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  1. Parking sit-in man to challenge fine
  2. Man charged after thefts at crematorium
  3. Updates on Wednesday 24 December 2014

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By Stephanie Barnard

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Happy Christmas!

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Whatever you're getting up to on Christmas Day, myself and the BBC Local Live team wish you all the best.

BBC Local Live will be back with the latest for Birmingham and the Black Country from 08:00 on Monday 29 December.

Overnight forecast

It will stay dry with clear spells through the evening and night, and winds will ease allowing a patchy frost to form. Low of 2C (36F).

Kaye Forester

On Christmas Day - it will be mostly dry and bright, and feeling cold though there's the chance of a shower.

Commentaries on BBC WM

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham City are unbeaten at home under new boss Gary Rowett.

Promotion hopefuls Derby County come to St Andrews - full commentary on BBC WM's DAB service in Birmingham.

From 17:30 all eyes will be at Vicarage Road where Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett returns to a Watford club he served in both playing and coaching capacities.

And in League One there is a home Boxing Day treat for

Walsall as they host Swindon.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

Chris Tarrant on BBC WM

Adam Bridge


If you loved Dad's Army, Tiswas, Nick Owen or Bob Warman then may I suggest you check out one of

Chris Tarrant's Christmas specials on BBC WM.

Chris Tarrant talks to Ian "Private Pike" Lavender

Tomorrow at Chris Tarrant talks to Ian "Private Pike" Lavender about his life, Dads Army and the new film!

Find out more about when you can listen to the shows online now.

Socks and chocs

Midlands Today

A charity set up by a Birmingham policeman's delivering 15,000 pairs of socks to homeless people across the country this Christmas.

Socks and chocolates ready to be given to the homeless

The gifts have now been packed up and sent out.

PC Ian Northcott, known as the busking bobby, says he knows they won't change the world but hopes they can change someone's world.

Boxing Day football

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Aston Villa will welcome back Tom Cleverley and Alan Hutton after suspension as they head to Swansea on Boxing Day - that is match you can hear live on BBC WM 95.6 FM. Paul Lambert's side look to build on

last weekend's draw at home to Manchester United.

Alan Irvine needs his team to bounce back from

Saturday's heart-breaking defeat at QPR, but next up for West Bromwich Albion are the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. BBC WM's live coverage from the Hawthorns is on DAB in the Black Country and Freeview channel 722.

Your views over parking bay row

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

BBC News has shared the story on Facebook of the parking bay seven-hour stand-off in Birmingham city centre yesterday.

Man in Birmingham disabled parking bay tow stand-off

It really has split opinion among people, he's been branded "selfish" by some people while others say "fair play" to Mark Sanders.

You can read more on this story here.

Where's Santa?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

This morning I did say we'd be keeping track of where is Santa (as well as the latest news, sport, travel and weather of course!)

NoradSanta website

According to

NoradSanta website he's busy flying over the Pacific Ocean.

Campaign to promote NHS

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

A Midlands hospital consultant is organising a nationwide campaign to promote the hard work done by NHS staff this Christmas - using the power of social media.

Dr Steve Smith

Dr Steve Smith (pictured) believes the NHS is falling victim to bad publicity, so he's encouraging staff and patients to share positive stories and photos online, to in his words: "big up the NHS".

Watch Peter Wilson's report online now.

Blues players visit ward

Heart of England

tweets: Read about how
@bcfc brought some festive cheer to the childrens unit at Heartlands Hospital.

Aston Villa manager Lambert to hold Cleverley talks

BBC Sport

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is to

hold talks with on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley about his future.

Tom Cleverley

Villa have an option to buy the 25-year-old England international (pictured right) in January, with his Manchester United contract due to run out in July.

Rail services disrupted

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A number of rail routes will be closed for improvement works from this evening.

Wolverhampton railway station

The line between Wolverhampton and Stafford is closed until Sunday, as well as the one between Stafford and Crewe.

See the alterations online.

Network Rail is advising people to check before they travel.

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.

Rowett on talent

BBC WM Sport

Blues manager Gary Rowett says he's got a list of 30 players he's watching over the next couple of months.

He says he's also keep an eye on Graeme Shinnie, the younger brother of Birmingham City player Andy.

Read more on the club website.

Miracle 1lb baby to celebrate first proper family Christmas

Birmingham Mail

A Sutton Coldfield baby

born weighing just 1lb 2oz was given just a one in ten chance of survival - but has battled back to health.

Tiny baby Nova Johnson was delivered by emergency Caesarian Section at just 27 weeks, after mum Jenny was rushed to Birmingham Women's Hospital.

Parking sit-in man: 'I will challenge fine'

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A 34-year-old man

who spent much of yesterday sitting in his car on top of a tow truck in Birmingham yesterday says he's going to challenge his parking fine.

Car on tow truck

The stand-off happened after Matthew Sanders from Macclesfield was caught illegally parking in a disabled bay on Bennetts Hill.

He got in the car to stop it being towed away and eventually got out last night when his car was released.

Go-ahead for Black Country town loyalty card scheme

Express and Star

Business chiefs in Halesowen are hoping the launch of a

loyalty card scheme will have shoppers flocking back to the high street.

The scheme is being trialled in a handful of stores this week before launching fully next month.

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

Pete Morgan

Presenter, BBC WM

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir joined me in the studio this morning to sing a few Christmas songs.

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir singing at BBC WM

If you missed it you can watch one of their stunning performances in the studio on

our Facebook page.

Man charged over crematorium thefts

A man has been charged after ornaments were stolen from memorials at a crematorium near Wolverhampton,

police say.

Parking stand-off ends

A driver who

parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham sat in his car for more than seven hours yesterday to stop it being towed away has ended his stand-off with council contractors.

Matthew Sanders

It all came to a climax on Tuesday at about 18:00 when it was thought Mr Sanders reached an agreement with the tow company.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country - as well as looking out for Santa!

If you'd like to get in touch with the BBC Local Live team today -

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