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  1. Updates on Thursday 1 January 2015

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday.

Tonight's forecast

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It's fairly blustery out there at the moment. There'll be some heavy rainfall tonight before clearer conditions. Lows of 4C (39F).

Anna Church reads the forecast

More information about the next few days is


Blues boss eyes signings

Gary Rowett is

hopeful that he can strengthen his squad during the January transfer window,
tweets Birmingham City football club.

Police callouts spike

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Calls to the West Midlands Police non-emergency number 101 and 999 were

up 80% between 10:00 and 05:00 on New Year's Eve compared with a "normal" weekend party night, the force has revealed.

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BBC Local Live

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Watch: Health snacks for hospitals

Nicola Beckford

Journalist, BBC Midlands Today

Watch students from University College, Birmingham, compete to create new healthy snacks to be sold in hospital vending machines, in

this video.

some of the snacks

Ambulance callouts dip

The number of overnight calls received by West Midlands Ambulance Service on New Year's Eve was 1,436 - far fewer than last year's figure of about 1,600.

The service said the public was heeding advice not to make non-emergency calls.


Chief executive Anthony Marsh said months of planning had meant the service was able to cope. Read

the full story.

Pulis 'holds the key'

BBC Radio 5 live

Phil Neville told us: "When I heard West Brom had

appointed Tony Pulis I thought that's their Premier League survival guaranteed."

Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

Phil Dawkes

BBC Sport

Prospective Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew was in attendance to watch the London club claim a goalless draw in a

turgid encounter at Aston Villa.

Alan Pardew (l) at Villa Park

There was precious little excitement during 90 largely chanceless minutes at Villa Park.

Villa created more opportunities, with Christian Benteke and Alan Hutton both testing Julian Speroni with shots.

West Ham 1-1 West Brom

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

New manager Tony Pulis watched West Brom produce a gutsy performance to

pick up a deserved point at West Ham.

West Ham v West Brom

Despite taking a seat in the stands, Pulis appeared to relay instructions to the players and also visited the dressing room at half-time.

Sutton in good shape

Birmingham Mail

A New Year reveller welcomed in 2015 with no concerns whatsoever about his heavy weight.

West Mids Safari Park


baby elephant Sutton is now a decidedly healthy 44 stone.

Call for radical devolution thinking

Birmingham Post

Birmingham's council leader has

called for more radical thinking on devolution and urged ministers not to become "sidetracked" by the English votes for English laws debate.

Abandoned and neglected horses

"Parts of the Black Country have a real problem. There are lots of really good owners in the area, but a few have horses on tethers, on wasteland, on council land, and it's a bit of bravado."

The RSPCA is bracing itself for

a big influx in the number of abandoned and neglected horses.

Rescue horse Polo

Equine rehoming officer Gareth Johnson said the charity had been "very lucky" with the weather but was preparing for the worst from January.

One horse waiting for a new home is three-year-old Polo (pictured), who was rescued in an emaciated state from a garden shed in a small yard at a home in Dudley.

The Belfry entrance reopens

Jennifer Scott

BBC News Online

A spokesperson for the Belfry, which has famously hosted golf tournaments such as the Ryder Cup, said its main entrance had now reopened after it was cordoned off following the nightclub disorder.


the full story.

Officers 'showed bravery'

Supt Adrian McGee, of Warwickshire Police, said his officers had showed bravery tackling the disorder.

He added the management at the Belfry were helping officers with the investigation and asked anyone with information

to call police on 101.

Extent of the injuries

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Problems continued even after police arrived at the scene, both inside and outside the nightclub.

That saw a further five people sustaining injuries, believed to be stab wounds.

The entrance to the hotel
  • The 21-year-old injured before police arrived was taken to hospital suffering a suspected stab wound to the chest. He has undergone surgery but is not thought to be in a critical condition
  • Four others stabbed while police were there were taken to hospital and one went at a later time
  • One of these men, a 28 year-old, is in a critical condition
  • The others, aged between 20 and 27, have been treated and three have been released from hospital

Violent disorder inquiry

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Officers also arrested a 22 year-old from Birmingham on suspicion of assaulting another man, who suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

A 20-year-old man, from the Birmingham area, has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Three arrests over stabbings

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Warwickshire Police officers were

called to the Sutton Coldfield nightclub just before 1am this morning.

