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  1. Updates from Monday 17 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Stephanie Barnard

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 Tuesday.

Diesel spillage on M6

A diesel spillage between J5 and J4a on the M6 has led to long delays southbound, with congestion back to J7, reports

BBC Travel.

Overnight forecast

There will be a good deal of low cloud across the region overnight which will lead to some hill fog.

The odd spot of drizzle is also possible over hills, but most other places will stay dry. A low of 3C (37F).

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Tonight, as the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings approaches, I am interviewing one of the so-called Birmingham Six, Paddy Hill.

We'll also hear a report claiming there were up to seven bombs planted in the city on that fateful evening.

Make sure you watch Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30 and a fuller investigation an hour later on

Inside Out.

Petrov 'like little kid again'

The former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov says he's "like a little kid again" after resuming his football career with a Sunday League side.

The former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov

The Bulgarian is in remission from the leukaemia which brought his playing days to an end.

He's now playing for Wychall Wanderers over 35s in Solihull.

Men could be banned from seeing girl

Six men could be banned from contacting a vulnerable teenager under a ground-breaking legal case.

Birmingham City Council asked the High Court in London for orders barring the men from "contacting, approaching or following" the girl, who is 17.

The Bombs and My Brother

BBC One at 19:30

Inside Out

A former police officer whose brother died in the Birmingham pub bombings says he no longer trusts his former colleagues to get to the truth of what happened.

The Bombs and My Brother

And an ex-Army bomb disposal officer tells the programme there were many more bombs than originally thought.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the 17:00 news: Birmingham City Council's asking a judge in London to stop a number of men approaching a 17-year-old girl being looked after by social services, who they say is at risk of sexual exploitation.

It's the first time a council has attempted to take out a civil injunction in this way.

Midfielder's contract extended

BBC Sport

Walsall FC have

extended Michael Cain's loan stay by a further month after "some impressive displays in the engine room".

Michael Cain
Getty Images

The 20-year-old has appeared six times for the side since last month.


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BBC Local Live

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your feedback about this service.

FA Trophy draw

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

If Halesowen Town defeat Blyth Spartans at the Grove on Tuesday, they will then be at home to Gresley.

The other local ties see Tamworth handed home advantage against Hyde and Hednesford Town making their way to the Lancashire coast to take on Fylde.

Arboretum tops national poll


National Memorial Arboretum has topped a poll of favourite places in England funded by the National Lottery.

National Memorial Arboretum
Red Devil Photography

The UK's centre for remembrance, in East Staffordshire, was chosen by social media users in the National Treasures survey to mark 20 years of the National Lottery.

FA Trophy draw

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

The pick of the West Midlands ties in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy is a local derby between Conference North team Solihull Moors and Southern League outfit Redditch United.

Rushall Olympic's reward for their 5-0 win over Stratford Town is a tough trip to West Yorkshire to face Guiseley, while the Pics' near neighbours Chasetown will travel to the winners of a replay between Spennymoor and Leek Town.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the

news at 16:00: We've just heard that senior councillors in Birmingham have this afternoon decided to set a 20mph speed limit in three areas of the city.

Hear more on this story on BBC WM shortly.

Stories we're working on

BBC Midlands Today

Dave Hart

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

How safe do you feel if you get on your bike? Midlands Today this evening looks at cycle safety in our cities. What more can be done to keep those on two wheels safe?

And we'll have a slice of football history in tonight's programme. Laurie Cunningham, of West Bromwich Albion, was lightning-fast and the first black player to represent England.

Now a movie is being made about his extraordinary story.


Birmingham Mail

Be part of an extraordinary moment which will show the families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings that their loss and suffering has not been forgotten.

The newspaper asks you to support its campaign #Justice4the21.

Mystery of the abandoned car

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

I've been to a car park in Birmingham which featured in the

Birmingham Mail yesterday after it was left in a multi-storey car park, racking up thousands of pounds in parking fees.

Car which has been left in Broadway Plaza in Birmingham

The black car is covered in a thick layer of grime. A number of visitors have written messages in the dust, although they're difficult to make out in the dimly-lit basement of the Broadway Plaza car park.

The passenger-side window is open a crack - although it's unclear if it was left that way or whether someone wound it down more recently.

In the news


The former cabinet minister and the Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has started giving evidence in a libel case relating to his dispute with police at the gates of Downing Street.

'Youth promise' consultation

Have your say on young people's services in Birmingham.

The city council is running a consultation on its initiatives that it runs for 14-25 year olds in the city until 12 December.

Have your say now.

Behind the scenes

Inside Out

Producer Anthony Bartram has been with David Harewood (pictured) in the studio this morning recording a voiceover session for the final edit of the film about the Birmingham pub bombings which airs on BBC One this evening.

David Harewood

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings. The notorious unsolved case is shrouded in secrets and suffering. For the first time

we tell the story of the ex-policeman, his brother and the missing bomb.

