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A Shropshire victim of a conman who tricked hundreds of people out of £34,000 by promising money back on their gas and electricity bills says she is disappointed he avoided jail.

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The number of homes being built in Shropshire has still not fully recovered from the collapse of the housing market, new figures have revealed.

What's causing this? Do feel optimistic about the economy, or are you still cautious?

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Only a few days remain for companies to submit their entries for this year’s Shropshire Star Excellence in Business Awards.

There are eight titles up for grabs!

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Many more pubs may be closing than opening across Shropshire - but one has been reopened after a £750,000 investment not only to serve customers but also to form the cornerstone of a new community hub.

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A man has been arrested arrest after a homophobic tweet was sent to organisers of a film festival.

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150 people have signed a petition in the space of 24 hours calling for Powys' biggest town to have access to a 24-hour minor injuries unit.

Does the town need one to be open for 24-hours?

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Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard has written to the chief executive of supermarket giant Morrisons asking for jobs to be safeguarded at an under-threat Telford store.

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"I condemn what appears to be the despicable and appalling murder of Kenji Goto. It is a reminder that ISIL is the embodiment of evil."

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All rank-and-file police officers should be armed with a Taser because of the heightened security threat, the head of the Police Federation has said. What do you think?

Vote now in our poll and have your say. Poll: Should all police officers carry Tasers?

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Letter: Who knows what about any merger with the city council?

Telford & Wrekin Council

It seems that the pre-election pantomime season has just begun with an “Oh yes you are! Oh no we’re not! exchange between Telford & Wrekin Council, Wolverhampton City Council and Mark Pritchard on the subject of a merger between the two authorities.

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Star comment: Progress in mobile campaign

Get us connected

Thank you for listening, Sajid Javid. A few weeks ago, when Shropshire tried to give him a petition signed by over 2,000 people calling for better mobile phone coverage in this county, he was too busy to receive it.

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'Lost generation' lack work skills

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins has warned of a 'lost generation' with no basic people skills

A "lost generation" of young people are turning up for interviews lacking basic people skills such as maintaining eye contact, according to a senior business leader.