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Summary

  1. Voting underway in local authority elections
  2. Scientists developing drone-tractors
  3. New TCAT principal says merger will make 'tremendous difference'
  4. Updates from Wednesday 3 May 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 tomorrow.

  2. Football: The New Saints say goodbye to coach

    The New Saints are losing the service of coach Carl Darlington, who says he is leaving to "seek a new challenge".

    He came to the club four seasons ago, to train both the players and the coaches and during that time the club has won 10 trophies and set a record this season for consecutive victories.

    Carl Darlington

    Chairman Mike Harris and Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams both wished him well for the future, with Harris saying he was "always welcome back at Park Hall".

    Quote Message: This decision was extremely hard as everyone wants to be successful and consecutively win honours. This is exactly what I had at TNS that has been designed over many years. I know that leaving the club, I will always be part of this history and I’m very proud of my personal achievements at the club." from Carl Darlington TNS coach
    Carl DarlingtonTNS coach
  3. Weather: A cloudy night and more sunshine tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be overcast again tonight, but we should see some sunshine across the region tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza has your forecast
  4. Woman admits Northern Ireland charges

    A woman has admitted attempting to murder a policeman in Northern Ireland, a year after her co-defendant from Shrewsbury killed himself. 

    Christine Connor also pleaded guilty to explosives offences, relating to a pipe bomb attack in Belfast four years ago and will be sentenced at Belfast Crown Court in June.

    Bomb scene

    Stuart Downes from Ryton Close in Shrewsbury was originally charged with helping her and the 31-year-old was found in thick woodland near the A5, four days after being reported missing.

  5. Biker's death leaves 'a big void that will never be filled'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The family of a motorbiker who died in a crash with a car says his death has left a "big void, that will never be filled". 

    Conna Stewart, 24, from Norton Canes, was riding on the A5 at Watling Street, Weston-under-Lizard, when the collision happened, police said.

    Conna Stewart

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    In a statement, his family says their "world fell apart" at the news, adding that Mr Stewart had "lived life to the maximum".

  6. Conservatives look to maintain hold of Shropshire Council

    Polls open for Shropshire Council elections at 07:00 tomorrow. 

    A reminder that a full list of candidates in each ward is available on the Shropshire Council website.

    On Friday we'll report all the results as they come in.

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    Video caption: The Conservatives were the largest party on Shropshire Council before the election
  7. Your photos: More sunny scenes from around Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We're seeing some great photos of sunny Shropshire today.

    These ones were taken by BBC Weather Watchers near Badger (top) and in Shrewsbury (bottom).

    Field near Badger
    Shrewsbury river
  8. Woman charged with attempted murder of baby

    A woman from Oswestry has been charged with the attempted murder of a newborn baby girl. 

    The 31-year-old will appear at Telford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

    The baby was discovered with serious injuries in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury, on 22 April last year. 

    The child remains in the care of the local authority.

  9. Watch: First bricks laid on Bridgnorth railway station expansion

    Kevin Reide

    Midlands Today

    The first bricks have been laid this lunchtime for the new cafe at the Severn Valley Railway's Bridgnorth station.

    It's part of a major revamp of the station, which will also involve improvements to the ticket booth, waiting room, pub and toilets.

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    Video caption: Former railway workers have laid the first bricks for Bridgnorth's station expansion
  10. Your Questions: Which is the oldest pub in Shropshire?

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    A reader got in touch with the Your Questions section of the BBC website to ask "what is the oldest public house in Shropshire?" 

    We asked Norrie Porter from the Campaign for Real Ale in Shropshire, and he says they believe the oldest pub in the county is The Royal Oak in Cardington (pictured below), which can trace its history back to the 15th Century.

    The Royal Oak

    Mr Porter said there are two pubs which dispute that claim, but The Three Horseshoes in Alveley has closed and while The Swan Inn in Aston Munslow claims to have opened in the 14th Century, English Heritage believes the building is 16th Century. 

