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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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

  2. Weather: Rain this evening, but clearing by dawn

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    We'll have more rain across Shropshire this evening, but it should clear up by the morning.

    That's as Shropshire Council warns of flood alerts for the Severn-Vyrnwy confluence and the Rea Brook.

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Photos: Dog walkers volunteer to help rehoming charity

    Elaine Muir

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Dog walkers from all over the country came to Shropshire at the weekend, to support the Finding Furever Homes charity with a walk up Haughmond Hill.

    The idea had been to give the dogs living at the Condover kennels a day out, but because some of them weren't well, the volunteers focused their attention just on one dog instead - Suzy (below).


    There were over 20 walkers and some of them came from as far as Cornwall.

    Dog walkers
  4. Shrewsbury Big Busk raises almost £10k

    Elaine Muir

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A busking festival held in memory of Shrewsbury musician Ben Bebbington murdered in 2012 has raised almost £10,000 for charity.

    The money will go to the Shrewsbury Ark homeless charity.

    Dozens of buskers young and old performed around the town earlier this month, with one duo performing for over 24 hours.

    Tim Smith, one of the organisers, said the total was "remarkable".

    Tom Barras and Louis Briggs
  5. Pictures: Artists impressions of new Ludlow estate released

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Shropshire Housing Group has started tearing down a row of flats on Sandpits Road in Ludlow and plans to replace them with 26 new homes.

    Take a look at these artists impressions and then scroll down and look at the photo I published earlier of the street as it is today.

    Quite a difference!

    Sandpits in the future
    Sandpits in the future
  6. Tennis: Shrewsbury miss out in national finals

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The Shrewsbury Club have just missed out in the National Premier League final stages. 

    Captained by Alex Parry, Shrewsbury qualified for the last 16 as the Midland winners, but after a battling draw with Manchester, lost a tight game 3-1 to the host club, Leeds.

    Tennis player
  7. Flood alert for Upper Teme

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Heavy rain has caused the River Teme to rise and the Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the area around Onibury and Ludlow.

    The waters are expected to peak overnight.

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  8. Travel: Lane blocked on M54

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked on the M54 in both directions after an accident between J6 for the A518 (Telford West) and J7 for the A5 (Wellington).

    Traffic's slow in the area.

  9. Headlines: Hospitals boss defends the need for change; cash for Telford events

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this evening:

    - Hospitals boss says we need to "fix a system in crisis"

    - Arts Council cash for Telford events

    - Arabic interpreters wanted to help Syrian families settle in Shropshire

  10. More overnight closures for M54

    Telford Journal

    Motorists face more disruption on the M54 with several overnight closures this week.

    M54 roadworks
  11. Football: Shrewsbury's "forgotten defender" returns

    Shrewsbury Town's "forgotten defender" Mickey Demetriou hopes he can have a role in keeping Shrewsbury Town up in League One.

    The full back was a regular last season, but hasn't featured this time. He was also loaned out to Cambridge.

    Mickey Demetriou

    Demetriou admits it's been frustrating, but after being recalled against Millwall on Saturday is looking for an extended run to show he's up to it.

  12. 'Eyesore' estate to be rebuilt in Ludlow

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A housing association has got permission to tear down an old estate in Ludlow and replace it with 26 homes for older people.

    The Shropshire Housing Group described the current maisonettes on Sandpits road as a "1960s eyesore" and has already started demolition work.

    Sandpits now

    The 22 apartments and four two-bedroom bungalows will be available to rent, but all the original tenants have now found other homes.

    Quote Message: More and more people want to live independently in old age and a scheme like this gives them that opportunity. We see Beech Gardens as a blueprint for the future and a scheme which Ludlow should be proud of." from Paul Sutton Shropshire Housing Group
    Paul SuttonShropshire Housing Group
  13. Arabic interpreters wanted to help refugees settle in county

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The charity which is working to resettle Syrian refugees in Shropshire says it wants to recruit Arabic interpreters.

    Refugee child

    Up to 10 families could be found homes in Shrewsbury and Oswestry, and Refugee Action says applicants don't need a formal qualification, but good listening skills a clear speaking voice and the ability to concentrate and think quickly are essential.

    It's inviting people to send them an email if they're interested.

  14. Watch: Grand National joy for owners of Shropshire stud farm

    Sam Fleet

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    When Rule the World won the Grand National on Saturday, there were some celebrations at the Yorton Farm Stud here in Shropshire.

    That's because he was sired by one of their horses, Sulamani.

    This is the owner of the stud, David Futter, with the proud dad.

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    Video caption: Joy for owners of horse which sired Grand National winner
  15. Telford festivals boosted by Arts Council money

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Telford has got £56,000 from the Arts Council to help fund three big events.

    The money will go towards the costs of the Carnival of Giants on 16 July, T Picnic in Telford Town Park on 3 September and a River Festival on the River Severn in Ironbridge on 17 September.

    Spring into the Park event

    Other events to put in your diary include a food festival on 30 and 31 July, drive in movies at Telford Shopping Centre’s Red Oak car park on 30 May, a kite festival on 4 September and drive-in movies on 30 May.

    The Spring into the Park event in Telford town park on 2 April (pictured above) attracted 3,500 visitors.

  16. Travel: Crash blocks road in Shawbirch

    BBC Travel

    Emergency services are dealing with a four-car crash in Shawbirch involving a dozen people.

    Five fire vehicles have been sent to the scene on the B5063 as well as the air ambulance.

    It's not known if anyone is hurt, but the B5063 is blocked and traffic is slow on surrounding roads.

  17. NHS system 'in crisis'

    Failing to make changes to the way healthcare is delivered in Shropshire could "bankrupt the system", according to the chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

    Simon Wright has been responding to criticism by GPs of the Future Fit review of health services in the county, which could result in emergency care based at just one hospital in the future.

    He says health providers need to "work differently together to fix a system in crisis".

    Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  18. Headlines: Hospital bosses defend healthcare plans; cash for Telford events

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another look at our headlines:

    - Hospital bosses defend healthcare reorganisation plans

    - Arts Council cash for Telford events

    - Telford rescue dog adopted by trainer who taught him to fly

  19. BBC Weather Watchers: Heavy cloud covering Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There's been heavy cloud all over Shropshire today, as you can see from these photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers.

    Here we have Willey (top) and Church Stretton (bottom).

    Church Stretton