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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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

  2. Weather: More rain tonight and tomorrow morning

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    There's more rain to come.

    The showers are forecast to continue through the night and into tomorrow morning.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Watch: Today's photos from across the West Midlands

    Today's photos from across the West Midlands.

    Featuring views of Harecastle Tunnel in Kiddsgrove, the Peak District, the Shropshire Union Canal in Nantwich, Lightning in Pershore, Norton, Draycote Water and Gnosall.

    Thanks to Twisted Mind Photography, Jonathan White, Villager Jim, JR, Mick, Ice Queen, Dave Atkinson, Dunk, Kingfisher whisperer, CliveQ and all who sent in their photos today.

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    Video caption: Today's photos from across the West Midlands
  4. Pictures: Shrewsbury cartoon festival

    Cartoonists from all over the country will be in Shrewsbury tomorrow for the annual cartoon festival.

    They'll be performing for the public and the centrepiece will be the live drawing of about 16 enormous cartoons in Shrewsbury Town Square.

    Here's a couple of examples of their work from previous years.

    Cartoon festival
    Leopard cartoon
  5. BBC Weather Watchers: Cloudy across Shropshire today

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a cloudy day across Shropshire today and we're getting some very grey photos sent in by the BBC Weather Watchers.

    This one was taken near Norton this morning.

    Norton
  6. Football: Telford back to full strength for North Ferriby game

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    AFC Telford United manager Rob Smith says he's got a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow's game at North Ferriby.

    Curtis Tilt has now recovered from a tight hamstring and Jack Ray is ok after getting a knock in the Solihull game last weekend.

    Jack Ray

    The Bucks are three points above the relegation zone in the National League North, with four games to play.

  7. Bedfordshire police to investigate explosives mix-up

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Bedfordshire Police is investigating to see if it might have accidentally sent explosives to the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry.

    The attraction was sealed off after the explosive was discovered at the bottom of a pile of metal and it's thought they might have been placed in a police knife amnesty bin.

    The force says it was one of the forces to send in the knives, which are being turned into a sculpture there.

    Bomb disposal experts
  8. Headlines: Two held over Telford stabbing; man attacked in Ludlow

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Two held by police after stabbing in Telford

    - Man attacked and bundled into car in Ludlow

    - Police force investigates Ironworks explosives mix-up

  9. Just 80% of A&E patients treated in four hours

    Yesterday, data published by the NHS showed record levels of delays at A&Es across England.

    Figures from February showed just 87.8% of patients attending A&Es were treated within four hours, compared with the national target of 95%.

    At hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford that figure was even worse - 80%.

    Doctors generic

    The hospitals have recently been criticised for delays in taking over patients delivered by ambulance - with crews sometimes unable to respond to 999 calls because they're tied up at hospitals, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.  

    The hospital trust has previously cited "unprecedented" levels of patients attending A&E and encouraged people where possible to use GPs or minor injury units.

  10. Man bundled into car in Ludlow

    An 18-year-old man has been attacked and bundled into the back of a car in Ludlow, police say.

    They're reporting a black BMW pulled up alongside him on Sandpits Avenue in the early hours of yesterday morning and three men assaulted him before driving off with him.

    He suffered facial injuries and was eventually dropped off at a nearby fish and chip shop.

    Sandpits Avenue
  11. Shifnal half-marathon to return

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shifnal's half-marathon is being resurrected this summer.

    The race will be held on Sunday 26 June and the course will take runners through Kemberton, Beckbury and Ryton.

    And it will be supporting the charity Bloodwise (The new name for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

    Runners
  12. Your comments: The things people do behind the wheel

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The story about drivers filmed by undercover police on roads around the Midlands has got you talking and we asked the question on our Facebook page, "what you had witnessed?"

    - Andy Berry wrote: "Someone having a wet shave... on the M5."

    - Carol Athersmith: "Saw a woman putting make up on whilst driving."

    - Caroline Garbett: "White van man on M6 Toll yesterday with an iPad on the steering wheel in front of him."

    Can you beat that?

    Texting behind the wheel
  13. Council leader admits 'nobody is happy' about public service handovers

    The leader of Shropshire Council has admitted "nobody is happy" about the authority planning to hand over libraries, museums and bus routes to town and parish councils, to save money.

    But Councillor Malcolm Pate says the smaller authorities understand the situation and he said it was a "challenge and opportunity", not "passing the buck" as critics have said.

    Malcolm Pate

    Mr Pate says the town and parish councils have another five months to take on museums, libraries, and buses themselves or risk losing them.

    Quote Message: Nobody is happy about this. We aren't happy about this, but they are accepting the challenges and they are working with us to continue delivering a lot of these services." from Councillor Malcolm Pate Shropshire Council leader
    Councillor Malcolm PateShropshire Council leader
  14. Headlines: Two arrested over stabbing; deadline for libraries and museums

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Police holding two men after stabbing in Telford

    - Town and parish councils given five months to take over running of museums and libraries

    - Report on Shrewsbury pool suggests it should remain where it is

  15. Cash stolen from village halls

    Thieves have broken into four village halls in the Ludlow area in the last week, stealing cash.

    All the break-ins happened at night, but, despite thorough searches, the thieves only found small amounts of cash and some alcohol.

    The villages of Westhope, Richards Castle, Nash and Stanton Lacy were all targeted, and so was Eastham, just over the border in Herefordshire.

  16. Future of former magistrates' court could be decided within 12 months

    The future of Shifnal's former magistrates' court should be resolved within the next 12 months, the town's mayor says.

    Shifnal Town Council has been responsible for the site since it bought it in 1995 and it's been trying to find a way of putting it back into use.

    Magistrates court

    Councillor Robert Harrop said there is a working group looking at possible solutions, which could include building flats there and the authority wanted to "maximise the benefits to the community".

  17. Arleston road to stay shut 'for some time'

    A section of Woollam Road in Arleston remains closed as police investigate what's being treated as an attempted murder.

    Two men are currently in custody.

    West Mercia Police says the road is likely to remain shut for some time and extra patrols are being put on in the area.

    Woollam Road
  18. BreakingTwo men arrested after Telford stabbing

    Two Telford men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident in Arleston last night.

    Police were called out to reports of men fighting on Woollam Road at 23:46 and found a 32-year-old man with stab wounds to his chest. He is in hospital, where his condition is described as stable.

    The two suspects, aged 19 and 27, are being questioned by officers.

  19. Football: Whitbread out to make a point at Bradford

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town's central defender Zak Whitbread has something to prove against tomorrow’s opponents Bradford.

    He was training there early this season and has revealed he was poised to sign a contract with them until another player broke his leg and Bradford changed their priority to signing a replacement winger.

    Zak Whitbread

    “It was going to happen, but I’m delighted the way it’s worked out,” he said, adding that he’s determined to keep Shrewsbury in League One, starting against an in-form Bradford side who’re chasing promotion.