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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March 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. Deepcut officer expresses doubts about recruit suicide theory

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A former Army instructor has told an inquest he doesn't believe a teenage soldier, found shot in the head at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey, killed herself. 

    Staff Sergeant Terence McEleavey said Private Cheryl James, whose parents live near Oswestry, seemed very happy shortly before she died.

    Cheryl James

    He said he felt military police called to investigate had already made up their minds the death was suicide and was told to "shut up" when he voiced his opinion.

    The inquest continues and is due to last several weeks.

  3. Weather: Rain easing but a cold night ahead

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It looks like we've seen the last of the rain for now, but it's going to be another cold night in Shropshire.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Oswestry getaway driver jailed for her part in 'Milkybar kid' robbery

    A getaway driver from Oswestry has been jailed for three years and 10 months for her part in a robbery at a store in Powys.

    Hayley Sudlow, 32, was driving for her then boyfriend 27-year-old Alan McNeill from Huyton in Merseyside, who used a toy gun described as "a silver coloured child's toy gun similar to that used by the Milkybar Kid".

    Alan McNeill and Hayley Sudlow

    When the shopkeeper refused to empty the till for him, he left with two bottles of Southern Comfort and the two fled.

    The court heard McNeill stole the replica Colt 45 from a Wild West enthusiast who collected cowboy-themed memorabilia.

  5. Headlines: Police face contempt charges; Linley Hall sale nets £1.6m

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our stories this evening:

    - West Mercia Police face contempt charges for allegedly revealing witnesses' names

    - Over 150 appointments and three operations postponed in Shropshire because of junior doctors' strike

    - Sale of Linley Hall treasures raises £1.6m

  6. Sale of Linley Hall treasures raises £1.6m

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A collection of items from Linley Hall in south Shropshire has sold at auction at Christie's for a total of £1.6m.

    It included a painting of children thought to belong to Louis XIV's mistress, which went for £27,500 and an unusual notepad with a compass in the cover, which sold for £8,125.

    Painting of children and unusual notepad

    A set of giltwood chairs sold for £25,000 and a jug shaped like a chained bear, thought to represent the sport of bear-baiting, went for £563.

    Chairs and bear-jug
  7. Shropshire charity announces 'Harry Day'

    Adam & Vicki Show

    The Harry Johnson Trust, which was set up in the memory of a local boy who died of cancer, is planning a fundraising day called "Harry's Day" this summer.

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    Video caption: Small Shropshire charity announced 'Harry Day' in June
  8. Three hospital operations postponed along with over 150 appointments

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford say around 160 outpatient appointments have had to be postponed because of the junior doctors' 48-hour strike.

    They've also had to postpone three planned operations.

    Striking junior doctors

    The hospitals have not been able to say whether the strike action has caused delays for people visiting the hospital today.

  9. Shropshire MPs divided on Sunday Trading law changes

    The government is facing possible defeat over plans that could extend Sunday trading hours in England and Wales - Shropshire's MPs appear divided on the issue.

    The North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson, told us he'll be voting with the government, in favour of relaxing the rules - so too will Telford MP, Lucy Allan.


    The Wrekin MP, Mark Pritchard, has signed an amendment against the changes, and Daniel Kawczynski who represents Shrewsbury is out of the country and won't be voting.

    We've not heard from Philip Dunne, who's a government minister and the MP for Ludlow.   

  10. Police contempt of court case put back

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Stafford Crown Court will now hear contempt of court charges against West Mercia and Warwickshire Police at a later date, rather than tomorrow.

    The forces are appearing for allegedly releasing the names of witnesses when a judge had granted them lifetime anonymity.

  11. Headlines: Police face contempt charges; flooding in parts of county

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - West Mercia Police face contempt charges for allegedly revealing witnesses' names

    - Junior doctors in Shropshire join 48-hour strike

    - More flooding in parts of the county after heavy rain

  12. Watch: Shropshire junior doctor explains why he is striking

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    The government says it wants to create a "seven day NHS" and current arrangements are "outdated" and "unfair", pointing out they were introduced in the 1990s.

    But junior doctors in the British Medical Association (BMA) disagree and have started a 48-hour strike today.

    This is the BMA's local representative, Dr Stefan Bodnarescu:

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    Video caption: A Shropshire junior doctor explains why he has joined the BMA's 48 hour strike
  13. Football: Praise for Shrewsbury loan winger Kaikai

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town's on-loan winger, Sullay Kaikai, has made a big impact after returning for his second spell with the club, says their assistant manager.

    Kaikai scored in Town's 2-1 victory over Coventry last night.

    Sullay Kaikai

    Assistant manager, Mike Jackson, said the player's knack for scoring goals was the reason they wanted him back and said he was "delighted" with his performance in the win.

    Quote Message: He can always score a goal, his movement's good and he looked quite fit, considering he's not played a lot of games." from Mike Jackson Shrewsbury Town assistant manager
    Mike JacksonShrewsbury Town assistant manager
  14. Local sculptor wins award

    Telford Live

    Local sculptor, Jacob Chandler, is making his mark on the world of sculpture by winning a competition held by the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

    Jacob Chandler
  15. Police warn of phone delays caused by wet weather

    West Mercia Police say it might take longer than usual to get through to them because they are answering a lot of weather-related calls at the moment.

    There has been heavy rain overnight in the county leading to flooding here and in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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  16. Hospitals judged to be not transparent enough

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    The trust which runs the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals has been judged to have a "poor reporting culture" when it comes to being open and transparent. 

    It's ranked in the bottom 20 of the 230 Trusts in a review set up by the Health Secretary to improve safety and transparency in the NHS.

    Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    In contrast, the area's community and mental health trusts, and the Orthopaedic Hospital at Gobowen, were all rated as 'good'.

  17. Ice Hockey: Tigers face Manchester Phoenix

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Telford Tigers injury-hit team play a game listed as an "away" fixture tonight against the Manchester Phoenix.

    But because their opponents weren't able to book their home rink in Deeside, it will be played at the Telford Ice Rink instead (face off 19:30).

    Tigers fans

    While the fixture-switch good news for the Telford fans, the coaching staff have a real headache with a run of six games in only 14 days.

    Quote Message: It is a heavy schedule, and we’re not really used to playing midweek, so to have two back-to-back is going to be tough.” from Tom Watkins Tigers' head coach
    Tom WatkinsTigers' head coach
  18. Hospitals urge patients to use other services during strike

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    With the junior doctors' 48-hour strike underway, the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford are urging people to think about using other NHS services.

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is suggesting that if you feel unwell you should go to a GP or a pharmacist to seek advice, or use the NHS 111 helpline.

    Striking doctors

    The trust says the NHS Stay Well website is another good source of information and apologises to the people who will have their appointments affected by the industrial action.

  19. Number of smokers falling in Shropshire

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The number of people in the county who smoke is continuing to fall, according to Shropshire's two local authorities.

    They now have responsibility for helping people quit and say on average around one-in-five in the Telford area still smoke and the figures are lower, at around 15%, in other parts of the county.


    The figures from the British Heart Foundation are slightly higher and suggest south Shropshire has the lowest number of smokers.

    Shropshire's stop-smoking group, Help2Quit, says in the last 10 years it's helped people 37,000 times, with over half of all users successfully quitting for at least four weeks.