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  1. Updates on Friday 22 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: A cloudy night, clearing by dawn

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Today's cloud will hang around overnight and we could have some showers, but it should start to clear by tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Council leader says last five years in office have been "quite stressful"

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council says the last five years in office have been "quite stressful".

    Kuldip Sahota was speaking as he chaired his last cabinet meeting.

    Kuldhip Sahota

    Labour will pick a new group leader next week. 

    Councillor Sahota will officially step down before the authority's AGM next month.

    Quote Message: When I became a leader in 2011, the cuts were just coming in, £80m. Of course we did our best, but the people still say why are you cutting my care, why are you cutting this and that. That does take a toll on you. You pretend it doesn't, but it does, because after all you're human." from Kuldip Sahota Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council
    Kuldip SahotaLeader of Telford and Wrekin Council
  4. Watch: Bell ringers prepare for marathon royal tribute

    Genevieve Tudor

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Tomorrow, bell ringers at two Shropshire churches will be tackling a big challenge for the Queen's 90th birthday. 

    Teams at Edgmond and Lilleshall are both attempting a "full peal" for the Queen.

    That's about three hours of continuous ringing.

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    Video caption: Bell ringers at two Shropshire churches attempt challenge for the Queen's 90th birthday
  5. Politicians meet mobile phone companies to talk about coverage

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire politicians have been meeting with mobile network operators today, to hear how mobile phone reception could be improved in the county.

    The companies said that since the last meeting in January they had been reviewing their plans and would try to improve the network of phone masts.

    Mobile phone masts

    The councillors and MPs promised to support a change in the law which allows phone masts to be taller in the future.

    Quote Message: Rather than talking about what they might do in the future, they’re now actually taking some action." from Councillor Steve Charmley Shropshire Council
    Councillor Steve CharmleyShropshire Council
  6. Why silver ring found near Oswestry could qualify as treasure

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    You can't keep everything you find lying about in a field and some valuable objects have to be handed over to the nation if they are deemed to be "treasure" under the Treasure Act.

    Generally speaking, collections of coins or other items qualify as treasure if they are at least 300 years old or found along with other items which are deemed "treasure". 

    Sometimes items which are less than 300 years old can also be included, if they have a lot of gold or silver in them.  

    Silver ring

    So Chris Langston's silver ring could qualify if it really is Saxon, but in all these cases, the decision has to be made by a coroner.

  7. Watch: Preview of AFC Telford United's match with Worcester City

    Nick Southall

    AFC Telford United Commentator, BBC Shropshire

    AFC Telford United could secure their place in the National League North if results go their way this weekend.

    Here's a look ahead to the game.

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    Video caption: Nick Southall previews AFC Telford United's match against Worcester City
  8. Children create replacement for stained glass window

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Children have created a work of art to replace a 19th Century stained glass window at St Alkmunds church in Whitchurch that has been removed for restoration.

    replacement window

    Pupils at Sir John Talbot's and Whitchurch primary schools joined together to paint over 70 panels that have been joined together to make a screen over 15ft (4.5m) tall.

    The work is part of a £400,000 restoration scheme and the windows alone will cost nearly £60,000.

  9. Headlines: Police apologise for witness naming error; Southwater plans to go on show; silver ring 'could be Saxon'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - West Mercia police apologises for identifying trial witnesses

    - Plans for next phase of Southwater development to go on show

    - Silver ring found in field could be Saxon

  10. Football: TNS put on bus say 'thank you' to fans

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The New Saints are putting on a free supporters’ bus for tomorrow’s final League game at Llandudno.

    They're doing it to say "thank you" after clinched a fifth successive Welsh Premier championship two weeks ago.


    Next up is the Welsh Cup final a week on Monday, against Airbus and then everyone will be waiting for the draw to see who the Saints will face in the European Champions League qualifiers.

  11. Silver ring found near Oswestry could be Saxon

    A silver ring, which could be over 1,500 years old, has been found in a field near Oswestry.

    Chris Langston from Queen's Head discovered it when he was out with his metal detector and believes it could be Saxon after doing some research on the internet.

    Silver ring

    Mr Langston says it could be worth anywhere between £2,000 and £20,000 and has reported it to the Finds Liason Officer.

  12. Jack Rea is passed as fit to play for AFC Telford United tomorrow

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Jack Rea has been passed fit to play for AFC Telford United tomorrow, after recovering from a virus. 

    The midfielder was substituted in the Bucks' goalless draw at Brackley, on Tuesday, after feeling ill. 

    Jack Rea

    Telford have two league games to go and are two points above the National League North relegation zone. 

    They play Worcester tomorrow at the New Bucks Head.

  13. West Mercia police apologises for identifying trial witnesses

    West Mercia Police has apologised for accidentally publishing the names of two witnesses in a murder trial who had been granted anonymity.

    Chief Constable David Shaw

    Chief Constable David Shaw said the force recognised it was a serious matter, but said it was down to "genuine errors" which the force had learned from.

    He also said West Mercia Police takes full responsibility for its actions.

    Quote Message: Following the errors, our first concern was to protect those affected, who we informed immediately as they were unaware of the error. We then put support in place around them according to their wishes." from Chief Constable David Shaw West Mercia Police
    Chief Constable David ShawWest Mercia Police
  14. Plans for next phase of Telford development going on show

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Plans for the next phase of Telford's Southwater development go on show next week.

    The council would like to build a 68-room hotel and shops alongside the ice rink and create a new landscaped area next to the Premier Inn.


    The plans will be available to see at the library in Southwater next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Quote Message: We know that many people have been keen that we retain the green space in the Southwater development and have listened to these comments." from Councillor Shaun Davies Telford and Wrekin council
    Councillor Shaun DaviesTelford and Wrekin council
  15. North Shropshire College holds 'football shirt Friday'

    Staff and students at North Shropshire College's Oswestry Campus have been wearing their football shirts today, to raise money for Cancer Research UK's Bobby Moore Fund.

    Here's a group of them with their collection bucket.

    Staff and students in football kit
  16. Headlines: Police apology for witness naming error; Deepcut coroner starts considering verdict

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this afternoon:

    - West Mercia police apologises for "genuine errors" which led to identifying trial witnesses

    - Deepcut coroner begins considering his verdict

    - Council explains why it couldn't light a Queen's birthday beacon on top of Wrekin

  17. Deepcut coroner considering evidence

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    All the evidence has now been presented in the second inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks in 1995.

    The lawyer representing the family of the young recruit, who live near Oswestry, said they "reluctantly accept" there is insufficient evidence to establish exactly how she died, but believe there is enough to conclude she was shot from a distance.

    Cheryl James

    Judge Barker has now started considering his verdict and is expected to present his conclusions on 18 May.

  18. Cricket team reformed to please grandmother

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    A Shropshire cricketer has revived his former team, to please his grandmother! 

    Margaret Mitchell was fed up that the team she supports at Whittington pulled out of the Shropshire League last season, because they couldn't always raise enough players. 

    Johnny Mitchell

    So her grandson Johnny Mitchell took up the challenge and reformed the side, ready for the start of the new Shropshire League campaign which starts tomorrow.  

    Quote Message: It's my nan's club, that's the only reason we've all come back really and we've got a few new players in so it should be an alright season for us." from Johnny Mitchell Whittington cricket captain
    Johnny MitchellWhittington cricket captain