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  1. Updates on Tues 11 Nov 2014

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Temperatures still mild

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

Amid a grey and sombre backdrop to this week's weather, there are some bright moments and temperatures are still on the mild side.

Get your local forecast.

Shefali in front of today's weather photo


around 10C (50F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today


join us at 18:30 on BBC One tonight, live from the National Memorial Arboretum with a special programme to mark Armistice Day.

Our health correspondent Michele Paduano will also be reporting on the resignation of the chief executive of a hospital trust after stinging criticism from its regulator.

Problems on the M42

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Two lanes are blocked and there is slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident,

warns BBC Travel.

Children 'must be able to relate'

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

Alison Cope, who has appeared at schools around Birmingham to speak to pupils about

her son's stabbing death, said it was important to give young people something they could relate to.

Alison Cope

"If I go into the schools in an area, I can guarantee the children will walk into that assembly with an attitude but come out crying by the end of it," she said.

Knife bins 'not enough'

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

The mother of a murdered Birmingham rapper has told councillors surrender bins alone are not enough to combat knife crime in the city.

Alison Cope's son Joshua Ribera, also known as Depzman, was stabbed to death outside a Selly Oak nightclub last September.

Digital speed camera progress

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Plans to replace "wet film" speed cameras with digital technology have taken a step forward,

says Birmingham City Council.

The authority, working with Solihull council and West Midlands Police, will be introducing up to seven cameras in Birmingham and three in Solihull, with one average-speed enforcement unit for each area.

Speed camera (generic)

They will replace the fixed

"wet film" sites which the force turned off last April.

Fewer speeding fines

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

In September, I found out that West Midlands Police issued fewer fines in the year after it switched off its speed cameras, despite predictions it would catch more motorists.

The force had said a move from fixed "wet film" sites to mobile digital cameras in March 2013 would increase the number of speeding tickets issued.

Figures released after a request under the Freedom of Information Act show nearly 15,000 fewer fines were issued in the following year.

Resignation letter

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Mark Newbold, Heart of England NHS Trust chief executive who has quit after criticism from regulator Monitor, has

published on his blog the message that went out to the trust's staff today.

It includes the resignation letter he wrote to the chair of the trust's board Les Lawrence.

Rising from the ashes

Express and Star

While the rubble and ashes of the old Carvers warehouse were still smouldering after a devastating fire, the directors of the decades-old company were

determined the company would carry on.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

West Midlands Police says it's treating the stabbing of a chip shop worker in Birmingham as attempted murder.

More on this story and others in our 17:00 bulletin. Listen live


Stabbing victim named

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A woman killed in a stabbing has been named as Staffordshire University crime science student Eni Mevish.

The 20-year-old

died after suffering stab wounds on Sunday in the Shelton area of Stoke, in an incident in which a 22-year-old Wolverhampton man was also injured.

A 68-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been charged with murder and wounding.


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Festive joke supply

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

The figure seen by many as the face and voice of Birmingham's Frankfurt Market, the

Chris Moose, has his own Twitter account for anyone keen to stock up on festive jokes in advance.

I can't vouch for how a-moosing they will be. Ahem.

Lord mayor to open markets

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Shafique Shah will

officially open the city's Christmas markets, it has been announced.

The popular Frankfurt market will be opened in Victoria Square from 17:30 on Thursday.

The craft market, ice rink and big wheel in Centenary Square will open at 12:00 on Saturday. They will then be open from 10:00-21:00 every day until 22 December.

Inspired by nature reserve

Dudley News

A Birmingham musician

who got his inspiration from Wren's Nest nature reserve has won a major music competition.

Louis Clark's composition "Siluria - the Dudley Bug" came out on top of the competition organised by well-known Hagley composer Andrew Downes.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

The chief executive of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has resigned following criticism from its regulator.

We will hear from Midlands Today's health correspondent Michele Paduano in the 16:00 bulletin. Listen live


Chip shop stabbing appeal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Detectives are treating the stabbing of a Birmingham chip shop worker as attempted murder and have released

CCTV footage in their hunt for the attacker.

The man walked into the shop and ordered food from the 51-year-old worker at Simply Fish and Chips, in Hagley Road West, Quinton, on 6 November.

The main suspect
West Midlands Police


shop worker was stabbed several times after asking the man why he had kicked the glass in the door as he left the shop following a dispute about his order.

Posthumous honour for Stephen

Trystan Jones

BBC News

The mother of teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton has

received a posthumous MBE on her son's behalf.

The Queen presents Jane Sutton with Stephen's MBE

Stephen, from Burntwood,

raised more than £5m for the Teenage Cancer Trust, posting on Facebook and Twitter so people could follow his journey.

NatWest Tower sold

Birmingham Post

One of the most long-awaited redevelopments in Birmingham could be set to kick into life after

the NatWest Tower was sold.

Investment firm Rockspring has bought the Colmore Row building - which has been vacant for a decade - and is expected to oversee one of the city's most central office developments.

