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Summary

  1. Government gives green light to supermarket plan
  2. Police warning over flares at Coventry match
  3. Arts group looks to lease former bank
  4. Stained glass panel honours WW2 pilot
  5. Updates from Friday 3 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, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

  2. Beauty spot to re-open after Doris damage

    Haughmond Hill is going to re-open to visitors this weekend.

    It was closed by the Forestry Commission this week, to allow workmen to clear up after Storm Doris and to carry out some scheduled tree-felling.

    Haughmond Hill
  3. Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue for many this evening and for a time overnight, but there will be some drier interludes too

    Rain will clear during the early hours. 

    Cloudy skies will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing an overnight frost.  Lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Cricket: Shropshire youngsters to face three first-class tests

    BBC Sport

    Shropshire's development XI has got matches lined up against academy sides from three first class counties this summer.

    The team, which gives experience to under-21 players, will face Lancashire’s academy team in two Twenty20 matches at Wrekin College on 31 May.

    Karl Krikken

    They are then due to play a 50-over game against Nottinghamshire’s academy side on 9 August and a two-day match with Northamptonshire’s academy, starting on 17 August.

  5. Book borrowing bonanza at Leintwardine library

    A library in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, has bucked the decline of library use in the country. 

    Leintwardine Community Library has seen an increase of 13% in the number of books being borrowed. It is also open for more hours thanks to local volunteers. 

    Books

    A new support group, Friends of Leintwardine Community Library, has set itself targets of "turning round library use, and transforming the way it worked to meet local needs."

    They also held activities such as children’s writing competitions, craft-making sessions for children and a mini-Shakespeare festival. 

  6. Ice hockey: Young players told to 'earn their place'

    BBC Sport

    After wrapping up the league title at the weekend, the Telford Tigers can afford to give their youngsters more playing-time, but head coach Tom Watkins has told them they'll have to earn their place in the side.

    The Tigers are looking to continue their 11-game winning streak and Watkins says he wants to be hitting the end-of-season playoffs in good form.

    Danny Rose

    The Tigers have also been told they will be presented with the EPL trophy after their match against the Guildford Flames on 12 March.

    Quote Message: There is a lot of planning for the play-offs. With the title in the bag, we want to keep this streak going until the end of the year. The guys are on a good roll, they’re playing good hockey and even when they’re not, they’re doing enough to win." from Tom Watkins Telford Tigers head coach
    Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach
  7. Metalwork from scrapyard recycled for new nature reserve

    Earlier this week, the Shropshire Wildlife Trust officially opened their new nature reserve at Smalley Hill, near the Horsehay Golf Club.

    It features a recycled tipping-skip, from brought over from the former Furbers scrapyard in north Shropshire.

    tipping skip

    But you wouldn't recognise it, because with a bit of work, it was turned into this information board.

    Information board
  8. Flood alerts remain in force

    A number of flood alerts are still in place in Shropshire this afternoon.

    They affect the rivers Severn, Tern and Perry and the River Dee near Whitchurch.

    The Severn is expected to reach a peak overnight.

  9. Football: TNS on the brink of league title

    BBC Sport

    After their record-breaking winning run, The New Saints have been pretty much guaranteed the league title, but it could be confirmed this weekend.

    TNS lifting WPL trophy in 2016

    If Bala Town fail to win tonight and TNS win tomorrow, then Craig Harrison's men will lift the trophy with seven games to spare.  

    A draw would be enough for TNS if Bala lose.

  10. Ludlow traders consider action on business rates rise

    South Shropshire Journal

    Ludlow traders are considering a legal challenge over hikes in business rates that they say could put high street shops out of business.

    Ludlow
  11. Police warn Coventry fans over flares at Shrewsbury Town game

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Online

    The police have warned Coventry fans there will be a "robust searching operation" when they arrive at Shrewsbury Town's stadium tomorrow and they will not be allowed to bring flares into the ground.

    It follows protests by Coventry fans at previous games , which have involved flares and other objects being thrown onto the pitch.

    Flares

    Sky Blues fans are  unhappy at the way their club is run by owners Sisu .  

  12. Shropshire singer wants public support on ITV show

    Kate Tebby

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    A 21-year-old from Bishop's Castle will be performing live on ITV's The Voice this weekend and needs people's votes to keep her in the competition. 

    Zoe Hedge (picture, left) is one half of the duo Capital B and has Sir Tom Jones as her mentor.

    Zoe Hedge
  13. Magic moments from FA People's Cup

    #PeoplesCup

    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

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    Video caption: More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  14. Football: Hurst sees an advantage in the battle against relegation

    Shrewsbury Town remain in a battle to avoid relegation from League One, but the manager, Paul Hurst, thinks they have a psychological advantage over some of the sides being drawn into it.

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    Video caption: Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst thinks his side have an advantage in the relegation battle
  15. Power back on in Shrewsbury

    Western Power Distribution says power has been restored to thousands of homes in Shrewsbury.

  16. Your photos: Rain soaked fields in south Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've seen plenty of photos of rain-soaked fields from the BBC Weather Watchers today.

    These ones were taken near Rushbury (top) and Church Stretton (below).

    Fields near Rushbury
    Muddy field near Church Stretton
  17. Ice hockey: Tigers to wear charity jerseys

    BBC Sport

    The Telford Tigers will wear charity jerseys for their home game against Hull Pirates on Sunday, to promote HIV awareness.

    The newly-crowned English Premier League champions will also be holding a charity auction after the match, organised by one of the fans.

    Tigers Jersey

    Face off at the Telford Ice Rink is at 18:00.

  18. Cinema group look to buy former bank

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    Campaigners trying to create an arts-centre in Wellington have started negotiations to lease the town's former HSBC Bank.

    HSBC

    The Clifton Project was set up to transform Wellington's derelict cinema, but hasn't managed to persuade the owners to sell it. 

    In the meantime, fund-raisers are pressing ahead with alternative plans.

  19. Football: Shrewsbury midfielder isn't relaxing yet

    BBC Sport

    It would be easy for Shrewsbury Town to take their foot off the gas this weekend, at home to a Coventry City side which has won just once in 2017.

    And after scoring four against Charlton in the week, they will be looking for more goals.

    But despite all that, midfielder Shaun Whalley says the players aren't relaxing yet.

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    Video caption: Despite their improving form, midfielder Shaun Whalley says Shrewsbury can't relax yet