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  1. Updates from Tuesday 2 December 2014
  2. More updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Birmingham and the Black Country.

There'll be more updates from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Cold and frosty overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

It will be a dry and cold night with light winds and lengthy clear spells.

A widespread frost is likely to develop especially across low lying parts of the countryside, with a minimum temperature of -2C / 28 F.

Villa's winless streak

BBC Sport

Aston Villa are hoping to end their nine-match winless streak when they

take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening.

Christian Benteke playing Spurs

Villa have not won in the Premier League since they defeated Liverpool in September but Paul Lambert will be hoping the return of Christian Benteke (pictured left) from suspension will provide a boost to his side.

Bublé back in Birmingham

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Is this the closest I'll get to meeting Michael Bublé?

Satnam Rana with Sam Hollyman

Sam Hollyman from Stafford was pulled out from the crowd to sing alongside him at the NIA four years ago and is back at the Barclaycard Arena tonight to perform at a VIP reception ahead of the

Canadian singer's concert.

More tonight on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One

Car Cruising:Via Email

R.J. Clark, former organiser of Midland Custom Car Show, has emailed in to comment on

the car cruising ban in the Black Country .

"You can't ban cruising. Those who think you can need to stop, think and exercise some common sense. You cannot stop people driving wherever they wish to so long as it is legal."

Have your say

Baggies injury worries

BBC Sport

Sebastien Pocognoli (pictured) and James Morrison are West Bromwich Albion's main injury concerns ahead of

tonight's home game with West Ham.

Sebastien Pocognoli
Michael Regan/GETTY

Pocognoli suffered a dead leg in the defeat against Arsenal while midfielder Morrison has been struggling with both illness and a knee injury.

News on the hour


Coming up at 17:00: a deal's been agreed between Jaguar Land Rover and the unions over a new pay deal which will now be put to workers.

Listen live


Jaguar Land Rover pay deal

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A deal has been agreed between Jaguar Land Rover and the unions over a new pay deal.

Workers will now vote on whether to accept a pay increase of 4.5% as well as a one-off performance related payment of £825.

A previous offer of a 3.6% rise had been rejected and unions had warned there would be a ballot on strike action.

'Another Rotherham'

Birmingham city councillors are holding a meeting to discuss

a report on child sexual exploitation which found that at least 132 children in Birmingham are suffering or vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

Guy Roberts, who seconded the report, told the meeting Birmingham "will end up being another Rotherham in a few years' time" if it "doesn't get it right".

Levi-Blu Cassin case

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

A mother accused of murdering her 22-month-old son told her family she awoke to find his "cold and staring" body,

a jury heard at Birmingham Crown Court.

Levi-Blu Cassin
West Midlands Police

Kirsty Cassin, the half sister of Levi-Blu's mother, told the court that Danielle Cassin informed relatives the boy was unresponsive and not breathing on the morning of his death in February 2013.

The toddler's parents Danielle Cassin, 27, and Mark Piper, 31, deny murder.

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume, BBC WM Newsreader

Coming up in the news at 16:00. Birmingham City Council has launched an investigation into claims the Trust which runs Al-Hijrah Islamic School spent £1m of public money on a "sister school" in Pakistan.

Listen live


Police thanks

Wolverhampton Police have thanked members of the public for the "fantastic support" they gave to two police officers who were

run over by a suspected car thief this morning in Wednesfield.

Inspector Peter Haywood says a lorry driver and two people commuting to work were among a number of people who helped the officers.

A female police officer was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and her male colleague had to be treated for shock after they were reversed into.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and another man, 21, is being held on suspicion of wounding.

Cyclist fighting for life after collision with minibus

Birmingham Mail

A teenager has

suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to hospital following a rush hour accident where his bike collided with a minibus near Lichfield.

New Street Station upgrade

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

It's emerged that the project to modernise New Street Station in Birmingham won't be finished for almost two years.

Building work at New Street Station

While the new station and the shopping centre above it will open on schedule in September 2015, work to upgrade the platforms won't be completed until October the following year.

More tonight on Midlands Today.

News on the hour


Our top story at 15:00: Two men have been charged with the murder of a Romanian-born woman from West Bromwich.

This story and more in the news on

BBC WM shortly.

Calls for public to run police desk


Members of the public are interested in running the front desk of a police station to stop it closing, councillors in Castle Vale say.

Last month

West Midlands Police said it was closing 27 front desks over the next year to save money.

Three Labour councillors are asking for permission for Castle Vale to be run by local volunteers as a contact point for the police, similar to an arrangement already operating at Balsall Heath police station.

Free parking in Sandwell

Shoppers in Sandwell are being offered free parking for the next three Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

Sandwell Council says there will be no charge in the council-run car parks on 6, 13 and 20 December .

Have your say

Stephanie Barnard

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.

News on the hour


West Midlands Police has defended its policy of naming and shaming anyone charged with drink-driving in the run-up to Christmas.

We hear from Insp Greg Jennings at 14:00. Listen live


Town hall's history in film

A short film about a 19th-century painting which shows how the town hall in Birmingham was expected to look has been released by

West Midlands History.

