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Summary

  1. Sacked first responder gets her job back
  2. Telford lorry driver charged over M25 death
  3. Plane makes crash landing in field
  4. Prince Andrew visits Shrewsbury
  5. Updates from Friday 17 March 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Football: Hughes could return for Bradford Park Avenue game

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United are hopeful that striker Lee Hughes will be back for tomorrow's match against Bradford Park Avenue at the Bucks Head.

    They've lost their last two league matches without him, but had a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the Shropshire Senior Cup in the week.

    Lee Hughes

    Victory could see them leapfrog Boston United into 15th place in the table.

  3. Volunteer medic reinstated after ambulance trust hears her side of story

    West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said it reversed its decision to sack a community first responder after holding a meeting to "give her the chance to detail her views on what happened".

    Effie Cadwallader from Oswestry was dismissed for shredding patient documents - an act which WMAS said broke trust procedures and the Data Protection Act.

    The ambulance service said it decided "the value of her services to the community outweighs the circumstances of what happened".

  4. Weather: Rain this evening and tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast more rain this evening and tomorrow, so you might want to celebrate St Patrick's Day indoors - or take an umbrella.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  5. Council headquarters is 50 today

    The Queen officially opened Shropshire Council's Shirehall headquarters in Shrewsbury 50 years ago today.

    The architects designed the buildings around a number of mature trees and the curved outside of the council chamber is finished in Portland stone.

    Shirehall

    Paying tribute, architect Ralph Crowe's son John said: "It must be hoped that the qualities of this well specified, designed, built and adaptable municipal building are well enough recognised to see it through the next 50 years at least."

  6. Sunday Politics: Should Shropshire have just one unitary authority?

    BBC Sunday Politics

    On the BBC's Sunday Politics programme this weekend, we'll be asking whether Shropshire would be better off having just one unitary authority.

    The leaders of both Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council have so far resisted the idea, but the MP for North Shropshire, Owen Paterson, says it the move could save £20m a year.

    Owen Paterson

    Mr Paterson has written to the Communities Secretary, the Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, arguing that "the continuance of Telford and Wrekin Council is inefficient and has led to unnecessary duplication".

    He wants Mr Javid to order a cost benefit analysis of what savings might would accrue from merging the two neighbouring unitaries.

  7. Light aircraft makes emergency landing

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    A light aircraft's made an emergency landing in a field near Ellesmere.

    Crashed plane

    The plane came down near Kenwick at around 14:00 and eight fire vehicles turned out, along with the ambulance and police. 

    The pilot walked free, suffering only from shock.

  8. Ice hockey: Tigers look to end regular season with a victory

    BBC Sport

    Telford Tigers wrap up the regular season at home to Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday, wanting a win against their one-time title rivals.

    The Tigers are also looking to maintain their 15-game winning run, which stretches back to January and enter the end-of-season play-offs in good form.

    Ice hockey

    Watkins will have to wait until the weekend's games are out of the way, to learn who his side will face in the play-off group stages, which start on Wednesday.

    Quote Message: It is so important for us to keep our feet moving and keep this train moving along on Sunday. We’ve got a great run going and we want to keep that." from Tom Watkins Telford Tigers head coach
    Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach
  9. Severn Valley Railway steam gala gets under way

    The Severn Valley Railway has got its three-day Steam Gala under way today, with a number of guest locomotives visiting.

    As well as all the usual activity, there will be goods trains and brake vans running up and down the tracks and up to 10 different locomotives in action.

    Two trains

    There is also be a beer tent at the Bewdley station and two new exhibitions at the Highley Engine House.

  10. BreakingSacked first responder gets her job back

    A community first responder who was sacked by West Midlands Ambulance Service because she shredded patient records has been given her job back.

    Effie Cadwallader had been told she had broken trust procedures and the Data Protection Act.

    Effie Cadwallader

    The ambulance service decided to reverse its decision after a meeting with her earlier today.

  11. Telford lorry driver charged over fatal crash

    A Telford lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, in connection with a fatal crash in Essex a year ago.

    A Nissan Note and an HGV collided on the M25 at Waltham Abbey on 29 March 2016 and a 34-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the car, died in hospital from her injuries a few days later. Another passenger in the car was injured.

    Anthony Cheshire, who is 62 and from Reynards Coppice in Sutton Hill, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    A 32-year-old woman from south east London faces the same charges and is also charged with causing death by careless driving while with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

    Both are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 12 April.

  12. Watch: Prince Andrew opens Shropshire sweet factory

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Prince Andrew has been paying a quick visit to the county today, to officially open a family-owned nougat company in Shrewsbury. His family sampled some of the confectionery at Sandringham, at Christmas. 

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    Video caption: Prince Andrew officially opens a confectionery business in Shropshire
  13. Your photos: Flowers starting to bloom around Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We're really started to notice the photos of flowers flooding in this week - a sign that Spring is finally here perhaps.

    These pictures were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Oakengates and Newport.

    Flowers
  14. Shire horses: What makes a champion?

    John Bray

    BBC Midlands Today

    Chris Malkin, from Market Drayton, is the man to impress this weekend.

    He's a judge at the Shire Horse Society National Show in Stafford.

    About 250 horses from across Europe have entered the event, with the highlight the King George V cup awarded on Saturday.

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    Video caption: More than 250 shire horses head to Staffordshire for national show
  15. Watch: Video game magazine artists revisit some classics

    This'll take you back... Roger Kean and Oliver Frey were the men behind two really influential computer magazines from the days of the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64.

    They've now seen a blue plaque installed on the offices they used to work out of.

    And they still own some of the original artwork from the magazines.

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    Video caption: A blue plaque has been installed in Ludlow to remember an influential computer magazine
  16. On Midlands Today from 13:30: Crowds turn out for Shire horses event

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, I'll be live from what's been called the largest Shire horse competition in the world.

    Shire horse and owner

    Crowds will see 250 horses paraded over the next three days. 

    I'll give you a taste of the event so far  on BBC One from 13:30.

  17. Gust of wind turns bonfire into six-acre blaze

    South Shropshire Journal

    A gust of wind turned a small, controlled bonfire into a six-acre blaze on Shropshire Wildlife Trust land.