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  1. Updates from Wednesday 19 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Alex Homer

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Local Live has finished for the day. We will be back with more updates from 08:00 on Thursday.

'Consistently sexually exploited'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Mr Justice Keehan heard arguments about the publication of the names of the men involved in the proceedings from police, some of the men and journalists.

The judge ruled the media

should be allowed to identify men who were the subject of full and final injunctions.

The council said the girl had been reported missing from care 102 times since July 2010 and it believed she had been "consistently sexually exploited".

Rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Tonight we have some rain to come. There will be be spits and spots of rain with temperatures between 6C and 7C (45F).

More information about the rest of the week is available


Accident on M6 link road

There's been an accident on the M6 link road to the M5 south carriageway,

warns BBC Travel.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

In a legal first, Birmingham City Council has obtained civil injunctions against six men, ordering them to stay away from girls under the age of 18.

The six are suspected of planning to sexually abuse a vulnerable 17-year-old girl, but police say they don't have enough evidence to bring criminal charges.

We will also be reporting on a break-in at a Wolverhampton school which saw thieves take £900 raised for Children in Need.

Midlands Today is on BBC One at 18:30.

Noddy Holder honour row

Express and Star

Councillors will need to give their approval before the freedom of Walsall can be awarded from now on. This is after the authority was criticised for

spending £13,000 on giving Slade frontman Noddy Holder the honour.

Man detained for stabbing neighbour

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Adum Osman was given a hospital order today for stabbing his neighbour to death outside Sandhu Newsagents in Thornhill Road, Winson Green on 31 January.

Leon Davis
West Midlands Police

The 36-year-old admitted manslaughters on the grounds of diminished responsibility,

said police.

Men named after 'exploitation' orders

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Six men have been handed long-term injunctions in a

civil case brought by Birmingham City Council in a bid to prevent the exploitation of a vulnerable 17-year-old girl.

The injunctions stop the men meeting the girl until she is 18 and also stops the men meeting any girls under 18 in public unless they know them personally. A High Court judge ruled it was in the public interest to name six of the respondents in the case.

They are Mohammed Anjam, Omar Ahmed, Mohammed Javed, Alam Shah, Sajid Hussain and Naseem Khan.

Crash near Wolverhampton

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

One lane is closed on the M6 by J10 for Wolverhampton because of an accident,

warns BBC Travel.


Alex Homer

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.

The day my local pub was bombed

BBC World Service

Forty years after the Birmingham pub bombings, killing 21 people,

BBC World Service spoke to Les Robinson, who was in one of the bars when the bombs exploded.

Sanctions for 'exploitation' order men

Birmingham City Council is thought to be

the first to use civil injunctions to block alleged child sexual exploitation.

Lorna Meyer QC, for the council, said if long-term injunctions were made and any of the men were found "in the company of a vulnerable child" by West Midlands Police or Birmingham City Council in breach of orders, then lawyers would ask a judge to impose jail terms for contempt of court.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Six Birmingham men ordered to keep away from girls under the age of 18 have been named by a High Court judge.

Supt Danny Long, from West Midlands Police, tells us there wasn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges but the force still had to take some legal action.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin


Numbers 'that add up to cover up'

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham pub bombings: The

28 numbers that add up to a cover-up, say campaigners

Petrol station attack appeal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A man was left with broken ribs after being repeatedly punched and kicked at a petrol station after refusing to give another man a lift.

The attack taking place
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police

released footage of the assault, which took place on Saturday 8 November at 06:40 at Tesco Petrol Station in Spring Hill, Winson Green.

Christmas market: Your views

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There are mixed reviews about Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas market on

Midlands Today's facebook page.

Terry Newey says it's the "same old thing year in year out, try changing the format!"

Crowds at the German market
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Fiona Kai Hunter thinks there are "too many people in town when you're trying to get home".

However, Ann Abbotts believes "we need the revenue this market brings our city".

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A Birmingham man's been detained indefinitely after admitting stabbing his neighbour outside a newsagents.

Adum Osman, 36, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Doctors agree he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he attacked 55-year-old Leon Courtney Davies with a kitchen knife in January.

Listen live to

BBC WM at 16:00 for more on this and other stories.

Transport leader calls for more powers

Geoff Inskip, the chief executive of West Midlands transport, and other transport leaders across England have shown their support for an

independent report calling for more powers over transport services.

