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  1. Updates from Wednesday 26 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live updates have finished for the day. We're back at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather as usual.

Staying cloudy

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

It'll stay cloudy into this evening with further outbreaks of rain overnight.

Mist and fog patches will develop during the first half of the night, dense in places. It won't be cold, with

lows of 7C (45F).

Coming up on TV

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

Police are warning that organised gangs of pickpockets are targeting shoppers at Birmingham's Christmas market. Our reporter Nicola Beckford will join us from the market.

And Amy Cole will be live from The Magical Journey Christmas attraction on the first day since it reopened and talking to customers and organisers about how today has gone.

Midlands Today is on BBC One at 18:30.

Twins become fathers on same day

Twin brothers have become fathers of baby boys

born within hours of each other at the same hospital.

The twins with their babies
Smith davies press

Jeromme Spence's baby, Cameron, was born at 02:04 GMT at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton on Monday, and Jarrell Spence's baby, Cassen, at 04:34 GMT.

More seats to Greece

Aegean Airlines says it will increase capacity between Birmingham Airport and Athens in summer 2015 by 8,500 seats, following the successful launch of the route in June this year.

Pharmacy told to improve after death

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

A pharmacy has been told to improve its procedures after

a grandfather who was given the wrong medication died.

Edlie Masters, 83, pictured left with family, ordered paracetamol to numb pain caused by an ulcer on his foot but was given another patient's prescription.

Edlie Masters pictured left with family members
Access Legal

Solicitors representing the family said pharmacist Matthew Hurcomb contacted him after realising he had given him the wrong medication and told him there would be no adverse affects.

Assistant coroner Heidi Connor recorded a verdict of accidental death and asked Hurcomb Chemists to put policies in place to stop it happening again.

Terrorists 'must be found'

Birmingham Mail

The terrorists responsible for the Birmingham pub bombings must be found,

David Cameron told the House of Commons.

Villa recall Robinson

Nathan Middleton

BBC Radio Manchester

Aston Villa have

recalled forward Callum Robinson from Preston North End.

The 19-year-old Robinson joined from Villa in September and had his loan

extended until January last month.

The England under-20 international scored five goals during his time at Deepdale, including a

hat-trick in the FA Cup against Havant & Waterlooville.


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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your feedback about this service.

Bridge problems hit traffic

The lorry striking a bridge has had an impact on the traffic, with Summer Road blocked in both directions between the Machin Road and South Road junctions.

The latest information is available from

BBC Travel.

Speedway news

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Wolverhampton have selected Lewis Blackbird and Josh Bates in the Elite Draft process to allocate reserve riders for next season, which took place this lunchtime.

Blackbird, aged 27, is a former National League champion with the Cradley Heathens and was one of the strongest reserves in this year's Elite League until suffering a serious leg injury in a crash in Denmark in August.

Bates, who is 18, won the British Under-21 Championship title at Monmore Green last April and gained Elite League experience with Leicester this year.

Moeen goes to century

BBC Sport

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali has chalked up his first One Day International for England against Sri Lanka. You can follow the run chase as it happens


Moeen Ali
Getty Images

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

At 17:00 we hear that a forensic pathologist has told a court fatal injuries suffered by a toddler from Birmingham were like those caused by falling from the top floor of a house.

Listen live for more on this and other stories.

Lorry strikes bridge

London Midland

tweets: Services are starting to get going again after being temporarily suspended after a lorry struck a bridge. Birmingham to Lichfield services were affected while the Birmingham to Redditch route continued to run.

Commuters are being warned to expect delays and cancellations.

'Nothing suggests an accident'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Jurors in the trial of a man and woman accused of murdering their toddler son have heard the child suffered "heavy punches, stamps, kicks, or impact with a weapon".

Dr Alexander Kolar said

"nothing suggests an accidental cause" for the death of Levi-Blu Cassin.

The fog descends

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

It's starting to look like a bit of a pea souper over Birmingham this afternoon.

