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  1. Updates for Monday 15 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Local Live has finished for the day. We will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

A chilly night ahead

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It was nice to see some brighter skies earlier but we are starting to see some showers now. It's going to be quite a chilly night with a chance of ice on untreated surfaces.

Lows of 3C (37F) are expected. More information about the next few days is


Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it received a record number of 999 calls over the weekend - close to what's normally expected on New Year's Eve.

Problems at A&E units across the region meant crews were often delayed in handing over patients, the service said.

Tune in to

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30, when we'll be live from the service's headquarters.

Berahino contract talks halted

Express and Star

Boss Alan Irvine insists Saido Berahino has a big future at West Brom despite the club

placing contract talks with him on hold.

West Brom's Saido Berahino
BBC Sport

New signing for Brummies

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham Brummies have announced Tom Perry as their third signing for 2015 after he couldn't fit into Cradley Heathens' team plans.

Abortion revelation under investigation

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A possible trigger for the fatal attack on Natasha Trevis mentioned in the court case, that a social worker had

let slip to Oakes that Miss Trevis had an abortion, was "still under investigation",
the review said.

"The case highlights the need for a full understanding by professionals of the importance of handling information safely in cases of domestic violence throughout the process of working with a woman and her children," the report said.

Playing for Blues 'means everything'

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Birmingham City teenage forward Demarai Gray is keen to build on the feeling of local pride he got from

registering his first professional hat-trick.

Birmingham City forward Demarai Gray


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

Travel problems

A lane's shut on the M6 northbound between J9 and 10 because of a broken down vehicle.

Meanwhile, the impact of a damaged manhole cover is still being felt on the A4123 Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury, even though it happened earlier and all lanes have since been reopened.

There is queuing traffic there still,

warns BBC Travel.

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume

Journalist, BBC WM

A man released from jail on GPS-assisted tagging has gone back to prison after the satellite-linked tag proved he committed a spate of seven burglaries.

More on this and other stories in

the news at 17:00.

New name for Paradise Circus development

Birmingham Post

The planned £500 million Paradise Circus development in Birmingham city centre has been

rebranded to simply "Paradise" as developers confirm that work will start on January 5.

Ties with Pannu cut

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today


Peter Pannu's resignation from Birmingham City football club and PLC last week, parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited say he's been removed from their board.

Information 'not shared' with family

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live


review into the death of Natasha Trevis revealed her family members were unaware that her murderer, Junior Saleem Oakes, had a history of domestic violence and a previous partner and child.

"The family expressed the view that if that information had been explained to the victim, it might have assisted her to make a more informed decision about her relationship with him, thus preventing some of what had happened," the review said.

"They were surprised that the agencies involved with the victim had been aware of the same information all along, yet had not shared some of it with the extended family."

Cannabis farms discovered

Two cannabis factories have been discovered and dismantled by police in Perry Barr and Oscott, according to a

tweet by officers.

The factories being dismantled

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top local story: Opportunities were missed to stop a violent Birmingham man from stabbing his partner more than 20 times as they travelled in a taxi.

Tune into

our 16:00 bulletin for more on this and other stories.

Hospital treats Ukrainian soldiers

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

The first of five badly-wounded Ukrainian soldiers has

arrived in Birmingham for UK-funded medical treatment, the Foreign Office said.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are performing reconstruction surgery for severe wounds sustained in the battle against pro-Russian rebels.

Fundraising covered new wheelchair

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

A teenager from Erdington who has a condition which limits the use of her legs has been given

a new state-of-the-art wheelchair thanks to generous fundraising efforts.

River Rea rescue

Birmingham Mail

A distressed woman who fell 10ft down an embankment into a Birmingham river was

plucked clear by firefighters who feared she would be swept away.

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news bulletin on

BBC WM shortly: we hear from the chairman of the review body that found a mother's murder could have been prevented.

Warning over legal highs

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Revellers in Birmingham are "are really playing Russian Roulette with their lives" if they take so-called legal highs, according to an expert.

National figures show the number of deaths associated with the use of "legal highs" (or new psychoactive substances) increased by nearly eight times from 12 in 2009 to 97 in 2012.

Birmingham Public Health substance misuse expert Ricky Bhandal

warned users off the substances over the Christmas season.

I'm dreaming of a...

BBC Weather

tweets: Bing Crosby dreamt of it, but what counts as a white #Christmas & how likely is it to #snow?

BBC Weather's Sarah Keith-Lucas

Frankley arson probe

B31 Voices

West Midlands Police are investigating after

an arson attack on flats in Frankley at the weekend.

GPS link to break-ins

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Police has explained that the information from

Aron Thompson's GPS was gained retrospectively, so some of his early burglaries could not have been prevented by that.

Officers look into GPS if a person becomes a suspect for a crime to see if there is any evidence linking them to it.

