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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 March 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: Clear and cold tonight

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    The skies should remain clear overnight, but it's likely to be cold too.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands
  3. Your pictures: Rainbow over railway station

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The weather has been beautiful today (for those people not chained to a desk all day) and just to prove it, we have this photo tweeted by Network Rail.

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  4. BBC Sport Relief: Adam and Vicki complete archery challenge

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Adam and Vicki are making good progress in their bid to complete 24 sports in 24 hours to raise money for BBC Sport Relief.

    Their second challenge was archery with the Long Mynd Archers.

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    Video caption: Adam and Vicki complete second stage of BBC Sport Relief Challenge
  5. 150 home scheme at Caterpillar factory site in Shrewsbury revealed

    Shropshire Star

    Major plans for the redevelopment of land at a former manufacturing plant in Shrewsbury have been unveiled.

  6. Deepcut inquest: No evidence gun was taken from dead Army recruit

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    An inquest into the death of a young army recruit at the Deepcut barracks in Surrey has heard evidence from a coroner's officer that there was no evidence she'd been involved in a struggle.

    Robert Rumbold said that it was unlikely Private Cheryl James would have handed her weapon to an attacker and no bruising on her hands to suggest it was taken from her.

    Cheryl James

    She was found dead in 1995 with a gunshot wound to the head.

    But under cross examination by the legal team representing Private Cheryl James' parents, who live near Oswestry, he conceded some bruising could take days to appear, so suicide or accidental death was only an initial finding.

  7. BBC Sport Relief: Adam and Vicki complete first stage of 24 hour challenge

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Adam Green and Vicki Archer's bid to complete 24 sports in 24 hours to raise money for BBC Sport Relief has cleared the first hurdle.

    They've started with a swimming challenge at the swimming baths in Church Stretton.

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    Video caption: Adam and Vicki's first BBC Sport Relief challenge
  8. Date set for pond death inquest

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    An inquest into the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found in a pond at a Shropshire golf club last year, has been set for September.

    Tyrone Lock from Hope under Dinmore was found two days after going missing at the Hill Valley golf club in Whitchurch last November.

    His body was discovered in water by a green keeper at the Whitchurch golf club on 23 November last year.

  9. Headlines: Shrewsbury man drowned for bet; plans for housing sites dropped

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Inquest told Shrewsbury man drowned for £100 bet

    - Plans for two Telford housing sites dropped

    - MP suggests naming warship after Shropshire

  10. Watch: MP suggests naming new warship after Shropshire

    The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, has told the commons the Royal Navy should name its next warship HMS Shropshire.

    The original vessel of that name operated during World War Two, before being sold for scrap more than 60 years ago.

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    Video caption: Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard calls for warship to be named after Shropshire
  11. Police not worried about chalk markings on pavement

    People in Albrighton have been sharing images on Facebook of chalk markings on the pavement.

    There have been concerns in the past that the marks are so called "Da Pinchi codes" left by criminals, but the police say it's nothing to worry about.

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  12. Thomas Bebbington inquest hears details of £100 dare

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The inquest into the death of 22-year-old Thomas Bebbington from Shrewsbury was told he had taken "heroin-crack" and taken off his clothes before lowering himself into the River Severn last November.

    A friend who was with him said two other people had dared him £100 to swim to the other side and back, but soon after entering the water he vanished.

    Divers were later called in by police to help in the search, but his body was eventually found by a member of the public 10 miles downstream.

    Search of river

    A post mortem revealed Mr Bebbington died as a result of immersion in the cold water, together with methodone, heroin, cannabis, cocaine toxicity.

    The coroner, John Ellery recorded a verdict of misadventure.

  13. Proposals for two Telford housing sites dropped

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    Two sites earmarked as part of Telford & Wrekin's housebuilding scheme have been dropped. 

    The council says developments for its Nuplace programme at Wildwood on Woodside and Deercote in Hollinswood are no longer viable. 

    But it's proposing a new site for 24 homes near the regenerated Hadley Centre, and increasing the development at Matlock Avenue in Dawley to more than 90 homes.

    Telford and Wrekin Council
  14. BBC Sport Relief: 24 hour challenge starts

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Our BBC Sport Relief challenge to complete 24 sports in 24 hours is under way with presenters Adam and Vicki in the swimming pool at Church Stretton.

    You can sponsor them online.

  15. BreakingShrewsbury man drowned for £100 dare

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    An inquest in Shrewsbury has heard how a 22-year-old man found in the River Severn died for a £100 dare.

    Thomas Bebbington voluntarily went into the water by the Dana Prison one night in November, but didn't survive the swim across, because of drugs in his system and the temperature of the water.

    His body was found downstream a month later. 

    Judge John Ellery recorded a verdict of misadventure.

    Thomas Bebbington
  16. Attempt to buy village pub fails

    An attempt by people in Kinnerley to take over their village pub has failed. 

    A committee of villagers secured pledges of £60,000 to buy the Cross Keys, but that was well short of the £300,000 they needed.

    Cross Keys

    The committee now says the pub's future will have to be resolved by the current owners, who bought the building to save it from development.

  17. Headlines: Hundreds attend apprentice event; village pub bid fails

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Hundreds attend apprenticeship event in Telford

    - Attempt to buy village pub fails

    - Charity to help resettle Syrian refugees in Shropshire

  18. BBC Sport Relief: 24-hour challenge starts for Adam and Vicki

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Our presenters Adam Green and Vicki Archer are attempting to complete 24 sports in 24 hours to raise money for BBC Sport Relief.

    They start at 16:00 and will be going well into the night and you can sponsor them online.

    Vicki has just left the office, heading for their first challenge.

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    Video caption: Presenters Adam and Vicki start bid to complete 24 sports in 24 hours for BBC Sport Relief