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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 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: Overcast and cold again tonight

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The rain should disappear overnight, but it will be cloudy and cold again.

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    Video caption: The afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Gritters out in Shropshire tonight

    With temperatures dipping down to around freezing point again tonight, the gritters are being sent out again.

    Here are some eye-watering salty-stats for you.

    Gritting stats
  4. British Ironworks Centre compensates visitors shut out yesterday

    After being forced to shut people out yesterday, because it had too many visitors, the British Ironworks Centre near Oswestry was open as usual today.

    And it's doing its best to compensate the people who bought tickets for the treasure hunt yesterday, but failed to get in.

    It says it has bought extra metal detectors and found extra staff and volunteers to run the treasure hunts tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, so anyone who had a ticket can turn up and take part in one free of charge (they get a free cake and a drink too).

    Metal gorillas
  5. Lauren’s all smiles as mascot for Shrewsbury Town's FA Cup tie

    Shrewsbury Chronicle

    Lauren, who has been selected to be a mascot for Shrewsbury Town’s FA Cup tie with Premier League giants Manchester United next week, got to have her picture taken with the famous trophy as part of its county tour.

  6. Failure to make money led to closure of IP&E company

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    When Shropshire Council decided to run some services through a private company in 2012, it hoped to make money from the venture - by selling those services and its expertise to other authorities, but that failed to happen.

    It made a loss of £114,000 in 2012-13, a loss of £69,000 in 2013-14 and by the time it made a modest profit of £28,000 in 2014-15 it was too little too late.

    Malcolm Pate

    The new council leader Malcolm Pate said if IP&E had been financially successful the authority would have kept it going, but it found it was competing with a lot of other councils.

    Quote Message: It was the right thing to do at the right place, but unfortunately a lot of other people got into the market and it hasn't worked." from Malcolm Pate Shropshire Council leader
    Malcolm PateShropshire Council leader
  7. Watch: Man from our 'Place of the Week' involved in DIY SOS challenge

    Adam & Vicki Show

    This week we've chosen Button Bridge near Kinlet as our Place of the Week and Vicki has been to pay a visit today.

    She met this man, who has been involved in the filming of DIY SOS over at Hopesay.

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    Video caption: A man from BBC Shropshire's place of the week talks about involvement in DIY SOS show

    Programme makers have been at the site for a week filming volunteer trades-people transform the home of a former firefighter Joe Grafton and the work is expected to finish tomorrow.

  8. Headlines: Council pulls plug on IP&E company; Newport library saved; Rooney injured

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this evening:

    - Shropshire Council pulls the plug on its IP&E company

    - Newport library saved

    - Rooney out of Shrewsbury FA Cup tie

  9. Majority of IP&E staff told their jobs are safe

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Around 300 people are currently employed by Shropshire Council's failed private company, IP&E. We are told the majority of those jobs will be safe.

    A meeting this afternoon heard that it wasn't making enough money, through selling services to other authorities.

    When the company was set up in 2012, with council money, it planned to transfer 1,700 council staff over.

    Shirehall
  10. Rooney to miss Shrewsbury Town FA Cup match

    BBC Sport

    Good news for Shrewsbury Town?

    Or bad news for fans who wanted to see England's all-time leading goalscorer?

    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is out for two months with a knee injury.

    Wayne Rooney
  11. Travel: Slow traffic around Castle Farm Way

    BBC Travel

    Look out for slow traffic around the roadworks between Shifnal and the Limekiln roundabout.

    It's affecting the Castle Farm Way northbound.

  12. How Man United's finances compare with Shrewsbury Town's

    Sean Fogarty

    Producer, BBC Shropshire

    We know that Man United are one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    They are expected to climb above Real Madrid once again to become the worlds richest club too, helped by a world record £750m kit deal with Adidas.

    So, how do they compare with their FA Cup opponents Shrewsbury?

    Comparison of FA Cup finances
  13. Plans to turn Gobowen methodist chapel into homes

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    There are proposals to turn the old Methodist chapel in Gobowen and the school room next door into two homes.

    The building isn't listed and a Shropshire Council report going before councillors next week recommends approving the plans.

    It says there would be little change to the exterior and the conversion would preserve the building for the future.

    Methodist chapel in Gobowen
  14. BreakingShropshire Council's private company to close because it 'wasn't working'

    Shropshire Council has taken the decision to shut down the private company it set up, known as IP&E.

    It was meant to take on the running of some council services and bring in money by selling those services to other authorities.

    But councillors decided this afternoon the experiment wasn't working.

  15. Critics say Council's IP&E business 'doomed from the start'

    Shropshire Council's attempt to set up a private company to run some services and make money by selling those services to other local authorities is likely to be ended later today.

    IP&E has had its critics, who complained that it wasn't open to public scrutiny.

    Joyce Brand

    Among the critics is health campaigner Joyce Brand from Ludlow. She said the idea was doomed from the start because the authority had no experience of running a business like this.

    Quote Message: They hadn't a hope in hell of making money. No other local authority was going to give business to Shropshire and that was certain from day one." from Joyce Brand Ludlow health campaigner
    Joyce BrandLudlow health campaigner
  16. Headlines: Library saved from closure; Shrewsbury manager's replay warning

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a look at our top stories this afternoon:

    - Newport library saved from closure

    - Decision due on council-run private business IP&E

    - Shrewsbury manager says scrapping cup replays 'could kill smaller clubs'

  17. Newport the latest library to be 'saved'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Both Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council have been trying to cut the amount they spend on libraries, as they work to reduce their budgets.

    Shropshire started the ball rolling and is in the process of handing a number over to town or parish councils. Albrighton, Shifnal and Broseley are going through that process at the moment.

    Shifnal library

    Telford and Wrekin announced in January that it might have to close the libraries in Dawley, Donnington, Hadley, Madeley, Newport and Stirchley if outside help couldn't be found.

    The councils in Hadley and Dawley have already come forward to say they're willing to take on the costs of running theirs.

    Now Telford and Wrekin has agreed to half the cuts it planned to make in Newport and keep it open as a self-service only facility.

  18. Shrewsbury manager says media attention for Man Utd game 'no surprise'

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town has been getting media attention from all over the world because of their FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

    Man Utd players

    The Shrewsbury manager says it's no surprise, because their opponents are one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    But Micky Mellon says it's "great for the football club and brilliant for the area".

  19. Newport library to remain open

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Newport library has been saved from closure after people power won the day. 

    Telford and Wrekin Council had earmarked it to shut or be taken over by another organisation, but after a public consultation they've made changes to their budget. 

    Newport library

    It'll remain open but it will become a self-service library. It's not known how this will affect people's jobs.

  20. Police arrest two over rape allegation

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    Two 21-year-old men have been bailed until next month by detectives investigating a rape allegation in Telford. 

    West Mercia Police say RAF Cosford is co-operating with the inquiry. 

    One man was arrested on suspicion of rape, the other on suspicion of conspiracy to rape.