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  1. Updates on Monday 14 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: A foggy night in Shropshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    We can expect some fog across Shropshire tonight and temperatures down to around 8C (46F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. More delays for M54-users

    BBC Travel

    Bad news if you're planning to drive towards the West Midlands on the M54 tonight, because there will be another overnight closure between junctions three for Albrighton and two for Wolverhampton.

    It's because of the ongoing repair work to the cracked road surface.

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    The road was closed all weekend between the two junctions, leading to long delays on the diversion route along the A5, around Weston Park.

  4. On Midlands Today: Demolition of Birmingham library

    BBC Midlands Today

    Here's a preview of tonight's edition of Midlands Today which includes the demolition of the old Birmingham Central Library.

    You can't beat a good demolition.

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    Video caption: Nick Owen looks ahead to Midlands Today at 18:30.
  5. Newport car parks consultation

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    More car parking spaces in Newport could become short-stay - Telford and Wrekin Council is asking people for their thoughts on the idea.

    New Street car park

    It would affect the New Street and Stafford Street car parks and the council says that having a higher turnover of cars should increase the number of spaces available.

    It's also proposing some improvements to the space-marking, a new footpath and better lighting.

  6. On BBC Radio Shropshire tomorrow: Twiddle muffs

    Julia Morgan

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    I've been out today to learn about so-called twiddle muffs, a knitted hand muff.

    If you want to find out more you'll have to listen to Eric and Clare's breakfast programme tomorrow morning from 06:00.

    Twiddle Muff
  7. Heart-warming video helps launch song to highlight plight of Shrewsbury's homeless

    Shropshire Star

    An emotional video and song was today launched highlighting the plight of homeless people in the build-up to Christmas.

    Image caption: Paul Henshaw,Tim Compton and James Wilkes of Greenhous
  8. Accident causes A5 delays at Gobowen

    BBC Travel

    The fire service says a car has hit a tree near Gobowen and its working to free people from the vehicle.

    It happened just before 16:00 between the Gledrid Roundabout and the Orthopaedic roundabout.

    The A5 near Gobowen is partially blocked and traffic is slow in both directions

    Travel map
  9. Latest: Direct rail service to London could expand; river levels rising

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a look at our headlines this evening:

    - Virgin could expand direct train service to London

    - River levels rising in Shrewsbury

    - Shropshire Council consults on cuts

  10. Shropshire Council consults over spending cuts

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire council has put a video online, asking people how its budget should be spent in the future.

    The authority has to cut £77m over the next five years and the six-minute video sets out how the money is spent at the moment and the financial challenges to come.

  11. 'Shifnal express' launched

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    It's been a bit overshadowed by the Shropshire-to-London train anniversary today, but there's good news for commuters in Shifnal who travel to work in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

    Shifnal station

    From today a train will stop in Shifnal at 07:18, reaching Wolverhampton at 07:33 and New Street at 07:55.

    The Shifnal Forward business group, which lobbied for the extra stop in the town, is calling it the "Shifnal Express" because it only takes 37 minutes.

  12. Telford council app offered to other authorities

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A phone app developed for Telford and Wrekin Council is being offered to other local authorities.

    Bronze Software Labs, based in Telford, designed it to allow residents to use their smartphone or tablet to report problems such as potholes, fly-tipping, and benefit-fraud.

    Telford and Wrekin Council app

    The authority says it's been able to save more than £67,000 because fewer people are phoning or visiting their offices.

  13. Major footway repair scheme to start

    Public footways alongside the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, are to be dug up and replaced.


    The paths, alongside the Wharfage, Tontine Hill and High Street, will be dug up in the new year and a one-way traffic scheme put in place.

    Drop-in sessions giving people the chance to give their opinions have begun.

  14. In pictures: 900 take part in Telford 10K

    Shropshire Star

    More than 900 runners completed the Telford 10K at the weekend - a record for the event.  

    Telford 10k
    Image caption: Telford 10k
  15. Business leaders want more direct trains to London

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Richard Sheehan, Chief Executive of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce tells us the launch of Virgin's direct rail service to Shropshire a year ago has helped raise the profile of the county and attract new business from London.

    Virgin train

    Mr Sheehan said he was welcoming a Kuwati delegation today and it's easier to attract visits like this, now we have a direct link to the capital.

    He urged Virgin to take a "leap of faith" and introduce more services in the future.

    Quote Message: We've got a limited amount of service at the moment and we would want more and we will lobby for more because we need it to be expanded because people are using it. from Richard Sheehan Chief Exec, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
    Richard SheehanChief Exec, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
  16. Latest: Direct rail service could be extended; flood waters rising

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Direct rail service to London could be extended

    - Flood waters rising in Shrewsbury

    - Shropshire explorer recreates 1930s expedition

  17. Barnett hopes to start for Shrewsbury

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Tyrone Barnett hopes he’s done enough to earn a place in the Shrewsbury Town starting line-up for tomorrow’s FA Cup replay with Grimsby.

    Barnett came off the bench to earn Town a League One point at his former club Peterborough on Saturday.

    Tyrone Barnett

    Barnett has previously scored five goals this season, the last in October and more recently he's been on the subs' bench.

    Quote Message: Scoring is always nice, perhaps it makes it tough for the manager picking the team for the next game, I’ll always be ready for when I’m called on. from Tyrone Barnett Shrewsbury Town
    Tyrone BarnettShrewsbury Town
  18. Photos: Carols at St Chad's in Shrewsbury

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    We recorded a carol service at St Chad's church in Shrewsbury at the weekend and as you can see, the church looked beautiful.

    Carols at St Chad's
    Carols at St Chad's

    You can hear the service played out on BBC Radio Shropshire this Sunday at 07:00 and repeated on Christmas Day at 13:00.  

  19. Direct rail service could be extended

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Virgin has told us it's looking at extending its direct Shrewsbury to London service and making stops at Wrexham in the future.

    Virgin train at Shrewsbury station

    It could be good news for people living in north Shropshire, but Phil Cavender from Virgin made it clear that nothing would happen in the short term.

    He said it all depends on whether they can find enough carriages and fit the services around the other trains using the track.