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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 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. Horse Racing: Johnson fails to win at Ludlow

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    He might be the Champion Jockey elect, but Richard Johnson couldn't ride a winner at Ludlow today.

    He rode in five out of the seven races today without any success.

    Richard Johnson
  3. Woman attacked with rope in Madeley

    Police have released details of an attack in Madeley last week in which a woman had a rope, or something similar, wrapped around her neck.

    It happened at 21:00 last Tuesday on Church Street and the victim, who is in her 20s, was only slightly injured.

    Her attacker fled when someone in a nearby house turned a light on.

  4. Weather: A sunny end to the day

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    We should get a sunny end today and there will be some light cloud overnight, but it should stay dry. Lows of 6C (42F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Questions raised over Telford community fund

    Two organisations given grants by Telford and Wrekin council have been dissolved since the awards were made.

    The discovery was made by the Telford Live website and the Labour run authority is insisting proper checks were carried out before the money was allocated to Pisces WM and Oakengates Events Ltd.

    Andrew Eade

    There is still £150,000 of Telford's £1m "Pride in your High Street" fund remaining and the leader of the opposition Conservative group, Andrew Eade (pictured above), says it raises doubts about the scheme.

  6. Shropshire Senior Cup: 138 years of history

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The Shropshire Senior Cup was first staged in the 1877-78 season and teams still play for the original trophy - unlike the FA Cup, for example. 

    The first winners were Shrewsbury F.C (no relation to the current Shrewsbury Town, having dissolved in 1879) who beat the Wellington Parish Church Institute 1-0 in the final.

    Shrewsbury Town fans

    In 1942, the cup was lifted by RAF Cosford, supplemented no doubt by a number of servicemen stationed there in the war.

    And two seasons ago there was no final because Shrewsbury controversially pulled out due to fixture congestion. Their opponents Telford were declared the winners by default.

  7. Loyd Grossman visiting Shrewsbury for lecture

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Loyd Grossman, famous for "Through the Keyhole" and his range of ready-made sauces, is coming to Shrewsbury this month.

    He's kicking off a series of lectures organised by the University Centre Shrewsbury and will be in the town on Wednesday, 20 April to talk about protecting our heritage.

    Loyd Grossman

    Sir Neil Cossons, who used to be former chairman of English Heritage and director of the Science Museum, has also been lined up to talk.

  8. Latest: Rail delays for commuters; questions over community fund; Shropshire Senior Cup tonight

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Rail delays to hit commuters travelling to and from Birmingham this evening

    - Questions raised over Telford community fund

    - County's top football teams clash in Shropshire Senior Cup

  9. BBC Weather Watchers: Clear blue skies over Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's going to cloud over again tonight, but we've had some beautiful blue skies over Shropshire today, captured by the BBC Weather Watchers.

    This picture was taken near Kinnersley earlier.

  10. Rail delays expected until 20:00 at the earliest

    David Lumb

    BBC News Online

    The general manager for Virgin Trains has told me the rail disruption will go on well into the evening rush hour. 

    Francis Thomas says repairs won’t be complete until 20:00 at the earliest. 

    Passengers are being reminded they can use their tickets on any train.

  11. Flying Scotsman tickets: Demand 'incredible"

    Demand for tickets to ride on the Flying Scotsman has been "incredible", according to the Severn Valley Railway, with between 3,000 and 4,000 being sold this morning.

    Tickets are no longer available on the heritage line's website, which crashed earlier today due to the demand.

    The Flying Scotsman
    Quote Message: It was more like selling tickets for a Robbie Williams concert than for a steam train ride." from Nick Ralls General manager, Severn Valley Railway
    Nick RallsGeneral manager, Severn Valley Railway
  12. WW1 garden at Attingham Park

    Attingham Park has created a new exhibition inside its walled garden to demonstrate how vegetables were grown during the World War One.

    It also highlights the work done by women while the men were away fighting.

    Walled garden display

    Visitors will be also able to read extracts of letters written to a head gardener during the war and learn how egg production was vital to the war effort.

    Quote Message: It stands as a dedication to all the local families who ensured that there was continuous supply of vegetables from the walled garden to the military hospital house within the mansion house.” from Katherine Dowd Senior Walled Gardener
    Katherine DowdSenior Walled Gardener
  13. In numbers: The Shropshire Senior Cup

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Shropshire Senior Cup has been dominated by Shrewsbury and Telford, but there are twenty different names on the trophy.

    Teams with one win include Ironbridge Town, St Georges Victoria and a team called Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    Whatever happened to them?

    Data pic for Shropshire Senior Cup
  14. Watch: Network Rail explains overhead cable problems

    BBC Midlands Today

    Network Rail has been explaining how the overhead cables were damaged in Birmingham earlier today, leading to disruption all over the region.

    And it sounds like the repairs could take some time.

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    Video caption: Network Rail explains the damage done to overhead cables at Birmingham
  15. Latest: Concern over possible health cuts; train services disrupted by cable damage

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our headlines this afternoon:

    - Shropshire health commissioners can't rule out cuts to services

    - Overhead cable damage causes disruption to rail services

    - Plans for new travellers' site in Ketley

  16. Funding sought for new statue on Lord Hill's column

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire Council says it's looking for funding to pay for a new statue at the top of Lord Hill's column - it is expected to cost around £500,000.

    Cracks started appearing in the statue a couple of years ago (see picture below) and the column had to be fenced off for the safety of passers-by, until temporary repairs were carried out.

    Lord Hill's column cracks

    The authority says there are very few firms working in the material the statue is made from, Coade Stone, so the project is likely to be of national interest.

  17. Football: Wesolowski expected to play in Senior Cup

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town's long-term injury victim, James Wesolowski, will play at least some part in tonight's Shropshire Senior Cup final against AFC Telford United at the Greenhous Meadow.

    James Wesolowski

    Fellow first-teamers Jordan Clark and Scott Vernon will also play, along with a mix of youth-team players.

    Midfielder Rees Simpson, who's joined Telford as cover for the back end of the National North season, is expected to make his Bucks debut.

  18. Plans for travellers site at recycling centre

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Ketley recycling centre could be turned into a site for travellers with room for 14 families, when it closes.

    Telford and Wrekin Council has put the plans together and says travellers would only be able to stop there on a temporary basis.

    Telford and Wrekin council

    The authority is closing the tip as part of a reorganisation of its recycling centres.

  19. Horse Racing: Richard Johnson returns to Ludlow

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Richard Johnson, who's already assured of his first jockeys’ championship, could add to his tally at Ludlow today ahead of his attempt for a first victory in Saturday's Grand National.

    Only the second jockey ever to saddle over 3,000 winners, Johnson rides in the first five of the seven races at Ludlow today.

    Richard Johnson

    The opener at Ludlow’s first of two April meetings is at 14:15 and the final race of the day at 17:40.