Serial burglar behind bars

A burglar who raided seven homes within three weeks of his prison release has been jailed again after a satellite-linked tag fitted as part of a pilot scheme

showed him at the scene of each break-in.

Aron Thompson (pictured left), from Geraldine Road in Hay Mills, was electronically tagged on 20 November last year as part of a Ministry of Justice trial.

Aron Thompson and Tony Babington
West Midlands Police

Tony Babington (pictured right), from Upton Road in Stechford, denied burglary but a jury found him guilty of joining Thompson on two break-ins - in Hob Moor Road, Yardley, on 7 December and at an 81-year-old's home in Tyseley the following day.

Murder review - full story

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

A mother-of-three murdered by her "controlling" former partner was "not listened to or heard" by authorities, a report has found.

The report, by Birmingham Community Safety Partnership, found Junior Saleem Oakes (pictured) had come to the attention of West Midlands Police 25 times before the murder of Natasha Trevis, including a string of offences against his ex-partner and her family.

Junior Saleem Oakes
West Midlands Police

Police said their approach to domestic violence cases had "radically" changed. Read

the full story.

News on the hour

Rebecca Hume

Journalist, BBC WM

Three men are due in court accused of robbing a Wolverhampton pizza shop in the early hours of Saturday.

More on this and other stories in

the 13:00 bulletin.

Coming up on TV

Susana Mendonca

BBC West Midlands political reporter

EU migration will be a hot topic in the run-up to next year's general election.

Calls to limit freedom of movement and changes to benefits will all be debated over the next few months. But thousands of people from our region live in other European countries, so what could it mean for them?

The olive farm

I have been to the Spanish region of Aragon to meet one family of Midlanders who are making a new life for themselves as olive farmers. Tune into

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Three charged with takeaway robbery

Three men are due to appear before magistrates this morning

accused of robbing a Wolverhampton pizza shop in the early hours of Saturday.

Police were called to reports of a member of staff being assaulted during an armed robbery at a takeaway on Newhampton Road, Whitmore Reans, at 01:15.

'Exhausted' nurse took his own life

Birmingham Mail

Nurse Stuart Beddows was unable to cope with the pressures he faced and tragically

took his own life.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A review has revealed missed opportunities to protect murdered mother-of-three Natasha Trevis and her children by agencies providing services for them.

Hear more on this and other stories at 12:00.

Baggies win Villa derby

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion's midfielder Craig Gardner scored against former club Aston Villa to end the Baggies' run of five Premier League matches without a win.

Craig Gardner
Getty Images

Festive rise in 999 calls

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

West Midlands Ambulance Service received 3,339 emergency calls on Saturday - making it the

11th busiest day in its history. On Saturday there were about 3,500, 999 calls - the fourth highest number ever recorded.

A spokesman said a yearly spike in alcohol-related calls around the festive period had combined with cold weather, and a few car accidents caused by frosty conditions.

He also told me pressure on hospitals had seen a knock-on effect on the ambulance service and pointed out the NHS is

"stretched" across the country at the moment.

Fears for ambulance demand

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

West Midlands Ambulance Service, which logged its

fourth-highest number of 999 calls in a single day on Saturday, says it fears demand will be even higher this weekend.

Traditionally the weekend before Christmas sees a lot of callouts, partly because of the number of festive parties and office nights out which take place.

It led to emergency workers coming up with the term

"Black Friday", although in recent years this has morphed into "Mad Friday", probably to avoid confusion with the US-inspired November
bargain dash.

Have your say

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.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A review into the death of a Birmingham woman who was killed by her boyfriend has found it could have been prevented.

More on this in

our 11:00 bulletin.

Murder review findings recognised

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, who chairs the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership which conducted

the review, says: "We note the report's conclusion and would like to express our condolences to the family members and friends of the victim in this tragic case.

Garry Forsyth

"We recognise that we must be responsible for doing everything we can to protect adults regardless of whether we have the support of the individuals themselves.

"We will ensure that learning from this domestic homicide review is shared with all staff across all agencies and embedded into daily practice. This includes better use of all our systems to enable us to be more effective in alerting officers to a domestic abuse threat or someone at risk."

Murder 'may have been prevented'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The murder of a mother-of-three as she tried to escape from a Birmingham taxi may have been possible to prevent, according to

a domestic homicide review's conclusion.

Natasha Trevis, 22, of Weoley Castle, died at the scene in Northfield on 7 August 2012 after being stabbed 26 times during a row over an abortion, a court was told.

Natasha Trevis
West Midlands Police

The father of her three children, Junior Saleem Oakes, 28, of Dimsdale Road, Northfield, was

jailed for life by a Birmingham Crown Court judge and must serve at least 22 years.

A review found there were missed opportunities by the agencies providing services to the family to intervene when risks to Ms Trevis's wellbeing should have been apparent.

Kings Heath cinema regeneration

Birmingham Post

A regeneration project

to bring a 1920s cinema building back to life after it was ravaged by a fire looks set to receive the green light this week.