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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 18 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We will be back on Wednesday from 08:00.

Cloud and patchy fog

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Some low cloud will develop as the night progresses and patchy fog will form on the hills too. Winds will remain light.

Sara Blizzard reads the forecast
BBC

Lows of 8C (46F). Read the five-day forecast

here.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Tonight, Bob Hockenhull reports on the case of neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid, who has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after he was found guilty of nine indecent assaults against six female patients at two hospitals.

We will also bring you news of serious safety failings which have been uncovered in a new report into HMP Hewell near Redditch and Amy Cole reports on the closures of 27 West Midlands Police front offices.

Watch

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Charges after fatal crash

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a car fatally struck a young woman who was waiting for a bus,

say police.

Rebecca McManus − a 21-year-old from Oldbury − was pronounced dead at the scene on Hagley Road West on 31 May while a friend, also aged 21, was seriously hurt.

The two men charged will appear at Sandwell Magistrates' Court on 2 December.

Gas leak repairs delay traffic

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The A454 Compton Road, in Wolverhampton, is partially blocked and there is heavy traffic in both directions at its junction with Haden Hill because of a gas leak and emergency repairs.

Read the latest information from

BBC Travel.

Biggest hobbit fan?

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

A global search for the world's biggest hobbit fans has seen one man from Wolverhampton win a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand where the films have been made.

Kyle Pedley and Satnam Rana
BBC

Kyle Pedley (pictured) was one of 75 fans who stepped into the cinematic version of Tolkien's middle earth.

I'm off to Sarehole Mill, which is said to have inspired Tolkien, to meet Kyle. See more on Midlands Today at 18:30.

Rugby World Cup boost

BBC Business

Next year's Rugby World Cup will

add £982m of value to the UK economy, says a report commissioned by the tournament's organising committee.

Rugby World Cup
RWC

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be hosted in 11 cities across England and Wales, including matches at

Villa Park in Birmingham.

Fundraiser's posthumous degree

Fundraiser

Stephen Sutton has received a posthumous honorary degree from Coventry University.

Stephen Sutton
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

The 19-year-old, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, died of cancer in May and raised more than £5m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His mother Jane accepted the honorary doctorate of science at Coventry Cathedral.

Men banned from approaching girls

Two men have been ordered to keep away from girls after Birmingham City Council became the first to use civil injunctions to block child sexual exploitation.

A High Court judge

granted the long-term orders, which ban the pair from approaching girls under the age of 18.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

At 17:00 we will hear from one of the victims of Nafees Hamid, after the spinal injury specialist was

jailed for 16 years for sexually assaulting six female patients.

Listen live

here.

Ched Evans 'being victimised'

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland has come to the defence of convicted rapist and former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.

Ched Evans
PA

Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in May 2011. He was released last month.

The association's solicitor Stuart Gilhooly said Evans could be innocent and that while a jury convicted him of the crime,

the same applied to the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six. A rape victims' support group said the comparison was "ridiculous and insulting to victims".

BreakingBreaking News

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid has been jailed for 16 years for indecently assaulting patients.

He will also be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A neurosurgeon found guilty of sexually assaulting six patients was described in court as "a good surgeon but not a good man".

We will hear more about Nafees Hamid, from Moseley, in our 16:00 bulletin. Listen live

here.

Love or loathe the market?

Email: locallive@bbc.co.uk

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

I've been working on a feature about Birmingham's Christmas Market, speaking to two guest contributors with very different views of the city's biggest annual event. You'll be able to read it later this week, but in the meantime

why not tell us what you think?

The Floozie at the Christmas market
BBC

Do you think the market is a festive wonder, or does the price of bratwurst leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Neurosurgeon convicted of attacks

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On two outstanding final counts of indecent assault, a jury has found neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid guilty of one and not guilty of the other.

Nafees Hamid
PA

It means he was

convicted of nine indecent assaults against six women and on a further six charges against five others he was cleared.

Dicko makes early return

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Wolves striker Nouha Dicko has

returned early from international duty with Mali suffering from a recurrence of his recent hamstring problem.

Wolves striker Nouha Dicko
Getty Images

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

At 15:00 we will have more on the case involving award-winning neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid, from Birmingham, who has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults against five female patients at the city's Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals.

