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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Matt Hewitt

All times stated are UK

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Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday.

Lingering showers

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

There are likely to be a few lingering showers this evening, but these should clear during the first part of the night.

It will then be dry and mild with some clear spells. Lows of 9C (48F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Global terrorism is a significant threat to this region. The Head of Counter Terrorism in the West Midlands is warning that Islamic State propaganda is being directed to vulnerable youngsters here.

Midlands Muslim groups also say their sense of safety is being undermined by the online terrorists, who they say do not represent Islam. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson will have more on this.

Tune in to

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Historic motorway moment

Al Murray

tweets: Well, yes
a probe has landed on a comet and that, the true miracle will be getting through this bit of the M5 onto the M6.

First impressions of Birmingham

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

At Birmingham's Christmas Market I spoke to stallholder Cristian Lus, who's travelled from Frankfurt to work on a sweet stall.

He originally hails from Romania and has come to the UK with his wife. He told me it's his first time working on a market in Britain.

Cristian Lus
BBC

He says his first impressions of Birmingham are good and he's looking forward to opening for business tomorrow.

Old mine-workings under tram track

Work to replace worn-out tram track in Wolverhampton has suffered a setback after old mine-workings were discovered near The Royal tram stop.

Mine workings
Centro

Public transport body Centro say

The St George's terminus in the city centre can't reopen until the ground has been fully examined.

Delays on the M42 northbound

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

There is very slow traffic on the M42 northbound between J5, for the A41 (Solihull) and J6, at the A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident involving a tanker.

All lanes have been reopened, but travel time is 60 minutes and congestion is back to J3, at the A435 (Portway),

warns BBC Travel.

Head teacher suspension

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Earlier we mentioned

the Stourbridge News report of the suspension of Oldswinford Primary School's head teacher after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images. He's on conditional bail.

West Midlands Police tells us that at this stage, there is no evidence of any inappropriate contact between the teacher and pupils at the school.

Final preparations

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

I popped down to Victoria Square earlier, where the final preparations are getting under way for the opening of the Frankfurt Christmas market tomorrow.

Various stallholders were working hard to make sure they were fully stocked for tomorrow, while crews of workmen were adding the last bits of decoration and final adornments.

The Chris Moose at the Frankfurt market
BBC

There was already a bit of a buzz in the city centre, with passers-by asking when the shops were going to open. There isn't yet a smell of glühwein in the air, but it won't be long now.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

BBC WM's Steve Hermon will have more on the suspension of the head teacher of Oldswinford CE Primary School.

Listen live to

our 17:00 bulletin.

Donut burger plea by health boss

Birmingham Mail

A health official has called for a pub chain

to scrap a 2,000-calorie double donut burger from its menu.

Double Donut burger
Greene King

Birmingham Public Health childhood obesity co-ordinator Charlene Mulhern has added her criticism to the backlash against the £8.99 dish available in Hungry Horse pubs.

Carney in line for 100th cap

Richard Winton

BBC Sport

Birmingham City Ladies forward

Karen Carney is in line to earn her 100th England cap against Germany next week after being named in Mark Sampson's squad.

Karen Carney
Getty Images

Pest control fees under review

Birmingham city councillors have discussed raising pest control charges, to partially fill a £300,000 funding gap.

Jacqui Kennedy
Birmingham City Council

Bed bug treatment, currently free, could cost £85.

Jacqui Kennedy, Birmingham's director of regulation and enforcement, says there's no duty on the council to treat bed bugs for free, but admits they're a growing problem.

Have your say

Matt Hewitt

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about our news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Jobless totals down

BBC News

UK

Unemployment in the West Midlands has gone down by 15,000, according to the latest figures.

Between July and September there were 200,000 people unemployed, equating to 7.2% of the population.

Nationally, unemployment fell by 115,00 to 1.96 million.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

The head teacher of a school in Dudley has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of having indecent images of children.

More on this in

our 16:00 bulletin.

Actor's curmudgeonly role

Margaret Ryan

BBC News

British actor Warren Clarke, best known for his role in Birmingham-produced Dalziel And Pascoe, has died aged 67 after a short illness.

Warren Clarke played Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel for 11 years
BBC

Clarke, with his heavy set build and hangdog features, was a perfect fit for grumpy police detective Dalziel, who was translated to the screen from the books by Reginald Hill.

Speaking of his curmudgeonly character in 1997, Clarke said: "I loved the fact that he doesn't bow to liberal views. He's this bloke from the North who's farting, scratching and behaving badly with women."

Bereaved man's drink-drive message

A Wythall man whose mother was killed by a drink-driver in 1980 has distributed more than 100 anti-drink drive posters around the region.

Bars in Solihull are among the venues displaying Mike O'Brien's posters, but he's had poor take-up in Birmingham itself.

Drink? Then Don't Drive poster
Mike O'Brien

"Nobody's safe,"

Mr O'Brien told BBC WM's Danny Kelly. "My mother was on a footpath waiting for a bus when she was killed."

Head teacher suspension latest

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Stan Williams, chair of governors at the school, wrote to parents: "Mr Workman has been released on police bail, without charge pending further police enquiries."

Parents have also been given the details of a telephone helpline opened by the council for anyone with concerns.

West Midlands Police say detectives are also contacting schools where the suspect has previously been employed to inform them of the investigation.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

In the

news at 15:00, official figures show wage growth is outstripping inflation for the first time in five years.

The data also reveals that unemployment has dropped in the West Midlands by 15,000.

'Glass and blood everywhere'

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

I've been speaking to one of the schoolchildren on the bus that crashed in Hereford on Monday.

