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  1. Updates on Friday 4 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Weekend weather forecast

    It will be windy overnight, especially during the early hours of tomorrow morning. Staying dry but rather cloudy. 

    The wind and the cloud will make keep it frost-free overnight. 11C (52F)

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    Video caption: Weekend weather for the West Midlands
  3. M54 diversions this weekend

    BBC Travel

    Because of the closure of part of the M54 weekend, diversions are being set up.

    From 20:00 tonight, if you are planning to head east, towards Birmingham, you will have to come off the motorway at junction 3 and follow the diversion signs with the solid black square.

    They'll take you up the A41, along the A5 past Weston-under-Lizard and then down the Stafford road until you rejoin the M54 at junction 2.

    Highways England hope to have everything back to normal by 06:00 on Monday.

  4. Watch: Midlands Engine for Growth fired up

    The Business Secretary Sajid Javid has unveiled what's been called the Midlands Engine for Growth with talk of around 300,000 new jobs over 15 years. 

    Mr Javid said businesses and government must work closely to promote the region. 

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    Video caption: Midlands Engine for Growth fired up with talk of more jobs

    However, the announcement came as the government announced it was scrapping the Manufacturing Advisory Service which helps small businesses invest, and create jobs. 

    Some business leaders in the West Midlands have expressed their shock and dismay at the move.      

  5. Nominees for Children's Book Award announced

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The nominees have been announced for the Shrewsbury Bookfest Children's Book Award. 

    The winner will be chosen by schoolchildren from six of the county's primary schools. 

    The nominees are Stonebird, Half a Man, The Accidental Prime Minister, How to Fly With Broken Wings, In Darkling Wood and A Tiger Tale.   

  6. Work starts ahead of St Chad's Christmas tree festival

    Rose Aston

    Assistant Editor, BBC Shropshire

    It's the annual Christmas tree festival at St Chad's church in Shrewsbury next weekend.

    And this afternoon volunteers from Severn Hospice have been erecting the tree they are sponsoring.

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    Video caption: Volunteers from the Severn Hospice have erected their Christmas tree at St Chads church
  7. The pressures of being council leader

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Six weeks ago we spoke to Councillor Keith Barrow about the pressures of leading Shropshire Council and he told us there were times he didn't enjoy the job because of the cuts the authority has to make.

    Following Councillor Barrow's resignation today, acting leader Councillor Steve Charmley also spoke about the pressures of the job and said his colleague's seven years as leader was "beyond the norm".

    Quote Message: Keith's been under a lot of pressure for a long time and I think that takes its toll. I've seen some of the comments online and it's become quite personal. It's enough to wear anybody down. from Councillor Steve Charmley Acting leader of Shropshire Council
    Councillor Steve CharmleyActing leader of Shropshire Council
  8. Police examine council leader complaint

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Another twist to the Shropshire Council leader story has emerged.

    West Mercia police have confirmed they have received a complaint regarding misconduct in public office involving a man from Shropshire and that a review is ongoing.

    The police won't confirm this, but we believe the man being investigated is Keith Barrow.

    Mr Barrow said he was "unaware" of the complaint.

  9. Latest: Council hunts for new leader; roadworks on M54

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another look at our top stories today:

    - Shropshire Council starts search for new leader after Keith Barrow's resignation

    - Flood warnings remain, but river levels falling

    - Roadworks close part of M54 this weekend

  10. Shropshire trade unions condemn air strikes vote

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Shropshire and Telford Trades Council has passed an emergency resolution condemning the British air strikes against IS targets in Syria. 

    The Council discussed the issue at a meeting last night.

    It said it fears an increased risk of terrorist attacks in the UK and of racist incidents.

    RAF jets
  11. Acting council leader throws hat in the ring

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The acting leader of Shropshire Council, Steve Charmley, has said he'd like to make the job permanent, following the resignation of council leader Keith Barrow earlier today.

    Steve Charmley

    A vote will take place at the council meeting on 17 December.

    Quote Message: It's a strange game politics, but I've got ambitions to do things within Shropshire and make Shropshire the thriving business and living community that we all want it to be. from Steve Charmley Acting leader of Shropshire Council
    Steve CharmleyActing leader of Shropshire Council
  12. TNS kickoff put back

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The New Saints begin their defence of the Welsh Cup tomorrow at home to Aberystwyth, but the kick-off has been put back from 14:30 to 17:15. 

    Welsh television has switched its cameras to Oswestry from its scheduled game at Holyhead because the weather forecast for that match isn't good.

    TNS with Welsh Cup
  13. Fireworks, music and reindeer at Oswestry Christmas Live

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    It's the annual Christmas Live event in Oswestry tonight from 18:00 and organisers say they're hoping it will bring more shoppers to the town.

    They're promising fairground rides, an ice rink, a music stage, Christmas stalls and fireworks.

    And this year they will have reindeer, for the first time.

    Oswestry music live
  14. Telford council criticises A&E closure proposal

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Telford and Wrekin council has attacked proposals to close one of the county's A&E departments overnight.

    The NHS is considering the move as an emergency measure, if running two A&Es becomes unsafe for staffing reasons.


    The Labour-run authority says the town needs to keep a 24-hour service and that overnight closures could be a step in the wrong direction.

    Quote Message: Closing an A&E unit overnight, even under emergency measures, would effectively downgrade the whole hospital. This is why Telford’s hospital needs to keep a full 24/7 A&E unit. from Richard Overton Deputy leader of Telford and Wrekin council
    Richard OvertonDeputy leader of Telford and Wrekin council
  15. Sentenced: Jilted lover mowed down rival with car in Telford

    Shropshire Star

    A jilted lover mowed down his ex-girlfriend’s new partner on a Telford petrol station forecourt before driving off, a court heard.

    Liam Stanley
  16. In the hotseat: Telford MP says air strikes just the start of a process

    Jim Hawkins Show

    The MP for Telford was in the studio earlier today and she spoke about the decision to bomb targets in Syria associated with the so-called Islamic State group.

    Lucy Allan described it as the start of a process and that the situation would eventually need a political solution.

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    She also said she believed the air strikes would eventually make the UK safer, but that terrorism remains a real threat at the moment.

  17. Latest: Shropshire Council getting new leader; Nine flood warnings remain

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our top stories:

    - Shropshire Council leader resigns

    - Nine flood warnings remain in Shropshire

    - More overnight closures on M54 this weekend

  18. RSPCA rehoming centre seeks volunteers

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The RSPCA's animal rehoming centre in Dorrington is on the look out for volunteers who can visit the homes of potential adopters. 

    It's an essential role to help find the perfect match for the animals who're being rehomed and offer support to those taking them on.  

    Shetland ponies at Gonsal Farm in Dorrington
    Quote Message: We're looking for people with good communication and very good people skills. Also a knowledge if they own their own pets, but apart from that there's a very common sense approach to home visiting. from Di Jones Deputy Manager at RSPCA's Gonsal Farm in Dorrington
    Di JonesDeputy Manager at RSPCA's Gonsal Farm in Dorrington