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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 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. Football: Shrewsbury chairman backs Mellon

    The Shrewsbury Town chairman has given the vote of confidence to manager Micky Mellon, after their 7-1 defeat to Chesterfield.

    In a statement to fans, Roland Wycherley says both he and the board are 100% behind the manager and will back Mellon in the transfer window.

    Roland Wycherley

    The chairman says it wouldn't be practical to offer a refund to fans who made the trip to Chesterfield, but the club will lay on free coaches to this weekend's Cardiff game.

    Quote Message: We all see last weekend as a huge wake up call, but none-the-less Micky has assured me it won’t happen again. Micky’s a man with a good heart and a strong vision for the team from Roland Wycherley Shrewsbury Town chairman
    Roland WycherleyShrewsbury Town chairman
  3. Weather: A cloudy night with some light rain ahead

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It should be mostly dry this evening and tonight, but there's a chance of some light rain.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Shropshire stuntman's boxing challenge

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire stuntman Justin Pearson is going into training for a charity boxing match on 19 March. 

    It's something stunt performers all over the country are doing, to raise money for a critically injured colleague.

    Justin Pearson

    Justin has worked on blockbusters like James Bond, Harry Potter and Star Wars, but says he hasn't boxed since he was a child.

    Quote Message: As a stunt performer you don't get hit, it's all camera angles, so it's good. I'll be cutting out the booze and probably training six days a week and getting really fit for it from Justin Pearson Stuntman
    Justin PearsonStuntman
  5. Football: Shrewsbury's Collins looking forward to a new start

    Shrewsbury Town's James Collins has been talking about his loan move to Northampton Town and says it came about very suddenly.

    James Collins

    Collins told the BBC he first learnt about their interest last Thursday and things developed quickly from there.

    Last season's top scorer says he's been really impressed by what he's seen at the League Two club so far.

  6. Video: Fish swimming in field at Atcham

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    You'll need to watch this one closely, but you should be able to spot fish sticking their heads out of the water, just to the right of that tree.

    Not an unusual sight in a river, but this is normally a field in Atcham, just outside Shrewsbury.

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    Video caption: Fish have been seen swimming in a flooded field at Atcham
  7. Latest: Arguments over Telford cuts and Shrewsbury striker goes to Northampton

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Arguments over Telford council cuts

    - No timescale for wind farm decision

    - Shrewsbury striker James Collins goes on loan to Northampton

  8. No timescale for wind farm decision

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The government can't say when a decision will be made on plans for two wind farms in mid-Wales.

    They were due to be linked to the electricity network with a series of pylons through north Shropshire.


    The Department for Energy and Climate Change had refused planning permission, but the High Court has ordered a rethink.

  9. Attingham Park inspires Downton creator's new book

    Attingham Park is providing the inspiration for a new story by the Oscar-winning creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.

    Attingham Park

    Belgravia is set during the Napoleonic Wars and will be published in installments which you can download to smartphones or tablets, before it is released in hardback.

    The first installment will be out in April.

  10. Record breaking year for football shirt charity

    The RAF Shawbury charity which collects football shirts and takes them to needy people around the world says it delivered 7,256 of them last year, to 15 countries.

    When you add the school uniforms to that total, it rises to 27,380 items, the biggest in Taking Football to Africa and Beyond's nine-year history.

    Boy with football

    The kit went to schools in Guinea, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, Jamaica, UAE, Nepal, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Gambia and Zambia.

    It also went to refugee camps on the Syria/Turkey border and to the Gaza strip.

    School in football kit
  11. Travel: Delays around M54 Shifnal turn-off

    BBC Travel

    There are some serious delays around the junction four (the Shifnal turn off) of the M54 this afternoon.

    The police have closed the eastbound slip road onto the motorway, so they can carry out some investigation work there.

    It was the same spot where a skeleton was discovered last year.

  12. Under-fire Telford MP Lucy Allan secures care debate

    Telford Journal

    Under-fire Telford MP Lucy Allan has secured a debate in the House of Commons on the rising numbers of children being taken into care.

    Lucy Allan MP
  13. Football: Collins signs for Northampton

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins has signed on loan at League Two Northampton until the end of the season.

    Last season’s top scorer has dropped a division to try to help second-placed Northampton to promotion.

    Collins says he might consider making the move permanent in the summer.

    James Collins

    Meanwhile, Shrewsbury are continuing discussions with Fulham over extending Larnell Cole's loan until the end of the season, but Liam McAlinden has gone back to Wolves.

    Quote Message: I want to change things around a wee bit up front and we all decided it is time for a change and it frees up some funds to try and get some new faces in and strengthen the squad. from Micky Mellon Shrewsbury Town manager
    Micky MellonShrewsbury Town manager
  14. Latest: Details of £30m Telford cuts and driver seriously injured

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our top stories:

    - Telford and Wrekin council sets out plans to cut £30m

    - Driver seriously injured in Knockin crash

    - Fall in New Year's Eve calls to police

  15. Three players leave AFC Telford United

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    A bit of activity at the Bucks Head today.

    AFC Telford United have released Callum Hassan following his short spell with the club, and Liam Slade and Sam Austin have ended their period on loan from Burton.

  16. Drop in New Year's Eve calls to police

    Emergency calls to West Mercia Police on New Year's Eve were down 7% compared to the previous year.

    During the busiest hour, between 01:00 to 02:00, calls were coming through every 56 seconds, police say.

    Phone keypad
  17. Flood alerts remain and river levels peaking

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Environment Agency still has five flood alerts for Shropshire, but in most places the river levels are peaking or are about to peak.

    The agency is warning that a number of roads could still be affected by flooding.

  18. Ofsted says Telford school needs to improve faster

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    Ofsted says improvements at a secondary school in Telford which is in special measures haven't happened fast enough.

    Charlton School

    A follow-up visit by inspectors to Charlton School in Dothill found the changes only really came into force in September and haven't yet had enough of an impact.

    Work is underway to turn the school into an Academy and the school says it has made progress in a limited amount of time.

    Quote Message: The monitoring report recognises the improvements made since September and affirmed its priorities for further improvement. from Charlton School statement
    Charlton School statement
  19. Telford Conservative leader accepts cuts are 'very challenging'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of the Conservatives group on Telford and Wrekin council has accepted that the Labour-run authority has some "very challenging" cuts to make.

    But Councillor Andrew Eade says it should look at cutting staff travel allowances, which he says could save up to £500,000 and draw on a £12m pot of money in the council reserves.

    Councillor Andrew Eade

    Councillor Eade also questioned the money spent on projects like the council solar farm and said it needs to focus on essential services.

    He welcomed the changes the government is making to local government.

    Quote Message: It cuts the ties and the strings that are pulled by central government - I don't want to be told what to do by any central government from Councillor Andrew Eade Telford and Wrekin Council
    Councillor Andrew EadeTelford and Wrekin Council