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  1. Updates for Thursday 15 January
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 Friday

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By Alex Homer

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Local Live has finished for today. There'll be updates from 08:00 Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather. Join us then.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A paramedic has been banned from going into a hospital after whistle blowing on the crisis in A&E last week.

Detectives investigating a series of attacks on shops in Birmingham have meanwhile released CCTV footage showing a silver Ford Mondeo drawing up and the occupants firing a pellet gun to shoot out windows.

Join us for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Delays after crashes

BBC Travel

Two crashes are causing severe delays. There is very slow traffic on the A38 Corporation Street northbound in Birmingham at Lancaster Circus, because of an earlier two-car crash.

One lane is also closed and there is slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J6 for Birmingham Airport and J5 for Solihull.

Full details here.

Walsall midfielder facing knee operation

BBC Sport

Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom is facing

surgery on the knee injury that has kept him out for most of the season.

Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom

The 22-year-old former West Bromwich Albion trainee is scheduled to see a surgeon on Friday and may need an exploratory operation on his long-standing mystery injury.

Archers congratulation

The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones starred on BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers for 10 years. They've

tweeted: "Thrilled for Felicity Jones [ex Emma Grundy] who's been nominated for an Oscar. And they say Grundys have bad luck..."

Pressure on A&E blamed for cancellations

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

"Unprecedented" pressure on a hospital's A&E unit has been blamed for an operation to remove a benign brain tumour

being cancelled three times.

Emily Bennett from Fernhill Heath, near Worcester, was first due have the procedure at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, at the beginning of December.

Emily Bennett and her family

The tumour is giving the 24-year-old seizures and memory loss.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

A jury has been sworn in at Wolverhampton Crown Court for the case of a man accused of murdering two pensioners on consecutive days.

Leo Barnes, of Balsall Heath, denies murdering Cynthia Beamond and Philip Silverstone, who were found dead at their respective homes in Halesowen and London.

More on this story and others in

our 17:00 headlines.

Murder victim 'stabbed in neck'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A murder victim whose body was found in a basement on New Years Day died of a head injury and stab wound to the neck, an inquest heard.

The body of Baljit Singh, 50, a builder from Meadow Road, Harborne, was found at an address in Beeches Road, Rowley Regis.

Baljit Singh
West Midlands Police

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of head injuries and a knife wound to the neck, the inquest at Smethwick Council House was told.

The inquest was opened and adjourned earlier. Stuart Millership, 32, of no fixed abode,

has been charged with murder.


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Listen: Birmingham star reacts to Oscar nomination

BBC Radio 5 live

Felicity Jones says it is "wonderful" to receive a

Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in the Theory of Everything.

In the film, the Birmingham-born actress portrays Jane Hawking, wife of Stephen Hawking, in a story that spans their 25 year relationship.

Felicity Jones
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Jones said, "It was such a phenomenal story... (Stephen and Jane) really graciously let us into their lives so it was a very special story to be telling."

She added, "I got to know Jane so well that I had such affection for her. I feel like I'm absolutely sharing this nomination with her."

Listen to her reaction here.

Video footage: Victim lost eye from belt whipping

Two men have been jailed for attacking a man in a booze-fuelled row over a taxi in Birmingham, which resulted in him losing an eye.

Simeon Evans, 30 of Kempson Road, Bromford was jailed for four years and 6 months and Jack Gargham, 26, of Devon Road, Rubery was jailed for four years and five months at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday,

said police.

The attack takes place
West Midlands Police

Both pleaded guilty to the assault which involved them whipping the victim with a belt. The 32-year-old victim was hit from behind as he left a nightclub on Bristol Road at around 06:00 on 26 January last year.

The video, which contains disturbing images,

has been put online by West Midlands Police.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

Hospital bosses in Dudley say they have no choice but to lose 200 jobs by March to safeguard patient care.

Listen live at 16:00

Chinook flying over Birmingham

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

For anyone that saw a Chinook helicopter flying over Birmingham earlier today, the RAF has reassured people this was for training purposes.

An RAF spokesman said: "It was a Chinook from an 18 Squadron RAF Odiham on a routine training exercise and it was an approach and landing exercise. These have been carried out at various locations in the UK today."

Compulsory redundancies may be needed

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

The Dudley Group of Hospitals

is to cut up to 400 jobs by next year.

The trust which includes Russells Hall Hospital is looking for voluntary redundancies.

Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley

However, union leaders have been warned that compulsory redundancies may be necessary.

The trust had announced in November it hoped to cut jobs by natural wastage.

Gale force winds

Jerry Chester

BBC News, North West

The Met office have told me that winds in the area reached gale force at times last night - the peak it recorded was a gust of 48mph, that's 77km/h.

It will be less windy today, a forecaster told me, but speeds could pick up again in the evening.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

The Oscar nominations are out and Birmingham-born actress Felicity Jones is one of the contenders.

More on this story and others in

our 15:00 headlines.

Dudley Valhalla fetish club wins licence

Birmingham Mail

A fetish club where participants could engage in 'dungeon' events and role-play

has been granted a licence to operate in Dudley.

Only one Sir Jack

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward visited the museum at Molineux last year and left a simple message, 'Glad to have helped', in the guest book.

Jack Hayward
Getty Images

Following his death on Tuesday, aged 91, the words fit perfectly as an understated epitaph to the humble philanthropist businessman who pumped £70m into his beloved local football team, rebuilt a crumbling stadium and then sold the club for just £10 after 17 years.

Wolves Vice President Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint - a close friend of Sir Jack's -

recalls her favourite memories of the 'great man of Wolves'.

