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  1. Updates from Monday 1 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Local Live updates have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

A judge has today banned so-called "car cruising" across most of the Black Country.

Amy Cole reports on a unique move by the local authorities of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley who came together to ask for an injunction.

Midlands Today is on BBC One at 18:30.

Largely mild night

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The weather will get a whole lot colder as we go through the week, maybe even with a light dusting of snow.

It will be mainly dry through the first part of the night, with the majority of showers quite light and another largely mild night as well. Highs of 7C (45F).

More information about the outlook for the rest of the week is


Traffic from crane removal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Problems persist on Barwick Street in Birmingham, where the removal of a crane is causing disruption between the junction with Livery Street and the Edmund Street junction.

The latest information is available from

BBC Travel.

Mvula supporting classical music

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Earlier I caught up with Birmingham's Laura Mvula. She's one of the seven musical ambassadors supporting the BBC's

Ten Pieces project to bring classical music to the next generation.

Satnam Rana with Laura Mvula

Catch up with the story later.

A familiar pose

Ben Sidwell

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Now how about this for a pub crawl. I've been to meet the Black Country men who've been to more than 18,000 in the past 30 years.

Black Country Ale Tairsters

Find out more about them on

BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Gang of ne'er-do-wells

Jennifer Scott

BBC News

If you want to see more portraits of the notorious gang of ne'er-do-wells the Peaky Blinders, there's a feature about the ICC exhibit


Matthew Peudgart
Washington Green 2014

Car cruising injunction granted

Caroline Gall

BBC News

An injunction banning car cruising has been passed around the Black Country covering the next three years.

It will forbid people participating in car cruising - involving two people or more from 15:00-07:00, as well as from arranging such gatherings.

It comes after the High Court in Birmingham heard police had been working hard to stop the practice.

Northfield raiders sought

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Masked raiders brandishing what looked like a gun concealed in a plastic bag attempted to hold up a Northfield convenience store, but the shopkeeper refused to listen to their demands.

Man brandishes suspected gun in the raid
West Midlands Police

Police have today released

CCTV of the culprits in a bid to find witnesses to the raid at the Nisa store on Egghill Lane on 1 November.

Wolves winger keen on return

BBC Sport

Wolves winger Zeli Ismail is determined to break into the first team

when he recovers from the knee injury that could keep him out for six months.

Zeli Ismail


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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your feedback about this service.

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume


West Midlands Police began their Christmas campaign to test drivers for drugs as well as drinking over the limit today.

We hear from a mother whose son was a victim of drink-driving in the 17:00 bulletin. Listen live


Albion team news

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Ahead of the visit of West Ham tomorrow night, West Brom manager Alan Irvine says defender Sébastien Pocognoli is a doubt because of a dead leg. James Morrison is training again after illness.

Irvine says he was also "hurt, stung and taken aback" by

fans' reaction to Sessegnon being replaced by Samaras on Saturday.

Black Country postcard selfie

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The love of the Black Country dialect has spread far and wide it seems.

Warren McCabe-Smith,

a Black Country artist, has just let us know one of the postcards he made in tribute to the area has made its way to the shores of Guernsey and the buyer has sent him a postcard selfie.

Postcard selfie
Cat Eccles

Bostin ay it.

New sexual health services

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has won a five-year contract to provide sexual health services across Birmingham and Solihull.

Umbrella, the new service which will be launched in August 2015, will be the first of its kind to provide sexual health care across the two areas.

Real Peaky Blinders: How he captured them

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Birmingham-born artist Jon Jones, paints in a muted palette based on

real historical mugshots, which Castle Fine Art believes helps him capture "unflattering, but very truthful faces of his subjects".

The portrait of Thomas Shelby
Washington Green 2014

For the exhibit he also created a portrait of fictional 'Peaky Blinders' character Thomas Shelby played by Cillian Murphy, in a similar style to the other 13 images of real criminals.

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume


In the news at 16:00 - Police are asking for witnesses to a fatal collision in Oldbury to come forwards.

A 39-year old man was killed on Saturday night at around 21:00, when he was hit by a white Mercedes which drove away from the scene near to the Wolverhampton Road.

'Are police doing their jobs?'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

More details of a potential injunction order are being discussed.

The Judge has questioned the role of police responding to racing events.

"Is there an element of convenience to this? Are police doing their jobs properly? I say that with respect," he said.

War memorial vandals 'escape'

Express and Star

More than half of the vandals and thieves who have targeted war memorials in the region over the past three years

have not been caught, the latest police figures reveal.

The real Peaky Blinders

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Some good news for fans of the

Peaky Blinders - you do not need to lament the series coming to an end.

Birmingham artist Jon Jones has created 14 paintings of the real Birmingham Peaky Blinder criminals based on photographs of the real life mugshots of the impeccably dressed criminals from the West Midlands Police archive.

John Peplow
Washington Green 2014

Among them is John Peplow (pictured) who according to records was sentenced to four months for stealing. His distinguishing marks included a scar on the end of the third finger of right hand.