Listen live

here.

Inspiring park award

Sandwell Valley is one of the "most inspirational parks and green spaces" in Britain and has been given a Green Flag Special Award.

Sandwell Valley Country Park banner on a tractor
Sandwell borough council

Concerns raised about 17-year-old

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Two men have been ordered to keep away from young girls after Birmingham City Council became the first to use civil injunctions to block child sexual exploitation.

It comes after social workers and West Midlands Police raised concerns about a vulnerable 17-year-old.

Pet thief rumours untrue

Dudley News

Police have

scotched rumours that Gornal is being targeted by pet thieves who tag houses with painted symbols.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A neurosurgeon from Birmingham has been

found guilty of eight indecent assaults against five female patients at two hospitals.

But a jury has acquitted Nafees Hamid, who worked at the city's Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals, of five further counts of sexual assault relating to four other patients. Listen live

here.

Zigic back in training

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham City have confirmed Serbian striker Nikola Zigic is back training with the club again.

The 34-year old was released at the end of his contract this summer, his final game seeing him score Blues' first goal in the 2-2 draw at Bolton that dramatically secured their Championship status.

New Blues boss Gary Rowett is taking a look at the 6ft 7in striker, who will train with the first team through to the end of this week.

Coming up on TV

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

We're live outside one of the 27 police stations across the West Midlands that are

set to close their front counters.

And we'll be hearing about the hobbit fan from the Black Country who's won a trip from Middle England to Middle Earth.

Joins us for the latest this lunchtime at BBC One from 13:30.

Neurosurgeon guilty of sex assaults

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A neurosurgeon has been

found guilty of eight indecent assaults against five female patients at two Birmingham hospitals.

Nafees Hamid
PA

But the jury at Birmingham Crown Court cleared Nafees Hamid, who worked at the Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals, of five further counts of sexual assault relating to four other patients.

Jurors are still considering verdicts on two remaining counts against the 51-year-old consultant, who has been on trial for the past eight weeks.

BBC Sport Unsung Hero

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

A Gaelic sports coach from Birmingham says he'd love to see more clubs set up in the Midlands.

Denis Neenan, Gaelic football coach
BBC

Denis Neenan is the first of our contenders for this year's BBC Midlands Sports Unsung Hero award.

He's inspired hundreds of people to take up everything from hurling to Gaelic football since moving from Ireland almost 50 years ago.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the news at 13:00 on

BBC WM: An award-winning neurosurgeon has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults against five female patients at two hospitals in Birmingham.

Stories we're working on

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today will have more information about which police front offices are to close in the West Midlands and what this means for you. We're also meeting one of our unsung sports award finalists.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

West Midlands Police has announced it's closing front desks to the public at 25 police stations across Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull.

In the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM we'll hear from Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes.

Which desks will close?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here's a list of the 27 police station front desks set to be closed by the West Midlands force over the next 12 months.

West Midlands Police front desks set to close
BBC

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.

'We spoke... she opened her eyes'

A woman has come round from a coma 19 days after prematurely giving birth to twins who later died.

Jocelyn Bennett, and her twins
BBC / birmingham mail

Jocelyn Bennett's dad Joe says he had not yet told his daughter about the death of her girls - but is prepared to if she asks.

He says: "We went to see her yesterday and she was lying there peacefully and we spoke to her and she opened her eyes. The first thing she said was 'I love you'."

Real life 'Peaky Blinder' attack

A man dressed like a gang member from Peaky Blinders is being

sought by police after an attack involving a metal bar in Birmingham.

CCTV footage
West midlands police handout

The mixed-race man in a flat cap was seen walking near Birmingham Hippodrome wearing a dark double-breasted jacket and baggy trousers.

Police say the man is believed to have hit another man over the head with a metal bar at about midnight on 27 September.

Watch the CCTV footage online now.

Watch: Search for pub bombing answers

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings. Twenty one people were murdered in two bars in the city centre on 21 November 1974.

Birmingham Bombing 1974
Getty Images

But the crime has never been solved and there remain many unanswered questions.

A new BBC documentary, The Bombs and My Brother, tells how the victims' families, including former policeman Bill Craig, are still trying to find answers and piece together what happened that night.