Three men are being quizzed by officers. They include a 26-year-old from Birmingham arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

BreakingBreaking News

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A man is fighting for his life after six people were stabbed at The Bel Air nightclub at The Belfry, including five who were wounded after police arrived at the scene.

Warning of strong winds and rain

The Met Office has put a

yellow warning in place for rain and wind in the West Midlands, which is valid today until 23:55.

Weather warnings in place
Met Office

Off-duty policeman 'ambushed'

Express and Star

An off-duty police officer has

had his nose broken after being ambushed in a Wolverhampton street.

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is suspended for

today's match against Crystal Palace, but Gabby Agbonlahor and Kieran Richardson are available after bans.

Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew
chris brunskill

Tom Cleverley and Ciaran Clark are doubts with respective foot and back problems, while Joe Cole returns from a hamstring injury.

Range Rover sightings appeal

Det Insp Warren Hines says it's thought Baljit Singh disappeared from Smethwick High Street on the afternoon of 23 December after having a drink in the Red Cow pub and leaving in his car, a grey 58-plate Range Rover.

He appealed for anyone who was in the area yesterday, New Year's Eve, between 13:00 and 16:00 who may have seen Mr Singh or his car to

get in touch.

Two others released on bail

Two other people arrested on suspicion of car theft - a 28-year-old man and 23-year-old woman from Kingswinford - have both been released on bail pending further inquiries,

West Midlands Police says.

Man and woman arrested

A 32-year-old man and 27-year-old woman arrested on New Year's Eve in connection with Baljit Singh's disappearance are now being questioned by detectives on suspicion of his murder.

The pair, both from Birmingham, were arrested from an address in Kingswinford at about 16:30 yesterday initially on suspicion of stealing the 50-year-old's Range Rover.

Body found in basement

Baljit Singh (pictured), a 50-year-old from Meadow Road in Harborne, was last seen on 23 December when he left his home to

collect a birthday cake for his son.

Baljit Singh

He failed to arrive and the alarm was raised later that day.

At about 09:00 this morning officers found his body in the basement of an address in Beeches Road, Rowley Regis.


West Midlands Police has started a murder inquiry after a man who went missing before Christmas was

found dead at an address in Sandwell.

West Ham v West Brom

West Brom are

likely to be without forward Victor Anichebe, who is nursing a groin injury, for today's match at Upton Park.

Georgios Samaras could feature at West Ham after being again left out of the squad for the 2-0 defeat at Stoke for personal reasons.

Belfry entrance closed off

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The front entrance of the Belfry hotel in north Warwickshire is cordoned off after an incident there last night.

Management at the hotel near Sutton Coldfield say they cannot say any more at the moment but are helping with police inquiries following the incident at the Bel Air nightclub

They say the main entrance is currently closed but the hotel is open as normal and visitors should use the back entrance on Tamworth Road.

Driver fled without daughter

Express and Star

A driver involved in a two-car crash escaped from his vehicle before

fleeing the scene - leaving his young daughter in the back seat.

Terror suspect bailed

A 25-year-old woman who was questioned by West Midlands Police on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences has been

bailed pending further inquiries, after her arrest at Luton Airport.

Luton airport

Pedestrian struck by tram

A man in his 20s was airlifted to hospital after he was struck by a tram in Wolverhampton this morning.

It happened in Bilston Road, Ettingshall, at just after 08:30. The man was "found to be unconscious at the scene but didn't appear to have suffered any obvious external injuries", according to

a spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Plan for 500 new homes

Birmingham Post

New plans have been lodged to

develop more than 500 houses on two sites in south Birmingham.

Pulis to bring Baggies 'unity'

BBC Sport

Tony Pulis has been appointed head coach of Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion.

Pulis, 56, has

agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Baggies and will take charge after today's Premier League game at West Ham.

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

The ex-Stoke and Crystal Palace manager, the club's fourth head coach in a year, said: "Every successful club is built on unity and that is what I shall strive to help bring to Albion."

Ambulance callouts

Jennifer Scott

BBC News Online

I've just been speaking to West Midlands Ambulance Service about their callout figures for last night.

Despite the service receiving record numbers of calls on days throughout November

and December, they were happy to report they received around 200 fewer calls on New Year's Eve - traditionally their busiest night of the year.

"The message seems to be getting through that we are here for life-threatening calls," said a spokesperson.

Train delays

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A signalling problem is causing delays for services by several different train operators between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International.

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