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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 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. BBC Weather Watchers: More sunny scenes from around Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've got some more sunny photos from around Shropshire for you, sent in by the people signed up to be BBC Weather Watchers.

    Here we have fields near Badger (top) and a picture taken near Willey (bottom).

  3. Weather: A fine evening ahead

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's been the warmest day of the year so far and it is going to stay sunny and warm into the evening, with temperatures staying at 14C (57F) until 20:00 tonight.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands
  4. Watch: Schoolchildren plant seeds from International Space Station

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Back in January, British astronaut Tim Peake sent a message from the International Space Station, asking school children to help him in one of his scientific experiments. 

    He wanted them to plant rocket seeds that have been in orbit with him. It was all to see if being weightless had any affect on the the way plants grow.

    And this afternoon pupils at West Felton Primary have been sowing them, to see if they turn out looking different to ordinary rocket seeds.

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    Video caption: West Felton primary school plants rocket seeds sent from International Space Station
  5. Telford penalty-hero celebrates his birthday

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    It's all happening for AFC Telford United's goalkeeper James Montgomery at the moment.

    Last night he saved a penalty to earn his side a draw away at Brackley and today he was celebrating his 22nd birthday.

    He even brought in cake for the staff working at the club. 

  6. New police chief for West Mercia and Warwickshire

    A new assistant chief constable has been appointed for the West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police forces.

    Chief Superintendent Amanda Blakeman has been carrying out the role on a temporary basis since 2014.

    She began her career with the West Mercia force in 1992.

    Amanda Blakeman
  7. Cricket: Shropshire name squad for season opener

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire have named their 12-man squad for their first one-day game of the season at home to Herefordshire this Sunday. 

    It includes two former captains, Richie Oliver and Anthony Parker, two new professionals David Wainwright and Alex Wyatt, and the Shrewsbury youngster Ollie Westbury.

    Steve Leach

    They will be led by Shifnal's Steve Leach (pictured above).

  8. Headlines: Doubt cast on Deepcut suicide theories; delay in arrival of first refugees

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our headlines this evening:

    - Pathologist casts doubt on Deepcut suicide theories

    - Delay in arrival of first Syrian refugees in Shropshire

    - Shropshire name squad for opening cricket match of season

  9. Deepcut inquest: Pathologist casts doubt on suicide theories

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A pathologist has cast doubt over claims that Private Cheryl James killed herself at Deepcut Barracks.

    The 18-year-old Army recruit, whose family live near Oswestry, was found with a fatal head wound in 1995, and ballistics experts have told her inquest that "soot deposits" could be seen on her face and thumb that are "indicative" of a close or hard contact gunshot wound.

    Cheryl James

    But Professor Derrick Pounder, brought in by Pte James's family to provide an exhumation post-mortem examination on the soldier last year, said dark marks that had been taken for soot were actually either dirt or bruising.

  10. AFC Telford United selling players game-worn shorts

    What do you buy for the Telford fan who has everything?

    How about a pair of shorts worn by one of your favourite players?

    AFC Telford United have got 10 pairs described as "match worn" available and have also put training tops and sweatshirts up for sale.

    We're not sure whether they've been washed.

    Players shorts
  11. Traders in Telford get business tips

    Traders in seven Telford town centres will be getting tips from business advisors, with Oakengates the first to benefit.

    The free courses start on 5 May and the advisors will also visit Donnington, Hadley, Ironbridge, Wellington, Madeley and Newport.

    Oakengates town centre

    The training has been funded through Telford and Wrekin Council's Pride in Your High Street scheme and there will be a meeting next Monday at the Oakengates United Church, to explain what's involved.

  12. BreakingComedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said.  

    She found fame in the 1980s with her TV series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.

    The actress, singer and songwriter was awarded an CBE in 2008.

  13. BBC Weather Watchers: Sunny scenes from around Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The BBC Weather Watchers have been busy today, taking photos of sunny Shropshire, so we thought we'd share few of the best ones with you.

    Here we have a field near Norton (top) and a picture taken near Church Stretton (bottom).

    Church Stretton
  14. Headlines: Tributes for Shropshire man found dead in Peru; delay in arrival of refugees

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - Family tributes for Shropshire man found dead in Peru

    - Call for greater respect for nursing home staff

    - Delay in arrival of first Syrian refugees in the county

  15. Highest number of child deaths occur in the West Midlands

    BBC News England

    The biggest number of child deaths occur in the West Midlands, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.

    This goes against the national trend, which has seen the number of babies dying before their first birthday in England and Wales fall to its lowest ever rate

    Infant mortality figures
  16. SAS hero from airport hijack rescue dies

    One of the SAS team who took part in the hostage rescue operation at Mogadishu Airport in 1977 has died.

    Barry Davies, who was born in Shrewsbury and served in the Hereford-based regiment for 18 years, was awarded the British Empire Medal for the storming of Lufthansa Flight 181.

    Barry Davies
  17. Delay in arrival of Shropshire's first Syrian refugees

    There's been a delay in the arrival of the first Syrian refugees in Shropshire.

    Three families were expected to be rehoused in Oswestry this month, but the Oswestry Welcomes Syrian Refugees group has been told they will now arrive in the summer.


    The reason for the delay hasn't been made clear, but the organisation arranging things, Refugee Action has now appointed three staff to handle the resettlement in the county.

  18. Football: Penalty save keeps Telford clear of relegation zone

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury were left to regret a missed penalty, but a saved penalty for Telford keeps alive their hopes of staying up.

    When you look at the table they're in a very similar situation, with two points separating them from the relegation zone, but with two games of the season remaining, they know a win on Saturday could be enough to keep them up.

    James Montgomery

    Importantly, the 0-0 draw meant Brackley failed to climb above Telford and The Bucks' fate remains in their own hands.

    Quote Message: The main thing was not to lose that game of football, that would have been a catastrophe for us. We are coming away the same situation we came in." from Rob Smith AFC Telford manager
    Rob SmithAFC Telford manager