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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: A wet night for most of Shropshire

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It's going to be a wet night for most of us, with the rain lingering around until the morning.

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlie Slater presents Tuesday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Shropshire firm aims to expand with £8m investment

    Shropshire Star

    A Shropshire plant hire firm is to invest around £8 million in the business after securing a major investment.

    Mike Hawkins
  4. Environment Agency says flood barriers 'not cheap'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The flood barriers in Shrewsbury and Ironbridge seem to be going up and down on a weekly basis recently.

    Dave Throup from the Environment Agency told us that its not cheap, but that leaving them up isn't an option, because of the disruption they cause and because they have to be constantly monitored.

    Flood barriers in Ironbridge

    The encouraging news is that he's not expecting any major flooding on Christmas Day.

  5. Shrewsbury clearing the decks to sign pair

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town look could pay off two or three players, to free up cash for permanent deals with their experienced defensive pair Anthony Gerrard and Zak Whitbread.

    Gerrard's currently playing for nothing after taking the chance to get back into the game, while Whitbread's short-term deal ends next month.

    Anthony Gerrard

    Town's manager Micky Mellon says he needs to get some names off the books first as he’s reached what he describes as his “budget ceiling”.

  6. Patient group wants changes to PRH parking

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A patients organisation says people parking at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital are worse off than those parking at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    The PRH asks you to buy a parking ticket when you arrive and estimate how long you will stay, but the RSH charges you as you leave, so you only have to pay for the time you use.

    PRH car park

    Healthwatch Telford says patients at the PRH end up over-paying as a result.

    The NHS Trust running the two hospitals says it wanted to be sure it had resolved any issues with the new system before rolling it out in Telford, but will now install it in the new year and plans to have it working by April.

  7. Latest: Prison sentences following organised crime investigation; Councillor takes legal action against Telford MP

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Four from Telford sentenced following organised crime investigation

    - Labour councillor taking legal action against Telford MP

    - Nesscliffe 'dumped' ponies to be rehomed

  8. Video: Farmers using alternatives to ploughing fields

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Some farmers are abandoning the plough, claiming it damages the soil.

    They believe that by using a different approach, they can improve yields and reduce costs.

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    Video caption: Some farmers are using alternatives to ploughing fields.
  9. Deer rescued from netting on Telford golf course

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A deer that got its antlers caught in netting at Horsehay golf club in Telford has been rescued by RSPCA inspectors.

    They say they were called out on Monday morning and that the young buck was distressed and thrashing around.

    Deer caught in net

    Inspectors Nayman Dunderdale and Dave McCartney were able to cut him free and say he jumped up and raced off as soon as he was released.

    Quote Message: We managed to throw the netting over him and pin him down on the ground. Although he was only a youngster, he was a healthy, strong male so it took both of us to straddle him to keep him still while we carefully cut the netting from his antlers. from Nayman Dunderdale RSPCA Inspector
    Nayman DunderdaleRSPCA Inspector
  10. Tinsel Tuesday in Ludlow tonight

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    It's late night shopping in Ludlow tonight, known as Tinsel Tuesday.

    Tinsel Tuesday in Ludlow

    Around 30 shops are staying open late, along with the Christmas gift market. 

    There's also free parking in all the main car parks and tonight there will be carol singing around the tree from 18:00.

  11. Nesscliffe ponies to be rehomed

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Attempts are being made to find homes for a group of horses that have been illegally dumped on private land near Nesscliffe.

    Experts were called in after concerns about the ponies breaking out on to surrounding roads.

    Pony in field

    Equine Emergency Services, a company that deals with stray and roaming horses, says none of the animals will be put down and they will be checked for microchips before being nursed back to health.

  12. Rescue dogs get Christmas dinner

    Elaine Muir

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Staff and volunteers at Moorlands Kennels in Condover have been busy preparing a very special Christmas dinner today for the dogs looked after by charity Finding Furever Homes.

    Dog looking in sack

    Roast Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots and even the odd sprout are on the menu for the dogs.  And that’s not all – There’s even presents too!

    The dog pictured looking into Santa's sack (above) is Roxy, a very proud mum who’s recently seen all of her puppies go to new homes.  She just needs a family to love her now.

  13. Latest: Four from Telford sentenced following organised crime investigation; Flood waters rising

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our headlines this afternoon:

    - Four from Telford sentenced following organised crime investigation

    - Labour councillor taking legal action against Telford MP

    - Flood waters rising again

  14. Travel: Accident still causing delays at Woofferton

    BBC Travel

    An earlier accident on the A49 between Woofferton and Stockton is continuing to cause delays this afternoon.

  15. Flood waters rising again

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Environment Agency has got a couple of flood alerts in place for north Shropshire, with water levels rising in the county again.

    The waters aren't expected to peak until tomorrow.

    Flood map
  16. Big government cash boost for Whitchurch plant hire firm

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Whitchurch-based Hawk Group has received £8m from the government-backed Business Growth Fund. 

    The firm hires out large equipment for construction sites and farms and employs over 700 staff.

    Hawk vehicles

    Chairman Mike Hawkins told us the money will be used to expand the business and he's especially interested hiring out equipment to the quarrying industry.  

  17. Four from Telford sentenced following organised crime investigation

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Four people from Telford have been sentenced this afternoon, following a West Mercia Police investigation into organised crime.

    Garfield Patterson, 48, from Brookside in Telford was convicted of money laundering and supplying cocaine and heroin. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

    Sharon Campbell, 43, also from Brookside, was also convicted of money laundering and supplying cocaine and heroin and will serve 10 years.

    Garfield Patterson, Gemma Buxton and Sharon Campbell
    Image caption: Garfield Patterson, Gemma Buxton and Sharon Campbell

    Gemma Buxton, 30, from Trench in Telford got 18 months for money laundering and Sukesh Kumar Shemar, 40, from Donnington was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years and 150 hours community service, also for money laundering.

    A fifth man, Courtney Hamilton from Wolverhampton, was given eight years for money laundering and supplying class A drugs.

  18. Shrewsbury boss to visit children's ward

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon and six of his players are visiting children at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital this afternoon.

    They're due to visit ward 19 about now, to spread a bit of festive cheer.

    Micky Mellon