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  1. Updates on Monday 29 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Dry, but unsettled weather to come

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It's been mostly dry across Shropshire today, but expect some heavy rain overnight.

    And then a dry, mild day tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Your photos: Wildlife at Attingham Park

    BBC Midlands Today

    We've been sent some wonderful photos by viewers today, including this one taken at Attingham Park by Carlos Hannam.

    You can see more on our Facebook page.

    Deer at Attingham
  4. Our place of the week: Longnor

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Every week we randomly select a town or village in the county to be our Place of the Week and then we head out there to hear from the people living there.

    This week we've picked Longnor.


    If you've got any stories to tell or information about Longnor, you can email us or phone the programme team on 01743 248321.

  5. Retirement homes plan for Bridgnorth site

    More than 60 new retirement flats could be built next to Bridgnorth hospital.

    An application's gone in for sheltered units on the builders' merchant site on Innage Lane.

    Innage lane

    Churchill Retirement Living says it'll help meet the UK's need for more housing for older people.

  6. Shropshire Star poll backs Boris and bashes Corbyn

    Shropshire Star

    Our poll to find who the next premier could be provided mixed results for the politicians jockeying to take his place at the dispatch box.

  7. Football: Grandison unlikely for Rochdale game

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    An ongoing hip injury means Jermaine Grandison's an unlikely starter for Shrewsbury Town against Rochdale tomorrow and the defender didn't train today.

    Jermaine Grandison

    But there is better news for the Town: Richie Wellens is fit to return and three of Shrewsbury’s next four games are at home.

  8. 'Extraordinary journey' for Shropshire farmer

    A Shropshire smallholder is in Africa to experience what life is like for farmers. 

    Sam Gray, who runs Middle Farm in Betchcott, is visiting Malawi with the charity Self Help Africa to learn how they farm in extreme conditions.   

    The country imports thousands of tonnes of maize because of a drought affecting nearly three million people. 

    Sam Gray
    Quote Message: They experience enormous flooding and then enormous drought and trying to cope with these extremes has been one of the challenges." from Sam Gray
    Sam Gray
  9. Headlines: Rugby post incident investigated; cash for new Ellesmere jetties

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this evening:

    - Investigation into rugby goalpost incident that leaves parent with head injuries

    - Shrewsbury joins Oswestry as likely home for Syrian refugees

    - Cash for two new jetties at Ellesmere

  10. Weather Watchers: A good view of Shropshire despite the cloud

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There's plenty of cloud about Church Stretton today (and some rain due later) but BBC Weather Watcher Snapper Simon got up into the hills this lunchtime to take this picture for us.

    Church Stretton
  11. Watch: BBC Inside Out investigates shortage of GPs

    BBC Inside Out

    One in three trainee GP vacancies go unfilled in the West Midlands, according to the British Medical Association.

    Inside Out West Midlands has been talking to Dr Andrew Green in Biddulph, Staffordshire, about the problems that can cause.

    The full report is on BBC One at 19:30.

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    Video caption: Plugging the doctor gap
  12. Money for two new Ellesmere jetties

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    The Mere at Ellesmere is going to get cash for two new jetties, paid for by the 5p plastic carrier bag charge.

    The idea is that you can catch a boat at one of them, travel to the other side and then walk around the edge of the lake, back to your starting point - taking in the wildlife as you do.

    Ellesmere Jetty

    Ellesmere will get somewhere between £8,000 and £12,000, depending on the results of a public vote being held by customers at local Tesco stores.

  13. Oswestry Town football club remembered

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    A host of former Oswestry Town players were guests of The New Saints football club when they played on Saturday.

    The modern TNS was formed from a merger between Llansantffraid and the old Oswestry Town in 2003 and at their game with Airbus at the weekend, they celebrated Oswestry's days at the old Victoria Road ground.

    Oswestry Town players and volunteers

    Among those honoured were Mickey Ryan, who scored 58 goals in a single season in the 1960s, and Malcolm Williams who was on the pitch the last time Oswestry played against a Football League side in the FA Cup (Doncaster Rovers in 1974).

  14. Video: Shropshire school children learn about leap years

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    The children at Western Lullingfields Primary School near Baschurch have been learning about leap years this morning.

    And they've invited anyone celebrating their birthday today to come and join them.

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    Video caption: Western Lullingfields Primary School children learn about leap years
  15. Over 100 acts and multiple stages promised for town centre festival

    The Shrewsbury Fields Forever music festival is expected to have over 100 acts, including the Happy Mondays (lead singer Shaun Rider pictured below) and a number of local performers, when it returns to the town in July.

    The event was called off last year because organisers couldn't reach an agreement with the previous venue, the West Mid Showground.

    Shaun Rider

    Festival Director Dene Edwards said it would evolve this year, to include the town centre and an international comic convention.

  16. Shrewsbury and Oswestry could take first Syrian refugees this spring

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire Council says it's preparing to take in up to 60 Syrian refugees (including about 10 families), with Shrewsbury and Oswestry identified as their most likely destinations.

    The authority says been contacted by a private landlord in Oswestry, who has offered three rented homes and is getting a lot of backing from community and faith groups.


    The first refugees are due to be settled in the county this spring, following the government's promise to take in up to 20,000 over the next five years.

  17. Top stories: Shrewsbury and Oswestry getting refugees; investigation into rugby post incident

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another look at our headlines:

    - Up to 60 Syrian refugees could come to Shrewsbury and Oswestry this spring

    - Investigation under way after falling rugby post injures man

    - Shropshire hospital jobs going unfilled

  18. Goal posts incident: Injured man was 'knocked unconscious'

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    A father who was watching his boy play at Shrewsbury Rugby club yesterday was knocked unconscious by a falling goalpost, the manager of the away team has told us.

    Ged Burgess coaches Oswestry Under 11s and said the man was out for several minutes and was helped by a trauma surgeon and a radiologist (who were also there to support their boys) until the ambulance arrived.

    We are waiting to hear more about his injuries.