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Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

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. Weather: Another freezing night to come

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    We're in for another freezing cold night, but the weather for the weekend could be a bit warmer.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood presents the afternoon weather forecast for the Midlands
  3. Non-league clubs sign armed forces agreement in Telford

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Representatives of all 68 Conference football clubs, including AFC Telford United, have been meeting at Telford's Bucks Head stadium today.

    Armed forces at Bucks Head

    They're signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, which pledges to offer special consideration to the injured or bereaved and to make sure veterans aren't put at any disadvantage in the workplace.

    The clubs have also been holding their National League meeting.

  4. Mum's joy at Cleobury boy's donor news

    Adam and Vicki

    The mother of six-year-old Jack Edwards from Cleobury Mortimer has told us she was "over the moon with relief" after hearing a bone marrow donor has been found for her son.

    He has leukeamia and can now have a transplant at the end of March.

    Chrissie Edwards was told it was the best possible type of match, meaning it has a higher chance of success, but it's been difficult to explain it all to her son.

    Quote Message: He knows he's having a bone marrow transplant, but he's too young to understand. We just explain that his blood is poorly and he's having good blood put in him that someone's given him. from Chrissie Edwards Jack Edwards mother.
    Chrissie EdwardsJack Edwards mother.
  5. Shrewsbury Futsal team reach national finals

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The Shrewsbury Town in the Community Futsal team has reached the national finals after topping their qualifying group this afternoon.

    They won all three of their games today.

    Futsal team

    Futsal is a form of football played with five players per side on a smaller pitch.

  6. World War One book relaunched today

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A book about World War One, written by a Shropshire soldier and published in the 1920s, is being reissued later today, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.

    Was it Yesterday? by Arthur Mervyn Bown tells the story of an officer in an artillery battery and what happened to him in WW1

    Battle of the Somme soldiers

    The story itself is fictional, but it is based on his own experiences and there will be a launch event at St Chad's hall in Shrewsbury at 19:30.

  7. Telford MP explains why she pulled out of BBC interview

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The MP for Telford has been explaining why she pulled out of a BBC Politics Show interview tomorrow.

    Lucy Allan says she wanted to be "sure that malicious false allegations made by 'aliases' were not repeated as if fact on a mainstream serious political programme".

    She also said she was worried that the interview would be repeated on social media, providing ammunition for her critics and she said she didn't want to become embroiled in a row with Telford's Labour councillors.

  8. People react to Cleobury boy's donor news

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The news that a suitable bone marrow donor has been found for six-year-old Jack Edwards from Cleobury Mortimer has been welcomed on social media.

    Here's a selection of the responses on our Facebook page:

    Carol Book wrote: "That is wonderful news. My husband had a bone marrow transplant three years ago, so pleased a suitable donor has been found for little Jack. Big hugs"

    Jennifer Powell wrote: "Brilliant news, good luck, Jack! Let's hope it inspires more donors to come forward. xxx"

    Lee Hassan said: "Amazing news fingers crossed Jack!!!!!!"

    Jack Edwards
  9. Headlines: Bone marrow donor found for Shropshire boy; baby ashes families to meet minister

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    These are our top stories this evening:

    - Bone marrow donor found for Cleobury Mortimer boy with Leukeamia

    - Baby ashes families to meet justice minister again

    - Telford MP pulls out of BBC interview

  10. Football: Mellon not interested in French defender

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    The Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon says he's not interested in signing the French defender Jean Yves M'voto

    He has just left Leyton Orient and there were rumours Shrewsbury could be his next club.

    Jean Yves M'voto
  11. Telford MP pulls out of BBC interview

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The Telford MP Lucy Allan has pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn't allowed to veto the questions she'd be asked.

    The Conservative politician was due to be interviewed for Sunday Politics in the West Midlands tomorrow.

    Lucy Allan MP

    Mrs Allan's currently embroiled in a row with Labour councillors after she claimed some were "henchman and thugs" and last month admitted modifying a message from a constituent.

  12. Your photos: Icy Shifnal rooftops

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a different view of Shifnal - seen here from the rooftops (looks like it might have been taken from the train station).

    Shifnal rooftops

    If you've got some photos you'd like us to share, you can email them or get in touch through Twitter or Facebook.

  13. Ludlow Advertiser front page: New fight for out of hours GP service

    Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser

    Sick and injured people in Ludlow and the surrounding area face a triple whammy and a further erosion of local health services.

    Ludlow Advertiser
  14. MP calls plans for Telford library cuts 'heartless'

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard has told parliament that plans to close libraries in Telford are "heartless".

    Telford and Wrekin council has to save £30m over the next two years and is considering shutting the libraries in Dawley, Donnington, Hadley, Madeley, Newport and Stirchley or find other organisations to run them.

    Newport Library

    Mr Pritchard called for a debate on the "vital role" library services provide.

  15. Good news for Cleobury boy with Leukeamia

    BBC Midlands Today

    We've heard some really good news from the family of six-year-old Jack Edwards from Cleobury Mortimer.

    He was diagnosed with leukeamia when he was three and needs a bone marrow treatment.

    This afternoon, his family have announced they've found a suitable donor.

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  16. Headlines: Baby ashes families to meet minister; 21 high street projects get cash

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our top stories:

    - Baby ashes families to meet Justice Minister again

    - £1m fund to help Telford's high streets to fund 21 projects

    - Two Shropshire schools get 100% students achieving five GCSEs with grades C plus

  17. Money for Telford high streets

    Four pop-up shops are going to be created in Ironbridge, Madeley, Oakengates and Wellington, as part of a local authority scheme to attract shoppers back to local high streets.

    Pride in Your High Streets is distributing £1m of council money to 21 projects, which also include a plan to attract more tourists to Newport, a new village green for St Georges and a week-long music festival in Dawley.

    Madeley High Street
  18. Market Drayton police call-outs down slightly

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Some interesting stats from Market Drayton police this morning.

    They say that over the past 12 months they responded to 2,711 incidents, which works out at around 52 a week.

    That's down by 9% on the previous year, but they say it proves demand for the police is still high.

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  19. GCSE results: Search schools in your area

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The latest figures have come out today for school GCSE results and you can compare schools in your area on the BBC website.   

    Screengrab of search function for GCSE results

    Overall in Shropshire 56.5% of children got five or more GCSEs at A* to C - including English and maths; in Telford and Wrekin the figure is 53.7%.

    Schools in England are being judged on the basis of raw GCSE results for the last time, heralding the end of school league tables in their present form.