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  1. Updates on Monday 5 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Midland marginals could swing election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Political parties focus on the Midlands' marginal seats as experts struggle to predict the results of the 2015 general election.

Read the full blog post.

Overnight weather forecast

It will

remain largely cloudy overnight, with a little patchy light rain at times.

Sara Blizzard

With a brisk wind and plenty of cloud, it will be a frost free night with a low of 5C (41F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A mother whose twins died after paramedics struggled to gain access to her home calls for her block of flats to be upgraded or knocked down.

We'll tell you about the major

roadworks planned for the M6 and
Birmingham city centre and what you can do to avoid them.


the clear out at West Brom has started, with the departure of three backroom staff. Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

Why Berahino didn't celebrate goals

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino says he was "handling business and acting professionally" by not celebrating his four goals against Gateshead in the FA Cup.

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

Berahino's actions are being interpreted by some as an indication that he's keen to move away from The Hawthorns this month.

New head coach Tony Pulis tells me no offers have been made for the striker.

Love it or hate it?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We posted some of the

photos of Paradise Circus on Facebook and a map of where people can expect disruption on the roads in Birmingham city centre.

Dean Campbell posts: "Save money, jut keep the place clean and tidy, there is no need for further buildings in our public spaces. Or rather then spends loads, jut keep the library open instead."

Sarah Elizabeth Lane adds: "This is almost as ugly as what's there now..."

What could library have become?

Jenny Scott

BBC News Online

The controversial demolition of Birmingham's Central Library began today.

But while the city council considers the building to have served its time, those who fought to save the library had plenty of ideas for how it could be used in the future.

Paradise Circus

As the demolition crews move in on architect John Madin's 1974 centrepiece - now replaced by a £189m successor - some in the city are looking on with thoughts of what might have been.

Read more on BBC News.

Nominate your Dudley hero

via Facebook

Dudley Borough Council posts: "The Mayor of Dudley is urging people to highlight the work of unsung heroes across the borough as part of an annual prestigious awards."
Read more.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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your feedback about this service.

How will roadworks affect you?

The first phase of the redevelopment of Paradise Circus in Birmingham's city centre started today.

Want to know how the roadworks and diversions will affect you?

Take a look on the Paradise Birmingham website.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

Police have released footage of a 13-year-old boy on a motorbike trying to escape a police helicopter in a chase through an estate in Birmingham.

YouTube footage
West midlands police

Officers were called after the motorbike nearly collided with a family in Druids Heath.

The boy, who was eventually caught, was given a police caution.

Coaches leave Baggies

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

The backroom shake-up at West Bromwich Albion is under way after the appointment of Tony Pulis as head coach last week.

It comes as no surprise the three have left and will be a popular decision with many fans who wanted a complete clean sweep of the old regime at the Hawthorns.

Expect to see them replaced by Dave Kemp and Gerry Francis, who've worked extensively with Pulis before and were at Saturday's game against Gateshead.

'Deep appreciation' for club contribution

BBC Sport

Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely (pictured left to right) are to leave West Bromwich Albion

as new manager Tony Pulis prepares to appointment new backroom staff.

Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely
Getty Images

Director of football administration Richard Garlick said: "The club would like to place on record its deep appreciation for the contribution of Keith, Rob and Dean within the coaching structure."

Read more on BBC Sport.

Listen: Riot deaths 'need public inquiry'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Birmingham MP is meeting with Home Office minister Mike Penning today to

demand a public inquiry into the deaths of three Winson Green men.

Shabana Mahmood will be talking to us on

BBC WM after 17:00.

Haroon Jahan was 21 when he was run over and killed, together with Shahzad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, in Dudley Road, Winson Green, during the England-wide riots in August 2011.

Aldi recalls chocolate

Supermarket Aldi has issued a product recall after salmonella was found in a batch of chocolate.

The store has recalled 200g (7oz) packs of Choceur Treasures with a best before date of 1 September 2015.

BreakingSenior coaches leave West Brom


Three senior coaches at West Bromwich Albion have left,

the club announces.

Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely leave with immediate effect.

Brick attack victim in critical condition

Police say the 40-year-old father, from Birmingham, was attacked in Stud Lane, at the junction with Church Lane (pictured) in Stetchford, at about 12:00 on 20 December and has been in a critical condition in hospital since the attack.

Stud Lane, at the junction with Church Lane in Stetchford

Police say it is understood the victim had a row with another man before he was struck with a brick and left unconscious in the street.

Det Ch Insp Kath Davis says: "We arrested a 24-year-old man last night and he is now in police custody where he is being questioned over the attack."

'Great architectural quality'

The roadworks in Birmingham city centre are also for the start of the

redevelopment of Paradise Forum, which will lead to the demolition of the old Central Library.

