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  1. Updates for Tuesday 6 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

For the latest on Walsall Manor Hospital declaring a major incident

read more on BBC News.

Overnight weather forecast

It will be a cold evening and night with largely clear skies and light winds allowing a patchy frost to develop.

Wednesday morning forecast

Isolated mist and shallow fog patches may also form in the south east of the region for a time. Minimum temperature -1C (30F).

'Sign things have got busy'

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

If a hospital declares a major incident or internal incident it is a sign that things have got exceptionally busy and special measures are needed to cope.

This can happen in winter when demands are high, but also at other times, for example if there is a major road accident.

The declaration allows hospital bosses to call in extra staff to help them cope. But it is also worth noting that some hospitals may not necessarily go public with their problems.

Read more analysis online now.

Fuel prices among lowest for five years

Birmingham Mail

Motorists are enjoying a cheery start to 2015 as supermarkets in the West Midlands slash the price of fuel - with

prices at their lowest for five years on some forecourts.

Arena renamed

The LG Arena - part of the NEC Group -

has been renamed the Genting Arena as part of a new sponsorship deal.

The Genting Arena
Genting Arena

The arena is part of the NEC Group which is being sold because the council faces a £1.1bn tax bill.

When I spoke to the council earlier, it said it "could not confirm" whether Genting was its preferred buyer for the group, which also includes the National Exhibition Centre, the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena.


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Listen: Walsall hospital exec

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Walsall Manor Hospital is among a number in England to have declared a major incident.

Paul Franks is speaking to the chief executive of Walsall Manor, Richard Kirby, after 17:00 on BBC WM.

'Not likely to declare major incident'

The chief executive of New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton says it is not likely to declare a major incident, as it struggles with an increase in patient numbers.

He told BBC WM: "Many of the things you can do when you declare a major incident - you can do that in any case.

"A major incident is literally for a major incident. It's like 30 cars involved in a multiple pile up or train crash, that's my view of what our major incident policy is actually geared for."

'Horrendous weekend'

The chief executive or New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton says he does not foresee declaring "a major incident" as patient numbers increase.

New Cross Hospital

David Loughton tells BBC WM it had been a "pretty horrendous weekend" as the hospital is not discharging the level of patients it needs to.

He says: "It's a difficult situation, worse than previous years by some margin because our numbers are up by 12%."

Pavlakis in charge

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Panos Pavlakis remains in charge of affairs at St Andrew's, a role he assumed in June, effectively succeeding Peter Pannu.

The re-election of Pannu on the BIH board reflects his role as right-hand man to former Blues owner

Carson Yeung who, despite his imprisonment for money-laundering, remains the main shareholder at BIH.

Mother thought to be in Czech Republic

More on the

couple charged with murdering a baby in Birmingham.

Brighton Road, Balsall Heath

Santino Balaz, a Czech national, was found to have "extensive injuries and fractures to several areas of his body", Det Insp Justin Spanner said.

The 15-month-old's mother is thought to have returned to the Czech Republic last September and West Midlands Police is liaising with colleagues in that country to trace her.

'Struggle to cope'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Walsall Manor Hospital has declared a major incident as A&Es in England struggle to cope with numbers of patients.


Read more on this story on BBC News.

FA Cup fourth round draw

BBC Sport

Last night's draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup produced a West Midlands derby between

Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.

And Bournemouth travel to Villa Park.

Both games will be played on Saturday 24 January, with kick-off at 15:00.

News on the hour


In the

16:00 news bulletin: Walsall Manor hospital has
declared a major incident to cope with a surge in demand at its A&E department.

Why are hospitals under so much pressure?

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

You need look no further than Salford Royal Hospital to realise the point the NHS has got to.

The trust is generally regarded as one of the best - if not the best - in the UK. It outperforms its counterparts on a whole host of measures from patient satisfaction to waiting times.

But in early December it missed the four-hour A&E waiting time target - dipping below the 95% standard by the narrowest of margins.

Read more on BBC News.

Hospital under pressure

Express and Star


major incident was this afternoon declared at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Walsall Manor 'major incident'

Walsall Manor Hospital management said it was being run under major incident conditions to help reduce current long waits for admission to A&E.

Walsall Manor Hospital

In a statement it said: "The arrangements we have made include cancelling some planned surgery, scaling back trust-provided training and reviewing our outpatient clinics to ensure clinical staff are not taken away from the front line where they are needed.

"Also, we are trying to open a new 30-bedded ward early next week to help relieve pressure on capacity."

A&E where you live

BBC Health

has a handy tool allowing you to break down the latest weekly numbers to find out how the NHS is doing where you live.