Mr Inskip agrees with the report's conclusions, saying: "...devolved powers and funding from Whitehall will allow cities to strengthen their transport infrastructure and fulfil their true economic potential."

Bankrupt footballers

Tracy Ollerenshaw

Newsbeat reporter

David James, who has

auctioned off football memorabilia, is not the first household name to go bankrupt despite reportedly earning the kind of money as a footballer that most people could only imagine.

David James
Getty Images

Newsbeat took a look at

some of the others.

New director appointed

Birmingham Post

A local enterprise partnership has appointed the former head of operations at advisory and support service Business Link West Midlands

as its new director.

The spirit of Christmas

A few people have emailed the newsroom about this feature asking whether Birmingham's Frankfurt Market is

a bit of festive fun or a crowded carnival of Christmas tat.

Yvonne Arrow wrote: "The Christmas Market is great. It really gets you in the spirit for Christmas, so much nicer than the English row of shops with supposedly Christmas window displays."

News on the hour


In our

15:00 bulletin, a high court judge names two Birmingham men who've been ordered to stay away from girls under the age of 18.

Accident on M42

There's been an accident on the M42 southbound at J6 for the A45 Birmingham Airport,

warns BBC Travel.

PC 'invented' pleb remark

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

A policeman who claimed Andrew Mitchell called him a "pleb"

has denied inventing his account of the incident.

PC Toby Rowland arriving at the High Court

PC Toby Rowland was on duty in September 2012 when the then cabinet minister attempted to leave Downing Street via the main gate.

Their ensuing altercation made front page news and cost Mr Mitchell his job.

Mother bled to death

Express and Star

A mother of seven

bled to death after her lung was torn following a medical blunder at New Cross Hospital.

Injunctions against men

Mr Justice Keehan granted

long-term injunctions against both men in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this week after social workers and police raised concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable 17-year-old girl who was in the care of Birmingham City Council.

Concerns raised over men's safety

Mr Justice Keehan said the

names of the two men could be revealed.

Police had raised concerns about the men's safety.

BreakingMen in 'exploitation' order named


We can now tell you the names of two men - Omar Ahmed, 27, and Mohammad Anjam, 31 - who a High Court judge ruled should not approach any girls under 18 who they did not know personally in public.

Birmingham City Council had launched civil court proceedings against 10 men over allegations of being "inappropriately" in the company of a vulnerable 17-year-old girl.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A judge has named two men who he has ordered to stay away from a vulnerable teenager in Birmingham.

More on this in

our 14:00 bulletin.

Delays after collapsed manhole

One lane is closed on the A4540 Dartmouth Middleway southbound in Birmingham between the A38 Aston Road and Chester Street junctions because of a collapsed manhole,

BBC Travel reports.

Mother found guilty

Trystan Jones

BBC News


mother has been found guilty of allowing the death of her 12-week-old daughter.

Isabella Vallance died of a head injury in December 2012 at the family home in Stanley Close, Redditch.

Jessica Wiggins, 20, of Heathfield Road, Redditch, was convicted after a trial at Worcester Crown Court.

Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The so-called "Plebgate" libel case has been continuing at the High Court in London this morning. The Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has always denied referring to police officers as "plebs" after he was stopped from cycling through the gates of Downing Street.

Today the police officer involved, PC Toby Rowland has been giving his side of the story. Tune into

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A school in Wolverhampton's reopened today after thieves broke in and stole £900 raised for Children in Need.

We will hear from head teacher Emma Smith at 13:00. Listen live


James auction included Raleigh Chopper

Memorabilia owned by former Aston Villa goalkeeper David James

has been auctioned off after he was declared bankrupt.

The items included signed shirts, balls and an unused retro Raleigh Chopper bike.

Serious accident shuts road

The A34 Birchfield Road underpass in Perry Barr, Birmingham, is closed due to a serious accident, reports

BBC Travel.

News on the hour


In the

12:00 news bulletin: A nursery school in the Black Country has been closed this week after burglars broke in and stole £900 raised for Children In Need.

Chris Moose happy at 'wonderful words'

Chris Moose, the self-proclaimed "face and voice of Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market", has thanked Heart FM's Ed James for his

"wonderful words" in BBC News online's feature
for and against Birmingham's annual German market.

Birmingham's singing moose