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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Weather: A cold, clear night across Shropshire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    The weather for most of us should be cold and clear tonight, with maybe a few showers this evening.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Environment Agency warns flooding could get worse

    Adam & Vicki Show

    We've been talking to John Philpin from the Environment Agency this evening and he told us that rivers in the county are at their normal winter levels at the moment.

    But, he warned that with land around the rivers completely saturated, any further rainfall could have a noticeable effect and with more rain forecast over the coming days, that could mean the flooding gets worse.

    Right now, he said the flood barriers are up in Shrewsbury as a precaution.

    Flood barriers
  4. Shropshire Carphone Warehouse branches in doubt

    Shropshire Star

    The future of Carphone Warehouse branches around Shropshire has been thrown into doubt after plans were announced by its parent company to shut more than 130 stores.

    Carphone Warehouse sign
  5. Video: DIY SOS team in Hopesay

    The DIY SOS team have been in south Shropshire, looking at a cottage in Hopesay, to see what work needs to be done.

    A number of volunteer-workers turned up too and saw a stream which used to run underneath the property. 

    It was a major headache for the owners when they first tried to renovate the cottage and had to be diverted.

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    Video caption: The DIY SOS team is in Shropshire to see what work needs to be done to a Hopesay home
  6. Former Shropshire reservoir site for sale

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Severn Trent Water has put a former reservoir near Broseley up for sale and say it should appeal to someone who wants to build a Grand Designs style home.

    The 0.37 acres (0.15 hectares) site is being sold by online auction on 11 February with a guide price of £20,000. 

    Posenhall reservoir

    The water supplier, which is also selling three reservoirs in Derbyshire and one in Worcestershire says Posenhall "has the potential to provide a stunning home in a picturesque setting".

  7. Top stories: Call for unity over council cuts; company fined after mechanic death

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Shropshire council leader calls for cross-party unity over cuts

    - Company fined £7,500 after death of mechanic

    - River levels continue to rise across Shropshire

  8. England call-up for deaf rugby player

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury wing Adam Faulkner has been named in the England Deaf squad for their game against Wales at Fylde this Sunday. 

    Faulkner's been a regular in England's squad in recent years. 

    He's also played for Bridgnorth and Oswestry.

    Rugby ball
  9. Future of Shropshire Council's private company uncertain

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The future of the Shropshire Council-run company IP&E could be decided in the next few months and it's undergoing a "total review" the council leader Malcolm Pate has told us.

    Councillor Pate says the authority is moving away from the idea of commissioning outside companies to do its work.

    And he said that several other rural authorities which had gone down the same commissioning route were "becoming unstuck".

    Quote Message: We do not now think that we can deliver the extent of commissioning that was originally envisaged. So draw what conclusions you would like from that. from Councillor Malcolm Pate Shropshire Council leader
    Councillor Malcolm PateShropshire Council leader
  10. Photos: Holocaust Memorial Day marked in Shropshire

    Today there have been a number of events held to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    This morning, candles were lit by children from Mereside Primary School in Shrewsbury and the children at Woodside Primary in Oswestry planted a cherry tree.

    There is a holocaust exhibition at The Place theatre in Oakengates and staff and students at Shrewsbury College have been holding a service of remembrance.

    Holocaust Memorial Day
    Holocaust Memorial Day
  11. Whitchurch Herald front page: Parent's tribute to danger road's latest victim

    Whitchurch Herald

    The parents of the latest victim of the area's most dangerous road believe all who knew him will miss him.

    Whitchurch Herald
  12. Police say drink drive message getting through

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Figures just released show 3% of drivers in the West Mercia Police area tested positive for alcohol or refused a breath test, last month. 

    That's the same percentage as in the previous December, although more people were tested this year. 

    Woman being given breath test
    Quote Message: “The percentage of those motorists testing positive for alcohol is low and this is encouraging, showing that the message is getting through. from Superintendent Daryn Elton West Mercia and Warwickshire Police
    Superintendent Daryn EltonWest Mercia and Warwickshire Police
  13. Lecture asks 'what happened to the bodies after Battle of Shrewsbury?'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A lecture at Rowley's House in Shrewsbury this afternoon has been posing the question "what happened to all the bodies after the Battle of Shrewsbury?"

    We know that Henry IV beat a rebel army led by Harry Hotspur in 1403, but Dr Philip Morgan from Keele University has been asking why archaeologists haven't been able find a burial pit and exploring local stories about the battle.


    This is one of a series of free lectures, organised by the University Centre Shrewsbury.

  14. Football: Shrewsbury midfielder urges team mates to show character

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town's experienced midfielder Ian Black says the team need to "take a look at themselves" after their costly 1-0 defeat to Oldham last night.

    The result leaves Shrewsbury a point above the relegation zone, having played more games than the teams below them.

    Ian Black

    Black believes the team play more confidently away from home and says they go into their shells at times.

    Quote Message: We need to find what's causing the problem individually and as a group and we need to pick it up. We need to get the right mindset. from Ian Black Shrewsbury Town midfielder
    Ian BlackShrewsbury Town midfielder
  15. Headlines: Call for unity over council cuts; company fined after mechanic death

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Shropshire council leader calls for cross-party unity over cuts

    - Company fined £7,500 after death of Whitchurch worker

    - Shrewsbury midfielder urges team mates to show character

  16. Prison sentence for haulage firm owner welcomed

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has welcomed an eight-month sentence for the owner of a Telford haulage firm, after he was found guilty of allowing and encouraging his drivers to falsify their driving records.

    Stephen Holding from Telford ran SP Holding and was sentenced on Monday after an investigation by the DVSA.

    The agency says this sort of offence is rare, but says it takes it very seriously and prosecutes operators who undermine public safety.

  17. 'Derisory' fine after Whitchurch worker killed

    A Wrexham company has been fined £7,500 after an employee from Whitchurch died after being hit by a car while helping a lorry to reverse in the dark.

    Philip Ledward was killed in November 2011 while working for Arkenfield Stable Hire Ltd.

    On Tuesday, the Bronington company pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules at Mold Crown Court.

    Mold Crown Court

    Judge Niclas Parry said the "derisory" fine reflected the firm's means and added that if the company had significant resources the financial penalty would have been £50,000.

    'Derisory' fine after worker killed

    Mold Crown Court

    A Wrexham company is fined £7,500 after an employee died after being hit by a car while helping a lorry to reverse in the dark.

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  18. Rare Doctor Who toys to be auctioned in Shrewsbury

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    It's not often you get the chance to dress up as a Dalek at work, but Stuart Orr from Halls Auctioneers in Shrewsbury has been in with some rare Doctor Who toys which are up for auction on 17 February.

    This 1963-64 Dalek costume (which comes in its original box) is expected to sell for £200 - £300.

    Dalek costume
  19. Holocaust Memorial Day marked across Shropshire

    There have been a number of events across the county to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

    It's the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and at 12:00 Shrewsbury College held a 30-minute service for staff and students.

    The service involved readings, a choir and students following the Jewish tradition of laying a memorial stone instead of flowers.

    Holocaust memorial event