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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 22 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Bent does not want return to bench

BBC Sport

Striker

Darren Bent says he would be happy to stay at Brighton if there is no prospect of starting for parent club Aston Villa.

He told BBC Sport: "There is only so much someone can take. If I'm going to go back and sit on the bench I would rather stay."

Christmas tip

Midlands Today

Visitors to a recycling centre in Birmingham have been enjoying the efforts staff have made to transform it into a Christmas wonderland.

See more pictures on Facebook.

Tip in Birmingham with Christmas decorations
BBC

Motorcyclist 'travelling at high speed'

Stourbridge News

A Wordsley motorcyclist involved in a fatal collision was

travelling at "high speed", an inquest heard.

Wolves press conference

BBC WM Sport

tweets: #wolves Kenny Jackett talking ahead of Watford game. All apart from Scott Golbourne fit and available.

Kenny Jackett being interviewed
BBC

Keep up to date with the latest sports news by following

@BBCSport on Twitter and
BBC WM Sport.

More Dubai flights planned

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Airline Emirates has announced it's increasing the number of flights from Birmingham Airport,

running three flights a day to Dubai.

The airport has also

recorded its busiest November ever, with almost 650,000 passengers. The last highest November was in 2008.

Toddler's parents jailed

Birmingham Mail

The parents of tragic Levi-Blu Cassin have been

jailed for nine years each for causing or allowing his death.

Feedback

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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your feedback about this service.

No white Christmas

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It should be cold and frosty on Christmas Day, but there'll be no white Christmas this year in the West Midlands. Here's the outlook.

Charlie Slater
BBC

Keep up to date with the

latest forecast on BBC Weather.

All eyes on New Year's Eve

Trystan Jones

BBC News

The government has spent £700m this year to tackle "unprecedented demand" and try to take pressure off A&Es - including £50m specifically for ambulance services.

But with

999 calls so high in the run up to Christmas, all eyes will be on New Year's Eve, traditionally the ambulance service's busiest time.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the

news at 17:00: The parents of a toddler who was found dead in Smiths Wood with injuries consistent with being hit by a car
have been jailed for nine years each.

We'll hear from Levi-Blu's family, who gave their reaction to the sentencing, and more from our reporter Giles Latcham who was in court.

Rise in 999 calls

Trystan Jones

BBC News

About 6,500 999 calls were made to West Midlands Ambulance Service at the weekend, making it one of the busiest of the year.

It still doesn't match the near-record figures of a fortnight ago, but is yet another busy weekend for an ambulance service that like others across the country says it's facing huge pressures.

Serious case review

A serious case review by Solihull Council children's services is due to be published in the spring following the sentencing of Levi-Blu Cassin's parents, who were

convicted of causing or allowing the death of their young son.

Man seriously hurt in crash

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving two cars in Solihull this morning.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was treated at the scene and taken to hospital with what are believed to be life threatening injuries.

Police say the crash involving an F-type Jaguar and a Land Rover Freelander happened on Holly Lane, in Balsall Common.

WW1 Christmas

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

A hundred years ago Midlanders would have been sitting down to their Christmas dinner, with many family members away fighting in World War One.

World War One Christmas at the Black Country Living Museum
BBC

But what exactly would have been on their plates and how have things changed over the decades? I've been to the Black Country Living Museum to find out more.

See my report on BBC One at 18:30 on Midlands Today.

Baby's miraculous escape

Birmingham Mail

A

nine-week-old baby miraculously escaped unscathed when a car overturned and smashed into the 7ft-high wall of a shop in Handsworth before landing in the store's car park.

Council budget consultation

Wolves City Council

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Goodbye Christmas market

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Today's the final day of the

Frankfurt Birmingham Christmas Market.

Birmingham city centre ice rink
BBC

Thousands of people have flocked to the city to sample sausages, beer and Birmingham's cold air. So for another year it's auf wiedersehen.

You can read more about the rise of German Christmas markets in the UK on BBC News.

Stoke have upper hand

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

After

West Brom's game against Manchester City on Boxing Day they'll take on Stoke City, who have traditionally had the upper hand in their meetings.

In fact Albion have beaten them just once in 15 attempts over the past 10 years.

They follow that with a trip to the surprise package of this season West Ham, who are currently fourth in the Premier League.

Baby unscathed after car overturns

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A woman and a nine-week-old baby have been taken to hospital after the car they were in crashed and overturned in Oxhill Road, Handsworth.

