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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 21 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer and Katie Wray

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for today. Our thoughts are with the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings and their families, especially tonight.

Rain continues overnight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Low cloud and outbreaks of rain will continue overnight. The rain will ease for a time across most parts, but further locally heavy rain is likely in western areas. Winds and rain will ease later.

Lows of 7C (45F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Relatives of those killed in the Birmingham pub bombings are gathering alongside survivors tonight for a service at the city's cathedral. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson is reporting for us live.

Tune into

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Tonight's travel update

Katie Wray

BBC News

There are a number of severe delays on the roads tonight,

BBC Travel warns:

  • Accident on the M6 northbound between J4A and J5
  • Crash on the M6 Toll at JT3. Two lanes are closed and there's heavy traffic
  • Accident on the M6 southbound between J6 and J5
  • Accident on the A38 eastbound between B4132 Waterlinks Boulevard and the M6 at J6

Listen: 40 years after the bombs

James Bovill

Journalist, BBC WM

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings, BBC WM will tell the story of that terrible night through the eyes of people who were there - many of whom have never spoken publicly about what they went through.

It's impossible not to be moved by the story of Les Robinson, who survived despite being just yards from the blast in the Tavern. Or Pat Bentley, who was due to be there that night, but instead spent the night looking for her 17-year-old best friend Jane Davis, the youngest person to die in the bombings.

This special documentary will air on

BBC WM at 20:00 tonight, 40 years almost to the minute since the first bomb went off.

Moeen Ali: It just happened

Tim Peach, who is currently producing Test Match Special's coverage of England's tour of Sri Lanka, heard what Moeen Ali had to say about

hitting six 4s off his first six legitimate balls from left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando, and
tweeted it for every fan's enjoyment.

Moeen Ali
Getty Images

The Birmingham-born all-rounder said: "I've faced him for the Lions so know how he bowls. I didn't mean to hit six 4s, it just happened."

Property could be knocked down

Birmingham Post

Birmingham's Chamber of Commerce House

could be knocked down in a major property deal to help wipe out a £3-4 million pensions deficit.

Birmingham City team news

BBC Sport

Lee Novak (hamstring) is fit for Blues'

trip to Rotherham but Mark Duffy (calf) is out and David Edgar may be rested after returning from duty with Canada.

New signing

Guy Moussi is still short of match fitness and unlikely to play.

Pub bombings: 'Silence didn't fit'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Mr Brown, aged 23 at the time, said: "I was walking around trying to talk to people who were standing around, to ask if they were alright. But no-one responded. It took me a few moments to realise they had all gone temporarily deaf from the blast.

"There was silence which did not fit with what was happening, rubble everywhere and an atmosphere filled with dust and a smell and taste which I could not describe."

'Couldn't believe it was happening'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I picked up their phone earlier to Nigel Brown, who was one of the first two firemen to enter The Tavern in The Town pub after the bombings 40 years ago. He rang in after hearing BBC WM's coverage of the 40th anniversary.

Mr Brown, who was on red watch in Highgate from 1973 onwards, spoke of the moment he went inside the remnants of the pub.

He said: "I just stood there for a few seconds. You get training for these things but I still couldn't believe it was happening."

Service for pub bombing victims

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

A memorial

marking the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings is to be held later.

Firefighters outside remains of Tavern in the Town pub
Getty Images

A service at Birmingham Cathedral will take place from 19:00, followed by a vigil from 20:00 at a memorial to the dead.

Families of the victims have

called for inquests into the deaths to be held.

Feedback

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

Schoolchildren held in robbery probe

Katie Wray

BBC News

Three teenage boys who allegedly brandished a gun in a number of robberies across Tipton yesterday

have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

West Midlands Police says the three teenagers are aged between 14 and 18 and no-one was seriously injured.

News on the hour

BBC WM

In the 17:00 news bulletin: Three schoolchildren have been arrested after what is believed to be a gun was brandished in a series of robberies across Tipton yesterday.

Sparks: Collapse had a bearing

Paul Franks

Presenter, BBC WM

Councillor David Sparks just told me

his collapse in a Commons committee meeting earlier this month "had a bearing" on his decision
to stand down as council leader.

He says he suffers from hyper-tension and high blood pressure and that has served as a warning to him.

He says: "It would be absolutely stupid to carry on and drop dead as a consequence. The fundamental point is you can't do anything if you're dead."

Accident on the M6

Katie Wray

BBC News

There's been an accident on the M6 between J4A, for the M42, and J5, for the A452. One lane's closed and there's slow traffic,

warns BBC Travel.

Sparks: Right time to go

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Dudley Council leader Dave Sparks has

announced he is to step down.

He collapsed at a House of Commons committee hearing earlier in the month, although at the time a spokesman described it as "nothing serious".

Dave Sparks
BBC

Mr Sparks said it was the right time for a "refreshed" leadership team as local councils look to set up a West Midlands combined authority.

Men charged over Amazon robberies

Katie Wray

BBC News

Two men who allegedly targeted Amazon delivery drivers, attacking them before taking their vans and their contents, have been charged with robbery.

West Midlands Police says

about 80 parcels were recovered at the time of arrest.

Baggies team news

BBC Sport

Craig Gardner could return to the West Bromwich Albion line-up for the club's

trip to Chelsea after serving a ban.