A&E waiting is worst for a decade

A&E under 'significant pressure'

More on the news that Walsall Manor Hospital has declared a major incident to help it cope with a surge in demand at A&E.

Richard Kirby, chief executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "We continue to face significant pressure from emergency admissions.

"We have put arrangements in place so that we are able to focus on the priority of ensuring we can care safely for the patients already in the hospital, arrange the safe discharge of those who are well enough to go home and reduce the current long waits for admission in A&E.

News on the hour


In the news at 15:00, Walsall Manor hospital declares a major incident to cope with a surge in demand at its A&E department.

Watch: CCTV of man plotting fire

Footage showing the moment a spurned lover attempted to kill his former partner by setting fire to her home has been released.

Walsall house fire murder attempt CCTV released
West midlands police

Gary Griffiths, 44, from Brownhills, bought five litres of petrol at a local filling station before pouring it through the letterbox of the house in Walsall.

West Midlands Police published the footage after Griffiths was jailed for 16 years at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday.

Teenager accused of abducting toddlers

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with child abduction after two one-year-old boys went missing in Birmingham over Christmas.

The first child was allegedly abducted from Handsworth on 23 December, but was found in Shirley the day after.

The teenager appeared in court on Boxing Day and was given bail. She was then arrested again on New Year's Day by officers investigating the disappearance of another one-year-old.

The girl, who can't be named for legal reasons, has been remanded in custody and will appear in court in March.

Your experience of A&E


James Bovill

Journalist, BBC WM

We're keen to hear from people who have a story to tell about their experience of A&E.

As we know already the NHS has missed its four-hour waiting time targets for patients…. What's your experience of A&E been like recently?

Email or
tweet us your experience, it's a subject we're covering on
BBC WM soon.


A major incident has been declared at

Walsall Manor Hospital, the trust confirms.

People are being urged to only use A&E departments for genuine emergencies.

News on the hour


About 140 non-medical volunteers are being used to cope with high demand at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

We'll bring you the details in our

14:00 bulletin.

Van spotted in Washwood Heath

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

A van stolen from Birmingham Central Foodbank has been found thanks to a tip-off from a member of the public.

Birmingham Central Foodbank van
Birmingham Central Foodbank

The white van,

which was stolen from the charity's city centre car park on Friday night, was spotted in Washwood Heath. It's been stripped of the logo and numberplates but is otherwise undamaged.

We'll be speaking to the charity on

BBC WM after 16:30.

Passenger 'raced to help train-fall woman'

Birmingham Mail

A rail passenger told how she

raced to help a woman who cheated death when she fell in front of a moving train at Birmingham's New Street station.

BBC One at 13:30

Qasa Alom

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Berahino charged with drink-driving

West Bromwich Albion

striker Saido Berahino has been charged with drink-driving.

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

The 21-year-old was arrested by Cheshire Police after being stopped near junction 20 of the southbound M6 in the early hours of 22 October.

Food bank van found

A van used by a Birmingham food bank to deliver supplies to vulnerable people has been found

after it was stolen.

Birmingham food bank van
Birmingham food bank

Central Birmingham Food bank says it was found by a member of the public in Washwood Heath.

'Help save animals from extinction'

Stourbridge News

People are being urged to make a bee-line for a Sedgley animal sanctuary to

help save insects from extinction

Man pleads guilty over hit-and-run

A Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a teenager who was knocked down while crossing a road.

Naseeb Ellahi

Jasymn Chan, 14, died after she was hit by a car in the Intake area of Sheffield on 9 May.

Appearing at Sheffield Crown Court, Nasseb Ellahi (pictured), 32, of Ash Road in Birmingham, admitted death by dangerous driving.

He has been bailed and is due to be sentenced on 27 January.

Wolverhampton taxi row

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Wolverhampton taxi driver has told BBC WM there's too many foreign drivers in the city who don't know where they're going.

Parminder Sekhon, from the Wolverhampton Taxi Owners Association, claims the city council has made licensing conditions too easy.

The city council's licensing manager Colin Parr says it does have tough testing.

Watch: How Paradise Circus will be revamped

Giles Latcham

Journalist, Midlands Today

The revamp of Paradise Circus in Birmingham will prioritise people over cars, developers say.

Paradise Circus

A 10-year project costing £500m will turn the rundown area - which will be renamed Paradise, without "circus" - into shops, offices, restaurants and a new hotel.

Watch my report online now - looking at what's in store for the city centre.

Baby murder charge

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

Tereza Lackova and her partner Marek Holub, of Balsall Heath, have appeared before Birmingham Magistrates' Court charged with murdering Tereza's baby brother, 15-month-old Santino Balaz.

They didn't enter a plea and the case has been referred to Birmingham Crown Court on 8 January.