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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 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. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    Overnight, scattered showers will continue, but there will be some clear spells. Towards dawn a more persistent spell of rain will push south, with a wintry mix over higher ground.

    Minimum temperatures of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Pictures: Visiting the local in Marton

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Radio presenters Adam Green and Joanne Gallacher have been in Marton, near Worthen, close to the Welsh border, today. It's their Place of the Week. 

    They met Peter and Sally from the Sun Inn. 

    You can listen to what they got up between 15:00 and 19:00 on BBC Radio Shropshire. 

    Peter and Sally from the Sun Inn, Marton
    The Sun Inn, Marton
  4. Telford and Wrekin Council seeks meeting with business secretary

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Telford and Wrekin Council is seeking a meeting with the government, over its plans to privatise the Land Registry in Telford, which employs about 300 people. 

    Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP

    It's also written to the two local MPs to raise concerns about the threat to jobs in the area, if the proposal gets the go ahead. It's currently out for consultation.    

  5. First day of new state pension system

    Kevin Peachey

    Online personal finance reporter

    An overhauled state pension - being paid to new, rather than existing pensioners - has begun, with some set to gain while others lose out.  

    Couple on a bench in front of a lake

    The government's long-term aim is simplification, stripping away extras such as the second state pension.

    It will also become cheaper, in time, for the government with many of those in their 20s and 30s receiving less than they would under the old system.

    Read more, including whether you are a winner or a loser under the new system.

  6. England cricket star visiting Shropshire

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    One of the stars of the England Women's World T20 cricket campaign is coming to Shropshire to help inspire the next generation of young cricketers.

    Tammy Beaumont will lead coaching sessions at four Shropshire schools this coming Tuesday  - Bishop's Castle Community College, Stiperstones Primary School, Mary Webb in Pontesbury, and Pontesbury Primary.

    Tammy Beaumont

    Tammy played in all five of England's games at the world finals, scoring 138 runs.

  7. Latest: Telford and Wrekin Council seeks talks with business secretary; library campaigners win legal battle with council

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories this afternoon: 

    - Telford and Wrekin Council seeks a meeting with Sajid Javid over plans to privatise the Land Registry

    - Campaigners win legal battle against Shropshire Council, in bid to keep library in centre of Church Stretton

    - Shrewsbury Town FC launch a writing competition to honour BBC journalist, Colin Bloomfield

  8. Men's tennis team book place in National finals

    Stuart Dunn

    Shrewsbury Town commentator, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Club's men's tennis team have booked their place to compete at the National Premier League finals, which start tomorrow in Leeds. 

    The competition features the country's best men's club doubles players who'll compete alongside world class players, for a top prize of £2,000.

    Alex Parry

    The Shrewsbury Club qualified as winners of the Midlands group and are one of the top 16 teams in the country. 

    Captain of the team Alex Parry hopes the side can improve on their last appearance in the national finals, when they lost on a tie-break shoot out.   

  9. Club launches writing competition in honour of BBC journalist

    James Bond

    BBC Local Live

    Shrewsbury Town Football Club is launching a writing competition to honour BBC journalist, Colin Bloomfield. 

    BBC Derby presenter, Colin, from Montford Bridge, lost his brave battle against skin cancer last April. The same day his beloved Shrewsbury Town won promotion back to League One.    

    BBC Journalist Colin Bloomfield

    The competition and award is aimed at getting young people involved in sports journalism, something Colin was passionate about. 

    There are two age groups - 10 to 15 and 16 to 18. You can write anything you like about football. It can be about you playing or watching, an interview with a player or a match report.     

  10. Under-threat £10m Shrewsbury Museum 'must be kept open'

    Shropshire Star

    Shrewsbury’s under-threat £10.5m museum could be thrown a vital lifeline by the town council.

  11. Shrewsbury 'jailbreak' event sells out

    Tickets for a "jailbreak" event at Shrewsbury's former prison have been snapped up soon after going on sale.

    Dana prison

    Joel Campbell from Jailhouse Tours says the idea has been so popular he will be putting on another four events to meet demand. 

    Participants will be locked in cells and must use their wit and ingenuity to break free.

  12. Latest: Church Stretton library campaigners claim legal victory; more than 100 appointments postponed because of doctors strike

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories this afternoon: 

    - Campaigners win legal action in fight to keep Church Stretton Library where it is 

    -  More than 100 appointments cancelled because of junior doctors strike

    -  Tickets to 'jailbreak' event at the Dana sell out after going on sale  

  13. Video: How does dog microchipping work?

    Kate Tebby

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    One of Shropshire Council's dog wardens, Jane Salisbury, explains what is involved with the help of a microchip reader and a spaniel called Billy.

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    Video caption: From today all dogs must be micro chipped and a local dog warden explains how they work
  14. Shropshire councillors want cheaper version of combined authority

    Shropshire is a step closer to joining the West Midlands Combined Authority, after cabinet members voted in favour of the move this lunchtime.


    The authority is looking at signing up as a "non-constituent member", the same as Telford and Wrekin Council, with fewer voting rights than full members.

    It would be less costly though. Non-constituent members pay £25,000 a year. Constituent members are paying a fee of £500,000 a year.

  15. Your photos: Shelf Bank nature reserve

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shelf BankNature Reserve, which rises over the northern end of Oswestry town centre, offers stunning views.

    The hill also has a series of revamped paths.

    Shelf Bank
  16. Football: Hibbert pleased with reception on return to Shrewsbury

    BBC Sport

    Telford's Dave Hibbert says he really enjoyed his return to the Greenhous Meadow in the Shropshire Senior Cup last night.

    He spent three years with Shrewsbury Town, scoring 30 goals in all competitions.

    Dave Hibbert

    And Hibbert was impressed with the quality of the pitch saying his teammates enjoyed the game, despite losing on penalties.

    Quote Message: I had a great three years here and thoroughly enjoyed it. And it meant a lot to get a nice reception when I came on." from Dave Hibbert AFC Telford United
    Dave HibbertAFC Telford United