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  1. Updates for Friday 9 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Local Live has finished for the day. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

Tonight's forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Increasingly cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain at times. Windy, with gales or severe gales likely.

Highs of 14C (57F). More about the weekend's outlook is


Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

The number of times prisoners have been found with drugs in Birmingham Prison has almost doubled in a year. Elizabeth Glinka will be speaking to a former inmate and ex-drug addict, who now visits jails to work with them.

And the former Wolves midfielder Geoff Thomas says losing friends to leukaemia is motivating him to raise half a million pounds for cancer research.

Join us for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

EDL supporters jailed

West Midlands Police

tweets: BREAKING: A group of EDL supporters have been jailed for 75+ yrs after violence flared at a #Birmingham protest:

New MEP returned


the death of Philip Bradbourn, a new MEP has been officially returned for the West Midlands.

In accordance with the European Regulations 2004, the next person on the Conservative party list, Daniel Dalton, has now been returned as the new MEP for the region.

Dig Digbeth

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

A new guide has been created in a bid to bring people flocking to a part of Birmingham dubbed the city's "creative quarter".

The Dig Digbeth Guide aims

to lift the lid on the history of the area which is now probably best known for the Custard Factory, a creative and business hub built on the site of the former Bird's Custard plant.

Reminder for Wolverhampton parents

Parents and guardians of pupils due to start school in Wolverhampton for the first time in September have just a week left in which to apply for a reception class place for their child.

More information is

here. Alternatively, email
the school admissions team or call 01902 554176.

'Double detention' for Baggies

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

It's West Bromwich head coach Tony Pulis's first game in charge in the Premier League and he has

a near full-strength squad to pick from when Albion host Hull tomorrow.

It will have felt like double detention every single day while Pulis got the message across about the system he wants to play and what he wants them to do when they do not have the ball.


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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Villa injury trio return

BBC WM Sport

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Nathan Baker and Kieran Richardson

could return from injuries in time for Aston Villa's trip to Leicester tomorrow.

BBC Birmingham boss to leave

Birmingham Post

The man appointed to lead the BBC in Birmingham just a year ago is

to step down from the role.

Wolverhampton road closure warning

BBC Travel

Dunstall Road in Wolverhampton is closed in both directions from the junction with Austin Street to the junction with Staveley Road because of an accident.

Get the latest information


Blues team news

BBC Sport

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is set to

reverse the 10 changes he made for the FA Cup win over Blyth last week and pick his strongest side against Wigan.

Liam Ridgewell
Getty Images

The Latics could hand a debut to former Blues man, on-loan defender Liam Ridgwell (pictured).

Doctor accused of patient assault

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Birmingham locum doctor, who was working at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (pictured), has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a male patient.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Dr Manav Arora, 36, of Barnfield Grove, Birmingham, has been

charged with sexual touching and indecent exposure.

News on the hour


Security firm G4S, which runs two private jails in the region, says the numbers of inmates being caught with drugs has increased because of better checks detecting them.

More on this and other stories in

our 17:00 headlines.

Christina's death used in campaign

Halesowen News

Pressure group Britain First has been using murdered Halesowen schoolgirl Christina Edkins' death

to further its own agenda, we can reveal.

Rethink on green-belt plans urged

Sutton Coldfield Observer

An interim review of plans to develop Sutton Coldfield's green-belt has

urged the council to revisit its proposals which could lead to more homes being built and on a wider area than originally proposed.

Delays around Snow Hill

Midland Metro

tweets: We are still experiencing delays into/out of Snow Hill due to engineering failure. Engineers are on site.

Albion in transfer window

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis tells us he does not have to sell players to fund bringing new ones in. We will have more on this story this afternoon on


Tony Pulis
Getty Images

'Debts motivated the fraud'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live


investigation into Anthony McHale was triggered when a member of public rang to say they had received a letter addressed to one of the fictitious claimants he had created.

In interview, he confessed to the fraud, claiming he needed money to pay off outstanding debts.

Solihull card skimming scam

Devices that take bank cards from unsuspecting customers have been fitted to high street cash machines in Solihull.

The two suspects
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police

wants information about these two suspects, who are believed to have fitted the devices in the run-up to Christmas, on 9, 15 and 24 December.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

Police are appealing for witnesses after three men burst into Aldridge Cricket Club last night with a scaffolding pole and threatened customers before stealing their money and mobile phones.

More on this and other stories

on BBC WM from 16:00.

Benefits worker cheated system

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A council worker who assessed benefits set up bogus claims under fake names to siphon

£32,326.20 of housing benefits into his own bank account, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Anthony McHale, aged 55 and from Willenhall, was employed by Wolverhampton City Council as benefit assessor responsible for processing and managing benefit claims.

