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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 11 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Shropshire.

  2. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Becoming cloudier this evening, with the possibility of a few showers, and remaining cold.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands this afternoon.
  3. Shrewsbury prepare to face relegation rivals Blackpool

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Can Shrewsbury Town get themselves in the mood for Manchester United and an FA Cup shock - with three important League points? 

    The Town are taking the sea air at Blackpool this weekend - one of their League One relegation rivals.

    And can AFC Telford United get among the goals again after their 5-1 success in midweek? Confidence is high as the Bucks travel to the National North leaders Solihull.

    Micky Mellon

    We'll bring you full FM commentary on the Town, and full DAB digital and online commentary on the Bucks - with the build-up from 14:00. 

  4. Petition launched to save Ironbridge riverside paving

    Telford Journal

    A campaign has been launched to stop plans to remove flagstone paving along the riverside in Ironbridge.

  5. Ludlow Assembly Rooms awarded £350k for refurbishment

    Ludlow Assembly Rooms is to undergo an revamp thanks to a £350,000 grant from Arts Council England.

    The project will see the main entrance moving round to Castle Square, the box office and visitor centre merging and a new cafe.

    There will also be better toilets, heating and a lift 

    Ludlow Assembly Rooms
  6. Latest: Magistrates' court set to close; Assembly Rooms to be refurbished

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    - Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court is expected to close in the next four months as part of a shake-up of courts across England

    - Ludlow Assembly Rooms wins funding for a big refurbishment

    - A lorry's overturned spilling more than 10 tonnes of stones on to a road near Craven Arms

  7. Stop-and-search changes brought in by police after watchdog report

    Officers are to be given more training in when to use stop-and-search powers, West Mercia Police says, following a report from a watchdog.

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said the force's use of the powers "requires improvement".

    Police officers
    Quote Message: Whilst HMIC have found that we are "almost fully complying" with the best use of stop and search, we have invested a significant amount of time to improving our compliance and will continue to do so." from Steve Cullen Assistant Chief Constable
    Steve CullenAssistant Chief Constable
  8. Flood warnings and road closures

    Flood warnings remain in force in Shrewsbury and downriver in Ironbridge, Bridgnorth, and Highley.

    Flood barriers are likely to remain up in Shrewsbury and Ironbridge for the next few days.

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    In Bridgnorth, the following routes are closed due to flooding, Shropshire Council say:

    - Doctors Lane

    - Severnside South

    - Footpaths to Pale Meadow

    - Footpaths to Severn Park

    - Quayside

  9. Oswestry centre to help tackle nuisance calls

    BT's announced it's to launch a new service to divert nuisance calls within its network before they get through to your phone. 

    The company says it hopes to stop 25 million unwanted calls a week, using technology at its site at Park Hall near Oswestry. 

    BT Oswestry
  10. Bridgnorth homes safe from floods

    The Environment Agency has been in Bridgnorth checking out how some of the most vulnerable homes are protecting themselves from the floods.

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  11. Police stop-and-search and taser use 'require improvement'

    The way police deal with people in stop-and-search and Taser situations in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire "requires improvement", according to a new report from a official watchdog.  


    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found West Mercia Police are also not good enough at treating people fairly and ethically. 

    West Mercia was one of only five forces in England and Wales rated as "requires improvement" for how they engage with their local communities.

    Assistant Chief Constable, Steve Cullen, said they will look at the findings of the report, but stressed the use of stop and search was "intelligence based" and Tasers are only used as a "last resort".

  12. Latest: Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court to close; road blocked as lorry overturns

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    - Shrewsbury is losing its magistrates court, with all work going to Telford

    - Road near Craven arms blocked after lorry overturns dumping 10 tonnes of stones 

    - Renewable energy conference taking place in Telford

  13. Weather: More frost this evening

    The cloud is expected to move in from the west through the rest of the afternoon.

    Tonight could see more frost and even one or two light showers.

    Lows of 1C (34F).

    Telford weather chart
  14. Nearly a fifth of all courts to close

    Nearly a fifth of all courts and tribunals in England and Wales are to close, the government has announced

    Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court was one of the names on the original list put forward last summer and news it will shut will come as no surprise to many observers.

    The reforms aim to reduce the £500m annual cost of the courts estate.

    Ministers said 48% of court buildings were empty at least half of the time last year, but The Law Society warns closures could limit access to justice.  

    Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court
    Quote Message: As part of this modernisation, the court and tribunal estate has to be updated. Many of the current 460 court buildings are underused: last year 48% of all courts and tribunals were empty for at least half their available hearing time." from Shailesh Vara Justice Minister
    Shailesh VaraJustice Minister
  15. Crew shortages causing one in 10 train delays

    Justin Parkinson

    BBC News Magazine

    Figures obtained by the BBC show that around 10% of rail delays over the past two years were caused by staff shortages.    

    London Midland train

    Among the worst performers were London Midland with a figure of 13.53% - Virgin West Coast's was 3.69%. 

    Crew shortages are caused by sickness, leave, mistakes drawing up rosters and problems transporting drivers and other staff to trains in time for departure. 

    London Midland says it's cut overall levels of cancellations "significantly", from 6% in November 2013 to 2% last month. A spokesman adds that crew availability is "one of many factors" it has dealt with.

  16. Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court expected to shut by June

    Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court is to close, the Justice Minister has announced..

    Proposals to shut under-used courts across the country were first set out last summer, and today the government has announced 80 will go.

    Shrewsbury's due to be among the first to close between now and June, with cases expected to move to Telford.

  17. Telford driver says he won't pay stowaway fine

    The Home Office insists lorry drivers who can demonstrate they took reasonable measures to keep immigrants out of their trucks won't face penalties if they're later found.It's been responding to the case of Telford driver Jim Rushton, who could face a £10,000 charge after five people were found in his truck, despite going through checks at Calais including a scan for heartbeats. He told BBC Radio Shropshire he'll refuse to pay.He's enlisted the help of Telford MP Lucy Allan (pictured) who's taking the case up with the Home Secretary.

    Telford-based UKIP MEP Jill Seymour has also offered her support.

    Lucy Allan and Jim Rushton
  18. Latest: Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court to close; MEP backs Telford lorry driver over migrant stowayways

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    - Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court is to close, the government confirms

    - MEP backs Telford driver who faces a possible £10,000 fine after five migrants were found in his lorry

    - Shropshire councillors say local authority could learn from Telford and Wrekin regarding increasing revenues