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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Weather: More rain this evening and overnight

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    There will be little let-up in the rain across Shropshire and it will continue into tomorrow morning.

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Road sign recovered 'a long way from home'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A road sign has been found by police dumped in Edmond, near Newport, "a long way from home".

    They say they will be taking it in to the local highways depot.

    We reckon it was taken from near the village of Alberbury, about 30 miles away.

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  4. Football: Wallace returns for Shrewsbury Town

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    James Wallace has recovered from his leg injury and will be in the squad for Saturday's game with Peterborough.

    James Wallace

    Junior Brown and Jermaine Grandison are both definitely out.

  5. Wrekin MP says circus has 'questions to answer'

    The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, has got involved in the debate over the well-being of animals being kept by Peter Jolly's circus near Craven Arms.

    A campaign group says it has footage showing "the animals' welfare is compromised" by their living conditions and it has passed the film on to Defra.

    Mark Pritchard

    Mr Pritchard, who has campaigned about the conditions of circus animals in the past, says Peter Jolly's Circus has "questions to answer".

    He says there are also wider issues about the place of wild animals in circuses in the 21st Century.

    Peter Jolly's Circus says it has passed all Defra inspections and that the footage was filmed unlawfully.

  6. Dancing sheep and terrier racing team to appear at Newport show

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    This summer's Newport Show will feature dancing sheep and racing terriers, the organisers have announced this afternoon.

    The Sheep Show is led by experts from New Zealand, who show off a range of breeds, explain how shearing is done and get the animals to do the "sheep shuffle".

    Sheep on display

    And we are told Cyril the Squirrel (a stuffed toy - not a live squirrel) and his Racing Terriers will entertain the crowds with their fearless stunts including the ultimate Ring of Fire challenge.

    Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will also be appearing, as part of a Festival of Food.

  7. Headlines: Lorry hits level crossing; Labour electing new Telford leader

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Lorry hits level crossing barrier at Onibury causing rail disruption

    - Labour to select new Telford council leader

    - MP backs campaign group over circus animal concerns

  8. Free wi-fi plans for Ludlow town centre dashed

    Shropshire Star

    Hopes that Ludlow town centre could get its own free internet wi-fi have been dashed.

  9. Network Rail says new barrier fitted at Onibury

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Engineers from Network Rail have now been able to fit a new barrier at Onibury, to replace the one damaged by a lorry earlier.

    The line is now open and services are getting back to normal, but Network Rail says the barriers will still need to be tested.

    Onibury crossing

    The ambulance service says it wasn't needed.

  10. Taser use by West Mercia Police

    Taser use across England and Wales has remained fairly level over the last three years.

    Home Office figures show they were drawn more than 10,300 times in all last year, but only discharged on 1,900 occasions.

    Taser use

    In October, the BBC's Newsbeat explained the situations that police can use a Taser.

  11. Hotel plans at Telford's Southwater criticised by MP

    Shropshire Star

    Hotel plans for Telford’s Southwater complex have been criticised by the town’s MP, who claims it would lead to "over development".

    Proposed hotel
  12. Rail delays after level crossing crash

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    There are delays of up to 30 minutes on trains between Shrewsbury and Hereford after a lorry hit a barrier at Onibury.

    The line has now been reopened, but delays could last until 17:00.

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  13. BBC Weather Watchers: A beautiful start to the day in Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The weather isn't looking too good for the rest of the day, but we had a beautiful start to the day and these photos were snapped by our BBC Weather Watchers.

    Here we have photos taken near Myddle (top) and Church Stretton (bottom).

    Church Stretton
  14. Lorry hits level crossing barrier at Onibury

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Arriva Trains Wales say services through south Shropshire could be delayed until 16:00 because a lorry has hit a level crossing barrier at Onibury.

    It happened at 13:40 and there is no news on anyone being hurt.

    Onibury crossing
  15. Cricket: Two changes for Shropshire this weekend

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire make two changes for this weekend's one-dayer against Wales as they look to bounce back from losing to Herefordshire in last week's 2016 opener.

    Shrewsbury seamer Sam Griffiths and last week's 12th man, all rounder Will Cook from Worfield, are selected.

    Steve Leach

    The two to miss out are Ryan Lockley, who'll travel as 12th man, and Robbie Clarke.

  16. Headlines: Telford's new leader to be chosen; concerns for circus animals; riding school closes

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are top stories this afternoon:

    - New leader of Telford and Wrekin council to be chosen

    - Campaign group raises circus animal concerns

    - Riding school closes after 30 years

  17. BreakingRail services disrupted after vehicle hits level crossing barriers

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Arriva Trains Wales say you can expect delays or cancellations on trains heading through south Shropshire because a vehicle has hit a level crossing barrier.

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  18. Why people are celebrating Ed Balls Day

    BBC News UK

    In case you wondered what was going on on Twitter today: Happy Ed Balls Day! Who knew that five years ago, a Twitter fail would still be remembered. So what is it all about?

    Ed Balls

    On 28 April 2011 Ed Balls, who was shadow chancellor at the time, was urged by his aide to search Twitter for articles mentioning his name, but instead of doing a search he tweeted his own name in error.

    So on 28 April, Twitter rejoices in the madness and celebrates Ed Balls.

    At the time of writing, the hashtag #EdBallsDay has been the top trend in the UK and has been used more than 10,000 times.

  19. Football: Preparations for Peterborough

    BBC Sport

    The recent sacking of Peterborough's manager will be part of Shrewsbury Town's planning for Saturday's final home match of the season. 

    Graham Westlake was dismissed as Peterborough fell away in the promotion run-in. 

    Mickey Mellon

    Town's boss Micky Mellon feels sorry for him, but says if Peterborough are in turmoil, Shrewsbury will look to make the most of it. 

    Quote Message: You don't like to hear of people losing their jobs, there's only 92 of us [managers], but it's the nature of the job." from Mickey Mellon Manager, Shrewsbury Town FC
    Mickey MellonManager, Shrewsbury Town FC