Man found fatally injured in street

Birmingham Mail

Police are investigating the

death of a man found with serious injuries on the A4540 Icknield Street, near Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

News on the hour


In the 14:00 news bulletin: An explosives expert who's studied the IRA bombing of two Birmingham pubs says he believes a total of seven devices were involved.

'Not a complete jigsaw'

An explosives expert says evidence suggests there was more than one bomb in each of the pubs targeted by the IRA during the Birmingham pub bombings.

Warren Melia, a former Army bomb expert, says: "It's not a complete jigsaw at this point, but it's looking clearer that there were seven devices."

He also said it's possible that there was more than one bomb in each of the pubs targeted.

Trailblazer and prodigious talent

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

But Cunningham's story is about so much more than his time at West Brom and England. He moved to Spain to play for Real Madrid aged 23 and died tragically young in a car crash aged 33.

Laurie Cunningham
Getty Images

He was a flamboyant player and dressed like a star. But I've spoken to former team-mates Brendan Batson and Cyrille Regis who told me Laurie was actually quite shy and a bit misunderstood.

A trailblazer and prodigious talent - the full story of Laurie Cunningham's life may now reach a wider audience.

Film on first black England player

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Film-makers are trying to raise funds to make a movie about the former West Bromwich Albion winger Laurie Cunningham.

They raised £1.5m online so quickly through crowd-funding that they've decided to double the budget of the film to £3m.

Cunningham was a talented winger who played for Albion from 1977-79 and became the first black footballer to represent England.

Man found dead in Birmingham

A man in his 30s has been found dead on Icknield Street in Hockley.

Police were called at about 04:00 and declared the man dead at the scene.

The West Midlands force says the man suffered "serious injuries" and an investigation has begun.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the news at 13:00: Police are investigating after a

man's body was found near Birmingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

Officers were called to Icknield Street in Hockley.

Coming up on TV

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

Anyone who rides a bike needs to watch us this lunchtime for the first in a series looking at cycling. Apparently half the adults in our region think our roads are too dangerous.

We're live on BBC One from 13:30 this lunchtime with the latest.

Little Mix turn on Christmas lights

Stourbridge News

Thousands of people got into the festive spirit at Merry Hill's Christmas lights switch on.

The event quickly sold out as shoppers were eager to catch a glimpse of

X Factor winners Little Mix as they performed on stage.

Speedway futures secured

Daz Hale

BBC WM Sport


Birmingham Brummies and
Cradley Heathens will both be riding again next season.

Their futures were in serious doubt after the Heathens were told they could no longer use their adopted track at Monmore in Wolverhampton, while the Brummies folded in June because of financial problems.

But it was announced on Saturday night that both will be entered in the National League, the sport's third tier, in 2015 with both clubs racing on the Perry Barr track in Birmingham on alternate Wednesdays.

Plane makes emergency landing

Birmingham Updates

posts on Facebook: "Air France flight AF1117 from Dublin Airport to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport was forced to make an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport (BHX) on Sunday evening (16/11) after one of its windows cracked."
Read more.

'Plebgate' police's 'lies and deceit'


"web of lies, deceit and indiscipline" by police officers led to Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell and his family being subjected to an extended and vitriolic press campaign, the High Court has heard.

Andrew Mitchell arriving at court

James Price QC was opening the former chief whip's libel action against News Group Newspapers over a September 2012 story in The Sun.

Mr Mitchell has always denied calling the officers "plebs", but NGN argues the article was substantially true and, at the heart of its case, is the account given by PC Toby Rowland.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00: As we look back 40 years on since the Birmingham pub bombings, we hear from a woman who lost her best friend in the tragedy.

Call for £100m cycling spend

Birmingham Post

Campaigners for safer and greener streets have handed in a petition calling for the city council to commit £100 million spending over ten years to

promote walking and cycling.

Your photos


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Some stunning photos were sent in to the Midlands Today team over the weekend.

Fountain at Aston University

A selection have been added to the programme's Facebook page.

See more here.

If you've taken a fabulous photo while out and about, please do share them with us and we'll look to feature the best on BBC Local Live.

Have your say

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

we'd like to find out what you think.

Hooligans banned from stadiums

Express and Star

Three football hooligans involved in a mass brawl in Wolverhampton city centre have been

banned from every football stadium in England and Wales for the next four years.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Drivers could be restricted to travelling at 20mph in parts of Birmingham to try to improve road safety.

In the news at 11:00, we'll hear from Ian Taylor, from the Alliance of British Drivers.

The bombs and my brother

Inside Out

Tonight we'll have the story of the Birmingham bobby, his brother and a missing bomb.

Jimmy's brother

Jimmy Craig (whose brother is pictured) died in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings. He was dyslexic and had asked his mother to read him a letter from a woman he had gone out to meet for a date.

His family would love to trace that woman and there's a social media campaign hoping to help, using the Twitter hashtag #jimmysgirl

Watch the short film on Facebook. See the programme tonight on
BBC One from 19:30.

Flooding shuts road

The A45 Coventry Road, in Sheldon, is closed because of a burst water main and flooding,

reports BBC Travel.

There are delays around the Arden Oak Road junction.