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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 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. Nature reserve prepares for return of once-rare butterfly

    The Prees Heath nature reserve, near Whitchurch, is preparing for hundreds of silver-studded blue butterflies to return.

    The Butterfly Conservation charity bought the site 10 years ago, with the aim of protecting the creatures, which have been in decline across the UK.

    Silver-studded blue butterfly

    Now, they are seen in good numbers throughout June, July and August.

    Quote Message: We’re hoping that numbers will be even better this summer after volunteers have helped prepare a more extensive area of heathland habitat for the caterpillar of this beautiful butterfly." from Stephen Lewis Prees Heath Warden
    Stephen LewisPrees Heath Warden
  3. Danish delegation visits Shrewsbury

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Visitors from eight Danish cities have been visiting Shrewsbury to learn how they can promote businesses better.

    They wanted to learn how the Business Improvement District (a group which promotes local traders) works in the town.

    Danish visitors

    They're visiting similar schemes in Birmingham, Stratford, Brackmills and Camden too.

    Quote Message: It has been fascinating to hear what Shrewsbury BID has brought to the local trading environment and how it has developed partnerships across the board, working together to great effect.” from Kvaesthusselskabet Realdania Danish delegate
    Kvaesthusselskabet RealdaniaDanish delegate
  4. Watch: Weather for Shropshire

    BBC Weather

    We're expecting a cloudy end to the day with temperatures dropping to around 6C (43F) overnight.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Cricket: Sam Griffiths takes hat-trick against Worcestershire

    Shropshire's Sam Griffiths has just taken a hat-trick in the Twenty20 game against Worcestershire at Shifnal.

    Worcestershire are now 60-4.

    Fall of Worcestershire wicket
  6. AFC Telford United board to discuss a way forward

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    AFC Telford United's board will meet on Tuesday evening to decide how to replace Lee Carter when he steps down as managing director later in the summer.

    They say they will expand the board, but might decide to do away with the managing director role altogether.

    Ian Dosser

    The club says it is looking at changing the way it is run, but says there are no discussions at present about a new owner coming in to run things.

    Quote Message: They are only rumours - we haven't had detailed discussions with specific individuals." from Ian Dosser AFC Telford United director
    Ian DosserAFC Telford United director
  7. West Mercia Police being asked if Conservative Party broke the law

    West Mercia Police are being asked to investigate if the Conservative Party broke the law on campaign spending at the last election.

    It's claimed the party spend tens thousands of pounds bussing in activists to marginal seats across the country, but the costs weren't properly declared.

    Conservative battle bus

    A former Liberal Democrat MP says letters sent by the Conservatives to voters in Torbay should have been declared as a local cost, rather than a national expense.

    The Conservatives insist the mailshots weren't part of constituency spending because they didn't name the party's candidate.

  8. Latest: Telford dad wants school holiday rethink; West Mercia election investigation

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Telford father urges government rethink after school holidays appeal ruling

    - West Mercia Police to investigate if Conservatives broke election laws

    - AFC Telford United look to make changes to board

  9. New Police and Crime Commissioner starts work

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    West Mercia's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner has been sworn into office today.

    John Campion, who was the Conservatives candidate at the election last week, is now looking to appoint a deputy.

    John Campion and David Shaw

    He is also creating four new "commissioner's ambassador" roles - one each for the Shropshire, Telford, Herefordshire and Worcesteshire areas.

    They will be paid £30,000 a year and the closing date for applications is 27 May.

  10. Your photos: Bluebells at Walcott Hall

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These photos of the bluebells were taken by the people at Walcott Hall at Lydbury North.

    They're busy organising a charity performance of Puccini's La Bohème, on 10 and 11 June.

  11. Charity motorbike ride raises £63,000 for air ambulances

    More than £63,000 was raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance by a charity ride out in Shrewsbury.

    A record number of bikers too part in the Bike4Life event last Sunday, which saw them complete a 23-mile (37km) ride from Meole Brace.


