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  1. Updates for Monday 8 December 2014
  2. News, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Today's Local Live updates have now come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Dry night ahead

It should stay dry overnight with prolonged clear spells, which will allow a fairly widespread frost to develop.

However, cloud will increase across western parts by dawn and winds will start to strengthen. A low of -2C (28F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Hospitals and GPs are under pressure from flu outbreaks, with extended hours and additional staff to cope, but what should you do if you come down with flu? We'll have advice from a doctor.

99-year-old woman who had to climb steps after her lift broke down

We meet the 99-year-old (pictured) who was forced to climb stairs on her hands and knees to reach her second floor flat because the lift was broken.

All that, plus a roundup of the weekend's footballing action. Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

CCTV released in phone theft probe

British Transport Police has released CCTV images of a group of men they want to speak to after a woman had her mobile phone stolen at Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station on 13 November.

CCTV image of men at Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station
British Transport Police

Football memorial

Jennifer Scott

Journalist, BBC News Online

Earlier I spoke to St Brigid's Primary School, in Birmingham, where staff are very proud of pupil Chelsea Parkinson.

Chelsea, 10, was shortlisted in a national competition run by the Football Association and the British Council to design a memorial for the World War One Christmas truce football match.

Pupil Chelsea Parkinson

The school says Chelsea believes her great-great grandfather may have played in the famous football match.

"We know he was in the war at that time," history co-ordinator Jenny Taggart told me.

Dudley gritters out

Dudley Council

tweets: Our gritters are treating the roads and motorists still need to drive carefully Visit our Weather Watch pages #wmgrit

£10m for science students

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

About £10m is being ploughed into addressing the shortage of young people studying the so-called STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths - at Birmingham City University.

The money will be spent in a bid to remedy the shortfall of 80,000 skilled workers predicted in industry within the next two years.

An illustrated story of Birmingham

A stop-motion video showing two artists create an illustration telling the story of Birmingham's past, present and future has been released.

Stop-motion video image
Marketing Birmingham

The video, created by local artists, was commissioned by

Marketing Birmingham for its annual general meeting.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: Police in Wolverhampton are appealing for anyone who's had a
memorial stolen from Bushbury Crematorium to get in touch with them.

Memorial stolen from Bushbury Crematorium

It's after a 47-year old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and about 32 items have been recovered..

Watch: Crackdown on drink-driving

Nicola Beckford

Journalist, BBC Midlands Today

More than 30 drivers have been charged with drink or drugs offences in the first week of the annual Christmas crackdown by West Midlands Police.

Watch the piece on the Midlands Today Facebook page.

Police breathalysing drivers

M5 lane closure

One lane is closed on the M5 southbound between J3, for the A456 in Halesowen, and J4, for the A38 in Lydiate Ash,

warns BBC Travel.

Man charged over attack

A man has been

charged with wounding after a 36-year-old woman was left with broken bones and a fractured eye socket when she was assaulted in her home in Sandwell on Friday.

Watch: Tonight's forecast

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Beware a widespread frost overnight.

Watch the latest forecast on Facebook.

Anna Church with the latest weather forecast

Birmingham buskers banned

Buskers were banned from parts of Birmingham city centre over the weekend because of the number of shoppers.

Birmingham Christmas market 2014
Getty Images

Leaflets from Birmingham City Council were given to buskers on Saturday banning them from the High Street, New Street and four city squares.

The decision was taken after "a significant increase in footfall" on previous weekends, the council said.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: There are fears a flu epidemic could be under way with some doctors saying appointments have doubled.

We'll hear from a GP in Kings Norton in the news bulletin.

Grumble over loss of free parking

Birmingham Post

Birmingham councillors are grumbling after being

forced to give up their exclusive underground car park and use a public multi-storey several hundred yards away.

Ornaments 'stolen' from crematorium

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

These items are suspected of being stolen from memorials at Bushbury Crematorium and police are trying to reunite them with their owners.

Some of the ornaments stolen
West Midlands Police

The officers' appeal comes after a 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft following a number of reports over the past six months about ornaments being stolen from the crematorium.

Thirty two items were recovered from an address in the Scotlands area of Wolverhampton - searched as a result of the arrest - and officers are currently trying to establish where they may have come from.

Birmingham bin collections reminder

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Residents are being reminded, as is normally the case, there are no bin collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Anyone due a collection of general household waste on those days will instead have their collection on 1 or 2 January,

says the city council.

Bostin Cuppa Tay

Av a loff at this Black Country version of 'A partridge in a Pear Tree' - 'A Bostin cuppa Tay',

tweets the Black Country Living Museum.

News on the hour


In the

15:00 news bulletin: The parents of a nine-month-old girl alleged to have died of pneumonia because of malnourishment in Wolverhampton
have denied causing her death.