Council workers 'hog park spaces'

Stourbridge News

A frustrated Stourbridge park user says the problem of

council staff hogging all the parking spaces at the borough beauty spot has worsened.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

At 14:00 we hear from the chief executive of a Dudley hospital trust on why it needs to cut 200 jobs by March.

Listen live to


HIV campaign launched

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is launching a HIV Awareness programme focused on West Indian communities and heterosexuals.

The Dartmouth Clinic in West Bromwich has a new patient diagnosed with HIV every week.

In 2013, 30% of newly diagnosed patients were of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity and 82% were heterosexual.

Nationally 42% of people diagnosed with HIV were diagnosed at a late stage of the disorder - in Sandwell that figure is 67%.

Coming up on TV

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The play which inspired the hit 90's film East is East - has made a return to the Birmingham theatre where it was first premiered.

The show is on at the city's Alexandra Theatre - and the cast of the new production have been taking time out to work with local drama students.

East Is East actor works with drama students

I'll have more on this for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour


In the news

at 13:00, hospital bosses in Dudley say they've got to get rid of 200 jobs by March to avoid putting patients at risk.

NASA roof paint con

Express and Star

Elderly residents were conned out of thousands of pounds by representatives of a roof coating service, who overcharged them for a special thermal paint they said was used by NASA,

a court heard.

Wolves players on move

BBC Sport

The Wolves striker Liam McAlinden has

returned to Fleetwood on loan for the rest of the season. He played five games for the Lancashire club in a previous loan spell in October.

Liam McAlinden

The midfielder George Saville also looks set to be leaving Wolves temporarily, with Bristol City expecting to complete a loan deal for him later today.

Gale force winds' effect

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Gale force winds have been affecting parts of the West Midlands - after the Met Office issued a weather warning.

A tree fell onto Holly Lane in Sutton Coldfield earlier, while Harborne High Street was closed this morning after

debris was blown from the Huntsman pub.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

At 12:00 Midlands Today's health correspondent Michele Paduano explains the process facing hospital staff in Dudley after 400 job losses were announced over the next two years in a £14m savings drive.

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more on this story.

Hospital cuts to balance books

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

Up to

400 jobs are to be lost at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley over the next two years in a bid to save £14m.

A&E at Russells Hall Hospital

The Dudley Group of Hospitals says the job cuts - all non-clinical posts - would help it "achieve financial stability".

Unions say the job losses are particularly depressing when staff are

working hard to cope with winter pressures.

Walsall team news

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Saddler's boss Dean Smith (pictured) reports that he has "irons in the fire" to strengthen his squad.

dean smith
Laurence Griffiths / Getty images

He wants to extend Michael Cain's loan until the end of the season.

Talks with him and Leicester ongoing but Smith has other options if it does not come off.

Meanwhile Sam Mantom may need an exploratory operation on his longstanding knee injury and is due to see a surgeon tomorrow.

Union welcomes Cadbury deal

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Unite said the

£75m investment deal agreed for Cadbury would help safeguard the future of the Bournville plant for the next 20 to 25 years, despite the loss of around 200 jobs.

Cadbury building

"People staying will be taking on extra skills and getting a 2% pay increase on top of an annual pay award," said a representative.

"The individuals that wish to remain employed will be able to do so because the threat of compulsory redundancy has been removed. It's a good deal from our members' point of view," said Joe Clarke, from Unite.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Harborne High Street in Birmigham is expected to be closed until at least tomorrow due to safety fears over an empty pub.

Debris from the roof of The Huntsman - which was damaged in a fire last year - was blown onto the road by strong winds last night.

We will hear from a high street trader in

our 11:00 bulletin.

As you are at Blues

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Gary Rowett says there are no imminent transfers in or out of Birmingham City.

The Blues manager says he is also not aware of any fresh bid from Bournemouth for Demarai Gray (pictured) despite rumours there will be one.

He said he was in "no desperate rush" to add to his squad, though they have made enquiries, and were "close to a deal" to sign Bjorn Sigurdarson from Wolves before he went to Copenhagen instead.

Demarai Gray

There are no injuries in the squad ahead of a visit to Leeds on Saturday. There will be live commentary on

BBC WM 95.6.

Dudley Group job cuts

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

200 jobs are to go at Dudley Group of Hospitals

by March as part of £14m cost savings.

It's thought there may be compulsory redundancies

Cadbury: investment and jobs cuts

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

A £75m pound investment in Cadbury in Bournville has been agreed - which unions say could secure the future of the factory for 25 years.

Dairy Milk

Cadbury owner Mondelez International will create state-of-the-art production lines there - but around 200 workers are expected to take voluntary redundancy as part of the deal.

The jobs will be lost over the next two years and most are expected to get settlements of more than £100,000 each.

News on the hour


More than 140 operations have been cancelled at hospitals in the West Midlands in the past week alone, because of the enormous pressure on their A&E departments.

More on this story and others in

our 10:00 bulletin.

Watch: Pub debris disturbed

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

We have posted some mobile phone footage on BBC WM's Facebook page showing the extent of the damage after debris was blown off the Huntsman pub in Harborne High Street.

Take a look.

Debris in the road

Birmingham City questioned over Carson Yeung

BBC Sport

The Football League has

written to Birmingham City to seek clarification over jailed former owner Carson Yeung's role at the club.

Former Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung
Getty Images

Businessman Yeung, 54, was convicted of money laundering in his native Hong Kong in March and jailed for six years.

He had denied laundering HK$720 million (£55.4m) through his bank accounts between 2001 and 2007.