Fog over the Mailbox and The Cube

Dull, damp and misty - that's what we should be expecting from

the rest of today's weather.

Behind the scenes

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We have been given this peek of what part of The Magical Journey looks like after it reopened following some improvements made after complaints.

What The Magical Journey looks like after improvements
The Magical Journey

Have you been along today? What do you think? Let us know via

Facebook or

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Walsall Councillor Mohammed Arif has called for people not to jump to conclusions, after a couple from the borough were

arrested for Syria-related terrorism offences.

More on this and other stories in

our 16:00 bulletin.

Magical Journey refunds

via Facebook

Claire Church has aired her frustration as she claimed she had not yet been refunded money paid to visit The Magical Journey.


posted: "Why haven't the majority of people received their refund yet? I was due to come on Sunday with my family so do I get an automatic refund or do I have to apply by email?

"I don't want to rebook as I've had enough of the whole situation, all I want is my money which is sat in your bank account along with many others gaining you interest! NOW SORT IT OUT!!"

Social media monitoring 'too big'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Monitoring online conversations from around the world is "too big a job", claims cyber-security expert Prof Mike Jackson, from Birmingham City University.

His comments come as the

BBC learned that Facebook was the firm that hosted a conversation by one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers five months ahead of the attack.

Lee Rigby memorial
Getty Images

"What Mr Cameron would like is for overseas internet companies to do the work of the British security services. To sift through the many millions of postings made each day and notify the UK government about any concerns," said Prof Jackson.

New Birmingham Conservatoire plans

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Plans for the first newly-built conservatoire in the UK since 1987 have been submitted to Birmingham planners.

The proposal is for a brand new home for Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, to open its doors to students in 2017.

How the new conservatoire could look
Birmingham City University

Its recent graduates include singer/songwriter Laura Mvula and classical singer, theatre actor and TV presenter Rhydian Roberts.

Magical Journey praise

via Facebook

Rebecca Spilane has given a glowing review of

The Magical Journey after it reopened today.


wrote on the attraction's Facebook page: "Ive just come out and it was amazing. It was beautiful and magical and the staff were lovely and im very in the mood for Christmas now! Absolutely value for money! I enjoyed it let alone my 2 year old!"

Tai missing for Wolves

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Last year's World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden has announced that he won't be riding for Wolverhampton in the Elite League next year.

Tai Woffinden

Woffinden says he was overwhelmed by his commitments in 2014 and had to take time out in July because of exhaustion.

He has ridden for Wolves every year since breaking into the Elite League aged 17, but in 2015 he will ride only in the Polish and Swedish Leagues and the Grand Prix series.

Birmingham's public transport 'shambles'

Birmingham Post

The West Midlands needs a Transport for London style regulator to co-ordinate bus, train and Metro services for the benefit of commuters,

a city council watchdog committee has claimed.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A Walsall couple - aged 20 and 19 - were picked up by counter-terror detectives at Heathrow Airport last night.

They'd just got off a flight from Istanbul but West Midlands Police say the investigation is linked to Syria.

More on this in

our 14:00 bulletin.

Patient 'given wrong meds'

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

A pharmacy has been told to improve its procedures after a grandfather who was given the wrong medication died.

Edlie Masters
Access Legal

Edlie George Masters, from Birmingham, ordered paracetamol to numb pain caused by an ulcer on his foot but was given another patient's prescription.

A coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death and asked Hurcomb Chemists to put polices in place to stop it happening again.

Magical Journey reopens

The Magical Journey

tweets: We are pleased to say we have reopened this morning and the first few groups have already started going through.

Coming up on Midlands Today

Ben Sidwell

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Fifty years ago five young men from the Black Country got together to form a band. They called themselves the N betweens but you probably won't know them as that. A few years later they changed their name to Slade.

The N betweens with drummer Dom Powell second from left and lead guitarist Dave Hill far right

I went back to Bilston with drummer Dom Powell, pictured second from left here, to find out where it all began. Have a guess who is on the far right of this picture too.

