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Summary

  1. Shrewsbury man denies Christmas Eve murder
  2. Inquest concludes part time firefighter took his own life
  3. Four-year-old undergoes second liver operation
  4. Updates on Wednesday 2 March 2016

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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: More rain tonight and snow to come

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be another rainy night and by tomorrow night we could get some snow.

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Christmas Eve murder trial starts

    The trial has started of Nigel Woolley from Shrewsbury, who is accused of murdering his long term partner Julie Mercer, on Christmas Eve 2014.

    The prosecution opened its case this afternoon and showed the jury photos of the pair arriving at her place of work together and then of him leaving alone. Her body was later found there.

    It told Worcester Crown Court that witness and CCTV evidence suggest they were both drunk and referred to a pathologists report listing a number of injuries she received that night.

    He denies the murder charge and the trial continues.

    Worcester Crown Court
  4. Signalling problem causing rail delays

    signalling problem between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth is causing delays of up to 15 minutes to trains between these stations, the National Rail website reports.  

  5. Inquest concludes part time firefighter took his own life

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The inquest into the death of part time firefighter Kingsley Tolley from Albrighton has concluded that he took his own life by hanging himself.

    The 36-year-old was found dead a week before he was due to stand trial for being involved in starting a number of fires in the county.

    The inquest, at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, heard he was also being evicted from his home at the time and was having relationship issues.

    He was found by his co-accused 32-year-old David Pearson from Pontesbury who was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for his involvement in the fires.

  6. Deepcut inquest hears young recruit was shot at close range

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The inquest into the death of a young army recruit at a barracks over 20 years ago has heard firearms experts say she was probably shot at close range.

    But the scientists from Germany's Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) said it wasn't possible to tell whether Private Cheryl James had fired the shot herself, or if someone else had shot her.

    Cheryl James

    This is the second inquest into her death, after an earlier one was unable to determine how she died. Her parents, who live near Oswestry, have campaigned for years to get more answers.

  7. Football: Shrewsbury goalscorer Whalley backs his manager

    After the 2-0 win that lifted Shrewsbury out of the League One relegation zone last night, goalscorer Shaun Whalley paid tribute to his manager, Micky Mellon.

    He said he was "delighted" for Mellon, saying he'd take a "lot of stick" at home games recently.

    And Whalley said their strong start to the match was down to the manager's hard work.

    Shaun Whalley
  8. Headlines: Shrewsbury man denies murder; four-year-old undergoes liver op

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Shrewsbury man denies Christmas Eve murder

    - Four-year-old Harry Maceachen undergoing liver operation

    - Muller defends milk price increase

  9. Almost 60 Shropshire dairy farmers quit industry in last three years

    Almost 60 dairy farmers in Shropshire have left the industry in the last three years, according to official figure published by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

    In February 2013, there were 452 dairy farmers working in the county, but that dropped to 394 in February 2016.

    Muller factory

    Some of those to leave the industry have previously told us it was due to falling milk prices.

    Earlier today, the UK's largest dairy food firm Muller announced a further cut to the price it pays its farmers.

    Three years ago farmers were getting 33p for every litre - that's set to drop to 20p from April.

  10. Liver donation for four-year-old

    Simon Maceachen, the dad of four-year-old Harry Macheachen from Shrewsbury, is awake and in recovery after donating part of his liver to his son, the BBC understands.

    Surgeons are now operating on Harry and we'll let you know how it all went as soon as we have news.

    Here's the pair of them in hospital yesterday.

    Harry and Simon Maceachen
  11. First Telford season ticket sold for next season

    We don't know which division AFC Telford United will be playing in next season, but last night's thrilling 3-2 win must have lifted supporters spirits because they've already sold their first season ticket for the 2016-17 campaign.

    They only went on sale at early-bird prices a few hours ago, but Miz Polatajko was first through the door to claim one for himself and one for his son Harry.

    Season ticket sold
  12. Oswestry museum reaches double landmark

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Oswestry's museum is celebrating its fourth birthday today. 

    The museum is run by volunteers and raises money through donations and fundraisers. 

    It's also expecting to welcome its 20,000th visitor today.

    Oswestry museum
  13. Muller defends milk price cut

    Shropshire dairy farmer Andrew Bebb warned this morning that many of his fellow farmers were borrowing money and would go out of business as a result of Muller-Wiseman's latest milk price-cut.

    But Muller has defended the move, saying it is dealing with "unprecedented levels of farm milk production" which is "substantially out of line with demand".  

    Muller factory

    And it said it needed the market to be "more balanced", if it was going to generate better returns for dairy farmers.

    Quote Message: Supply and demand is a major determinant of milk price and at the moment there is a significant imbalance which is having a severe effect on the value of farm gate milk." from Lyndsay Chapman Agriculture Director of Müller Milk & Ingredients
    Lyndsay ChapmanAgriculture Director of Müller Milk & Ingredients
  14. Shropshire-based Fijians support friends and families after cyclone

    The wives of Fijian soldiers based at the Tern Hill army barracks are hoping to send out parcels of aid to friends and family back home after last week's cyclone.

    They're hoping to post packets of dry food, clothes and toiletries and are arranging a fundraising night.

    Eta Tukutukuwaqa told us some of the Fijians serving with the Royal Irish Regiment came from villages where all the houses had been flattened.

    Fiji after the cyclone
  15. Shrewsbury man denies Christmas Eve murder

    A man from Shrewsbury has denied murdering a woman found dead in the town on Christmas Eve two years ago.

    Nigel Woolley from Buttington Road, earlier admitted manslaughter, but the lesser plea wasn't accepted by the prosecution, a jury at Worcester Crown Court heard today.

    Worcester Crown Court

    Julie Mercer's body was found at the Dial A Ride unit off Featherbed Lane in December 2014.

  16. Headlines: Shrewsbury man denies murder; Muller defends milk price cut

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Shrewsbury man denies Christmas Eve murder

    - Muller defends milk price cut

    - New Bishop of Lichfield chosen

  17. Shropshire singer chosen for national exposure

    Young Shrewsbury musician Zach Said has been generating a lot of interest recently. 

    His song Screw Loose is BBC Radio Shropshire's song of the month and he's also going to feature on BBC Radio 1Xtra for a week. 

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  18. Weather Watchers: Not much snow but plenty of wintery weather

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We didn't get much snow in Shropshire, but there were plenty of blustery, wintery showers this morning and some ice about too.

    The BBC Weather Watchers took these photos in the Norton (top) and Ludlow (bottom) areas this morning.

    Norton
    Ludlow
  19. Shropshire consultant defends the need for weight loss surgery

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A Shropshire consultant has told us that for some people staying thin is "like trying to resist thirst" and that weight-loss surgery is the best option in some cases.

    John Loy explained there is research to suggest fat cells have a "memory" and that as soon as dieting stops, the body wants to put the weight back on.

    Fat man

    Mr Loy says the NHS is spending £22,000 a minute on diabetes medication, partly because people are overweight and that it was "easier to get fat these days" because of the amount of sugar and fat in our food.  

    Quote Message: People are starting to realise that this surgery is effective, it's safe, it's saving the NHS money in the long term and it's something that patients get great satisfaction out of." from John Loy Consultant at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
    John LoyConsultant at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  20. New Bishop talks about himself and his new job

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The new Bishop of Lichfield has produced a video, talking about himself and his new job.

    View more on youtube