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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 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. Weather: Cold and cloudy tonight

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be overcast again tonight, but it will be cold too with temperatures hovering just above freezing.

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    Video caption: Afternoon BBC Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Budget day bouquets and bombshells

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    What does the 2016 Budget mean for people and businesses in the West Midlands? 

    Chancellor George Osborne delivered a budget that heralded the latest unemployment figures, but was far more cautious than he would have liked

    George Osborne

    There'll be more from me on what the budget means for the region on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Watch: Four-year-old Harry still tired after liver transplant

    Joanne Writtle

    BBC Midlands Today

    While it's good news that four-year-old Harry Maceachen is returning home after his liver transplant operation, he's still clearly exhausted.

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    Video caption: Four-year-old Harry Maceachen from Shrewsbury is tired but returning home after liver op

    Harry's parents, Simon and Clare say they are hoping the publicity Harry has attracted will encourage more people to become organ donors.

  5. Football: Wesolowski says it was hard watching from sidelines

    BBC Sport

    James Wesolowski says he found it difficult to watch the team play from the sidelines while he was out with a knee injury.

    The midfielder missed six months while recovering from a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and has just been cleared to resume full training.

    James Wesolowski

    After missing four months at the end of the previous season, Wesolowski was eager to get back into action and said he had mixed feeling about the team's recent run of form.

    Quote Message: It's bad watching the boys win because you want to be involved, but at the same time its good because it takes a bit of pressure of you." from James Wesolowski Shrewsbury Town midfielder
    James WesolowskiShrewsbury Town midfielder
  6. Your memories of 1970 wanted

    BBC Radio Shropshire's mid-morning programme is looking for your memories of 1970.

    Here's the show's producer, Tim Barnes.

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    Video caption: BBC Shropshire's mid morning programme wants your memories of 1970

    If you'd like to get in touch you can emailtweet or comment on our Facebook page.

  7. Ice Hockey: Tigers travel to Peterborough

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Telford Tigers continue their run of six games in 14 days, away to the Peterborough Phantoms this evening.

    Their hosts will be trying to tighten their grip on second spot in the English Premier League, but Tigers have already beaten them twice this season.

    Ice hockey

    The Tigers' main concern will be the growing list of injuries and suspensions though, which has robbed them of a number of senior players.

  8. Deepcut inquest: Police inspector apologises to family of dead recruit

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A former police inspector has apologised to the family of soldier Private Cheryl James, who was found dead at the Deepcut barracks, for the way the investigation was carried out in 1995.

    Michael Day told the inquest into her death that he handed the case over to the military police after two hours because there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.

    Private Cheryl James

    Mr Day said: "Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if I had to make that decision again I would have without a doubt taken a different course of action."

    The 18-year-old recruit's parents, Des and Doreen James, live near Oswestry.

  9. Headlines: Footballer fined; A&E pressure; Harry returns home

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our headlines this evening:

    - Shrewsbury Town's James Collins fined for incident at Cheltenham races

    - Unusually high demand on Shropshire A&E departments

    - Four-year-old Harry returns home after liver operation

  10. Cheltenham Festival photos 'rather misleading'

    While apologising for his behaviour, James Collins described the photos appearing in several of the national papers as "rather misleading".

    Some of the comments posted on those papers' websites feature strong criticism from readers.

    Police have separately confirmed there were no spectators and only lawn below the balcony involved.

  11. Shrewsbury's James Collins apologises for Cheltenham incident

    The Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins has apologised for an incident at Cheltenham races in which he was photographed apparently pouring a glass of urine over a balcony.

    He said he had let down himself, his family, the fans, Shrewsbury and his loan club  Northampton Town.

    Collins also accepted footballers are role models and that the incident has "emphasised the negative stereotype of the modern footballer".

    James Collins
    Quote Message: I do feel this is totally out of character and something that has embarrassed me and my family and I fully accept the club's punishment. I will now focus on what I know I am extremely lucky to do for a career and that is to play football." from James Collins Shrewsbury Town footballer
    James CollinsShrewsbury Town footballer
  12. Watch: Harry returning home after liver operation

    BBC Midlands Today

    Four-year-old Harry Maceachen from Shrewsbury is leaving hospital today and returning home with his parents after a liver transplant operation.

    Harry is still very tired from the procedure, but still likes to have his say!

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    Video caption: Four-year-old Harry Maceachen returns home after his liver transplant operation
  13. BreakingShrewsbury footballer fined for Cheltenham races incident

    The Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins has been fined two weeks' wages (the maximum fine allowable) and warned about his future conduct, following an incident at Cheltenham races.

    The player was pictured in the papers with a group of other footballers, apparently emptying a glass of urine over a balcony.

    Shrewsbury Town says it carried out a joint investigation with Northampton Town, where he is currently on-loan.

    James Collins

    Police said the balcony where it happened was above a lawn, not near to spectators, and was not easily in public view.

    But Cheltenham Racecourse cancelled the group's booking for today and criticised the player's behaviour.

    Quote Message: We are extremely disappointed in James's actions which has not only brought down the good name of both Shrewsbury Town FC and Northampton Town FC but also himself and his family." from Brian Caldwell Shrewsbury Town Chief Executive
    Brian CaldwellShrewsbury Town Chief Executive
  14. BBC Weather Watchers: A misty start to the day

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We had a misty start to the day and there have been some great photos from the BBC Weather Watchers to illustrate this.

    These pictures were taken near Highley (top) and Ludlow (bottom).

    Highley
    Ludlow

    You can be one of our Weather Watchers by signing up on the BBC website.

  15. Watch: Presenters preparing for BBC Sport Relief challenge

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Tomorrow, BBC Radio Shropshire's Adam Green and Vicki Archer will be attempting 24 sports in 24 hours, to raise money for BBC Sport Relief.

    It's going to be a tough schedule, which includes a night-time hike and a very early start on Friday morning.

    We sneaked into their final planning meeting.

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    Video caption: Presenters Adam and Vicki prepare to attempt 24 sports in 24 hours
  16. Headlines: Big demand on A&E; fish stocks on river could take decades to recover

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

    - Big increase in A&E admissions

    - Fish levels on River Perry at Ruyton XI Towns 'could take decades to recover'

    - Police locate family of dead woman found at Shrewsbury Hotel

  17. Unemployment drops in West Midlands by 3,000

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    UK unemployment fell to 1.68 million between November and January, down 28,000 from the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics says.

    Unemployment rate graph for the UK

    Locally, in the same period in the West Midlands it fell by 3,000 to 150,000 people.

    The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in February in Staffordshire was 08.% which equates to 4,134 people, compared to 5,803 in February 2015.

  18. Relatives of dead woman found at Shrewsbury Hotel located

    The police say they've been able to trace a relative of the 34-year-old woman found dead at the Shrewsbury Hotel on 3 March.

    They say the death of Louise Elizabeth Smyth isn't being treated as suspicious at this time, but they are waiting for post-mortem examination reports.

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  19. Anglers staying away from River Perry at Ruyton

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Fish stocks in the River Perry around Ruyton XI Towns will recover in time - the Shropshire Wildlife Trust is confident of that.

    But, right now the anglers are staying away, the trust's Pete Lambert told us this morning.

    River Perry

    Downstream, there are more fish, Mr Lambert said.

    But in Ruyton, the lack of angling was hitting at least one local business.

    Quote Message: One of the local bed and breakfasts here was quite reliant on groups of anglers coming here from the West Midlands, to stay for the weekends. The guys have stopped coming because there's just not enough of a catch on this stretch of the river." from Pete Lambert Shropshire Wildlife Trust
    Pete LambertShropshire Wildlife Trust