Charles Dickens performing at Birmingham Town Hall
History West Midlands

The film also looks at the different ways the hall has been used over the years, including as a concert hall.

A huge array of musicians and writers have taken to its stage including Charles Dickens.

Read more about the building here.

Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today


BBC Midlands Today at lunchtime, we'll have the latest on the news that engineering works at Birmingham's New Street station are set to over run by 12 months.

We'll also be looking at one of the schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse investigation which has announced plans to join a federation of Birmingham academies as it strives to get out of special measures.

Join me on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Newsreader, BBC WM

In the news at 13:00, a woman tells us the grave of her goddaughter's stillborn son in Birmingham has been trashed by vandals so many times that she's considering installing CCTV cameras.

Hear more on

BBC WM shortly.

Light shines on New Street Station

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Today saw a major milestone for the project to

upgrade New Street Station in Birmingham.

Passengers have been promised that when the new station opens, daylight will flood down onto the concourse.

Today saw the first hole cut in the roof to make it happen.

See more on

BBC Midlands Today later.

View from the big wheel

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The Birmingham Christmas market is in full swing - whether it's a cheeky drink or a festive hat lots of people are talking about it.

Birmingham's big wheel at Christmas

I ventured up the big wheel over the weekend which is in front of the Library of Birmingham.

It was a bit windy and cold but worth it for the view. Feel free to

email or
tweet us your Christmas photos and we'll look to feature them on Local Live.

'Not a good use of time'


The West Midlands police and crime commissioner says using volunteers to man police station front desks would be a waste of time.

Councillors in Castle Vale say people have contacted them to say they're interested in giving their time to keep their local police desk open

after the force announced its proposal to close 27.

David Jamieson says: "We've got to remember why these desks are closing - its part of budget restraints but also they're not being used. The Castle Vale desk for example is averaging at about one person every two hours - so if you had a volunteer there for eight hours - only four people would come in. It's not a good use of people's time."

Benteke returns

BBC Sport

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke returns after suspension for

tonight's Premier League match at Crystal Palace.

Christian Benteke

Villa are enduring their longest winless run under Paul Lambert, having followed up six league defeats in a row with three straight draws.

Second man charged

West Midlands Police

says a second man has been charged with the murder of missing Sandwell woman, Lidia Pascale.

Lydia Pascale
Lydia Pascale went missing on 19 November

Lidia was last seen in West Bromwich wearing a black jacket and white jeans.

Faith school investigation

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

An investigation into whether a faith school in Birmingham spent £1m of public money on a "sister school" in Pakistan has been launched by Birmingham City Council.

The council says it's looking into allegations made against the Trust which ran

Al-Hijrah Islamic School in Bordesley Green.

The school was taken over by a government team in May after being placed in special measures in Ofsted.

In June, the city council highlighted that Al-Hijrah had a deficit of almost £900,000.

Artist's vision of town hall

A 19th-century painting showing

how the town hall in Birmingham was expected to look has gone on public display.

Artists impression of Town Hall Birmingham
Huw meredith / Birmingham Assay office

The original artist's impression, painted in 1831 by watercolourist W Harris, was part of Hansom and Welch architects' bid for the contract to build the hall.

The picture also illustrates their ideas for the rest of the city, with surrounding grand buildings.

School closes for two days

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Kings Norton Primary School in Birmingham is closed today and tomorrow due to illness.

Deputy headteacher Mrs J Evans has written to parents saying the school is undergoing a "deep clean" after staff and pupils are "suffering from seasonal flu like symptoms".

Morning meeting

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today is at the

Oldknow Academy in Birmingham which is joining the Ark network of academies to try and make improvements to the school. Oldknow was one of the so called "Trojan" schools.

We'll be at New Street station where they're breaking through the concourse to allow natural light from the new atrium to actually filter through into the station for the first time for years.

And ahead of Michael Bublé officially opening the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham we catch up the Staffordshire lad who's singing at the VIP launch

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Street racers in the Black Country now face up to two years in jail and a heavy fine.

Hear more on this story and others in the news at 10:00 on


Morrison doubtful

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison will be assessed ahead of

tonight's Premier League match against West Ham at the Hawthorns after struggling with both illness and a knee injury.

James Morrison
Getty Images

West Brom have gone four games without a victory at home and they have won just three of their last 21 Premier League home games.

Walked home alone

Express and Star

A three-year-old girl triggering an investigation after she

walked herself home alone from her nursery school.

The child is understood to have gone out of the grounds of Springdale Infant School in Wolverhampton last month instead of meeting parents as planned

Watch: Car cruising ban

A judge has banned so-called car cruising events

across the Black Country in the West Midlands.

Car cruising

Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell along with West Midlands Police have been given an injunction to stop the events, where drivers race or show off their vehicles on public roads.

Officer hit by stolen car

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit by a car this morning.

The officer was attending reports of a break in in Wednesfield at about 04:00.

She'd got out of her car to try and stop the driver in traffic when the vehicle was reversed into her and her colleague.