Paul Harris
BBC

Paul Harris, 13, said: "The driver, Eileen, had to brake, swerve left, and then swerve back right again. We fell into a ditch, and the bus went over and over itself. There was glass and blood everywhere. It was horrible."

A 28-year-old lorry driver from Redditch has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Respite from the rain

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Some drier, brighter weather's on the way this afternoon, after this morning's showers. Highs of 12C to 13C.

Midlands weather map showing mainly dry weather
BBC

Get your local forecast

Chairlift in for service

via Facebook

The vintage chairlift at Dudley Zoological Gardens has been temporarily taken down

for its annual service.

The chairlift
Dudley Zoological Gardens

Bosses said it had carried more than 300,000 visitors since it was re-launched in August 2012.

News on the hour

BBC WM

In the 14:00 news bulletin: About one in 14 people are still out of work in the West Midlands.

Head teacher suspended

Stourbridge News

A head teacher suspected of possessing indecent images has been

suspended from his post at Oldswinford CE Primary School pending a police investigation.

TV detective dies

Warren Clarke, best known for his role in Birmingham-made TV series Dalziel And Pascoe, has

died aged 67 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Dalziel and Pascoe
BBC

Clarke (pictured left) starred in the controversial 1971 film A Clockwork Orange before joining the BBC One detective series produced at BBC Pebble Mill from 1996 for 12 series.

Remembrance Day medal missing

via Facebook

A Remembrance Day medal has gone missing after its owner lent it to his great nephew to wear for a parade on Sunday.

The missing medal
Dudley Police

The coat it was attached disappeared after the family left The Crown pub in High Street, Sedgley.

Dudley police want help to reunite the medal with its rightful owner, aged 67, who was awarded it for his service to the British Legion over 45 years.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

In the

news at 13:00, a West Midlands MP has told us Heartlands Hospital is at breaking point, and the trust's chief executive was right to resign.

The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is described as failing across a range of key measures, including death rates.

Birmingham's first policewoman

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

In

Midlands Today at 13:30, we hear the story of Evelyn Miles, who became Birmingham's first female police officer in 1917.

Evelyn Miles
other

Women were considered for service for the first time during this period because of the number of men fighting in the Great War.

The local force would not recruit women aged below 45, as they feared they'd be a distraction to the male officers.

Children's attraction is closing

Express and Star

The Quest entertainment zone at Merry Hill shopping centre is to

close in six months, its owner has revealed.

The £1.3 million attraction, featuring rope walks, soft play areas and a jungle-gym assault course, has lost £90,000 over the last 12 months.

Bigger Midlands 'powerhouse' call

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

In a no-holds-barred interview, I have been speaking to Sir Albert Bore about the multiplicity of challenges Birmingham City Council is facing.

Sir Albert Bore
BBC

It is his first extended interview since the news broke that long-time rival local authorities in Birmingham and the Black Country want

to set up a combined authority.

Sir Albert reveals that he wants districts in surrounding counties to join in. Read

the full blog.

Street View car con warning

BBC WM

Birmingham Trading Standards are warning that scammers are conning car buyers by using Google Street View images of cars that aren't for sale.

The would-be buyer pays a holding deposit online, but turns up at the address where the car's parked to discover it's not on the market.

"These guys are making hundreds of thousands of pounds," Hannah Davies from Trading Standards

told BBC WM's Danny Kelly, "and it ends up in an offshore bank account."

Lichfield accident

The A5192 Eastern Avenue in Lichfield is partially blocked because of an accident near the Grange Lane junction.

Traffic's heavy,

reports BBC Travel.

Team Rickshaw hits Staffordshire

A rickshaw being pedalled across Britain by six young fundraisers helped by

BBC Children in Need has reached Lichfield.

BBC producer

Ellie Jones tweets this image of
The One Show's Matt Baker being interviewed over the phone about the charity challenge.

Matt Baker on the phone beside a coach
BBC

The team is

due in Tamworth later, en route to Coventry.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the

12:00 bulletin, more on a mental health scheme in the Black Country which has been shown to cut the number of people being detained under the Mental Health Act.

Man critically hurt in crash

A man who'd been out walking near Albrighton is in hospital with

serious head injuries after a collision involving a silver Volvo C30.

Burnhill Green Road
Google

The 56-year-old from the Tettenhall area was walking his dogs when he was hurt on Burnhill Green Road, at around 17:40 on Monday.

'Blind Dave' increases training

Black Country Bugle

The Bugle reports that West Bromwich's marathon man "Blind Dave" Heeley has upped the ante in his training for the
Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert next April.

He has been racing over different kinds of terrain on the Gower Coast in South Wales.

Star's 'Oh my God' cake moment

Jennifer Scott

BBC Local Live

Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence has been reacting to news that she has had a life-size cake baked in her honour.

"Oh my God - yes - I saw it. It's 5ft 11in," the star told

BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw. Walsall's Lara Clarke was
awarded gold for it, at Birmingham's Cake International baking contest on Saturday.

Jennifer Larence cake
Lara Clarke

"Good work to the person who did that," said Lawrence's co-star Josh Hutcherson.

MP: Health chief 'right to quit'

BBC WM

Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne's been telling

BBC WM's Danny Kelly that Dr Mark Newbold was right to step down as chief executive of Good Hope, Heartlands and Solihull hospitals.

"There's basically a perfect storm," he said. "There's huge pressure on GPs. More and more people are going to A&E. Social care is being cut back, and that means that pressure on the wards is just reaching breaking point."