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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 18 February 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: Another cold night ahead in Shropshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be another clear night in Shropshire, with temperatures around freezing point.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Watch: View of Shropshire from roof of unusual home

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Last week's BBC Shropshire Place of the Week was Derrington, near Ditton Priors and when we were there we noticed a man had made his home in an old water tower.

    So we had to go back to investigate and the owner of Netchford water tower, Vince Jones took us to the roof, to show us his view of Shropshire.

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    Video caption: A man who lives in a converted Shropshire water tower has been showing off the view
  4. Police 'rising to the challenge' after 'requires improvement' rating

    A "requires improvement" rating from the police watchdog is "certainly disappointing", a leading West Mercia officer has admitted.

    Assistant Chief Constable Chris Singer says the force is "rising to the challenge" raised by the report from HM Inspector of Constabulary.

    Police car

    The report found the force was not consistently providing the right level of protection for vulnerable people and may be missing the risks of children being groomed for sexual exploitation.  

    Quote Message: We've done a lot of work to make sure our procedures are improved and that we... do protect people from harm." from Assistant Chief Constable Chris Singer West Mercia Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Chris SingerWest Mercia Police
  5. Telford tax rise to be repeated for next four years

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Telford and Wrekin council says that unless it gets more money from the government, next year's proposed 3.2% tax rise will be repeated for the next four years.

    Councillors will be asked to vote on the plans when they meet on 3 March to set the budget, but council leader Kuldip Sahota said there was strong support for the increase, from consultation carried out around the borough.

    Kuldip Sahota

    And Councillor Sahota said the tax rise was still low, compared with other authorities in the West Midlands.

    Quote Message: We recommend restricting this rise, unlike many other councils who have opted to raise council tax by almost 4%. This is the maximum rise a council can propose without needing a local referendum.” from Councillor Kuldip Sahota Telford and Wrekin council leader
    Councillor Kuldip SahotaTelford and Wrekin council leader
  6. No badger cull in Shropshire

    Shropshire's missing from the list of areas applying to carry out new badger culls to combat bovine TB. 

    Natural England's launched a consultation into 29 new applications for culls in counties throughout western England, including Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Cheshire, all the way down to Cornwall.

    Badger

    The government's allowed limited culls so far as part of the fight against tuberculosis in cattle. Critics say they've been ineffective in stopping the disease.

  7. Travel: One lane remains closed on M54 westbound

    BBC Travel

    There is slow moving traffic between junctions two for Wolverhampton and three for Albrighton, because a lane has been closed for emergency repairs.

  8. Top stories: Telford tax rise of 3.2% planned; rescue dogs in flying experiment

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Let's take another look at the BBC Shropshire headlines this evening:

    - Telford council proposes 3.2% tax rise

    - Arriva Trains Wales refuses to comment on delays survey

    - Hillbrae rescue dogs in aircraft-flying experiment

  9. Remaining FA Cup tickets go on sale tomorrow morning

    BBC Sport

    The remaining tickets for Shrewsbury's FA Cup game with Manchester United go on sale at 09:00 tomorrow.

    Fans with loyalty points from attending other matches have already being buying them, but the club says up to 1,000 tickets should still be available for fans without loyalty points.

    The tickets have been released in stages and there were long queues outside the stadium yesterday. 

    Queues outside Shrewsbury stadium
  10. Man United manager downplays importance of FA Cup

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says winning the Europa League is more important than the FA Cup, because it gives a viable route into the Champions League. 

    United play FC Midtjylland in Denmark tonight. 

    Their next opponents in the FA Cup are Shrewsbury Town of course.

    Louis Van Gaal
  11. Your comments: Rail delays

    Rail passengers have been commenting on the Midlands Today Facebook page following this morning's survey by consumer group Which? that rated Arriva Trains Wales worst in the country for delays.

    Train

    Amy Amadea wrote: "I used to get the train from New Street to Aberystwyth for uni, and I don't think it was ever on time. Even now, seven years since last getting it, I shudder when I hear the announcment saying it's delayed." 

    Steve Haymes wrote: "Never had any problems when travelling with Arriva trains."

    Luke Strauss wrote:  "Forget delays, going from New Street to Telford is absolute madness! At peak times you can forget what you know about personal space."

  12. Telford council plans 3.2% tax rise

    Telford and Wrekin Council is proposing putting council tax up by 3.2% next year.

    That's an extra 55p a week for the average property in the borough (which is Band B).

    The authority has been consulting on its budget as it tries to save £30m over the next two years and says 60% of those questioned were in favour of this tax rise.

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  13. Watch: Workmen complete DIY SOS challenge in Hopesay

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The BBC's DIY SOS challenge in Hopesay is over, but you'll have to wait until later in the year to find out if it was a success.

    The TV show has been in the village near Craven Arms for the past 10 days, renovating the home of a former firefighter.

    And at the end the workmen who gave up their time did their traditional march towards the camera.

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    Video caption: Workmen have completed their DIY SOS challenge in Hopesay
  14. Which? calls for easier rail refund process

    Which?'s campaign to Make Rail Refunds Easier is calling for train operators to do more to make rail delay refunds easier. 

    They say three in 10 (28%) respondents want better information at stations, and 17% want clearer explanations on trains.

    The survey also found that around one in 10 (12%) travellers felt they had reason to complain about their last journey but disappointingly, a third (35%) of those that did complain were dissatisfied with how their complaint was resolved.

    Rail tickets
  15. Top stories: Arriva Trains Wales rated worst for delays by commuter survey; Shropshire dogs learn to fly

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our headlines this afternoon:

    - Arriva Trains Wales bottom of Which? commuter delays league table

    - Police say horses are 'cost effective' way of policing FA Cup match

    - Hillbrae dogs chosen for TV flying challenge

  16. Police horses a 'cost effective' way of policing FA Cup game

    Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

    Police horses are going to be used at the Greenhous Meadow on Monday, for Shrewsbury's FA Cup tie with Manchester United - the force says its the first time they've ever been used at a Shrewsbury game.

    And the man in charge of policing the match, Ch Insp James Baker, has told BBC Radio Shropshire it's a cost effective way of doing things, saying "one horse can do the work of six, seven, eight officers".

    police horses

    Ch Insp Baker also explained that because of police cutbacks only a dozen forces still have police horses, so they will have to bring them in from Thames Valley Police.

  17. Arriva Trains Wales won't comment on critical Which? report

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Arriva Trains Wales says it won't comment on a report by the consumer group Which? that rates the train operator worst in the country for delays.

    It said the government's National Rail Passenger Survey (which gave the company a passenger satisfaction score of almost 90%) was a far better measure of its performance.

    Arriva train

    Arriva Trains Wales referred to a statement from the industry body, the Rail Delivery Group, which said that across the country train companies accept they have to do better and that money is being spent to improve the service they offer.  

  18. Travel: Lane closed on M54

    BBC Travel

    On the M54 westbound there is a lane closed between junctions 2 and 3, because of emergency repairs.