    He said the pub in the oldest building is probably The Old Eagles in Whitchurch, which was built in the 14th Century, but it has only been a pub since 1868. 

    And he explained this is further confused because pubs were only really licensed after the 1751 Gin Act and before then any house could claim to be a beer house.

  11. Cat trapped inside narrow wall cavity is rescued

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Firemen have used drills, hammers and chisels to break through a wall in Shrewsbury and rescue a trapped cat.

    They think it slipped down into the three inch gap, between two houses on Longville Road, and it was stuck with its legs in the air.

    It took over an hour to carefully cut it free and coax it out and it was taken to a vet for a check-up.

  12. Football: Shrewsbury Town offers new deals to four players

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Shrewsbury Town has offered new deals to four players, but released four others.  

    As we revealed last week, Paul Hurst wants to keep the club's player of the year Mat Sadler and winger Shaun Whalley (pictured below).

    Shaun Whalley

    He's also offered new contracts to goalkeeper Shaun Rowley and Bryn Morris, who joined from Middlesbrough mid-season.  

    Hurst has released long-serving number two keeper Mark Halstead, and three younger players Kaiman Anderson, Callum Grogan, and Ethan Jones.

  13. Council plans major revamp of offices

    Shropshire Council is considering a £7.5m revamp of its Shirehall offices in Shrewsbury.

    The authority has published tender documents for work on its 50-year-old headquarters, which it says should extend its lifespan by the same period again.

    Shirehall

    The documents say the work is needed after years without investment in the building, but it comes at a time when the authority is trying to cut its budget by £77m by 2020/21.

    Plans to sell off the site were dropped last year, after a change in the council's leadership.

  14. Shropshire couple die in Mauritus taxi crash

    A Shropshire couple have been killed in a crash while travelling in a taxi in Mauritus.

    Hugh Vaughan (pictured below) and his wife Liz lived in Prees Heath, near Whitchurch and had been on holiday on the island.

    Hugh Vaughan

    The foreign office says it is supporting their family and remains in contact with the Mauritian police.  

  15. Football: No summer holidays for Shrewsbury Town defender

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    While the rest of the Shrewsbury Town squad prepare to head off on their summer holidays, defender Joe Riley will have to stay at home to recover from his broken ankle.

    He suffered the injury in the final home game of the season and will be having an operation on it tomorrow.

    Joe Riley

    Shrewsbury's physio Chris Skitt says it isn't a simple break, so Riley faces a long period of rehab.

    Quote Message: I've made him come in, he's going to have to cancel a few holidays that he's got planned. Unfortunately that's the life of a footballer, he's going to have to cope with that and I'm sure he'll be able to get some time off during his rehabilitation, but for the short term, he'll need to be in getting treatment." from Chris Skitt Shrewsbury Town's Physio
    Chris SkittShrewsbury Town's Physio
  16. BBC Midlands Today

    Nicola Beckford

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Former railway workers have been the guests of honour at the Severn Valley Railway today.

    Bricks

    They were there to lay the first bricks of a major new development project in Bridgnorth. 

    You can find out more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One. 

  17. Your photos: Clear blue skies around Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It looks beautiful out today.

    These photos were taken by BBC Weather Watchers near Norton (top) and Church Stretton (bottom).

    Fields near Norton
    Hills near Church Stretton
  18. First bricks laid at new railway building

    A number of former railway staff have been invited to lay the first bricks at the extension to the Severn Valley Railway's Bridgnorth station.

    They include a number of people who used to work on the line when it was operated by British Rail.

    Bridgnorth station

    The steam railway is building a new refreshment room at the station and refurbishing the pub, waiting room and booking hall.

    It has launched an appeal to raise £2.5m through the sale of shares.

  19. General Election 2017: Kuldip Sahota to stand for Labour in Telford

    Newport Advertiser

    Former Telford & Wrekin Council leader Kuldip Sahota is to stand for Labour in Telford at the general election.

    Kuldhip Sahota