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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Sam Fleet

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. Watch: Foreign criminals targeted by region's police

    Tom Turrell

    BBC Midlands Today

    Police officers from across Europe are in the Midlands this week, as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals.

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    Video caption: 'I knew I had no car insurance'

    Operation Trivium involves teams from Holland, Romania and Lithuania, helping to track people with criminal records.

    I'll have more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  3. Horse riders urged to wear hi-vis clothing so they can be seen from the skies

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    If you ride horses you're being urged to wear high-visibility clothing so you can be spotted from the air by helicopter pilots. 

    RAF Shawbury says it's important to train pilots in low-level flying, and by spotting horse riders sooner it allows the aircraft to avoid them and hopefully prevent scaring the animals.

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    Video caption: Horse riders testing the difference with hi-vis when seen from a helicopter

    Speaking last year, Commander Steve Doubleday said pilots would do all they could to avoid horse riders and would return if they spotted one unseated.  

  4. Man freed from under quad bike

    A quad biker has suffered serious injuries after the machine toppled down an embankment and landed on top of him leaving him trapped against a fence.

    It happened at about 10.00 today on a hillside between Snailbeach and Stiperstones, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.


    He suffered broken ribs and internal injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

  5. Weather: Outbreaks of rain this evening

    BBC Weather

    The weather forecast for this evening with Shefali Oza.

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  6. Headlines: Police and specialist dog teams search for dead body on welsh border; horse riders are being urged to wear hi-vis clothing

    Sam Fleet

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The top stories from the the BBC Shropshire newsroom:

    - Dozens of police officers and Army specialists with dogs, are searching for a body near Wrexham

    - Police in Madeley are looking for two men who broke into a house last night and threatened the occupants with a knife

    - Horse riders in Shropshire are being urged to wear high-visibility clothing so they can be seen from the air by helicopter pilots

  7. Murder 'might date back five years'

    Police have said the murder may have happened within the last five years.

    Searches include the use of excavators, metal detectors and specially trained dogs used to find bodies.

    As yet police don't know if there is definitely a victim, or who he or she might be.

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    Video caption: Digger used in woodland murder inquiry
  8. Police search Shropshire Welsh border for dead body

    North Wales Police are searching for an unidentified body buried in land somewhere in the Wrexham area after receiving anonymous information.

    Detectives and forensics experts have started a "detailed" search of land in forestry at Nant-y-Ffrith on the outskirts of Bwlchgwyn and said it may take several days

    It followed yesterday's search of a house in Gobowen.

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    Video caption: North Wales Police briefing search for a body on the outskirts of wrexham
    Quote Message: This search is linked to a number of searches conducted over the last few days in the Wrexham and Gobowen area and is believed to be linked to an historic murder." from Supt Sian Beck Eastern Area Commander
    Supt Sian BeckEastern Area Commander
  9. South Shropshire pupils learn to 'sword dance'

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Primary school pupils in Worthen have been learning a form of sword dancing as part of a project by Shrewsbury Folk Festival to encourage children to try out traditional music and dance.

    Developed in the north east of England the "swords" were flexible strips of metal that were used by coal miners to clean off their pit ponies.

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    Video caption: Students from Worthen Primary School learning to 'sword dance'

    The Worthen Primary pupils were taught by performing group The Demon Barbers.  

  10. Your pictures: Overcast in Telford, but sunny in south Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Some Weather Watchers photos from this morning in Oakengates and Badger.

    Share your photos with us by emailingTweeting or go to our Facebook page.

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  11. What's the future for Future Fit?

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Political reporter Joanne Gallacher will be investigating the future of Future Fit in Shropshire for Sunday Politics this weekend.

    More than two years and £2m on, a decision is yet to be made on plans to focus A&E care in either Shrewsbury or Telford.

    Read more in my blog.

    Hospital composite
  12. Extra drainage for AFC Telford pitch

    BBC Sport

    The green green grass of the New Bucks Head has gone as AFC Telford introduce new drainage to improve the pitch for next season.

    A special machine has been brought in by contractors to spike holes in the soil and encourage oxygen to penetrate to the roots, as well as allowing surface water drain away.

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  13. Headlines: Two people have been threatened at knife point in Telford; police continue to search for body near Wrexham

    Sam Fleet

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The latest news stories:

    - Two people have been threatened with a knife by two men who forced their way into their home in Madeley

    - North Wales police continue to search for the body of an unidentified man that may have been dumped on the outskirts of Wrexham

    - Police in Broseley are looking for a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman as he sat in a car

  14. War veterans back bid to recognise armed forces in next census

    Nigel Dolman

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Two former soldiers have backed a campaign to recognise veterans in the next census, due in 2021.

    Jeff Foxall, from Bridgnorth, and Les Bill from Stafford, who has just been awarded the Ambassador for Peace Medal 63 years after serving in the Korean War, said it was important to remember the role veterans have played.

    The Royal British Legion says there are believed to be between 6.5 and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK.

    Despite that, the legion says the group has been ignored in past versions of the census, which means we know more about those who claim their Jedi as their religion.

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    Video caption: Two war veterans Jeff and Les talking about receiving a medal fighting in the Korean war
  15. Pair threatened with knife in Madeley break-in

    Two men have been threatened with a knife in a break-in Madeley last night.

    West Mercia Police say two white men forced their way into the home in Meadowlea at about 23:00, before making off with mobile phones.

    Officers say nobody was injured, but the occupants were "shaken" by the experience.

    They're asking anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers.

    Police officer
  16. Junior doctors' row: BMA fears 'uphill struggle' to sell deal

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Junior doctors' leaders fear they could face an "uphill struggle" to convince the profession to accept the new contract agreed with ministers.

    It was announced on Wednesday that the two sides had reached a deal after talks at conciliation service Acas.

    The England-wide deal will now be put to a vote of more than 40,000 BMA members in June.


    There are fears at the union that the profession could reject the deal despite it believing it is the "best and final" way out of the row.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called it a "historic agreement" and a "win-win" for the government and junior doctors.

  17. Historical images of Telford make digital gallery

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    With the help of a lottery grant, Telford's Southwater library has digitised more than 500 images telling the story of the town's development. 

    The library has a digital table about the size of a pool table that you can interact with by touching it to look at the images. Librarian Jane Baker explains how it works.

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    Video caption: The digital table in Southwater Library in Telford with images of Telford over the years