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Summary

  1. Armed robbery at Shifnal bank
  2. Plans for 170 Newport homes rejected by planning inspector
  3. Tributes paid to hedgehog charity founder
  4. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. On Midlands Today from 13:30: Spanish cat turns up in Midlands

    Joanne Malin

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll have the unusual story of how a cat which turned up in our region has apparently made the journey from Spain. 

    Slinky

    Vets found the animal, nicknamed Slinky, had been reported missing a month ago in mainland Europe.

    We'll find out how it's though it happened and what the next step is, on BBC One from 13:30.

  2. BreakingWoman arrested after man stabbed in Dawley

    A 48-year-old man from Telford is in hospital with serious stab wounds and a 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident at a flat in Dawley this morning.

    Police were called to Terrace Lodge on King Street at 01:30 and are searching the property for forensic evidence.

    They say they believe the victim and the suspect were known to each other.

  3. Castle steps in to help with parking problems

    Whittington Castle has offered parents free parking, to ease congestion around Whittington School.

    The police say people living nearby have been finding drives and footpaths blocked by vehicles at drop-off and pick-up times.

    Whittington Castle
  4. Two men killed in A525 crash named

    Police have released the names of two men killed on the A525 in north Shropshire last Tuesday.

    They were 67-year-old Walter Dobrowolski from Ellerdine, who had been riding a motorcycle and 79-year-old Roy Bundy from Chester, who had been on foot.

    An inquest into their deaths will open tomorrow.

  5. Football: Big week for Telford's survival chances

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United's fourth league defeat in succession has left them in relegation trouble, with just three points separating them from the National North drop zone.

    But their next two games are against teams below them in the table, Stalybridge Celtic and Worcester City, and Telford manager Rob Smith said this was their "biggest week for many a year".

    Rob Smith

    Two victories could just about guarantee their survival and Smith said he wanted to "get us safe and start again".

    Quote Message: We've just got a mini-little season now and we've probably got the biggest week we've had for many a year ahead of us." from Rob Smith AFC Telford United manager
    Rob SmithAFC Telford United manager
  6. Severn Hospice looks for gardening volunteers

    Severn Hospice is looking for volunteers to help look after its gardens this summer. 

    Both the Shrewsbury and Telford sites have won Royal Horticultural Society awards for their greenery.

    Severn Hospice

    The hospice says the volunteers don't need a high level of expertise, just the willingness to give up their time and be happy to brave the British weather throughout the year.

  7. Lordan nominated for blue plaque for Apache

    Richard Tisdale

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The singer, musician and writer Jerry Lordan has been nominated to receive a blue plaque on a building in Bishop's Castle as part of a BBC Music Day project. 

    Lordan wrote The Shadows' hit Apache among others.  

    The Shadows

    The latest set of plaques will mark places or people who have made a significant contribution to music.  

    The shortlist also includes Terry Heath's Town House in Wellington and has been submitted to a national panel, chaired by Mike Read who will issue new plaques in June.

  8. Tigers keep play-off hopes alive

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Telford Tigers beat Sheffield Steeldogs 8-3 in the EPL play-offs last night. 

    The impressive victory in Sheffield means the Tigers remain in contention for a place at the league's finals tournament next month. 

    Five goals in the opening 20 minutes took the game away from Sheffield a day after Tigers' 7-0 thrashing of Peterborough. 

    The EPL champions now play Guildford Flames in Surrey on Wednesday.

    Telford Tigers
  9. Supersonic car studied in Telford

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Bloodhound SSC

    A supersonic car is in Shropshire this week hoping to inspire the designers and engineers of the future. 

    The Bloodhound is hoping to smash through the 1,000mph barrier later this year and it's spending this week at Telford College of Arts and Technology. 

    There will be workshops and engineering challenges for students from the college and nearby schools as well as a visit from the project director on Tuesday. 

  10. Campaign to improve breast feeding rates launched

    Nigel Dolman

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Three fifths of women who breastfeed their babies in Telford and Wrekin have given up after two months. 

    Figures from Public Health England say the same is true for more than half of women in Shropshire. Two months is just a third of the time recommended by experts. 

    The organisation's Start 4 Life campaign says breastfeeding helps children fight infections early in life. Part of it is an interactive website designed to help new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding
  11. Video: Are the blue skies going to continue?

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A lovely day in store, with plenty of blue sky and sunshine around with highs of 14C (57F).

    You can find a detailed forecast for your area here.

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A458 and A483.

    A5 Shropshire - A5 closed and slow traffic in both directions between Welshpool Roundabout in Shrewsbury and Mile End Roundabout in Middleton, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Video content

    Video caption: Footage of Severn Valley Railway locomotive on 50th anniversary

    Volunteers at a heritage railway are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first locomotive to travel on the restored line.

  14. 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, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening. 

  15. Shropshire Muslim group speaks out against terrorism

    The Shropshire Islamic Foundation has spoken out against the terrorist attack in London earlier this week, calling it "appalling and senseless".

    It says it is also sent its "deepest condolences to [the murdered policeman's] family and the families of all those who lost their lives".

    terrorist incident

    The group added that "at times such as these that the community needs to come together to condemn violence and hatred".  

  16. Over 500 sign up for first Whitchurch 10k

    Over 500 people have signed up to take part in the Whitchurch 10k run next month.

    It's the first time the event has been held in the town and registration closes tomorrow.

    Whitchurch 10k run

    The event takes place on 9 April is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which will get at least half the race profits.