Paradise Forum

An architect who is a member of the

Friends of the Central Library Group, which has been campaigning to save it, says "it's a building of great architectural quality".

Joe Hollyoak says: "We pay a lot of attention nowadays to sustainability and one of the major principles is making use of our built resources rather than smashing them to bits."

Mice infestation closes school

A primary school in Birmingham is closed due to an infestation of mice.

Leigh Primary School, in Washwood Heath, says it will be closed for the rest of the week to "enable a deep clean".

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM our top story: Months of disruption on the
M6 through the West Midlands will start tonight - as the road is re-waterproofed.

Brick attack suspect arrested

A 24-year-old has been arrested after a man was attacked with a brick in Birmingham last month.

West Midlands Police says it's questioning the man on suspicion of attempting to murder a 40-year-old in Stechford on 20 December.

The man remains in a critical condition after sustaining serious head injuries.

Watch: Weather forecast

Midlands Today

Sara Blizzard looks ahead to what's in store for us over the next 24 hours.

Sara Blizzard

Watch her one-minute forecast online now.

Bilston body mystery

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Police have launched an inquiry to discover how a man died after he was found in Bilston this morning.

West Midlands Police say they were were alerted to a report of a man collapsed on Green Park Avenue near to Lawnside Green in Stowlawn at about 07:30.

The ambulance service treated a man believed to be in his 30s but was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is being treated as unexplained.

'Villa will inevitably struggle'

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Speaking to the fans outside Villa Park brought a number of different theories on the club's goal scoring problems.

Villa fans

Some want new signings in the transfer window, others blame bad luck but many feel the manager needs to adopt a more positive outlook in his team selection and tactics.

Whatever the reality, unless they fix it Villa will inevitably struggle in the bottom half of the table for the rest of this season.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the street in Bilston this morning.

You can hear more on this story in our

15:00 bulletin.

Body found in Bilston street

Express and Star

The body of a man

has been found in a Bilston street today, sparking a police probe.

Officers were called to reports that a man had collapsed on Green Park Avenue near to Lawnside Green in Stowlawn just before 7.30am.

Paramedics treated the man, in his 30s, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at around 8am.

Birmingham food bank van stolen

A van used by a food bank in Birmingham to deliver supplies

to vulnerable people has been stolen.

Food bank van
Birmingham central food bank

The van, which operates in the Ladywood, Soho, Hockley, Newtown and Lozells wards of the city, was taken late on Friday.

Watch: Tower block security

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

Jocelyn Bennett, whose twins died after paramedics struggled to enter a tower block, was "clinically dead" for 10 minutes.

Amazingly though, in that short time she experienced something that has helped her accept the tragedy and look to the future.

Jocelyn Bennett and her husband

The city council has been investigating the situation with tower block security entry systems for weeks now. We're on the case today and are also hoping to hear from the local MP.

Watch my report online now and we'll have more reaction on BBC One at 18:30.

Boy charged with bus stabbing

A 14-year-old boy has been

charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed multiple times on a bus in the Black Country, reports BBC News Online.

Solihull regeneration project to start

Birmingham Post

A massive scheme to regenerate north Solihull will be

kick-started with 137 homes set to be built early in 2015.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the

14:00 news bulletin: Business experts say the
roadworks that commuters into Birmingham city centre will be facing for the next few months will be worth it.

Chocolate recalled in salmonella scare

Supermarket Aldi has issued a product recall after salmonella was found in a batch of chocolate.

Aldi sign

The store has recalled 200g (7oz) packs of Choceur Treasures with a best before date of 1 September 2015.

The shop said the batch was sold in the Midlands region only, in cities including Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

Paradise lost?

Tweet @BBCWM

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We're really interested to hear your thoughts on the

Paradise Circus revamp.

Are you sad to see it go or is it welcomed?

tweet or get in touch via

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin


On Midlands Today - the plans for the redevelopment of Paradise Circus are explained by our reporter Giles Latcham.

Join me for the latest on BBC One at 13:30.

'Days before state of cars known'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

About 1,200 Jaguar Land Rover cars are on the cargo ship which was deliberately run aground near the Isle of Wight.

The Hoegh Osaka
Getty Images

The Hoegh Osaka started listing dangerously shortly after leaving port in Southampton on Saturday.

The company, which has a plant in Solihull and an engine factory near Wolverhampton, says it won't know the condition of the cars until the ship is salvaged, which could take days.

Christmas tree recycling

via Facebook

Birmingham Updates posts: "Christmas tree recycling scheme in aid of St Mary's Hospice.

"On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th January, Volunteers from St Mary's Hospice will be out and about collecting Christmas trees for recycling."

Sewer collapse closes road

Wolverhampton City Council

tweets: We've just been informed that Upper Villiers Street in Blakenhall is closed due to a sewer collapse. Local diversions are in place.