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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Photos: Market Drayton fertiliser spill

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    You can almost smell the liquid fertiliser spilling onto the road in these photos, taken by the police in Market Drayton.

    There was a big clean-up operation at the Gingerbread Man roundabout earlier, when a tractor lost control of the tanker it was towing.

    Tractor and trailer

    The A53 just outside Market Drayton had to be closed while the 6,000 litres (1,320 gallons) of the fertiliser was mopped up and the tractor and its trailer moved.

    The police say the driver had a lucky escape.

    Tanker on its side
  3. Weather: Calm and cloudy overnight

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It's going to be calm and cloudy in Shropshire overnight, and relatively mild too, with temperatures around 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast from BBC Midlands Today
  4. Fijian wives pack aid parcels

    Alex Seftel

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Wives of Fijian soldiers serving in the First Royal Irish Regiment near Market Drayton are packing boxes of aid to send to help victims of the island's cyclone disaster.

    Storms hit the country last month, with winds of over 200 miles per hour destroying hundreds of homes and flattening entire villages.

    Fijians packing aid
  5. Travel: M54 delays between Cosford and Wolverhampton

    BBC Travel

    Not good news on the M54 tonight.

    Repairs to the central reservation after a crash this morning are still going on and that means the motorway is down to one lane in both directions between junctions two for Wolverhampton and three for Cosford.

    Expect delays.

  6. Orthopaedic hospital counts the cost of missed appointments

    Oswestry's orthopaedic hospital says missed appointments are costing it £800,000 a year. 

    It says every month an average of 423 patients fail to turn up for one, which represents 4.6% of all appointments at the hospital.

    Last month, the larger hospitals in Telford and Shrewsbury put the cost at £10,000 per day.

    Hospital entrance
  7. Latest: Cost of missed Oswestry hospital appointments revealed; big liquid fertiliser spill

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our headlines this evening:

    - Oswestry hospital says missed appointments cost it £800,000 a year

    - Thousands of litres of liquid fertiliser spilled on road near Market Drayton

    - Fijian army wives pack aid parcels

  8. BBC Weather Watchers: An overcast day across Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been another overcast day, but it looks like the birds are happy in this field near Tibberton.

    The photo was taken by BBC Weather Watcher GrannyAnne.

  9. Football: Wesolowski makes comeback from injury

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Good to see James Wesolowski complete his planned 30-minute comeback for Shrewsbury Town's reserves against Bradford this afternoon.

    He's been out for the past six months out with a knee ligament injury. That followed his missing another four months before that with a similar injury.

    James Wesolowski

    Wesolowski went off after half an hour and Bradford later scored the only goal of the game.  

  10. Ludlow bridge closure provides roadworks opportunity

    The closure of Ludlow's Ludford bridge has given contractors an unexpected opportunity to carry out some roadworks in the town.

    Temeside has been closed for resurfacing work (although it will be open over the Easter weekend) and Shropshire Council says it did it after consulting with local councillors and businesses.

    Ludlow bridge repairs

    The council says warning signs were put up around town and letters posted to all residents and businesses affected, informing them of the work in advance of the start date.

    Quote Message: With Ludford Bridge being closed, there was less traffic using Temeside than if the bridge was open; so, contrary to perceptions, this was actually a good time to undertake the Temeside work." from Andy Keyland Shropshire Council highways manager
    Andy KeylandShropshire Council highways manager
  11. A53 closed as tractor and trailer overturn in Market Drayton

    Shropshire Star

    A tractor and trailer overturned on a major road on the outskirts of Market Drayton today.

    Lorry overturned
  12. Football: Wesolowski back in action

    James Wesolowski is back in action today for Shrewsbury Town's reserve team.

    He's been out for six months with a knee ligament injury, but was recently cleared to resume full training.

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  13. Travel: One lane remains closed on M54

    BBC Travel

    One lane remains closed on the M54 (in both directions) between junctions two for Wolverhampton and three for Cosford, while barrier repairs continue.

  14. Latest: Personal safety alarms cutbacks; big liquid fertiliser spill

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another look at the top stories from BBC Shropshire:

    - Pensioners forced to pay for personal safety alarms because of council cutbacks

    - Shropshire politicians react to the Brussels' attacks

    - Big liquid fertiliser spill at Market Drayton

  15. Darwin's garden the setting for workshops and talks

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    Charles Darwin's childhood garden is being used as the setting for a series of workshops and talks today.

    The University Centre Shrewsbury, which is organising the events at Middle Walk in Shrewsbury, says the day is looking at the early influences on Darwin.

    Darwin's garden

    Part of the garden is being restored by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which bought the site in 2013.

  16. Travel: A53 cleared after lorry spills 6000 litres of fertiliser

    BBC Travel

    The good news is the A53 at Market Drayton is open to traffic again.

    The bad news is there will be some firefighters with a lot of washing to do, because they had to clear 6,000 tonnes of liquid fertiliser from the road.

    A tractor spilled the load when it overturned by the Gingerbread Man roundabout this morning.

  17. Personal alarms: Ludlow pensioner explains why they're important

    Older people in the county who rely on personal alarms will have to pay an extra £10 a week to keep them, because of Shropshire council cutbacks.

    One Ludlow pensioner, 73-year-old Terence Fewtrell (pictured below), told us he's come to rely on the little device around his neck and that he'll have to make cuts to his own budget to keep it.

    Terrence Fewtrell

    But Mr Fewtrell said the alarm could be the difference between life and death for some people and that it seemed wrong to make cuts to something so important.

    Quote Message: We've all got to make cuts, to facilitate the cuts that they (the council) are making. It seems such a bad place to be attacking people who are in urgent need of help." from Terrence Fewtrell Ludlow pensioner
    Terrence FewtrellLudlow pensioner
  18. Ice Hockey: Tigers' captain wants to make home advantage count

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Telford Tigers have a big advantage, going into their play-off quarter finals this weekend - they play the second leg at home.

    It means any overtime or penalties will be played in front of a sell-out (and vocal) crowd of Tigers' fans and they should feel comfortable making up any first-leg deficit at home.

    Jason Silverthorn

    Telford have beaten their opponents, Milton Keynes Lightning, five times out of six this season, but captain, Jason Silverthorn, who has just returned from injury, says that all goes out the window when you reach the playoffs.

    Quote Message: You get that extra boost on home ice, and energy, that forces the other team to come into a hostile environment. It is going to be an exciting weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. Having a loud, energetic building during the play-offs is something the whole team can feed off." from Jason Silverthorn Telford Tigers captain
    Jason SilverthornTelford Tigers captain
  19. Ringleader of Telford car theft gang is jailed

    Shropshire Star

    The leader of a four-man Telford gang that stole cars across Shropshire and then dismantled them for their parts has been jailed.

  20. Decision to cut personal alarm funding defended by council

    Shropshire Council's decision to cut funding for personal alarms for older people in the county means they will have to come up with an extra £10 a month or hand them back.

    It's a move which has been criticised by people using the alarms, but the council leader, Malcolm Pate, says it's been forced on them by cuts to local authority funding.

    Malcolm Pate

    Mr Pate said the providers of the alarms were talking to the people using them to see if there were ways of replacing them with new technology.

    Quote Message: It's not something we would normally have chosen to do, but in these draconian financial times we live in we've had to do all sorts of unpleasant things which in the normal course of things we wouldn't do." from Councillor Malcolm Pate Leader of Shropshire Council
    Councillor Malcolm PateLeader of Shropshire Council