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  1. Updates from Tuesday 25 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A young woman from the West Midlands has been recalling the moment she had acid thrown in her face. Vikki Horsman suffered 8% burns in what's alleged to be a revenge attack orchestrated by her elderly Muslim ex-boyfriend.

Mohammed Rafiq, aged 80, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, alongside two other men he allegedly employed to carry it out.

Join us on

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Rain arriving

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It's been a cold and foggy day but we're going to start to see the weather changing from this afternoon. Rain is working its way up from the south.

Lows of 4C (39F). More information about the rest of the week is available


Tinsel problems avoided

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The glittering Christmas tree in The Cube in Birmingham is nearly finished too - a novel way to avoid bits of tinsel on the carpet.

Christmas tree in The Cube

Feast for the eyes

via Facebook

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

posts Cadbury World.

Faux chocolate Christmas tree
Cadbury World

Sinkhole investigated

Birmingham Updates

Firefighters, Police and BCC Highways Team are looking into a sinkhole in Kings Norton.

The sinkhole shown twice in a splitscreen image
Kings Norton Fire Station

Firefighters, from Kings Norton Fire Station, discovered the small but deep sinkhole on Middleton Hall Road, near the Selly Oak Road junction, at around 15:30 today.

M6 jams after breakdown

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

There is slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J7 at Great Barr and J6 for the Aston Expressway. It's 20 minutes to get through there at the moment due to the ongoing delays following an earlier broken down vehicle.

The latest information is available from

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.

Listen: How do you dial 101?

via Facebook

West Midlands Police has released

this recording of a man who rang police to clarify how to call 101.

A force spokesperson said: "It may not sound like much, but if someone is trying to get through to report a genuine life or death emergency, every second counts.

"Please remember, 999 is for emergency calls only."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A woman left burned and disfigured after being doused with acid in the Black Country has told a court about the moment she saw the eyes of her attacker.

Our news editor Chris Blakemore has been following the story. Hear more from him in

our 17:00 bulletin. We will also be reporting live from outside Wolverhampton Crown Court soon so stay tuned for that.

In her own words

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

An "instant burning, piercing pain".

That was how

Vikki Horsman described the moment corrosive acid touched her skin as she gave evidence in the trial of three men accused of carrying out a revenge attack on her, on behalf of her former lover.

Crackdown on illegal vehicles

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A total of 134 foreign vehicles have been seized in the first few weeks of a pilot

clamping down on overseas drivers flouting UK road rules.

West Midlands Police is one of six forces across the country taking part in a pilot project that sees officers handed devolved powers to impound vehicles being driven illegally on the country's roads.

A car being seized during the pilot project
West Midlands Police

Supt Paul Keasey said 134 vehicles had been seized across the West Midlands and West Mercia - one of the other forces involved - since the project launched on 3 November.

Foodies day out

via Facebook

Native Monster, the entertainment website run by the Express & Star, has

posted a handy guide for what to do at Birmingham's Good Food Show Winter, which kicks off on Thursday, including the
BBC Good Food Kitchen.

Recipes from the BBC Good Food Kitchen

December gym closure

Sandwell Leisure Trust, which runs leisure facilities on behalf of Sandwell Council,

tweets it is upgrading facilities at Haden Hill Leisure Centre in December and the sauna, steam room and gym will all be temporarily closed at some point in the month.

The lower dance studio will also be affected by the renovations. More details


News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

It's thought the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is on course for a record year.

About five million people are set to visit what's said to be the biggest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria and it's expected to bring in more than £90m to the local economy.

Listen live to

BBC WM for more on this and other stories.

Heavy traffic after M6 crash

via Facebook

Birmingham Updates

posts to warns drivers one lane was closed northbound on the M6 between J10 (Wolverhampton) and J10A due to a collision.

The lane closure on the M6
Highways Agency

BBC Travel has since said all of the lanes have reopened but congestion is still back to J8, for the M5 interchange.

Birthday plea

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Kruchowski admitted drinking at driving at Walsall Magistrates' Court earlier - on his birthday - and was

jailed for eight weeks.

The 36-year-old, from Edukacji, Poland, was also ordered to pay £80 and banned from driving for three years.

Wrong-way driver jailed

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

A lorry driver has been jailed for drinking and driving after taking an HGV along the wrong side of a dual carriageway.

Tomasz Kruchowski was stopped on the Black Country Route, in Willenhall, at 02:20 on Monday.

A breath test revealed he was more than three times over the alcohol limit.

Victim 'saw her skin blister'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The 20-year-old

acid attack victim Vikki Horsman today told jurors that she glimpsed her blistering face and neck as she stumbled back into the house, hurriedly dousing her face with cold water from the kitchen tap.

Earlier, she had described the breakdown of her relationship with 80-year-old Muslim man Mohammed Rafiq - more than 60 years her senior - with whom she had been sleeping since she was 18.

