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By Andy Giddings

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  1. Archaeologists finish Oswestry castle excavation

    Archaeologists have finished their excavations at Oswestry castle and have returned it to its original state.

    The project co-ordinator Roger Cooper said the castle now appears much bigger than first thought and they discovered another building next to it.

    Oswestry Castle excavation

    Work will start again in May next year and a final report on the site will be published in 2020.

  2. School pays tribute to dead pupil

    The headteacher of Rushbury Primary School says he is "deeply saddened" to learn of the death of one of her pupils, seven-year-old Archie Spriggs.

    A police investigation was lanched after body was found at a house in Wall-under-Heywood yesterday and a 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Child murder scene

    Diane Pye said he was a "wonderful, bubbly boy and a much loved member of our school" and that "he will be much missed by everyone who knew him".

  3. Former Labour candidate unhappy with all-female candidate shortlist

    The man who stood for Labour in Telford at the last election says he's disappointed he won't be able to stand in the town in the next general election.

    Former council leader Kuldip Sahota said he would have liked to stand again, but the National Executive has decided there will be an all-female shortlist for the constituency next time.

    Kuldip Sahota

    Mr Sahota polled 21,057 votes at the last election, just 720 short of the winner - the Conservatives' Lucy Allan.

    The subject seems to be a contentious one, judging by the comments on the BBC Shropshire Facebook page.

  4. Raiders flee after alarm goes off

    Police say thieves who tried to break into a cash machine in Market Drayton gave up after a security alarm went off.

    They believe four people forced their way into the Morrisons supermarket on Maer Lane between 05:15 and 05:30 and broke into a room containing the machine.

    They left empty-handed, but not before damaging the machine as they tried to get inside it.

    Police car
  5. 10,000 crocuses to be planted in hospital grounds

    Ten thousand purple crocuses are going to be planted in the grounds of Telford's Princess Royal Hospital next month.

    They're being supplied by the Rotary Club of Telford Centre and its volunteers will be doing the work, with the help of children from the Hadley Learning Community.


    The flowers form part of Rotary International's Purple4Polio campaign, which looks to raise awareness of the fight to eradicate polio around the world.

  6. Football: Murphy encouraged by improving Bucks home form

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United's in-form Jordan Murphy believes the side is finally getting its stride and could make a promotion push.

    The Bucks' away record is second to none and with their home form finally improving and with the middle of the table looking tight, Murphy believes a couple of wins could make a big difference to their chances.

    Bucks Head

    Telford are away to Chorley tomorrow and Murphy said it was important for the team to put in the performances they are capable of.

    Quote Message: At this moment in time now when it's all quite close together, it's important to get your wins against the teams around you, the teams above you." from Jordan Murphy AFC Telford United striker
    Jordan MurphyAFC Telford United striker
  7. Attempt to break into Market Drayton cash machine

    Police are investigating an attempt to break in to a cash machine at Morrisons Supermarket on Maer Lane in Market Drayton this morning.

    Officers say silver Audi was spotted leaving at speed.


    The fire service was called to an incident on the same road at the same time which involved smoke in a control room, which they say had been caused by tools.

  8. Tonnes of silage and straw burn in fire near Wem

    Firefighters have been dealing with a barn fire affecting 1,700 tonnes of silage and straw in Lee Brockhurst, near Wem.

    Four fire engines were called to the blaze at 03:14 and left at 05:51.

    Fire engine
  9. BreakingWoman arrested over seven-year-old's death

    A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, in connection with the death of a seven-year-old boy at a house in Wall-under-Heywood.

    She is still in hospital with arm and neck injuries, which aren't believed to be life-threatening.

    Officers were called to the property on Rushbury Road at 18:15 yesterday and Supt Tom Harding said there had been "significant police activity" there, which would continue today, as they try to work out what happened.

    The house remains cordoned off this morning.

  10. Shrewsbury to get Parkour facility

    Shrewsbury is going to get its first free running facility, with Sport England agreeing to contribute £10,000.

    A bid was put in by Elite Dance Studios, which hopes to have it open in January 2018, although a venue still needs to be found.

    Free running

    The sport, also known as Parkour, was recognised as an official sport in the UK earlier this year.

  11. Ice hockey: Tigers to host Sharks and Wildcats

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Telford Tigers face the early leaders of their division tomorrow - the Solway Sharks.

    The Dumfries side sit just one place above Telford in the NIHL North 1 table after three games.

    Tigers players celebrate

    On Sunday they will face a more familiar opponent - the Swindon Wildcats.

    Both teams played against each other in the old English Premier League, until its collapse at the end of last season.

  12. Trade Unions to lobby Telford MP

    Trade unionists are meeting the Telford MP Lucy Allan to ask if she will support a pay rise for all public sector workers.

    It's part of their Britain Still Needs a Pay Rise campaign and they plan to introduce her to some local workers who could be affected.

    Lucy Allan

    The government recently announced pay rises for some police officers and prison staff, but unions want to see pay rises for all public sector workers included in the chancellor's autumn Budget.

  13. Property under guard after boy's death

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

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    Video caption: Officers examine the scene in Wall-under-Heywood where a seven-year-old was found dead.

    The property remains under police guard this morning.

    Wall-under-Heywood is a quiet village just a few miles from Church Stretton and surrounded by countryside.

    Details are scant at the moment. What we do know is that officers found the boy dead at the property, along with the woman, who had suffered serious injuries.

    This is a small, quiet community and news of what happened will shock many in the area.

  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a foggy start for some, there'll be some decent sunshine around this morning, but cloud will increase later bringing some rain with highs of 17C (63F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. Police continuing to investigate boy's death

    Police are continuing to investigate after a seven-year-old boy was found dead at a house near Church Stretton last night.

    Police were called to the property in on Rushbury Road, in Wall-under-Heywood, at 18:15.

    Police scene

    A woman was also found with "significant injuries" and taken to hospital.

    Officers say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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    Welcome to live updates from BBC Shropshire on Friday morning.

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  17. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.