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  1. Updates from Thu 20 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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Thursday's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will resume at 08:00 tomorrow.

Dry but cloudy

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

Dry conditions will persist through the evening and overnight although there'll be plenty of cloud and hill fog. It will stay generally mild, and winds will be light.

Lows of 7C (45F).

Talks on devolution

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The 10 leaders and mayors of Core Cities UK, the "Core Cities Cabinet'" met with William Hague MP, chair of The Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers, this afternoon to discuss a plan to drive forward devolution to the UK's cities.

They demanded that devolution is delivered in the same time frame as Scottish devolution. It comes after Birmingham and Black Country councils announced their intention

to form a combined authority.

Sir Albert Bore, Labour leader of Birmingham City Council and Core Cities lead on transport, said: "The Core Cities are the UK's engines of growth and prosperity - the argument to devolve powers to the regions is beyond doubt."

Red card overturned

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Walsall have

successfully appealed against the red card given to captain Adam Chambers in Tuesday's 1-0 FA Cup first-round replay loss to Shrewsbury.

The 34-year-old could have been facing a three-match ban, but is now available for his team's League One meeting with Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A concert is being held in Birmingham tonight to remember the 21 people who were killed in the notorious pub bombings in the city in 1974. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the attack, which was carried out by the IRA.

Our reporter Amy Cole will be at Birmingham Town Hall where the concert is taking place. Tune into

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Villa will pay tribute

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Aston Villa Football Club have announced plans to pay tribute to the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings at their game on Monday night against Southampton.

There won't be a minute's silence to mark the 40th anniversary, but the names of the 21 people who died in the explosions will be displayed in a roll call on stadium screens.

The club also said it "supported the initiative" for applause in the 21st minute of the game and it had invited representatives of the Justice 4 The 21 campaign to the fixture.

Video: Nursery pupils 'devastated'

Katie Wray

BBC News

Teachers at a Wolverhampton nursery school say

pupils are "devastated" after it was broken into.

A workman boards up a broken window

Pupils had collected £900 for the BBC's Children in Need appeal.

Local TV

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

The licence for local TV in Birmingham has been given to another group after City TV went into administration without broadcasting any programmes.

Regulator Ofcom said it had agreed to transfer the licence to Kaleidoscope TV Limited, which has until 28 February to get on air.

The group's commitments include 41 hours of new local programmes a week.

M42 crash

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M42 northbound between J5, A41 for Solihull and J6 by the A45 for Birmingham Airport because of an accident,

warns BBC Travel.

'Mystery' death after surgery

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

Tracey Bannister died aged 29 when her health worsened rapidly following gall bladder surgery at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Tracey Bannister make-shift tribute in the room where was born in her parent's home

One of the nurses involved in the procedure, Stuart Beddows, later committed suicide. It was cited at his inquest that this had played a part.

Dr Mark Cox told today's inquest at Smethwick Council House that he could not account for Ms Bannister's quick deterioration on leaving hospital and said her death remained a mystery.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

Two sketches have been released by police to try and trace a man in connection with the attempted abduction of a schoolgirl in Shirley.

More on this and other stories in

our 17:00 bulletin.

Albion team news

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Alan Irvine says Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is definitely out while Sebastien Pocognoli (hamstring) is doubtful for Saturday's Chelsea trip.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

At 16:00 Midlands Today's health correspondent Michele Paduano tells us Walsall Manor Hospital has changed its procedures after a 29-year-old woman died after deteriorating rapidly following gall bladder surgery.

Listen live


Pub bombings: 'No sense'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Ms Bentley says 40 years on she still can't make any sense of what happened. "There is no sense in innocent people enjoying themselves, being killed. It was a premeditated crime. It's senseless.

"I could've been in the pub that night but I wasn't. Who can say? I do and don't feel guilty. I should've been there with my friend but you just can't say what would've been."

Soldiers finally honoured

Stourbridge News

Thanks to a campaign by a Stourbridge war veteran -

26 tragic soldiers have finally been honoured with a plaque on the town's war memorial around seven decades after their deaths.

Have your say

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Afternoon: 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 of the service, which we run from the BBC's Birmingham office.

Plane crash 'fell like a stone'

An inquest have heard that an aircraft, which crashed in France killing a father and son, fell from the sky "like a stone".

Roger and Andrew Hayes

Roger Hayes, 75, from Devon and son Andy, 39, from Birmingham, died when their twin-seat plane crashed into woodland at Pierre-Buffiere in 2012.

News on the hour


Our top story at 15:00 is:

  • A doctor has told an inquest that the death of a young woman released from Walsall Manor hospital after gall bladder surgery remains a mystery.

Pub bombings: 'My best friend died'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Pat Bentley (pictured left) was 17. She was due to go out with her friend Jane Davis (pictured right) on the night of 21 November 1974 but after an emotional day breaking up from a boyfriend she was "fed up" and decided to have a night in front of the TV rather than in the pub.

Pat Bentley and Jane Davis

That night, her friend died, and became the youngest victim of the bomb attack.

