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Man charged with stabbing outside hotel in Telford

Google Street View outside the Station Hotel in Wellington
Google Street View outside the Station Hotel in Wellington Credit: Google Street View

A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing in Telford.

It happened outside the Station Hotel in Wellington on Friday 11th July.

Alan David Evans of Mercia Drive in Leegomery is accused of stabbing a 20 year old in the lower back. The victim required surgery but his injuries are no longer life threatening.

The 37-year-old has been remanded in custody, and is due to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday 21st July.

Flagship building Southwater One opens today in Telford

Southwater One opens today Credit: Telford and Wrekin Council

A new community building is opening for business in Telford today, which houses a new library and coffee shop.

Southwater One is Telford and Wrekin Council's flagship building, and is part of the first phase of a £250million regeneration of the Southwater area of the town centre. It will also house the council's new and extended 'First Point' service.

The new First Point Service Credit: Telford and Wrekin Council

The public spaces around it are opening too, including a new lake featuring an urban beach, footpaths and a games area.

A large cinema, a hotel and restaurants will open in the next few months. The council says the project will provide a boost to the area's economy.


Seven injured in 5-vehicle crash near Telford

Three ambulances were sent to the scene Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Seven people have been injured in a five-vehicle crash crash on the A5 in Overley, Telford, near junction seven.

One of the injured, a teenager, had to be airlifted to hospital. The other 6 were taken by land ambulance.

The crash happened at about 8.10am this morning. It involved three cars, a van and a lorry.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said:

It quickly became apparent there were a number of casualties at the scene, but thankfully none of them had life-threatening injuries.

Following assessment by crews, a teenage girl was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and treated for back and stomach injuries. She was also given pain relief before being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The three ambulances on scene all transported two patients each to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Four of the patients, all men in their 30s, were all travelling in the same car and suffered minor injuries in the collision.

Two further patients, two teenage girls, were also transported to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Due to the nature of the collision and the number of vehicles involved, the incident caused significant traffic disruption in the area.

Council 'not surprised' that Telford is 10th happiest place to live

The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has said he is not surprised that the town was voted the 10th happiest place to live in the UK.

The survey by property website Rightmove asked people how content they are with their home and community.

The Ironbridge Gorge in Telford Credit: David Jones/PA

Kuldip Sahota, Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, said:

"I am not the least bit surprised by this survey as I happen to think Telford is a fantastic place to live. It is a vibrant, modern town with plenty of history and a perfect mix of industry and green space."

Telford named in Top 10 of happiest towns in Britain

The town of Ironbridge near Telford is a World heritage Site Credit: PA

Telford has been named as one of the top ten happiest places to live in the UK.

It came in at number 10 in the survey by property website Rightmove which asked people how content they are with their home and community.

North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate topped the poll of 50,000 people to be crowned the happiest place to live in Britain.

But what's the rest of the Top 10?

Map: Find out the happiness rating in the town or city where you live

Read: Not so grim up North: The top 10 happiest places to live in Britain


Warning for motorists ahead of roadworks in Telford

Motorists were today warned of traffic disruption and delays as the next stage of a multi-million project to transform a Telford ring-road into a two-way route begins.

The Box Road from Woodhouse Central into Foregate, near the Odeon cinema, will be closed 24 hours a day for up to six weeks.

Woodhouse Central into Foregate will be closed for up to six weeks
Woodhouse Central into Foregate will be closed for up to six weeks Credit: Google Maps

A diversion will be in place via Lawn Central, Hollinsgate and Rampart Way.

The new road system is designed to improve access to Telford Shopping Centre ahead of the £250 million Southwater development.

This will include an 11-screen new IMAX cinema, a hotel, bars and restaurants, improved ice rink, bowling alley, and bingo - as well as 5,000 new homes at Lawley, Lightmoor and the Telford Millennium Community at Ketley.


Murdered teen's parents 'sickened' at Reynolds appeal

Georgia Williams
Georgia Williams' murder was 'scripted, sadistic and sexually motivated'. Credit: Press Association

The parents of murdered teenager Georgia Williams have said they are "sickened" by news that her killer Jamie Reynolds is to appeal.

Steve and Lynette Williams told the Shropshire Star they learned of the news in a letter from the Crown Prosecution Service, and will attend the appeal hearing in London.

Mr Williams, a detective constable with West Mercia Police, told the newspaper: "We thought that was the end. But now it's almost like there's a new trial coming up. It makes you feel sick. It's started all the worrying again. It makes you feel angry and it devalues Georgia's life."

Prosecutor David Crigman QC told Stafford Crown Court in December that Reynolds had carried out a "scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder" and planned the killing meticulously.

Read: 'Deviant' killer Jamie Reynolds to appeal whole-life sentence


'Deviant' killer Reynolds appeals whole-life sentence

Jamie Reynolds.
Reynolds lured teenager Georgia Williams to his parents' house and strangled her to death. Credit: West Mercia Police

A "sexual deviant" who lured a 17-year-old girl to her death has lodged an appeal against his whole-life sentence for murdering the teenager.

Jamie Reynolds was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court in December after admitting murdering Georgia Williams.

Georgia Williams.
Williams' body was found woodland near Wrexham in May last year.

His solicitor had issued a statement in January stating the 23-year-old would not be appealing against the life term.

But today the Court of Appeal confirmed he had lodged an appeal against the sentence, reportedly on the grounds that his age and guilty plea were not given sufficient weight.

Read: Georgia Williams' killer given whole-life jail term

Something fishy going on: piranhas found in Telford sewers

Residents had been complaining of a fishy smell from their drains in Telford
A number of fish were found after residents complained of a fishy smell from their drains in Telford Credit: Severn Trent Water

Residents in Telford who complained about a fishy smell coming from their drains have been told it was caused by dead piranhas, which had likely been flushed down the toilet.

Severn Trent Water says, when it investigated the sewers in Madeley, it also found a number of other dead fish.

It is not the first time sewers in Shropshire have been blocked by odd items - in January sewers in Ditton Priors, near Bridgnorth, were found to be blocked by piles of pants that had been flushed down the toilet.

Sue Fulford, customer operations manager for Severn Trent Water said: "The drains that take waste water away from your home are only a few inches wide and are only meant to take water, toilet roll and human waste.

"Toilet roll is meant to break down when it gets wet so it washes easily through the system."

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