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By Andy Giddings

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  1. Latest weather for the West Midlands

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Shropshire have finished for the day

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.    

  3. Weather: A dry evening with some rain by dawn

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be dry this evening and tonight, but there could be some showers around dawn.

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    Video caption: BBC Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Shrewsbury's new swimming baths could have two pools

    If Shrewsbury gets a new swimming pool, Shropshire Council has produced a wish-list of what it should have inside.

    The report says it should have one eight-lane 25m (82ft) pool, with another 20m (66ft) learner pool with a movable floor alongside.


    The report also recommends 250 spectator seats, a gym, and a cafe along with offices, changing rooms and other facilities.

  5. Baby ashes proposals 'the biggest change in 100 years'

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The changes proposed by the government today, in response to the baby ashes scandal, have been described by The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management as "the biggest and most important change to cremation law for 100 years". 

    It all started with BBC Radio Shropshire's discovery of failings at Emstrey crematorium in Shrewsbury, where more than 60 parents were denied their child's remains.

    Emstrey Crematorium

    The biggest announcement is the new definition of "ashes". Industry experts tell me this has been the fundamental problem, with crematoria not knowing the difference between ashes and human remains.

  6. Baby ashes: Working group to look at a range of changes

    The government has pledged to clarify the definition of ashes, in the wake of the baby ashes scandal, to make sure there is no further confusion.

    But there are other measures being proposed and cremations for foetuses lost in pregnancy before 24 weeks' gestation will be regulated in the same way as for all other ages.

    A working group will look at the possibility of a national inspector of crematoria as well as codes of practice, new regulations and forms and training for crematoria staff.

    And the Justice minister Caroline Dineage said there would be changes to statutory cremation forms too.

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    Video caption: Family justice minister explains one of the changes proposed after baby ashes scandal
  7. Headlines: Report says Shrewsbury pool should move; campaigners welcome government crematorium plan

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Council report recommends moving Shrewsbury's swimming pool

    - Campaigners welcome government response to baby ashes scandal

    - Police release names of mother and son killed in A49 crash

  8. Specialist care programme for patients

    A specialist care programme is being set up at a number of hospitals across the West Midlands to improve the care of patients with incurable cancer. 

    Birmingham Children's Hospital and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust are among 21 trusts nationally which will adopt the new Enhanced Supportive Care plan. 


    It aims to provide patients with earlier supportive care to manage pain which can improve the quality of life for patients with incurable cancer. 

  9. Your comments: Shrewsbury swimming pool

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    The council recommendation to move Shrewsbury's swimming pool to the Sports Village has got you talking on our Facebook page.

    Tracy Austin wrote: "Should be kept in a central location, not everyone can drive & it's too expensive to have to get 2 buses every time you want to swim! Disgusting!"

    Shrewsbury Sports Village

    But Ann Vasey disagrees and likes the idea of a move, saying "I would prefer the Sundorne site".

    And Hazel Jump had another suggestion: "Personally, I would sell the site off to a gym firm so it can be kept running."

  10. Fire at Chinese restaurant

    Firefighters have been dealing with a fire at Minh's Chinese restaurant in Shifnal this afternoon.

    They were called to Bradford Street at 15:22, but it now appears to be out.

    Fire engine
  11. BBC Weather Watchers: Thick grey cloud covering Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This thick grey cloud is covering the whole county it seems and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sending in some great photos today.

    Here you can see fields near Kinnersley (top) and St Andrew's church in Shifnal (bottom).

    Kinnersley field
    Shifnal church
  12. Report says Sundorne Road the most affordable pool location

    A council report, weighing up potential sites for Shrewsbury's new swimming pool, says moving it to Sundorne Road would be by far the most affordable option.

    It also says the site, next to the Sports Village has the most potential, because it's flat and is on a key route into town.


    The report accepts that people overwhelmingly prefer to see the pool stay in the Quarry, where it is.

    But it says that would be relatively expensive, the site would be difficult to redevelop and a re-build would mean its closure for at least 18 months.

  13. New homes plan to be decided

    Plans for new homes in a village near Whitchurch could be thrown out. 

    Shropshire Council had previously recommended approval of about seven new homes near Ash Hall. 

    But the scheme's been delayed, and the council now says the application falls outside its updated planning policy. 

    Councillors will decide next week.

  14. Watch: Shrewsbury MP says leadership campaign 'very emotional'

    The MP for Shrewsbury has been responding to allegations there have been dirty tricks in the Conservative leadership campaign.

    There have been claims of underhand tactics in the Tory leadership contest, after it emerged that Justice Secretary Michael Gove's campaign manager had appealed to Theresa May's supporters to unite in an effort to block Andrea Leadsom's chances of getting on to the final ballot.

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    Video caption: The MP for Shrewsbury says tempers have frayed in the Conservative leadership campaign
  15. Headline: Report says pool should move; baby ashes measures; names of crash victims released

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Our top stories this afternoon: 

    - Council report recommends moving Shrewsbury's swimming pool

    - Government announces response to baby ashes scandal

    - Police release names of mother and son killed in A49 crash

  16. Police name mother and son killed in A49 crash

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    The police have released the names of a mother and son killed in a crash with a lorry on the A49 last Friday.

    They were Jane Warburton, 69, and 38-year-old Dean Warburton, both from the Bucknell area.

    Air ambulance at scene of crash

    The collision between Dorrington and Bayston Hill led to a large section of the A49 being closed for most of the day.

    The lorry driver was not injured.

  17. Shropshire campaigner 'quite content' with baby ashes measures

    A Shropshire man who was unable to get the remains of his daughter returned to him says he is "quite content" with government measures designed to prevent this happening again.

    They include a promise to more accurately define what ashes are, to prevent confusion in the future.

    Glen Perkins

    But Glen Perkins, from Shrewsbury, said he was "a little bit disheartened" there was no immediate announcement of a national inspector of crematoria - that possibility will be left to a working party to discuss.

    Quote Message: I've got to stay positive, I'm pretty sure we will get a national inspector of crematoria. If Scotland qualifies for one then we have every god-given right of getting one." from Glen Perkins Baby ashes campaigner
    Glen PerkinsBaby ashes campaigner
  18. Euro 2016: Wales fan 'gutted but very proud'

    Wales fan Dylan Roberts has been to every one of their games in the European Championships and says he leaves "gutted but very proud of what the Welsh team achieved".

    The joint managing director of Salop Caravans described the atmosphere before last night's semi final as "electric" and says he has never experienced anything like the match itself, adding the Wales fans were "exceptionally loud".

    Dylan Roberts

    He says his favourite match in the tournament was the win over Belgium and he's now looking forward to the Welsh world cup campaign, which starts with the qualifiers in September.

    Quote Message: They certainly played with immense passion and they should be an inspiration to many youngsters." from Dylan Roberts Wales fan
    Dylan RobertsWales fan