Jonas Olsson and Sebastien Pocognoli are likely to remain out with Achilles and hamstring injuries respectively.

MP seeks Ashya assurances

Michael Stoddard

BBC News, Southampton

An

MP has sought assurances on what action UK authorities may take if cancer patient Ashya King returns home.

The five-year-old's parents fled with their ill son after disagreeing with doctors in Southampton and he has since been

granted NHS treatment in Prague.

Ashya King
AP

John Hemming, Liberal Democrat for Birmingham Yardley, said he had written to Portsmouth City Council and the NHS trust asking about their intentions.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

Our top local story

at 16:00:

  • A memorial service will take place at Birmingham Cathedral tonight for 21 people killed by IRA bombs in two city centre pubs 40 years ago.

New inquest call

The family of pub bombing victim Maxine Hambleton are calling for inquests into the 21 deaths.

Birmingham pub bombing composite
BBC

Nobody has been prosecuted for the bombings since convictions against six men were quashed in 1991.

Ring and ride fares rise

Express and Star

Ring and ride buses in the West Midlands are

having their funding slashed by £700,000 - with fares to use them in the evening set to double.

Donations from neighbours

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Children at Eastfield Nursery School, in Wolverhampton, have received donations after

thieves stole equipment and £900 collected for BBC's Children in Need appeal.

Nursery pupils with donations
BBC

Some of them have been random acts of kindness from members of the community; some from parents, but the majority have come from local businesses. Wolves football club have also donated a T-shirt to raffle off.

Disruption on M42

Katie Wray

BBC News

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J3a M40, because of a broken down vehicle,

warns BBC Travel.

Snow Hill signalling problems

Pete Morgan

Presenter, BBC WM

Earlier on, Network Rail confirmed to us that its engineers had yet to fix the

signalling fault on the Snow Hill lines. As a result, London Midland is unable to run train services between Shirley and Stratford upon Avon for a fourth day.

Replacement bus services are in operation for passengers travelling between Shirley and Stratford upon Avon in both directions. Departure times for the replacement bus services mirror the train timetable.

Lost friends in 'senseless' bombing

Ian and Maureen Lord were among 182 people injured in the Birmingham pub bombings 40 years ago.

Ian carried Maureen out of the debris at The Mulberry Bush, despite suffering severe injuries of his own. Seven months later they got married.

Speaking 10 years after the attack, Ian said: "We lost friends, who were killed. My wife was on the verge of dying. It's the senselessness of it, innocent people were killed and injured."

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

At 14:00 we hear from Alan Hill, the driver of the first fire engine to arrive on the scene of the pub bombing at the Tavern in the Town 40 years ago today.

Listen live

here for more on this and other stories.

Flu jabs for council staff

Birmingham Mail

Hundreds of Birmingham City Council

staff are being given flu jabs this winter, in a bid to cut time off work after a pilot saved the taxpayer £2.5 million last year.

'Senseless' pub bombings

Ian and Maureen Lord were both injured in the Mulberry Bush bombing. Ian carried his wife-to-be out of the pub, despite suffering severe injuries of his own.

Speaking 10 years after the attack, Ian Lord said: "We lost friends, who were killed. My wife was on the verge of dying. It's the senselessness of it, innocent people were killed and injured."

Maureen and Ian Lord
BBC

Maureen said: "I'll never forget what happened to both of us. We had people we knew who were killed. You'll never forget that, never."

Coming up on TV

Giles Latcham

Presenter, Midlands Today

A special service to mark the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings will be held at the city's cathedral this evening. Twenty one people died and 182 were injured in the explosions.

Bob Hockenhull reports for us on

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Feared attempted abduction

Express and Star

A pupil was approached by a man on her way to school in Cannock, prompting police to launch an investigation

amid fears that it was an attempted abduction.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

At 13:00 we hear from the Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, Catherine Ogle, on the theme of tonight's special service to mark the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings.

Listen live to the news bulletin

here.

Pub bombings documentary

BBC WM

Throughout the day we're hearing the accounts of

five people touched by the Birmingham bombings.

Maureen Mitchell, Les Robinson, Nick Owen, Pat Bentley and Alan Hill recount their stories of the Birmingham pub bombings
BBC

You can hear more on BBC WM tonight from 20:00.

Moeen as an opener

BBC Sport

Birmingham-born Moeen Ali

took three wickets and passed 50 against Sri Lanka A after being
given an opening berth in the touring side's warm-up for the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

Moeen Ali
Getty Images

The tourists cruised to 145-2 in 25 overs, with Alastair Cook making 54, and won by 56 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method when bad light ended play,

Disruption on M5

Katie Wray

BBC News

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M5 northbound between J2, the A4123 (Oldbury), and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of emergency repairs,

warns BBC Travel.

Man denies murdering ex

A telecommunications engineer is to stand trial in December accused of murdering his former partner and the attempted killing of two children.

Andrew Leigh, 42, today denied the murder of Luan Leigh and the attempted murder of the two youngsters, who cannot be named for legal reasons, during a brief plea hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

Crime scene in Woodlands Farm Road
BBC

The body of Ms Leigh, who died of compression to the neck, was found at an address in Pype Hayes, Birmingham, at about 07:25 on 29 June.