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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Tracey Higgins

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, after the May bank holiday. 

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for West midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    A mainly dry, but cold night, with temperatures plunging to just 1C (34F) in places.

    Tomorrow, expect some sunny spells and patchy cloud. Highs of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Family reunited as carers found for stroke patient

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    There's been an emotional return home for a pensioner who was separated from his wife when he had a stroke and was forced to go into a care home. 

    A shortage of staff meant there weren't enough carers to look after 76-year-old Roger Breece at his own home near Market Drayton. 

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    Video caption: Family reunited as carers found for stroke patient

    Now a new care company's been brought in, which led to him and his wife being reunited this morning.

    More on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Telford school up for national award

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    A Telford primary school's waiting to find out whether it's won national awards for its website.

    Grange Park in Stirchley has been shortlisted in two categories at the UK Blog Awards.

    Grange Park Primary School

    The site, launched less than a year ago, was originally for the children and parents, but schools from all over the world have been logging on and asking for tips on creating their own blogs.

  5. Red Arrows provide centenary fly-past

    The Red Arrows have provided a fly-past over RAF Shawbury to mark the 100th anniversary of 60 Squadron.

    A parade was held at the base earlier, in front of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

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    Video caption: Red Arrows fly-past marks centenary of 60 Squadron
  6. Leaving EU would be 'leap in the dark'

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Two MEPs have spoken in favour of Britain remaining in the EU.

    Labour's Neena Gill said the EU not only ensured Britain's economy would remain strong, but reflected where the UK wanted to be in the world.  

    Nina Gill and Anthea McIntyre

    Conservative MEP Anthea Mcintyre said leaving the EU would be a "leap in the dark," but she admitted that reform was needed. 

    They were speaking at an EU referendum conference organised by Shropshire Chamber of commerce at the Greenhous Meadow in Shrewsbury.    

  7. 4,000-year-old red deer skull and antlers found in Borth by Shropshire teacher

    Sam Fleet

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The skull and antlers of a deer dating back 4,000 years old have been found on the beach at Borth. 

    They were first spotted in early April by Shropshire teacher, Sharon Davies-Culham.

    4,000 year old deer antlers

    Teams from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, manually searched the water at low tide, until the skull was found under 1m (3.2ft) of water. 

    The remains are now being examined. 

  8. Rail services resume after signalling problems in Wolverhampton

    BBC Travel

    Rail services between Shrewsbury and Birmingham have been restored after an earlier signalling problem at Wolverhampton.

    However, train operators are warning of further delays.

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  9. Latest: Man injured in two car crash; Head fears academy pressure; RAF unit celebrates 100 years

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Shropshire:

    - A man has been injured after a crash involving two cars on the A41 near Market Drayton

    - The head of a Shropshire primary school says she's worried about what might happen to the county's smaller schools if they're forced to become academies

    - Members of 60 Squadron at RAF Shawbury have been celebrating the unit's centenary

  10. Shrewsbury MP brands MEPs 'unaccountable'

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury's MP Daniel Kawczynski has spoken out against Members of the European Parliament, as part of his efforts to convince people to vote to leave the EU. 

    Daniel Kawcyznski

    At an EU Referendum conference organised by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce today, the Conservative politician branded MEPs "unaccountable" and suggested most people can't even name one. 

    MEPs are elected by region through a method of proportional representation.

  11. Biggest pub based beer festival gets under way

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    What's claimed to be the country's largest pub-based beer festival is under way, in Telford.

    Landlord John Ellis has installed dozens of extra hand pumps at the Crown in Oakengates and the Elephant And Castle in Dawley.

    Pubs

    The event runs today, and right across the three-day bank holiday weekend.

  12. Cricket stalwart dies at the age of 80

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The retired Shropshire cricket stalwart, Fred Wildgoose, has died at the age of 80. 

    Fred and his twin brother Dick pioneered the concept of mixed disability cricket, organising high-profile matches to promote the game.

    Fred Wildgoose (on left) and his brother Dick Wildgoose

    It led to them becoming life members of Oswestry Cricket Club and nominees for the BBC's Unsung Hero sports awards.

  13. Questions over rural schools funding

    Some Conservative MPs have previously questioned the wisdom of forcing all schools to make the switch to academies, outlined in the government's white paper.

    They have particular questioned the impact on small rural schools if academy chains are not willing to take them over.

    Many of the smallest primaries in Shropshire currently receive extra support from the local authority.

    Classroom

    Campaigners fear small schools with fewer pupils will attract less funding and be less attractive for academy trusts

    Earlier this month, sources close to the government told the BBC it was likely to guarantee no small rural schools would close as a result of the shakeup.

  14. Headteacher expresses concern if schools are forced to become academies

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The head of a Shropshire primary school says she's worried about what might happen to the county's smaller schools, if they're forced to become academies. 

    Hilary Alcock runs the Buntingsdale Primary School in Market Drayton and is also secretary of the Shropshire branch of the National Association of Head Teachers.

    Buntingsdale Primary School

    She says there's not enough information about what support - financial or other assistance -will be in place for small schools if they're removed from local authority control.

    Quote Message: Currently a high percentage of schools are under local authority control, nationally that's about 82%. So what's going to be there to support schools if the local authorities aren't there?" from Hilary Alcock Headteacher of Buntingsdale Primary School in Market Drayton
    Hilary AlcockHeadteacher of Buntingsdale Primary School in Market Drayton
  15. Müller to reduce farmers milk price for fourth month

    Tim Page

    BBC Local Live

    The price Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June.

    The Market Drayton-based company says its average milk price is dropping to just over 19p a litre. 

    Muller plant at Market Drayton

    It says "markets continue to be severely depressed due to the balance of supply and demand".

    It's the fourth monthly price cut in a row.

  16. Latest: Milk prices paid to farmers falls again; centenary celebrations for squadron

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in Shropshire this afternoon: 

    - The price Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June 

    - Centenary celebrations for squadron based at RAF Shawbury 

    - The biggest pub based beer festival is underway in Telford 

  17. 'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts

    BBC News England

    Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.  

    The weather has not been cold enough in recent months to send the creatures into hibernation.  

    Slug

    Conservation charity BugLife said Britons could start to a see a slug population "explosion".

    This could cause "devastation for our gardens", it warned.

  18. Harry Greaves: ‘We will celebrate our wonderful son'

    Shropshire Star

    Shropshire backpacker Harry Greaves lived life to the full and was in his prime at the time of his tragic death in Peru, according to his family.

    Harry Greaves
  19. Prince William among high-profile graduates

    RAF Shawbury currently provides basic helicopter training for all three of the armed services.

    Among 60 Squadron's most high-profile graduates is Prince William who completed his training in 2010 before going on to search and rescue training.

    His brother Prince Harry also trained at RAF Shawbury at the same time.

    Princes with instructors
  20. Illustrious history for Shawbury squadron

    Sixty Squadron was formed on 1 May 1916.

    During World War One it was a fighter squadron, based in France and two of its pilots Albert Ball and Billy Bishop received the Victoria Cross.

    Between the Wars, the Squadron served in India, before seeing action over Singapore, Burma and Pakistan in WW2.

    Parade

    In the early 1990s it became a helicopter squadron, before recently reforming as a helicopter training squadron.