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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Seftel

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 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Weather: Cloud and more rain ahead this evening

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Weather presenter

    This evening it'll initially be dry, and quite cloudy as well.

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    Video caption: The weather forecast for the West Midlands.
  3. Ice Hockey: Fans forum tonight

    The owner of the Telford Tigers Ice Hockey Club has promised a no-holds-barred evening at the club's fans' forum tonight. 

    Telford Tigers

    Wayne Scholes, who's flown in from America for the session, says he'll give honest answers to everything he's asked. 

    The forum starts at 19.00 at the Tigers Bar in the Telford Ice Rink.  

  4. Shrewsbury 24: Papers 'not relevant'

    Minister Mike Penning said the Home Office was looking over old documents to see whether they could be related to the Shrewsbury 24 case and offered to meet camapigners.

    However, he said a decision by civil service boss Sir Jeremy Heywood and Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin not to release documents would not be reversed.

    Mr Penning said the papers were not relevant to the 24.

  5. Shrewsbury 24: Tomlinson criticises 'lack of transparency'

    Actor Ricky Tomlinson has accused David Cameron of failing to live up to his promises on transparency after the government refused to release documents related to the so-called Shrewsbury 24.

    Mr Tomlinson was one of 24 pickets arrested in the 1970s after a building workers' strike.

    Police Minister Mike Penning said the documents would not be released due to national security. 

    Ricky Tomlinson

    Labour's Andy Burnham presented a dossier of evidence to parliament earlier that he claimed showed six people jailed, including Tomlinson, were victims of a "politically motivated show-trial".

    Mr Tomlinson said the 24 were being treated "worse than traitors" and that the government "doesn't even know the meaning" of the word transparency.

  6. Headlines: Shrewsbury 24 documents kept; Councillor says people agree with tax rise

    Alex Seftel

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at this evening:

    - The government refuses to release documents related to the Shrewsbury 24 

    - A Lib Dem councillor says many taxpayers agree with the move to raise council tax in Shropshire by nearly 4%

    - Businesses in South Shropshire receive a £2m boost in funding

  7. Shrewsbury 24: Government refuses to release documents

    Arif Ansari

    Politics correspondent, BBC North West Tonight

    Home Office Minister Mike Penning has agreed to meet members of the Shrewsbury 24 group, but said the government stood by its decision not to release documents related to the case, on grounds of national security.

    Campaigners, including Ricky Tomlinson at Downing Street

    The so-called Shrewsbury 24 were charged with various offences after a national building workers' strike in the 1970s.

    Among those to be jailed was future actor Ricky Tomlinson. Labour claim they've uncovered fresh evidence that the trial was "politically driven" by the-then Conservative government to "stitch up" the trade union movement.

  8. New year boost for South Shropshire businesses

    Businesses and groups which can demonstrate a connection to the south Shropshire landscape could be in line for a share of just over £2m worth of funding

    The money comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and will be distributed by the Southern Shropshire Local Action Group next year.

    Quote Message: We are absolutely delighted to have secured funding for rural businesses operating throughout Shropshire and are confident that it will contribute towards a stronger and more sustainable rural economy. from Councillor Tim Barker, Shropshire Council Chair of the Southern Shropshire Local Action Group
    Councillor Tim Barker, Shropshire CouncilChair of the Southern Shropshire Local Action Group
  9. Football: AFC Telford v Market Drayton

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United have a friendly tonight. 

    Bucks Head

    They're taking on Market Drayton Town at the Bucks Head, kick off is at 19:30.  

    The Bucks are next in action on Saturday, when they host Chester in the FA Trophy. 

  10. On air: Place of the week - Handless

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Adam and Vicki have chosen Handless, on the Long Mynd, as their place of the week. 

    Earlier, Adam was invited by the Environment Agency's Rob Davies to check out their rain gauge in Handless... it was windy!

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    Video caption: Rainfall Station
  11. Council puts 19th Century house up for sale

    An early 19th Century property has been put up for sale by Shropshire Council, with a guide price of £1m.

    The Hollies house
    Image caption: The Hollies house in Shrewsbury

    The Hollies, on Sutton Road in Shrewsbury has about one acre of grounds (0.4 hectares), including a former stable building.

    It's currently used by the council as offices.

  12. Headlines: Council tax to rise; Shrewsbury 24 latest

    Carlie Swain

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this afternoon:

    - Shropshire Council has voted in favour of increasing council tax by nearly 4% 

    - Government is facing fresh calls to release Shrewsbury 24 papers

    - 19th Century Shrewsbury mansion, valued at £1m, is put up for sale by Shropshire Council

  13. BreakingCouncil votes to raise tax

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire Council's cabinet has voted in favour of increasing council tax by nearly 4% from next year. 


    This decision will now have to be ratified by the whole council at a meeting in February before new leader Malcolm Pate and his team can implement it.  

  14. Travel: Accident on A41

    BBC Travel

    The A41 at Woodcote is blocked in both directions after an accident involving a lorry between B4379 and A5. 

  15. Video: Your thoughts on Nativity plays

    Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

    It used to be Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Now it's Frozen, X Factor, and Britain's Got Talent.

    On the Breakfast Show this morning, Eric and Clare were talking about Nativity plays. 

    We spoke to people in Telford for their thoughts on traditional school performances. 

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    Video caption: Nativity plays
  16. Shropshire students come to rescue of drivers in floods

    Shropshire Star

    A group of Shropshire students decided to take a quick holiday in the Lake District – and ended up getting involved in a series of rescue dramas after floods caused by Storm Desmond.

    Floods in Cumbria
    Image caption: The students help a motorist in the floods