    The money raised will help to fund 25 air ambulance flights across the region.

  12. Shifnal development plan approved by examiner

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A Neighbourhood Plan, setting out where homes should and shouldn't be built around Shifnal, has been given the seal of approval by an independent examiner.

    The final version, with a few tweaks, will now be posted to everyone living in the town, and people will be asked if they want to accept it, in a referendum.


    At this stage the document holds some weight even before it is formally approved by a vote, and will have to be taken into account when developers apply to build in the area.

  13. Telford dad urges school holidays rethink after appeal ruling

    A Shropshire father who was fined for taking his children out of school during term-time is calling on the government to "step back and think about what you're doing".

    It comes after a father from the Isle of Wight successfully appealed against a similar conviction at the High Court earlier today.

    Stewart Sutherland

    Stewart Sutherland said he was confident he could now win an appeal himself, on the basis that his children hadn't missed enough days to be considered truants.

    Quote Message: The people who make these decisions tend to work in an office and they don't get any restrictions on anything they do in their life... they get the holiday they choose. People spend too much time earning a living rather than living a life." from Stewart Sutherland Telford father
    Stewart SutherlandTelford father
  14. Eurovision: Joe and Jake represent the UK

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Saturday night marks the 61st Eurovision song contest. Joe and Jake are hoping to woo the crowds for the UK with their song You're Not Alone.

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    Video caption: Watch Joe and Jake perform You're Not Alone live at Eurovision: You Decide

    You can watch the show live on BBC One at 20:00.  

  15. Headlines: Telford parents to appeal against school holidays conviction; AFC Telford MD stepping down

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this afternoon:

    - Telford parents to appeal against school holidays conviction

    - AFC Telford United founder Lee Carter stepping down as managing director

    - West Mercia Police chosen to investigate electoral spending allegations

  16. AFC Telford's Lee Carter tweets farewell message

    The managing director of AFC Telford United, Lee Carter, has tweeted this message to fans, after announcing he is stepping down this summer.

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  17. Telford parents to appeal school holiday conviction

    A couple from Telford who ended up being fined almost £1,000 for taking their children out of school during term time say they will appeal the case.

    Their decision comes after a father from the Isle of Wight successfully appealed against his fine at the High Court today.

    Stewart Sutherland

    Stewart and Natasha Sutherland originally refused to pay a £360 fine. 

    This doubled after they failed to pay within 21 days and when they lost their case at the magistrates court in January 2014 their week-long holiday incurred them even more costs and fines.

  18. Sport: Shropshire Twenty20 cricket match to be a family affair

    Mark Elliott

    Sport Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Shropshire takes on first-class county neighbours Worcestershire in a Twenty20 game today.

    The county's captain, Steve Leach, will be going head-to-head with his brother, Joe, the Worcester vice-captain and opening bowler.

    cricket captain shaking hands with officials

    The match is set to start at Shifnal Cricket club this afternoon at 17:00.

  19. American Football: Revolution look for home win against Bombers

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Shropshire Revolution can turn around their disappointing start to the season and go 2-2 with a win over the struggling Lincolnshire Bombers on Sunday.

    But they'll be without defensive back Tom Carter who dislocated his elbow in last week's 49-0 victory over the Warhawks.

    Shropshire Revolution player with ball

    Kick off at the Oakengates Athletics Stadium is 14:30.

    Quote Message: The offence showed what they are capable of achieving and the defence recorded their first shutout since the last game of the 2014 regular season. The players' confidence is increasing and we are looking forward to our next challenge.” from Stephen Tonks Revolution Head Coach
    Stephen TonksRevolution Head Coach
  20. Travel: Overturned trailer blocking road

    BBC Travel

    There are delays at the junction of the A41 and the A519 near Newport because of an overturned trailer.

    The road is partially blocked and there is slow moving traffic. More from BBC Travel.

    Overturned trailer