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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Weather: Snow heading our way

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Winter is coming.

    Heavy snow is forecast for parts of Shropshire overnight.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza presents the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Para-athlete off to Brazil

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire kayaker Kelda Wood is off to Brazil tomorrow for a training camp ahead of the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer.

    Kelda Wood

    The 42-year-old runs the Climbing Out charity for young people with life-changing illnesses and injuries and took up kayaking after a hay bale crushed her leg.

    She'll spend the next two and a half weeks training with Team GB.

  4. Police Community Support Officers to train as retained firefighters

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Plans to train Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) as retained firefighters in Shropshire have been criticised by the Fire Brigade Union.

    The initiative has been agreed between West Mercia Police and the Fire and Rescue Service to train three officers in Shropshire and four in Herefordshire.

    Steve Gould, FBU secretary said: "There could be a PCSO who's dealing with an incident and the retained firefighter alert goes off - what do they do then?"

    John Price, the area commander at the fire service, who is in charge of scheme, says it can work.

  5. Football: Pivotal games for Shrewsbury and Telford

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Can Shrewsbury Town build on their giant-killing FA Cup victory over Cardiff and rattle up the League One table? 

    A win is very much needed at home against fellow-strugglers Barnsley this Saturday.

    Shrewsbury Town players

    And can AFC Telford United use their victory at Stockport to kick start a "great escape" from the foot of the National North? They’re at Gainsborough this weekend.

    We'll have full FM commentary on Shrewsbury and full DAB-digital and online commentary on the Bucks, with all the big build-up this Saturday from 14:00 and The Verdict from 17:00.

  6. Shropshire Council does HQ u-turn

    Shropshire Council's new leader, councillor Malcolm Pate, says he wants the authority to stay in its Shirehall offices in Shrewsbury.

    The building had been put up for sale under his predecessor, Keith Barrow.

    But Mr Pate says it's the cheapest accommodation they can find in the area, despite the £200,000 it will cost to repair the building.

    Malcolm Pate
  7. Photos: Shropshire snow in the past

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire council have been back through the archives to dig out some snow photos from the past.  

    This one is of a frozen River Severn in the 1960s.

    Snow photo

    And this one looks like a particularly bad winter!

    Snow photo
  8. Appointments delayed by hospital mistake

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A quarter of patients at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital have been given appointment dates which are later than they should have been, an investigation has revealed.


    The figures have been reported to Shropshire's health commissioners, the CCG, after an audit of over 1,200 patients showed that over 300 had an incorrect date for treatment and 28 had been waiting for more than a year.

    Since then urgent calls have been made to patients, clinicians are reviewing cases and an additional clinic has been put in place.

  9. Headlines: M54 body identified and hospital appointment delays

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Police identify remains found by M54 last summer

    - Record keeping mistakes mean Oswestry hospital appointments delayed

    - Shropshire A&Es miss targets

  10. Listen: Man calls ambulance because of scary hedgehog

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    West Midlands Ambulance Service is continuing to publish time-wasting phone calls online, so we can hear the sort of thing their control rooms have to deal with.

    Today, a call about a hedgehog. 

    Yes, really.

    View more on youtube
  11. Ice Hockey: GB call-up for Tigers defenceman

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Telford Tigers defenceman Jonathan Weaver has been named in Great Britain's 22-man squad for next month’s pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy.

    He is the only player from an English Premier League club to be named in the GB side, with all the rest coming from the Elite League.

    Britain are hoping to qualify for the Winter Olympics for the first time since 1948.

    Jonathan Weaver
  12. Your photos: Swans in Dudmaston

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    We love to see your photos, so keep sending them to us.

    This one was taken in Dudmaston.

    Swan and ducks

    You can email your snaps of Shropshire to us or share them through Facebook or Twitter.

  13. Acton Scott volunteers get to work

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    The volunteers at the Acton Scott historic farm have got to work today, to get the tourist attraction ready to open in the spring.

    And they're looking for more people to lend a hand.

    One thing they want to stage this year is an authentic Victorian house-eviction and they're after volunteers to take part in that.

    Acton Scott building
  14. 300 Orthopaedic patients sent wrong treatment date

    Shropshire Star

    More than 300 people were given the incorrect date for referral to treatment at Oswestry’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

    Oswestry’s Orthopaedic Hospital
  15. Photo of man found dead by M54

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    This is a photo of the man whose remains were found by the M54 last August.

    The police say 37-year-old Surjit Takhar from Oldbury in the West Midlands was identified using DNA dental records.

    The police and the charity Missing People made appeals to find him when he went missing in 2008.

    Surjit Takhar
  16. Shropshire A&E units still failing to meet waiting time targets

    Some 86.6% of A&E patients in Shrewsbury and Telford were seen within four hours in November - compared with a national target of 95%.

    A&E Shrewsbury

    In all, in November, 10,522 patients attended A&E units run by Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust.

    That's down slightly from 10,858 in October, which saw 85.1% patients treated within the four-hour target.

  17. Headlines: M54 body identified, fears over NHS hotline and snow coming

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

    - Police identify the skeletal remains found by the M54 last summer

    - Shropdoc claims patient care will suffer if it loses out-of-hours contract

    - Met Office issues snow warning for Shropshire

  18. Your photos: Snow on the Shropshire hills

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shane Swannick has sent us some great photos of the snow up on the Shropshire hills.

    He said the wind is icy cold up there.

    Shropshire Hills
    Shropshire Hills

    Shane shared these photos through Twitter, but you can also contact us by email or through Facebook.

  19. More on M54 body identification

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The police have released more details about the remains found by maintenance workers by junction four of the M54 last August.

    They say 37-year-old Surjit Takhar was last seen by his family in Oldbury on 29 September 2008 and that a detailed investigation was carried out when he disappeared.

    The cause of his death is still unknown and West Mercia Police are now working with their colleagues in the West Midlands on the investigation.