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  1. Updates for Thursday 8 January
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates back from 08:00 Friday

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By Alex Homer

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.

Tonight's forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

It's really the calm before the storm - that's been expected at the weekend.

Birmingham won't be as badly affected as in the north however. There'll be a band of rain overnight and gusts of 50-60MPH.

Highs of 9C (48F). More about the next few days is


Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Vigils have been held today across the region as a mark of respect and unity with

journalists and police killed in France yesterday.

Muslim leaders in Birmingham, which has one of the largest communities in the country, spoke today of their disgust at the shootings.

Join us for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Wolves' defender's new deal

BBC Sport

Wolves defender Kortney Hause has

signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the Championship club until 2018.

Kortney Hause
Getty Images

The 19-year-old arrived at Molineux from Wycombe Wanderers

on transfer deadline day in January last year.

Staff morale low at Park View

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

A snap inspection by Ofsted at Park View School in Birmingham has found a third of the staff who responded to a questionnaire felt the academy "was not well led and managed, and staff morale is low".

Park View School


Ofsted said religious teaching had improved and found "a renewed focus on developing students' understanding of British values", but the curriculum "remained narrow."

It was one of the schools criticised as part of the

alleged "Trojan Horse" plot.

Wolverhampton MP slams Tesco for breach of trust

The MP for Wolverhampton South East Pat McFadden says Tesco's plan to cancel its proposed £60m investment in the former Royal Hospital site in the city is a "

betrayal of the people of Wolverhampton."

Pat mcfadden

Tesco announced today it is

shelving expansion plans across the country. The Labour MP has denounced the decision for his constituency as "a clear breach of the promise made by the company to the people of the city."

Berahino's future

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Which club should West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino move to?

That's what a reader asked me

when Match of the Day held a Q&A on Facebook.

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

Well that will be new West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis's choice but why should he rush off anywhere just yet? Why not wait to see how things develop under Pulis? His career has really only just started and there is no need to make a wrong move.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

A Wolverhampton MP has accused Tesco of "betraying the city's residents" after dropping plans for a new store in the city.

We will hear more on this story in

the 17:00 bulletin and with Paul Franks straight afterwards.

Castle Bromwich traffic warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic in the roadworks area on Chester Road in both directions in Castle Vale, between Tyburn House Island and Castle Bromwich.

Keep up to date with the latest information


Have your say

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We've introduced Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country. What do you think? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

Deadly clash in Sparkbrook

Caroline Gall

BBC News

It's the second day of the trial of seven men accused of the murder of Ikram Ullah Khan, 28, who was stabbed in the neck in Sparkbrook in July last year.

Birmingham Crown Court heard various weapons, including bats and sticks, were found at the scene with others discovered in cars allegedly used by the defendants.

Violence flared between two groups of men on 2 July.

All seven deny murder and conspiring to inflict grievous bodily harm with intent.

Walsall Manor staff's commitment

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust's chief executive Richard Kirby's

thanked staff for their "amazing commitment" to patient care in challenging circumstances."

Walsall Manor Hospital

He also thanked patients and their families for their patience regarding the waiting time in A&E at Walsall Manor Hospital. He's also advising people to avoid coming to A&E unless it was for a genuine emergency.

A major incident was declared on Monday but has now been scaled down.

Hit-and-run appeal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A woman was left with serious head and arm injuries after a hit-and-run collision in Wolverhampton.

Police are

appealing for information about the driver who failed to stop, after their car was in collision with a pedestrian on Newhampton Road East at 23:30 yesterday.

The Ford Fiesta involved drove off in the direction of Waterloo Road.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

Bosses at Walsall Manor Hospital say although it's still very busy, the situation there is improving.

It was one of several hospitals which declared a major incident earlier this week but that's now been scaled down.

More on this and other stories in

our 16:00 bulletin.

Vlaar sidelined for six weeks

BBC Sport

Aston Villa have confirmed that captain Ron Vlaar is expected to be

out for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

Ron Vlaar
Getty Images

Vlaar, 29, who is out of contract in the summer, limped off 15 minutes into

Villa's 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on New Year's Day.

Canal search for man

A stretch of canal in Bromsgrove was searched last night after reports a man fell in at Wharf Lane near to Wade Bridge.

The search

West Mercia Police, the fire service and

West Midlands Ambulance Service were all sent to the scene at around 19:30. Nothing was found to be within or above the water; investigations are still ongoing.

Walsall major incident ended

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust says it has de-escalated

its major incident.

Ambulances at Walsall Manor Hospital

However, the trust says Walsall Manor Hospital and community healthcare services "continue to be very busy and efforts are being focused on caring for patients within the system so that normal working can be resumed." A major incident

was declared on Monday.

PC's brothel was in London

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

Former PC Osman Iqbal from Birmingham was found to have bank accounts for

two non-existent businesses which were being used to launder "hundreds of thousands of pounds" from brothels in the Covent Garden and Marylebone areas of London.

In September, Iqbal, four other men and a woman were jailed for conspiracy to run a brothel, conspiracy to launder money and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Iqbal had served as an officer in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

News on the hour


Tesco's chief executive says it's with a heavy heart the company has decided not to build its planned new store in Wolverhampton.

We'll bring you the details in our

15:00 bulletin.

New hedgerows at landmark

Conservation volunteers working with Redditch Borough Council are laying new traditional hedgerows at a landmark.

Hedges are being re-laid on the site of the protected Victorian Forge Mill Needle Museum and the 12th-century Bordesley Abbey (pictured) from this month using traditional techniques.

Bordesley Abbey ruins

It's part of a Natural England scheme called "higher level environmental stewardship" with a decade of funding to properly establish the new hedgerows being carried out by Redditch's midweek conservation group.

