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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Carlie Swain

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for live updates from the newsroom today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Shropshire. 

  2. Weather: Dry but chilly overnight

    BBC Weather

    It's staying dry this evening, but temperatures are dropping. Alex has the forecast.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. On Midlands Today this evening: Ofsted hunts illegal schools

    It's emerged that suspected illegal schools in parts of the Midlands have been issued with warning notes after a special task force was set up last year to uncover them


    Today the Chief Inspector of Schools announced Ofsted's latest findings - we'll be analysing them on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  4. Three held after immigration checks

    Three people have been caught over the border in Powys following checks by immigration officers.

    home office immigration enforcement van

    They visited The Cabin Chinese takeaway in Presteigne last Friday where one man's business visa had expired.

    Another man and woman were found to be in the country illegally.

  5. Castle for sale if you've got a spare £800k

    It seems the idea of owning your own castle - especially a ruined one - isn't everyone's cup of tea. 

    Wigmore Castle near Ludlow and the 32 acres of land surrounding it has been on the market for more than a year at £800k. 

    Wigmore Castle

    The castle, originally a wooden edifice, is believed to date back to the 10th Century. Its past, involves murder, treachery and, brilliantly, a woman called Lady Brilliana.  

    If you're worried about the upkeep of the Grade I-listed ruins - they've been in the care of English Heritage for several decades and will remain so if sold.  

  6. Running man challenge taken on by ambulance service

    So the "running man challenge" has reached West Midlands Ambulance Service.

    It's the latest internet craze, started by a police force in New Zealand. Since then emergency services across the world have been signing up to show off their dancing skills. 

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  7. Headlines: Cannabis factory trial starts; Investigation underway after biker dies on county road

    The main stories this evening:

    - Father and son on trial accused of running cannabis factory 

    - Biker dies in a collision with a car on the Bridgnorth to Stourbridge road

    - Gas works, lasting two months, start in Oswestry

  8. Father and son accused of running cannabis factory

    A father and son from near Tenbury Wells are on trial accused of running a cannabis factory near Leominster. 

    Gary and Graham Mumford from Fulhams, in Sutton, are alleged to have grown 200 cannabis plants, capable of producing tens of thousands of pounds worth of drugs, in an industrial unit at Harfield. 

    The drugs were found when police raided the unit in September last year. 

    They've pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial at Hereford Crown Court is expected to last a week. 

  9. Environmental grants available in Telford

    Telford and Wrekin Council have opened applications for groups to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to improve their environment and community. 

    Groups have until the end of July to apply for grants to be awarded in September. 

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  10. Too many delay seeking dementia diagnosis, charity says

    BBC News Health

    More than half of those seeking a diagnosis for dementia have delayed going to their GP by at least a year, according to a survey carried out by the Alzheimer's Society.

    Doctor and a stethoscope

    The charity says nearly two-thirds of people fear a diagnosis would mean their life is over.

    But it says an early diagnosis can actually help people to live as well as possible.

    And it wants everyone to confront head-on the challenges posed by dementia.

  11. University changes: Plan for more new universities and higher fees

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, education correspondent

    It will be made easier to open new universities in England, under plans to be announced by Universities Minister Jo Johnson.

    The government's proposals for higher education also confirm plans to allow tuition fees to increase above £9,000 from autumn 2017.


    This will depend on universities having high-quality teaching. 

    Labour's Gordon Marsden warned of "inadequate" controls over a "rapid expansion" in new universities. 

  12. Headlines: Childline need more Midlands volunteers; gas works under way in Oswestry

    Carlie Swain

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this afternoon:

    - Calls to Childline are being missed because of a lack of volunteers in the Midlands

    - An investigation's under way after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a car at the weekend

    - Two months of gas pipeline repairs underway in Oswestry

  13. Your pictures: Still warm and sunny across the county

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Some great pictures coming through from our BBC Weather Watchers

    Here's how it's looking in Ludlow and Myddle today.

  14. High street shops that have come back from the brink

    When high street stores go into administration, it's easy to assume another brand has bitten the dust.

    The BBC's Colletta Smith has been in Shrewsbury to find that some well-known shops have a had a second chance. 


    Plenty of stores that went into administration are coming out the other side. 

    Malcolm Winn works in the outdoor shop Blacks, at the top of Mardol. The firm was saved from closure a few years ago after they were taken over by JD Sports. 

    Quote Message: People are always coming into the store and asking when we're closing. It's frustrating to keep having to explain to people that we've been bought, we're doing well, and we're here for the long-term."
  15. Calls to upgrade Shropshire's 'dangerous' A5

    Shropshire Star

    Turning the A5 into a dual carriageway should be included in the government’s blueprint for major roads projects, a Shropshire MP has said.

  16. Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Feeling warm this afternoon and staying dry tonight. Alex Hamilton has the forecast.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  17. On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Special needs trial and historic cloth

    BBC Midlands Today

    This lunchtime on Midlands Today we'll have the latest on the trial of a husband and wife who are accused of the rape and murder of a woman from the region with special needs.

    Piece of cloth

    And you'll see a piece of cloth, once stored under a vicar's bed in the Herefordshire, which is being described as one of the most important textiles in the world. 

    Both those stories and more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.  

  18. Two months of gas works start in Oswestry

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    A £350k project to replace metal gas pipes with plastic ones begins today in Oswestry.

    Wales and West Utilities is carrying out the improvements over the next nine weeks. 

    Homes and businesses in the northern part of the town are included in the project. 

    Gobowen Road
    Quote Message: We're starting work on Gobowen Road...there'll be two-way temporary traffic lights at the junction with Coppice Drive down to the junction with Cambrian Drive." from Reece Emmitt Wales and West Utilities
    Reece EmmittWales and West Utilities