Castle Fine Art, ICC will be displaying the portraits on Saturday 13 December from 12:00-17:00, in a Victorian themed day marking the start of an exhibit lasting until 23 December.

Car cruising injunction bid

Caroline Gall

BBC News

I'm at the High Court in Birmingham where lawyers acting for the four Black Country councils are making the case for an injunction stopping car cruising.

The judge is hearing statements given to police from officers and members of the public about "boy racers" meeting in the region, including the most recent gatherings on 16 November.

Cannabis seized

Birmingham Mail

More than 9,000

cannabis plants with a street value of £4.5m have been seized and destroyed by cops in the West Midlands during the past month.

News on the hour


A doctor who worked at Birmingham children's hospital and later went on the abuse children at a hospital in Cambridgeshire has been jailed for 22 years.

Find out more in our

15:00 bulletin.

Behind the scenes

Ed Barlow

BBC Inside Out

I've been out filming today with Mary for next series of

Inside Out - we're back in January.

Mary Rhodes on a camera screen

The challenge at the moment is finding places that aren't covered with Christmas lights and decorations.

How did it take so long?

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

For his patients and their parents he was a "God-like" figure. In reality hospital doctor Myles Bradbury, who'd worked in Birmingham, was a paedophile who filmed his abuse.

Myles Bradbury

How did he get away with it for so long and

why wasn't he caught sooner?

Witness appeal over fatal crash

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal crash in Oldbury on Saturday.

West Midlands Police is

appealing for information about the smash which claimed the life of a 39-year-old local man on Hagley Road West at around 21:00.

The 22-year-old woman and 30-year-old man arrested have since been bailed.

Wren's Nest emergency

West Midlands Fire Service

tweets: Multi-agency rescue at Wren's Nest, Dudley. Man fallen 50ft+. Our Technical Rescue Team leading rope response...

Wren's Nest fall

News on the hour


At 14:00 we hear from Renu Daly, a lawyer for the families of the victims of paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury, who said they would now try to rebuild their lives.

Listen live


Acid attack trial latest

Halesowen News

The half-sister of a teenager who had acid thrown in her face as she stood on the doorstep of a friend's Oldbury home has

admitted she lied to police about who was responsible for the horrific attack.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

Many people will have enjoyed a pub crawl at some time or other, but two friends from the Black Country have taken it to extremes.

They've notched up an incredible 18,000 pubs in a crawl that's lasted 30 years. They've come together to celebrate the landmark this lunchtime and Ben Sidwell has gone to join them at - where else - the local pub.

Midlands Today is on BBC One at 13:30.

Saddlers' undefeated streak continues

BBC Sport

Walsall stretched their unbeaten run to five games as they

secured a point away at Coventry City.

News on the hour


Immigration lawyer Harjap Bhangal questions whether new fines introduced for West Midlands landlords will make a difference.

The penalties are for landlords who fail to check if their tenants are in the country legally or not.

More on this and other stories in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Parking move would be 'suicide'

Birmingham Mail

A Birmingham council cabinet member has privately admitted that the introduction of workplace parking fees or congestion charging is

"highly unlikely" and would be political suicide for any administration.

The spectre of workplace parking, a charge on free parking spaces provided by firms for staff, has been raised in discussion around Birmingham's new £4 billion 20-year transport plan.

Drink drivers targeted

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Police has launched its

annual festive anti-drink-drive campaign with the warning that motorists are also going to be tested for drugs when they are taken to the cells.

The force says it will be cracking down on people using banned substances before they get behind the wheel.

Blues' revival continues

Joe Lynskey

BBC Sport

Birmingham City maintained their revival under new manager Gary Rowett as Paul Caddis's (pictured) late penalty

proved enough to beat Nottingham Forest.

Paul Caddis

Blues first led through a 20-yard stunner from David Cotterill. Britt Assombalonga then headed Forest level six minutes from time.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

At 12:00 the victim of a paedophile doctor tells us about their abuse. Their words are spoken by an actor to preserve their anonymity.

Hear more about their ordeal in

our bulletin.

Brentford beat struggling Wolves

BBC Sport

Wolves lost their fourth game on the trot as they

went down to a 4-0 defeat at form team Brentford.

Alan Judge scores
Getty Images

Brentford equalled a 75-year club record of five straight wins in England's second tier as they moved to third in the table.

The political week reviewed

Sunday Politics

Ex chief whip Andrew Mitchell probably did call police officers "plebs", a High Court judge said as he rejected a libel case against the Sun.

Andrew Mitchell

Catch up with the rest of

political week reviewed in 60 seconds.

Albion's goal drought

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion continued their league goal drought as a Danny Welbeck header

secured the points for Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck scores
Getty Images

The Baggies have not scored a league goal for more than 300 minutes and chants of "you don't know what you're doing" when manager Alan Irvine substituted Stephane Sessegnon will do little for confidence.