He was sentenced to 20 months in jail, suspended for two years.

Wolverhampton Tesco: What next?

Euan Duncan

Land earmarked for a Tesco store that will not now be built

could be used for shops, housing or an educational development, according to Wolverhampton City Council.


Council leader Roger Lawrence said: "It's back to the drawing board."

Sex attacks denied

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

A 95-year-old former head teacher has denied a string of sex attacks against 17 children.

Jack Mount pleaded not guilty to 50 charges, including rape and indecent assault, at Birmingham Crown Court.

Jack Mount

Some of the offences are alleged to have occurred in Birmingham, Shropshire and Yorkshire between 1954 and 1979.

Apology over ticket sales

Express and Star

Wolves have

apologised to fans after a technical problem led to the suspension of match ticket sales at the club's city centre store.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

The number of inmates being caught with drugs at prisons in the West Midlands has doubled in a year.

Find out more in our

15:00 bulletin.

Sixfold increase in prisoners with drugs

Caroline Gall

BBC News

The number of inmates found with drugs at

HMP Oakwood has risen by almost six times, government figures show.

HMP Oakwood

Forty seven prisoners were caught at HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton in 2013/14, up from seven in 2012/13.

Meanwhile more than 70 inmates were found with drugs at Birmingham Prison, compared with 38 for the previous year.

Benefits assessor diverted funds to himself

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A council benefits assessor from the Black Country who

fraudulently claimed more than £32,000 in benefits has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Anthony McHale, 56, was responsible for processing and managing housing benefit claims for Wolverhampton City Council.

Wolverhampton civic hall (where the council is based)
Google streetview

The Crown Prosecution Service found he'd created six aliases, approved their benefit "applications" and diverted the money into his own bank account.

He was sentenced to 20 months in jail, suspended for two years. McHale, from Willenhall, must also pay back the money and do 300 hours of unpaid work.

Former head denies abuse

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

A 95-year-old former head teacher has

denied a string of sex attacks against 17 children.

Jack Mount

Jack Mount pleaded not guilty to 50 charges including rape and indecent assault at Birmingham Crown Court.

Some of the offences are alleged to have occurred in Birmingham, Shropshire and Yorkshire between 1954 and 1979.

Watch: Politicians visit manufacturers

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Jobs and the economy are expected to play a key role in the forthcoming election campaigning.

hands working on an engine

Deputy prime minster Nick Clegg and shadow chancellor Ed Balls

visited manufacturing companies in the West Midlands on Thursday.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

The leader of Wolverhampton City Council says there are still a number options for the Royal Hospital site after Tesco shelved plans for a £65m store there.

Join us on

BBC WM for more on this in the 14:00 news bulletin.

Roadworks 'could finish businesses'

Traders in Rowley Regis say their businesses could go under after being told a main road is to be dug up for the second time in two years.

Businesses on Gorsty Hill Road say they are still recovering from 11 months of roadworks when water and gas pipes were replaced, reports


Laura Murphy, from Fantasia Party Shop, said the business was forced to lose one full-time and two part-time positions last time round. National Grid says the work is on a different main and needs to be done because of leaks.

Hit-and-run appeal launched

Police are

appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run in West Bromwich.

The 20-year-old sustained leg injuries after it's thought she struck the car's bonnet and windscreen in Walsall Road, Stone Cross, shortly before 10:00 on 8 December.

Tesco scraps plan for new Birmingham store

Birmingham Post

Troubled retail giant Tesco has

scrapped plans for a major superstore on the edge of Birmingham city centre after a ten-year battle.

Monaco House, the proposed site where the Tesco store would have been built

Coming up on TV

Qasa Alom

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Despite being a stone's throw from Birmingham city centre, it's felt Digbeth hasn't been attracting enough visitors.

Now a new guide is hoping to reveal hidden facts, history and highlights of the area - such as this mural at its gateway.

The JFK mural in Digbeth

Our arts and culture reporter Satnam Rana has been finding out more for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

A council worker from Willenhall who fraudulently claimed more than £32,000 in housing benefit from his employers has been sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years.

More on this and other stories in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Learner cleared of car-jacking

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A learner driver from Birmingham has been

cleared of car-jacking his instructor in the middle of a lesson.

Your pictures


Thanks to Damien Walmsley for sending us this picture of Paradise Circus, Birmingham, by night.

Paradise Circus
damien walmsley

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Travel problems

  • On the M42 between J4, at Shirley, and J5, Solihull, one lane's shut due to a broken down vehicle, warns
    BBC Travel
  • There's delays on the A34 in Great Barr as the southbound side is shut due to an accident near the Woodlands Avenue junction
  • A broken down vehicle and rolling road block on the M6 northbound between J12, at Gailey, and 13, for Stafford south, is causing delays