Once empty homes transformed

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

More than 800 privately-owned homes which were left unoccupied have been brought back into use across Wolverhampton in the past four years.

The city council has revealed the results of its empty property strategy, which launched in 2010, during West Midlands Private Sector Housing Week of Action which continues until Friday.

News on the hour


Ten years after plans were first submitted, the Dudley Central Mosque in Castle Hill is going to be replaced.

The town's Muslim Association says building a bigger mosque will benefit the whole community.

Listen live for more.

Man critical after crash

Birmingham Mail

A man was left critically ill after being

hit by a car in a country lane near Wolverhampton.

He was found at the junction of Burnhill Green Road and Snowdon Road in Burnhill Green, south Staffordshire, at 17:45 yesterday.

Doughnut burger criticised

"Family friendly" pub chain Hungry Horse has been criticised for

creating a burger containing 98% of a woman's recommended daily calorie intake - 1,996 calories, reports BBC Health.

The doughnut burger
Greene King

Mel Wakeman, senior lecturer in applied physiology at Birmingham City University, said: "To me, this is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. I am no killjoy but why is this sort of food available?"

Boys, 16, detained for bus fire

Two 16-year-old boys have been given two-year detention orders for

setting fire to a bus in Birmingham.

The bus fire

The teenagers, who cannot be named because of their ages, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to causing arson with the intent to endanger life.

'Safe haven' shops for children

Jerry Chester

BBC News, West Midlands

A scheme where shops and businesses

become "havens" for young people who feel unsafe on the streets has been launched in Birmingham.

It has been set up by the charity Citizens UK, working with the police, local schools, businesses and community groups.

Hit-and-run driver jailed

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A hit-and-run motorist has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for causing the death by dangerous driving of a 74-year-old cyclist.

George Searle and Kile Straker
West midlands police

George Searle (pictured left) was hit by Kile Straker, 24, from Wolverhampton, who was driving at about 60mph in a 40mph zone on the Stafford Road in the city.

Straker (pictured right), who

did not stop or seek help, had "under-taken" a van which had moved into the outside lane to pass Mr Searle, from Dudley.

Via Twitter

London Midland

#BescotStadium Update:
@arrivamidlandsW buses are also now accepting rail tickets on services between Walsall, Cannock and Rugeley TV.

Coming up on TV

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

I will be reporting on the resignation of Mark Newbold, the Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest in the country.

The organisation includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic.

We will also be reporting on the tributes paid to the men and women who lost their lives in service.

Midlands Today is on BBC One at 13:30.

Via Twitter

London Midland

tweets: Due to a broken down train at Duddeston, services on the Xcity and to Walsall/Rugeley may be delayed or cancelled. More info when known.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

Dudley's Muslim Association says that approved plans to build a bigger mosque in the town will benefit the whole community.

There were 370 letters of support for it, but Dudley Councillor David Caunt voted against the plans at the planning meeting last night. We will hear from him in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Investigation into reported shots

Express and Star

Police have launched an investigation after a man reported a

shot being fired at his car in Great Barr.

Worshipper numbers 'outgrew' mosque

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Kurshid Ahmed, from the Dudley Muslim Association, said the number of worshippers had "outgrown" the current Castle Hill building (pictured).

A larger plan for the Hall Street site was rejected for a second time in 2011.

Dudley Central Mosque

Both Dudley Council and the Dudley Muslim Association have lost decisions in the High Court over the row. Read

the full story.

Albion begin Berahino talks

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion have

begun talks with Saido Berahino in a bid to extend the striker's current deal beyond 2017.

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

The 21-year-old, who has scored eight goals this season, suggested he

might have to move away in order to play in the Champions League and World Cup.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

At 12:00 we hear from Kurshid Ahmed, one of the directors at the Dudley Muslim Association, who says the new mosque plan will lead to an improved site which will have benefits for everyone.

Listen live to

BBC WM for more on this and other stories.

Debate around mosque plans

Trystan Jones

BBC News

The latest plans, approved by councillors last night, include a community and training centre, sports facilities and a two-storey car park, along with a mosque containing three prayer halls.

The proposals attracted 885 objection letters and a small number of protesters gathered outside the council house after the decision.

Some 370 letters supported the project, claiming it would regenerate a derelict site while a 1,718-name petition was also handed in backing the plans.

Dudley mosque plans approved

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Plans to build a new mosque in Dudley were backed by local councillors at a meeting last night, in the latest twist of a saga lasting nearly 10 years.

It means the current Dudley Central Mosque on Castle Hill will be replaced by a new one on land off Hall Street.

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Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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Bus arsonists detained

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Two teenage boys who destroyed a bus in Sparkhill by

setting it alight while people were on board have each been detained for two years.

Bus fire in Sparkbrook

CCTV footage of the moment the blaze took hold has now been released by West Midlands Police, which says it wants to warn other youngsters of the consequences of starting fires.

The boys, who cannot be identified due to their ages, admitted causing arson with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing in Birmingham Crown Court.