Find out more on

Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

Doubling up

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Twin brothers from Wolverhampton have defied odds of 150,000 - 1 to become dads to baby boys born on the same day - in the same hospital.

Jeromme (pictured right) and Jarrell Spence, from Fordhouses, became fathers within hours of each other at New Cross Hospital in the early hours of Monday.

From left to right Jarrell wearing a grey top, with Cassen and Jeromme, wearing a black top, with baby Cameron
Smith Davis Press

The twins, 21, knew their partners were both having baby boys, and shared the same due date of November 26, but they didn't believe their new bundles of joy would ever arrive on the same day.

Alex Donohue, from Ladbrokes Bookmakers, said: "This is so rare. The odds of it happening are at least 150,000 - 1."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Police are searching two addresses in Walsall after arresting a man and a woman from the borough on suspicion of terror offences.

More on this and other stories in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Bent loan confirmed

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Darren Bent's loan move from Aston Villa to Brighton has now been confirmed. The deal runs until 29 December.

Darren Bent
BBC Sport

The 30-year-old striker cost Villa £18m when he was signed in January 2011 from Sunderland. He scored nine goals in the second half of that season to help Villa pull away from relegation trouble, but gradually fell out of favour.

He has not started a Premier League game for Villa since May 2013 and was loaned to Fulham last season.


A man and woman from Walsall have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences,

says West Midlands Police.

The couple were detained by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at about 22:30 yesterday at Heathrow Airport, as they got off a flight from Istanbul.

Parents deny murdering toddler

Caroline Gall

BBC News

I am at Birmingham Crown Court for the trial of Danielle Cassin and Mark Piper, who both deny murdering 22-month Levi-Blu Cassin and other charges of neglect, assault, abandoning a child, causing or allowing the death of a child, and causing unnecessary suffering or injuries to a child.

Dr Alexander Kolar, forensic pathologist, has been detailing the injuries Levi-Blu suffered.

Levi-Blu Cassin
West Midlands Police

The court heard he suffered bruising to his lung, bowel and two lacerations to his liver. There was haemorrhaging around his kidneys and adrenal gland, lacerations to his small intestine and internal bleeding.

Olsson to have surgery

Mandeep Sanghera

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonas Olsson will be out for between four and six weeks as

he will undergo minor Achilles surgery.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson
Getty Images

The 31-year-old Sweden international is scheduled to have his operation in Portugal on Friday.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top local story at 12:00: A Birmingham mother with disabled twins tells us how she came face to face with a man who stole the family's motability car.

Listen live


Budget plans

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Budget proposals by Birmingham City Council for next year

will be published for formal consultation in December.

It has also planned public meetings for people to have their say on 11 December at the council house from 18:00-20:00 and on 15 December at the same time at the Lighthouse Cente in St Barnabas Church, High Street, Erdington.

Book a place

via email.

Carjacking victim

Daz Hale

Presenter, BBC WM

We've had a call from Jo. She's been the victim of a car jacking in the past few days. The car was a motability car used for her two disabled twins. Her story is actually

in today's Birmingham Mail.

Jo Collier

Now we are here to help and we couldn't ignore what's happened. I'm talking to her

on BBC WM now.

Bears long-term deals

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Warwickshire have given new long-term contracts to Boyd Rankin and Sam Hain (pictured)

Sam Hain
Phil Britt - Warwickshire CCC

Fast bowler Rankin, 30, made his England Test debut in 2013 and has been with the county since 2008. He's signed a new three-year deal.

Hain, 19, has agreed a new four-year contract after an outstanding first season of Championship cricket, in which he broke Ian Bell's records to become the youngest to score a first-class hundred and double-hundred for Warwickshire.

£20m of cuts still to be found

Express and Star

More than £20million worth of cuts still have to be found at Sandwell Council -

sparking a new bid to find savings.