Appeal after sex assault

Midlands Today

Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a sexual assault near a church in Birmingham on Saturday night.


St Nicholas' Church, in Kings Norton, was sealed off as officers from West Midlands Police carried out their investigation.

Have your say

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates in one place. What do you make of it?

Let us know.

Workshops 'to stop pupils being radicalised'

Birmingham Mail

Theatre workshops to stop pupils being "radicalised" are part of a raft of measures being used in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, the Birmingham Mail can exclusively reveal.

Clark's Blackpool beat Blues

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport

Former Blues boss Lee Clark

inflicted the first defeat on his successor as the Championship's bottom club Blackpool held out for just their second win of the season.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the

news at 14:00

Police in Wolverhampton are appealing for anyone who's had a memorial stolen from Bushbury Crematorium to get in touch with them.

Explosion triggered by roadworker throwing spade at flare

Express and Star

A shocking video has emerged online showing a worker

setting off a flare that exploded near to streams of heavy traffic on the Churchbridge Island in Cannock.

The 30-second footage shows a male worker repeatedly throwing a spade at a canister before it explodes with red smoke.

'Sick of stereotyping'


Sue Roberts, chair of Wolverhampton Homes, says she was offended by the card saying why Santa lives on a council estate.

She's told BBC WM "I've been a council tenant for 37 years and I'm sorry but I'm fed up of being stereotyped and this is just another example."

Drink drive operation

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

More than 30 people

have been charged to appear before the courts, accused of being under the influence in the first week of West Midlands Police's drink and drug driving crackdown.

West Midlands Police officer pulls over a driver

Join us for more on this and other stories on

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the

news at 13:00.

The parents of a nine month old girl alleged to have died of pneumonia because of malnourishment in Wolverhampton have denied causing her death.

Firefighter recruitment

West Midlands Fire Service

tweets: "Just over 200 ppl completed the first steps of applying to be a firefighter in first 20 mins of online applications opening this morning! "

Westwood injury

BBC Sport

Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood will

have a knee scan today after being carried off on a stretcher during
yesterday's 2-1 win over Leicester.

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is carried off on a stretcher during his team's game with Leicester City

Goals from Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton secured the win for Villa which has taken them up to 11th in the table.

Parents deny baby killing

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Both Brian and Precious Kandare were remanded in custody to face trial at Birmingham Crown Court on 15 April next year.

Their daughter died shortly after being taken to Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital on 6 January.

BreakingBreaking News

The parents of a nine-month-old girl alleged to have died of pneumonia as a result of malnourishment have denied causing her death.

Brian Kandare, 32, and Precious Kandare, 36, of South Avenue in Wednesfield, denied the murder of Rebecca Kandare during a plea hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The couple also entered not guilty pleas to alternative charges of manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Newsreader, BBC WM

A new offence to tackle domestic abuse which covers psychological as well as physical harm will be announced today and has been welcomed by a Birmingham victim.

More on this and other stories in

our 12:00 bulletin.

Saddlers injury news

BBC WM Sport

Tom Bradshaw is back in the squad for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Tranmere tomorrow night after a hamstring injury. Sam Mantom is to have growth hormone injected in his knee as he looks to return to full fitness.

Controversial Christmas card


A Christmas card that's been removed from sale for mocking people who live on a council estate is being criticised.

The card was being sold by


The card that was criticised
Clintons Cards

It has a picture of Santa in front of a block of flats on it - and lists

10 reasons why he must live on a council estate - including that he only works once a year and drinks alcohol during working hours.

Sue Roberts, the chair of Wolverhampton Homes - which manages 23,000 social homes in the city, said: "It's disrespectful."

Robber blew up cashpoints

Birmingham Mail

A Romanian bank robber has been

jailed for 13-and-a-half years after he admitted blowing up three Barclays Bank cashpoint machines in the Midlands.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Newsreader, BBC WM

Our top local story: Birmingham mother Majida Sarwar went to the police when she found out her son was missing and he was arrested on Syria-related terrorism charges when he returned to Britain in January.

She says she's appalled by his lengthy sentence. More on this and other stories in

our 11:00 bulletin.

Apology over referee confrontation

Ian Winter

BBC Midlands Today

Wolves chairman Steve Morgan has apologised for confronting referee Mike Jones on the touchline after

two Wolves players were sent off in their defeat to Bournemouth at Molineux.

Steve Morgan confronts Mike Jones

Although the club will be appealing against , Morgan acknowledged that he was in the wrong.

Bus fare rises

Pete Morgan

Presenter, BBC WM

National Express has announced that from January 2, an adult single will go up from £2.10 to £2.20, a day-saver goes up from £4 to £4.20, and a monthly travelcard rises from £51 to £52.50. Some child fares have been frozen.

Will the changes affect you? Will you be glad to see investment in the buses? Tell us what you think over

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