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Summary

  1. Conservatives increase majority on Shropshire Council
  2. Labour group leader "concerned" by national picture
  3. Man jailed after admitting for two armed raids
  4. Further closures at Ludlow maternity unit
  5. Updates on Friday 5 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Maternity unit faces another closure

    Ludlow's maternity unit is closed from tonight until Monday morning. 

    Officials are blaming unexpected staff shortages and increased activity. Mums who go into labour will be offered a birth at another maternity-led unit.

    Ludlow maternity

    The Ludlow unit is still open for antenatal and postnatal appointments.

  3. Watch: Art trail in Ironbridge Gorge this weekend

    Genevieve Tudor

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Ironbridge artists are displaying their work in a number of venues along the Gorge this weekend. 

    The Secret Severn Art Trail is a collaborative event and gives local painters, makers and craftspeople a shop front to show off their work.

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    Video caption: Artists in Ironbridge arrange an art trail
  4. Local Elections: Defeated Broseley candidate praises winner

    Labour have one fewer seat on Shropshire Council after losing Broseley to the Conservatives.

    The party had put forward Gavin Goodall as their candidate after the previous councillor, Jean Jones, decided not to stand again.

    And he had praise for the winner, Simon Harris.

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    Video caption: Labour's defeated candidate in Broseley praised his Conservative opponent
  5. Bank robber had 21 previous convictions

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    The man who held up the Barclays bank in Shifnal with an imitation handgun and then robbed a shop in Market Drayton hours later has 21 previous convictions - including ones for robbery and theft.

    Shrewsbury Crown Court heard 33-year-old Mark Gillan had been a law-abiding citizen for over four years and Judge James Tindal called the raids "24 hours of madness".

    Shrewsbury Crown Court

    Gillan has been jailed for seven years for carrying out the raids, for possessing imitation firearms and for stealing a car and number plates.

    Quote Message: In 24 hours of madness, you undid all the good work you'd done by staying out of trouble... and left a wake of anxiety, stress and psychological trauma in your victims." from Judge James Tindal
    Judge James Tindal
  6. Work on Shawbury church is complete

    Repairs to the roof and tower on St Mary's church in Shawbury are complete and workmen will be packing up their bags on Monday.

    The work started last autumn and it ended up costing a lot more than expected, because of damage done in high winds last November.

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    Video caption: Repairs to St Mary's church have cost £80,000 more than expected
  7. Local Elections: Conservative Dunne insists credible opposition still exists on council

    Only three of the 74 seats on Shropshire Council changed hands in the local authority elections, meaning the Conservatives have more than 30 extra councillors than their nearest rivals - the Lib Dems.

    Owen Paterson, the man who will fight to retain the North Shropshire seat for the Conservatives at the general election, tweeted to say it was a clear mandate for the party.

    But Philip Dunne, their candidate for the Ludlow seat, said there was still a credible opposition on Shropshire Council.

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    Video caption: Conservative Philip Dunne says opposition parties still have a role on Shropshire Council
  8. Local Elections: Green Party to 'continue to challenge'

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The main story of the Shropshire Council elections was the Conservatives further strengthening their grip on power, but the results of the Green Party was an interesting sub-plot.

    They gained one seat in Shrewsbury and lost one in Oswestry and came within 11 votes of taking another.

    Their outgoing councillor, Duncan Kerr, believes the party still has a big role to play.

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    Video caption: The Green Party won one seat and lost one on Shropshire Council
  9. Local Elections: Lib Dems pleased with vote in south Shropshire

    The Lib Dems ended up losing one seat on Shropshire Council, with the Green Party taking the Porthill ward from them.

    But, Councillor Heather Kidd said she was relatively pleased with the way their vote held up, especially in the south of the county.

    Results on wall

    The party maintains its grip on all three Ludlow wards.

    Quote Message: Ludlow town stays yellow, that's very good. Clee Hill yellow." from Heather Kidd Lib Dem councillor
    Heather KiddLib Dem councillor
  10. Local Elections: Labour leader admits to concerns

    The leader of the Labour group on Shropshire Council, Alan Mosley, admitted to having "concerns" after failing to gain any seats in the local authority elections.

    His party ended up losing one to the Conservatives and Mr Moseley said "in normal circumstances we'd be gaining lots of council seats".

    Alan Mosely

    But the councillor refused to answer questions about the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn

    Quote Message: Of course we've got concerns. We should be polling a lot better than we are." from Councillor Alan Mosley Labour leader on Shropshire Council
    Councillor Alan MosleyLabour leader on Shropshire Council
  11. Rooting out the next generation

    #GetInspired

    Kids playing All Stars Cricket

    Know any young children who might be interested in having a go at cricket?

    Now's the time to get them involved with the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds called All Stars Cricket.

    All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that is being introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport.  

    Sign up here and children will receive a backpack of cricket gear. 

  12. In Pictures: Sun shines across Shropshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sun is out across Shropshire this morning. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Bingoswestry for this picture of blue skies across Ludlow. 

    If you have a picture that you'd like to share do get in touch. As well as becoming a BBC Weather Watcher, you can email, tweet or get in touch via our Facebook page.  

    Oswestry
  13. Local Election: Malcolm Pate wants to remain as council leader

    Councillor Malcolm Pate wants to remain as the leader of the council after seeing the Conservatives increase their majority by three seats.

    He said there will be a meeting on 15 May when the party will select its leader and that he wanted to "finish the job he started".

    Malcolm Pate
  14. Shropshire Council in numbers

    Here's how Shropshire Council is shaping up and how it compares with the pre-election numbers.

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    Graphic
  15. Local Elections: Little change in Shropshire

    The counting has finished in the Shropshire Council elections and very little has changed as a result of it.

    The Conservatives keep their comfortable majority and gained three extra councillors.

    Empty tables

    Labour and the Lib Dems both lost a councillor and there is one fewer independent.

    The Greens came within a whisker of gaining Oswestry West, but end up with just the one councillor.

  16. Local Elections: Conservatives relieved to hold on to Oswestry West

    Joanne Gallacher

    Political reporter, BBC Shropshire

    The Green Party almost pulled off another surprise - coming within 11 votes of taking the Oswestry West ward from the Conservatives.

    Vince Hunt has held on to the seat, but said he was disappointed it ended up so close.

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  17. Local Elections: Green Party hail 'real enthusiasm' in Porthill

    It's been a mixed morning for the Green Party in the county, gaining one seat on Shropshire Council, but losing another.

    Elsewhere, most of the wards are being retained by the councillors who held them before the election - meaning very little change to the overall make up of the authority.

    Julian Dean, the man who took the Porthill ward for the Greens pointed to an increase in the turnout as evidence of "real enthusiasm" for their message.

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