Drugs kingpin's Jamaican villa

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A drugs baron supplying class A drugs in a network which stretched from Wolverhampton to Aberdeen is suspected of using criminal proceeds to buy a villa in one of Jamaica's tourist destinations - Bulls Bay in Luceau - estimated to be worth £400,000.

His villa
West Midlands Police

Karl Wilson, 58 previously of Yew Tree Lane, Tettenhall, was extradited from Jamaica last year to face charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and four counts of money laundering between 2000 and 2009.

In 2008, Jamaican-born Wilson fled the UK following the seizure of a large amount of class A drugs. After being extradited to the UK, he

was yesterday sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Library 'could struggle'

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

I went to a public meeting at the Library of Birmingham last night, where I spoke to campaigners calling on the city council to rethink its budget cut proposals.

Under the plans, opening times could be

cut from 73 to 40 hours and 100 staff laid off.

members of campaign group Friends of the Library of Birmingham

I spoke to several members of campaign group Friends of the Library of Birmingham, who were collecting signatures from supporters outside the building.

Steve Gove-Humphries (pictured left), said he was concerned staff cuts would see certain library services - particularly its extensive archives - struggling to function.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

A college principal in Solihull is defending plans to accompany students to the toilet during exams - to stop them cheating.

More on this story and others in

our 14:00 bulletin.

Brothel-running Pc jailed

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A former police officer jailed for

running a brothel and laundering money has admitted three further offences.

car and iqbal
West Midlands Police

Osman Iqbal, who served with West Midlands Police, was sentenced to seven years in September but ongoing legal proceedings meant the case could not be reported at the time.

West Midlands Police's counter corruption unit began investigating Iqbal when colleagues became suspicious of his apparent wealth when he arrived at work in a Ferrari.

Snapshot of Park View

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

Ofsted has published a

report from a snap inspection into Park View School in Birmingham, one of the schools investigation after the so-called Trojan Horse allegations of a takeover schools by hardline Muslims.

Park View School

Inspectors found: "The school was not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures."

The quality of teaching "raises serious concerns" and inspectors said they witnessed "unacceptable" disruptive behaviour and concluded "the academy is unable to improve quickly enough because there are insufficient leaders and permanent teachers working in the academy."

Birmingham's Charlie Hebdo vigil

Birmingham Mail

A vigil is set

to be held in Birmingham tonight in memory of the 12 victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Coming up on Midlands Today

Qasa Alom

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Walsall FC are 90 minutes away from their first ever match at Wembley Stadium.

We will have more on Saddlers' cup run and other stories in the

Midlands Today on BBC Once at 13:30.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

Retail expert Andy Lyon from PWC in the West Midlands has analysed Tesco's decision to close 43 shops, move its headquarters, and not to pursue a new £65m new supermarket in Wolverhampton.

He says it's down to current trends from shoppers. Hear more in

the 13:00 bulletin.


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Tesco plans: mixed reaction

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

There have been differing views on Tesco's announcement today that

it is to close 43 stores across the UK.

Roger Lawrence, leader of Wolverhampton City Council, says: "We are extremely disappointed and angered by the decision of Tesco not to proceed with the Royal Hospital development, particularly given their long standing commitment to invest in the city."

tesco store in Glasgow
Getty Images

The supermarket chain however still plans to

open a store in Stirchley. Although local councillor Timothy Huxtable still wants the firm to clarify exactly when it will be developed.

Missing teen appeal

Concerns are growing for a Walsall teen who has been missing from his home since New Year's Eve.

Callum Waite, aged 14, left his home address in Ashdown Grove to visit a friend, but did not return and concerns are now growing for his welfare.

Callum Waite
West Midlands Police

Police are

appealing for information to find Callum, who is described as 6 feet tall, of a slim build and black.

Walsall boss urging caution

BBC WM Sport

Walsall are one game away from their first ever trip to Wembley after their

2-0 win over Preston last night in the Football League Trophy northern area final first leg.

Walsall manager Dean Smith
Laurence Griffiths/Getty images

Walsall manager Dean Smith however has told

BBC WM Sport that the job is not done yet. "It's given us a fighting chance, they're a really good team and we've got to make sure we're at our best again. There's a trip to Wembley at the end of it and we're hoping that it can be us."

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In our 12:00 bulletin:

The leader of a drugs gang - who was in charge of a multi-million pound network between Wolverhampton and Aberdeen - has been jailed for 16 years.

Join us on


Author on library cuts

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

William Gallagher, an author and Writers' Guild representative, has said the

proposed cuts to staff and opening hours were "embarrassing" for the city and could damage its image.

"Birmingham is supposed to be a great place to do business," he said at a public meeting held last night.

William Gallagher

"But we are showing the world we can't even keep our library open."

Drug dealer caught with £14k of cocaine spared jail due to his honesty

Express and Star

A drug dealer caught with

£14,000 worth of cocaine and £6,000 cash has been saved from an immediate stint behind bars by his honesty.

Police found rolls of bank notes and bags of drugs in a raid on a house in Henley Close, Tipton, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Stirchley Tesco plans spared

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Plans for a

Tesco store in Stirchley will still go ahead, according to a letter the supermarket has written to a councillor for the area. It comes as the chain announces
it is to close 43 stores across the UK.

Tesco trolleys

Dave Lewis, CEO for Tesco, wrote to Councillor Timothy Huxtable: "I am conscious that you may see this news [the lack of resource for new stores] and be concerned about the future of our plans in Stirchley.

"However, I would like to reassure you that it remains our intention to open our planned store."

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Tesco has dropped its plans to build a new £65m supermarket in Wolverhampton.

The company's owned the site - where the old Royal Hospital used to be - for over a decade but told the council this morning they won't be going ahead with it.

More on this on

BBC WM at 11:00.