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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 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. Around-the-clock care for dying 'not good enough'

    Smitha Mundasad

    News reporter

    A national review of end-of-life care has found most hospitals are failing to provide face-to-face palliative care specialists around the clock.

    Old man in hospital holding nurse's hand

    The review shows only 16 of 142 hospital sites in England offer specialists on site 24/7.

    NHS experts acknowledge steady improvements in the last two years, but warn there is still work to do.

    More on the BBC News website.

  3. Microchipping deadline for dog owners

    Here's a reminder from the police in Telford, all dogs must be microchipped by next Wednesday (6 April).

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    Dogs Trust offer a free microchipping service from their local base at Roden, between Telford & Shrewsbury.

  4. Football: Shrewsbury midfielder warns of over confidence

    BBC Sport

    With eight games to go, Shrewsbury's future in League One is looking a lot more secure and the club is on a run of nine games unbeaten.

    Promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic are the opposition at the weekend and midfielder Richie Wellens is warning against over confidence.

    Richie Wellens

    Wellens says two more wins should keep them up, but he doesn't see the point of setting targets.

    Quote Message: The manager stresses it before every game - don't get too over confident, just because you've been on a good run. Just keep on doing what has got you in this position. And to be fair we've been doing it." from Richie Wellens Shrewsbury Town midfielder
    Richie WellensShrewsbury Town midfielder
  5. Eight-year-old following in footsteps of uncle for Shrewsbury's Big Busk

    Shrewsbury Chronicle

    The nephew of a man killed while sleeping on the streets will play his uncle’s guitar at a festival inspired by his musical talent.

  6. Weather: A cold, clear night for Shropshire

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    It should be dry and clear tonight, but it will be cold too, with temperatures just above freezing.

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    Video caption: Sara Thornton with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. Shropshire Council leader says joining West Mids authority 'worth it'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Getting a seat on the new West Midlands Combined Authority would be "worth it" for Shropshire Council, according to the leader of the authority, Councillor Malcolm Pate.

    Malcolm Pate

    Telford and Wrekin Council has already committed to becoming a non-constituent member and Shropshire Council was saying it wasn't interested.

    But after a change of leadership that view has changed and councillors will discuss whether its worth the £25,000 a year it is likely to cost when they meet next week.

    Quote Message: We get a seat at the table and get vote on most issues. And what happens with the infrastructure around the West Midlands affects Shropshire quite greatly." from Councillor Malcolm Pate Shropshire Council leader
    Councillor Malcolm PateShropshire Council leader
  8. Watch: The moment a baby rhino takes first steps

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    This one is just over the border in Worcestershire, but we'll make an exception for this video.

    A white rhino calf was born at West Mids Safari Park near Bewdley on Good Friday.

    And this morning the 67kg (10.5st) baby took his first steps.

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    Video caption: Baby rhino takes first steps at West Midland Safari Park
  9. Headlines: Ambulance service says A&E delays a long-running issue; man caught underneath digger

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Ambulance service says delays at Shropshire hospital A&Es are a long-running issue

    - Man escapes injury after being caught under mechanical digger

    - Final cases heard at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court

  10. Football: Telford game re-arranged

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United's game with Brackley Town has been rearranged for Tuesday 19 April.

    It was due to be played on Easter Monday, but got called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

    The match will have a 19:45 kick off and it's a chance for Telford to chase a double over a Conference North opponent.

    Telford players
  11. Photos: Presenters enjoy a day out in Craven Arms

    Eric and Clare's Breakfast Show

    We've been in Craven Arms today, meeting listeners and hearing their stories.

    And while we were there, Eric Smith got the chance to hold a lamb.

    Eric Smith with a lamb
    Eric and Clare
  12. Watch: A view from an iron age hill fort

    Adam & Vicki Show

    Adam and Vicki's "place of the week" is chosen at random and this week we came up with Eyton upon the Weald Moors.

    We've been talking to Georgina Dobson who is involved in a project to preserve wetland for birds.

    And we went up to Wall Farm (on the site of an Iron Age hill fort) to get a view of the area. 

    You should be able to spot the Wrekin and the wetland area here.

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    Video caption: View from Eyton upon the Weald Moors, Adam and Vicki's place of the week
  13. Man escapes injury after being trapped underneath digger

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 50s got his leg trapped under a mini-digger up on the Stiperstones earlier this afternoon.

    He was able to get out without the help of the emergency services and only suffered bruising to his left ankle.

  14. BBC Weather Watchers: Sunny in Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've had some beautiful sunshine in Shropshire today and the BBC Weather Watchers have been snapping some great spring scenes.

    Here we have The Quarry in Shrewsbury.


    And this photo was taken near Badger.

  15. Headlines: Ambulance service wants A&E delays cut; final day for magistrates court

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Ambulance service urges hospitals to cut A&E delays

    - Final day for Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court

    - Funding boost for Ludlow football stadium

  16. Pictures: BBC Midlands visits Craven Arms

    BBC Midlands Today

    The BBC has been enjoying a day out in Craven Arms today, with Midlands Today's Nick Owen and BBC Shropshire presenters Eric Smith and Clare Ashford visiting the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

    Nick Owen with people

    Earlier, they held a question and answer session.

    Panel including Nick Owen
  17. Ambulance service says hospital delays a long-term issue

    The hold-ups keeping ambulances waiting outside Shropshire hospitals have been going on for months, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.

    The NHS trust running the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford earlier pointed to "unprecedented volumes of very poorly patients" at its A&E departments as a reason for the delays, which have been over an hour in some cases.

    But WMAS has responded by saying it "certainly hasn't just been a problem for the last few weeks".

    Ambulances outside hospital
  18. Oswestry man pleads not guilty over skatepark death case

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    A man from Oswestry has pleaded not guilty to accusations of perverting the course of justice after a death at a skate park near the town.

    Matthew Jones, 20, from Johnstown near Wrexham, collapsed in the basement at the Academy Skatepark in October 2014.

    Crown Court sign

    Crispin Wrigley, of Cabin Lane, is accused of deliberately failing to tell police about the existence of the basement and of cleaning it during the early stages of their investigation. 

    A trial will take place in September.

  19. Council apologises for traffic light delays in Telford

    Temporary traffic lights which went up at the Limekiln roundabout in Telford over Easter have been causing delays, but Telford and Wrekin Council says it had no alternative.

    The authority says the four-way lights are needed 24 hours a day for the next three weeks, because workmen have been digging deep holes while carrying out road improvements.

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    Video caption: Temporary traffic lights at the Limekiln roundabout in Telford cause complaints

    The roadworks are due to last until June and the council says it will talk to concerned residents and businesses and apolgises for the delays.

    Quote Message: We'd like to do roadworks without traffic lights in the verges, if we can we'd like to do them off-peak only, but unfortunately because of the deep excavations that will be open all the time, the lights need to be there." from Dom Proud Telford and Wrekin Council, Transport and Highways Development
    Dom ProudTelford and Wrekin Council, Transport and Highways Development