

The car embedded in the living room Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

This was the scene when a car smashed into a living room in Market Drayton in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the property on London Road, Knighton, yesterday afternoon.

A husband and wife who were in the car, thought to be in their 60s, were unhurt.

No one was in the living room.

Tree blocks canal in Shropshire

The 'Dark Tunnel' canal in Shropshire Credit:

A tree crashed into a canal from Ellesmere to Llangollen during yesterday's storm, blocking the waterway.

The 'Dark Tunnel' canal in Shropshire Credit:

Crews have been removing the tree, which fell across the canal one mile east of Ellesmere, in Shropshire.

Efforts to remove the tree have been underway today Credit:
Efforts to remove the tree have been underway today Credit:

Falling tree traps HGV driver in his cab

Falling tree traps HGV driver in his cab Credit: Shropshire Fire and Rescue

A falling tree trapped a lorry driver in his cab in Shropshire today. The lorry, which was balancing in a precarious position on Attingham Hall Bridge, was stabilised to stop it blowing into the flood water below.

The rescue boat from Shrewsbury was involved, as well as two fire engines, the police and paramedics.

The cab was completely crushed and the driver was released with cutting equipment after two hours of work in the freezing conditions. He's not thought to have life threatening injuries.

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