Wolves team news

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Scott Golbourne will be assessed tomorrow to see if he has recovered from a foot injury. Dave Edwards (pictured) remains out with a knee ligament injury. The likely length of his absence is still unclear.

David Edwards
Edwards made his international debut against the Republic of Ireland in 2007

Nouha Dicko has been having treatment for a tight hamstring after returning early from international duty with Mali.

In Beckham's footsteps

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Guy Moussi's gesture

to donate his wages to four charities during a short-term spell at Birmingham City, means he will be following in the footsteps of an all-time great of the game.

Ex-England captain David Beckham gave his salary to a local children's charity when

signing a five-month deal at Paris St-Germain in 2013.

Christmas market plans

via Facebook

Birmingham Updates

shared our
feature asking if people loved or loathed the Frankfurt Market, and it has been getting a lot of reaction.

A recurring theme is whether or not the theme of the market itself should change every once in a while.

Neil Turrell suggested a Jamaican market sounded fun while Sue Corbett and Laura Barker favoured a Victorian market. Send us your thoughts over

Twitter or

News on the hour


In our

14:00 news, a doctor tells an inquest that the death of a young woman released from hospital after gall bladder surgery remains a mystery.

Pub bombings prompted proposal

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Les was reeling from a broken heart after splitting with his girlfriend, who was also in the pub, and says his first worry was to find her.

Les Robinson with his wife Ros
BBC / getty

"It's no exaggeration to say the Birmingham pub bombings - it's the best thing that ever happened to me." One year after the bombing, Les proposed to his girlfriend.

Protest over 'super-council'

Express and Star

A UKIP-led protest will be held

against plans to create a combined authority for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Coming up on TV

Giles Latcham

Presenter, Midlands Today

A doctor has told an inquest that the death of a young woman released from hospital after gall bladder surgery remains a mystery.

Dr Mark Cox said he could not account for Tracey Bannister's rapid deterioration on leaving Walsall Manor Hospital. Our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano is at the hearing.

Tune into

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour


Birmingham City Council is rejecting allegations of racism over injunctions handed out banning six Asian men from approaching girls under 18.

More on this and other stories in

our 13:00 bulletin.

More on Moussi

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Blues new short-term signing Guy Moussi was a free agent after

leaving Nottingham Forest in May,.

Guy Moussi
Guy Moussi made a total of 18 appearances in all competitions last season for Nottingham Forest and Millwall

He will be splitting his wages between the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club, Stop Ebola, a church in Paris and the TEV Soma Charity.

Read more about him


Police appeal for witnesses

Katie Wray

BBC News

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with the sexual assault of a woman as she sat upstairs on a bus.

CCTV image of suspect
West Midlands Police

The assault took place on 10 September between 19.15 - 19.30 on the number 16 bus in Birmingham city centre.

Pub bombings: 'It filled everything'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Like many who were affected by the bombs which went off in Birmingham in 1974 - they were having a couple of drinks after work.

Les Robinson, survivor of the Birmingham pub bombings

Les Robinson was playing the arcade game Pong with his friends and drinking a pint - "within a few minutes I was 11-4 down. I punched the machine in anger and I walked away. As I walked back to the machine and put my hands on the controls there was a massive bang.

"It filled everything. It filled you."

Black Sabbath studio may move

Birmingham Mail

The famous recording studio in Selly Oak, where Birmingham musical legends like Black Sabbath, ELO, Slade and Robert Plant jammed,

could be moving after 30 years.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

The NSPCC says Birmingham City council has broken important new legal ground to protect vulnerable children who may be victims of sexual abuse.

Listen live to

our 12:00 bulletin for more on this.

Blues pub bombings tribute

Birmingham City

tweets it has planned
a number of tributes to honour those who lost their lives during the Birmingham pub bombings including the names of all the victims being read out and displayed on the club's big screen at half-time.

Bridge wall fall to death

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

A man who died after falling onto rail tracks and being hit by a train had tried to climb a bridge wall, an inquest was told.

Jeevan Singh Dhanda, 18, of Walsall, fell onto tracks at Birmingham's New Street Station and died on 13 August, six days later.

Jeevan Singh Dhanda
Jeevan's family, via transport police

Police told the inquest it was their hypothesis

he thought he could find a way back into a nightclub.

Rare mementos auctioned off

Jennifer Scott

BBC News

Three rare football medals owned by ex-West Bromwich Albion player Stan Amos are

expected to fetch more than £800 when they go under the hammer later.

The three medals

Amos was part of the Baggies team which won the Football League Championship in 1920.

Have your say

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write it from here in Birmingham.

We'd like to get your views.

Moussi to donate wages

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham City have signed French midfielder Guy Moussi on a short-term contract until 18 January - and the player will not receive a penny for himself.

Guy Moussi

The 29-year old has decided to donate his wages to four charities, including the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club and the Stop Ebola campaign.

Moussi, who had a week's trial at St Andrew's earlier this month, will be in contention to make his Blues debut at Rotherham on Saturday.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

Simon Barry explains how West Midlands Fire Service brought a blaze in Bilston High Street under control in our bulletin at 11:00.

Listen live for more on this and other stories.