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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 February 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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: A cool and cloudy night ahead

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    There will be some heavy cloud overnight, but it should be calm and dry.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the weather forecast for Wednesday in the West Midlands
  3. Coming up on TV

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    An investigation's taking place into the cause of a fire at a timber yard in Telford. 

    Crews were called to Tafs in St George's last night.

     An area around the business, which supplies fence panels, was evacuated because of fears gas cylinders could explode. 

    We'll have the latest on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Shropshire students visit Williams F1 factory

    Students from North Shropshire College have been visiting the Williams F1 factory in Oxfordshire.

    They got the chance after winning a competition organised by a national recruitment company and 14 made the trip.

    Students with F1 car

    As well as learning about the work done by the F1 team and how the science they pioneer can be put to everyday uses, the group also got to visit the nearby Williams museum.

    Student with sports car
  5. Kitchen fire at Attingham working again

    The National Trust says it's planning to cook some authentic Regency recipes at Attingham Park after making an old chimney usable again.

    Attingham fire

    The original lime mortar lining in the flue had deteriorated, making the kitchen chimney impossible to use, so it had to be relined by a company that specialises in historic buildings.

    It should be ready to be used again by March, after tests are carried out.

    Attingham fire
  6. Video: Vikings invade BBC Radio Shropshire studios

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Vikings from the Horrible Histories stage show have been in the BBC Radio Shropshire studios this afternoon, because they are performing at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury this week.

    And they decided to surprise our presenters Adam and Vicki.

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    Video caption: Vikings from the Horrible Histories stage show surprise presenters Adam and Vicki
  7. Travel: Lane blocked on A5 westbound outside Shrewsbury

    BBC Travel

    There's slow moving traffic on the A5 westbound, just outside Shrewsbury, between Dobbies Island and the Edgebold Roundabout.

    One lane has been blocked by an incident.

  8. Headlines: Stay of execution for friend of Shropshire man in US; investigations into Telford fire

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Stay of execution for friend of Shropshire man on death row in USA

    - Investigations into cause of fire at Telford garden supplies company

    - New primary school in Lawley officially opened

  9. Weather Watchers: Pink clouds over Whitchurch

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Midlands Today is collecting photos of "amazing clouds" from around the region and putting them on its Facebook page.

    Maybe this one, taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers in Whitchurch today would qualify?

    Cloudy sky
  10. Environment Agency checks scene of St George's fire

    The Environment Agency has had a team at the scene of the fire at TAFs in St George's today.

    Fire damaged wood

    They've been making sure the water used to put out the fire hasn't escaped into the surrounding area and the good news is that it all seems to have been contained.

    Flooded store shed
  11. GP pressures: Care potentially unsafe - doctors' leader

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Pressures on GPs in England and Wales are so great they feel they are failing patients and potentially providing unsafe care, doctors leaders say.

    British Medical Association GP leader Dr Chaand Nagpaul said doctors were having to rush patients to keep up.


    But ministers in England responded by promising they would invest in services to address the concerns.

    A BMA survey of nearly 2,900 practices in England reveals 55% of them thought the quality of the service their practices was providing had deteriorated in the past 12 months.

  12. Video: Celebrations to mark opening of new primary school

    Lawley's new £4.5m Primary Academy school has been officially opened today.

    It was built to cater for the area's growing population and has places for 210 children.

    Funding for the school has come from developers which have built thousands of homes in the area and this morning the children put on a show for parents and other guests.

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    Video caption: Children have been celebrating the opening of a new primary school in Lawley today
  13. Weather Watchers: Clear skies over the Stretton Hills

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Looking at this photo by BBC Weather Watcher Simon, it looks like Church Stretton is the place to be this afternoon.

    Unfortunately, the weather forecast is for cloud to move in this afternoon.

    Church Stretton
  14. Headlines: Death row reprieve for friend of Shropshire man; investigations into Telford fire

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another look at our top stories:

    - Death row stay of execution for friend of Bishop's Castle man

    - Investigators look at cause of Telford fire

    - Shrewsbury manager looks to lift his squad

  15. Ins and Outs of EU red cards, red lines and emergency brakes

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    The likelihood of an EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016 seems to fluctuate by the day, but at the time of writing it looks more probable than ever.


    So in as little as four months' time, we could find ourselves making the most important political decision of our lives: to leave or to remain in the European Union.

    No wonder we are already seeing a distinct sharpening in the debate between the Leavers and the Remainers.

    I've been examining the debate in our region in my latest blog - and we'll also have more at 11.00 on BBC One Midlands this Sunday.

  16. Future of NHS to be set out at five new drop-in sessions

    The NHS is putting on another five drop-in sessions, so people can learn about its plans for healthcare in the county.

    It's part of the Future Fit programme, which is looking at focusing emergency care at just one hospital in the future - either in Shrewsbury or Telford.

    Shrewsbury A&E

    The new events are in Telford, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Market Drayton and more are being planned for people living in Wales.

  17. Shropshire hoaxer makes 170 bogus 999 calls in just over a year

    Shropshire Star

    A hoax caller from Shropshire made more than 170 bogus 999 calls to West Midlands Ambulance Service in the space of 14 months.

  18. Bomber command talk in Shrewsbury today

    A Shropshire pilot who was involved in the bomber command offensive of World War Two is talking about his experiences this lunchtime. 

    Retired Flight Lieutenant Jim Penny was based at Shawbury before becoming a bomber pilot. In 1943 the Lancaster he was in was shot down over Berlin. 

    He's speaking at Rowley's House in Shrewsbury as part of a series of lectures organised by the University Centre Shrewsbury.

    Lancaster bomber
  19. Football: Shrewsbury Town's win-lose sequence could spell cup glory

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Ever since the Crewe win on 28 December, Shrewsbury Town have been on a sequence of winning one game and then losing the next.

    Last night's home defeat to Southend was the eighth game in this unusual run.

    Shrewsbury town player

    And if the sequence continues it means cup glory is on the cards...  because the Manchester United game is due to be a victory!