Rafiq, whom she had known for six years, had bought her a car but became increasingly "very controlling", she told the court.

Tougher punishment call for dog-nappers

Daz Hale

Presenter, BBC WM

Here's Boo the pug dog who was stolen last week from his home during a burglary.

Boo the pug with owner Mark

Boo has been reunited with his owner Mark now, but he's backing calls for tough sentences for dog-napping.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A lorry driver has been jailed for eight weeks after he went the wrong way up the dual carriageway the Black Country Route in Willenhall yesterday morning.

More on this and other stories in

the 15:00 bulletin.

Cyclist injured in crash

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

A cyclist has been taken to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton

with leg and head injuries after a collision involving a car.

It happened on the Snow Hill ring road in the city centre.

The ring road and Dudley Road are closed. The injured man was in his 20s.

Acid attack victim's experience

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A woman left horribly burned and disfigured after being doused with corrosive acid has described the moment she saw the eyes of her masked attacker.

Vikki Horsman had "peeked around the corner of the porch door" to a hooded male caller wearing a bandana across his face who then threw the liquid directly in her face on 15 April this year.

Ms Horsman, in Wolverhampton Crown Court for the

trial of the three men accused of carrying out the attack, described how she was left "screaming" after the attack at a house at MacDonald Close, Tividale.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A woman left burned and disfigured after being doused with acid in the Black Country has told a court about the moment she saw the eyes of her attacker.

More on this and other stories in

our 14:00 bulletin.

HS2 legal challenge

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Campaigners against the London-Birmingham section of the planned HS2 high-speed rail link say land has been set aside along the route without proper consultation, nor assessment of the environmental impact.

They are asking the Court of Appeal to rule that the government has unlawfully failed to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

David Elvin QC, for the campaigners, told three appeal judges "generous" areas of land extending beyond the route were protected and this could all mean a costly planning blight for an indefinite period.

Fatal crash witness appeal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for more information about a crash between a white Mercedes Sprinter van and a marked police car which claimed the life of the van driver.

Ajay Sagher (pictured), aged 29, died after the collision on Central Drive, at the junction with Martin Close, Coseley, on 21 October at about 11:00.

Ajay Sagher

Central Motorways Police Group is investigating.

Coming up on TV

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

It's been just over two weeks since Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market officially opened.

As the biggest authentic German Market outside Germany and Austria it's expected to draw more than five million visitors. And for the city, that's big business, as Shefali Oza reports.


Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour


The funeral's taking place this lunchtime of a man who died in a fire at a Staffordshire warehouse last month.

We'll have the details in our

13:00 bulletin.

Delays in Sheldon

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

There is slow traffic on the A45 Coventry Road in Sheldon between Eagle Court business park and The Wheatsheaf,

warns BBC Travel.

Royal visit at dance school

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The Duchess of Cornwall, the patron of Elmhurst School of Dance, is meeting students and touring the school.

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to students

She will watch a performance in the auditorium, join a reception and unveil a plaque to mark the school's 10th anniversary at its Birmingham site on Bristol Road.

Shopkeepers warned

Express and Star

Terror police urged Wolverhampton shopkeepers to be on the look out for extremism as the

threat of an attack was raised to severe.

Bogus cigarettes seized

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A total of 27,000 illegal cigarettes worth £10,000 have been seized as trading standards officers

swooped on 10 shops and off-licences across Birmingham.

Officers raided the premises with the help of two sniffer dogs yesterday, as part of a crackdown on the sale of illicit tobacco - products which have been smuggle in, illegally produced or for which no duty has been paid.

Officers pose with the sniffer dogs with the haul from the raids
Birmingham City Council

A further 120 packets of illegal hand-rolling tobacco, worth an estimated £1,800 if they were sold on the streets, were also seized.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham's annual Frankfurt Christmas market is now expected to generate a record £90m for the local economy.

More on this and other stories in

our 12:00 bulletin.

Apology over Twitter jibe

Dudley News

A senior Dudley councillor has apologised

for calling the prime minister "dishface" shortly after a solemn Remembrance Day ceremony.

Blue plaque bid for ELO star

Black Country Bugle

A fundraising campaign has been launched to commemorate the late Electric Light Orchestra musician Kelly Groucutt with a

blue plaque on the Coseley house where he grew up.

Full story on Berahino arrest

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Read the

full story on the arrest of West Bromwich Albion and England striker Saido Berahino on suspicion of drink-driving, days after he scored against Manchester United last month.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

At 11:00 we hear from Paul Dillane, from the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, who says a report carried out for the government shows the process to prove an asylum seeker's sexuality is not fair.

It comes after a Ugandan man told us his application was rejected by the Home Office because he could not prove he was gay.

Listen live for more on this and other stories.