Car crash in Handsworth
West midlands fire service

Fire service watch commander Russell Edwards says because the car was fitted with the correct type of infant seat, the baby wasn't seriously hurt in the crash, at about 12:00.

Dudley bin collections

Dudley Council

tweets: Don't forget to check when your Christmas bin collections are ;-)
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Mother sobbed

Giles Latcham

Reporter, Midlands Today

Mr Justice Goss told Danielle Cassin and Mark Piper in court they were "selfish, neglectful and manipulative".

The judge said: "You both deliberately flouted the agreement (with Solihull Children's Services) prohibiting Marcus Piper from living at the flat."

Danielle Cassin sobbed throughout the hearing. Mark Piper remained impassive.

Plan for HS2 site

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

There are concerns a delay in developing the old LDV-Alstom site in Washwood Heath could mean the area is missing out on jobs.

HS2 will mean a maintenance depot will go there - but not for a decade.

A group of MPs led by

Liam Byrne, who represents the area, are putting forward a plan they say would see 2,300 private sector jobs coming to the site sooner.

'Stamped on or kicked'

Giles Latcham

Presenter, Midlands Today

During the hearing Mr Justice Goss said Levi-Blu Cassin had been "stamped on or kicked" with "very significant force required" to inflict the injuries that killed him.

Levi-Blu Cassin
BBC

"Levi would have been in pain, very upset and distressed."

He added Levi's family must "live with the anguish of not knowing what happened to him".

News on the hour

BBC WM

In the

15:00 bulletin: The parents of a toddler who was found dead with injuries consistent with being hit by a car have been jailed for nine years each.

'Make sure it doesn't happen again'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

We've been speaking to the NSPCC after a Chelmsley Wood couple whose son

died from severe stomach injuries were jailed for nine years each.

Levi-Blu Cassin was nearly two years old when he was found dead in February last year at a flat near Solihull.

The charity's head of child protection awareness Chris Cloke says: "This case has all the ingredients of neglect, physical abuse, domestic violence and drug taking. We need to makes sure that cases like this never happen again."

Stories we're working on

Dave Hart

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

The pressure is on West Bromwich Albion coach Alan Irvine. The next few fixtures are looking very tough, with The Hawthorns hosting champions Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Many of us are likely to take a trip to the tip to get rid of the rubbish our bins can't handle. One tip in Birmingham is putting a smile on users' faces and bringing some festive cheer in perhaps one of the most unexpected of places.

Find out more on Midlands Today at 18:30 this evening.

BBC Weather bloopers

BBC Weather

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BBC Weather's Carol
BBC

Musician seeking lost friend

Dudley News

A Dudley musician hopes

retelling a heartbreaking story for charity at Christmas will help him find a lost friend.

Baby survives supermarket crash

A nine-week-old baby has survived after their car hit a wall and landed on its roof on a pavement at the entrance to a supermarket in Handsworth,

West Midlands Fire Service tweets.

News on the hour

BBC WM

At 14:00, our top story is a Chelmsley Wood couple whose son died from severe stomach injuries
have been jailed for nine years each.

Critical time for Baggies

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

The next two weeks feel potentially critical for both West Bromwich Albion and their head coach Alan Irvine (pictured).

Alan Irvine
Getty Images

Many fans were furious that

they failed to hang on to a two goal lead at QPR on Saturday and their forthcoming fixtures offer little cause for optimism.

They entertain Manchester City on Boxing Day followed by two very difficult away games.

'Special boy'

Outside court, Levi-Blu Cassin's grandmother and family paid tribute, saying "Levi was a special little boy who brought joy".

Levi-Blu Cassin's family
BBC

Kirsty Cassin (pictured second left) says: "All he suffered was heartbreak and pain and nobody is paying. How many more kids need to die?"

Woman killed in crash named

Express and Star

A grandmother killed when she was hit by a car in Staffordshire was

named today.

BBC One at 13:30

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

The family of a 22-month-old found collapsed at his home in Chelmsley Wood last year say the jailing of his parents for nine years each for their part in his death is not justice.

We'll get the latest from our reporter Giles Latcham who has been in court for us.

Join us for the latest on BBC One at 13:30 this lunchtime.

Search for man after stabbing

Police say they're in the process of trawling through CCTV to find a man following a Wolverhampton shopkeeper being stabbed.

Det Sgt Paul Cook, from Wolverhampton's violent crime team, says: "No arrests have been made as yet, but we are determined to find the person responsible for this and need people to come forward with information."

Anyone with information is urged to dial 101.